Jane Watt, In Her Own Words

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jane Watt is many things. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, an educated woman with a degree in zoology and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy (MIA) — the local public charter high school — […]

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

By Don Manley The Marco Island Urgent Care Center played a key role in Bill Harrison’s recovery after his heart bypass surgery in 1977. “I came here for rehab,” said the spry 93-year-old. “They were great. I live on the south end of the island, so it’s really handy for me.” He was among the many Marco residents who took […]

Richie, Carr Bid Farewell

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com At the end of January, Nancy Richie and Liz Carr walked through the doors of Marco Island City Hall for the last time. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, Richie, who worked as the city’s environmental specialist and liaison with the Beach Advisory Committee, resigned to work in the private sector as a consultant, and […]

Response to Sunken Tug

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island emergency personnel had a busy evening, Saturday, Jan. 31. Early that evening, a 911 came in reporting a partially sunken tug boat attached to a construction barge in Hernando canal behind 549 Hernando Drive. A sheen of diesel fuel could be seen on the top of the water as well. The tug and […]

Smallwood Music Festival

By Pat Newman More than 700 people came out in support of the historic Smallwood Store Saturday, Jan. 31, at a benefit music concert staged to raise funds for the Chokoloskee landmark enmeshed in a legal tangle. “It was a real community event,” declared Marya Repko of the Everglades Society of Historic Preservation (ESHP). Approximately $10,000 was raised to help […]

Everglades City Round-Up

By Pat Newman Mention “Everglades City” to any Floridian, and their immediate comeback will be “Seafood Festival.” This weekend, the small fishing community will host its famously-popular Seafood Festival, now entering its fourth decade. According to local historian Marya Repko, the first event was staged as a fundraiser to buy playground equipment for McLeod Park. Since that modest event, the […]

Gala Tickets Almost Sold Out

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced that ticket sales for its annual gala have exceeded expectations. Although a few tickets remain available, almost all tables are full, and anyone desiring to attend the gala should contact the Center immediately. This year’s gala will be a “show stopper,” according to Executive Director Hyla Crane. The gala is a […]

Solving the Student Debt Crisis

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Islander Abigail Widynski is a Millennial — one of those people who according to the Pew Research Center was born between 1981 and 2000. Academic research has characterized this generation as always being treated as special and important by overprotective parents; as being motivated, goal-oriented and confident folks who are no strangers to over-achievement […]

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling Workshops

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is offering a unique workshop — Illustrated Watercolor Journal — suitable for beginners as well as accomplished painters looking for a fun way to find new images and loosen up. Experienced instructor and well-known local artist Hannah Ineson (www.hannahineson.com) will lead the workshop. What is an “illustrated watercolor journal?” It’s a small […]

Bald Eagles, Wildlife Come to Center for the Arts

Submitted The “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Exhibit,” a collaboration between the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation and the Marco Island Center for the Arts, will be featured February 1-24 in the Center’s Lauritzen Gallery. The work of 20 well-known artists will portray the strength and majesty of our national icon, the Bald Eagle, as well as the beauty, delicacy and lifestyles […]