Tag Archives: equipment

Anchors Aweigh!

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  Did you know that an anchor is NOT a required piece of safety equipment for boats in the state of Florida? They are “recommended” safety equipment, along with bilge pumps and an oar or paddle. Personally, I would never want to be on a boat without one. I actually have two on my boat. Apart ... Read More »

Emergencies on the Water Are You Prepared

Submitted In conjunction with and in support of the 2017 National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) campaign, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux) Flotilla 95, Marco Island, will present an “On the Water Emergency Safety Seminar.” Three sessions will be held on May 20th, at the Marco Island Historical Society’s Rose Auditorium located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The different ... Read More »

Stevens Landing: A Boater’s Dream

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 414 condos were listed for sale on Marco Island ranging from $118,000 for a 406 square foot studio at Southwinds to a $6,250,000 five bedroom penthouse at Belize. Four of the condos for sale last week were at Stevens Landing. One of the unique condo complexes on the island, Stevens Landing ... Read More »

Charter a Boat on Your Next Vacation

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Summer is approaching fast, and with it we’ll see family trips, great fishing spots, and lots of fun in the sun. If you are a fishing enthusiast, or even new to the fishing experience, then chartering a boat on your next vacation offers many benefits that you are sure to appreciate. Chartering is a ... Read More »

TO YOUR HEALTH Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System I hope the title of this week’s column is thought provoking. Yes, we all have an actual heart, but caring for that heart is another matter entirely—especially as we get older, and the risk of heart disease rises exponentially. Heart care at Physicians Regional Healthcare System focuses on the ... Read More »

BIG TIME AT GOODLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: Lindsey Graham Comes to Town

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Yes, Goodland has a church. It has only about 35 members, a 61-year-old pastor, no board of elders, and only one deacon, but it’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. (I will be doing a later article on its history.) We’re not just Collier County’s favorite tourist destination. On Sunday, March 12, ... Read More »

Float Plans Save Lives

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  It was 9:30 PM and Jim’s wife was getting worried. Her husband and three friends had gone off fishing earlier that day and should have been home by now. Jim never mentioned that they might be later than his normal return home time of 5:30 PM. In fact, Jim really hadn’t mentioned much about this ... Read More »

Fire Extinguishers on Your Boat

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  The US Coast Guard has regulations for the minimum number of extinguishers the average boat needs to have onboard. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend you carry an additional extinguisher above the minimum. US Coast Guard-approved, marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire ... 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 »

Land Development Code Update Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides One of the most perplexing and complicated issues to be tackled by the city staff and Planning Board in the last year is moving forward. The consultant hired to review the Land Development Code (LDC) has completed Phase 1 and had 33 issues identified for review. Those issues were forwarded to the City Council at their ... Read More »

Getting Started/Briefing Guests

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 By Doug Johnson Before getting underway, there are a few simple things that can be done to make the trip more enjoyable and safer. Start with checking the weather, tides and your vessels systems and gear and make sure your boat registration is aboard. Your guests should be familiar with your boat and its safety ... Read More »

PBS Documentary Features Score by JRobert

By Scott Shook Marco Island’s reigning Artist of the Year, JRobert Houghtaling, is excited for the debut of the PBS documentary, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles.” Houghtaling composed the score for the hour-long special—an honor the venerable musician considers the highlight of his outstanding musical career. “This is it, man. This is the one I’ve been waiting for,” ... Read More »

Under the Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

By Maria Lamb Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this ... Read More »

Fashion of the Heart

By Samantha Husted  To walk the runway is art. A model needs just the right amount of attitude, confidence, and personal swag to conquer the catwalk. Marco Island is home to a variety of fashion shows—usually showcasing trending styles of resort wear and almost always benefitting a specific cause or charitable venture. Marco Island models are well practiced. On February ... Read More »

Quarter Auction: Fun Way to Help Swim Team

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Want to try something different and fun while helping the Marco Island Swim Team raise needed funds? If you answered “Yes,” then check out the Quarter Auction on Saturday, February 18 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sandhill Street, Marco Island. You may be wondering, what exactly is a Quarter Auction? A Quarter Auction ... Read More »

Who You Gonna Call?

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As this column runs throughout the year, I often find myself writing for an audience of full-time residents. However, we are blessed with a seasonal influx of visitors from around the globe. As a community, we need to care for our part-time residents and guests just as they take ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement 

Officers Johnson and Tidwell were patrolling Dollar Bay and observed a vessel without navigational lights on while boating at night. During the vessel stop, Officer Tidwell observed that the vessel did not have a hull identification number (HIN). The officers then proceeded to follow the vessel to Bayview Boat Ramp and Officer Tidwell noticed another mullet skiff at the dock. ... Read More »

Equipment Check

Coach Wayne’s Corner By Wayne Clark As a coach and instructor, my customers and students frequently ask me, “What kind of tennis racquet or pickleball paddle should I buy?” Like purchasing anything today, it can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing because there is so much to choose from. In both tennis and pickleball, racquets and paddles were originally made of ... Read More »

Wishing Public Safety Personnel a Happy Holiday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I write this week’s column, I am very aware of the wonderful celebrations that are ongoing across this great nation of ours. Families, neighbors and friends are celebrating this glorious holiday season. However, as many of you know, I have a background in both the fire service and law enforcement. I cannot ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities presents $200,000 to FGCU and FSW

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently presented $200,000 to both Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) to award scholarships to qualifying students within their health care programs. Over the past eight years, the organization has granted more than $1.6 million to FGCU and FSW for programs and scholarships focused on pediatrics. “At SWFL Children’s Charities, ... Read More »