Tag Archives: Goodland


By Tarik Ayasun  tayasun@taray.com  It was just about a year ago, on a cool and beautiful Saturday morning and I was sitting by the pool scanning the internet for interesting stories to read. I came across some soccer stories, checked them out and got nostalgic. It had been almost 40 years since I played organized soccer at the University of ... Read More »

I Love Marco Island

By Val Simon  val@coastalbreezenews.com  In 2007, Gerry Rosenblum began a term as president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) with the words, “I love Marco Island.” It may not have been earth-shattering enough to make headlines then, but enduring enough for him to take on another term as President of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors ... Read More »

Queen for a Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The second Annual Queen for a Day luncheon and fashion show sponsored by Liz Havens of Skin Renewal Systems and the Island Country Club Charitable Foundation was held on Friday, December 9 for the benefit of the Joy of Giving. The event is one of several fund raisers held to help underprivileged children of our ... Read More »

Marco Mangrove restoration to start in February

By Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com  A major announcement was made regarding the restoration of mangroves along SR-92 on Thursday, December 8. The area, known as Fruit Farm Creek, which runs from Cape Marco all the way to the Goodland Bridge, is visibly dying. After six years of hard work, Coastal Resources Group Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has announced that they ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  donnafiala@gmail.com It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas………..everywhere we go. And that it is! Everything looks so happy and cheerful, brightly colored lights and decorations. It almost makes my heart sing, and it certainly puts us all in the mood to enjoy this time of year, no matter what religion we practice. The Vietnam Wall memorial event ... Read More »


By Monte Lazarus  My mind is numb; my senses are dull. It’s all because Christmas Selling Season started shortly before Halloween this year…and it’s accompanied by endless political commercials. The mailbox is overflowing with catalogs. No wonder the Post Office is floundering. Junk mail rates probably do not cover Post Office expenses. However, the GREAT news is that I have ... Read More »

Bealls Outlet is growing!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Bealls Outlets has expanded their store in Island Plaza by taking on a neighboring unit, adding approximately 1200 square feet of space. While making changes to incorporate the additional space into the store, the existing space was completely remodeled. According to Regional Bealls Outlet Manager Ken Apple, “We wanted to expand for years due to ... Read More »

Grief Share a journey from mourning to joy

By Joan Kelly If you are suffering the loss of a loved one through death you might be interested in a support group. Marco Lutheran Church is offering a Christ centered program starting Jan. 5th. The journey from mourning to joy will assist, encourage and support you as you cope with your loss. This is the tenth year the program has ... Read More »

He dreamed a dream boat

By Capt. Carl Kelly “Some boats can handle a chop. Some boats can run skinny. Some boats can’t do either. We like to think our boat can do both.” Ralph Brown spoke of the boats his company, Dream Boats Global, will produce. His brother, Bob, will be an integral part of the company. But Brown wasn’t selling his boats so ... Read More »

Spanish Fishing, Salt and Bureaucracy

Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com While most know that the Spanish discovered Florida and that the U.S. later purchased it from Spain, few know that for 20 years England owned and controlled the state, which they divided into East Florida (the peninsula) with its headquarters in St. Augustine, and West Florida (the panhandle) with its headquarters in Pensacola. These twenty years were ... Read More »

Christmas Gala 2011

By Jane A. Marlowe  janem@coastalbreezenews.com  The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Marco Eagle and the Naples News Media Group, hosted the 24th Annual Marco Island Christmas Gala on Sunday evening, December 4th. The event was held at the Bistro Soleil in the Olde Marco Inn. The weather cooperated with cool, easy breezes on the deck during ... Read More »

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall arrived on Marco Island before noon, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 escorted by hundreds of proud motorcyclists, Collier County Sheriff’s deputies, Florida Highway Patrol officers and police officers. They were honoring fallen heroes of a war which did not receive the kind of unconditional, unwavering support which sustained the fighting forces of World War II. ... Read More »

Shells by Emily: a hidden treasure

By Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com  When Emily Savage first moved to Marco Island the shells along the beaches were diverse and abundant. Today, many of those shells she so casually collected can now only be found in her shop, Shells By Emily. In 1978 Emily relocated to Marco from Miami with her husband, Herb Savage. Their move made sense as Herb ... Read More »


Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Through the years, we have taken many trips during the holidays. When we worked, we enjoyed getting away for a few days between Christmas and New Years. Now retired, we like to visit other locations either just before or on Christmas to see how they celebrate their holidays. From these experiences, I’ve developed my personal six rules ... Read More »

Cub Scouts earn badges thanks to Marco Sportfishing Club

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Six members of the Marco Sportfishing Club held a fishing clinic for Marco Island Cub Scout Pack 234. About 20 Cub Scouts and many of their parents were at the meeting and they had a great time learning about fishing, being a good angler and other things they need to know to earn their merit ... Read More »

Kiwanis Club of Marco Island “Toys for Kids” drive

Submitted Once again, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has begun their annual toy drive for the children of our area. In lieu of donating toys, the club is requesting monetary donations. By doing so, it allows the club members along with the Lely Key Club to shop for appropriate toys for children in the area. K-Mart on Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Submitted  Terrific Kids for December – It was a busy meeting on Thursday for the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. The recipients of the Terrific Kid Award brought their parents, siblings and principals to the presentation. Gayle Thawley was assisted by Fred Twilla in presenting the December nominees with their t-shirts, plaques and, as Gayle calls them, their trophies (Kiwanis ... Read More »

Mobile coupons emerge as front runners

Camden Smith  DREAMFly Marketing The name of the game this holiday season is saving for businesses and consumers. You may have hot sales plans under way for your business, but are you tapping into the free mobile application coupon systems? Sounds complicated, but it’s even simpler than those famous holiday coupon mailers and much less costly. Kohl’s has already mailed ... Read More »

Chef Bob remembers Christmas

Chef Bob Aylwin  chefbobpremier@yahoo.com Now that Christmas time is upon us once again, I have been literally pouring over hundreds of my Christmas time recipes for this article. As a result, I suddenly found myself less interested in recipes and party ideas and more interested in what Christmas really is, or should be about, namely family, friends and love. As I ... Read More »

Christmas in the Glades

Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com Christmas is almost here and we’re celebrating in the Glades! Starting on Friday, December 16, at 3:00PM Santa will be arriving at the Community Center and distributing gifts. At 5:30PM everyone will gather for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in front of City Hall. Area children will decorate the tree and sing carols as refreshments ... Read More »