Congratulations Beach Stewards

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The volunteer Beach Steward program, which began in 2012 under the guidance of Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie, has received quite an acknowledgment from the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association. The objective of the Association, according to its website, “is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments […]

Apps Galore

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber In past columns about apps useful for travel, I’ve mentioned some that assist in negotiating one’s way on the road, in airports, and using public transportation, as well as those that provide destination information, translations, personalized postcards and utilities for which there are varied and useful options. For this review, I’ll broach some different topics. […]

JCMI Bingo Opens 15th Season

Submitted In celebration of the opening of the 15th season of Bingo, Monday, October 7th, two watches will be given away. Each player will receive a ticket and the lucky numbers will be called during the mid-evening intermission. Some 62,395 persons have played bingo during the past years. Bingo will be played every Monday evening, from October 7th, 2013 through […]

CJ’s Gives Back at Birthday Bash

By Natalie Strom CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade celebrated its fifth birthday with a splash. On Sunday, September 22, the restaurant that many have come to know and love gave back to its patrons by throwing a party to remember. Live music by Jenny Woodman and Trevor Earl carried on throughout the celebration, which ran from noon […]

Mango’s gets a Makeover

By Natalie Strom Mango’s Dockside Bistro unveiled its new menu on September 22, and it was to die for! Fresh and inventive sushi, brand new entrees and mini desserts delighted palates at the colorful restaurant, equipped with beautiful saltwater fish tanks, outdoor seating, a sushi bar and even a waterfall. The success of the new menu, according to owner […]


REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus As the first scene begins a father is repeating a prayer as his son prepares to shoot a deer for their Thanksgiving dinner.  This is the fitting prelude for almost three hours of tension and superb performances in a far-from-ordinary “crime thriller. The setting is a wintry, somber, dank Western Pennsylvania town.  It appears […]

Our Canals Need Care & Conservation

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Marco Island has 100 miles of man-made canals. Historically, it was an approximate 6,000 acre mangrove island until the Deltona Corporation dredged it and filled it, using vertical, cement paneled seawalls to contain and stabilize the fill. Thus, creating the labyrinth of 100 miles of waterway canals in an approximately four square mile area. This […]

Berkshire Hathaway Believes in Marco

By Coastal Breeze News On October 1, Berkshire Hathaway made history on Marco Island. The official change-over from Prudential Florida Realty to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty was celebrated with a bit of cake and champagne. “Berkshire Hathaway was recognized in Barron’s as being the number one company in the world. Never before has Berkshire Hathaway lent their name […]

Strideaway through Hideaway

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The local Kiwanis Club is bringing an international campaign to a whole new level. The effort, called The Eliminate Project, is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Kiwanis International joined forces with UNICEF to further this mission. Each year, the deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number […]

Words of Encouragement from MICMS

By Val Simon Sometimes you pass by something so often, you don’t even notice it anymore. So it was with the sign at Marco Island Charter Middle School, until one day, it had an intriguing message. An inspirational quote everyone needed to read whether a student, parent or any human being, for that matter. It was so meaningful, I had […]