Galahad Awards Announced

By Natalie Strom It was a night of honor and recognition for two members of Marco Island’s community. The Second Annual Galahad Award reception was held on Thursday, November 7 at Mutual of Omaha Bank. Those in attendance were kept in suspense as to the recipient of the award until the very end, but were also surprised to hear […]

Marriott to hold Town Hall meeting

By Noelle H. Lowery Rick Medwedeff went back to the drawing board. At an August meeting of the Marco Island Planning Board, the general manager of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort unveiled a proposed $150 million renovation project for the resort that raised some community concerns. He listened. He considered, reconsidered and made changes. Now, he is ready […]

Ride for Joy!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Joy of Giving has been giving gifts to children in Collier County for 25 years! This year, the goal is to reach 1,000 needy children, providing them and their families an evening at Walmart to choose holiday gifts. The Marco Riders will help meet that challenge when they hold their annual Ride for Joy […]

Update from the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce

As season begins and traffic increases we expect a banner end to 2013. We have had a successful Home Show at the Marriott and an eventful Island Paddle Challenge. Christmas events are just around the corner: • “After 5” at Arturo’s Restaurant on Wednesday, November 20th • Deck the Doors December 1st 4 Rose History Auditorium • Christmas Gala […]

Collier County Government Tour

By Coastal Breeze News Staff County Commissioner Donna Fiala offers residents several tours every year to various points of interest around town. Those attending the tours get a behind the scenes look at interesting facilities they may never otherwise see or learn about. Places of interest visited in the past few years have included the Emergency Operations Center, the landfill, […]

JFK 50th: Where Were You?

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It is a common phenomenon to remember where one was when first hearing of a traumatic event. Where were you when you heard of the September 11 attacks? When Princess Diana died? When John F. Kennedy was murdered? President John F. Kennedy was sadly gunned down in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, marking this […]

TBE Pumpkin Decorating Contest

By Noelle H. Lowery Kittens and super heroes and monsters, oh my! All were on display last month in Tommie Barfield Elementary School’s media center, as the school conducted its annual pumpkin decorating contest. Close to 100 students from all six grades — kindergarten to fifth — participated in the contest. Some students purchased miniature pumpkins from the school, […]

Jolley 5K is Back

By Julia Barnett The Jolley Be Good 5K Run-Walk returns for it’s third year on Saturday, November 23. Put on by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation department, the race’s proceeds will go to funding future programs and special events. The race will begin at Veteran’s Community Park, and from there, the route will follow down Collier Boulevard, […]

Blue Star Memorial Unveiled

By Natalie Strom Immediately following the moving November 11 Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Veteran’s Park, the Marco Island Calusa Garden Club unveiled the Blue Star Memorial sign which now stands proudly – and perfectly landscaped – in the park. Dale Defeo, president of the Marco Island Calusa Garden Club led the unveiling, explaining the importance of the Blue Star. […]


Submitted Recently, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island put out an all-call to local businesses for assistance in honoring Tommie Barfield and Manatee students. Toni Novack, Membership Director of the Royal Palm County Club in Naples, immediately stepped up to the plate and agreed to host groups of fifth, fourth and third grade students for a golf lessons and light […]