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Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season Opens

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters opened Saturday, May 24, and will remain open through July 14, a total of 52 days, closing July 15. The federal season will be 9 days, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 9, closingJune 10. Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles. The daily bag limit for red snapper will remain 2 per person in Gulf state and federal waters. The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length. There is a zero daily ... Read More »

Collier Museums Commemorate D-Day 70th Anniversary

Collier County Museums, in conjunction with the Museum of Military Memorabilia and the Friends of the Collier County Museums, commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, one of the most important historical events of the 20th century.  The ceremony will take place on June 7th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Naples Depot Museum and will honor all those who fought on the beaches of Normandy, featuring guest speakers, reenactors, and military vehicles.  Additionally, a special exhibit will pay tribute to the noble Allied men and women who braved the Atlantic Wall in an attempt to free Europe from the scourge of fascism. Admission ... Read More »

DEP Works to Reduce Pollutants in Caloosahatchee

The Department of Environmental Protection conducted a public workshop to discuss restoration goals for 12 tributaries that drain into the Caloosahatchee River. These restoration goals define the amount of identified pollutants that may be present for the water bodies to be considered healthy; the restoration goals are referred to as total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs. At the meeting, DEP presented information and engaged stakeholders about the Caloosahatchee tributaries’ nutrient loads and provided updates from the last workshop. The department also presented information concerning water-quality model simulation, calibration efforts and the overall approach. The Caloosahatchee River was originally a shallow, meandering ... Read More »

Junebug Fire Update

The Junebug Fire was discovered May 24, north of interstate 75, between mile marker 57 & 58. The fire is estimated at 700 acres, zero percent contained. Cause of the fire is still to be determined. Extensive local resources are engaged, including personnel from Everglades National Park and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, please use the following address:   Read More »

Win for Southwest Florida’s Land, Water, Wildlife and Future

The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to legally challenge the consent agreement between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Dan A. Hughes Company. This action is related to the illegal and fracking-like oil extraction techniques the Hughes Company recently performed at their Hogan Island drill site. Following the Collier County Commission’s unanimous vote on April 22 to request DEP revoke oil drilling permit provided to the Dan A. Hugh’s company for a well near Hogan Island, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida retained legal counsel and a technical expert to begin gathering information in an effort ... Read More »

Home Watch Seminars

A great real estate season has led to a high demand for additional home watch companies in Southwest Florida this season. “Local law enforcement and area experts agree that seasonal residents should not give their keys to just anyone,” said Diane Pisani, founder of Your Home Watch Professionals® (YHWP). For the seasonal resident, YHWP is a resource to find an Affiliate Home Watch Companies that are trained, tested and trusted by visiting and entering a zip code. For individuals interested in pursuing the home watch profession, YHWP will be conducting free Home Watch Informational Seminars on Thursday, May 29 at ... Read More »

FWC 2013 Boating Accident Stats

Sixty-two people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 11 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has released its 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report. The theme of accident-related messages from FWC staff is clear: Officers want to help keep Florida’s beautiful waterways a safe place to boat. Failing to have a proper lookout is a leading cause of boating accidents, statistics show. The 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report is now available online at; click on “Boating Accidents.”   Read More »

2014 Annual ORV Closure

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 2, the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60-day seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The ORV closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002. For information on other closures within the national preserve go to - Read More »

Sea Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October. The Sunshine State accounts for 90 percent of sea turtle nests in the continental United States and five of the world’s seven beach-nesting species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and the rarest and most endangered sea turtle – the Kemp’s ridley. Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark off the area to help prevent inadvertent damage; and if you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC. Read More »

Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress

Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Throughout 2014 we’ll be showcasing stunning works of art from a number of Artists-In-Residence who were inspired by the beauty of America’s first national preserve. The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East and the Oasis Visitor Center is at 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Both centers are open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits include, from May through July, “Voices of Big Cypress” a collection of captivating art from a variety of former ... Read More »

Fishing Line Perilous for Pelicans

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists, monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks can entangle these animals, leading to injury and even death. The brown pelican is one species that is especially impacted by monofilament line. These birds frequently spend time looking for an easy meal at piers and other fishing hotspots, where they are often hooked accidentally when trying to grab bait off an angler’s line. Additionally, discarded monofilament line hanging from trees, piers and other structures can ensnare these birds. Once entangled, pelicans can have a difficult time flying and feeding. If you do accidentally ... Read More »

Glory of the Grape

The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting sponsorships and donations for our 2014 GLORY OF THE GRAPE to be held on Sunday, June 8th at 6:00 PM at CJ’s on the Bay! This fabulous annual event includes great wine, great food, a live auction of summer-inspired gifts and FUN! Always a great time, we look forward to seeing you there! Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber Visitor’s Center, or by calling Donna at 239-394-7549. Read More »

Volunteers Remove Invasive Plants

Volunteers are making a positive difference fighting back against invasive plants in Florida state parks. The Florida Conservation Corps Annual Report on the Project AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators (Project A.N.T.) program is now available. The report highlights the accomplishments of Project A.N.T.’s 37 full-time members, two half-time members and 2,273 volunteers in their fight against invasive exotic plant species across Florida state parks. Each full-time member committed to 1,700 hours and 11 months at a host state park, while half-time members committed to 900 hours and six months. They focused on the treatment and removal of various invasive exotic plants, including ... Read More »

Cirque Du Soleil in Estero

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, will perform in Estero at Germain Arena from September 24 – 28, 2014 for eight performances only. Advance tickets for Varekai are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through May 15. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to Tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, May 16 at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For complete show and ticket information, please visit   Read More »

MIA Sports Year in Review

Front row from left, Dunsehka Cruz, Julia Cartwright, Romina Gimenez, Katherine Felipe, Kiera Ludwigsen, Victoria Vale, basketball. Back row, Patrick Michel, Andrew Delgado, Colin McMullen, Brian Flynn, Cole Stretton. Not in photo, Raul Rodriguez. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde As Marco Island Academy completes its third year, the grades are good for its sports program. The year marked the first time teams were eligible to earn Class 2A-District 10 appearances, and MIA’s student-athletes delivered. The boys basketball team won its district and a regional game before bowing out. The girls volleyball team came in second in the district before bowing out in regional play to Seacrest Country Day School, the eventual state champion. Roger Raymond, MIA athletic director, is a cheerleader for all the programs. The three-year-old school had its first senior class this year. ... Read More »

City Council Notes


By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island City Council got down to business during its May 19 regular meeting hashing out a number of issues, including the purchase of an emergency standy-by generator for its South Water Treatment Plant for $200,000, the award of the $7.625 million contract for the Smokehouse Bay Bridge project to Quality Enterprises USA and a detailed discussion on how the city creates its ordinances and resolutions. An Electric Deal Council tackled the generator purchase first, agreeing to include the purchase of the emergency standy-by generator from Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) in its FY2015 ... Read More »

On the Docket: Marriott Ordinance


By Noelle H. Lowery On Monday, June 2, at 5 PM, the Community Room at Marco Island City Complex is sure to be packed with folks anxious to hear the fallout from the first reading and public hearing of the ordinance amending the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Planned Unit Development, or PUD. Be sure to check CBN’s web site and Facebook page for coverage of the meeting. Many have been waiting for this since last August when Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff appeared before Marco Island’s Planning Board with an informational presentation about the resort’s $150 million proposal ... Read More »

FPA Awards Announced


By Natalie Strom CBN has done it again. The excellent staff at Coastal Breeze News has brought home four more awards for its work in 2013; this time from the Florida Press Association. Having already received seven national awards from the Association of Free Community Papers in April, Coastal Breeze is again being rewarded for the fruits of its labor with these latest honors from the FPA. The 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, hosted by the FPA, recently announced its random list of winners. The list can be found at Award placement will be announced in July at ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Al Diaz


I’ve been following with much interest the barrage of letters in the newspapers from residents against the Marriot expansion and I felt that it was time that I send a letter from the silent majority. I have been a resident of Marco Island now for 25 years and have previously been employed at the Hilton and Radisson Resorts prior to becoming a general manager of two beachfront condominium properties. Over the past 25 years I’ve met many people who have visited the island as guests and renters at the two resorts and condominiums properties where I’ve worked. Many of these ... Read More »