Bringing Sunshine to Kids With Cancer

Submitted The Sunshine Kids Foundation has one, simple mission: to bring sunshine to kids with cancer. Since its start in 1982 by founder Rhoda Tomasco, the Sunshine Kids Foundation provides exciting, positive group activities for children with cancer so they have the opportunity to have fun and celebrate life. While Tomasco served as a volunteer in the pediatric cancer unit […]

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Allysa *(not her real name) is a Marco Island resident. She is an attractive mother of two who works in a professional capacity, is poised and well spoken. She is also a survivor of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects every community, regardless of age, gender, economic status, race or religion. It is often accompanied by […]

Optimist Ready to Rock Fall Sports

Submitted When you think of Fall, you see kids and backpacks, preparations for Halloween and footballs being tossed, soccer balls kicked and kids playing sports. The Optimist Club of Marco Island sports programs are in full swing again this year. As the Island’s only youth sports organization, the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) plays a vital role in sports […]

Monte Lazarus, Attorney, Veteran and Community Leader

September 19, 1930 – October 3, 2015 Monte Lazarus passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Avow Hospice with his wife and friends at his side. In 1951, Monte received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, cum laude from the University of Wisconsin, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 1954. At Yale he […]

Community Steps Up to Assist Injured Musician Merrill

By Don Manley The Goodland community and friends from near and far turned out in large numbers during the day-long Merrill Fest benefit held at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant. Goodland musician Merrill Allen, who has entertained at the Little Bar since 1993, sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in a September 7 propane explosion on his boat, […]

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, October 3, Christmas Island Style held its annual golf tournament, their first fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season. The tournament was hosted by the Marco Marriott’s Hammock Bay Golf Course. More than 90 hole sponsors and 100 golfers helped the group raise close to $14,000. The co-chairs of the event, Wayne and Sue […]

Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Lee Child Random House, September 2015, 402 pages. Genre: Suspense Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Admit nothing, even on your death bed. You might suddenly get better.” ~ Jack Reacher Jack is back in this 20th installment of this billion-dollar Lee Child enterprise. Be forewarned that Jack journeys to a very dark place in […]

Dollar Volume in Real Estate Sales Up 16%

By Susan Ackerson MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January – September 2015 to the same period of time 2014. According to Susan Ackerson, President, total dollars volume sold of the Marco Island real estate market increased 16.31% from $544,120,403 (2014) to $632,901,691 (2015). Fewer new single […]

MIA Brings Music Teacher on Board

By Barry Gwinn Marco Island Academy (MIA) has recently hired a full-time music teacher in anticipation of expanding its performing arts program. Lianna Fried comes to MIA from Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, where she has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. Fried was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Levittown, Long Island, a short commute from Hofstra. Fried has […]

Leadership Marco Law Enforcement Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 7, 2015, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco 2015 class attended their fifth session- Law Enforcement Day. In the morning, the Marco Island Police Department’s Chief Al Schettino and Captain Dave Baer welcomed the students at breakfast, and provided them with an overview. The Leadership Marco students were given station tours […]