COLLIER COUNTY’S LARGEST DISASTER: Air tragedy at Hurricane pass

Craig Woodward During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Corps constructed training bases in Florida to try to fill the tremendous need for pilots and gunnery crews to fight in Europe. By the end of the war a total of 54 bases had been constructed with thousands of military men and women introduced to the Sunshine State for the […]


By Monte Lazarus Dear Simba, When I’m not playing, digging or sleeping I spend time listening to what people are saying about your great newspaper Q&A column. I really enjoy the things you write. Probably the most important thing is that you and I seem to be what humans call “kindred spirits”. I heard Mom and Dad talking about that […]


Donna Fiala The Tigertail boardwalk/dune walkover project is waiting for the contractor’s delivery of materials to the jobsite. The pilings and substructure are a reinforced plastic design and the handrails and wear surfaces are IPE, a very dense hardwood that has performed very well in similar applications. The material delivery is anticipated for mid November. Once the material is delivered, […]


A STORY OF DISCRIMINATION, INTERVENTION AND DETERMINATION By Roy Eaton High school can be an enjoyable, enlightening, and rewarding four years that prepares us for the uncertainties which lie ahead, while providing a lifetime of memorable experiences. It is a time of laughter and amusement, and of affiliation and attachment. It is a time for experimentation through trial and error, […]

Driving for detection

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Radiology Regional brings easy access to mammograms. According to the American Cancer Society, there is strong evidence to support the benefits of annual mammograms for women in their 40s, a practice that should be continued every year of a woman’s life for as long as she is in good health. On Thursday, December 1, Radiology […]

ABS Veterans Day dinner

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The American Bible Society (ABS) Reception and Dinner was held at the Marco Island Museum Rose Auditorium on November 11th, and was hosted by Charles and Polly Cason. A reception was held in the courtyard with music performed by students Peter Servente and Ryan McCarthy. Military Bibles were available for guests to sign with messages […]


By Monte Lazarus  This story began in 1925. It was told by Lt. Col (Ret.) Leo Gray to a dozen fascinated Marco Islanders at a luncheon sponsored by the Hilton, and hosted by the Marco Island Center for the Arts on November 9. Col Gray’s story is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a now-famous group of pilots who flew fighter planes […]

An Eagle Court of Honor for Ricky Grootveld

By Val Simon  Ricky Grootveld is an exceptional young man. This statement was heard over and over during a ceremony in which Ricky received an Eagle Scout designation. Ricky has served the scouts for 11 years. Scout Master Emilio Robau and Commissioner Jim Chute, spoke about his accomplishments. An avid camper, backpacker and skier, Ricky also has a blackbelt in […]

The Wall that Heals

Coastal Breeze News Staff   The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall officially known as “The Wall That Heals” will be installed on Marco Island at Veterans Community Park from December 7 through 10. This national touring exhibit was created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and has traveled to more than 300 communities across the United States. Featuring a half-scale […]

Faculty changes at MIA

By Val Simon  Not halfway through the school year, the Marco Island Academy has accepted the resignation of principal, Dr. Chris Pellant. This change was announced after the school’s board meeting Friday, November 11th, and came on the heels of the resignation of Dr. Kobe, art teacher, whose position was reduced to part-time. Also gone is science teacher Dr. Petrosino. According […]