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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 »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach took almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. At their April 10 meeting, they offered that ... Read More »

Police Foundation Rib Cook-Off Another Success

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As soon as attendees exited their vehicles at the Marco Island Brewery on April 22 their senses were flooded with the wonderful aroma of ribs being cooked on five different cookers. Those five teams would all be taking part in the 6th Annual Marco Police Foundation Rib Cook-Off. “The community gets to come out and help ... Read More »

For Now, the Center of the Pickleball Universe

By Don Manley If there is a descriptive phrase that can be overused when considering a multitude of things, situations and events it is “bigger and better.” But where the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships are concerned, it’s difficult to come up with a more apt characterization. The second installment of the week-long tourney has top-echelon players from around the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chamber Requests Removal of Rios From TDC

Our understanding of the mission of the City Council is to protect the interest, safety and reputation of the citizens, businesses and visitors of Marco Island. Each of you have a seat and represent the Island on our county boards. The words and actions of our City Council have a direct economic impact on our quality of life and your ... Read More »

All Roads Lead to Resurfacing Programs

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com When Marco Island Public Works Director Tim Pinter recently briefed council on his plans to spend just over $600,000 in 2017 to continue with the planned repaving program for the island, Councilman Howard Reed made pointed inquires as to what it would take to make a more aggressive approach and spend about a ... Read More »

Get to Know the Civil Air Patrol

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On Saturday, May 6th the greater Marco community is invited to attend an open house at the Marco Island Executive Airport for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol unit. The men and women of the local squadron will be showing off their newest aircraft with all of the high tech equipment that allows them ... Read More »

National Community Development 

National Community Development Week and Collier County’s Community and Human Services Division (CHS) observed this national event with a dedication ceremony for Hatchers Preserve, a new, 18-unit single family rental community in Immokalee. Hatchers Preserve, which was built by Rural Neighborhoods in partnership with the Big Cypress Housing Corp., was primarily funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development ... Read More »

Cocomo’s Grill, Where the Food Speaks for Itself

Submitted Scott and Bonnie Gibbs were in the restaurant business for many years before they purchased Cocomo’s Grill in 2004. They had a passion for creating and serving the finest quality food, while offering a dynamic and diverse menu to their many customers. That passion translates today into a restaurant that offers a wide variety of dishes for the many ... Read More »

City Hall Staff Changes and Challenges

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the departure of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt a number of changes have occurred within City Hall, with departures of personnel and some shuffling of the chairs on the deck to insure the functions to service residents’ needs are still being met. Guillermo Polanco was assigned the responsibilities as Interim City Manager in February, in ... Read More »

Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... Read More »

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

Relay’s Battle Against Cancer Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For the last 30 years the American Cancer Society has brought cancer survivors, families and friends together to walk hand in hand to fight for awareness regarding the ravages of cancer and the toll it takes on families and those fighting the disease. This year will see over 5,200 communities, spread over 20 countries come together ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Marco Recognizes Gopher Tortoise Day

By Samantha Husted The gopher tortoise (or the gopherus polyphemus for all you science folk) is one of world’s oldest living species. The reptile is estimated to have roamed the earth anywhere from 500,000 to two million years ago. Gopher tortoises are native to the southeastern United States and can be found in all 67 counties of Florida. You may ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »