Tag Archives: equipment

CAP Helps Expand ADS-B Coverage

Submitted Senior Member, Mike Webb, assistant communication officer for the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol Squadron FL-376, the technical brain behind the effort announced on the Fourth of July: “Mission accomplished…you did it fellas…250-mile range…23,000 reports received…I hope we can see our aircraft all the time now, while on missions and the Coastal Patrol over the Everglades and the Ten ... Read More »

Trailering Your Boat Safely, Part III

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  Over the past two issues we have tackled the art of trailering your boat to a boat launch ramp and successfully getting the boat into the water. This week we will help you recover your boat and get it back on the trailer for the return trip home. One word of caution here, you have ... Read More »

Lightning Strikes Tigertail Beach Business

By Jesus Calo In the midst of Marco Island’s recent flood storm earlier in June, lightning struck near the hut at Tigertail Beach Rentals located on the entrance of Tigertail Beach. Everything (electrical) in the rental hut got fried. The lightning affected the electrical wiring, which carried the current through every outlet the surge could reach. The damage included the ... Read More »

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed ... Read More »

FWC Collier County Law Enforcement

While working in Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park on Memorial Day, Lieutenant Mahoney was approached by a frantic man stating his four-year-old cousin had been missing from the family picnic area for at least thirty minutes. After gathering the information for the missing child, park staff and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office were notified of the incident. Just as the search ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados.  Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  The second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves Fire Station and Nautical Garage

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Station 51 On June 2, City of Marco Island staff brought before the Planning Board a Site Development Plan (STP) for approval. The plan dealt in every detail of the proposed new two-story fire station building. The newly proposed Station 51 would be two stories in height and be capable of housing both an engine company ... Read More »

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 »