Author Archives: Jacentia Kinsey

Mosquito Control Update

Submitted Efforts to control the prolific onset of salt marsh mosquitoes through aerial spraying will take place this evening, Sunday May 14th, after 10:30 PM, when Skyvan airplanes will treat areas of Marco Island with Anvil. The Henderson Creek area will also be treated after 10:30 PM tonight, with Dibrom. Collier Mosquito Control District has reassured the public that although ... Read More »

LaCavas Honored

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On May 4, the Marco Police Foundation held a Lunch With the Chief at the Hideaway Beach Club. The LaCava family, who owns the Marco Island Brewery, was honored by the Police Foundation. The Brewery recently hosted the 6th Annual Rib Cook-Off. The Rib Cook-Off is a well-attended, annual fundraiser that benefits the Marco Police ... Read More »

A Class for Future Anglers

By Don Manley Kyla Prusha may have discovered a lifelong hobby before she’s reached first grade if her recent success in the waters off Goodland is any indication. The 5-year-old Naples resident’s skills as an angler were on display on that balmy morning at Coon Key Marina, site of Walker Marine’s third annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic. As always, members of ... Read More »

Meet Your Acting City Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the election of November 2016 it was apparent that a change in the corner office wasn’t something in question, only its timing. So at the first meeting in February council chose to exercise their right to accept the resignation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt effective immediately and provide him with his severance package as ... Read More »

The Search is On

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The search is on in earnest for a replacement for former City Manager Roger Hernstadt, nearly three months after his departure. Council has chosen the Mercer Group out of Atlanta, Georgia to assume that responsibility and their representative, W.D. Higginbotham Jr. appeared before council on May 1 to review his intentions on how to proceed in ... Read More »

Planning Board Recommends Density Credits Be Abolished

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Most islanders would tell you they don’t understand the term “density credits,” what they are and how they might be applied. Others would explain they are the source of all evil regarding growth, while another sector would tell you they are the key for successful growth for a developer, especially one wishing to develop a piece ... Read More »

Book Launch Raises Money for Kiwanis

Submitted Naples Event Divas, in collaboration with Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Simeris Alliance, hosted the dedication and reveal of the new book “The People’s Commissioner: Donna Fiala.” In just two short hours, readers who supported the commissioner, the mission of the event, and the book, helped raise over $1,000 for the East Naples Kiwanis Foundation. “The People’s Commissioner: ... Read More »

Crowd Management Saves Lives

By Samantha Husted  In 2003 a fire broke out in a Rhode Island nightclub after pyrotechnics were set off. The club was over its legal capacity and the flames moved quickly, engulfing the building and filling it with thick, black smoke. In the rush to escape the overcrowded club, over 200 people sustained injuries and 100 people perished, making it ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls are Great Moms!

By Maria Lamb On Mother’s Day, we honor our moms with traditional gestures of love – preparing her favorite breakfast treats, a festive bouquet of flowers, or a box of yummy chocolates. This Mother’s Day, how about remembering your mom with something out-of-the-box – a gift of nature that also helps to preserve Marco Island’s amazing burrowing owls for future ... Read More »

Godspeed, Pat and Roy

By Maureen Chodaba How do you say goodbye to someone who has been an inspiration to so many? How do you let go of a couple who were the faces of Marco Island’s social scene for many years? You don’t. You embrace the memories and thank God for the opportunity to have known them. Pat and Roy Birkeland are moving ... Read More »

Fans, Competitors Swarm Naples for Pickleball Champions

By Scott H. Shook  Over 15,000 fans and 1,300 competitors descended on East Naples Community Park during the week of April 23-30 for the second annual U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. It was a weeklong party for many in attendance. For Veronica and Bob Cates of the Villages, the week-long event was an opportunity for them to compete and spectate. Many ... Read More »

Safe Boating Saves the Day

Submitted While May is National Safe Boating month, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISP) believes every day in every month is Safe Boating Day! In this issue, one of the members, Charlie Gentry, tells his story about an incident well offshore on board the Blue Chip, a boat he was delivering. A fire broke out and the training ... Read More »

Emergencies on the Water Are You Prepared

Submitted In conjunction with and in support of the 2017 National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) campaign, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux) Flotilla 95, Marco Island, will present an “On the Water Emergency Safety Seminar.” Three sessions will be held on May 20th, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Auditorium located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The different ... Read More »

Blue Chip Fire

By Charlie Gentry, JN Fire on board a boat is every mariner’s nightmare. Far from shore, with no fire-fighting help available, and plenty of flammable fiberglass or wood, volatile fuel, and with nowhere to run except over the side, any fire can become a disaster in a hurry. If you have the slight doubt about whether you can contain the ... Read More »

An Artsy End to the Season

By Don Manley Another sign that another “Season” has reached an end is Tara O’Neill’s annual art show. The painter’s self-proclaimed “home-grown art extravaganza” has become a tradition in Goodland over the last 14 years, helping to herald summer’s approach. The Little Bar Restaurant’s dining rooms, screened-in porch, patio and sculpture garden again became gallery space, displaying the works of ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Sends Three to Regionals, One to State

By Barry Gwinn Tiny Marco Island Academy (currently 205 students and counting) continues to develop standout athletes among the 17 teams they field for varsity sports. The latest are on the track and field team, coached by local chef, Bruce Kretschmer, and assisted by newly appointed MIA Athletic Director, Damon Coiro.  On Thursday April 20, the team traveled to the ... Read More »

Derby Day was in Full Bloom on Marco Island

By Jodi Pree On Saturday, May 6, over 250 festive islanders attended Talk Derby to Me at Sunset Grille to celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby. More than $20,000 was raised for the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). For $500, V.I.P. guests enjoyed early V.I.P. seating, admission for 4, a pre-party with appetizers, two drinks per person, a Kentucky Derby-style ... Read More »

Scholarships Awarded to Students and Aspiring Artists

By Allison Ouverson An intimate group of family, friends, and teachers gathered at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on Friday, April 28th, to support winners of the High School Student Scholarship & Merit Competition as they accepted their awards. Art made by high school students from Collier County filled the galleries and surrounded the reception with a textured ... Read More »

MIA Athletics Annual Fundraiser Inspirational Guest Speaker Not to be Missed

By Don Manley Marco Island Academy (MIA) is gearing up for its second annual Cheers For Champions Benefit Dinner. The fundraiser, which benefits the school’s athletic programs, will be held May 20 at the Hideaway Beach Club. As with last year’s debut, the event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and a cash bar and speakers, but the location ... Read More »

First Annual Yoga Fest Empowers Marco

By Maureen Chodaba Kerri Lampos of RevivalYoga Fitness Studio believes in empowering men, women and children through yoga, an ancient practice of self-care and healing for both the body and mind. Yoga is a revival of one’s positive energy, uniting the physical and spiritual components of well-being. Embracing that divine intention, Lampos and Revival Yoga recently presented the First Annual ... Read More »