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A Parade of Comedy

By Melinda Gray On Saturday, Feb. 15, boaters, volunteers and a large audience gathered to participate in the 18th Annual Mardi Gras-Goodland Boat Parade. This year’s theme was “Comedy,” and 13 boats were decorated and entered into the event. The parade cruised through Goodland Harbor — now officially Buzzard’s Bay South — and ended at the new boat park. Each […]

Coming Home to Arturo’s

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com When you walk up to the front door of Arturo’s Restaurant on Marco Island, you notice a plaque on the wall. On that plaque is a prayer for “the customer within our gates.” It welcomes patrons to their “second home” and beckons them to “be as comfortable and happy as (they) are in (their) own […]

Kiwanis Car Show Success

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Cars came rolling into the Kiwanis Car Show early on a sunny morning. Kiwanis volunteers directed 165 drivers to park their automobiles around the Marco Urgent Care Center grounds. The cars were polished and cleaned, and the sun reflected brightly off the chrome. The cars lined up; some opened their hoods or opened their doors […]

Elementary Engineering

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It has been said that play is the purest form of research, and the fourth-grade students in Gail Dunphy’s class at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have put this statement to the test. Since November, TBE’s entire fourth-grade team has been engaged in a classroom science project that combines engineering and technology to challenge students to […]

County Breaks Ground on Road Project

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Feb. 7, Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation broke ground on a project nearly 20 years in the making — the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The two-year project is being completed in conjunction with the resurfacing of 951 from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of […]

Celebrating Life with Martha Gallagher

Submitted The Parish Center at the San Marco Catholic Church will be filled with music and more on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:00PM. Multi-faceted performer Martha Gallagher shares her one-woman show of songs and stories celebrating the many facets of life, sprinkled with in-the-moment inspirations. The performance will benefit the San Marco Catholic Youth Group. Gallagher, based in the Adirondack […]

An evening with Robert Stone on Marco Island

Submitted Lee Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce a free presentation by folklorist Robert Stone entitled, “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition,” on Feb. 25, at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Cattle were introduced into the present-day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Stone’s multi-media presentation […]

Fakahatchee Orchids

Fakahatchee Orchids: Lost and Found in Cuba March 1st – 5:30-8:30pm Join two local biologists for a program on their efforts to restore rare and extinct orchids to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples. $50pp includes hearty appetizers and beverages. Reservations required: www.orchidswamp.org.

MIA Girls Soccer pave the way

by Julia Cartwright This year’s Marco Island Academy girl’s soccer season has come to a close. Eight games were played throughout the entire season, all of which were lost, though the Marco girls did not go down without a fight. The girls started practicing in October, and worked hard to be prepared for the season ahead of them. In the […]