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Where’s Stef?

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Stef at the 2016 Christmas Island Style golf tournament, which he helped organize.

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 the island. So when a group as accomplished and respected as the Coastal Breeze staff approached me with the opportunity to continue in that role I was delighted to accept their offer.” Publisher Val Simon says, “Steve is an important voice ... 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 local fire department, to socialize and share a meal with friends. Kids loved the pancakes (especially when the Chief added chocolate chips, or worked some Mickey Mouse pancake magic.) Children, no matter how old, were welcome to see the fire ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

Ninety sponsors helped make the  event a success. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

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 Purvis, Wanda Day, Gene Burson and Barbara Dasti worked hard to make the event the success that it was. Although there were two hole-in-one prizes offered, neither one were won during the tournament. One prize consisted of $10,000 cash, sponsored ... Read More »

A Holiday Salute to Marco’s Veterans

The Carrs, flanked by members of the Christmas Island Style  committee and representatives of Collier County Honor Flight. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

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 70th anniversary of the Battle of Bulge and it ended with a special announcement honoring WWII veteran Owen Carr, of Marco Island. Among the speakers were Vietnam veterans Steve Stefanides, chairman of Christmas Island Style, and Lee Rubenstein, commander of ... 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 Dameron introduced Malenda Trick and the portrait series she has done to commemorate the military careers of 20 local veterans. The series will be on exhibit at various locations, including Hodges University. Jim Lang, Commander of VFW Post 6370 called ... 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. The organi­zation has been saving up for about five or six years. “It costs about $7,000: you’re bringing tractor trail­ers and chunks of ice to make the snow.” Christmas Island Style has planned for three piles of snow divided between ... 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 many Marco Islanders and their youngsters, it was Friday night at the Shops of Marco that would have them focusing on the aerial delivery of Santa for his first official visit to Marco Island this year, kicking off the 2012 ... 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 banded together to raise funds to purchase a new bike for Zandy. “It is a real tribute to the island and the generosity of this community,” stated Steve Stefanides of Christmas Island Style, who was originally contacted to help in ... 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, Karen Nettles of Marco Island, contacted Steve Stefanides of Christmas Island Style and Tiffany Holmuth of Mutual of Omaha Bank. Together, they set up a donation fund where individuals could drop off checks in Steve’s name at Mutual of Omaha ... 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 Walthour, who once again has shown unbelievable effort and friendship in order to help Steve.  Tina, Steve and Kim Zandy 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 all the classes and categories. About 80 attendees were at the Historical Society’s Rose Hall to enjoy some food and libations before distribution of the awards. Steve Stefanides served as emcee for the Mutual of Omaha sponsored event. Steve, or ... 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.” The weather certainly cooperated this year. Cars and trucks started lining up along the parade route early in the morning. While others hauled out chairs and ropes to stake out their prime viewing area. Not only were those walking the ... 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 in Naples has generously offered to open their doors to our “Santa’s helpers” on Sunday, December 18, 2011. In the past the discounts and assistance from K-Mart provided a wonderful selection of quality toys for the students. The gifts will ... 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 in popularity in coming years. Prizes were awarded to winners in several different categories. 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 understandable.) However, when many a monument to ego-building masquerades as a good deed, this modesty is refreshing. In fact, Marco’s surrogate Santa does much more than coordinate a tree lighting, and Christmas Island Style is more than a good time. ... Read More »