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Legal Services Sought

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island City Council may be in the market for new legal services. After months of concern about the fees and quality of service being provided by GrayRobinson, P.A., city councilors voted 6-1 during a special workshop on Monday, Jan. 5, to open up the competition for city attorney. Councilor Larry Honig voted against the measure. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. First, councilors wanted to try to iron out the major issues it has had with principles of GrayRobinson and to see if the working relationship could move forward. Second, councilors also ... Read More »

Minto Communities wins National Sales, Marketing Award

Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve  was recognized with National Sales and Marketing Council Silver Award. SUBMITTED photo

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities has received a prestigious Silver Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) National Sales & Marketing Council. The Silver Award for “Best Welcome Center” recognized Minto’s Discovery Sales Center at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Minto is one of only five recipients in the entire country and the only welcome center in Florida to be recognized with a Silver Award in this category. For 35 years, The Nationals — National Sales and Marketing Awards — have paid tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements. ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Accepting Scholarship Applications

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer J. Edwards is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication majors who have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Students should also demonstrate a financial need. The deadline for the completed application and two letters of recommendation must ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Party

Members line up for more part of the program. FILE PHOTO

Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island met on Monday, Dec. 8, for its annual Christmas party. Connie Lowery and Opi DeFalco presented a program entitled “Easy Christmas Decorations.” A grab bag raffle was held, lunch was served, and a short meeting followed. President Dale DeFeo gave the members an overview of the tea and floral design program that will be held on Jan. 22 at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Noted designer Anthony Swick will present the program, and tickets will be available for the public to attend. The Calusa Garden Club meets on the second Monday of ... Read More »

Marco Island: Year in Review

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com With 2014 under our belts, it is time to reflect on the year that was (and what a year it was) and the year that will be (high hopes all around). The city of Marco Island certainly underwent a host of changes and experienced some major triumphs in 2014. Following are the top nine issues Marco Island faced in the last year, according to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, and a peek at what’s to come in 2015. 1.) New City Manager The city of Marco Island’s four-month tumultuous search for a new city manager — ... Read More »

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 »

COLLIER COUNTY’S ISSUER CREDIT RATING INCREASED TO AAA

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded Collier County’s Issuer Credit Rating to AAA, the highest rating available in the industry. The decision was made on Monday, Nov. 21, after S&P completed its surveillance credit review of the county. The review also resulted in an increase to the county’s rating on the special obligation non-ad valorem bonds to AA+. S&P increased the county’s issuer rating from AA+ to AAA based on its view of the county’s ability to maintain a strong financial position despite the Great Recession, coupled with its opinion of Collier’s improving economic characteristics. These include a very ... 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 »