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Cocktails in Style

Members enjoying the whiskey and cigar room.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friday night’s cocktail party was an event to remember.  As members pulled up to the Island Country Club entrance they were warmly greeted with mai tais and music by JRobert. Members delighted in the eight culinary stations that were set up in the dining room and adjacent rooms.  Favorites included a shellfish raw bar with ... Read More »

Marriott Renovations Right on Target 

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areas in a Marriott’s Crystal Shores villa.

By Don Manley The New Year promises to be memorable for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa, and the nearby Marriott’s Crystal Shores. Both are in the midst of major construction projects that dramatically expand and improve facilities and offerings for guests. With work proceeding on schedule, everything is on target for completion dates in 2017, ... Read More »

Sailing Toward Adventure

Photos by Samantha Husted: Ray and Cherie Yager outside of their sailboat home.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It sounds like the plot of a movie. A retired couple, tired of their life on land, packs up all their earthly belongings; sells their car, their house and sets sail for the open ocean. While this story may seem far-fetched or fantastical, it’s exactly what high school sweethearts Ray and Cherie Yager have done. The ... Read More »

Arturo’s – Fine Italian Dining, With a Personal Touch

Submitted Photos: Judy joins her chef and staff on the line.

By Maureen Chodaba Arturo’s Restaurant has been a mainstay for fine Italian dining on Marco Island for almost 21 years with its vast menu of delicious food. The story behind Arturo’s is just as amazing as its succulent dishes. Sole proprietor Judy Barney reminisced about the restaurant’s background and its early days. Originally from Brooklyn, Judy was an in-house trader ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

Notice of South Beach Access Closure 

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Submitted South Marco Beach Access, one of four public beach access points on Marco Island, will be undergoing parking lot, beach access walkway and landscape improvements. These enhancements will require closure of the beach access parking lot and beach access until Thursday, December 22, 2016. The parking lot and beach access will open for the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, November 23 ... Read More »

WWII Veterans Take Flight

Photos by Frank Steiger

By Samantha Husted On Nov. 9, five World War II Veterans met at the Marco Island Executive Airport. Some were good friends and others had just met for the first time. But they were gathered that day for one reason, to fly. At the airport was a 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplane, the same of which the veterans flew during World ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo 

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Ruth Ann Mullaney from Naples was a big winner at Monday Night Bingo. She is congratulated by Natalie Klein, Bingo Committee member. Bingo is played every Monday night at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Supper is complimentary. Doors open 5:30 PM. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM and the first game is called at 7 PM. Ann Axtman of Naples was another big ... Read More »

Restaurant Scene Changes

This space in the Marco Walk Plaza will be home to The Oyster Society, expected to open in December.

By Don Manley Editors Note: This article was inspired by a Coastal Breeze News reader who suggested we inform returning Snowbirds of the many changes to Marco’s restaurant scene that took place in their absences. Have a great idea for a story? Send it to editor@coastalbreezenews.com.  As the Snowbirds return they’ll find that the island’s menu of dining options has ... Read More »

Leveling the Playing Field

Submitted Photo: The Racquet Center’s new court.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark As a coach and a competitor, I am seeing an unprecedented number of new pickleball players on the courts. Many of these players are actively competing on a daily basis, and some are even playing twice a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. It is a sport that is easy to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hey Now…What’s That Sound?

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Hey Now…What’s that sound? No, it’s not the quiet generated by the fact the elections are finally over. (Thank the heavens above!) It’s the sound you probably barely heard, that’s the sound of many of the island’s businesses closing their doors and locking their locks for the last time and closing forever. And the list gets longer every month. Don’t ... Read More »

The Leadership Coalition on Aging Fourth Annual Conference

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The Leadership Coalition On Aging Collier County will host their 4th annual Conference on Aging on Friday, November 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hodges University, located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive in Naples. This year’s conference aims to provide insight to local health care and social service professionals on enriching the lives of seniors in Collier County. The Coalition’s first Senior Expo, free and open to the general public, will follow the ... Read More »

Voting Begins in 2016 Election

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 2016 elections are moving into one of the final stages of determining who will emerge victorious on the evening of November 8, hopefully. It will all come down to who has energized their base the most and insured they turn out during early voting, and then finally on Election Day, November 8. On the first ... 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 »

Goodland Holiday Bazaar Returns!

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Submitted The 2015-2016 season was a busy one for Goodland with more people visiting our unique fishing village. In an effort to keep the ball rolling from one great season into the next, the Goodland Civic Association is actively planning the 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar. This one-day event will be held at Margood Harbor Park located at 321 Pear Tree ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: A Fresh Start

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We have eight candidates running for four seats and after living here for 2 1/2 yrs I feel a change is needed in the way city council is run. As a retired Air Force Master Sergeant; I still live by the core values instilled in me by the Air Force. Integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do. ... Read More »

Hands Are For Helping 5K

Photos by Jessica Hernstadt
Marco Island Academy students were on hand to help.

By Maureen Chodaba October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. A group of over 120 runners, walkers and even baby strollers recently honored the month at the Hands Are For Helping 5K fun run on Marco Island. With the starting line at the Shops of Marco, the racers bound their way through the rolling hills of the Sheffield-Granada-Dogwood area of our ... Read More »

Writing Romance in November

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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 »

The Contradiction in My Yard

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Election

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I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »