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Marco Republicans Enjoy Boehner Reception

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In hockey they call it a “hat trick” when three goals are scored by a single player in one game. Last Friday evening the Caxambas Republican Club scored a “hat trick” of its own when they celebrated the contributions of former Republican Speaker of the House, and part time island resident John Boehner. In addition they ... Read More »

New Team Adds Flavor to the Hilton

By Samantha Husted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has recently announced the appointment of Executive Chef Corey Hepburn and Food and Beverage Director Joseph Fisher. The two will work together as a team to oversee all facets of food and beverage on the Marco Island property. This includes seeing new dining options for the resort, such as ... Read More »

Furnish Your Home with Quality

By Jesus Calo  The good life starts with a good night’s sleep. Being the only mattress store on the island makes for good business, but that does not stop Marco Island Mattress (MI Mattress) from expanding its showroom with a full line of furniture. The best deal cannot be found online but inside the Marco Island store. After over a ... Read More »

Cubs Dream Day Raffle

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Want the experience of a lifetime watching an action-packed Chicago Cubs game from the field box with three of your friends or family? Here is your chance! The Marco Island Woman’s Club is holding an exciting Chicago Cubs Dream Day Raffle. The 2017 Raffle Drawing will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 4 PM ... Read More »

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good – Not Necessarily in That Order

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s start with the Bad. The 30-foot Brazilian Pepper (BP) tree invasion is killing our native mangroves on Isles of Capri by crowding them from the sunlight they need to survive. Native to South America, they were introduced as an ornamental tree, but Avast, me hearties, they’ve changed the landscape and threaten ... Read More »

Should the Tax Tail Wag the Dog?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” ~ Frederic Chopin, Composer Question: How much will the possibility of tax reform influence financial markets, and should I wait until this is completed before reviewing my estate planning documents? Answer: There’s an old adage on Wall Street; “Don’t’ let ... Read More »

Marco’s Miracle Baby

By Jessica Hernstadt With his deep brown eyes and infectious smile, no one who meets 7½-month-old baby Cash is immune from his charms. But what many don’t know is that this beautiful child is nothing short of a miracle. Cash Carter Macchiarolo was born on August 24, 2016, five weeks early with a severe heart condition. Cash’s father Nick Macchiarolo, ... Read More »

Marco Recognizes Gopher Tortoise Day

By Samantha Husted The gopher tortoise (or the gopherus polyphemus for all you science folk) is one of world’s oldest living species. The reptile is estimated to have roamed the earth anywhere from 500,000 to two million years ago. Gopher tortoises are native to the southeastern United States and can be found in all 67 counties of Florida. You may ... Read More »

A Snapshot of the Savages

By Don Manley It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find two people more steeped in all that is Marco Island than Herb and Emily Savage. Herb, 98, is known by some as the city’s “unofficial mayor” for his role as a chief architect for the Mackle Brothers, developers of modern Marco, and his decades of civic involvement, unceasing ... Read More »

This Home is a Sanctuary

By Jesus Calo All it takes is one person connecting the dots to make a difference, and seasonal resident Jane DeMado has done exactly that. As a member of the Noontime Rotary Club, she has attended many luncheons that bring speakers from various places to connect Marco Island beyond the bridge. Five years ago, one speaker spoke candidly about his ... Read More »

Evolution of a Butterfly

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com I’ve had a lot of wonderful experiences in my life, but none better than the magnificent creation of friendships over my lifetime. This is especially true in regards to those families I’ve become close with and observed the growth and additions to those families. Moving away from some of those friends was especially ... Read More »

News From The Nest: Keeping An Eagle Eye On Bald Eagles, Paleo And Calusa

By Linda J. Turner Finally! There are two eaglets in the nest at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Last week, through a high-powered lens, two small, fuzzy, eaglet heads were seen reaching up for food being delivered into the nest by the adult eagles. One eaglet appears considerably larger than the other, an indication that the two ... Read More »

The Many Birds of South Florida

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Be sure to join Bob on ... Read More »

Celebrate Mother Nature at Earth Day Festival

Submitted The Southwest Florida community is invited to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. From electric boat tours to live animal shows, to live music and great food, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth ... Read More »

Blasting Ahead to the ‘Battlefield of Brotherhood’

By Jory Westberry Attending a rehearsal with the cast of the upcoming performance of “Battlefield of Brotherhood” is like being pummeled and then revived. Let me explain. The play, written, produced and directed by Gina Sisbarro, showcases the often misunderstood, but clearly the reality of relationships between the southern plantation owner and family with the plantation overseer and his family. ... Read More »

Keller Williams Realtors’ Efforts Will Benefit Many

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The term “We Are Family” truly has meaning at the Keller Williams Realty firm. When the plight of little Jenny Sagan, whose mom and dad are realtors at the firm, became known to Sandy Sims and her team leader Cindy Griesse they sprang into action to assist the family. Together, with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, ... Read More »

Present at the Creation Julia Cartwright Looks Back

By Barry Gwinn In the space of just four years, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team has gone from being the laughing stock of the league to being the team that no one wants to play. Julia Cartwright remembers it all. Julia is graduating this year with plans to major in elementary education and minor in women’s studies ... Read More »

‘Purity’ By Jonathan Franzen

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Don’t you like me?” she whispered. “Actually, I love you.” When I pick up a Jonathan Franzen novel, I have a certain expectation for a fluidity of writing and meandering narrative. I expect the author to use family and journeys, deep introspective thinking and humor. “Purity” is missing something of that thoughtful, heavy edge, but truthfully, ... Read More »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

Ode to Hippie Bread & Sassy Tarts at the Farmers Market

By Maria Lamb Our sense of smell and taste contribute a great deal to our enjoyment of life, and a visit to Marco’s Farmers Market is an experience filled with mouthwatering loaves of bread, pastries, croissants and sweet tarts. JC’s Daily Bread Jon-Claude (JC) Stevens is the master baker at JC’s Daily Bread and he wants folks to know that ... Read More »