Tag Archives: visit

Fireworks Fund Still Needs Help

By Coastal Breeze News Recently a call to the community was made by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce to help fund Marco Island’s incredible July 4th fireworks display. The amount of $26,000 was needed in order to provide residents and visitors with the same quality fireworks that were enjoyed in past Independence Day celebrations. The Marco Island community has ... Read More »

Kayaking for a Cause

By Don Manley Cole Kolasa is a young man who believes in turning passion into action. The 19-year-old college student has spent part of his summer break kayaking the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, as a fundraiser for the creation of an artificial reef near his Hernando County hometown. A four-day stop on Marco Island to visit ... Read More »

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed ... Read More »

Protect Our Burrowing Owls: Your Input is Needed!

By Maria Lamb Recently, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and specialists joined law enforcement staff at the Marco Island Library’s Rose Hall for an open-house style meeting on our burrowing owls with residents, realtors, lot owners, builders, conservation groups and other interested parties. Stations were set up around the room with FWC staff answering questions on protection, ... Read More »

Independence Day, Southwest Florida-Style

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are a number of family-friendly Independence Day festivities taking place in Southwest Florida, making it the ideal place to celebrate the birth of our nation. Try one of the following local favorites for an unforgettable time. Sand Jam at Residents’ Beach, Marco Island  The Marco Island Civic Association will hold its annual July 4th ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic A Journey of Discovery & Exploration

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A cruise to a remote and newly developed tourist area of the Dominican Republic provided a unique and unexpected visit to a largely undiscovered and unexplored area of this historic country. We stayed four days in the newly developed port of Amber Cove, which engaged us in the newly designed “impact” activities with local residents or visits ... Read More »

Some Insights on Picking a Childcare Center

By Isabel Arce Finding the right childcare center is one of the most important decisions parents can make when they are considering putting their child into daycare. All children deserve, and thrive under, good nurturing care. It is worth it to take the extra steps to find them quality care. As a director and owner of Little Ducks Day School ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Here to Help 

Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County Office offers the guidance of local Master Gardeners to aid in your horticultural endeavors. ... Read More »

$60,000 TO THE GUADALUPE CENTER

The Clark Family Foundation recently made a $50,000 gift to the Guadalupe Center, which provides year-round educational programs to more than 1,300 children a day in Immokalee. A portion of the funds will be used to add a bike path to the Early Childhood Center’s existing playground so that children can ride their tricycles safely and be shaded from the ... Read More »

Tuff on Noise Compatibility Committee

Russell Tuff, managing partner of Social-Impact Public Relations & Internet Marketing, has been appointed to the Naples Airport Authority Noise Compatibility Committee for a four-year term, filling the position that represents the geographic area northeast of the airport. The former publisher and executive editor of community publications and niche markets for the Naples News Media Group, Tuff has been a ... Read More »

Update on Officer Josh Ferris’ Crossing for a Cure!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On June 17th Marco Island police officer Josh Ferris embarked on a 50-mile, open-water, paddleboard adventure from Bimini in the Bahamas to Dania Beach, Florida. In these photos, Officer Ferris nears the end of his amazing journey. Ferris, an active paddle boarder, made the journey as a fundraiser for the Piper’s Angels Foundation, which helps people in ... Read More »

A Guide to Local Summer Camps

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Looking for ideas to keep your child busy, and happy this summer? Look no further! There are a variety of summer camp offerings that provide everything your kids need to have a great summer. Camp Mackle Due to the temporary facility changes, this year’s Camp Mackle is located at the Family Church of Marco Island ... Read More »

Art in All Forms Embraced by MIFA

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing literary, visual and performing arts to public places on Marco Island. At their recent annual luncheon, scholarships were presented to five students who are majoring in the arts in college. Also included at the luncheon was the presentation of the ... Read More »

Soapfest: A Weekend of Stars

By Jesus Calo This past Memorial Day weekend, it was a holiday filled with stars as the Soapfest Charity event officially kicked off May 27-29. This was the charity’s 18th year that brought daytime actors from the greater Los Angeles area to Marco Island to raise money for local organizations. On Saturday morning, the first event of the weekend was ... Read More »

Images Capture Florida Panther Near Crocodile Nest

By Samantha Husted Last month a group of biologists from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve shared something remarkable. Images captured on a Reconyx wildlife camera showed a young Florida panther lingering near a known crocodile nesting area on the reserve. According to Rookery Bay, the panther hung around for about 30 minutes. Images of the panther have been ... Read More »

A Larger-Than-Life Celebration of Florida’s Birds

By Maria Lamb  The first thing you notice when parking in front of the Donna Fiala Wellness Center at Eagle Lakes, East Naples is a towering seven-foot tall cotton-candy pink roseate spoonbill installed on a front entry wall of the Center. Your eye is drawn to it immediately. Denise Santos, artist from Goodland was commissioned to create a series of ... Read More »

Imagine…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most of you who are my age may remember the John Lennon song, “Imagine.” It has been playing in my mind since very early this dark and dreary Sunday morning, watching the latest updates from London, England. Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try No hell below us, above us, only skies Imagine ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Donates To Teen Court

Submitted On May 30, 2017, Ms. Carol Fritsch, Collier County Teen Court Coordinator spoke to the members of the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise about Teen Court. To her great surprise and delight, at the end of the presentation, the Sunrise Club President, Neil Snyder, presented Ms. Fritsch with a $1,000 donation. The donation will go toward scholarships as ... Read More »

Facets of the Underground Railroad Come to Light

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I recently wrote about the Capitol Building from my trip to Washington D.C. in March. We arrived when the cherry blossoms were at their peak and blooming throughout the area, not just in the Tidal Basin. There are hundreds of pink, flower-laden trees framing the water and monuments nearby including the Jefferson ... Read More »