Bootlegging, Low-Bush Lightning and the Murder of Deputy Sheriff J. H. Cox & Family

COASTAL HISTORY  Craig Woodward For a young, lightly populated area with a long, unpatrolled coastline, also in close proximity to the major ports of the Caribbean, Prohibition was a financial boon to Collier County. The editor of Naples’ first newspaper “The Transcript,” Vernon Lamme reported that in Naples, in 1927, with a population of less than 800, there were […]

Broaden your Horizons

The Marco Island Historical Society is pleased to announce a marvelous pair of events for the merry month of May. We invite you to broaden your horizons with a concentration on the history of Fort Myers. On May 1, our regular monthly meeting will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the Rose History Auditorium with our featured speaker Matthew Johnson, Director […]

Crystal Shores Parking Clarification

In the April 20 – May 3 edition, Volume III, Issue 8, Coastal Breeze noted that there is free beach parking located at Marriott’s Crystal Shores. Unfortunately, this information is incorrect. Parking is available ONLY for guests staying at the resort and there are limited designated parking spaces to the Stilts Restaurant, which overlooks the beach and provides the perfect […]

Letter to the Editor: From James Timmerman & Family

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you! The intent of this letter is for both my family and I to express our sincere gratitude for all those involved in my recovery.  I will begin with a brief description of my experience. Monday, 06 February 2012 I was admitted to the Collier Blvd. Physicians Regional Medical Center.  ER diagnosis was […]

Letter to the Editor: From Wayne Waldack

Recently I received the following question in an email from a Citizen of Marco Island: “Please tell me how you justify a 6000 gallon cap or even the 4000 gallon cap on sewer outflow.”  I replied: “Justification is easy”. 1.  The Taxpayers of the City of Marco Island paid approximately $97,000 to Burton & Associates for a Cost of Service (COS) Study […]

World-renowned leaders to speak at The Family Church

Naples and Marco Island, FL Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-A Leadercast at The Family Church in Naples or Marco Island on May 4, 2012. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Naples and Marco Island.  Speakers […]

Nationwide Open House Weekend

It’s a Great Time to Buy Florida Real Estate! Low Interest Rates • Affordable Prices • Good Selection Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend Brings Buyers and Sellers Together With plentiful inventory and record breaking housing affordability conditions, Realtors® expect this year’s spring home buying season to be a busy one. To kick off the season, Realtors® from coast to coast […]

Update: World Record Attempt

Due to continuous lightning strikes, Steven Banks world record kayak attempt was forced out of the water around 12:00 p.m.U He will be arranging another attempt sometime in October. He did however complete 33 miles and 11 hours of non stop documented paddling, and described it as one of the most peaceful days of his life. Great job Steve!


Health Plus Lecture Aims to Help Heartburn Sufferers

IBERIABANK (, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has partnered with Physicians Regional Healthcare System to host a Health Plus Lecture aimed at addressing painful heartburn and reflux issues. General and Bariatric Surgeon, Thomas Bass, M.D., will discuss an incisionless surgery option for severe heartburn on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 […]

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