Tag Archives: Everglades


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Take a Hike fundraiser held for Marco Island Charter Middle School was a fun event for students which also raised needed funds for the school. The timing, just before mid-term exams and Christmas break, was perfect for letting the kids expend some of the season’s excitement. Students had family and friends sponsor their ‘hike’ ... Read More »

The Three’s Have It!

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island’s lucky number must be three. In February, the website Buzzfeed.com proclaimed Cape Romano as the third most beautiful abandoned island in the world. And now, Marco Island has placed third as TripAdvisor.com’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Top Ten Islands in the U.S. Coming in just behind San Juan Island in Washington state and Kauai, Hawaii, ... Read More »

A Christmas Salute to Veterans

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It was a night held in honor of those who have served our country. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and our current wars gathered at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum to be celebrated for fighting for our nation’s freedom. A part of the Christmas Island Style event, the evening’s ... Read More »

Twenty-five Years of Joy

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Joy of Giving has ‘wrapped up’ its 25th year. “This was a monumental year for us,” said Nicki Davis, founder of the Joy of Giving, “not only in the number of years we have supplied gifts to children, but in the numbers of children needing help. The amount of funds raised was also significant. ... Read More »

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For many it’s an annual celebration. The faithful walk the distance from Kretch’s Restaurant on Bald Eagle Drive to San Marco Catholic Church at dusk. They walk in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her appearance to a Mexican peasant in a vision on December 12, 1531. Some walk as ... Read More »

How to Build a Green Home

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com What makes a good home? Sturdy walls, hurricane rated windows, fine and fancy appliances. These are all things we either have or probably desire in a dream home. But what makes a smart home? One that can utilize simple concepts and smart technology while actually saving the homeowner money. That’s a smart home. How is it ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Changes Windows

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Coastal Breeze News has closely followed the Artists in Residence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the past year regarding the amazing etched and stained glass windows made for the Advent and Epiphany seasons respectively. As the Christian faith moves from the birth of Christ to the season of Epiphany, a time of celebration where the ... Read More »

HUUUUGE Part 2: The Cruise

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “Now remember Duffy, what happens on the ship stays on the ship,” I said as we boarded the Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Sea cruise ship in Miami. “Got it!” she replied. We stuck to that story, but upon my return I remembered the promise I made to my readers in the previous edition – a ... Read More »

Dolphin Explorer Takes Center Stage

Submitted Spend an evening with Captain Chris Desmond, the founder and director of the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project, and his survey team of naturalists and biologists. Hear stories of the amazing marine creatures and other wildlife they encounter aboard his boat the Dolphin Explorer – even the Florida panther has made an appearance. A lecture and film, sponsored by FGCU’s ... Read More »

Marco Island Chamber Year in Review

Submitted What a year for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Once again, in its 36th year, the Chamber devoted itself to helping the needy as well as representing the business community and fostering tourism and commerce. 2013 saw the Chamber build on the success of past programs and institute new ones for the benefit of the Marco Island community. ... Read More »

Sue Monk Kidd to visit Sunshine Booksellers

Submitted Make your plans now to come by Marco Island Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 4 PM to help Sunshine Booksellers and author Sue Monk Kidd celebrate her newest book, The Invention of Wings. The book is set for release on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. At the ticketed event, Sue will be giving a talk ... Read More »

Expectations for Florida’s housing sector in 2014

By Coastal Breeze News Staff News from economists at the Florida Realtors 2014 Real Estate and Economic Summit in Orlando indicates that growth is expected to continue but at a slower rate than we experienced in 2013, according Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo. “The real estate market is going to grow, and we’ll probably see about a 10 percent ... Read More »

Kiwanis brings cheer to Manatee Elementary students

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was scene right out of the North Pole. On a recent chilly morning at Manatee Elementary School, Christmas carols poured out of a media center decked out in traditional red, green and gold. Candy canes and cookies sat at the ready, as children lined up — some grinning ear-to-ear others looking just a little ... Read More »

Veterans Park Battles Fire Ants

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Few insects make their presence known like fire ants. A person may not feel them crawling up his or her leg, but the telltale painful burning sting certainly cannot be mistaken. This is a familiar sensation for some who have visited Marco Island’s Veterans Park recently. Whether for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Movie ... Read More »

LCEC line project to continue in 2014

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Dec. 9, some Marco Island residents were left in the dark after an aged distribution power line failed. The failure caused stress to a nearby pole which broke. The line went down, leaving a live electrical wire on the ground. The power went out for about 2,200 Lee County Electric Cooperative customers. This incident ... Read More »

Coffee with the Councilor

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Bill Harris is a concerned citizen of Marco Island. He attends almost every City Council meeting, and tries to keep track of anything that may interest his fellow Marco residents. He also keeps a log of promises made by those running for and/or presently serving on the City Council. “One such promise that was made ... Read More »

Building Paradise: Q&A with Herb Savage

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Many Marco Island residents know Herb Savage. The man has lived here since 1979, but his legacy on Marco Island supersedes that date. As the official architect to the Mackle Brothers, Savage helped create the vision that is now Marco Island. Approaching his 95th birthday on January 6, Coastal Breeze News asked Savage to sit down ... Read More »

Florida for the Holidays

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Since moving to Florida 15 years ago, we find ourselves increasingly spending the holidays in the Sunshine State. It’s not that we don’t like traveling at the holidays; we do. It’s the weather. We spent one Christmas in the Rockies. It snowed every day, and for three days, it was so bad that we ... Read More »

The Spotted Sea Trout

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The spotted sea trout (Cynoscion nebulosus), also called speckled trout, specs, trout or spotted weakfish, is a common shallow water fish found in our area of the Ten Thousand Islands. They are closely related to the northern weakfish (Cynoscion regalis). Even though most of these fish are caught on shallow grassy flats, spotted ... Read More »

Giving back to wildlife, our way of life

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com As the rest of the country is shoveling snow, commuting dangerously on icy roadways and bundling up in scarves and coats, we are walking the sunny Marco Island crescent beach in flip-flops or even barefoot, gift shopping in shorts and t-shirts and asking for an iced peppermint latte to cool off. What a wonderful ... Read More »