Tag Archives: Coastal Breeze News

UPDATE: Hilton Fire Causes Evacuations

Update on Hilton Fire: The following update was received from Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy: The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has had contact with the Marco Island Hilton today. The Hilton has advised that the damage from the electrical fire is greater than originally predicted. Out of concern for safety the Hilton will remain closed indeterminately until all ... Read More »

Extreme Flooding on Marco Island

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders recently experienced a significant weather event, as anywhere between 6½ to 9 inches of rain fell on the island overnight on June 5. By 9 AM on June 6, Jon Busch of Hernando Drive reported 6½ inches in his rain gauge. Major intersections and side streets were impacted. Marco Island Police closed flooded roadways ... Read More »

Rookies Says Goodbye to Marco Island

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Longtime Marco Island restaurant Rookies Bar & Grill has closed. The restaurant officially shut its doors in May after over 24 years in business. Rookies originally opened in 1992, back when Marco was a completely different island. The laid back bar and grill quickly became a staple for locals and visitors alike. Perhaps best known ... Read More »

Mackle Park Community Center Update See You in September!

By Maureen Chodaba It began with the first demolishing grab from the excavator back on September 12, 2016. Before long, the building at Mackle Park that had stood for 26 years was just a memory; a memory with a bright future to rise again, that is! Nine months later, the new building is taking shape with walls, windows and so ... Read More »

A Rising Star

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is fortunate to have Samantha Husted on staff. Sam was born and raised in Southwest Florida, attending school on Marco Island and graduating from Florida State University. Once she started working at Coastal Breeze News, Sam jumped into her role as a photojournalist. “Her first assignment was to cover a young man ... Read More »

Extreme Flooding on Marco Island

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders have been experiencing a significant weather event over the last 15 hours as anywhere between 6½ to 9 inches of rain has fallen on the island since last evening. Jon Busch of Hernando Drive reported 6½ inches in his rain gauge at 9 AM. Since then another 2” of rain has been estimated to ... Read More »

Best of the Best

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Best” by the Association of Free Community Papers during a conference held in Louisville, Kentucky this year. The prestigious national newspaper trade association holds the comprehensive competition annually, which is open to all member publications in good standing. Hard work and dedication ... Read More »

Lely High School’s Top 100

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each year Lely High School recognizes the top 100 scholars in the school, 25 per grade level. It is a celebration presented by the National Honor Society (NHS) and shared with parents and grandparents. An award ceremony took place at a dinner at the Naples Hilton in recognition of the student’s achievements. This year’s NHS ... Read More »

LaCavas Honored

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On May 4, the Marco Police Foundation held a Lunch With the Chief at the Hideaway Beach Club. The LaCava family, who owns the Marco Island Brewery, was honored by the Police Foundation. The Brewery recently hosted the 6th Annual Rib Cook-Off. The Rib Cook-Off is a well-attended, annual fundraiser that benefits the Marco Police ... Read More »

Marco Island Computer Service

By Coastal Breeze News Staff You may have noticed some extra activity in the storefront right next door to the popular Sand Bar. Coastal Breeze News recently stopped by to meet the occupants, Marco Island Computer Service, owned by local resident Jason Penrod. The business was originally started by Pete Bailey in 1985, before being purchased by Jason Penrod. Jason, ... Read More »

Get to Know the Civil Air Patrol

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On Saturday, May 6th the greater Marco community is invited to attend an open house at the Marco Island Executive Airport for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol unit. The men and women of the local squadron will be showing off their newest aircraft with all of the high tech equipment that allows them ... Read More »

Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

By Nikkie Sardelli Thank You, Supporters! Wow! Can it be true that season is coming to an end? I think this season has flown right by – but it was certainly a successful one! The Marco Island Relay For Life Event, presented by Robert J. Flugger, was held April 1st. It was the first time hosting the event at Veterans ... Read More »

Breaking News: Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Here Come the Birds

Submitted Our fine feathered friends can often be seen pecking for food in Marco’s green spaces, nesting in empty lots and lining up like ancient Roman sentinels on building rooftops. They are a constant in our daily lives (even without a visit to the Everglades) but what do we really know about them? Master Naturalist Bob McConville is the man ... Read More »

Consumer Alert

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Coastal Breeze News was notified by reader Dr. Bruce Weinstein that mailers, such as the one here, had been sent to some Marco Island residents claiming that the city drinking water could be contaminated, and offering free in-home water testing. Companies like this may use scare tactics in order to gain access to a consumer’s ... Read More »

Jackie: An Alternative View or Lackluster to View?

Welcome Matthew Mendisana! Coastal Breeze News is happy to announce the addition of film enthusiast and critic, columnist Matthew Mendisana. Matthew will bring readers his insightful movie reviews in a regular column, “Reel Reviews.” REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a story that has been told countless times. Dozens of books and films have ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part II

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison Editor’s Note: Part I of this column appeared in the March 3, 2017 edition of Coastal Breeze News. In that issue, ten special “Off the Beaten Track” destinations and photos were shared. This issue will give readers a glimpse into ten more unique, and largely unknown places. Following is a sample list of many of the ... Read More »

Tournament Tough

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the sport of pickleball grows and becomes more popular, many new players to the game are expanding the horizons of their participation in the sport and are thinking of competing in tournaments. First off, I want to emphasize the difference between competing in recreational/rotational play and competing in tournament play competition. The reason ... Read More »