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A Goldsmith Shop vs A Jewelry Store


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Often times I am asked to do services that relate to the jewelry business that I am unable to perform or I simply refuse to do. I know you are saying, that’s the wrong attitude, service and pleasing the customer is top priority when running a “service” business…horse hockey! As many of you baby boomers know ... Read More »

Local “Lost And Found” Author Heads to TV

From left: Philippe Cousteau, Capt. Tom Williams, Les Bowen (owner of the two cannons), and Ashlan Cousteau.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville What do you get when you combine high-tech satellite positioning with a search for pirate treasure off the coast of Marco Island? How about a great book with heroes and villains and more twists than a winding staircase. “Lost And Found” is a fictional story by local author and captain, Tom Williams, that was published in ... 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 »

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 »



Councilor Larry Sacher refers to many accomplishments of the current city council, and said that I am “typically on the losing end of 5-2 votes that helped to accomplish all of these positives.” The voting records can easily be checked on the city’s website. I am proud to have been on the “winning end” of votes establishing the bucket plan ... Read More »

Collier’s Artificial Reefs: The End of the Beginning

Photo by Cathy McConville
From left: Katie Laakkonen, Kathleen Rooney and Bob McConville.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Over the past few months I’ve addressed issues regarding the reef structures here in South Florida on several occasions. Recent visits by my wife, Cathy, and me have resulted in viewing the natural reef formations in the Florida Keys. The unfortunate “bleaching” of these once beautiful structures is caused by numerous factors, and has increased worldwide ... Read More »

One Bedroom Beachfront Condos

Admiralty house Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Recently 13 one-bedroom beachfront condos were for sale, ranging in price from $289,000 to $489,900, at five condo buildings. These condos are located at the north and south ends of the beach in Sunset House North, Emerald Beach, Tradewinds, Admiralty House and Apollo. They range in size from 504 to 750 square feet. ... Read More »

Celtics Win the Battle Over MIA, 31-21


By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy lost to St. John Neumann in a ruggedly fought football game, 31-21, that dampened a part of its homecoming week on Friday, September 23. By the end of the game, referee flags were flying as emotions got the better of both teams. The win gives St. John Neumann a 1-0 record in Class 2A-District ... Read More »

Lely Homecoming Win over Dunbar


By Roger LaLonde Lely fans were breathless at the end of the Lely Homecoming win over Dunbar, 27-24 on Sept.16. The noise card that was supposed to inspire the Trojans, was left laying on the ground that in the first half as Dunbar built a 16-0 lead. Only a miraculous pass-catch play of 53 yards from quarterback Jacquez Carter to ... Read More »

Marco’s Relay For Life Tops $308K

Trophies for the Teams of Excellence.

By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the words that define the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Washington walked and ran around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life went on to become a global movement, raising ... 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 »

County to Install New Main Water Line To begin April 2017 – Fiala makes it happen

The Goodland Water Tank, built in the 1970s to service Moran’s Marina at the foot of the Goodland Bridge.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Following the Easter holidays next spring (Easter Sunday is April 16) Collier County will begin replacing the 35-year-old main waterline into Goodland. Prior to 1981, Goodland depended solely on water collected in cisterns, or from artesian wells. Many visitors brought their own supplies of water, cistern water being unpalatable to many. In the late 1970s ... 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 »

A Tough Game Ahead For MIA Football

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game. Photos by Roger LaLonde

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team travels to Lake Highland Prep in Orlando for a 7 PM game on September 2. Marco Island’s game with St. Petersburg- Shorecrest Prep on August 26 was canceled due to severe weather. Distance and a non-district game determined the game will not be made up. The highly-touted 5A Highlanders won ... Read More »

MIHS Humanities Speaker Series


Submitted Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016-2017 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS). The series features four fascinating lectures about Florida’s history, culture and people. Each speaker is a well-known and award-winning expert in his/her field; each lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with an ... Read More »

Y Kids Put Through Olympic Paces


Submitted Shades of the recent Rio Olympics came to the Greater Marco Family YMCA recently when staff members combined to offer tastes of swimming, basketball and tennis to youngsters who might not have tried them before. “We decided we wanted a family fun night,” said the Y’s Healthy Living Director, Deborah Passero. “The kids were from 3 years old and ... Read More »

Storm Brings Simultaneous Emergencies

Submitted Photo

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Mid-afternoon on August 24, emergency personnel on Marco Island were dispatched to two unrelated incidents; one of which resulted in the death of roofing contractor on Marco Lake Drive and a lightning proximity strike at the south end of the island to a teenager walking on the beach. Units from Marco Island Police, Fire Rescue and ... Read More »

Officer, Father and Friend Fights Cancer

With fellow Marco Island Police Officers, from left: Steven Gaskill, Sal Pernice, Rod Rodriguez, Chief Al Schettino, Mark Haueter and Kris Franta.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Police Sergeant Mark Haueter is known throughout the community as the school resource officer for Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Marco Island Academy. But even if you don’t have children who go to school on Marco Island, chances are if you live on the island you either know or recognize ... Read More »