Tag Archives: Everglades

Canoe Through Collier Seminole

By Natalie Strom If only every day could start this way. Four days a week, naturalist volunteers at Collier-Seminole State Park lead a three-hour canoe trip through Blackwater River. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Naples, Marco and Everglades communities, the trips are informative, inexpensive, and most of all, peaceful. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, four ... Read More »

Boat Parade Celebrates Broadway

When I first moved to Florida, I met a woman named Louise. She lived in the condo I worked at on Marco Island; she was my first friend. Louise was 78 and lived alone. She complained about stomach pain and the next thing we knew, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Avow Hospice came to her condo and took care ... Read More »

Succulents in South Florida

Succulents and agaves are water-retaining plants that are well adapted to arid (dry), hot, sunny locations with poor soil conditions. This is because they store water in their leaves, stems or roots and require little or no water. The interest in these plants has been on the rise in the past few years as the cost of water for irrigation ... Read More »

Laugh out Loud with Knights of Columbus

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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 ... Read More »

Clyde Butcher on TEDx

Spend 12 minutes with Clyde Butcher on YouTube tonight and discover what inspires the man behind the famous black and white photos of Big Cypress. On December 12, 2012 Butcher took part in a one-day lecture series entitled “Creativity Matters.” Held at the Ringling Museum Campus, the TEDx Sarasota event was filmed and has been uploaded for all the world ... Read More »

LIKE Watching Paint Dry

Celebrated artists of Southwest Florida will lend new meaning to the old expression, “like watching paint dry” on February 6, during 2013’s Wet Paint Live event. Presented by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, this annual day of charity gives 21 artists six hours to turn a blank canvas into their own “Marco masterpiece.” Beginning at 9 AM, artists will ... Read More »

Power Up Your Boating Skills This Season

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 ... Read More »

Re/Max Affinity Plus Franchise Bridges Tradition and Innovation

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, ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club

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. ... Read More »

Nelson joins Python Challenge

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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 ... Read More »

Season for Sneezing: Flu Arrives on Marco

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. ... Read More »

Nero Continues To Fiddle While Rome Burns: Part II

Suggested Economic Reforms By Roy Eaton It is correct to criticize Congress for past failures, because their lack of insight, complacency, inattentiveness, and inability to compromise has led to our current fiscal dilemma. Congress’s incompetence and laissez faire attitude has compromised the integrity of a balanced system of government that has nearly ceased to function. Two unfunded wars and an ... 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 ... Read More »

Marco Players LIVE!

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 ... Read More »

The Predator of the Sea: Marco’s Commercial Shark Fishing

By Craig Woodward The former Coconut Island was a traditional place to raft up your boat, along with your friends’ boats, on a lazy Sunday afternoon and have a cookout on the beach while everyone swam and simply relaxed. It was a beautiful location – just north of the future Hideaway Beach, due east of Isles of Capri, situated in ... Read More »

AMIKids Big Cypress: Turning Boys into Men

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Everyone deserves a second chance; a fresh start; a clean slate. At AMIKids Big Cypress, at-risk male youths are offered just that. Teens are sent to the program for anywhere from six months to a year depending on their juvenile criminal history. Rather than treating these boys as criminals, they are shown love and compassion and ... Read More »

Farmers Market Focus Arrowhead Beef: Florida raised & grass-fed

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Beef – it’s what’s for dinner. And now you can purchase it at the Marco Island Farmers Market. Newcomer to the Wednesday market at Veterans Park is Arrowhead Beef, offering farm-direct, hormone-free, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef from Florida. What a mouthful! And what a concept! Co-founded in 2010 by George Fisher and Tom Pellizzetti, Arrowhead Beef, ... Read More »

Music, Food and Fun

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com If you’re coming to spend a day in the ‘Glades, start off your morning with a pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours at the Everglades Airpark on Saturday, January 26, from 10:00 AM to noon. Everyone is welcome. For information, phone Chuck at (239) 695-3296. The River of Grass Greenway project is ... Read More »

Bumper Crop

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com It is common knowledge on Marco Island that Florida Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) are present, popular and so abundant that they are found in almost every neighborhood on the island. Not only do our residents enjoy these charismatic birds of prey, but people travel from all over the world to see them. Professional photographers charge ... Read More »