Tag Archives: weekend

Alan & Linda Sandlin Awarded

Submitted  Alan and Linda Sandlin recently returned from a weekend on campus at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where they were awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, “in recognition of outstanding and significant achievement.” Dr. Robert Clutter made the presentation at the Alumni Distinguished Awards Banquet, which included the following acknowledgement: “The Sandlin’s formed the Sandlin Team of Realtors in 1982. ... Read More »

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Breaking News: Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Strong Winds Create Challenges at Laser Regatta

By Samantha Radle On March 4-5, the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the Marco Island Department of Parks and Recreation held its 14th annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta, attracting competitors from around the country to Mackle Park’s picturesque shores. The Model Yacht Club, in conjunction with the AMYA RC Laser Class, hosted skippers from as far as the ... Read More »

Goodland Arts Festival

By Jesus Calo It was a sunshiny weekend to take in the beautiful Goodland air and celebrate local art. The Fifth Annual Harbor Arts and Music Festival was sponsored by the Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) in MarGood Harbor Park, March 11 – 12. The GAA and Collier County Parks and Recreation provided fine arts, crafts show with live music, great ... 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 »

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 »

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Tonight, for the first time in a long time, he hadn’t been the odd man out. Tonight he’d been part of a pair. Part of a something.”  If you’re in the mood for laughing, crying, and sighing, then Lauren Layne’s “Someone Like You” is the book for you. This is a contemporary romance novel following ... Read More »

Hideaway Hosts Courts and Course vs. Cancer

By Maureen Chodaba Today I heard the words “You have cancer.” How I wish I could hide away from this reality. ~ From the 1995 journal of a 38-year-old woman Here is a new reality: That 38-year-old woman is now almost 60 years old and spends her days living cancer-free on beautiful Marco Island. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has ... Read More »

Explore Everglades City

Submitted Everglades Seafood Festival The famous Everglades Seafood Festival will take place the weekend of February 10-12, 2017, in historic Everglades City. This is a popular traditional event. People come from all over South Florida to hear great live music, eat delicious seafood, and browse among the craft booths while the kiddies enjoy the carnival rides. The festival is organized ... Read More »

A Smallwood Step in History

By Jesus Calo The Historic Ted Smallwood Store and Museum held its much-anticipated first annual “White Pelican Celebration” with a considerable number of attendees and entertainment. Cars lined up on the lot at the entrance of the water’s edge location. A little rain and chilly breeze over the weekend was not enough to disrupt the three-day event. In fact, it ... Read More »

Marco Tennis Team Competes at State Championships

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island YMCA Women’s 18 and over 7.5 combination tennis team recently competed at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida. The women competed against other teams from throughout the state of Florida for the state championship title. There were a total of 18 teams present that weekend. The ladies fought hard, eventually coming in ... Read More »

Celebrating Southwest Florida’s Natural Habitat

By Jesus Calo  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted its 13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival on January 13-15. Guests had the opportunity to partake in over 30 guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and programs at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Guided field trips, birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours were ... Read More »

Projects in the Works

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Our Kiwanis Club is looking for people who can knit or crochet hats for children who have cancer. We’ll do a fundraiser to pay for the hats if we can find the people who can knit them. Who knows? Maybe someone will even want to donate yarn for a knitting group or church group to knit ... Read More »

Home For The Holidays

Over the weekend, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hosted a 33-hour Home for the Holidays Adopt-A-Thon event and found homes for 74 homeless animals. That’s 41 cats, 32 dogs and one hamster. During the event, DAS waived all adoption fees. In an effort to find homes for the remainder of the pets at the shelter, DAS is asking adopters ... Read More »

Homes Needed for Shelter Animals

Submitted  Over the weekend, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hosted a 33-hour Home for the Holidays Adopt-A-Thon event and found homes for 74 homeless animals. That’s 41 cats, 32 dogs and one hamster. During the event, DAS waived all adoption fees. In an effort to find homes for the remainder of the pets at the shelter, DAS is asking ... Read More »

Island Country Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Island Country Club (ICC) has celebrated its 50th anniversary, an impressive landmark for the club and Southwest Florida. It was just last year that Marco Island celebrated its own half-century birthday. While 50 may not seem that old, in the Southwest Florida country club circuit it’s a distinction. The Island Country Club opened in 1966 ... Read More »

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski Recognized for Conservation Leadership

FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski was recognized with Audubon Florida’s Theodore Roosevelt award this weekend for reinvigorating the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) critical wildlife areas (CWA) program. This program protects vulnerable waterbirds from disturbance, ensuring these species can survive on increasingly crowded coasts and waterways. Yablonski accepted the award at the annual Audubon Assembly- Florida’s signature conservation event ... Read More »

My Editor Goes to a Rock Concert, Sort of

  By Barry Gwinn On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Coastal Breeze News appeared in newsstands throughout Marco Island, on time, and with 80 pages chock-full of color photos, columns, and articles sent in by the staff writers and a wide network of contributors. As usual everything was well presented by the production staff. It is up to Val Simon, ... Read More »