Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn After spending much of his life on the high seas, Svein Sleipnes (pronounced “Sven Slipeness”) has chosen a quiet canal-front residence in Goodland to ultimately spend his retirement. Svein and his wife Katherine, along with sons Hans, 15, and Christian, 12, became my neighbors in 2011. Like many on the east coast, they were […]

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will […]

Calling all Chili Chefs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s that time of year. Chefs! Bring out your very best chili recipes and prepare to man your ladles! The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 10th at CJ’s on the Bay from 1-5 PM. The event draws chili chefs from neighboring fire […]

Why We Need to Save the Florida Panther

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Florida panther is the most endangered mammal in the eastern United States. Only 120-180 remain, all in South Florida. Tom Trotta, a Florida Master Naturalist and President of the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge, explains why we need to save the Florida panther. Trotta shares 3 important reasons: The Florida panther is a […]

Division Chief Scott Schultz, Pioneer of Training Program, Retires

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On August 27, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department held a retirement ceremony for Division Chief Scott Schultz. His retirement ends his 34 year career with the Fire Rescue Department, which is celebrating its 50th year of service. The ceremony, led by Fire Chief Michael Murphy and Deputy Chief Chris Byrne, included special traditions unique […]