Tag Archives: today

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 »

Florida Fiddler Show Wows Marco Players’ Crowd

By Scott Shook It’s hard to say whether JRobert Houghtaling’s Florida Fiddler Show is storytelling interspersed with music or music interspersed with storytelling. But one thing is certain—JRobert totally entertained the sold-out crowd at the Marco Players’ theatre on Saturday, March 11. The show is part of the Marco Players’ Lunchbox Series that includes a box lunch and question and ... 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 »

Which Is It?

Does Trump know Putin?  According to Trump: 11/2013: YES.  “I do have a relationship [with Putin], and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today.” 3/2014: YES. “Putin even sent me a present” after Miss Universe contest. 5/2014: YES. “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who ... Read More »

Planning Board Loses a Member

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In a surprising turn of events Mr. Hector Fernandez, a recently appointed member of the Marco Island Planning Board has submitted his resignation effective immediately to Interim-City Manager Guillermo Polanco.  Fernandez was appointed to his seat by newly elected councilman Jared Grifoni earlier in February.  Hernandez owns his own architectural firm located in Naples and is a ... Read More »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

The Amazing Story of the ‘Yachts That Went to War’

Submitted  On Tuesday, March 28th at 7 PM, award-winning author Robert N. Macomber will present “Yachts That Went To War,” followed by a book signing at the Marco Island Rose History Auditorium. Marvel at the story of elegant yachts which were turned into warships during the Spanish-American War. In 1898, the United States Navy needed more ships, and they needed ... Read More »

Pitch Perfect Purduettes

By Jesus Calo It was once stated that music is the greatest communication in the world. In honor of music and the Purduettes 75th milestone anniversary, 60 collegiate performers took the stage at United Church of Marco Island. Who are the Purduettes, you ask? The ensemble was founded in 1942, when the original Purduettes fulfilled previously booked appearances of the ... Read More »

FFIB 8th Annual Charity Golf 

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000.00 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. The tournament in 2015 resulted in proceeds of $110,000 for the Ricky King Children’s Fund and Quest, the tournament in ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity 8th Annual Charity Golf

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. “We are delighted with the success of this year’s tournament. The resounding results would not have been possible if not ... Read More »

Land Development Code Update Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides One of the most perplexing and complicated issues to be tackled by the city staff and Planning Board in the last year is moving forward. The consultant hired to review the Land Development Code (LDC) has completed Phase 1 and had 33 issues identified for review. Those issues were forwarded to the City Council at their ... Read More »

Nautical Flea Market – More Than Just Bargains

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Water sports are a huge part of the allure of Marco Island, and as such, anything that is related to getting out on the water has a certain mystique to it. In 2003, the then-commodore of the Marco Island Yacht Club, Dave Besuden had a vision for teaching children the ability to sail. He recognized the ... 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 »

Defining the ‘Good Old Days’

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Over the years I’ve had the privilege of being involved in many organizations and activities on the island since moving here fulltime in 1990. Purchasing on Marco in 1986 was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my lifetime and I truly enjoy calling Marco my home. One of those organizations ... Read More »

Thrill…her

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s no coincidence that 95% of my business is all about the ladies. I don’t count the guys, who bring in a hundred or so watches a week to replace dead batteries. Nine times out of ten I won’t see them again until the watch dies 365 days later. Personally speaking, in my 40-plus years ... Read More »

Prayer Breakfast Offers Message of Hope

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island churches, for more than three decades, have come together to hold a prayer breakfast, acknowledging the need for God’s blessing in our community’s affairs. The 34th Annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:30 to 9 AM at the JW Marriott Beach Resort, Palms Ballroom. Music ... Read More »

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for ... Read More »

Brewery to Host Happy Hour for Hope

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope confirmed today its next “Happy Hour for Hope” will be Monday, February 27, 2017 at Marco Island Brewery from 5 PM to 7 PM. Marco Island Brewery is located in Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Frank and Lynette LaCava and the “Brew Crew” of the Brewery look forward to ... Read More »

Dr. Guidry Resumes His Medical Practice And almost loses it: Part 2

By Barry Gwinn Dr. Guidry opened his medical practice in Marco Island in 1998, having bought an existing practice on Collier Boulevard. The practice took off, and in 2000 he was able to purchase the building at 1310 San Marco Road, next to the firehouse. He still has his office there today. In 2002, he brought in Mitchell Shaw, D.O. ... Read More »