Tag Archives: beach

JW Marriott to be World-Class

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Simply put, it’s the largest project of this magnitude ever undertaken in South Florida, and it’s going on right here on Marco Island. The conversion of the Marco Island Marriott Beach and Golf Resort to a JW Marriott Branded Resort will have a long lasting and positive effect, as it brings the prestige of being the ... Read More »

Peak Hatch for Black Skimmers at Sand Dollar Island

By Maria Lamb There are over 1,000 nesting pairs of threatened least terns and black skimmers at Marco’s colonies on Sand Dollar Island. The beach is covered in least tern and black skimmer chicks. It is also peak hatch for the black skimmer chicks. According to Brad Cornell of Audubon of Western Everglades, “The July 4th weekend is the last ... Read More »

Naples, Marco Named Best Beach Towns

By Coastal Breeze New Staff Life in a beach town is as unique as the community and environment. Summer may be slow season for tourists, but it is also peak moving season. Beach towns are busy in the summer with people establishing their permanent, or seasonal homes. But how do you find the perfect town to park your beach chair? ... Read More »

Commissioners Continue Discussions on Sports Complex

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Over the last almost two years the Board of Collier County Commissioners has been moving forward on evaluating the need and details surrounding the construction of a major sports facility within Collier County. On June 13 they met in a joint meeting with the Tourist Development Council to discuss issues such as funding and how to ... Read More »

AKA…Mosquitoes

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama When I was a child in the ‘60s, our family went on a camping vacation every summer. We packed a “pop-up” camper with all the essentials and pulled it behind our Oldsmobile to the mountains of Colorado or a ... 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 »

Triathletes From Marco Island

By Maria Lamb On an overcast morning on June 4, at the intersection of Gulfshore Boulevard and 7th Avenue North in Naples, triathletes of all ages waited for the start sound of the horn. Over fifteen triathletes from Marco Island were behind the start line ready to run, bike and swim. This was the 31st Annual Fitness Challenge Reverse Triathlon ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Condo Market: A Quick Review

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The Marco Island condo market has had some big swings over the last two decades. Over the last 20 years the median condo price rose from $200,000 in 1997 to a peak of $635,000 in 2005, then dropped to a low of $300,000 in 2011. Since then the median price has been growing ... Read More »

Kids Ride For $30 All Summer

Collier Area Transit (CAT) is offering a deal to kids who want to get around to all their favorite places this summer. From June 1 to Aug. 31, CAT is offering a Summer Paw Pass for $30 for kids ages 17 and younger. Yes, you can ride all summer long to the beach, the mall, the Naples Zoo, the libraries, parks ... Read More »

6-Month Report from the City Council Chairman

City council elections took place six months ago, so this is a good occasion to take a look at what has been accomplished over the past half year, and what the Marco Island community can expect in the next six months. City council authorized a nationwide search for a new city manager, and we should attract an incredible person for ... Read More »

Worship Together at Easter Sunrise Service

Submitted The 29th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held Sunday, April 16, 7 AM on the beach at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the opening prayer, Rev. Lucas Tanner, Reformed University Fellowship at Florida Gulf Coast University will lead ... Read More »

Vintage Bay – Tranquil, Gated & Spacious

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Vintage Bay is a tranquil, secluded gated community located off San Marco Road with only 132 condos. It is nestled on about 20 acres of lush plantings and mature tropical trees along the edge of Barfield Bay. The four identical buildings A, B, C and D were built between 1997 and 2006. Each ... Read More »

Challenging Winds at MIYC Regatta

Submitted Recently, nine of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the JW Marriott Marco Island Resort’s beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. The Gulf of Mexico was enjoying light winds from the east so race officials could make the first turn mark right off the beach, providing great photo ops for the beach ... Read More »

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

The Gravity of Falling

Keeping You Safe Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic cbowden@cityofmarcoisland.com Losing your independence after years of self-reliance is often a hard pill to swallow. Due to the natural ageing process, these golden years are often overlooked altogether. As you can imagine, it’s very important that while you and your loved ones continue to age, being properly prepared and informed is vital. I am ... Read More »

Colorful Regatta Returns

Submitted On Saturday, February 11 residents and visitors will enjoy the colorful sights of the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Regatta in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to fifteen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Racing will start at approximately 10:30 AM ... Read More »

1980s Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 392 condos for sale last week, 162 of them, or 41%, were built in the 1980s. Not surprising when you consider that the 1980s saw the biggest number of condo building completions of any decade during Marco Island’s development. For comparison, of the condos for sale, 11 condos were built in ... Read More »

One and Two Bedroom Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Of the 371 condos for sale last week, 236 or 64% of them were one or two bedroom condos. These are the most popular condos for sale on Marco. According to the Marco Island MLS there are 48 one bedroom condos for sale and 188 two bedroom condos for sale. The one bedroom condos range ... Read More »

Regatta Sails on Slow, But Steady Winds

• Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Sailing Regatta was recently held off of the Marco beach on a sunny Saturday, with winds perfect for sailing. Ten large sailboats (30-50 feet) competed around a three-mile triangular course set off of the Marriott Marco Island Resort. Mark boats identified the course by placing yellow blow-up buoys. The first turn ... Read More »

Weekend Roundup

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The weekend’s activities are a good indicator that this season will be a busy one! For a full listing of local events see this issue’s calendar. Friday, November 11 Marco Island Boxing Club: NJ vs. Ireland For live boxing action go to the Palms Ballroom, Marco Island Marriott (400 S. Collier Blvd.). Doors open at ... Read More »