Caxambas Republicans Celebrate Election Victories

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A who’s who of local Republican politics assembled on January 17 at the Marco Island Yacht Club as the Caxambas Republican Club President Litha Berger called the first meeting of 2017 to order. Berger recognized State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, who quickly addressed those assembled before she departed for another meeting, but not before she graciously thanked […]

Volunteer Boards Face Changes

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides During the upcoming council meeting scheduled for Monday, January 23 newly elected councilors will be making choices for appointments to various advisory boards that will look at tackling the thorny issues which eventually will come before the councilors themselves. In an unusual move, two of Councilor Victor Rios’ appointees, Rony Joel (Planning Board) and Gene Burson […]

In Memory of Anna Marie Engler

Devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother Anna Marie Engler, 82, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 in Naples, Florida, near her home in Marco Island, Florida, where she enjoyed many years of warm weather, made wonderful friendships and was able to enjoy life volunteering her time to the library, enjoying her passion of reading and traveling. Anna also lived in Old Tappan, […]

Discussion on Hotel to Come Before Council

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  If the representatives of Small Brothers, the corporation which is proposing a potential hotel at the corner of Park Avenue and West Elkcam Circle thought they would have the opportunity to change some minds by holding a Town Hall Forum to allay fears regarding their proposal, they were disappointed on January 10. Approximately 150 residents showed […]

Projects in the Works

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Our Kiwanis Club is looking for people who can knit or crochet hats for children who have cancer. We’ll do a fundraiser to pay for the hats if we can find the people who can knit them. Who knows? Maybe someone will even want to donate yarn for a knitting group or church group to knit […]

Inauguration Day: Maybe We Should All Take An Oath

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com January 20th will mark the “peaceful” transition of power here in our nation as Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The world will be focused on not only the events of the day, but on the actions to be undertaken by this new administration and […]

A New Beginning…

Editorials and Opinions: BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Without a doubt, the most important event in a democracy is holding free elections. In democracies all around the world and in our country, leaders and representatives are elected by the votes of the citizens. This basic democratic principle does not apply in places like North Korea, Cuba and some African countries […]

MIFRD Update

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department (MIFRD) responded to 246 emergency incidents during the month of November 2016. These numbers continue to reflect an overall call volume increase over the prior year. During November, the department experienced 53 overlapping emergency incidents greater than two at the same time. The part-time 12-hour seasonal ambulance (Medic-803) responded […]

Sports Were a Small Part of Roger Lalonde, the Man

By Don Manley  Roger LaLonde was known for his love of sports, but that passion was far exceeded by the late journalist and realtor’s desire to lift up his fellow man. The 72-year-old Lely Resort resident passed away on December 16 following a brief illness and after years of covering the sports teams of Marco Island schools and Lely High […]

Celebrating Southwest Florida’s Natural Habitat

By Jesus Calo  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted its 13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival on January 13-15. Guests had the opportunity to partake in over 30 guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and programs at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Guided field trips, birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours were […]