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Take the Kids Fishing

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Just remember: It’s more about quantity, not quality. Forget the trophy. Just put them on action. When I was young, my grandfather used to take my brother and I fishing all he could. He loved to have us out on the boat. Sometimes, he would take us out to the shallow reefs, and we would drop cut squid or live shrimp down on small hook. We would have a blast reeling in grunts, porgies, snapper and the occasional trigger fish. We would laugh and giggle as we pulled in one after the other ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

Homegrown Clams

Nick spent most of the day covered head-to-toe; the process of  getting into a wetsuit proved more complicated than I thought. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Does the average seafood lover ever wonder about what is involved in bringing their favorite oceanic edibles to the table? As a seafood lover myself, I’ve always gravitated to the surf items on any menu, but I’ve never really put much thought into how that delicious shellfish came to land on my plate. Where do the clams in my clam chowder come from? I’m a city girl from Ohio, which means they’ve always originated in a can, and until now, that was okay. But since moving to Florida, all of the seafood I’ve eaten has ... Read More »

Sailing Away on Marco Island

Some of the participants in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta ply the waters behind the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. PHOTOS BY DON MANELY

By Don Manley Emily Wertman received a surprise when she decided to stroll the sands alongside the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa before checking out on a recent Sunday morning. The Aventura resident was greeted by the sights and sounds of a colorful aquatic competition, the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta, held Nov. 15-16. Before Wertman were boats racing through the Gulf of Mexico’s waters, propelled by brightly hued sails as they navigated a triangular, three-mile course marked off by red inflated buoys between the Marriott and the Caxambas marina. “I walked this way ... Read More »

Suddenly in Command

US Coast Guard Auxiliary members teach boating maneuvers during  ‘Suddenly in Command’ thanks to the generous donation of Rose Marina. SUBMITTED photoS

By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Suddenly in Command — a scary thought. You are on the water. Your “captain” is incapacitated, and you are suddenly in command of the vessel. Do you know how to get the boat under control? Can you perform basic first aid and get the boat back to the dock? If you are not sure you could handle this situation and would like to gain confidence on the water, the “Suddenly in Command” course offered by the Marco Island Coast Guard Auxiliary is for you. True story: A Miami woman was out ... Read More »

MIFRD Recognized

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyday members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department risk their lives to help those in need and peril, and recently a number of them were recognized for their valiant efforts. In September, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy received a letter from Walter Kopka, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, informing him that 16 members of his crew were being honored with a Phoenix Award by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. The Phoenix Award recognizes a fire fighter, paramedic or EMT who has successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient. Among those receiving the award ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This weekend — Nov. 15-16 — Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off the Marco Island beaches thanks to the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Up to two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The MICSC began 12 years ago ... Read More »

MIPD Hero: Emilio Rodriguez

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Police Officer Emilio Rodriguez is the ultimate public servant. He spent 24 years as a fire fighter, and has been a law enforcement officer since 1996. Now, he also is a bona fide hero. Last June, while on vacation with his wife, Kristin, and a group of friends in the British Virgin Islands, Rodriguez saved the life of his friend, Phil Reid, during a scuba diving accident. He was recognized for his actions by the MIPD and the Marco Island Police Foundation during the October “Lunch with the Chief” event. His wife and ... Read More »

Rescuing Skipper: A Dolphin Explorer Tale

About an hour after the Dolphin Explorer’s Bob Erickson and Meredith Barnard spotted Halfway and Skipper in Little Marco Pass, the cavalry arrived, complete with a net boat captained by Larry Fulford, a commercial fisherman with more than 30 years experience with dolphin capture and release efforts.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Finding one specific dolphin in the waters around Marco Island is akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. At least that is what I thought on the morning of Sept. 4 when I set out with researchers from Sea Excursion’s 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project to find one female baby dolphin whose tail had somehow become entangled with a foot of wire leader from a fishing rig. These same researchers were the ones who spotted the baby dolphin — Skipper — and her entanglement in early August while aboard one of their Dolphin ... Read More »

Don’t Use Your Foot as Bait!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A young islander recently saved the day for Ross Snyder. Ross, an experienced fisherman with thousands of hours on the water under his belt, tells of fishing with well-known names like Doyle Doxsee and Tom McPherson when he was a young boy. The number of hours he has racked up fishing is a tale verified by his GPS trackers. Ross, in true “salty dog” form, was passing on the fishing tradition by taking young Marco Islander, JohnEdward Padgett-Wright, out on the water to one of his favorite fishing spots. JohnEdward, a MICMS student and son ... Read More »

Acting MIPD Chief 1st Responder in Water Rescue

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was late afternoon when the 911 call came in. A man reported that his 81-year-old wife — Eileen Stuart — and her blue floatation device had been swept out of Caxambus Pass by a swift moving current. On vacation, the Hernando, FL, couple had been floating together just off the beach nearly an hour before, but as the tide began running out of the pass, she was not able to make it back to the beach. Onlookers kept watch from the beach, and 45 minutes later, the woman was nearly half a mile out ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

Investigator Haney was on late-night water patrol with Officers Harris, Johnson and Lugg near Marco Island.  They stopped a small fishing boat and during the boating safety inspection, detected signs of impairment from the operator.  After performing seated field sobriety tasks, the subject was determined to be impaired and was arrested for BUI.  He was transported to jail where he was confirmed to be impaired on alcohol and drugs by a Drug Recognition Expert and charged with a felony fourth offense BUI. Officers Lugg and VanTrees were on water patrol and observed a man violating a manatee speed zone in ... Read More »

Fiji — Another Island Paradise

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By Kay Dougherty Yes, Marco is an island paradise but — SPOILER ALERT — it turns out that there are others too! Fiji with their “300 Islands of Sun” is a different sort of paradise. One with its own distinctive sights, culture and rituals. My sister and I just returned from a seven-night cruise of the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands with Captain Cook Cruises of Fiji. To our amazement, we have been converted from cruise scoffers to cruise zealots and have the fervor typical of new converts. It’s a long journey to Fiji, but as we drew close, we looked ... Read More »

Hiking with Henry Lowe: Part Two North of the Isles of Capri

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COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Heading north of Isles of Capri on the hiking trail that was formerly the old Marco Road, I was joined by Henry Lowe and Steve Purcell in an expedition to locate and explore Henry’s former home site, which his family occupied starting in 1939. The old Marco Road began from its intersection with U.S. 41, in the location of today’s Hitching Post, and ended at a ferry crossing in the current Isles of Capri. The road was built around 1912 as part of the Naples-Marco segment of the developing Tamiami Trail which by 1915 was ... Read More »

Be a Hero! Help rescue manatees, sea turtles by getting FWC decals

“Be a Hero!” by getting decals that help with the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management of Florida’s endangered manatees and sea turtles. People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5. Rescues of manatees and sea turtles that are injured, ill or otherwise in distress are one of the many FWC conservation activities supported by decal donations. The new editions of the decals are originally designed works of art, and available now at local tax collectors’ offices across the ... Read More »

Going Fishing? Prepare for Success!

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com South Florida summers are steamy and hot and full of afternoon and evening thunderstorms of varying degrees of intensity, so good preparation and weather awareness is a must for a safe and successful day on the water. It’s often best to plan to leave early in the morning while the air temperatures are still pleasant and the threat of storms is lower than it is during the hot, afternoon hours. Be sure to take along adequate rain gear, should you find yourself caught in a storm. A protective hat, sunscreen, lip balm and ... Read More »

Walker’s Tournament Benefits ACS

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Submitted On Saturday, July 5, Walker’s Hideaway Marina hosted their First Annual Red Grouper Fishing Tournament. There were approximately 19 boats with 2-4 fishermen per boat. There were two divisions to this tournament: a 20-mile division and a 30-mile division. The top prize was $1,000 in each division, and the top prizes were given for weight and length. The winners of the 20-mile division were Doug Bartlett and his crew. They won in both the weight and length categories. The winners of the 30-mile division were Team Marco and included Bert Hoell, Paul Milice, Ron Shudes and Ed Vesely. They ... Read More »

FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for 6th year

Last year, nine people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida. That represents 15 percent of the state’s boating fatalities for 2013. “Alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many. We want all boaters to enjoy the freedom to get out on the water and the opportunity to do it safely.” That is why law enforcement agencies around the state and country are participating in “Operation Dry Water” this weekend. This nationwide, public ... Read More »

Gone Coastal by FWC Scalloping offers family-friendly fun

I’ll never forget my first time scalloping. It was 2008 and there I was, face down in the water, sun warming up my back, seagrass tickling my feet and legs, searching for hidden treasure and trying not to look up, lest there be something larger than me swimming about. A boat loomed above us, dive flag displayed, warning others that folks were in the water. In the distance, the Steinhatchee coast sat, waiting for our return. That was the day I fell in love with the sport of scalloping. There is something calming about intensely looking through plot after plot ... Read More »

FWC provides guidance on enhanced boating safety legislation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes that were made by the Florida Legislature and approved by the governor to divers-down flag requirements. House Bill 1049, by Rep. Raschein and Sen. Abruzzo, created an additional opportunity for divers to stay safe. Effective July 1, when in the water, they may display a buoy with a series of divers-down symbols as an alternative to the traditional divers-down flag. The buoy can be three or four-sided and must have a divers-down symbol of at least 12-by-12-inches displayed on each of the flat sides. Such a buoy should help divers, especially ... Read More »