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City Council Election: Monica L Pierce


As an informed and concerned resident of Marco Island, I have been doing my research on the candidates for City Council and have been very impressed with some of the candidates that are running this year. Jared Grifoni especially stands out. I first met Jared at the Glory of the Grape event at CJs in June. I spoke with him ... Read More »

Public/Private Partnership: Amadeo Petricca


At last night’s forum (Thursday, 09/29/2016) held at the Rose Hall Museum Auditorium, there was a discussion concerning the City finally being involved in a Public/Private Partnership with businesses on Marco Island. The first Public/Private Partnership in the City began in 2013, whereby the City allowed the businesses abutting Herb Savage Way alley to develop the swales for additional parking. ... Read More »

Trust Your Instruments

“We can chart our future
clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.” ~ Adlai E. Stevenson, 1900-1965,
American Politician

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: Should I be worried about the problems with Deutsche Bank? Answer: That’s a question many in our industry have been asking. The answer is “it depends.” The markets had just settled down after the post-Brexit rally and now Deutsche Bank is reviving some of that volatility. Much of the concern over the bank’s future ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

Submitted Photo
Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

Truth About Spending


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter


More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

Community Service


For the third year in a row, the staff at the Hair Salon of Skin Renewal Systems has made it a point to gather up magazines from the salon for distribution to the Infusion Centers in the Naples area. This generous community service is done each month with smiles and kind words from the staff. Thank you, special friends at ... Read More »

Passero’s Passion, Experience, Boost Marco Y

Submitted Photo
Deborah Passero explains the Rock Steady Boxing class to attendees at September’s Family
Fun Night.

By Don Manley The five chronic diseases included among the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s health and wellness program priorities for the next few years have played a pivotal role in life of Deborah Passero. Cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cardiovascular disease were all selected as focal points by the Y’s board of directors earlier this year. ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet Draws Crowd

Photos by Scott Shook Everglades City children prepare flower petals for the blessing of the stone crab fleet. Top to bottom: Katie Collins, Taylor  Dahlke, Gena Collins, James Collins, Holden Fitzgerald, Brenden Bagley Jr., and Turner Shealy.

By Scott Shook The annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City is Americana at its best—an example of what makes Everglades City such a tight-knit community. Politicians, including U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart and Collier County Commission hopeful Tamara Paquette were on hand on Saturday, October 8th for this year’s event, and added to the festive atmosphere. Children and ... Read More »

Admiralty House Goes Green

Photos by Samantha Husted
All of the lighting both interior and exterior, as see here, has been replaced with LED bulbs.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For the past eight years, Admiralty House, a 43-year-old 17-story condominium on Marco Island, has been making strides to become more energy efficient. “Our goal was to improve the infrastructure of our 43-year-old building with the best products available,” said Frans Jungslager, board president and retired electrical engineer. “Offering long life, less maintenance and the ... Read More »

The Impact of Grow

Older home being demolished for new construction.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Like all cities and counties within the State of Florida, the City of Marco Island will face its share of challenges in both the short term and in the decades moving forward. The fact that the community sits on an island will not isolate it from many of the issues facing municipalities around the state as ... Read More »

Local Parkinson’s Services Added


By Don Manley The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI) is expanding the services it offers for people in the Marco Island area who are afflicted with the neurological disease and their families. “We’re definitely very interested and committed to bringing about an awareness of our programs and services and educational opportunities to the Marco Island population,” said Chris ... Read More »

SpeakEasy to Host Happy Hour for Hope


Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope’s last “Happy Hour for Hope” for this year will be Monday, October 24, 2016 at The SpeakEasy, 1106 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island from 5 PM to 7 PM. The SpeakEasy is graciously hosting this event with drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, ... Read More »

Punt, Pass and Kick Results 2016


Submitted Thanks to the support of the Marco Island Optimist flag football program, 45 participants took part in the nationwide NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) competition hosted by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department recently at Mackle Park. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL youth football programs. This program ... Read More »

Miami, Naples Athletes Claim Triathlon Top Spots

Competitors in the swimming leg of the Marco Island Triathlon.

By Scott Shook Mild temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted 374 participants in the sixth annual Marco Island Triathlon the morning of October 2, at the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort. Vladimir Casanova of Miami blitzed the field, finishing a full 48 seconds in front of second place finisher Ross Lenehan of Cape Coral. Kayla Schmidt of Bonita Springs outdistanced the ... Read More »

Thanking Soldiers With a Day of Fishing

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For its sixth year, the annual Naples Take a Soldier Fishing event took place at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. This year 62 boat owners donated the use of their boats and their time captaining to bring soldiers and their families on a memorable fishing trip. The soldiers, mostly Air Force and some Marines, were all ... Read More »

Silence Like a Cancer Grows

Phil, Maureen and Buster. Submitted Photo

By Maureen Chodaba When my grandmother died of breast cancer in 1968, no one really spoke of it. I don’t know which word provoked the silence – the word “breast” or the word “cancer.” My guess is that it was both, because each word by itself brought forth the image of something unmentionable. Put the two words together and you ... Read More »

Economic Summit Returns


Submitted Last year the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® hosted Marco’s first-ever Economic Summit. The event was such a success that the Economic Summit will return for its second year on Wednesday, November 9 from 1- 4 PM at Rose History Auditorium. Attendees will hear the latest local real estate statistics, as well as an economic forecast for Southwest ... Read More »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Dwight Brock, Collier County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller, remains committed to helping Floridians who may be suffering from domestic violence. More than 120,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in Florida last year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and sadly, many more incidents of domestic ... Read More »

Senate approves $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration plan


The U.S. Senate today approved legislation authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on a major $1.9 billion Everglades-restoration project. The Central Everglades Planning Project, which was included in a broader water resources bill that the Senate approved today by a vote of 95 – 3, is a nearly $2 billion series of engineering projects designed to reduce ... Read More »