Tag Archives: Bald Eagle Drive

Apps Revolutionize Aging

By Jesus Calo “For the next generation of retirees, the question that will trump all others will be a simple one: How do you add life to longer lives? The equally simple answer: technology.” ~ Dr. Joe Coughlin Director, MIT AgeLab As the 10th anniversary of the iPhone approaches in September, the latest revolutionary version of the smartphone is highly ... Read More »

Long Awaited Joey D’s

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides If you were anywhere near 701 Bald Eagle Drive on Monday at 5 PM your thoughts had to reflect back on the 1989 hit movie “Field of Dreams” and the catch phrase, “Build it and they will come.” That certainly was the case when the doors opened at 5 PM and islanders poured into the newest ... Read More »

Open For Business!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you drive by Island Plaza on the corner of North Collier Boulevard and Bald Eagle Drive on Marco Island, you will see a lot of scaffolding and other signs that renovations are in progress. But don’t let the outside appearance discourage you- every store in the shopping center is still open for business! The ... Read More »

Joey D’s to Open Monday at 5 PM

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders have been waiting patiently for a number of months now as the opening of the Joey D’s Italian Restaurant and Bar has been anticipated since the start of the year. On Monday evening, July 17 at 5 PM their long wait will finally be over, as Joe DiPascali will return to the island where ... Read More »

Council Crafts Strategy on EMS Transport Debate

Photo by Steve Stefanides  The much debated and often discussed issue concerning whether the city should move forward in regards to obtaining its own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Need) to establish its own emergency medical transport service inched closer towards making a formal request to Collier County. The State of Florida actually issues those certificates, but the city ... Read More »

Bicycles Welcome on Marco

By Scott H. Shook Marco Island has quietly been building a bicycling infrastructure that can compare with any bicycling community in the U.S. With a combined 70 miles of in-road lanes and shared-use paths, cyclists on Marco Island can go virtually anywhere they wish—and do so safely—on the island’s bicycle facilities. That’s an incredible number when you consider the island ... Read More »

A Happy Hour for a Cause

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s May “Happy Hour for Hope” will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at the Old Marco Pub and Restaurant, 1105 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Susan and Tom Ackerson are hosting this event, offering drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain ... Read More »

Planning Board Continues Work on LDC

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is continuing to meet to go over changes to the Land Development Code (LDC), as they seek to address glitches within that code and updates that are necessary to bring the legislation into compliance with today’s standards. They meet on the third Friday each month in a “workshop” style environment and ... Read More »

Kretch’s: A 30-Year Family Tradition

Submitted Family owned and operated, Kretch’s Restaurant has been serving up fine cuisine and excellent service in a pleas- ant, island atmosphere for 30 years. Husband and wife team, Bruce and El- len Kretschmer, and now son, Bruce, Jr., have a long history of preparing fresh, made-to-order dishes of sautéed, broiled, baked or fried fish, steaks and chops, ribs, chicken ... Read More »

‘Come a Stranger, Leave a Friend’ Arturo’s Italian Restaurant

By Jesus Calo From the moment you walk through the entrance of Arturo’s Italian Ristorante, you know you are in for a unique dining experience. What draws you in is the wonderfully carved wooden door with a sign above stating, “The Art of Fine Italian Food and Fun.” When you dine in at Arturo’s, you are treated as one of ... Read More »

City Hall Staff Changes and Challenges

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the departure of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt a number of changes have occurred within City Hall, with departures of personnel and some shuffling of the chairs on the deck to insure the functions to service residents’ needs are still being met. Guillermo Polanco was assigned the responsibilities as Interim City Manager in February, in ... Read More »

Nominations for Marco in Bloom

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The deadline to submit your nominations for the 2017 Annual Marco In Bloom Awards is Wednesday, April 19. Through Marco in Bloom Awards, the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) will recognize the individuals, businesses, organizations, and neighborhoods that beautify Marco Island. Further information and applications are available online at www.cityofmarcoisland.com. To nominate a property, complete an ... Read More »

All Aboard for Meals of Hope

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s next “Happy Hour for Hope” will be Monday, April 24, 2017 on the Marco Island Princess from 5 to 7 PM. The Marco Island Princess is docked at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island and will not leave port during this event. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris had lots of praise for this month’s ... Read More »

Endocrinologist Jasper Opens Offices

Submitted Josephine V. Jasper, M.D., a board certified endocrinologist with twenty-five years experience, has opened offices in Marco Island and Naples. Dr. Jasper specializes in diabetes, thyroid disorders, erectile dysfunction, infertility, menopause and all other hormonal disorders. Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Jasper was rated Top New Jersey Doctor 2015, and America’s Best Physicians 2016. The Naples office is ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Hosts Shred Event

 Submitted IBERIABANK will host a community shred event on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 AM to noon at the IBERIABANK branch located on Marco Island at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Thanks Volunteers

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Since 1975 the” United Church’s Bargain Basket has been a source of support for the church, its ministries and the community itself. Today the “Basket” is a regular weekly stop for many residents and visitors to the island, as it provides a wonderful assortment of a variety of bargains, ranging from household goods, to jewelry and ... Read More »

Presentation Focuses on Veterans’ Issues

Submitted There are over 30,000 veterans who honorably served our country who call Collier County home. These men and women deserve the best in terms of aid and benefits. The debt owed to our veterans can never be fully repaid, but the benefits earned for their service and sacrifice should be easily available when needed. On Wednesday, April 5, IBERIABANK ... Read More »

Planning Board Loses a Member

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In a surprising turn of events Mr. Hector Fernandez, a recently appointed member of the Marco Island Planning Board has submitted his resignation effective immediately to Interim-City Manager Guillermo Polanco.  Fernandez was appointed to his seat by newly elected councilman Jared Grifoni earlier in February.  Hernandez owns his own architectural firm located in Naples and is a ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Nominations Open

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Spring is here, and with it, the return of Marco In Bloom. The City of Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 Annual Marco In Bloom Awards. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 19. The Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and neighborhoods which make great efforts to ... Read More »

Kaitlin Creedon – When Irish Feet Are Dancing

By Maureen Chodaba “I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun…Dance then, wherever you may be. I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.” ~ From ... Read More »