Yearly Archives: 2013

Marco Movies celebrates 20 years

By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Movies celebrated its 20th anniversary on Dec. 13 with a very special event. Owners Nick Campo and Bill McMullan featured both new and classic movies, but one of the showings stood out. During the four-day event, Marco Movies showed “Schindler’s List.” The Academy Awarding film also turned 20 years old this month. Produced and ... Read More »

FWC, partners offer reward for info about suspicious panther death

By Bob DeGross Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for help from the public with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a Florida panther that was recently found dead in the Turner River Unit of Big ... Read More »

Your Florida Legislature at work

By Rep. Kathleen Passidomo District 106-Naples, FL During the 2013 session, the Florida Legislature focused on challenging issues, such as election reform, education reform and foreclosure reform. While our economy is seeing signs of improvement resulting in greater revenues to the state, we acknowledge that government must continue to live within our means while also responsibly planning for the ... Read More »


Donna Fiala A new Senior Housing Development has just started construction on Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. and C.R. 951/Collier Blvd. It is being built by the same developer that built Aston Gardens in North Naples and another in Lee County. This community — Discovery Village — will be a rental community offering 120 units with an indoor pool, fitness center ... Read More »

Christmas Parade 2013

Christmas Island Style did it again! This year’s street parade was bigger than ever and by the cheers of the onlookers, it was one of the best, too. Here are the results: Most Holiday Traditional – Marco Fire Rescue Foundation/Mutual of Omaha Bank Most Original – Marco Lutheran Church Most Patriotic – Marco Bay Yacht Club Most Entertaining – Marco ... Read More »

Capri Art Fair

By Noelle H. Lowery Isles of Capri seasonal residents Joanna and Donald Sunshine developed the idea for the inaugural Isles of Capri Arts and Crafts Fair with the help of Angela Reynoso, owner of Island Market. This is the Sunshine’s second season in southwest Florida, and both are artists. Joanna works with fibers to create rugs and makes paper, ... Read More »

Visionaries: A Multimedia Visual Art Exhibit

The Marco Island Center for the Arts kicks off the New Year with a multi-media exhibition called “Visionaries”, featuring work by members of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). The juried exhibit runs from Jan. 2-23, 2014. An public opening reception will be held on Jan. 14 from 5:30-7:00 PM, and hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments will be served. ... Read More »

TBE Science Day a Success

By Noelle H. Lowery Tommie Barfield Elementary School was invaded by a host of budding scientists on December 19, when the school held its annual Science Day. Every grade level participated in its own science-based activities, culminating in the fifth-grade Science Fair Exhibition in the school’s multi-purpose room. Additionally, two members of Collier County Public Schools District Science Department ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Marco: It’s a Community Thing

By Noelle H. Lowery What do you get when you mix children, an active and engaged business community and eager volunteers? A recipe for a creative and successful fundraising event known as Souper Bowl Marco. On Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 — the eve of the National Football League’s Super Bowl Game — the Second Annual Souper Bowl Marco will ... Read More »

Historical Movie in Everglades City

Submitted Hollywood came to Everglades City in 1957 with a star cast to film “Wind Across the Everglades”, the story of plume hunters in the early 1900s. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation invites the public to come and relive this event on Friday, Jan. 10, with a screening of the film at Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind the Everglades Community ... Read More »

Join the Star Party at Big Cypress

By Noelle H. Lowery Last year, Luke Gommerman looked up in the night sky over Big Cypress National Preserve and was star struck. The seasonal park ranger thought the southwest Florida night sky resembled the extra-dark night sky he had spent the summer looking at while completing a National Park Service tour at the Grand Canyon. There, Gommerman participated ... Read More »

Marco Men’s Club Celebrates Christmas, Chanukah

Submitted More than 160 Marco Men’s Club members and their spouses and friends celebrated the holidays at Forest Glen Country Club in Naples. A good time was had by all as Bonnie Bozzo (wife of former MMC President Al Bozzo), Rose Kramer and others lead the group in song and cheer, including a riotous “12 Days of Christmas”. The MMC ... Read More »

New photo exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum

Submitted In the first decade of the 20th century, Julian Dimock and his father traveled from their base camp in the then undeveloped outpost of Marco Island throughout southwest Florida photographing the land, the people and the waterways of this frontier Eden. The Marco Island Historical Museum is excited to announce this never before seen exhibition. “Enchantments: The Photographic Adventures ... Read More »

Bring in the New Year with Eaglets

Submitted The holidays are upon us, and New Year’s Eve is approaching quickly. There are many traditions to celebrate the New Year; for a few, this includes fireworks. Fireworks may be a festive, but they are illegal on Marco Island. Moreover, the light, noise and explosions are bad tidings for Marco’s local wildlife. In fact, in Florida, the only legal ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Take a Hike fundraiser held for Marco Island Charter Middle School was a fun event for students which also raised needed funds for the school. The timing, just before mid-term exams and Christmas break, was perfect for letting the kids expend some of the season’s excitement. Students had family and friends sponsor their ‘hike’ ... Read More »

The Three’s Have It!

By Natalie Strom Marco Island’s lucky number must be three. In February, the website proclaimed Cape Romano as the third most beautiful abandoned island in the world. And now, Marco Island has placed third as’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Top Ten Islands in the U.S. Coming in just behind San Juan Island in Washington state and Kauai, Hawaii, ... Read More »

A Christmas Salute to Veterans

By Natalie Strom It was a night held in honor of those who have served our country. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and our current wars gathered at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum to be celebrated for fighting for our nation’s freedom. A part of the Christmas Island Style event, the evening’s ... Read More »

Twenty-five Years of Joy

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Joy of Giving has ‘wrapped up’ its 25th year. “This was a monumental year for us,” said Nicki Davis, founder of the Joy of Giving, “not only in the number of years we have supplied gifts to children, but in the numbers of children needing help. The amount of funds raised was also significant. ... Read More »

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For many it’s an annual celebration. The faithful walk the distance from Kretch’s Restaurant on Bald Eagle Drive to San Marco Catholic Church at dusk. They walk in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her appearance to a Mexican peasant in a vision on December 12, 1531. Some walk as ... Read More »

How to Build a Green Home

By Natalie Strom What makes a good home? Sturdy walls, hurricane rated windows, fine and fancy appliances. These are all things we either have or probably desire in a dream home. But what makes a smart home? One that can utilize simple concepts and smart technology while actually saving the homeowner money. That’s a smart home. How is it ... Read More »