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A Remembrance: the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Freedom Fountain

Safety meeting before the ride. photoS by marc thorner, jon busch, steve gimmestad and val simon

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Over 270 bikers showed up to ride with the Traveling Vietnam Wall. There was an official escort of sheriff and police motorcycles, Vietnam Veterans, and the Marco Riders. Carmen Dasti assisted with registering riders at exit 131 in Fort Myers. All along I-75 and 951, exits and side streets were closed to allow the procession leading the Wall uninterrupted access to Marco Island. This official government owned Traveling Vietnam Wall was greeted by crowds on top of the Jolley Bridge before making its way to Veterans Park where it was installed for exhibit. Once at Veterans ... Read More »

Under the Sea

We circled the reef site while awaiting a thumbs up from the divers. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The sky was overcast and the wind was blowing a cold snap our way in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 when I donned my jacket and gloves and joined the 120-person roster on board the Big Cat Express at Rose Marina in Marco Island. We lucky few would soon witness the ribbon cutting ceremony and deployment of the first cluster in Southwest Florida’s new artificial reef. The official kick-off ceremony for the deployment was held Jan. 8 at the reef material staging site located on Collier Boulevard on the east side of the Jolley ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club to Install New 2015 Bridge Officers

Submitted On Saturday, Jan. 24, the Marco Island Yacht Club will hold its gala annual event, the Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. New officers will be installed at the formal and festive event, which will be held in the Harbor Dining Room, overlooking the yacht basin, the Marco River and the Jolley Bridge spanning the river. In preparation, Clubhouse Manager Tom Leonard and his staff are planning for more than 80 members and guests. Dress is formal, with gentlemen wearing either the MIYC club uniform or black tie. The time-honored installation ceremony, Change of Watch, is based on the ... Read More »

Ride for Joy 2014


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the road. Almost a hundred bikers hit the road for fun and charity recently. The Joy of Giving is a local 501c3 which provides Christmas for more than 1000 children in need in Collier County. All proceeds from the bike run, ... Read More »

Jolly Be Good 5K Run/Walk

On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation and city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Jolley Be Good Bridge 5K Run/Walk. The race route travels in the northbound lanes of Collier Boulevard, crosses the Jolley Bridge and returns going south in the northbound lanes of Collier. During the race, the northbound lanes of Collier will be temporarily closed approximately from 6:45-10:00 AM. Traffic flow will continue on and off the bridge using southbound lanes and the side streets will remain open. Please allow enough time to get to your destination and ... Read More »

Hiking with Henry Lowe: Part Two North of the Isles of Capri

Henry Lowe holds the top part of an old carbide light.

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Heading north of Isles of Capri on the hiking trail that was formerly the old Marco Road, I was joined by Henry Lowe and Steve Purcell in an expedition to locate and explore Henry’s former home site, which his family occupied starting in 1939. The old Marco Road began from its intersection with U.S. 41, in the location of today’s Hitching Post, and ended at a ferry crossing in the current Isles of Capri. The road was built around 1912 as part of the Naples-Marco segment of the developing Tamiami Trail which by 1915 was ... Read More »

Dolphin Explorer: 8 Years of Research

PHOTO BY Kirk Gardner

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Over here is Halfway, an adult female bottlenose dolphin and mom to at least four calves. Over there is one of our dominant male pair bonds, Hatchet and Capri.” These are common refrains by naturalist Kent Morse and marine biologist James Liviccari on board the Dolphin Explorer. With 16 years of experience between them studying the bottlenose dolphins in and around Marco Island, these two professionals not only identify the area mammals but they recognize certain behaviors and traits of many individuals. With eight complete years of survey data in their hands, some amazing ... Read More »

Jolley B Good 5K

The morning of Saturday, November 23rd was a beautiful one for the Jolley B Good 5K. The run grows in popularity each year with a course that takes runners down Collier Boulevard across the Jolley Bridge. The run is put on by the City of Marco Island Parks and Rec Department with assistance from Gulf Coast Runners. Hundreds of runners and walkers participate annually. Jacob Dorn was first through the finish line. Read More »

Newcomers Start Fitness Group


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Newcomers Club of Marco Island has set a new goal: to create awareness regarding the importance of health and fitness. The Newcomers Fitness group began last year and is open to all other interested groups or participants on Marco Island. While the club consists of only women, the ladies have been working towards getting their husbands involved as well. Man or woman, don’t be shy to participate in the free walk/run program. The fun fitness program is geared around the annual Jolley Be Good 5K. The ladies of the fitness group are training to take ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Big Flag Fly’s Again

  At the City Council meeting today, following Councils approval of Phase II construction plans to enhance Veteran’s Park, Big Flag Committee Chairman, Dave Rice announced to the audience that in honor of the veteran’s at today’s meeting that the Big Flag at the Jolley Bridge is again flying. A vehicle severely damaged the pole, requiring the purchase of a new and improved flag pole.  Stated Rice, “I had a wish for the Holiday Season that the flag would fly for Christmas and my wish came true. City Staff liaison, Tim Pinter has accomplished in record time, the coordination of purchasing ... Read More »

Jog over the Jolley

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Lace up your running shoes and sprint over to Veterans Park on on November 17. Make sure to be there bright and early to join in on the Jolley Be Good 5K Run/ Walk. The race returns for another year, taking participants up and over the Jolley Bridge and back again. The Jolley Be Good 5K starts at 7:30 AM at Veterans Community Park at 901 Park Avenue on Marco Island. The 3.3 mile route goes down Collier Boulevard, over the Jolley Bridge and returns by the same route. A one-mile walk will take place ... Read More »

Sentinel of the Bridge

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Who hasn’t noticed when crossing the Jolley Bridge leaving the island, the lone American Osprey sitting on the hand rail, the light pole or sign, usually looking to the south, and sometimes, it seems, looking right into your eyes through the windshield? This American Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) has been observed on our bridge for years. My daughters as young girls, then driving to high school on their own, have always noticed it in the mornings, admiring its tenacity perched on the sign as cars zoom by ruffling its feathers and enjoying one of our unique ... Read More »

Capri: Then and Now

By Joan Kelly THEN This map has no date on it but it has to be from around 1964 or 1965. It shows the old road into the Isles of Capri. There is no Jolley bridge. Visitors had to go by boat or though Goodland to get to Marco. This map was produced by Ginny and Frank Leach, Isles of Capri Marina and Motel. They ran the St. Tropez Restaurant. They advertised boats, motors, tackle shop, ramp, gas, oil, ice, bait and charter boats. The question is, where was the St. Tropez restaurant? Anyone heard of it? If you have ... Read More »

Charlette Roman exploring Kice Island

On Monday evening, February 13, Charlette Roman presented a program, “Marco’s Natural Magic,” to approximately 130 guests at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The presentation was sponsored by Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club. Decorations were floral arrangements made by the Club in the afternoon Ms Roman took the guests on a virtual tour of our local surroundings – the ABC Islands, Jolley Bridge sandbar, Kice Island, Sand Dollar Spit, and Tigertail Lagoon. Her beautiful pictures of these areas and their inhabitants led to many oohs and aahs from the audience. Preceding the program a reception was held, with refreshments supplied ... Read More »


The paint hadn’t dried, but 120 art aficionados had been fed and watered and were in the mood for a live auction at the Marco Island Center for the Arts.  This was, after all, “Wet Paint Live”, an ingenious event in which 21 artists spend just one day painting in and around Marco Island and have their pieces auctioned off for charity.  The painters worked everywhere from the Isles of Capri to the top of the Jolley Bridge to the Esplanade to Goodland and points in between. On February 10, Chris Lombardo, celebrated auctioneer and partner in the law firm ... Read More »

A MOTHER’S LEGACY: Gone, but never forgotten

By Roy Eaton  Every year thousands of guests and visitors cross the bridge to Marco Island and fall in love with the island’s small town charm, intricate canal system, and beautiful beaches. Many return to vacation each year, while others decide to stay or return and make it their home. For some it is a predetermined path to paradise, while for others it is an unexpected random route. For some it is a new beginning of their youthful lives, but for others it is a retirement sanctuary to enjoy their well deserved leisure years. The story I am about to ... Read More »

Dedication of the new span of the Jolley Bridge

By Jane A. Marlowe  janem@coastalbreezenews.com  The new Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge was dedicated on November 19, 2011, a breezy, sunny morning on Marco Island. The beautiful new southbound span eases long time congestion on the original bridge which served traffic heading north and south. The older span has been repaired and reinforced to meet current safety standards and the entire bridge should serve the needs of our community for decades to come. Steve Fickling, driver/engineer and Ray Ladurini, EMT/firefighter, both of the Marco Island Fire Department, were on hand in a motorized cart to provide assistance if needed. “We’re here ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  donnafiala@gmail.com Thanksgiving is such a wonderful, loving time of the year. It is the busiest season of all for the airlines, according to their ticket agents, and you could tell by the crowds of people heading to the airport at 5:00 in the morning!! How great that families want to be together to celebrate Thanksgiving! Hopefully each of you was able to be with family for this special holiday, and give hugs and kisses to your loved ones. My family mostly lives right here, but on this particular Thanksgiving all family members came to town and were pulling ... Read More »


Donna Fiala  Lots of good news for the boaters on Marco Island and all the surrounding areas! The County has just approved $262,000 for the emergency dredging of Collier Bay entrance channel. Presently, Collier Bay is experiencing hazardous boating conditions with the accretion of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of beach compatible sand in the mouth of its entrance channel. Approximately one third of the Marco Island boating community routinely accesses Collier Bay using this channel. This project will restore safe navigation by removing the shoal that is creating a hazardous boating condition. Beach compatible sand dredged from this location will ... Read More »