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One Day Cruising the Danube

The Cataracts: Some riverside buildings seem to rest on the water. PHOTOS BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our anniversary trip was a cruise on the eastern Danube River. Our ship, the River Aria, is run by Grand Circle Cruise Line. Most of the actual cruising, though, was at night while the passengers slept, and by the time we woke for breakfast, the boat would be docked. So, on most days our waking time was not cruising onboard the boat, but walking about the towns and cities where the boat docked; Odd to call that cruising. One day, however, was spent cruising through the most spectacular section of the eastern Danube, the Cataracts. ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club to Install New 2015 Bridge Officers

Submitted On Saturday, Jan. 24, the Marco Island Yacht Club will hold its gala annual event, the Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. New officers will be installed at the formal and festive event, which will be held in the Harbor Dining Room, overlooking the yacht basin, the Marco River and the Jolley Bridge spanning the river. In preparation, Clubhouse Manager Tom Leonard and his staff are planning for more than 80 members and guests. Dress is formal, with gentlemen wearing either the MIYC club uniform or black tie. The time-honored installation ceremony, Change of Watch, is based on the ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Ruth E. Roseboom


Ruth Elaine Roseboom, 82, of Celebration, FL, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. She was born on Feb. 1, 1932, in Chillicothe, Ohio, the daughter of the late Wilbert and Clara (Leasure) Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband John, son Bret and daughters Kelly and Joni. Surviving are her son Matt; sister Mary Marie Blue; grandchildren Amy Kearns, Michael Flesher and Chris, Kevin and Quinn Roseboom; and great-grandchildren Austin and Justin Kearns. Ruth was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in Ohio. She was a mother, wife and homemaker most of her life in Ohio, but most ... Read More »

Don’t Let PWC Men Pretty Wild Character


By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons While many operators of personal water craft (PWC) are careful to obey the laws of the water road and of courtesy, some people seem electrically charged by the handle bars. Like the results of Dr. Frankenstein’s machine, they are transformed into mindless monsters. These drivers grab the handle bars, throw their heads back, and mindlessly speed off. I have seen PWC’s running into the face of waves in attempts to do 360 degree flips. Of course, most of them fall backwards into the water with the machine on top of them — ... Read More »

Boating Safety: Carbon Monoxide


By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons® Even though boaters are normally out on the open water, carbon monoxide still poses a significant threat. This odorless and colorless gas is extremely poisonous and was almost fatal on a recent boating trip. We had 12 boats cruising lazily down the Florida Intracoastal. Suddenly, the boat in front of us started to weave side to side. Shortly after, it swerved hard to starboard and headed toward the shoals. The captain didn’t answer my hail, and when I pulled alongside, we found him lying on the deck with his wife trying to ... Read More »

Wilma and Harold’s Lightweight Adventure

Rooftop view of Reykjavik from the Hallgrimskirkja church. PHOTOS BY WILMA SANDERS

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Unless cruising, which is not our preferred method of travel, grappling with luggage can take some of the pleasure out of a journey. For domestic destinations, we usually use just two carry-ons and a back pack. We literally do carry on our luggage and deal with TSA restrictions by buying any large sizes of liquids or gels, such as toothpaste, when we arrive. For month-long treks to Europe, we bring one larger size suitcase, one carry-on size, which we check, and a backpack. The backpack contains our electronics, items we may want on the ... Read More »

The Newest Love Boat


By Ewout Rijk de Vries Twenty seven years ago the TV series “The Love Boat” ended. It was this show that first introduced “cruising” to the American public. During the record nine years the show aired, people everywhere hummed the popular theme song and the show helped make the romance of cruising a dream for many. The original ship used for the show, the Pacific Princess, was sold by Princess Cruises in 2003 and last summer – ten years later – moved to a scrapyard in Turkey. At the same time Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge christened the line’s ... Read More »

Voyage of Moonbeam


by Fran Diebler I will be following s/v Moonbeam and her crew as they sail from Marco Island and through the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand completing a Pacific Circuit. Moonbeam is a 52’ Island Packet Cutter. There will be updates from time to time as they push forward to achieve their objective which is from Marco Island to New Zealand via the Panama Canal, visiting many South Pacific Islands along the way. A return trip to Marco by completing the circumnavigation is expected in the Spring of 2014. Ken Bardon, owner and skipper of the s/v Moonbeam, is a ... Read More »

The Convicts have arrived!


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Wintertime here in Southwest Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snowbirds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, but these are much welcomed convicts…AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish begin to arrive in big numbers about this time each year 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 “wear.” In addition to being called convicts, sheepshead ... Read More »

Lobster Guac Cocktail


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Looking for something different to do with your Florida Spiny Lobster tails this season? Yeah, it’s hard to beat grilled tails drenched in seasoned butter, but you are going to need an appetizer to wash down those cool bevies while the tails are cooking right? Let me show you a quick and easy way to make a cool and fresh appetizer that will knock your guest’s sombreros off. First off, get your tails split and seasoned up. Take a large knife and split the tops of the tails and crack them wide open. Now ... Read More »

Mangrove Snapper Fishing


LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink The first three articles of the “Lady Anglers Corner” in Coastal Breeze addressed the many benefits sport fishing provides, tackle selection and what conditions and structure to look for when seeking fish. Now it’s time to start fishing using the skills mentioned in previous articles to your benefit! This author suggests testing your skills with local mangrove or gray snapper fishing. Mangrove or gray snappers are quite common around mangrove edges, reefs, rocks, docks and other structures. This is one reason why starting with snapper fishing is a good idea as your likelihood of ... Read More »

Wheeling into 2013


PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour If you are reading this, either the world didn’t end, or you snuck out of your bunker and hopefully pedaled your bike to the closest newsstand and grabbed this issue of Coastal Breeze. Whatever the reason, I am happy we are all still alive and you have found the time in your renewed life to read my article. As I look towards 2013, and reflect on 2012, I think about all the bicycles I see, whether on the back of cars, in bike racks, at stores or schools, and the hundreds of people I ... Read More »

Fishing the cooling trends


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Our typical weather patterns are here as December rolls into January, and we are seeing some of our first 40 degree mornings here in the 10,000 Islands. It is certainly our coolest period of the year, however the days when the fronts are absent, the sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70’s, can make for some awesome fishing! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the Full ... Read More »

The Devil in the Details


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 »

GETTING STARTED: Expert tips on where and how to


LADY ANGLER’S CORNER Capt. Mary Fink  In the mangrove maze of South Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, fish are plentiful. The key to productive fishing, however, often depends upon your ability to find the fish and to use the existing environmental conditions to your advantage. Among these conditions are factors like water temperature, depth, wind direction and strength, tidal exchange, moon phase and structure. This author believes that, of these factors, tidal exchange and the presence of structure are most important, as structure provides habitat and tidal movement provides forage or food for fish, especially during an incoming tide. Structure ... Read More »

Art in the Glades


BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  In the Glades, we begin the month of December with the ever-popular Pancake Fly-In. On Saturday, December 1, Wings 10,000 Islands will host a pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark from 10:00 AM. until noon. Everyone is welcome! For information, phone Chuck at (239) 695-3296. The following evening Dr. Roger Hammer, author of Everglades Wildflowers and other books, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner/Talk on Sunday, December 2, at the Everglades Seafood Depot. Tickets for the delicious roast beef buffet are $30 for members and $40 for guests. For ... Read More »

A fantastic time to fish


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Typical to this time of year, we are seeing some mild cooling trends to both the air and water temperatures here in the 10,000 Islands. Weather trends are usually about the same right now up until the middle of December, when we typically see our first major cold fronts come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in November which brought the night temperatures down into the low 50’s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down ... Read More »

Understanding local tides


FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps As fall turns into winter here in the 10,000 Islands, we are presented with some daily challenges and obstacles that require more thought and planning prior to starting your day of fishing. One aspect of planning your day can be accomplished far in advance and that is determining your tides. Tide charts are available spreading out years in advance. Here I will explain tides in layman’s terms to help keep it simple for those new to tide prediction. There are more technical explanations on the Internet that can be found with a simple Google ... Read More »

Choosing the right tackle for the right reason

Nice Red caught on light tackle. PHOTO BY MARY FINK/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

LADY ANGLER’S CORNER Capt. Mary Fink  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced lady angler, one of the most important decisions you should make before setting out for a day of fishing is that of tackle selection. Fishing tackle can be defined quite simply as: a rod, a compatible reel, fishing line, hooks, lures and possible live bait selection. This author recommends light tackle for most types of fishing for both novice and experienced anglers. Light salt water tackle would include a reel with a line capacity and strength in the 8-15 pound range and a rod that ... Read More »

Something for everyone in the Swamp

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff  The holidays are approaching and more events are being planned in the Swamp. Big Cypress Gallery is hosting its “Annual Holiday Book Signing” with Clyde Butcher on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24. Clyde’s books make great holiday gifts, especially with a special note from Clyde. For more information call (239) 695-2428. The Everglades Society for Historical Preservation will host its first program of the season on Friday, November 30, at 5:30 PM in the Everglades Community Church annex. Marco Island historian Betsy Perdichizzi will present “Pioneering Medicine in the Marco Wilderness” based ... Read More »