Tag Archives: fish

Righting an Environmental Wrong

By Don Manley Restoring the Kissimmee River’s natural pathway has proven to be a resounding success in reviving the waterway’s ecosystem. But more work is required if the river’s terminus, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately, the Everglades are to be fully revitalized. That message was a key element of a presentation on the Kissimmee River Basin presented by ... Read More »

Rookies Says Goodbye to Marco Island

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Longtime Marco Island restaurant Rookies Bar & Grill has closed. The restaurant officially shut its doors in May after over 24 years in business. Rookies originally opened in 1992, back when Marco was a completely different island. The laid back bar and grill quickly became a staple for locals and visitors alike. Perhaps best known ... Read More »

MIYC: First to Install Mini Reef

Submitted The Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) is the first yacht club in Southwest Florida to install “Mini Reef” artificial marine habitat systems under its dock to support an environmental initiative to restore the cleanliness and aquatic diversity of the region’s canals and waterways. “The Marco Island Yacht Club is proud to participate in this important environmental program to create ... Read More »

Helping Sea Turtles, One Nest at a Time

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us An early-morning walk on the beach is routine for some Floridians and a treat for many visitors, but it is also part of an important summer job for a handful of volunteers, interns, and staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just south of Marco Island, the Cape Romano complex is an active nesting beach ... Read More »

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Aside from the usage of tobacco, your diet is one of the most important cancer risk factors that you have the ability to control. According to the American Cancer Society almost half of Americans don’t read product labels! Even though this is one of the best things you could do ... Read More »

Treasure Hunter Captain Carl Fismer Brings Treasure to Isles of Capri

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry When you hear that world-renowned treasure hunter Captain Carl Fismer, with 47 years of treasure hunting experience, is going to be the honored speaker at the Isles of Capri Community Center, you can bet your doubloons you’re going to be there to hear him! Capt. Carl, also known as “Fizz” to his ... Read More »

Aviation Appreciation Month

Did you know that Collier County’s three airports contribute more than $55 million to our local economy and are essential to Florida’s No. 1 industry, tourism? To celebrate this and more about our airports, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 2017 as Aviation Appreciation Month in Collier County at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 11. Collier ... Read More »

Kretch’s: A 30-Year Family Tradition

Submitted Family owned and operated, Kretch’s Restaurant has been serving up fine cuisine and excellent service in a pleas- ant, island atmosphere for 30 years. Husband and wife team, Bruce and El- len Kretschmer, and now son, Bruce, Jr., have a long history of preparing fresh, made-to-order dishes of sautéed, broiled, baked or fried fish, steaks and chops, ribs, chicken ... Read More »

Treating Customers Like Family For 34 Years

Submitted Trying to get Sandy Franchino to sit still for an interview is like trying to stop a whirling dervish from whirling! She’s up, she’s down. She’s opening shades to let the air in, she’s standing on a chair to adjust a ceiling fan, she’s responding to texts saying that she’s in an interview and will call them back, she’s ... Read More »

‘Come a Stranger, Leave a Friend’ Arturo’s Italian Restaurant

By Jesus Calo From the moment you walk through the entrance of Arturo’s Italian Ristorante, you know you are in for a unique dining experience. What draws you in is the wonderfully carved wooden door with a sign above stating, “The Art of Fine Italian Food and Fun.” When you dine in at Arturo’s, you are treated as one of ... Read More »

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 »