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Mackle Park Indoor Programs Move to Family Church

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By Maureen Chodaba The fence is up, the PODS are packed, and the building is going down! The curtain has closed on Mackle Park’s Community Center, the longtime hub of recreation on Marco Island. But the show will go on! Although the outdoor activities will remain much the same throughout the demolition and new construction at the park, the indoor ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Project Begins With Demolition

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Go to the Coastal Breeze News Facebook page to see a video of the demolition of the old Mackle Park Community Center. “Like us” to get updates on local news and events. About Mackle Park Community Center  •  In 2005 city council adopted the Mackle Park Master Plan. •  In 2009 staff proposed a new community center building. •  In ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

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By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the words that define the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington walked and ran around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life went on to become a global movement, raising ... Read More »

BEAUTIFICATION ADVISORY COMMITTE

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Submitted  The City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee has eight-$100 dollar free vouchers for residents who want to improve the cul-de-sacs in their neighborhood. Property owners on Marco Island are encouraged to initiate and maintain cul-de-sac landscape improvements to enhance the streetscape environment of their neighborhood. The process is simple. Pick up the “Cul-de-Sac Landscaping & Permitting Guide” at City Hall ... Read More »

New MIPD Patrol Boat Put in Service

Photos by Steve Stefanides
Father Nguyen and Chief Schettino enjoy the first ride as Officer Ferris steers.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The city added another tool in its arsenal to provide enhanced safety for its residents when it commissioned a new 2016 Ranger single engine boat to patrol the waters around Marco Island, its bays and canals. The new boat was purchased utilizing the City’s “pay as you go,” Capital Improvement/ Replacement Plan, which is often referred ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats

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Ocean Habitats My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and ... Read More »

Respect For Our Great Nation

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides Our community showed its true patriotic colors this last weekend as we gathered to commemorate the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Those events galvanized our nation’s resolve to respond to the attacks on freedom and democracy with a united message that America will never falter in our support of the foundations ... Read More »

Leadership Marco Class of 2016, Part 2

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By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco program is a course that brings together potential community leaders and immerses them in Marco’s culture and history. During the four-month long program participants get an in depth look at all aspects of our island community. By the time graduation rolls around in January, students will be well educated ... Read More »

Karen Raymond Didn’t Miss a Note

Karen Raymond with the cast of “Alice in Wonderland.” Submitted Photos

By Roger LaLonde At seven, Karen Garriott was already interested in music, playing the piano. In junior high Karen continued with piano, adding the school choir and singing at church in her hometown of Indianapolis. She went on to Ball State University, majoring in music education and minoring in piano, adding musical theater. She was part of the Ball State ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Beer Tasting, Music Comes to Chili Cook Off

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Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to host three informative seminars where Sergeant Neal Bohannon from the CCSO will provide instruction and tactics to help individuals improve their chances of surviving an active shooter scenario. Places formerly viewed as safe havens unfortunately have become targets for individuals or groups who want to afflict fear and ... Read More »

Active Shooter Scenario Run, Hide or Fight

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Submitted Feel the heat, enjoy the burn and join good times at Marco Island’s 4th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off. Each year this event gets bigger and better with more than a dozen competitors showing off top-notched signature chili dishes. New this year, participants can augment their chili judging by selecting the best craft beer from a Southwest Florida ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these ... Read More »

First Half Costs MIA in Loss to Boca Raton Christian

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MIA’s Tyler Gresham hauls a Boca Raton Christian tackler to within scoring distance. Gresham tallied three touchdowns in the game.

By Roger LaLonde Finally, a beautiful night for Marco Island Academy football. For two straight games the Manta Rays had been cancelled because of weather. On September 9, they hosted Boca Raton Christian, whose bus broke down and the starting time was moved to 7:30. It was one of few breakdowns that occurred on the field in the first half ... Read More »

MICMS Alum Shadrick Takes Over as Athletic Director

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Damien Shadrick takes over as new athletic director at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Damien Shadrick attended Marco Island Charter Middle School in its infancy. It was 1998 and the school was made up of portable trailers. He played on the team’s first basketball team under Roger Raymond, the school’s first athletic director. The team went an undefeated, 9-0. “It’s a bit surreal now,” Shadrick says with a smile. “I can ... Read More »

Sisbarro Acting School to Open

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By Samantha Husted Marco Island resident Gina Sisbarro wears many hats. She’s a playwright, an author, a public speaker, a ghost tour operator, and most recently the creator of Marco’s premiere acting school. Gina’s newest venture, Sisbarro Acting School, is set to open on Marco Island come October. The school will offer five different six-week courses that are geared for ... Read More »

Walk-in Clinic Coming to East Naples

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Officials from Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Collier County, including County Commissioner Fiala, were among the dignitaries turning the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s new walk-in clinic.

By Don Manley East Naples residents will have more convenient access to healthcare when Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s newest walk-in clinic begins operations in early in 2017. A late January or early February grand opening is planned for the approximately 9,000-square-foot facility located off Thomasson Drive, near the intersection of Rattlesnake-Hammock Road and U.S. 41. As with Physicians Regional’s three ... Read More »