Best of the Best

Coastal Breeze News has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Best” by the Association of Free Community Papers during a conference held in Louisville, Kentucky this year. The prestigious national newspaper trade association holds the comprehensive competition annually, which is open to all member publications in good standing. Hard work and dedication paid off, and Coastal Breeze […]

Chamber Awards Students at ‘After Five’

Fourteen high school students and their families were recently celebrated at the Chamber’s “After Five” event at CJ’s on the Bay. The students received scholarships from Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s Education Committee handed out $18,000, funded by proceeds from events like Wet Paint Live and Souper Bowl. The Chamber’s Executive Director, Dianna Dohm, […]


In the May 12, 2017 issue, page A/20, a photo caption in the article “MIA Track Team Sends Three to Regionals, One to State” incorrectly identifies Damon Coiro as the assistant coach of the MIA track team. Coiro is the head coach of the team, with Bruce Kretschmer assisting. We apologize for any inconvenience that this inadvertent error may have […]

Ad Hoc Committees Formed

The Marco Island City Council has established two separate ad-hoc advisory committees to examine issues that have perplexed the city over the last decade or so. The hope of council is that a focused effort will bring about possible solutions to these long time concerns. Ad-Hoc Parking Solutions Committee At the suggestion of Councilor Charlette Roman a committee has been […]

Joint Council/Commissioner Meeting Held

The joint meeting of the Collier County Board of Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council took place last week at the County Commissioners Chambers in Naples. During a previous city council meeting and at the first workshop leading up to the joint meeting, Chairman Larry Honig had conveyed to his city council colleagues that the commissioners only wished to […]

Medical Marijuana Update

What’s happening with the moratorium?

County commissioners recently voted 4-1 to shorten the yearlong moratorium that had been placed on the distribution of medical marijuana in Collier County. The new deadline has been set for October 10. The motion came a day after Florida legislators failed to pass a body of law necessary for implementing the amendment. The Florida Department of Health Office of Compassionate […]

Bicycles Welcome on Marco

Marco Island has quietly been building a bicycling infrastructure that can compare with any bicycling community in the U.S. With a combined 70 miles of in-road lanes and shared-use paths, cyclists on Marco Island can go virtually anywhere they wish—and do so safely—on the island’s bicycle facilities. That’s an incredible number when you consider the island is only approximately 4x6miles. […]

Working Together


It’s no secret that we have been hit by the largest concentration of salt marsh mosquitoes that we can remember in recent years, and as for me, I cannot ever remember them this bad in 43 years! The Collier County Mosquito Control District (the “District”) is monitoring this large population of salt marsh mosquitoes through its surveillance program, and is […]

A Coup Attempt in America


On November 8, 2016, we held elections in the United States of America. The results were truly stunning. Mr. Donald J. Trump, an unconventional candidate, an outsider to politics, a successful businessman, who is not a member of the so-called establishment won 306 electoral votes and solidly defeated the candidate of the Democrat party who managed to receive only 232 […]

Loss of a Friend


For those of you that know me best, you know I tend to keep my private emotions inside; not always a good thing, but for me it has worked. The last decade or so I’ve been more open with those feelings and haven’t been ashamed to show them outwardly. When my dad died and I was 17. I didn’t really […]