Tag Archives: Florida

Islanders Visit Navy Seal Museum

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides When William “Ryan” Owens/Senior Chief Petty Officer and a Special Warfare Operative with the Navy’s elite SEAL Teams was lost in action in Yemen on January 29, 2017, interest spiked in what actions had taken place during the operation and in the SEALs in general. A group of motorcyclists from Marco Island decided it was time ... Read More »

Community Donates Corks for a Cause

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When the Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Club joined forces to participate in the Meals of Hope, their desire was to bring a hands-on approach to ending hunger. Last year, over 500 volunteers joined forces at a Meals of Hope packaging event on island and in just under two hours, they packaged over 253,000 meals. The ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Choose Happiness

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” ~ Ralph Marston At a recent yoga class, I had a ... Read More »

Vintage Bay – Tranquil, Gated & Spacious

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Vintage Bay is a tranquil, secluded gated community located off San Marco Road with only 132 condos. It is nestled on about 20 acres of lush plantings and mature tropical trees along the edge of Barfield Bay. The four identical buildings A, B, C and D were built between 1997 and 2006. Each ... Read More »

Boaters Convene in Orlando

Submitted The United States Power Squadron, the largest recreational boating organization in the US with more than 35,000 members, held their annual meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida during the last week in February. For over 100 years, the Power Squadron has worked to make boating safer through its extensive educational program. The local squadron, Marco Island ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org On Saturday, March 12th Hideaway Beach Club hosted their 3rd Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running a Patriot Golf Day. Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a PGA of America member, ... Read More »

A Show of Flora & Fauna’s Free Spirit

By Maria Lamb Florida’s “Flora and Fauna” was the theme of the Calusa Garden Club’s recent March exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. It has been written that Florida’s flora is what caught the eye of Ponce de Leon and the Spanish explorers when they claimed Florida for Spain in 1512. They named the region “Florida” which ... 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 »

Randy Wayne White Book Signing

Submitted  Randy Wayne White will be at Sunshine Booksellers South Store on Saturday, March 25 at 2 PM for a book signing of “Mangrove Lightning,” his 24th Doc Ford book, after “Deep Blue” and “Cuba Straits.” He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published, as well as the Hannah Smith novels “Gone,” “Deceived,” ... Read More »

The Amazing Story of the ‘Yachts That Went to War’

Submitted  On Tuesday, March 28th at 7 PM, award-winning author Robert N. Macomber will present “Yachts That Went To War,” followed by a book signing at the Marco Island Rose History Auditorium. Marvel at the story of elegant yachts which were turned into warships during the Spanish-American War. In 1898, the United States Navy needed more ships, and they needed ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach’s Fight Against Cancer

Submitted The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee, #1 in Florida and #30 in the United States, raised over $110,000 during it’s recent “Course and Courts” and Car Show events. The results were a product of a Tennis Pro-Am, Goofy Golf/Ball Drop, Dinner Auction and Car Show and were delivered to the Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society. The committee’s ... Read More »

Snook to Reopen in Gulf Waters

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopened March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 inches or more than 33 inches total length, ... Read More »

Photo Contest – 75 Years of Florida’s WMAs!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today is launching its 75 Years Wild photo contest encouraging people to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system. The photo contest has four themes, based on the seasons. To enter, visit the FWC’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/MyFWC, look for a photo contest Facebook post and then post your photo in the Comments section. ... Read More »

Journey Across Religions

By Jesus Calo St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, hosted a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss: the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the land of India. This film contained remarkable ... Read More »

Brace Yourself for the ‘Battlefield of Brotherhood’

By Jory Westberry The upcoming play, “Battlefield of Brotherhood” debuting in March is a unique collaboration of students from three local schools to portray historical events with attention to the personal interactions between races. Students from the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and the Marco Island Academy have been learning and practicing their lines diligently for weeks ... Read More »

Shell Club Prepares for 7th Annual Shell Show

By Samantha Husted  In preparation for the Marco Island Shell Club’s 37th Annual Shell Show, Shell Club members met to create some one-of-a-kind shell art. The club members met at Dissler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island. The same location where the upcoming show will take place. Rows of large round tables were set up throughout the room. ... Read More »

Taking Her Case to Tallahassee Jane Watt Keeps Fighting for Kids

By Barry Gwinn Jane Watt, the founder and chair of Marco Island Academy (MIA), spends her days (and most nights) fighting – “Fighting for Kids,” as her recent book was entitled. Her book chronicles the battle to establish a local high school on the island. Against great odds, she succeeded in doing this, and MIA opened its doors in 2011. ... Read More »

Spinach and Junior Mints

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ~ Oscar Wilde When I was young I used to watch a popular cartoon titled Popeye. The main character was a somewhat gnarly-looking sailor man who smoked a pipe and had an anchor tattoo on his arm. Popeye had a love interest named Olive Oyl and a long-standing ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Is the Press an ‘Enemy of the American People’?

The President of the United States and approximately 40 representatives of 12 states on 12/15/91 signed into law five basic liberties for the citizens of America. That was December 15, 1791 and is our country’s Bill of Rights, which contains ten amendments. The First Amendment protects five basic freedoms, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, ... Read More »