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Marco Island Computer Service

By Coastal Breeze News Staff You may have noticed some extra activity in the storefront right next door to the popular Sand Bar. Coastal Breeze News recently stopped by to meet the occupants, Marco Island Computer Service, owned by local resident Jason Penrod. The business was originally started by Pete Bailey in 1985, before being purchased by Jason Penrod. Jason, ... Read More »

Drones Are Coming! Are You Ready???

By Maureen Chodaba  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a drone! Well, in legal terminology, it’s a UAS, better described as an Unmanned Aircraft System. At present, UAS are one of the fastest growing areas of technology. Last year, 2.5 million drones were sold in the United States, with 1.6 utilized for recreational purposes and 900,000 for commercial ... Read More »

Tragedy Lingers From Picayune Fire

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides It’s hard to believe that about a month ago the scene along Benfield Road was one of an inferno, rather than the serene and quiet area that Todd and Monique Waldeck had fallen in love with close to 30 years ago. The only evidence one could see from the narrow single lane road was the charred ... Read More »

Marco Republicans Enjoy Boehner Reception

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In hockey they call it a “hat trick” when three goals are scored by a single player in one game. Last Friday evening the Caxambas Republican Club scored a “hat trick” of its own when they celebrated the contributions of former Republican Speaker of the House, and part time island resident John Boehner. In addition they ... Read More »

Never Give In, Never Give Up

By Don Manley Don Camplese personifies the concept of resilience in the face of difficulty. Rather than quitting after cancer cost him the use of his left arm, the avid golfer has adapted and is again enjoying the game, only in a one-handed fashion now. In fact, the Hideaway Beach Club resident is displaying some of the same skill he’d ... Read More »

‘The House on Mango Street’ by Sandra Cisneros

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “I wanted to will my blood to stop, my heart to quit its pumping.” Sometimes a book comes along that compels a reader to reread it. That happened to me, as I wandered around my local Barnes and Noble. It had a new cover, but in this instance, it wasn’t the cover that caught my attention. ... Read More »

United Church of Marco Raises $200,000 for Habitat Collier

Submitted Each year, the United Church of Marco Island celebrates Habitat month in February. Throughout the month, they ask members of their congregation to come together and donate in an effort to help Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. This year, their goal was to raise $100,000. By timing the donations to Habitat just right, the church not only met ... Read More »

It’s a Shoe-In: Mission Accomplished for Puss ‘n Boots Shoe Drive

Submitted For the Love of Cats has successfully collected over 2,500 pairs of shoes that will turn into a $1,000 donation from Funds2Orgs by purchasing all the shoes collected. The shoe collection drive, aptly named Puss ‘n Boots, was held every other Friday starting January 6, 2017 to raise funds for their TNR, spay/neuter, rescue and senior cat adoption programs. ... Read More »

Former Bridge Trolls State Fundraiser to Help One of Their Own

By Scott H. Shook The massive 7,230 acre fire in Picayune Strand State Forest in early March hit particularly close to home for Marco Islanders Caroline Snyder and JRobert Houghtaling. Their longtime friend and fellow “Bridge Troll” Steve Thomas was fighting for his life—and for his home as the fire raged. Thomas survived, and he saved his home. But his ... Read More »

Celebrate Mother Nature at Earth Day Festival

Submitted The Southwest Florida community is invited to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. From electric boat tours to live animal shows, to live music and great food, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth ... 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 »

Author Kidd Speaks at Library

Submitted  Recently, local residents and visitors were treated to a rare opportunity when award-winning and bestselling author, Sue Monk Kidd gave a presentation on Marco Island. A full house greeted Ms. Kidd at Rose Hall at the Marco Island branch of the Collier County Library. Ms. Kidd shared memories of her childhood in Sylvester, Georgia. She recalled the importance of ... Read More »

Israel Fest Returns to Naples for Second Year

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 12-3 PM, come to Fleischmann Park in Naples for a community wide celebration of Israel. Enjoy a fun, exciting day as you learn more about Israel, a country with a rich cultural history, and America’s most valued ally in the Middle East. Israel is many things; A start-up nation, ... Read More »

Marco Shells Give Colorado Woman a Rocky Mountain High

By Scott Shook When Colorado native Sharon Phillips walks down the boardwalk of her vacation home on Marco Beach she is as thrilled as a child on Christmas morning. “I can’t wait until daylight comes to get down here,” Phillips said, while sitting on the hull of a Hobie Cat. “I’m not a morning person at all. But I’ll be ... Read More »

Magical Harp Ensemble Wows Marco

By Maria Lamb People often associate the harp with angels wearing halos, floating on clouds playing the harp – depicted on holiday greeting cards, sacred texts, and religious art. The angels and harps took on more earthly qualities when St. Mark’s Episcopal Church hosted the Naples Harp Ensemble on a recent Sunday afternoon, to a full house. Dickie Fleisher, principal ... Read More »

Small Dog, Big Hero

Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The stories are countless throughout the nation of lives lost from residential fires as residents slept while smoke and heat filled kitchens and other rooms as it raced towards the unsuspecting victims who slept soundly until it was too late. We hear about these tragedies all the time and this year alone there have been 483 deaths ... Read More »

Agricultural Tours in Collier 

Join the University of Florida/IFAS for a tour of farms and other agricultural operations in Collier County. The tour is Wednesday, March. 15, departing from Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples, Florida . Two tour times are available: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not only will this change give us a chance to showcase ... Read More »

Marco Islanders On The Road For Fun

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Each day offers up a wide variety of activities and opportunities for islanders to take advantage of, whether they are here fulltime or just for the season. Some enjoy golf, while others enjoy tennis, or just a day at the beach.  Bocce ball, fishing, senior softball, and even pickleball are just some of the sports and ... Read More »

Jazz Singer Jebry to Perform at Art Center

Submitted Jazz comes to the Marco Island Center for the Arts when well-known singer Jebry performs January 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM. This one-time Harry James Big Band singer was among the first to bring jazz to Naples and she will perform at the Center for one night bringing jazz to Marco Island. This show is a continuation of the ... Read More »