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Festival of Trees

Pictured here with the Calusa Garden Club’s unique little tree (left to right) are Linda Colombo, club vice president; Festival of Trees Chairman Dave Rice; tree designer and creator Connie Lowery; and Donna Kay. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Monday, Dec. 8, marked the opening night of the First Annual Festival of Trees at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Visitors entered the upstairs studio to find it had been transformed into a winter wonderland by 28 unique Christmas trees arranged around the room. Local artists, businesses and community organizations each submitted original creations for display and some for sale. The exhibition will be open 5-9 PM on December 12, 15, 16 and 18; and from 11 AM-2 PM on Dec. 13, when Santa will be making an appearance. “We hope that people will ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo

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The Bingo Committee celebrates its 16th season at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The public is welcome! Read More »

JCMI BINGO

Lorraine Loveall of Marco Island was the Big Hot Ball winner at Monday night Bingo (L). Gloria Adam of Naples was a BIG winner on Monday night (R).

The Bingo Committee celebrates its 16th season at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The public is welcome!   Read More »

Everglades City December Wrap-Up

By Pat Newman There is no shortage of things to do in Everglades City the month of December! The holiday season kicks off with the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. The event is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Florida. There will be demonstrations and exhibits documenting the rugged lifestyle of the area’s earliest pioneers. Also on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 are two evening events at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Stroll the boardwalk after dark on Friday ... Read More »

2nd Annual Deck the Doors

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Now that Halloween is past, Christmas festivities are on everyone’s mind. Why not get started by joining in the 2nd Annual “Deck the Doors and More” Wreath and Tree Decorating Contest and Silent Auction? And this year, due to popular demand, the event has been expanded to include original wreaths and small trees. There’s still time to enter your original festive creation, but hurry! The application submission deadline ends Monday, Nov. 17. Just complete and submit the Application to Decorate and deliver your wreath or tree to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 29, between ... Read More »

New City Council Takes the Dais

The Marco Island City Council: (front row, l-r) Ken Honecker, Joe Batte and Victor Rios (back row, l-r) Amadeo Petricca, Larry Sacher, Bob Brown and Larry Honig. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Less than a week after the ballots were counted, Marco Island’s newly elected and re-elected city councilors were sworn into office. Collier County Circuit Judge Ramiro Manalich presided over the ceremonies during the City Council’s Monday, Nov. 10, regular meeting. Re-elected city councilors Joe Batte and Bob Brown won their seats with 28 percent and 27 percent of the vote respectively. Victor Rios joins them with 23 percent, beating out Litha Berger who received 21 percent of the vote. Rios assumes the seat of former City Councilor Chuck Keister. After the swearing in ceremony, all ... Read More »

DEP SURPASSES GOAL TO SELL $40 MILLION IN LAND SALES TO BENEFIT CONSERVATION

The department sold two correctional facilities to raise funds for conservation purchases The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to $40 million worth of non-conservation land. The department can now ask the legislature for authorization to spend the additional funds over ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office Announcement of Book Closing for Voter Registration for the 2014 General Election

September 29, 2014: In order to vote in the 2014 General Election, voters must be registered to vote in Florida by 12:00 a.m. (Midnight), Monday, October 6, 2014. A downloadable voter registration form can be found on the Supervisor of Elections page at www.CollierVotes.com under the “Register to Vote” tab.  The Supervisor of Elections Office, located at the Collier County Government Complex, 3295 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL, is open during regular business hours, which are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The satellite office is located at the North Collier Government Service Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL and is open Monday through Friday, ... Read More »

16 Years of BINGO at JCMI

The Bingo committee does it all. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Sue Baum, co-chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, states, “It’s time to yell BINGO again! This is our 16th Season.” She adds, “A new feature each Monday evening will be a drawing for a free shampoo and blow dry or manicure by Jump Hair and Nails. The drawing will be from the player’s admission ticket.” Bingo will be played every Monday evening at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive, from Oct. 6, 2014 through May 6, 2015. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM, and the game ... Read More »

Safe Boating

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By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Did you know that if you were born before Jan. 1, 1988, you can buy a boat and immediately drive it home with no prior boating experience necessary? That means so can your fellow boaters. Safe boating doesn’t just happen. It requires dedication by the captain and crew of a boat. We’ve all heard the phrase “red, right, returning,” but when you live on an island, when are you returning and when are you headed back out to sea? You know who has the right of way at a four-way stop ... Read More »

City Council Approves Millage, Budget

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By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt’s pay-as-you-go budget earned a green light when city councilors voted 6-1 to approve it during the Monday, Sept. 22 regular meeting. Councilor Amadeo Petricca held fast to his objections to the budget plan, voting against it. For FY2015, the approved budget totals $22 million based on a 2.507 overall millage rate. This is a 7.85 percent millage rate increase over the city’s aggregate ad valorem taxes based on the city’s rollback rate and a conservatively projected increase in Marco Island property values. It combines a millage of 2.0466 for general ... Read More »

Marco Island Punt, Pass and Kick 2014

....And celebrate with him afterward. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island’s under-15 set was ready for some football on a balmy Monday evening, as they gathered at Mackle Park to participate in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK). This was Marco Island’s 10th year to hold the NFL-sponsored, free competition. Hosted by the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department on Sept. 15, 31 boys and girls demonstrated their pig skin prowess like the pros in front of a supportive grand stand full of parents, friends and coaches. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND ART OF ROB STORTER

The Marco Island Historical Museum presents Rob Storter’s “Artwork of the Everglades”, an illustrated guide to the Everglades history.  The exhibit runs from Sept. 2, to Oct. 31, 2014 and will include an opening reception onTuesday, Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society.  Light refreshments will be served and admission is offered at no cost. The Museum of the Everglades will also honor Storter with the exhibit, “History of Fishing in the Glades through the Eyes of Rob Storter”.  The display will take place through September and include a reception on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades. Robert Lee ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

Mastering the Craft: Your First Five Pages

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Submitted Learn what agents and publishers are looking for in the first five pages of your manuscript during the Marco Island Writers meeting on August 13. For self-published authors, understanding these concepts could tighten your story and increase your sales. Have a fiction WIP (Work in Progress)? Print off your first five pages. Not working on any fiction right now? Bring in a completed book (yours or your favorite author’s), we can dissect it to see if it follows the guidelines. Writers of all skill levels are invited. Whether your first five pages are scribbled on a napkin or in ... Read More »

Home Remedies, Myths or Facts?

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PLANTTALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com There is a saying that insects will inherit the earth. Well, in Florida they already have so we better just get over it. You aren’t the only one looking forward to harvest time in your flower and vegetable gardens, so are your neighbors. I’m referring to insects, of course. And, you don’t want to be hosting a veggie buffet for all the bugs in your neighborhood. Sure, there are effective pesticides that will quickly rid your garden of these hungry invaders, but before resorting to harsh chemicals, why not give some of these popular home remedies ... Read More »

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN CLOSURE TO COMPLETE ELEANOR AND NICHOLAS CHABRAJA VISITOR CENTER

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles. 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 »

The Anatomy of a Rumor

Collier County water department workers  directed the light flow of traffic in and out of Goodland on June 16. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s a well-known fact that big news, or any news for that matter, travels fast in a community as small as Goodland. It’s also widely accepted that as news travels farther from its source it tends to lose the original, factual information in favor of a more dramatic, sensationalized version. In short, minor issues feel like major happenings, especially this time of year. I recently experienced this phenomenon first-hand when what eventually proved to be a routine, short-lived inconvenience was all anyone could talk about in the days leading up to the morning of June ... Read More »

Small Business Class Returning to Naples Applications being accepted for MicroEnterprise program

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The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute is seeking entrepreneurs for its next Naples class, to be held at Catholic Charities of Collier County (2210 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples) starting June 30. The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute is a training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a business and management training course and work with mentors who are successful businesspersons. “We look at the feasibility of participants’ business ideas,” says Dorothy Browning, program manager of The Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute. “We guide them through the start-up process. This program creates opportunities for ... Read More »

MIPD: ‘Take It and Lock It’

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A weeklong crime spree currently is under investigation by the Marco Island Police Department. Between May 29 and June 5, a rash of residential and vehicle burglaries, as well as two vehicle thefts occurred at various locations near the south end of the island. According to Assistant Chief of Police Dave Baer, the majority of the incidents happened over a 72-hour period, and MIPD is working with the Naples Police Department, Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Region Six Fusion Center to solve these crimes and prevent future ones. “The key to preventing these types ... Read More »