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The Convicts have arrived! Convict fish that is…

Jim with a Sheepshead. photos by captain dan rapp

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Winter time here in SW Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snow birds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, and these are much welcomed convicts… AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish arrive in good numbers each winter to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars, and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they bare. In addition to being called Convicts, Sheepshead are sometimes ... Read More »

Join Us for “Discover Tigertail”

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Submitted Friends of Tigertail Beach is hosting “Discover Tigertail”, February 21, 2015 from 9AM to noon. This is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. There will be nine “information stations” spotted around the lagoon. Take part in seining for creatures from the lagoon or enjoy hands-on activities about loggerhead sea turtles, shore birds, sharks, butterflies, plants, seashells and more. Our specialists are from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Marco Shell Club. Featured again this year, will be the very popular scavenger hunt, “Question Quest”, enjoyed ... Read More »

Polar Bears Benefit Children

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Submitted Cuddly stuffed polar bears are now available to purchase and will be handed out to children in local hospitals. Sponsored by the Marco Island Shell gas station, these soft, plush bears will comfort children who are patients. The proceeds of the bears are being donated to a general fund for research, services and treatments by the Marco Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Having cancer is a bear for anyone, especially for children. Sponsoring a bear will help ease the pain. The polar bears are in keeping with this year’s theme for the 2015 Imagination Ball being held ... Read More »

CAPTIVATING CLASSICS

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com The 2015 Kiwanis Car Show did not disappoint classic car enthusiasts. Over 200 waxed, buffed and shined autos were on display at the Marco Healthcare Center grounds. It was a great day strolling under beautiful Marco Island skies and close to 3700 people took advantage of the opportunity to look under the hoods, check out interiors and peruse the glistening paint jobs. Whether your interest was in muscle cars, sports cars, antique cars, hot rods or specialty cars, there was something to see. Students from the Marco Island Academy Key Club assisted their parent Kiwanis Club. ... Read More »

Meals of Hope After 5

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Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES 26th ANNUAL OLD FLORIDA FESTIVAL March 7-8, 2015

The one and only Collier County Museums Old Florida Festival returns for a limited engagement,Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Collier County Museum. The Friends of the Collier County Museum invites guests to step back in time and visit Florida through the ages. The annual family-style event, now in its 26th year, brings together more than 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers and living history performers to recreate ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier. This year’s festival features mounted Spanish Conquistadors and Calusa Indians, pioneers, pirates, Cracker Cowmen, soldier’s camps ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON INVITES YOU BACK FOR THE WINTER SEASON

SPEND PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND AT SUN-N-FUN LAGOON! Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open weekends February 14 –May 24 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open on President’s Day, Monday, February 16 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon invites you back for the winter season. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends starting Saturday, Feb. 14. Come spend your weekend at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. The park will also be open on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 16. Sun-n-Fun Lagoon features great attractions for water park enthusiasts of all ages. They include: A waterslide that drops into Sunny’s Lazy River Five water slides that take you to a drop ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY LIBRARY TO HOST FIRST EVER AUTHOR AND BOOK FEST ONSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

The Collier County Public Library will honor our local authors at its first ever Author and Book Fest. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Join more than 30 local authors to discuss, celebrate and discover books for adults, children and teens. This is the perfect venue to meet local writers, purchase books and participate in several breakout sessions. Those sessions include: An 11 a.m. talk from local author D.K. Christi, who takes readers on a world tour from South Korea to ... Read More »

TBE Teacher Profile: Barbara Fields

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Barbara Fields knows kids. Not only does she have six children of her own, but she also has been teaching for the last 14 years — grades 2-5 and college. To date, she has taught in West Virginia, Virginia and South Carolina, and currently, she is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary. She has two bachelors degrees: one in education and one in recreation. She also has a masters degree in education/administration leadership. “People are fascinating, and teaching children is motivating and energizing!” says Fields. “I get to work ... Read More »

“Make Stuff Up!” with WOW Improv

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Submitted Let’s Make Stuff Up, explains the spontaneity and fun you’ll have with an evening of comedy with WOW Improv of southwest Florida. Improv comedy is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue are made up in the moment. WOW Improv practices short-form improvisational comedy where the improvisers use suggestions from the audience and act out scenes and theater games. If you enjoyed “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you’ll love WOW Improv! Many of the current rules of comedic improv were first formalized in Chicago in the late 1950s and early 1960s at The Second ... Read More »

Jane Watt, In Her Own Words

The students headed out en masse to Big Cypress, and they came prepared with mosquito nets.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jane Watt is many things. She is a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, an educated woman with a degree in zoology and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the founder and chairperson of Marco Island Academy (MIA) — the local public charter high school — she also is a woman from a small Midwestern town who moved to Southwest Florida and succeeded in bringing high-quality secondary education to Marco Island and its surrounding communities, and she did it with no background in education. Watt details ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Our Annual Town Hall Gathering with Commissioner Donna Fiala and a host of others will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Hall Auditorium. The museum has been kind enough to host these events ever since they opened, and we are so grateful. It’s a great place to hold a community “get together.” Along with Donna, you will meet County Manager Leo Ochs, who will give an overview of the county. Nick Casalanguida, the administrator for the County’s Growth Management Division, will update you on the construction taking place ... Read More »

New Public Relations Director for Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today appointment of local attorney William G. Morris as Public Relations Director for the Center. Morris is past president and a current member of the Board of Directors. Morris is a volunteer providing services that were previously provided by paid staff. The appointment is intended to streamline communication between the Center and the press. Morris will be responsible for preparing and transmitting information about Center events to local media and to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Morris assumes these responsibilities in addition to his volunteer efforts as a director and full time employment as a Marco Island attorney. The ... Read More »

Surge Wins First at Disney’s 3V3 World Championships

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Submitted Coach Jim Watt led three Marco Island Surge soccer teams to compete at the Disney 3v3 World Championship in January over the MLK holiday weekend. After three days of games, the U12 boys (and one girl) won first place in the open division. The U9 boys and U15 girls also gave a great effort with the U9 boys finishing in the final four out of 22 teams in the Open Division of the ESPN 3V3 Championship — a great feat as most of the team is U8 playing up to the U9 level. The Surge Soccer Academy continues to ... Read More »

“Big Little Lies”

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Liane Moriarty, 460 pages Penguin Group, 2014. Genre: Mystery Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” — Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot   “Big Little Lies” tackles some very serious issues but serves them up with a mega dose of humor. Moriarty’s characters are so artfully written that the reader can instantly visualize these people. By page 5, I was hoping that someone would make a movie out of ... Read More »

Argh, Matey!

‘Jumpin’ John Mincieli, Debi Goodaker and Bonnie Cottage guard the Pirates Day treasure chest.

By Don Manley Rain and wind outside did nothing to dampen spirits of the children and adults cavorting inside the Marco Island Historical Museum on a recent Saturday. The dank conditions also failed to significantly hold down attendance at the museum’s Third Annual Pirate Day festival, held from 10 AM-2 PM, Jan. 24. Pirate-themed crafts, face painting, pirate games and treasure hunts are the attractions at the family-themed event, where youths came decked out in their buccaneer best to solve puzzles, capture “treasure” and enjoy food, drink and all the museum has to offer. “It’s been a lot of fun, ... Read More »

‘Pinta,’ ‘Nina’ Dock in Marco Island

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On Friday, Feb. 27, the “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Marco Island. The ships will be docked at Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, until their departure early morning Monday, March 2. The “Nina” was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the “Nina” on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th ... Read More »

Marco Writers Publishes New Anthology

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By Don Manley “Of all those arts in which the wise excel, nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.” – The Duke of Buckinghamshire Sheffield (1649–1720)   Transforming creativity into finely wrought words upon a page is a passion for Marco Island Writers. It’s a skill the group’s members practice with a dedication that is displayed in their works, such as the group’s recently published anthology “Southwest Florida Stories & Poems.” The compilation contains 21 original stories and essays and 10 poems, all written by Marco Island Writers members with each work connected to life in Southwest Florida. Murder, romance, history, ... Read More »

OCMI Basketball Registration Now Open

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Submitted As the NBA season rolls on and the NCAA looks forward to March Madness, the Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) will be tipping off its 2015 Winter Basketball season under new leadership with a re-invigorated direction. “Basketball has become one of the leading global sports around the world. We’d like to get our program back on track and get everyone on the Island excited about the sport again,” commented Bob Bruni, one of the program’s directors. The season will begin practices in late February and games are slated for early March. New for basketball, OCMI plans to hold ... Read More »

Mid-Winter Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Snook are a sporty catch and release fish in the Winter.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Our mid-winter fishery here in the 10,000 Islands can prove to be full of action if planned properly. We have so many species of fish available to catch in the shallow flats and back water areas. Typical catches right now providing some good fresh fillets for dinner include speckled sea trout, sheepshead, redfish, black drum, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, pompano and silver trout. Other fish we are consistently catching for sport are snook, bluefish, ladyfish, black tip sharks, bonnethead sharks, jack crevalle and more. Looking ahead at the moon and tides, our full moon ... Read More »