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Fashion Statement


As the father of two daughters, I never seemed to have any success getting my girls to watch sports, like football, on television with me. I just had to accept the fact that they were not boys, and they did not like to watch football, and I had to learn to live with that! I always encouraged my girls to ... Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer Team Has High Hopes Most of Team’s Core Returning

Photo by Barry Gwinn

MIA’s 2016 girls soccer team. From left: Omar Rodriguez, assistant coach, Elizabeth Schulteis, junior, Teagan Havemeier, sophomore, Danya
Zarate, junior, Olivia Watt, junior, Julia Wagner, junior, Ellie Ball, freshman, Lauren Faremouth, freshman, Jenna Palumbo, freshman, Marisa
Roath, freshman, Anna Chamberlain, sophomore, Jim Watt, head coach, and John Ball, assistant coach. Not shown: Kayla Kladis, junior, Lexi
Harrington, sophomore, Morgan Jones, sophomore, Darrin Palumbo, assistant coach, and Camden Jones, manager.

By Barry Gwinn MIA’s 2016 girls soccer team. From left: Omar Rodriguez, assistant coach, Elizabeth Schulteis, junior, Teagan Havemeier, sophomore, Danya Zarate, junior, Olivia Watt, junior, Julia Wagner, junior, Ellie Ball, freshman, Lauren Faremouth, freshman, Jenna Palumbo, freshman, Marisa Roath, freshman, Anna Chamberlain, sophomore, Jim Watt, head coach, and John Ball, assistant coach. Not shown: Kayla Kladis, junior, Lexi Harrington, ... Read More »

Truth About Spending


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

MIA Cross Country Girls Bring Home First Trophy Olivia Watt Leads the Pack

Photo by Jane Watt
MIA’s cross country team with the team’s hard won first-ever trophy. From left: Danya Zarate, Olivia Watt, Anna Chamberlain, Morgan Jones, Julia Wagner, Teagan Havemeier and Coach Bruce Kretschmer.

By Barry Gwinn As the sun came up last Saturday, on the bucolic campus of Palmetto Ridge High School (PRHS) located near Immokalee and Oil Well Roads, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls cross country team made school history. Competing against six other high schools in PRHS’s inaugural Beware the Bear Invitational, the girls came in second overall, for their ... Read More »

Learn From the Best at Pickleball Academy


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The popularity of pickleball keeps growing in Southwest Florida. But although we may all love the sport, most of us can use some help with our game. Now players who want to improve their play have an opportunity to learn from top instructors at the U.S. Open Pickleball Academy in Naples. Two of the school’s ... Read More »

This Saturday! MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational at Mackle Park


The Marco Island Charter MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational will be held this Saturday, October 1st at Mackle Park. Twenty-four schools from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry counties will be sending high school and middle school teams to compete in the 3000 and 5000-meter races. The races (10 in all) will begin at 8 AM with the high school varsity teams ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike ... Read More »

Marriott Golf Discount Program for Students


Submitted  As college students across the U.S. prepare for a new semester, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announced College Links ’16 – a golf discount program specifically designed for college students – is being offered at The Rookery & Hammock Bay in Marco Island. Active college students who ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 1


By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides When voters go to the polls on November 8th this year they will be electing men and women that will hold offices ranging from the highest in the land to that of local school boards. On Marco Island, residents will also be voting to fill four city council seats. Those seats are either being vacated by ... Read More »

Big Changes Ahead on 951/Collier Boulevard


Coastal Comments By Donna Fiala What fun it will be to write this column! First and foremost, no matter where I go people ask me what is happening with the old “skeleton building” at the corner of Davis Boulevard and 951/Collier Boulevard, the old, almost decaying structure that has been sitting there as a greeting to all of us. Well, ... Read More »

Running a Natural Parting for the Raymonds

Photos by Roger LaLonde
Roger Raymond leads runners for a casual jaunt at his going away run.

By Roger LaLonde Like thousands of practices, Roger Raymond led his stalwarts on a run around Mackle Park, but it wasn’t the same. It was his athletes, young and older, and parents, gathering to recognize him and wife Karen for their years of service to Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), Marco Island Academy (MIA) and the community. Karen Raymond, ... Read More »

Welcome Ezgi! Rotary Exchange Student From Turkey Comes to Marco

After a 12-hour flight Ezgi (third from right) gets a big greeting at the airport. To her right are host parents Neil Snyder and Rebecca Hodge.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At Southwest Florida International Airport on August 9, a group of local Rotarians eagerly waited with signs for the arrival of 18-year-old Ezgi Tacyildiz. Ezgi, an exchange student from Sakarya, Turkey, is part of the Rotary Youth Exchange, sponsored by Rotary International and Marco Island’s Noontime and Sunrise Rotary clubs. Sakarya, located close to the ... Read More »

Hertz hosts students from The Immokalee Foundation, donates more than 100 school-ready backpacks


Ten students from The Immokalee Foundation recently visited Hertz Global Holdings’ world headquarters in Estero for a Career Development program that included one-on-one discussions with Hertz employees and executives, a tour of the state-of-the-art facility, and collecting 104 backpacks loaded with back-to-school supplies donated by Hertz employees for Immokalee students. “This was an incredible experience for our students,” said Steven ... Read More »

Noontime Rotary Supports MICMS

Submitted Photo
Pat Ettensohn (left) and Tarik Ayasun.

Submitted At the August 11, 2016 Noontime Rotary Club meeting, Pat Ettensohn was proud to present a check for $5,200 to the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). Each year the Marco Island Sunrise and Noontime Rotary Clubs hold a golf tournament as a joint fundraiser for their clubs. Traditionally, the Noontime Rotary Club dedicates their portion of the proceeds ... Read More »

It’s Little League All Over Again!

“It’s hot out there,” and (from left) Don Schwartz, Jimmy Williams, Ray Niemeyer and Jeff Hultgren try to cool off.

Submitted “It’s gonna be a hot one,” yelled one of the guys, as players begin to file into the dugout at a recent softball pick-up game at Winterberry Park. Except, these are not your average ball players. They are members of the Marco Island Senior Softball League. By 8:20 AM on a Monday morning, about 20 guys arrived, enough for ... Read More »

Handling Nerves

Brad Gilbert in his playing days,

Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark All of us get anxious and nervous about things. As a high school or college student, it may SATs or final exams. In our careers, it may be a new job interview or a meeting with your boss. Maybe you don’t like to speak in public or in front of large groups.?Some of us don’t ... Read More »

My Newest Best Friend A Carolina Love Story

The Canton Chamber of Commerce chose this as one of the views used to attract businesses and new residents to Canton. Bill Gwinn’s first Canton house is the white bungalow
prominently featured at lower left.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn My newest best friend lives in North Carolina. Her name is Cassandra. She is a strikingly beautiful blue-eyed blond. She lives in Canton, N.C. where she grew up and spent most of her life. Until September of last year, I had never heard of her. On May 28, 2016, Cassandra, 46, (affectionately known to me ... Read More »

Summertime is Health Care Time

Submitted Photo

To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees ... Read More »

Guest Commentary Guest Commentary on Dairy Consumption


By Larissa Bersh Writer Larissa Bersh is a high school student at Marco Island Academy and will begin her junior year this fall.  Even as a young person, it feels as if the world around me is constantly changing. Not a day goes by that doesn’t bring news of a scientific breakthrough or groundbreaking medical discovery that alters what we ... Read More »