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Fashion For Her Will Help Save Women’s Lives in Southwest Florida

Make your happy hour count on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, 2600 Tiburon Dr. D’Latinos Magazine and Fifth Third Bank will cooperatively host a benefit for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” The Second Annual Fashion for Her event will showcase models parading the latest fashions by celebrity designers Rosita Hurtado, accompanied by Lisu Vega, Maria Lepe and DZiegher during an empowering happy hour and entertaining dinner. “So many businesses have partnered with us to create an evening of female empowerment,” D’Latinos Magazine Executive Editor Mayela Rosales said. “Powerful and passionate business women will gather for fun with the benefit of a ... Read More »

Marco Shores Water Customers NOTICE

The Collier County Water Department will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for the Collier County Water District potable (drinking) water supply. From September 9th to October 14th, the Collier County Water Department will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to free chlorine (which is a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines (which is a longer lasting disinfectant) allows the Water Department to perform treatment of the water distribution system as recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant. This temporary change in disinfectant does not cause ... Read More »

SCORE of Naples and IBERIABANK Partner to Host Small Business Seminar Series: First Session Addresses Financial Management Tools for Small Businesses

IBERIABANK (, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, continues the “i Gives Back” community outreach program by announcing a partnership with SCORE of Naples to host a series of seminars aimed at helping small businesses. The first in the series is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM at IBERIABANK’s headquarters located at 2150 Goodlette Road in Naples. This informative session will focus on Financial Management Tips and Tools for Small Business Owners. Topics will include ideas to improve profitability, more accurately project finances, forecast inventory purchases, streamline financial statements, prepare for seasonal fluctuations and manage overhead. ... Read More »

Important Wetland Gains Achieved in Mirasol Settlement near Corkscrew Sanctuary

Five conservation groups achieved hundreds of acres of additional wetland protection and restoration in a landmark settlement over the Mirasol project, a proposed golf course development in northern Collier County they had opposed and litigated for almost a decade.   The settlement, with landowner IM Collier Joint Venture and developer Taylor Morrison, Inc., follows on the groups’ previous settlement, with a different developer, of two adjacent contested projects in 2010 called Saturnia Falls and Parklands.  All three developments were proposed originally in 1999 in the ecologically sensitive Cocohatchee Slough, a natural wetland flowway emanating from Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  The Slough ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September and Receive 10 Free Live Oak Trees for Planting in Florida

Everyone from Florida who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive TEN free live oak trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees for the benefit of the environment and quality-of-life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. “Those who plant live oak trees will enjoy shade and splendor for years and years to come,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees will also add to the proud ... Read More »

NOAA briefly opens red snapper fishing in South Atlantic

Agency sets limited recreational and commercial seasons for September 2012 NOAA Fisheries today approved an emergency action to temporarily open recreational and commercial red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic region – federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida’s east coast. The recreational season will open for two consecutive weekends of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from September 14 through 16 and 21 through 23. During the recreational season, anglers may keep one fish per person per day with no size limit. The 2012 recreational catch limit is 9,399 fish. The commercial season will open for seven days, ... Read More »

MIPD News Release – Additional Charges (Crain)

  On 08/30/12 Joyce Crain was arrested on ten additional felony counts associated with the investigation cited below.   The new charges are:   Unlicensed Practice of Health Care Profession (Third Degree Felony);   Drugs – Health or Safety Dispense Prescription without License (Third Degree Felony);   Drugs – Health or Safety Possess/Sell/Deliver Contraband Drug (Third Degree Felony) – 4 Counts;   Drugs – Health of Safety Traffic/Possession of Contraband Drugs [$25K or more] (First Degree Felony);   Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information (Third Degree Felony) – 3 Counts.   These charges are the result of an on-going investigation being ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Designated Renaissance Academy on Marco Island

The Marco Island Center for the Arts has been designated the Renaissance Academy by Florida Gulf Coast University. It will begin its first program on Thursday, January 24, 2013 with a lecture on Great Piano Composers, from Chopin to Joplin, by Maestro Bryan Tari. He will also play piano selections. His lecture will be at the Art Center on Marco Island, from 10:30 AM to Noon. Cost is $25 at the door or in advance by calling 239-394-4221. Coffee and tea will be served. Two other lectures are scheduled on the 4th Thursday of February and March. Program details to ... Read More »

Riding Isaac

Wind and waves from Tropical Storm Isaac left the local surfing community a gift. Local resident, Connor Bowden, got the most from the waves. Shane Sparks, owner of Jetset Surf Shop, was out experiencing the action. Youngsters Kai and Sterling, had the chance to practice some skimming skills while their dad, a local contractor, surfed. By afternoon, at least a dozen surfers were waiting in the water to catch the right wave. Whether surfing or skimming, the churning waves offered a great way to blow off stress from preparing for a potential hurricane. [imagebrowser id=107] Read More »

Post ISAAC wind, flooding and tidal issues / Damage Assessment

The City of Marco Island is monitoring the post ISAAC wind, flooding and tidal issues. We have observed some sea walls being topped and are aware that a very small number of residences or businesses have suffered damage because of water intrusion or flooding. The most significantly roadway flooding is on SR92A (Goodland Dr.). Marco Island Fire Rescue has made entry and does have access into Goodland. The City will be posting signage warning of high water and the flooded roadway, moreover it asks that individuals do not risk harm to themselves or their property by driving through high water. As of 10:00 am City ... Read More »

ISAAC Update- MIPD/City of Marco Island News release

The City is actively engaged and working with all its public safety and governmental and non-governmental partners.Storm preparations continue in all Departments of the City. No storm related incidents have been reported to MIPD or MIFRD. The EOC telephone answering center is staffed, and a skeleton staff has been positioned in our EOC since early this AM.  We will be gearing up to full staffing as the day and conditions progress.The MIPD/MIFRD representatives assigned to the Collier County EOC are in place and operational. The City Manager and City Council members have been active in storm preparations and planning.  At this time we are ... Read More »

POSTPONED! Celebrate Cityhood

Due to threat of severe weather/Hurricane Isaac the planned City of Marco Island 15th Anniversary Celebration has been CANCELLED for this Sunday, (August 26, 2012). You will be notified when a new date has been selected. Read More »

Buying Organic? Join the Club!

By Natalie Strom “The whole idea is that we want to get as close to our food as possible.” These are the words of Patti Cohen, one of the founding members of the Marco Island Organics Buying Club. No, members are not staying up at night telling their deepest wishes and desires to their fruits and vegetables, they’re just making sure that they know what’s in the ones they’re buying and where they actually come from. It is getting more and more difficult to navigate the labels on our foods these days. Between what’s on the labels and what ... Read More »

Leaders in training

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Too old for summer camp, too young for a job, what could a kid do all summer? For one group of young people, work experience and volunteer service hours are gained through the Leaders-in-Training program at the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Rec Department for Camp Mackle. The program started three summers ago to help regular camp counselors, however, this is the first year the program was limited to high school aged kids only. “The LIT’s get great work experience,” said Mindy Matusiak, Recreation Manager. “They complete a job application, go through employment screening ... Read More »

Marco Island Soccer Club Champions

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the second time in Marco Island Soccer Club’s four year history, the club has two 3v3 national champions! Marco’s Under 9 and Under 10 boys teams won the championships in dominating fashion. Our U13 Boys also took 2nd place in their division. All in all, the club brought 6 boys and 2 girls teams to the 3v3 Challenge National Championships in Orlando’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The U9 boys champs, coached by Jim Watt and Scot Buss, rolled through the tournament while putting in 63 goals compared to only 7 goals against. Members ... Read More »

Back to school road safety reminders

From the Florida Department of Transportation • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits. • Be alert for reduced speed limits in designated school speed zones. • Watch for school buses. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate the school bus is stopping to load or unload children. Know and follow the state law that requires you to stop. • Keep an eye out for children riding their bicycles or walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. • Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops and for those who ... Read More »

Sawfish sighting

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Baylor Rodman was on vacation recently with his family for his annual visit with his grandparents, Ed and Marianne Valvano. Baylor went out for a day of fishing and fun on the water with his father. They were off Coconut Island near Hideaway Beach when he caught something. As he reeled in the catch, passer-by’s were in awe of the catch, a 5-foot sawfish! They immediately took a photo and released the fish. “We knew the fish was rare, but didn’t know who to contact,” said Baylor’s father. Ed Valvano contacted Coastal Breeze New who ... Read More »


Donna Fiala Marco Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors a successful and worthwhile program called Leadership Marco, where interested people can learn more about Marco Island. I figured I knew a lot about the Island, but I’d heard so many good comments about the program that I applied, and thankfully was accepted. The first introductory program said it all! Nearly 30 involved people got to meet new people and renew old friendships. The second program focused entirely on the history of Marco Island, told by the master himself, Craig Woodward. We spent the entire day learning, and still ran out ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus We were quietly enjoying our favorite television program, “The Real Housewives of Nome, Alaska.” It was truly an eye-opener. The housewives were spectacular. They all wore stiletto heels and mini skirts. We were both somewhat surprised since the weather report was that it was minus 47 degrees outside. We expected long fur coats, boots made of seal skin and fur hats with ear flaps. The house interior matched the ladies. It looked huge and very warm indeed. Designer furniture and Hollywood type art on the walls made our view of Nome different than what we expected. ... Read More »