City Manager Search to Restart

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island City Council hit the reset button on its search for a new city manager. During a special meeting earlier this week, the council approved measures that accept current City Manager Jim Riviere’s resignation effective September 30; accept the immediate resignation of executive search firm Colin Baenziger & Associates; begin the search anew […]

Smokehouse Bay Bridge: Redesigning Expectations

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Smokehouse Bay Bridge has become a symbol to many Marco Islanders — a symbol of government spending, extravagance and waste, as well as a public safety nuisance. After all, the city of Marco Island has spent the last six years and more than $2 million trying to repair the deteriorating spans, concrete spalls and […]

Meet Mr. Hill: Marco’s Alternative to Public School

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Alternative: different from the usual or conventional: as existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social or economic system.  – Merriam-Webster Dictionary When considering the term “alternative school,” a series of negative thoughts often comes to mind. Yet, that association can be extremely misleading. There are many “alternative schools” that are simply less conventional than the standard […]

Otter Mound Gets Makeover

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On September 11, Marco Island’s Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie and Alexandra Sulecki, Coordinator for the Conservation Collier Program, spent their morning re-mulching Otter Mound Preserve’s pathways. Located in the Estates area of Marco, Otter Mound Preserve has been recognized for its historical, cultural and environmental attributes. In 2004, the county purchased the 2.45 acres from its […]

City shows heart, helps Sullivan family

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It has been a while, but Mike and Michele Sullivan have a few things to cheer about this month. Their son, Ryan, was just cast in the lead role of “Ralphie” in The Marco Players Theater upcoming production of “A Christmas Story.” Michele is home and healing after another bout of septic shock landed her […]

To limit truck traffic or not?

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com As Marco Island city staff solves the Smokehouse Bay Bridge quandary, city officials are considering various options to extend the life of the bridge and protect citizens. The city’s Planning Board recently discussed limiting truck traffic on the bridge and diverting it along two residential corridors — Bald Eagle Drive and San Marco Road. Board […]

Punt Pass and Kick is Back

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Boys and girls alike came out to Mackle Park to show off their pig skin skills on Monday, September 16, for the 9th Annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition. “There’s no charge for the event, but it’s run by the Parks and Rec Department,” explained Alex Galiana, Administrative and Facilities Manager. The NFL sponsored event […]