Tag Archives: equipment

PBS Documentary Features Score by JRobert

By Scott Shook Marco Island’s reigning Artist of the Year, JRobert Houghtaling, is excited for the debut of the PBS documentary, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles.” Houghtaling composed the score for the hour-long special—an honor the venerable musician considers the highlight of his outstanding musical career. “This is it, man. This is the one I’ve been waiting for,” ... Read More »

Under the Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

By Maria Lamb Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this ... Read More »

Fashion of the Heart

By Samantha Husted  To walk the runway is art. A model needs just the right amount of attitude, confidence, and personal swag to conquer the catwalk. Marco Island is home to a variety of fashion shows—usually showcasing trending styles of resort wear and almost always benefitting a specific cause or charitable venture. Marco Island models are well practiced. On February ... Read More »

Quarter Auction: Fun Way to Help Swim Team

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Want to try something different and fun while helping the Marco Island Swim Team raise needed funds? If you answered “Yes,” then check out the Quarter Auction on Saturday, February 18 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sandhill Street, Marco Island. You may be wondering, what exactly is a Quarter Auction? A Quarter Auction ... Read More »

Who You Gonna Call?

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As this column runs throughout the year, I often find myself writing for an audience of full-time residents. However, we are blessed with a seasonal influx of visitors from around the globe. As a community, we need to care for our part-time residents and guests just as they take ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement 

Officers Johnson and Tidwell were patrolling Dollar Bay and observed a vessel without navigational lights on while boating at night. During the vessel stop, Officer Tidwell observed that the vessel did not have a hull identification number (HIN). The officers then proceeded to follow the vessel to Bayview Boat Ramp and Officer Tidwell noticed another mullet skiff at the dock. ... Read More »

Equipment Check

Coach Wayne’s Corner By Wayne Clark As a coach and instructor, my customers and students frequently ask me, “What kind of tennis racquet or pickleball paddle should I buy?” Like purchasing anything today, it can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing because there is so much to choose from. In both tennis and pickleball, racquets and paddles were originally made of ... Read More »

Wishing Public Safety Personnel a Happy Holiday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I write this week’s column, I am very aware of the wonderful celebrations that are ongoing across this great nation of ours. Families, neighbors and friends are celebrating this glorious holiday season. However, as many of you know, I have a background in both the fire service and law enforcement. I cannot ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities presents $200,000 to FGCU and FSW

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently presented $200,000 to both Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) to award scholarships to qualifying students within their health care programs. Over the past eight years, the organization has granted more than $1.6 million to FGCU and FSW for programs and scholarships focused on pediatrics. “At SWFL Children’s Charities, ... Read More »

MIND, BODY And Spirit: The Heart of the Matter

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I have found that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” ~ Author Unknown We have reached that time of year when I feel as though I’m at the top of a roller coaster, the very highest peak, after a long, steady climb. As I peer over ... Read More »

Children’s Charities Dedicates Funds 

One in ten children struggle with a mental health condition before the age of 10. Locally and across the country, there is a lack of resources for children in need of mental health care and this year, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is dedicating its fund-a-cause dollars to the pediatric behavioral health initiative at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to ... Read More »

Popular Programs Hosted by Friends of the Library

Submitted Friends of Marco Island Library hosted two popular programs last week that were very well attended. The first program, offered on November 12, was an exciting morning review on burrowing owls. Jean Hall, project manager of Marco Island’s Owl Watch Program had a brief slide show on the history of the burrowing owls and their protective status. Attendees learned ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Marco Gives a Hoot!

Submitted The Friends of the Marco Island Library are sponsoring an exciting morning with our charming burrowing owls. On Saturday, November 12 at 10 AM, visit the Marco Island Branch Library to learn about the fascinating creatures. Jean Hall, project leader for the Audubon of the Western Everglades Owl Watch Program, will share her beautiful photographs of Marco’s burrowing owls. Two local ... Read More »

50 Years Making Marco a Better Place

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Coming together as a group of 16 friends back in 1966, the Marco Island Woman’s Club was chartered in an effort to fill a void and provide the fledgling community with an organization that women could rally around to provide needed philanthropy. Fifty years later that basic philosophy of civic involvement continues, as the organization and ... Read More »

Shining the Light on Amendment 1

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Florida is known as the “Sunshine State” because of its abundance of that commodity, which may be able to help Floridians wean themselves off of fossil fuels, minimizing the effect those fuels have on our environment. When you go to the polls, on your ballot you’ll find Florida’s Solar Amendment, known as Amendment 1. Although it ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Marco Gives a Hoot

Submitted The Friends of the Marco Island Library are sponsoring an exciting morning with our charming burrowing owls. Join us at 10AM on Saturday, November 12th, at the Marco Island Branch Library, located at 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, to learn about the fascinating creatures. Jean Hall, project leader for the Audubon of the Western Everglades Owl Watch Program, will share ... Read More »

The Contradiction in My Yard

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

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 »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

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 »

Local Author & Friend to Owls

Submitted  Marco Island children’s book author Roseanne Pawelec announced today that a total of over $1,000 has been donated to Audubon of the Western Everglades from sale proceeds of “Ollie Finds a New Home, the Story of a Burrowing Owl on Marco Island,” since the book was launched last fall. “It is so gratifying to play a part in supporting ... Read More »