Tag Archives: Natalie Strom

FPA Awards Announced


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com CBN has done it again. The excellent staff at Coastal Breeze News has brought home four more awards for its work in 2013; this time from the Florida Press Association. Having already received seven national awards from the Association of Free Community Papers in April, Coastal Breeze is again being rewarded for the fruits of its ... Read More »

The orange tree of the sea

Artwork in the Goodland Post Office depicts the strong stone crabbing heritage tied to the village.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s the crab that keeps on giving. It’s the mighty, yet delicious stone crab. The Southwest Florida delicatessen is much more than your average shellfish. Learn all about it during a day around town at the “Are You Smarter Than A Stone Crab” event. Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, this tour takes those ... Read More »

Mullet Mayhem

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It was the 30th Annual Mullet Festival. Thirty years of celebrating the bait fish that grew Goodland from an old, empty pineapple farm into a full-fledged fishing village. The weekend-long event began on Friday, Jan. 25 and wrapped up at sunset on Sunday, Jan. 27. Friday’s kick-off was all about getting folks in the mood to ... Read More »

One HUUUGE Experience: Part One

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Love him or hate him, you have to admit, his success in Cape Coral has been “HUUUUGE, Florida, HUUUUGE!” You know the man: Billy Fucillo of the Cape Coral Kia dealership. With his trusty sidekick, Caroline, Billy has turned his low-budget television and radio ads into a sensation in Southwest Florida. His dealership, boasting three lots ... Read More »

There’s Something in the Water

The white marker indicates a “Very Low” presence of red tide while the green markers indicate there is less that 1,000 cells per liter. The small amount indicates red tide is “Not Present.”

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island’s waters and beaches have seen a recent invasion by a number of algae species. Some bad, the others just fine. Sightings and monitored reports by FWC have found red drift alga, graceful red weed, Alexandrium monilatum and red tide to be present along Marco’s coastline as well as within Marco’s canals. Nancy Richie, Marco ... Read More »

Tour de Taverns 5.0

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On your mark, get set, pedal! The fifth annual Tour de taverns, one of the most popular fund raisers around, is fast approaching. Sponsored every year by the Sandbar and Island Bike Shop, the poker bicycle ride takes place on December 7, beginning at 10 AM. That’s right. It’s a poker ride – and it’s for ... Read More »

Out of this World Opal

The Gamai Necklace.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com He knew it was out there; an opal that had yet to be discovered. For over forty years, Peter Piromanski successfully prospected for the opal gem in Coober Pedy in South Australia. This, after all, was the place to be to find opals of all shapes and varieties in the country, which, in fact, mines 97 ... Read More »

Goodland Golf Cart Ordinance


GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com My anonymous letter writing stalker is at it again! Last edition’s article entitled, “Goodland Remarks,” discussed both positive and negative comments I receive regarding my views of Goodland. It was really an effort to praise our community, especially the kids, but one reader clearly misinterpreted the heart of the article. I clearly made a huge mistake ... Read More »

Goodland is for the Dogs


GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Dogs are never lost in Goodland. And it’s not just because our island is only .6 square miles with the only way of getting out being a long and winding road. It’s because they have great homes that they wouldn’t want to leave. Dogs in Goodland are never lost, but they are found. There are countless ... Read More »

There’s No Place Like Home


GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com I recently traveled back home to visit my family and old friends. A quick five-day trip to celebrate a friend’s baby on the way, meet another friend’s new two-month old and spend quality time with my three siblings, dad and grandparents suddenly took a turn for the worse when, only two days in, I was knocked ... Read More »

Summer Time and the Living’s Easy


GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s easy to take it slow in Goodland. Most of us are busy, yet relaxed because our living environment makes us happy – literally. Everyone smiles; everyone waves; and everyone takes time to take a time out when needed. This includes our local businesses. As the summer comes into full swing, it’s time for many ... Read More »

MICMS Spring Band Concert a Joy


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Nearly 250 students performed to a full crowd at Marco Island Charter Middle School’s gymnasium on May 21st. The evening was full of surprises. Irish dancers and bumble bees made appearances to coincide with the evening’s song choices. Band Director Martie Miller mixed things up with songs like Queen’s “We Will Rock You” by Sweeney and ... Read More »

Honoring National Everglades Day


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In honor of the Second Annual National Everglades Day, April 6th, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) was ready to throw a party. Just last year the date was chosen as it is the birthday of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a champion of the Everglades, known best for her book, “The Everglades: River of Grass.” She ... Read More »

Marco’s Mahogany Masters


By Natalie Strom – natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Meet Sean and Nathan O’Donnell. Identical twins, living on Marco Island, each married with three young children. By trade, the brothers run a painting company, Ace Performance Plus, where they specialize in painting and power washing. But by passion, they mold mahogany into statuesque pieces of art. Every Wednesday, at the Marco Island Farmers Market the O’Donnell ... Read More »

Laugh out Loud with Knights of Columbus


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, February 9, The Knights of Columbus will have you laughing all night long as they host an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Tim Walkoe. Sign up for this one-day event and chuckle in the name of children’s charities supported by The Knights of Columbus. If you haven’t heard of Tim Walkoe, you may as ... Read More »

Farmers Market Focus Arrowhead Beef: Florida raised & grass-fed


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Beef – it’s what’s for dinner. And now you can purchase it at the Marco Island Farmers Market. Newcomer to the Wednesday market at Veterans Park is Arrowhead Beef, offering farm-direct, hormone-free, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef from Florida. What a mouthful! And what a concept! Co-founded in 2010 by George Fisher and Tom Pellizzetti, Arrowhead Beef, ... Read More »

Bumper Crop


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com It is common knowledge on Marco Island that Florida Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) are present, popular and so abundant that they are found in almost every neighborhood on the island. Not only do our residents enjoy these charismatic birds of prey, but people travel from all over the world to see them. Professional photographers charge ... Read More »

A Visit with Marco Urgent Care


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Vacationers visit Marco Island to escape the cold weather, but often can’t escape the dreaded cold or flu. When this happens, where do they turn? Naples Community Healthcare Systems offers an Urgent Care Center on Marco Island to visitors, part-time and full-time residents of Marco in need of treatment of non-emergencies, illness and minor injuries. For ... Read More »

Pirates commandeer the Marco Museum


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Ahoy mateys! Arrrr ye ready for a day of plundering and pillaging at the Marco Island Historical Museum? On January 26, the museum will host its first ever Pirate Day in honor of the pirates of Florida’s coasts. It’s true; pirates played an integral role in Florida’s history. Just ask James and Sarah Kaserman, authors of ... Read More »

One Million Acts of Kindness


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy where six school teachers and administrators and 20 young students lost their lives, Ann Curry of NBC News came up with the concept #26Acts of Kindness. Encouraging people through her Twitter account to commit one act for each of the 26 lives lost, she wrote on ... Read More »