Relay for Life and the Power of Teams

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Relay for Life is known around the world. In fact, the theme for this year’s Relay is One World, One Hope. The Relay is much more than ‘an event’. It is as an opportunity for family and friends to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer, a time to celebrate those who have survived […]

Marco’s New Environmental Specialist Enjoys Job & Community

By Don Manley Dana Dettmar is a newcomer to Marco and her exposure to the island’s environs and its residents have left her enthralled. The New Jersey native is the city’s new environmental specialist, assuming the post two weeks ago. She replaces Nancy Richie, who occupied the position for thirty plus years, before resigning in January. “It’s just a very […]

Sunrise Rotary Initiates New Programs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff UNSUNG HEROES The Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club has rolled out two new community programs. The first program is the Unsung Hero Award which intends to recognize individuals who work to make Marco Island a better community. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a […]

“Marco in Bloom” Helps Marco be Florida Friendly

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Marco in Bloom is not about winning,” says Donna Kay, Chairperson for this year’s event sponsored by the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC). “It’s about recognizing Marco Island residents and businesses that create a Florida friendly yard and landscape. And that’s important to all of us.” Just what is a Florida friendly yard? Glad you asked. A […]

Dottie’s Duck Derby

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 20th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby will be held on Saturday, April 25th in conjunction with Healthy Kids Day at the Greater Marco Island YMCA. Besides the duck derby, there will be music, pool games and prizes. The race time will commence at 1:00 and run until all the ducks are in. With a little […]

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award Winners Surprised and Humbled

By Don Manley Shock at haven been selected is a common shared reaction for the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award. “I’m very excited, said Carole Roberts, who is one of the eight recipients this year. “I think it’s great. I can honestly say I was totally surprised.” Now in its seventh year, the Spirit of Marco Island […]

Now Taking Facility Tour Requests

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net You probably know that I offer about 5 or 6 tours a year for those interested in seeing different county facilities such as the Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants, the Land Fill, Museums, Mosquito Control, a Parks tour, the Emergency Operations Center and the Jail. We also offer facilities that are partially sponsored with TDC dollars, such […]

Going Old School

By Pat Newman Today I scanned my Facebook News feed and realized that my profile picture, place of residence, and posts from my 120 “friends” is exactly the same as it was a year ago. The problem is that I don’t live in the same place, tossed the dress I was wearing in the photo and am still seeing the […]

Letters to the Editor: Lee Willer-Spector

In February, Keith Flaugh of the SWFL Citizen’s Alliance lambasted the 5 of 7 Marco Island City Council members who did not support his anti-common core resolution calling on the Florida legislature to throw out the common core standards for public schools. The 5 councilors led by Chairman Sacher, including Joe Batte, Bob Brown, Ken Honecker and Larry Honig were […]

Letters to the Editor: Wilma Sanders

A few months ago I called the PD suggesting they notify people by newspaper, of the correct way to approach the single file bridge lane merge on N Collier. This would help to avoid confusion. She said they did put something in the newspaper, in August. Apparently the fact we have thousands of transients on the island every week doesn’t […]