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Marriott has a ‘Spirit to Serve’ in Education


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The spirit of giving continues to thrive at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, and it is evident in the resort’s first quarter contributions to Marco’s three schools and commitment to educating their students. Since January, the Marriott was a top sponsor for Souper Bowl-Marco, which raised a record-breaking $11,000 for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco scholarship fund. The Marriott also provided a $10,000 sponsorship for the Third Annual Festival on Marco Event, which benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA and Marco Island Charter Middle School each ... Read More »

Are You Ready to Take a Stand?


By Carol Glassman I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I tuned in the other day I became convinced that those of you who do have done the rest of us a terrible disservice. It’s about those commercials. After all, someone must have given those advertising agencies a very skewed idea about the rest of us. Just look at some of those things they expect us to believe! We are all familiar with the impossible cartoon characters coming to life and acting as salesmen, but how about those talking geckos, pigs, dogs and cats, especially the one with ... Read More »

Smalltooth Sawfish Sightings


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island boat captain Ted Naftal was quite surprised to see what was on the end of his fishing line after a four-hour fight on April 25 — a 16-foot, 600 lb. smalltooth sawfish. This is the second such monster caught in Marco waters in the last two months. On March 7, Rookery Bay Reserve Fisheries Biologist Pat O’Donnell and his volunteers captured three endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in Fakahatchee Bay while out on their monthly shark monitoring and tagging program. The largest was a female measuring nearly 15 feet. Two types of sawfish, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce


Dear Chamber Members, Our Planning Board approved and, by a 6-1 vote, sent the proposed Marriott expansion to the City Council for action.  The proposal has changed in two major respects:  the height of the new tower would be 111 feet, rather than 125 feet; and the number of parking spaces has been set at over 1200, with discretion given to the city manager to increase the number if necessary. There are other stringent limitations on the Marriott, including setbacks, vegetation, drainage, hours of construction and severe penalties for violations. Once again, Marriott General Manager, Rick Medwedeff, has asked for assistance from the business ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Civic Association


Dear Councilman: The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) was established over 40 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest associations. Our charter provides that the general purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment on Marco Island. Subsequently, the Deltona Corporation delegated enforcement of its Deed Restrictions to MICA to maintain the Mackle Brothers’ vision for development of Marco Island. That vision was to develop a community of residential properties supported by businesses to meet the needs of the community. Tourism would play a role in the development of the island supported ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Support for the Marriott


Support for the Marriott “How can we help” Dear Editor, The owners of the Marco Island Marriott would like to spend $150,000,000.00 in our community to improve their property—our response should be “How can we help”. The Marriott is already the largest employer on Marco Island, their expansion will help create even more local jobs—”How can we help” A Marriott expansion will increase revenues in the form of increased impact fees, increased property tax revenue, and increased bed tax (for improved beaches & museums)—”How can we help” The Marriott (formerly the Marco Beach Resort) has always been the anchor of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jim Ciolino


Referring to the article, “Parking problem,” dated 3/11/14 Marco Eagle page 6A, there are two reasons that Marco Island has a parking problem. One is over population; Deltona Development Corporation designed this island for only twenty thousand people, not fifty thousand that we have during the seasonal months. Marco does not have a parking problem during the other nine months of the year. The planning board should have recognized this problem thirty years ago. The high rises on the beach where not part of Deltona’s plan for Marco Island. The other reason is that MICA with the help of Collier ... Read More »

April City Council: BCC, Community Affairs and Bike Routes


By Noelle H. Lowery The big news out of the April 21 Marco Island City Council meeting was the approval of the ballot language for the August referendum on replacing the nearly 30-year-old Mackle Park Community Center. Councilors voted 5-2 to approve the following: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” That language now is on its way to the office of Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards to be added the August primary election ballot. It was a clear victory for the ... Read More »

TBE Volunteer Appreciation Day

Betty Freeman (left) is TBE’s ‘Galaxy of Stars’ member with more than 1,600 volunteer hours. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery “You know that expression ‘it takes a village’? Well, everybody on Marco Island and Isles of Capri are definitely doing that.” These are the words Tommie Barfield Elementary School Principal Dr. Jory Westberry uttered in awe of the group of volunteers assembled at TBE’s recent Volunteer Appreciation Tea. TBE Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Cooper echoed the sentiment: “We just can’t say enough about what you do for our students.” It was a morning filled with music, poetry and speeches honoring a very eclectic group of adults who spend time each and every week reading to and ... Read More »

Stretton Makes All Area Team

(Left) Preston Reese, left, and Cole Stretton were named to the All-Area basketball team sponsored by NDN. Stretton made the first team and Preston was honorable mention. The two were stalwarts for the Manta Rays who recorded its first winning season and
won the Class 2A-District 10 title. (right) Cole Stretton dunks! With a little help from Marco Island Academy teammate Preston Reese, Stretton, a 6-footer dunks the ball. Stetton got on Reese’s shoulder to get up to rim and then Reese walked away! PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde If you watch Cole Stretton, no matter how much pressure comes from opponents on the basketball court, he seems to be in control. Even though a target the past season, Stretton, a sophomore, had enviable statistics. Plenty good enough to make the Naples Daily sponsored All-Area team. Preston Reese, a junior, was named honorable mention. High marks for two players in Class 2A, being judged along with players from schools like Naples, Lely, Community School and more. It marks the second straight year that a Manta Rays player was named to the team. A year ago, ... Read More »



Donna Fiala Recently, a group of 16 people joined me to take a tram trip through parts of the Fakahatchee Strand State Park. Most of these interested people were from Marco Island I’m proud to say. We were amazed to learn so much about an area we really knew nothing about. Fakahatchee is the largest state park in Florida. It stretches about 100 square miles starting along Alligator Alley, approximately one mile east of Collier Blvd. to SR-29, crossing over US-41E and all the way to the Marco Island Airport! I never realized we were looking at a state ... Read More »

Thomas C. Garrison Sept 1928-April 2014

Thomas C. Garrison, beloved by family, died on April 12, 2014. Tom was born in Marion, Illinois on September 28, 1928, to Harmon E. and Ola P. Garrison. He had two brothers, Herbert and Norbert, and a sister, Jo Ann Wall Trosper, all of whom preceded him in death. Tom served in the Navy for two years and graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a member of ATO fraternity and is a past president of his Chapter at Urbana. He met his wife, Mary Alice, while at the University and married in 1951. Tom and Mary Alice moved ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Tony Sans

Albert Einstein said, “Our death is not an end if we can live on in children and the younger generation.” Tony Sans wore many hats on Marco Island: lifeguard at Residents Beach, Parks and Recreation employee, Sports Camp counselor and Code enforcement compliance officer. It is with great sadness we report Tony passed away on Tuesday, April 22. Tony was born in Vietnam in December 1973. He was adopted by his parents Robert and Cynthia (nee Sattfield) Sans. He grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Naples in 2001. He is survived by his parents; brothers John Sans of Jackson, ... Read More »

Neighborhood Orthopedic Care at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd One the most common reasons for a visit to our Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is a very specific yet unexpected event—one that can happen to anyone at anytime: falling. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the cause of 8.9 million trips to emergency rooms in the United States each year. Furthermore, older adults are four times more likely to die as a result of a fall. The most common “fall locations” are stairs, ramps, cluttered hallways, any uneven surface, and wet and/or slippery areas such as bathroom tile, ... Read More »

Wellfit Girl Challenge

The first day of filming.

Submitted The Wellfit Institute, based in Naples, is partnering with Peaks Foundation, a non-profit, on a five-month health, wellness and empowerment program for at-risk teen girls. Wellfit Girls Challenge will conclude with a life-changing trip to Peru and a trek up Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. The eleven carefully selected teen girls from Lee and Collier County will be featured in a full-length documentary as they embark on the expedition of a lifetime. “The day I started believing in myself, there was no going back,” says Jill Wheeler, Founder and CEO of Wellfit Institute. ... Read More »



Submitted Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards presented the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise with a check for $1,690 after speaking at their April 29 meeting. The morning Rotary club participates in the county’s “Adopt-a-Precinct” program, manning two precincts on election day. Poll workers pictured from left to right are: Harold “Bud” Palmer, Kathleen Beaufait, Bob Thomas, Wanda Day, Debra Shanahan, Dick Shanahan, Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer Edwards and Herb Savage. Having participated in the “Adopt-a-Precinct” program since 2008, the club has raised more than $24,000 and has committed to be involved in the three up-coming elections in ... Read More »

Tasting Marco

The Greg Miller Band will wow the Taste of Marco once again this year. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A day of food, music and fun awaits at the 24th Annual Taste of Marco, Sunday, May 4, 11 AM-5 PM. Come stroll through The Esplanade to sample the flavors of some of Marco Island’s favorite culinary hot spots, including Beachdogs, CJ’s on the Bay, Gino’s Trattoria, Coldstone Creamery, Quinn’s on the Beach, Chop 239, Verdi’s, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Porky’s Restaurant & Lounge, Vandy’s 5 Brothers and Starbuck’s. A major draw for music lovers again this year will be The Greg Miller Band. Miller has opened for such R&B greats as for Kool & the ... Read More »

News from the Marco Island DAR


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The April meeting of the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was a busy one. Held at Hideaway Beach Club, the event was filled with awards and accolades. First, the DAR awarded its annual scholarship to Morgan Dulski of Marco Island. The award was presented by Sandra Archambault, DAR scholarship chair. Morgan is the daughter of Larry and Mallory Dulski, and is a senior at Lely High School. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi or University of Central Florida. Additionally, Taylor Murry was awarded a special scholarship by Barbara ... Read More »

Surprising Zagreb

The National Theater in Zagreb. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber After reading about Zagreb in various guidebooks, I wasn’t expecting much, especially after spending a week in charming Dubrovnik. What a surprise! Zagreb is a great city! It is a city where the “new” town which is not all that new but very modern is more “happening” than the classic old town. Its cafe culture is unlike any we have ever seen and its indoor/outdoor market one of the largest. An important commercial center in Croatia, Zagreb is also very much a university city. It is a place where Franklin Roosevelt Square is not ... Read More »

#1 on Trip Advisor T-shirts


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Are you interested in bringing home bragging rights from Marco Island? Shop owners Jiri and Mike at Keep In Touch Cards, Gifts and More offer the perfect Marco Island souvenir! T-shirts that Marco Island is #1 Island in the USA on Trip Advisor. The brainchild of two of the store’s personnel, co-owner Jiri Mikulinec and local artist Betty Kimble, the shirts have proven to be a hot selling item as visitors head back home. “The white t-shirts are a high quality comfortable cotton blend and sport the Trip Advisor logo along with Betty’s design. They ... Read More »