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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 »

Medical Marijuana Update | What’s happening with the moratorium?

By Samantha Husted County commissioners recently voted 4-1 to shorten the yearlong moratorium that had been placed on the distribution of medical marijuana in Collier County. The new deadline has been set for October 10. The motion came a day after Florida legislators failed to pass a body of law necessary for implementing the amendment. The Florida Department of Health ... Read More »

Bicycles Welcome on Marco

By Scott H. Shook Marco Island has quietly been building a bicycling infrastructure that can compare with any bicycling community in the U.S. With a combined 70 miles of in-road lanes and shared-use paths, cyclists on Marco Island can go virtually anywhere they wish—and do so safely—on the island’s bicycle facilities. That’s an incredible number when you consider the island ... Read More »

Asst. Principal Katie Maya Appointed TBE Principal

By Jory Westberry  The news of the Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) replacement for Principal Karey Stewart hit the airwaves on Friday, May 12 during an afternoon staff meeting. Mrs. Stewart plans to retire in June. Superintendent Dr. Kamala Patten, Deputy Superintendent David Stump, and Associate Superintendent Luis Solano were there in person to make the important announcement about the ... Read More »

Meet the Caxambas Republican Club VP

Submitted  Originally from Michigan, Dr. Swiacki attended St. Leo University Preparatory School near Dade City, Florida. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earned his doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a general surgical residency and practiced surgery for 40 years in the suburban Detroit area. Certified in general surgery and medical quality/utilization, Dr. Swiacki was ... Read More »

Project Lifesaver Now on Marco

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The realtors at Keller Williams on Marco Island donate time, talent and treasures in many ways. One such undertaking will assist local law enforcement to benefit all age groups and will help locate individuals who may have a habit of wandering away from home due to challenges beyond their control. On Tuesday, May 16th the realtors ... Read More »

Loss of a Friend

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those of you that know me best, you know I tend to keep my private emotions inside; not always a good thing, but for me it has worked. The last decade or so I’ve been more open with those feelings and haven’t been ashamed to show them outwardly. When my dad died ... Read More »

EMS Week in Collier County

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sunday, May 21, to Saturday, May 27, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Collier County. The Board of County Commissioners established the Emergency Medical Services Division in 1981. The division provides emergency medical services for the cities of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades, as well as all unincorporated areas including North Naples, East Naples, Golden ... Read More »

MOOSE LODGE GRAND OPENING

By Jodi Pree On a recent Sunday afternoon, Moose Lodge 1990 kicked off their grand opening to a packed house full of Moose Lodge dignitaries, Moose Riders, and guests. The Moose Lodge has moved to new location at 30 Marco Lake Drive, Marco Island (formerly Marco Polo). The open house entertained nearly 400 guests with music from Nevada Smith. It ... Read More »

Tribute in Celebration of Phyllis P. Marco

Submitted County Commissioner Donna Fiala, guests, Marco Island Historical Society Board, Historical Museum staff and friends of Phyllis Marco gathered on the beautiful Marco Island Museum grounds to acknowledge Phyllis’ many contributions to Marco Island with the dedication of an outdoor bench in her honor. Phyllis  and her husband Eddie arrived on this island’s shores 35 years ago at a ... Read More »

Scouts Earn Highest Honor

Submitted Boy Scout Troop 234 welcomed seven new scouts to its ranks on May 20, 2017 at a special Crossover Ceremony at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The Scouts earned the highest honor in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, by completing a list of achievements, requirements and community service projects. Cub Master Randall Olsen presented each of the scouts ... Read More »

An Artsy End to the Season

By Don Manley Another sign that another “Season” has reached an end is Tara O’Neill’s annual art show. The painter’s self-proclaimed “home-grown art extravaganza” has become a tradition in Goodland over the last 14 years, helping to herald summer’s approach. The Little Bar Restaurant’s dining rooms, screened-in porch, patio and sculpture garden again became gallery space, displaying the works of ... Read More »

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean

By Maria Lamb The “Love your Beach” Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 13 at 8 AM at Marco Island’s South Beach. Publix Supermarket will be the proud sponsor. Monthly beach cleanups are coordinated by Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee. Why is beach clean-up important? Save a marine life. Small pieces of plastic, referred to as “chokables,” are deadly ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club Gifting Dreams

By Jesus Calo The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) held its last big luncheon as season comes to an end. This is the highlight of the year for the woman in attendance as they coined “Our Reason for Being” as the appropriate theme for the May luncheon. In accordance with tradition, the event began with the club motto, which states, ... Read More »

Soapfest: Star Struck for Charity

By Jesus Calo It’s that time of the year again as season slowly winds down. On Memorial Day Weekend, the Island Theater Company will host its annual Soapfest Charity Weekend event. The weekend affair brings daytime actors from the greater Los Angeles area to our island and raises money for local organizations. The weekend officially kicks off on the morning ... Read More »

TDC Position an Important One

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com In the last several weeks there has been a swirl of controversy surrounding remarks made by Councilman Victor Rios in his role as a representative of Marco Island on the Tourist Development Council (TDC). The council is authorized by Florida Statue 125.0104 to advise the Board of County Commissioners pertaining to support of ... Read More »

MIA Students Build Mini Reefs – Build it and the fish will come

By Maria Lamb Marco Island Academy science teacher Jerry Miller’s class was a hub of activity on May 4. That day his students paired up in teams to construct mini reefs, to be installed under docks in various locations on Marco Island. According to Miller, “The students are doing something positive for the community by helping restore the quality of ... Read More »

A Happy Hour for a Cause

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s May “Happy Hour for Hope” will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at the Old Marco Pub and Restaurant, 1105 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Susan and Tom Ackerson are hosting this event, offering drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain ... Read More »

Planning Board Continues Work on LDC

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is continuing to meet to go over changes to the Land Development Code (LDC), as they seek to address glitches within that code and updates that are necessary to bring the legislation into compliance with today’s standards. They meet on the third Friday each month in a “workshop” style environment 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 took 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. At their April 10 meeting, they offered that ... Read More »