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Respect For Our Great Nation


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


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


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


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?


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

Photo by Roger LaLonde
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

Photo by Roger LaLonde
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

Gina Sisbarro. Submitted Photo

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 »

Marriott Golf Discount Program for Students


Submitted  As college students across the U.S. prepare for a new semester, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announced College Links ’16 – a golf discount program specifically designed for college students – is being offered at The Rookery & Hammock Bay in Marco Island. Active college students who ... Read More »

Conserve Today, Enjoy Tomorrow

Cynthia Barnett speaks with Paul Westberry of Isle of Capri following her

By Don Manley The time is now for creating a framework to preserve one of the world’s most precious resources, its freshwater reserves, in Florida and worldwide. That was the message delivered by long-time environmental and science journalist and author Cynthia Barnett during her lecture entitled “Blue Revolution, A Water Ethic for Florida,” held recently at the Rose History Auditorium. ... Read More »

Golf is Back in Season


By Coastal Breeze News Staff This fall promises to be a busy one for golfers with the number of fundraising golf tournaments scheduled so far. Plan ahead and reserve your foursomes early, as many of these events have been known to sell out. All tournaments start at 7:30 AM with registration or check in and breakfast followed by an 8:30 ... Read More »

Annual Realtors Luncheon

At the end of the luncheon members of the Realtor Support Network raffled off prizes.

By Samantha Husted  On September 8th the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) held their annual membership luncheon and tradeshow at the Hideaway Beach Club. The morning kicked off with the tradeshow. Colorful displays set up by the Realtor Support Network lined the inside of the club. MIAAOR members sipped on their ice tea as they perused the many ... Read More »

Hero House Gives Military Family a Marco Vacation

Natalie and Ava play in the sand. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted When Marco Island resident Brandi Tramazzo created the Hero House Foundation for Recovering Warriors in 2015 she had just one goal in mind: to give back to the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to our country. The organization aims to provide vacation homes for military personnel that have recently returned home from deployment. Brandi’s ... Read More »

A Somber Day


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most adults know exactly what they were doing when they saw news of the first plane striking the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was a horrific day for Americans. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation honored the fifteenth anniversary of 9-11 with a program. Following a mass for all first responders at ... Read More »

One Wheel

Photos by Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Not often someone is driving and hears, “What’s THAT?!??”  To the young man riding around on a one-wheeled board, it must have been a little disconcerting to have a car start following close behind, but that is just what this writer did. We met a young man, originally from Jamaica, riding the board. His name ... Read More »