Seafood Festival coloring contest

When children attending the recent Seafood Festival were tired from jumping, bouncing and playing around the inflatables, the City of Marco Island Parks and Rec Department provided other activities such as free face painting and a coloring contest. Amber Prange and Mindy Matusiak from Parks and Rec as well as volunteers from the teen center helped entertain the little ones. […]

Kids Against Hunger

By Joan Kelly On April 2nd, at Marco Lutheran Church, 115 people made 50,000 meals for Kids against Hunger. Half the meals were beans and rice, half Mac and cheese. Students requested the addition of Mac and cheese. All of the food will go to local schools and food banks. To meet the need this summer there will be a […]

Help Wanted: Vegans need not apply

By Jeff Popick Dear Jeff, I really enjoyed your article, “The Secret Non-Diet Diet” in Coastal Breeze. I am very new to a plant-based diet, but it has changed my life. After being told that my cholesterol was very high and being encouraged by the doctor to eat a low fat diet, I made a serious step change in my […]

Home Safety on Capri

By Joan Kelly We have all heard that most accidents happen at home. So do many crimes happen at the home. On March 30th Connie Ledbetter, Crime Prevention Practitioner, who is also trained in ID theft, told Isles of Capri residents to take control of their safety. “Keep your home safe” is the motto of the Collier Country Sheriff’s office. […]

Youth sports winter season wrap up

The Greater Marco Family YMCA winter season youth sports has come to an end, with great success. We had a total of five girls’ volleyball teams ranging in ages 7-14 and two boys’ basketball teams ranging in ages 9-12. Our winter season ran from January 17th though March 19th with games every weekend at the YMCA of the Palms in […]

Iberia thanks Marco with community cook-out

By Danielle Dodder If you’ve ever thought the phrase, ‘no free lunch’ applies well to your bank, you should have visited Iberia on March 29. As a gesture to their customers and the community at large, Keith Dameron, bank vice president, and his staff threw a cookout in the parking lot. The staff stocked up on 300 hot dogs and […]

A & G German Car specialist

By Marilyn Honahan Service, Quality, Experience, Satisfaction Guaranteed In a small shop hidden away from most traffic, is a new business here on Marco Island. Tucked away in a small industrial, business and storage facility at 994 North Barfield Drive is the shop of A & G German Car Specialists. Owners Al and Gini opened their business in January 2011 […]


By Monte Lazarus You had to be there! On the afternoon of March 25, a dozen retired National Football League players and some former coaches treated 149 kids aged 6-14 to introductory football drills. The event was held on the grounds of the Marco Island Charter Middle School thanks to the cooperation of Principal George Abounader. By far the highlight […]

Fashion colors translate to Interior Design

FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE HALLWAY:   By Lisa Smith Wood Color trends for home interiors come from a variety of sources and for years, the fashion runway has served as inspiration for interior design. Fortunately trend forecasters and designers for both fashion and home décor predict vibrant palettes that create appealing, versatile, interiors in a Florida home. Fashion designers […]

Spring time brings shufflers to the beach!

By Nancy Richie It is that time of year to shuffle those feet as you enter the warm Gulf of Mexico waters. If you see beachgoers shuffling along and you wonder if perhaps they need some aid in walking or that they may be doing a funny dance, don’t worry, they are most likely doing the “stingray shuffle”! Frequent beach goers […]