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One Day Cruising the Danube

The Cataracts: Some riverside buildings seem to rest on the water. PHOTOS BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our anniversary trip was a cruise on the eastern Danube River. Our ship, the River Aria, is run by Grand Circle Cruise Line. Most of the actual cruising, though, was at night while the passengers slept, and by the time we woke for breakfast, the boat would be docked. So, on most days our waking time was not cruising onboard the boat, but walking about the towns and cities where the boat docked; Odd to call that cruising. One day, however, was spent cruising through the most spectacular section of the eastern Danube, the Cataracts. ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »

A 3,000-Mile Ride for Wounded Warriors


By Samantha Husted On Sunday November 1, part-time Marco Island resident Grant Bergsma began his 3,000-mile bike ride from San Diego, California to Marco Island. Grant, 30, is attempting to raise $100,000, as well as awareness, for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a foundation that aids injured service members. Since its creation in 2003, WWP has established an interconnected support network for veterans and active duty military personal alike. They offer programs in order to help members heal physically, mentally and emotionally. To Grant, the 3,000 miles and the money raised is his way of saying thank you. “I didn’t ... Read More »

Modern Marco Exhibit Opens


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Modern Marco Exhibit has opened at the Marco Island Museum. It is so much fun to look at everything, recall the past and enjoy the many things we recognize because we were already here. They did a great job, and the staff is so excited to see people coming to enjoy the progress. The next display is a year away, and is called “Pioneer Days on Marco Island.” Visiting the museum is one of those great things to do when you have company, or it rains, or it is too hot (or too cold in the ... Read More »

Calusa Island Marina – Goodland’s Good Neighbor

At the Calusa Island Marina, a 25,000 pound forklift approaches launching area. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn I have lived across the street from the Calusa Island Marina (the “Marina”) for the past 10 years. Despite the rumbling of forklifts and the beeping of back-up signals, I am content to be hemmed in by a navigable waterway on one side, and a boatyard on the other. Boats and boating have always been high on my list since I had my own wooden rowboat at age 12. I began my seafaring days in 1950. In 1950, the Marina was just a part of a largely undeveloped area on the southeastern end of ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Golf Tournament a Success

Ninety sponsors helped make the  event a success. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday, October 3, Christmas Island Style held its annual golf tournament, their first fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season. The tournament was hosted by the Marco Marriott’s Hammock Bay Golf Course. More than 90 hole sponsors and 100 golfers helped the group raise close to $14,000. The co-chairs of the event, Wayne and Sue Purvis, Wanda Day, Gene Burson and Barbara Dasti worked hard to make the event the success that it was. Although there were two hole-in-one prizes offered, neither one were won during the tournament. One prize consisted of $10,000 cash, sponsored ... Read More »

Community Steps Up to Assist Injured Musician Merrill

The bar area was jammed  for much of the day at the Little Bar, with revelers and music lovers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Goodland community and friends from near and far turned out in large numbers during the day-long Merrill Fest benefit held at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant. Goodland musician Merrill Allen, who has entertained at the Little Bar since 1993, sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in a September 7 propane explosion on his boat, which was docked at the Old Barge Marina in Goodland. Allen returned home recently after being treated at Tampa General Hospital Regional Burn Center. But he still faces a long road in recovering from his injuries. Merrill Fest was the ... Read More »

Large Condo Complexes

South Seas Condominiums, Marco Island.

Gary & Sandy Elliott Twelve condo buildings or complexes on Marco Island each have more than 200 apartments. These are the Admiralty, Tradewinds, Shipps Landing, the four South Seas Towers, Stevens Landing, Gulfview, Riverside, South Seas East and Anglers Cove. These dozen account for more than 25% of all the condo apartments on Marco Island. This week there are 59 condos for sale in this group, which is only 2% of the 2,826 condos in these complexes. They make up 23% of all the condos for sale, so they are quite representative of the Marco Island condo market ... Read More »

“With a friend at hand you will see the light. If your friends are there then everything’s all r i g h t … ” ~ “Friends” by Elton John

By Don Manley Merrill Allen’s friends are clearly demonstrating that they are “there” for the well-known Goodland singer-guitarist who sustained second-degree burns over 60 percent of his body in an explosion on his boat. A benefit for Allen will be held October 11 at Goodland’s Little Bar Restaurant, where he has been performing regularly since 1993. It was Little Bar owner Niki Bauer who came up with the idea for the benefit. “Merrill is part of our ‘Little Bar Family,’” said Bauer. “We all help each other when one of us is in need.” Entitled “Merrill Fest,” the benefit will ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet took place  on Saturday, September 26. PHOTOS BY ERIN PERCHALSKI

Submitted Everglades City celebrated the blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet on Saturday, September 26. The event was hosted on the grounds of the Rod & Gun Club and included music, a bake sale, local arts & crafts and a frog jumping contest. Many children from the community enjoyed the festivities. Local correspondent, Amelia Perchalski, reports that “at the blessing of the fleet they had a frog race and they had flower girls that put flowers out on the docks. I was one of them. The frog race you had to pick a frog and make it jump to ... Read More »

Keeping Your Kids and Yourself Safe From the Sun While Out on the Water

Hats offer both kids and adults protection from the 
sun’s rays while fishing. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps When you’re going out on the water you want to have a great time; but the sun is strong down here in Southwest Florida, and it’s important to keep yourself and your kids protected. Fishing trips are great learning experiences for kids of all ages, and it can be the start of a lifelong hobby they really love, so you’ll want to make sure their experience is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Sun exposure isn’t often thought of while you’re having a great time, but it should be. A few tips for keeping yourself protected ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy and explore Marco Island. The standard fare is $40 round-trip per person, and the 20-foot pontoon boat can hold up to 6 people. They also offer group discounts. The company has been open and operating for about a year. The ... Read More »

Such a Deal?


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Honestly, I enjoy a good deal as much as anyone when it is offered to me, but on the other hand, when did buying almost everything on the island suddenly becomes a game show episode of “Let’s Make a Deal”? There are coupons and newspaper ads from every facet of island retail establishments hawking enormous discounts, lots of buy-one get-one free promotions (bogo’s), and many restaurants are offering two-for-one, complimentary bottles of wine, desserts and whatever it takes to get customers in the door. It can be agonizingly slow here in the summer for many. ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

Bowing heads in prayer for a good season. Submitted Photo

Submitted Before you know it, we’ll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again! But, do we think about the boats that go out at 4 AM each morning, whatever the weather? They will set their traps soon, to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on October 15, when the season for harvesting officially begins. To make sure they have a good send-off, Everglades City is holding its annual “Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet” on Saturday, September 26, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event starts at 10 AM with fun for all the family, and ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself From the Summer Sun When Out on the Water


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Many anglers fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. You have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, you have sun baking you from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The ... Read More »

Sailors Love it Here!


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn Goodland has long been known as a fishing community, both commercial and private. Being located in the Ten Thousand Islands, with quick and direct access to the gulf, makes it a natural for fishermen. With our many canals, almost every waterfront residence here has a fishing boat sitting on a lift out back. We didn’t all come here to fish, however. Goodland is also ideally situated for sailors, especially for trips to the Keys, Dry Tortugas, the Caribbean, or even the Bahamas. There are a few sailboats on lifts here. Larger sailboats can be ... Read More »

Christmas Island Style Gears Up…

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Ask folks about what makes Christmas on Marco Island so special and chances are they will say the tree lighting, boat parade or street parade. These events, and more, are brought to the island by the volunteers who call themselves Christmas Island Style. Since 1987, Christmas Island Style has been organizing family friendly Christmas events on the island. In addition to the parades and tree lighting, they bring Santa Claus to the Shops of Marco and ice skating to the Veterans Community Park. In 2004, Steve “Stef” Stefanides took the lead of this group of ... Read More »

Location, Location, Location

A View of South End Condos. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Location, Location, Location is a familiar rule in real estate and the best locations come at a price. Marco Island is a great location with world class beaches, accommodations, amenities and restaurants creating a fabulous lifestyle with a commensurate price tag. Condos on the island are located in four distinct geographic areas. There are 4,200 condos on beaches, 3,000 on canals and waterways, 700 on the Gulf side and another 2,800 inland. For the last three years about 5% of all the condos on the island change ownership each year. That’s an average ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Lugg and Johnson were on land patrol when they were dispatched to a call reporting that a male was fishing from the beach and keeping undersized snook. When they arrived on scene they saw a male fitting the description of the fisherman described earlier. The officers concealed themselves and watched the male for approximately 20 minutes. After identifying the man’s personal belongings, which included a cooler, the officers approached the man and questioned him. Officer Johnson opened the man’s cooler and discovered two undersized snook. The subject was cited accordingly. Lieutenant Mahoney and Officer Johnson were fueling their patrol ... Read More »

150 Pound Tarpon Caught In The Marco River

Matt Stark, left, and Captain Ted Naftal display a 150 lb Tarpon  caught in the Marco River. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On June 25, 2015 a trio of guests from Randolph, NJ joined Captain Ted Naftal on board the Miss Nancy II for a day on the waters around Marco Island. Brother and sister Matt and Mattie Stark were joined by their grandfather Jim Grecco, with hopes of catching something good for dinner. Little did they know what was in store for them. Not too far from the Rose Marina basin and working the sand bars and mangrove treelines, Mattie had a catfish for bait on her line. Using 40 lb test line, she felt a ... Read More »