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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 [email protected] 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 »

Preps for Upcoming Season

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] If you stop by Arturo’s this month, you will note one of Marco Island’s favorite Italian restaurants is closed for its annual vacation. You also will note, though, that the restaurant is alive with activity as it prepares for its 19th season. “We had a great season last year,” says Arturo’s co-owner Judy Barney. “But, more importantly, we are looking forward to an even better season this year…We recognize that September is the slowest month of the year. One year, we opened in September, and then I remembered why we usually closed down to take ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

The stone crab boats are lined up for Everglades City’s annual blessing of the fleet on the Barron River. 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 Oct. 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, Sept. 27, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event runs 1-4 PM with ... Read More »

Staying in Touch

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When packing for travel, think about all the items that smartphones and tablets have replaced: alarm clocks, flashlights, cameras, daily journals, books, guide books, maps, newspapers, compasses, foreign language dictionaries, hard copies of information such as insurance cards and camera manuals. One of the most useful for me when traveling has been the replacement of land lines and the ability to communicate with others in a variety of ways. Telephone plans with companies such as Verizon and AT&T are good only for talk and data in the US. You can purchase an international plan with ... Read More »

Raymond Returns to Running a Year After Accident

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By Roger Lalonde On Sept. 12, Roger Raymond finished what he started exactly a year ago. He completed his normal run, something he couldn’t do on Sept. 12, 2013. He actually laid down on the spot where he sustained his serious injury. This time he got back up, finishing his run, instead of a trip to a hospital. On Sept. 12, 2013, trying to get out of the way of an oncoming car, Raymond fell as he went into an alleyway along side Marco Floor Covering, just off San Marco Road on Marco Island. The result, Raymond broke his right ... Read More »

City Budget Watch

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Since April, Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been pounding the pavement to get the word out in the community about his FY2015 budget plan for the city. Call it what you will — the bucket system, pay-as-you-go, debt free program — the five-year plan promises to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt while also planning which projects it will tackle, when it will tackle them and then saving for them. What debt you ask? Well, there is the $150 million in water and sewer debt, the ... Read More »

Jones Reflects on 30 Years of Service

Marco Island Fire Rescue  Division Chief Don Jones with wife, Elaine. PHOTO BY VAL SIMON

By Val Simon [email protected] No words can express 30 years of selfless service to the Marco Island community coming to a close. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Don Jones, having embarked on his life as a firefighter, Sept. 8, 1984, is retiring. Chief Murphy had this to say: “Division Chief Jones committed himself to the fire and medical service, his community and to the people that called us in their time of need. His commitment and partnership with businesses and Marco Island Charter Middle School certified thousands over the years in CPR, and those individuals did go on to ... Read More »

All That Glitters Along the Costa del Sol

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan [email protected] I’m currently traveling in Europe and exploring in southern Spain to what is known to all as the Costa del Sol. My summer trip began with landing in the old city of Malaga. I have always loved traveling by the seat of my pants, so I rented a car with a GPS and then hit the road with no predestined hotel arrangements. Sure, it’s risky; it also keeps the trip interesting. It was my first time in Malaga, and that made for a frustrating day for even my “trusty” Spanish GPS. It was confused ... Read More »

Summer Fun, Island Style

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] It’s September, statistically the slowest month before the inevitable up-swing into another season, and finding fun things to do locally is getting more challenging. Thus, despite last weeks of record-breaking heat, my best friend, Alicia Cameron, and I set out on our first Goodland kayak journey; no small feat for a couple of full-time moms with full-time jobs. A long-term shortage of recreation time has made me an unwilling indoor-girl — something I’ve always fought by taking last-minute adventures, often throwing caution to the wind. I once found myself clinging to the side of a ... Read More »

Naomi’s Summer Vacation

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape [email protected] Dear Fellow Felines: I feel the love. I know I was missed, that my absence was noticed. I even know that I missed my last deadline, but — for the first time in my life — I took a vacation! Imagine! Me, your most esteemed tortie and chief supervisor over here at For the Love of Cats, got into cars and boarded airplanes. I travelled as far south as Key West, an island where cats are revered, and as far north as Boston, where dogs rule. And yes, as one ... Read More »

Does the Game of Tennis Need More Changes?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne [email protected] Change for the sake of change. Does the collegiate game really need a complete overhaul to attract more fans? Not too long ago, every single college tennis match was the best two out of three contest, and each match counted to determine the final score. For quite a long period of time, the order of play was consistent. Each university fielded six singles matches, and then the day was concluded with three doubles contests. Clearly too many duals were decided after the singles play and that rendered the doubles meaningless. So, in the mid-1970s, ... 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 »

Meet-and-Greet with Victor Rios

A Meet-and-Greet has been scheduled for Marco Island City Council candidate Victor Rios, whose name will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. The wine-and-cheese campaign event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 4-6 PM, at the home of Beverly and Bruce Novark: 1220 Ember Court on Marco Island. Those interested in attending can call 239-642-6777 for more information. Rios announced his city council candidacy in July after securing the required petition signatures to run. He is running on a platform of community service, fiscal conservatism, balanced growth for Marco Island and protection of Marco’s beaches. Supporters can follow Rios ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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Donna Fiala [email protected] Hopefully you had a fun summer with lots of family and friends to enjoy it with. Soon, our season will begin to blossom again, and we’ll be so busy we can’t think straight, so take this time to have fun and relax. * Alexandra and I are in the planning stages for this coming year’s tours. Just as soon as I get the tours organized and dates arranged, we’ll e-mail our tour list and publish them in this column. The tours fill up rather quickly once we advise everyone, so write Alex at [email protected] and ask to ... Read More »

Acting MIPD Chief 1st Responder in Water Rescue

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] 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 »

FWC recommends Collier County residents take steps to protect small livestock from panthers

Because of recent incidents of Florida panthers taking small livestock in Golden Gates Estates, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is cautioning Collier County residents to take the necessary precautions to properly shelter animals such as goats, sheep, calves, pigs, donkeys and chickens. “The best way for people to protect small livestock is to keep them in a secure, fenced enclosure with a roof, especially at night,” said FWC panther team leader Darrell Land. “Panther depredations on animals in backyards can be prevented, and we encourage Golden Gate Estates residents to take the necessary steps to protect their ... Read More »

Hope Health Services

Hope HealthCare Services, dedicated to comfort and support for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, offers assistance to youngsters coping with the loss of a loved one through its upcoming Rainbow Trails Camp program. Scheduled Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19 at Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, the free program, available to all children ages 6-16, provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss, and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to loved ones. The campers will be picked up by bus from the HealthPark office and transported to the LaBelle camp on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. Upon ... Read More »

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The Marco Beach Ocean Resort announced that it has earned an Expedia Insiders Select Award for 2014. The resort is one of just 650 winners worldwide from an annual survey of more than 2 million guest reviews from Expedia customers based upon criteria including service and value for the money. “It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition which places the Marco Beach Ocean Resort among the top resorts around the globe,” said Joseph Fisher, General Manager of the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. “This award is especially gratifying because it is based upon our customers’ personal experiences at our property.” Overlooking ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County begins fall after-school programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began its fall after-school programs. Nearly 400 members entered the main campus after their first day of school to enjoy the impact-driving programs designed to help develop strong character and life skills while keeping them on track to graduate high school. On their first day back, members were divided into groups according to their ages and received their new membership cards. They received a nutritious meal and were able to unwind after their first day of school. They engaged in sports such as basketball and volleyball and “ice-breaker” activities familiarizing them ... Read More »

Local Referendums Have Surprise Endings

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By Noelle H. Lowery Prior to Tuesday, Aug. 26, most folks were calling the referendums on Marco Island and Isles of Capri too close to call. Not anymore. Some 3,928 Marco Islanders cast their ballot on the non-binding referendum question regarding the construction of a new Mackle Park Community Center: “Shall the city expend up to $3.5 million to construct a new community center up to 16,000 square feet at Mackle Park?” With 2,059 yes votes, the referendum passed by a margin of 52.42 percent to 47.58 percent. On Capri, firefighters, their families and community supporters spent the day rallying ... Read More »