Tag Archives: Coastal Breeze News

Local Knowledge Makes Boating Safer

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 Howard Laskau There are two types of boaters on Marco Island –those who have run aground and those that will! The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Marco Island’s Boater’s Local Knowledge [Marco Island Area] ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club: Tres Chic Fashion Show

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) can trace its roots back to 1966 when a group of sixteen friends got together to help support the island’s people and nonprofit organizations. Today, MIWC has over 200 members who work diligently to raise funds that contribute to many services for the benefit of our community. MIWC recently held their ... Read More »

Defining the Dink

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com One of the most misunderstood aspects of the sport of pickleball, especially for beginners, is the utilization of the seven-foot, no volley zone, aka the kitchen. I personally don’t like to refer to it as a “no volley zone,” for two reasons. Number one, I am a “glass is half full” type of person. ... Read More »

Young Dolphins of Marco Island It’s All About the Babes

By Maureen Chodaba The Rose History Auditorium was the place to be for the recent Marco Island Historical Society presentation of “Young Dolphins of Marco Island,” by certified Florida Master Naturalist Bob McConville. This renowned speaker is always known to draw a packed crowd, so it was indeed imperative to arrive early. But the audience did not wait idly as ... Read More »

Young Activists Seek to Reinstate Reward Cards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In the January newsletter for Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE), Principal Kary Stewart announced that the gold, silver and bronze honor cards that had been awarded to students for academic excellence would be discontinued. The cards rewarded students receiving A’s and B’s with movies tickets and discounts at local restaurants and businesses. The cards have ... Read More »

Injured Heron Rescued & Recovering

Submitted Recently, the injured great blue heron, which was reported on in the prior issue of Coastal Breeze News, was finally rescued and is recovering nicely. The Rescue It was a rescue of opportunity. The Boros family from Manhattan, Illinois was enjoying their last day on the beach for fishing and shell collecting before heading back home. When the family ... Read More »

Island Rocks Free Concert on Marco

Submitted Grab your lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy an evening of amazing live music when the Island Rocks Free Concert Series kicks off on Saturday, January 14 from 4-9 PM. Expect to see your friends and neighbors at this community-wide musical celebration at Veterans Community Park. A variety of musical talent for all tastes has been planned. MC ... Read More »

In Memory of Roger LaLonde

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Roger LaLonde, 72, of Naples, passed away on December 15, 2016. Roger was well known throughout Naples and Marco Island for his love of sports. He was a respected journalist for local news sources and a licensed Florida real estate agent. Roger made many contributions to Coastal Breeze News, as a sports reporter and photographer. ... Read More »

Marco Treasures . . . Under the Sea

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  May I wish each and every ... Read More »

28 Years of Christmas Island Style

By Samantha Husted After three months of fun events and local celebrations, Christmas Island Style has once again come to a close. Marco Island has been celebrating Christmas Island Style since 1987. It’s a staple here on Marco and has become a part of our island culture. Each year the events grow bigger and better, bringing residents and visitors together ... Read More »

ACS Thanks and Honors

Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, the Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society held an appreciation dinner for its Volunteer Leadership Board. Board members were treated to a wonderful dinner, and given the latest American Cancer Society cookbook, “Healthy Eating.” A collage placemat provided a creative momento of the year’s events and accomplishments. Board member and volunteer, Dr. Loan ... Read More »

Phoenix Award Winners

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty-nine of Marco Island’s first responders were recently honored with Phoenix Awards from the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to first responders who contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. Some of Marco’s emergency response personnel received multiple awards for their life-saving measures. This year fifteen ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Stages Packed Open House

By Quentin Roux Special to Coastal Breeze News  Gillian Hamer loves boating, socializing and fine dining. She doesn’t have a boat, but being a member of the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) enables her to enjoy sunset cruises, day cruises and even extended cruises on a “host” boat. It’s one of the perks of MIYC membership and at a well-attended ... Read More »

What’s it Worth?

By Don Manley They came with prized heirlooms, objets d’art, paintings, baubles, bangles, beads and more, seeking knowledge from the possessor of the practiced eye. It was a scene that mirrored the popular PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow,” only this was the local version, which unfolded recently at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Entitled “What Have You Got? ... Read More »

Marco First Responders Awarded

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty Marco Island first responders were recognized on November 8 with Phoenix Awards, in a special ceremony held by the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to emergency response personnel who have responded and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The award is given to first ... Read More »

Owl-mazing Partners

Submitted Life was not easy for the burrowing owls during the summer months. It was hot, humid and rainy and to escape the heat during day, they sought shelter under doorways or window ledges and tree branches. During the rainy season, the grass around the burrows rapidly grew tall. Owls were not happy as they prefer short grass or sparse ... Read More »

Talks, Thanks, Tributes and Tears

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist       What makes it rain on Marco Island? Does the Everglades ecosystem play a part in this? Which clouds are rain makers and which are not? These questions will be answered by my guest speaker on November 16th at Rose History Auditorium. A National Park Service Ranger, Luke Gommerman has traveled to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response to Tarik Ayasun’s article in the Nov. 10 edition of Coastal Breeze News.

Mr. Tarik Ayasun complaints in his opinion piece of November 10 that “those who live outside of the borders of this great county develop their opinions based on false and one sided information solely on ‘reporting’ done by probably the most biased and intellectually corrupt, deplorable press corps ever assembled in the history of this country.” (Have you done historical ... Read More »

Voting Begins in 2016 Election

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 2016 elections are moving into one of the final stages of determining who will emerge victorious on the evening of November 8, hopefully. It will all come down to who has energized their base the most and insured they turn out during early voting, and then finally on Election Day, November 8. On the first ... Read More »

Fourth Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off

Submitted About 600 hungry guests came out to conquer chili in all forms.  Whether it was con carne or con pollo, hot or mild, with beans or without…each of the chili cooks provided plenty to sample.  The weather dialed in at ‘island-perfect’ and the Ben Allen Band provided a great backdrop of music. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation organized ... Read More »