Marco Man Celebrates 100th Birthday

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island resident Pedro Vazquez turns 100 years old on November 26, 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Pedro’s friend Kathleen Ferrier, son Pedro, Jr. and daughter-in-law Claribel, along with many other friends and family, threw a surprise party for him at Sarazen Park.  Some of the groups in attendance were the Beach Friends, Cuban American […]

MIA Students Work Out at Marco Fitness Club

By Barry Gwinn Bob Cholka has done a lot of things in his life, but none has been more gratifying than his fitness club on Marco Island This guy has tried his hand at everything from deputy sheriff to an IT guy with large corporations. Bob grew up in Milwaukee, married his high school sweetheart, and had two children, both […]

Marriott Renovations Right on Target 

By Don Manley The New Year promises to be memorable for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa, and the nearby Marriott’s Crystal Shores. Both are in the midst of major construction projects that dramatically expand and improve facilities and offerings for guests. With work proceeding on schedule, everything is on target for completion dates in 2017, […]

Batter Up! New Batting Cage Opens to Public 

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Baseball fans unite as Marco Island’s premiere batting cage opens to the public. The new facility is located at Winterberry Park, parallel to the baseball diamond. While anyone can use the practice cage, it’s the little leaguers who hold dominion. It was husband and wife duo of Jennifer Carr and Eddie Kirst, Peter Prodanov, Shaun Chute […]

Pancakes at the Firehouse

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On November 13, pancake lovers of all ages gathered to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Marco Island firehouse. Throughout the morning people came in waves, many arriving in their Sunday best following church services. Volunteers flipped endless pancakes and served scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice to hungry guests. Many came back for seconds, […]

Ringside in Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Boxing made its rounds back to the island in November thanks to the Marco Island Boxing Club. This year, not only did the club host teams from New Jersey and Ireland, it also featured local boxers. There were eleven bouts in all, starting out with the youngest local competitors. Although the team from Ireland led […]

Joy of Giving Provides Holiday Smiles

By Maureen Chodaba  “Santa, I knew you wouldn’t forget me. Last year I waited and waited and you didn’t come.” Santa Claus heard those words from a little girl back in 1988. That little girl’s cry to Santa gave birth to the Joy of Giving, a 501(c) (3) charitable non-profit that now reaches 1,000 children in our area year, filling […]

Kiwanis 5K Racers Enjoy Beautiful Course, Ideal Conditions

By Scott Shook Participants in the fourth Marco Island Kiwanis Family 5K race couldn’t have asked for better conditions, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees and the wind light. Children, teenagers, adults and seniors-alike were raring to go at the starting line in the parking lot at Tigertail Beach Saturday morning. “We had approximately 250 participants,” said race co-director Tim […]

Marco Island Yacht Club Stages Packed Open House

By Quentin Roux Special to Coastal Breeze News  Gillian Hamer loves boating, socializing and fine dining. She doesn’t have a boat, but being a member of the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) enables her to enjoy sunset cruises, day cruises and even extended cruises on a “host” boat. It’s one of the perks of MIYC membership and at a well-attended […]

Cocktails in Style

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friday night’s cocktail party was an event to remember.  As members pulled up to the Island Country Club entrance they were warmly greeted with mai tais and music by JRobert. Members delighted in the eight culinary stations that were set up in the dining room and adjacent rooms.  Favorites included a shellfish raw bar with […]