Digging up the past at MarGood

Digging up the past at MarGood By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com A recent archaeological dig at MarGood Park in Goodland salvaged more than 1,000 pieces of ancient artifacts. The dig, which took place only a week prior to the official opening of the park, went by rather unnoticed for four days. A group of four archaeologists and archaeological technicians chose a […]

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com One thousand miles in one hundred days. This is the goal of The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Whether it be hiking, kayaking, horseback riding or wading through knee-deep swamps, Carlton Ward Jr., Joe Guthrie, Elam Stolfutz and Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, have been trekking across the state to raise awareness towards the need of a viable corridor, […]


By Coastal Breeze News Staff In a ceremony at the Community Room on Monday evening, March 26th, Police Chief Don Hunter promoted officer Hector Diaz to sergeant and appointed officers Paul Keys, Joe Mack and Nick Ojanovac to be detectives. The actions were replacements for vacancies, and no new personnel were added to the Police Department. Family members, fellow officers, […]

New group on Marco emphasizes critical thinking

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Point… Counterpoint. That’s the name and idea behind one of Marco Island’s newest social groups. The interactive meetings take place at the Marco Island YMCA from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on the last Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to attend this free “meeting of the minds” where controversial topics are discussed in an […]

Dulce et Decorum est…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net Spc. Dennis Weichel, 29, of the Rhode Island National Guard died in Afghanistan last week with what the Pentagon news release said was “due to injuries received in a noncombat related incident.” I did not know Spc. Dennis Weichel. I do not know his family or the three young children he left behind. However, […]

Marco in Bloom landscape awards announced

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The Beautification Advisory Committee has chosen recipients for the 2012 Marco in Bloom Landscape Awards. Awards were given in five different categories: Single Family Home, Condominium, Commercial Non-Residential, Institutional and Cul-de-Sac. In choosing the winners, the Beautification Advisory Committee considered the use of native and water-wise plant material, use of color and contrasting plants, visibility to […]

150 years ago – Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Weeks

COASTAL HISTORY  Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com An article titled “The Headstone Project” was published in this column on October 7, 2011. Donations were requested for the purchase of a headstone for Elizabeth (Lizzie) Weeks Barnes Sawyer. Granny Sawyer, as she was known before her death, was buried in an unmarked grave at the Marco Island Cemetery. She died in 1939, in the […]

A conversation with the Chief

By Jane A. Marlowe janem@coastalbreezenews.com “The Fire Department is like the Police Department, a base core of community services. On the fire side we are the life, health and safety component of city government. We deal with issues from the beginning of construction of homes, multi-family residences and commercial properties, from permitting all the way to completion and/or demolition of […]


By Monte Lazarus  Bengoshi@comcast.net This year I nailed it. Or so I thought. My tax papers for 2011 were carefully arranged. Or so I thought. My bank stuff and credit card stuff was perfectly organized. Or so I thought. I was ready to fill out my tax form, get a HUGE refund and spend my days eating bon-bons and enjoying […]


Donna Fiala  donnafiala@gmail.com We can already see that our winter residents are heading back up north, and I say that with a little sadness because all of the festivities we have been enjoying will slowly grind to a halt, all of the entertainment and performances, the fund raisers and dinners, the events at places like the Botanical Garden and the […]