Lely Cross Country Team Celebrates Multiple Awards

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Lely cross country team celebrated an outstanding season at the awards program at Lely High School on December 3. The girls won the 3A District 12 team title, while the boys finished second. Senior Gage Wheeler won the district championship and sophomore Rosie Poling ran to second place in leading the girls. The week before […]

Lely Trojans Fall Sports Awards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Lely High School held a banquet for players who participated in the fall sports programs catered by Carrabbas. The evening began with Athletic Director Josh Corr giving a short speech and awarding some district recognitions. After dinner, the teams separated for coachs’ awards and recognitions.     Lely Volleyball players honored by coaches Christine Haire […]

Deck Your Doors

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island History Museum was very merrily decked with a variety of creative holiday wreaths on Nov. 30. The Second Annual “Deck the Doors and More” wreath and tree decorating contest drew a steady stream of visitors to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, socialize in some Christmas spirit and […]

JCMI to Host Jewish Film Festival

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island proudly presents The Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Jewish Film Festival 2014-2015. For the next four months, JCMI will host four films focused on Jewish history and culture. Marco Island resident Dr. Isabel Price is the founder and organizer of the film festival, which is held in cooperation with the […]

Big Cypress Preserve Turns ‘40,’ Celebrates at Swamp Heritage Fest

By Pat Newman Alligators, panthers and bobcats, oh, my! Add Frank Hamilton Cushing, Guy Bradley and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas historical re-enactors to the mix, plus swamp buggies, cypress pole boats and live music, and you have the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. The event marked the preserve’s […]

Freedom Fountain Breaks Ground

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com After seven years of fundraising, the Freedom Fountain is becoming a reality. Construction on what is touted as the crown jewel of Marco Island’s Veterans Memorial Park began in mid-November, and has an expected completion date of the end of February. When completed, the roughly $200,000 Freedom Fountain will stand 10-feet tall and have a […]

Holiday Festivities at BMO Harris

By Don Manley Marco Island’s Christmas spirit and its sense of community were in abundance at a recent gathering on a second-floor patio at The Esplanade Shoppes. The occasion was the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spectacular, which brought together residents, merchants, friends and family members and city officials for a festive evening one floor above the bank’s branch. About 80 […]

Festival of Trees

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Monday, Dec. 8, marked the opening night of the First Annual Festival of Trees at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Visitors entered the upstairs studio to find it had been transformed into a winter wonderland by 28 unique Christmas trees arranged around the room. Local artists, businesses and community organizations each submitted original creations […]

Ride for Joy 2014

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the […]

Santa’s Workshop Remembering the Little Angels

By Don Manley A solemn remembrance of young lives ended too soon to bring comfort and healing to the loved ones who mourn their passing. That mission is at the core of the annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service, which was held recently at the Marco Island Cemetery. As the Saturday sun gave way to the evening moon, Ed Beck […]