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Islanders Visit Navy Seal Museum

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides When William “Ryan” Owens/Senior Chief Petty Officer and a Special Warfare Operative with the Navy’s elite SEAL Teams was lost in action in Yemen on January 29, 2017, interest spiked in what actions had taken place during the operation and in the SEALs in general. A group of motorcyclists from Marco Island decided it was time ... Read More »

Presentation Focuses on Veterans’ Issues

Submitted There are over 30,000 veterans who honorably served our country who call Collier County home. These men and women deserve the best in terms of aid and benefits. The debt owed to our veterans can never be fully repaid, but the benefits earned for their service and sacrifice should be easily available when needed. On Wednesday, April 5, IBERIABANK ... Read More »

Keller Williams Realtors’ Efforts Will Benefit Many

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The term “We Are Family” truly has meaning at the Keller Williams Realty firm. When the plight of little Jenny Sagan, whose mom and dad are realtors at the firm, became known to Sandy Sims and her team leader Cindy Griesse they sprang into action to assist the family. Together, with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, ... Read More »

Shell Show Celebrates 37th Anniversary

By Samantha Husted  For three days a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible covered in over 200 pounds of seashells sat outside of the United Church of Marco Island. Passersby stopped to ogle at the vehicle, many getting out to take pictures and ponder its intricacy. The Volkswagen, also known as the Shell Love Bug, was there as part of the Marco ... 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 »

Live Entertainment at La Tavola – Michael D’Amore and so much more!

By Maureen Chodaba La Tavola Restaurant and Bar, located at 961 Winterberry Drive, is well known for fine food in an atmosphere of casual elegance. But did you know that they offer live entertainment six nights a week in the lounge? On Mondays and Saturdays, you can hear the magical sounds of Greg Miller’s Motown. Check out Tuesdays for a ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Kiwanians Partner With Knitters For Kids

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Kiwanis is an international organization with over 600,000 members, which annually raises over $100 million dollars and contributes over 18.5 million volunteer hours doing charitable and fundraising activities to help strengthen communities and assist children worldwide. The organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 and now extends to over 80 nations. Their goal is simple: ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part II

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison Editor’s Note: Part I of this column appeared in the March 3, 2017 edition of Coastal Breeze News. In that issue, ten special “Off the Beaten Track” destinations and photos were shared. This issue will give readers a glimpse into ten more unique, and largely unknown places. Following is a sample list of many of the ... Read More »

Clinical Trials – Hope for a Cure

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Alzheimer’s disease is probably high on our list of something we don’t want to experience for ourselves or for a loved one. Yet some of us are or have been caregivers. Some of us may have memory loss and are worried about getting worse. Whatever our situation, if past midlife, you’re probably hoping for a ... Read More »

Siegel Dental – Caring for People, Not Just Teeth

By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist can be a warm and relaxing experience. A dental office can be a place of healing and rejuvenation. Now that I have your attention with those opening lines, please don’t think that I’m crazy! I promise you that I really do know what I’m talking about, and in this case, I’m ... Read More »

Boaters Convene in Orlando

Submitted The United States Power Squadron, the largest recreational boating organization in the US with more than 35,000 members, held their annual meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida during the last week in February. For over 100 years, the Power Squadron has worked to make boating safer through its extensive educational program. The local squadron, Marco Island ... Read More »

Talented Trio to Perform in ‘Madama Butterfly’

Submitted A young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage. The fluid beauty and succession of Puccini’s intensely romantic tunes has made Butterfly a timeless love story. Performed in Italian with beautiful traditional costumes, full orchestra, chorus and English surtitle projections. For the title role, ... 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 »

$1,200 Scholarship Offered by FSASE

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity until Wednesday, March 29. The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or ... Read More »

Avow Butterfly Release March 25, 2017 

The community is invited to join Avow at Cambier Park, Naples on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for its 12th annual Butterfly Release event. Festivities begin at 10 AM and will include children’s activities and a walk-through butterfly exhibit showcasing hundreds of live butterflies. Beginning at noon, a community memorial service will include inspirational readings, music, and a name-reading ceremony to honor the lives of ... Read More »

Pinball for Therapy

By Jesus Calo  Think back to a fond memory playing at an arcade. The rush when first walking in, the fun experience of winning prizes, and reaching a high score after a game of pinball. Think of the sounds of pinballs clashing and lights flashing. Believe it or not, there are scientific findings that playing games, such as pinball, can ... Read More »

Fire Burns Collier Boulevard

UPDATE The fire is now 10% contained with over 6,000 acres affected. Road closure from Golden Gate Parkway to Rattlesnake Hammock. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Naples Club RV, Panther Walk RV, Forest Glen and the horse stables in and along Newman Road. Collier Schools reported that Lely Elementary was closed due to smoke, and all students had been ... Read More »

Photo Contest – 75 Years of Florida’s WMAs!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today is launching its 75 Years Wild photo contest encouraging people to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system. The photo contest has four themes, based on the seasons. To enter, visit the FWC’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/MyFWC, look for a photo contest Facebook post and then post your photo in the Comments section. ... Read More »