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Phoenix Award Winners

Photo by Theresa Morgan: Goodland residents Greg Bello and Kay Tabor (far right), two of the civilians honored with the Phoenix Award, pictured with some of Marco Island’s award-winning first responders.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty-nine of Marco Island’s first responders were recently honored with Phoenix Awards from the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to first responders who contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. Some of Marco’s emergency response personnel received multiple awards for their life-saving measures. This year fifteen ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

Island Country Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Photos by Quentin Roux: 
From left: Harry Lamberson, Raymond Jean, Louise Jean, Susan Lamberson, Anna Lawton
and Greg Lawton.

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 »

Marco Island Yacht Club Stages Packed Open House

Officers and volunteers entertain potential members on the ground floor patio.

By Quentin Roux Special to Coastal Breeze News  Gillian Hamer loves boating, socializing and fine dining. She doesn’t have a boat, but being a member of the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) enables her to enjoy sunset cruises, day cruises and even extended cruises on a “host” boat. It’s one of the perks of MIYC membership and at a well-attended ... Read More »

Kiwanis 5K Racers Enjoy Beautiful Course, Ideal Conditions

From left: Julie Wagner, Teagan Havemeier and Morgan Jones haven’t a care in the world as
they compete in the Kiwanis 5K.

By Scott Shook Participants in the fourth Marco Island Kiwanis Family 5K race couldn’t have asked for better conditions, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees and the wind light. Children, teenagers, adults and seniors-alike were raring to go at the starting line in the parking lot at Tigertail Beach Saturday morning. “We had approximately 250 participants,” said race co-director Tim ... Read More »

Joy of Giving Provides Holiday Smiles

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By Maureen Chodaba  “Santa, I knew you wouldn’t forget me. Last year I waited and waited and you didn’t come.” Santa Claus heard those words from a little girl back in 1988. That little girl’s cry to Santa gave birth to the Joy of Giving, a 501(c) (3) charitable non-profit that now reaches 1,000 children in our area year, filling ... 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 »

MIA Students Work Out at Marco Fitness Club

Submitted Photos:
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 »

Meals of Hope Packaging Event

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Under the leadership of Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris, Meals of Hope volunteers successfully packaged 253,632 meals at this year’s packaging event. Volunteers filled the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym, where tables were set up for the assembly-line process of measuring, packaging, sealing and boxing meals for the hungry. Marco Island’s Sunrise Rotary Club, ... Read More »

Screwworm Endanger Key Deer

Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 3, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared an agricultural state of emergency in Monroe County after New World screwworm were found in samples taken from three Key deer. At this time, the infestation seems limited to Big Pine Key, No Name Key, and surrounding areas in the Lower Keys. Although not ... Read More »

The Holiday Season Starter

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmas Island Style will kick off the holiday season in grand fashion as Santa and Mrs. Claus drop by the Shops of Marco on Friday, Nov. 25th to greet the island’s children and their parents as Marco begins its month long celebration of the Christmas Holidays. The Christmas Island Style Committee pulls together everything, from ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer:  Sunset class at our new temporary location.

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... 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 »

Shell Art Sale

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Submitted It is time for one of Marco Island’s favorite holiday traditions- the Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Shell Art Sale. This fun event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the United Church of Marco. The Holiday Shell Art Sale offers visitors the chance to see what the Shell Club has been ... Read More »

MIA Girls Piling up Soccer Wins

Photo by Jane Watt
Lady Rays after win at
Moore Haven. From left,
top row: Asst. Coach Omar
Rodriguez, Asst. Coach
Darrin Palumbo, Marissa
Roath, Olivia Watt, Julia
Cartwright, Elizabeth
Schultheis, Julia Wagner,
Jenna Palumbo, Morgan
Jones, Teagan Havemeier,
Head Coach Jim Watt, Asst. Coach John Ball. Bottom row: Danya Zarate, Ellie Ball, Anna Chamberlin, Lexi Harrington, Lauren Faremouth. Not pictured: Kayla
Kladis.

By Barry Gwinn Trying to build on last year’s 4-10-2 season, the Marco Island Academy (MIA) Lady Rays took to the road for their first five games. With a solid core of sophomores, juniors, and one senior returning, the Rays were hoping that the incoming freshman would give them a boost. They weren’t disappointed. Their first game was at highly ... Read More »

One and Two Bedroom Condos

Angler’s Cove features one and two bedroom condos.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Of the 371 condos for sale last week, 236 or 64% of them were one or two bedroom condos. These are the most popular condos for sale on Marco. According to the Marco Island MLS there are 48 one bedroom condos for sale and 188 two bedroom condos for sale. The one bedroom condos range ... Read More »

Festival of Trees Partnership Formed

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts, with support from Sunshine Ace Hardware, will bring beautiful and unique Christmas trees to the community this Christmas season. The Third Annual Festival of Trees will take place from November 29 to December 1, 2016, from 9 AM to 6 PM, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive. ... Read More »

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

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After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian,
Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge
Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over ... 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 »

Station 51 Replacement

Photo by Steve Stefanides

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Firefighters respond to a number of incidents each year, some are memorable, while others tend to fade as time passes. July 7th of this year the crew from Station 51 was returning from a routine medical call to their quarters on East Elkcam Circle.  That crew immediately recognized that something was amiss at their station ... Read More »