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Speed Networking

Moderator Gina Sisbarro (third from left) answers questions after the speed networking event. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman There it is — networking in 60 seconds! Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce recently challenged about 30 members and guests to promote themselves and their businesses during a “speed networking” tutorial led by Gina Sisbarro, local children’s theater director and guide of Marco Island Murder and Mayhem Ghost Tour. Participants sat in one of two lines of chairs, facing each other. Those seated on the left spoke first. Then it was the right-siders turn to give their introductions. After two minutes, Sisbarro gave the signal to switch and the right siders slipped into the next seat, while ... Read More »

Change Comes to Code Enforcement

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Department has been quietly undergoing reconstructive surgery. It started with the assignment of city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to the three-person department to carefully examine all means and methods used by enforcement officers. The process will continue through this year as City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council make crucial decisions about hiring a magistrate and organizing a new City Code Advisory Committee. “Nancy was a good, impartial person to bring in there and examine how (the department) was handling its responsibilities in an unbiased way,” explains Hernstadt. ... Read More »

Cross Country Invitational Meet Gaining Popularity

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Students descended upon Mackle Park — all wearing the appropriate school colors — to enter the MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Cross Country Invitational. After some odd looking stretching and exercising on the field, they lined the start ready to race the clock — all 384 of them! The annual meet attracted 12 middle schools and 16 high schools from around the region. Of course, they didn’t all start at once; there were five races: high school boys, high school girls, middle school boys, middle school girls and an open race. Middle school-aged runners had a course ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

Funding MIA

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Making good on promises made at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Jane Watt and Tina Nash are in fund raising mode. The mavens of Marco Island Academy — the island’s charter high school — are prepping for a major push over the next nine months to raise some $555,000. According to Nash, the board is focused on raising $255,000 by Dec. 31, 2014, which would cover the school’s operating budget for the entire school year. Then, between January and June, the target would be $250,000 for the school’s proposed expansion. The board wants to ... Read More »

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

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Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL. Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island. “We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, ... Read More »

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit

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The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at ... Read More »

Collier County Housing and Human Services Provides Prescription Drug Savings to Collier Residents

Collier County Housing and Human Services (HHS) have teamed up with Coast2CoastRX to provide savings on the high cost of prescription drugs. Through this partnership, Collier County HHS is making free prescription discount cards available to Collier County residents. Participants could save up to 75 percent off the retail price of prescription medications, and can use the card at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies across the country. Even the furry family members can benefit from this program as many pet prescriptions are covered. “We are happy to be able to provide the means to financial relief to those that need ... Read More »

Floridians hunting deer out of state need to be aware of CWD laws

Florida hunters planning to hunt deer, moose or elk out of state this year need to be aware of certain laws and regulations aimed at preventing chronic wasting disease (CWD) from entering our state. CWD is a contagious neurological disease that has been found in captive and wild cervids (white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose and elk) within 22 states, two Canadian provinces and in South Korea. The disease causes degeneration of the brains of infected animals, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. There is no known evidence that CWD can be transmitted to livestock or humans. The disease ... Read More »

New Online Off-Road Vehicle Training Course Available

Effective September 19, 2014, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer an online opportunity for visitors to complete the off-road vehicle operator course. Since 2000, visitors have been required to take a training course, in person at the off-road vehicle office, during office hours. Unlike before, this new online course will be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Upon successful completion of the course individuals can print a form to present at the ORV Office to receive their operators permit.  A computer will continue to be available at the off-road vehicle office for those who do not have internet access. The training course ... Read More »

Hodges University Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Hodges University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.  This is the third consecutive year that the institution has made the list. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly®  Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing ... Read More »

11th Annual Choice Affair

Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence O’Donnell will lend his voice in support of women’s rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at its 11th Annual Choice Affair, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Jan. 30, 2015. The premier fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. On his weeknight show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the host has devoted an impressive amount of screen time to advocates for women’s reproductive health and has been outspoken in ... Read More »

The Island Theater Company is pleased to announce their 2014 – 2015 season.

Kicking the season off with a crash, the Island Theater Company is delighted to bring youStonewall’s Bust by John Morogiello (author of last year’s hit show Blame It On Beckett).Stonewall’s Bust is sponsored by Centennial Bank and will run from October 25th – November 8. This year’s southern comic gem is about nervous New Yorker Paul Striker who bites off more than he can chew when, while visiting his wife’s hometown deep in Dixie, he breaks a priceless Confederate heirloom and lies about it. Paul’s attempt to save his own skin with a dubious story involving moans, chains, and a supposed poltergeist sets off ... Read More »

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in October And Receive Five Free Crapemyrtle Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering five free crapemyrtle trees when you join the Foundation in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through tree planting. “Crapemyrtles are especially beautiful in the fall and were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Crapemyrtles make an attractive addition to the home landscape.” The trees will be shipped postpaid between Nov. 1 and Dec. 10, at the right time ... Read More »

Naples Botanical Garden to Reopen with New Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center

Naples Botanical Garden will reopen Thursday, October 23, 2014 and debut the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During summer closure large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, Irma’s Garden and Kathryn’s Garden are being completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles and are adjacent to the new Visitor Center. The Garden was awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, in support of the construction of the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center.  The Garden’s grant submission ranked number ... Read More »

Naples Concert Band Kicks Off 43rd Season with Memorial Concert

The Naples Concert Band (www.NaplesConcertBand.org), under the direction of Harris Lanzel, will open its 43rd season with a Concert in the Park on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cambier Park Bandshell, with a special encore performance at Artis-Naples on Sunday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. The Naples Concert Band’s (NCB) first concert of the season is dedicated to the memory of Dr. James “Jym” Moore, long time Naples Concert Band member and percussion section leader.  Jym passed away on June 12, 2014. The concert will feature three powerhouse soloists including Glenn Basham, concert master of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, who will ... Read More »

Prostate Cancer Survivor Urges Men to Get Screened

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Submitted Although September — Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — has come to a close, men must remain vigilant, and that is the message of Robert Dean. When the 58-year-old had a routine PSA test for insurance purposes, he never thought he would have abnormal results. Dean was healthy and had no symptoms, but in 2010, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. “As a curious person, I really needed to know everything I could about the disease and treatment options to make an informed decision,” Dean says. “I travel all over the U.S. for a living, and I’m not afraid to ... Read More »

Civitan Comes to Marco

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Submitted It would be hard to beat Marco Island when it comes to a community with big hearts, charitable giving and supporting those in need. Proof of this is the newly formed chapter of the Civitan Club of Marco Island. Civitan International is a service organization dedicated to serving the needs of the community with an emphasis on the developmentally disabled. A press release stated, “Its uniqueness is the Civitan International Research Center, which is dedicated to finding a cause, cure and better treatments for many brain disorders.” There are several types of memberships available: Active member, Project member, Support ... Read More »

Come Meet Marco’s Newborn Dolphins

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Come join Bob McConville of Steppingstone Ecotours/Dolphin Explorer and Coastal Breeze News for two very special evenings at the Rose History Auditorium. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7-8 PM, McConville will introduce children of all ages to the young dolphin population around Marco Island, at the Rose History Auditorium. The program will take the audience into the world of the bottlenose dolphin where they will meet the newborns of the past three years, spend some time getting to know the new youngsters seen so far in 2014 and then meet the potential moms that may ... Read More »

Pop the Cork!

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By Marion Nicolay An impromptu champagne celebration was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum recently when noted local artist Malenda Trick reached the halfway mark on her ambitious mural dedicated to American participation in the military and warfare, especially to our veterans. The mural is approximately 5 feet high and 18 feet long, and is a polychrome rendition painted on a double-sided canvas in collage style, blending many facets of the vast subject. The location of the work-in-progress has been the lobby of the Marco Island Historical Museum and is supported by a generous grant from Marco Island Foundation ... Read More »