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Halloween Celebration at The Collection

It will be a monster mash at The Collection at Olde Marco adjacent to the Olde Marco Inn and Suites on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music by Mike Martin will be featured during the costume contest and zombie dance off.  A raffle will be held for some goulish prizes with fine dining and the all shops open for business.  The Collection at Olde Marco offers dessert bars, fine dining, female fashion shops and other shopping fun. For information about the event, you may call 239-642-0101.  The Collection at Olde Marco is located at 100 Palm Street ... Read More »

Prudential Florida Realty

Prudential Florida Realty is delighted to welcome aboard one of the most respected and most successful Realtors in the Marco Island area. Mary-Jo Koval, formerly with Re/Max Results Realty, has joined Prudential Florida Realty as a Broker Associate. “We are very proud to have Mary-Jo join our team of successful Associates,” said George Percel, Managing Broker. “She will now be able to extend to her long list of satisfied customers the stability of more than 30 years in the Marco Island area and the benefits of our wide range of products and services,” Percel went on to say. Mary-Jo moved ... Read More »

Wine elite to gather for 2013 Naples Winter Wine Festival

A remarkable roster of 26 world-renowned, artisanal vintners from around the globe will participate in the Jan. 25 – 27 Naples Winter Wine Festival, which benefits underprivileged and at-risk children. Hailing from three continents and five countries, the esteemed vintners include two from France’s esteemed winemaking families that produce Château de Beaucastel and Domaine Ponsot. Torbreck’s David Powell, considered among the top vintners in Australia, is also participating, as are famed producers from Italy such as Piero Antinori of Marchesi Antinori. U.S. producers comprise 63 percent of participants, with 16 illustrious California vintners, and from Oregon the much-admired Domaine Serene. ... Read More »

Collier County Elections Office Begins Distribution of Sample Ballots for the 2012 General Election

Each registered voter who has not requested a mail/absentee ballot will receive a sample ballot for the November 6th Election   On Tuesday, October 9th, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office began distributing over 138,500 sample ballots for the November 6th General Election. Sample ballots are mailed or emailed to every registered voter who has not requested a mail/absentee ballot. Voters are encouraged to review and complete their sample ballot prior to voting and use it as a guide at the polls. “If not voting absentee, we strongly recommend studying your sample ballot prior to voting,” said Jennifer J. ... Read More »

Collier Fiscal Year 2011 Tourism Tax Collection Sets Record

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) reports that the tourist development tax collections for the fiscal year 2011/2012 set an all-time record with a total of $14,898,250. The previous record from fiscal year 2007/2008 was $14,795,681. Collier County’s tourist development tax of 4% is charged on stays at hotels, campgrounds and short term vacation rentals. The tourist tax money pays for beach renourishment, cultural and event grants, county-owned museum operations and all tourism destination marketing and promotional programs. None of these programs are funded by property taxes paid by residents. It’s interesting to note that the ... Read More »

EMS Display ‘End Domestic Violence’ Magnets for The Shelter’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Initiative

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children announces that Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be joining in the nonprofit’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month efforts this October bydisplaying purple “End Domestic Violence” ribbon magnets on their vehicles. “As first-responders, EMS staff see the effects of domestic violence in our community and, like local law enforcement, are joining us to raise awareness about this social epidemic for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October,” explains Lisa Fasanella, director of programs for The Shelter. In addition to the 50 purple ribbon magnets sent to EMS, The Shelter distributed 980 of the magnets among ... Read More »

Florida’s Paradise Coast Takes Top Tourism Marketing Honors

Collier County’s Tourism Bureau Brings Home Three Flagler Awards from annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Collier County’s official tourism destination marketing and management agency, received top honors in VISIT FLORIDA’s annual Flagler Awards competition honoring the state’s top tourism marketing initiatives at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism held September 5-7 in Orlando. This year’s Flagler Awards were presented for work completed in 2011. Collier County’s tourism bureau brought home three awards including The Henry, the top level award in the Internet Advertising category, for its Paradise Coast Orbitz Winter ... Read More »

“GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” Seminar & Luncheon

Are you dreading the thought of having to face this Holiday season without a loved one who has died? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar will help you prepare for the challenges that can make this time of year so difficult for those who are grieving, and find the strength, comfort and hope you’ll need to make it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and every other day. To learn more about the seminar and find other helpful resources, please visit We encourage grieving families to attend this event together. Teens may view the seminar video with adults, then break into a separate group ... Read More »


Walter Kopka has officially been named Chief of Collier County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Kopka, who began his EMS career as an emergency medical technician/paramedic cadet in 1986, has served as both the assistant and interim EMS Chief since August 2011. Kopka holds an associate of science degree in emergency medical services technology from Edison State College, a law enforcement officer certification from Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy, and a state of Florida firefighter certification from the Collier County Fire Academy. Chief Kopka recently completed the Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives after receiving a scholarship from the International Association ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Monte Lazarus

Dear Sir or Madam: I was disappointed, but not surprised, that City Council candidate Sacher filed an ethics complaint against Council Chairman Larry Magel. On the other hand, I was shocked when Mr. Sacher used the last City Council meeting as a political forum to trumpet his complaint. That was neither the time nor the place for a political attack. Mr. Sacher is wrong as a matter of law and as a matter of personal conduct, in my opinion. The nature of the complaint itself is a matter even beyond the way this attack is being conducted. As a lawyer ... Read More »

Paul Meyer drops out of the City Council race with commentary on state of politics on Marco Island:

The Tale of Two Cities by Paul Meyer For the past few years, I’ve had questions on how the city runs. This is the reason why I decided to run for one of the city council seats, to better understand the workings of the city. I believed my ideas would help the city move forward and I chose to run as an independent candidate, not with any other persons or groups. I wanted to be able to project my own ideas into the city’s workings. In my quest to gain one of the city council seats, I have learned a ... Read More »

City of Marco Island

The City of Marco Island is pleased to report Fiscal 2012 financial results. For the year ending September 30, 2012, revenues were $20,789,589.00 versus a budget of $21,016,165.00. Operating expenses were $19,817,977.00 versus a budget of $21,016,165.00. The City ended the year in excellent financial condition with $2,253,878.00 in unallocated reserves and $4,257,285.00 in emergency reserves. In accordance with our City Charter provisions we are $2,368,730.00 below our authorized spending cap. City wide debt including utility and STRP decreased from $216,885,485. 00 to $203,893,634.00 at fiscal year end. Please contact City Manager Jim Riviere for additional information.   Read More »

Women’s Wild Fishing Weekend

By Natalie Strom “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” is an award-winning University Series coming to the Everglades area for the first time this October. Avid female anglers will settle in at the Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort for a weekend of education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and local recreation. Founded by Betty Bauman in 1997, the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing University (LLGF) boasts 7,000 female graduates. LLGF is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and to promoting conservation, responsible angling and emphasizing mentorship between novice and experienced members. The organization has earned rave ... Read More »

Testing Water Quality

By Natalie Strom The health and protection of Florida’s surface water quality have been at the center of a debate between Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The battle over clean water standards began in 2009, as the EPA attempted to enforce specific standards for myriad water systems in the state. Fighting back, the Florida DEP proposed its own standards for clean water that, as of February, have been upheld within the Florida court system, but are still being challenged by environmental organizations. As the state of Florida’s tourism industry depends ... Read More »

Mamie Street Update

By Patricia Huff For the past six months, visitors to the historic Smallwood Store & Museum have had to drive through the unsightly property owned by Florida-Georgia Grove LLC. In early August, Collier County Code Enforcement Office issued a “Notice of Violation” for the overgrown weeds and disrepair of the fence on the construction site. After the owners received notice from the County in early September that a “Nuisance Abatement” process had been initiated for the violation, the owners requested a “vegetation removal” permit. The property is now scheduled for re-inspection by the County. Currently, there is an active building ... Read More »

More Council Candidates Respond

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News asked the nine candidates vying for four seats on City Council the same question: What are your priorities if you are elected to the city council? The candidates, Jerry Gibson, Larry Honig, Ken Honecker, Paul Meyer, Amadeo Pettrica, Frank Recker, Larry Sacher, Wayne Waldack and Duane Thomas, had to respond in 400 words or less. This is the third installment of responses; the first ran in the September 7th edition of Coastal Breeze News and the second on September 21st. All but one candidate have responded. Responses run in the order they ... Read More »

Young Marco resident dies in crash

On 10/08/12 at 0223 Hrs, Marco Island Police Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Jamaica Road reference a single vehicle crash. The caller noted that an individual was observed walking eastbound away from the scene of the crash. Officers arrived two minutes later and observed a 2008 Maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee which had sustained heavy damage and a significant amount of vehicle debris strewn about the roadway and yards. Marco Island Police and Fire Rescue personnel immediately discovered a male who had sustained obvious fatal injuries lying in the swale of 1423 Jamaica Rd. Preliminary investigation at the ... Read More »

Marco Toastmasters: A New Chapter

By Kathleen Zehler Wednesday, September 26, 2012, marked the date as the first official meeting for the New Chapter of Toastmasters of Marco Island. Toastmasters Club is a driving force with a noble mission: To help more men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind. The group brings together all walks of life from high school youth to adults in various professions. The meeting was held at Centennial Bank under the direction of Naples Toastmaster Chris Pritchard and ... Read More »


Donna Fiala Recently the Chamber had a marvelous After 5 event at the Marco Island Florist showroom. I had no idea that they had anything more than flowers, but what a delightful surprise to step into a shop of lovely gifts and decorations, PLUS flowers! Remember the old Hallmark shop that Lou & Pat Smith owned and that we all loved? I would have to say this darling shop filled that gap……… the staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable! Just to mention a few treasures they offer besides gorgeous floral arrangements are: blooming plants, home décor and accents, candles ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus It finally happened…I’m “Macified”; or you might say “Appleized.” In any event I’ve come under the spell of the brooding omnipresence of Steve Jobs. After many years I’ve abandoned P.C.; and a MacBook Air has joined my relatively new iMac. It’s painful. It’s expensive. It’s destiny. It all began years ago when I bought my first computer – a $5,000, clunky, creaky, nasty IBM. It cost the equivalent of a BMW, but performed a lot worse. The original was heavy and huge. It had a single floppy drive that accommodated only one large droopy (hence “floppy”) ... Read More »