New Steeple Takes Shape

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The congregation at the United Church of Marco recently replaced its 40-some year old steeple, and it was a sight to be seen. Many Marco residents noticed as the original steeple came down and the all-new, aluminum-clad replacement was raised to its new home atop Disseler Hall. What was originally thought to be an easy […]

Summer Time and the Living’s Easy

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s easy to take it slow in Goodland. Most of us are busy, yet relaxed because our living environment makes us happy – literally. Everyone smiles; everyone waves; and everyone takes time to take a time out when needed. This includes our local businesses. As the summer comes into full swing, it’s time for many […]

Kelly MacDonald: Capturing People, Life

Welcome back, Kelly MacDonald. After moving away from Marco Island in 1999, MacDonald is headed back, and she is bringing her photography business — Kelly MacDonald Photography — with her. Currently, she is searching the islandscape for studio space and new clients. “I’m so excited to be back in the sunshine,” quips MacDonald. It is only fitting, as MacDonald fell […]

The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Author: David G. Coleman WW Norton & Company, 2012 Oh, to be a fly on the wall! Almost everyone has uttered that phrase at least once in their lifetime, yearning to be an inconspicuous observer taking in details of conversations to which they are not privy. In other words, the good, juicy, unadulterated, unadorned nitty […]

When Lightning Strikes

By Julia Barnett When planning a vacation, you always plan for something to go wrong—forgetting your toothbrush, umbrellas for rain—but not many people would plan on what to do if lightning strikes. The chances, in fact, of being hit by lightning are one in 700,000. In early June, the Gordon family was that one. Captain Larry and Pierrette (Pete) Gordon, […]

Gallery Talk with Tara

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The gallery at the Marco Island Historical Museum was filled with chairs which where filled with eager bodies on Friday, June 21. The famed and award winning talent of artist Tara O’Neill hung perfectly on the walls, as if telling a story. And there was O’Neill, herself, who shared her story of art, passion and growing […]

Boating Safety for Kids

Courtesy of the United States Power Squadron Noting gives parents and grandparents more delight than showing the kids a good time on the water. Unfortunately, in our desire to please, we often jump into situations without thinking of the dire consequences, such as the forces when  making a sharp turn with a tube or while pulling a wake board. One extremely […]

Snook Season Starting Soon

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Avid anglers are marking their calendars in advance for September 1, 2013. The date marks the reopening of snook recreational harvesting within Gulf waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC). A cold snap in 2010 stunned the snook population, but recent studies have found it safe to fish for the fish once […]

MIA 2013-14 Academic & Athletic Sponsorships

Submitted The Marco Island Academy (MIA) proudly announces its 2013-2014 Academic & Athletic Sponsorship Program. This coming fall marks the 3rd year for MIA and the first full year at our new campus with all four grades, freshmen – senior year. We will be welcoming 165 students when school starts on August 19. Before the school year begins we are […]

MIHM Presents…

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island Historical Museum is featuring a few upcoming events that shouldn’t be missed. In a combined effort with the Marco Island Historical Society, new artwork and plenty of guest speakers and lectures make it easy to go back to the museum time and time again. A new art exhibit will be on display from […]