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PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As the temperatures slowly start to cool and the daily amount of rainfall begins to dwindle, things are heating up on our small, seasonal island of Goodland. Heavier traffic and longer lines at the grocery store mark the return of our migrating snowbirds, flying south to escape their now frigid northern homes. By now, it’s common knowledge that I’m a huge fan of our live entertainment here. The musical acts that pass through, as well as our own local talent, are first-class. Last week, each Goodland establishment celebrated the opening of season with live music, and ... Read More »

Local Doctor Rates CDC/TSA Response a FAILURE

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By Val Simon Val@coastalbreezenews.com The spread of Ebola is filling headlines and news broadcasts across the globe, but how does the spread of Ebola affect us here in Naples and Marco Island? On a return trip from Brussels, just two weeks ago at this writing, popular area podiatrist Dr. Loan Lam was able to see first-hand how the policies and procedures of government agencies such as the CDC and TSA were enacted and enforced. Here is recap of her experience in her own words. “As a physician and US citizen, I have to say I was highly disappointed in how ... Read More »

Smokehouse Bay Bridge Update

Work on the southbound span of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge is about 20 percent complete. PHOTO BY FRANK STEIGER

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sign posted on the exit door of the Starbucks at The Esplanade on Tuesday, Sept. 30, sent caffeine junkies into instant withdrawals. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 PM, the store would be closed — closed? — due to a boil water notice, and unless otherwise notified, the store would not reopen until Saturday, Oct. 4. According to Jeff Poteet, general manager of Marco Island Utilities, bridge contractor Quality Enterprises will be tying in a new 20-inch water main that was recently installed as part of the $8.625 million Smokehouse Bay Bridge project. In ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Hopefully you had a fun summer with lots of family and friends to enjoy it with. Soon, our season will begin to blossom again, and we’ll be so busy we can’t think straight, so take this time to have fun and relax. * Alexandra and I are in the planning stages for this coming year’s tours. Just as soon as I get the tours organized and dates arranged, we’ll e-mail our tour list and publish them in this column. The tours fill up rather quickly once we advise everyone, so write Alex at donnafiala@colliergov.net and ask to ... Read More »

Southeastern State Departments of Transportation are Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost-Saving Projects

Six transportation projects in the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) region, today received top honors in the America’s Transportation Awards competition for improving safety and mobility, reducing traffic congestion, excellence in emergency response and saving taxpayer dollars. “This competition showcases the outstanding, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “This is an opportunity to recognize State DOTs for their ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Construction project: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant.  Crews continue paving throughout the project.   THE ENTIRE REST AREA IS CLOSED UNTIL PROJECT COMPLETION, ESTIMATED FALL 2014.  ALL FACILITIES (including the picnic area, parking, restrooms or potable water) are unavailable.  Entrance and exit ramps at mile marker 63 are open for motorists to turn around if needed.  FDOT cautionsmotorists to remain ... Read More »

A Modern Fairy Tale by Virginia Colwell Read

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Once upon a time in the fair land of Paradise, the matter of a new bridge on a well-traveled thoroughfare was brought before the ruling oligarchy. The vested body agreed on the need for a new bridge. They consulted with engineers, architects, and designers form many far-away lands. Paradise should have a magnificent bridge with fancy underpinnings to replace the old, worn-out bridge. A grandiose bridge was not what the people of the realm had in mind. They thought a new bridge would be fine as long as its design was realistic and there were shells in the treasury to ... Read More »

SENSORY NIGHTS OFFERED AT GOLISANO CHILREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES

Sensory Night at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is an engaging, interactive, and inspiring night to promote families playing, learning and dreaming together in a low-sensory museum experience. Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm, sensory night is intended for all individuals with sensory integration needs including people with autism.   According to Mary Fellenz, OTR/L, an Autism Specialist and owner of MF Therapy Group, “Sensations flow into the brain like streams flowing into a lake. Countless bits of sensory information enter our brain at every moment, not only from our eyes and ears, but also from ... Read More »

Youth See Police and Fire-Rescue Service Up Close

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By Val Simon Each year, the Marco Island Police Department works closely with the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department to present a Police/Fire Academy through the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. The weeklong camp was headed up by MIPD Officer Al Schettino and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden. The academy — designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades — gives a hands-on look at the variety of training and skills each of these professions require. It’s an ideal camp for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency services. They cover everything these first responders do on a ... Read More »

Roadwatch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Thomas

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THE CORE QUESTION IS THE IMPORTANT ONE The Marriott proposal is so complex it has been difficult to identify the “core” of the issue for those of us who live on Marco Island. Even though Marriott has done a fine job of presenting their plans it’s been tough for residents to look beyond those formal presentations to identify any core issues that may adversely affect the happy Marco lifestyle. The principal “core” issue, important to all residents, is the condition of Marco Island traffic, long term. Most residents understand the construction traffic caused by the extended buildout period of such a project ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Civic Association

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Dear Councilman: The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) was established over 40 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest associations. Our charter provides that the general purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment on Marco Island. Subsequently, the Deltona Corporation delegated enforcement of its Deed Restrictions to MICA to maintain the Mackle Brothers’ vision for development of Marco Island. That vision was to develop a community of residential properties supported by businesses to meet the needs of the community. Tourism would play a role in the development of the island supported ... Read More »

MIPD Goes High-Tech with Twitter

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Want to know what is going on with the Marco Island Police Department? Have questions about code enforcement, traffic and marine safety or prescription medicine safety? Interested in the latest MIPD crime report? The MIPD is turning to technology to help keep its residents informed on all of these topics and more. At the suggestion of new Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the police department started using Twitter as its community-wide communications platform on March 15. “It was my suggestion to augment other public notice methods with Twitter, as it can be more timely ... Read More »

Road Watch Report

US 41 at Pelican Marsh Boulevard: Work on this project includes installing pedestrian features and upgrades to meet current ADA standards, connecting existing sidewalks to ramps, installing signal back plates, and pavement markings. Project completion is expected in spring 2014. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant. The entire rest area is closed until project completion, estimated Fall 2014. The design/build contractor ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves Marriott Expansion Project

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By Noelle H. Lowery It took three hours and a number of conditions and alterations but the city of Marco Island Planning Board finally approved the long-debated expansion plans for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa during its April 4 meeting. The revised plan passed by a vote of 6-1 with Dr. Bill Trotter as the lone dissenter. The plan now heads to City Council for review and final approval, most likely for the April 21 agenda. “I’m ecstatic,” says Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. “We are truly excited that we a 6-1 vote. It is a strong ... Read More »

Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

The 26th Annual Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held at 7 a.m., April 20, at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access north of the Madeira Condominium. Participating clergy are Marco Presbyterian Church’s Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, New Life Community Church’s Pastor the Rev. Thomas McCulley and Wesley United Methodist Church’s Pastor the Rev. Kirk Dreiser. The guest soloist is Dawn Birch of the duo Billy Dean and Dawn. The prelude will begin at 6:45 a.m. The Marco ... Read More »

County Breaks Ground on Road Project

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Feb. 7, Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation broke ground on a project nearly 20 years in the making — the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The two-year project is being completed in conjunction with the resurfacing of 951 from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of 41. According to Connie Deane, Collier County’s community liaison, the projects are part of a Joint Participation Agreement with FDOT, which will be reimbursing Collier County for approximately $14 million of the approximately $20 million in construction costs. The combined ... Read More »

Missing: 5,500-pound Wrecking Ball

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com How does someone steal a 5,500-pound, forged steel wrecking ball, and who did it? Clearly, Miley Cyrus already has her own wrecking ball, so the Marco Island Police Department is left to investigate the theft on its own. According to a police report, the wrecking ball was reported missing Dec. 27 at about 6 PM. Its owner, Earth Works of Naples Inc., was working at 511 Sandhill Street, where the wrecking ball was last seen. Because the investigation is active, MIPD could not provide any theories on how thieves were able to take the nearly ... Read More »

Loggerhead Released Near Goodland

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Conservancy of Southwest Florida released Sassy, its female loggerhead sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near the Ten Thousand Islands on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Born on Sanibel Island, Sassy was transferred to the Florida Atlantic University lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, where she was part of a gender study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Following her two months in the ongoing sea turtle gender study, Sassy was brought to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. In 2012, Sassy became the first resident of the 5,000-gallon saltwater tank in ... Read More »