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Dr. Joseph Parisi: Road to Marco Paved with Many Hats

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The paths we take to get from one point to another are as varied as the stars in the sky. For Joseph Parisi, there was a hat for every path, and a path for every hat. A good place to start is the beginning, which, for our story, is Brooklyn, New York and a chicken farm. “Instead of spending the summers in hot Brooklyn, I went to Tom’s River, New Jersey and spent the summers with my Grandparents on their chicken farm. That was my first introduction to animals.” After high school, Joe joined the navy ... Read More »

HUMOR: That Reminds Me…

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was the second day of a moving sale. Like animals sense fear, people sensed it was bargain time. A man walked over to the table marked ‘All Items – $10’. He picked up one item and turned it around in his hands for a moment. “How much is this?” “Ten dollars,” was the reply to him. “I’ll give you five for it,” he said with the grin of a man about to get a deal. “Sold!” The man handed over his five-dollar bill. He took a step toward the exit, turned and asked: “What is ... Read More »

Wasserman, Delivers Presentation to Members of American College of Mohs Surgery

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Submitted Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, board certified in dermatology with a dual fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine, presented at the recent 47th American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting on the intraoperative use of fractionated carbon dioxide lasers for the improvement of post-operative scars. Dr. Wasserman also moderated and spoke at a separate session with Christopher Barker, MD, radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, presenting results from his experience and outcomes of utilizing photodynamic therapy as a neoadjuvant treatment for select non-melanoma skin cancers prior to Mohs surgery. Members attending the sessions earned ... Read More »

Collier County to Honor First Responders Who Resuscitated Patients from Cardiac Arrest

Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department will hold a special ceremony for emergency response personnel who responded to and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The Phoenix Awards ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing. More than 70 emergency response personnel from ... Read More »

FWC approves changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee. Commercial harvesters targeting spiny lobster while diving are requiredto have a crawfish commercial dive endorsement along with a saltwater products license (Florida’s basic commercial license) and a restricted species endorsement. The commercial dive endorsement program was implemented in 2004 in an effort to reduce conflicts within the commercial lobster fishery during a time when the commercial dive fishery was rapidly expanding. No new or additional commercial dive endorsements have been issued since the program was ... Read More »

An Orchid Double Hitter

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Submitted Come one, come all! The orchid-loving public is invited to attend this rare “Orchid Double-Hitter” on May 21, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 for the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event. Attendance is free. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a sale of rare and exotic orchids flown in from Hawaii just for the event. “I’ll be there when the doors open,” said Carmina Rodriguez Villa, a Naples orchid collector and member of the Alliance. “This is an opportunity to find unusual orchids, so I’ll go early to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve

Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy   Contacts: Big Cypress National Preserve: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107 Everglades Media Contacts Only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714, or Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017 Biscayne National Park: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679 Ochopee, FL– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800. “Big Cypress National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

US 41 at Mooring Line Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews will be working on sidewalks and landscaping on the west side of the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the road. US 41 from Wiggins Pass Road to Immokalee Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the two outside southbound lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for crews to work on utilities.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic during this time. US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from ... Read More »

IBERIABANK JOINS ‘TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE’ CAMPAIGN

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IBERIABANK, the 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with area schools to celebrate national “Teach Children to Save Day” with savings education on April 24. Through this program, which is sponsored by American Bankers Association (ABA), over 200 IBERIABANK associates will reach more than 3,800 children throughout five states.  Local youth will be taught to identify the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending and how to save for the future.   Here locally, bankers from IBERIABANK taught classes at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers, Poinciana Elementary School in Naples ... Read More »

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. Staff were directed to refine changes to the feeding rule by making a new sub-section specifically for bear feeding and adding coyotes to rule 68A-4.001(3). In responding to feeding violations, staff will focus on written warnings as a key component. ... Read More »

Commission approves 70-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida.   The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1.   The 2015 Gulf federal waters ... Read More »

Clerk Wins 2015 Budget Award from Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the Collier County Clerk of the Courts, Florida has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for budget year 2015, for the thirteenth consecutive year.   The award represents a significant achievement by the Clerk’s Accounting Department. It reflects the commitment of Clerk of Courts Dwight E. Brock and his staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Clerk had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge as it was being constructed in 1969. SUBMITTED photoS

By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in 1969, said Needles, the owner/broker of the business he started here, ERA Flagship Real Estate. “Most of them were construction workers, a huge number of construction workers,” said Needles. “It was definitely a blue-collar environment. There were a few of ... Read More »

Macro Photography Workshop

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its first special event with DPI-SIG. This special event will be a 3-hour macro presentation and workshop by Mike Matthews from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. on May 16, 2015. The full program includes a 90 minute lecture, reception and a 90 minute hands-on macro workshop, photographing a variety of items for only $35. Lecture program alone includes a 90 minute lecture and reception followed by the opportunity to observe (not photograph) the macro workshop for $25. As an added bonus, door prizes from Hunt’s Photo and Video will be awarded. ... Read More »

Significant Future Growth Planned for Collier County

Mark Strain, Collier County’s chief hearing examiner and chairman of the county’s Planning Commission.

By Don Manley Construction activity in Collier County has again become commonplace as the economy recovers from the most recent recession. One need look no further than the State Route 951 – U.S. 41 corridor near Marco Island for evidence of that fact. Donna Fiala, the Collier County commissioner whose district includes Marco and Mark Strain, the county’s chief hearing Examiner, discussed growth that is underway or planned for the near and distant future, at a presentation held recently at ciation of Realtors. “Collier County is built out or promised to be built out in some manner,” said Strain. However, ... Read More »

FDOT Hearing on the US 41 at Lely Resort Intersection

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Submitted The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing about safety improvements to the US 41 at Lely Resort Boulevard intersection. The proposed improvements include: The improvement includes modification of the full median opening to a dual directional opening. Currently all movements are allowed at the median opening. With this change, left turns out of Gridley Medical Building/Equestrian Professional Center and Lely Resort Boulevard will be restricted to improve safety at the intersection. Drivers will continue to be able to make left turns from US 41. Temporary median modification anticipated in summer 2015, with final construction tentatively set ... Read More »

Sugden Regional Park to host the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships

Event to be held September 19-27, 2015   The 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships will be held at Sugden Regional Park in Naples from Sept. 19 – 27, 2015.              This weeklong event showcases the Pro Watercross Tour and combines the electricity and appeal of traditional beach events with the high speed thrills of competitive motorsports says Rob Wells, Collier County Senior Sports Marketing Manager. “Dramatic staging, professional sound system, banners, flags, and pit tents set the stage for a truly large-scale event – this is like the NASCAR of Watercross,” Wells said. The Tour features a contingent of up-and-coming men and ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 1

Registration for all Collier County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1. You many register online at www.collierparks.com or visit your nearest community center.   Collier County Parks & Recreation has been in the summer camp business longer than any other organization. Camp Collier offers a fun lively environment where children can play, connect and discover! Each week is a different theme! Children have the opportunity to attend weekly or enjoy the entire summer.  Campers will take nature walks, play games, make arts and crafts, participate in different sports, host guests from the community, as well as take weekly swim ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

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STEPPING STONES… Bob McConville This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure…we use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create these pathways leave lasting ... Read More »