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Dr. Joseph Parisi: Road to Marco Paved with Many Hats

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The paths we take to get from one point to another are as varied as the stars in the sky. For Joseph Parisi, there was a hat for every path, and a path for every hat. A good place to start is the beginning, which, for our story, is Brooklyn, New York and a chicken farm. “Instead of spending the summers in hot Brooklyn, I went to Tom’s River, New Jersey and spent the summers with my Grandparents on their chicken farm. That was my first introduction to animals.” After high school, Joe joined the navy ... Read More »

MIFA’s Scholarship Winners & Artist of the Year

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Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) accepts applications for scholarships from students seeking a college education in music, visual arts or a performing area of study. On Saturday, May 23rd, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is happy to announce those who have been chosen to receive a scholarship during the Recognition Luncheon at the Wesley United Methodist Church. They include Joseph Byrne, beginning study in Theatre, Vocal Performance and Writing; Livia LenHoff, beginning study in motion design and illustration at Ringling School of Art and Design; Tyler MacDonald, continuing study in business, photography ... Read More »

The Specactular Grand Opening of Villa at Terracina Grand

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Kim Campbell, Wife of Glen Campbell, Guest Speaker for Opening Submitted Villa at Terracina Grand, an innovative, state-of-the-art experiential memory care community, developed and managed by The Goodman Group, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, April 29 in a truly grand fashion. Naples Major John Sorey, Collier County District One Commissioner Donna Fiala and Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce CEO John Cox were on hand to help John Goodman, Chairman of The Goodman Group, cut the ribbon and open the doors to an truly innovative new approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Situated on the campus of Terracina Grand at 6825 ... Read More »

MI Real Estate April 2015 – Average Sale Price Up Nearly 20%

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, compare April 2015 to April 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, volume sold in this comparison of the Marco Island real estate market remained essentially unchanged in dollars from $96,375,900 in April 2014 to $96,846,313 in April 2015, a 0.49% increase. The number of new single family listings that came on the market in April 2015 v. April 2014 decreased 25.81% (46 v. 62). The total number of single family properties active on the market decreased 21.12% (295 v. 374). The ... Read More »

Marco Island Educator Appreciation Luncheon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Red carnations were a striking contrast to the beautifully decorated tables that greeted over 70 Marco Island K-12 teachers for a relaxing and delicious lunch in their honor at the Family Church on Winterberry Drive. The lunch was provided, free of charge, to the administrators, teachers, and support staff that were required to attend the final district “in service” day of the year, when no students were present at the schools. Several students actually took that last day of spring break to help provide this special time for the educators. In addition to the students, ... Read More »

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Rivka Mascoop, Kristina Lambros, Marc Creach, Barbara Meyer, Colleen Mescall and Elliott Mascoop volunteering  theirSaturday to organize the food donations. Join Collier Harvest efforts, call either 455-FOOD, or go online to www.collierharvest.org. SUBMITTED photos

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Islanders rose to the challenge by donating enough food to nearly break the 2009 record of 32,900 pounds to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. By the time this article is published, it is expected that number will be surpassed. Residents and guests left bags of non-perishable food items by their mailbox on Saturday, May 9th or they delivered their donation to a post office. Letter carriers on Marco Island, like other carriers throughout Collier County, picked up those items. “We have a hard working group of letter carriers on Marco Island,” said Elliott ... Read More »

Above and Beyond – Lisa Meurgue

In Belize with San Marco Catholic Church, Catholic Heart Work Camp, going out into the community screening windows and more.  SUBMITTED photos

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Life is a busy proposition for most of us. We all have things to do, places to be and people to see. Some people, however, have the alacrity to fit even more into a full day. One of those people is Lisa Meurgue. Lisa, along with husband Chef Denis Meurgue, have owned and operated Bistro Soleil in Olde Marco since 2008. Owning a restaurant, in itself, fills up a day very quickly and very intensely. And in 2013, they opened Petit Soleil, in the Shops of Olde Marco. So how does one go about having time ... Read More »

Isle of Capri hosts Third Annual SUP Poker Run to benefit Special Olympics

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the Third Annual SUP Poker Run will be held on the Isle of Capri, to benefit Special Olympics Florida, Collier County. Funds raised by corporate sponsors and other supporters have enabled Special Olympic athletes to train and participate in the first three Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County Stand Up Paddle Invitational, an annual event taking place in October in the Florida Keys. Last year over 99 athletes participated, and hundreds attended the event during the day. In addition to raising funds, the event raises awareness of how this fitness sport ... Read More »

In Search of Swiss Cheese

Outside the beautiful walled city of Gruyeres. photos by vickie kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Switzerland is known for its cheese. Most of us have eaten “Swiss” cheese. Yet, few of us have experienced true Swiss cheese, for most of what is sold at local deli counters is a cheaper, lower quality commodity produced either domestically or from another country. It is made from pasteurized milk from cows fed on silage and often contains artificial ingredients. True Swiss cheese has no milk treatment, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and comes from cows fed only grass or hay; no silage is allowed for Swiss cheese. The craft of cheesemaking in Switzerland dates ... Read More »

SoapFest Again Brings Stars to Marco To Benefit Charity

Troy - Jeff Branson - Melissa Archer - John Driscoll - Frankie with drawings on their shirts by Days Austin Peck at 15th Soapfest 2014 painting party on
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By Don Manley Providing a setting where stars and fans can intermingle has worked well for the annual SoapFest Charity Weekend. Now in its 16th year, SoapFest brings actors from daytime soap operas to Marco Island for a weekend of fun and fundraising for local children’s charities. The festival enables fans to rub elbows with the daytime stars at a series of public event fundraisers, held Friday through Monday. Set for May 22 through May 25, SoapFest also includes the private Art 4 Autism painting session, in which the stars team up with autistic children and adults with autism to ... Read More »

Highlights from 2015 Memorial Day Travel Forecast

The 2015 Memorial Day forecast is expected to mark the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years, since 2005. Most drivers will likely pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.66, $1 lower than the average price for Memorial Day last year. The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012. More than 88 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent ... Read More »

The Key to Life is Balance

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” General George S. Patton   Question: What are your thoughts on interest rates? Answer: When it comes to making predictions, I’ve learned over the years that it is helpful to plan for occasional economic wildcards and look for trends rather than absolutes. Current events such as dramatically lower oil prices, international tensions, a stronger than expected U.S. dollar and dramatically lower oil prices all influence interest rates and make it difficult to predict the timing of any movements. While expectations might be for rates to move ... Read More »

FWC approves changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee. Commercial harvesters targeting spiny lobster while diving are requiredto have a crawfish commercial dive endorsement along with a saltwater products license (Florida’s basic commercial license) and a restricted species endorsement. The commercial dive endorsement program was implemented in 2004 in an effort to reduce conflicts within the commercial lobster fishery during a time when the commercial dive fishery was rapidly expanding. No new or additional commercial dive endorsements have been issued since the program was ... Read More »

FIGHTING FOR KIDS

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Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Over five years ago, I sat in the front row at a district school board meeting in Naples awaiting the news of our school’s fate. This meeting was my second time in front of the school board. The first time, only a month earlier, the superintendent did not recommend our charter school for approval. Today was a new day. Anything was possible. As the motion to approve our school came to a vote, I shut my eyes, held my breath and listened intently to the comments from the board members. Out of the five members, ... Read More »

You Are Stars!

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Today’s column is an open letter to high school art students who submitted to the recent Marco Island Center for the Arts scholarship exhibit. I am one of three jurors whose agonizing task is to select the award winners.   Dear Artists, You came from Barron Collier, the Community School of Naples, Gulf Coast High School, Lely, Marco Island Academy, Naples High, and Palmetto Ridge. Your talent and dedication are inspiring, as is your courage. And since I never get the opportunity to meet you, I am using this forum to congratulate each and every one ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com As May rolls out and June rolls in, we begin our summer fishing season and enter into our four warmest months of the year. With midday time air temperatures now hovering around 90 degrees each day, your best bet for fishing the shallow flats will be to start early in the morning before both the peak heat of the midday sun, and the almost daily afternoon showers. We are now fishing mostly on the outside flats and shorelines and have pretty much left the farther backwaters for the summer. The Snook will be feeding ... Read More »

Collier Tourism Industry Off to a Roaring Start

First Quarter Results Presented at Industry Briefing Event Prior to Southwest Florida Travel Rally Celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week  Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – saw big increases in tourism visitation and spending during first quarter 2015.These numbers continue the trend of strong growth in visitation, economic impact to Collier County and tourism-related employment seen in 2014. Total economic impact from visitors in first quarter 2015 (January through March) was $730,429,100, an 11.7% increase over first quarter 2014. Total visitation was 621,000, a 4.8% jump. Occupancy hit 89.7%, a 1.5% rise over 2014’s peak ... Read More »

Learning About Sharks in the Ten Thousand Islands

Paulette and Bruce Carabelli have been Rookery Bay volunteers since 2007.  photoS by renee wilson

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us In the 1960s, a large residential neighborhood was created northeast of Marco Island called Southern Golden Gate Estates. Although the unfinished development was later abandoned, a network of roads and miles of canals were built that significantly altered the natural flow of fresh water to the estuaries in the Ten Thousand Islands. Today, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages most of the estuaries downstream of that failed development. Because estuaries provide important nursery habitat for sharks and other marine life, the Reserve has been monitoring water quality there since the late 1990s. Studies indicate that ... Read More »

Project Graduation Celebrates 30 Years of Safe and Sober Graduation Celebrations

All Collier County grads have a safe place to celebrate on graduation night, thanks to parents and volunteers.  For the past 30 years there have been no alcohol-related fatalities in Collier County on graduation night involving high school graduates.  A large part of that statistic is thanks to Project Graduation, a program that gives grads a safe, fun and sober place to enjoy their graduation night. On May 29, directly after they walk the stage, shake hands and throw their caps, grads from every Collier County High School will load up on buses that take them to the Greater Naples ... Read More »

New Memories and Fresh Interiors

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com As Marco Island celebrates its 50th anniversary, a whole new group of excited condo owners are creating new memories and fresh interiors. This week 318 condos are listed for sale on the island, representing $243 million of real estate, and making the average list price of a condo on Marco Island $764,000. In the first four months of 2015, 60% of these active listings came on the market. If no new listings came on the market the current inventory would be sold out in 6.9 months. Over the last twelve months, 550 condos ... Read More »