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Make a Lasting, Positive Impact This Holiday Season: Give Family and Friends Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the fifth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. For the first time this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike ... Read More »

FDOT ROAD WORK

This report is prepared by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work. 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. COLLIER COUNTY I-75: Recreational access area (east of Firewater Canal) on Alligator Alley: Construction project — Crews are building a recreational access facility that includes a boat ramp and parking lot with fencing and lighting. Work involves widening and resurfacing the facility’s roadway, making drainage improvements, and adding ... Read More »

Emergency Beach Renourishment to Begin Early November

The Board of County Commissioners (Board) approved at its Tuesday, Oct. 23 meeting an emergency beach renourishment project for Vanderbilt and Naples beaches. The renourishment project is needed due to severe erosion in these areas. The Vanderbilt Beach renourishment project is expected to start in early November and take approximately one month to complete, weather permitting. Equipment will then move south to the 8thStreet North area of Naples Beach for work to begin there. That segment of beach renourishment is also expected to take approximately one month, weather permitting. Completion of the entire beach renourishment project is expected in early ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT, INTRODUCES COLLIER CONNECTS PROGRAM

Collier County Public Library received a $27,000 grant to teach computer skills to job-seeking individuals who have little or no experience with electronic resources. The grant was awarded under the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. Collier County Library is using the grant to fund Collier Connects, a series of 49 hands-on computer skills training classes, at the East Naples, Estates, and Immokalee Branch Libraries. The classes include PC Basics, Internet Basics, Email Basics, Word and Excel Basics, and are geared ... Read More »

Board Vacancies

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has four vacancies representing the following: Employers in Local Jurisdiction (Term expires on October 1, 2014); Resident within Local Governing Body (Term expires November 18, 2015); Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (Term expires October 1, 2015); and Alternate Member. One of the above must be a resident of Immokalee. This is an 11 member committee created by Ordinance No.91?65, as amended, to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the ... Read More »

‘Amazing Adventures’ lecture on Nov. 9 at Rookery Bay Reserve

Randy McCormick, Rookery Bay Reserve Assistant Manager, will discuss how he explored several unique eco-regions in Ecuador this past summer during the reserve’s Amazing Adventures evening lecture series from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This presentation takes guests from the tropical rainforests of the Amazon Basin to the spectacular cloud forests on the slopes of the Andes, and then moves above treeline to a world-renowned wetland on top of the mountains. Along the way, McCormick will present some of the wildlife, the people and the geography ... Read More »

Shipping Gets Easier for Postal Customers

Prepaid Forever Priority Mail Packaging Holiday shipping is now easier than ever with Prepaid Forever Priority Mail boxes or envelopes. Priority Mail packaging sold with pre-paid postage is available for purchase by credit card from usps.com or by calling 800-782-6724. The purchase made with a credit card enables you to take advantage of FREE carrier pickup at your home as well as FREE delivery confirmation service. No weighing or calculating is needed and delivery is within two days in most cases. Saturday and residential delivery are made at no extra cost. Priority Mail is the only two day service that ... Read More »

PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP BEGINS NOVEMBER 5th

Arleen Harris announces the formation of a Pet Loss Support Group to be held every other Monday beginning November 5th. “For pet owners their pets are members of the family and their deaths create a huge void. When they pass away, our routines as well as our hearts are broken. I am pleased to sponsor this new group for people to come and talk with others about their loss and not feel so all alone.” Since this is the first meeting, I would like to have a “Pet Remembrance Gathering” for those people who wish to come by. Feel free ... Read More »

Red Tide Present in Collier County

On the southwest coast of Florida, a bloom of the Florida Red Tide organism, Karenia brevis, continues alongshore in medium to low concentration levels. The bloom originated early last week off Tampa Bay. Now, the Red Tide organism has been found to be present in various concentrations along the Collier County beaches. Recent satellite imagery was partially obscured by cloud cover alongshore; but some patches of elevated to very high chlorophyll were visible extending as far as southern Collier. Winds will be mostly from the south with a slight westerly shift on Friday, which may increase the chances for impacts, such ... Read More »

POLICE AND KNIGHTS PROMOTE BIKE SAFETY

By Danielle Dodder The Marco Island Police Department recently completed a study of accident trends from 2008 to 2011 and found incidents involving cars and bicycles, or pedestrians, has increased 50%. “We need to share the limited amount of space we have and do it properly so we don’t injure each other…when we see this increasing trend [of accidents] we need to ask ourselves, why?” Assistant Chief Dave Baer said that the department is teaming up with the city Bike Paths Committee and the Knights of Columbus to improve bike safety awareness on the island. Ben Farnsworth is the current ... Read More »

Fire Rescue Boat passes council

By Danielle Dodder Since 2006, Fire Captain Tom Bogan has been steadily pursuing the acquisition of a fire-rescue boat for the Marco department. With a price tag just under 400 thousand dollars, it’s been a long, slow asking process, but 2012 has arguably been the year to sadly justify his persistence. “We used to commandeer regular boats [to respond to an emergency].” Bogan explains the ‘evolution’ of the departments’ offshore emergency services. Today they respond to accidents and fires on the water with a Pathfinder, a recreational boat whose emergency performance in recent disasters proved to be an epic fail. ... Read More »

2012 General Election BALLOT GUIDE

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Within the 2012 General Election Ballot which is six pages, you’ll see the races most individuals are interested in casting their vote for: President, Vice-President, Senate, Congress, and County Commissioner. In addition to those races, numerous judges are included, as is the office of Sheriff. The nine candidates vying for four Marco Island City Council seats are listed. Even a seat on the Collier Mosquito Control is open to vote on. A question on whether the Collier County School District should reduce the capital millage and increase the operating millage by .25 mills for another ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

Donna Fiala  donnafiala@colliergov.net   Not many of you know that I conduct tours every year of county facilities. We’ve seen places like the landfill, a waste water treatment plant, a water treatment plant, the Jail, Museums, Botanical Garden, the Emergency Operations Center, etc. Well, I’m beginning to plan for this year’s tours and wondered if anyone on Marco would be interested in going. In the past I’ve had a few Marco Islanders join me, so just maybe this year I’ll again have some people interested in learning a little about the inner workings of the county. I am now asking ... Read More »

HALLOWEEN

By Monte Lazarus  Bengoshi@comcast.net Halloween is the strangest of all our holidays. For one thing it apparently originated as some sort of Pagan ritual. No, it did not involve a bunch of folks in animal skins munching on turnips (Americans invented pumpkin pie of course). Rather, the worship of the sun, moon, Manchester United Football (that’s European for soccer) Team, or the particular God or Goddess in vogue at the time. I suspect that on a chilly day in October (by our calendar) some early Brits of a Druid or comparable persuasion hoisted a few and then thought it would ... Read More »

Introducing Dr. Rashmi Sharma

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Forging a new path in the Naples/Marco Island, Everglades City area is Rashmi Sharma, M.D. She is an Endovascular/ Vascular Surgeon, the only female vascular surgeon in the area. Dr. Sharma joined Physicians Regional Medical Group and moved to this area in April. “I am a beach lover, and had vacationed here. I fell in love with the lifestyle of the area. The restaurants, the shops and of course, the beach,” said Dr. Sharma. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Moorhead University in Minnesota, she received medical school degrees at the University of North Dakota. ... Read More »

Marco Re-enactors sponsor Historical Tours

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  The Marco Island Historical Society Re-enactors are taking on a new role. Beginning this November, the program is being expanded to offer historical tours of Marco Island. Sponsored by the Re-enactors, proceeds from the tours will go towards the Marco Island Historical Society. Fun and entertaining for both individuals or groups, all tours begin at the Marco Island Historical Museum. “Every tour starts out with a short viewing of the University of Florida film, ‘Domain of the Calusa,’” explains Betsy Perdichizzi, founder of the MIHS Re-enactors and well-known for her portrayal of Tommie Barfield. “Then we ... Read More »

Ikebana speaks an international language

By Carol Glassman Ikebana, the fine art of Japanese flower arranging, is enjoyed all over the world. Rather than putting a bouquet of flowers in a vase and moving the stalks around so that they ‘look pretty’, the student of Ikebana works in a disciplined way to balance blooms, stems, and leaves to emphasize shape, line, and form. It’s a practice that has been evolving for over 500 years, and under the umbrella there are seven main schools of styles: Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ohara, Saga Goryu, Sangetsu, Sogestu, and Wafu Kai. At Ikebana International #160 – Naples, Florida, a very active ... Read More »

Island paddle challenge

By Natalie Strom Grab your paddle and head to The Esplanade on November 4th, for the second annual Marco Island Paddle Challenge. The day of family fun features paddle board and kayak races for all ages. Prizes, games, music, food and drinks await all those who attend. Hosted by the alumni of Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, the Island Paddle Challenge, “is a fun day event for the whole family,” states Tiffany Homuth, 2007 Leadership Marco graduate and co-chair of the event. “The first race starts at 10:00 AM and the last race will be at ... Read More »

Candidate sought for MICMS board

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Are you interested in serving on the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board? The school is seeking a qualified candidate who would be willing to serve for the next three years as a volunteer on the Board. School Board members establish school policies and lend their expertise to securing the financial future of the school. Over the next three years, the Board is scheduled to launch a multi-million dollar Endowment Campaign to secure the financial future of the school; so, qualified candidates should be able and willing to further this objective. An application is available ... Read More »

INSPIRATION THROUGH DEATH: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with artist Esau Rodriguez

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  “I always get inspired when Day of the Dead comes around,” explains local artist, Esau Rodriguez. The holiday, el Dia de los Muertos, celebrates death as a transition rather than a finality. “It helps you realize that death is just a part of life and then you can see the comical side to it,” adds the 26-year old who has used the celebration as a muse for his canvas oil paintings. Bright colors, masks, whimsical skeleton figures or “calacas,” and sugar skulls are all a part of the Mexican tradition and are also incorporated into Esau’s ... Read More »