Porsche Party

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It could have been a gathering of movie stars. Some simply extras, others stars of the show – of the car variety, that is. They could have come from films such as Caddyshack, Days of Thunder, The Matrix, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Patriot Games, Cars, Sixteen Candles, Scarface, Taxi Driver, Annie Hall or Bull Durham. And maybe […]

MICMS Teacher Opens World Through Math

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com When you walk into her classroom, you know immediately that Iliana San Martin is a special teacher. The new Marco Island Charter Middle School math teacher decorates the walls of her classroom with posters of Pythagoras (the Greek philosopher who gave us the Pythagorean theorem for triangles) and Eratosthenes (the Greek mathematician who invented geography […]

TBE Salutes Local Veterans

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The faculty, staff and students of Tommie Barfield Elementary School raised the flag and their voices in salute to Marco Island veterans in the school’s annual Veterans Day program. Veterans from all branches of the armed forces — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard — and their families attended. Veterans of every major […]


SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net A trivia question: Who was among the first, in 1776, to recognize the independence of the United States and the first to establish trade with it? It was the nation state of the Republic of Ragusa, renamed Dubrovnik in 1918. Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a dramatically beautiful walled city that sits right […]


By Ralph Segall What holiday falls on November 28th this year? If you had said “Thanksgiving,” you would have been correct, but if you would have said “Chanukah,” you would have been correct as well. This year, both our national holiday, and the beginning of the Jewish holiday are celebrated on the 28th of November. Actually, the two holidays have […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: God Bless Patriotic Americans!

This Veterans’ Day morning fifteen members of Flotilla 95, Marco Island’s Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, gathered in uniform at Hoot’s Restaurant for breakfast prior to attending the Veterans’ Day annual observance held at Veterans’ Park. We follow this tradition every year.  We meet at Hoot’s and then go as a group to Veterans’ Park to honor our nation’s veterans. This […]