Tag Archives: focus

Jackie: An Alternative View or Lackluster to View?

Welcome Matthew Mendisana! Coastal Breeze News is happy to announce the addition of film enthusiast and critic, columnist Matthew Mendisana. Matthew will bring readers his insightful movie reviews in a regular column, “Reel Reviews.” REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a story that has been told countless times. Dozens of books and films have ... Read More »

Kiwanis Launches “Christmas in July” Backpack Campaign

By Maureen Chodaba  Close your eyes and remember the days of childhood. Go back in your mind’s eye to recapture the feeling of going to school. Do you remember the challenges of learning? How about the social goals of fitting in and making friends? Did any other kids ever make fun of you? Hopefully, most of you were as fortunate ... Read More »

Golf Etiquette

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org That stuffy sounding term, golf etiquette, is a hotly debated topic among golfers across the land from sea to shining sea, mainly because what we know as “etiquette” changes over time in all walks of life. Some will think that’s good and some bad depending on what changes. Usually, people believe in what they ... Read More »

Not Our Finest Hour

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those that have followed the political landscape on Marco Island during the last six months, the events leading up to the resignation of City Manager Roger Hernstadt should not have come as a surprise. Hernstadt was not the favorite of the slate of four who swept to victory on November 8th, and ... Read More »

MIYC Hires New Sales & Catering Director

Submitted Ms. Paige Simpson has accepted a position with the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) as the Club’s new Director of Sales and Catering. Ms. Simpson, a Certified Wedding Professional and Certified Meeting Planner, will focus on making MIYC the premier venue for weddings and rehearsal dinners, as well as major events. She has more than 26 years’ experience in ... Read More »

Chamber Moves Forward After ‘Game Changers’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday evening, January 28, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held its Installation of 2017 Board of Directors and Graduation of Leadership Marco Class of 2016, at the elegant Hideaway Beach Club. Chamber President Alex Parker III welcomed guests and spoke of what he called the “game changing” events of 2016. Parker began with ... Read More »

UPDATE: Planning Board Says No to Treatment Center

PLANNING BOARD SAYS NO TO TREATMENT CENTER By Steve ‘Stef’ Stefanides Unless the Marco City Council overrides the recommendation of the newly organized Planning Board, the project which was known as the Tropical Palms Recovery Center, LLC will not be moving forward anytime soon.  The center would have provided treatment for those seeking substance abuse treatment in a private clinic, ... Read More »

There’s Nothing Like the Joy in Helping a Child, Agreed?

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry When is the last time you noticed the shoes that a child was wearing? Or the way he or she walked? Or whether the shoes were appropriate for the activity? Often, we’re too busy, distracted and we have minimal eye contact, but nothing else; we really don’t look at the whole child ... Read More »

The Naples Trust Company: CURRENT OUTLOOK

Andrew Vanderhorst, CFA, CFP, CLU  Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Naples Trust Company Naples/Marco, FL – – (January 23, 2017) – – In retrospect, the theme for 2016 was ‘expect the unexpected.’  The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) was greatly discounted by the ‘smart money.’ The surprise election of Donald Trump to the US presidency ... Read More »

Marco Bay Yacht Club Celebrates Commodore Ball

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The Marco Bay Yacht Club is an organization rich in history on Marco Island and is the oldest and one of the most active boating organizations on Marco Island. Its roots date back to 1968 when it organized by the Marco Island Development Corporation and called the Marco Island Yacht Club. It was reorganized in 1972 ... Read More »

What is Your Golf Club Set Make-up?

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Many things have changed over the years in the game of golf and the golfers who play the game— club technology, golf-specific exercise, nutrition, course conditions, etc. However, one thing remains the same: the average Joe Golfer wants to hit the golf ball farther, and golf club and ball manufacturers have been listening. They ... Read More »

Honig Assumes Chairman

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On a governmental board of seven individuals with strong personalities and varied backgrounds, the job of the man sitting in the middle can be a challenging, if not daunting task. In Marco elective politics the man sitting in the middle occupies the seat as the Chairman on the City Council, and for the next ten months ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

Dillman’s Arts Festival Returns to Marco

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts brings Dillman’s annual Arts Festival to the island on January 22, from noon to 4 PM. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Attendees will experience demonstrations by artists and learn about Dillman’s creative arts program. They will also enjoy door prizes and refreshments. The Dillman’s Arts ... Read More »

The Island Country Club Introduces New Sous Chefs

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has two new sous chefs on their culinary team. Los Angeles native Loren Cogswell earned the title of executive sous chef and Fanny Bustamante, originally from Lima, Peru, is now the club’s Double Eagle sous chef. Cogswell has a degree in aquatic biology. During his college years, Loren cooked for friends and ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

Submitted  The Marco Island Yacht Club celebrated its 15th Anniversary as a member-owned club by holding a Crystal Ball dinner dance on December 9. Over 80 members attended, many of whom were charter members of the club when it was founded in the fall of 2001. In his welcoming remarks, Dave Everitt, chairman of the Yacht Club Board of Directors, ... Read More »

Post Shot Evaluation

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org How many times have you heard these well-meaning but generally useless tips on the golf course:  Keep your head down.  Keep your left arm straight. Keep your right hand out of it. Keep your eye on the ball.  It’s mental…etc., etc.  Either golfers repeat these admonitions to themselves, or other golfers are lending free ... Read More »

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has completed a comprehensive renovation of its one- and two-bedroom suites. Additional updates have also been completed on the resort’s Gulf Ballroom. The updated luxury interiors capture the essence of the boutique resort’s beachfront location in a palette of soft blues and mint greens against ... Read More »

MIAAOR Installs Officers for 2017

By Don Manley Mike O’Rourke said his goal as the new president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) is a simple one: to support members as they work to log more sales. “I think the goals for the board that we’ve outlined is to really try and help and nurture our realtors and all the great affiliates ... Read More »