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Master Gardener Walk-In Plant Clinic Starting at Lowe’s


Having difficulty with your shrubs? Don’t know what kind of insect is attacking your plants? Visit the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Lowe’s on 951 and 41 on Saturdays 10 am to 12 noon until Apr. 30 th Master Gardeners provide information on pruning, fertilizing, soil and water testing, pesticides and other subjects related to home gardening and landscaping. Please bring bugs and infected plants in a plastic bag. Read More »

2016 Python Challenge™ Invasive Species Festival


The 2016 Python Challenge™ is a conservation effort that includes public outreach on invasive species and a month-long competition to remove Burmese pythons from public lands in Florida. Visit for more information about the 2016 Python Challenge™, including information on the unique Everglades ecosystem, and details about the 2016 Python Challenge™ Python Removal Competition, including competition and area rules, how to register, and training opportunities. Free in-person, hands-on trainings will be offered through Feb. 6. To report nonnative fish and wildlife, call the FWC’s Invasive Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1(888-483-4681), report your sighting online at or download the IveGot1 smartphone app. For more information ... Read More »

Volunteer Opp

The Friends of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve would like volunteer help related to their annual fundraiser.  Please RSVP to Donna Young, Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator at to find out how to help this amazing organization. Read More »

Evening at Naples Municipal Airport to include a salute to Ted Soliday

Tickets are on sale only until Jan. 25 for the second annual Naples Disabled Veterans Banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 6 p.m. at Naples Municipal Airport. Presented by the Museum of Military Memorabilia and supported by the Naples Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, the evening will include a mess-hall banquet and a USO-style show, as well as displays, games and auctions to raise funds to support wounded veterans, the museum and the Civil Air Patrol. The live, hour-long show will feature “Bob Hope” and his guest stars “Red Skelton,” “Jack Benny,” “Jimmy Durante,” and “Ann Margret.” Guests are encouraged to dress ... Read More »

An Interesting Islander

Al Landers is known for bringing many restaurants and cuisines to the island, including deli.

By Samantha Husted A few months ago I did a story on Reno Landers, the part-time Marco Island resident who miraculously survived a skydiving accident. Recently I met up with his father Al Landers, to talk about Reno, as well as Al’s longtime role on Marco. Al has been here for over 30 years and is responsible for many of the restaurants us islanders consider staples. Al’s an interesting guy with a ton of experience. He’s been to culinary school, is good friends with Chef Bobby Flay and even spent some time in South America with the band Queen. ... Read More »

Souper Bowl Returns!


Submitted The year, the students and staff from Tommie Barfield Elementary, Marco Island Academy, Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and Marco Island Parks and Recreation have joined the Souper Bowl committee to hand paint one thousand bowls for this “Souper” annual event. The beautifully decorated bowls will be available for sale at Mackle Park for $15 each on Saturday, February 6th beginning at 11 AM. Attendees buying bowls will also have the opportunity to sample fine homemade soups from Big Cypress Culinary, Ciao Bella, CJ’s on the Bay, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Marker 8.5, Petit Soleil, Philly Grille, ... Read More »

Marco Island Car Show Returns

(FILE PHOTO) A classic Cadillac chassis - struttin’ its stuff at the Annual Kiwanis Club Car Show. Photos by Val Simon & Jessica Simon

Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2016 is Valentines Day, and we want you to spend that special day with all of your loved ones. Celebrate and enjoy the day with something that can be bright, colorful, shiny, fast, slow, unique, cool, old or new. That “something” is a lot full of over 200 cars you will love, at the Marco Island Car Show hosted by Kiwanis from 9 AM-3 PM at the Marco Heathcare Center, corner of San Marco Road and Heathwood Drive. Music will be provided by Marco Island’s favorite DJ Steve Reynolds, who also is the master of ceremonies. ... Read More »

Marvel Jewelry from What’s Your Passion


Submitted Fans are now able to show their support for their favorite Super Heroes in the form of high-end jewelry from What’s Your Passion Jewelry releases jewelry-quality reproductions of some of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Fans can now buy the iconic logo charm of Marvel’s Deadpool, as well as other blockbuster characters like Captain America, the Avengers, and even a ring featuring the agency insignia from Marvel’s popular network show, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “We’re just like our customers. Complete FANatics. We would only want the absolute best to honor our Super Heroes, and we know ... Read More »

Goodland Arts & Crafts Fair


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA), along with Collier County Parks and Recreation, is sponsoring its third annual outdoor Members’ Arts & Crafts Fair on Sunday, January 31, 10 AM to 4 PM, at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland. The event coincides with Goodland’s world famous Mullet Festival – a cultural extravaganza unto itself. Talented members of the GAA gather to support the organization’s mission to “preserve, promote, and advance the cultural presence in the historic fishing village of Goodland through art, history and education.” The village may be tiny, but the talent is massive. Along ... Read More »



Submitted Many of us remember the special times we had playing youth sports. Whether it was scoring your first goal, winning a team championship or the coach who encouraged you to push harder, sports have a way of creating defining moments in life. It is in that spirit that the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be hosting its inaugural “For the Love of the Game” winter soiree benefit. The event will be held on February 6th at the Marco Island Marriott’s Rookery at Marco Golf Club. “We have a commitment to our children to give them the best ... Read More »

Marco Island Senior Softball Results


As of January 18th 2016   ALL THREE DIVISIONS TIED   The 2016 is off to a very competitive start with Sand Bar and Speakeasy undefeated and in first place in the Island Division. In the Marco Division Crazy Flamingo’s and CJ’s on the Bay are tied for first. In the newly formed Legends Division the East and West teams are tied with only a one scoring differential between the two teams through the four games played.                   ISLAND DIVISION   Tuesday January 12th 2016   Brewery            11                                                            Mutual of Omaha Bank  5   ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Welcomes New Head Football Coach


January 8, 2016, Marco Island, FL – Marco Island Academy is proud to announce and welcome Damon Coiro as our new Head Football Coach. Coiro brings coaching experience at both the college and high school levels. He was formerly the assistant football coach at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was responsible for wide receivers, outside linebackers, and strong safeties. He has been head football coach at Grimsley High School and offensive coordinator at Toms River High School East in New Jersey. Coiro has also had experience coaching at the college level, having served as the assistant football coach and head strength and ... Read More »

Gema Pearl at Rose Auditorium Friday, January 22nd


Friday January 22nd, 2016 will be a very special night at the Rose Auditorium • Marco Island Historical Museum when GRAMMY nominated recording artist GEMA PEARL will be performing a concert to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Florida. Marco Island resident, Gema Pearl was forced to cancel her “Red Blooded American Girl” tour last year when she was diagnosed with the disease. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. Of the 1.5 million Americans that have Lupus, 90% are women. Awareness, early diagnosis and various treatments are key to managing it’s effects. The “Red Blooded American ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

Monroe Station 1920s

Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... Read More »

Teachers of Distinction


Submitted The job of molding the minds of our future leaders is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Teachers have risen to the occasion and so many have put great ideas into practice to make a difference for our students. Today, Champions For Learning highlighted those teachers by announcing the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2015-2016 Teachers of Distinction. These teachers will continue in the Golden Apple Selection Process. From this group of teachers, five will be selected to receive a Golden Apple Award. The Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the Golden ... Read More »

PAWS Partners With Bestselling Author


Submitted People often ask how they can help our returning veterans or how they can make a difference. It’s sometimes hard to know exactly what to do as many veterans don’t show outward physical disabilities but rather suffer from invisible wounds like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries. PAWS Assistance Dogs directly impacts the needs of many combat wounded veterans by training and providing assistance dogs free of charge. They do this with the support of donors and sponsors, and with this campaign — through book sales. PAWS has partnered with New York Times best-selling author Captain ... Read More »

Classic Movie Club


On December 18th the Marco Island Classic Movie Club held their first screening at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. They showed 1948 film “Key Largo,” staring Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. Next month the club will be showing a to-be-announced Hitchcock film. Showings are free, donations suggested. Call 239-394-4221, the Marco Island Center for the Arts for more information. Read More »

Fire Rescue Joins Rotary KOPS Program

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise has expanded its Kindness on Patrol Service (KOPS) program to include the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department and members of the Collier County EMS, while on assignment to Marco Island. Originally, Rotary’s KOPS program partnered solely with the Marco Island Police Department. Including fire rescue and EMS personnel will expand the opportunities to help the Marco Island community. The KOPS program was initiated to reimburse Marco Island police officers, community service officers, reserve officers and auxiliary when they make a purchase to meet an immediate need of a Marco Islander. The only ... Read More »

Tree Planting at MICMS

Submitted Arbor Day is America’s National Tree Holiday, a day set aside to plant ceremonial trees, educate the public about the importance of trees and honor the role trees play in our everyday lives. To celebrate Arbor Day, the Beautification Advisory Committee of the City of Marco Island is inviting the public to a tree planting. At 10:00 AM on January 15th, a Poinciana tree will be planted on the grounds of the Marco Island Charter Middle School at 1401 Trinidad Avenue. School administrators and city officials will be available and invite you to join them. The MICMS Jazz Band ... Read More »

Providence House Fundraiser

Submitted On January 18 the San Marco Catholic Church will host the Second Annual Dinner to benefit Providence House, a non-profit organization located in Naples, Florida. Providence House offers homeless women with young children the chance to create a solid foundation for a more secure future. In the United States, single women with young children represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Providence House’s mission is to help poor, single working women with young children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless create a better quality of life through a supportive transitional housing and self-sufficiency program. The ... Read More »