Marco Island Academy: Hopping Hurdles, Learning Lessons

By Natalie Strom Marco Island Academy has reason to celebrate this school year. Since its inception in 2011, the charter high school will see its first set of senior students graduate. This major milestone has set in motion a series of gainful changes and is squashing some serious challenges. As MIA has aged, so has its grade level offerings. […]

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic the Common Core Way

By Noelle H. Lowery A couple of weeks into the new school year, parents are noticing some differences in their children’s’ schoolwork. Gone are the days of rote memorization and recall. Traditional prescriptive lessons ending with a multiple-choice quiz are a thing of the past. Bye bye, multiplication tables. They have been replaced with the Common Core State Standards […]

Time to Get Snook-ered

By Nancy Richie The Florida Snook season opens September 1, 2013 for a limited harvest in both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean state and federal waters. The season closes December 1 in the Gulf (including Monroe County and Everglades National Park) and December 15 in the Atlantic (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River). The bag limits (catch/harvest […]

Annual International Coastal Clean-up

Submitted Calling all volunteers! The 28th Annual International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Clean-up, to be held at Tigertail Beach and hosted by The Friends of Tigertail Beach volunteer organization, will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 8 AM until noon. Volunteers will meet at the kiosk at Tigertail Beach. Work gloves, garbage bags and water will be provided, courtesy of […]


To the Editor My wife and I walk around Mackle Park on a daily basis. This summer we have observed the transformation of the Park from a largely swampy and bare field to what appears to be world class playing fields. We have seen how the kids love these fields. We are confident they will flock in even greater numbers […]

Flying with Fogarty

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The wind comes in from the Gulf. You are standing on the beach and you feel it in your hair. You raise your arms and you close our eyes. Your arms become your wings and you are FLYING! Have you dreamed that dream? Have you sailed among the clouds with an eagle as your companion? […]

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

By Natalie Strom It was a silver anniversary celebrated with a bronze award. Captain Paul MacMillan of the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department celebrated 25 years of service with his fellow comrades on August 30. Gathering with his squadron, his wife Dana, Fire Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Byrne and many other members of the department, MacMillan received a […]