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Crime Rate Down on Marco Island

Submitted  On February 9, 2017, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino announced a significant and continued reduction in crime, as measured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The FBI’s UCR program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies with a primary objective to generate reliable information for use in ... Read More »

Marco Fire Rescue Partners With Children’s Coalition

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Water is a major component of what makes Marco Island so special. With over 100 miles of canals, thousands of swimming pools and approximately five miles of beach, residents and visitors flock to the water on a regular basis to enjoy a number of recreational activities that include swimming, boating and a number of water sports ... Read More »

Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

By Samantha Husted  The Calusa Garden Club met recently to discuss the “Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling” in Collier County. Margie Hapke, Collier County recycling coordinator, led the presentation, offering her knowledge and advice on all things garbage. Hapke has been with the Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management since 2002. Part of her job as recycling coordinator is ... Read More »

The Thrilling 2017 Isles of Capri Yard Sale – Treasures for All!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry It’s hard to believe that the first all-island yard sale was 30 years ago and they get bigger and better each year. 2017 was no exception judging by the numbers of golf carts, bicycles and cars that cruised the isles on January 28th looking for that “one in a million” find.” Each ... Read More »

5 Questions to Ask When Your Broker Changes Firms

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Clarity affords focus.” ~ Thomas Leonard, American businessman  Question: My financial advisor called to let me know that he changed firms again and sent paperwork to move my accounts. Why would he be moving and what should I do? Answer: There are a number of reasons why advisors would change firms. In fact, I’ve ... Read More »

Service to His Community is Just Natural

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since his arrival on Marco Island as a vacationer in 1987, Jim Curran saw something special in the small island he would eventually call his fulltime home. In 1992 he would purchase a unit at Smokehouse Bay Condominiums. In 1999 he and his wife Lori relocated here on a permanent basis and never looked back. Jim ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier 

While performing dockside inspections at Marco River Marina, Officer Lugg observed a charter vessel returning to the dock. The captain began offloading fish onto a dockside cleaning table after his guests departed from his vessel. The officer approached the captain and performed a marine fisheries inspection. He found that the captain possessed two undersized spotted trout and an undersized pompano. The captain admitted to ... Read More »

The Challenge of Service

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com About two weeks ago, the Marco Island City Council undertook some pretty important business, whose significance is unfortunately overlooked for the most part. On January 23rd the newly elected four councilors selected their choices for service on a number of advisory committees to coincide with their 4-year terms on council. Those individuals are ... Read More »

Daytime Bingo a Game Changer

Submitted For dedicated players, Bingo is a special blend of convivial fun with the attraction of winning some loot. And for newcomers, it could be a revelation. A game changer, you might say. And, while plenty of perks come with being a member of the Greater Marco Family YMCA, many people may not be aware that non-member programs are plentiful ... Read More »

Food Pantry Serves Local Families

Submitted The Marco Island area is lucky to have its own food pantry, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, which serves Marco Island, Goodland and the Isle of Capri. Located at the Family Church Marco at 1450 Winterberry Drive, no one is ever turned away. Families can pick up needed food on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from ... Read More »

Quarter Auction: Fun Way to Help Swim Team

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Want to try something different and fun while helping the Marco Island Swim Team raise needed funds? If you answered “Yes,” then check out the Quarter Auction on Saturday, February 18 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sandhill Street, Marco Island. You may be wondering, what exactly is a Quarter Auction? A Quarter Auction ... Read More »

Busy Real Estate Season Predicted

By Michael O’Rourke, MIAAOR President Everyone loves to see the full year real estate comparisons for the most recent year versus prior year. But before you dig in to all the details on 2016 in review, allow me to share an insight about what we are currently experiencing. 2015 was a very strong year for real estate on Marco Island. ... Read More »

Imperiled Species Management Plan Rule Changes Are in Effect

The Imperiled Species Management Plan rule changes are now in effect, including changes in listing status for many species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the groundbreaking plan in an effort to achieve conservation success with dozens of imperiled species throughout the state. The plan outlines the steps to conserve 57 species along with the broader vision of restoring ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County 

Officer Plussa was conducting fisheries inspections of shoreline fishermen near the Jolley Bridge when he saw two subjects fishing behind some mangroves. A resource inspection revealed that neither subject possessed a fishing license. One subject provided identifying information to the officer cooperatively while the other provided a series of different number sequences, claiming that they were his driver license number. ... Read More »

Coleman Book Signing

Submitted “Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground” author Michael Coleman will be hosting a book signing and presentation, “Marco Island Inc.: Building a Paradise One Era at a Time,’’ on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum, Rose History Auditorium. The time of the presentation coincides with modern Marco Island’s 52nd anniversary. The number one ... Read More »

A Smallwood Step in History

By Jesus Calo The Historic Ted Smallwood Store and Museum held its much-anticipated first annual “White Pelican Celebration” with a considerable number of attendees and entertainment. Cars lined up on the lot at the entrance of the water’s edge location. A little rain and chilly breeze over the weekend was not enough to disrupt the three-day event. In fact, it ... Read More »

A New Beginning…

Editorials and Opinions: BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Without a doubt, the most important event in a democracy is holding free elections. In democracies all around the world and in our country, leaders and representatives are elected by the votes of the citizens. This basic democratic principle does not apply in places like North Korea, Cuba and some African countries ... Read More »

Discussion on Hotel to Come Before Council

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  If the representatives of Small Brothers, the corporation which is proposing a potential hotel at the corner of Park Avenue and West Elkcam Circle thought they would have the opportunity to change some minds by holding a Town Hall Forum to allay fears regarding their proposal, they were disappointed on January 10. Approximately 150 residents showed ... Read More »

Who You Gonna Call?

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As this column runs throughout the year, I often find myself writing for an audience of full-time residents. However, we are blessed with a seasonal influx of visitors from around the globe. As a community, we need to care for our part-time residents and guests just as they take ... Read More »