Author Archives: Jacentia Kinsey

Waterways Group Reviewing Water Quality

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many islanders the rain events during the first week of June were their first exposure to the effects that tropical depressions can bring here to Southwest Florida. The temporary flooding of streets and the need to find alternate routes around the island during the 18” of rainfall we received was somewhat trying. That heavy rainfall ... Read More »

Fire Rescue Report

Submitted The following information is contained in the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department’s monthly report. The full report may be found on the city’s website, cityofmarcoisland.com, as an attachment to the June 5 city council meeting agenda. Seasonal Ambulance  The part time 12-hour seasonal ambulance (Medic-803) was removed from the island the end of April and is scheduled to return ... Read More »

Cammi Cruisin’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Community Association Managers of Marco Island (CAMMI) held their 2017 director’s election in style with a sunset cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess. The theme of the cruise was a patriotic red, white and blue with prizes going to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place best dressed. The 50/50 was won by John Erickson. ... Read More »

Lely’s 2017 Varsity Softball Recap

Submitted by Rich Costante Head Softball Coach April Alvarado is in the running for a NFCA All-American and All-Region honors which have yet to be announced. An incredible year in the classroom with five Lely Softball girls named Academic All-Americans! For full stats, check out www.maxpreps.com. Final Record: 14-14, 6A District-12 Runner-Up  Season Highlights: Named an Academic Team Champion (8th ... Read More »

Fireworks Fund Still Needs Help

By Coastal Breeze News Recently a call to the community was made by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to help fund Marco Island’s incredible July 4th fireworks display. The amount of $26,000 was needed in order to provide residents and visitors with the same quality fireworks that were enjoyed in past Independence Day celebrations. The Marco Island community has ... Read More »

Lightning Strikes Tigertail Beach Business

By Jesus Calo In the midst of Marco Island’s recent flood storm earlier in June, lightning struck near the hut at Tigertail Beach Rentals located on the entrance of Tigertail Beach. Everything (electrical) in the rental hut got fried. The lightning affected the electrical wiring, which carried the current through every outlet the surge could reach. The damage included the ... Read More »

Beating the Odds

By Don Manley  Kristina Woodman Hodgdon was leading a full life when the unexpected radically altered her circumstances on July 19, 2015. Until that day, she was a wife and mother, employed fulltime by Marco Island’s utilities department who played tennis twice a week and had just completed an associate’s degree. She was also known for volunteering for an assortment ... Read More »

Kayaking for a Cause

By Don Manley Cole Kolasa is a young man who believes in turning passion into action. The 19-year-old college student has spent part of his summer break kayaking the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, as a fundraiser for the creation of an artificial reef near his Hernando County hometown. A four-day stop on Marco Island to visit ... Read More »

Coiro Comes to Coach Part II: And a lot besides

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate In August 2015, Damon Coiro (pronounced Kor’-ee-oh) began what he hoped would be a long and rewarding association with Hall of Fame Coach, Johnny Roscoe at Northern Guilford High School (NGHS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Roscoe had won four state championships at NGHS. He offered Coiro one of the coveted assistant coaching positions on ... Read More »

YMCA to Offer Summer Theater Camp

By Samantha Husted Marco Island playwright Gina Sisbarro will once again be lending her directorial prowess in a new YMCA theater camp to take place July 17-21. “It is such a thrill to return to the Greater Marco Island YMCA to direct summer camp,” said Sisbarro. “This is where it all started with our first production of ‘Annie’ over 20 ... Read More »

Republicans Discuss Hot Potato Issues

By Maria Lamb The Caxambas Republican Club (“CRC”) hosted an evening of “Hot Potato Issues” on June 14. Guest speaker, Marco Island City Councilor Bob Brown, spoke on the critical emergency medical services (EMS) question, “Who will determine your destiny during a medical emergency?” It was a packed room of attendees, anxious to hear more about the direction of Marco ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Awards Scholarship

Submitted Annually, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island awards a college scholarship to a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior who is interested in or pursuing studies in the environment, horticulture, or conservation. Recently, Marianne Foley, the Calusa Garden Club’s scholarship chairperson, presented a $700 check for college expenses to Joseph Politi, Jr., this year’s scholarship winner. Although Joseph is ... Read More »

Seeking Unsung Hero Nominations

Submitted The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island announced today it is accepting nominations for the quarterly “Unsung Hero” program. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. Chairman ... Read More »

Council Hears From Legislative Lobbyist

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At Monday evening’s city council meeting members of the board had the opportunity to meet with the city’s lobbyist, Ron Book who has successfully brought back to the community revenues through state legislative efforts. Book was originally hired by the last council on the recommendation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt. The city had previously not ... Read More »

Righting an Environmental Wrong

By Don Manley Restoring the Kissimmee River’s natural pathway has proven to be a resounding success in reviving the waterway’s ecosystem. But more work is required if the river’s terminus, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately, the Everglades are to be fully revitalized. That message was a key element of a presentation on the Kissimmee River Basin presented by ... Read More »

A Friend Goes Quietly Into the Night

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Rick Feinman will probably always be known as the good humored titan that wore the colorful pants at his wife and daughter’s two restaurants here on Marco Island. Even some of his staff lovingly nicknamed him “Shrek,” after the kind, loving and protecting DreamWorks character that has been beloved by children and adults since he came ... Read More »

‘We’ll Always Have Paris’

IN MY VIEW By Judy Brenna Editor’s Note: Coastal Breeze News welcomes new columnist, Marco Island resident Judy Brenna, who will be providing readers with a regular column of her insights, “In My View.”  Until 2020, that is. Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump announced to the world that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. ... Read More »

Challenges Face Our Nation on Its Birthday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Like the vast majority of Americans I am saddened and disillusioned by the continued ratcheting up of the hate filled speeches and rhetoric which fill the political discourse of the day. It was inevitable that violence would spill from the hate filled environment that has been created in our nation, and we unfortunately ... Read More »

Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

While diversity of all kinds is undoubtedly crucial to success in academic environments, more and more college campuses across the country seem to flaunt one glaring omission: that of opinion and, more specifically, political belief. This exception was underscored most recently by the actions of students at Evergreen State College, a small liberal arts college in Olympia, Washington. The school’s ... Read More »