Rays Down Gateway Charter 45-38

By Roger LaLonde When the Marco Island Academy defensive line stuffed the quarterback on the last two plays of the game, the Rays earned a hard-fought win over Fort Myers-Gateway Charter, 45-38 on Aug. 19. First-year coach Damon Coiro’s team was looking to shed its losing ways over its first four years. They did it in dramatic fashion as they […]

Minto Communities Wins Ten Awards

Submitted Minto Communities was recognized with ten awards at the 2016 Southeast Building Conference presented by the Southeast Building Council (SEBC) in Orlando on July 29. Minto’s Grand Aurora Awards include Best Single Family home in the 2,500-2,999-square-foot category for the Mansfield model at Laureate Park at Lake Nona in Orlando, and Best Interior Merchandising Condominium in the under $1 […]

Ballo Boards Around Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It seemed like a scene from “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox flying along on a hoverboard, but it was really Nick Ballo, a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives #106. He was going door-to-door campaigning using his hoverboard. Ballo is stepson to Terri (Barone) Ballo, a past Marco Island city councilwoman. […]

Iowa Hills Challenge 20,000 Riders

Submitted An ESPN sportswriter, Rick Reilly once wrote, “Iowa is so flat you can watch a train pull out for three days.” To flatlanders, a hill is an interstate overpass. But it is a myth that Iowa is flat. Each year, twenty thousand cyclists come from all over the world to Iowa to be part of the longest, oldest and […]

ENMA Networking Event

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) holds networking events on the second Thursday of the month.  On August 11th the gathering was held at Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern at Lely. The atmosphere was fitting for the fine buffet Sam Snead’s presented for the 50 or so members and guests in attendance. After networking […]

Feds Feed Families Food Drive

By Laurie Harris,  Public Affairs Officer  Since 2009, when the U.S. Coast Guard began participating in the Feds Feed Families food drive, nearly 57.2 million pounds of food has been collected; more than 17.9 million pounds last year alone. The Feds Feeding Families was designed to help food pantries stock up during the slow summer months when donations are usually […]

Pokémon Take Over Museum

Submitted  Nearly 170 people came out to the Pokémon Go Lure Party held July 30th at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The popular smartphone application is the latest development in the Pokémon craze, which began in the 90s, and has been downloaded by millions of people, both young and old, all over the world. “Not only is Pokémon a fun […]

Aerospace and Rocketry at Camp Mackle

Submitted  Excited voices chanting, “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Launch, launch, launch!” could be heard at Camp Mackle. On July 28, 2016, Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted an Aerospace Education and Rocketry Workshop at Camp Mackle for more than 60 children ages 6-12. Captain Jesse L. Baker told the campers about the services that […]

Marco’s Creative Mailboxes Part III

By Maria Lamb  Marco Islanders love their feathered friends, as is evident from the creative mailboxes throughout the island that honor them. A vibrant blue and gold macaw, hand-painted by artist Denise Santos, a beautiful swan and two very different pelicans were a few of the unique mailboxes recently spotted on the island. See a one-of-a-kind mailbox in your neighborhood […]

Helping Marco Island’s Burrowing Owls

Submitted As part of Truly Nolen Pest Control’s mission statement, and in the spirit of adding value to the lives they touch, Pest Control Technician Rafeal Rodriguez takes that statement to another level by making a difference for Marco Island’s burrowing owl population. Over the last few weeks, Rodriguez has visited many burrowing owl habitats and trimmed the weeds to allow the owls […]