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Burgers & Beer

By Jesus Calo The East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) gathered at BurgerFi on Thursday, July 13 for its first “Burgers and Beer” Business After Business networking event. What’s better than ending a busy week with a gourmet burger and an ice-cold beer? Members had the opportunity to chow down on a delicious burger of their choice with a side of ... Read More »

Tigertail Beach Clean-up

Submitted Bright and early on a recent Saturday morning, an enthusiastic group of 26 adult and youth volunteers met at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island for the quarterly beach clean-up sponsored by Friends of Tigertail. Jim Zimmerman from “Keep Collier Beautiful” participated with other volunteers. Usually the summer cleanup following July 4 is quite productive, and this was no exception. ... Read More »

Weeki Wachee Redux

Submitted The intense rainstorms of a few weeks ago did more than saturate Marco Island. They also forced the cancellation of Dr. Lucinda Vickers’s much anticipated lecture about Weeki Wachee Springs, the City of Mermaids, one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions. By popular demand, Dr. Vickers’s lecture has been rescheduled, this time for July 11 at 7 ... Read More »

Christmas in July Karaoke Fundraiser

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The non-profit Christmas Island Style organization is made up entirely of volunteers who work hard all year long in order to bring the Marco Island community a variety of free special events each holiday season; events that have become cherished island traditions. This year the 34-foot Christmas tree that is displayed in Veterans Community Park ... Read More »

YMCA to Offer Summer Theater Camp

By Samantha Husted Marco Island playwright Gina Sisbarro will once again be lending her directorial prowess in a new YMCA theater camp to take place July 17-21. “It is such a thrill to return to the Greater Marco Island YMCA to direct summer camp,” said Sisbarro. “This is where it all started with our first production of ‘Annie’ over 20 ... Read More »

Golden Gate Park has Summer Fun 

From bocce ball to high dives, if you are looking for outdoor summer fun, Golden Gate Community Park, located at 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples, Florida 34106, has something for everyone. For the sports fans, Golden Gate Community Park offers lit softball fields, little league field, racquetball and tennis courts, a soccer/football field and basketball courts. For those that are ... Read More »

It’s a Matter of Survival

By Maria Lamb On Sand Dollar Island, while some least terns are busy incubating their eggs others are still in courtship mode. Nearby, the black skimmers were observed panting under the harsh sun as they sat on their eggs. The birds have returned to their favorite strand of sand to rest, nest, feed and breed. Across the lagoon at the ... Read More »

Celebrating the End of School With A Bash

The City of Marco Island Parks & Rec recently hosted an End of School Bash at Mackle Park. The free event provided lots of food, fun, and entertainment for the island’s 6th-12th graders. Although it was a steamy day, the kids kept busy playing football and basketball, and challenged each other with the ever-popular inflatable obstacle course and joust.  For ... Read More »

It’s Mango Time on Marco Island

By Maria Lamb Marco Island is rolling in mangos this time of the year. You’ll find a mango tree in almost every backyard or side yard, surpassing even citrus and bananas in popularity. If you don’t have a mango, your neighbor for sure is going to have one loaded with fruit. And the trees will be producing more fruit than ... Read More »

2017 Recreational ORV Closure at Big Cypress

On Monday, June 19 at 12:01 AM, the annual 60-day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for all management units take effect. Any units that allow recreational ORV access within the preserve are included in the closure. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 18, 2017. The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan requires a seasonal 60-day period to allow resources a time ... Read More »

Food Business 

The Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee is hosting two free information sessions for those looking to start or expand their food-based business. Any interested culinary entrepreneur is invited to attend one of two upcoming sessions hosted at the Naples Business Accelerator offices at 3510 Kraft Road in Naples. The two free sessions will be held: June 20 from 6-7:30 PM June 28 from 12-1:30 PM ... Read More »

A Rising Star

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is fortunate to have Samantha Husted on staff. Sam was born and raised in Southwest Florida, attending school on Marco Island and graduating from Florida State University. Once she started working at Coastal Breeze News, Sam jumped into her role as a photojournalist. “Her first assignment was to cover a young man ... Read More »

Anchors Aweigh!

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  Did you know that an anchor is NOT a required piece of safety equipment for boats in the state of Florida? They are “recommended” safety equipment, along with bilge pumps and an oar or paddle. Personally, I would never want to be on a boat without one. I actually have two on my boat. Apart ... Read More »

Round Robin Fun at Racquet Center

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, May 9, 16 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Mixed Doubles Mayhem” tennis round robin. The 16 participants were divided into four fun-themed teams: Hurricanes, Turbulence, Love Bugs, and Cyclones. Team Hurricanes was declared the winner with a total of 54 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, light refreshments, and lots of ... Read More »

Is Your Vessel Safe?

Submitted The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron has a team of certified Vessel Safety Inspectors who perform free and valuable vessel inspections meant to make your time boating as safe as possible. This season the Squadron did over 215 free boat inspections. Once a vessel has passed it receives a safety decal, which may be displayed onboard to show ... Read More »

Racquet Center Hosts Spring Fling

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, April 11th, 24 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Spring Fling” tennis mixed doubles round robin competition. The 24 participants were divided into four fun, themed teams: Spring Breakers, Spring Fever, Spring Cleaning, and Spring Training. The Spring Cleaning team won with a total of 82 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, ... Read More »

Take That First Step

Submitted  Step Smart Collier is a new program designed to aid seniors with prevention of accidents in the home. Such accidents account for far more visits to the emergency room or hospital than strokes or heart attacks each year, and many are preventable. Keith Dameron is chairman of this program for all of Collier County. You may remember Keith as ... Read More »

Republican Club Kicks Off 2018

By Maria Lamb You are invited to the Caxambas Republican Club’s Kick-Off Party for a Winning 2018 on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7 PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Join us for an evening of free pizza and refreshments. Meet our new board members and hear what is in store for the ... Read More »


By Jesus Calo  Come for the view and stay for a delicious meal, Stilts Beachside Bar & Grill at Marriott’s Crystal Shores is the sunniest beachside restaurant location featuring stunning views of the Gulf. Stilts has been frequented by seasonal visitors and locals looking to clock out and check into island time. No matter where you sit, you have a ... Read More »