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Collier and Lee Building Industry Hosts the 6th Market Trends

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The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Lee Building Industry Association will host the joint 6th Annual Market Trends on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Miromar Design Center in Estero, Florida. The program will begin at5:30 p.m. with networking, immediately followed by Land Solutions’ presentation “What is Really Happening in New Home and Land Sales in Southwest Florida.”  The presentation will include detailed statistics and trends specifically related to the new housing development industry in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Early registration is encouraged as seats are limited.  Tickets are $35 for members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased online by visiting:  www.cbia.net or www.bia.net by ... Read More »

Conservancy hosts Fracking Summit

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity will host the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 2at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and its impact on the environment and Southwest Florida’s natural resources. Current oil and gas laws allow hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other chemical treatments that present a risk to water supplies, to occur with minimal regulations and without a permit. Florida’s first Fracking Summit will educate guests on ... Read More »

Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students

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Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 23rd St., S.W., Naples. In addition to raising funds for the students through the FGCU Foundation’s Dr. Bart S. and Peggy I. Cuderman Endowed Scholarship, the event will include the presentation of a Young Professional of the Year Award. Sponsorship ... Read More »

Keep Safe During Summer Storms

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The summer of 2016 may be seen by many to be the summer of storms. Islanders who have made Marco Island their homes for a number of years now seem to agree that the storms of this summer have been more frequent than past years. “Mother Nature has certainly provided us with some awesome fireworks this summer,” said Bill Holmes, who has been on Marco Island since 1995 and is the manager of the Summit House Condo Association on the beach. “People have to be aware of their surroundings and the need to be aware of ... Read More »

Butterflies Thrive at Calusa Park

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Monarch butterfly feasting on milkweed

Submitted “If you plant nectar plants, butterflies will come,” remarked Calusa Garden Club member Susan LaGrotta. Calusa Park’s Butterfly Garden on Winterberry Drive is thriving, attracting a kaleidoscope of butterflies sipping the sweets from their favorite nectar plants and laying their eggs on the plentiful hosts plants. This small gem of a garden is maintained year- round by members of the Calusa Garden Club. On the last Saturday of each month, volunteers gather to weed, trim and take a quick inventory of the plants and butterflies. The zebra longwing (Florida’s state butterfly), a black butterfly with light yel- low, zebra-like ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Partners With FIU

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida International University (FIU) have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas. This unique educational and research partnership will enhance the environmental understanding necessary to manage the reserve’s 110,000 acres. Nine joint reserve-FIU staff positions have been created for scientific research, education and resource management. This partnership will enable both FIU and the reserve to continue developing science-driven monitoring and management approaches to these issues. “Current watershed-level restoration projects, such as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, make this a critical time for ... Read More »

Guest Commentary: Protect Our Tortoises – You Can Help

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Marco Island offers a beautiful and diverse habitat that is home to many native species. Nearly everyone knows about the burrowing owls that live with us in our neighborhoods, but many may not be as familiar with our other burrowing animal – the gopher tortoise, a large, long-lived reptile. The life of a gopher tortoise revolves around a tunnel-like burrow that the tortoise excavates using its shovel-like front feet. Burrows can be up to 40 feet long and reach 10 feet in depth. Each burrow has a single opening, and the width of the burrow is approximately equal to the ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity

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OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, today announced TGR Financial, Inc (OTCQX: TGRF), the holding company of First Florida Integrity Bank headquartered in Naples, Florida, has qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Best Market.  TGR Financial upgraded to OTCQX from the Pink® market. TGR Financial begins trading today on OTCQX under the symbol “TGRF.”  U.S. investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the company on www.otcmarkets.com. “We are pleased to welcome TGR Financial to OTCQX,” said Jason Paltrowitz, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at OTC Markets Group. “Trading on OTCQX ... Read More »

Sandlin Real Estate Team Welcomes Matthew Mann

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Submitted RE/MAX is known for having outstanding agents who are among the most productive in the industry. The Sandlin Real Estate Team is consistently among the top producing teams in all of RE/MAX. During 2015 the Sandlin Team was recognized as the #1 producing RE/MAX Team on Marco Island, in Naples and throughout Collier County. The team finished #4 in sales within the state of Florida for RE/MAX Teams. The team has successfully closed over 1,800 real estate transactions over the past 15 years. That’s one sale every three days! For 15 years… The only way to sustain and improve ... Read More »

Connecting Students with Science and Technology

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Spending time in a classroom is one way to learn, but smelling, hearing and touching the subject usually results in reinforcing an educational experience that won’t soon be forgotten.  Each year, roughly 3,000 local students have the opportunity to get “a taste” of our local estuary as part of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s field trip programs. Now the reserve is extending that reach exponentially through the “Teachers on the Estuary” (TOTE) program, a highly visible education program that provides hands-on, field-based professional teacher development opportunities across the nation. The TOTE program was developed by NOAA’s ... Read More »

Where to Find Help

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway If you or someone in your family has been newly diagnosed as having dementia, you may be feeling overwhelmed and wondering where you can go for help. That’s how I felt back in 2000 when I was trying to find out about my mother’s dementia and didn’t know where to turn. Now, you don’t need to feel so desperate, to struggle to find help. In 2016 there is a lot of information available from printed media, online, and from organizations specific to a particular dementia, so much more than when my mother was diagnosed with ... Read More »

Barbara’s Wearable Art – A Canvas of Island Life

Photos by Joseph Parisi

By Maria Lamb The photographs of Marco Island’s wildlife photographer and artist, Joe Parisi reflect Southwest Florida’s wildlife and iconic places. He has exhibited his artwork extensively at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, as well as local art fairs. Joe’s most popular photographs are a collection of Marco Island sceneries and wildlife. People form connections to the island’s special places, and an art purchase serves as a remembrance of their Marco Island experience. Whether small or large, Joe’s photographs capture Marco Island’s unique ecological diversity. Barbara Parisi, Joe’s wife, is also a very talented artist, using her hands ... Read More »

Museums Host Pokémon Go Parties

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Submitted The Pokémon Go phenomenon has taken the world by storm, and Southwest Florida is no exception. During the month of August, Collier County Museums will host four Pokémon Go Lure Parties, on each Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The lure parties will include Pokémon themed activities, a scavenger hunt and, of course, four hours of lure modules to attract those sought after rare Pokémon. All ages of Pokémon trainers are welcome. The schedule for the Pokémon Go Lure Parties: 8/6 Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island  8/13 Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Tr. ... Read More »

Project Nikita Revealed

Arthrex, a Collier County-based medical device manufacturing company, will expand its operations in North Naples, creating 560 jobs and $63 million in investment as part of a public-private agreement between the company, the state and Collier County. “To have a global medical device leader like Arthrex make this kind of investment shows their confidence in Collier County. The ripple effect of Arthrex’s physical expansion and the jobs created contributes greatly to our region’s growing economic strength,” said Kristi Bartlett, vice president of economic development for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. “This is a prime example of the fruits of ... Read More »

Leadership NEXT welcomes experts on emergency preparedness and response

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center located at 2675 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. The program will feature a panel of local experts on emergency preparedness and response including Rob Duns, meteorologist for NBC-2; Lisa LeBlanc-Hutchings, senior manager of programs- emergency planning, safety and training for the Lee County Port Authority; and Sandra Tapfumaneyi, operations chief with Lee County Emergency Management. Each panelist will offer ... Read More »

Jackfruit, the ‘Jack-of-all-fruit,’ Grows in Marco

Ten “humongous” jackfruits hang from the tree.

By Maria Lamb Imagine a spiky green fruit, the size of a watermelon or pumpkin dangling from a branch or the trunk of a large tropical evergreen tree. Most people have never seen a forty-pound fruit hanging from the trunk of a large tree. Jackfruit, a member of the mulberry family, is the largest fruit to grow on a tree in the world. Its melon-shaped fruit can reach a length of 13 inches and can weigh up to 100 pounds. Dr. Al Bismonte, a longtime resident of Marco Island, has a collection of exotic tropical fruit trees in his backyard, ... Read More »

Summertime is Health Care Time

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees cooler—and surrounded by water! More than anything, summertime enables my family and me to enjoy “ easy access”—the opportunity to take full advantage of our area’s amenities without the traffic, lines, crowds and delays. This benefit applies to beaches, restaurants, ... Read More »

School Supply Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Before you know it summer will be over, and it will be school time once again for children in Southwest Florida. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is busy getting ready, and can use the community’s support. To prepare for the new school year, the YMCA has begun its Annual School Supply Drive. The items needed are: Back Packs Colored Pencils Crayons Elmer’s Glue Bottles & Sticks Erasers Loose Leaf Paper (Wide Ruled) Magic Markers & Dry Erase Markers Pencils & Pencil Boxes Scissors Spiral Notebooks 2-Pocket Folders 3-Ring Binders (2”) Ziplock Bags (Pint and Gallon ... Read More »

Wind Across the Everglades

Tommie Barfield and her niece “Kappy” Kirk. Photos Courtesy of William Hughes

Submitted Take a break from the summer heat on August 2nd at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium, where you will enjoy the story of an earlier time in Southwest Florida. Speakers William Hughes and Craig Woodward will present the story and locations used in the movie “Wind Across the Everglades.” Bill will recount the tales of the relationships that led to the making of the movie, and Craig will bring the movie’s shooting locations to life. Filmed in 1958 in Everglades City and the surrounding area, the movie will take you back in time before the modern development ... Read More »