North Pole: The Musical

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Song and dance filled the gym at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), much to the delight of friends, family and other classmates. “North Poles: The Musical” was another popular production put on by the school, directed and choreographed by Karen Raymond, MICMS chorus and performing arts teacher. Stars included Santa and Mrs. Claus played […]

Marco Island: Year in Review

By Noelle H. Lowery With 2014 under our belts, it is time to reflect on the year that was (and what a year it was) and the year that will be (high hopes all around). The city of Marco Island certainly underwent a host of changes and experienced some major triumphs in 2014. Following are the top nine issues […]

Smallwood Music Festival

By Pat Newman Museum curators could never replicate the artifacts contained in the Smallwood Store standing precariously on the western edge of the Everglades. The original 1906 trading post and post office, established by Ted Smallwood, has changed little over the last century. Bottles of liniment, wooden dolls dressed in traditional Seminole garb, dry goods and other necessities of life, […]

Souper Bowl Marco: Helping Hands Sending Kids to College

By Noelle H. Lowery It takes a lot of money to send a kid to college these days. In fact, the College Board recently reported that for the 2013-2014 academic year the cost of one year at a moderately-priced in-state public college was $22,826, and annual private college tuition averaged $44,750. For those college-bound students seeking financial aid, the […]

Bedtime Bundles Gives Y an Early Christmas Present

By Dianna Dohm Bedtime Bundles presented the Greater Marco Family YMCA with an $118,000 check to continue the grass roots work it began eight years ago. On Sept. 22, Bedtime Bundles directors announced they were ceasing operation due to the sweeping changes in the federal government’s Migrant Title I Education Program. These changes along with the decrease in the school […]

Letter to the Editor: PLEASE STAND UP

This past Saturday night in the Christmas Island Style Holiday Parade, the newly formed Marco Island American Legion Post 404 Color Guard had the honor of carrying the flags of America. Three veterans carried 3 flags, one of which was the American flag. As we marched down San Marco I thought, Where are all the patriotic Americans? Why are all […]

Manta Rays shock Seacrest for district win, 78-61

By Roger LaLonde After the first quarter Marco Island trailed Seacrest Country Day School, 18-12. No problem for the 7-3 Manta Rays as they ran away with the contest in the last three quarters, resulting in a 78-61 win. It was their third straight Class 2A-District 12 victory. Peter Servente came off the bench and singed the nets for […]

Motorcycle Crash Claims Life, Another in Hospital

Tragedy hit Marco Island Monday night when a man and a woman were thrown from a three-wheeled motorcycle while driving on North Collier Boulevard near Holly Court. Marco Island resident Albert  D. O’Connell, 71, lost control of the southbound motorcycle after careening off a curb, ejecting both him and his passenger, 57-year-old Patricia Reilly, from the bike. O’Connell died on […]