Tag Archives: boat

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

What Should Be in Your Boat’s Emergency Kit?

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Going out on the boat can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Besides having lifejackets for everyone, you should always have an emergency kit handy and available at a moment’s notice. First Aid Kit If a serious injury happens on the boat, you could be ... Read More »

Condos in Olde Marco Historic Village

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Drive north on Bald Eagle towards the Snook Inn or Bistro Soleil restaurants and you will enter Olde Marco Historic Village. As the roadside welcoming sign says, this area of Marco Island was established in 1870. Last week 22 condos were listed for sale in Olde Marco. Ville de Marco East, a water ... Read More »

Getting Started/Briefing Guests

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 By Doug Johnson Before getting underway, there are a few simple things that can be done to make the trip more enjoyable and safer. Start with checking the weather, tides and your vessels systems and gear and make sure your boat registration is aboard. Your guests should be familiar with your boat and its safety ... Read More »

Collier’s Oldest State Park Celebrates 70 Years

Submitted Collier-Seminole State Park is turning 70 years old this year, making it the county’s oldest state park! To mark this historic occasion, the park is hosting a 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 18th. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its newly renovated campground at 10 AM, which will be followed by the celebration at ... Read More »

Danny Mootispaw’s Life Afloat: How Does He Do It?

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Danny Mootispaw has lived on a boat in waters adjacent to Naples or Goodland since 1993. In 2002 he traded a pickup truck for a 26-foot 1973 Chris Craft. He and his wife Roseanne, whom he had known since age 8, and with whom he had two of his children, lived aboard the Chris Craft, ... Read More »

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »

Cub Scouts Learn Boating Safety

Submitted United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Marco Island, Flotilla 95 Flotilla Commander (FC) Doug Bartlett presented several topics related to Recreational Boating Safety to the Cub Scouts of Pack 234, Marco Island, at their January meeting. Using several visual aids, Bartlett engaged the youngsters by having them try on life jackets, make emergency calls on a marine radio, and ... Read More »

Condos Built After 2000 Superlative Living on Marco Island!

CONDO  REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 56 condos built between 2000 and 2008 were for sale. Altogether 397 condos were for sale on Marco Island last week. Prices for these recently built condos ranged from $210,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom 985 square foot condo built in 2001 that can be rented daily at the Olde Marco ... Read More »

Steve Gober Part Two – Trained by the Master

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn By the late ‘70s, Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant was doing OK, but it was Stan’s sons, plus Fletcher Addison, who were doing the cooking. Steve, 16, (a Naples High School freshman) and Russ, 26, were in the kitchen at night, and Jay, 21, was the daytime cook. “We were open for breakfast, lunch and dinner ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Report Collier 

While at a boat ramp in Naples, Investigator White saw an individual nearly sink his vehicle in the water when he pulled in too far to retrieve his vessel. Investigator White helped guide him through retrieving his vessel. The individual then got into his boat and Investigator White observed numerous signs of impairment. The individual loaded his boat and pulled ... Read More »

Naples As A Best Beach Town

 Coastal Living, the magazine established for those who live or vacation along the Gulf, West and East Coasts, lists Naples, Florida as one of “America’s 10 Best Beach Towns for Christmas.” Selected by the magazine’s travel editors, the list recognizes 10 destinations that celebrate the Christmas season with extra sparkle. The magazine’s editors noted the “truly beautiful window displays” around ... Read More »

Rose Marina Phase One Nears Completion

Submitted The Rose Marina is putting the final touches on the first phase of their project to update and modernize the only water direct marina on the island. Many on the island have marveled at the progress of the replacement of the old and outdated enclosed facilities that were formerly used for enclosed boat storage. The new facility, which replaces ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides After a protracted discussion on a conditional use permit to allow a nautical boat garage, and the subsequent discussion for the provision for a passive dock along the seawall on that property, the Planning Board finally approved the petitioner’s request. This was the second such request in the last two years for a similar layout for ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officers Errico, Kleis and White were on nighttime water patrol in the area of the Marco River and observed a vessel with fishing gear operating with improper navigational lights. The officers stopped the vessel to conduct a resource inspection and address the navigational light issue. When the officers activated their blue lights, the operator and passenger switched places. Upon approaching ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Stages Packed Open House

By Quentin Roux Special to Coastal Breeze News  Gillian Hamer loves boating, socializing and fine dining. She doesn’t have a boat, but being a member of the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) enables her to enjoy sunset cruises, day cruises and even extended cruises on a “host” boat. It’s one of the perks of MIYC membership and at a well-attended ... Read More »

Sailing Toward Adventure

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It sounds like the plot of a movie. A retired couple, tired of their life on land, packs up all their earthly belongings; sells their car, their house and sets sail for the open ocean. While this story may seem far-fetched or fantastical, it’s exactly what high school sweethearts Ray and Cherie Yager have done. The ... Read More »

One and Two Bedroom Condos

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Of the 371 condos for sale last week, 236 or 64% of them were one or two bedroom condos. These are the most popular condos for sale on Marco. According to the Marco Island MLS there are 48 one bedroom condos for sale and 188 two bedroom condos for sale. The one bedroom condos range ... Read More »

Entertaining By Mother Nature

• Submitted If you are looking for a unique and memorable Southwest Florida experience, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s eco cruise through Rookery Bay is all that and more. From December through April the Conservancy offers an exclusive eco cruise through Rookery Bay aboard the Good Fortune II. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers residents and visitors a very ... Read More »