A Chef Among Chefs

By Don Manley Gerald Sombright’s national television debut may not have yielded the desired result, but the irrepressible Marco resident is anything but dejected. “I was very OK with it actually,” said the chef de cuisine at the Marco Island Marriott’s Ario, of being the first contestant cut from the competitive cooking, reality show “Top Chef.” His exit played out […]

Christmas Magic, Island Style

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Christmastime on Marco Island is filled with holiday magic, thanks to Christmas Island Style, the non-profit organization that brings free, fun-filled seasonal events to the entire community. Recently, Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit at Salon and Spa Botanica at the Shops of Marco, arriving in a big red fire truck. They were greeted […]

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council met on the evening of December 5, and for the second straight time had to extend its adjournment to beyond the normal 9:30 PM agreed upon adjournment time due to extended discussions on issues. After working though some procedural items and an initial request by Councilwoman Roman to have the appointment […]

Marco Island Center for the Arts Hosts Annual Tea

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host their Annual Holiday Tea with Jackie Pierce on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 3 PM. The tea will be in the center’s main gallery located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Jackie Pierce will tell the story of “The Christmas Rose.” Ms. Pierce is well known for her engaging presentations […]

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officers Errico, Kleis and White were on nighttime water patrol in the area of the Marco River and observed a vessel with fishing gear operating with improper navigational lights. The officers stopped the vessel to conduct a resource inspection and address the navigational light issue. When the officers activated their blue lights, the operator and passenger switched places. Upon approaching […]

Major Wildlife Assistance

Officers Araujo and Polly responded to a call about a panther/dog-related incident. When the officers arrived on the scene, they met with the complainant who explained that he had heard his two dogs barking aggressively outside of his house. He has several livestock animals on his property, including uncaged chickens. When he went outside to investigate, he saw a panther […]

Directed Conservation Patrols 

Over the course of two weekends, Officers Barringer, Johnson, Osorio-Borja, Tidwell and White worked a Manatee Zone detail to enforce manatee speed zones. The detail was conducted within the manatee zones from Wiggins Pass throughout the county down to Marco Pass. During the detail, the officers wrote 20 warnings, 8 citations, and educated over 100 boaters on the importance of […]

Community Oriented Policing 

Officer Barringer attended the annual Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve post-season shoreline bird meeting, which was an opportunity for partners such as FWC biologists, FWC law enforcement, National Audubon Society, Rookery Bay staff and Team OCEAN to meet and share information about shorebird and seabird nesting data in Collier County. The meeting was arranged to learn more about statewide […]


The winner of JCMI’s Monday Night Bingo was Mary Lewitsky of Marco Island. Bert Posner, a member of the Bingo Committee, gives her winnings. Bingo is played at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island every Monday evening. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Supper is complimentary. The game is open to the public. Cecelia Chang of Naples was the big winner […]

Camp Gets Grant From Hubley 

The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Camp Knutson, Crosslake, Minnesota to provide scholarship funding for special needs adults and youth. The purpose is to give underprivileged people with the opportunity to attend a camp and get away from the difficult lives they may be experiencing in their own homes. Representing the MDRT Foundation is Roger Hubley, CFP, […]