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Making the Smart Choice

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com It is true that most of the population really doesn’t stay abreast of what is going on around them unless it directly affects their daily lives. That doesn’t mean that they don’t care, but in many cases they are absorbed into so many other issues that concern them or members of their family ... Read More »

Sale e Pepe Earns Award of Excellence

Submitted Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, has earned its 12th consecutive Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Sale e Pepe is the only restaurant on Marco Island to receive the prestigious award for its top-quality wine list and is among an elite group of ... Read More »

Disappointing Expectations

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Disappointment is something every single one of us has experienced one time or another, sadly some more than others. It’s a fact of life, and the less disappointments one has, the richer one’s life is. There was a gentleman in the shop last season asking about what it would cost for a particular heavy gold ... Read More »

Burmese Python Update

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  In 2015 and 2016 the adrenaline ... Read More »

Camp Able Celebrates Christmas in July

Submitted On Thursday, July 13, members of the Marco Island Civitan Club brought the third Christmas in July party to special campers and their caretakers attending Camp Able at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Marco Island. The group enjoyed an hour of delicious snacks and good music, a fun addition to the great activities Camp Able offers them at camp. ... Read More »

Only One?

  Would you call only one contractor to remodel your kitchen? Would you get only one price from one car dealership for a new car? Would you look at only one home and buy it? Of course you would not. So, why is the new City Council interviewing only one candidate for City Manager? Could we have not found at ... Read More »

Flocks of Feathers

Submitted  From the earliest written accounts, the Everglades and its wet habitat has long been known as the place to be for birds. More than 360 different species have already been sighted, and the list continues to grow each year. On July 19, at 7 PM, Master Naturalist Bob McConville will focus his attention on the 16 different types of ... Read More »

Weeki Wachee Redux

Submitted The intense rainstorms of a few weeks ago did more than saturate Marco Island. They also forced the cancellation of Dr. Lucinda Vickers’s much anticipated lecture about Weeki Wachee Springs, the City of Mermaids, one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions. By popular demand, Dr. Vickers’s lecture has been rescheduled, this time for July 11 at 7 ... Read More »

Impressive Performance Continues for Marco Real Estate

By Michael O’Rourke, President for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Recently the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) reported its best May passenger total in its 34-year history, having served 629,321 fliers for an increase of 3.7 percent over May 2016. Well a good number of those folks must be coming to Marco Island. During the month of May ... 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 »

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Though summer officially began on Wednesday, June 21, in Southwest Florida, it often feels as if summer begins in late April or May. However, one true sign of summer has not changed from the days most of us were youngsters. In the summer, the kids are out of school. ... Read More »

Developmentally Disabled Receives Schulze Family Grant

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded a $12,400 grant to The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (FDD) (www.fddswfl.org) for the organization’s Trailblazer Academy program.  The funds will support the transportation costs associated with the Trailblazer Academy, a community-based vocational training and education program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have aged out of school-supported ... Read More »

Impressive Performance Continues for Marco Real Estate

By Michael O’Rourke, President for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Recently the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) reported its best May passenger total in its 34-year history, having served 629,321 fliers for an increase of 3.7 percent over May 2016. Well a good number of those folks must be coming to Marco Island. During the month of May ... Read More »

Challenges Face Our Nation on Its Birthday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Like the vast majority of Americans I am saddened and disillusioned by the continued ratcheting up of the hate filled speeches and rhetoric which fill the political discourse of the day. It was inevitable that violence would spill from the hate filled environment that has been created in our nation, and we unfortunately ... Read More »

Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

While diversity of all kinds is undoubtedly crucial to success in academic environments, more and more college campuses across the country seem to flaunt one glaring omission: that of opinion and, more specifically, political belief. This exception was underscored most recently by the actions of students at Evergreen State College, a small liberal arts college in Olympia, Washington. The school’s ... Read More »

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed ... 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 »

ITC Camp Call for Actors

Submitted The “Sun Will Come Out” on Marco when the Island Theater Company (ITC) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Broadway hit show, “Annie.” ITC is calling all actors for this year’s ITC summer camp and show. If you have a “performer” in your family age 8-18, this is an opportunity to get them onto the stage. If acting isn’t ... Read More »

Some Insights on Picking a Childcare Center

By Isabel Arce Finding the right childcare center is one of the most important decisions parents can make when they are considering putting their child into daycare. All children deserve, and thrive under, good nurturing care. It is worth it to take the extra steps to find them quality care. As a director and owner of Little Ducks Day School ... Read More »