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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 »

Fire Burns Collier Boulevard

UPDATE The fire is now 10% contained with over 6,000 acres affected. Road closure from Golden Gate Parkway to Rattlesnake Hammock. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Naples Club RV, Panther Walk RV, Forest Glen and the horse stables in and along Newman Road. Collier Schools reported that Lely Elementary was closed due to smoke, and all students had been ... Read More »

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 »