Tag Archives: life

Waterways Group Reviewing Water Quality

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many islanders the rain events during the first week of June were their first exposure to the effects that tropical depressions can bring here to Southwest Florida. The temporary flooding of streets and the need to find alternate routes around the island during the 18” of rainfall we received was somewhat trying. That heavy rainfall ... Read More »

Lightning Strikes Tigertail Beach Business

By Jesus Calo In the midst of Marco Island’s recent flood storm earlier in June, lightning struck near the hut at Tigertail Beach Rentals located on the entrance of Tigertail Beach. Everything (electrical) in the rental hut got fried. The lightning affected the electrical wiring, which carried the current through every outlet the surge could reach. The damage included the ... Read More »

Beating the Odds

By Don Manley  Kristina Woodman Hodgdon was leading a full life when the unexpected radically altered her circumstances on July 19, 2015. Until that day, she was a wife and mother, employed fulltime by Marco Island’s utilities department who played tennis twice a week and had just completed an associate’s degree. She was also known for volunteering for an assortment ... Read More »

Kayaking for a Cause

By Don Manley Cole Kolasa is a young man who believes in turning passion into action. The 19-year-old college student has spent part of his summer break kayaking the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, as a fundraiser for the creation of an artificial reef near his Hernando County hometown. A four-day stop on Marco Island to visit ... Read More »

A Friend Goes Quietly Into the Night

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Rick Feinman will probably always be known as the good humored titan that wore the colorful pants at his wife and daughter’s two restaurants here on Marco Island. Even some of his staff lovingly nicknamed him “Shrek,” after the kind, loving and protecting DreamWorks character that has been beloved by children and adults since he came ... Read More »

Local Writer Lynnette Austin’s Books Sizzle

Rumination From the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “I never thought my books would be on shelves next to Stephen King, Lee Child and James Patterson. For one thing, my books are nothing like their books and I still pinch myself that I’ve written eleven romances,” Lynnette laughed, “who knew? Let’s just say that I am so glad no one ... Read More »

CMCD Spells R-E-L-I-E-F From Mosquitoes That Is

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Since the first week in May, Goodlanders have been swatting and scratching their way through life, facing relentless attacks from swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes, waiting eagerly and ravenously outside their doors. A mosquito that breeds in salt water is one of the worst nightmares for a community surrounded by the stuff. These guys usually ... Read More »

A Restoration Project to Honor All Veterans

By Jesus Calo Marco Island Cemetery is home to a veterans’ monument with a special past. A result of an Eagle Scout project by two boys a decade ago, it has been a gathering place for veterans and their loved ones each Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Harsh elements and time have caused the original monument to become worn and ... Read More »

A Larger-Than-Life Celebration of Florida’s Birds

By Maria Lamb  The first thing you notice when parking in front of the Donna Fiala Wellness Center at Eagle Lakes, East Naples is a towering seven-foot tall cotton-candy pink roseate spoonbill installed on a front entry wall of the Center. Your eye is drawn to it immediately. Denise Santos, artist from Goodland was commissioned to create a series of ... Read More »

Ballistic Vest Saves Officer’s Life

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On December 5, 2006, Corporal William “Billy” Pschigoda, Collier County Sheriff’s office, was intentionally struck by a vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit. While Corporal Pschigoda was outside of his patrol car deploying Stop Sticks, he was struck by the subject vehicle. The subject vehicle being pursued had its windshield broken by the impact ... Read More »

Imagine…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most of you who are my age may remember the John Lennon song, “Imagine.” It has been playing in my mind since very early this dark and dreary Sunday morning, watching the latest updates from London, England. Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try No hell below us, above us, only skies Imagine ... Read More »

Striving for Excellence

By Don Manley Michael Grossi has found that taking the road less traveled can truly make all the difference. He credits taking that approach and striving for excellence as being key to his becoming valedictorian of Marco Island Academy’s class of 2017 with a 6.0 grade point average and an associate’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University under his belt. ... Read More »

‘Dear Teen Me’

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “He knows you love him, but he’s just not into you like that.” This book slayed me! I mean…wow! On a scale of stars, with five being the best rating, I would trade a bottle of my favorite champagne for five more stars just to give this book two five star reviews! This book is a ... Read More »

Mr. Holm’s Opus: A legacy of music for Swarthmore

By Barry Gwinn When I saw the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in 1996, I was reminded of my high school band and orchestra director and how much he must have struggled to place instruments in our hands and introduce music into our lives. It was his life’s work. Thankfully for me and countless students, he performed this work while Director ... Read More »

Jim Nantz and Others Speak Up For Alzheimer’s

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Recently, Charlie Rose interviewed Jim Nantz, an award-winning sportscaster about his advocacy role in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. I missed the show but watched the video online (charlierose.com/videos/30494?autoplay=true). Nantz spoke from personal experience about the importance of raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the need for a prevention or cure. He told of his ... Read More »

Dementia Respite Coming to Marco

By Maureen Chodaba By definition, dementia is a general term for a decline of mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with one’s daily life. Dementia is not one specific disease, but an overall term that encompasses several different forms of the condition, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and other types. The disease can exhibit ... Read More »

Loss of a Friend

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those of you that know me best, you know I tend to keep my private emotions inside; not always a good thing, but for me it has worked. The last decade or so I’ve been more open with those feelings and haven’t been ashamed to show them outwardly. When my dad died ... Read More »

All Body Parts Accounted For? Check!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Such is the life of a tree trimmer, or in this case, a climber of coconut palms that stretch up to 50 feet into the air with nothing but the earth to cushion a fall. Rafael Barajas has been in the business of trimming palm fronds, cutting out pre-blooming coconut branches, the ... Read More »

Tribute in Celebration of Phyllis P. Marco

Submitted County Commissioner Donna Fiala, guests, Marco Island Historical Society Board, Historical Museum staff and friends of Phyllis Marco gathered on the beautiful Marco Island Museum grounds to acknowledge Phyllis’ many contributions to Marco Island with the dedication of an outdoor bench in her honor. Phyllis  and her husband Eddie arrived on this island’s shores 35 years ago at a ... Read More »