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Strong Winds Create Challenges at Laser Regatta

By Samantha Radle On March 4-5, the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the Marco Island Department of Parks and Recreation held its 14th annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta, attracting competitors from around the country to Mackle Park’s picturesque shores. The Model Yacht Club, in conjunction with the AMYA RC Laser Class, hosted skippers from as far as the ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Announces Exciting Project

By Samantha Husted On March 10th the Marco Island Center for the Arts unveiled an upcoming project with Cornell University. Bruce Graev, a Cornell University alumnus and Center for the Arts board member, is spearheading the partnership. He announced that the Center for the Arts was selected by the Cornell University Department of Architecture to take part in a collaborative ... Read More »

Reminiscing and Smiling

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Sitting around for coffee the other morning we were talking about challenges facing the community and across the bridge just off the island. The conversation was wide ranging and involved a great many topics, some very serious and others a little more lighthearted. Having owned here for 30 years and living fulltime on ... Read More »

Two Continents … Two Countries … Two Elections…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There will be two crucial elections in two completely different countries in two different continents that will take place in early April. While these countries are far apart the results of the elections will have far reaching effects in South America and the Middle East. There may also be some unintended consequences which may affect ... Read More »

Second Chance Sandbar Closed for Summer Nesting Season

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida, has closed the emergent sandbar located one mile southeast of Cape Romano, known as “Second Chance.” The sandbar, which is closed to public access annually from March 1 – August 31, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part II

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison Editor’s Note: Part I of this column appeared in the March 3, 2017 edition of Coastal Breeze News. In that issue, ten special “Off the Beaten Track” destinations and photos were shared. This issue will give readers a glimpse into ten more unique, and largely unknown places. Following is a sample list of many of the ... Read More »

Siegel Dental – Caring for People, Not Just Teeth

By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist can be a warm and relaxing experience. A dental office can be a place of healing and rejuvenation. Now that I have your attention with those opening lines, please don’t think that I’m crazy! I promise you that I really do know what I’m talking about, and in this case, I’m ... Read More »

Calusa Days Offers Fun Look at Everglades’ Past

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas On Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM take a journey of the cultural history of the 10,000 Islands during Everglades National Park’s Calusa Days at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. The Calusa were a self-sustaining indigenous people ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Gala a ‘Masterpiece’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, a highly anticipated annual event on the island, took place on Sunday, February 26 at the Island Country Club. From a richly decorated room, to a scrumptious meal and star performances, guests were treated to an unforgettable evening that appealed to all of their senses ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part I

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison As a frequent international traveler I have had the special opportunity to explore and investigate many unique and largely unknown places not heavily visited by most tourists. These discoveries have led to a fascination with off-the-beaten destinations, many of which rival or exceed the pleasure of visiting better-known places. Following is a sample list of many ... Read More »

Charitable Business Sends Family to Disney

By Jesus Calo After mourning the death of a spouse, a single mother of four boys finds that keeping busy helps. It is acts of generosity like the one of a local law firm that made a dream, a reality, for this family. This will be the fourth annual “For the Family Award” gifted from the kindness of William G. ... Read More »

John Wick 2: The New James Bond?

By Matthew Mendisana Today’s film industry has been saturated with an array of action films that have gotten tedious. By now most viewers are aware of how the dance goes: meet the protagonist, something goes wrong because of the antagonist, the protagonist goes through a range of action scenes, protagonist either prevails or it ends on a cliffhanger to set ... Read More »

Turn, Turn, Turn…

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “To everything there is a season,” ... Read More »

Chess Competitions Continue

By Wade Keller The second Chess K-12 tournament had 12 competitors on Saturday, February 25. After four rounds there was a tie between Lely High School tenth grader Michael Curiale and Alex Sousa, a fifth grader at Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE). In round two their game was a draw, while they each won the other three. So, their score was ... Read More »

Kicking Off St. Patrick’s Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The recent Sons and Daughters of Erin’s annual Shamrock Dinner and Dance at the San Marco Church social hall was a fun and festive way to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone was Irish that night, and the room was filled with folks dressed in every shade of green. Guests enjoyed a traditional, hearty ... Read More »

Prayer Breakfast Offers Message of Hope

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island churches, for more than three decades, have come together to hold a prayer breakfast, acknowledging the need for God’s blessing in our community’s affairs. The 34th Annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:30 to 9 AM at the JW Marriott Beach Resort, Palms Ballroom. Music ... Read More »

Magical Harp Ensemble Wows Marco

By Maria Lamb People often associate the harp with angels wearing halos, floating on clouds playing the harp – depicted on holiday greeting cards, sacred texts, and religious art. The angels and harps took on more earthly qualities when St. Mark’s Episcopal Church hosted the Naples Harp Ensemble on a recent Sunday afternoon, to a full house. Dickie Fleisher, principal ... Read More »

Stacking in Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my last column, titled “Proper Positioning is Paramount,” I discussed the importance of having ourselves properly set up in pickleball, to encourage and promote forehands on our groundstrokes. In that column, I recommended both members of the serving team set themselves up at the baseline area in a position to encourage a forehand ... Read More »

Super Bowl V Returns

By Samantha Husted Despite construction and limited parking, hundreds came out to Mackle Park to participate in the annual Souper Bowl event. The Souper Bowl, now in its fifth year, is a Marco Island Chamber of Commerce organized event. Traditionally the Souper Bowl takes place the Saturday before the actual Super Bowl, an event that is notably lacking in soup. ... Read More »

Town Hall Meeting

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Please mark your calendar for our Marco Town Hall Gathering, which will be held on Thursday, February 23 at 6 PM in the Rose Hall Auditorium on the Museum property. Come early so you can see the newest attraction: “The Pioneer Cabin,” the newest exhibit to be added to this wonderful museum. Each exhibit seems to ... Read More »