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Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: Division Chief Tom Bogan on the job.

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

Joy of Giving Provides Holiday Smiles

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By Maureen Chodaba  “Santa, I knew you wouldn’t forget me. Last year I waited and waited and you didn’t come.” Santa Claus heard those words from a little girl back in 1988. That little girl’s cry to Santa gave birth to the Joy of Giving, a 501(c) (3) charitable non-profit that now reaches 1,000 children in our area year, filling ... Read More »

Marco Man Celebrates 100th Birthday

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt:  Pedro Vazquez and wife Aurora

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island resident Pedro Vazquez turns 100 years old on November 26, 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Pedro’s friend Kathleen Ferrier, son Pedro, Jr. and daughter-in-law Claribel, along with many other friends and family, threw a surprise party for him at Sarazen Park.  Some of the groups in attendance were the Beach Friends, Cuban American ... Read More »

Fishing Fun

The Freedom Waters Foundation helped to make the Ten Thousand Island Kids’ first charitable event a success.

By Don Manley Ed Lindemanis experienced a milestone on a recent Sunday morning in the waters off of Marco Island. The 8-year-old went fishing for the very first time and was lucky enough to land a fish, a real keeper that he took home for his family to grill and enjoy. “It was over 12 inches,” he crowed joyfully, as ... Read More »

In Memory of Heidi Lynn Moss

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Heidi Lynn Moss, 46, of Marco Island, recently passed away. Heidi was a devoted mother and dedicated community activist who invested her time to various clubs and organizations, such as the Lely Athletic Booster Club, Rotary Club and Marco Island Charter Middle School. She was also a graduate of Leadership Marco Class of 2005.  As a well-respected Marco Island mortgage ... Read More »

Another Year Helping Children for Kiwanis

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Outgoing officers and board members of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island.

By Maureen Chodaba The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently held their Installation Dinner Dance at Hideaway Beach Club. The local organization is a component of Kiwanis International, a global foundation of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Among other causes, Kiwanis International has taken on the global initiative of eliminating neo-natal ... Read More »

Morris Law Firm to Donate Disney Trip

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Submitted For the last three years, the Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. has donated a family trip, an all expenses paid vacation to Disney World, to a local family in need of a little holiday cheer. The firm needs your help to find a local family who would benefit from its For the Family holiday give-away for the ... Read More »

Owl-mazing Partners

Owl Watch volunteers, (l-r), Fred Adams, Nancy Adams,
Karen Caster, Sharon Epple and Ed Caster

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 »

Naples Trust Company Expands

Submitted The Naples Trust Company, a division of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company has announced the opening of a boutique office on Marco Island to better serve their Marco Island clientele. Carol B. Boyd, President of The Naples Trust Company said, “Based upon our clients’ needs and the growing number of inquiries for personalized wealth management on Marco Island, we ... Read More »

Governor Scott – Goodland’s Pied Piper?

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From left: Mark Kennedy, his mother, Mary Kean, Bill Mueller, and Carol Hughes. Curious as to why Governor Scott kept coming to the Kirk Fish Market in Goodland, the four friends came over from Naples to find out.

By Barry Gwinn Goodland’s Margood Park, built on the site of the old Margood Trailer Park, was dedicated by Collier County in 2012. The crown jewel of the park is a stately pavilion, situated in the shade of two magnificent rubber trees, watered by an ancient underground spring. It is quiet and serene there. The pavilion, used for community events, ... Read More »

Expect Humor and Wisdom at ‘Show Me’ Book Launch

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From left: Derek Wakefield, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Randall Kenneth Jones.

Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones will introduce Marco Island to his blend of humor, heart and wisdom at a Book Launch Party for his new book “Show Me.” From 5:30-7 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Jones will read excerpts from his book, tell playful behind-the-scenes stories, and discuss his interviews with the likes of?Pat ... Read More »

The Marco Island Boxing Club Presents Live Boxing

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016 LOCATION: Marco Island JW Marriott Hotel, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island (Palms Ballroom) TIME: Doors open 6 PM, first bout scheduled for 7 PM TICKETS: $20, available at the door NJ vs. Ireland This year, there will be five bouts between NJ and Ireland competing for the Frank Gervin Memorial Belt. Frank Gervin was ... Read More »

Fall Book Sale – Come Get a Bargain!

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THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 -5PM, 2016 The Collier County Public Library invites you to save money and help local library programs when you shop at the Fall Book Sale being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples, Florida 34102. The sale offers adult and ... Read More »

Engle Dentistry Named 5th Avenue South Avenue Elite Sponsor

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The 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District or BID (www.FifthAvenueSouth.com) – whose mission is to brand promote and create awareness of 5th Avenue South, a world-renowned shopping, dining, and entertainment destination located in Naples, Florida – is pleased to announce that Engle Dentistry will serve as an Avenue Elite Sponsor. “Engle Dentistry is happy to participate in 5th Avenue South and its programs every year. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman gets my vote!

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Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming City of Marco Island Council election. Charlette Roman is the most accomplished candidate running this term with a proven successful background.  Charlette has a broad scope of experience, responsibility, and proven decision making skills that have ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Grifoni

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In our Marco Island City Council race this year, we can vote for four candidates. I hope you will join me in including Jared Grifoni as one of your four choices. He is an extremely bright attorney, an articulate speaker and has a solid grasp on the issues and solutions needed for Marco Island. Jared is the type of person who can ... Read More »

Solemn Goodbye to a Friend

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island came together on Wednesday to pay their respects to Richard “Dick” Shanahan at the Celebration of Life in his honor at San Marco Catholic Church. So many came forward to praise and pay tribute to Shanahan, saying both “Goodbye” and “Thank you.” Shanahan lost his courageous battle with a disease that in the last ... Read More »

Council Updates

Photos by Steve Stefanides: Council Chairman Brown makes the proclamation presentation to the Woman’s Club.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The second meeting for October of the Marco Island City Council had a relatively light agenda and dealt more with recognizing individuals and groups that have contributed to the community over the years, after council listened intently to Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin brief councilors on the details surrounding an impending beach re-nourishment. Council presented a ... Read More »

Skim Jam

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Fourth Annual 13th Ave Skim Jam Competition hit the waves.   The onset of a cool front came through just in time to keep spectators cool and competitors in the game.  The event is put on by the Old Naples Surf Shop which gives back to the community by donating proceeds of the event ... Read More »

MIA Students to Monitor Artificial Habitats

Photo by Don Manley:
David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president
and executive director, and one of his company’s artificial dock habitats.

By Don Manley The artificial habitat pilot project designed to restore the cleanliness, health and aquatic diversity of the island’s canals will be aided by students from Marco Island Academy’s environmental science classes. As part of their classwork, the students will monitor the 25 habitats that were purchased earlier this year from Ocean Habitats, Inc., a small Fort Myers-based company ... Read More »