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New Team Adds Flavor to the Hilton

By Samantha Husted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa has recently announced the appointment of Executive Chef Corey Hepburn and Food and Beverage Director Joseph Fisher. The two will work together as a team to oversee all facets of food and beverage on the Marco Island property. This includes seeing new dining options for the resort, such as ... Read More »

Optimist Club to Host Lokahi Luau

Submitted The Optimist Club of Marco Island will host its second annual awards benefit dinner on April 22nd at the JW Marriott on Marco Island. Building on the vision for the organization to unite the families on Marco Island around youth sports, the theme for the dinner is a “Lokahi Luau.” In Polynesian, Lokahi means to “unite families,” and that ... Read More »

When Art Meets Function: Cornell University Architecture Students Come to Marco

By Samantha Husted In early March, the Marco Island Center for the Arts announced an exciting new partnership with Cornell University. The Center was selected by Cornell to take part in an architectural design project to create the blueprints for a “stressed membrane fabric structure.” On April 4th, six Cornell architecture students, along with their teaching assistant Caroline Niederpruem and ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Entitlements

Entitlements The word, ENTITLEMENT, has been raised high on the flagpole as benefits of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. According to the new federal administration, these benefits spend too much money of the Government budget and must be reformed. Fewer benefits, the more money saved, so goes the theory. This took me to the dictionary to find a true meaning ... Read More »

Beauty and the Beast: Be my guest, it’s the best

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana When I sat down for “Beauty and the Beast” I found myself mulling over what kind of remake it was going to be. Was this going to be a remake of the famous animated movie, or more toward the original tale, the one published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont? Try saying that name five ... Read More »

Grant Helps Youth Dancers Perform at Disney

By Samantha Husted  On March 29th the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awarded the Island Dance Academy a grant for $2,500. The money went towards the dancers’ recent trip to Orlando, Florida, where they performed in the Walt Disney World’s Dance the Magic annual event. “The girls have been waiting until they were old enough to be able to ... Read More »

All Aboard for Meals of Hope

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s next “Happy Hour for Hope” will be Monday, April 24, 2017 on the Marco Island Princess from 5 to 7 PM. The Marco Island Princess is docked at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island and will not leave port during this event. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris had lots of praise for this month’s ... Read More »

Marco’s Miracle Baby

By Jessica Hernstadt With his deep brown eyes and infectious smile, no one who meets 7½-month-old baby Cash is immune from his charms. But what many don’t know is that this beautiful child is nothing short of a miracle. Cash Carter Macchiarolo was born on August 24, 2016, five weeks early with a severe heart condition. Cash’s father Nick Macchiarolo, ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Thanks Volunteers

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Since 1975 the” United Church’s Bargain Basket has been a source of support for the church, its ministries and the community itself. Today the “Basket” is a regular weekly stop for many residents and visitors to the island, as it provides a wonderful assortment of a variety of bargains, ranging from household goods, to jewelry and ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Launches Emergency Pet Care Program

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department invites you to join them on April 17 at 9 am at the dog park at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace as they launch the Emergency Pet Care Program. This program, a complimentary service for the people and pets of Marco Island, is one of the first of ... Read More »

Oil & Gas Exploration to Begin in Big Cypress

Submitted March 27 was the date set for the Burnett Oil Company to begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge had yet to rule whether the work could proceed. The National Park Service approved seismic surveys on 110 square miles of sensitive wetlands in Big ... Read More »

Evolution of a Butterfly

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com I’ve had a lot of wonderful experiences in my life, but none better than the magnificent creation of friendships over my lifetime. This is especially true in regards to those families I’ve become close with and observed the growth and additions to those families. Moving away from some of those friends was especially ... Read More »

Kong – Skull Island: Escape from the Island of Plot Devices

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Kong: Skull Island,” is a film based on an old 1933 classic, “King Kong.” Before I begin, however, there is something all readers should be aware of. The film is NOT a remake, but a reboot. Some readers may be wondering what’s the difference? Well, allow me to explain. When it comes to remakes, any fan ... Read More »

Artist Diane Reed Eiler Creates in Many Mediums But There’s Nothing “Medium” About Her Work

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Long time Isles of Capri resident Diane Reed Eiler has established her reputation for vibrant watercolors, stunning acrylics and beautifully created oil paintings. Recently, at the beautiful home of JR Rognrud, a showing of Eiler’s work was displayed in a gallery setting overlooking wide expanses of blue Gulf water from the second ... Read More »

Here Come the Birds

Submitted Our fine feathered friends can often be seen pecking for food in Marco’s green spaces, nesting in empty lots and lining up like ancient Roman sentinels on building rooftops. They are a constant in our daily lives (even without a visit to the Everglades) but what do we really know about them? Master Naturalist Bob McConville is the man ... Read More »