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Farmers Market Vendor Application Process to Open

Shoppers can always find fresh fruit and other produce at the Farmers Market.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market. This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market. Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is the abundance of farm-fresh produce and unique products. Local artists show their talents along with florists, bakers and craftsmen. Shoppers can find everything from fresh herbs to local honey, natural soaps and handmade jewelry. Alex Galiana, the city’s Administrative and ... Read More »

Historic Site #4: Tin City 1200 Fifth Avenue South

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Around the time that Naples was founded in 1886, the waterfront area was attracting wealthy tourists and investors. In the 1920’s economic activity was centered around the tin-roofed buildings, as this part of the Gordon River became the heart of Naples’ fishing industry, including clam shelling, oyster processing, boat construction and maintenance. In the 1970’s seven of Tin City’s old buildings were transformed to become “The Old Marine Marketplace” with a mixture of shops and restaurants. Today, Tin City holds its historic old Florida charm and is home to over 30 unique shops, waterfront restaurants ... Read More »

Tarik Ayasun Speaks at JCMI Deli Night

Four JCMI chefs (from left) Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friday, August 14, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) opened its doors for a Deli Night featuring speaker Tarik Ayasun. Prior to Shabbat services and Tarik’s speech, sixty guests noshed and kibitzed in the social hall. Guests enjoyed the feast of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye, with all the traditional accompaniments you would find at a real New York City deli. JCMI chefs Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz prepared for the event for two days. They showed their culinary skills with fresh homemade coleslaw, potato salad and pasta ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Owners Come from All Over the World

Grandview Condominiums on S. Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com People from all over the world own vacation condos on Marco Island. Almost all the states and dozens of foreign countries are represented. Due to limitations on the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website, we took a sampling of condo owners’ home addresses along Collier Boulevard, the street with the most condos of any street on Marco Island, as a representative sample. Searching the Collier County Tax Assessors’ website reveals that 802 of these properties are owner occupied and 3,936 are not owner occupied, for a total of 4,738 residences along Collier Boulevard. Another ... Read More »

La Scarpa Moves to Heritage Square

Shoppers will find Nicole Miller dresses and the perfect accessories at La Scarpa.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff La Scarpa has moved to Heritage Square, a perfect location to enjoy a day at the salon and spa, shop with friends, sip coffee at the new Starbucks and lunch at the popular Philly Grill. But make sure to leave enough time to explore the racks at La Scarpa. La Scarpa has been a Marco Island favorite since 1985, when owner Jeanine Pastore’s parents opened the store. They took frequent trips to Italy, often accompanied by Jeanine or her sisters, to find the finest goods for their customers. After her parents retired in 2007, Jeanine ... Read More »

Chamber Announces FIRST “Chamber Champion” Rick’s Island Salon & Day Spa

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Submitted Lisa and Rick Popoff are the perfect example of a Chamber Champion. With head to toe services as their business, Rick’s Island Salon and Day Spa has been providing outstanding service since 1992, and has been a selfless contributor to the Marco Island community since the day they opened their doors. As a past president of the Chamber and current Board Member, Rick knows the importance of giving back to the community. During the month of August, Rick and his staff have provided teachers and students with free haircuts for the past six years to prepare for back to ... Read More »

Historic Site #3 Mercantile Building 1117 Third Street South

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Naples’ first commercial building was constructed in 1919. The Naples Mercantile Building served as the first commissary offering food and general merchandise for the Naples area. This two-story wood frame structure, covered with stucco, now operates as a restaurant. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28-page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map. ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Building Permit Increase

Submitted Collier County’s Growth Management Department has seen a 46 percent increase in building permit applications between June 2014 and June 2015, according to the county’s latest figures. The county also had a nearly 19 percent increase in permit applications between May 2015 and June 2015, an increase of 816 permits. Collier County saw 4,303 permits applied for in June 2015, an increase of 1,362 permits from the 2,941 permits applied for in June 2014. Those 4,303 permits represent a 109 percent increase from the 2,057 permits applied for in June 2013. There were 311 permits issued for new construction ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Gears Up…

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ask folks about what makes Christmas on Marco Island so special and chances are they will say the tree lighting, boat parade or street parade. These events, and more, are brought to the island by the volunteers who call themselves Christmas Island Style. Since 1987, Christmas Island Style has been organizing family friendly Christmas events on the island. In addition to the parades and tree lighting, they bring Santa Claus to the Shops of Marco and ice skating to the Veterans Community Park. In 2004, Steve “Stef” Stefanides took the lead of this group of ... Read More »

Kiwanis Summer Social Marco Style

Forty-five guests attended the Kiwanis Summer Social on August 1.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Kiwanis Summer Social on Saturday, August 1 brought together Kiwanis members and their spouses to socialize in Marco Island style. Marco Island Kiwanis members Bryan and Rondi Hauser organized the social event and acted as hosts. Rondi’s brother, also a Kiwanis International member, opened up his beautiful waterfront home to forty-five guests for the evening. Although billed as a “Pizza Party,” the guests each brought additional side dishes showing off their culinary talents. A birthday cake emerged and “Happy Birthday” was sung at the end of the evening to celebrate Ken Pagach’s birthday. Guests ... Read More »

Meet Heidi Waite – Rookery Bay Intern

The two-story Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers visitors a hands-on learning experience.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Southwest Florida has an amazing coastal environment. From pine flatwoods to salt marsh, mudflat to nearshore waters, the diversity of plants and animals here is spectacular. While it is impossible to experience it all in person in a short time, a visit to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s two-story exhibit hall can provide a glimpse of the unique habitats found within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters. It also offers visitors a look at the world of research and restoration ongoing within the Reserve, a step back ... Read More »

Greusel Earns Rotary Unsung Hero Award

Bill Morris hands Craig Greusel the Unsung Hero Award,  Debra Shanahan watches. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for Second Quarter, 2015 to Craig Greusel. Greusel is recognized for his service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self “consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Greusel works as a music teacher in Collier County Public Schools. He is music director at the Marco Island Lutheran Church. But, his real service is his years of volunteering as a music and arts coordinator, instructor and performer, especially to Island youth. He is also an annual participant in the Marco Island Easter Sunday sunrise service. In the ... Read More »

Selling and Listing Condos on Marco Island

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Condos sell year round on Marco Island. Condo sales peak during March, April and May when about 70 condos per month are sold, and are at the lowest during September, October and November when about 35 per month are sold. This is 50% of the peak months’ rate. It takes one to three months after an offer is written and accepted to close on a property, so most offers appear to be made during the seasonal months of January, February and March. However, this year the biggest month for sales so far was ... Read More »

Naomi’s August Doldrums

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: The rescue story of the year is the incredible, seven month, 16-mile long journey taken by a curious tabby from Bayshore Drive in Naples to Hideaway Beach on Marco. Late one evening, as I was finishing my nightcap and watching the end of “Lassie Come Home,” the phone rang. It was one of the guards from Hideaway’s gatehouse who reported that a large stray cat had taken to sitting in their laps and making sure they didn’t fall asleep in the darkest hours of their ... Read More »

Community Raising Funds for its Residents

Amy Ashby and her  husband Officer Paul Ashby. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Jessica Hernstadt Marco Island residents are known for their generosity towards community causes. Over the next few weeks, three fundraising events will be held locally for three island residents who are in need of our help and support. Kris Hodgdon City employee and resident Jim Hodgdon and his family have experienced a family medical emergency. Recently, Jim’s wife Kris Hodgdon suffered a brain aneurysm. She was taken by ambulance to NCH, and then airlifted to UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she underwent surgery. Her condition is critical, and Jim has been by her side. On Saturday, August 8 from 2 PM-8 ... Read More »

Location, Location, Location

A View of South End Condos. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Location, Location, Location is a familiar rule in real estate and the best locations come at a price. Marco Island is a great location with world class beaches, accommodations, amenities and restaurants creating a fabulous lifestyle with a commensurate price tag. Condos on the island are located in four distinct geographic areas. There are 4,200 condos on beaches, 3,000 on canals and waterways, 700 on the Gulf side and another 2,800 inland. For the last three years about 5% of all the condos on the island change ownership each year. That’s an average ... Read More »

Historic Site #2 Naples Historical Society’s Palm Cottage

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Historic Palm Cottage is Naples’ oldest house (1895) and is listed as a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. Docent guided tours of the house-turned museum are offered year round. The Cottage is the educational headquarters for all Naples Historical Society programs and initiatives, including the Cottage Theater, where visitors can view pioneer oral history films, and the Archival Viewing Center, which allows visitors to peruse the Society’s vast archives with state-of-the-art digital systems. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, ... Read More »

Buying Diamonds That Dazzle

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently sold a nice diamond engagement ring to a young couple I had never met before that day. They had told me I was highly recommended, a welcome compliment. The “perfect” diamond was set into one of my classic diamond halo mountings, and was presented to his lady during a complimentary romantic dinner that very evening. What made this young couple stand out from most was that they did not have sheaves of printed information they had downloaded from doing “research” on the internet. Honestly, when someone requests that they would like to show ... Read More »

What is Kombucha and Should I be Drinking it?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com If you’ve ever ventured in the refrigerated section at most health food stores, I’m sure your eyes have a field day with the many selections of colorful (mostly) glass bottles that line the shelves. Green tea – full of antioxidants! Chia seed smoothie – natural energy! Vegetable juice – cold pressed! Kombucha – organic and raw! Rejuvenate. Restore. Revitalize. Replenish. Regenerate. What does it all mean? Is there any truth to the label? Kombucha is a fermented beverage created using tea, sugar, and bacteria (from a starter culture). Depending on how long a batch ferments, ... Read More »