Feature Stories

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s Pancake Breakfast

Approximately 1,700 pancakes were poured, flipped and served (along with scrambled eggs and sausages) in what turned out to be one of the most successful pancake breakfasts ever for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation. The finale of this great family event came when Commissioner Donna Fiala drew the winning ticket in a cruise raffle. The lucky winner was Laura […]

Deltona Settlement Agreement – and Its Enormous Impact

Coastal History

This is a reprint of Craig Woodward’s column, Coastal History. It first appeared in the February 24, 2012 issue of Coastal Breeze News. We know many of our readers, whether residents or seasonal visitors, enjoy learning more about the area. We will reprint an array of Coastal History columns in the coming months. The one single document with the greatest […]

CurePSP: Walking Towards a Cure

he Southwest Florida Support Group recently hosted its 15th annual CurePSP Walk at Mackle Park. The public gathered to unlock the secrets of brain disease and inspire hope. A slight overcast of grey skies did not detour the community from the walk’s purpose: raising awareness. “The mission is all about awareness,” Walk Coordinator and Support Group Co-Facilitator Cindy MacDonald stated. […]

Fire Crews Respond to Fire at MTCM

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Personnel from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were dispatched to 1069 North Collier Boulevard at 6:48pm on Wednesday evening for an alarm of fire. Upon arrival they reported heavy smoke coming from a section of buildings within the Marco Town Center Mall (MTCM), which houses several retail stores, restaurants and a dry cleaners. Heavy smoke […]

Honig’s Attack on MIPD Misfires

The Marco Island City Council meeting on March 5th saw councilors and parents alike praising Police Chief Al Schettino and his staff’s high priority response to adding additional protection to local schools on the island after the deadly shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida on February 14. Council would also go on to issue a proclamation in recognition of the heroic […]

Are Longtime City Employees at Risk?

Over the last two weeks, the island and its residents have been abuzz with the news that the new City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock, is under investigation by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office regarding a claim of battery made by a female resident. Since then, public records requests made by multiple individuals have discovered some disturbing supplemental information concerning plans […]

Kiwanis Brings RIF Program to Local Children

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is a program initially funded by federal government and Ford Foundation grants in 1966. The program tries to address the reality that some children may not have “bedroom” libraries in their homes like children from other homes do, and they also do not get to engage in “literacy events,” i.e., discussing shared books or other written […]

Once Upon a Time

The Gala, held by the Marco Island Center for the Arts at the beautiful Island Country Club, was an enchanted evening to remember. From the moment the guests arrived they were made to feel welcome. The Art Center’s gracious Executive Director, Hyla Crane, along with gala chairs, John and Emily James and Mike and Rosemary Wick, personally greeted guests, starting […]

Aviation North Brings Chartered Flights to SWFL

Airplane pilot Dale Brooks has spent over 8,700 hours in the sky. The Michigan native first began flying back in 1989. Over the years he’s worked for FedEx, piloting both single and multi-engine aircrafts. Today Dale is the Pilot in Command for Aviation North, an air charter business that serves Marco Island and Naples approximately nine months out of the […]

NCH Auxiliary Fashion Show


The Hideaway Beach Club was the place to be for Stars, Stripes & Styles, a fashion show and luncheon recently presented by the NCH Marco Island Auxiliary. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch created by the Hideaway culinary team, the latest fashions by Beach Daisy and OMG That’s Chic, and a presentation of the Blue Zones Project of Southwest Florida. All […]

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