Feature Stories

Mosquito Control Update

Submitted Efforts to control the prolific onset of salt marsh mosquitoes through aerial spraying will take place this evening, Sunday May 14th, after 10:30 PM, when Skyvan airplanes will treat areas of Marco Island with Anvil. The Henderson Creek area will also be treated after 10:30 PM tonight, with Dibrom. Collier Mosquito Control District has reassured the public that although ... Read More »

LaCavas Honored

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On May 4, the Marco Police Foundation held a Lunch With the Chief at the Hideaway Beach Club. The LaCava family, who owns the Marco Island Brewery, was honored by the Police Foundation. The Brewery recently hosted the 6th Annual Rib Cook-Off. The Rib Cook-Off is a well-attended, annual fundraiser that benefits the Marco Police ... Read More »

A Class for Future Anglers

By Don Manley Kyla Prusha may have discovered a lifelong hobby before she’s reached first grade if her recent success in the waters off Goodland is any indication. The 5-year-old Naples resident’s skills as an angler were on display on that balmy morning at Coon Key Marina, site of Walker Marine’s third annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic. As always, members of ... Read More »

Meet Your Acting City Manager

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the election of November 2016 it was apparent that a change in the corner office wasn’t something in question, only its timing. So at the first meeting in February council chose to exercise their right to accept the resignation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt effective immediately and provide him with his severance package as ... Read More »

The Search is On

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The search is on in earnest for a replacement for former City Manager Roger Hernstadt, nearly three months after his departure. Council has chosen the Mercer Group out of Atlanta, Georgia to assume that responsibility and their representative, W.D. Higginbotham Jr. appeared before council on May 1 to review his intentions on how to proceed in ... Read More »

Book Launch Raises Money for Kiwanis

Submitted Naples Event Divas, in collaboration with Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Simeris Alliance, hosted the dedication and reveal of the new book “The People’s Commissioner: Donna Fiala.” In just two short hours, readers who supported the commissioner, the mission of the event, and the book, helped raise over $1,000 for the East Naples Kiwanis Foundation. “The People’s Commissioner: ... Read More »

Crowd Management Saves Lives

By Samantha Husted  In 2003 a fire broke out in a Rhode Island nightclub after pyrotechnics were set off. The club was over its legal capacity and the flames moved quickly, engulfing the building and filling it with thick, black smoke. In the rush to escape the overcrowded club, over 200 people sustained injuries and 100 people perished, making it ... Read More »

Godspeed, Pat and Roy

By Maureen Chodaba How do you say goodbye to someone who has been an inspiration to so many? How do you let go of a couple who were the faces of Marco Island’s social scene for many years? You don’t. You embrace the memories and thank God for the opportunity to have known them. Pat and Roy Birkeland are moving ... Read More »

Fans, Competitors Swarm Naples for Pickleball Champions

By Scott H. Shook  Over 15,000 fans and 1,300 competitors descended on East Naples Community Park during the week of April 23-30 for the second annual U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. It was a weeklong party for many in attendance. For Veronica and Bob Cates of the Villages, the week-long event was an opportunity for them to compete and spectate. Many ... Read More »

Emergencies on the Water Are You Prepared

Submitted In conjunction with and in support of the 2017 National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) campaign, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux) Flotilla 95, Marco Island, will present an “On the Water Emergency Safety Seminar.” Three sessions will be held on May 20th, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Auditorium located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The different ... Read More »

Blue Chip Fire

By Charlie Gentry, JN Fire on board a boat is every mariner’s nightmare. Far from shore, with no fire-fighting help available, and plenty of flammable fiberglass or wood, volatile fuel, and with nowhere to run except over the side, any fire can become a disaster in a hurry. If you have the slight doubt about whether you can contain the ... Read More »

An Artsy End to the Season

By Don Manley Another sign that another “Season” has reached an end is Tara O’Neill’s annual art show. The painter’s self-proclaimed “home-grown art extravaganza” has become a tradition in Goodland over the last 14 years, helping to herald summer’s approach. The Little Bar Restaurant’s dining rooms, screened-in porch, patio and sculpture garden again became gallery space, displaying the works of ... Read More »

Derby Day was in Full Bloom on Marco Island

By Jodi Pree On Saturday, May 6, over 250 festive islanders attended Talk Derby to Me at Sunset Grille to celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby. More than $20,000 was raised for the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). For $500, V.I.P. guests enjoyed early V.I.P. seating, admission for 4, a pre-party with appetizers, two drinks per person, a Kentucky Derby-style ... Read More »

Scholarships Awarded to Students and Aspiring Artists

By Allison Ouverson An intimate group of family, friends, and teachers gathered at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on Friday, April 28th, to support winners of the High School Student Scholarship & Merit Competition as they accepted their awards. Art made by high school students from Collier County filled the galleries and surrounded the reception with a textured ... Read More »

MIA Athletics Annual Fundraiser Inspirational Guest Speaker Not to be Missed

By Don Manley Marco Island Academy (MIA) is gearing up for its second annual Cheers For Champions Benefit Dinner. The fundraiser, which benefits the school’s athletic programs, will be held May 20 at the Hideaway Beach Club. As with last year’s debut, the event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and a cash bar and speakers, but the location ... Read More »

Racquet Center Hosts Spring Fling

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, April 11th, 24 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Spring Fling” tennis mixed doubles round robin competition. The 24 participants were divided into four fun, themed teams: Spring Breakers, Spring Fever, Spring Cleaning, and Spring Training. The Spring Cleaning team won with a total of 82 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, ... Read More »

CBS Sports Excited About Pickeball

By Scott H. Shook For the second straight year, CBS Sports Network signed on to cover the finals of the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, held at East Naples Community Park, April 23-30. In fact the network was so excited about last year’s experience, they decided to double their coverage this year. “CBS loved it so much that they expanded to ... Read More »

WHODUNNIT? DNA Technology in Criminal Investigation

By Maureen Chodaba Practical application of the analysis technology of deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA, has offered the greatest advance in criminal investigations since fingerprinting. An expert in this field, Retired Lieutenant-Commander of the New York City Police Department, Vernon J. Geberth, recently addressed the Marco Island Police Foundation on this topic. Marco Island resident Geberth is a nationally ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club Gifting Dreams

By Jesus Calo The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) held its last big luncheon as season comes to an end. This is the highlight of the year for the woman in attendance as they coined “Our Reason for Being” as the appropriate theme for the May luncheon. In accordance with tradition, the event began with the club motto, which states, ... Read More »

MICMS Students Honored

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) students were recently honored with 33 other public middle school students from Collier County at the Naples Optimist Club’s annual “Youth Appreciation Program.” The program was televised live on the Education Channel and held in the District School Board’s MLK Administration building in Naples. The MICMS students who were honored are McKenna Broxson ... Read More »