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No Biting

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I hope you all had a terrific Valentine’s Day. I sure did. I was besieged with cards, treats, cat grass, treats, toys, treats, a fancy cat bed, treats, a designer cat tree, treats, and more treats. Mixed in with the hundreds of love letters, however, I ran across a few disturbing emails (yes, cats have email accounts; we just choose not to “reply”). It sounds to me like some of you have been biting your staff, the very hands that feed you, and without provocation. I’m not talking love ... Read More »

ACS News

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By Don Manley The new year has included changes at the Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society with two of its mainstays assuming new titles and responsibilities. Lisa Honig, the unit’s former executive director, is now the state ACS’ senior manager for distinguished events for the region extending from Marco to the Tampa area. The unit’s former event coordinator, Sue Olszak has been promoted to its specialist for distinguished events and Relay For Life. They assumed their new posts in January. In her new role, Honig is responsible for all ACS galas and Cattle Barons Balls in her ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

Florida’s Construction Lien Law: Protect Yourself and Your Investment

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff When it comes to building your own home, there are a number of lessor known — but vitally important — precautions that property owners must take to protect themselves, their properties and their bank accounts. According to Florida law (Florida Statute 713, Part 1), those who work on a property or provide materials, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to enforce their claim for payment against said property. Further, if a contractor fails to pay subcontractors or material suppliers, the people who are owed money may look to the property owner for payment, even if ... Read More »

Smith Homes & Remodeling Services Inc.

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By Pat Newman Carey Smith began his business as a handyman on Marco Island in the 1990s. “I always had a passion for building, remodeling and fixing things,” he said. “As I got busier, took on more involved work, and needed to apply for permits, I decided to go back to school and learn about the legalities of the trade.” Fast forward about 30 years, add in some hard work, and you have Smith Homes and Remodeling Services Inc., serving Marco Island and Naples. The business’ motto is “You get the best for less.” Smith considers himself to be honest, ... Read More »

KWC: Building Homes on Relationships

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every home – and business – must be built on a solid foundation. For Kevin Williams Construction, Inc (KWC) that foundation is relationships. The Marco Island-based custom home builder has spent the last 30 years carefully constructing his business on a foundation of strong relationships with family, clients and subcontractors. It is owned and operated by the father-son team of Kevin and Ryan Williams. Both of whom are Certified Building Contractors by the State of Florida. The KWC story begins with Kevin putting himself through college working as a carpenter on Cape Cod, MA. He ... Read More »

A Family Affair at AP Builders Construction Services

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By Don Manley The construction business is a family affair for AP Builders Construction Services founder and owner Alex Parker III. He grew up learning at the feet of his father, who was a premier carpenter in metropolitan Detroit from the 1950s through the 1970s. By the age of 12, Parker began spending summers on rough-carpentry crews. From there, he progressed to finished carpentry at age 18. When he was 20, Parker built his first home, and with that, a career in custom home building was born. Those lessons he learned from his father included more than important instruction in ... Read More »

Richie, Carr Bid Farewell

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com At the end of January, Nancy Richie and Liz Carr walked through the doors of Marco Island City Hall for the last time. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Richie, who worked as the city’s environmental specialist and liaison with the Beach Advisory Committee, resigned to work in the private sector as a consultant, and Carr, one of the city’s three code enforcement officers, retired. “Their departures will be a loss of institutional knowledge to the city,” says Hernstadt. The recruitment process for a new environmental specialist — which was initially a part-time position — ... Read More »

“American Sniper” — Must See

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve read “American Sniper” don’t avoid the movie; it’s much different in several ways. The book concentrates on the elements of war in Iraq. The movie emphasizes the character and travails of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq protecting Marines in savage fighting. It’s anything but a “war movie”; indeed it qualifies more as an anti-war movie, much as the first 15 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan.” The story follows Kyle, superbly played by Bradley Cooper, as he transitions from a laid back Texas guy to a husband, father, ... Read More »

A New Bride Waits…

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Joseph Leone was attend an Italian Club dance, he didn’t know his life would change forever that evening. While there, he spotted a young lady and asked her to dance. It may not have been “love at first sight,” but fate stepped in. The young couple fell in love, and soon, Joseph asked Rosemary to be his bride. She said yes… It wasn’t that simple though, as Rosemary was only 16 years of age. Her parents didn’t even allow her to date, let alone fall in love and get married. To further test the couple’s ... Read More »

Under the Sea

We circled the reef site while awaiting a thumbs up from the divers. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The sky was overcast and the wind was blowing a cold snap our way in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 when I donned my jacket and gloves and joined the 120-person roster on board the Big Cat Express at Rose Marina in Marco Island. We lucky few would soon witness the ribbon cutting ceremony and deployment of the first cluster in Southwest Florida’s new artificial reef. The official kick-off ceremony for the deployment was held Jan. 8 at the reef material staging site located on Collier Boulevard on the east side of the Jolley ... Read More »

Construction, Charity Abounds in Collier County

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net The HUGE Reef Project has begun! Surely you have all read about the kick-off event and the project, but many of you did not know that attending these initial events were Florida Representative Kathleen Passidomo, Nancy (everybody loves) Richie, Marco Island City Council Vice Chairman Bob Brown, City Council Chairman Larry Sacher, City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Bernadette (need I say more than Bernadette?), many members of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, and of course, yours truly. Have you been watching the huge piles of construction material that comes and goes every day of the week ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway Welcomes Ken Bennett

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By Don Manley Count Ken Bennett among the legions of people who have fallen in love with Marco Island. Bennett is the new managing partner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Marco Island office, a post he assumed four months ago. “I love the beach,” he said. “I think it’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. I like the laid back feel here. The people are all very friendly. It’s a much slower pace of life, which I think is great. It’s a little paradise, and it’s a well-kept secret, too. The whole lifestyle is just beautiful. It kind ... Read More »

Prescribed Burns at Rookery Bay

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Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have released plans for their first prescribed burns in 2015. Weather permitting, Prescribed burns were in areas west of Tower Road and Barefoot Williams, south of the Treviso Bay area. Rookery Bay Reserve staff coordinate burns with the Florida Forestry Service and work with partnering land managers and local fire departments to get the job done safely and efficiently. Residents in the adjacent areas will see and possibly smell smoke from the fire. Fire personnel will contact visitors in the area to ensure their safety while traveling near activity areas and ... Read More »

Up a Creek at the Nature Festival

The kayak launch point was at the very end a slow, three-mile drive down Shell Island Road, After donning life vests and stashing our valuables, we were helped into our kayaks one by one before our tour.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As a reporter, I’m often presented with opportunities to participate in fun local activities; invited to join in some wild adventures; and sometimes even confronted with daunting new challenges. Recently, I was invited to join a two-hour, guided kayaking trip on the morning of Friday, Jan. 16, as part of the Coastal Breeze’s coverage of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. When I agreed to take part in the tour, I was unsure of which category the day’s activity would eventually fall under. Having only kayaked twice in ... Read More »

Keeping the Faith

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com I am writing this just a few days before the beginning of another New Year. Of course, by the time you are reading it, the Big Day shall have passed, the confetti cleared, the headaches healed, and the resolutions well underway. It’s now a time for soulful reflections and forward thinking. A time of promise and promises. As I look about my artful community I see a great flurry of optimistic activities: Cultural organizations are gearing up for a spate of new activities and events to delight and enrich the public. The newest kid on that ... Read More »

Dick Shanahan: 2015 Chamber President

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By Don Manley It would be hard to top the community involvement of Dick Shanahan. The long-time Marco resident has been part of virtually every civic and fraternal organization to be found on the island, often serving as president — in some cases, multiple times. However, the presidency of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce had been one job he has not held, at least until now. Shanahan will be sworn in as the organization’s president for 2015 at its annual installation dinner, set for Jan. 18 at the Hideaway Country Club. “My goals are to continue the growth pattern ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress Receives DOL Funding

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff AMIkids Big Cypress has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the grant will provide AMIkids Big Cypress students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment. The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service. All of the government funding will go towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select the path ... Read More »

Raise for City Manager Approved

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was another epic meeting for Marco Island’s City Council on Monday, Jan. 5, and the agenda — and City Council chambers — were packed. This time, council adjourned at 9:41 PM. Still of all the items up for discussion, none seemed to tweak councilors more than the discussion about giving a raise to City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Maybe it was because of the late hour (the discussion started around 9 PM) or maybe it was because two councilors expressed views on Hernstadt’s performance that were truly divergent from the remaining councilors overall consensus of ... Read More »

Process Servers: Do We Have to Let Them in?

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Condo Law By Robert Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. A question that often arises in Florida is in regard to the service of process in gated communities and condominiums. Our community association clients often ask if they are required to admit process servers to serve process to members in the community. The questions often asked are: Isn’t privacy what we are all about? Why would we have to allow a process server in? If we have to let them in, can we at least call ahead to the members and let them know so they won’t answer their door? ... Read More »