How to Build a Green Home

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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 […]

St. Mark’s Changes Windows

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Coastal Breeze News has closely followed the Artists in Residence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the past year regarding the amazing etched and stained glass windows made for the Advent and Epiphany seasons respectively. As the Christian faith moves from the birth of Christ to the season of Epiphany, a time of celebration where the […]

HUUUUGE Part 2: The Cruise

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “Now remember Duffy, what happens on the ship stays on the ship,” I said as we boarded the Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Sea cruise ship in Miami. “Got it!” she replied. We stuck to that story, but upon my return I remembered the promise I made to my readers in the previous edition – a […]

Dolphin Explorer Takes Center Stage

Submitted Spend an evening with Captain Chris Desmond, the founder and director of the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project, and his survey team of naturalists and biologists. Hear stories of the amazing marine creatures and other wildlife they encounter aboard his boat the Dolphin Explorer – even the Florida panther has made an appearance. A lecture and film, sponsored by FGCU’s […]

Marco Movies celebrates 20 years

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com 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 […]

Expectations for Florida’s housing sector in 2014

By Coastal Breeze News Staff News from economists at the Florida Realtors 2014 Real Estate and Economic Summit in Orlando indicates that growth is expected to continue but at a slower rate than we experienced in 2013, according Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo. “The real estate market is going to grow, and we’ll probably see about a 10 percent […]

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 […]

Sue Monk Kidd to visit Sunshine Booksellers

Submitted Make your plans now to come by Marco Island Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 4 PM to help Sunshine Booksellers and author Sue Monk Kidd celebrate her newest book, The Invention of Wings. The book is set for release on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. At the ticketed event, Sue will be giving a talk […]

Marco Island Chamber Year in Review

Submitted What a year for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Once again, in its 36th year, the Chamber devoted itself to helping the needy as well as representing the business community and fostering tourism and commerce. 2013 saw the Chamber build on the success of past programs and institute new ones for the benefit of the Marco Island community. […]

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. […]