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Collier County Medflight accredited

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) announced that Collier County MedFlight, a County Emergency Medical Services-run rotorwing service, was awarded accreditation on June 3, 2015. MedFlight provides highly skilled flight paramedic teams to care for adult and pediatric patients in Collier County as well as the surrounding counties CAMTS is an organization of non-profit groups dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. The commission, which has 21 current member organizations, offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality. The commission ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve – Oil and Gas Plan Comments

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) to explore for oil and gas within Big Cypress National Preserve. The Plan seeks approval to conduct a seismic survey over a 110± square mile area to identify subsurface geologic structures that may contain commercial quantities of crude oil and natural gas in the Sunniland Oil Trend. The applicant, Burnett Oil Company, Inc., proposes to conduct the seismic survey by using small, portable seismic receivers (geophones) and recording devices, which measure and record subtle vibrations in the ground. No explosives will be ... Read More »

FWC Approves Comprehensive Bear Management Rules

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continued its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management at its meeting in Sarasota on June 24. FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears. In summary, Commissioners approved changes to strengthen the wildlife feeding rule. Commissioners also approved changes to the bear conservation rule, which include a permit program to authorize landowners to remove a bear causing property damage under certain circumstances. These changes also allow the public and trained security personnel to scare bears with less-than-lethal methods in appropriate situations without a ... Read More »

The Teapot and the Scorpion

Looking South, June 26 at 11:00 PM. Also be sure to check out  the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter if the clouds clear out early! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight the two brightest, or at least the easiest to find, constellations of the zodiac are riding high in the sky; Sagittarius the Archer or Centaur (actually it’s both) and Scorpius the Scorpion are easy to locate. Sagittarius has the famous teapot asterism that really jumps out of the jumble of stars that fill this region of the sky; and Scorpius is one of the very few constellations that actually look like the thing they are supposed to represent. The teapot asterism consists of eight stars, all roughly equally bright. This time of ... Read More »

TruPayroll Seeks Support in Attaining Grant

Submitted Marco Island based TruPayroll is seeking support in its effort to qualify for a $100,000 grant from Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street Grants program. Mission Main Street will award 20 grants of $100,000 to small companies that submit a business profile, a grant questionnaire and meet relevant eligibility requirements. To be eligible, businesses must also receive at least 250 votes at the program’s website, https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/31625. Founded in 2007, TruPayroll is an accounting, tax and payroll firm specializing in serving small and mid-sized businesses. It also has offices in Naples. “TruPayroll is striving to grow and expand its services in ... Read More »

Jeff Klinkenberg: “Alligators in B Flat” at the Rose History Auditorium

BJ Henning, program director, introduces  Jeff Klinkenberg, author, humorist and speaker. He regaled audience members with fun stories of Florida culture. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad It was a Tuesday night, June 2 to be exact, and Jeff Klinkenberg was speaking at the Rose History Auditorium. Who is Jeff Klinkenberg? Better yet, why should you know Jeff Klinkenberg? Jeff Klinkenberg is a local author and recently retired columnist from the Tampa Bay Times. Jeff’s beat was Florida culture and he writes from a very personal perspective that really captures the essence of the Florida way of life. If you have a good sense of humor and love the spinning of a good yarn, then you should know Jeff Klinkenberg. Jeff already had three ... Read More »

“Dispatches from the Deep: The Archaeology of Florida’s Spanish Shipwrecks”

Collier County Museum: June 10 Spanish ships have been navigating Florida’s waters for more than 500 years. This talk will highlight the evidence underwater archaeologists have uncovered over the years about failed colonies, far-ranging trade networks, and doomed plate fleets. Visitors can see the evidence and learn about these unique Florida resources. The program was organized by Melissa Timo at the Florida Public Archaeology Network and begins at 2 p.m. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are suggested. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738.   Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Peggy B. Dotson

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I would like to voice my opinion of the recent Marco Island City Council decision to restrict short term rentals. Most families cannot afford or even get a month vacation or time off from work. When I first came to Florida to purchase a property, I fell in love with Marco Island because of its friendly family atmosphere. I bought a condo and then a house. I have been renting my home to friends and families from all over the world. Besides aiding my retirement funds, I have been able to share Marco Island and all of its beauty with ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Support of Marco Island Referendum Petition on Rental Ordinance 15-01

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Rental Ordinance Circulating for Marco Island Voter Signatures After receiving petition approval from the Marco Island City attorney, the Committee to Repeal the Ordinance has sent electronic versions of the petition and ordinance to concerned residents and organizations for distribution. The Committee chose multiple distribution channels including email from the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce (link available for petition download with instructions); the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (links for download); website download, and hardcopy versions of the petition at many public locations. What Interested Voters and Taxpayers Can Do Residents who have received an electronic copy of the ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE DISCOUNT ON SWIMMING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

In an effort to keep young children safe in the water, the Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a 20 percent discount for all Collier County children ages 5 and under for Level 1 swim lessons at county aquatic locations. Deaths from drowning for children age 5 or younger in Florida are more than double the national average and are higher than any other state in the nation, according to the Florida Department of Health. More than two-thirds of those deaths occurred in swimming pools. Drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages 1 to 4 ... Read More »

Gulf state recreational red snapper season opens Memorial Day weekend

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters opens to harvest Memorial Day weekend. 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, closing July 13. This season will 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. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. This results in ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

‘Fiddler’s Creek has announced the start of construction on single-family residences within Lagomar, a new village of 42 home sites located within the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, Lagomar is adjacent to the home builder’s other village of Chiasso and is intertwined with pristine lakes and waterways. Lagomar will feature three spacious floor plans, ranging from 2,583 air-conditioned square feet to 3,246 air-conditioned square feet. The Hawthorne will provide 2,583 air-conditioned square feet and emphasize southern style Florida living. This home will feature three bedrooms and a den, three full baths, and a great room styled plan with a ... Read More »

Rookery part of Blue Star Museums Program

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage. “We are proud to connect military families with the history and natural resources here at the Reserve,” said Gary Lytton, director of Rookery Bay Reserve. “The ... Read More »

Spring Football Game Becomes a Scrimmage for MIA Rays

Oops! A number of Marco Island Academy football players, are caught watching a play, rather than being involved in it, during a scrimmage on a Friday night when Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran canceled at the last minute.

By Roger LaLonde On a balmy Friday night, May 15, Marco Island Academy football fans walked onto the field at Winterberry Park. They were anxious to see what the next season may hold as the Manta Rays were to play their spring game against Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran. The referees chatted as they readied to have the opportunity to work a game, after being idle for more than six months. But wait, they were only talking with coaches and players from the Rays. Zion Lutheran wasn’t on the field. In fact, they weren’t even on Marco. In the waning afternoon hours ... Read More »

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 »