Wounded Warrior Project receives $25,000 donation

By Randall Kenneth Jones  Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is an annual day set aside to remember those who have died in service to our nation. However, when it comes to honoring those who serve our country, many agree that Memorial “Day” should extend for an additional 364 days each year. When it comes to our servicemen and women, […]

E.C. Celebrates 4th of July Early

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 29, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10 AM on the steps of City Hall (the former county […]

Locals lead Lupus Support Group

Submitted Two local women, Jan Cirillo and Marilyn Honahan recently traveled to Boynton Beach to attend a Lupus Foundation of America Southeast Florida Chapter Support Group Facilitator Training. The women, along with Keena Burns of Naples plan to start a Marco/Naples Lupus Support Group. The meeting location and times will be announced at a later date. People with Lupus often […]

Is Code Enforcement getting ready to bite?

By Carol Glassman The most often used phrases at the June 11th workshop of Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board, were about teeth and the sharpening of them. Daphne Ricobene, paralegal with city attorney Burt Saunders’ office appealed to the Code Enforcement Board at the workshop following their meeting, for ideas to help make the Board more effective. Having just dealt […]

Bus Driver Gets Big Bucks

The 40th Annual Eagle Open held at the Rookery Golf Course on April 20, was a hole in one – literally. The golf out­ing’s proceeds went to both Marco’s Sunrise and Noontime Rotaries, but the big bucks went to Doug Edgar, a Collier County Schools System bus driver who hit a hole in one. By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com A.R.A. Insurance […]

Pied Piper of CPR: Cheryl Toth

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For fourteen years Cheryl Toth, Physical Education teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School has added an ‘extra’ lesson for the middle school students. Each year since the school’s second year of existence, one entire grade level has received the life-saving instruction of CPR. Over the years, this equates to about 1,000 students walking out […]

Search for City Manager Begins

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When in the market for a new City Manager, where do you look? Google? The Yellow Pages? Marco Island’s City Council turned to Colin Baenzinger & Associates, an Executive Recruiting firm, to find and select City Manager candidates from all over the country. Working out of Wellington, Florida, near West Palm Beach, the firm has […]

A Night Dedicated to Jersey

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Sandy Franchino has owned Cafe de Marco in Historic Olde Marco for 30 years, but her childhood belongs to New Jersey. “All my memories come from Seaside Heights and the Jersey Boardwalk,” she states. “Especially in the summer.” Seeing those childhood memories wash away during Superstorm Sandy last year inspired her to help her old neighbors […]

Six Years

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com by Harlan Coben Dutton 2013 Harlan Coben’s most recent novel soared to the number one spot on the NYT Bestseller List immediately after it was published several weeks ago in March. I have to admit I was attracted to it because I read that Hugh Jackman had signed on to play the lead in the […]

Drumbeats and UFOs

GATOR NATE’S MUSIC NOTES Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Generally speaking, we keep to a theme here at music notes. The subject of music has such a vast plethora of information that staying on topic is simple. “But it’s all right now I learned my lesson well, you see you can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.” -Ricky Nelson’s “Garden […]