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Tom Bogan 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: Division Chief Tom Bogan on the job.

By Maureen Chodaba  The life of a firefighter is one that requires hard work and dedication. Each day on the job brings forth new challenges and surprises, most in the form of emergencies where the firefighter needs to react quickly and effectively. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Tom Bogan has been reacting quickly and effectively for over 25 years ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Gender Inequality in the Workplace, Home and Family

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By Roy Eaton   Many forms of discrimination exist in today’s society. People are differentiated by color, sexual orientation, athleticism, appearance, age, intellect, social standing and gender, to name a few. One of the most common forms that appear in nearly every facet of our daily lives, and an embarrassment to a developed nation such as ours, is the latter ... Read More »

Ringside in Marco

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Boxing made its rounds back to the island in November thanks to the Marco Island Boxing Club. This year, not only did the club host teams from New Jersey and Ireland, it also featured local boxers. There were eleven bouts in all, starting out with the youngest local competitors. Although the team from Ireland led ... Read More »

Batter Up! New Batting Cage Opens to Public 

Submitted Photos: After two years of planning, the batting cage is finally here.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Baseball fans unite as Marco Island’s premiere batting cage opens to the public. The new facility is located at Winterberry Park, parallel to the baseball diamond. While anyone can use the practice cage, it’s the little leaguers who hold dominion. It was husband and wife duo of Jennifer Carr and Eddie Kirst, Peter Prodanov, Shaun Chute ... Read More »

Marriott Renovations Right on Target 

Courtesy Marriott Vacation Club International: 
A rendering of the new living room and dining
areas in a Marriott’s Crystal Shores villa.

By Don Manley The New Year promises to be memorable for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa, and the nearby Marriott’s Crystal Shores. Both are in the midst of major construction projects that dramatically expand and improve facilities and offerings for guests. With work proceeding on schedule, everything is on target for completion dates in 2017, ... Read More »

MIA Students Work Out at Marco Fitness Club

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Coach Greg Fowler with his 2014 MIA football team, in what became a successful, long-standing collaboration between MIA and the Marco
Fitness Club.

By Barry Gwinn Bob Cholka has done a lot of things in his life, but none has been more gratifying than his fitness club on Marco Island This guy has tried his hand at everything from deputy sheriff to an IT guy with large corporations. Bob grew up in Milwaukee, married his high school sweetheart, and had two children, both ... Read More »

Sailing Toward Adventure

Photos by Samantha Husted: Ray and Cherie Yager outside of their sailboat home.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It sounds like the plot of a movie. A retired couple, tired of their life on land, packs up all their earthly belongings; sells their car, their house and sets sail for the open ocean. While this story may seem far-fetched or fantastical, it’s exactly what high school sweethearts Ray and Cherie Yager have done. The ... Read More »

Merrill Allen Thanks You: Music is his life. Goodland is his town.

Photo by Barry Gwinn

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn If you should happen to greet Merrill Allen on the streets of Goodland, you might be surprised at the warmth and friendliness of his response. He says he has found fulfillment and happiness here. Merrill, who was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1957, moved to Goodland in 1993 and never looked back. He has become ... Read More »

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES: Non-smoker Lung Cancer

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Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and about 14% of all new cancers are lung cancers. In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimates there were about 224,390 new cases of lung cancer, and about 158,080 deaths. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

Practice Makes Perfect

Photo by Wayne Clark: Players practicing and improving their dinking skills.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As someone who is a full time/year round resident, who continues to play and compete in the sports of tennis and pickleball during the off season, I find that my game tends to get in a bit of a rut, simply because I am playing and competing with the same handful of players day ... Read More »

Skill Development VI: Variables – Wind

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anybody who has ever played golf is well aware of one of the game’s most troublesome variables – wind. There are many options on how to play golf in windy conditions. For example, Tom Watson, one of the greatest wind players ever, never changed his ball flight when playing in the wind. He simply ... Read More »

Big Cypress as Dark Sky Place

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The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve has been designated an International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Place. With the extent of urbanization in the eastern United States it is becoming nearly impossible to experience the night with little impact from artificial light pollution. Here in south Florida, away from the urban development ... Read More »

A Salute to Our Veteran…And All Veterans

Veterans' Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry He came to live with us from another state when he was eight. Up until his departure, raising a stepson was the hardest thing I had ever done. Through his pre-teen and teenage angst years, his ears were granite. He ignored us or paid lip service to our parenting; believe me, we ... Read More »

Marco Officer Injured

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By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island Emergency Services personnel work together as a seamless team to assist island residents and visitors on a daily basis. However, when the alarm comes in for one of their own their adrenaline levels spike a little higher as they respond to a brother in need. Such was the case on late Tuesday morning, November ... Read More »

Restaurant Scene Changes

This space in the Marco Walk Plaza will be home to The Oyster Society, expected to open in December.

By Don Manley Editors Note: This article was inspired by a Coastal Breeze News reader who suggested we inform returning Snowbirds of the many changes to Marco’s restaurant scene that took place in their absences. Have a great idea for a story? Send it to editor@coastalbreezenews.com.  As the Snowbirds return they’ll find that the island’s menu of dining options has ... Read More »

The Sand Comes Trucking In

Trucks staging on South Collier Boulevard.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides   Earth Tech Enterprises of Naples took to the South Beach area of Marco Island like a small, but finely tuned platoon of “combat engineers” as they prepared the way for the delivery of over 900 truckloads of newly mined high quality beach sand from the quarries owned by Stewart Mines in Immokalee last week. The ... Read More »

This Was Not The Plan

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige This is the story of an overworked, over-ambitious, 30-something New York attorney who becomes a widower with a toddler son. When we meet him, his wife Mira has been deceased for over two years but Charlie Goldwyn is still spending days ... Read More »

The Holidays Are Here, Already?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nuts. Last August I was searching for pool supplies at Walter Marte’s (Walmart) only to find Christmas decorations where pool stuff used to be, in August?! I used to be perturbed when stores start putting that stuff out before Halloween, now the summer is common practice. Funny thing though, years ago (more like decades ago) ... Read More »