Let it Flow: Restoring the Picayune

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “We, in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we’re challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery – not of nature, but of ourselves.” – Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” Written in 1962, Carson’s words still ring true today. In an attempt to save the […]

Bob Brown to take Larry Magel’s council seat

By Noelle H. Lowery noell@coastalbreezenews.com Bob Brown had quite a fan club at this week’s Marco Island City Council meeting. With Councilor Larry Sacher leading the way, Brown was named Larry Magel’s successor on the city council by a vote of 4-2. “In light of the significant issues before us now, we should fill this seat as quickly as possible. […]

The Island of Public Opinion Surveys

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com If the Marco Island City Council is dealing with a controversial issue, residents can be sure they will be asked about it on a public opinion survey. In fact, earlier this month, the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department commissioned a public opinion survey on whether or not the city should spend $2.2 […]

Utility Rates Resolution Approved

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It is almost official. The Marco Island City Council voted at Monday’s meeting to approve a resolution for utility rates increases for the next five years. Pending a final vote on the increases themselves by the city council, the first increase would be for seven percent and would be effective as of November 1, 2013. […]

Budget cuts continue

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com As of Monday, August 19, Marco Island’s budget process had sliced nearly $1.4 million out of the city’s proposed FY2014 budget. More cuts are on the horizon, though, thanks to a deal proposed by City Councilor Larry Honig and accepted by Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Chief Michael Murphy and City Manager Dr. Jim Riviere at […]

Summer theater camp presents Wicked

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com They truly defied gravity. The 30 kids of the city of Marco Island’s summer theater camp flew to new heights in their performance of Wicked after a whirlwind two weeks of rehearsals. This was the second two-week summer theater camp session, which is sponsored by the city of Marco Island and The Marco Players Theater. […]


ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Despite a widely held belief to the contrary, an artist need not be in the mood nor sublimely inspired in order to create. And neither do you. Of course, by my standards you are all artists, making the latter statement a trifle redundant (the difference between the artist’s life and the artful life is often […]

The Tipping Point: Time to Pay Attention

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Marco Island. Paradise. It’s a destination for many, a seasonal home for thousands and a year-round community and permanent home for many more – both humans and wildlife.   Separated from mainland peninsular Florida by the Marco River with the Rookery Bay estuary and the 10,000 Islands ecosystem complex cradling it on the edge of […]

In Memory of Michael Fagan

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Every weekend, Michael Fagan and his wife Nancy would attend memorial services and funerals for retired and fallen police officers and firefighters. They would travel from their Marco Island home up the west coast of Florida, often past Fort Myers, so Michael could pay tribute to his fellow brothers and sisters. Michael was a New York […]