Tag Archives: October

Jr. Firefighter of the Year Named

By Samantha Husted Each year the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department celebrates National Fire Prevention Week by naming one student from Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) the Jr. Firefighter of the Year. That special student is chosen by the firefighters based on their ability to write the best essay on any given fire prevention topic. This year the theme was, ... Read More »

JW Marriott Designation Expected to Enhance Marco Economy

By Don Manley Marco Island’s economy should receive a boost by the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa ascension to the more upscale JW Marriott brand. The resort’s new designation as the JW Marriott Marco Island, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States, took effect Jan. 1. An update on the $320 million ... Read More »

New Walk to Run Program at the Y

Submitted Personal trainer Maddy Wyers brings enthusiasm and a ready smile to her new job at the Greater Marco Family YMCA (Y). She is spearheading a new program, the Marco Walking Club, which embraces walking, jogging and running. Wyers says the aim is to attract people of all levels and ability at the two sessions. On Fridays, the group meets ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club Recognized

By Debbie Roddy  Marco Island Woman’s Club, founded October 24, 1966, began its “Celebration of 50 Years of Giving Back” in January of this year. While members have been busy with a 50th Anniversary community project and celebratory events, the Club received well-deserved official recognition from both Collier County and the State of Florida for its service to the community. ... Read More »

The Sand Comes Trucking In

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides   Earth Tech Enterprises of Naples took to the South Beach area of Marco Island like a small, but finely tuned platoon of “combat engineers” as they prepared the way for the delivery of over 900 truckloads of newly mined high quality beach sand from the quarries owned by Stewart Mines in Immokalee last week. The ... Read More »

Goodland Road Primer Where Did County’s $13M go? And Why?

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Seasonal residents returning to Goodland in mid-October were dismayed to find another monthly spring tide flooding substantial portions of the road. The author’s wife had to postpone a doctor’s appointment on account of it. “Why isn’t the county doing something about this?” one resident asked, “Driving through the salt water will ruin our cars. Are ... Read More »

Prime Fish to Target in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The shallow waters of the 10,000 Islands offer many different species of fish to target throughout each season. As each season changes, so do our target species, and also the methods of how and where we fish for them. The most popular targets here include redfish, speckled trout, and snook. In addition to these three, ... Read More »

MIA Competes at State – Again

By Barry Gwinn On Saturday, November 5, the best runners in the State of Florida competed on the storied permanent cross country course at Apalachee Regional Park in eastern Tallahassee. It is one of the few permanent cross country courses in the U.S. Its layout is considered so ideal that in addition to the Florida high school championships it has ... Read More »

Breakfast and Birds at Tigertail

Submitted The Friends of Tigertail Beach hosted its eleventh Breakfast and Birds event at Tigertail Park on October 29th. Twenty-seven birders joined Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley as they described the birds that migrate to our beaches this time of year. Happily, nine migrating bird species were spotted. They were least sandpiper, western sandpiper, dunlin, piping plover, semipalmated plover, black-bellied ... Read More »

Editorial & Opinion: Anthony Weiner’s Computer: FBI Director Blunders

By Barry Gwinn July 5th, FBI Director James Comey announced, on a nationally televised newscast, that the FBI had decided not to pursue further an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. He said that her actions did not rise to the level of criminal conduct, but admonished her for being careless and negligent in her use of a private email server ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »

Council Updates

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The second meeting for October of the Marco Island City Council had a relatively light agenda and dealt more with recognizing individuals and groups that have contributed to the community over the years, after council listened intently to Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin brief councilors on the details surrounding an impending beach re-nourishment. Council presented a ... Read More »

MIA Girls Team Makes Regionals: Three Records Broken

By Barry Gwinn On Thursday, October 20th, the Region 2 District 8 (Class 1A), cross country meet was held at the Hibiscus CC in Naples. District 8 is composed of 10 teams, drawn from Naples, Fort Myers, Everglades City, Marco Island, and Moore Haven. This meet would determine which teams and individuals would go on the regional meet at Lakeland, ... Read More »

Trojans Raise Money with Think Pink Event

By Scott Shook It’s true that the Lely volleyball team lost in three games to Community School of Naples on October 13 at the Trojans’ gym. But the ladies of Lely High still came away winners as they raised money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in their annual Think Pink event. This year’s Think ... Read More »

Writing Romance in November

Submitted Thanks to all for their participation in the First Pages discussion at the October 12, 2016, meeting. It was great to have everyone contributing feedback. For our November 9, 2016 monthly meeting, our guest speaker Sonja Gunter’s topic will be “Writing Romance.” She has written several romance novels, and serves as the current president of Southwest Florida Romance Writers. ... Read More »

Knights of Columbus Bingo Fundraiser

Submitted On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a bingo fundraiser at the San Marco Parish Center with the doors opening at 5:30 pm and Bingo starting at 7:00 pm. Bingo runs every Thursday from October 20, 2016 to November 17, 2016.  Bingo resumes on January 5, 2017.  This event was open to ... Read More »

MIA Golfers Make Good Showing at Districts and Regionals

By Barry Gwinn On October 11, the six-man Marco Island Academy’s boys golf team competed in the District 8 finals at the Bear’s Paw Country Club in Naples. Freshman, Mike Hauer (78), senior, Hunter O’Neill (82), and senior, Keaton Williams (88), advanced to the regionals, held on October 17 at the Verandah Golf Club in Ft. Myers. The regionals course ... Read More »

My Editor Goes to a Rock Concert, Sort of

  By Barry Gwinn On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Coastal Breeze News appeared in newsstands throughout Marco Island, on time, and with 80 pages chock-full of color photos, columns, and articles sent in by the staff writers and a wide network of contributors. As usual everything was well presented by the production staff. It is up to Val Simon, ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »