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Celebrate the New Year in Florida With 5 Free Crapemyrtles from the Arbor Day Foundation

Residents of Florida can ring in the New Year with 5 free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2013. “These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in Florida with a splash of color for much of the year,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Members will experience pink and red flowers in the spring, green flowers in the summer and a mix of red, orange and yellow during autumn.” The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped ... Read More »

Annual Event Helps Bring Christmas To Everglades Kids

More than 40 deserving Everglades area children purchased presents for their family members during the eighth annual “Shop With A Cop” event Saturday, Dec. 1. Susan Gentry, a Collier County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention specialist, organized the event, sponsored by the Collier County Police Activity League (PAL). Forty-four children received $100 each to select items for their parents, siblings and a gift for themselves. Around three dozen CCSO members, along with their family members, went shopping with the kids to help them pick out and purchase the items. The shopping spree began early in the morning when the CCSO members ... Read More »

Jewish Federation of Collier County Presents its 2012 Human Needs Award

Angels Undercover and Laces of Love are the 2012 recipients On Tuesday, December 11, the Jewish Federation of Collier County presented its 2012 Human Needs Award to Angels Undercover and Laces of Love. Angels Undercover provides underwear, socks and school uniforms to school children in need. Laces of Love provides shoes to disadvantaged children in Collier County. Each organization also received a check for $2,400 from the Federation. In 2003, the Federation Board and its Community Relations Committee established a “Fund for Human Needs” to recognize organizations for their generous spirit and service to the entire community. It was another ... Read More »

COUNTY MANAGER ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

County Manager Leo Ochs is pleased to announce that he has selected Bruce C. Register as the Director of Business and Economic Development. “Bruce was selected from a number of exemplary candidates, and we’re fortunate to add such an experienced individual to the County’s professional staff,” County Manager Ochs said.   “Having a director with Bruce’s credentials is crucial to accomplish the economic development goals of the Board of County Commissioners.” Mr. Register was selected for the position of Director of Business and Economic Development after a nationwide recruitment search. A native of Florida, Register comes to Collier County with an ... Read More »

Road Report for Collier County

This report is prepared by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work in Southwest Florida. Below are the work schedule and lane closure locations for major state road projects. Motorists are urged to drive with courtesy, caution, common sense, and patience as they travel through construction areas. Speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. State Roadways countywide: Maintenance permit project ... Read More »

Domestic Animal Services Funds Treatment for Adoptable, Heartworm-Positive Dogs

A new program, “All Hearts, No Worms” is underway at Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services (DAS) to treat and then find homes for adoptable, heartworm-positive dogs. DAS will fund heartworm treatment medication from the Donation Trust Fund, allowing the public to adopt and affordably treat their new pets at home. DAS is currently negotiating reduced prices for the administration of the heartworm treatment with local veterinarians. “This community partnership is giving these dogs a second chance at life, while minimizing the cost to the adopter,” said Amanda Townsend, DAS Director. Heartworms are a great threat to all dogs. It only ... Read More »

Marco Presbyterian Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

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Marco Presbyterian Church will host a 5 p.m., Dec. 24, traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service. The evening’s message “The Love of Jesus Shown: In His Supremacy” will focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Quiet room for infants and T-coil system for the hearing impaired available. The church is located on 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island.  For information call the church at 394-8186 or go to marcochurch.com Read More »

Create A Smart911 Profile To Support Newtown

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Collier County Sheriff’s Office For the past six months Collier County residents have been using the Smart911 notification system to enhance the information available for first responders in an emergency situation. You can still sign up. And if you sign up now, Smart911 will make a $1 donation to the Sandy Hook Support Fund for every safety profile created across the country until the end of the year. The fund was established to honor the memory of those lost, as well as pay tribute to the 911 call takers and first responders who were called upon to respond to the ... Read More »

Lights of Love

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com We’ve been called the Griswold’s like it’s a bad thing!” Tim Smither of 548 North Barfield laughs as he shares the many comical stories that have developed due to his family’s extensive Christmas decorations over the years. Anything but hard to miss, the house at 548 North Barfield has become a tradition to visit by many and somewhat of an obsession for Tim and his mother’s significant other, Jerry Haas. What started with the purchase of a few wire deer with white lights on them by Tim and his mother, Linda Deppen, has turned into a ... Read More »

TBE tennis debate

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By Danielle Dodder For 20 years, an informal group of about 40 locals and snowbirds gathered at the tennis courts at Tommie Barfield Elementary, to play pickup tennis games at the last free public access courts on the island. Earlier this month the courts were closed after the city determined that needed repairs would be too costly. The group suddenly found cohesion in becoming the squeaky wheel. Over the summer, the City Parks and Recreation Committee raised the issue of the courts’ future with Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk. The committee was aware of the courts’ public use and voted ... Read More »

Morning Musicians entertain

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Tommie Barfield Elementary School’s Morning Musicians, led by music teacher Elizabeth Braren, entertained the Marco Island Women’s Club during their annual Holiday Luncheon. The children sang a number of Christmas favorites and paraded through the room to the delight of the women. After the performance, the Women’s Club arranged for the children to visit with Santa.  [imagebrowser id=147] Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Normally I don’t mention that I conduct about five tours a year spotlighting areas of the county some have never seen, but I thought this might be the right time. This coming year we have scheduled three tours so far, and a couple more are in the planning stages. The first is a visit to the Collier County Jail… from the right side of the bars. We only have so many people that can attend and the last time we held the tour we had to cut off reservations. The tour will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January ... Read More »

Personnel problems plague PD

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For a relatively small police department of 33 full-time officers, 2012 was a turbulent year of personnel changes, with several high-ranking officers resigning, lawsuits against the City and a slate of junior officers joining the force. Matt Goetz and Pete Beucler’s careers developed within the Marco Island Police Deparment, but effectively ended this month due to an internal investigation. In June of 2012, an anonymous report alleged that Lt. Buecler had sent a photo of his “unclothed physique” to a female officer while both were off-duty. What was characterized as a “frat boy prank” by ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Advisory Group Grapples Gators

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are those who like animals and then there are those who LIKE animals. Walking in the footsteps of Steve Irwin, the famous crocodile hunter known for declaring “CRIKEY” at every new challenge, Kevin Hennings has set up the non-profit, Florida Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). “The primary principle of the Florida Wildlife Advisory Group is education and conservation. All revenue after operations will be structured into a scholarship fund for kids wanting to pursue a college degree in the science field,” said Kevin. Prepping for an official grand opening in January, Florida Wildlife Advisory Group ... Read More »

BUSINESS BRIEF: Sunshine Auto shines

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Have you ever taken your car, spitting and coughing, into a repair shop and felt like you were being robbed at gunpoint by the time you left? “Not at Sunshine Auto,” says the new owner Bobby Stolinas. In fact, as the new owner, Bobby has revamped the auto shop and changed the entire business philosophy of Sunshine Auto. “I am hoping to spread the word through personal referrals. Word of mouth is the best advertising. If a customer leaves happy and is confident we got the job done at a fair and honest price, they ... Read More »

Monitoring Marco’s Mangroves

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By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  It is no secret that there is a serious problem with the mangroves that exist along San Marco Road leading to the Goodland Bridge. The problem has existed for decades. A sign has been erected explaining the issue in hopes of increasing public support. Scientists have been consistently studying the area and have come up with a solution to the devastation of what is known as Fruit Farm Creek. Now that one phase of the plan has been completed, monitoring the mangroves is more important than ever. Scientists from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have been ... Read More »

Reading is FUNdamental

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  For over eight years, the Marco Island Kiwanis Club has given books to area students through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. More than 32,000 books, in fact. Three times per year, books are donated to the students at Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary. The club also provides for special requests from Manatee Elementary for items such as a World Book Encyclopedia, Science Encyclopedias, Math Problem Solving books and more. In other giveaways, backpacks, school supplies, socks, underwear uniforms and, at Christmastime, toys have been distributed as well. When funds permitted special purchases were ... Read More »

35TH Anniversary celebration and Christmas gala

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff   Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 35th Anniversary and the beginning of the Christmas Season on December 2nd at Bistro Soleil in Old Marco. 184 celebrants, including most living past chamber presidents, enjoyed soft breezes on the terrace while sipping cocktails and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. It resembled a school reunion as old friends had a chance to mingle outside of daily chores and occupations. Scott Campbell, CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, led off the pre-dinner proceedings as the Jade Sponsor of the event. He spoke glowingly of Marco Island, the Chamber, ... Read More »

Pets on parade

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The 2nd Annual Christmas Island Style Pets on Parade brought over 60 canines and their human companions to the Esplanade on December 4. Dogs dressed in holiday attire and special costumes paraded across the red carpet for judges to choose the top three winners in the categories of Most Festive, Funniest Costume and Most Original. All the dogs were winners as Critter Cafe on Marco Island provided goody bags for everyone. Mila Bridger photography also offered free pet sittings, with ten percent of portrait purchases going to For the Love of Cats. The non-profit organization ... Read More »

Making a go of it in the Glades

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Over a century ago, families traveled to Southwest Florida, pioneering the harsh environment and extreme temperature to forge a new life. Everglades City is one of the oldest settlements of these pioneer towns, along with Chokoloskee and Ochopee. Built on trading and raised on fishing, these quiet towns still hold allure to young families looking to make a go of it in the Glades. No stranger to the stories of the pioneer days, Jack Shealy is a third generation Ochopee native. His family has been in Southwest Florida even longer. “We settled down here in the ... Read More »