Holiday Season is Here!


Lots of wonderful events and parties going on at this time of year, and I hope you have attended many of them! There was the Chamber’s Jingle Bell Bash at the beautiful Hideaway Beach Club where the food is always outstanding and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming! A great time was had by all, and it was a perfect […]

Saying Goodbye to Those That Made an Impact on My Life

More Straight Talk

Last week, two people who have had a profound impact on my life left us after living lives that should be an example to us all. Both came from what we commonly call the era of the “Greatest Generation.” That generation has helped to define who we are as a nation, and both individuals have left defining imprints on the […]

Waterfront Park an Option


A developer is trying to build an assisted living facility (ALF) on the NCH urgent care property. It is my understanding that NCH in exchange for the land will get a much-needed new building. The problem is this kind of use is not allowed based on the current Marco Island Land Development Code (LDC). Despite this fact, our Planning Board […]

Response to Guest Column

The guest column printed in the December 4, 2018 issue of the Marco Eagle and written by Terri Sommerfield is unfortunately for the seniors of Marco, biased against Assisted Living facilities and senior care which is needed by the citizens of Marco Island. Much of the information presented in the column is taken out of context and misrepresents the proposed […]

LTE: A Reply to Ed Issler

At this point I do not desire to engage in back and forth dialog; however, I will utilize this final opportunity to share with Mr. Issler the sincerity of my thoughts so as not to be labeled a complainer when I have the right to express dissatisfaction. Believe me I am not wallowing in “the agony of defeat”; the citizens […]

Restaurant News From East Naples


My goodness, the year is rushing ahead and I feel stunned that it is this far ahead! I never had time to enjoy each and every month, and here I am all decorated for Thanksgiving, and preparing to cook for my wonderful family – which should number about 15 or so this year. It will be a cozy crowd. At […]


More Straight Talk

By the time you pick up this edition of the Coastal Breeze News you will have had the opportunity to start working your way through the joys of “left-over” heaven. I know one of my favorites is a turkey, stuffing, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich. I’ll leave it to you to pick out the style of bread, because many of us […]

County Affordable Housing Lacks Sense

Housing affordability has been an issue plaguing Collier County for decades; the news isn’t new. Along with that, concentrating approved affordable housing projects in East Naples isn’t new either. When one looks at the distance from just a few East Naples schools one can determine that there appears to be a concentration in violation of state statute. Regal Acres Majestic […]

LTE: City Council Theatre

Anyone who believes the selection of newbie Erik Brechnitz as city council chairman was unrehearsed will be interested to know about a bridge in Brooklyn up for sale. The entertainment began when Chair Grifoni opened nominations and Councilor Rios hit his call button and was recognized faster than pus leaves a boil. Rios then made a prepared statement describing a […]

LTE: An Affront to Councilor Roman

An affront to a person occurred at the COMI Council Meeting 11/13/18.  My comments are not out of disrespect for Chair Brechnitz but out of respect for Councilor Roman. It is incredulous that Councilor Roman was not elected Chair; her stellar performance regardless of precedent or number of votes dictated this. It is therefore a fair question to ask those […]

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