Feature Stories

Waterways Group Reviewing Water Quality

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many islanders the rain events during the first week of June were their first exposure to the effects that tropical depressions can bring here to Southwest Florida. The temporary flooding of streets and the need to find alternate routes around the island during the 18” of rainfall we received was somewhat trying. That heavy rainfall ... Read More »

Cammi Cruisin’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Community Association Managers of Marco Island (CAMMI) held their 2017 director’s election in style with a sunset cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess. The theme of the cruise was a patriotic red, white and blue with prizes going to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place best dressed. The 50/50 was won by John Erickson. ... Read More »

Fireworks Fund Still Needs Help

By Coastal Breeze News Recently a call to the community was made by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to help fund Marco Island’s incredible July 4th fireworks display. The amount of $26,000 was needed in order to provide residents and visitors with the same quality fireworks that were enjoyed in past Independence Day celebrations. The Marco Island community has ... Read More »

Lightning Strikes Tigertail Beach Business

By Jesus Calo In the midst of Marco Island’s recent flood storm earlier in June, lightning struck near the hut at Tigertail Beach Rentals located on the entrance of Tigertail Beach. Everything (electrical) in the rental hut got fried. The lightning affected the electrical wiring, which carried the current through every outlet the surge could reach. The damage included the ... Read More »

Beating the Odds

By Don Manley  Kristina Woodman Hodgdon was leading a full life when the unexpected radically altered her circumstances on July 19, 2015. Until that day, she was a wife and mother, employed fulltime by Marco Island’s utilities department who played tennis twice a week and had just completed an associate’s degree. She was also known for volunteering for an assortment ... Read More »

Kayaking for a Cause

By Don Manley Cole Kolasa is a young man who believes in turning passion into action. The 19-year-old college student has spent part of his summer break kayaking the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, as a fundraiser for the creation of an artificial reef near his Hernando County hometown. A four-day stop on Marco Island to visit ... Read More »

Coiro Comes to Coach Part II: And a lot besides

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate In August 2015, Damon Coiro (pronounced Kor’-ee-oh) began what he hoped would be a long and rewarding association with Hall of Fame Coach, Johnny Roscoe at Northern Guilford High School (NGHS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Roscoe had won four state championships at NGHS. He offered Coiro one of the coveted assistant coaching positions on ... Read More »

YMCA to Offer Summer Theater Camp

By Samantha Husted Marco Island playwright Gina Sisbarro will once again be lending her directorial prowess in a new YMCA theater camp to take place July 17-21. “It is such a thrill to return to the Greater Marco Island YMCA to direct summer camp,” said Sisbarro. “This is where it all started with our first production of ‘Annie’ over 20 ... Read More »

Republicans Discuss Hot Potato Issues

By Maria Lamb The Caxambas Republican Club (“CRC”) hosted an evening of “Hot Potato Issues” on June 14. Guest speaker, Marco Island City Councilor Bob Brown, spoke on the critical emergency medical services (EMS) question, “Who will determine your destiny during a medical emergency?” It was a packed room of attendees, anxious to hear more about the direction of Marco ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Awards Scholarship

Submitted Annually, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island awards a college scholarship to a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior who is interested in or pursuing studies in the environment, horticulture, or conservation. Recently, Marianne Foley, the Calusa Garden Club’s scholarship chairperson, presented a $700 check for college expenses to Joseph Politi, Jr., this year’s scholarship winner. Although Joseph is ... Read More »

Seeking Unsung Hero Nominations

Submitted The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island announced today it is accepting nominations for the quarterly “Unsung Hero” program. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. Chairman ... Read More »

A Friend Goes Quietly Into the Night

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Rick Feinman will probably always be known as the good humored titan that wore the colorful pants at his wife and daughter’s two restaurants here on Marco Island. Even some of his staff lovingly nicknamed him “Shrek,” after the kind, loving and protecting DreamWorks character that has been beloved by children and adults since he came ... Read More »

Florida Fiddler’s Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes

By Scott H. Shook When JRobert—also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler—came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash. Heading into its fourth week, the Florida Songwriter Showcase is looking like a hit. “These are all people I’ve met over the ... Read More »

Protect Our Burrowing Owls: Your Input is Needed!

By Maria Lamb Recently, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and specialists joined law enforcement staff at the Marco Island Library’s Rose Hall for an open-house style meeting on our burrowing owls with residents, realtors, lot owners, builders, conservation groups and other interested parties. Stations were set up around the room with FWC staff answering questions on protection, ... Read More »

Independence Day, Southwest Florida-Style

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are a number of family-friendly Independence Day festivities taking place in Southwest Florida, making it the ideal place to celebrate the birth of our nation. Try one of the following local favorites for an unforgettable time. Sand Jam at Residents’ Beach, Marco Island  The Marco Island Civic Association will hold its annual July 4th ... Read More »

GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR A CURE

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The plight of a little 11-year-old girl in the Palm Beach County area was one which local Marco Island Marine Police Officer Josh Ferris was quick to warm to. Little Piper Suit was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in 2011. Her father, Travis Suit knew he ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic A Journey of Discovery & Exploration

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A cruise to a remote and newly developed tourist area of the Dominican Republic provided a unique and unexpected visit to a largely undiscovered and unexplored area of this historic country. We stayed four days in the newly developed port of Amber Cove, which engaged us in the newly designed “impact” activities with local residents or visits ... Read More »

Eggs are Egg-cellent for You!

By Maria Lamb How do you like your eggs? It is a very common question during a Sunday brunch. You can have your eggs scrambled, hardboiled, poached, sunny side up, over easy, over hard, over medium, an omelet, a soufflé, or fried. Without eggs, breakfast would feel incomplete. Eggs also can be added, both raw and cooked, to thousands of ... Read More »

The Chicks of Sand Dollar Island

By Maria Lamb According to Ricardo Zambrano, a biologist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), there are approximately 400 least tern nests and 600 black skimmer nests at the tip of Sand Dollar Island. These birds lay an average of two to three eggs in a season. Last year, the Sand Dollar Island nesting colony had the largest ... Read More »