A Long Delayed Return Home

The celebration of the homecoming of the world-famous Key Marco Cat has begun. Believed to have been carved by the Calusa Indians 500-to-1,500 years ago, the six-inch wooden statuette has returned to Marco for the first time since its 1896 discovery. It and other Pre-Columbian artifacts unearthed during that archeological dig recently went on display at the Marco Island Historical […]

Get Ready for Souper Bowl

Mark your calendars for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Souper Bowl, which will take place on Saturday, February 2nd from 11 AM to 1 PM at Mackle Park. For $15, you can purchase a hand painted, one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl and fill it with delicious soup samples from nine local restaurants. In previous issues, Coastal Breeze News profiled […]

‘Paper Clips’ Opens Art Flicks Season

The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced the launch of its sixth annual, highly successful “Art Flicks” program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films to be shown at Marco Movies, 599 S. Collier Blvd at 10 AM, the series features FREE theme-based films, refreshments and lively discussions for both residents and island visitors who are interested in the […]

‘Spreading It Around’ – A Comical Plan to ‘Spend It Now’

This sensational comedy was written by Londos D’Arrigo, who is known for the hard-hitting comedy he wrote for comedians like Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin, and Joan Rivers.  The play is about a widow, Angie Drayton (Bonnie Knapp), who lives in an upscale, gated retirement community in Florida. When she grows sick and tired of handing out money to her unappreciative, […]

Renaissance Academy presents Art History Classes

Marco Island Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Florida Gulf Coast University’s The Renaissance Academy will be presenting art history classes in January, February and March 2019 at the Art Center. Tickets are $20 for The Renaissance Academy and Art Center members and $25 for non-members. To register for classes call 239-434-4737 or go to RegisterRA.asapconnected.com. Founded […]

A Food Fantasia at Sale e Pepe

“It deserves five WOWS! It’s that good!” exclaimed my dining partner as he bit into a puffy mound of ricotta-stuffed zucchini blossom. He’s not usually a very effusive foodie but this Saturday evening at Sale e Pepe, he emitted more “oooohs” than in previous visits. His dinner was a tenderly baked Georges Bank halibut atop “schiacciata” potato, salsify chanterelle cream […]

The Mule: Clint Eastwood Is Still Kicking It!

Reel Reviews

“The Mule” is directed by Clint Eastwood who also stars as Earl Stone, a 90-year-old Korean War veteran and horticulturist. Earl has spent most of his life as a planter. While he’s managed to become a successful entrepreneur in his hometown, his life’s passion has left him alienated from his family. Because of the changing times, however, along with the […]

A New Year at the Parks

Theme Park Wrap-Up

With 2019 upon us, let’s dive into all the recent happenings and announcements in Florida’s theme parks. Walt Disney World As construction ramps up on the previously-announced Tron roller coaster coming to Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, three temporary closures have taken effect in the park. The Walt Disney World Railroad, the walking path in Storybook Circus, and the Tomorrowland Speedway […]

‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ by George Saunders

Book Remarks

“Oh, the pathos of it! – haggard, drawn into fixed lines of unutterable sadness, with a look of loneliness, as of a soul whose depth of sorrow and bitterness no human sympathy could ever reach. The impression I carried away was that I had seen, not so much the President of the United States, as the saddest man in the […]

Back to Basics?

All That Glitters

I’m currently kicking back in a simple basic and rudimentary way. I found a rustic log cabin in the middle of nowhere, somewhere on the famous Suwannee River in Northwest Florida. Brought my wife, my two dogs, Zoe and Toby, and even invited my kids and their spouses including the grandkids, the whole fan-dam-ly… To my surprise everyone came to […]

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