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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 »

Waterways Committee Addresses Invasive Lionfish

Lionfish. SUBMITTED photo

By Pat Newman Wanted! Lionfish! Dead or alive! This invasive species has been spotted in canals around Marco Island, as well as in off-shore waters. The city’s Waterways Committee, chaired by Jim Timmerman, brought the issue before City Council in February, alerting members to the problem fish, and was given the go-ahead to “move forward” in creating a solution. Waterways member Rodger Parcelles pointed, out the “unique situation” being in the 10,000 Islands and the threat of this non-indigenous species taking hold, at the Waterways Committee recent meeting. Raising public awareness through informational signs, obtaining information from other Florida cities ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach: Life is Good!


Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott Hideaway Beach is a 300-acre upscale, gated community of homes, condos and lots located at the north end of Kendall Drive right on the Gulf with two miles of secluded beaches and all the amenities needed to enjoy a wonderful, healthy lifestyle. There are 367 condos located inside Hideaway Beach. This week, only 18 of these condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $549,000 for a two-bedroom condo at Habitat to $2.1 million for a three-bedroom condo at Riviera. The four Habitat condos listed for sale are located in ... Read More »

FWC-Collier County-Weekly Report

Patrol, Protect, Preserve Lieutenant Shea and Officer Reith took twenty cadets and ten adults from the Naples High School Army JROTC program out into the Big Cypress National Preserve for a twenty-four hour survival hike.  The cadets hiked seven miles into the preserve along the Florida Trail and came across a Big Cypress fox squirrel, which is an imperiled species.  Along their route the cadets encountered a scenario where each of their three teams had to perform first aid on a teammate and carry them on an improvised stretcher one mile for a timed competition.  Once at their campsites, the cadets ... Read More »

Everglades City Round-Up

By Pat Newman Mention “Everglades City” to any Floridian, and their immediate comeback will be “Seafood Festival.” This weekend, the small fishing community will host its famously-popular Seafood Festival, now entering its fourth decade. According to local historian Marya Repko, the first event was staged as a fundraiser to buy playground equipment for McLeod Park. Since that modest event, the festival has grown to enormous proportions. While fresh seafood is the major draw, there is also music, amusement rides and brew. In addition to local talent, Nashville headliners Craig Campbell and “OUTSHYNE” will perform. Also on the bill is the ... Read More »

Condos along Smokehouse Bay

Marina at The Esplanade. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott Most people catch a view of tranquil Smokehouse Bay from one of the restaurants or shops at The Esplanade on Collier Boulevard or as they stroll along the promenade adjacent to the marina. A few lucky people keep their boats at the marina at The Esplanade, but some of the luckiest people on the island are the owners and renters of condos along this beautiful waterway. Smokehouse Bay condos are centrally located on Marco Island, reflect amazing sunsets over the water, and feature direct access boat docks to the Gulf. This ... Read More »

South End Condos are Popular

South Marco condos on the Gulf of Mexico.

Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott The South end of Marco Island is a popular location for condos. This quiet residential area is located south of Winterberry Drive, east of South Collier Boulevard and west of Heathwood Drive. Most of the condos are clustered on streets with names like Collier Court, Panama Court, Huron Court, Swallow Avenue and South Collier Boulevard. The South end is popular because it provides a great combination of fishing, boating and easy access to South Beach. Today, there are 50 south end condos for sale ranging in price from $249,000 to $899,000, ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

happy new year

By Pat Newman It’s Jan. 9, 2015, and the memories of a heart-warming Christmas still linger…the smell of evergreens, sparkling lights, Baby Jesus in the manger, bourbon-infused eggnog, and the of warm hugs of my children home for the holidays. Yes, it’s all here and more, including my two adult children. Unfortunately, the third child couldn’t make it home for our cozy reunion as she is in South Korea. I never knew two young men could kill so much time fishing and watching back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development on DVD. Then, there are always informational pod casts and texting to ... Read More »

The Accidental Speaker


Artful Life Tara O’Neill I am an artist. I am not a public speaker. I can talk about my art to any group, but beyond that I’d rather chew glass. I am actively involved in several cultural non-profit organizations. I am not an organizer. If you’re wondering about my organizational skills just ask my husband. (Hint: He does the bookkeeping in our home, and for good reason.) So, how is it I recently found myself standing at a podium with about 70 or so Goodland residents seated in neat rows before me and three highly-respected Collier County representatives on ... Read More »

’Tis the season for gifts to support Florida wildlife

All year long, residents and visitors to Florida can step outside and find places to watch and photograph wildlife as they hike beaches and trails, steer a boat along rivers and coastlines, fish clear waters, or hunt game in one of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife management areas. This holiday season, the FWC hopes people will consider gifts that will make a difference in conservation of Florida’s wildlife and help pass along great outdoors experiences to future generations. On this checklist are gifts that should please almost anyone who appreciates Florida wildlife: Vehicle license plates supporting Florida ... Read More »

Red grouper conservation measures approved by FWC

At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County. The Commission hopes that this change will mean an increase in the length of the recreational red grouper season in federal waters, which closed early this year because the recreational catch limit was exceeded in 2013. A two-fish bag limit was initially requested by Florida anglers and for-hire captains to help maximize fishing opportunities for red grouper, especially ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »

Novemberrrr! Cold Weather Means Feathered Friends Are Here

White Pelicans at Tigertail Beach last winter. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist On Nov. 16, my daughter sent me a picture from Oshawa, Canada, just east of Toronto, to show me snow on the ground. I already knew that it had snowed in the Rockies a few weeks earlier. On the morning of Nov. 18, the local weatherman stated that 83 percent of the continental United States was at, or below, freezing! What’s up, Mother Nature? In mid-November? I’m aware of some of the annual migrations of birds from the North to the South, and they usually leave their northern habitats before Old Man Winter makes ... Read More »

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit


The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at ... 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 »

Rescuing Skipper: A Dolphin Explorer Tale

About an hour after the Dolphin Explorer’s Bob Erickson and Meredith Barnard spotted Halfway and Skipper in Little Marco Pass, the cavalry arrived, complete with a net boat captained by Larry Fulford, a commercial fisherman with more than 30 years experience with dolphin capture and release efforts.

By Noelle H. Lowery Finding one specific dolphin in the waters around Marco Island is akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. At least that is what I thought on the morning of Sept. 4 when I set out with researchers from Sea Excursion’s 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project to find one female baby dolphin whose tail had somehow become entangled with a foot of wire leader from a fishing rig. These same researchers were the ones who spotted the baby dolphin — Skipper — and her entanglement in early August while aboard one of their Dolphin ... 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 »


Investigator Haney was on late-night water patrol with Officers Harris, Johnson and Lugg near Marco Island.  They stopped a small fishing boat and during the boating safety inspection, detected signs of impairment from the operator.  After performing seated field sobriety tasks, the subject was determined to be impaired and was arrested for BUI.  He was transported to jail where he was confirmed to be impaired on alcohol and drugs by a Drug Recognition Expert and charged with a felony fourth offense BUI. Officers Lugg and VanTrees were on water patrol and observed a man violating a manatee speed zone in ... Read More »

License-Free Fishing

Action: Saltwater license-free fishing day Sept. 6 Information: Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Sept. 6. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply. Miss this license-free fishing day? Nov. 29 is also a saltwater license-free fishing day. There are eight license-free fishing days each year including four freshwater and four saltwater. An annual license for residents can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at All fishing license fees are used to support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish ... Read More »

Florida Fishing and Seafood Industries Faces Major Threat from Foreign Illegal Fishing in Gulf

It seems that every week brings another story of U.S. Coast Guard or other maritime law enforcement giving chase to foreign fishermen who have entered into U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico to fish illegally. Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, accounts for thousands of pounds worth of seafood and is a significant threat to Florida’s fishing and seafood industry, says Will Ward, a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Fishermen’s Association and CEO of Captain’s Finest Seafood in Clearwater. “I have visited extensively with business owners, recreational and ... Read More »