Islanders bring a childhood fantasy to local mall

By Danielle Dodder Treviso, Italy is a Northern Italian town outside of Venice. There, among the medieval towns and grandeur of Venice, craftsmen in a workshop create traditional carousels with whimsy and charm. One such carousel is now smack in the middle of the noisy modernity of the Coastland Center, courtesy of local company Island Carousel, and if your kids […]

Knights of Columbus May Social

By Jane A. Marlowe The Knights of Columbus held their May social on Tuesday evening, May 17 in the San Marco Parish Center. Father Gordon Zanetti  gave a blessing and Knight Sal Sciarrino led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Dinner was served and following a brief business meeting, Supreme Knight, Jose Granda reviewed the year and praised the […]


How many Coastal Breeze News readers saw the marriage proposal ad in our last edition and wondered, did she say yes? Well, she DID!  Mike Maley contacted the Coastal Breeze News office a few months back wanting some assistance on surprising his girlfriend, Annika Hosni with a marriage proposal. Annika was quite familiar with the island since her grandparents are […]

Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awards

Following its celebrated tradition and practice, Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to a diverse group of seven high school seniors for their excellent school performance. The recipients were selected by a Chamber committee chaired by former Chamber President Joyce McFarland of Marco Island Clothing, and including Nancy Carrington of Marco Island Florists and Desiree Buhelos proprietor […]

The joy of speed networking

David Longfield-Smith is a guy with an idea; it’s called “Speed Networking”. Based on his years in the military, large companies and small companies, Smith is convinced there’s a better way for businesspeople to establish networks and improve relationships. Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce thought enough of Smith’s idea to partner three working sessions using the Smith concept. The third […]

FGCU students make a difference

By Natalie Strom Residents of Marco Island and visitors alike enjoy visiting its long stretch of beach which runs nearly three miles from Cape Marco to Hideaway Beach. The beaches seem pristine with white sands and a beautiful slow tide that drifts in and out. Unfortunately, the litter that scatters the beach is often ignored. Marco Island resident and Florida […]

Men in Blue: Tony Spina

By Danielle Dodder Sergeant Tony Spina starts his ‘workday’ at 6 pm and answered our questions in between managing the night shift patrol of the island under a full moon. The former Officer of the Year dedicated himself at the outset of his career to fighting for the underdog. Just don’t call him if “window surfing” your thing. Intrigued? So […]


By Monte Lazarus The seismic shock arrived with the dinner check; in fact it was caused by the dinner check. We were in Copenhagen a few weeks ago, dining with dear friends at a hotel. I ordered white asparagus (“spargel”) as an appetizer – or so I thought.  They arrived. Three thick spears with a bit of hollandaise sauce. They […]


By Donna Fiala Many boaters have traveled to the Goodland Boat Park since it opened last August. This wonderful 5.2 acre park adds much needed boating access to the County’s inventory, with 75 boat trailer parking spaces, 16 regular vehicle parking spaces, 22 wet slips (available for rent, by the way), a two-lane  boat loading ramp, a fish cleaning station, […]

Marriott’s spirit to serve

Employees of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa participated in an international corporate-wide, Spirit to Serve Communities Day. Chris Major, General Manager of Golf for the Marco Island Marriott, The Rookery at Marco, led a team of Marriott employees to the Marco Island Fire Station where they grilled and served lunch for local First Responders. “We […]