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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

Manatee zone markings are increased during winter months.

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 »

Robert Fuchs to Speak at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance Event

Bob in his garden with a specimen Rhynchostylus retusa. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted World-renown orchid grower and accredited American Orchid Society (AOS) judge, Robert Fuchs, will make a rare appearance to speak in southwest Florida at the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on Nov. 20, at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd. in Naples, 6:30–8:30 PM. Orchid lovers are invited (at no charge) to come hear Fuchs’ presentation about name changes in the vandaceous alliance and what that means for current hybrid genera. His presentation, “What’s In a Name?”, was the keynote address at the 21st World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September. During that ... Read More »

Inaugural Guardian Anglers Tournament raises $40,000

Anglers were anxious to get a jump on the day. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida jointly hosted the inaugural Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8. The two-day event engaged local anglers and supporters in a catch-and-release challenge and fundraiser, reeling in a total of $40,000 to benefit both organizations. “We are pleased to work with so many generous donors and sponsors in our community,” said Friends of Rookery Bay president Craig Seibert. “Now, more than ever, support from the community is critical in ensuring our coastal resources are protected for future generations.” During Saturday’s tournament, anglers photographed and documented all snook, ... Read More »

Election 2014 Results

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By Noelle H. Lowery The ballots have been cast and counted, and the results are in with more than 61 percent of registered Collier County voters heading to the polls. The Marco Island City Council will have one new face in the coming year. Incumbents Joe Batte and Bob Brown will remain on the dais with 28 percent and 27 percent of the vote respectively, and Victor Rios will join them with 23 percent. Litha Berger fought a tough race, though, coming in with a little more than 21 percent of the vote. In other local races, Erika Donalds won ... Read More »

Light the Way

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour It seems now-a-days with so many new products for bicycles, like Go-Pro cameras and Garmin computers, you seem to run out of space on your handlebars pretty quickly, thus leaving out room for one of the most important accessories needed for this time of year: lights. Light sets are especially useful for early morning riding and late evening riding. Not only do they make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

Emily on her 90th birthday in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist STEPPING STONES…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 ... Read More »

DEP, Collier County Enter Agreement on Dan A. Hughes Enforcement

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently finalized a stipulated agreement with Collier County, clearing the way for the county to join DEP in its lawsuit against the Dan A. Hughes Co., a Beeville, TX-based oil and gas company. Filed in July, the lawsuit requests the court’s enforcement of the requirements under a consent order between DEP and the Dan A. Hughes Co. and seeks monetary penalties in excess of $100,000 as a result of the company violating the terms of the consent order and other regulations. The consent order was issued in April ... Read More »

Memorial Wall to be Unveiled

On Nov. 11, artist Malenda Trick’s breathtaking Memorial Wall of historical images of our valiant soldiers at war will be unveiled in a ceremony beginning at 5 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum, in front of veterans, local, state and federal officials and the public. Trick began painting on her third Veterans’ Day project on July 15, and has painted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the Marco Island Historical Museum since that day to create dramatic images of Florida’s soldiers at war and our national war efforts. The memorial wall then will travel throughout Florida and by April ... Read More »