Discovering a “New Normal” on the Dolphin Explorer


Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island September 10, 2017 as a Category 4 storm. Islanders and surrounding inhabitants hung on for dear life as winds gusted as high as 140 miles an hour. Every business was affected to some degree, some more serious than others. If not plagued by the severity of the harrowing winds, the swells from waves […]

Back to Business on Marco Island

Despite the variety of storm-related setbacks and challenges Marco Island businesses encountered post-Irma, most are now back up and running. Island residents and current visitors can see first-hand that things are finally returning to normal. But our snowbirds and future visitors may be reading conflicting online stories concerning the status of business on the island. Marco Island Chamber of Commerce […]

Goodland Survives Irma

Down, But Definitely Not Out

Tara O’Neill gestured behind her toward the end result of Hurricane Irma’s unwelcome visit to Goodland and shook her head. “It’s just been painted with mud, debris, wreckage,” said O’Neill, a long-time resident of the small, close-knit community and a well-known painter on the local art scene. “It’s hard to take in, isn’t it?” Everywhere were fallen trees and tree […]

Volunteers Needed for Art Center Cleanup

Submitted Dave Rice will be leading the effort to clean up the property of the Island’s artful treasure, the Marco Island Center for the Arts (“The Arts Center”). Dave, a long-time dedicated volunteer and well-known member of the Marco community, has spearheaded many crucial projects for The Art Center. In 2013, he was the chief “Pied Piper” and created a […]

We Are Back!! JCMI Monday Night Bingo Returns

Monday Night Bingo returns on Monday night, October 9, at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI). Mark your calendars and get ready for an evening of fun! The game is open to the public, and the doors open at 5:30 PM. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 PM and the game is called at 7 PM. Sue Baum, chair, confirmed […]

Island Montessori Reopens at New Location, Building Suffered Serious Damage from Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma impacted a wide range of islanders in a number of different ways, but none so tragically as the children of the Island Montessori School and their staff. The school itself was originally housed at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, until it made the move to 579 East Elkcam Circle, a building once owned by Scripps Publishing. They would join […]

Marco Couple Weathered the Storm

Henry Hill and his wife Sandra considered the likely impact and carefully weighed their options before choosing to stay put when Hurricane Irma came to Marco Island. They thought things out meticulously, taking every conceivable affect into account and making contingency plans. Concerned about projections of a significant storm surge, they took shelter at a friend’s sturdy, Algonquin Court home […]

Villa de Marco Standing Strong

Hurricane Irma inflicted various levels of damage to properties around the island. Some of that damage was minimal, while other properties saw the losses in varying degrees from damage to screen cages, tiles lost from roofs and blown out windows. The Board of Directors at Villa de Marco West have been dealing with another issue, that being of rumors, misinformation […]

Reflections After the Storm


Now that Hurricane Irma has passed and islanders are busy putting their lives back together and the island is working hard at returning to normal, I sat back this morning and had coffee while watching the boat traffic pass by. Islanders would seek a little decompression from the stress of the storm that only two weekends ago threatened to turn […]


In the September 16, 2017 issue of Coastal Breeze News, the story “Marco Strong, Marco Proud” (Page A-10) inadvertently omitted author April Greeson from the byline. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.