Daily Archives: December 13, 2012

Lights of Love


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com We’ve been called the Griswold’s like it’s a bad thing!” Tim Smither of 548 North Barfield laughs as he shares the many comical stories that have developed due to his family’s extensive Christmas decorations over the years. Anything but hard to miss, the house at 548 North Barfield has become a tradition to visit by many ... Read More »

TBE tennis debate


By Danielle Dodder For 20 years, an informal group of about 40 locals and snowbirds gathered at the tennis courts at Tommie Barfield Elementary, to play pickup tennis games at the last free public access courts on the island. Earlier this month the courts were closed after the city determined that needed repairs would be too costly. The group suddenly ... Read More »

MIAAOR installation luncheon


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Marco Island’s Realtors were upbeat at their 37th Installation ceremony at Hideaway Beach Club on December 6th. It was almost as though the sunshine on the beach just outside the windows portended good things to come. Increasing sales and listings keyed the optimism as the real estate market continues recovering from a slump of several ... Read More »

Sandbar supports “Iron Man Sam”


By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  “Sam is a nine-year old boy who goes to school, loves to play with his friends, rides his scooter, plays baseball, is into Legos and is a master WII gamer. He also is fighting for his life everyday against a vicious beast in his body; Neuroblastoma cancer. It’s a cancer that isn’t genetic, isn’t self prevented, ... Read More »

Morning Musicians entertain


Tommie Barfield Elementary School’s Morning Musicians, led by music teacher Elizabeth Braren, entertained the Marco Island Women’s Club during their annual Holiday Luncheon. The children sang a number of Christmas favorites and paraded through the room to the delight of the women. After the performance, the Women’s Club arranged for the children to visit with Santa.  [imagebrowser id=147] Read More »



By Lisa Honig, Unit Exec. Director American Cancer Society, Marco Island This is the first of an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Mar­co Island community about The American Cancer Society, the nationwide commu­nity-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, sav­ing lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, ... Read More »

Pedestrian attacks cyclist on morning of Bridge Run


On the morning of the 5K Bridge Run, Saturday, November 18th at approximately 9:45 AM, I was attacked by a pedestrian who effectively body-slammed me to the ground, using his left elbow and shoulder as assault weapons. I suffered a concussion, whiplash, and 23 other injuries ranging from contusions, bruising, abrasions and lacerations to muscle strains, sprains, and damaged nerves. ... Read More »

Let it SNOW!


A new Christmas Island Style tradition in the making is happening on Saturday, December 15 at Veter­an’s Community Park. ‘Snowmania’ is set to bring 40 tons of snow to the park, along with games, slides and Santa, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. “We wanted to do something special for kids,” explains Steve Stefanides, the chairperson behind Christmas Island Style. ... Read More »



Normally I don’t mention that I conduct about five tours a year spotlighting areas of the county some have never seen, but I thought this might be the right time. This coming year we have scheduled three tours so far, and a couple more are in the planning stages. The first is a visit to the Collier County Jail… from ... Read More »



By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net In 1971, Roger Kahn wrote a remarkable book titled “The Boys of Summer”. It was centered on my beloved Brooklyn Dodgers of the nineteen fifties, the team of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Carl Erskine, Gil Hodges and others. But, this wasn’t a baseball book; it was a book about life, community, ... Read More »

A season of “Joy”


TO YOUR HEALTH  C. Scott Campbell  c.scottcampbell@hma.com The holiday season represents a renewed sense of personal reflection to many and a focus on joy and celebration to even more. A time when the media and public consciousness seems to center on the “joy” of the season as each of us finds ourselves emotionally moved by demonstrations of care and compassion— on ... Read More »

Middle East – A powder keg…


Beyond the Coast Events in the Middle East are heating up rapidly and will most probably be coming to a conclusion; one way or the other very soon. In order for the readers to connect the dots and make their own conclusions, I will list my interpretation of the latest events and the countries involved. SYRIA By far the most ... Read More »

Red Tide Update


According to the Harmful Algal Bloom Reports, low to very low concentrations of the Florida Red Tide organism have been found along the Marco Island beach area. Tested weekly, the week of December 1 – 7 reported the findings of small patches of red tide in Tampa Bay, Pine Island Sound and alongshore of the Marco Beach area. According to ... Read More »

Sandy survivors move to Marco and meet Bedtime Bundles


By Julia Barnett  When the unexpected happens and disaster strikes, what do you do? What can you do, really, except gather your family, pick up the pieces, and find some help from a caring hand and a friendly face. The aftermath of the storm that struck the Northeast the week before Halloween, given the name ‘Sandy,’ involved such disaster and ... Read More »

Tigertail timeline


In December of 2011, Collier County announced its plans to update the board¬walks on Tigertail Beach to the tune of $750,000. New bathrooms were also planned at a cost of $100,000. One year later, renovations are still under way, bud¬gets have been changed and the county’s timeline for completion is still somewhat up in the air. Tourist tax dollars are ... Read More »

Personnel problems plague PD

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For a relatively small police department of 33 full-time officers, 2012 was a turbulent year of personnel changes, with several high-ranking officers resigning, lawsuits against the City and a slate of junior officers joining the force. Matt Goetz and Pete Beucler’s careers developed within the Marco Island Police Deparment, but effectively ended this month due ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Advisory Group Grapples Gators

Basking in the sun.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are those who like animals and then there are those who LIKE animals. Walking in the footsteps of Steve Irwin, the famous crocodile hunter known for declaring “CRIKEY” at every new challenge, Kevin Hennings has set up the non-profit, Florida Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). “The primary principle of the Florida Wildlife Advisory Group is ... Read More »

BUSINESS BRIEF: Sunshine Auto shines


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Have you ever taken your car, spitting and coughing, into a repair shop and felt like you were being robbed at gunpoint by the time you left? “Not at Sunshine Auto,” says the new owner Bobby Stolinas. In fact, as the new owner, Bobby has revamped the auto shop and changed the entire business philosophy ... Read More »

Monitoring Marco’s Mangroves


By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  It is no secret that there is a serious problem with the mangroves that exist along San Marco Road leading to the Goodland Bridge. The problem has existed for decades. A sign has been erected explaining the issue in hopes of increasing public support. Scientists have been consistently studying the area and have come up with ... Read More »

Reading is FUNdamental


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  For over eight years, the Marco Island Kiwanis Club has given books to area students through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. More than 32,000 books, in fact. Three times per year, books are donated to the students at Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary. The club also provides for special requests from Manatee Elementary ... Read More »