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Family Leader


My husband, Jerry Swiacki and I, raised and educated five children. Our children have blessed us with ten wonderful and healthy grandchildren. We instilled in our children the important values that Jerry and I hold true. Those values include honesty, fairness, courtesy, loyalty, and commitment. We taught our children not to complain unless they are willing to work to solve ... Read More »

Star Trek US Postage Stamps


The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan referring to the iconic television program’s Sept. 8, 1966, debut. “Star Trek’s intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction becoming a worldwide phenomenon.” “With ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education


By Jory Westberry If you’ve been following the campaign rhetoric during campaigning for the Collier County School Board, you may have heard the term “Classical Education” proposed by two candidates as the ideal education for the students in Collier County schools. But what is it and how does it compare to the education our students are receiving now? Classical education ... Read More »

Camp Stellar – Out of this World!


By Samantha Husted The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department has created a new camp for middle school aged students. It’s called “Camp Stellar” and it runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mackle Park. Camp Stellar was designed specifically to cater towards the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who have grown too ... Read More »

Tia Nielsen Awarded Summer Scholarship

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Tia Nielsen, seen here in NYC, will spend the summer attending Cooper Union.

Submitted    Lely Sophomore Tia Nielsen has been awarded a full scholarship this summer at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union in New York City. Tia will attend the summer (STEM) program, studying digital logic design for six weeks during her summer break. Her parents, Pat and Tresa are ecstatic, stating, “We’re not quite ready for her ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

Masked Kacie and Darwin hold colorful books that they wrote. Submitted Photos

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking ... Read More »

Conservation efforts for Florida


Conservation efforts for Florida, Pacific coast green sea turtles working, agencies say Those populations improving–now considered threatened, not endangered Two federal agencies today issued a final rule [link to FR] that will revise the listing for green sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act, including reclassifying turtles originating from two breeding populations from endangered to threatened status due to successful conservation ... Read More »

Annual Shell Show Blends Science and Art

Visitors view nature in action at the live shell tank. (Inset) Apple murex laying an egg case.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Nature, science, art and philanthropy; The Shell Club’s annual Shell Show was that, and more. From March 10-12 visitors viewed more than 150 incredible exhibits that filled Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island.  Exhibits were divided as to “Scientific” or “Artistic.” The scientific exhibits included everything from complex, multi-part displays down to ... Read More »

Annual Shell Show Sure to Please

These flowers look real, but they are made entirely of shells.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently Coastal Breeze News peeked in on a meeting of the Marco Island Shell Club. It was a full house; twelve project tables, the scent of glue guns, and members busy creating shell art for the upcoming Shell Show. At the various tables I spied beautiful “sea glass” vases and candlesticks, Christmas ornaments and other ... Read More »

Tech Trek Seeks Nominations

Submitted T Tech Trek is seeking nominations of seventh grade girls for their weeklong STEM educational camp. Students are nominated for the program by their math and science teachers. The deadline for teachers’ nominations is December 15. Women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Tech Trek’s camp aims at changing that by introducing girls ... Read More »

The Black Pearl

By Maureen Chodaba It called out my name in a sense. I looked at it and it almost seemed to have a life of its own, to actually be an eye that watched me. I walked away. Like a magnet, it drew me back. So elegant in its style, breathtaking in its mysterious, almost spiritual hue, and crowned with sparkling ... Read More »

Why Back to School is the Best Time of Year

Students take the opportunity to socialize before school starts. PHOTOS BY JANE WATT

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org As summer quickly comes to an end, I commonly hear parents and students grumbling about the first day of school. Occasionally, I even catch myself joining in on the conversation. Who doesn’t love the freedom and flexibility that summer brings? There are no schedules, no homework and plenty of time for vacation. Plus, ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida responds to first groundwater test taken from first fracked well in Florida

Critical groundwater sampling just began a week ago at the Hogan well, where unauthorized fracking had occurred more than a year and a half ago. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had withheld authorization of the technique due to concerns about its potential impact on groundwater resources. Yet, after it occurred, the DEP only did minimal shallow groundwater testing ... Read More »


~Reserves promote estuarine education in the classroom~   Teachers learn about estuaries from Rookery Bay Reserve Director Keith Laakkonen.  NAPLES, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office hosted Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE), an educational program that provides hands-on, field-based activities for teachers to increase their knowledge and appreciation of estuarine environments and to support teaching estuary ... Read More »


Modeling tool developed to help manage water distribution Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) has completed the “Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary” project, a three-year watershed-focused research project aimed at understanding freshwater inflows to the Rookery Bay estuary and associated ecological effects. A significant outcome of the research has been the development of a hydrologic model, which is a ... Read More »

MIA Student Goes to Washington

Student Gianna Rose, who received a perfect score on her biology  EOC exam, enjoys STEM based classes at MIA. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze Staff Gianna Rose has just completed her freshman year at Marco Island Academy. She has already made quite a splash. Gianna was attracted to MIA because of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based courses available there. She has found that in a small high school like MIA, she is not pushed aside. She receives guidance and ... Read More »

Rookery part of Blue Star Museums Program

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 ... Read More »

MIA Honor Student to Attend Johns Hopkins University

The entrance to Marco Island Academy. SUBMITTED photos

Submitted Fermin Mendoza, a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior, has never received a grade lower than an “A.” He will graduate at the top of his class on May 29, 2015. His weighted GPA of 5.2 helped him gain acceptance to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, with scholarships, grants, and work study to pay for most of his ... Read More »

35th Annual Shell Show


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 35th Annual Shell Show is presented by the Marco Island Shell Club. There will be dozens of magnificent juried scientific and artistic exhibits. One can find beautiful shell art pieces, see unique specimen shells and A LIVE shell tank will be on display. The show will be held March 12-14, 10AM to 4PM at ... Read More »

A Dolphin Year in Review

Socializing is a major function of our dolphin society. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE AND KENT MORSE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist February 2015 will mark the ninth anniversary of the 10,000 Island Dolphin Survey Team’s work of studying and identifying the bottlenose dolphins that call the Marco Island area their home. In 2014, we were able to recognize five newborn in our waters to go along with five more that turned a year old, seven ... Read More »