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Ringside in Marco

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Boxing made its rounds back to the island in November thanks to the Marco Island Boxing Club. This year, not only did the club host teams from New Jersey and Ireland, it also featured local boxers. There were eleven bouts in all, starting out with the youngest local competitors. Although the team from Ireland led ... Read More »

Pancakes at the Firehouse

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On November 13, pancake lovers of all ages gathered to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Marco Island firehouse. Throughout the morning people came in waves, many arriving in their Sunday best following church services. Volunteers flipped endless pancakes and served scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice to hungry guests. Many came back for seconds, ... Read More »

Meals of Hope Packaging Event

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Under the leadership of Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, Meals of Hope volunteers successfully packaged 253,632 meals at this year’s packaging event. Volunteers filled the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym, where tables were set up for the assembly-line process of measuring, packaging, sealing and boxing meals for the hungry. Marco Island’s Sunrise Rotary Club, ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

The Holiday Season Starter

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style will kick off the holiday season in grand fashion as Santa and Mrs. Claus drop by the Shops of Marco on Friday, Nov. 25th to greet the island’s children and their parents as Marco begins its month long celebration of the Christmas Holidays. The Christmas Island Style Committee pulls together everything, from ... Read More »

Christianity in Palestine

Photo by Don Manley:  Rev. Mitri Raheb during his presentation at Marco Lutheran Church.

By Don Manley Christianity is alive and well in the land that was the religion’s birthplace: Palestine. An insightful glimpse into Christianity’s history, challenges, scope and current status in that strife-worn territory was provided recently at Marco Lutheran Church by someone with first-hand experience, Rev. Mitri Raheb. Rev. Raheb is pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church, located in his hometown and ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club Recognized

Top row, from left: County commissioners Penny Taylor, Tim Nance, Donna Fiala, Georgia
Hiller and Tom Henning. Bottom row: MIWC’s Mary Deetjen, Debbie Roddy, Jackie Pierce,
Shirley Thayer, Rosemary Wick and Hyla Crane.

By Debbie Roddy  Marco Island Woman’s Club, founded October 24, 1966, began its “Celebration of 50 Years of Giving Back” in January of this year. While members have been busy with a 50th Anniversary community project and celebratory events, the Club received well-deserved official recognition from both Collier County and the State of Florida for its service to the community. ... Read More »

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES: Non-smoker Lung Cancer

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Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and about 14% of all new cancers are lung cancers. In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimates there were about 224,390 new cases of lung cancer, and about 158,080 deaths. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about ... Read More »

Shell Art Sale

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Submitted It is time for one of Marco Island’s favorite holiday traditions- the Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Shell Art Sale. This fun event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the United Church of Marco. The Holiday Shell Art Sale offers visitors the chance to see what the Shell Club has been ... Read More »

Festival of Trees Partnership Formed

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts, with support from Sunshine Ace Hardware, will bring beautiful and unique Christmas trees to the community this Christmas season. The Third Annual Festival of Trees will take place from November 29 to December 1, 2016, from 9 AM to 6 PM, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive. ... Read More »

MICMS Salutes Veterans

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Submitted The students, faculty and administration of Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) celebrated a “Salute to Veterans” program by donating $800 to the G.I. GO FUND for Disabled Veterans. The money was raised by students placing change into containers in their math classes and the faculty donating $5 each for the privilege of wearing jeans to school. The students ... Read More »

‘Show Me’ Book Launch

Jennifer Kreidler (right) hands out copies of
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Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones introduced his new book “Show Me” to a crowd of loyal readers, who had lined up outside the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the chance to meet him and have their books signed. Also in attendance was Peggy Post of the Emily Post Institute, who wrote the forward to “Show Me.” ... Read More »

Entertaining By Mother Nature

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• Submitted If you are looking for a unique and memorable Southwest Florida experience, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s eco cruise through Rookery Bay is all that and more. From December through April the Conservancy offers an exclusive eco cruise through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers residents and visitors a very ... Read More »

Hero House Fundraiser

Photos by Jessica:  Hernstadt Girl Scout Troop 331 led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

• Submitted The Brandi Tramazzo Hero House Foundation for Recovering Warriors held a fundraiser at the SpeakEasy. Hero House provides a Marco Island vacation for veterans who return home and need time to reconnect with their families and recover from deployment. For more information go to www.btherohouse.org Read More »

WWII Veterans Take Flight

Photos by Frank Steiger

By Samantha Husted On Nov. 9, five World War II Veterans met at the Marco Island Executive Airport. Some were good friends and others had just met for the first time. But they were gathered that day for one reason, to fly. At the airport was a 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplane, the same of which the veterans flew during World ... Read More »

Court Rules in Favor of County Manager 

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In a decision the Second District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Collier County Manager Leo Ochs, former Procurement Services Director Joanne Markiewicz, and the Board of County Commissioners in the lawsuit filed by Collier County Clerk Dwight Brock over the County’s procurement policies. The court issued a per curiam affirmance, agreeing with Circuit Court Judge James R. Shenko’s ... Read More »

Big Cypress as Dark Sky Place

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The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve has been designated an International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Place. With the extent of urbanization in the eastern United States it is becoming nearly impossible to experience the night with little impact from artificial light pollution. Here in south Florida, away from the urban development ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Submitted This Thanksgiving, for the seventeenth year, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, with the assistance of realtor Bill Filbin, will be delivering food to St. Matthew’s House Shelter. Help is needed from Marco Islanders preparing food and delivering it to the Board of Realtors. The dishes requested by St. Matthew’s House are mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, ... Read More »

Assisted Living Discussion

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For a number of years now the discussions regarding whether or not Marco could support some type of Assisted Living Facility (ALF) for those in need of that service may be reaching a point where a conversation of greater substance might be about to occur. An ALF is simply defined as housing for those that due ... Read More »