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‘Experience Nature’ with Tyler MacDonald

Tyler only uses two cameras. This camera for outdoor shots and another for underwater shots.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Experience Nature” a photographic exhibit from Tyler MacDonald, which runs July 1-Aug. 30. Marco’s own MacDonald will be exhibiting some of his latest photography at. At just 18 years old, MacDonald has already won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is evident in each and every photograph. Taking risks and spending hours waiting to capture the perfect image, MacDonald has encountered many venomous snakes, sat in trees and been suspended above water to ... Read More »

Native Beauty on Display

The starting point at the MIHM native plant walk.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com During the hustle and bustle of an average day, I wonder how often we notice just how amazing Southwest Florida is. I find when I take time to notice the natural beauty of my surroundings, I truly appreciate living here. The native animal and plant life that surrounds us is a fascinating mixture of beauty and strength. Mother Nature is wild, and taming her takes a special touch. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has accepted her challenge, and has been busy cultivating an impressive exhibit featuring native plant life available around-the-clock for the enjoyment and ... Read More »

The Next Generation of Explorers

Community members and MIA donors attended a special VIP reception before the presentation. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Friday, June 20, the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted “Cousteau: Past, Present and Future,” a presentation by Dr. Richard C. Murphy, director of science and education at Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. Set to a slide show featuring mesmerizing images of our earth’s underwater world, he talked about the Cousteau family legacy and briefly touched on some present and future endeavors. The event was co-sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society and Marco Island Academy, and it highlighted one of those present endeavors: The Marco Island Academy/Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) Summer Camp, the ... Read More »

Local Student Contributes to Island Preserve

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By Nancy J. Richie A small oasis — 2.45 acres in total — holds archaeological, historical, cultural and biological importance for the history of Marco Island. It is the Otter Mound Preserve. Located in the southern area of the island at 1831 Addison Court, the “mound” that this preserve references is a relatively small part of a 70-80 acre Indian mound built by the Calusa Indians, estimated between 750 and 1,200 A.D. In more recent history — the early 1900s — it was the site of Caxambas Village, the Marco Island settlement for the clamming industry. It was a bustling ... Read More »

Eagle Scout Digs for Badge

Scout Teddy Naftel can’t resist curiosity. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Eagle Scout Andrew Smith likes history. In fact, one of the 16-year-old Lely High School student’s hobbies is collecting Civil War artifacts. It was this love of history that led him to archeology and Marco’s resident archeologist, Gene Erjavec, who has spent the last decade digging up artifacts all around Marco Island. “Throughout middle school, I always wanted to have a career path either as a historian or a museum curator,” says Smith, “until I met Gene and realized there were more hands on jobs that deal with artifacts and the history of ... Read More »

Come Experience Marco Island’s Living Beaches

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society presents “Marco Island’s Living Beaches,” a presentation by Debbie and Marty Roddy, on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium. There is no charge for members; non-members are asked to pay $5. The Roddy’s will provide a virtual tour of Marco Island’s living beaches for interested beach goers. Learn about the critters, plants and formations that make the coastline a vibrant place. You’ll also learn how the Calusa Indians used local natural resources to live. Debbie and Marty are permanent residents of Marco Island and have devoted a majority of ... Read More »

MIAAOR Donates to MIHS

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The rich history of Marco Island spans thousands of years, reaching as far back as the Calusa Indians. Then there were the early settlers such as the Barfields and the Colliers. As Marco continued to grow, much of the look of the land changed, providing developers and realtors the chance to create pieces of paradise for family after family. Needless to say, maps, aerial photos and more were taken regularly in the early days as well as today. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has strived to provide as much history as possible regarding the island’s ... Read More »

Shorebirds & Birds of Prey

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By Steve Mutart Marco Island Historical Museum features a presentation on Florida’s Shorebirds The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host Shorebirds & Birds of Prey, a PowerPoint presentation by Steve Mutart on August 22, at 2 pm. Join us amid the beautiful Florida Shorebirds & Birds of Prey photographic exhibition by Marie Adams, which is currently on display in the museum until September 26, 2013. Artist Marie Adams will be present and seating is limited. Mutart, a retired real estate lawyer from the Philadelphia area, has garnered a life-long passion for birds and volunteers with the Conservancy of ... Read More »

Everglades Student Showcase

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Throughout the summer, the Museum of the Everglades is featuring artwork by local students. The colorful and talent-filled artwork in its many different mediums lights up the display cases in the front room as visitors enter the museum. Located in the heart of Everglades City, only one block from City Hall, the Museum of the Everglades is run by the Collier County Museums, which encompasses the museums of Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee and Everglades City. The well-maintained museum is free to visit, and is filled with information and exhibits on the vibrant history of the Calusa ... Read More »

Time to Rhyme with Big Cypress

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By Julia Barnett April is National Poetry Month, and Big Cypress National Preserve is celebrating by hosting its first annual poetry contest. Accepting submissions now through April 15th, the park encourages participants to visit the preserve and write about their experiences there. Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the United States National Parks, open to the public 24 hours a day. It is comprised of freshwater, and is a watershed to Everglades National Park. Set aside in 1974, it was named Big Cypress in reference to the large size of the area, and the expanses of cypress strands within ... Read More »

South Florida: A Villager’s View

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The Marco Island Historical Museum is thrilled to host South Florida: A Villager’s View, oil paintings from Tara O’Neill on display from April 3, 2013 to June 27, 2013. The opening wine and cheese reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday April 4, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Marco Island Historical Museum. Live entertainment provided by J-Robert. The tiny island of Goodland, Florida, has been a special source of inspiration for local award-winning oil-painter Tara O’Neill for many years. Born the ninth of ten robust children to an Irish ... Read More »

The sift is on!

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For months, Coastal Breeze News has been teasing its readers with the chance to get involved in the ongoing archaeological dig in the Estates area of Marco Island. Well, the wait is finally over. A call to Marco Island Historical Society Members was first sent out and now the Society is reaching out to the general public for a chance to get their hands dirty and find ancient artifacts left by the Calusa Indians. Twenty mounds of dirt were dug up in an “archaeologically sensitive area” during the sewer installation process and dropped at a location on the corner of ... Read More »

Facts and Artifacts

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Goodland’s Community Center on Mango Avenue used to be home to our Volunteer Fire Department and before that, who knows? It sits on land once occupied by Calusa Indians who were known as shell collectors and fierce warriors. And that’s a fact! These Calusas were fishermen who lived on the waterways of Southwest Florida for years. They died out in the late 1700 hundreds due to disease brought by the Europeans and invading enemy tribes. Incidentally, the Spanish explorers found these Indians to be very unfriendly and I think we would have too! Just look at one of their ceremonial ... Read More »

The Predator of the Sea: Marco’s Commercial Shark Fishing

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By Craig Woodward The former Coconut Island was a traditional place to raft up your boat, along with your friends’ boats, on a lazy Sunday afternoon and have a cookout on the beach while everyone swam and simply relaxed. It was a beautiful location – just north of the future Hideaway Beach, due east of Isles of Capri, situated in the mouth of the Marco River and the view to the west was of the Gulf of Mexico and the setting sun. Hurricane Donna created Coconut Island in 1960 when the south tip of Cannon Island was cut off; over ... Read More »

Come Walk the Beach With Us

Friends of Tigertail Debbie and Marty Roddy invite you to the Rose History Auditorium on Monday February 4th at 10:30 A.M. for a virtual tour of Tigertail Beach and Sand dollar Island. They will also, include a brief survey of the history and an explanation of nature’s impact on the area. Immediately after their presentation, Mango’s Restaurant will provide picnic lunches for $11.00—these come with bottled water, but you may bring your own non-alcoholic drink if you wish. The group will then adjourn to the beach, and you may carpool from the museum complex. If you do not have a sticker ... Read More »

Viva Florida Forever

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Florida is celebrating an anniversary – 2013 marks 500 years since its discovery by the Modern World – a claim no other state can make. Searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed near St. Augustine in 1513. Five hundred(!) years later, Florida’s landscape is ever-changing and ever-growing. In honor of this milestone, Florida is celebrating its heritage with Viva Florida 500, a yearlong homage to the state that so many call home. The statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State aims, “to highlight the 500 years of historic ... Read More »

The Devil in the Details

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from The Enthusiast Newsletter by local John Scott There is no question that one of the cardinal points of successful living is paying attention to the details of any undertaking; and no better lesson can be offered in the art and science of paying attention to those pesky little details than the story of our perfect evening on Keewaydin Island that unfortunately extended late into the night. We anchored in a little over two feet of water just a short distance from the beach. Keewaydin Island is a little used paradise that can only be reached by water. It is ... Read More »

“Florida’s Got the Blues”

The Marco Island Historical Museum will open “Florida’s Got the Blues”, a traveling exhibition from the Museum of Florida History on January 2, 2013 with a wine and cheese reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Come celebrate “Florida’s Got the Blues” with live blues music from “Little Eddie” of “Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers”. Event is free and open to the public. “Florida’s Got the Blues” will be on display from January 2, 2013 to March 30, 2013. Although the state is seldom associated with the genre, Florida has a long blues tradition. For instance, did you know ... Read More »

Island of Angels, a short story

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By Joanne Tailele A WORK OF FICTION: Island of Angels, a short story The young girl hunched down in the backseat of the car. Her nose almost touched the screen of the I-pad she balanced on her lap. Bright pink ear buds blocked out the other sounds in the car. As the car approached the crest of the Judge Jolley Bridge, her mother hollered to her above the music pounding in her ears. “Liza, look, an osprey.” Liza lifted her head just as the bird spread its wings and took flight above the sparkling blue water. She watched as it flapped ... Read More »

The Astronomical Station at Cape Romano and the Caximba route

COASTAL HISTORY  Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com The last few issues of this newspaper have contained excellent articles about Cape Romano, regarding the history of the dome house and the former pyramid house built in the early 1980s. This large point of land is one of Florida’s earliest recognized geographic features similar to Florida’s other large cape, Cape Canaveral. So, let’s investigate the early history of Cape Romano. Our story started 500 years ago when, in 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon sailed up the Southwest Coast of Florida on his first discovery trip of Florida. A few years later in 1521, he returned ... Read More »