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Kiwanians Partner With Knitters For Kids

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Kiwanis is an international organization with over 600,000 members, which annually raises over $100 million dollars and contributes over 18.5 million volunteer hours doing charitable and fundraising activities to help strengthen communities and assist children worldwide. The organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 and now extends to over 80 nations. Their goal is simple: ... Read More »

Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1978 and named for the bay where thousands of wading birds roost and nest on certain mangrove islands. A lot of other birds also rely on this area for survival. Reserve staff and volunteers keep tabs on these bird populations as an indicator of estuarine health. I ... Read More »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

A Happy Hour With a Cause

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold a “Happy Hour for Hope” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Gino’s Trattoria from 5 PM to 7 PM. Gino’s Trattoria is located at 969 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Bill “Captain Hope” Morris said, “Gino’s always has great food and their staff is more than friendly. This will be ... Read More »

On the Chocolate Trail With Rabbi Deborah Prinz

By Samantha Husted  Chocoholics united at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on March 4th for a presentation by author, Rabbi Deborah Prinz titled, “On The Chocolate Trail.” The presentation was part of the congregation’s Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, now in it’s 23rd year. “It’s an interesting subject. We look for interesting subjects for the [Saul I Stern Cultural] ... Read More »

Avow Butterfly Release March 25, 2017 

The community is invited to join Avow at Cambier Park, Naples on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for its 12th annual Butterfly Release event. Festivities begin at 10 AM and will include children’s activities and a walk-through butterfly exhibit showcasing hundreds of live butterflies. Beginning at noon, a community memorial service will include inspirational readings, music, and a name-reading ceremony to honor the lives of ... Read More »

Florida Panther Population Estimate

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have updated the estimated number of endangered Florida panthers in their breeding range south of the Caloosahatchee River. The updated population estimate is 120 to 230 adult and subadult Florida panthers, according to a February 2017 report from the agencies collaborating on conservation and recovery ... Read More »

Land Development Code Update Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides One of the most perplexing and complicated issues to be tackled by the city staff and Planning Board in the last year is moving forward. The consultant hired to review the Land Development Code (LDC) has completed Phase 1 and had 33 issues identified for review. Those issues were forwarded to the City Council at their ... Read More »

ENCA Luncheon – Lipman Farms ‘How About Them Fresh Tomatoes?’

By Jesus Calo  With the subtropical climate in our area, the topic of agriculture receives plenty of attention from our local community. The health food industry has been working diligently to provide the freshest produce to its consumers, but where are we really receiving our food from? It is thanks to family-owned farms that we can have peace of mind ... Read More »

Marco Island Real Estate Starts Strong in 2017

By Michael O’Rourke MIAAOR President During the month of January our market realized a solid increase in activity when compared to prior year same time frame, according to the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service. Closed sales and properties under contract spiked across all three residential categories (Single Family Homes, Home-site/Vacant Lots and Condos). Inventory levels provide ... Read More »

Library Advisory Board to Meet

Submitted The Collier County Library Advisory Board will meet at 10 AM on Wednesday, March 15, in the Headquarters Regional Library, located at 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. In regards to the public meeting, two or more members of the Board of County Commissioners may be present and may participate at the meeting. The subject matter of this meeting may ... Read More »

Getting Started/Briefing Guests

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 By Doug Johnson Before getting underway, there are a few simple things that can be done to make the trip more enjoyable and safer. Start with checking the weather, tides and your vessels systems and gear and make sure your boat registration is aboard. Your guests should be familiar with your boat and its safety ... Read More »

Kicking Off St. Patrick’s Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The recent Sons and Daughters of Erin’s annual Shamrock Dinner and Dance at the San Marco Church social hall was a fun and festive way to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone was Irish that night, and the room was filled with folks dressed in every shade of green. Guests enjoyed a traditional, hearty ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls Looking for Love

By Maria Lamb Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but love is in the air for Marco Island’s burrowing owls! According to Jean Hall, project manager of Marco’s Owl Watch Program, “Burrowing owls have started pairing up as early as December and into January and February. You’ll also notice a lot of digging at the burrows. Before laying eggs ... Read More »

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of the Marco Island City Council the evening was somewhat uncomfortable as a number of residents came forward to question their decisions on circumstances surrounding the departure of City Manager Roger Hernstadt. At the February 6th meeting of council, Hernstadt’s letter of resignation was read into the record by City Attorney Alan Gabriel. That resignation ... Read More »

Crime Rate Down on Marco Island

Submitted  On February 9, 2017, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino announced a significant and continued reduction in crime, as measured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The FBI’s UCR program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies with a primary objective to generate reliable information for use in ... Read More »

Marco Fire Rescue Partners With Children’s Coalition

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Water is a major component of what makes Marco Island so special. With over 100 miles of canals, thousands of swimming pools and approximately five miles of beach, residents and visitors flock to the water on a regular basis to enjoy a number of recreational activities that include swimming, boating and a number of water sports ... Read More »

Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

By Samantha Husted  The Calusa Garden Club met recently to discuss the “Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling” in Collier County. Margie Hapke, Collier County recycling coordinator, led the presentation, offering her knowledge and advice on all things garbage. Hapke has been with the Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management since 2002. Part of her job as recycling coordinator is ... Read More »

The Thrilling 2017 Isles of Capri Yard Sale – Treasures for All!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry It’s hard to believe that the first all-island yard sale was 30 years ago and they get bigger and better each year. 2017 was no exception judging by the numbers of golf carts, bicycles and cars that cruised the isles on January 28th looking for that “one in a million” find.” Each ... Read More »

5 Questions to Ask When Your Broker Changes Firms

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Clarity affords focus.” ~ Thomas Leonard, American businessman  Question: My financial advisor called to let me know that he changed firms again and sent paperwork to move my accounts. Why would he be moving and what should I do? Answer: There are a number of reasons why advisors would change firms. In fact, I’ve ... Read More »