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Good Afternoon, I am writing as a concerned citizen and hoping that you will help spread public awareness for our state’s most valuable resource. Please note the recent events of Lake O discharges, the sink hole that has led to millions of gallons of radioactive waste into an aquifer, fracking and the Sabal Pipeline in the horizon. The water in ... Read More »

Conservancy hosts Fracking Summit


The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity will host the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 2at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and its impact on the environment and Southwest ... Read More »

Touch A Piece of Space! Meteorite Comes to Southwest Florida Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Hosts Meteorite Unveiling


The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium has unveiled a 126-pound meteorite. The big meteorite will be the focal point of a three-year exhibit. On loan by arrangement with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, the meteorite is part of a larger meteor that exploded just above the Earth’s surface some 4,500 years ago. Originally found in Argentina’s Campo del ... Read More »

Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

MIA football team is lined up and ready to go for its preseason game.

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they ... Read More »

Leadership NEXT welcomes experts on emergency preparedness and response

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center located at 2675 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. The program will feature a panel of local experts on emergency ... Read More »

Military Honored with Memorial Day weekend cruises

Pure Florida is honoring members of the U.S. military throughout Memorial Day weekend, offering free cruises May 27-30 for veterans and active duty service members when accompanied by paid adult or child admission. The Memorial Day weekend cruises will set sail from Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with sunset cruises departing one ... Read More »

Hodges University Announces New President

The Board of Trustees at Hodges University has announced Donald W. Wortham, Ph.D. as the new President of the institution. Wortham will lead the university, which offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus and online. Wortham comes to Hodges from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, MN where he has served as the Vice President of Strategic ... Read More »

Local Pirates – Fact or Fiction?


Submitted We’ve heard of Gasparilla – it was the name of a supposedly famous pirate, and it is also the name of an island off the coast of Fort Myers. But, did he really exist? Was the island named in ancient maps long before he was reported to have marauded these coasts? And, there was our own Juan Gomez who ... Read More »

Hills No Problem for Marco 5 Mile Run Winners

Lely High runners, from left, Garrett Southerland, Emma Fernandez, Rosie and Michael Poling, just before the run. Rosie came in second overall for women, Michael won his 14-and-under class and Emma came in second in the 15-19 class.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco 5 mile Hill Run gave way to winners who experience running hilly traverses in their home states. Jesse Armbruster of Columbus, Ohio and Jennifer Rapaport of Medford, Massachusetts attacked the 17 hilly sections of the race, fighting chilly weather and a strong head wind to the finish line to win easily. Armbruster won in ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities announces 2016 Chef Vintner Dinner Hosts

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce the hosts of the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Chef Vintner Dinners. At the Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 26, the hosts will wine and dine guests with the help of distinguished vintners and local chefs. Each host will present a uniquely themed dinner for guests to enjoy, paired with ... Read More »

Learn how to catch a python with free hands-on training in Fort Myers, Naples

People who live in southwest Florida can learn to identify and safely capture Burmese pythons at upcoming 2016 Python Challenge™ in-person training sessions in Lee and Collier counties. Training for Lee County is on Dec. 20 at the Olga Community Center in Fort Myers, with both morning and afternoon sessions. Can’t make it to the December training? You can still sign up ... Read More »

Holiday Gift Ideas: Books by Local Authors


By Maggie Gust If you are looking for holiday gifts for family, children, friends, or acquaintances up north or locally, may I suggest you consider giving a little bit of the flavor of our region? We have many talented authors here in Southwest Florida. No matter what you’re looking for, cookbook, romance, history, fantasy, poetry, children’s books about local turtles, ... Read More »

Performers Look Forward to 50th Anniversary Concert

The Nowhere Band’s guitar collection spans the period of the Beatles’ career. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley Modern Marco Island’s half century of existence will be commemorated with music at the 50th Anniversary Concert in the Park, set for November 21 at Veterans Community Park. The genre-spanning lineup will include Marco resident Jim Long, Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Jazz Band and featured guest, Beatles tribute artists ... Read More »

Stretton Returns to MIA


By Roger LaLonde Mums the word when it comes to Cole Stretton returning to Marco Island Academy (MIA) in time for basketball season. Stretton decided to transfer in the fall to play his senior year at Lely, with the hopes of greater exposure for scholarship opportunities by playing at the 5A level, rather than MIA’s 2A team. The reason for ... Read More »

Pure Florida supports breast cancer awareness with special October promotion

Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations are honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a special promotion to support the fight against breast cancer. When guests purchase any Pure Florida cruise, tour, excursion, gift card or apparel in October and wear pink on the day of their Pure Florida experience, a portion of the proceeds will go to ... Read More »

Pure Florida Launches Pure Education


Submitted Pure Florida has launched Pure Education, a division that focuses on programming and outreach in order to teach students of all ages about the natural Southwest Florida environment in hopes of inspiring preservation efforts and future environmental scientists and marine biologists. Pure Education offers Marine Science Field Trips, which incorporates coordinated life science curriculum for Pre-K through 6th grade ... Read More »


Hodges University has begun a R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Friday movement to honor United States military servicemen and servicewomen who are currently serving overseas. The movement encourages students, staff, faculty and campus visitors, as well as the general public, to wear something red on Fridays. “Only a minority will serve in the United States Armed Forces, but a majority can show their support,” said Christine Manson, Hodges University’s Director ... Read More »


Victims of Identity Fraud in Southwest Florida Now Have a Local Resource for Help Earlier this summer, Hodges University announced the establishment of the Identity Fraud Institute. The Identity Fraud Institute, which is research and education focused, will serve as the central hub for all identity theft and fraud related information in and throughout the state of Florida, as well as provide victim assistance programs. Previously mentioned, citizen education ... Read More »

Surge heads to Nationals

Coach Chadd Chustz with members of his U6 team that won the at the Caple Coral 3v3 tourney. From left, are Gabriel Polanco, Aeden Chustz and Mario Guzman.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Surge 3v3 teams are gearing up for the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, July 31-Aug. 2. The Under 9 boys and U15 girls are rated No. 1 in Florida. The U6 boys are rated second, while the U12 boys are ... Read More »

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference benefits 140 girls


About 40 Southwest Florida women in business mentored 140 girls as part of the 16th annual Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference on May 6 at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Girls Going Places® conference is a partnership between Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. It is designed to mentor and educate young ... Read More »