Peter Vale: Positive Contribution, without Fear or Compromise

By Val Simon For those who like to travel, Italy on the itinerary is thrilling. Most of us will be fortunate enough to have the chance to visit St. Peter’s Square in Rome once in a lifetime, let alone catch a glimpse of the Pope. Imagine, San Marco Catholic Church and the Diocese of Venice, Florida, encouraging young Marco […]

School Patrol Officers

By Noelle H. Lowery Since Dec. 14, 2012, school security and student safety have been at the forefront of the minds of politicians, school districts, administrators, local law enforcement and parents alike. On that fateful day, a deeply disturbed Adam Lanza stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and fatally shot 20 students and six adults. Even […]

LCEC Update: Ospreys and Power Outages

By Noelle H. Lowery Many in the Marco Island community have wondered what happened to the osprey nests that were once perched on top of various power poles throughout the island. A quick email to Karen Ryan, LCEC’s public relations manager, solved the mystery. According to Ryan, LCEC has a long history of looking for a safe, effective and […]

Sunset and Sand

By Val Simon My oldest daughter and I went for a relaxing walk on the beach one evening (actually, I walk; she runs). We typically meet back up somewhere in the middle. As we met, I noticed a few sand castles behind me. We decided to take a closer look, and are so happy we did. We found some […]

Marco Island 2015 Budget Talks: A Closer Look

By Noelle H. Lowery During the city’s first 2015 budget workshop, City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Finance Director Guillermo Polanco proposed what some are calling an aggressive and gutsy five-year plan to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt. To be sure, Marco Island’s overall financial outlook is healthy. By September 30, 2014, […]

50 Years of Membership Recognized

By Melinda Gray Lt. Col. Richard C. Niess has loved flying all of his life. Losing sight in his right eye in 1941, he was told that his lack of depth perception would keep him from ever being a pilot. This posed a challenge that Niess gladly accepted. He immediately took a job with a defense contractor and learned […]

Third Quarter Honor Rolls

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District released the honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Listed below are students from schools which fall into the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to all the students below!   Everglades City School Elementary Straight A Honor Roll Alexis Hendrickson   Lely Elementary School Elementary ‘A’ […]

Music to Little Ears

By Noelle H. Lowery For many on Marco Island, the last name Charde is synonymous with top-notch accounting and financial services. The late John J. Charde Jr. owned and operated Charde and St. George LLC for 20 years on Marco Island before his daughter, Lorraine, and her husband, Roger St. George, took the reins in 2010. Now, another of […]

Author Day for Seventh Graders

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Language Arts program chair for Marco Island Charter Middle School, Jerra Minning, organized the school’s first Author Day. The assignment for the students was to write a newspaper article about living on the #1 island per, from their perspective. Five presenters spoke to each of the seventh grade classes sharing with students their […]

Rookery Bay Celebrates $10,000 Donation

The Friends of Rookery Bay today celebrated a $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Reps from the Foundation, together with marine science students and faculty from Lely High School, Reserve staff and other partners, “unveiled” the restored […]