Monthly Archives: November 2012

Island of Angels, a short story

By Joanne Tailele A WORK OF FICTION: Island of Angels, a short story The young girl hunched down in the backseat of the car. Her nose almost touched the screen of the I-pad she balanced on her lap. Bright pink ear buds blocked out the other sounds in the car. As the car approached the crest of the Judge Jolley Bridge, ... Read More »

Marco awarded BP Grant

By Natalie Strom British Petroleum was recently found guilty by the U.S. Supreme Court on 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect pertaining to the Deepwater Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Over the next six years, BP is expected to pay an additional $4.5 billion dollars, on top of what the company has already paid ... Read More »


By Danielle Dodder Vital input and citizen perspective often come to city managers via the nine committees that advise, and sometimes help create policy. The Planning Board, for example, makes key recommendations on growth and development, and was tasked alongside the Waterways Advisory Committee to develop a workable solution on seawall construction standards. Post-election, the city is seeking 56 volunteers ... Read More »

New Council Questionnaire: Ken Honnecker

By Danielle Dodder  Newly elected council Vice-Chair Ken Honnecker answered the set of questions we posed to all newly elected members. His responses follow below. What do you feel will be your three biggest challenges when it comes to governing the city and communicating with your constituents?  I feel that one of the biggest challenges will be putting an end ... Read More »

Goodland artists gather

By Natalie Strom  It was late summer and the natives were getting restless. The slow, humid days dragged on and the mosquitoes – while not as bad as usual – pestered in the ears of us as we sat in front of our a.c. units to keep cool. We needed something fresh. We needed something new. And we were ... Read More »

Joy of Giving for 24 years

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Every year while we enjoy the holidays, many among us aren’t able to have a pleasant holiday. The hardest impact is on little children, who might not have enough to eat on Christmas day, let alone a single present. Twenty four years ago, an islander was feeling very alone over the holidays. That person was ... Read More »


City of Marco Island  Marco Island has six miles of spectacular beaches, including a three-and-a-half mile crescent beach. From Tigertail Beach with its abundance of native flora and fauna, to South Beach, where a variety of beach experiences and activities are available, Marco Island offers a unique and fantastic beach experience to all of its visitors and residents. Tigertail Beach  ... Read More »

Leaders today-legends tomorrow

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Hopefully everyone reading this column had a truly Happy Thanksgiving! Our family had so many things to be thankful for, which we prayed about at our Thanksgiving feast. I love it when families gather together around the Thanksgiving table (rule – NO cell phones or texting) and share in each other’s lives. Lely High School ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus Is it my imagination, or are holiday times accelerating? I believe I just received my first Christmas catalog – for 2014 that is. This year (I think this year is 2012, although it’s disappearing rapidly) Halloween began at the Fourth of July; Christmas began before Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving seemingly disappeared, only to reemerge this week. The ... Read More »

REMEMBERING HELEN: Building the Marco Community

By Craig Woodward  On Wednesday, November 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a church which first opened 46 years earlier in November of 1966, many old timers came together to celebrate the life of a Modern Marco pioneer – Helen Tateo. She and her husband, Vince, moved to Marco Island in August of 1966, just a little over a ... Read More »

Sandy victims need ‘Change’

By Danielle Dodder Working actors don’t get free designer gowns. They hear ‘no’ more often than they land a part. They don’t have layers of hired handlers, to steer them away from the unscripted side of their personalities. One of these actors, Sean Ringgold isn’t just climbing the fame ladder. He is putting his all into making a difference in ... Read More »

Medical Center on track for January opening

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  CEO of Physician’s Regional Collier campus, Scott Campbell, is excited about the heathcare system’s introductory foray into the Marco medical market. Campbell expects the new medical center coming to the Shops of Marco to be on track for a mid- to – late January opening. “We continue planning and development for the opening- placement of ... Read More »

Flotilla 95: Semper Paratus

By Natalie Strom  For more than 40 years, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 has been offering boating education programs on Marco Island. Its mission is simple: “contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, and waterways.” It’s motto is direct: Semper Paratus – Always Ready. Through its education programs, Flotilla 95 is ensuring that ... Read More »

Hilton completes renovation

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa recently announced the completion of its guest room renovation. The AAA 4-Diamond deluxe 11-story resort now features completely redesigned rooms from floor to ceiling The renovation is part of a three-year, $3 billion plan of significant property renovations currently under way across the global portfolio of Hilton ... Read More »

Many hands fill Meals of Hope

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Meals of Hope exceeded each goal set by event chairman, local attorney Neil Snyder; better known to his committee members as “Captain Hope.” The Captain and his “Hope Warriors” challenged the Sunrise Rotary Club, Noontime Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club, as well as schools, churches and organizations on the island. Then, they watched magic ... Read More »

Let it…SNOW?!!

Submitted “The sound of flutes and bells together is exquisite,” said Pinky Larson, director of Wesley United Methodist Church’s Wesley Ringers. The Wesley Ringers will join the seven member flute virtuoso group Flute Cocktail and the Marco Presbyterian Church’s Praise Bells at the 6:00 PM, December 2 Christmas Concert hosted by Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style

Submitted First, it was Thanksgiving Day. All the wonderful foods, desserts and the tradition of watching football consumed us over the holiday weekend. Then we would found islanders scurrying around to merchants on the island and over the bridge, in search of that elusive great deal on Black Friday, as the unofficial first day of holiday shopping season began. For ... Read More »

“Practice” Flower Show

By Calusa Garden Club On Monday, November 12, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island held their regular meeting in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church. Among the environmental issues discussed was the Junior Gardeners Program at Tommie Barfield Elementary School where a hands-on recycling program was presented at the last Junior Gardeners meeting. Linda Turner reported on the ... Read More »

MIW and the Law

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Marco Island Writers met at the Center for the Arts on Wednesday, November 14. Two speakers brought a wealth of information to the group of over 20 members and guests. For the first hour, Tina Murray, PhD, romance author of “A Chance to Say Yes” brought her insights in her talk titled “Believe in Your ... Read More »

Local author gets big backing

By Natalie Strom  It isn’t every day that one receives an endorsement from Donald Trump. Local author, Roy Eaton, has received three. A former classmate of Trump’s, Eaton recently released his third book, “Makers, Takers & Shakers.” Not only has Trump thrown his support behind the book, he even went as far as to share his sentiments about the ... Read More »