Monthly Archives: July 2012

Letter to the editor: Larry Sacher

As a Registered Voter on Marco Island (and Candidate for Marco Island City Council), your recent article regarding the Press Conference announcing Physician’s Regional opening a walk-in clinic on Marco and discussion of the Referendum did not include some “key elements” that all Voters need to know about the Referendum. There are actually 2 issues, but unfortunately, the way the ... Read More »

Message in a bottle reveals a family’s love

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Anthony Macchiarolo found a message in a bottle floating three miles off of Marco’s beaches, he thought he found lost treasure. It took him quite some time to pry out the brown pieces of paper that filled the corked bottle. As he read what was inside, the story of a bride who was left ... Read More »

Goodland’s Postmaster bids farewell

By Natalie Strom Walking into the Post Office in Goodland, one can’t help but notice that it isn’t your average Post Office. A mural featuring a mermaid carrying mail and a beautiful garden of flowers greets you as soon as you arrive. Inside, the walls are covered with paintings by local artists and a free book exchange cart is ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The City of Marco Island needs volunteers to sit on various committees and advisory boards. Several seats remain open including a seat on the Parks and Recreation Advisory committee, one on the Code Enforcement board and four seats on the Utilities Advisory Committee. In the past, terms on committees and boards were staggered. Candidates are ... Read More »

Jerry Gibson seeks re-election

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Reflecting on his first term as city council member, Jerry Gibson says, “When I ran four years ago my campaign slogan was ‘Be Positive;’ as I seek a final term, my campaign slogan is ‘Stay Positive.’ I’ve decided to run for a final term to continue projecting that ‘Stay Positive’ attitude in the interest of ... Read More »

Stretton receives awards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Cole Stretton received numerous accolades for academic achievement this year including being named the MICMS Student of the Year by the Naples Optimist Club. Principal George Abounader said, “Teachers deliberated over many candidates and their final recommendations were celebrated. When we think of excellent student role models, their academic, behavioral and service to others are ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Unless you’ve been in a cave for many months you are probably aware that there is a primary election coming on August 14th. It’s expected that many or most ballots will be absentee. Collier County’s Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer Edwards, does a remarkable job of disseminating information and running a superb operation. There are a ... Read More »

Fundraiser benefits Steve Reynolds

By Natalie Strom  Marco Island residents are gearing up to give back to local DJ and YMCA Marketing Director, Steve Reynolds. A recent cancer diagnosis has shifted the spotlight to Reynolds, who is usually the one organizing local fundraisers. CJ’s on the Bay will host the benefit for Reynolds on Saturday, July 28, from 7:00 to 11:00 PM. Tickets ... Read More »


Donna Fiala   Reminders and answers: Let’s face it – everyone is talking about the elections. Some of the talk is mean-spirited, some doesn’t even come close to the truth, some implies a meaning that isn’t truthful, etc. Well, today we’re going to take a different tack and just fill you in on a few answers to questions people ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Roy Eaton

Dear Senator Rubio, I have written you on two occasions to provide input on the current economic crises that confronts my fellow Americans, and I have provided some recommendations to address our escalating national debt. And, I appreciate your taking time in the past to address my concerns. Thru the sixties, I was, like most college students of the era, ... Read More »

Thinking about creative thinking

By Randall Kenneth Jones Whether the source is my presentations or editorials—it’s pretty much guaranteed I’m going to get on my soapbox and stubbornly proclaim: we are all creative. A few years ago, my agency won a series of national and international design awards for a point-of-sale brochure for a division of Sears—awards that would never have found their way ... Read More »

Invasive iguana presentation

By Natalie Strom On July 18, the City of Marco Island hosted an iguana control workshop to inform residents of the increasing issue of the invasive green iguana population. Tom Portuallo of Iguana Control, a company contracted by the city for just that, delivered an interesting and informative presentation, discussing the hazards of the green iguana as well as ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers get creative

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  An intimate group of twelve (including three new members) convened for the Marco Island Writers on July 11, 2012. After a brief business meeting, everyone had an opportunity to get to know each other a little better. The creative juices began flowing with some Flash Fiction where everyone had a chance to share. Ever try ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Tidbits

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island saw its first nest of the season hatch successfully on July 8 with a count of 115 hatchlings. This is certainly good news as many of the nests on Marco were impacted by tidal surge due to Tropical Storm Debby. The incubation period for sea turtle eggs is about 60 days. Sand temperature ... Read More »

Trip to Coral Castle

By BJ Henning  On Friday the 13th, a lucky day for us, a group of 26 from the Marco Island Historical Society gathered to tour a scientific phenomenon known as the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida. We wanted to explore and try to understand how a man, five feet tall and weighing 100 pounds, could lift tons of coral out ... Read More »

Orlando theme park update

By Orlando Attractions Magazine It was another record-breaking year with final 2011 visitation numbers revealing that Orlando welcomed 55.1 million visitors. That’s up 7.2 percent from last year’s record setting 51.4 million. • There is a brand new ride at Universal Orlando officially opened the beginning of July, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. • Over at the Magic Kingdom, the ... Read More »

Sentinel of the Bridge

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Who hasn’t noticed when crossing the Jolley Bridge leaving the island, the lone American Osprey sitting on the hand rail, the light pole or sign, usually looking to the south, and sometimes, it seems, looking right into your eyes through the windshield? This American Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) has been observed on our bridge for years. ... Read More »

Collier County beach parking sticker program

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County offers beach parking to residents and visitors through a popular beach parking sticker program. Without beach parking stickers, beach goers must pay $8 each time they park at Collier County’s beach parking facilities. Funded through ad valorem taxes, beach parking stickers are provided to Collier County residents at no charge. Full-time residents need ... Read More »

Summer swing 2012 kicks off

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The very popular tennis social program that was started last summer kicked off this year’s program at Hideaway Beach Club. Summer Swing is a tennis social program that involves Hideaway Beach Club, The Island Club, the Racquet Center and the Marco Y. Eric Manring, Hideaway Tennis Director, hosted the first phase of this series on ... Read More »