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To the Editor: Bill Harris

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:33am

To the Editor:

Often, as election time nears, we wonder who we should vote for. This year’s election includes the selection of three Councilors for the City of Marco Island.

As a Marco Island full time resident who frequently attends City Council meetings, I always find that Victor Rios, who is currently running for City Council, is always in attendance. He shows detailed knowledge of city issues and his comments are not only informative, but show that he has carefully studied the issues that concern many of us.

Victor supports a “balanced growth for Marco Island, so that our wonderful island continue to be the beautiful place that it is and which we all love.

He can as easily talk about the budget, as he can about the many other issues currently in the forefront of things to be dealt with. It shows that he has a strong grasp for financial, management and technical issues. Very sorely needed capabilities and skills to help guide our city in a fiscally and responsible manner.

With such a strong candidate, my wife Joan and I had a very easy decision. We are not only voting for Victor Rios; we also ask all Marco Island voters to give him your vote.

Whether you are voting absentee, early, or on election day, please make sure that you check Victor Rios name in you ballot.

 

Respectfully,

Bill Harris
101 Greenview Street
Marco Island, FL 34145
239-970-0411
harrisbill239@gmail.com

Letter to the Editor: Bruce W. Novark, M.D.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:32am

I am writing this letter in support of Victor Rios, candidate for our Marco Island City Council.

I  know Victor to be an honest & trustworthy hard working citizen.  He is fiscally knowledgeable, responsible, and is committed to making sure the City spends our tax money for programs we “Need to Have”—not on those “Nice to Have”.

He has attended a high percent of City Council meetings, paying attention & commenting based on facts.

I believe he will listen to us, the tax-payers, & will work hard with others to ensure our taxes are spent wisely & efficiently.

I believe Mr. Rios will be an asset to our City.

I urge you to vote for Victor Rios.

 

Respectfully,

Bruce W. Novark, M.D.
1220 Ember Ct
Marco Island, 34145
239 642-6777
bnovark@comcast.net

Letter to the Editor: James & Joanne Funk

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:31am

To the Editor:

My wife and I moved to Marco Island 15 years ago to enjoy this wonderful paradise. As voters, we have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who over the past ten years has been a key advocate for keeping our beaches pristine and intact, while preserving our precious wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. That candidate is Victor Rios for the office of City Council. During the ten years we have known him, he has demonstrated his continued dedication to community and a willingness to help others. This is easily verified by looking at his record of Community Service, both here and in the other parts of the country where he has lived.

We all search out the candidate who will be a trusted steward of our tax money but often disappointed to find integrity and fiscal responsibility are qualities lacking in our representatives.  Victor Rios has not only spoken the words, he has repeatedly demonstrated these qualities by his actions.

Both Joanne and I urge all Marco Island voters to vote for Victor Rios.

 

James & Joanne Funk

970 Cape Marco Drive #1107
Marco Island, FL 34145
239-394-0538
funkstrove@marcocable.com

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Sattan

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:30am

To the Editor:

I would like to share with my fellow voters of Marco Island that I am extremely happy that Victor Rios, whom I have known for a long time, decided to run for City Council of Marco Island.

It is great to have choices and my number one choice for Marco Island City Council is Victor Rios.

Victor has always shown his willingness to help others. Neighbors and friends seek him out for advice and appreciate hisleadership and community service.

As a retired teacher, I appreciate Victor’s strong financial and managerial skills and his ability to understand and explain issues that affect us all. He has attended MI City Council meetings, which better helps him understand what our city needs.

I will vote for Victor Rios, and I would like to ask all my fellow Marco Island citizens to also vote for Victor Rios. When you vote, make sure you fill out the oval next to Victor Rios’ name!

Respectfully,

Patricia Sattan
970 Cape Marco Drive
(239) 394-6866
sattanpw@aol.com

Letter to the Editor: Sherri Wolfe

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:55am

To the Editor:

The City of Marco island voters need to vote for candidate Victor Rios. Mr. Rios is a very dedicated person whom I have known and worked with for several years. He is very honest and ethical and always fulfills his promises. He wants for Marco Island to continue being the “piece of Paradise that I and all other residents of Marco Island moved here for.

For years he has volunteered to make sure that our beaches and wildlife are taken care of.  He believes in a balanced approach to Marco Island’s growth. I know he will serve all residents equally.

He is very aware that the taxes we pay is our money, not the city’s money or the City Councilors’ money. He is a person with very strong fiscal and management skills and experience.  He will be a good steward of our finances.

Mr. Rios has the ability to work with others and is skillful at negotiating to achieve objectives to benefit us all.

I urge all Marco island residents to vote for Mr. Victor Rios.

Sincerely,

Sherri Wolfe
969 Birch Ct
239-919-2477
sherrionmarco@gmail.com

It wasn’t pretty but Naples wins Coconut Bowl 20-6

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:18pm

By Roger LaLonde
roger@costalbreezenews

Lely quarterback Lik Estilien drops back to pass in the Trojans 20-6 loss to Naples in the 41st annual Coconut Bowl at Lely. Estilien threw just one pass as the Trojans concentrated on its run offense.

The Naples Golden Eagles got away with a victory in the 41st annual Coconut Bowl at Lely on Oct. 3, but it was far from pretty.

Naples won, 20-6, but its vaunted offense and defense had their hands full with Lely.

A blocked punt and a pass interference set up Naples’ only touchdowns. Naples outstanding kicker Jerry Nunez contributed field goals of 51 and 31 yards.

Lely’s score came on Richard Annorat’s interception and 44-yard touchdown jaunt a minute into the third quarter.

The longest run of the game was by Lely’s Wendell Joseph five minutes later. He raced 53 yards and Lely got to the Naples 22, but the drive stalled. A chance for any points ended when Lely’s field goal kicker missed a 27-yard attempt.

Lely shot themselves in the foot on another drive at the end of the first half. With under two minutes to go Dieuvenel Tanis hauled in a deflected pass, good for 39 yards setting Lely up at the Naples 31.

Lely cheerleaders rev up the fans during the 41st annual Coconut Bowl.

Then it was all bad news. A false start penalty. A Lely fumble it recovered, set them back another 15 yards. A holding penalty and finally a delay of game pushed the ball back to the Trojan’s own 43 as the half ended.

Naples scored just 82 seconds into the game when the Golden Eagles defense blocked a Lely punt at the Trojans’ two-yard line and Michael Walker scored on the next play.

Its second score came with 3:49 in the third quarter, after a pass interference call. While most watching the play saw the Naples receiver grab the Lely defender’s face mask so he wouldn’t intercept the pass, the referee saw it another way. He called it against Lely, setting Naples up inside the Lely 10. Two plays later Antonio Carbonaro ran the ball in for the score.

Every Lely play was a run, except the one deflected pass. Lely was held to 142 yards rushing, with 181 total yards. The Trojans defense held Naples to 173 yards, nearly 100 yards less than Naples has been averaging. The Eagles 20 points was the second lowest since 2010. Naples finished with 214 total yards, the first time this season that it hadn’t gone over 300.

The Naples band continued its usual playing when the Lely offense was in front of the band. Naples uses the tactic in every game.

Lely, 2-3, travels to Gulf Coast in a non-district battle on Friday at 7 p.m.

MIA vs SJN this Friday

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:13pm

by Roger LaLonde

For Marco Island Academy and St. John Neumann it is a must-win situation when they battle at 7 p.m. on Friday at Winterberry Park on Marco Island.

This game has strong implications for Class 2A District 10 playoffs.

MIA is 2-3 and 0-1 in district games. St. John Neumann is 2-3 and 1-1 in district action.

The front runner as expected is First Baptist Academy at 2-0. Evangelical Christian and Moorehaven are 1-1. The top two teams make the playoffs.

Should the Manta Rays lose to the Celtics, it will have a tough road ahead with First Baptist Academy and Evangelical Christian left to play. The Celtics will have only Moorehaven to play in its last game of its season on Oct. 31.

Both teams have suffered huge losses in their last two outings.

“We need to make sure we are sound on defense,” Celtics coach Alfredo Molina said. “In the last two games we have not been sound on defense. Our offense needs to finish drives. We need to put a complete game together.”

Manta Rays coach Greg Fowler has similar thoughts.

“We have made some adjustments on offense as we haven’t been able to run up the middle, to help the passing game,” he said. “We have struggled with our running game as a whole. Defensively, we have done well against the pass, but need improvement in our rushing defense.”

The rushing game for the Celtics is where Molina thinks they have to execute well to win.

“Our offensive line is playing well, we’ve been able to run the ball,” he said. “Key is to have a great ground attack.”

He knows MIA is a much improved club from the Celtics’ one-sided win a year ago.

“They are a good club. We have to stop their running and passing game,” Molina said. “Their quarterback throws a good ball and they have strong receivers.”

Marco Island Academy has many offensive weapons, starting with Cayden Couture. He caught two touchdown passes and gained another 50 yards rushing in last week’s loss to Jupiter Christian Academy.

“Cayden is a productive offensive weapon,” Fowler said. “Running and receiving, he is a threat.”

Receivers Tyler Wallace and Cole Stretton have also been targets of quarterback Andrew Fowler.

“Cole has been big on offense and defense,” Fowler said.

Back in action is Patrick Michel who missed three weeks for fighting.

“Patrick makes a difference on both sides of the ball,” Fowler said. “With him on the field it helps our offense and defense. He is capable of making big plays on both sides of the ball.”

Defensively safety Gottfried Joseph has been playing well, along with guard Fritz LaRose.

“We are a young team up front,” Fowler said. “We have talent and when they get time to hit the weight room they will gain strength they need to continue improving.”

Over the summer Bob Cholka, Marco Fitness Club, provided free memberships for the team to use the weight and conditioning equipment. Cholka has advanced free memberships to the entire school.

“They don’t have a fitness facility and I decided to offer it to the school,” he said. There are now 79 students, mostly athletes, using the club.

“He has been outstanding,” Fowler said. “He has done everything to help our program out.”

The Manta Rays have no other facility, unlike most schools who have designated weight rooms.

Molina’s staff has been telling their team that after tough losses they need to keep their heads up.

“We have been stressing the importance in winning, that they need to understand we can make the playoffs. We take one game at a time,” Molina stressed.

Fowler knows his team will battle Friday night.

“We’re young, but we continue to get better,” he said.

That’s what he likes about high school football.

“On any given Friday night things can fall into place. It is still up to us to make the playoffs.”

Letter to the Editor: Victor Rios

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:36pm

My name is Victor Rios, and I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council.

This past weekend the Eye on Marco newsletter published falsehoods impuning me. This newsletter is written by the “8th member” of City Council (only 7 are elected), Bill McMullan, who is attempting to manipulate the residents of Marco Island.  Mr. McMullan claims that the Eye on Marco doesn’t endorse candidates, but of course he does everything just short of that.

The facts are just the opposite of what Mr. McMullan stated.  3 days after announcing my candidacy he sent me an e-mail  telling me not to run.  He called me repeatedly and sent me emails asking me to call him, all to ask me to quit the race. No matter how many times I said no, he would not give up.  Now he sees my campaign in full gear with many supporters and has timed his publication to try to achieve, via falsehoods, what he has not been able to do with his quest for me to be out of the race.

I do not like dirty politics.  I do not appreciate Mr. McMullan’s attempt to manipulate the residents of Marco Island and insult their intelligence by doing so.  I have run and will continue to run on my ethics and long dedication to the City of Marco island, and my history of community service which was very well explained on my letter to you on August 12.

The record needs to be set straight, to give Marco Island voters the choice to vote for a candidate with a proven record of honesty and one who walks the walk and talks the talk.

Sincerely,

Victor N Rios
Candidate for MI City Councilor
970 Cape Marco Drive Unit 508
Marco island, FL 34145
239-642-8357
vnrios@marcocable.com

PS I have the e-mail that he sent me on July 18, just 3 days after I announced my candidacy, and I can provide it to you if you wish.

The Marco Players Launches 40th Season! 1974 – 2014

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:51pm

When The Marco Players raises the curtain for its 2014-2015 Season, the oldest not-for-profit theater on Marco Island will launch its 40th season of live performance art with Main Productions, Special Productions and a Lunch Box Series.

Started in 1974 as a children’s play reading group, it was eventually re-created as an adult community theater known as The Marco Island Players.  Originally, a for-profit theater, the Players incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the mid 70’s and is now known as The Marco Players.

Season subscriptions offer discounted ticket prices. Tickets are now on sale at www.TheMarcoPlayers.com or call the box office at (239) 642-7270.

Main Productions

Sunset Park by Marley Sims & Elliot Shoenman

Sunset Park is a contemporary comedy/drama that takes place in Brooklyn, New York. Evelyn Horowitz, a widow in her seventies, lives by herself and is a part-time teacher. Her apartment building is going co-op, but she can’t afford to buy in and cannot, by law, be asked to leave. When, her middle-aged children, Carol and Roger, hear about it, they realize that there’s money to be made in the long run. And that’s when the problems start – when money enters the picture, conflicts arise and old secrets come out.

Directed by: Richard Joyce

Show Dates: November 5 thru November 23, 2014

 

Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage. One night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun. Becky’s New Car is a comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

Directed by: Greg Madera

Show Dates: January 7 thru January 25, 2015

 

The Interview by Peter Swet

Abie Moscowitz, an aging Jewish tailor is visited by Shannon, an arrogant investigator, who is suspicious about Abie’s motives to increase the value of his life insurance policy. Abie gradually wilts under Shannon’s relentless questioning, and we learn the terrible facts of his past life—his concentration camp experiences, and the murder of his family. And, at the same time, we become aware of the terror in Shannon’s soul too, the vulgar bravado he has assumed to mask his insecurity and fear of failure in the competitive rat race of money and status. In the end there is a real and touching moment of communion between the two men.

Directed by: Jim Corsica

Show Dates: February 11 thru March 1, 2015

 

Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron

Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play organized as a series of monologues and uses a rotating cast of six principal women. The subject matter of the monologues includes women’s relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman’s life.

Directed by: Beverly Dahlstrom

Audition Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014 by appointment

Show Dates: March 18 thru April 4, 2015

 

Special Productions

Yuletide Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

Students from Marco Island Academy perform some of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets and scenes from Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and more!

Directed by: Kaitlynn McRae

Show Date: December 20, 2014

 

WOW Improv – Let’s Make Stuff Up!

Performed by improvisation comedians, this is an evening of fun and laughter — Let’s Make Stuff Up!

Show Date: March 13, 2015

 

The Merry Housewives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, Sir John Falstaff is hard up for money and wants to restore his riches. But, the wooed Windsor women see through his schemes.

Directed by: Randall Kenneth Jones

Show Dates: April 16-19 | April 23-26 | May 1-3

 

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Students from the Marco Island Academy dig into one of William Shakespeare’s most troubled characters in this refreshing performance of Macbeth.

Directed by: Kaitlynn McRae

Show Dates: May 22-24 | May 30-31

 


 

Lunch Box Series

Woman Rebel by Janina Birtolo

An original one-woman show about Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and her struggles to bring birth control to women.

Show Date: January 17, 2015

 

Let’s Make Stuff Up! By WOW Improv

Fun, laughter and lunch — Let’s Make Stuff Up!

Show Date: February 21, 2015

 

Wanda’s Visit by Christopher Durang

A restless married couple is thrown into disarray when Wanda, an old high school sweetheart, comes to visit.

Show Date: March 21, 2015

 

 

 

LOCAL TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT RETURNS TO RE/MAX

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:47pm

Pat Wilkins signs on with RE/MAX Affinity Plus

After a brief period with another franchise company, local top-­?producing real estate agent Pat Wilkins has returned to RE/MAX Affinity Plus in Marco Island, FL.

Wilkins is one of the area’s most reputable agents having worked real estate in Marco Island and Naples since 1978. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 he was the top selling agent on Marco Island.

“We’re thrilled to have Pat back with RE/MAX Affinity Plus as he exemplifies the professionalism and quality of RE/MAX agents that serve this community,” said Debra Meredith-­?Peters, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Affinity Plus, which has two locations in Marco Island. “Pat is not only a talented agent but he’s an integral part of our team, a luxury real estate expert, a mentor and a community leader. We’re pleased to know he continues to see the value in being with RE/MAX.”

In 2004, Wilkins was the No. 1 RE/MAX agent worldwide in a global network at that time of more than 100,000 agents in 60 countries. He was the first Florida agent to be named to the RE/MAX Circle of Legends, whose members are recognized for outstanding production with RE/MAX in more than 10 years of service. Additionally, he’s been named to the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, the RE/MAX Diamond and Chairman’s Club and he’s been awarded the prestigious RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I am excited to return to RE/MAX as I have a great history with the brand and my goal is to make use of the agent connections in 97 different countries,” said Wilkins. “In the last three years, more than $250 billion worth of US properties sold to foreign nationals and I intend to create pipelines from RE/MAX offices worldwide to entice buyers to purchase throughout Marco Island/Naples.

RE/MAX has a global referral network with agents in more than 95 countries which contributes to the success of all RE/MAX agents as a significant number of foreign buyers continue to invest in real estate in the U.S. and its coastline communities.

Wilkins has teamed up with one of his three children, daughter Katie Wilkins who has been involved with real estate since 2009. Katie Wilkins is a member of the Young Professionals Network (YPN), the Marco Island Association of REALTORS® Leadership Program (2013) and has been through extensive industry training.

In line with RE/MAX Affinity Plus’ philanthropic efforts, Pat Wilkins contributes to long-­? time RE/MAX partner Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, as well as Habitat for Humanity and the Hospice of Marco Island.

For more information about RE/MAX Affinity Plus and to inquire about joining the team, visit remax-­?affinityplus-­?mi-­?fl.com. To contact Pat or Katie Wilkins, call 239-­?290-­?8593.

About RE/MAX Affinity Plus

Serving Marco Island since 1985, RE/MAX Affinity Plus is committed to recruiting, training and developing the very best of the best agents in order to provide our customers with the most experienced team of real estate professionals in the area. Whether buying or selling a home, customers can be assured that they will have access to the most advanced state-­?of-­?the-­?art resources to make their real estate transaction a complete success.

Guadalupe Center announces save the date for Jan. 14 Fire & Ice signature fundraiser

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:45pm

Elements of fire and ice will create a dynamic backdrop for the Guadalupe Center’s signature fundraiser Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples.

The annual event, themed “Fire & Ice: Igniting the Flame of Learning,” is chaired by Sandy Vasey and Linda Yost, longtime supporters of the Guadalupe Center.

The event helps provide financial support for education, mentoring and social enrichment programs that provide more than 1,000 children in Immokalee with a better opportunity for a successful future.

Fire & Ice will offer a night of live musical entertainment, a gourmet dinner and the opportunity to make on-the-spot donations for college scholarships during “Jump Up.” The event begins with a cocktail reception and a meet-and-greet with high school students enrolled in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program.

“It’s a very special opportunity for our patrons to be able to meet these gifted students and hear first-hand, personal stories about their challenges, hopes and dreams,” said Vasey. “This past year, we celebrated 14 Tutor Corps graduates who are now enrolled in colleges around the country. We’re thankful to the many patrons who have helped make that possible.”

Guests at Fire & Ice also have the chance to bid on experiential and luxury live auction lots.

“It’s always fun creating unique experiences for our auctions and Fire & Ice will offer some pretty spectacular live auction lots,” said Yost.

Although the auction lots have not officially been announced, one item in particular has special meaning to the Guadalupe Center’s mission. William Boyajian of Port Royal Jewelers in Naples is customizing a piece of jewelry inspired by one of the center’s students.

Yost added, “William has put together a fabulous piece that truly symbolizes the transformative impact that the Guadalupe Center has on the lives of so many children and families in our community. We’re excited to see the final product that will be unveiled this fall.”

Last year’s sold-out event raised $780,000 to support educational programs for the children of Immokalee. Guadalupe Center’s signature event has grown from a small-scale cocktail event to the organization’s largest fundraiser.

Funds from Fire & Ice directly benefit the Early Childhood Education, Guadalupe After-school Program and Tutor Corps. For the past eight years, 100 percent of the high school students in Guadalupe’s Tutor Corps program have graduated from high school.

Businesses, families and individual philanthropists have the opportunity to support the signature event through six levels of sponsorships priced from $500 to $15,000, which include tickets and acknowledgement in the official Fire & Ice program. Individual tickets are available for $500.

Guadalupe Center is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty. For more than 30 years, the nonprofit organization has been serving the children and families of Immokalee. Its innovative early childhood education, after-school tutoring, community mentoring and college scholarship programs have earned national recognition, including the top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator.

For more information about the Guadalupe Center and its signature event, visit www.GuadalupeCenter.org or call 239-657-7158.

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:44pm

The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer.

The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades.

Located in historic Everglades City, three miles South of U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and SR 29, the museum explores an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tells the story of adventurers stubborn enough to settle Southwest Florida’s lush “River of Grass”. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (239) 695-0008. 105 West Broadway Everglades City, FL 34139

About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at the Collier County Museums’ five locations- the main location in Naples, four additional museum facilities in Everglades City and Immokalee, the historic Naples Depot and Marco Island Historical Museum. Admission is free and the sites are handicapped accessible. For more information, visit www.colliermuseums.com

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:43pm

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament celebrated the following winners. Congratulations to all who participated making this a great event.  

1st Place: Walter Kroschel, Ron Myers, Bob Crine, Michael Hook

2nd Place: Bob Belloise, Brian Gilmore, Brian Berryman, Hunter Nicholl

3rd Place: John James, Bruce Robertson, Mary Vertin, Justin Hanna

Longest Drive for Men – Brian Berryman Longest Drive for Ladies – Lorraine Keen

Closest to Pin: Men – Chris Evenson Closet to Pin: Ladies – Di Di Wooller

 

Seasoned Real Estate Professionals Form the New DeHanas Team at Affinity Plus

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:42pm

After many successful years serving the Marco Island and Naples communities, seasoned Real Estate professionals A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have joined together to form the DeHanas Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus.  These dynamic real estate professionals have earned numerous accolades affirming their proven expertise and experience, including the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, the Top 100 RE/MAX International award, and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have been following their passion and helping people with their real estate transactions for more than 45 years combined.

“Our Team concept means you have a family team of specialists dedicated to creating the smoothest home-purchase, or home-sell possible”, says A.J.  “From local moves to cross country relocations, whether you are a buyer or a seller, your next real estate transaction will be hassle free.  The difference you will experience is our superior service.  Visit our new website at www.ajdehanas.com to get started.”

RE/MAX Affinity Plus’ main office is located at Marco Walk Plaza, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Suite 306, Marco Island, Fla. 34145.  A.J. and Rachel Dehanas’ listings and those of RE/MAX Affinity Plus can be found at www.RemaxAffinityPlus.com or at any of the RE/MAX Affinity Plus offices.

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:41pm

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau was recognized for excellence in tourism marketing at the 47th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism during the Flagler Awards, named after named for the late railroad and hotel magnate Henry Flagler, often referred to as the Father of Florida Tourism.

The Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Annually, the Flagler Awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Based on the judges’ cumulative scores, awards were presented to the top three entries in each category: the Bronze Award for the third highest scoring entry, the Silver Award for the second highest scoring entry, and for the highest scoring entry in each category, the Henry Award.

The Collier tourism team won The Henry for Internet Advertising for its Stone Crab Festival digital campaign and three Silver Awards for tourism advocacy, direct marketing and television advertising.

 

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:40pm

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate.

This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon Pass to Lostman’s River – at safe light. The day concludes with an awards dinner at Pelican Bend Restaurant on Isles of Capri. The cost for anglers to participate is $100. Tickets are also available for non-anglers to attend the evening events. The cost to attend the event Friday evening is $10 and Saturday is $20.

WHAT:      Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

WHEN:      November 7-8, 2014

WHERE:    Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The event hosts both, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, are seeking sponsors to help make this event a success. The Friends of Rookery Bay supports fisheries research and habitat restoration efforts underway within the 110,000 acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Conservation Association of Florida’s members protect our marine fisheries resources.

Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:38pm

The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate.

This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries – from Gordon Pass to Lostman’s River – at safe light. The day concludes with an awards dinner at Pelican Bend Restaurant on Isles of Capri. The cost for anglers to participate is $100. Tickets are also available for non-anglers to attend the evening events. The cost to attend the event Friday evening is $10 and Saturday is $20.

WHAT:      Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament

WHEN:      November 7-8, 2014

WHERE:    Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The event hosts both, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, are seeking sponsors to help make this event a success. The Friends of Rookery Bay supports fisheries research and habitat restoration efforts underway within the 110,000 acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Conservation Association of Florida’s members protect our marine fisheries resources.

 

NCH Announces Opening of First NCH Concierge Medicine Practice

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:37pm

The NCH Healthcare System announces the opening of NCH Concierge Medicine. This new personalized health assessment and health management program offers increased access to a personal physician.

Robert Hanson, M.D., Family Medicine, and Jesse Haven, M.D., Family Medicine, are the first physicians to join the NCH Concierge Medicine practice. Drs Hanson and Haven have been providing care to local patients for 22 and 13 years, respectively and will be accepting a limited number of patients in the new practice.

Dr. Hanson is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Florida, College of Medicine and completed his Internship and Residency at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dr. Haven is a board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed his Residency at Bayfront Family Practice, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Patients who join the NCH Concierge Medicine practice will receive medical care tailored to their individual needs. Appointments will be made quickly including same day, if necessary. Patients can see or speak with their physician about any medical concern in an unhurried environment where more time is allotted for appointments. Individuals will have enhanced accessibility to their physician by phone, text, or email.

NCH Concierge Medicine physicians will help coordinate and manage health care needs with specialists all over the country to ensure continuity of care. This includes hospitalization or emergency room care at an NCH facility. An emphasis will be placed on preventive care including nutrition and fitness counseling.

The NCH Concierge Medicine practice, located near the NCH North Naples Hospital at 870 111th Avenue North, Suite 9 & 10 will be hosting two Open House events on Thursday, October 23, 5:30 pm – 7 pm and Thursday October 30, 5:30 pm – 7 pm.

For more information about NCH Concierge Medicine or to register for the Open Houses, please call 239.624.8200.

Fiddler’s Creek

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:33pm

Fiddler’s Creek announces that a selection of completed inventory homes by Stock Signature Homes is available in three distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community.

In the village of Isla del Sol, Stock has built the Grand Calais II, a fully furnished model home with 3,597 air-conditioned square feet. The Grand Calais II features four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. The residence has a desirable split floor plan with a centrally located great room and library/study located just steps off the main foyer and entry. There also is a formal dining room with an adjoining kitchen and breakfast nook. The master suite features an oversized master bath with deep soaker tub along with separate his-and-her wardrobes.

The Grand Calais II model has an expansive covered lanai and a three-car garage as well as a number of extensive upgrades, including custom interior built-ins throughout the home. The flooring in the model includes both hardwood and natural stone, while the gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, 42-inch wood cabinets, wood shelving in the kitchen pantry, and Sub Zero and Wolf appliances. In the lanai, there is an outdoor summer kitchen and fireplace, plus the custom pool/spa package with upgraded brick pavers and coping. The fully furnished Grand Calais II model home is currently priced at $1,578,490 and is available for immediate purchase.

Another move-in-ready home built by Stock in Isla del Sol is the Victoria Grande, a one-story residence with 3,897 air-conditioned square feet. The Victoria Grande features a split floor plan with four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths. The front entrance of the home provides a covered entry and foyer that lead to an adjoining living room and dining room. There also is a spacious family room located just off the kitchen with breakfast area and wet bar.

Interior design features of the Victoria Grande include Delta Howe casings and baseboards, crown molding in the living areas, eight-foot sliding glass doors, raised ceiling heights, stone tile in all wet areas, and wood closet shelves. The kitchen features GE Monogram appliances along with enlarged wood cabinets, natural gas cooktop and granite counter tops. For year-round enjoyment, the Victoria Grande has an outdoor living area with cabana pool bath and storage, plus outdoor kitchen.  The move-in-ready Victoria Grande is currently priced at $1,594,190.

Stock is building additional inventory homes in both Isla Del Sol and Mahogany Bend as well as in the village of Majorca, ranging from 2,719 air-conditioned square feet to 3,409 air-conditioned square feet.

Located on Collier Boulevard in Naples on the way to Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community that has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as “Best Community” in the Southwest Florida Readers’ Choice Awards. The community also received the 2013 CBIA Sand Dollar Award for “Community of the Year.”

Amenities include the 54,000-square-foot Club & Spa, Fitness Center, Tropical Lagoon-Style Swimming Complex, Tennis Courts and Casual and Elegant Dining Restaurants. The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek offers a luxurious resort lifestyle and is the location of numerous community-wide parties and special events throughout the year for residents of all ages.

Fiddler’s Creek residents have the opportunity to join The Golf Club, featuring The Creek Course, a championship golf course ranked in Golfweek’s 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country for the ninth consecutive year. Residents of the master-planned community also have the opportunity to join The Tarpon Club, offering a desirable beach and boating lifestyle. A limited number of non-resident annual and seasonal memberships with term date flexibility are currently available at both The Golf Club and The Tarpon Club.

For membership details and more information on this gated golf course community in Naples, offering move-in-ready and new homes call 239-732-9300, stop by the Fiddler’s Creek Information Center at 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway or visit at http://www.fiddlerscreek.com

Rookery Bay Reserve

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:32pm

Rookery Bay Reserve staff and volunteers join other dedicated volunteers and professionals to count shorebirds at more than 1,000 locations across six continents as part of the inaugural World Shorebirds Day.

Beverly Anderson, Rookery Bay Reserve Research Associate, and Deborah Woods, Rookery Bay Reserve and Collier County Shorebird Steward volunteer, counted all birds seen along a three-mile route at Tigertail/Sand Dollar beach and lagoon at the north end of Marco Island. The location was chosen because the sandy beach, dunes and mudflats in the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area serve as important year-round feeding and resting areas for breeding, migrating and wintering shorebirds and seabirds.

“For me, the most exciting part of any count survey is finding a banded shorebird,” said Anderson. “Of the 36 red knots, three were wearing green flags inscribed with a unique alpha numeric code and one, AX3, was an old friend. It was captured and banded in January 2007 on Sanibel Island and I first saw it at Tigertail in August 2008. Since then, it’s been resighted 43 times in New Jersey, Georgia and Florida providing valuable data on the timing and pattern of red knot migration.”

Anderson and Woods recorded 30 species of birds (1,043 individuals) in three hours and of these, 15 species (647 individuals) were shorebirds. They also spoke with everyone they passed on the beach, letting them know about World Shorebirds Day, and were delighted with the enthusiastic support they received. Highlights of the count were eight snowy plovers, 63 Wilson’s plovers, nine piping plovers and 36 red knots, all declining and at-risk species.

World Shorebirds Day was originally organized in England to raise awareness about the importance of regular bird monitoring as the core element of bird protection and habitat conservation. Almost half of the world’s shorebird populations are in decline, and projects like this provide scientific population figures to biologists, legislators and decision-makers to help them evaluate the protection status of many shorebird species and their habitats. Shorebirds are one of the fastest responders to negative environmental changes.

World Shorebirds Day count lists are being entered into eBird, an online database of real-time bird observations, and will then be accessible to the shorebird biologists associated with this project, as well as the broader science and conservation communities.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters between Naples and Everglades National Park. The reserve is managed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Office in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For more information about Rookery Bay Reserve visit www.rookerybay.org.