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Hilton Marco Island Wins Award

Submitted  Olshan Properties, one of the country’s leading private owners, developers and operators of commercial real estate today, announced that the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa has been honored with Hilton’s 2015 “Most Improved Market Share in the Americas” award among hotels with under 500 rooms. This prestigious award considers Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa as one of the top performing hotels within the portfolio of Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ 570 properties. It validates the astonishing commitment, cooperation and consistent efforts brought by the hotel’s team. The Hilton Marco Island was recently honored as a 17-time ... Read More »

SURGE U8 Boys Win Shootout

SURGE U8 boys celebrate their win at the I-75 Shootout Tournament. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The I-75 Shootout, held in North Ft. Myers by Lee County Youth Soccer, hosted 50 youth soccer teams from Southwest Florida. SURGE finished 1st among eight other U8 boys’ teams. “It has been a tough few weeks preparing and practicing for the tournament between the cold, wet weather, and the players and myself being out sick. But it all came together, and the boys played great as a team to win,” said Chadd Chustz, coach and president of SURGE Soccer. “I can’t thank the parents enough for all of their support.” SURGE is a non-profit youth soccer club dedicated to ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

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By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island City Council met on February 16, 2016. Here are some highlights of that meeting: Gary McAlpin spoke on the first step in the plans to regrade the beach just north of Resident’s Beach. The purpose of this regrade is to build up the area where there is ponding, puddling and algae growth from a lack of drainage. The Marco Marriott has gifted 7,500 cubic yards of high quality sand, which was scheduled to start being transported on February 22 via the Marriott‘s entrance to the beach. In close coordination with the Marco Island police ... Read More »

Discover Tigertail

Submitted There is only one place you need to be Saturday morning February 20th- and that place is Tigertail Beach. From 9 AM to noon, the Friends of Tigertail Beach will present their sixth Discover Tigertail event, which is free to all. Whether you go to Tigertail Beach frequently, or have never visited, you will be surprised at the information you will learn while having a fun morning. Specialists from Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Shell Club, and others will be present. Interactive information stations will be set up at the park and around ... Read More »

Singer Rose Kraemer, Rotary’s Unsung Hero

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for fourth quarter 2015 to Rose Kraemer (aka, Rosetta Stone). Rose is recognized for her service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self,” consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Rose has devoted significant hours of service in support of Meals of Hope. As a professional entertainer, Rose and her husband Tom donated countless hours providing free musical entertainment at Marco’s Meals of Hope After Five events. Islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed Rose’s vocals at venues throughout Southwest Florida for years. Those attending Happy Hours ... Read More »

Perfect Shots: Officer Frank Steiger

Frank Steiger’s dedication to his art is
evident in this shot of an alligator’s face;
To accomplish, Frank hid in tall grass a
mere 6 feet away from the predator. PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Many of the beautiful images of nature that grace the cover of Coastal Breeze News were shot by local photographer Frank Steiger. Frank is widely known throughout Southwest Florida, having photographed innumerable Marco Island weddings and events. He is often seen, camera in tow, volunteering his time and talent at the many community events for Christmas Island Style, the Marco Island Police Foundation, and other non-profit groups. But some of our readers who have enjoyed Frank’s photographs for years may not know that Frank is also a Marco Island police officer. Frank first joined the ... Read More »

The Silent Killer in Collier County: An Aging Adult Dies Every 3 Days in SWFL from Fall Related Injuries

IBERIABANK, a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has partnered with the Collier Injury Prevention Coalition to host an informative seminar about the dangers of falling and the simple steps that can be taken to reduce falls for people of all ages. The educational seminar and interactive prevention clinic will be held at the IBERIABANK branch located at 1905 Pine Ridge Road on Thursday, March 3. The event will begin with a welcome reception and clinic at 5:00 p.m. The formal presentation will start at 6:00 p.m.  Reservations may be made by calling (239) 403-5170. According to the Injury Prevention Coalition, an aging adult dies every three days in Southwest Florida ... Read More »

Winds Favor Yacht Club Regatta

Foreign Exchange skipper Gunar Rogat (aft, in red hat) and crew.

Submitted As last Saturday’s weather dawned crisp and clear, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the Marriott Marco Island beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. Although the Gulf of Mexico was smooth as glass, race officials knew that good breezes were on the way, coming in from the northwest. Officials delayed the start by about 30 minutes so that by the time the first race got underway, winds were steady at eight to ten knots from the north/northwest. As racing continued during the day, winds steadily got stronger from the north, ... Read More »

Museum Celebrates Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Submitted The 12th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival begins Tuesday, February 23 at the Everglades Isle, 803 Collier Ave, Everglades City. The festival continues through Feb. 27 at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway in Everglades City. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is an annual five-day celebration of the Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ legacy, encompassing daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations bringing together specialists and professionals who share enthusiasm for the Glades. All activities are designed for the entire family. Best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass,” first published in 1947, author, journalist and environmental ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Marco Islanders – Making Sense of the Republican Race

By John Arceri Vice President, Caxambas Republican Club As the primary race for the Republican candidate for President heats up and gets more complex, the members of the local Republican organization, the Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida, tries to make sense out of the race by determining which of the present candidates have the characteristics that make a winning Republican candidate and, more importantly, a great President. To this end, the members have developed what they believe are the 6 most important characteristics a successful candidate must have as well as rating each of the present major candidates on ... Read More »

Goodland Road, all but impassable – Again!

Only brave souls would run this Goodland Road gauntlet (7:50 AM, 1/17/16).

By Barry Gwinn In four out of the last six months, the only access road into Goodland has been inundated by rising tides – over 18” deep in spots. In August, September and October 2015, the only apparent causes for the flooding (which recurred for four or five days each time) were spring tides, the days otherwise sunny and calm. On Sunday morning, January 17, 2016, there was no spring tide. According to local tide charts, high tide at 7:35 AM was unexceptional and forecasted to be lower than a high tide later in the day. This time an unnamed ... Read More »

MIA Girls Finish Season with a Bang

Olivia Watt (13) lines up a shot off a Teagan Havemeir (6) pass. PHOTO BY JENNY CARTWRIGHT

By Barry Gwinn Since a closely contested loss at First Baptist, 1-3, on December 3rd, the Lady Rays have rebounded to win three of five and tie the last regular season game with Gateway Charter. During that stretch the Rays beat Canterbury, Southwest Florida, and Seacrest. It was their 6-2 victory over Seacrest on January 6th however, which may prove to be a watershed breakout game for the MIA girls’ soccer program. Having split their prior two games with Seacrest, the Rays played a dispirited first half against Seacrest. One of the players likened their play to sleep walking. The ... Read More »

Prescribed Fires Made Possible Through Partnership

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Prescribed fire is an important tool for natural resource managers in Southwest Florida. Within Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, thousands of acres of fire-dependent habitat are managed each year with the help of regional partners and crews from the Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) in Tallahassee. “We rely on partners for a lot of what we do here,” said Resource Management Coordinator Jeff Carter, who is responsible for overseeing the reserve’s prescribed fire program. Rookery Bay Reserve staff coordinate burn activities with the Florida Forestry Service, and work with partnering land managers and local ... Read More »

Bob Zottola Jazz Trio to Perform

Submitted The Bob Zottola Jazz Trio will be performing at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on January 24, 2016 at 4 PM, as part of the Center’s Intimate Concert Series. Bob Zottola is well known to jazz musicians and fans in Southwest Florida. Zottola has played with many musical legends including Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Chick Corea. He lets music happen, which is how he explains, “the best jazz is made.” He never even suggests how one of his talented sidemen should play, with each given ample solo space. The Center for the Arts is ... Read More »

Golf Carts Galore at Goodland Christmas Gala

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By Barry Gwinn On a balmy Thursday night, December 17th, Goodland golf cart owners showed up in droves to show case and parade their brightly lit and cleverly decorated golf carts. Goodland may be the only place in Southwest Florida where licensed golf carts with licensed drivers are given free rein on the village streets. The golf cart parade is the brain child of Greg and Alicia Cameron who started this tradition last year at Goodland’s Marker 8.5 Restaurant, which the Cameron’s own. Only about 9 golf carts showed up then, but everyone enjoyed it so much, the Camerons resolved ... Read More »

New Local Business Wants to Personally Teach You Technology

Today, 1 on 1 Lessons, a new local business specializing in teaching individuals how to use iPhones and iPads, announced its official launch for Naples and Southwest Florida. 1 on 1 Lessons offers a personalized educational service to all ages for anyone who wants to learn more about technology. Lessons are offered in-home or at location of your choice and each lesson is unique to your needs and your devices including smartphones, tablets, computers, readers, and more. Excited to help our great community, owner James McQuillin said “I absolutely love the excitement I see in someone’s face when they learn ... Read More »

Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) is partnering with Naples Auto Donation Center (NADC) for an “Auto Roundup”

Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) is partnering with Naples Auto Donation Center (NADC) in an “Auto Roundup” campaign this season. The Roundup will help raise funds for much needed academic mentoring programs provided by FFCF for foster children in Southwest Florida. NADC will accept donated cars on behalf of FFCF and then clean them up and sell them. If a donor wants to only donate half the value of their car, NADC can facilitate that too. It’s all part of a four-month campaign concluding with the annual FFCF western-style Boots and Boogie Bash fundraiser which will be held on April ... Read More »

Agents Join John R. Wood Properties

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Submitted John R. Wood Properties is proud to announce the addition of the following new agents. Stacy Needles Witthoff as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a team leader of the Needles Group. She is originally from Marco Island and attended Florida State University, earning a B.S. Degree in Biology. She is the recipient of the 1998 Bobbie Clark Award and a member of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) and the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® (MIAAR®). Scott Needles as a broker associate in the Marco Island office and as a member of ... Read More »

Winter Camp at the Conservancy

Parents looking for a fun and educational way for kids to spend time over the holiday break – consider the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Winter Camp. The Conservancy’s long-time favorite, “Wondrous Wildlife” annual winter camp, is scheduled for Dec. 29-30. The two-day camp is designed for second- through fifth-grade children, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day will offer a different field trip adventure into Southwest Florida ecosystems. Pricing for the camps are $60 per day for Conservancy members and $80 per day for non-members. “Our annual winter camp has been a hit within our community,” said Rob ... Read More »

FIVE MUSEUMS ACROSS COLLIER COUNTY

No matter what part of Collier County you are in, local history is only a short drive away. From prehistoric mastodons to the Calusa Indian civilization that once made Southwest Florida its home, Collier County is sure to have something at its five museums that will pique your interest. And admission is free. The Collier County Museum, located at 3331 Tamiami Trail E. on the main government campus, offers many artifacts from the Calusa Indian civilization, which flourished here centuries before European explorers first set foot on the Gulf Coast. The museum also offers a comprehensive history of the Seminole ... Read More »