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National White Cane Day

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Saturday, October 15th is National White Cane Day! In order to raise public awareness, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in collaboration with Collier Association of the Visually Impaired (CAVI), will be hosting a White Cane Walk on Fifth Ave S in Naples from 10am to 12pm. The White Cane Walk will begin in front of Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue, just west of Eighth Street and ends at noon at the von Liebig with an opportunity to enjoy docent tours of all Naples Art Association exhibits, to include the “Please Touch Exhibit”, with art created by Lighthouse of Collier clients. Lighthouse ... Read More »

Venomous Reptile Regulations

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At its Sept. 8 meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule changes to existing venomous reptile regulations to improve public safety. These draft rules strengthen biosecurity requirements by requiring more secure enclosures to minimize the risk of escapes to the public and native environment. Commissioners also approved further action by FWC’s captive wildlife section by continuing Technical Assistance Group meetings in order to listen to the public and stakeholders and to recommend future actions such as education, amnesty options and new training requirements. FWC captive wildlife staff was directed by the Commission ... Read More »

Florida Reefs: Old and New

A sea turtle makes its way across a reef this past summer. Photo by Bob McConville

Stepping Stones Bob McConville A short while ago I wrote an article about the decline of the coral reef system in the Florida Keys. Included were some pictures that actually showed a section of a reef and how dramatic the change occurred over a 20-year period. It was not good. The brightly colored corals of yesterday are now gray and brown. Unfortunately, this is not just a local problem. The vitality of coral reefs and their sensitive ecosystems worldwide are in trouble. Stable levels of sunlight, the proper amount of salt content (salinity), warmth and cleanliness all combined and allowed ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part 3 Coping With Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton  I sat motionless, stunned by what I heard. My heart began to race for I feared that I might lose my partner and best friend. An hour later I was informed the removal was successful and that she would be going home in a day or two. The event would take its toll for I would soon again experience the symptoms of severe angina. I started a new job and was quite content with my position and co-workers. But, in the winter of 1996, I collapsed while at work and was rushed to the hospital where I ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike accidents, football injuries, etc.) with two parks right close by: East Naples Community Park – home to the Pickleball Championship Tournaments as well as many other Pickleball tournaments and many children’s programs and soccer games, plus Sugden Park – home ... Read More »

Active Shooter Scenario Run, Hide or Fight

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Submitted Feel the heat, enjoy the burn and join good times at Marco Island’s 4th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off. Each year this event gets bigger and better with more than a dozen competitors showing off top-notched signature chili dishes. New this year, participants can augment their chili judging by selecting the best craft beer from a Southwest Florida Brew Crafters and by listening to a live performance of the Ben Allen Band. Ben and the boys play their special brand of South Florida country with hits including “Small Town Cowboy.” Chili and beer winners will be decided by ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

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By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for both adults and children of all different acting levels. Courses will take place at the Rose History Auditorium. For the past 20 years Gina has been directing youth and teen theater on Marco Island. The idea for an acting school ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part 2 Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton A chill passed through my entire body and I began to uncontrollably tremble as my gurney was positioned in the center of the room. Both fear and my attempt to acclimate to the lab’s cool temperature and sterile environment had exacerbated an already heightened sense of anxiety. To my right lay a round table covered with instruments and syringes, and to my left, a rather large, intimidating monitor. Before I could collect my thoughts, I was approached by my physician and two nurses dressed in light green attire. One of the nurses suggested an additional sedative be ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers – September Hiatus

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) thanks Joanne Tailele for her August 10th presentation on loglines and pitches. MIWI is taking some time off, and there will be no September meeting. MIWI will be back in October with a panel presentation on First Page Critique. In the meanwhile, everyone is invited to visit MIWI postings on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce blog (www.marcoislandchamber.org/blog). In addition to information about the group, each week of the summer a book title written by a member is featured. Check out Marco Island Writers, Inc. on the new Marco Island, Fl app, sponsored by ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Top Five Luxury Condo Listings

The Belize at Cape Marco. Photos by Kristine Bareis

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Last week the top five luxury condo listings on Marco Island by price were all located at the Belize in Cape Marco. Belize is a remarkable 25-story building built in 2004 with fantastic amenities. These first class amenities include a grand lobby, library, social room, billiard room, theater, fitness area, infinity pool, and tennis center. Concierge services, private beach gate access, fishing pier and guest suites are part of the upscale Belize lifestyle. Two penthouses and a grand penthouse are included in this top five list. The condos listed for sale range from 7,165 ... Read More »

A Tale of Two Turtles Good Samaritan Replaces Sculpture at Y

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Submitted  There’s a new-look turtle gracing the entrance to the Youth Development Center at the Marco Y, courtesy of charitable donor Steve Garske and his wife Charlotte. For months, youngsters and visitors to the Center had enjoyed the sight of Hot Rod, one of 50 turtles placed at sites around Collier County after being commissioned by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the United Arts Council of Collier County. Graske originally sponsored one of the 50 turtles, and mid-year last year it was placed at the Y, one of the designated sites for display. Later, the Community Foundation allowed bids ... Read More »

Big Changes Ahead on 951/Collier Boulevard

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Coastal Comments By Donna Fiala What fun it will be to write this column! First and foremost, no matter where I go people ask me what is happening with the old “skeleton building” at the corner of Davis Boulevard and 951/Collier Boulevard, the old, almost decaying structure that has been sitting there as a greeting to all of us. Well, I got the happiest call I’ve had in a long time. The owner of the site, the Benderson Company, was nice enough to call to let me know they finally have a great business who will be building on that ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Makes Its Move

From left: MIA Coach Bruce Kretschmer with girls team members Morgan Jones, Danya Zarate, Kayla Kladis, Anna Chamberlin, Olivia Watt, Teagan Havemeier and Julia Wagner. Jim Watt in back

By Roger LaLonde Just a few years ago the Marco Island Academy (MIA) cross country team consisted of three girls. Today, coach Bruce Kretschmer is smiling as he has full girls and boys teams to compete in Class 2A-District 10. In the Lemon Bay Invitational on August 27, out of the 20 teams from all school sizes, the MIA girls came in 12th. Junior Olivia Watt ran to ninth place in 21:52. “That is a good time for her first race of the season,” Kretschmer said. Last season she was steps away from getting out of the regional and running ... Read More »

A Boat, a Nap and a Bug

Howie, napping with his tractor.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew to Iowa for a long weekend. The agenda was full. We were celebrating two birthdays, a baptism and two family reunions in the span of two days. And while it was exciting to know I would see my kids, grandkids, mom, siblings and assorted nieces, nephews and cousins, I was anticipating my first full day in town most of all. On that day I had volunteered to take care of three of our grandsons for the day. That would be two boys about to ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Marco Optimists Clean up in Orlando

Coach Jim Watt fires up his U10 team up before the big game. As always, he has their undivided attention.

Jake Watt’s Big Day  By Barry Gwinn Jim Watt is the volunteer varsity soccer coach at Marco Island Academy. He is the only coach the team has ever had. His daughter Olivia, now a junior, is a star on the team. Olivia has two younger brothers, Jake, at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), and Jonathan at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), both soccer players par excellence. Watt is national sales manager for a thriving family business, King’s Company (commercial lumber), which has now gone global. He is constantly on the road keeping his customers happy and signing up new ... Read More »

MIPD Professionalism Exhibited

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Monday mornings at the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) are fairly routine for Police Chief Al Schettino and his staff. August 8, however, was not one of those normal Mondays; Schettino was called out from a staff meeting to take a call from an individual who had used the direct line to threaten lives and property at the Marco Marriott Resort by the use of explosives and sniper fire. In return for not initiating the attack he wanted the City of Marco Island to pay an undisclosed amount of cash to avert the incident. “Every potential ... Read More »

Feds Feed Families Food Drive

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By Laurie Harris,  Public Affairs Officer  Since 2009, when the U.S. Coast Guard began participating in the Feds Feed Families food drive, nearly 57.2 million pounds of food has been collected; more than 17.9 million pounds last year alone. The Feds Feeding Families was designed to help food pantries stock up during the slow summer months when donations are usually down. This is particularly true on Marco Island when season comes to a close, and many jobs are eliminated during the summer. To support the Coast Guard’s 8th Annual Feds Feed Families campaign, the Marco Island U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary ... Read More »

“Wear Your Wish Wednesday” social media campaign will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

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Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida announces “Wear Your Wish Wednesday” — a social media campaign to take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. This day-long event is intended to celebrate thePower of a Wish®. Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers invite businesses, co-workers, classmates, schools, hospitals and individuals to think like wish child and dream of their own heartfelt wish, then dress accordingly to participate in “Wear Your WishWednesday.” There are four categories participants can use as inspiration: I wish to be; I wish to go; I wish to have; and I wish to meet. To join in the fun, participants are asked to post a photo of themselves on ... Read More »

PROPER TIRE DISPOSAL CAN REDUCE MOSQUITOES AND DISEASE

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Curbside Tire Collection Available to Residents   Mosquitoes that transmit Zika and Dengue fever only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs. Clearing your yard of items that can collect and hold water is the first step to warding off mosquitoes. Containers where rainwater can collect, such as bird baths, flower pots, pool covers and old tires, need to be dumped daily or put away. Collier County residents can get rid of unwanted tires free through the curbside collection program. Each month, residents may place up to four standard vehicle tires with an outer diameter up to 33 ... Read More »