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FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Lugg and Johnson were on land patrol when they were dispatched to a call reporting that a male was fishing from the beach and keeping undersized snook. When they arrived on scene they saw a male fitting the description of the fisherman described earlier. The officers concealed themselves and watched the male for approximately 20 minutes. After identifying the man’s personal belongings, which included a cooler, the officers approached the man and questioned him. Officer Johnson opened the man’s cooler and discovered two undersized snook. The subject was cited accordingly. Lieutenant Mahoney and Officer Johnson were fueling their patrol ... Read More »

150 Pound Tarpon Caught In The Marco River

Matt Stark, left, and Captain Ted Naftal display a 150 lb Tarpon  caught in the Marco River. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On June 25, 2015 a trio of guests from Randolph, NJ joined Captain Ted Naftal on board the Miss Nancy II for a day on the waters around Marco Island. Brother and sister Matt and Mattie Stark were joined by their grandfather Jim Grecco, with hopes of catching something good for dinner. Little did they know what was in store for them. Not too far from the Rose Marina basin and working the sand bars and mangrove treelines, Mattie had a catfish for bait on her line. Using 40 lb test line, she felt a ... Read More »

Move to Marco Didn’t Mean Leaving Winter Fun Behind for Skip Merriam

Even the spirits behind the counter can’t warm the bar made of ice. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Skip Merriam left winter behind when he and his wife moved to Marco Island from New England. But the upstate New York native’s love of wintertime outdoor activities was too firmly ingrained to be discarded like a no longer needed goose down coat. That is why Merriam has travelled to the frozen North each year for the last 15 years, for group snowmobile trips lasting several days and covering hundreds of miles. His most recent trip, from February 5 through February 11, was to the wilds of northern Quebec, where he and nine other men rode the ... Read More »

Fly Fishing on the Middle Provo

There is fly fishing year round on the Middle Provo, even when the ground is snow covered. photoS BY Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber This column is my husband’s idea. He suggested I write about something in which he is interested. So, at least this week, no museums, no churches, and except for a quick mention, no shopping, no restaurants,…..just a river and some fish. To learn more about fly fishing and the Provo River, I met with Ben Nelson, Matt Puodziunas, and Peter Robinson of Trout Bum 2 in Park City, Utah. Trout Bum 2 is a comprehensive retail and guide service. In 2013 and 2014 it was named Park City’s best fly fishing shop by readers of the ... Read More »

Under the Sea

We circled the reef site while awaiting a thumbs up from the divers. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray The sky was overcast and the wind was blowing a cold snap our way in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 when I donned my jacket and gloves and joined the 120-person roster on board the Big Cat Express at Rose Marina in Marco Island. We lucky few would soon witness the ribbon cutting ceremony and deployment of the first cluster in Southwest Florida’s new artificial reef. The official kick-off ceremony for the deployment was held Jan. 8 at the reef material staging site located on Collier Boulevard on the east side of the Jolley ... Read More »

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

The material for the artificial reef is ready to go at the base of Jolley Bridge.SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Melinda Gray The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and are made up of six smaller pyramid-shaped reef modules. They will be deployed 12-30 miles off-shore from Marco Island, Naples and northern Collier County. “I’m really excited about this project. It’s been a passion of mine, and I never thought ... Read More »

Don’t Use Your Foot as Bait!


By Coastal Breeze News Staff A young islander recently saved the day for Ross Snyder. Ross, an experienced fisherman with thousands of hours on the water under his belt, tells of fishing with well-known names like Doyle Doxsee and Tom McPherson when he was a young boy. The number of hours he has racked up fishing is a tale verified by his GPS trackers. Ross, in true “salty dog” form, was passing on the fishing tradition by taking young Marco Islander, JohnEdward Padgett-Wright, out on the water to one of his favorite fishing spots. JohnEdward, a MICMS student and son ... Read More »


The Marco Island Historical Museum presents Rob Storter’s “Artwork of the Everglades”, an illustrated guide to the Everglades history.  The exhibit runs from Sept. 2, to Oct. 31, 2014 and will include an opening reception onTuesday, Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society.  Light refreshments will be served and admission is offered at no cost. The Museum of the Everglades will also honor Storter with the exhibit, “History of Fishing in the Glades through the Eyes of Rob Storter”.  The display will take place through September and include a reception on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades. Robert Lee ... Read More »

Policeman of the year


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Sgt. Hector Diaz was named Policeman of the Year for 2013. It’s an honor more distinguished by the fact it is chosen by peers. Diaz is known on the island not only as a long-time policeman, but also as a family man, a coach and a professional fishing guide. Diaz is a graduate of the St. Augustine Police Academy where he was class president. He joined the Marco Island Police Department in 1999 as a patrol officer. As he was trained as a K-9 handler, Diaz brought a police dog down from Jacksonville and gave ... Read More »

The City of Marco Island’s Beach Ordinance


The City of Marco Island’s Beach Ordinance #08-14, under Section 54-36. Regulation of Use and Conduct on the Beach, Item (g) states: It shall be unlawful for any person while on the Beach or within 1,000 feet from shore to fish for sharks or to fish by those methods commonly known as chumming or blood baiting. Nothing herein shall be construed to create a duty of any sort on the part of any law enforcement officer or city employee to prevent fishing or to warn of the presence of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. To address the increase in ... Read More »

Paradise Property Lands Marinas Contract with Collier County


By Noelle H. Lowery Paradise Property Management is expanding its footprint in Collier County. In February, the Marco Island-based firm was awarded a 10-year contract with the county to operate the marinas at Cocohatchee River Park Marina, Caxambas Boat Park, Port-of-the-Islands Marina and Goodland Marina. Cindy Blatt, owner of Paradise Property Management, managed the Paradise Grill at Residents’ Beach for the Marco Island Civic Association until February 1, when she turned it back over to MICA to focus on the new county contract. “We are excited about the changes that have been implemented in such a short period of time,” ... 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 the mouth of the Marco River and the view to the west was of the Gulf of Mexico and the setting sun. Hurricane Donna created Coconut Island in 1960 when the south tip of Cannon Island was cut off; over ... Read More »

A simple life in Naples…


By Tarik Asayun My friend and fellow soccer coach Rocco had been asking me to take a ride with him to Naples to meet a Cuban fisherman who lived an interesting life and had a great story to tell. “He fishes from a tiny boat near Marco Island and writes poetry with a pencil on yellow pads then types them on an ancient typewriter,” Rocco kept telling me. At first I put it off hoping he would give up but at the end I had to give him a date. A week or so ago, I met Rocco in ... Read More »