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Happy Birthday, Scuba Marco – 18 Years of Taking a Dive

From left: Scuba Marco’s Tyler Beck, Jessica Dawson and Jeff Dawson.
Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba As you drive north along Bald Eagle Drive through Old Marco, just before the intersection with Palm Street, feast your eyes on the aqua colored house on your right. It calls out your name with its Old Florida charm and inviting style. This is the home of Scuba Marco, the island’s premier dive shop. On August 23, Scuba Marco celebrated 18 years of successful business, taking a dive and loving it! The shop features diving instruction and certification, dive trips, service and rentals, and a vast array of diving products. Scuba Marco is known for its “Mom ... Read More »

5 Tips For Boaters To Beat The Heat

It’s hot out and we are all wearing long-sleeve Columbia brand breathable fishing clothing. Submitted Photo

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The mid-summer heat has arrived, but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Still, with the heat can come the risk of sunburn and skin damage, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So before you head out into the boat, here are a few ways you can stay cool in the summer heat. Tip 1: Stay Hydrated  Staying hydrated is more than just being in or on the water. When you are swimming, it can be tempting to feel like you are more hydrated than you actually are. You may assume the same thing when you ... Read More »

A Boat, a Nap and a Bug

Howie, napping with his tractor.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew to Iowa for a long weekend. The agenda was full. We were celebrating two birthdays, a baptism and two family reunions in the span of two days. And while it was exciting to know I would see my kids, grandkids, mom, siblings and assorted nieces, nephews and cousins, I was anticipating my first full day in town most of all. On that day I had volunteered to take care of three of our grandsons for the day. That would be two boys about to ... Read More »

Art Calvert – XVI Baron of Baltimore One of Goodland’s early movers and shakers

Two crash boats on a rescue mission in the Pacific.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn   Art Calvert has done just about everything during his lifetime. Fishing is what brought him to Goodland. Fame and fortune is what brought his Irish ancestors to America. Beverly Boggs, one of Calvert’s daughters, has a trove of Calvert memorabilia and shared the Calvert family history with me. The Calverts first appeared here in 1629, after King Charles I granted Sir George Calvert the proprietorship of a large tract of land, north of Virginia’s James River. Calvert, also known as the First Baron of Baltimore (West County Cork, Ireland), and his son Cecil, the ... Read More »

Are the Keys’ Reefs Dying?

In less than 20 years, major changes have taken place in the Florida Keys reef structure.
1992 - Head coral barely alive, and Elkhorn coral almost completely decimated.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville “Live corals on the east side of the Florida Keys are mysteriously dying and algae are taking over that eco-niche. Studies and mapping suggest that a number of natural factors, combined with the effects of human activity, may contribute to the corals’ demise.” – Gene Shinn, U.S. Geological Survey It is well documented that there is a widespread loss of corals on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Keys, both close to shore as well as offshore. They are being replaced with an algae which is known flourish in high concentrations of certain nitrates and phosphates. ... Read More »

Where’s Stef?

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Stef at the 2016 Christmas Island Style golf tournament, which he helped organize.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News is pleased to announce that reporter Steve Stefanides, widely known in the community as “Stef,” has joined their team. Steve will be writing on local civic and public interest news, and will contribute a regular opinion column. Steve says, “I really have enjoyed the last three years covering the news here on the island. So when a group as accomplished and respected as the Coastal Breeze staff approached me with the opportunity to continue in that role I was delighted to accept their offer.” Publisher Val Simon says, “Steve is an important voice ... Read More »

6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off your pre-departure checklist  No one can perfectly remember everything they need to bring 10 minutes before heading out. That is why you should make a pre-departure checklist to check off before every boat ride. This list should include: life jackets, ... Read More »

Finding a Marco Island Condo

Condos along the beach. Photos by Gary Elliott

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Starting your search for a Marco Island condo? Here’s a brief overview. Generally about 3% of Marco Island’s 10,500 condos are on the market at any given time. For instance, last week 337 condos were for sale. Marco Island’s condos can be found along the beach, adjacent to water, inland and along the Gulf. 38% of Marco Island’s condos are located on the beach and this tends to be the first area that people are drawn to. Last week, 152 were for sale. Prices on the beach range from $289,000 for a ... Read More »

Boat Crash

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Submitted On Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) was dispatched to 909 Collier Court, the scene of a boat crash with injuries. On arrival, police officers performed first aid, and assisted Marco Island Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS personnel. MIPD’s initial investigation determined that the incident took place in the vicinity of Caxambas Pass, on the southern end of Marco Island. Allegedly, Andrew M. Derwin was operating the 23-foot boat with twenty-eight year old Nicolas Stolinas as a passenger. Nicolas suffered serious injuries from contact with the boat’s propeller. On July 19th, 2016, Andrew M. ... Read More »

FWC Seeks Input On Manatee Zones

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Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding a rule development workshop to gather additional public input on potential changes to the existing manatee protection zones in Collier County. The workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Collier County Commission Chambers, 3299 Tamiami Trail E (third floor) in Naples. The FWC has been working with a Local Rule Review Committee as well as Collier County and other local governments to review potential changes to the rule, which was last revised in 1997. The public workshop offers an opportunity for people to ask ... Read More »

EMS Vehicles Delayed

Photos by Barry Gwinn
Marco EMS vehicle, parked at Stan’s, after making it through. (6/5/16, 2:30 PM)

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn  This column has chronicled an almost monthly series of debilitating floodings on Goodland Road, the community’s only access road. In six out of the last 11 months, beginning in August, 2015, the flooding prevented many from driving on the hubcap deep Gulf waters covering large portions of the road. Engineering reports commissioned by the City of Marco Island (CMI) confirmed that the road was being undermined by the constant flooding, and that it needed to be rebuilt and raised 2 to 3 feet. CMI addressed the problem by patching potholes and delaying remedial action. Appeals ... Read More »

A Dolphin Update

Mom Sintas keeps guard over her new calf, J. Fireball, last November.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist      Everybody loves dolphins. Most people taking nature trips in South Florida want to see one of two things…dolphins or alligators. We’ll forget about the ‘gators today and talk about the other favorite in our area for a mid-year update. On board the Dolphin Explorer you not only get to see dolphins, but you have a chance to watch a team of citizen scientists document the activity of these mammals for research purposes. Each one has a name and their daily behavior is recorded in a database. With more than 10 years of ... Read More »

MIPD to Deploy New Assets

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) anticipates deploying two new assets this summer: a 2015 “Quadski” and a 2016 Ranger Bahia Ranger. The 2015 Gibbs Quadski is a $50,000 fourteen foot long amphibious vehicle, half all-terrain vehicle and half personal watercraft. The MIPD was exceptionally fortunate to obtain the Quadski through the extremely generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Battaglia and the Rockland Bakery. Quadski amphibians have been used effectively in the public safety arena by various police and rescue services including those in San Francisco, Dubai and in the United Kingdom. Quadski amphibians are considered cutting edge automotive ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officer Kleis was on water patrol a few miles off of Marco Island when he observed a vessel without registration numbers containing multiple fishing rods. Officer Kleis stopped the vessel to address the registration issue, and conducted a vessel safety and resource inspection. Upon stopping the vessel, Officer Kleis learned that the operator was using a dealer registration number on the boat for his own personal use. The operator was cited for misuse of a dealer registration and issued multiple warnings for other violations.   Officer Kleis was on water patrol in the area of Keewaydin when he stopped a vessel to ... Read More »

Boaters and Condos

The Shipp’s Landing docks.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 356 condos for sale on the island last week, 126 of them (35%) referenced a boat dock in the listing. These condos feature either assigned or leased boat docks, or are adjacent to marinas with boat docks for lease or for sale. Twenty-nine of these listed condos with a dock have an assigned dock that transfers with that unit when it is sold. Most condo associations own and maintain their docks and lease them to owners and renters when available. The lowest priced condo for sale last week with a leased ... Read More »

Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

Rose Marina General Manager Dan High. Submitted Photos

By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its namesake, Marco Island’s beloved Renaissance man, Bill Rose, may have never imagined. W.R. “Bill” Rose, an engineer, aviator, Marine, poet, and family man first came to Marco Island in 1956. Rose purchased the marina from its original owners and named ... Read More »

Sand Dollar Island Under Assault

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In violation of the Beach Ordinance, campers cook breakfast at Sand Dollar Island

Submitted On Saturday morning, May 7th, around 10 AM, a dog owner was seen happily walking her dog around a shorebird posted area at Sand Dollar spit. On Saturday mid-day, May 7th, there were kite boarders and boats observed on Sand Dollar Island. One beachgoer, on the Hideaway Beach side, counted 40 boats and close to 300 people on Sand Dollar Island. This area, also known as Big Marco Pass, is a posted Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) and nesting birds are inside posted areas, being flushed by the kite boarders and by the abundance of people walking through the dune ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Araujo and Thurkettle were on patrol in the Picayune Strand State Forest when they were notified by hunters and Forest Service staff of two subjects hunting from the back of a truck.  The officers located the vehicle leaving the forest.  The truck was occupied by two male subjects fitting the description provided by a witness, and when the officers approached the truck, they observed three long guns on top of a bloody blanket in the back seat of the truck.  When questioned, the subjects admitted to shooting two whitetail deer, which were located under the blood stained blanket in ... Read More »

White Tailed Deer Around Marco Island

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist You are on a boat and in the distance you notice something swimming across the bay. It could very well be a pelican just relaxing on the surface or maybe a dolphin coming up for air. But the silhouette against the sun is unique. You grab your binoculars, filled with curiosity about what is there. As you focus on the animal you realize that you are seeing something rare, something never seen by most visitors to our area. A white-tailed deer is swimming from one island to another! It would not be a surprise for ... Read More »

Old World Craftsmanship Meets Modern Technology

Employees are family at Marco Canvas. Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At a time when most of our goods are anonymously manufactured in faraway places, it is gratifying to discover Marco Canvas & Upholstery, a family-owned company that employs local workers to create quality, American made products, here on Marco Island. Since the day the doors to Marco Canvas opened in 1978, the Skrzynski family has dedicated themselves to providing custom fabrication with the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. In the 70s, when the Skrzynski family moved to Marco Island there wasn’t much on the island in terms of services and products. ... Read More »