Marco Cemetery Gems

By Diane Bostick There is a hidden gem on Marco Island. It is passed by many daily, but is simply hidden in the fact that it is overlooked. It is the Marco Island Cemetery. For the past two months I have taken pictures of every grave at the cemetery for a special project and what an enlightening and touching experience […]

Behind the dais with Chairman Ken Honecker

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Ken Honecker’s work as a City Councilor for Marco Island — and now Chairman of the City Council — has been a happy accident. He never intended to get involved in politics. “I started going to council meetings (as a resident) because (back then) it was the best comedy show on the island,” remembers Honecker. […]

Manatee Rescue

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It was at low tide on Tigertail Lagoon when a manatee was spotted stranded in the sand. As the seasons change, tides begin to move in and out faster, and it appeared that this manatee didn’t make it to deep enough waters quite on time. The manatee was spotted on November 12 by beach goers who […]

Sen. Richter talks gaming at Lunch with the Chief

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Florida State Senator Garrett Richter (R) and Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter go way back. At a recent Lunch with the Chief event sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation at Hideaway Beach Club, Richter told the story of how the two men met. “It was almost 26 years ago,” he explained. “A gentleman […]

Marriott revised plan makes public debut

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Alan Sandlin loves Rick Medwedeff’s plans for the proposed $150 million renovation to the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. The local realtor, who heads up Re/Max’s The Sandlin Team, believes the resort general manager’s project would be a coup for the Marco Island economy, especially when it comes to bringing in new residents — and […]

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Farmer ’s Market Focus By Ross Mantz “My name is Franco. We’re Basque, from Northern Spain. My father is Spanish. My mother is Chilean, but her family is Italian. She does all the baking. My Dad does the cooking in the restaurant. It’s all family recipes; the crust, the creams, the sauces… Hold on… Hi, do you need anything?” Regardless […]

Putting the Puzzle Together

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Ah, Florida! Myriad ecosystems working together to bring us all a world of astonishment. From the coastal regions to the rivers, swamps and marshes, to the upland areas, Florida is truly magnificent. We are privileged to be here and I am honored to work with a team of passionate professionals as a part of the Dolphin Explorer […]

A Riven Society

By Monte Lazarus Some people contend that that our society is divided by “haves and have-nots”; others claim that the Great Divide is between Democrats and Republicans, or Liberals and Conservatives; still others run the gamut, not excluding Yankees v. Red Sox, or the fallback catch-all – “Us and Them. My perspective, after many years of superficial thought, is that […]