Dementia Respite Coming to Marco

By definition, dementia is a general term for a decline of mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with one’s daily life. Dementia is not one specific disease, but an overall term that encompasses several different forms of the condition, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and other types. The disease can exhibit itself in the […]

Council Crafts Strategy on EMS Transport Debate

The much debated and often discussed issue concerning whether the city should move forward in regards to obtaining its own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Need) to establish its own emergency medical transport service inched closer towards making a formal request to Collier County. The State of Florida actually issues those certificates, but the city would have to first […]

A Rising Star

Coastal Breeze News is fortunate to have Samantha Husted on staff. Sam was born and raised in Southwest Florida, attending school on Marco Island and graduating from Florida State University. Once she started working at Coastal Breeze News, Sam jumped into her role as a photojournalist. “Her first assignment was to cover a young man with local ties recuperating from […]

Planning Board Approves Fire Station and Nautical Garage

Station 51 On June 2, City of Marco Island staff brought before the Planning Board a Site Development Plan (STP) for approval. The plan dealt in every detail of the proposed new two-story fire station building. The newly proposed Station 51 would be two stories in height and be capable of housing both an engine company and a medic unit, […]

Striving for Excellence

Michael Grossi has found that taking the road less traveled can truly make all the difference. He credits taking that approach and striving for excellence as being key to his becoming valedictorian of Marco Island Academy’s class of 2017 with a 6.0 grade point average and an associate’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University under his belt. Michael Vale was […]

Mackle Park Community Center Update See You in September!

It began with the first demolishing grab from the excavator back on September 12, 2016. Before long, the building at Mackle Park that had stood for 26 years was just a memory; a memory with a bright future to rise again, that is! Nine months later, the new building is taking shape with walls, windows and so much more! Samantha […]


The Birds Are Calling

Collier County residents are fortunate to live in an area so abundant with bird life, as well as having opportunities to support local groups committed to the health and welfare of the avian populations and their environment. One such organization is the Audubon Society of the Western Everglades. Now in my second year of volunteering for Audubon as a bird […]

The Future is Bright


On a daily basis we seem to be barraged by story after story of what we can’t get accomplished or what is wrong within our nation and the world. Reports of violence, corruption and disappointment seem to sell better as the news of the day. Don’t get me wrong, not all is perfect, but much of that can be still […]

MIA Class of 2017 Valedictorian Speech