Tag Archives: fish

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good – Not Necessarily in That Order

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s start with the Bad. The 30-foot Brazilian Pepper (BP) tree invasion is killing our native mangroves on Isles of Capri by crowding them from the sunlight they need to survive. Native to South America, they were introduced as an ornamental tree, but Avast, me hearties, they’ve changed the landscape and threaten ... Read More »

Presentation by Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary’s Carl Way

Submitted At the final meeting of the program year, Calusa Garden Club members enjoyed an educational presentation by Carl H. Way, Marco Island resident and chairman of Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary and Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. Way presented a slide show with information and potential plans for the Nature Preserve, and also outlined how the Marco ... Read More »

Renowned Anthropologist Defines Calusa

Submitted What do we know about the indigenous tribe known as the Calusa? Get an update on April 4, at Rose History Auditorium, from acclaimed anthropologist, researcher and professor Dr. William Marquardt. His lecture, which begins at 7 PM, will briefly review what has been learned about the Calusa over the past 30 years and also cover the newest discoveries ... Read More »

Vintage Bay – Tranquil, Gated & Spacious

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Vintage Bay is a tranquil, secluded gated community located off San Marco Road with only 132 condos. It is nestled on about 20 acres of lush plantings and mature tropical trees along the edge of Barfield Bay. The four identical buildings A, B, C and D were built between 1997 and 2006. Each ... Read More »

Shell Club Prepares for 7th Annual Shell Show

By Samantha Husted  In preparation for the Marco Island Shell Club’s 37th Annual Shell Show, Shell Club members met to create some one-of-a-kind shell art. The club members met at Dissler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island. The same location where the upcoming show will take place. Rows of large round tables were set up throughout the room. ... 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 »

Everglades Update: Restorations

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Join Bob at the Marco Island ... Read More »

Project’s Final Legacy Reef Named

Submitted Recent residents to Marco Island, Chris Haunschild and his wife Jennifer, read an article about the Artificial Reef Project and wanted to provide a lasting gift for the people of Marco Island and Southwest Florida. “We moved our family here for the unique beauty and traditional values,” stated Chris Haunschild, “and wanted to provide a place for marine life ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON INVITES YOU BACK

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon invites you back for the winter season. The park will open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Saturday, Feb. 18. The park will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, for the President’s Day holiday. The Lazy River is under construction, so the Collier County Parks & Recreation Division is offering a special admission rate ... Read More »

Agricultural Tours in Collier 

Join the University of Florida/IFAS for a tour of farms and other agricultural operations in Collier County. The tour is Wednesday, March. 15, departing from Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples, Florida . Two tour times are available: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Not only will this change give us a chance to showcase ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier 

While performing dockside inspections at Marco River Marina, Officer Lugg observed a charter vessel returning to the dock. The captain began offloading fish onto a dockside cleaning table after his guests departed from his vessel. The officer approached the captain and performed a marine fisheries inspection. He found that the captain possessed two undersized spotted trout and an undersized pompano. The captain admitted to ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

By Linda Colombo The Friends of Tigertail Beach presented their twelfth Breakfast & Birds for the community on Saturday, January 28th. Over sixty attendees arrived to share donuts and hear information about the birds they could be spotting that morning. Vice President Susan Kubat and member Fran Huxley, who are also beach walkers for the Conservancy, gave their talk on ... Read More »

Our Oyster is Your World

Submitted The Carvelli Family has created a little slice of their homeland in the quaint atmosphere of Marco Island. The family shared a cherished memory from their childhoods in Mesoraca, Italy, when the entire family and friends sat at the table to share meals and conversations. Brothers Luigi, Sal and Francesco Carvelli with cousins Adamo and Francesco Serravalle opened the ... Read More »

Finding Neverland…The Marsh Trails

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  “Second star to the right and ... Read More »

Specialty Olive Oils at Farmers Market

By Maria Lamb Every Wednesday, Executive Chef Rasheed Shihada of Olive Oil of the World is at his tent at the Marco Island Farmers Market showcasing a variety of olive oils from all over the world. A good selection of 12-year aged balsamic vinegars are also featured. This is Chef Rasheed’s eighth season at Marco’s Farmers Market. Chef Rasheed also ... Read More »

Protecting Marco’s Waterways

Submitted Being an island, we on Marco are surrounded by water. Water is our way of life, with over 100 miles of man-made canals. We have the Marco River, Factory Bay and Big Marco Pass to the north; Barfield Bay to the east; the Gulf of Mexico to the west; and Roberts Bay and Caxambas Pass at our south end. ... Read More »

Health Improvement Program Changes Lives

Submitted John Joyce lost 35 pounds, and attributes much of that to a YMCA program that is gaining momentum, CHIP. It’s the Complete Health Improvement Plan, and its goal is to encourage a plant-based diet and exercise along with resultant physical and well being. Joyce is being hailed as the “poster child” of the program. “Did you see me on ... Read More »

Sip and See to Benefit Women’s Scholarships

Submitted P.E.O., a philanthropic education organization that provides scholarships for women, will host a Christmas “Sip and See” Open House. The event will be held at the home of Marian Harris, 7 Blue Hill Court, Marco Island on Friday, December 9, from 9:30 AM to 12 PM.  A donation of $10 will be taken at the door. All proceeds will ... Read More »