Robert Daniel Madonna

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  IN MEMORIAM: September 19, 1956-April 15, 2012  Robert D. Madonna was a science teacher for Collier County Public Schools for 20 years, on the high school level, in Immokalee, Everglades City and in Naples at Lely High School. Mr. Madonna leaves behind his beloved wife, Joan Leindecker Madonna, his daughter and son, Joanna and Robert and […]

Honorable tribute to Frank Jerome

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  A more honorable tribute to Memorial Day could not have been found for Frank Jerome, a 95 year old Navy veteran living on Marco Island. Frank is known to many as a guard at Hideaway Beach where he worked for over 20 years. A World War II Navy veteran and torpedo man, Frank awoke Saturday […]

Flotilla 95 Celebrates

By Natalie Strom The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95, gathered on the evening of May 15th for an evening cruise, celebrating a successful season of servicing. Gathered aboard the Good Fortune II, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s cruising vessel, the excursion was Captained by Arne Kelsey of both the Conservancy and Flotilla 95. The sunset cruise included […]

68 hour non-visit…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun Before the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, we were able to travel freely and do business with our customers in Tehran. In 1976, I was working for an export company located in New Jersey. My sales territory included Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt. I had to make frequent trips to these areas to […]


By Monte Lazarus I hate posts. Concrete posts. You know the ones I mean. The ones that are in a road, or “protecting” a gate, or just there. The common belief is that they are fixed in place. I know better. They were devised by fiends, and they move around when nobody is there to watch. They reveal their […]


      By Donna Fiala Shirlee and Brian Barcic report that they went to the new, upgraded and upscale Sam Snead’s Tavern located in Lely Resort! They were so impressed with the service, the atmosphere, the cleanliness, the prices and the great food that they will invite their friends to go with them the next time. They tell […]

City Notes

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island’s Planning Board and staff are developing a comprehensive pro- posed parking plan for submission to the city council. Recognizing existing parking problems, particularly at the south end of the island, and difficulties reaching beach access points, planners have begun examining a number of available options to accommodate traffic needs. The proposed plan will […]

YMCA’s Waterwise Works

By Natalie Strom The Marco Island YMCA recently wrapped its annual Waterwise Program for third grade students at both Tommie Barfield Elementary and Manatee Elementary schools. As the end of each school year approaches, Miss Dottie, Aquatics Specialist at the Y, teaches these students the importance of boating and water safety. With the help of the Marco Island Fire […]

Contractors meet with City Manager

By Coastal Breeze News Staff An overflow group of Marco Islanders attended a meeting on May 29th called by City Manager Jim Riviere to discuss the proposed “outsourcing” permitting functions to Collier County. Mr. Riviere led off the meeting by stating that city and county representatives had held talks about “shared services”. The goal was to avoid duplication and save […]


By Natalie Strom On a sunny morning in mid-May, a few lucky onlookers witnessed a flock of at least thirty Roseate Spoonbills wading among the mangroves along State Road 92. The sighting was incredibly rare for a number of reasons. The bright pink birds were brazenly wading near the noisy, 45-mph roadside that connects Marco Island to the Goodland […]