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David Lee Thompson Exhibit at Museum of the Everglades

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By Pat Newman The Everglades unfold mile by mile along the Tamiami Trail (41) as mangrove swamps give way to green hammocks, shallow canals and bursts of seasonal color. David Lee Thompson’s collection, “Primordial Everglades,” captures the panorama and the natural minutia of Florida’s natural treasure. His photographs are on display through Jan. 31 at Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. Thompson was on hand to discuss his work at the exhibit opening earlier in the month. “I love creating art, which is a natural and important part of my life,” Thompson explained. The Florida native has been working ... Read More »

Density Credit Ratio Transfers — The debate continues

New Planning Board Chairman Dr. Marty Roddy rolls up his sleeves, ready to get down to business. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman Marco Island Planning Board’s first meeting of 2015 focused on some lingering issues and addressed new business like allowing artificial turf and a temporary use permit for Rose Marina. Dr. Marty Roddy took over as chairman following the resignation of Monte Lazarus. As a newly appointed city magistrate, Lazarus was required by Florida state law to vacate his seat. The board voted 5-1 to increase the commercial component of mixed-use from 25 percent to 50 percent in C-4 zoning districts. Dr. Bill Trotter recommended that the ratios should be changed to 50 percent residential and 50 percent ... Read More »

Seashells by the Seashore

Her doggies.Photos By Melinda Gray

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Someone asked me recently what I love about the beach. It was then I realized why I’ve always gravitated to the nearest body of water. The Great Lakes stay cool, even in the dead of summer; the Atlantic Ocean’s waves make me feel like a little kid, no matter my age; the Gulf of Mexico is warm and clear, reminding me of the Caribbean Sea, the most beautiful body of water I’ve ever seen. Despite their differences, every shore I’ve walked along has made me feel like I’m at standing at the earth’s end. At night, ... Read More »

Process Servers: Do We Have to Let Them in?

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Condo Law By Robert Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. A question that often arises in Florida is in regard to the service of process in gated communities and condominiums. Our community association clients often ask if they are required to admit process servers to serve process to members in the community. The questions often asked are: Isn’t privacy what we are all about? Why would we have to allow a process server in? If we have to let them in, can we at least call ahead to the members and let them know so they won’t answer their door? ... Read More »

MIA Receives ‘A’ Grade

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Academy received an early Christmas gift from the Florida Department of Education right before its holiday break. The island’s charter high school received an overall “A” grade for its academic performance over the 2013-14 school year. “The hard work of teachers, students, school leadership, and board members at Marco Island Academy really paid off,” said MIA Board Chairman and Founder Jane Watt. “I am so proud of all those who worked so hard.” The “A” grade was the result of MIA receiving its accreditation last year and its dramatically improved test scores ... Read More »

Mike Owen, Fakahatchee Biologist, to Speak: Restoring the Rarest Epiphytic Orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand

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Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm One of the rarest epiphytic orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand, the Cowhorn or Cigar orchid, is listed on Florida’s Endangered Plant Index. Efforts have been underway for several years to restore this once-flourishing orchid. The long road from orchid seed to successful seedling will be told by Mike Owen, Fakahatchee State Park biologist, at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on December 18, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Orchid lovers are invited (no charge). Mike Owen has been the biologist ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek is now offering newly completed, move-in-ready residences by national home builder Lennar Homes in two residential villages within the luxury, master-planned community. In the village of Sonoma, Lennar has completed the Florence, a fully furnished, ground floor coach home encompassing 1,741 square feet of air-conditioned living space. The Florence has three bedrooms and two baths in a split floor plan. This model home, professionally decorated by Soco Interiors, also offers a spacious living room, kitchen, breakfast area and dining room. Other features of the Florence include a screen covered patio with a two-car garage. Upgraded features that are ... Read More »

Ke Robinson Exhibit at The Museum of the Everglades

Ke Robinson is joined by her daughter, Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance and his wife Gayle at the exhibit reception at the Everglades Museum.

By Pat Newman Bold colors marry traditional Florida flora and fauna in a whimsical blend of “tropical expressionism” at a new exhibit hosted by the Museum of the Everglades entitled “Tropical Art With An Edge” by Ke Robinson. The Florida artist, who lives in West Palm Beach, was on hand Saturday, Dec. 6, to talk about her mixed media collection which made its debut in Everglades City. She spoke modestly of her work, explaining her inspiration behind the paintings of native Florida birds and alligators. “I paint what I please,” she stated. Robinson is a self-taught artist who claims to ... Read More »

Notes From Fatima

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Local resident, Peter Vale, has been studying and working at the Vatican and the Pontifical North American College. San Marco Catholic Church and the Diocese of Venice, as well as family and friends have been encouraging in his endeavors. During weekends and some holidays, Peter has the opportunity to visit surrounding areas and holy sites in other countries. Recently, Peter made a weekend pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain. “We flew into Lisbon, rented a small car there, and drove all the way up to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain (a 5.5-hour ride). Because the ... Read More »

Anchoring Regulation Survey

Interested parties on potential anchoring regulations on Florida waters should contribute their thoughts on this subject through an online survey FWC has developed in response to feedback received at three prior public meetings this year. This survey has crucial explanatory language in the form of a video and audio messages (text options are available). To minimize the risk of confusion please listen to the messages in their entirety. Immediately following each video or audio message are questions specifically related to the information contained in that message. It is desired to obtain the most widespread response possible from all parties with ... Read More »

NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC WORKSHOP

BOARD OF COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCIL Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Board of County Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council will hold a joint workshop at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112.   This meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via colliergov.net. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to: 1)          Ambulance Service 2)          Funding for Arterial Roadways 3)          Improvements to Goodland Road 4)          Park Impact Fees 5)          Signage and Parking ... Read More »

SNOWFEST

NEW LOCATION * NEW HOURS * NEW ATTRACTIONS There’s snow in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 6, as Collier County Parks and recreation hosts the 29th annual Snowfest. The event, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., welcomes more than 15,000 people who want to see snow in Florida and celebrate the winter holiday. This year, Snowfest will be held at a new location, the Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, with new hours and many new attractions. These include: SNOWGLOBE LIVE:  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a snowglobe? Here’s ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON Open Through NOVEMBER 30

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ Thanksgiving Break from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on through Sunday, Nov. 30. The park is offering a special discount for the winter holiday break for Collier County residents. Residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address will receive $2 off any entry for those 48 inches tall or taller (normally $13). Individuals less than 48-inches tall enter for $6, and children 3 and under enter free. Sales tax added to all fees. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions: One waterslide drops into the 1,200 foot long ... Read More »

Homegrown Clams

Nick spent most of the day covered head-to-toe; the process of  getting into a wetsuit proved more complicated than I thought. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Does the average seafood lover ever wonder about what is involved in bringing their favorite oceanic edibles to the table? As a seafood lover myself, I’ve always gravitated to the surf items on any menu, but I’ve never really put much thought into how that delicious shellfish came to land on my plate. Where do the clams in my clam chowder come from? I’m a city girl from Ohio, which means they’ve always originated in a can, and until now, that was okay. But since moving to Florida, all of the seafood I’ve eaten has ... Read More »

OBIT: Corinne Josephine (Wood) Landers

Corinne Josephine (Wood) Landers, 88, died peacefully Nov.18, 2014. She was born in Lowell, MA, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1925 to Josephine and Matthew Wood. Married Feb. 24, 1944 to Lawrence A. Landers, the couple lived in Dedham and West Roxbury, Mass. before relocating to Nashua and later to Hollis, N.H. The family built a summer home on Cape Cod and also enjoyed many summers on Bear Island, Lake Winnepasauki, N.H. During World War II, she worked in the Boston shipyard while her husband was serving aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell in the Pacific. She was a ... Read More »

Tech Trek Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What do wind-powered cellphones, DNA testing for law enforcement and Barbie bungee-jumping have in common? These were just a few of the workshops that girls from throughout Florida participated in at Tech Trek’s weeklong camp at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg this past July. Now the deadline for science and math teachers to nominate seventh-grade girls statewide for next year’s camp is quickly approaching — Monday, Dec. 15. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Tech Trek is scheduled June 27-July 3, 2015, at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Last year, Marco Island ... Read More »

The AAA The Auto Club Group

Nationwide motorists are paying the cheapest price at the pump since 2010. The average price of gas has now fallen below the $3 mark in seventeen states. Georgia is one of the newest members of the $3 club, the average currently sits at $2.93. In Florida gasoline is hovering around $3.04, but in metro markets like Orlando, Pensacola, and Tampa motorists are have already seen the average dip below the $3 threshold. Meanwhile, Tennesseans are enjoying the second lowest gas prices in the nation.  Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $3.05 $3.06 $3.11 $3.34 ... Read More »

“Painting is like a Journey” Naples Depot Museum features the Artwork of Heidi Schmitz

The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Painting is like a Journey, paintings by local and international artist Heidi Schmitz, on display from Nov. 5 through Dec. 30, 2014. Sponsored by Friends of the Collier County Museums, the opening wine and cheese reception is free to the public and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Born in Munich, Germany, Heidi Schmitz teaches in her studio and the Peoples University of Munich, using colors and techniques that reflect a European flair not commonly found in North America. Her paintings show charming landscapes, picturesque views and colorful ... Read More »

Community Tour Schedule Announced

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net First things first, as of Dec. 1, Collier County will add an additional EMS vehicle to Marco Island. * Last week, my friends Shirlee and Brian Barcic and I decided to have dinner at the Bistro Soleil, located at the Olde Marco Inn. Now, I’ve been to many events at the Bistro and always enjoyed them, but have never just had dinner there with friends. What an outstanding experience THAT was! It felt very special to enjoy a dining experience in this historic place. The service was just wonderful, the food was so good it ... Read More »

Slow Down as Manatees Swim to Warmer Waters

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Submitted The annual migration of Florida manatees to warmer waters begins in November, which is Manatee Awareness Month. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages boaters to help protect migrating manatees by looking out and slowing down for these aquatic mammals that often rest or congregate underwater and can be difficult to see. “During Manatee Awareness Month, the FWC encourages the public to celebrate manatees by learning more about these gentle giants, including the importance of people’s actions in conserving this iconic Florida species,” said Carol Knox, the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management section leader. “Boaters slowing down and ... Read More »