It’s Almost ‘Souper’ Bowl Time

By Don Manley The event site may be under construction, but that won’t stop the annual Souper Bowl from once again satisfying artistic tastes and taste buds, along with raising money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Set for 11 AM, February 4 at Mackle Park, the event features bowls, hand-crafted and painted by students from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, […]

SOWFLO’S Tipping Point

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At the end of October, I had the opportunity to see an area band, SOWFLO. The performance SOWFLO put on for the rousing crowd was nothing short of great! Everyone around here has been mentioning SOWFLO for a few years. This was my first time attending their performance and I LOVED them. It has been […]

MIA Fundraiser Sets Record

By Don Manley The fourth time turned out to be a record setter for the Bill Rose Memorial Sporting Clay Classic. A record amount of money was raised for the fundraiser’s beneficiary, Marco Island Academy (MIA), at this year’s event, held recently at Gulf Coast Clays, in Port of the Islands. “I think this year is the most we’ve ever […]

UPDATE: Planning Board Says No to Treatment Center

PLANNING BOARD SAYS NO TO TREATMENT CENTER By Steve ‘Stef’ Stefanides Unless the Marco City Council overrides the recommendation of the newly organized Planning Board, the project which was known as the Tropical Palms Recovery Center, LLC will not be moving forward anytime soon.  The center would have provided treatment for those seeking substance abuse treatment in a private clinic, […]

Interactive Exhibit Brings Pioneer Era to Life

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) recently hosted a reception for the unveiling of their third and final exhibit at the museum. The Pioneer Era – A Tale of Two Villages is the story of two villages, one to the north and one to the south, that were created through […]

The Gravity of Falling

Keeping You Safe Chris Bowden Firefighter/Paramedic Losing your independence after years of self-reliance is often a hard pill to swallow. Due to the natural ageing process, these golden years are often overlooked altogether. As you can imagine, it’s very important that while you and your loved ones continue to age, being properly prepared and informed is vital. I am […]

Golf Classic Helps Local Charities

By Samantha Husted It was rainy and uncharacteristically cold—the opposite of ideal golfing conditions. However, undeterred by the crummy weather, 136 brave golfers came out to participate in the Island Country Club Charitable Foundation’s (ICCCF) annual Golf Classic Tournament at the Island Country Club. On January 29, the ICCCF welcomed golfers of all ages to participate in the charity fundraiser. […]

Busy Season in Progress

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The last tour of this season is coming up on Wednesday, February 15th at 3 PM, and this will be an unusual tour. We will tour the medical examiner’s facility. I bet many of you didn’t even know we had a medical examiner in Collier County. It is located in the Industrial Park off Airport Road, […]

The Challenge of Service

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides About two weeks ago, the Marco Island City Council undertook some pretty important business, whose significance is unfortunately overlooked for the most part. On January 23rd the newly elected four councilors selected their choices for service on a number of advisory committees to coincide with their 4-year terms on council. Those individuals are […]

Some Perspective on Border Security

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun It’s not about being against immigration or immigrants, it’s about doing things legally. The United States must be the only country without full control of her borders. This is not just crazy but it is also very dangerous in the world we live in today. Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium learned about having open borders […]