Quick action by officer saves man attempting to jump off S.S. Jolley Bridge

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For many, this time of year can seem quite frightening. Loneliness, depression and mental illness can push people into a place none of us would welcome. For one individual this was the case at 3am on Friday morning. A man called the Collier County 911 dispatch to tell them he would be ending his life. The […]

2017 Christmas Island Style Street Parade

Christmas Island Style did it again! Chairs started lining up an entire day before the parade was scheduled to begin. Many say it was the best parade ever with the most spectators in attendance in history. For those that participated with floats, cars, costumes and holiday themed décor, THANK YOU!

Building it So They Will Come

Collier County is stepping up its game in the lucrative amateur sports tourism market with the construction of a roughly $75 million multi-sport complex in East Naples. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held recently near the future site of the Collier County amateur sports complex, located off City Gate Drive, near State Route 951 and the I-75 interchange. The facility will […]

The Cost of Parking

For several years now, numerous organizations have been wrestling with the issue of parking on Marco Island. Most of that discussion has centered on restaurants, swales and overnight parking. Following her election to the Marco Island City Council in 2016, Charlette Roman pushed for the establishment of an Ad Hoc Parking Advisory Committee. That five-person committee was established shortly afterwards, […]

Good Morning, Marco Island!

Officers and Residents Meet Over Coffee and Bagels

They uphold a mission to provide for the security and safety of all persons within the City of Marco Island. They pledge a mission to bake the “freshest, most delectable” bagels made with the highest quality ingredients and a “sprinkling of love.” They are, respectively, the Marco Island Police Department and the Empire Bagel Factory. It was a great combination […]

Marco Real Estate Activity Grows, Prices Vary

REAL ESTATE REPORT By Gary Elliott, President Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Marco Island real estate activity continues to grow in units sold and in sales volume. Inventory is down and prices of homes, condos and lots are as varied as ever. Year-to-date (YTD) trends: Total number of property sales up 5%YTD, and total market sales volumeup 8% YTD2017 […]

How Much is Too Much?

During the last several months, the Marco Island Planning Board has struggled with issues concerning updating the Land Development Code (LDC). Discussions have centered on bringing the old code into conformance today by updating language and defining terms. The Planning Board is also attempting to simplify some of the setback requirements to bring conformance to the Deltona Deed Restrictions, which […]

Shoes for Every Child

The holidays arrived early at Manatee Elementary School, courtesy of East Naples Merchants Association’s shoe delivery to fifth grade students. Instead of a big red sleigh guided by reindeer, Fuller Funeral Home lent their flower van to help deliver the boxes of shoes. East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) President Sandra Simmons, Vice President Tom Drummond, along with members Tim Miller, […]

Post-Irma Scams Target Homeowners

Coastal Breeze News has received reports of unscrupulous contractors misleading homeowners into making unnecessary, and costly home repairs. During Hurricane Irma’s torrential rains, many homeowners had wind driven rain come in through windows and sliding glass doors. Some contractors are claiming that it was contaminated water that came in from the windowsills during and after Hurricane Irma. One local inspector […]

A Season of Giving


What a wonderful Christmas Island Style parade it was! The floats were especially joyful, the music was great, and the crowds were larger than we ever remember! Everyone in the parade was talking about it – including noting we’ve never seen so many children. There were rows and rows of entries lining many streets as they staged for the event. […]