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Marco Island Educator Appreciation Luncheon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Red carnations were a striking contrast to the beautifully decorated tables that greeted over 70 Marco Island K-12 teachers for a relaxing and delicious lunch in their honor at the Family Church on Winterberry Drive. The lunch was provided, free of charge, to the administrators, teachers, and support staff that were required to attend the final district “in service” day of the year, when no students were present at the schools. Several students actually took that last day of spring break to help provide this special time for the educators. In addition to the students, ... Read More »

Last Bingo of the Season!

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Nina Fox of Naples was a BIG winner at the season’s last Bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Marvin Klein. Bingo games will resume on Monday, October 5th, 2015. Read More »

Rookery Bay Walking Trails

The bridge over Henderson Creek leads to three walking trails that progress through several habitats. Two are clearly  noticeable from the bridge, the lower and nearer trees are the mangrove habitat at water’s edge, while the taller trees are the pine flatwoods on a slightly higher elevation. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Carl and Joan Kelly The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has four trails within its territory. Three are behind the environmental center and one is on Shell Island Road (to be discussed in a later issue). Each has its own appeal. Stop inside the environmental learning center to get complete information and directions for the Snail Trail. The trailhead is across the bridge over Henderson Creek, accessed from the second floor of the building. Here you get a good view of the mangroves and a possible sighting of manatee, fish, otters, or raccoons. The water is brackish, a ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. They are: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies: one representing Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), one representing For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), and one representing Advocate for Low Income Persons (term expires Oct. 1, 2017). This committee was created to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the housing elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines ... Read More »

Last Bingo of the Season Monday, May 4th

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The last Bingo game of the season is scheduled for Monday night, May 4th, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. Sue Baum, Co-Chairperson of the Monday Night Bingo, stated that Bingo will re-open on Monday, October 5, 2015, for its 17th year. She added, “The success of the Bingo is due to the Bingo Committee, some 28 trained workers, many of whom have been with us for the entire 16 years or shortly after we opened.” “This year,” Baum stated, “we raffled each Monday night two $22 passes, a pizza certificate from Sami’s Kwik Stop, and a haircut, a shampoo and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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City Council Utility Rate Special Called Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 PM Community Room (City Council Meeting Room) We urge you to attend this very important meeting and voice your opinion. Workshop discussions will include the water and wastewater rate structure, and Marco utilities future capital needs of an additional $300 million!! The water utility is already $150 million in debt. A couple of months ago, after we had a few visitors for 3 weeks, our water bill was $500.00!! Can you believe that? To address this new debt requirement, does that mean that our water bills will increase dramatically, 3 times what ... Read More »

LTE: Kimberly Hastings

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Good afternoon, As an owner of a condominium in the Merida complex at Cape Marco, I feel compelled to express frustration at the proposed Rental Ordinance that is up for it’s second reading at the City Council meeting Monday, March 16th. This ordinance is unfairly pointing the finger at all rental properties, instead of addressing the problematic ones. First, condominium rentals are not, and have never been, an issue since every single condominium has an Association that puts in place documents, by-laws, and strict rules to take care of problem renters. Our building, specifically, does not allow rentals of less than ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON INVITES YOU BACK FOR THE WINTER SEASON

SPEND PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND AT SUN-N-FUN LAGOON! Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open weekends February 14 –May 24 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open on President’s Day, Monday, February 16 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon invites you back for the winter season. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends starting Saturday, Feb. 14. Come spend your weekend at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. The park will also be open on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 16. Sun-n-Fun Lagoon features great attractions for water park enthusiasts of all ages. They include: A waterslide that drops into Sunny’s Lazy River Five water slides that take you to a drop ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

-75 at CR 886/Golden Gate Parkway:  Construction project: Crews are widening the southbound-off ramp to include two dedicated right turn lanes, a shared right/left turn lane, and two dedicated left turn lanes.  The project also replaces traffic signals and resurfaces the intersection and ramp.  Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours.  Motorists should expect lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.and during daytime hours from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.  Estimated completion is spring 2015.  The contractor is Wright Construction Group.   US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Flower Show

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Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island held its monthly meeting Monday, February 9th. Following the design workshop three new members were inducted into the club by 2nd V.P. Connie Lowery and President Dale DeFeo. The inductees are Janice Engel, Diane Hughes, and Marilyn Torgow. Almost fifty members were present to enjoy the program given by designer Kathleen Hawryluk of Naples. Kathleen demonstrated how to create multi-rhythm and construction designs. All eyes were glued on her every movement of working with the plant materials. It is amazing how one minute the material is laying on a table and the ... 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 »

City Docket: Owls, Attorneys, Rentals and the Bridge

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com While not officially on the Marco Island City Council’s agenda for its Monday, Feb. 2 regular meeting, the $15 million Rose Marina redevelopment project took center stage. Council is slated to discuss the project at its regular Feb. 17 meeting. At issue were continued citizen concerns about the temporary use permits being applied for by Rose Marina that would allow it to use three sites for boat storage, construction staging and temporary parking during the 6-12 month project. The problem: The site designated for the temporary boat storage is located on four residentially-zoned vacant lots ... Read More »

‘Pinta,’ ‘Nina’ Dock in Marco Island

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On Friday, Feb. 27, the “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Marco Island. The ships will be docked at Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, until their departure early morning Monday, March 2. The “Nina” was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the “Nina” on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th ... Read More »

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

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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 »