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Why New Year’s Resolutions Really Matter, Part Two

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I have often wondered why so many people make New Year’s resolutions every year, yet few seem to follow though. And yes, I have been guilty of this as well. But who says the “New Year” has to start on January 1? When it comes to your health, the day YOU resolve to make positive changes could be defined as your personal New Year’s Day. As I look at my calendar, I see that the issue of Coastal Breeze News that will carry this specific column will hit newsstands on Friday, ... Read More »

CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $1.799 $1.804 $1.832 $2.000 $2.054 Florida $1.829 $1.832 $1.861 $2.003 $2.071 Georgia $1.734 $1.737 $1.757 $1.905 $1.994 Tennessee $1.609 $1.612 $1.637 $1.755 $1.896   Read More »

Work Begins to Complete Collier County Freedom Memorial

Collier County came one step closer to completing the Collier County Freedom Memorial as representatives from GATES began work on the planned $2 million 9/11 memorial, which is housed at the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida 34105. The granite, stone and water memorial as planned will be 13 feet tall and 40 feet wide, in the shape of the American flag anchored on a granite base in the shape of the United States. Plans for the Freedom Memorial began in 2004, when the Collier County Board of County Commissioners declared September as Freedom Month ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Lieutenant Sushil along with Officers Kleis, Lugg, Polly, Reams and Reith participated in a multi-agency Flex-Op with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  The operation focused on safe driving, speed enforcement, resource protection and drug interdiction in the Panther Zones located on State Road 29 and along I-75.  Collier County Sheriff’s Office provided units from multiple districts, along with support from their K-9 and Aviation teams.  The operation was a huge success with a total of 11 citations issued, 59 written warnings and 3 physical arrests being made. Officers Araujo and Barringer attended a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla meeting.  ... Read More »

Samantha Morris, Esq. Completes Certification Course

Submitted The law firm of William G. Morris, P.A. announced today that Samantha Morris, associate attorney at the firm, recently completed the 2016 Marital and Family Law Certification Review Course at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida. The course is an intensive review of virtually all aspects of marital and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support and timesharing. Instructors included a who’s who of top family lawyers in Florida. Morris received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Ave Maria School of Law, where she was also a senior editor on the school’s Law Review. Her practice ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet

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By Maggie Gust We are excited about our second meeting of this new year. On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Marco Island Writers, Inc. will welcome Jennifer FitzGerald of Fort Myers-based Mother Spider Book Designs. She chose the name for her business based on the fact that she was pregnant at the time she founded the company and was working on a college degree in design and website development. These two factors plus her life-long affinity for spiders generated the name. Jennifer will present tips on book design and interior formatting and explain why these elements are essential to a successful ... Read More »

Marco Island Executive Airport to Key West

Submitted The Marco Island Executive Airport will soon have scheduled flights directly to Key West on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays starting at $89 one-way plus taxes and fees (total fare $104.18). Beginning February 15, Raven Air Island Hoppers will offer the scheduled service in their ten-passenger Cessna 402. Flights are planned to depart Marco Island at 9 AM and arrive in Key West at 9:45 AM. Return flights are scheduled to depart Key West at 4:30 PM and arrive in Marco Island at 5:15 PM. Tickets are now on sale and available at the Raven Air Island Hoppers website at ... Read More »

Coleman Hosts Book Presentation

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Submitted “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground” author Michael Coleman will speak at the Marco Island Historical Museum, Rose History Auditorium, from 7-8 PM on January 30, 2016. Coleman’s book, a local bestseller, chronicles the transformation of Marco Island from an alligator-infested swamp to one of America’s top travel destinations. His presentation, “Secrets Shared: The Epic Struggle to Build Marco Island,” occurs exactly 51 years to the day modern Marco Island opened its doors to the world. His talk begins at 7 PM. Book signing follows. Admission is free. From curses, a kidnapping and buried gold treasure to sun-drenched beaches, savvy ... Read More »

Dillman’s Mid-Winter Arts Festival

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts confirmed today that Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat will hold one of its vastly renowned Festival of Arts at the Center on January 31, 2016 from noon to 4 PM. The festival will be free to attend and is open to the public. It will feature complimentary artist demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments. Dillman’s has offered art workshop retreats and creative art workshops for 39 years. Its programs have included more than 10,000 artists at its headquarters in Wisconsin and exotic ports of call. The Marco program will feature artists David R. Becker, ... Read More »

Sunshine’s Isles of Capri… A Place In Time on Display

SUBMITTED PHOTOS. Watercolors by Donald Sunshine will be on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time,” a collection of watercolors by artist Donald Sunshine. This collection of art celebrates the history and community of the Isles of Capri and will be on display from February 13 – April 26, 2016. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. The Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of ... Read More »

Two-Bedroom, One-Bath Condos… A Great Option!

A view of one of the Seabreeze  condo buildings near the pool. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week there were only six two-bedroom, one-bathroom inland condos for sale on the island, compared to 38 two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos. These two-bedroom, one-bathroom condos built around 1970 are on the market with an average list price of $179,000 and 751 square feet. For comparison, two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos on the market average $318,000 with 1,045 square feet, and were built during the 1980s. These two-bedroom one-bathroom condos can be found at Seabreeze, Seabreeze South, Seabreeze West, Southwinds, Aquarius and other inland condominiums. The Seabreeze at 240 North Collier Boulevard is a ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Standing Watch

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The Board of Directors of Standing Watch has been of the opinion that the Manatee should have been removed from the Endangered Species list since the year 2000. As populations in all areas of Florida have steadily risen since such records have been kept, the species has expanded well beyond their purported historical range. As animals are now found up the eastern seaboard to Virginia, and across the Gulf Coast to Texas, thermal pollution outfalls are encouraging manatees to venture into areas where they have previously never been. With numbers growing into the thousands at some individual sites in Florida, ... Read More »

Dr. Tremaine Joins Skin Wellness

Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Anne Marie Tremaine, MD, board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained in laser and cosmetic dermatology, to their practice. Dr. Tremaine graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Tremaine completed her residency in clinical research and dermatology at the University of California in Irvine. Dr. Tremaine’s training continued at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic (ASDS) and Laser Surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout her training, she held ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Polly and Reams were conducting traffic enforcement in a Panther Zone off of County Road 850.  Officer Reams observed a vehicle coming up from the rear of his patrol car at a high rate of speed.  Officer Reams proceeded to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle for unlawful speed and when he asked the driver of the vehicle for his driver license, the driver was unable to provide one.  FWC’s Dispatch confirmed with the officers that the driver had never been issued a Florida driver license and had no other driver licenses on file.  The subject was arrested ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve Seeks Comments

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on a suite of preliminary alternatives for managing backcountry access and use within Big Cypress National Preserve. Concurrently with the review of preliminary alternatives, the NPS is also holding a scoping opportunity to receive public input related to the development of a wilderness study and potential wilderness proposal. Both the scoping period for the wilderness study and public review of the preliminary alternatives is open for public comment from now to March 11, 2016.   In addition, two public workshops will be held to provide information on the preliminary alternatives so that ... Read More »

Fostering Change Luncheon to benefit Foster Children

The inaugural Fostering Change Luncheon will help support the work of the unsung heroes in the foster care community – the caregivers. The special luncheon will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kensington Country Club and is being organized by Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF). Starting at 11 a.m., guests will be treated to a champagne and jazz reception with unique boutique shopping.  The luncheon and ‘Style Show’ will begin at noon and feature models, each with their own caregiving story, who will model fashions presented by Chico’s from the Village on Venetian Bay.  Chico’s unique styles feature chic ... Read More »

2016 Python Challenge™ Invasive Species Festival

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The 2016 Python Challenge™ is a conservation effort that includes public outreach on invasive species and a month-long competition to remove Burmese pythons from public lands in Florida. Visit PythonChallenge.org for more information about the 2016 Python Challenge™, including information on the unique Everglades ecosystem, and details about the 2016 Python Challenge™ Python Removal Competition, including competition and area rules, how to register, and training opportunities. Free in-person, hands-on trainings will be offered through Feb. 6. To report nonnative fish and wildlife, call the FWC’s Invasive Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1(888-483-4681), report your sighting online at IveGot1.org or download the IveGot1 smartphone app. For more information ... Read More »

Gema Pearl at Rose Auditorium Friday, January 22nd

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Friday January 22nd, 2016 will be a very special night at the Rose Auditorium • Marco Island Historical Museum when GRAMMY nominated recording artist GEMA PEARL will be performing a concert to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Florida. Marco Island resident, Gema Pearl was forced to cancel her “Red Blooded American Girl” tour last year when she was diagnosed with the disease. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. Of the 1.5 million Americans that have Lupus, 90% are women. Awareness, early diagnosis and various treatments are key to managing it’s effects. The “Red Blooded American ... Read More »

Providence House Fundraiser

Submitted On January 18 the San Marco Catholic Church will host the Second Annual Dinner to benefit Providence House, a non-profit organization located in Naples, Florida. Providence House offers homeless women with young children the chance to create a solid foundation for a more secure future. In the United States, single women with young children represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Providence House’s mission is to help poor, single working women with young children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless create a better quality of life through a supportive transitional housing and self-sufficiency program. The ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Renaissance Academy

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will again host the Renaissance Academy’s Marco Island programs in 2016. The Renaissance Academy is an educational outreach program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University in partnership with other regional organizations sharing the goals of advancing lifelong learning, creativity and social engagement. Renaissance Academy is based on the premise that learning should never cease, a philosophy shared by the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The programs will be presented at the Center. “Beethoven’s Ninth: The Struggle, Despair and Triumph” will be presented January 14, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. Famed conductor ... Read More »