Tag Archives: residents

Commissioners Continue Discussions on Sports Complex

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Over the last almost two years the Board of Collier County Commissioners has been moving forward on evaluating the need and details surrounding the construction of a major sports facility within Collier County. On June 13 they met in a joint meeting with the Tourist Development Council to discuss issues such as funding and how to ... Read More »

Protect Our Burrowing Owls: Your Input is Needed!

By Maria Lamb Recently, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and specialists joined law enforcement staff at the Marco Island Library’s Rose Hall for an open-house style meeting on our burrowing owls with residents, realtors, lot owners, builders, conservation groups and other interested parties. Stations were set up around the room with FWC staff answering questions on protection, ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic A Journey of Discovery & Exploration

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A cruise to a remote and newly developed tourist area of the Dominican Republic provided a unique and unexpected visit to a largely undiscovered and unexplored area of this historic country. We stayed four days in the newly developed port of Amber Cove, which engaged us in the newly designed “impact” activities with local residents or visits ... Read More »

Mosquito Control Targeting Invasion 

The Collier Mosquito Control District (the District) is continuing to see high numbers of salt marsh mosquitoes through its surveillance program and is scheduling missions to control the aggressive biters. The habitat which produces these mosquitoes is so abundant to the south and east of Naples, the pests are coming off the mangroves in broods easily numbering in the trillions ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek Blue Zone

Fiddler’s Creek has been designated a Blue Zones Project community by the Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida, in recognition of the community’s demonstrative commitment to promoting a healthful lifestyle. The Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida is a region-wide well-being initiative focused on making each community a healthier, happier place to live, work and play. “Fiddler’s Creek has long advocated wellness through a variety ... Read More »

Extreme Flooding on Marco Island

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders recently experienced a significant weather event, as anywhere between 6½ to 9 inches of rain fell on the island overnight on June 5. By 9 AM on June 6, Jon Busch of Hernando Drive reported 6½ inches in his rain gauge. Major intersections and side streets were impacted. Marco Island Police closed flooded roadways ... Read More »

Senior Empowerment Series | Experts Advise ‘Plan Now’

By Shirley Woolaway Make a plan now to avoid difficult decisions later was advice given by health and home care panelists recently at the first Senior Empowerment Series of 2017 at South Regional Library. Moderator Kenn Voegele, chair of the Leadership Coalition on Aging of Collier County spoke of his experience when first his father and then his mother developed ... Read More »

Help Save Christmas on Marco Island!

Submitted For over 30 years now the island has celebrated the Christmas holiday with programs and events brought by the hard work of a committee of volunteers known as Christmas Island Style. The events have grown, and include everything from Santa’s arrival in a helicopter to festive activities such as the Canine Holiday Pet Parade, holiday decorated boats cruising the ... Read More »

Fireworks Fund Donations Needed

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  It is hard to imagine a July 4th Independence Day celebration without fireworks. Each year on Marco Island the community enjoys a first-rate fireworks display, an important part of our American cultural tradition. It is one of the island’s signature events, drawing a large crowd of residents and visitors to enjoy the festivities. Fireworks shows ... Read More »


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has received reports of sick and dead cardinals in north Florida from concerned residents who have bird feeders. Cleaning bird feeders can decrease the potential for spreading diseases. If you have bird feeders, take the time to follow the guidelines to minimize the risk of disease transmission. If you observe dead cardinals or other ... Read More »

Safety Improvements on St. Andrews 

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to make traffic safety improvements on St. Andrews Boulevard. Commissioners voted to accept a multi-way stop warrant study and approve the installation and operation of a multi-way stop control at the intersection of St. Andrews and Warren St.; to reduce the speed limit on St. Andrews and Augusta from 30 miles ... Read More »

Operation Panther Relocation

Our biologists successfully captured and relocated an approximately 1½ -year-old male panther from an area in Lee County with very limited suitable habitat, thanks to citizens who contacted us. The panther was lingering in a neighborhood very close to a busy four-lane highway. The young, 75-pound panther had likely recently left its mother in search of new territory, a behavior ... Read More »

Extreme Flooding on Marco Island

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders have been experiencing a significant weather event over the last 15 hours as anywhere between 6½ to 9 inches of rain has fallen on the island since last evening. Jon Busch of Hernando Drive reported 6½ inches in his rain gauge at 9 AM. Since then another 2” of rain has been estimated to ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves Fire Station and Nautical Garage

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Station 51 On June 2, City of Marco Island staff brought before the Planning Board a Site Development Plan (STP) for approval. The plan dealt in every detail of the proposed new two-story fire station building. The newly proposed Station 51 would be two stories in height and be capable of housing both an engine company ... Read More »

 Pollution Control Receives Accreditation 

Collier County Pollution Control’s water quality field sampling program was approved for accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation as a Field Sampling Monitoring Organization. This makes Collier County one of two governmental agencies and one of five programs overall to achieve this accreditation statewide. The idea to seek accreditation as a Field Sampling Monitoring Organization began about two ... Read More »

Mosquito Control Update

Submitted Efforts to control the prolific onset of salt marsh mosquitoes through aerial spraying will take place this evening, Sunday May 14th, after 10:30 PM, when Skyvan airplanes will treat areas of Marco Island with Anvil. The Henderson Creek area will also be treated after 10:30 PM tonight, with Dibrom. Collier Mosquito Control District has reassured the public that although ... Read More »

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean

By Maria Lamb The “Love your Beach” Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 13 at 8 AM at Marco Island’s South Beach. Publix Supermarket will be the proud sponsor. Monthly beach cleanups are coordinated by Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee. Why is beach clean-up important? Save a marine life. Small pieces of plastic, referred to as “chokables,” are deadly ... Read More »

TDC Position an Important One

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com In the last several weeks there has been a swirl of controversy surrounding remarks made by Councilman Victor Rios in his role as a representative of Marco Island on the Tourist Development Council (TDC). The council is authorized by Florida Statue 125.0104 to advise the Board of County Commissioners pertaining to support of ... Read More »

Summer’s Almost Here!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness the county is emptying out…and so is our volunteer corps! I’ve always marveled at the winter residents who arrive and immediately go to work helping our community, like the Fire Rescue Foundation, both hospitals, the sheriff’s office, the police department, the schools, The Shelter for Abused Women, the homeless shelter, the library, the museum, ... Read More »