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The Convicts have arrived!

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Wintertime here in Southwest Florida is synonymous with the arrival of huge flocks of snowbirds, but did you know that convicts arrive here in big numbers too? Yes it’s true, but these are much welcomed convicts…AKA Sheepshead fish. These fish begin to arrive in big numbers about this time each year to spawn. They inhabit many of our near shore structures, oyster bars and the deeper mangrove pockets in the back county river mouths. We call them convicts because of the black and white stripes they “wear.” In addition to being called convicts, sheepshead ... Read More »

Come Jam in The Hammock!

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MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Collier-Seminole State Park is a nice quiet spot, centrally located from Marco, Naples and Everglades City and a mere hop, skip and a jump away from any of them. The park is a wonderful place to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. The park offers visitors a number of year round activities, including camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling and exploring the cypress swamps. The salt marshes, mangrove river estuaries and pine flat woods of Collier Seminole hold many different native species. Among them, American alligators, raccoons, osprey, white ibis, wood storks, bald ... Read More »

Keeping Plastic’s Footprint Off Our Beaches

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By Danielle Dodder Major beachfront cities like Miami are banning them outright. The resort empire that is Walt Disney World in Orlando has replaced them with paper versions. The small bits of plastic straws and drinking cup lids discarded by people quickly accumulate into a giant toxic mess on beaches globally. The unsightly litter not only ruins the beauty of a pristine beach, but also strangles the birds, turtles and fish who mistake it for food. Straws and lids are the most widely and easily littered items along most beaches, but here on Marco cooperation will hopefully trump the need ... Read More »

Far From Home

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Something is going on. Razorbills, an alcid bird or a web-footed, diving seabird, have been seen all over Florida by avid birders and beach goers. A few have been reported on Marco Island’s Tigertail Beach as well as in Caxambas Pass. Being a peninsula with one of the longest coastlines in the country, Florida has seabirds, so why is it so unusual to see the Razorbills? Historically, there have only been 14 documented sightings of this species in Florida. But since early December, there have been over 20 reports from Jacksonville to Marco Island of ... Read More »

Everglades Happenings

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BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com Visitors are returning to the wonders of the Everglades and it’s great to welcome them to south Florida. So many interesting activities are happening around town. On January 11, our Everglades Society for Historical Preservation is sponsoring a free movie night with two episodes of the 1960s TV series “Lincoln Vail of the Everglades.” The event begins at 5:30 PM. at the Everglades Community Church Jinkins Fellowship Hall. For information, call 239-695-2905 or visit website www.evergladeshistorical.org. On Saturday, January 12, we have a full day with Art-in-the-Glades at McLeod Park on the Circle from ... Read More »

Lobster Guac Cocktail

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Looking for something different to do with your Florida Spiny Lobster tails this season? Yeah, it’s hard to beat grilled tails drenched in seasoned butter, but you are going to need an appetizer to wash down those cool bevies while the tails are cooking right? Let me show you a quick and easy way to make a cool and fresh appetizer that will knock your guest’s sombreros off. First off, get your tails split and seasoned up. Take a large knife and split the tops of the tails and crack them wide open. Now ... Read More »

Mangrove Snapper Fishing

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com The first three articles of the “Lady Anglers Corner” in Coastal Breeze addressed the many benefits sport fishing provides, tackle selection and what conditions and structure to look for when seeking fish. Now it’s time to start fishing using the skills mentioned in previous articles to your benefit! This author suggests testing your skills with local mangrove or gray snapper fishing. Mangrove or gray snappers are quite common around mangrove edges, reefs, rocks, docks and other structures. This is one reason why starting with snapper fishing is a good idea as your likelihood of ... Read More »

Explore Our Island History!

Join us for a really unique “Olde Florida” treat. The Friends of Fakahatchee are hosting Coastal Cruises through the mysterious mangroves of the Ten Thousands Island. On the way, you will probably see dolphins cavorting with the tour boat. When you arrive at Fakahatchee Island, a naturalist will point out unusual plants on the path up the ancient shell mound to the old cemetery. On the return journey, the boat passes by a famous rookery where the birds will be settling down for the evening. We might think of “Fakahatchee” as a swamp with Ghost Orchids and Florida Panthers but to ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway seen as top priority

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In an effort to develop a statewide trail and paddle system, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Division of Recreation and Parks recently updated the overall vision for the Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS). The new five-year plan lists the River of Grass Greenway as a priority. In early fall, the Division of Recreation and Parks launched the new plan, calling for public comment on what specific trails and paddle ways should be considered areas of initial importance. After hosting six public meetings throughout the state, opportunity and priority maps were developed. This ... Read More »

Everglades Celebrates the New Year

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BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com First of all, a very Happy New Year to everyone! We have had so many readers who have come to Everglades City and our surrounding area to enjoy the wonders of our natural environment. It is only by visiting our community and the parks that people will understand how truly unique and inspiring our little place in southwest Florida really is. On this last weekend of 2012 the PANCAKE FLY-IN will be hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours and will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, December 29, from 10 AM. until noon. ... Read More »

Fishing the cooling trends

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Our typical weather patterns are here as December rolls into January, and we are seeing some of our first 40 degree mornings here in the 10,000 Islands. It is certainly our coolest period of the year, however the days when the fronts are absent, the sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70’s, can make for some awesome fishing! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the Full ... Read More »

The Devil in the Details

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from The Enthusiast Newsletter by local John Scott There is no question that one of the cardinal points of successful living is paying attention to the details of any undertaking; and no better lesson can be offered in the art and science of paying attention to those pesky little details than the story of our perfect evening on Keewaydin Island that unfortunately extended late into the night. We anchored in a little over two feet of water just a short distance from the beach. Keewaydin Island is a little used paradise that can only be reached by water. It is ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Advisory Group Grapples Gators

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are those who like animals and then there are those who LIKE animals. Walking in the footsteps of Steve Irwin, the famous crocodile hunter known for declaring “CRIKEY” at every new challenge, Kevin Hennings has set up the non-profit, Florida Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). “The primary principle of the Florida Wildlife Advisory Group is education and conservation. All revenue after operations will be structured into a scholarship fund for kids wanting to pursue a college degree in the science field,” said Kevin. Prepping for an official grand opening in January, Florida Wildlife Advisory Group ... Read More »

Making a go of it in the Glades

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Over a century ago, families traveled to Southwest Florida, pioneering the harsh environment and extreme temperature to forge a new life. Everglades City is one of the oldest settlements of these pioneer towns, along with Chokoloskee and Ochopee. Built on trading and raised on fishing, these quiet towns still hold allure to young families looking to make a go of it in the Glades. No stranger to the stories of the pioneer days, Jack Shealy is a third generation Ochopee native. His family has been in Southwest Florida even longer. “We settled down here in the ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway update

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By Patty Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com  The planned River of Grass Greenway will be a safe, non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades between Naples and Miami. It will provide opportunities for education, stewardship, and preservation of the environmental, historic, and cultural assets of this unique area. It will offer activities such as bicycling, walking, bird-watching, photography, fishing, etc. Addressing the needs of citizens, local businesses, governmental and tribal officials is crucial to the development of this unique greenway. Currently, a Feasibility Study and a Master Plan are being developed, and a new interactive website is now available online for the ... Read More »

Homemade Key West pink shrimp and Tripletail soup

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FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com hat’s better than a warm fresh homemade pot of locally caught seafood soup on a cool winter’s day? Head on down to the local grocer or farmer’s market and pick up just about everything you need for this quick and easy recipe. You can substitute the Tripletail fish with and firm locally caught fish fillet like Redfish, Grouper, Cobia, Snapper, etc. It will take you just 30 minutes from start to finish. Serve with some warm fresh bread or biscuits and butter. INGREDIENTS:  • 1/2 lb Ditalini or any small pasta • 3 Cloves ... Read More »

Marco awarded BP Grant

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com British Petroleum was recently found guilty by the U.S. Supreme Court on 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect pertaining to the Deepwater Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Over the next six years, BP is expected to pay an additional $4.5 billion dollars, on top of what the company has already paid towards the massive oil spill disaster. The British oil giant seems to be wasting no time doling out the federally mandated money; on November 7, Marco Island, Naples and Collier County were awarded grants totaling $1,313,650. The three government entities ... Read More »

A fantastic time to fish

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com Typical to this time of year, we are seeing some mild cooling trends to both the air and water temperatures here in the 10,000 Islands. Weather trends are usually about the same right now up until the middle of December, when we typically see our first major cold fronts come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in November which brought the night temperatures down into the low 50’s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down ... Read More »

FREE Conservancy Nature Walks to Resume

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers FREE Guided Nature Walks. Three great locations. All walks conducted by trained Conservancy of Southwest Florida volunteers and are subject to weather conditions and volunteer availability. Times and days subject to change. Not available on holidays. Bring a hat, water and wear sunscreen. Also bring water shoes and binoculars for Tigertail Beach. Clam Pass, Naples, December 1 thru April 30, Monday-Saturday, 9:00AM. Boardwalk, Bay and Beach. Learn the importance of mangrove trees, some Florida history, and meet fascinating creatures and plants that share habitat. Located west of the Waldorf Astoria on Seagate Drive, west of ... Read More »

Talking Trash: the toxic type

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie  NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Monthly, different local groups and residents make the effort to organize and pick up trash on Marco Island’s beach. Weekly, we all make the effort to throw trash in the appropriate receptacle; the regular trash bin which goes to our overflowing county landfill or the recycling bin which keeps excess trash out of the landfill so that products can be repurposed and reused. Those are our choices at home and work. Daily, we pick up trash as we take walks in our neighborhoods, parks or on the beach. Trash; it is part of our life. ... Read More »