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Smoke fills 22-story condo

On Thursday June 28th at 6:57 PM The City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department received a call of a fire in a high rise structure at the Royal Seafarer Condominium, 300 South Collier Blvd.  The Royal Seafarer Condominium is a 24 story high rise structure.  The caller reported a fire in apartment number 904.  Units from Marco Island, Isle of Capri, East Naples, and Collier County EMS were immediately dispatched.  Upon the arrival of the first fire unit they reported smoke coming out of the lobby doorways and residents evacuating the building.  A second alarm of an additional 3 ... Read More »

Unearthing ancient artifacts

By Natalie Strom With the last phase of the new Marco Island sewer system under way, contractors Mitchell & Stark are working closely with archaeologists as they discover ancient artifacts within the rolling hills area of Caxambas. Prior to the construction of the sewer system in Caxambas, the City of Marco Island paired with the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum to ensure that ancient artifacts and burials would not be destroyed or desecrated during the process. Advanced Archaeology, Inc., of Ft. Lauderdale was hired for a three-phase project that includes shovel testing, precise unit ... Read More »

Florida’s State Butterfly

PLANT TALK  Mike Malloy The Zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius) butterflies are easy to recognize, not only by their slow, floating and sometimes mesmerizing flight, but also by their elongated wings that are all black with yellow stripes. The slow-moving zebras are easy to photograph and observe, but when startled they can move as fast as a jet. They are usually found frolicking in the shadows of a tree’s canopy because they love the shade. When planting passion vines (passiflora), which is the Zebra’s host plant, (the plant the female butterfly uses to lay their eggs on) be sure to ... Read More »

Stewards pledge beach time

By Natalie Strom Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s recent call for Volunteer Beach Stewards was answered by 18 Marco residents. Providing verbal information about the beach and its ordinances, along with assisting beach-goers with wildlife, directional and public inquiries, these volunteers are making great use out of their time at the beach. In conjunction with the Marco Island Community Affairs and Police Departments, the Beach Advisory Committee recently trained these 18 volunteers during a Beach Steward Program on May 22 at the Marco Island Police Department. Each volunteer is asked to donate at least one two-hour shift per week, ... Read More »


PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Leave it to the residents of Marco Island to see a neighbor in need and immediately respond! When Steve Zandy’s bike was stolen, Karen Nettles reached out to Steve Stefanides from Christmas Island Style and Tiffany Homuth of Mutual of Omaha Bank. They’ve set up a fund to replace his stolen bike. The group has pledges for half the replacement cost at deadline for this paper. Once the replacement parts are found, the bike can be built and Steve will have a bit of freedom again. If you wish to donate, cash or checks ... Read More »

Fireworks for the Fourth

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The beaches on Marco Island will be packed with residents and tourists alike on the Fourth of July. They will come by foot, by car and by boat. Thanks to a group of hardworking volunteers, Marco Island will have a spectacular Independence Day celebration. The Fireworks Fund Committee consisting of Sandi Reidemann, Keith Dameron and Joey Oliverio, was pleased to announce to City Council they met their goal for this year’s sky spectacular. The committee presented City Council with $21,000 covering half of the $42,000 approximate cost. A donation from the Marco Island Civic Association ... Read More »

Bid for Council

By Costal Breeze News Staff  Larry Honig has thrown his hat into the ring for one of four seats on City Council to be voted on in the General Election, November 6th. Other candidates who have announced their campaigns include Amadeo Petricca, Paul Meyer and Larry Sacher. Honig’s announcement: I’m asking the voters of Marco Island to support me as a candidate for City Council. I want to give back to the community, and as we grow retain the small-town atmosphere that’s so much a part of the Island we love. These needn’t be in conflict – growing and advancing, ... Read More »

“BABYLON: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity”

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Children and their adult and teenage guides celebrated the culmination of Marco Presbyterian Church’s Vacation Bible School at the June 24 worship service. The lack of electricity did not dampen the children’s enthusiasm as they sang and danced to their favorite songs from the week. A battery powered boom box supplied the music and the children sang with gusto in the darkened sanctuary. The children explored a Babylonian bazaar’s exotic sights and smells as they learned that they’re not much different from Daniel and his friends, who kept their faith in a faithless culture. There ... Read More »


Donna Fiala Just a little heads up – starting June 24th, Alligator Alley (I-75) toll fees will be increasing, according to Johnny Limbaugh from FDOT. The fees for the SunPass will increase to $2.75 and with cash the fare will be $3.00. Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club hosted a “Sports Camp” for the sixth year in a row for 24 students from Parkside Elementary School in Naples Manor. This heart-warming two-week event was the dream and creation of Sally Lam of Eagle Creek. Each year 24 qualified Parkside students are bused to Eagle Creek every day for a ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus Perhaps it’s the bracing sea air – or maybe it’s being freed from the mundane life back home: in any event, cruises seem to bring out some of the goofiest comments, statements and quiz answers known to man or beast. Halfway across the Atlantic, after spending massive hours in the dining room, one of our fellow cruisers commented on the waiters. Those waiters were all exceptionally pleasant, attentive, short in stature and obviously (to us) from a different part of the world. Since they all wore name tags with their home country there was a pretty ... Read More »

America at a crossroads

Cooperation and compromise or confrontation and gridlock; the route to Renaissance or Armageddon Guest Commentary By Roy Eaton We are at a crossroads in America. We are a polarized nation at a time when most civilizations with similar longevity began to falter. Former empires began to stumble when their leadership became indifferent to the needs of their populace, engaged in self-indulgence, lacked moral conviction, and waged war to expand markets and obtain natural resources. Most societies failed when the general public became overly materialistic, complacent, and inattentive to the needs of others and to the actions of their faltering government ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers celebrate their one-year anniversary

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island Writers, a networking group for writers, celebrated their first anniversary with a social at Quinn’s on the Beach at Marco Island’s Marriott Beach Resort Wednesday evening, June 13. The group’s founder and outgoing chairwoman, Gwen DeCrow, thanked the 18 members and guests in attendance for making the group the success it is today. “A year ago in June, two writers showed up at the first meeting I held in the Marco Island Library,” said DeCrow. “Today our membership is up to 60 people, with an average of 30 writers attending our monthly meetings ... Read More »

End of year Honor Roll

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The end of year honor roll for Collier County District Schools in the Coastal Breeze coverage area has been released and is printed below. The hard work and determination of the students listed in the roll have earned them this distinction. Coastal Breeze News applauds the efforts of each student and wishes them the very best for future academic success. Editor’s Note: Manatee Elementary does not do an Honor Roll. EVERGLADES CITY SCHOOL – STRAIGHT A HONORS  Jerry Pablo-Ramirez, Stephanie Pablo-Ramirez, Claybrook Story, Destany Vanleeuwen, Dustin Young. LELY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – ‘A’ HONOR ROLL  Maria ... Read More »

It’s a Dog’s Life?

DOG & STYLE  Tony Wakefield-Jones Yes—your hunch is correct. The forward-thinking geniuses at Coastal Breeze have engaged the services of a dog to write an ongoing advice column. But if you stop and think about it, this clever literary maneuver really makes a lot of sense. We dogs see and hear everything. For example, you don’t really have to watch your language around us because we’ll only hear words like “treat,” “walk,” “cookie” and “Tony, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is on.” Besides, have you ever looked at your pooch and thought to yourself, “I wonder what he would ... Read More »

Planning Board Meeting Recap

By Julia Barnett  The City Planning Board met the morning of Friday, June 15th, to discuss two separate issues. One matter was put off for further discussion, and the other received the Planning Board’s recommendation for approval and submission to the city council. The first topic reintroduced during the meeting was a proposed “city-wide comprehensive parking plan.” This “plan” is currently a policy document recommending parking management in swales at both the south and north ends of the Island. The two priority areas, where the city is considering prohibiting swale “on grass” parking are the south end, specifically Swallow Avenue ... Read More »

Historical Society applauds Eagle Scout

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Fourteen year old Marco Island resident, Andrew Smith, is on his way to earning an Eagle Scout badge. Living in the Caxambas area, Smith found a passion for archaeology thanks to the artifact-rich environment which surrounds him. In order to earn his Eagle Scout badge, Andrew must participate in a special project and donate community service hours. The history buff chose to stick with his passion in completing these assignments. For Andrew’s special project, he elected to refurbish the island’s historical markers. This involved clipping and weeding the area around each marker where required, and ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Tidbits

Coastal Breeze News Staff Loggerhead sea turtles live a life full of hardships. From the very beginning, odds of survival for a fledgling sea turtle are one in 1,000. Baby sea turtles are confronted with dangers before they even hatch! One primary threat to a sea turtle nest is location. Thanks to the dedication of local sea turtle monitors, nests are now marked off so that they are not disturbed by humans. Without these markings, one may easily step on the nest, crushing the eggs below. Another issue that arises with sea turtle location is proximity to the shore line. ... Read More »

Marriage of Brooke Plank to Christopher Buccola

By Carol Glassman  The very romantic grounds of the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, an historic church built in northern Beaufort County, South Carolina, recently was the location of the wedding of Brooke Dorothy Plank and Christopher Buccola. The reception was held at the Beaufort Town Center. Brooke, a graduate of Lely High School, continued her education at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, graduating with a Third Mate Merchant Marine License and a Bachelor of Science Degree. Chris, a native of Louisiana, also graduated from Kings Point. Since their graduation, both the bride and groom have been ... Read More »

Busch Gardens summer entertainment

By Anthony Armeni  Orlando Attractions Magazine    Summer Nights is returning to Busch Gardens Tampa starting this weekend with more extra entertainment than ever after the sun goes down. This year’s event includes a new Latin-infused show at the Marrakesh Theater and, for the first time, a fireworks finale each night through Aug. 12. The award-winning Kinetix show is returning for its third year in a row to Summer Nights with nightly performances of its rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics including live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. It will take place every night in Gwazi ... Read More »


TO YOUR HEALTH  C. Scott Campbell  Getting 2 Great (G2G) refers to a very important company – wide cultural transformation effort to fulfill our mission of enabling America’s best local health care. As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System—Collier Boulevard, the implementation of this essential patient-focused program is my highest priority. At its core, G2G is about six key pillars that set a foundation for excellence: People, Service, Quality, Innovation, Finance, and Growth. Additionally, we have three guiding principles which steer our behavior: 1. We are servant leaders—being a servant leader means that in every role, we serve. ... Read More »