Tag Archives: Southwest Florida

A Bridge Over Troubled Water?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Move fast with stable infrastructure.” ~Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook  Question: Our nation’s infrastructure problems are obvious. With the Trump Administration’s commitment to fixing the problems, what are your thoughts on this sector? Answer: It’s easy to agree that we need to maintain and upgrade our infrastructure. If these issues aren’t addressed, the American ... Read More »

What’s Old is Not Forgotten

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to present “What’s Old is Not Forgotten” by the Naples Digital Photography Club (DPI-SIG), on display from June 6 to August 26. The exhibit is comprised completely of images captured within Collier County by local photographers. A free opening reception sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society will be held from on ... Read More »

Meet Your Acting City Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the election of November 2016 it was apparent that a change in the corner office wasn’t something in question, only its timing. So at the first meeting in February council chose to exercise their right to accept the resignation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt effective immediately and provide him with his severance package as ... Read More »

A Thank You 72 Years in the Making

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For 72 years one of Vernon “Bo” Sigo’s greatest hopes would be to have the opportunity to say thank you to one of the men he believed helped him to survive a combination of 32 sorties and 42 missions in B-17s during World War II. When he spoke of that desire to Rick Wobbe, one of ... Read More »

Again a Hit with Players and Fans

By Don Manley  This year’s event may be recently completed, but organizers are already considering what they’d like to see at the 2018 Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. Adding courts at the tournament’s home, East Naples Community Park, to enable an additional 500 participants to take part in the one-week long event will be among the topics included in the ... Read More »

For Now, the Center of the Pickleball Universe

By Don Manley If there is a descriptive phrase that can be overused when considering a multitude of things, situations and events it is “bigger and better.” But where the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships are concerned, it’s difficult to come up with a more apt characterization. The second installment of the week-long tourney has top-echelon players from around the ... Read More »

Grand All Image Award 

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office was honored with the Grand All Image Award at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Southwest Florida Chapter Image Awards ceremony last week. The Grand All Image Award is presented to the best public relations program in Southwest Florida and was awarded for the elections office’s “Election Ready” public information campaign which aimed ... Read More »

ICC Prepares for Golf Course Renovations

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) recently held a “Demolition Day” themed golf tournament event and BBQ to celebrate its upcoming golf course renovations. The ICC golf course will be closed from now until December 1, 2017 as it undergoes a complete modernization and refurbishment initiative. Golf course architect Dave Wallace designed the original course over 50 years ... Read More »

Claus Discoveries

By Don Manley William Marquardt asked his audience to engage in visualization at the outset of his lecture on Calusa Indians who once dominated southern Florida, from coast to coast. “Just imagine for a minute the villages that were here on Marco Island,” he said before asking them to conjure images of cooking fires, canoes and their occupants returning home ... Read More »

Photography Exhibit Featured at Library

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco library on Heathwood Drive. The months of April and May 2017 will feature the works of photographer Ed Cohen. Ed Cohen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his education led to medical school and specialty training ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »

Oil & Gas Exploration to Begin in Big Cypress

Submitted March 27 was the date set for the Burnett Oil Company to begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge had yet to rule whether the work could proceed. The National Park Service approved seismic surveys on 110 square miles of sensitive wetlands in Big ... Read More »

Update on Parliament Wildfire in Big Cypress

Submitted The 26,371-acre Parliament Fire in Big Cypress National Preserve, as of press time, is 60% contained. With winds predicted to be calm and the likelihood of fire growth diminished, fire crews are strengthening containment lines and suppressing lingering hot spots. To date, “No injuries have been reported on this incident despite the fact that over a hundred personnel were ... Read More »

Celebrate Mother Nature at Earth Day Festival

Submitted The Southwest Florida community is invited to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. From electric boat tours to live animal shows, to live music and great food, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth ... Read More »

Sale e Pepe Earns Four Diamond Rating, Again

Submitted Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, has received the AAA Four Diamond restaurant designation for the 13th consecutive year. Sale e Pepe was the only restaurant on Marco Island receiving the prestigious rating and one of just two restaurants in Southwest Florida included in the travel club’s ... Read More »

Clinical Trials – Hope for a Cure

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Alzheimer’s disease is probably high on our list of something we don’t want to experience for ourselves or for a loved one. Yet some of us are or have been caregivers. Some of us may have memory loss and are worried about getting worse. Whatever our situation, if past midlife, you’re probably hoping for a ... Read More »

Calusa Days Offers Fun Look at Everglades’ Past

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas On Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM take a journey of the cultural history of the 10,000 Islands during Everglades National Park’s Calusa Days at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. The Calusa were a self-sustaining indigenous people ... Read More »

FFIB 8th Annual Charity Golf 

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000.00 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. The tournament in 2015 resulted in proceeds of $110,000 for the Ricky King Children’s Fund and Quest, the tournament in ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity 8th Annual Charity Golf

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. “We are delighted with the success of this year’s tournament. The resounding results would not have been possible if not ... Read More »

The Truth About Red Tide

Submitted Nothing ruins a beautiful Southwest Florida beach day like red tide. But what causes red tide and is there anything we can do to prevent it? Collier County Pollution Control wants to help the public understand the truth about Florida red tide and to debunk some of the myths that are out there about this phenomenon. Rhonda Watkins, principal ... Read More »