The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Mention the vessel Star of the Everglades to local, long-time residents, and it brings a big smile to their faces. Soon, they are flooded with memories of this fabulous boat which was aptly named the Star. Not only was the Star a luxury cruise boat for its day, but it also opened up the Ten Thousand […]

More Manpower for MIFRD?

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The new year already has been good for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. After three years of planning and construction, the department’s new $398,000, 34-foot, state-of-the-art, customized fire-rescue boat finally made it to home port. The new vessel — dubbed Boat 50 — was delivered to the dock behind Station 50 on Elkcam Circle […]

Wounded Warriors Softball

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com They’re back! The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) returns after a two-year break to face some of Marco’s best at bat. The team travels the country “to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of our military, and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge.” Made up of […]

Logan’s Ride

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Mike and Monica Buddemeyer are familiar with the hardships of losing children to illness. Their daughter Amanda attended Tommie Barfield Elementary when after being ill it was learned she needed a multiple organ transplant. Quietly one morning, they packed Amanda in the car, and on the long drive to the hospital explained they had received […]

“Marco Magic: Cheering Their Way to the Top”

By Sophie Torres With more than 1,000 spectators eyeing their every move in the Florida Atlantic University gymnasium, both Marco Magic cheerleading teams ranked exceptionally well at the Ultimate State Competition — Bash Spirit. The two teams, a junior and senior squad, practice in the Mackle Park Community Center multiple times a week, and their hard work paid off. The […]

The Home Front

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “For over 70 years, a little boy inside me has been nagging me to write this. I hope he’s happy now.” Gene Mandarino was 12 years old when World War II came to an end. Growing up, his was the only Italian family in a German immigrant-filled neighborhood just outside of Benton Harbor, MI. He grew […]

High Notes in Marco’s Art Center

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts, as part of its “Up Close and Personal” intimate events, invites the public to spend an evening with Opera Naples Southwest Florida’s professional opera company next month on Feb. 1. The evening will begin with cocktails and a light supper at 5:30 PM and the performance at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $40 […]

Arbor Day Celebration

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It was a chilly day but the warmth of the occasion was felt by all. The city’s Beautification Advisory Committee, organized by member Linda Turner, held a beautiful event at Veterans’ Community Park in celebration of Arbor Day on Jan. 17. Many Marco residents, including new City Manager Roger Hernstadt, gathered to see the planting of […]

JCMI Cultural Series Opens 20th Season

Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and the Jewish Federation of Collier County opens the 20th season of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series on Wednesday, Jan. 29, with Steven Emerson, internationally recognized expert on terrorism. The series is named for Saul I. Stern, of blessed memory, who was the force that gave this series its outstanding reputation. He […]

Marco Island Writers to Meet ‘Grammar Granny’

Submitted Members and guests of Marco Island Writers will welcome Ft. Myers’ Martha Jeffers, copy editor, for an important class on editing. Jeffers promises to make the boring subject of grammar and editing humorous and entertaining as well as educational. The “Grammar Granny” has been featured in the “News-Press,” and Martha has shared her humorous grammar presentations with various civic […]