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SMCCW Awards Scholarships

Submitted Recently at the Hideaway Club, San Marco Council of Catholic Women held a luncheon to award two college scholarships. Rosalie Gates and Kyle Riddle both from Marco Island were the happy recipients. Rosalie will be attending Ave Maria University to study Nursing. Kyle will be attending Florida Atlantic University and will study Sports Management. We wish them much success in their academic endeavors. Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Award Scholarships


by Barbara Parisi The Friends of Tigertail Beach Organization (FOT) awarded its Second Annual Summer Camp Scholarships. Ten Tommie Barfield Elementary students submitted essays on Southwest Florida’s ecology and natural resources to the FOT’s Scholarship Committee. The Committee selected two fourth grade winners, Alyssa Kirstein and Tyler Shute. The winning essays were shared with the FOT Board of Directors who found them to be on target and most delightful. Alyssa and Tyler will enjoy a full week-long scholarship to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s summer camp. The topic for the camp week, “Aquatic Explorations,” will center on studying the exploration ... Read More »

Third Graders get Water Wise


By Natalie Strom For more than 15 years, the Marco Island YMCA’s Miss Dottie has hosted the Waterwise Program for third grade students. What began with only Tommie Barfield Elementary students extended to Manatee Elementary school a number of years ago. The one-day program receives help from the Marco Island Fire Department and the Marco Island Coastguard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 to teach students water safety. On May 22, Coastal Breeze News stopped by as Manatee Elementary third graders were enjoying a day of knowledge as well as some fun in the sun. Flotilla 95 set up its new station ... Read More »

MICMS Spring Band Concert a Joy


By Natalie Strom Nearly 250 students performed to a full crowd at Marco Island Charter Middle School’s gymnasium on May 21st. The evening was full of surprises. Irish dancers and bumble bees made appearances to coincide with the evening’s song choices. Band Director Martie Miller mixed things up with songs like Queen’s “We Will Rock You” by Sweeney and Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” while working in pieces like “Tribal Drums” by Shaffer and “Celtic Air and Dance No. 2” by Sweeney. Soloists performed and different instrument sections also had their moment in the spotlight, giving every member ... Read More »

Marco Soccer Club surges forward


By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Soccer Club —The Surge — is making waves. Not only are the teams earning top finishes in 3v3 tournaments all over the state of Florida, but the organization itself is going through a changing of the guard. Longtime organizers Joe Bartos and Al Wagner have passed the proverbial baton to a new board of directors: Chadd Chustz, Patrick Baldwin, Tina Nash and Scott Lowe. “Joe and Al have built a great organization to support competitive youth soccer on Marco Island, but their boys have grown and moved on to the next level ... Read More »

Fourteen Consecutive Four Diamond Ratings


By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you search for the Hilton Marco Island Resort and Spa on the internet, you’ll find hundreds of rave reviews on the property’s luxurious accommodations, pampering services and idyllic location on the heart of our pristine white sandy beach. These glowing reports are from trusted sources. In fact, one source is the AAA Travel Club’s South Florida region which has just awarded the Hilton a Four Diamond Award for the 14th consecutive year. Doug Harper, AAA Motor Club Manager, and Mac Chaudhry, General Manager of the Hilton Marco Island, met with a group of Hilton ... Read More »

Flotilla 95’s Latest Feat


By Natalie Strom The United States Coastguard Auxiliary of Marco Island, Flotilla 95, recently celebrated the addition of four new Coxswains to its roster. This is the largest group of current Flotilla 95 Crew members to pass the difficult exam at the same time. New Coxswain Thomas Dines explained the strenuous process. “Training involved the expected, but lengthy and time consuming efforts surpassed initial estimates and commitment. Teamwork made it all possible!” “It was nice to have other Crew members to work with,” adds new Coxswain and Flotilla Staff Officer of Public Affairs, Keith Wohltman. “I would have a ... Read More »

SWFYFL Closes Spring Season


Submitted The Southwest Florida Youth Football League closed out its short but exciting spring season with the Marco Island Eagles playing against the South Naples Pirates at Eagles Lakes Park. The young U-6 Eagles landed on the ground ready for a tough match against the Pirates team. The U-6 Eagles team played hard against the Pirates and were able to score first and took an early lead in the game, but the Pirates were quick to come back and put the Eagles down by a touchdown going into the 4th quarter. As the Eagles got control of the ball, with ... Read More »

Remembering our Veterans


By Natalie Strom Veterans and civilians joined together on Monday, May 27, to celebrate Memorial Day with a ceremony at Veterans Community Park. Veterans wore their military garb while civilians were covered in red, white and blue. Flags were passed out for a small donation towards the future fountain, or Phase II, of Veterans Memorial Park. Red roses were also handed out to all ladies in attendance, courtesy of Marco Island Florist. The ceremony began with the Color Guard, led by new VFW Commander Lee Henderson who is also Commander of the Civil Air Patrol. Following, each branch of ... Read More »

Earth Day Photo Winners


By Natalie Strom The City of Marco Island and Coastal Breeze News would like to congratulate the winners of the co-sponsored Earth Day Contest. With a grand total of 82 entries, seven photos were given the distinction of the best of the best. Four distinct categories were chosen for the amateur photography contest. Entries could be made in the categories of color, black and white, enhanced and tree species. Up to four photos could be entered by each participant, of which there were 27. Entrants could submit photos between March 18th and April 24th. The photos were judged by ... Read More »

Awards Coastal Breeze


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is excited to announce it has received four awards of excellence from the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP). Any paper throughout the United States is welcome to enter content of myriad varieties to be considered for awards – as long as the publication is free to the community and is a member of this prestigious industry organization. At its conference in Denver over the weekend of April 26, the AFCP announced its winners in each category. Publisher Val Simon was on hand to receive the four awards. Coastal Breeze News received ... Read More »

CAP Hangar Turns Ten


By Natalie Strom Since 1981, the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol has been surveying the skies of Marco and the Ten Thousand Islands. Whether it be a routine training flight or a search and rescue, the volunteer CAP members are always ready to fly. But ten years ago, it almost lost its location at the Marco Island Executive Airport due to changes in hangar requirements. In what has been dubbed “the accident,” CAP received donations – enough to build the 60 x 100 foot hangar that stands at the airport today. On May 19th, CAP celebrated the 10th Anniversary ... Read More »

Guys & Dolls at MICMS


By Coastal Breeze News Marco Islanders did not have to travel to Broadway or even to The Phil to enjoy wonderful theater recently. All they had to do was attend the outstanding musical event, Guys & Dolls, performed by the talented students at Marco Island Charter Middle School on May 17. Karen Raymond, in charge of MICMS Chorus and Performing Arts, coordinated the performance, with set decoration and props built by Margo Heidenreich and the Wheel Class, sound by Kurt August and back stage manager Mary Jo O’Regan. The creative sets and props provided the perfect imagery for the story ... Read More »

Just a three hour cruise away…


SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber We have been to Key West before and we have also taken the Key West Express passenger ferry before; it was my birthday and we thought it would be fun to go to Key West for lunch! It was fun but we both agreed that we should have made plans to stay over for a few days. Recently, we at last got around to following through on those plans. The Key West Express operates out of both Ft. Myers and Marco (seasonally) and its fleet is comprised of 3 high speed catamarans. All are ... Read More »

Coastal Comments


Donna Fiala Hats off to the oldest, er – richest in years, or, ah – most mature………well, whatever you want to call him – Our own John Arceri has just graduated from Ave Maria Law School, and is the oldest student on record in the State of Florida to have ever earned a law degree. Now that’s called perseverance and dedication – not only to John but also to Liliana, his precious wife of almost 50 years! At times he never thought he’d make it, but he never quit, nor did she! She supported him every step of the ... Read More »

Wanna Bet?


By Monte Lazarus This week’s rant is about INSURANCE, legalized gambling in which we bet against our longevity, bodies and minds, homes, cars, art and jewelry, ability to avoid hurting other people or their property, and myriad other things. Consider life insurance. Whether we buy whole life, term or other form, we rely on our knowledge that, so far, nobody has lived forever. We pay insurance companies to make lucrative investments so they get very rich and our survivors are paid off when we kick off – and then they have even more reason to tell everyone how wonderful ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor


The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers and the Island community for their contributions in making our April Pancake Breakfast a huge success. Thank you to Coastal Breeze News, Cocomos, Pyramid AmSan, Marco Eagle and Mutual of Omaha Bank for their support. And a very heartfelt thank you to all of our Fire Fighters and EMT’s who assisted that day. Their commitment to our community is why the Foundation was created. Hope to see you all in November. Dianna Dohm, President   I see the Kmart at the junction of Rts. 41 and 951 ... Read More »

Chamber Notes


Wow, what a year so far! I hope that you all agree it has been a great “season” for most of our businesses and retailers with record numbers of visitors finding their way to our beautiful Island this winter. As we approach our “summer season”, it is expected that our popularity will continue with the coming months being prime “holiday season” for our international visitors and summer being time for family travel. It hasn’t hurt that Marco Island has been in the news repeatedly over the past few months. In February, Marco Island was included in the newly released book ... Read More »

The Angels have arrived


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy From late spring until early winter, we are blessed with a dazzling tropical plant known as Angel’s Trumpet or Brugmansia spp. A member of the Solanaceae family and originally native to tropical South America, Angel’s Trumpet has since become naturalized in North America. Its name refers to the giant pendulous flowers that this plant produces. Its large, lavish flowers are very fragrant, even more so at night in order to attract moths for pollinating. One variety in particular, the Super Nova, is so big it can be worn as a hat. Angel’s Trumpet are available ... Read More »

ACS at 100 – Time to Finish the Fight


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig One-hundred years ago, the word “cancer” was not spoken, and we lost almost all patients to the disease. Physicians sometimes did not tell their patients they had cancer, and patients often did not tell their friends and families if they had been diagnosed. A group of 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City knew they had to raise public awareness about cancer if progress was to be possible. Despite the enormity of their task, these determined trail-blazers started writing articles for popular magazines and professional journals, published a monthly bulletin of ... Read More »