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Marco’s New City Manager Under Investigation

By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 19, 2018

On Friday, February 16, 2018, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino advised all members of the City Council and City Attorney Alan Gabriel that an initial investigation regarding a “battery complaint” had been made to his office regarding City Manager Lee Niblock. The incident involves a well-respected young professional woman on Marco Island bringing forward the complaint to law enforcement. […]

Letter to the Editor: REBUTTAL Commentary 

By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

Dear Editor, As both a new full-time resident of Marco Island and a member of the “Fire Rescue Foundation”, please accept my letter as rebuttal to the “Letters to the Editor” published on February 12, 2018 (Marco Eagle) and February 14, 2018 (Naples Daily News) questioning the need for Marco Island to have its own EMS/Ambulance Service(s). Having personally attended […]

Council Tries to Understand the Numbers

By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

On one side of the dais, you had a fire chief looking to finalize a contract and move forward to have a station built to replace one damaged from a 2016 fire. On the other side of that dais, you had a city council faced with paying for something, but wanting a better understanding of the finances. This was especially […]


By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

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Lending a Helping Hand

By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

Tara O’Neill likens the recent visit by members of an AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team to her hurricane-damaged, Goodland home to a celestial encounter. “My experience was like being visited by angels, young, strong, energetic, hardworking, angels,” she said. “I brought them donuts the first day, and lunch the second day and they acted like I was doing them the favor. […]

Students Go Behind the Scenes at Water Plants

By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

The City of Marco Island Water and Sewer Department has struck an unlikely friendship. For past few years, the department has partnered with the First Baptist Academy, a Christian private school located in Naples. They came together with two goals in mind: education and community outreach. Each year, about 50 tenth grade chemistry students are invited by the Water and […]

Brechnitz Retained as Planning Chairman

By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

In a departure from the norm, the Marco Island Planning Board skipped the elevation of the sitting vice-chair to that of chairman after one year. Although nothing is set in stone, it has been tradition that one would only serve one year as chairman and then see the vice-chair assume that role. At the recent meeting, the board had three […]


By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

The Gala The Event of the Season:

By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

The Gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, a highly anticipated annual event on Marco Island, will take place on Saturday, February 24 at 6 PM at the Island Country Club. The Gala, themed “Once Upon a Time,” will be a memorable evening of dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction. Attendees can expect an unforgettable evening […]


By Coastal Breeze News Staff | February 16, 2018

Marco Islanders: Fasten Seatbelts – Approaching Turbulence On Monday, the City Council discussed how to word the ballot that you will be voting on in August. That vote will decide whether or not the city should add its own ambulance service to the service already being provided by the county. Chairman Grifoni presented a proposed ballot that, in my opinion, […]