Tag Archives: Steve Stefanides

Challenges Face Our Nation on Its Birthday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Like the vast majority of Americans I am saddened and disillusioned by the continued ratcheting up of the hate filled speeches and rhetoric which fill the political discourse of the day. It was inevitable that violence would spill from the hate filled environment that has been created in our nation, and we unfortunately ... Read More »

More Straight Talk: The True Meaning of Christmas

Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com There has been much said about the “commercialization” of the Christmas holidays. One might only have to walk into any of the big box stores to see the display of Christmas decorations and ornaments as early as October. Six foot high inflatable Santas can be seen alongside Halloween lawn decorations, while our mailboxes become stuffed with ... Read More »

Voting Begins in 2016 Election

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 2016 elections are moving into one of the final stages of determining who will emerge victorious on the evening of November 8, hopefully. It will all come down to who has energized their base the most and insured they turn out during early voting, and then finally on Election Day, November 8. On the first ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »

Where’s Stef?

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce that reporter Steve Stefanides, widely known in the community as “Stef,” has joined their team. Steve will be writing on local civic and public interest news, and will contribute a regular opinion column. Steve says, “I really have enjoyed the last three years covering the news here on ... Read More »

Flippin’ Flapjacks for Fire Foundation

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) held its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station for a hungry crowd. The eggs, sausage, and pancake breakfast is a popular treat for breakfast lovers. “Guest” pancake flippers included Fire Chief Mike Murphy, City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Steve Stefanides. Adults enjoyed an opportunity to support their ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, October 3, Christmas Island Style held its annual golf tournament, their first fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season. The tournament was hosted by the Marco Marriott’s Hammock Bay Golf Course. More than 90 hole sponsors and 100 golfers helped the group raise close to $14,000. The co-chairs of the event, Wayne and Sue ... Read More »

A Holiday Salute to Marco’s Veterans

By Don Manley The service and sacrifice of America’s military men and women was once again commemorated at the Christmas Island Style Holiday Salute to Veterans. Held recently at Rose History Auditorium, the annual affair blended solemn remembrance and patriotic and holiday songs with a presentation on a relatively new program, Collier County Honor Flight. The evening coincided with the ... Read More »

Holiday Concert Tribute to Veterans

A lovely evening was had by all in attendance at the Christmas Island Style Holiday Concert for veterans held at the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium. Steve Stefanides, chair of Christmas Island Style welcomed veterans and guests. He thanked Coastal Breeze News for sponsoring the event and Classic Transportation for providing transportation to those unable to drive themselves. Keith ... Read More »

Let it SNOW!

A new Christmas Island Style tradition in the making is happening on Saturday, December 15 at Veter­an’s Community Park. ‘Snowmania’ is set to bring 40 tons of snow to the park, along with games, slides and Santa, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. “We wanted to do something special for kids,” explains Steve Stefanides, the chairperson behind Christmas Island Style. ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style

Submitted First, it was Thanksgiving Day. All the wonderful foods, desserts and the tradition of watching football consumed us over the holiday weekend. Then we would found islanders scurrying around to merchants on the island and over the bridge, in search of that elusive great deal on Black Friday, as the unofficial first day of holiday shopping season began. For ... Read More »

On the road again

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s “paradise pedaler,” Steve Zandy, is back to his regular cycling routine thanks to the help of the local community. Zandy, known around town for his big heart and custom-built bicycle, lost his sense of freedom when his bicycle was stolen right out of his driveway in mid-June. Members of the Marco community quickly ... Read More »


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island resident, Steve Zandy, is getting a new bike. After his custom-made, three-wheeled bicycle went missing sometime between Sunday evening of June 17 and early Monday morning, June 18, an outpouring of donations from the community has made it possible to build Steve a new bike. Upon hearing the news of the stolen bicycle, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Zandy family extends thank you

We would very much like to express our thanks to Karen Nettles, Tiffany Homuth and Sharon Krohn at Mutual of Omaha Bank and Steve Stefanides of Christmas Island Style for setting up the fund to replace Steve’s bike. To the Marco Island community who has so generously responded. Very special thanks to Mark, Island Bike’s supplier and always to Matt ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style 2011 wrap-up

By Monte Lazarus  Bengoshi@comcast.net  Santa’s back with the missus and the elves; Christmas 2011 is over. Marco Island’s own Christmas Island Style wrapped up on January 17th with a festive awards ceremony. Unlike Hollywood, there were no red carpets, no speeches thanking agents, families and producers. It was simply down-home thanks and recognition of the judges’ selections as best in ... Read More »

Parading the streets of Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff With great anticipation and excitement, Marco Island’s 24th Annual Christmas Island Style Street Parade was welcomed by cheering, shouting crowds. The parade is the pinnacle event after weeks of planned activities geared towards celebrating Christmas in proper island- style. According to Steve Stefanides, “I think we had more in attendance this year than ever before.” ... Read More »

Kiwanis Club of Marco Island “Toys for Kids” drive

Submitted Once again, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has begun their annual toy drive for the children of our area. In lieu of donating toys, the club is requesting monetary donations. By doing so, it allows the club members along with the Lely Key Club to shop for appropriate toys for children in the area. K-Mart on Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

Pets in Paradise Christmas Parade

Marco Island Town Center held the latest in a series of Christmas Island Style events this week featuring a live musician, photographer for holiday portraits, and new Pets in Paradise Christmas Parade.  Merchants and restaurants participated with their most festive merchandise and restaurants their best specials.  According to Steve Stefanides, the Pet Parade is a winner and sure to gain ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style means giving and good times

By Danielle Dodder  Steve Stefanides really doesn’t want you to give him credit for pulling together the month-long series of holiday events that is Christmas Island Style. He declined a photo for this piece and credits the generosity of event sponsors before his own work. (Well, we did ask him to sport a holiday sweater, so the photo ducking is ... Read More »