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EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers of this column may already know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I have celebrated every Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends going back to 1969, the year of my arrival to America as a college student. From my first Thanksgiving to the present day, this holiday warms my heart and ... Read More »

Island Country Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Photos by Quentin Roux: 
From left: Harry Lamberson, Raymond Jean, Louise Jean, Susan Lamberson, Anna Lawton
and Greg Lawton.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Island Country Club (ICC) has celebrated its 50th anniversary, an impressive landmark for the club and Southwest Florida. It was just last year that Marco Island celebrated its own half-century birthday. While 50 may not seem that old, in the Southwest Florida country club circuit it’s a distinction. The Island Country Club opened in 1966 ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Stages Packed Open House

Officers and volunteers entertain potential members on the ground floor patio.

By Quentin Roux Special to Coastal Breeze News  Gillian Hamer loves boating, socializing and fine dining. She doesn’t have a boat, but being a member of the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) enables her to enjoy sunset cruises, day cruises and even extended cruises on a “host” boat. It’s one of the perks of MIYC membership and at a well-attended ... Read More »

‘Beyond the Mangrove Trees’ A pictorial look at South Florida

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Dolphins and gators and birds, oh my! Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to take many pictures of various wildlife in our area. Some of the photos are a matter of being in the right place at the right time and others, believe me, are just luck! I’ve looked for an avenue ... Read More »

‘Show Me’ Book Launch

Jennifer Kreidler (right) hands out copies of
“Show Me” to a line of attendees.

Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones introduced his new book “Show Me” to a crowd of loyal readers, who had lined up outside the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the chance to meet him and have their books signed. Also in attendance was Peggy Post of the Emily Post Institute, who wrote the forward to “Show Me.” ... 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 »

MI Sail and Power Squadron Awards Fernandes

Commander Hughes presenting Linda with her plaque at a recent dinner held by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron at
the Marco Island Yacht Club.

Submitted How does it feel to be the very best at something across the entire United States? Very few of us will ever know that feeling, but our local neighbor Linda Fernandes does. Linda is a member of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, and part of her duties for the past year were to create what is known ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades A Brief History of Pioneers and Early Environmentalists

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Submitted Local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous Brief History books but adds much more as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental ... Read More »

Artificial Reefs Deliver Real Impact

As time passes, the artificial reefs become part of the underwater landscape.

By Maureen Chodaba What is underwater and giving Collier County an economic boost? The Artificial Reef Project! Deployed in January 2015, this combined effort of the City of Naples, Collier County and Marco Island, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has placed a ... Read More »

Halaschak, Harris Named Lely Homecoming King, Queen

Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were crowned Lely Homecoming King and Queen on Friday (Sept. 16) during halftime of the football game.

By Roger LaLonde The competition was close as Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were named Lely Homecoming King and Queen at half time of the football game on Friday, September 16, 2016. Halaschak, of Marco Island, said she knew that a lot of students were voting for her, but wasn’t sure if she would have enough. Harris, of East Naples, ... Read More »

Singular Luxury a la 16th Century Venice

Villa Venezia makes for an eye catching site along Caxambas Court. Photo by Don Manley

By Don Manley Venice’s rich history, romance and singular beauty have long captivated those who’ve eyes have feasted upon the stately, canal-laced, bursting-with-history assemblage of islands along Italy’s Adriatic coast. In fact, the suburban homes of Venice’s 16th Century sea captains so inspired a Naples resident that he designed and built a palatial, one-of-a-kind, 14,000-square-foot, Italian villa along Caxambas Court, ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Top Five Luxury Condo Listings

The Belize at Cape Marco. Photos by Kristine Bareis

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Last week the top five luxury condo listings on Marco Island by price were all located at the Belize in Cape Marco. Belize is a remarkable 25-story building built in 2004 with fantastic amenities. These first class amenities include a grand lobby, library, social room, billiard room, theater, fitness area, infinity pool, and tennis ... Read More »

Coming Soon! National Parks Special Edition

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service with Coastal Breeze News! Watch for our September 30th edition where we will bring you a special keepsake section honoring our prized National Parks, and inspiring you to experience these treasures firsthand. The National Park system includes 413 areas covering more than 84 million acres in ... Read More »

Exploring by Land

Only six years ago, the dome home stood on land. Look carefully to find Rebecca’s husband Neil. Photos by Rebecca Burg

Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to thank reader Rebecca Burg, who sent us these two photos, along with a video link of the Cape Romano dome home, from a time when the structures were still accessible by the beach. Rebecca, who describes the Marco Island dome houses as “enigmatic,” filmed her 2010 visit to Cape Romano ... Read More »

Connecting with the Past: Cultural Resources in Rookery Bay Reserve Provide Insights to Early Coastal Life

Each artifact is recorded and photographed. Photos by Renee Wilson

Coastal Connections By Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Thousands of years ago, indigenous people called the Calusa inhabited much of coastal Southwest Florida. The Calusa culture was a complex society that thrived on the bounty of the estuary as opposed to agriculture, which was the primary means of subsistence for many other early American people. Numerous Calusa settlements were developed along the ... Read More »

On the Run to Recognize Raymonds

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

By Roger LaLonde Kyle Grucci and Dr. Patty Poling are on the run for Roger and Karen Raymond. The Raymonds have announced that they are leaving Marco Island for Orlando, due to family health reasons. After being leaders in their fields for 18 years, the Raymonds will be leaving Marco Island Charter Middle School. Due to a short time frame, ... Read More »

Condo Mortgages

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott One third of condo buyers on Marco Island use mortgage financing to buy their condo. The rest pay for their condo using a bank wire transfer from existing funds. A mortgage provides personal benefits such as a mortgage interest tax deduction, leveraging your money, and historically low interest rates available in today’s market. However, ... Read More »

A Look Back at the Dome Home

Southern view of the dome home (1997).

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In our August 5, 2016 issue, Coastal Breeze News featured a story on the Cape Romano dome homes, haunting structures that are disintegrating and slipping away into the sea. Readers were encouraged to email us their experiences, stories and photos. The response was overwhelming, and we will be sharing these special memories in this, and ... Read More »

Marco Island Condo Inventory

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CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The number of condos listed for sale on Marco Island varies by day, by month, by time of year and by year. Last week 330 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island. Last year at this time 249 condos were listed for sale. That is a 33% increase in condo listings ... Read More »

Are the Keys’ Reefs Dying?

In less than 20 years, major changes have taken place in the Florida Keys reef structure.
1992 - Head coral barely alive, and Elkhorn coral almost completely decimated.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville “Live corals on the east side of the Florida Keys are mysteriously dying and algae are taking over that eco-niche. Studies and mapping suggest that a number of natural factors, combined with the effects of human activity, may contribute to the corals’ demise.” – Gene Shinn, U.S. Geological Survey It is well documented that there is ... Read More »