TBE Science Day full of discovery!

Tommie Barfield Elementary held a 5th grade Science Exhibit in the cafeteria recently. Each student developed their project with a hypothesis, then proceeded to verify their hypothesis through research. Projects were titled and displays were created to show the results. Bradley Chute’s project entitled ‘Drip Drop’ looked at water quality. He tested chemical levels in water from several locations around […]

Everglades City celebrates its history

April 26 is an important date in the calendar for residents and fans of that unique rural community, Everglades City.  It was on April 26, 1928 that the Tamiami Trail, or US 41, was opened and also, seventy years later, on April 26, 1998 the newly-opened Museum of the Everglades held its dedication ceremony. Every year, to commemorate both events, […]

Naples Blazers youth basketball

Fort Myers Tournament Great Experience for Local Youngsters At the Fort Myers USSSA tournament, the 8th Grade Team of the Naples Blazers youth basketball went 2-2 and made it to their first Sunday. Making it to Sunday in a USSSA* tournament is a huge accomplishment for a first-year program. The Naples Blazers feature players from Marco Island Charter, Manatee, and […]

Coastal Breeze News wins awards

FIVE TOP AWARDS Coastal Breeze News took home five prestigious awards at the 2010 Awards For Excellence competition presented by the Community Papers of Florida. Three were first place awards: First Place for Best Original Writing for the Barbara Mackle Kidnapping story; First Place for Community Service Promotion for the Seafood Festival ad design; and First Place for Best Original […]

Center for the arts marks milestone in project rescue

Project Rescue For the many islanders who attended the event on April 23 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, the occasion was one of celebration, at achieving a major milestone in its Project Rescue, tinged with sadness at the departure of its Executive Director, Chris Neal. Those gathered had good cause to celebrate, as the all-volunteer organization had […]

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Park

St. Augustine Alligator Farm has evolved from an 1890’s railway terminus “curiosity” into a nationally accredited zoo, a natural wading bird rookery, and a world-class research and education center. It was initially part of Everett C. Whitney’s “Burning Spring Museum” where hundreds of alligators were captured and kept in pens to entertain the droves of visitors who crossed the Matanzas […]

Breezin’ Through The Community

KENTUCKY DERBY BUFFET On Saturday, May 2,  Marco Islanders enjoyed Mint Juleps, a “Kentucky Derby Buffet,” andlive entertainment as they met with friends and placed bets on the big race at Guy Harvey’s Island Grill. Chris Diaz, Diane Trzyna, and Terese Glasser of the Optimist Club of Marco Island joined forces with Rosa Scola and Michele Sanchez of the Upon […]

Flag Etiquette

From the Official Site of the Veterans of Foreign Wars The federal flag code says the universal custom is to display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, but when a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. Also, […]

Men’s Softball

Regular Season Final Standings Game #1 @ 6:15pm:  Cocomo’s def. Eli Contracting, 23-11 Cocomo’s Highlights 5 Hits:  Rich Bush & Scott Gibbs 3 Hits:  Sean Shea (HR) & Mike Watkins 2 Hits:  Brian Day, Kevin Hennings, Curt Witthoff, & Dave Rice Eli Highlights 3 Hits:  Chris Nygard 2 Hits:  Christian Polanco & Kirk McFee Game #2 @ 7:30pm:  Sunset Grille […]

Guest Commentary

On April 27, 2010, I was informed that the position of Community Development Director would be eliminated from the City’s organizational structure. My thoughts immediately turned to the large volume of existing and pending planning projects that the Community Development Department is currently charged with. As I have been working over the course of the last several days during the […]