2022-01-05

Here Comes Season!

Get ready for lots of things to see and do


IT’S A NEW YEAR, SEASON IS HERE, AND there is much to celebrate in Ave Maria. Hundreds of families have been purchasing new homes, and as Northerners return, the streets are bustling with activity. Old and new friends can be seen around town enjoying sunsets in 70-degree weather, breaking bread together, and chatting over cocktails and cappuccinos. “What people love […]

Maple Ridge sales outpace developer’s projections



Sales at Maple Ridge continue to pace ahead of the developer’s timeline. Thanks to record sales, phase seven lots are now available. “More homesites have become available at Maple Ridge and have proven to ignite strong sales in the past few months,” says Chelsea Kimmey, director of marketing for CC Homes. “Many people are interested in acquiring some of the […]

Ave Maria named Community of the Year – again

For the seventh consecutive year, Ave Maria and its developer, Barron Collier Companies, were named 2021 Community of the Year by the Collier Building Industry Association in its annual Sand Dollar Awards. An independent panel of judges ranked Collier County communities on various criteria including overall amenity package, recreational opportunities (including clubhouse, golf and tennis facilities and pool areas), and […]

Make the Ave Maria Welcome Center your first stop



When visiting Ave Maria, there are many good reasons to pop into the Welcome Center. Located in the Town Center across from Tropical Smoothie, this is the place to grab a map, hop on a guided sightseeing trolley tour, learn about the town’s history, get the 411 on local events and, perhaps most importantly, talk to the friendly and knowledgeable […]

Meet the Townmaker: Austin Howell, land development manager for Barron Collier Companies



Austin Howell is one of those rare individuals who grew up in Southwest Florida. He was not only born and raised in Naples, he can trace his roots here back three generations. One of his great-grandfathers originally lived in Goodland but relocated to Naples and started one of the first AC/refrigeration companies on Fifth Avenue. His maternal grandfather attended Naples […]

Here’s to a new year filled with health and wellness



When a new year gets underway, health and wellness are top of mind for many. We reached out to the health professionals who practice in Ave Maria for their tips to help ensure a year of feeling and looking our best. Here’s what they had to say. Daniel Dix, general manager of the Braden Clinic, which provides pediatric and adult […]

Music in the Park

On a sunny day in mid-November, the annual Music in the Park drew Ave Maria residents on foot and by golf cart to South Park to enjoy music by Electric Lipstick and Pam & Amos, along with food trucks, Oil Well Craft Beer, axe-throwing, shopping and more fun. It was also a day to celebrate Ave Maria’s official designation as […]

The Ave Maria Social Committee: Making friends through volunteering



The next time you’re enjoying a neighborhood function in town, whether it’s the Winter Festival or the annual Easter event, think of the volunteer residents who help make these activities a reality: your neighbors, getting together and doing the rewarding work needed to improve quality of life in Ave Maria. Appointed by the Ave Maria Master Association (AMMA) board of […]

Safety complex opens for fire, EMS and law enforcement



The first occupants of the new Immokalee Fire Control District Ave Maria Public Safety Complex moved in on Nov. 15. The fire department left its trailer behind and gratefully transferred staff and equipment to the state-of-the-art building. The site still needed some flooring and touch-up paint, so EMS and the Collier County Sheriff s Office joined them a few weeks […]

As Ave Maria grows, so does its retail and restaurant scene



New single-family homes, condominiums and villas aren’t the only things opening up in Ave Maria. Several shops and restaurants opened their doors in 2021 to serve the town’s growing number of residents and visitors. Here’s the scoop on what’s new, plus some news about what’s in store for 2022. ¦ Meltz Ice Cream Shop – When Phil and Patricia Stocton […]