Tag Archives: October

Marco Island Woman’s Club Recognized

Top row, from left: County commissioners Penny Taylor, Tim Nance, Donna Fiala, Georgia
Hiller and Tom Henning. Bottom row: MIWC’s Mary Deetjen, Debbie Roddy, Jackie Pierce,
Shirley Thayer, Rosemary Wick and Hyla Crane.

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

Trucks staging on South Collier Boulevard.

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?

At an October Goodland town meeting, County Commissioner Chairman Donna Fiala answers questions about Woodland Road, and assures that the county will take back the road and see that necessary rehabilitation is accomplished. Fail has made Woodland a top priority for the county.

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

Photos by Nancy Chamberlin:
MIA girls team at cross country regionals. From left: Asst. Coach Jim Watt, Kayla Kladis, Danya
Zarate, Morgan Jones, Anna Chamberlin, Teagan Havemeier, Julia Wagner and Head Coach
Bruce Kretschmer.

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

Photo by Steve Stefanides:
McAlpin addresses Marco Island City Council.

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

Photos by Steve Stefanides: Council Chairman Brown makes the proclamation presentation to the Woman’s Club.

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

Submitted Photo: Marco Island Academy running team group photo

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

Lely seniors (from left) Irmice Charelus, McKenna Lampos, Kira Chiaradonna, Katie Moss,
Kayla Pieri and Kalani Siler after their final home volleyball game.

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 Photos
The opening night bingo crowd.

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

Photo by Nancy Chamberlin

The MIA 2016 boys golf team at Bear’s Creek Country Club. From left: Hunter O,Neill,
Mike Hauer, Keaton Williams, Jonathan Kirstein, Garrett Chamberlin, and Coach Brian
Glamuzina. Missing from photo, Triston Arroyance.

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

Photo by Steve Stefanides
McAlpin addresses Marco Island City Council.

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 »

Randy Wayne White Comes to Sunshine Books

Submitted Photo

Submitted “Seduced” by Randy Wayne White will be released by Penguin Randomhouse on Tuesday, October 18. On Friday, October 21 at 3 PM, Randy will be at Sunshine Booksellers South store. He’ll be talking about his new book, telling a few stories and autographing copies for his many fans. Due to the fact that our event is three days after ... Read More »

Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament

Submitted Photo

Submitted On Sunday, October 16, the Rookery at Marco will host the third annual Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament. Holding fundraisers was always a great passion for Dave. He loved to help those in need. The golf tournament is a way to continue his legacy of giving. Proceeds to go to Jacob Carranza, a two-year-old with a hearing deficiency that ... Read More »

New Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach

Samples of completed sea treasure bottles.

Submitted Earlier this month, members of the Calusa Garden Club and Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) jointly presented an environmental program to the Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The Junior Gardeners program is an after school program provided monthly by members of the Calusa Garden Club. The beach environment was the theme as BAC members Katie O’Hara, Ruth McCann ... Read More »