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Brew Crafters Club Brings Competition to Seafood Fest

By Samantha Husted For the first time ever the annual Marco Island Seafood Festival held an official home brewed beer-tasting competition. Members of the local organization Southwest Florida Brew Crafters brought with them ten of their finest ales for festivalgoers to sample. After trying the various beers participants were able to vote for their favorite. Cass Palmer, a local Florida ... Read More »

Stone Sculptures on Display

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its annual Stone Sculpture Show April 3 through April 7, 2017. This one week show will feature works of instructors Jerry Leeman and Johanna Petropoulos, in addition to exhibiting artists Irene Finnegan, Judy Nolan, Adelaide Pence, Steve Roberts, Mary Ruggiero and Karen Sutton. “This exhibit is impressive,” said the Center’s ... Read More »

Lookout for Manatees in Motion 

In balmy spring weather, both manatees and boaters are cruising through Florida’s waterways. For manatees, it is a seasonal ritual when they abandon winter retreats and head north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large, slow-moving aquatic ... Read More »

Raymond James Financial to Join S&P 500

Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF) announced today that it has been selected for the S&P 500® index effective at the open of trading on Monday, March 20, 2017, under the GICS Investment Banking and Brokerage Sub-Industry Index. “We are honored to be included with this prestigious group of companies,” said Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly. “This represents a significant ... Read More »

Strong Winds Create Challenges at Laser Regatta

By Samantha Radle On March 4-5, the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the Marco Island Department of Parks and Recreation held its 14th annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta, attracting competitors from around the country to Mackle Park’s picturesque shores. The Model Yacht Club, in conjunction with the AMYA RC Laser Class, hosted skippers from as far as the ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Announces Exciting Project

By Samantha Husted On March 10th the Marco Island Center for the Arts unveiled an upcoming project with Cornell University. Bruce Graev, a Cornell University alumnus and Center for the Arts board member, is spearheading the partnership. He announced that the Center for the Arts was selected by the Cornell University Department of Architecture to take part in a collaborative ... Read More »

Community Donates Corks for a Cause

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When the Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Club joined forces to participate in the Meals of Hope, their desire was to bring a hands-on approach to ending hunger. Last year, over 500 volunteers joined forces at a Meals of Hope packaging event on island and in just under two hours, they packaged over 253,000 meals. The ... Read More »

Consumer Alert

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Coastal Breeze News was notified by reader Dr. Bruce Weinstein that mailers, such as the one here, had been sent to some Marco Island residents claiming that the city drinking water could be contaminated, and offering free in-home water testing. Companies like this may use scare tactics in order to gain access to a consumer’s ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation: A Year in Review

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at a luncheon held at the Island Country Club. The annual event honored the accomplishments and successes of the foundation as well as the Marco Island Fire Department in 2016. MIFRF President, Dianna Dohm opened the ceremony with a reminder: the Marco Island Fire Rescue ... Read More »

Cool Running – Keep Your Engine Cool

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  My neighbors were out fishing in the gulf one sunny afternoon and as the wind kicked up they decided to head back to the dock. The waves were beginning to build and their 21-foot Pursuit plowed through the waves smartly. Then they heard a beeping sound, obviously an alarm of some sort, but they did ... Read More »

Marco in Bloom Nominations Open

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Spring is here, and with it, the return of Marco In Bloom. The City of Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 Annual Marco In Bloom Awards. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 19. The Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and neighborhoods which make great efforts to ... Read More »

Clinical Trials – Hope for a Cure

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Alzheimer’s disease is probably high on our list of something we don’t want to experience for ourselves or for a loved one. Yet some of us are or have been caregivers. Some of us may have memory loss and are worried about getting worse. Whatever our situation, if past midlife, you’re probably hoping for a ... Read More »

What Should Be in Your Boat’s Emergency Kit?

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Going out on the boat can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Besides having lifejackets for everyone, you should always have an emergency kit handy and available at a moment’s notice. First Aid Kit If a serious injury happens on the boat, you could be ... Read More »

Boaters Convene in Orlando

Submitted The United States Power Squadron, the largest recreational boating organization in the US with more than 35,000 members, held their annual meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida during the last week in February. For over 100 years, the Power Squadron has worked to make boating safer through its extensive educational program. The local squadron, Marco Island ... Read More »

Talented Trio to Perform in ‘Madama Butterfly’

Submitted A young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage. The fluid beauty and succession of Puccini’s intensely romantic tunes has made Butterfly a timeless love story. Performed in Italian with beautiful traditional costumes, full orchestra, chorus and English surtitle projections. For the title role, ... Read More »

The Amazing Story of the ‘Yachts That Went to War’

Submitted  On Tuesday, March 28th at 7 PM, award-winning author Robert N. Macomber will present “Yachts That Went To War,” followed by a book signing at the Marco Island Rose History Auditorium. Marvel at the story of elegant yachts which were turned into warships during the Spanish-American War. In 1898, the United States Navy needed more ships, and they needed ... Read More »

Women in the Glades Talk: Local History From Coast to Coast

 Submitted  Imagine South Florida without air-conditioning and without roads or automobiles! Local historian and author Marya Repko will give a free illustrated presentation about “Women the Everglades; Pioneers & Early Environmentalists” on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3 PM at the Collier County Museum, Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Back in the 1880s it was difficult living and ... Read More »

On the Chocolate Trail With Rabbi Deborah Prinz

By Samantha Husted  Chocoholics united at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on March 4th for a presentation by author, Rabbi Deborah Prinz titled, “On The Chocolate Trail.” The presentation was part of the congregation’s Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, now in it’s 23rd year. “It’s an interesting subject. We look for interesting subjects for the [Saul I Stern Cultural] ... Read More »

FWC-Collier County Law Enforcement 

Officers Arbogast, Lugg, and Plussa responded to a boating accident that involved multiple personal watercraft (PWC) from a local tour group out of Marco Island. The accident occurred in a remote portion of the Ten Thousand Islands Wildlife Refuge. Officers quickly made their way to the accident scene along with the Collier County Sheriff’s Marine and Emergency Medical Service’s Marine ... Read More »

Join Arbor Day Get 10 Free Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2017 and receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. With planting instructions included, the trees will ... Read More »