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Fire at Charter Club

The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department responded to a fire this morning at the Charter Club, located at 700 S. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Fire crew put out the fire which was located in the generator room. The Marco Island Police Department was on the scene. Property damage was reported with no reported injuries. Check back to Coastal Breeze News […]

Back to Three Candidates For Interim Manager

Late last week one of the three candidates for the position of Marco Island interim city manager advised the city that he was unable to attend the interviews scheduled for September 24-26. Interview dates were set by city council at their September 4 meeting, but were not confirmed with the candidates.   Over the weekend, Ken Parker, the Senior Advisor […]

SBA Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses Affected by Toxic Algal Blooms

Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)s from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by toxic algal blooms beginning June 1, 2018.  SBA Administrator Linda McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Rick Scott on Aug. 20, requesting a […]

What is the One-Cent Sales Tax?

Most Collier County residents have heard of the one-cent sales surtax, but may be wondering what exactly it is and how it will affect them. By state law, individual Florida counties are authorized to impose a sales surtax called a discretionary sales surtax or local option sales surtax. In many cases there is a limit to the amount of tax […]

Students Deploy First Freshwater Mini Reef

A project is underway at Seacrest Country Day School that may hold a key to rejuvenating lifeless freshwater ponds and streams. Students from Seacrest’s Upper School (grades 9-12) recently placed an artificial freshwater mini-reef on the bottom of a stagnant retention pond on the school’s campus. The installation is at the heart of a one-year-long independent study project being conducted […]

Islanders Say NO to City Ambulance Service

At the polls on Tuesday, Marco Islanders voted “no” on a referendum for local control of the city’s ambulance service. The present system does not allow the city’s fire-rescue personnel to transport patients to the hospital, requiring them to wait until a Collier County ambulance arrives at the scene. Additionally, despite possessing the same credentials and qualifications, Marco Island EMS […]

MIA Welcomes New Coaches

By Jodi Pree

As the fall sports program gets underway, Marco Island Academy (MIA) welcomes new coaches to help attain their goals for their student athletes. In addition to meeting fundraising goals and finalizing team schedules, new MIA Athletics and Activities Director, Ryan Roberts, has been busy filling coaching positions for cheerleading, swimming, volleyball, and football. Cheerleading Kirsti Tranoris, a lifelong competitive cheerleader […]

Marco’s Water Quality in Jeopardy

According to a recent consultant’s report, Marco Island’s waterways are in jeopardy and will likely be considered impaired next year by state standards (Florida Department of Environmental Agency). This report is based on the continued non-complaint high nitrogen levels. At the recent meeting of the Waterways Advisory Committee, Tim Hall of Turrell, Hall and Associates, Inc. (marine and environmental consultants) […]

A Solution to Toxic Algae?

Florida-based photographer and conservationist Jim Abernethy is on a mission to save Florida’s water. “I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks with a small team, investigating all aspects of the red tide,” he said. In recent months, discharges from Lake Okeechobee have caused blooms of toxic, slime-laden algae across the Southwest Florida coast. In addition to the […]

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