Tag Archives: Cape Romano

Helping Sea Turtles, One Nest at a Time

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us An early-morning walk on the beach is routine for some Floridians and a treat for many visitors, but it is also part of an important summer job for a handful of volunteers, interns, and staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just south of Marco Island, the Cape Romano complex is an active nesting beach ... Read More »

Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1978 and named for the bay where thousands of wading birds roost and nest on certain mangrove islands. A lot of other birds also rely on this area for survival. Reserve staff and volunteers keep tabs on these bird populations as an indicator of estuarine health. I ... Read More »

Second Chance Sandbar Closed for Summer Nesting Season

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida, has closed the emergent sandbar located one mile southeast of Cape Romano, known as “Second Chance.” The sandbar, which is closed to public access annually from March 1 – August 31, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area ... Read More »

What Does the Future Hold for the Dome Home?

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In previous issues Coastal Breeze News has shared readers’ photographs and stories about their experiences with the Cape Romano dome home. Through these photos we have seen the rapid progression of the deterioration. The dome home is being literally swept away into the sea. Universally our readers have expressed concern over the fate of these ... Read More »

Exploring by Land

Coastal Breeze News Staff Coastal Breeze News would like to thank reader Rebecca Burg, who sent us these two photos, along with a video link of the Cape Romano dome home, from a time when the structures were still accessible by the beach. Rebecca, who describes the Marco Island dome houses as “enigmatic,” filmed her 2010 visit to Cape Romano ... Read More »

A Look Back at the Dome Home

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In our August 5, 2016 issue, Coastal Breeze News featured a story on the Cape Romano dome homes, haunting structures that are disintegrating and slipping away into the sea. Readers were encouraged to email us their experiences, stories and photos. The response was overwhelming, and we will be sharing these special memories in this, and ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

Reprinted from September 7, 2012 The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation ... Read More »

Sandbar Closed for Nesting Season

Submitted  By a unanimous vote, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) designated the Second Chance (SC) sandbar as a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) in November 2015. FWC Commissioner Liesa Priddy, a Southwest Florida resident, was an ardent advocate for the CWA designation and recently visited the SC sandbar. Commissioner Ron Bergeron and Chairman Brian Yablonski also were strong ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Promotes Five Members

Submitted Several members of the Marco Island Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have recently advanced in rank, culminating with the advancement of Major Cindy Dohm to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the August 17th Squadron meeting. A Promotion Ceremony honoring these advancements was conducted at the CAP hangar, located at the Marco Island Executive Airport on Mainsail Drive. ... Read More »

Interns Help Protect Sea Turtles at Rookery Bay Reserve

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters that protect 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has a big responsibility– and a devoted team of volunteers that work daily with staff to help achieve it. Through the Reserve’s citizen support organization, Friends of Rookery Bay, volunteers ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Marco Island

By Laurie Harris Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!   The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, the Boater’s Local Knowledge and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition ... Read More »

Holiday Family Fishing Fun

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com This is the time of year when friends and family come together to enjoy quality time during the holidays. I can think of no better way to enjoy time together than fishing in the magnificent inshore areas that South Florida has to offer. A good portion of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge ... Read More »

Protecting Beach Birds

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in cooperation with the Flor-ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has posted a small por-tion of beach on the south tip of Keewaydin Island and part of an emergent sandbar one mile southeast of Cape Romano to protect nesting habitat for least terns, black skimmers and Wilson’s plovers. These areas have been ... Read More »

Tales from the Cape: the Lost Years

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Nearly one year ago, Coastal Breeze News introduced readers to Bob Lee, the man who built the dome home at Cape Romano. His story was told through the recollections of his daughter, Janet Maples and grandson, Mike Morgan. Janet recalled the time her father first sold the dome home. It was 1989. She didn’t know what ... Read More »

Cape Romano Takes Third

By Natalie Strom – natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Only weeks ago, BuzzFeed.com came out with its list of “The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World.” Just after the underwater Christ of the Abyss in Italy and the Kolmanskop ghost town in the Namib Desert, is listed, in third place, the “Abandoned Dome Houses in Southwest Florida.” A photo and nothing more accompanies the ... 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 ... Read More »

The Pyramid of CAPE ROMANO

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “This is where it started. Do you see how far away the beach was? Never did we ever think the water would ever come that way. All the land was available but we decided not to buy where the domes were because we were afraid of erosion. Nevertheless, the erosion came from Marco and everything started ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Tidbits

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In order to learn more about endangered sea turtles of the Florida coast, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute hosts two sea turtle monitoring programs. Outlined at myfwc.com, the Statewide Nesting Beach Survey (SNBS) and the Index Nesting Beach Survey study and track nesting patterns of the five species ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation and ... Read More »

The inspiration of our land

Music Notes by Gator Nate Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com From the mangrove mazes of the 10,000 Islands, to the sawgrass flood plains of the Fakahatchee Strand, the little speck on the map that raised me is quite a land of inspiration. Southwest Florida is definitely “one-of-a-kind.” Nowhere on earth feels like this, and I couldn’t think of another place that I ... Read More »