Historic Site #14 Otter Mound 1821 Addison Court, Marco Island


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Otter Mound has native vegetation representative of what covered the Island before modern development; the whelk shell walls located throughout the property were built in the 1940’s and 50s by Ernest and Gladys Otter from the Calusa shell that was found on the site. Archaeological surveys show that Calusa Indians occupied the property around 750-1200 ... Read More »


No matter what part of Collier County you are in, local history is only a short drive away. From prehistoric mastodons to the Calusa Indian civilization that once made Southwest Florida its home, Collier County is sure to have something at its five museums that will pique your interest. And admission is free. The Collier County Museum, located at 3331 ... Read More »

Historical Museum and Society Win Awards


Submitted This must be the “season” for awards because the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) have sure taken a few. The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Paradise Found,” a collaborative effort of both groups, has just received the 2015 Museum Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Museums (FAM), a membership organization for museums and ... Read More »

Historic Site #6 – Collier County Museum 3331 Tamiami Trail East


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Collier County Museum, in the County’s Courthouse Complex, brings history to life with prehistoric saber cat skeletons, and stories of Calusa Indians, Spanish explorers, and Seminole warriors. With five acres of native Florida gardens, the museum includes two historic cottages, a working archaeology lab, Seminole village, tropical orchid house, wildlife displays, a 1910 steam ... Read More »

Street with a Split Personality


By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com Goodland sits on a horseshoe shaped peninsula -although some insist it is an island- which juts out eastward from the southeast corner of Marco Island. It seems to be separated and isolated from the City of Marco Island by a couple of miles of trackless mangrove forests. Consequently, Goodland streets generally lead to dead ends or ... Read More »

New Line of Museum Jewelry

Ari Kathein, Lori Wagor and Avital Kathein.

Submitted The Smithsonian may have the original Marco Island artifacts, but here is the next best thing: a line of fine jewelry fashioned after some of the Island’s most famous archeological finds. A collaborative effort of the Marco Island Historical Society’s Gift Store (MIHS) and Golden Gate Jewelers, the jewelry includes a Key Marco Cat pendant, a favorite mascot of ... Read More »

New Guidebook for Kids by Karen T. Bartlett


By Pat Newman Looking for fun things to do with your kids during spring break? Pick up a copy of A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades by Naples resident Karen T. Bartlett, click your seatbelts and take off for adventure. The book is written for youngsters, but includes tons of fun facts and an indextreasure ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum features “Painting S.W. Florida History”

The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to present the “Painting S.W. Florida History” exhibit from Jan. 6 to March 21, 2015.  An opening artist reception will take place on Jan. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.  During the reception, artwork will be juried by a panel of experts and will include a “Peoples’ Choice Award” ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part III

Painting of Cushing inside the Silver Spray painted by Wells Sawyer

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council, but council has ... Read More »

Art in Nature


PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com A not so well known turtle roams Marco Island. It’s not the glamorous Loggerhead Sea Turtle or the well-known Gopher Tortoise. It is very commonly seen in the beachfront dunes and near wetlands and pond areas of the island such as Barfield Bay, in Hideaway Beach conservation areas and along Spinnaker Drive. The Florida ... Read More »

‘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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Local Student Contributes to Island Preserve

Otter Mound Preserve

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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Come Experience Marco Island’s Living Beaches

Marty and Debbie Roddy. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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 ... Read More »

MIAAOR Donates to MIHS


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 ... Read More »

Shorebirds & Birds of Prey


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 ... Read More »

Everglades Student Showcase


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 ... Read More »

Time to Rhyme with Big Cypress


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 ... Read More »