Feature Stories

First Time-Fun Time for Marco Lutheran Church


Sounds of Bob Marley filled the air as Dave Tobiasz smiled and rendered his judgment on the success of Marco Lutheran Church’s inaugural Community Fun Day. “Things have gone great,” said Tobiasz, who chaired the committee that organized the recent event, which featured live music, food, games for children and adults, a raffle, an introduction to the N. Collier Boulevard […]

VFW Post 6370, a Victim of Consolidation


October 5, 1993 will always be a date that brings pride and gratification to the members of VFW Post 6370. That was the date in which they became incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Florida, after having received their charter in 1992 as an officially recognized entity of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The organization was created […]

Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Reconnecting with Nature

You may be familiar with the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” and the Big Bad Wolf, which gave wolves a bad reputation. The fact is that most wolves shy away from people and are not aggressive toward them by nature. In Southwest Florida, Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center (SWS) has been a sanctuary for wolves and exotic […]

MIHS ‘I Remember Marco’ Exhibit Asks Community to Curate


What’s your Marco Island story? The Marco Island Historical Society has invited the community to help curate their newest exhibit, “I Remember Marco” in the hopes of answering that question. “I Remember Marco” will encourage museumgoers to share their own stories, memories, and experiences in an interactive way. By participating, the collective community will ultimately shape the exhibit. “So often […]

Celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary


The Blessed Virgin Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus and a symbol of faith and hope was celebrated reverentially at San Marco Catholic Church’s annual May Crowning ceremony. Roman Catholics traditionally honor Mary during May, including a Mass highlighted by a devotional ceremony in which children who’ve recently made their First Communion place a crown of flowers on a […]

Old Marco Pub Showcases Their ‘Crabtastic’ Menu

Chef’s Corner


The Coastal Breeze News is proud to present Chef’s Corner, a gastronomical column that offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at Marco Island’s favorite restaurants. Each month I visit a different local eatery to get the lowdown on signature dishes, recipes and the chefs who make it possible. This week my culinary tour had me venturing into historic Old Marco, located […]

A Steward of Marco’s Past, Present and Future


As Marco Island morphed from isolated village to resort community over the last 50 years, Craig Woodward has been there as a sharp-eyed observer, participant and now, chronicler of the community’s rich history. He and his twin brother Mark were 12 when their family left Illinois and moved to Marco in 1968. Their mother, Glenellen became a teacher at Everglades […]

MIPD Officer Goes the Extra Mile

Crossing For A Cure

Travis Suit is on a mission to change the world. For the past three years, the 34-year-old has organized an epic paddleboard endurance event called Crossing for a Cure. Participants embark on a 75-mile journey across the ocean to bring awareness and raise money for people living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes a buildup of mucus in […]

Hotels Move Forward Together Part1


The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa and the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort share more in common than their status atop the island’s list of destination locations. Both are in the final phases of multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation and expansion projects and they’re also helmed by general managers who are fairly new to the island. Sharon Lockwood […]

Niblock Arraignment


Former Marco Island City Manager Lee Niblock was due to be arraigned this morning at the Collier County Court House on charges of first degree simple battery. Mr. Niblock’s attorney filed a plea of not guilty to the charges electronically and neither he nor Mr. Niblock’s were required to show at the courthouse to enter that plea. A court date […]


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