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Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

Submitted Photos
Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

MIA Rays/MICMS Eagles Invitational Lely Teams Take Best in Tournament


By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, October 1, Marco Island Academy (MIA) and Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) hosted the 4th annual Rays/Eagles Invitational Cross Country Tournament at Mackle Park. On a sun splashed and still day, 331 kids from 15 high schools and 17 middle schools, in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry Counties, came to show their stuff and ... Read More »

The Impact of Grow

Older home being demolished for new construction.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Like all cities and counties within the State of Florida, the City of Marco Island will face its share of challenges in both the short term and in the decades moving forward. The fact that the community sits on an island will not isolate it from many of the issues facing municipalities around the state as ... Read More »

Marie Senechal’s Blankets of Love

Marie’s wonderful world of color. Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Color is a celebration of sight, an experience of vision and a reflection of light. The qualities of hue and brightness awaken our vitality and stir our emotions. Texture is the tactile quality of physical substance and touch. When color and texture are combined, they create an entity that can be grasped and held. Long time Marco ... Read More »

Thanking Soldiers With a Day of Fishing

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For its sixth year, the annual Naples Take a Soldier Fishing event took place at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. This year 62 boat owners donated the use of their boats and their time captaining to bring soldiers and their families on a memorable fishing trip. The soldiers, mostly Air Force and some Marines, were all ... Read More »

Silence Like a Cancer Grows

Phil, Maureen and Buster. Submitted Photo

By Maureen Chodaba When my grandmother died of breast cancer in 1968, no one really spoke of it. I don’t know which word provoked the silence – the word “breast” or the word “cancer.” My guess is that it was both, because each word by itself brought forth the image of something unmentionable. Put the two words together and you ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Road, on the first of three days of flooding. A storm that barely
made a ripple in Collier County flooded Goodland’s only access road with 8” to 18” of water (1 PM, 8/30/16).

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »

Is That a Llama? Working in Grand Teton National Park

NPS File Photo

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Editors Note:  Please see other great articles on our national parks in our special edition. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I wanted to see our beautiful country so I headed off from the East Coast towards California with two friends. I remember thinking how HUGE and diverse it was, with pockets ... Read More »

Donna Fiala’s Happy Place It’s Not Where You Think!

Berlin Ohio is 72 miles south of Cleveland. Via I 77, the trip would have taken a little over an hour. Sherri, one of Donna’s daughters, often brings the grandchildren down from Cleveland for a visit.

By Barry Gwinn Donna Fiala has represented District 1 in Collier County since 2000, when she was first elected commissioner. She is, by all accounts, highly respected by her colleagues and revered by her constituents. She has consistently demonstrated her care and concern for East Naples and outliers, Everglades City, Isles of Capri, Marco Island, and Goodland. Until 1974, she ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Never Forget


Sunday, September 11, 2016, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and Marco Island Fire Rescue Department hosted a very moving 9/11 “Remembrance of Our Heroes” Ceremony. Guest speakers Police Chief Al Schettino, Fire Rescue Chief Mike Murphy, and a 9/11 survivor, spoke of the horrors of that unforgettable day, the loss of lives, and the sacrifice of the first responders ... Read More »

Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars


The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care ... Read More »

MICMS Alum Shadrick Takes Over as Athletic Director

Photo by Roger LaLonde
Damien Shadrick takes over as new athletic director at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Damien Shadrick attended Marco Island Charter Middle School in its infancy. It was 1998 and the school was made up of portable trailers. He played on the team’s first basketball team under Roger Raymond, the school’s first athletic director. The team went an undefeated, 9-0. “It’s a bit surreal now,” Shadrick says with a smile. “I can ... Read More »

A Somber Day


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most adults know exactly what they were doing when they saw news of the first plane striking the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was a horrific day for Americans. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation honored the fifteenth anniversary of 9-11 with a program. Following a mass for all first responders at ... Read More »

Pointing Fingers


By Jory Westberry This year, more than any in recent memory, has been a political hotbed of accusations, misinformation, prevarication and unprofessional behavior. One has to wonder, “What in the world (or USA) is going on here? Didn’t we used to look to our leaders as Leaders? Weren’t we motivated by their education, articulation, humble beginnings, sincerity and humanity? We ... Read More »

Wearable Marco Lightning


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Kids are back in school and the September doldrums are in full swing on the island. To avoid the pain and anguish of a Marco September, I am enjoying a well-deserved vacation sunning myself with a pitcher of iced sangria overlooking the Mediterranean here on the southern coast of my other beloved island… Mallorca, Spain. This ... Read More »

New BAC Program

Thank You poster from campers to BAC, from left: Russ Rakestraw, Katie O’Hara, Samantha Malloy, Elaine Lancaster, Ruth McCann, Maria Lamb, Gene Burson and Tony Ferrara. Submitted Photo

Submitted Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) brought its newest program to Camp Mackle on August 4. BAC members brought the beach to campers in grades 1-2 and 3-5, teaching them that “keeping the beach healthy” is as easy as A-B-C. Elaine Lancaster, BAC educational outreach program coordinator, presented “beach etiquette” in an easy-to-understand format, which was both age appropriate ... Read More »

Tomorrow is Promised to No One


More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides I think every generation that has come before us can point to the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetime. Some of those changes may have been positive, while others are of a questionable nature and may result in adjustments to our thought process going forward. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with so ... Read More »



During hurricane season, Collier County officials keep a close eye on the tropics.  Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches, and that you have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit prepared. Remember, the first 72 are up to ... Read More »