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Impressive Performance Continues for Marco Real Estate

By Michael O’Rourke, President for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Recently the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) reported its best May passenger total in its 34-year history, having served 629,321 fliers for an increase of 3.7 percent over May 2016. Well a good number of those folks must be coming to Marco Island. During the month of May ... Read More »

Coiro Comes to Coach Part II: And a lot besides

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate In August 2015, Damon Coiro (pronounced Kor’-ee-oh) began what he hoped would be a long and rewarding association with Hall of Fame Coach, Johnny Roscoe at Northern Guilford High School (NGHS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Roscoe had won four state championships at NGHS. He offered Coiro one of the coveted assistant coaching positions on ... Read More »

Volunteers Are a Valuable Resource

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With more than 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters to manage and protect, the small staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is very busy, and always happy to receive help. Through a strong volunteer program, hundreds of individuals play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary, donating ... Read More »

The Future is Bright

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On a daily basis we seem to be barraged by story after story of what we can’t get accomplished or what is wrong within our nation and the world. Reports of violence, corruption and disappointment seem to sell better as the news of the day. Don’t get me wrong, not all is perfect, ... Read More »

Operation Panther Relocation

Our biologists successfully captured and relocated an approximately 1½ -year-old male panther from an area in Lee County with very limited suitable habitat, thanks to citizens who contacted us. The panther was lingering in a neighborhood very close to a busy four-lane highway. The young, 75-pound panther had likely recently left its mother in search of new territory, a behavior ... Read More »

Best of the Best

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Best” by the Association of Free Community Papers during a conference held in Louisville, Kentucky this year. The prestigious national newspaper trade association holds the comprehensive competition annually, which is open to all member publications in good standing. Hard work and dedication ... Read More »

WCG Adds Copywriter

Zach Mick has been added as copywriter to the creative team at Wilson Creative Group (WCG) announced Peggy Wilson, founder of the award-winning advertising agency. In his new position, Mick will be responsible for writing copy for WCG client advertising campaigns and promotions, websites, social media, video and commercial scripts, and blogs. Before joining WCG, Mick worked as a freelance ... Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: An Insane Yet Fun Thrill Ride!

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana It’s no secret that comic book movies are the new hit theme for Hollywood. Comic books and movies are like peanut butter on bread. Delicious and tasty, but not for everyone, and it’s understandable. Most viewers are die-hard readers and fans familiar with the lore and history of the source material, there’s no shock there. It’s ... Read More »

Conservancy Volunteers Worth Millions

Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently recognized its volunteers during its Annual Recognition Breakfast, hosted and sponsored by Vi at Bentley Village in Naples. Volunteers at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida (the “Conservancy”) have donated more than 436,916 hours in the past year, an equivalent of more than $1.5 million in staff time. “From the day-to-day professionalism – a ... Read More »

Is Your Vessel Safe?

Submitted The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron has a team of certified Vessel Safety Inspectors who perform free and valuable vessel inspections meant to make your time boating as safe as possible. This season the Squadron did over 215 free boat inspections. Once a vessel has passed it receives a safety decal, which may be displayed onboard to show ... Read More »

A Tale of Love and Commitment | Part I MIA’s Damon Coiro is Motivated by Both

By Barry Gwinn On April 21, Marco Island Academy (MIA) Chairman, Jane Watt, announced the appointment of head football coach, Damon Coiro (pronounced Kor-ee-o), to the position of Athletic Director. Coiro will be taking over for Kelly Monnot, who will now be able to devote full time to her responsibilities as Dean of Students and Facilities Manager. Coiro is also ... Read More »

The Importance of Sports at MIA

By Don Manley Who better to render an opinion on Marco Island Academy’s athletic programs than the athletes themselves? “I feel like at MIA, our sports teams are a family,” said freshman Jenna Palumbo, who is a member of the school’s soccer and track teams. “Everyone is really close, so it’s more than just playing a sport. It’s just a ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Sends Three to Regionals, One to State

By Barry Gwinn Tiny Marco Island Academy (currently 205 students and counting) continues to develop standout athletes among the 17 teams they field for varsity sports. The latest are on the track and field team, coached by local chef, Bruce Kretschmer, and assisted by newly appointed MIA Athletic Director, Damon Coiro.  On Thursday April 20, the team traveled to the ... Read More »

CBS Sports Excited About Pickeball

By Scott H. Shook For the second straight year, CBS Sports Network signed on to cover the finals of the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, held at East Naples Community Park, April 23-30. In fact the network was so excited about last year’s experience, they decided to double their coverage this year. “CBS loved it so much that they expanded to ... Read More »

MIA Students Get Crash Course in Robotics

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate This winter, Frank Wood has gotten a second wind and hit his stride. His classroom is filling up with additional equipment and a lot more shelving to put it on. His engineering students never look at the clock during class, except to make sure they have enough time to complete what they are doing. ... Read More »

Optimist Club Hosts Lokahi Luau Awards Dinner

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The theme for the Second Annual Marco Island Optimist Club Annual Awards Dinner couldn’t have been more appropriate as members of the community descended on the JW Marriott for an evening of good fun and enjoyment. The Hawaiian phrase “Lokahi” Luau, which signifies unity and family was the theme of this year’s event and featured the ... Read More »

Pickleball and More!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Have you heard that work is just about completed on the building of an ark like the one we read about in the Bible? It has been constructed in Kentucky, and is ready for a grand opening. The reason I know a little about this is because some of my Amish family have taken busses down ... Read More »

MIA Footballer to Play College Ball Shenandoah University Lands Vincent Moller

By Barry Gwinn This fall, Vincent Moller will be trading waving coconut palms for the brilliant autumn foliage of oak, chestnut, maple, and ash trees of the storied Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Shenandoah University (SU), an NCAA Division III school of about 4,000 students, wants Vinny to play football there. On April 4, in a ceremony at Marco Island Academy ... Read More »

A Father-Son Bromance Nets Big Fish

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “I’ve got a big one! ANOTHER ... Read More »

Chef Partners With Culinary Accelerator

Three-Star Michelin rated Christian Le Squer will partner with Collier County’s Florida Culinary Accelerator at Immokalee to boost food entrepreneurship in the region and help put Immokalee on the map as a food-manufacturing destination for aspiring chefs. Le Squer, who is the chef at Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, has agreed to a one-year ... Read More »