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MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

Photo by Barry Gwinn
MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter


More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... 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 »

Miami, Naples Athletes Claim Triathlon Top Spots

Competitors in the swimming leg of the Marco Island Triathlon.

By Scott Shook Mild temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted 374 participants in the sixth annual Marco Island Triathlon the morning of October 2, at the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort. Vladimir Casanova of Miami blitzed the field, finishing a full 48 seconds in front of second place finisher Ross Lenehan of Cape Coral. Kayla Schmidt of Bonita Springs outdistanced the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ann Sepe and Alfred Marchand


Which Plan: Midtown Development Plan (2012) meets Veterans Community Park Master Plan (2009)? As past board members of Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) we do not know where to begin with regard to city sponsored Plans. We have reviewed the Veterans Community Park Master Plan, as well as, recommendations and options brought forth by the Park and Recreation Advisory Committee ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Amadeo Petricca


Dear Marco Island Voters and Residents, I am a candidate for re-election to the Marco Island City Council. I continue to challenge the City on financial matters greatly affecting you — the taxpayer. For months, the City has been negotiating with a developer to build a hotel (165 Rooms) near Veteran’s Community Park, where by, the City will transfer 131 Density ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris


When another during-the-break backroom deal hired King Roger, you could see the conspiracies that would follow. King Roger negotiated behind doors to build a 165-room hotel near Veteran’s Community Park, and to add 131 Density Credits to the developer’s 34. Then develop portions of the park. City Council was not aware of the back room negotiation, and were only made ... Read More »

Berko Moves Building Services Forward


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many city residents they quickly identify the benefits provided to them from the various city departments. If they play senior softball or take their kids to Mackle Park they quickly identify with those employees that work for Parks and Recreation. They see police officers on patrol or have an occasion to call for service they ... Read More »

Olympic Golf


ALL THINGS Golf Todd Elliott The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally here, and for the first time since 1904 golf will once again be a featured event. So beyond the usual fare of swimming competitions, track and field, diving, judo, gymnastics and many other sports less popular to the general American audience, golf will be part of the Olympic ... Read More »

Election 2016: Learn the Facts Before You Vote


More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides 2016 continues to be an election year that has Americans shaking their heads as to the choices they have at the ballot box. This year we will have the opportunity to elect office holders that range from the highest office in the land, in addition to candidates for some of the more local, state ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Clarification


In your last edition, a letter writer mentioned the comprehensive rental ordinance and I wanted to address their question. One of my goals of this campaign has been to speak with as many Marco Island citizens as possible so please email me at jared@jaredgrifoni.com at any time to discuss the issues. Regarding the comprehensive rental ordinance I was against it because ... Read More »

The Computer Age


By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor


Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board ... Read More »

City Council Highlights


By Maureen Chodaba It was a stormy night on June 6. Marco Island was fortunate to dodge a direct hit from Tropical Storm Colin, but encountered a different kind of storm at the regular meeting of the city council. Goodland Road was the center of this storm. The catalyst for this storm was a letter dated May 25 from the ... Read More »

Marco Makes a Move Or is it just another stalling tactic?

Waterfront real estate advertised at what is becoming Goodland’s new waterfront. Tide can be seen flooding in from the Marco River (upper right), as a stream of water pours in from the Gulf (upper right, middle). Ironically it comes in through a drain installed to remove excess storm/rainwater. (1/17/16)

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 2002, the City of Marco Island (CMI) took over jurisdiction and responsibility for Goodland’s only access road. Since that time, due to heavy traffic, frequent flooding, and inadequate maintenance, the road is deteriorating at an alarming rate. I have written four articles in this newspaper about the situation in which the road was rightfully ... Read More »

Never Again!

USS Donald Cook

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Here is what the news outlets reported back on April 11 and 12th: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close ... Read More »

Paved Paradise: Parking on Marco


By Maureen Chodaba Driving down Collier Boulevard, I sang along to “Big Yellow Taxi,” one of my favorite tunes by Joni Mitchell: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” The lyrics made me think about Marco Island. We have put up some parking lots, although fortunately, we have not completely paved our little piece of paradise. But, alas, ... Read More »

Marco Company Books Cuba Cruises

By Don Manley Week-long cruises to Cuba that blend cultural-immersion and tours of the island’s three largest cities can now be booked at America Travel Arrangements on Marco Island. The Carnival Corporation will begin offering service to the island from Miami on May 1, after receiving approval from the U.S. and Cuban governments, said Ewout DeVries, who co-owns America Travel ... Read More »

Villagers’ Views

‘’The Hump,’’ photograph by Jim Freeman.

Submitted  Tara O’Neill, award-winning artist, community activist, and devout Floridian, is hosting her 13th annual home-grown art extravaganza, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, from 1-4 PM, at Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, in the historically-significant fishing village of Goodland. This year O’Neill will be joined by guest artist, renowned photographer Jim Freeman. Recognized as the 2015 Artist ... Read More »