Say Hello to the New School Year

By Noelle H. Lowery Tommie Barfield Elementary was a hive of activity Monday, as parents, teachers and students welcomed a new school year. The car loop hummed with car engines and muffled radios. The hallways bustled with children and adults looking for classrooms. Hugs were given. Tears were shed. Smiles and excitement shared. “I am so excited,” says Danielle […]

The Time is Now: Honor Your Sir Galahad

By Natalie Strom The Second Annual Galahad Award presentation is nearing. Every October, since its inception in 2012, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and Coastal Breeze News have honored an individual, business or organization for outstanding service in a crisis situation. Many of you have already sent in nominees by sending a short description of how your choice […]

Summer Swing III

By Jim Curran The cooperative community tennis program that is “Summer Swing” shifted to the courts at Hideaway Beach Club on Friday, August 16th. Tye Myers, the club’s tennis pro, hosted the August meeting which is the third event of the four-part program during the summer months. Summer Swing began in June at the Racquet Center, then shifted to the […]

How the Noontime Rotary Club supports the community

Submitted by Lynne Minozzi The Rotary Club of Marco Island Board of Directors recently approved the recommendations of the Screening and Allocations Committee regarding cash grants to several community organizations. The YMCA was awarded $7,000 in support of their summer camp program. Other awards included $500 to St. Matthews House; $500 for Habitat for Humanity; and $500 for Meals on […]

Islander Finishes Fire Training

By Natalie Strom Ask any little boy what they want to be when they grow up and a chorus of similar answers will sound: policemen, astronauts, super heroes, secret agents, and, of course, firemen. Some of these career choices are more easily attained than others (i.e. super heroes) but they are all noble choices. Nicholas Macchiarolo of Marco Island […]

What (or who) is invading our waterways?

By Carol Glassman As the local news brings us horror stories of the green slime and natural disasters invading the waterways of cities just north of us, we may wonder if we have any need for concern. You bet we do, only its cause here on Marco Island is not the opening of dams in Lake Okeechobee, but something more […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Stop Expansion of Oil Drilling in South Florida

By Karen Dwyer Residents of Golden Gate Estates are deeply concerned about the effects of oil drilling on their neighborhood as well as on protected wildlife habitats and wetlands. The proposed drill site is only 1,000 feet from family homes and is adjacent to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and the Western Everglades. Background In May of 2013, Dan […]

Bill Tiley Obituary says goodbye at 102

Submitted Only a few weeks ago, Coastal Breeze was pleased to write an article about “Grandpa Bill” Tiley celebrating his 102nd birthday in Marco Island, where he had lived for the past eight years with his daughter Dana Cleary until their recent move to the Tampa area. We are saddened to report that Bill passed away on August 12th after […]


Marriott Marco Beach Resort Expansion On Friday, August 2nd, Mr. Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort, made public the proposal for expansion of the hotel facilities at the City of Marco Island Planning Board meeting. Owning and operating a small business on Marco Island, as well as residing on Marco for over 30 years, I would […]

Seminole Culture Presentation

Submitted On September 3, Van Samuels from the SeminoleTribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum will speak at the Marco Island Historical Museum on “Seminole Culture and History: A Native American Perspective.” The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation where Samuels works in the Museum’s Outreach Division as a Community Outreach Specialist. His work in the Museum field […]