The essence of community, the heart of the matter

The motion, the colors, and the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico, the huge sky, and the stars at night are just moments away from the rigors of the day. The wide open spaces and bounty of life in the Everglades, and the subtle change of seasons are all at our fingertips while living in this most southern portion of […]

Sea Turtles return to nest on our beaches

Changes in latitude, changes in attitude: May is typically a month of changes on our Island – reduction in traffic congestion, weather is variable, and many of our busy schedules just slow down. It is also the month the protected Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) will soon begin to return to our beach. Adult female sea turtles will begin nesting […]

Tennis coaches: role changes over time

“Coaches are expensive,” Pete Sampras offered at a tournament press conference. There are several different ways a coach can be compensated but many of the ATP Tour players often reward their coaches with 10% of their tournament earnings. Now, with ‘Pistol Pete’ earning over 43 million dollars during his electrifying career, one may understand Sampras’ trepidation when he had to […]

Athens – A visit to the Ancient Wonders of Greece

A few days in Athens prior to a cruise of the Greek Islands is well worth the additional time. My first impression of Athens was that it was a large, bustling place that made Rome seem like a small village! I soon learned my way around the city, and found it’s people to be friendly and the antiquities awe inspiring. […]

Veterans of foreign wars post 6370

Dave Gardner, a veteran of the Korean war and long-time Marco Island resident, removes flags from a receptacle at Veteran’s Community Park. “I remove the flags once a week in season and about every 10 days or so out of season.” This particular day the box is filled with flags, so much so the last flag didn’t drop down into […]

Volunteer appreciation week 2010

Tommie Barfield Elementary School Each year, Tommie Barfield Elementary school hosts a Volunteer Appreciation event in honor of the countless hours logged by volunteers. This year’s event was held in the Media Center where Mrs. Cooper, Curriculum Specialist, handed out awards based on the number of hours achieved. Dr. Westberry, Principal, spoke to the volunteers, recognizing the impact they made […]

An interview with Steve Thompson

On Wednesday, April 29, Coastal Breeze News met with Steve Thompson, whose contract as Marco Island’s City Manager was recently terminated by City Council. We  asked him to reflect on his experience here on Marco and to tell us what his plans are for the future. The following is some of the conversation we had with Steve: CBN:  Steve, what are […]

A life well lived

It is still a shock to think that Bill Rose is no longer with us. He was the type of person who left a large void and was truly “bigger than life.” It always pleased Bill to know that he was one of my father’s first clients, back when Marco Island was in its early infancy, and it pleased him […]

Oil spill plans top of agenda at council meeting

Several topics were discussed at the City Council meeting on Monday, May 3. A late addition to the agenda was a visit by Dan Summers, Director of Collier County Emergency Services, who came to Marco Island to give a presentation on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Summers stressed that he and his department are continuing to “pay close attention” […]

2010 Spirit of Marco Island Awards Success

The second annual Spirit of Marco Island awards and gala dinner, held by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island, was a success. Approximately 150 people enjoyed an evening with dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony. Recipients were nominated by their fellow Marco Islanders in recognition of their efforts. The 2010 Spirit of Marco Island awards were presented to Joe […]