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Collier County Parks Go Green With Yellow-Topped Recycling Containers

Collier County’s Solid Waste Management and Parks and Recreation Departments are teaming up to make recycling easier for the recreating public. A pilot program initiated in September placed recycling containers next to waste containers in Sugden Regional Park, Eagle Lakes Community Park, Cocohatchee River Park, Marco Island’s south beach access, and Immokalee Community Park. The concrete containers have yellow lids and are clearly marked with a stylized version of the familiar chasing arrows recycling logo. The yellow lids mimic the yellow tops of the recycling containers used in the residential curbside collection program, making them easily recognizable as being for ... Read More »

CHS Partners with Eden Autism -Offers Free Screenings

CHS Healthcare has partnered with Eden Autism Services to offer free autism spectrum disorder (ASD) screenings onboard the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® in Collier County. Autism disorders are a growing health concern, but is it something that parents in our community should be concerned about? Consider this, according to the Centers for Disease control (CDC) one in every 110 children are diagnosed with some form of ASD making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Autism is a term to describe a group of complex developmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorders or ASD. These ... Read More »

Chris Sullivan Achieves National Recognition From Re/Max International

RE/MAX International recently recognized their top 100 national real-estate associates through July 31, 2011. These associates were categorized and recognized as the “Top 100 U.S. Individuals” and the “Top 100 U.S. Team Leaders.” Chris Sullivan had ranked number 23 within the “Top U.S. Individuals.” Chris Sullivan is a Broker Associate at RE/MAX Results Realty, located at 847 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Read More »


Marathon, FL, Tuesday, October 11, 2011: Centennial Bank congratulates Justine Townsend and Laura Castro of the Marco Island branch for earning the Centennial Bank Star Teller award. “The Star Teller program sets the bar in regards to the quality of service we wish to see from our employees,” states Teresa Condas, President of Centennial Bank’s South Florida Region. “ Justine and Laura deserve recognition for their dedication and attention to detail.” In appreciation of the challenges tellers have in providing best-in-class customer service, Centennial Bank designed the Star Teller Program, a monthly recognition program that showcases the importance of error-free ... Read More »


Public Is Asked To Assist With Turkey Drive Are you planning a family and/or friends gathering for a Thanksgiving get-together this year? Are you planning on having the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings? Are you aware that there are thousands of families in Southwest Florida who won’t have that opportunity because they can’t afford The Harry Chapin Food Bank needs to supply 9,000 turkeys to their participating agencies for distribution to families. The food bank would like to find partners to assist by planning a drive to collect turkeys or cash so the food bank can purchase the ... Read More »

Sunset Cove acquired by Holiday Inn Club Vacations

Sunset Cove, which boasts 36 two and three bedroom timeshare units, is located between Winn Dixie and Veteran’s Community Park and is one of two recent Holiday Inn Club Vacations® acquisitions! The new management intends on keeping the current employees of Sunset Cove. One local staffer said they are starting from scratch in going over every department and operation. “We are excited with future possibilities under the new ownership.” As the hands-on publisher of a community newspaper, vacation time is hard to come by. Combined with the budget constraints, my family decided to opt for a ‘staycation’ this year and ... Read More »

Three Marco polling places consolidated

Over the past 10 years, the number of Collier County voters exercising their right to vote during Early Voting and by Absentee/Mail ballot has steadily increased. During the 2010 General Election, 71% of eligible Marco Island voters cast their ballot early – nearly 40% voted during Early Voting and 31% cast an Absentee/Mail ballot. Conversely, voting on Election Day has continued to decline. Considering this voting trend, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office is making changes to precinct boundaries and consolidating precincts to improve voter services and better serve the voters of Collier County. In developing the consolidation plan, ... Read More »

Lely Junior ROTC launches letters from home

By Danielle Dodder  Exactly one hour before this article was written, a US military convoy was attacked in Farah province by Taliban militants and five security guards killed, according to the Wakht News Agency wire, a local news service that reports in Farsi and English. As US troops seek to keep order, roads, supplies and fuel all moving forward in this western Afghan province, Taliban routinely target the soldiers, along with the aid workers and demining agencies trying to push back against the danger and misery. Island veterans are anticipating upcoming ceremonies to reflect on their military past, but an ... Read More »

The Headstone Project

Craig Woodward  I appreciate the many people who commented or called about the last article written about John Weeks and his family. One point that concerned readers was the comment that his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Weeks Sawyer was buried in an unmarked grave at the Marco Cemetery. Clearly the wife of the first settler of Collier County, who moved here in 1862, deserves more recognition. Lizzie died in 1939 in the middle of the depression and although there were four generations of Weeks living on the Island at the time, the family was not affluent. However, her grave site is ... Read More »

ArtWalk supports “Bras for Life”

By Natalie Strom  Is it a brassiere? Is it a piece of art? It’s both! The artists of the Artist Colony at the Esplanade displayed their “bra art” at their monthly ArtWalk on Wednesday, September 28th. These hand-crafted pieces of lingerie/artwork were then brought to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the “Bras for Life” Auction benefiting the American Cancer Society. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the seven bras on display at the ArtWalk were a part of the twenty bras auctioned off on October 6th. The success of the auction was certainly due to the ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  The Marco Beach Ocean Resort received the Waste Reduction Award for contributing to the greater good of Collier County by promoting the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” philosophy, thereby helping to prolong the usable life of the Collier County landfill, thus keeping all of our landfill fees lower. Jeffrey Bullock, Hotel Manager, and Branka Guberina, Operations Manager, received the award for the hotel. In 2010, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort was awarded a Green Lodging designation by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. They expanded their recycling program to include placing recycling containers throughout the 98 units, two offices and ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus  Once upon a time the writing and release of memoirs and biographies was in the province of the well known and, usually, well aged. Now it seems that everyone writes a memoir (or, more likely in some cases, has it ghost written). I confess that I’m aghast and amused at the same time, by some of the books flooding the bookstores. Sure, there are the books of Bubba (Bill Clinton, if you forgot), W, Rumsfeld, Obama, Jimmy Carter, Cheney, Colin Powell and other noteworthy characters. Whether we agree with them or not, there’s usually something to learn. ... Read More »

Paws for Patriots

Paws for Patriots provides guide dogs to blinded soldiers and veteran assistance dogs to vets suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as other disabling conditions. On behalf of the American heroes who sacrificed so much, a Paws for Patriots program was developed to help these veterans maintain their dignity and independence. “Each year, the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) endorses a charity. This past year, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) was pleased to support Paws for Patriots in conjunction with FAR,” said Bill Filbin, President of the MIAAOR, and a veteran himself. “Keep in Touch ... Read More »


October 3rd was the first night of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s (JCMI) 13th season of B-I-N-G-O. Every week one number is posted as the hot ball number. Buying a $1 chance could win the jackpot of $250 if you bingo on the hot ball number of the evening. The first game was won on the hot ball with two people splitting both prizes. What a way to begin the lucky 13th season. Alice Palys of Marco Island, who has been coming to bingo every Monday night since it started 12 years ago, and Jenny Richmond of Naples won ... Read More »

Tiffany’s coming!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Greystone Manor, a one of a kind luxury estate on Robert’s Bay, whose grounds are perfect for a one of kind evening of elegance, brought to you by Tiffany and Co. and the Greater Marco Island American Cancer Society. Greystone Manor is situated on 3 lavish acres with over 190 feet of bay frontage. It is a stunning estate. The event, Keys for a Cause, presents guests with an opportunity to experience an evening of glamour and giving amidst the luxurious surroundings of Greystone Manor, in the name of a good cause. The benefit is ... Read More »

Business Brief

Mario Curiale Owner, Marco Building Supply Marco Building Supply is alive and well. We have served Marco Island and the surrounding communities for the past 20 years and we will continue to do so for another 20 years. We are a complete source of building supplies for any job big or small, homeowners and contractors alike have given us the opportunity to serve them. By shopping at Marco Building Supply, our customers save time and money. Most important of all they get our knowledge from us at the sales counter to do the job and get the right material for ... Read More »

Raccoon rescue

By Carl Kelly So, I was washing the bow pulpit on my boat. No. I was down on my knees, stiff bristled brush in hand, scrubbing the bow pulpit, and grumbling that I had to do it again. That little green heron had once more left me a generous token of his esteem. Then, I heard it, a chattering that sounded sort-of like the noise a green heron makes when upset or disturbed. I stood up and looked around for that little bugger, prepared to give him a talking to. I do talk to birds, and other animals, but not ... Read More »

What happens now that the Naples GCCF office is closed?

By Al Wagner The Deep Water Horizon oil spill caused significant economic impact to southwest Florida. While there was no oil on our beaches, that didn’t stop the media hype throughout the country convincing thousands of tourists to cancel or alter travel plans. Southwest Florida experienced a significant loss of business because of the perceived damage to our beaches and waterways. Businesses such as boat rentals, hotels, restaurants and real estate offices were impacted, including the employees who worked for them. As a result of those businesses suffering, the local economy experienced a ripple effect across a multitude of business ... Read More »

Crab season opening soon and Everglades City celebrates the blessing of the fleet

Patricia Huff Excitement comes to Everglades City when stone crab season opens every year on October 15! Last Sunday we started the celebration with the 3rd annual “Blessing of the Fleet.” Local fishermen and their families arrived at the Rod & Gun Club on their crab boats as visitors and residents welcomed them with applause and local children lined the dock with rose petals. Pastor John Gilmore from Copeland Baptist Mission, Pastor Morris Dantin from Chokoloskee Church of God, and Pastor Jim Fross from the Everglades Baptist Church blessed each vessel, praying for their safety. Earlier in the afternoon there ... Read More »

When a newbie meets an oldie

Joanie Fuller Sometimes we don’t dream of our next chapters, they just happen, don’t they? Captain Bill Collier never dreamed his 1910 Doxsee cottage built on Marco and moved to Goodland in 1967 would be renovated and treasured in the 21st century. Why? Think about it. Clam diggers used to bunk in the attic. Marciano Gizzi, a Chicago resident for many years, never dreamed he would be living in Goodland in this 1,400 square foot Old Florida cottage either. But he is and he loves it. In Bill Collier’s time, clam harvesting and the Doxsee Clam Factory were a big ... Read More »