BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position […]

The Healthcare Reform Debacle | Can President Trump turn defeat into a win for the American people and his presidency?

By Roy Eaton President Trump was correct when he initially thought that healthcare reform should be easy for it is not as complex at it may seem. What is challenging is reigning in the extremities of both parties and getting a general consensus among our current partisan legislators in Congress who are still influenced by lobbyists and special interest groups and […]

Marco Recognizes Gopher Tortoise Day

By Samantha Husted The gopher tortoise (or the gopherus polyphemus for all you science folk) is one of world’s oldest living species. The reptile is estimated to have roamed the earth anywhere from 500,000 to two million years ago. Gopher tortoises are native to the southeastern United States and can be found in all 67 counties of Florida. You may […]

Marco’s Miracle Baby

By Jessica Hernstadt With his deep brown eyes and infectious smile, no one who meets 7½-month-old baby Cash is immune from his charms. But what many don’t know is that this beautiful child is nothing short of a miracle. Cash Carter Macchiarolo was born on August 24, 2016, five weeks early with a severe heart condition. Cash’s father Nick Macchiarolo, […]

All Aboard for Meals of Hope

Submitted  Marco Island Meals of Hope’s next “Happy Hour for Hope” will be Monday, April 24, 2017 on the Marco Island Princess from 5 to 7 PM. The Marco Island Princess is docked at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island and will not leave port during this event. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris had lots of praise for this month’s […]

MICMS Boys First, Girls Second in Conference Championships

On April 4th, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Middle School Track & Field Championship Meet was held at First Baptist Academy in Naples. The Marco Island Charter Middle School boys team came in first overall in a field of seven teams. Individually, the team had a first place finisher in nine of the 12 events. They were: Johnny Watt in […]

Beach Yoga Gives Back

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Experienced yogis, novices and curious first-timers are all welcome to experience the many benefits of yoga at a community beach class. On Saturday, April 15, come to beautiful South Beach on Marco Island at 8:30 AM and enjoy an hour of community yoga on the beach. Yoga practice takes on new dimensions on the soft […]

The Etiquette of Etiquette

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com After reading my fellow Coastal Breeze News contributing columnist Todd Elliott’s recent columns, titled “Golf Etiquette” and “What Makes Golfers Compatible?” it got me thinking about proper etiquette and players being compatible, in tennis and pickleball. Golf and tennis are traditionally very old school, proper games. However, these two sports are experiencing a transition, […]

Farmers’ Market Offers a Fresh Taste

By Maria Lamb Store bought vegetables and fruits just don’t taste as fresh as the field grown varieties found at the Marco Island Farmers’ Market. Stop by and you will find produce like fresh broccoli, sweet corn, giant sweet onions, Japanese long eggplants, and the list goes on. Did you know that Florida grows a third of the country’s tomatoes? […]

Pancake Breakfast brings Community Together

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The community came together Sunday morning at the Marco Island Firehouse for a delicious Pancake Breakfast put on by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF). Volunteers from the community and the Fire Rescue Department personnel helped prepare and serve the meals to the steady stream of hungry guests. A complete breakfast was served including […]