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Broader Scope to Service to Others – Dogs?


Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Over a decade ago, my husband and I committed to fostering a puppy that ultimately would be assigned to a handicapped or visually impaired person. The organization that we partnered with, “Paws with a Cause,” is based in Michigan. Our black Labrador puppy was named Opal by the students at Tommie Barfield ... Read More »

Local “Lost And Found” Author Heads to TV

From left: Philippe Cousteau, Capt. Tom Williams, Les Bowen (owner of the two cannons), and Ashlan Cousteau.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville What do you get when you combine high-tech satellite positioning with a search for pirate treasure off the coast of Marco Island? How about a great book with heroes and villains and more twists than a winding staircase. “Lost And Found” is a fictional story by local author and captain, Tom Williams, that was published in ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

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Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter


More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

Economic Summit Returns


Submitted Last year the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® hosted Marco’s first-ever Economic Summit. The event was such a success that the Economic Summit will return for its second year on Wednesday, November 9 from 1- 4 PM at Rose History Auditorium. Attendees will hear the latest local real estate statistics, as well as an economic forecast for Southwest ... Read More »

Collier’s Artificial Reefs: The End of the Beginning

Photo by Cathy McConville
From left: Katie Laakkonen, Kathleen Rooney and Bob McConville.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Over the past few months I’ve addressed issues regarding the reef structures here in South Florida on several occasions. Recent visits by my wife, Cathy, and me have resulted in viewing the natural reef formations in the Florida Keys. The unfortunate “bleaching” of these once beautiful structures is caused by numerous factors, and has increased worldwide ... Read More »

Donna Fiala’s Happy Place It’s Not Where You Think!

Berlin Ohio is 72 miles south of Cleveland. Via I 77, the trip would have taken a little over an hour. Sherri, one of Donna’s daughters, often brings the grandchildren down from Cleveland for a visit.

By Barry Gwinn Donna Fiala has represented District 1 in Collier County since 2000, when she was first elected commissioner. She is, by all accounts, highly respected by her colleagues and revered by her constituents. She has consistently demonstrated her care and concern for East Naples and outliers, Everglades City, Isles of Capri, Marco Island, and Goodland. Until 1974, she ... Read More »

Better Things to Come?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I’ll start off by avoiding being branded with which political party I favor or which I do not. Any business minded person with half a brain on an island where irony came to die knows to avoid that potential minefield. Let’s just say I for one will be relieved when the whole election circus is over ... Read More »

Karen Raymond Didn’t Miss a Note

Karen Raymond with the cast of “Alice in Wonderland.” Submitted Photos

By Roger LaLonde At seven, Karen Garriott was already interested in music, playing the piano. In junior high Karen continued with piano, adding the school choir and singing at church in her hometown of Indianapolis. She went on to Ball State University, majoring in music education and minoring in piano, adding musical theater. She was part of the Ball State ... Read More »

One Wheel

Photos by Val Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Not often someone is driving and hears, “What’s THAT?!??”  To the young man riding around on a one-wheeled board, it must have been a little disconcerting to have a car start following close behind, but that is just what this writer did. We met a young man, originally from Jamaica, riding the board. His name ... Read More »

Wearable Marco Lightning


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Kids are back in school and the September doldrums are in full swing on the island. To avoid the pain and anguish of a Marco September, I am enjoying a well-deserved vacation sunning myself with a pitcher of iced sangria overlooking the Mediterranean here on the southern coast of my other beloved island… Mallorca, Spain. This ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s first Hands Are For Helping 5K Fun Run will take place on October 15 to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The name of the 5K is a reference to The Shelter’s “Hands Are for Helping Not For Hitting” Program, a violence prevention program for Pre-K through first grade, where children learn non-aggressive ways to deal with anger. ... Read More »

Everything We Keep


BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Scuba Marco – 18 Years of Taking a Dive

From left: Scuba Marco’s Tyler Beck, Jessica Dawson and Jeff Dawson.
Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba As you drive north along Bald Eagle Drive through Old Marco, just before the intersection with Palm Street, feast your eyes on the aqua colored house on your right. It calls out your name with its Old Florida charm and inviting style. This is the home of Scuba Marco, the island’s premier dive shop. On August 23, ... Read More »

An Olympic Experience

Flying out of the water at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Mercedes Farhat’s 100 meter breaststroke heat.

By Roger LaLonde  It has been eight years since Marco Island’s Mercedes Farhat stood on the starting block for her 100 breaststroke Olympic heat in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. A Lely High School graduate just two months before, Farhat was in a stratosphere of world-ranked competitors. As her heat race ended, all Farhat thought was, “I am ... Read More »


by Peter May
Quercus 2016 – 327 pages
Genre: Mystery
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This book is a must-read for any mystery lover, Anglophile, or Baby Boomer. In addition to having an exciting storyline, it is beautifully written with luscious language: “Moonlight cascaded across black water below us as we drove down into a larger town beyond the village of Threlkeld. Its street lamps twinkled in the night, light pollution masking ... Read More »

Where’s Stef?

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Stef at the 2016 Christmas Island Style golf tournament, which he helped organize.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce that reporter Steve Stefanides, widely known in the community as “Stef,” has joined their team. Steve will be writing on local civic and public interest news, and will contribute a regular opinion column. Steve says, “I really have enjoyed the last three years covering the news here on ... Read More »

New at-risk vessel law helps FWC

A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” ... Read More »

6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off ... Read More »