By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Some of the simplest pleasures of life are enjoyed on the ubiquitous lanais and terraces of Southwest Florida. These spaces provide the best features of indoor and outdoor living, places where homeowners can enjoy the fresh subtropical air while reading the morning newspaper, relaxing over cocktails or watching the sunset over the Gulf. Many Southwest […]

Marco Yacht Club celebrates

Submitted In January, Marco Bay Yacht Club celebrated its 38th Annual Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. The event was held at Hideaway Beach Club, with music provided by the versatile Dan Vass and a wonderful dinner provided by the Hideaway staff. The beautiful floral arrangements of white hydrangea with red roses and miniature blue tinged flowers on tables covered […]


SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  If you can drag your eyes away from the beautiful conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the west, look towards the north and find everyone’s favorite asterism – the Big Dipper. Besides being easy to find it’s also useful; in addition to its famous ability to point out the North Star if you […]

Island Country Club tennis tournaments

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The Mens’ 3.5 event was won by member Roger Boissie and his guest Paul Violette both from Dover NH 10-8 over Corky Trebilcock from the Island Club and his guest Kerry O’Brien . The Womens Open level Member/ Guest Tournament Championship went to the team of Island Club member Keely Miller and her guest Stacy […]

MICMS routs Seacrest

By Ed D’Alessandro  In a hard fought series of matches at Seacrest Country Day School, some of the matches lasted over two hours. The Marco Island Charter Middle School Boys prevailed over Seacrest five matches to zero and the Girls won three matches tied one doubles match and lost the other.

Hideaway Beach Open doubles tournament

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The 2nd Annual Hideaway Beach Open Doubles tournament featured 94 tennis players from all over Collier County and beyond. The following tennis facilities were represented: Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s Creek, Marco Island Racquet Center, Marco Island YMCA, Cape Marco, Eagle Creek, Player’s Club, Pelican Bay and the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota. This year, we added […]

Sugar lover, part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Q. Are you addicted to sugar? A. Do you ever find that eating makes you happy? Do you ever notice that certain foods make you feel super happy? Women usually reach for comfort foods like chocolate, cookies, cake, (basically anything sweet) or salty. Men usually opt for salty and crunchy. Whatever your […]

Why no becomes the only option

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s a sad day for me anytime I have to refuse service to certain clients. No, I’m not a bartender, although I am often asked what my opinion is about jewelry and certain subjects about life in general. The major way I make a living is with my hands busy at my work bench and […]

Defending Jacob

BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick   Author: William Landay.  Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2012.  I feel badly writing yet another review of a mystery/courtroom drama, as I try to write about a variety of types of books, but I couldn’t resist this one. Besides, in reading the list of the New York Times Book Review’s top 16 fiction books I see that […]

Bravest vs. Finest… second time around!!

By Monte Lazarus  It was April in March; a balmy day with temperature in the 80’s; an emerald green field awaiting kids and “The Bravest v. The Finest”. Marco Island’s second Community Fun Day was set to go. Thanks to very generous sponsors, the two hosts of the day – the Marco Island Fire- Rescue Foundation and the Marco […]