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Copperleaf: A Rainbow of Colors in the Garden

Copperleaf plants vary in color from pink, red, green and white…

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Native to Fiji in the South Pacific, the Acalypha — better known as Copperleaf — group of plants has the most colorful foliage I’ve ever seen. They can turn your garden into a spectacular, unending kaleidoscope of color. Under perfect conditions, they will grow to 10 feet and just as wide, but they can be kept to any desired height with just a little trimming. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, mostly hidden by the colorful foliage. Copperleaf comes in a large variety of leaf shapes, ranging from large and oblong to round and fringed to ... Read More »

Isle Be Jammin

Billy J and the Big Easy play regularly at Marker 8.5. The duo pack this small venue with a large crowd.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Anyone who knows me knows I love listening to live music and enjoying a cold drink with some friends. Music has always been very close to my heart. I’ll listen to almost any genre, depending on my mood: country for the “nothing else could go wrong” day; metal or punk if I’m angry or a little rebellious; electronic or dubstep if I’m in the dancing mood. Where ever I go, I always check out the local music scene. I’ve known fantastic musicians in every place I’ve lived. I prefer small, unique venues and undiscovered talent. My ... Read More »

Joe Dickman: the hermit of Kice Island?

Joe on his front porch.

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com South of Marco Island is the well known Cape Romano with its famous, dilapidated dome house tilted on washed out pilings above the Gulf of Mexico. Kice Island, located north of Cape Romano and just south of Marco Island, received almost no attention until recently, when a number of pilot whales beached themselves there. Kice Island is a beautiful island, running parallel to the Gulf with a long, sandy beachfront; leaving us to wonder, how did it get its name and what can we find of its history? Almost 100 years ago, on Sept. 27, 1915, ... Read More »

A World of Hope

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, will celebrate ‘A World of Hope.’ The Relay will begin at 4 PM on April 12 and end at 6 AM on April 13. The event takes place at Mackle Park. This year, teams made up of community members, businesses, schools, and other organizations have selected countries to inspire them as they raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s research, programs and services. There will be food, games, activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. These teams and our sponsors hope that by ... Read More »

Honoring a Goodland Icon

Clyde Stuart “Butch” Cameron

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Let me start by saying, this has been the most enlightening, yet hardest thing I’ve ever written. To try and capture in words, what this legend of a man has meant to everyone he’s loved and everyone who loves him, is almost impossible. Please take into consideration the fact that I never had the honor and pleasure of meeting Butch Cameron. Through talking to as many of you as I could, and attending his memorial, I feel like I almost know him by proxy, and thus I will try to honor him here in my Goodland ... Read More »

Small Trees but Big Show

Hibiscus Tree (Fijii)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com For all of us who want to have one of the showiest trees in town in our gardens (Royal Poinciana) and just don’t have the room because of their size, here are some of my favorite small trees that can be grown in courtyards, containers and small yards here in Southwest Florida. They also can be as special as the big boys. Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinina pulcherrima): This is the little brother to the Royal Poinciana but a much smaller size. This evergreen shrub can be pruned and trained into a specimen small tree, usually about 10-12 ... Read More »

Shock to the System

I still can’t believe this is my backyard. PHOTO BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my 35 years, I’ve traveled all over the world. My mother and grandmother loved to see new places and experience different things. As a very young child, I was taken to various tourist destinations and third-world countries. I’ve known my fair share of culture shock. Yet, as well-traveled as I am, I never expected to find myself so amazed at how different life could be just six states away. Goodland has delivered its own dose of culture shock; it’s unlike any place I’ve been in the world, including my former home in Ohio. Here are ... Read More »

Gardening for Honey Bees

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honey bees are more important than you think. One-third of all food consumed in the United States is pollinated by honey bees, and hundreds of crops rely on the tiny honey bee for pollination. The value of those crops is estimated at $15 billion annually. Truth “bee” told, the future of the American agricultural industry depends on the honey bee. The demise of the honey bee is a very complex issue. Since 2006, U.S. beekeepers have seen about one-third of their honey bee colonies disappear due to Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon caused by a number ... Read More »

ACS off to a great start in 2014

Last year's Relay started with the Survivors lap. PHOTO BY VAL SIMON

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The American Cancer Society of Marco Island is a volunteer driven organization that depends on a Volunteer Leadership Council. Our Volunteer Leadership Council consists of hard working individuals who donate their time to our mission by serving on committees for events such as Imagination Ball, Relay For Life, Shoot Down Kids Cancer, the Luau Against Breast Cancer and many other fundraisers. In addition, they work with our local medical community to encourage them to inform patients about the services that the American Cancer Society provides right here on Marco Island. In our annual elections, Gary Landis ... Read More »

Meet the Authors

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Submitted Marco Island Writers will host its Second Annual AuthorFest at the Marco Lutheran Church at 525 N. Collier Blvd. on Saturday, March 8 from 12-4 PM. More than 40 local authors from Fort Myers to Marco Island will be on hand to sell their books, sign autographs and talk about their lives as authors. The featured speaker, Suzi Weinert, author of “The Garage Sale Stalker,” will speak at 2 PM. “Stalker” was awarded the “Best Made-for-TV Book” in 2013. The event is free to the public. There is a huge selection of books ranging from non-fiction and cooking to ... Read More »

My Life in Paradise Begins…

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The first time I visited Goodland was just a few short months ago. My mother moved here a year earlier, and insisted I visit soon. So I planned to fly down with my two children, stay with my mom for a month and then return to snow-covered Ohio. My plans went out the window from the moment I woke up on my first morning in Goodland. I knew I would move proverbial mountains to make this paradise my home. Over the last few years, my mother would visit Goodland, post beautiful pictures online, and swear ... Read More »

The Family and Fragrance

Clerodendrum Dicentra
(aka Bleeding Heart)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Clerodendrum is a beautiful flowering plant that can be found blooming and thriving all over our South Florida landscape. With more than 300 species of vines and shrubs in the genus, they are as plentiful as they are lovely. Some are grown primarily for the large, beautiful flowers that emerge in clusters. Others are wanted mostly for their fragrance. Either way, they’re a great addition to anyone’s garden. Many of the varieties can be found easily; others are rarer, and must be hunted down a bit. Finding them is part of the fun of using ... Read More »

Farewell Goodland…

Remind me again why I’m leaving this place?

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The first time I visited Goodland, I was about five years old. I don’t remember, but my mom does. She vividly recounts the story of the family going to dinner at The Little Bar and how my younger brother, still an infant, made a massive mess of himself. My mom was horrified. She spent a lot of time in the restroom with him that evening. When she tells the story even now, I can hear the embarrassment in her voice. I do, however, remember the second time I visited Goodland. It was February of 2005. I ... Read More »

Bougainvillea — Kaleidoscope of Color

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Native to Brazil, Bougainvillea is truly one of the showiest shrubs we have during the fall and winter months here in South Florida. Its spectacular color comes from its heart-shaped papery bracts. The tiny flower itself is usually white and located in the center of the colorful bract. A sprawling shrub with long thorny branches, Bougainvillea is commonly mistaken as a vine. Unfortunately, it lacks the tendrils that allow it to attach itself onto fixed objects. Bougainvillea’s come in a myriad of colors, including orange, pink, purple, red and white. Bougainvillea begin blooming after the ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today Part 2

The “New” Star of the Everglades, at the time moored at Boat Haven in Naples, then owned by Capt. Jim Martin. (c. 1971). PHOTO S BY JIM MARTI N

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com In our last issue, the history of the original vessel, the Star (of the Everglades), operated by the Lopez family from Lopez River and Chokoloskee was covered, including its use in hosting several U.S. Presidents, its being part of the classic local film “Wind Across the Everglades,” and its key role in opening up sports fishing for tourists in the Ten Thousand Islands. That boat was retired and replaced by a new vessel, a beautiful yacht with a colorful history. After finishing its service in charter fishing, the new boat was owned and lived on ... Read More »

Conservation Amendment Set for 2014 Ballot

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Volunteers for the Florida Water and Land Legacy campaign have worked tirelessly over the last two years gathering signatures for their cause — dedicating funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. In mid-January, the goal was reached: a required 683,149 valid petitions signed by Floridians in at least 14 congressional districts. It’s official. The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment will be on the November 2014 ballot. Picking up the broken pieces of the suddenly stunted Florida Forever program, The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment would allocate money back into environmental, historical ... Read More »

Parties, Pancakes and Parades

Boat parade 2013. The theme: musicals. We chose “Hair,” and came in 2nd to last!

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Suddenly, it’s the end of January 2014. Where did the time go? When did the slow days of summer suddenly slip away? I guess I was too busy on my Fucillo HUGE KIA cruise to notice, but it is here: “Season.” Thus, the celebrations in Goodland — and all over South Florida — have begun. Ready to party? Because I am! (Big surprise.)   30th Annual Mullet Festival Stan’s and Son’s 30th Annual Goodland Mullet Festival kicks off on Friday, Jan. 24, and continues until the sun sets on Sunday, Jan. 26. The usual festivities of ... Read More »

Crotons: Colorful Indoor or Outdoor Plants

Gold Dust Croton

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum) were used years ago to decorate East Coast Florida hotel lobbies, as flower arrangements and planted extensively in Florida landscapes for their beautiful tropical color. They come in a kaleidoscope of colors: yellows, pinks, reds, greens, rusts and an occasionally purple and black. They also come in a multitude of leaf sizes and shapes. Flowers of the Crotons are small in size and are secondary to the more ornate colorful leaves. Crotons make wonderful year round colorful container or landscape plants without a lot work. Popular in the 1940s and 1950s, the Croton ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today

The historical Lopez home located on the Lopez River. Jim Webb recalls that at the end of mullet season there were always big parties held here; the home no longer exists. Photo by Alvin Lederer

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Mention the vessel Star of the Everglades to local, long-time residents, and it brings a big smile to their faces. Soon, they are flooded with memories of this fabulous boat which was aptly named the Star. Not only was the Star a luxury cruise boat for its day, but it also opened up the Ten Thousand Islands to world-class fishing. Digging into the vessel’s history, one quickly hears stories. Its first owner made money in the bird feather, or plume, trade in the late 1800s. The boat’s builder was extremely wealthy, becoming famous by running whiskey ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture Series

The popular Health Plus Lecture Series continues at Iberia Bank!  To date, twenty three medical presentations have been made to the public through this series  which is sponsored by IberiaBank and Physicians Regional Healthcare Center.  Here is the schedule of upcoming presentations: Wednesday, January 29 Brain Attack: Treatment Options Eric Eskioglu, M.D., Neurosurgery, Vascular & Endovascular Neurosurgeon  Brian Mason, M.D., Neuro-Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Neurosurgeon Tuesday, February 11 Salt Kills Surender R. Neravetla, M.D., Heart Surgeon Tuesday, March 18 Sinus & Allergy Relief: More than Just Sniffles Leela Lavasani, M.D., Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgeon Tuesday, April 15 Memory Loss: Normal Aging or ... Read More »