Cast Your Vote on Nov. 4

By Noelle H. Lowery It’s the day we have all been waiting for: Tuesday, Nov. 4. The day Americans around the United States will cast their votes in the 2014 mid-term election. In Florida, this means voting for candidates and issues on national, state and local levels. On Marco Island, there are three voting precincts: 190 at Marco Presbyterian […]

Memo to Voters and Congressional Candidates

By Roy Eaton Time has come for the American voter to voice their pleasure/displeasure with Congress by wisely casting their ballot in the upcoming election for the candidate of their choice, and time will soon come for Congressional candidates elected to office to live up to our expectations by demanding that our 114th Congress address the concerns and interests of […]

The Marco Island Historical Society Presents

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Historical Society has a full slate of events scheduled over the next few months at Rose History Auditorium, ranging from historical perspectives to variety shows. The events begin on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 PM, with Dr. Kevin McCarthy and his presentation of “Ten Little Known Facts about the Caloosahatchee River.” McCarthy […]

Gators and Skunk Apes and More, Oh My!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, “Orlando Attractions” magazine and show did a segment on the popular 110-acre Gatorland in Central Florida. The show included an interview with our own backyard neighbor, Dave Shealy, leading Skunk Ape researcher from the Skunk Ape Research headquarters in Ochopee. “It was just luck that Dave was there to speak at the same time […]

Ghouls and Goodies

By Melinda Gray Family fun was the order of the day on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Marco Island YMCA, where this year’s Bootacular Night Halloween Bash drew children of all ages from Marco Island and surrounding communities to celebrate and play. The YMCA gymnasium was alive with children’s laughter and gleeful chatter, while familiar Halloween tunes — courtesy […]

Spooktacular Rousing Success

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park was a success! That is, if you measure success by how many ghosts, comic book characters, monsters and princesses you can rouse at one time! The city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department puts on this popular event each year complete with entertainment, games, crafts, petting zoo, food and […]

Skim Contest

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Second Annual 13th Avenue South Skim Jam hosted by the Old Naples Surf Shop brought several new entrants into the skimboard competition, but a few familiar names took the top slots. Placing in the contest or not, it was a great day at the beach. Congratulations to the winners as follows: Men’s 18 & […]

Flag Football Sundays on Marco

By Meghan Bonos If you look at the Mackle Park fields on a Sunday morning, you may think you’re watching an NFL game preview. Is that the Philadelphia Eagles playing the Denver Broncos? No, you are seeing the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s (OCMI) newly developed Flag Football program. With more than 40 kids from around the island, the OCMI […]

Donald Sunshine: A Goodland Retrospective

By Noelle H. Lowery Goodland, its history and its famous cottages are the subjects of a new art exhibit sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society. Dubbed “Architectural Water Colors of Historic Goodland,” the exhibit features more than 50 water colors and pen and ink sketches by retired architect and Virginia Tech professor Donald Sunshine, along with historical commentary […]

Manatee Rescue All in a Day’s Work

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you’re the city of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, rescuing a manatee or other wildlife can be all in a day’s work. Just as it was during a recent manatee rescue at Tigertail Beach. A manatee stranded itself on a mud flat in Tigertail lagoon due to a strong outgoing tide in a New Moon […]