Feature Stories

First Day of School at Tommie Barfield Elementary


What do you get when you mix new clothes and backpacks, nervousness, excitement, awe, jitters and smiles? The first day of school, of course!  There were more smiles than tears as the kids streamed into Tommie Barfield Elementary School for their first day back.

Treating Active Military to Paradise

Stepping Stones


Imagine returning from an active tour of duty overseas, anxious to spend some quality time with the ones you love, and then the phone rings. Without hesitation you explain to your family that your country needs you and you must leave… again. This is a lifestyle for active servicemen in the U.S. Army. For Sgt. Jhonnie Alvarado it became a […]

A Weekend at Sebastian Inlet


With the summer coming to an end, enjoying a weekend camping seemed like a great idea to have some family fun. Our choice for a quick, weekend getaway? Sebastian Inlet State Park. A search of floridastateparks.org introduced us to Sebastian Inlet and its amenities, such as beach access on the Treasure Coast and a dog-friendly campground; ingredients for an exciting […]

Leadership Marco Media Day With Coastal Breeze News


Ever wonder what it’s like to be a reporter? Curious about how a newspaper gets made? The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Marco 2018 class discovered the answers to these questions, and many more on Media Day. The class spent a busy day learning about local media outlets in Naples, Fort Myers and here on Marco Island. The group […]

Experience the Energy of Art

at the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ ‘Power It Up’ Exhibit

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, the Marco Island Center for the Arts held their Second Tuesday Opening Reception. The theme for the exhibit this month is “Power It Up” The Energy of Art. Naples native, Juliana Meek, director-owner of Harmon-Meek Gallery, juried this month’s show. Betty Newman won first place with “Calypso.” Second place went to Karen Swanker’s “Remove at […]

For Jennifer Edwards, it’s all about the ‘Integrity of our Electoral Process’


At the August 10thluncheon for the Women’s Republican Club of Naples, Federated, Litha Berger of Marco Island introduced Jennifer Edwards referring to her strength. “She is tiny but don’t underestimate her strength.” Melissa Blazier, Jennifer’s Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections totally agreed. Jennifer Edwards has been in office for 18 years and is committed to the next election cycle in […]

Roman Requests Review of Contracts


At the August 6 Marco Island City Council meeting, Councilor Charlette Roman suggested that the Collier County Clerk of Courts Office be requested to do a possible audit of recent contracts that have been entered into by the city under the supervision of its purchasing manager. Ms. Lina Upham, who serves as the city’s Purchasing/Risk Manager was involved in a […]

True Sportsmanship Shown at Special Olympics


The Riverside Community Aquatics Center hosted the Collier County Special Olympics County Games on Saturday, July 28. This year 33 athletes participated in 25-meter to 100-meter Olympic style races and relays. The event promotes inclusivity and highlights all talents. “Special Olympics Florida – Collier County is a multi-dimensional program that raises awareness about the abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities,” […]

Savage Honored by Military Colleagues


They came to honor a friend and comrade in arms as he approaches his milestone birthday, which is still a few months away, but honor him they would. The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) of Naples/Marco Island held an unscheduled luncheon to pay tribute to one of their own. A man who had given 40 years of his life to his […]

Between the Ages


Age’s irrelevance where friendship is concerned has been reinforced by a collection of Seacrest Country Day School elementary students and residents at the Terracina Grand assisted living facility. They were brought together by the most recent addition to Seacrest’s community outreach program that matched members of the sixth-grade English class writers club with Terracina Grand residents. The pairings involved having […]


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