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MICMS routs Seacrest

By Ed D’Alessandro  In a hard fought series of matches at Seacrest Country Day School, some of the matches lasted over two hours. The Marco Island Charter Middle School Boys prevailed over Seacrest five matches to zero and the Girls won three matches tied one doubles match and lost the other. Read More »

Island Country Club tennis tournaments

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Mens’ 3.5 event was won by member Roger Boissie and his guest Paul Violette both from Dover NH 10-8 over Corky Trebilcock from the Island Club and his guest Kerry O’Brien . The Womens Open level Member/ Guest Tournament Championship went to the team of Island Club member Keely Miller and her guest Stacy Faremouth taking out club member Eileen Fisher and Elizabeth MidKiff 10-6 in the Match Tie breaker final. In the Mens Open level Member/ Guest the 3 time Champs Larry Sexton and Clay Zyerefld were eliminated 10-8 in the semi finals ... Read More »


SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  If you can drag your eyes away from the beautiful conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the west, look towards the north and find everyone’s favorite asterism – the Big Dipper. Besides being easy to find it’s also useful; in addition to its famous ability to point out the North Star if you flip the direction of the pointer stars they indicate the direction of the constellation Leo. Extend the arc of the handle you will come to the bright star Arcturus, although you should wait until the Big Dipper is higher in ... Read More »

Marco Yacht Club celebrates

Submitted In January, Marco Bay Yacht Club celebrated its 38th Annual Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. The event was held at Hideaway Beach Club, with music provided by the versatile Dan Vass and a wonderful dinner provided by the Hideaway staff. The beautiful floral arrangements of white hydrangea with red roses and miniature blue tinged flowers on tables covered with red, white and blue linens created a perfect environment for the patriotic theme selected by outgoing Commodore Brent Cook. More than a 100 members and guests were in attendance to witness Commodore Brent Cook welcome Alan Rapp as the ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Some of the simplest pleasures of life are enjoyed on the ubiquitous lanais and terraces of Southwest Florida. These spaces provide the best features of indoor and outdoor living, places where homeowners can enjoy the fresh subtropical air while reading the morning newspaper, relaxing over cocktails or watching the sunset over the Gulf. Many Southwest Florida homeowners have electric storm shutters on their lanais. They like to leave their shutters open as much as possible to let in the abundant Florida sunshine, and they close them when they sense that rain is imminent. But everyone ... Read More »

Visit Everglades City in March 10

Historic Everglades City is buzzing on Saturday, March 10, with something for everyone. ART-IN-THE-GLADES opens at 10:00 a.m. in McLeod Park on the Circle where the playground is a diversion for the kiddies while adults browse among arts & crafts stalls. Live music will entertain all ages. For information, phone (239) 695-2905. Then at 1:00 p.m. the EVERGLADES HOMES TOUR starts. You can visit historic private houses, open to the public especially for this event. Included are some of the oldest buildings in Collier County, dating from the early 1920s when Everglades City was the County seat and headquarters for ... Read More »

10,000 ISLAND BOY:101

MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus Listening to a favorite song or album can be like chatting with an old friend. It can bring back memories of when and where you were the time you first heard it. Somehow it helps you recall smells, sights and even feelings. Music can be a “pick-me-up”, like an anthem before a big game or match. It can be used to set “the mood”. It can help relieve stress. It awakens soldiers, sailors & summer campers. Lullabies put babies to sleep. It can indicate war. It helps mourners grieve for loved ones ... Read More »

Introducing… Gema Pearl

By Natalie Strom The Annual Marco Island Seafood Festival always features great seafood and great music. In its fourth year, the event continues to grow, featuring some of the best local entertainers in the area. While attending the two-day event, to be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, make sure to stop and listen to local music sensation, Gema Pearl. Spectra Records recording artist, Gema Pearl will be performing live at the Seafood Festival from 4:30 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 24. Gema will be singing original songs from her first solo album. She will also ... Read More »

Larry Sacher announces bid for City Council

Marco Island’s next city council election will coincide with the national election in November.  Four council seats are open:  Council Chairman Jerry Gibson; Councilman Frank Recker; Councilman Wayne Waldack and Councilman Bill Trotter.  Mr.Trotter is term limited, and cannot run again. The only declared candidate thus far is Mr. Laurence Sacher, an Ohio native who moved to Marco Island.  He is co-founder of the Marco Island Homeowners who recently changed their name to Marco Island Property Owners.  Mr. Sacher has written a letter explaining his reasons for deciding to seek elective office: Marco Island needs a new City Council and ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White slept here

By Kathleen Douglas I admit it. I’m addicted. Once I discovered Randy Wayne White and his passion for narrative set in South West Florida I became his number one fan. In between escapades shared with our hero, Doc Ford and his erudite trans-channeling sidekick Tomlinson, I get my RWW fix by visiting some of the places Ford frequents from his base in a stilt house/laboratory overlooking the flats of Sanibel Island. You can imagine how delighted I was to have a little mistake turn into a walk in Randy’s tracks! Hoping to catch a tour of Useppa Island and lunch at ... Read More »

Policeman of the Year

By Monte Lazarus  There were guns galore and lots of husky guys in black uniforms. Not to worry. The event was Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation on February 17th at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Men in Black were Marco’s Finest, the police who insure the safety of residents and visitors. It was also the occasion for the Foundation to honor retiring Detective Glenn Zirgibel as Policeman of the Year. It was his second such award. County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott took time from busy schedules to attend ... Read More »

Kayaking for KindnessSteven and his wife, Kieu on a recent visit to Thailand.

By Natalie Strom  Steven R. Banks is attempting to go where no man has gone before. Well, that’s not completely accurate, but he is planning something extraordinary. On Friday, April 23, Steven will attempt to kayak the total outer perimeter of the Marco Island, Cape Romano, Coon Key and Goodland commons area. This kayak trip may certainly have been done before, but not within the 24-hour time frame Steven has planned. People may think Steven is crazy for attempting this, but the only thing he is crazy about is raising awareness for local and global humanitarian concerns. That is ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  The 7th Annual Marco Island Kiwanis Car Show was even more successful than the last six! John DeRosa and his team of dedicated, determined, hardworking Kiwanians prepared beautifully, even to ordering perfect weather! I remember when he first suggested the idea, everyone was a little ambivalent, concerned that it would never be a good fund raiser. As most of you know, the Kiwanians (and Rotarians as well) raise money throughout the year to help the children in our community and the extended Collier County community; it’s for those little tykes who cannot help themselves, or who need ... Read More »

The Stolen Crown

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Bright Star Buddies, made up of Mrs. Albero’s second grade class at Tommie Barfield Elementary, put on a play entitled, “The Stolen Crown”. It was an opportunity for them to bring literacy to life through an engaging literary experience. The students, after reading a variety of fairy tales in class, wrote their own fairy tales. The class voted on which story would be used as the basis of their play. The story chosen was written by student, Carter Sickels, who modeled the play after a Russian fairy tale, “The Stolen Turnips.” The enchanting tale ... Read More »

Fashion, food and fundraising at Bistro Soleil

By Natalie Strom Marco Island Clothing Company and Bistro Soleil Restaurant are teaming up for their annual fundraising fashion show. The fourth annual show, to be held at 11:00 AM on March 8th, raises money for the Greater Marco Island Unit of the American Cancer Society. Joyce McFarland, owner of Marco Island Clothing Company, and her good friend, Lisa Meurgue, owner of Bistro Soleil, began this venture after Lisa found out that she, herself, had cancer. Lisa and Joyce have been good friends for years. Both private business owners on Marco Island, they had an immediate connection. Lisa has ... Read More »

65 years and counting!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Why would you want to be a member of the Masons? That is a question asked Owen Carr, a long-time Marco Island resident. Owen recently celebrated 65 years of being in the brotherhood of Masons! To bestow the honors, a formal ceremony was held recognizing this membership benchmark at the Cypress Lodge in Naples. His wife, Pat, and two other couples were in attendance as well as many fraternity brothers. After a sit down dinner in the lodge they were invited into the main hall to witness the presentation. Owen has a strong belief in ... Read More »

I’ll show you my axe if you show me yours

By Natalie Strom  Show Your Axe is one of those hidden spots on Marco that reminds true musicians of what small-town music shops are all about. Owner, Bob Duffy, has run the store, at its current location of 1165 Bald Eagle Drive for over three years now, but his first interaction with a musical instrument came long before he opened his doors on Marco. Duffy is an extremely interesting individual. He started his first business in his parents’ basement; a homemade candle-making company, when he was fifteen. Only a few years later, he sold the successful company. Since then ... Read More »

Not your typical T-shirt shop

By Natalie Strom Wind Tide, at Town Center Mall, is anything but your average vacation souvenir shop. The store, located three doors down from the Crazy Flamingo Restaurant, offers an amazing array of quality clothing and accessories for both visitors and locals. Yet, what truly sets them apart is the family-friendly atmosphere that owners, Billy and Shannon Diller, provide with great ease. That’s because Billy and Shannon believe in “treating others how they would like to be treated.” This motto extends beyond the human population as the Dillers even welcome dogs into their store. After all, Wind Tide was ... Read More »

Deltona Settlement Agreement – and its enormous impact

Craig Woodward The one single document with the greatest impact on the growth and density of Marco Island would be, without a doubt, the “Deltona Settlement Agreement.” This document created much of the current developed and undeveloped “eastern” Marco Island, as well as much of Rookery Bay and also created a great deal of the “951 Corridor” south of U.S. 41. The Agreement was not your normal arm’s length negotiated “deal” but was, in fact, the end result of years of complex litigation between the Deltona Corporation, who were the developers of Marco Island and of Marco Shores, and ... Read More »

Everglades homes tour

By Marya Repko  Everglades City has over 50 historic buildings, and a few of these will open their doors to visitors on March 10 at the Third Annual Everglades Homes Tour. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation (ESHP) is again sponsoring the event from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Cost of seeing some of the oldest homes and buildings in Collier County is only $20 per person. The price includes a souvenir booklet with a map, pictures, and historical information. Registration for those without advanced tickets will be in McLeod Park, across the street from City Hall, right on the circle ... Read More »