Meet the Counselors & L.I.T.s

By Coastal Breeze News Staff City of Marco Island Parks & Recreation This was a record summer for Camp Mackle – with 230 registered campers. A big part of what makes Camp Mackle such a success are the counselors and LITs who devote their summer to making sure the campers have fun. We sat down with two counselors and two […]

Community Raising Funds for its Residents

By Jessica Hernstadt Marco Island residents are known for their generosity towards community causes. Over the next few weeks, three fundraising events will be held locally for three island residents who are in need of our help and support. Kris Hodgdon City employee and resident Jim Hodgdon and his family have experienced a family medical emergency. Recently, Jim’s wife Kris Hodgdon suffered a […]

Cole Stretton Makes the Move to Lely

By Roger LaLonde Cole Stretton has left Marco Island Academy to pursue athletic and academic opportunities at Lely High School. Sport wise, Cole will concentrate mostly on basketball, and will also play baseball. Academically, he looks forward to the opportunity to study criminal justice, an area he thinks will be a boost to his future. About to enter his senior […]

Marco Marriott Reopens While Work Continues

By Don Manley It’s a case of one down and one to go for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. The resort has reopened, with the July 31 completion of the bulk of Phase One of a $250 million expansion and improvement project that began May 4. When work is completed at the end of next […]

Summer Training at Marco Island Fire Rescue

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Although call volume declines with the end of season, summer time is no vacation at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. Off-season is training time for all fire rescue personnel. Chris Byrne, Deputy Chief, tells us that every summer the department trains in a variety of ways. Much of the training is to comply with […]

Guest Commentary

Mr. Harris, try using facts instead of misinformation! In his most recent LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bill Harris once again attempts to mislead the Marco Island Community with misinformation and irrelevant statements. To wit: He specifically challenges my comments that despite the contention of a small group of people at the July 20 Regular Council Meeting that while they demanded […]

NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

Submitted The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the top ten hospitals for 2015-16 in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking of the NCH Healthcare System has […]

Greusel Earns Rotary Unsung Hero Award

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently presented its Unsung Hero Award for Second Quarter, 2015 to Craig Greusel. Greusel is recognized for his service to the Marco Island community and placing “service above self “consistent with Rotary’s aspirations. Greusel works as a music teacher in Collier County Public Schools. He is music director at the Marco Island […]

DEP Announces New Rookery Director

Submitted The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced Keith Laakkonen as the new southwest regional administrator for the Florida Coastal Office and director at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Laakkonen’s duties include managing the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, as well as the 12 aquatic preserves within the Florida Coastal Office’s southwest region. He will also coordinate with local, state […]

Marco Island Historical Museum Reveals Exhibition

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) bring a unique show to the museum. The exhibit features Collier County artists who create 2-D and 3-D works, such as paintings, jewelry, photographs, and quilts. The art and craft of dimensional works relays stories flowing with form, function and beauty. The exhibition explores […]