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Celebrations Planned for City’s 20th Anniversary

By Don Manley Fun for all ages accented by a dash of local culture and history will be at the heart of the City of Marco Island 20th Anniversary Celebration. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, the Marco Island Civic Association, the Marco Island History Museum, the ... Read More »

Enjoying Summer

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Summer! What a wonderful time of the year! It’s easy to get anywhere and easier to find specials and seats in restaurants, etc. The traffic is calmer even though the weather is quite humid. It seems though, that more people have stayed here this year than in the past. You have probably noticed all the construction ... Read More »

GOP vs DEM | We’re just not getting along

IN MY VIEW By Judy Brenna Since this past year opened serious debates and divisions between Republicans and Democrats, as the Civil War did with North versus South, family versus family, friends versus friends, ideologies and philosophies were and are diametrically opposed to each other. Now, eight months since the presidential election with emotions still raging, it seemed a good idea ... Read More »

Sale e Pepe Earns Award of Excellence

Submitted Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, has earned its 12th consecutive Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Sale e Pepe is the only restaurant on Marco Island to receive the prestigious award for its top-quality wine list and is among an elite group of ... Read More »

Goodland Road Finally Coming Home

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On July 11, 2017, the Collier County (CC) Commissioners, unanimously approved an agreement with the City of Marco Island (MI) in which jurisdiction of Goodland Road would be returned to the county. It’s been a long slog (literally) for Goodland residents, visitors, and deliverymen who have been sloshing, grinding, and bumping over Goodland Road for ... Read More »

Berkshire Hathaway Awards Top Professionals

Dean Shipley Dean Shipley, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, has been recognized as the Marco Island Office’s Top Listing Sales Professional for the month of June 2017. Shipley closed $1,350,000 in volume for the month and continues to build upon his success from 2016 when he was recognized as the Marco Island Office’s 2016 Rookie of the Year. Dean ... Read More »

Keeping Marco’s Beach Healthy is Easy as A-B-C

By Maria Lamb The Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s (BAC) new educational outreach program, “A Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach,” was launched in August 2016. BAC kicked this program off with a presentation and shell-craft with day campers at Camp Mackle. On July 12, BAC returned for crafts and a presentation at the camp’s temporary location at the Family ... Read More »

Wyoming in Summer – What’s All That White Stuff?

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry The funny thing about “summer” is the perception that it’s the same all over the country. Hot and humid in Southwest Florida? Must be hot and humid around the U.S. Not so fast, partner! It’s July in Wyoming and there is still plenty of white stuff around – snow, that is, the ... Read More »

The American Dream Davood Kaheh – Part 2

By Barry Gwinn  Immigrants entering the U.S. have usually spent years and a relatively large amount of money trying to get here. It is normally a painstaking process and only the persistent and committed make it through. Davood (or David as he is known to us) Kaheh is nothing if not persistent and committed. From the time he left home ... Read More »

Burmese Python Update

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  In 2015 and 2016 the adrenaline ... Read More »

Don’t Get Too Far Over Your Skis

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: What could we expect from the economy and financial markets in the second-half of 2017? Answer: My crystal ball is a little cloudy, and making short-term predictions in this business is always dangerous. However, based on facts, trends and hard data it’s likely that the last six months of 2017 are expected to ... Read More »

Locals Love Mini Season

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Mini season is upon us, and many of our local lobster enthusiasts are busy making plans for the best way to catch some “bugs.” Florida’s lobster sport season takes place on Wednesday July 26 and Thursday July 27, 2017. During mini season, recreational divers and snorkelers, with a Florida saltwater fishing license and a current ... Read More »

JW Marriott to be World-Class

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Simply put, it’s the largest project of this magnitude ever undertaken in South Florida, and it’s going on right here on Marco Island. The conversion of the Marco Island Marriott Beach and Golf Resort to a JW Marriott Branded Resort will have a long lasting and positive effect, as it brings the prestige of being the ... Read More »

Open Letter to City Councilors

Open Letter to City Councilors: If and when this Letter to the Editor, (LTE), is accepted and appears in our local community newspapers, City Council will have done one of two things, one of them commendable and the other, well, not so much. I refer to the process of selecting Marco’s next City Manager. Let’s examine the commendable action first: ... Read More »

Joey D’s to Open Monday at 5 PM

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders have been waiting patiently for a number of months now as the opening of the Joey D’s Italian Restaurant and Bar has been anticipated since the start of the year. On Monday evening, July 17 at 5 PM their long wait will finally be over, as Joe DiPascali will return to the island where ... Read More »

FGCU Program Visits Marco Airport

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Students within Collier and Lee County are being able to take advantage of an exciting program during the summer months through a collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and the local districts, with the assistance of the NAACP. The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Program provides children with an outreach program to widen their ... Read More »

Brown Paper Bags Make a Difference

By Samantha Husted  In early June, thousands of Marco Island residents received a brown paper grocery bag in the mail. The bags were sent on behalf of real estate team the Bartos Group of Premiere Plus Realty as part of their annual food drive. For the past three years the Bartos Group has taken a stand against hunger in Collier ... Read More »

Flocks of Feathers

Submitted  From the earliest written accounts, the Everglades and its wet habitat has long been known as the place to be for birds. More than 360 different species have already been sighted, and the list continues to grow each year. On July 19, at 7 PM, Master Naturalist Bob McConville will focus his attention on the 16 different types of ... Read More »

Impressive Performance Continues for Marco Real Estate

By Michael O’Rourke, President for the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Recently the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) reported its best May passenger total in its 34-year history, having served 629,321 fliers for an increase of 3.7 percent over May 2016. Well a good number of those folks must be coming to Marco Island. During the month of May ... Read More »