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Fatal Traffic Accident

A message from Police Captain David S. Baer: At 7:28am, the Marco Island Police Department responded to a vehicle crash in the area of 269 N Barfield Dr. MIPD patrol officers arriving on scene observed a two vehicle collision involving a 2005 Dodge panel van and a 2016 Volkswagen sedan. The driver of the Dodge, Raul D. Gonzales, 44 of ... Read More »

Elegant Home Tour

By Jesus Calo The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) held its 17th Annual Elegant Home Tour, which featured four residences around Marco Island. Each home incorporated a mix of architectural and interior designs from various decor influences. The event allows the MIWC to take a step into an elegant home and witness the beauty of this island through architecture. Following ... Read More »

Present at the Creation Julia Cartwright Looks Back

By Barry Gwinn In the space of just four years, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) girls soccer team has gone from being the laughing stock of the league to being the team that no one wants to play. Julia Cartwright remembers it all. Julia is graduating this year with plans to major in elementary education and minor in women’s studies ... Read More »

Community Donates Corks for a Cause

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When the Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Club joined forces to participate in the Meals of Hope, their desire was to bring a hands-on approach to ending hunger. Last year, over 500 volunteers joined forces at a Meals of Hope packaging event on island and in just under two hours, they packaged over 253,000 meals. The ... 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 »

Upcoming Seafood Fest and More

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We will be losing a very special Marco person and hotel manager and Tourist Development Council member when Mac Chaudhry moves upstate soon. I just finally learned to spell his name and there he goes! After 28 years with the Hilton Hotels, he and his wife are moving to northern Florida to be with their beloved ... Read More »

Book Club Does More Than Read Books Barbara Dines would be pleased

By Barry Gwinn Barbara Dines and her husband Tom moved to Marco Island in 2007. Barbara brought along her love of reading, which was nurtured as a college English major and as an elementary school teacher in Colorado. Upon arrival, the Dines joined the Newcomers Club on the island and soon made many friends. Among them were Cindy MacQuarrie and ... Read More »

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Planning for the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival has been underway for months. All this effort means that everything you LOVE about the Seafood and Music Festival will remain, but, a couple of BRAND NEW features will surely knock your socks off! Being coined as “events within an event,” it couldn’t be more ... Read More »

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation: A Year in Review

By Samantha Husted The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary at a luncheon held at the Island Country Club. The annual event honored the accomplishments and successes of the foundation as well as the Marco Island Fire Department in 2016. MIFRF President, Dianna Dohm opened the ceremony with a reminder: the Marco Island Fire Rescue ... Read More »

Choose Happiness

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” ~ Ralph Marston At a recent yoga class, I had a ... Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

Second Chance Sandbar Closed for Summer Nesting Season

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida, has closed the emergent sandbar located one mile southeast of Cape Romano, known as “Second Chance.” The sandbar, which is closed to public access annually from March 1 – August 31, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area ... Read More »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

A Happy Hour With a Cause

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold a “Happy Hour for Hope” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Gino’s Trattoria from 5 PM to 7 PM. Gino’s Trattoria is located at 969 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Bill “Captain Hope” Morris said, “Gino’s always has great food and their staff is more than friendly. This will be ... Read More »

Buddy Day: A Hideaway Celebration for Guadalupe Center Kids

Submitted For the 25th year, second graders from Immokalee will spend an afternoon at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island with volunteer Big Buddies. These students have earned this special day after studying and working hard for up to three years to improve their reading and math skills in Guadalupe Center’s After-school Program. Buddy Day 2017 is Monday, March 20, from ... Read More »

A Show of Flora & Fauna’s Free Spirit

By Maria Lamb Florida’s “Flora and Fauna” was the theme of the Calusa Garden Club’s recent March exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. It has been written that Florida’s flora is what caught the eye of Ponce de Leon and the Spanish explorers when they claimed Florida for Spain in 1512. They named the region “Florida” which ... Read More »

ArtBrazil: A Colorful Exhibit of Culture

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts in partnership with award-winning non-profit arts incubator ArtServe, presents “ArtBrazil Marco Island,” currently on exhibit until March 30, 2017. Recognized with three Brazilian International Press Awards over the last two years for “Best Cultural Event” in South Florida, the ArtBrazil exhibition now travels to Marco Island where it will feature a range ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach’s Fight Against Cancer

Submitted The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee, #1 in Florida and #30 in the United States, raised over $110,000 during it’s recent “Course and Courts” and Car Show events. The results were a product of a Tennis Pro-Am, Goofy Golf/Ball Drop, Dinner Auction and Car Show and were delivered to the Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society. The committee’s ... Read More »

On the Chocolate Trail With Rabbi Deborah Prinz

By Samantha Husted  Chocoholics united at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on March 4th for a presentation by author, Rabbi Deborah Prinz titled, “On The Chocolate Trail.” The presentation was part of the congregation’s Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, now in it’s 23rd year. “It’s an interesting subject. We look for interesting subjects for the [Saul I Stern Cultural] ... Read More »

FFIB 8th Annual Charity Golf 

First Florida Integrity Bank announced today that $110,000.00 was raised at their Eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in December. The proceeds will be split evenly between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of SWFL. The tournament in 2015 resulted in proceeds of $110,000 for the Ricky King Children’s Fund and Quest, the tournament in ... Read More »