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A.J. DeHanas Joins the Sandlin Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus

April (A.J.) DeHanas, ABR, GRI, Realtor Partner; comes from a top producing family team of Realtors in Southern Maryland. Licensed in 1999, she was successful with RE/MAX and DeHanas Real Estate Services. The DeHanas Team was ranked among the Top 100 Realtors in the U.S. by Realtor Magazine and RE/MAX. She has attained designations as an Accredited Buyers Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute. A.J. is also a registered nurse. A.J. and her husband, Dave have been homeowners on Marco Island since 2003. A.J. loves boating, the beach, and sunsets. “We have known and respected A.J. for years as a real ... Read More »

16TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST RESULTS

“AND THE WINNERS ARE” Home Decorating Winner – the Giannone family, 151 Channel Court Business Property Decorating Winner – Nacho Mama’s (Mission Plaza) The Decorating Contest Final judging took place on December 14 by the entire committee aboard a trolley supplied by the Naples Transportation and Tours Company. Plaques were presented to the 10 Home Contest Finalists before returning to the winning home at 151 Channel Court. The House Decorating winner received a Championship plaque, yard sign and check for  $250.00.  Funding for the program is supplied by premiere sponsor, LCEC.  Home owners, the Giannone family, generously donated the funds to “Toys for Tots”.  The announcement  was ... Read More »

“Florida’s Got the Blues”

The Marco Island Historical Museum will open “Florida’s Got the Blues”, a traveling exhibition from the Museum of Florida History on January 2, 2013 with a wine and cheese reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Come celebrate “Florida’s Got the Blues” with live blues music from “Little Eddie” of “Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers”. Event is free and open to the public. “Florida’s Got the Blues” will be on display from January 2, 2013 to March 30, 2013. Although the state is seldom associated with the genre, Florida has a long blues tradition. For instance, did you know ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Big Flag Fly’s Again

  At the City Council meeting today, following Councils approval of Phase II construction plans to enhance Veteran’s Park, Big Flag Committee Chairman, Dave Rice announced to the audience that in honor of the veteran’s at today’s meeting that the Big Flag at the Jolley Bridge is again flying. A vehicle severely damaged the pole, requiring the purchase of a new and improved flag pole.  Stated Rice, “I had a wish for the Holiday Season that the flag would fly for Christmas and my wish came true. City Staff liaison, Tim Pinter has accomplished in record time, the coordination of purchasing ... Read More »

TREAT YOUR FRIENDS TO A NEW VIEW OF FLORIDA

Don’t know what to do with your energetic visitors? Send them on a Swamp Walk in the Fakahatchee. If they are relatively fit and don’t mind getting wet to the waist while wondering at the marvels of this primeval environment, they’ll have memories and photos to take home of a Florida far from concrete condos and shopping malls. The walk is led by naturalists who can point out the rare plants along the way and answer questions about this local state park which was saved from development in the 1970s. The Fakahatchee is called “the Amazon of North America” and ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY LODGING & TOURISM ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS FOR 2013

The Collier County Lodging & Tourism Alliance (CCLTA), an organization dedicated to addressing regional issues of mutual importance to the tourism industry and the local community, announced its 2013 Board of Directors. Darren Robertshaw, Vice President of Hospitality for the Trianon Hotel Company, has been elected as President. Robertshaw has more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience. He has been with Trianon Hotel Company since 1997 where he oversees all aspects of hospitality and is involved in the development of additional hotel properties. Other CCLTA board members and officers for 2013 include: Vice President: Joseph N. DiNunzio, Managing Partner ... Read More »

FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF THE GULF COAST NAMES ALIETTE PETTAY AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF RETAIL BANKING ADMINISTRATION

First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, an independent community bank serving the needs of businesses and individuals in Collier County, is pleased to announce the promotion of Aliette Pettay to the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Administration. Ms. Pettay is based out of the bank’s headquarters in Naples, FL. Ms. Pettay stated, “I’m grateful to work for an organization where hard work and contributions are recognized and rewarded.” A resident of Naples, FL since 1971, she has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years in Collier County. Ms. Pettay is a former First National ... Read More »

Meals of Hope – Communities coming together to end hunger

Food Available during Winter Vacation 2012 Meals of Hope Fortified Macaroni and Cheese Meals will be available for anyone in need during the Winter School Vacation at the following locations. YMCA of the Palms Pine Ridge and Airport Roads, Naples, Florida Greater Marco Family YMCA: 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, Florida Grace Place: 4300 21st Avenue S.W., Golden Gate Habitat for Humanity: 640 North 9th Street, Immokalee Tree of Life Church: 2132 Shadowlawn Drive, East Naples Read More »

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 »