Tag Archives: Marco Island

JCMI Presents Jewish Film Festival


Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, in cooperation with The Jewish Federation of Collier County, presents its 17th Annual Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Film Festival, showing the newest best award-winning films on the Jewish circuit. All films will be presented at JCMI, located at 991 Winterberry Drive, starting at 2 PM, and followed by a reception and refreshments. Please ... Read More »

Sale e Pepe Tapped for Excellence

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Submitted Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant located in the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, earned its 11th consecutive Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Sale e Pepe is the only restaurant on Marco Island to receive the prestigious award for its top-quality wine list and is among an elite group of only 1,093 Best of Award ... Read More »

‘Paradise Reef’ Documentary Wins Award

Submitted Photos:
The Paradise Reef Crew set up for an interview with Captain Bill Goulding, on the beach in Collier County.

Submitted The documentary film, “Paradise Reef” has received recognition from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, as the winner of the 2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in the Topical Documentary category. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 in Orlando. The Suncoast Chapter is the regional chapter of The National ... Read More »

Holiday Decorating Contest Lights Up

From left, seated: Lyn Bidell, Liz Doyle, Diane Honecker, Bette McGilvray, Judy Sacher, Mike Mickes, Carla Mickes and Peggy Grass. Standing: Linda Turner, Larry Sacher, Ken Honecker, Sandy Dauch, Bill Doyle, Steve Josselyn, Barbara Dameron, Keith Dameron, Jerry Swiacki, Barry Grass and Dave Rice.

Submitted  The Christmas House and Business Decorating Contest is underway, and enthusiasm is building as holiday decorations light up Marco Island. The contest, in its 20th year, is funded and supported by sponsors LCEC, Centennial Bank and committee members. For the 20th anniversary finals, special guests LCEC CEO Dennie Hamilton, his wife Pricilla, and LCEC representative Tricia Dorn will crown ... Read More »

MIND, BODY And Spirit: The Heart of the Matter

Submitted Photo: Seven little people who make the holidays happy!

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I have found that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” ~ Author Unknown We have reached that time of year when I feel as though I’m at the top of a roller coaster, the very highest peak, after a long, steady climb. As I peer over ... Read More »

Local Author Book Signing

Submitted Sunshine Booksellers will host “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground” author Michael Coleman for a book signing on December 14. Coleman will be unveiling the book’s second edition, complete with a new front cover design and updated editorial. The 110-page editorial and photographic narrative was first published in celebration of modern Marco Island’s 50th anniversary in 2015. It has since ... Read More »

Local Color Art Gallery Kicks off the Season

Patriotic summer celebration.

Submitted Celebrating Thanksgiving on November’s First Friday at the Local Color Art Gallery was not only a celebration of the upcoming “Turkey Day” but was also a celebration for the kick off of the fall 2016-17 season. Cooler weather, low humidity and returning familiar faces gathered to meet, greet and see what’s new. The artists did not disappoint. Panoramic photographer ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Players Theater


Submitted The landscape paintings of Joyce Laeser will be featured during the performances of “A Christmas Cactus,” the second play of the season at the Marco Players Theater in Town Center. Except for a couple of academic quarters at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 1970, Joyce did not begin to paint until 1999 when she ... Read More »

Exciting Changes for Relay For Life

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Many big changes are coming to the Marco Island American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event, which will take place on April 1, 2017 at Veterans Community Park. In addition to the change of location, the 2017 Marco Island Relay For Life has a new format, and hours reduced to 4-10 PM. The Luminaria Ceremony ... Read More »

Food & Fun Drive Helps Local Families


Submitted Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and the Marco Island Civitan Club will hold a Food and Fun Drive to benefit and encourage the more than 100 families, and more than 300 children, who visit Our Daily Bread Food Pantry Marco Island each month. On Sunday, December 11 from 10 AM to 2 PM please bring toys, food and hygiene ... Read More »

ACS Thanks and Honors

Submitted Photo: ACS board members, spouses, guests and staff

Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, the Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society held an appreciation dinner for its Volunteer Leadership Board. Board members were treated to a wonderful dinner, and given the latest American Cancer Society cookbook, “Healthy Eating.” A collage placemat provided a creative momento of the year’s events and accomplishments. Board member and volunteer, Dr. Loan ... Read More »

Skill Development VII: Variables – Club Selection


All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The late, great Arnold Palmer once said, “Golf is deceptively simple, and endlessly complicated.” The goal in golf is simple–get the ball from here to there. But a golfer makes hundreds of choices in a round to accomplish the goal, which is where the complicated part of the game comes into play. Choices such ... Read More »

Camp Gets Grant From Hubley 


The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Camp Knutson, Crosslake, Minnesota to provide scholarship funding for special needs adults and youth. The purpose is to give underprivileged people with the opportunity to attend a camp and get away from the difficult lives they may be experiencing in their own homes. Representing the MDRT Foundation is Roger Hubley, CFP, ... Read More »



The winner of JCMI’s Monday Night Bingo was Mary Lewitsky of Marco Island. Bert Posner, a member of the Bingo Committee, gives her winnings. Bingo is played at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island every Monday evening. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Supper is complimentary. The game is open to the public. Cecelia Chang of Naples was the big winner ... Read More »

City Council Update

Photos by Steve Stefanides: Battalion Chief Chris Crossan is recognized for 25 years of service.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council met on the evening of December 5, and for the second straight time had to extend its adjournment to beyond the normal 9:30 PM agreed upon adjournment time due to extended discussions on issues. After working though some procedural items and an initial request by Councilwoman Roman to have the appointment ... Read More »

Phoenix Award Winners

Photo by Theresa Morgan: Goodland residents Greg Bello and Kay Tabor (far right), two of the civilians honored with the Phoenix Award, pictured with some of Marco Island’s award-winning first responders.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty-nine of Marco Island’s first responders were recently honored with Phoenix Awards from the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to first responders who contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. Some of Marco’s emergency response personnel received multiple awards for their life-saving measures. This year fifteen ... Read More »

WWII Veterans Take Flight


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 »

Island Country Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Photos by Quentin Roux: 
From left: Harry Lamberson, Raymond Jean, Louise Jean, Susan Lamberson, Anna Lawton
and Greg Lawton.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Island Country Club (ICC) has celebrated its 50th anniversary, an impressive landmark for the club and Southwest Florida. It was just last year that Marco Island celebrated its own half-century birthday. While 50 may not seem that old, in the Southwest Florida country club circuit it’s a distinction. The Island Country Club opened in 1966 ... 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 »