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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 »

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

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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 »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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Like most cities, Marco Island has ordinances governing where, when and how you can display political signs. Some of those rules, including Section 530-527(17), prohibit mounting political signs on vehicles, whether parked or being driven. And some of the rules prohibit political signs from being placed in the public right of way, as well as prohibiting vehicles from being parked within so many feet of any intersection, and within vacant lots without the owner’s permission. These requirements are for political fairness and equality, and for public safety and protection of property. You would think that our stalwart “captains of industry” ... Read More »

Take Stock in Children recognized The Immokalee Foundation with statewide award in excellence Successfully providing Collier County’s youth with scholarships, mentors and hope

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The Immokalee Foundation, an affiliate of Take Stock in Children, was recently recognized with a coveted Excellence Award for successfully providing at-risk youth with caring volunteer mentors, college readiness curriculum and college scholarships. The Immokalee Foundation has shown great results with a high school graduation rate of 100 percent with 100 percent of those students entering college with the guidance of 86 mentors from the local community. This is well above Florida’s average high school graduation rate of 57 percent for students living in poverty, with only 28 percent enrolling in college. TIF, currently serving 125 students, received the award ... Read More »

Author Rick Chiantaretto

Author Rick Chiantaretto’s novel Death of the body was recently featured in Tampa and Orlando Style Magazines on pages 61-64. Check out the article at With Halloween around the corner, many readers are looking for just the right book to send them shivering under the covers. We wanted to tip you off on some top spooky reads for young adults (and adults who like their creepy reads on the mild side!) from popular and new and up and coming authors. You might have recommendations as well.   Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto Horowitz Horrors by Anthony Horowitz The ... Read More »

Cooler weather brings more hunting opportunities

Football season is in full swing, and the 2014-15 hunting season is cranking up. Heck, in Zone A, they’re already into general gun season. But for the rest of us, I’d like to cover some things you should know regarding three hunting seasons that are just around the corner: muzzleloading gun, gray squirrel and the first phase of dove. Immediately following the close of crossbow season in each zone, the muzzleloading gun season begins. Season dates on private lands run Nov. 22 – Dec. 5 in Zone B, Oct. 18-31 in Zone C and Dec. 6-12 in Zone D. During muzzleloading gun season, bows and crossbows ... Read More »

Welcome to Women’s Small Business Month

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff October marks a very important milestone for women and for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is National Women’s Small Business Month and the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 (H.R. 5050), an effort to eliminate discriminatory lending practices and to establish the Women’s Business Center Program and the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). Today, the NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the Small Business Association on issues relevant to women business owners — with a critical focus on how to alleviate the obstacles faced by ... Read More »

Local Doctor Rates CDC/TSA Response a FAILURE

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By Val Simon Val@coastalbreezenews.com The spread of Ebola is filling headlines and news broadcasts across the globe, but how does the spread of Ebola affect us here in Naples and Marco Island? On a return trip from Brussels, just two weeks ago at this writing, popular area podiatrist Dr. Loan Lam was able to see first-hand how the policies and procedures of government agencies such as the CDC and TSA were enacted and enforced. Here is recap of her experience in her own words. “As a physician and US citizen, I have to say I was highly disappointed in how ... Read More »

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau was recognized for excellence in tourism marketing at the 47th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism during the Flagler Awards, named after named for the late railroad and hotel magnate Henry Flagler, often referred to as the Father of Florida Tourism. The Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Annually, the Flagler Awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Based on the judges’ cumulative scores, awards were presented to ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate. This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon ... Read More »