Tag Archives: crew

Safe Boating Saves the Day

Submitted While May is National Safe Boating month, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISP) believes every day in every month is Safe Boating Day! In this issue, one of the members, Charlie Gentry, tells his story about an incident well offshore on board the Blue Chip, a boat he was delivering. A fire broke out and the training ... Read More »

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good – Not Necessarily in That Order

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s start with the Bad. The 30-foot Brazilian Pepper (BP) tree invasion is killing our native mangroves on Isles of Capri by crowding them from the sunlight they need to survive. Native to South America, they were introduced as an ornamental tree, but Avast, me hearties, they’ve changed the landscape and threaten ... Read More »

Firefighting on Your Boat

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  “Four boaters were rescued from the waters near Surfside, Texas as their boat burned Sunday afternoon (February 19, 2017),” according to the US Coast Guard. You read headlines like this and wonder what you would do if a fire broke out on your boat. How would you handle the situation? The first line of defense ... Read More »

Boaters Go Hunting: Scavengers On The Water

Submitted Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron recently held its 11th annual Digital Scavenger Hunt. Organized and scored by club members Mona and Rick Kelso, the marine scavenger hunt tested the skills, the visual acuity and most vividly the imaginations of six boat crews. At 10 AM the crews boarded their craft and opened the sealed packets that contained the ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Investigator White and Lieutenant Mahoney conducted plain-clothes foot patrol within the Big Cypress WMA with a primary focus on the feeding of alligators. Upon arrival, three subjects were fishing from a bridge which is posted as “No Fishing from Bridge.” They saw a juvenile catch a fish and dangle it over the water to entice the alligators located near the ... Read More »

Are You Ready to See Your New Post Office?

 By MJ Chaput It all started at our condo pool last fall. Apparently I was a little bored and had been watching too much HGTV “Fixer Upper” show, with Chip and Jo and their fabulous makeovers. I said to my fellow “water babies,” Joanie Fuller, Laurie Van Dorn, Linda VanMeter and Jane Ann Smith, that I would like to spruce ... Read More »

Condee’s 47th Anniversary Christmas Party

Submitted The Condee family invited all their employees and their spouses or guest to an elegant sit down dinner at Bistro Soleil to honor the holidays and the company’s 47th anniversary.  The soiree was short on the usual formal speeches and long on fun for the entire staff and crew. Erik Condee toasted everyone, thanking them for their hard work ... Read More »

Yacht Club Regatta to Set Sail

Submitted Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico on November 12, when the Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta takes place directly off Marco Island’s beach. Competing for sailing awards in Marco waters will be South Florida skippers and crew, in as many as 24 sailboats. Proceeds from the regatta will go ... Read More »

Happy Birthday to…Dolphins

Dolly, Halfway, Nibbles, Rangle, Sparky and Sydney…sounds like a random selection of words from a dictionary. In fact, these are the names of some adult female bottlenose dolphins seen in the Marco waters. So what do they have in common? All of the above gave birth to calves during the month of September! Baby dolphins can be born at any ... Read More »

Local “Lost And Found” Author Heads to TV

Stepping Stones Bob McConville What do you get when you combine high-tech satellite positioning with a search for pirate treasure off the coast of Marco Island? How about a great book with heroes and villains and more twists than a winding staircase. “Lost And Found” is a fictional story by local author and captain, Tom Williams, that was published in ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

Blessing the Fleet, Murder Mystery and More

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Something I question is what is happening to our United States of America? We always stood proud and held our flag and pledge to the highest degree. How can anyone earning $14 million and getting perks we common people will never have, not even stand for the National Anthem? And…now he’s the person some young people ... Read More »

Aerospace and Rocketry at Camp Mackle

Submitted  Excited voices chanting, “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Launch, launch, launch!” could be heard at Camp Mackle. On July 28, 2016, Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted an Aerospace Education and Rocketry Workshop at Camp Mackle for more than 60 children ages 6-12. Captain Jesse L. Baker told the campers about the services that ... Read More »

Letter to the editor

To the Editor: On Monday at Veteran’s Park on Marco Is., the Marco Island Strummers were asked to play patriotic music for the Veteran’s Day Celebration as they do every year. This year we parked a long way from where we were to set up. I would like to express my sincere thank you to the kind helpful fire rescue ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring has sprung, and with it, it brings one of the best months for fishing: May. Because of the mild and dry weather patterns and light wind, May is the perfect month to enjoy our local waters. The water is warming up into the 80s, attracting the fish to set out on their annual ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Dear County Commissioners and State Officials

Dear County Commissioners and State Officials: As a former first responder with law enforcement, certified EMT and CPR instructor, elected Marco Is. Fire Commissioner (mid 1990’s) and founding member of the Marco Is. Fire and Police Foundations, I have some knowledge and insight into the life saving importance of response times and actions of first responders to emergency situations. Before ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part IV

By Carol Glassman Not much happened the first week after Uncle Steve and his assistant Diana took over renovating and repairing the flood-damaged house, but at least I received frequent calls and was kept in the loop as the insurance company approved various steps. At the end of the second week, a team from the company that had installed my ... Read More »

We Love Lucille!

Submitted The Island Theater Company’s musical romp of the old Wild West, “Saga Of Roaring Gulch,” has reopened, featuring music director and piano player extraordinaire, Lucille Gaita. “We Love Lucille” is the mantra of the cast and crew of the Saga production. And Lucille “is thrilled to be working once again on the 20th year anniversary show.” Lucille has worked ... Read More »