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Touring The Isles of Collier Preserve

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On a blustery and sunny March day, Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala hosted a special constituent tour of East Naples’ newest eco-friendly resort-style community — The Isles of Collier Preserve. Spearheaded by Minto Communities Florida, the 2,300-acre development boasts some 1,649 home sites, which include coach homes, paired homes and single-family residences ranging ... Read More »

Karate Kids

By Melinda Gray When people think of Karate, they think of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Mr. Miyagi, but make no mistake young grasshoppers, there is much more to it than the Hollywood portrayal. Nick Lemke, owner and sensei of Shima Dojo, will tell you that. On Saturday, March 22, Shima Dojo held their Third annual All-You-Can-Eat Blue Crab fundraiser. ... Read More »

A barking good time

By Julia Barnett Mutts and Martini’s returned to Marco for the sixth year, running this past Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The event once again brought barks and bucks to the Esplanade Plaza, all in the name of charity. The “Yappy Hour” event ran from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and included a puppy parade, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. ... Read More »

Naples Chabad Dedicates World-Class Mikvah

By Carol Glassman Jewish law states that building a mikvah is more important to a community than building a synagogue and that even a community’s most treasured assets such as the synagogue and the Torah scroll may be sold to raise the funds needed to build a mikvah. (A bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion, literally means “a ... Read More »

Habitat recognizes St. Mark’s

Submitted Sunday March 23, was “Habitat Sunday” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Lisa Lefkow, executive vice president of Collier County Habitat for Humanity, presented the congregation with a plaque recognizing the congregation’s building of Habit homes number seven and eight. It read, “With gratitude and appreciation for your tremendous expression of faith in action,” ending with a quote from ... Read More »

Marco Riders Honor Dasti

By Marilyn Honahan On Saturday, March 22, the Marco Riders got together for an evening aboard the Marco Island Princess. The evening was arranged by long time member Marvin Tomlin. There were 79 members and guests in attendance. After an excellent dinner and a fun door prize drawing, there was a surprise award. Carmen Dasti was honored by his fellow ... Read More »

Local Women Doing a World of Good

By Melinda Gray The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) was formed in1966 by 16 friends who shared the desire to help support the people of Marco Island and various non-profit groups. Today, the civic-minded organization is an active social network for the women of Marco Island. The club is comprised of roughly 180 women who live on the island at ... Read More »

Honoring the Arts

Recently, the Ladies of the Summit House attended the play The Drowsy Chaperone performed at the Sugden Theater in Naples. With them was the Tony Award Winner for the lyrics, Lisa Lambert, who visited with the cast of the play and was honored by the Ladies of the Summit House at their annual champagne party. Lisa Lambert gave high praise to ... Read More »

Sonoma Homes at Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announces that move-in-ready homes are now available for viewing in Sonoma, a Mediterranean-style village of just 44 coach homes in the luxury, master-planned community. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community that has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as “Best ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

Pat Gage of Marco Island was a big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Miriam Slavich. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM.   Read More »

United Church Celebrates 25 years of Stephen Ministry

On Sunday, March 23, United Church of Marco Island celebrated a very special day, the 25th anniversary of Stephen Ministry. This International not-for-profit religious program was founded by Dr. Kenneth Haugk in 1975. Dr. Haugk was a pastor of a church in St. Louis and saw a need for care in his church that exceeded what he alone could offer ... Read More »

Paddlers Complete 1,515 Mile Sea Kayaking Journey

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection congratulates kayakers Marc DeLuca and Jim Windle for finishing the entire 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, as mapped and developed by the Department’s Office of Greenways & Trails. The two retired police officers from Charlotte, N.C., began their four-month journey Nov. 2, 2013 at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola and finished March ... Read More »

Opera Naples Announces Cast of “Nabucco”

Naples is pleased to announce the cast of Nabucco which will be presented in partnership with ArtsNaples World Festival at North Naples Methodist Church on Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. Nabucco propelled Verdi into musical prominence in 1842 as Italy’s leading opera composer. Although it is the biblical story of the Jews repressed then exiled from Babylon, it actually ... Read More »

Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

The 26th Annual Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held at 7 a.m., April 20, at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access north of the Madeira Condominium. Participating clergy are Marco Presbyterian Church’s Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, New ... Read More »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

Join your friends and come to the Marco YMCA on Saturday, April 26 and celebrate Healthy Kids Day and cap off the day’s activities with the Duck Derby at the Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Activities, games, arts & crafts are on the schedule from 10am to 1pm. The 19th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby races are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Race ... Read More »

The Odd Couple

The Marco Players Children’s Theater presents The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. A compulsive neat-freak, uptight Felix Unger moves in with a slovenly, easy going friend Oscar Madison during a period of emotional stress. This mismatch is a source of hilarious comic situations, involving a circle of kooky acquaintances and neighbors. Show dates run from April 25 through April 27. Buy your ... Read More »

2014 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings

The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meetings will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes go ... Read More »

End of Season Food Drive

United Church of Marco Island, 320 North Barfield Dr., has set up a food donation point for residents of Marco Island. Seasonal residents returning north who find themselves with a surplus of unopened, non-perishable foodstuffs can bring them to the church office, and Pastor Ron Thompson will distribute them to food banks and shelters in the Naples area. Donations may be taken ... Read More »

Pumping Polluted Water Must Stop

A major decision in federal court today will put an end to government-sanctioned pollution that’s been fouling Lake Okeechobee for more than three decades. The case, first filed in 2002 by Earthjustice, challenged the practice of “back pumping.” For years, South Florida sugar and vegetable growers have used the public’s waters, pumped out of giant Lake Okeechobee, to irrigate their fields. ... Read More »

Naples a Finalist in USA TODAY’s 10Best Golf Destination

Naples is one of the nominees in USA TODAY’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The USA TODAY 10Best expert panel selected Naples as a contender for the Best Golf Destination category, which just launched. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-golf-destination/. A person ... Read More »