Tag Archives: damage

Saving One Brown Pelican at a Time

By Maria Lamb Brown Pelicans are always looking for an easy meal and often times they’ll swoop in on a catch just as an angler is reeling it in. According to Jonee Miller, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, “Pelicans are very adaptable birds and for this reason, they get themselves into big trouble as they ... Read More »

We Are Back…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com President Obama in 2012 drew a red line in the sand and warned the murderous leader of Syria, Bashar Al Assad that should he choose to use chemical weapons on his own people, he will pass the red line. Well, the Obama line was crossed repeatedly but the meek president did not do anything about ... Read More »

Spring Has Sprung, Your Diamonds Shouldn’t

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Spring is in the air, and so is the humidity. The crowds are beginning to wane and traffic is becoming bearable. It’s also time to clean and check your fine jewelry. By fine jewelry, I mean your gold, platinum and gemstone jewelry. It’s time to check the important components that hold your gemstones in the ... Read More »

Former Bridge Trolls State Fundraiser to Help One of Their Own

By Scott H. Shook The massive 7,230 acre fire in Picayune Strand State Forest in early March hit particularly close to home for Marco Islanders Caroline Snyder and JRobert Houghtaling. Their longtime friend and fellow “Bridge Troll” Steve Thomas was fighting for his life—and for his home as the fire raged. Thomas survived, and he saved his home. But his ... Read More »

Oil & Gas Exploration to Begin in Big Cypress

Submitted March 27 was the date set for the Burnett Oil Company to begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge had yet to rule whether the work could proceed. The National Park Service approved seismic surveys on 110 square miles of sensitive wetlands in Big ... Read More »

‘Purity’ By Jonathan Franzen

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Don’t you like me?” she whispered. “Actually, I love you.” When I pick up a Jonathan Franzen novel, I have a certain expectation for a fluidity of writing and meandering narrative. I expect the author to use family and journeys, deep introspective thinking and humor. “Purity” is missing something of that thoughtful, heavy edge, but truthfully, ... Read More »

What’s Your Ethical Threshold; Sustainable Investing

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” ~ Potter Stewart of “I know it when I see it” fame. United States Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1915-1985. Question: I’ve been reading about sustainable investing. Is this the same as socially responsible investing? Answer: ... Read More »

Sascha’s Salon Offers Brazilian Blowouts

Submitted What in the world is a Brazilian Blowout and why do I need it? This is the kind of comment you hear often at Sascha’s Salon on Marco Island. Salon owner and hair designer, Maria Elena Pujol, says it’s easier to show clients than to tell them. “It’s the perfect application for our high humidity lifestyle here in Southwest ... Read More »

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix. Gradually, those cells start to develop pre-cancerous changes, but only in some women will this develop into cancer. Having regular Pap tests will detect changes in these cells, and if any changes occur, a doctor will be able to closely monitor the ... Read More »

Station 51 Replacement

• By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Firefighters respond to a number of incidents each year, some are memorable, while others tend to fade as time passes. July 7th of this year the crew from Station 51 was returning from a routine medical call to their quarters on East Elkcam Circle.  That crew immediately recognized that something was amiss at their station ... Read More »

The Sand Comes Trucking In

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides   Earth Tech Enterprises of Naples took to the South Beach area of Marco Island like a small, but finely tuned platoon of “combat engineers” as they prepared the way for the delivery of over 900 truckloads of newly mined high quality beach sand from the quarries owned by Stewart Mines in Immokalee last week. The ... Read More »

New Camera for Marco CAP

Submitted Taking advantage of the newest camera technology popularized by brands like GoPro and Garmin for sports and extreme action videos, as well as the experience gained by California and Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Wings in using the Garmin cameras in real-life disaster situations, over their summer fires, the Florida CAP Wing launched a program to test a few ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

Hurricane Threat

By Jay Fernandes  Hurricane season is upon us again and we are all watching weather maps to be ready and prepared. Much of the knowledge and information we acquire is accumulated from years of experience and listening to others. Most of us have assets at risk which are exposed to wind and sea. Our Marco boating citizens have been challenged ... Read More »

Guest Commentary: Protect Our Tortoises – You Can Help

Marco Island offers a beautiful and diverse habitat that is home to many native species. Nearly everyone knows about the burrowing owls that live with us in our neighborhoods, but many may not be as familiar with our other burrowing animal – the gopher tortoise, a large, long-lived reptile. The life of a gopher tortoise revolves around a tunnel-like burrow ... Read More »

5 Tips For Boaters To Beat The Heat

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The mid-summer heat has arrived, but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Still, with the heat can come the risk of sunburn and skin damage, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So before you head out into the boat, here are a few ways you can stay cool in the summer heat. Tip 1: Stay ... Read More »