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Islanders Visit Navy Seal Museum

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides When William “Ryan” Owens/Senior Chief Petty Officer and a Special Warfare Operative with the Navy’s elite SEAL Teams was lost in action in Yemen on January 29, 2017, interest spiked in what actions had taken place during the operation and in the SEALs in general. A group of motorcyclists from Marco Island decided it was time ... Read More »

Present at the Creation Julia Cartwright Looks Back

By Barry Gwinn In the space of just four years, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team has gone from being the laughing stock of the league to being the team that no one wants to play. Julia Cartwright remembers it all. Julia is graduating this year with plans to major in elementary education and minor in women’s studies ... Read More »

Fight Like A Girl! Inspiring Fashion Show Benefits ACS Relay for Life

By Maureen Chodaba Fight like a girl! That’s the spirit! And that was the message of the 9th annual Fight Like A Girl Fashion Show at Bistro Soleil in the Olde Marco Inn. This fabulous event benefits the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marco Island. It began years ago when cancer survivor Lisa Meurge of Bistro Soleil was ... Read More »

Reminiscing and Smiling

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Sitting around for coffee the other morning we were talking about challenges facing the community and across the bridge just off the island. The conversation was wide ranging and involved a great many topics, some very serious and others a little more lighthearted. Having owned here for 30 years and living fulltime on ... Read More »

Why Words Work

In 1948, David Ogilvy founded what would become Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the most famous names in advertising. Ogilvy, an Englishman, had worked during WWII in the intelligence service at the British Embassy in Washington. After the war, he became an advertising copywriter. Today, he is referred to as the original “Mad Man” and the Father of Advertising. ... Read More »

You Can Do Anything Once Every 5-10 Years

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System President Clinton officially named March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in February 2000. Since that time, this designation has led to an annual parade of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates beating their various drums for colon cancer awareness. They wear blue; they sponsor fundraising and education events; but ... Read More »

Jackie: An Alternative View or Lackluster to View?

Welcome Matthew Mendisana! Coastal Breeze News is happy to announce the addition of film enthusiast and critic, columnist Matthew Mendisana. Matthew will bring readers his insightful movie reviews in a regular column, “Reel Reviews.” REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a story that has been told countless times. Dozens of books and films have ... Read More »

Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1978 and named for the bay where thousands of wading birds roost and nest on certain mangrove islands. A lot of other birds also rely on this area for survival. Reserve staff and volunteers keep tabs on these bird populations as an indicator of estuarine health. I ... Read More »

Big Cypress Bend: Beyond The Mangrove Trees

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Big Cypress & Manatee Presentation Join ... Read More »

Tournament Tough

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the sport of pickleball grows and becomes more popular, many new players to the game are expanding the horizons of their participation in the sport and are thinking of competing in tournaments. First off, I want to emphasize the difference between competing in recreational/rotational play and competing in tournament play competition. The reason ... Read More »

A Show of Flora & Fauna’s Free Spirit

By Maria Lamb Florida’s “Flora and Fauna” was the theme of the Calusa Garden Club’s recent March exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. It has been written that Florida’s flora is what caught the eye of Ponce de Leon and the Spanish explorers when they claimed Florida for Spain in 1512. They named the region “Florida” which ... Read More »

The Woodwork Brings New Sounds to Marco

By Samantha Husted In an area like Southwest Florida where Jimmy Buffett “island style” music reigns supreme, it can be difficult for an indie band to stand out. It seems, however, that a group of four young Naples residents have done just that. It’s as if they came out of the woodwork (aptly naming their band “The Woodwork”) with their ... Read More »

Kiwanis Launches “Christmas in July” Backpack Campaign

By Maureen Chodaba  Close your eyes and remember the days of childhood. Go back in your mind’s eye to recapture the feeling of going to school. Do you remember the challenges of learning? How about the social goals of fitting in and making friends? Did any other kids ever make fun of you? Hopefully, most of you were as fortunate ... Read More »

MIA Holds Bridge Building Competition: The Winner Surprises Everyone (Except Mr. Wood)

By Barry Gwinn  Recently, there was a lot of cheering and clapping going on in Marco Island Academy’s (MIA) campus. It was coming from Room 301, where Frank Wood’s engineering students were going head-to-head in the school’s first-ever bridge building competition. Frank Wood, who also teaches physics, chemistry, and solar energy, had his students cheering, groaning, laughing and grimacing as ... Read More »

John Wick 2: The New James Bond?

By Matthew Mendisana Today’s film industry has been saturated with an array of action films that have gotten tedious. By now most viewers are aware of how the dance goes: meet the protagonist, something goes wrong because of the antagonist, the protagonist goes through a range of action scenes, protagonist either prevails or it ends on a cliffhanger to set ... Read More »

Spinach and Junior Mints

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ~ Oscar Wilde When I was young I used to watch a popular cartoon titled Popeye. The main character was a somewhat gnarly-looking sailor man who smoked a pipe and had an anchor tattoo on his arm. Popeye had a love interest named Olive Oyl and a long-standing ... Read More »

‘How It Ends’ – Best friends can make the worst enemies

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com If you have a teenager, will have a teenager, are a teenager, have ever been a teenager, or know a teenager, then “How It Ends” by Catherine Lo is a completely relevant read for you. This novel tackles the tough coming-of-age themes while delivering insight on girl friendships, why they end, and how they overcome complex ... Read More »

Strange Goings On… And It’s Not Even Halloween!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I love the exquisite blooms, flowering trees and swaying palms of Southwest Florida and, even though it takes a lot of work, it’s totally worth the effort to sustain beauty in my own yard. When I walk the dog, ride my bike or drive around the Isles of Capri or Marco Island, ... Read More »

Walking for a Cure

By Jesus Calo Fighting against a disease with no known cure can feel overwhelming, but hope is far from lost. It is thanks to loyal donors and local community leaders bringing awareness to diseases such as Progressive Supranucluear Palsy (PSP) that gains motivation to continue funding and searching for effective treatment. Later this month, on March 18, the SW Florida ... Read More »