Feature Stories

Arbor Day

By Maria C. Tobin The beautification committee of Marco Island spearheads the Arbor Day Celebration every year.  On January 20, 2017, Marco Island city officials and citizens will gather at Leigh Plummer Park located at 400 N Barfield Drive at 10AM to celebrate Arbor Day.  A Tabebuia tree was selected this year.  This highly ornamental tree grows between 20 and 30 feet.  ... Read More »

Injured Great Blue Heron RESCUED!

Submitted by: Maria Lamb On Friday at midday, the injured Great Blue Heron was rescued.  Friday was the last day for the Boros family to enjoy the beach and do some fishing and shell collecting before heading back to Illinois.  They headed to the gulf side of Tigertail Beach where they found the injured Heron just hanging around looking for handouts.  It was a rescue of ... Read More »

Free Seminar on Traffic Citations

Submitted The Clerk of Courts Traffic Division is holding a free public seminar explaining everything you need to know about the traffic citation process. The Clerk of the Circuit Court for Collier County, Dwight E. Brock, is the speaker for the event. Seminar topics will include: Traffic citations and their classifications; Traffic Options: Pay, school or court hearing; Affidavit of ... Read More »

Lady Rays Banged Up, But Hang In Against First Baptist

By Barry Gwinn On December 20, in their last game before Christmas break, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team (8-6-1) stood toe-to-toe with First Baptist Academy (12-2) the division’s second ranked team, and gave as good as they got. This action-packed game was witnessed by over 50 spectators, an unofficial record crowd. The final score was First Baptist ... Read More »

Kiwanis Car Show Coming to Town

Submitted The Marco Island Car show hosted by the Kiwanis Club is scheduled for February 19, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Marco Healthcare Center. The Kiwanis Club would like to thank all those drivers that brought their cars to the previous shows and hopefully will be back this year. You make the show! The Kiwanis Club ... Read More »

Master Gardener Clinic Returns

The Master Gardener Walk–in Plant Clinic has returned to Lowe’s, ready again to offer advice and answer all of your gardening questions. Having difficulties with your shrubs? Don’t know what kind of insect is attacking your plants? It is time for you to pay a visit to the Master Gardener Walk–in Plant Clinic for help. Master Gardeners can provide you ... Read More »

First Anniversary for Moore Docks, Lifts and Seawalls

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Tom Moore came to Marco Island and immediately recognized a need. Having the proper experience and initiative, Tom started Moore Roofing to fulfill the roofing needs of area homeowners. That was more than twelve years ago. Since that time, Moore Roofing has installed hundreds and hundreds of roofs. Tom didn’t stop there however…. He discovered ... Read More »

New Year, New You

By Samantha Husted  As many Americans will attest, 2016 was a strange year. Sure, there were some good times. Remember when Leo finally won his Oscar? Or when the Cubs broke their 100-year curse and won the World Series? Or when Simone Biles dominated gymnastics at the Rio Olympics? But there were also some bad times. Lots of them. Whole ... Read More »

Marco’s Pioneer Era on Exhibit

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) announces that “The Pioneer Era: A Tale of Two Villages” opens to the public on Thursday, January 26, from 5-7 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM). Reservations are not required, and there is no admission charge. According to Museum Curator of Collections Austin Bell, “The museum is going high-tech to engage ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Comes to Marco Island

On January 11, 2017, Gulfshore Opera brings to Marco Island an opera scenes program with five nationally recognized soloists and piano/chamber ensemble. Due to the expected demand for seats and request for a chance to meet with the performers at the following reception, the performance and after performance reception for premium ticket holder will take place in two locations. “Great ... Read More »

Fiala to Speak at ENMA Meeting

Submitted The Next Business After Business Networking Event will be on Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Fuller Funeral Home (Community Social Room), 4735 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. Fabulous food and wine will be provided, and the building will not have any other events but ours going on. Donna Fiala, Collier County Commissioner, will give her annual update ... Read More »

Top Musicians to Play at Smallwood Festival

Submitted Another amazing musical event will take place during the White Pelican Celebration on January 7th and 8th at the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee when we welcome these gigantic snowy birds to their winter home in our backyard. A line-up of top Florida musicians donating their time to entertain us includes the Florida Boys, Raiford Starke, J Robert & The ... Read More »

Tapas and Live Tunes

By Don Manley Tapas anyone? For Marcoites, answering in the affirmative to that question likely meant a drive off-island to enjoy the Spanish dining style. That is until last September’s opening of Mermaid Blues, located in The Collection at Olde Marco. Tapas are the assortment of appetizers in traditional Spanish cuisine that has evolved into a sophisticated style of cuisine ... Read More »

Everglades Seafood Festival

Submitted Mark your calendars for the 2017 Seafood Festival in Everglades City, February 10 through 12. In addition to a variety of delicious seafood, visitors will enjoy music, arts and crafts, and a fun fair for all ages. Last year’s Seafood Festival saw an estimated 40,000 people visiting Everglades City, a historic rural town, and the first seat of Collier ... Read More »

Jr. Firefighter of the Year Named

By Samantha Husted Each year the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department celebrates National Fire Prevention Week by naming one student from Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) the Jr. Firefighter of the Year. That special student is chosen by the firefighters based on their ability to write the best essay on any given fire prevention topic. This year the theme was, ... Read More »

Collier County Embraces Kindness Awareness

By Jory Westberry Having a conversation with Bob Latruba, the supporter of One Million Acts of Kindness and The Kindness Bus is like looking into a gentle heart, filled with compassion and dedication to his cause: Stop Bullying – Be Kind. His mission, ever since the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, is to touch as many lives ... Read More »

JCMI Cultural Series Opens

Submitted  The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series opens its 23rd season at 7:30 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, with a program entitled “The Dead Sea Scrolls” to be held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. What are the scrolls? Who wrote them? What do words written more than 2,000 years ago say today? The speaker, Dr. ... Read More »

JCMI Film Festival Presents ‘To Life!’

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will present the second film of the season of its Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival. The movie, “To Life!” will be shown at the JCMI on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2 PM. The movie, in German with English subtitles, takes place in post WWII Germany and tells a touching ... Read More »

JCMI Deli Fest to Return!

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) is proud to announce its fourth annual Jewish “Deli-Fest” on Sunday, January 29 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. This year we will offer the same luscious Jewish dishes from the old country, and because of major improvements, a smooth transition through the lines, with no ... Read More »

Event of the Season!

Submitted The annual Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance will be hosted by the San Marco Columbiettes on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 6:30 to 10:00 PM at the San Marco Parish Center, 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island. The dinner menu will include salad, prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and coffee with cash bar. Substitution for beef will be ... Read More »