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Banff

View of Bow River Valley from Sulphur Mountain.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Ninety minutes from Calgary, in the Bow River Valley, Banff is the unofficial capital of Alberta’s Canadian Rockies. Located within Banff National Park, its development is tightly controlled. The population is capped at 10,000; only those with a “need to reside” can live there and businesses must provide accommodations for employees. Banff was developed in the late 1800s for tourism; even the main street was built to afford the best views of nearby Mt. Rundle. Its commercial center, with its variety of stores, mini malls, restaurants, coffee and toffee shops, is very busy. What impressed me ... Read More »

It’s Personal

A recent beach yoga practice, presenting a wide variety of “trees” on the beach. Photo By Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Growing up in Iowa I was lucky enough to go on family vacations every summer. Four kids and my parents packed ourselves in a four-door Oldsmobile, pulling a pop-up camper with attached bicycles and coolers and fishing rods projecting like appendages on a bug. Our destination might be a lake in Minnesota or a valley in Colorado, but it always included a campground with plenty of space to wander and a ring of stones for a fire. And ... Read More »

South Seas Club – Unique, Desirable and so Marco Island!

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View from one of the high rise condos on the beach.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com South Seas Club offers everything people are looking for on Marco Island including prime location, desirability, popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos, gated entrance and acres of green space with rambling walkways and benches. This extensive park-like setting features native to Florida plantings. The complex is rich in amenities including boat docks, Marco’s famous crescent beach, pools, clay tennis courts, pickle ball, bocce, kayaking, fishing and a great social calendar. Last week 166 popular two bedroom, two bathroom condos were listed for sale on the island. 54 of them were located ... Read More »

Never Too Young For Boating Safety

Joey Puell with his MISPS membership card and his Boating Safety Education ID. Submitted Photos

By Kathleen H. Reynolds Some of the more “mature” attendants at two of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s (MISPS) recent classes were wondering just who is that bright young man studying alongside us? Well, his name is Joey Puell; he is a 13-year-old student at Marco Island’s Charter Middle School, and he has some really good reasons for wanting to enhance his boating knowledge. Some time ago Joey had an accident while on a Boy Scout boating trip. As he approached the back of the boat to get out of the water, the propeller was moving. Joey suffered ... Read More »

Smalltooth Sawfish Studied

Smalltooth sawfish rostrum on display at RBR Environmental Learning Center.

SUBMITTED Rookery Bay Reserve (RBR) regularly presents educational programs and lectures by local and visiting experts in various biological disciplines. On March 11 two lecturers shared the podium, Kelcee Smith from LSU who is studying the Smalltooth sawfish and Patrick O’Donnell of RBR who is studying sharks. The topic was sawfish, so Smith led off with a report of her research and O’Donnell followed with his observations of sawfish locally. Smalltooth sawfish grow to approximately 21 feet, are very strong and quite dangerous. Thus, the process of catching, taking the various measurements and tissue samples, tagging and releasing them is ... Read More »

Local Gem

One of the ponds at Freedom Park surrounded by Florida flora. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber The joy of discovering someplace new doesn’t always have to involve a long car, train, ship, or plane ride. In the past, I’ve written a few columns on some of the wondrous places right in our own backyard including Shark Valley, Loop Road, and Bird Swamp Rookery. Following all of the rain we had earlier this year, a friend and I set out to hike through Picayune Strand State Forest. As we feared, the ground was too saturated to walk on and another option we explored was also too wet. We then decided to head for ... Read More »

NAPA’s New Owners Are Auto Parts Veterans

Brian Fehlhafer, left, Steve Stier and Dale Williams 
stand alongside the store’s delivery vehicle. PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Auto parts and auto repair are a family affair for the Fehlhafers. Brian and Cindy Fehlhafer, the new owners of the NAPA Auto Parts store on Bald Eagle Drive, have a long history in the business back in their native Nebraska. They own two NAPA stores in the Lincoln, Ne. area, as well as a repair shop there that Brian Fehlhafer purchased from his grandfather in 1988 when he was just 19. The son Matthew runs the repair shop now and the couple’s youngest children, Brogan and Felicity, who are in high school, help out there. Another ... Read More »

FWC considers modifying 2016 Gulf recreational red snapper season

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft rule to modify the 2016 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season. This newly proposed season will be considered for final approval at the FWC’s April Commission meeting in Jupiter. The newly proposed season would be open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season would open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season would reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for ... Read More »

FWC approves gag, black grouper size limit; gag season changes

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gag and black grouper minimum size limit and the gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters. The approvals include: Setting a 24-inch total length minimum size limit for recreational harvest of gag and black grouper in Gulf state waters Setting a June 1 through Dec. 31 recreational season for gag grouper in all state waters of the Gulf excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties (which have their own season from April 1-June 30) and excluding Monroe ... Read More »

Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net As earlier reported, the Drop Anchor Trailer Park today is a gathering of brightly painted and colorful trailers and mobile homes. Mostly empty in the summer, the park fairly explodes with activity in the winter. There is a constant to and fro of residents socializing and visiting with each other, catching up on the past year and enjoying the present one. They genuinely seem to like each other here. They will jump at any excuse to socialize, gathering for monthly potluck suppers (and occasional happy hours) in their sunny recreation center. This year there ... Read More »

Drop Anchor Trailer Park – The Early Years

Downtown Goodland, 1964. 
Ritschard apartment complex with main entrance underneath. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Drop Anchor is a collection of sixty-three gaily painted and well maintained 1950s, 60s and 70s travel trailers, and single wide manufactured homes crammed onto less than two acres of land in the heart of Goodland. Today it is a quiet, well-run, close-knit community, revered by its residents and neighbors. Goodland kind of grew up around it. The first residents were winter visitors, lured here by word of mouth, warm weather, fabulous fishing (always the fishing), and Woodall’s Campground Directory. Always known as Drop Anchor, the park was developed as a trailer park, and ... Read More »

Seasonal Condo Activity

A typical open house sign along Collier Boulevard. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com During season, owners and renters push condo occupancy rates on the island to the maximum. Friends and relatives come for a week or two, and visitors vacation at local hotels and enjoy the superb weather and activities in January, February, March and April. During season, a favorite leisurely pastime between beaching, boating and fishing is checking out open houses. Condo and home owners may be looking to downsize, upsize, change location or to compare their condo’s value for a future resale. Renters check out open houses looking for next year’s rental possibilities or ... Read More »

Marie Thompson Retires from Goodland Post Office

Marie Thompson as customers saw her. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Friday, October 30, 2015 was Marie Thompson’s last day with the U.S. Postal Service. After 15 years with the postal service, Marie is exchanging her postage machine for a pickup truck and camper. She and her husband Mike plan on doing some traveling around North America. “Mike and I have always wanted to travel,” said Marie, “Our health is still good and we felt that now was the time.” Marie has been a clerk at Everglades City, Ochopee, and Chokoloskee. She was transferred to the Goodland Post Office three years ago, taking the place of Judith Pritchard, ... Read More »

Stone crab season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws, and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2¾ inches in length when measured from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw (see illustration). View a video on how to properly remove the claw, and increase the likelihood of survival of the released crab.   Claws may not be taken from egg-bearing ... Read More »

A Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA – Part One

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Tyler Gresham is going into his junior year at Marco Island Academy. It will be tough to top his sophomore year there. Last year, Tyler, as fullback, was the leading rusher on the MIA football team. He also played middle linebacker on defense. During the winter and spring, he starred on the basketball and track teams. In the classroom, Tyler finished the year with a weighted 3.65 GPA. Tyler doesn’t load up with creampuff courses, either. His schedule included a number of honors and AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Alexander and Kleis were on foot patrol in the area of Jolley Bridge on Marco Island conducting license and fisheries inspections among those fishing from shore.  They came across two individuals sharing a cooler that contained live fish.  Upon inspection, the Officers found 2 mangrove snapper and 1 mutton snapper, all of which were undersized.  The two individuals indicated that the snapper was theirs.  Both individuals received Notices to Appear for the fish that each person caught.  The snappers were returned to the water alive. Officers Kleis and White were on State water patrol in Naples when they stopped ... Read More »

Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

Svein, still in command, at Goodland. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net After spending much of his life on the high seas, Svein Sleipnes (pronounced “Sven Slipeness”) has chosen a quiet canal-front residence in Goodland to ultimately spend his retirement. Svein and his wife Katherine, along with sons Hans, 15, and Christian, 12, became my neighbors in 2011. Like many on the east coast, they were attracted by the uncrowded west coast, and particularly by the leisurely laid-back lifestyle of Goodland. Being on the water with great fishing next door didn’t hurt. Svein Sleipnes was born in 1957, in the picturesque town of Volda on the ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

COLLIER COUNTY Officer Despian was on land patrol performing resource inspections at Jolley Bridge in Marco Island when he observed a subject fishing. The fisherman spotted him and threw something into the open trunk of a vehicle.  Officer Despian approached the subject, who produced a valid fishing license.  While speaking with the subject, Officer Despian noticed a strong distinct odor of cannabis that was emanating from the open trunk of the vehicle.  The subject admitted that the vehicle was his and that there was cannabis in the vehicle.  He led Officer Despian to where it was located and said that ... Read More »

Sailors Love it Here!

The Kathryn. PHOTOS BY JIM FREEMAN

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Goodland has long been known as a fishing community, both commercial and private. Being located in the Ten Thousand Islands, with quick and direct access to the gulf, makes it a natural for fishermen. With our many canals, almost every waterfront residence here has a fishing boat sitting on a lift out back. We didn’t all come here to fish, however. Goodland is also ideally situated for sailors, especially for trips to the Keys, Dry Tortugas, the Caribbean, or even the Bahamas. There are a few sailboats on lifts here. Larger sailboats can be ... Read More »

What Else Can We Say About Water Safety?

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By Don Manley U.S. Coast Guard officials recently announced the suspension of an aggressive eight-day search for teenagers who went missing off Florida’s Atlantic coast after embarking on a fishing trip. The search involved a variety of aircraft, boating vessels and hundreds of people stretching as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. You think you have heard it all, but there continues to be accidents and deaths on the water that should have been avoided. Bob Belliveau, Senior Navigator/Instructor (retired) United States Power Squadrons, was on Gulf Coast Live, WGCU 91.7 FM, last Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2015. He and ... Read More »