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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 towards the massive oil spill disaster. The British oil giant seems to be wasting no time doling out the federally mandated money; on November 7, Marco Island, Naples and Collier County were awarded grants totaling $1,313,650. The three government entities ... 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 for all nine committees, all of which will be completely re-sat, with the exception of the Code Board, at the January 7th city council meeting. “We are encouraging the residents at large to apply,” says Nancy Richie, the city staffer ... 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 to the “us vs. them” mentality that has taken hold over the City the past few years. Two other challenges will be: 1) Getting a complete understanding of the Utilities’ debt. 2) Making the citizens feel that their concerns are ... 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 in the mood to get creative. Because we’re artists; all of us in one medium or another. And so it came to be, that on October 7, 2012, 12 artists from Goodland came together under the pavilion at MarGood Park ... 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 Nicki Davis. Rather than allow herself to feel alone with her nearest family over 5,000 miles away, she thought of others who were less fortunate, and decided to buy Christmas toys and presents for a few needy children in the ... 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  Tigertail Beach, part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, is operated by the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department and hosts 60 species of migrating and resident coastal birds. The widest beach in Collier County opens up south of Tigertail ... 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 is paramount in my thoughts at this time because of some outstanding achievements received recently, plus some new activity in the sports department. A new man, Stacey Stewart, has been hired to be the Football Coach at 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 deluge of catalogs doesn’t help. From Hammacher-Schlemmer to LLBean nary a day goes by without a clogged mailbox. We’ve been overwhelmed by offers for oranges, solar toys, stray dogs and cats, clothing for women, men, kids, pets and stuffed animals. ... 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 year and a half after the official grand opening of the Island on January 31, 1965. They had first visited in February of 1966 and within eight months moved here permanently, bringing with them their three young sons: Paul, age ... 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 his old neighborhood. He came to Marco to take part in Soapfest, where he vividly described the harsh reality of what poor neighborhoods experience when a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy hits. The negative impacts that unfold for months, and ... 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 physicians for the walk-in component,” says Campbell. The 8,200 square foot facility will house a walk-in clinic open 12 hours per day, seven days per week. It will also provide full-time primary care physicians and specialists on rotation, as well ... 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 all local boaters are informed and prepared. Recently wrapping its first round of courses, Flotilla 95 has set its eyes on the New Year as it prepares for the 2013. Below is a list of classes and their descriptions. Sign ... 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 Hotels & Resorts, the flagship of Hilton Worldwide. Designed by Douglas L. Burbank, ASID of Atlanta based Design Continuum, Inc., Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa now offers guests a luxurious Hilton Serenity Bed, 32” LCD television, Cuisinart single-cup ... 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 happen! The Meals of Hope takes dry ingredients, along with a mixture of protein and vitamins and packages them together. “There are rice meals and a macaroni and cheese meal. Each meal will feed six people.” According to Steve Popper, ... 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. The concert is free. A love offering will be received. Flute Cocktail consists of seven flute players comprised of professional and amateur flutists dedicated to the art of good music and fun. The group was organized by director, Wendy Willis ... 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 many Marco Islanders and their youngsters, it was Friday night at the Shops of Marco that would have them focusing on the aerial delivery of Santa for his first official visit to Marco Island this year, kicking off the 2012 ... 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 Island’s nesting Eagles. Sue Oldershaw described the new Garden Therapy program recently implemented at Sanitasole, 218 South Barfield. Sanitasole residents helped design fresh and artificial fall table decorations for their dining room. The next several Garden Therapy programs will involve ... 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 Writer- Self.” It emphasized the need for authors to believe in themselves and to give themselves permission to explore their inner child as a source of their inspiration. For more information about Murray’s book and newest edition of her trilogy, ... 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 book on his Twitter page. “Makers, Takers & Shakers” is a collection of Eaton’s published newspaper pieces. Discussing a wide range of political and social issues, Eaton also outlines his own life through articles about his family, education experience, owning ... Read More »

MIHM store makes every day a gift day


By Diane Bostic  One of the delights to be found in our very own Marco Island Historical Museum, the newest of Collier County’s five museums, is the well stocked gift store. Although small, it is chock full of beautiful and educational items for purchase. With the holidays just around the corner you might be searching for something special to give to that special someone on your list. Look no further as the Museum Store has a beautiful selection of jewelry. Lisa Estrada’s necklaces and bracelets are hand made of polymer clay in colors to perfectly catch the color of our ... Read More »