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COLLIER CONSTRUCTION/Maintenance

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Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road Intersection Improvements Project – At the Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road intersection crews expect to be progressing with construction along the roadsides Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting, as part of the Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road Intersection Improvements Project.  Also, on Collier Boulevard between Immokalee Road and Weathered Stone Drive, northbound traffic has been shifted slightly to the west and will remain that way for approximately one week, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue utility work next to the travel lane.  This project is expected to be completed in ... 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 »

Goodland Water Line Replacement What Will Happen? When?

Photo by Barry Gwinn August 24th county informational meeting at Goodland Boat Park. Everyone seemed pleased that the construction was postponed until next spring.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On or about April 17, 2017, Quality Enterprises, with offices near Collier Boulevard and I-75, will begin replacing Goodland’s main water line from San Marco Road to Harbor Place N. (just short of Stan’s). Grady Minor, of Bonita Springs will be the engineers for the project. The project, costing $612,305, was originally scheduled to begin in October, but has been moved back to next April because of Goodland merchants’ concerns about disruption of their businesses during the high season. The county brought together all the principals on August 24, to answer questions. The meeting was ... Read More »

Sustainable Improvements/Skill Development, Part I

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott Based on experience, I’m confident that a student can improve with a 30-minute lesson from a qualified instructor. The improvement in such a session might result in a few more quality golf shots, which helps golfers enjoy the game more. While a 30-minute window might allow time to fix a visual fault in the golf swing, chances are those extra few good shots will go away, and the same old game will come back. The “quick visual fix” is not sustainable unless we increase our skill level, because increasing skill level will do more than ... 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 »

Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats

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Ocean Habitats My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and type of fish we would catch over those 20 years. We have the good fortune of have Jim Timmerman as a neighbor and when he approached me about the possibility of having one of the “Ocean Habitats” installed below our ... Read More »

Karen Raymond Didn’t Miss a Note

Karen Raymond with the cast of “Alice in Wonderland.” Submitted Photos

By Roger LaLonde At seven, Karen Garriott was already interested in music, playing the piano. In junior high Karen continued with piano, adding the school choir and singing at church in her hometown of Indianapolis. She went on to Ball State University, majoring in music education and minoring in piano, adding musical theater. She was part of the Ball State University singers who performed at the National Governors Convention, with Governor Ronald Reagan the headliner. She met Roger Raymond, a Ball State basketball player, who was pledging Lambda Chi Alpha with two of her friends. She had joined Chi Omega. ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in September

Deborah, Sharon and Zaida caught some nice redfish, snook, trout, and sheepshead. Submitted photos

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps September is the warmest and usually rainiest month of the summer here in the 10,000 Islands. You can expect the daytime temperature to remain about 92, with the water temperature hovering around 86 to 88 degrees. Our average monthly rainfall in September is 9.2 inches. The tidal movements here are not huge like they are in the winter, so in September, scheduling around extreme negative tides will not be much of an issue. This September, the new moon falls on the 1st and the full moon on the 17th. Looking at the solunar calendar for ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this book. Aimee is a 29-year-old woman who has to attend the funeral and burial of her childhood sweetheart and fiancée James Donato on what should have been their wedding day. We are introduced to her while she is sobbing her ... 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 »

September Awareness – A Look Beyond the Ribbons

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By Maureen Chodaba Throughout the calendar year, there is a cancer awareness theme for almost every month. These themes are usually marketed with the images of colorful ribbons. For September, a teal ribbon is the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness, while thyroid cancer awareness is represented by a teal, pink and blue combination ribbon. As a cancer survivor, I have mixed emotions about the use of these pretty ribbons to depict a disease that is anything but pretty. Although I applaud the marketing outreach, which has indeed been effective in spreading the word, I prefer to experience awareness by embracing ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016

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By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated on Marco’s history, hospitality, government, tourism, education, law enforcement, media and more. This is part one of a two-part series to introduce our readers to the Leadership Marco Class of 2016. Each student brings with them an impressive list of ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Scuba Marco – 18 Years of Taking a Dive

From left: Scuba Marco’s Tyler Beck, Jessica Dawson and Jeff Dawson.
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By Maureen Chodaba As you drive north along Bald Eagle Drive through Old Marco, just before the intersection with Palm Street, feast your eyes on the aqua colored house on your right. It calls out your name with its Old Florida charm and inviting style. This is the home of Scuba Marco, the island’s premier dive shop. On August 23, Scuba Marco celebrated 18 years of successful business, taking a dive and loving it! The shop features diving instruction and certification, dive trips, service and rentals, and a vast array of diving products. Scuba Marco is known for its “Mom ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

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Pickleball For All provided a complete pickleball package to Collier County schools.

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth and prosperity. Jim has been a major proponent in bringing to Naples hundreds of designated courts, multiple USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) tournaments, as well as creating a nonprofit organization known as Pickleball For All. This organization’s mission statement is to instill encouragement, integrity, strength ... 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 »

Berko Moves Building Services Forward

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they interact with those professionals and can see the benefits. The same applies for members of the Marco Fire-Rescue team, should they have need of their services. Turn your faucet on at the sink in the morning to brush your teeth ... Read More »

CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE PROJECTS:

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Airport-Pulling Road between North Road and Prospect Avenue – On Airport-Pulling Road between North Road and Prospect Avenue expect intermittent lane closures northbound through Friday, Aug. 26 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue sidewalk repairs. Flagmen will be used, as needed, along with lighted arrow signs, advance warning signs, a rolling truck with signage and barricades to assist travelers in the area.   Collier Boulevard Improvements Project – On Collier Boulevard between Green Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard expect intermittent lane closures both southbound and northbound from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, for the duration of the Collier Boulevard Improvements Project ... Read More »

Hertz hosts students from The Immokalee Foundation, donates more than 100 school-ready backpacks

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Ten students from The Immokalee Foundation recently visited Hertz Global Holdings’ world headquarters in Estero for a Career Development program that included one-on-one discussions with Hertz employees and executives, a tour of the state-of-the-art facility, and collecting 104 backpacks loaded with back-to-school supplies donated by Hertz employees for Immokalee students. “This was an incredible experience for our students,” said Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation. “The Hertz executives and employees were so generous with their time and had great career advice to offer. Then, when we formed a human chain to load the backpacks into our van, we ... Read More »

Living & Learning

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Strong words, “I can do most anything,” not exactly like Nike’s catch phrase, which is “Just do it!” Problem with “Just do it,” is that you do it and fail or fall on your face, that can be a problem. Failure can cause you embarrassment, or worse, your money. But it is said: It’s better to try and fail than never try at all. (Or was that about the subject of love?) In my case, as a young learning goldsmith, I was instructed to “just do it,” the problem could be a tough repair or a ... Read More »

Election 2016: Learn the Facts Before You Vote

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides 2016 continues to be an election year that has Americans shaking their heads as to the choices they have at the ballot box. This year we will have the opportunity to elect office holders that range from the highest office in the land, in addition to candidates for some of the more local, state and federal offices which are up for election. It was Winston Churchill that said; “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other ... Read More »