Reading is Elementary

By Roger LaLonde When Manatee Elementary School students jammed the media center it wasn’t for lunch. They were hungry to read. Some 750 students came in waves, by grades actually, to select a book that they will keep. The Marco Island Kiwanis Club volunteers made sure they signed their books to give them a feeling of ownership. Kiwanians have been […]

College Play Ahead for Lely Athletes

By Roger LaLonde Cakes of various college colors adorned a table in the Lely High School Media Center as three of Lely’s own signed letters of intent to be college student athletes. Those signing letters for basketball were Zach Gober and Lik Estilien. Wesley Germain signed to play football. For Zach Gober of Lely it was a year in coming. […]

Don’t Fry Day Promotes Skin Cancer Prevention

Submitted May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. To further the efforts to raise awareness, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated May 27th as Don’t Fry Day. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, in the U.S. more skin cancers are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Nearly […]

Talent Recognized at MIFA Luncheon

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On May 21st the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) held their annual Scholarship/Artist of the Year luncheon. This year longtime Marco Island musician JRobert Houghtaling was granted the title. The Foundation also distributed scholarships to seven local students who plan on, or are majoring in the arts. This is the third year that the […]

‘Baby’s First Breath’

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Baby dolphins come into this world tail first and swimming. Just moments after birth, the mother dolphin will gently nudge the newborn up to the surface so that it can take its first breath of fresh air. This image was the inspiration behind artist Michael Von Schroth’s latest wood sculpture, “Baby’s First Breath.” Von Schroth has […]

Positives Seen in MIA Spring Game

By Roger LaLonde The spring game for Marco Island Academy (MIA) didn’t come out well in the won-loss column, but coach Damon Coiro saw a lot of positives. The Manta Rays were blanked on the road by St. Andrews of Boca Raton, 33-0 on May 20. The Scots scored on two huge pass plays in the first half. In the […]

Marco Murder and Mayhem Tour

By Samantha Husted Last month I sat down with Gina Sisbarro, “Men of Rushmore and Their Wives” writer and director. Gina has been directing and acting for over fifteen years. Three years ago Gina, always one for the dramatics, created Marco Island’s first ever ghost tour. It’s been running successfully ever since. The Marco Murder and Mayhem tour stems from […]

Photo Contest Winners Celebrated

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com After a three weeklong entry window, the 9th Annual Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest came to a close. The yearly competition is co-sponsored by the City of Marco Island, the Marco Island Historical Museum and the Coastal Breeze News. On May 13th, the winners and their families gathered at the Marco Island Historical Museum for the big […]

MIA Students Inducted into NHS

By Barry Gwinn On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Mackle Park was the scene of an impressive induction ceremony for Marco Island Academy (MIA) students, whose achievements and academic records had earned them a spot in the National Honor Society. Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More […]

Don’t Wait to Evacuate

By Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino At 6:30 AM on October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall at Cape Romano, seven miles south of Marco Island, with 125 mph winds and torrential rain. Wilma, a Category 3 hurricane, left widespread damage to South Florida that was estimated at $22.3 billion dollars. Approximately 3.2 million South Florida residents were left without […]