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Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Citizen-Scientist for Horseshoe Crabs

Spring is approaching and that means it is peak mating season for horseshoe crabs. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. Horseshoe crabs mate year-round, and spring is the peak season to see them in groups along the shore. To identify mating pairs, look for a smaller male ... Read More »

Defining the ‘Good Old Days’

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Over the years I’ve had the privilege of being involved in many organizations and activities on the island since moving here fulltime in 1990. Purchasing on Marco in 1986 was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my lifetime and I truly enjoy calling Marco my home. One of those organizations ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Is the Press an ‘Enemy of the American People’?

The President of the United States and approximately 40 representatives of 12 states on 12/15/91 signed into law five basic liberties for the citizens of America. That was December 15, 1791 and is our country’s Bill of Rights, which contains ten amendments. The First Amendment protects five basic freedoms, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, ... Read More »

Open Letter to Mr. Roger Hernstadt

Dear Mr. Hernstadt: I am very sorry to hear of your resignation as Marco Island’s City Manager. It is regrettable that some of our councilors failed to set aside emotions and find a civil, constructive, businesslike manner in which to work with you on their issues of concern. It was the hope of many citizens that these issues would be ... Read More »

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for ... Read More »

Slate Not True Voice

As many of you know by now, Roger Hernstadt, our City Manager, has resigned last night at City Council meeting. If you voted for the “Slate” of Jared Grifoni, Howard Reed, and Charlotte Roman, and wanted the City Manager gone, you got what you wanted. If you are unconcerned or uninformed citizens that voted for the “Slate,” then you got ... Read More »

Service to His Community is Just Natural

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since his arrival on Marco Island as a vacationer in 1987, Jim Curran saw something special in the small island he would eventually call his fulltime home. In 1992 he would purchase a unit at Smokehouse Bay Condominiums. In 1999 he and his wife Lori relocated here on a permanent basis and never looked back. Jim ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Behavior

  Lady and Gentlemen, It is with great regret that I have to send you this Email. I was hoping that after the initial few council meetings after the election, much of the rancor directed toward the City Manager would stop. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it has only gotten worse. The way some of you continually belittle Roger Hernstadt is ... Read More »

Some Perspective on Border Security

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It’s not about being against immigration or immigrants, it’s about doing things legally. The United States must be the only country without full control of her borders. This is not just crazy but it is also very dangerous in the world we live in today. Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium learned about having open borders ... Read More »

The Challenge of Service

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com About two weeks ago, the Marco Island City Council undertook some pretty important business, whose significance is unfortunately overlooked for the most part. On January 23rd the newly elected four councilors selected their choices for service on a number of advisory committees to coincide with their 4-year terms on council. Those individuals are ... Read More »

Marco’s DAR Learns About the Draft

By Chris Curle  DAR stands for Daughters of the American Revolution, so it’s expected that America’s military history would be very much on the minds of Marco’s DAR chapter. And that was the theme of Michael Eckers’ presentation at the chapter’s January meeting at Hideaway Beach Club. Michael Eckers is the author of several books on American military history, including ... Read More »

A New Beginning…

Editorials and Opinions: BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Without a doubt, the most important event in a democracy is holding free elections. In democracies all around the world and in our country, leaders and representatives are elected by the votes of the citizens. This basic democratic principle does not apply in places like North Korea, Cuba and some African countries ... Read More »

Inauguration Day: Maybe We Should All Take An Oath

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com January 20th will mark the “peaceful” transition of power here in our nation as Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The world will be focused on not only the events of the day, but on the actions to be undertaken by this new administration and ... Read More »

Injured Great Blue Heron RESCUED!

Submitted by: Maria Lamb On Friday at midday, the injured Great Blue Heron was rescued.  Friday was the last day for the Boros family to enjoy the beach and do some fishing and shell collecting before heading back to Illinois.  They headed to the gulf side of Tigertail Beach where they found the injured Heron just hanging around looking for handouts.  It was a rescue of ... Read More »

Marco Spirit Walks For Alzheimer’s

Members and friends of the Marco Spirit Team, captained by Barbara Markel, walked in the recent 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at North Collier Regional Park in Naples. Walkers included Barb and Jack Markel, Joyce and Rich Kaelin, Shirley Woolaway, Illona Hirschmann, Beth Reckord, and Michael Carrigan. The members and friends of the Memory Loss/Caregiver Support Group of Marco Island ... Read More »

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council met on the evening of December 5, and for the second straight time had to extend its adjournment to beyond the normal 9:30 PM agreed upon adjournment time due to extended discussions on issues. After working though some procedural items and an initial request by Councilwoman Roman to have the appointment ... Read More »