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Everglades Student Showcase

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Throughout the summer, the Museum of the Everglades is featuring artwork by local students. The colorful and talent-filled artwork in its many different mediums lights up the display cases in the front room as visitors enter the museum. Located in the heart of Everglades City, only one block from City Hall, the Museum of the Everglades is run by the Collier County Museums, which encompasses the museums of Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee and Everglades City. The well-maintained museum is free to visit, and is filled with information and exhibits on the vibrant history of the Calusa ... Read More »

CBN Columnists Talk History

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] It’s a big year for Florida; so many reasons to celebrate. The year 2013 marks the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of Florida, the 85th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 90th Anniversary of Collier County – all of which are noteworthy in their own right. So, plan on parties throughout the year. Some may be similar to the night of May 8th, where a full auditorium celebrated the 90th Anniversary of Collier County thanks to the efforts of the Collier County Museums. The evening was held at North Collier Regional Park and promised four ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Turns 85

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Upon its completion, the Tamiami Trail was touted as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Barron Gift Collier, for whom our County is named, and D. Graham Copeland, for whom the town is named, were the men behind the incredible engineering feat. Since the completion of the road in 1928, motorists have been able to travel from Tampa to Miami, thus the name, with ease. Celebrating its milestone birthday, Everglades City threw a party worthy of the road that forever changed travel in Southwest Florida. Prior to the road, boats were really the only form of ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Celebration

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The Museum of the Everglades will be celebrating its biggest one-day event of the year on Saturday, April 27th; the 85th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928. The Museum will also be observing the arrival of Ponce de Leon to Florida as a part of the “Viva La Florida 500” celebration as well as Collier County’s 90th anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of Everglades City. After a free pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark, the Friends of the Museum have planned a great program, starting with a parade highlighting the Barron Collier High School Band, antique ... Read More »

Honoring National Everglades Day

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] In honor of the Second Annual National Everglades Day, April 6th, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) was ready to throw a party. Just last year the date was chosen as it is the birthday of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a champion of the Everglades, known best for her book, “The Everglades: River of Grass.” She was at the forefront of the fight towards redefining the Everglades as a treasured river rather than a useless swamp. Much has been learned about “The River of Grass” since Douglas wrote the book in 1947, but the devastation to ... Read More »

Meet the Marco Riders

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The Marco Riders have been religiously meeting on Sunday mornings for over 20 years.  Age, style, color or size, every bike and everyone is accepted. The Marco Riders isn’t so much of a club, but a loosely organized group of motorcycle enthusiasts, explains Carmen Dasti. “We meet at CVS on Sundays at around 8:45 AM and we decide where we want to go to breakfast. We usually have anywhere from 10 to 40 people.” The Marco Riders roster, however, boasts over 100 names. “Thank God they all don’t come at once,” jokes Dasti who is the current “leader” of the ... Read More »

Celebration, Cele-bra-tion, C’mon

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Approximately 100 attendees were present as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cut the ribbon during the formal dedication to open the new Tamiami Trail Bridge located in Miami-Dade County on March 19th. Eighty-five years ago, in April of 1928, the Tamiami Trail was completed, allowing motorists to travel by automobile from Tampa to Miami. At the time, it was considered one of the world’s great marvels. Since then, it has also unfortunately served as a dam, blocking the flow of the Everglades watershed from the north to the south. Within the next few months, the removal of the ... Read More »

Learn about Sanibel History!

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Author Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation at the 100th Birthday Celebration of Rutland House at the Sanibel Historical Village on Friday, March 22nd, at 10:30 AM. Repko has encapsulated Sanibel’s history in two books, “A Brief History of Sanibel Island” for adults and “The Story of Sanibel Island” for younger readers. Her lecture will give a brief overview of the island’s past and show old photos. She will be available after the talk for a book-signing. Repko has published other books about the history of the area including those about Everglades City, the Fakahatchee Strand, the life of ... Read More »

Everglades Museum shares Stoneman Douglas Legacy

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“In the history of the American environmental movement, there have been few more remarkable figures than Marjory Stoneman Douglas.” – The Independent of London From February 19th through the 23rd, Collier County Museums and the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades honored this heroic woman with the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival. Guided swamp, marsh and canoe tours, orchid walks, talks and classes, wild Everglades animal presentations and guest speakers made up the five-day event. Of all the walks, tours and talks, perhaps none was more interesting than the lecture by Captain Franklin Adams, a personal friend to Douglas. ... Read More »

AuthorFest: A Book Lover’s Delight

“After some months, Momma’s dream of living happily ever after with ‘Mr. Rodeo’ began to crumble… The dope did her in… Brief periods of calm were now overshadowed by long periods of fighting between Momma and Mr. Rodeo. Violent dramatic battles were followed by tearful reconciliations, and more than once, Momma woke us in the middle of the night and told us to start packing. We obligingly removed our clothing from our drawers, only to have her return a few minutes later and tell us to put everything back… But for me, the climax came one night when Momma and ... Read More »

Season Keeps On Buzzin’

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The 9th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is coming to a close this weekend. On Friday, February 22, there will be canoe trips, guided tours, an orchid presentation by the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, and a photography workshop. On Saturday, February 23, the day will be all about orchids. For more information on these events, call Martha at 239-695-0008. Also, visit website www.evergladesmuseum.org for a complete schedule of events and to join the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. A free pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours and a fly-in hosted by the Recreational Aviation ... Read More »

Art, Music and Outdoor Events

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By Patricia Huff Southwest Florida will be buzzing with lots of music this weekend. The 40th Annual Everglades Seafood Festival will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Everglades Community Church and a full schedule of great musicians, including two Nashville artists Jason Thomas on Saturday and Jerrod Niemann on Sunday. Wonderful seafood, arts & crafts, and children activities are planned for an exciting weekend. For more information, phone 239-695-2277 or visit the festival’s website at www.evergladesseafoodfestival.com. Don’t forget to stop by the Museum of the Everglades to meet Paul Marcellini, the Artist of the Month, with his photographs exhibited in ... Read More »

Laugh out Loud with Knights of Columbus

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] On Saturday, February 9, The Knights of Columbus will have you laughing all night long as they host an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Tim Walkoe. Sign up for this one-day event and chuckle in the name of children’s charities supported by The Knights of Columbus. If you haven’t heard of Tim Walkoe, you may as well be living under a rock. The Grand Prize winner of ABC’s “America’s Funniest People” has been on HBO, Showtime, A&E, TNN, PBS and much more. A headliner of over 100 comedy clubs nationwide, including the Comedy Stop in Las ... Read More »

Power Up Your Boating Skills This Season

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By Danielle Dodder As part of the Ten Thousand Islands, the National Park Service aptly refers to this area as “a labyrinth of water and mangroves.” Add approximately 5,000 area boats out at any given time to enjoy this natural beauty, and it’s not a big surprise that Collier is one of the top ten counties in Florida for boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The FWC adds that inexperience, inattention and speed were top causes of these accidents. “There are many reasons to understand safe boating around Marco Island,” points out Laura Carney of the ... Read More »

Re/Max Affinity Plus Franchise Bridges Tradition and Innovation

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By Danielle Dodder “Did you know that when you sell a house, you trigger a minimum of 18 other commercial transactions?” Debra Meredith-Peters is passionate about bringing home the point that her profession is a stronger engine for growth than it’s often given credit for in a post-real estate crash world. Peters is the broker/owner, who along with her partner, Rocky Farhat, purchased the Re/Max franchise on Marco after it was due to expire last fall. The partners also own Re/Max franchises in Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties and are excited to be extending their market share into Marco Island. ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Monday, January 14, the Calusa Garden Club held its monthly meeting at 1:00 PM in Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church. An optional pre-meeting workshop,”All About Vines,” was conducted at 11 AM by Sue Oldershaw and Donna Kay. Donna listed a variety of vines, including pictures, that can be used in Southwest Florida. The business meeting included updates on environmental issues, Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield, the garden therapy program, “How Our Garden Grows,” at Sanitasole, upcoming field trips, and planning for the March 16 – 17 flower show. Dolly Tomalina presented a ... Read More »

Nelson joins Python Challenge

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Saturday, January 12th, marked the start of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 2013 Python Challenge. The month long hunting competition aims to both educate the public and better understand the invasive Burmese python. Senator Bill Nelson joined the hunt alongside FWCC Commissioner Ron Bergeron on January 17th to bring awareness to the devastation of the Everglades caused by the constrictor snake. Before heading out on the hunt, Senator Nelson and Commissioner Bergeron addressed media alongside I-75 at the Mile Marker 41 Boat Ramp. Senator Nelson discussed the urgent need to control the ever-growing python ... Read More »

Season for Sneezing: Flu Arrives on Marco

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By Danielle Dodder The littlest members of the community are lining up for repeated hand washing throughout their school day and local pharmacies are running out of the flu vaccine. As visitors from all over arrive for warm beaches, so does the seasonal germ influx. Wash your hands and cover your nose; flu season is alive and well on Marco. Dr. Joe Vickaryous practices family medicine at the Marco Island Medical Center. He observes, “This season on Marco has seen unusually high numbers of flu cases in our practice.” Vickaryous adds that his cases span all age ranges and the ... Read More »

Voyage of Moonbeam

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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 »

Marco Players LIVE!

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By Julia Barnett Nestled in Marco Island’s Town Center Plaza, The Marco Players’ theater sits waiting to be filled for its next show; for laughter, for tears, for the next story to come alive inside its walls. Now in its 38th season, the Marco Players is a non-profit theater company that began putting on productions in hotels, churches and other borrowed locales. It eventually found the Town Center Plaza space and has made it home for the last thirteen years. The theater is run by a board of directors, all very hands-on in their involvement, whether it be financially or ... Read More »