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From the Playing Field to the Ministry

By Don Manley Anticipation filled the air as Chip Minton chatted with the youths who’d flocked, along with a passel of adults, to the Greater Marco Family YMCA gym. All eyes were fixed upon Minton as he prepared to demonstrate a rare skill. In his hands he held a thick phone book that he quickly proceeded to rip in half. ... Read More »

Jazz Singer Jebry to Perform at Art Center

Submitted Jazz comes to the Marco Island Center for the Arts when well-known singer Jebry performs January 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM. This one-time Harry James Big Band singer was among the first to bring jazz to Naples and she will perform at the Center for one night bringing jazz to Marco Island. This show is a continuation of the ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Gala to Feature Patricia Racette

By Randall Kenneth Jones While there may not be a resident opera company on Marco Island, thanks to Gulfshore Opera’s General Director Steffanie Pearce, top-notch performances are available to all the communities alongside Southwest Florida’s gulf shore. In fact, the company has brought their personal brand of musical magic to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the past ... Read More »

One Million Gallons in a Month? Marco man faced with $10,700 water bill.

By Barry Gwinn Don Mills fought the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. As a high school principal, he presided over a Long Island high school riven by racial animosity, at one point, facing down a group of students who were attempting to burn down the school. Retiring in 1980, Mills and his wife, Genevieve, moved to Marco ... Read More »

Steve Gober Part Two – Trained by the Master

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn By the late ‘70s, Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant was doing OK, but it was Stan’s sons, plus Fletcher Addison, who were doing the cooking. Steve, 16, (a Naples High School freshman) and Russ, 26, were in the kitchen at night, and Jay, 21, was the daytime cook. “We were open for breakfast, lunch and dinner ... Read More »

Six Reasons To Go Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing is an activity that has been going on since man first met water. Fishing is a hobby for some people and a way to make a living for others. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to fish, or brushing up on your rusty fishing abilities, there’s never been a better time to ... Read More »

Arbor Day

By Maria C. Tobin The beautification committee of Marco Island spearheads the Arbor Day Celebration every year.  On January 20, 2017, Marco Island city officials and citizens will gather at Leigh Plummer Park located at 400 N Barfield Drive at 10AM to celebrate Arbor Day.  A Tabebuia tree was selected this year.  This highly ornamental tree grows between 20 and 30 feet.  ... Read More »

Tapas and Live Tunes

By Don Manley Tapas anyone? For Marcoites, answering in the affirmative to that question likely meant a drive off-island to enjoy the Spanish dining style. That is until last September’s opening of Mermaid Blues, located in The Collection at Olde Marco. Tapas are the assortment of appetizers in traditional Spanish cuisine that has evolved into a sophisticated style of cuisine ... Read More »

Collier County Embraces Kindness Awareness

By Jory Westberry Having a conversation with Bob Latruba, the supporter of One Million Acts of Kindness and The Kindness Bus is like looking into a gentle heart, filled with compassion and dedication to his cause: Stop Bullying – Be Kind. His mission, ever since the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, is to touch as many lives ... Read More »

Marco Loses Brave Son: Robert Dermot Wilkins, Jr. | June 5, 1967-October 29, 2016

By Samantha Husted Robert Dermot Wilkins, Jr. of Milton, Massachusetts and Marco Island, Florida died on October 29, 2016 following 17 operations from military related injuries. Robert was the beloved son of Maura O’Grady Wilkins, Robert D. Wilkins, Sr. and Maria Wilkins. He is survived by his brother Brian J. Wilkins and Brian’s wife Dawn Wilkins and their two children ... Read More »

Reflections on the Past

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I sit here and write this many of you are scurrying around to take down your Christmas decorations and pack them away carefully for next year’s celebration. Many have even done a little strategic shopping for next year’s home or business decorating contest, while taking advantage of the big discounts on those ... Read More »

JW Marriott Designation Expected to Enhance Marco Economy

By Don Manley Marco Island’s economy should receive a boost by the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa ascension to the more upscale JW Marriott brand. The resort’s new designation as the JW Marriott Marco Island, the Marriott brand’s first beachfront resort in the continental United States, took effect Jan. 1. An update on the $320 million ... Read More »

Golf Range Finders – The Technology Age

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 2005 I started my professional career in the world of golf at The Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida–a fresh, new face hired by John Carroll, a true golf professional legend. John is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, professionally and personally. John taught me how to be ... Read More »

Free nature talk series 

If you are looking for something to do that is fun, free and educational, the Naples Preserve is focusing its Spring Nature Talk Series on the natural habitats and ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Speakers will include rangers, researchers, foresters and other subject-area specialists from a variety of the region’s parks, nature organizations and educational institutions. The series will include photographs ... Read More »

Fire-Rescue Shoots Way to the Top

By Don Manley For now, Marco Island’s Fire-Rescue Department can claim bragging rights over their police department brethren where a certain shooting sport is concerned. A team of firefighters and paramedics outscored a squad from the police department in a head-to-head sporting clays competition to win the inaugural Marco Island Public Safety Challenge. Held recently at Gulf Coast Clays in ... Read More »

An Island Jeweler for All Seasons

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There is something extra special about receiving a gift of jewelry. It means that someone stopped and took the time to think about what would be perfect for just me. It is something I may not treat myself to, but I definitely want. Electronics and housewares will not evoke the same emotional response as a ... Read More »

Service Recognized

By Don Manley  The South Seas East Condominium Apartments chose to make the dedication of a new flagpole and flag at the highrise’s entrance a truly reverential affair. Held on the “day that shall live in infamy,” the ceremony was a solemn one that honored those who were killed and injured that Dec. 7, as well as the sacrifices of ... Read More »

Make it Count in SO MANY WAYS

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…” Take a moment to ponder which American president made this statement and, true to his beliefs, followed through. He not only served his country, he was ethical, looked for the positive in people and situations and sought ways to ... Read More »

It’s a Guy Thing… The Xmas Boat is Leaving the Dock

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net This column dedicated is to my gentlemen clientele from all over the world. * This column could be considered offensive to many of those of the kinder and gentler gender. First of all, salutations; A very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year celebration to all of you. (I’m not a happy holidays ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS: A Christmas Message

By: Donna Fiala It looks like the long awaited improvement and upgrading to a business for the “Skeleton Building” will have to wait longer. Although we all heard that BJ’s Wholesalers was in negotiations with the shopping center owners to bring that outline of a business into a fantastic business in just the right area, there was one catch. They ... Read More »