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Capri: Then and Now

By Joan Kelly  THEN  Cookie (Wilma) Ahillen, sister of Dave Moenkhaus has vivid memories of her teenage years visiting the Isles of Capri. In the late 1950’s she and her parents stayed at the Isles of Capri Hotel and Marina. There were four units. They lived in unit number four with twin beds, a tiny table and efficiency kitchen and a couch where she slept. It was small and primitive. Cookie and her mother loved to fish. The family rented a little metal boat with a 10 to 15 horse power engine. They went down Johnson Bay into Rookery Bay ... Read More »

Kayaking, cruising, biking and walking in the Everglades

Patricia Huff Saturday, February 25, marks the first fundraiser for the Smallwood Store and Museum to help the not-for-profit organization with its fight to restore Mamie Street. Florida-Georgia Grove, LLP, was ordered by Judge Lauren Brodie to pave the street that they had destroyed in April; the deadline date to complete the paving is February 27 (as of 2/17 nothing had been done). Access to the Museum is now a rough road covered with pot holes. An update about the road will be published in the next BUZZ column. In the meantime, come support the Smallwood Store by attending ... Read More »

Puerto Rico to Virgin Islands

Frances Diebler  We are underway again sailing from Puerto Rico and Culebra to St. Thomas, USVI. We left GRENDEL, “on the hard”, which is a phrase for having your vessel hauled and stored on land. This is probably the best way to protect your vessel when you will be away for a month or more. We left Puerto for a few weeks to fly back home to visit family and friends. During our visit home, we had some anxious moments when two hurricanes, Luis followed by Marilyn, ravaged parts of the Eastern Caribbean. The weather channel showed the strike ... Read More »

Goodland turns 63

Natalie Strom Goodland’s found another reason to celebrate…. it’s our birthday! Join us on March 10th, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the Goodland Boat Park where we are putting on a fabulous party! Where EVERYTHING IS FREE! Just wait until you hear about all the events the Goodland Civic Association has planned for this year’s birthday bash. Trust me, this is the birthday party every “kid” wants to be invited to… and you are! The theme of this year’s party is “Celebrating Goodland as a Historical Fishing Community.” As co-chair, Noreen Seegers explains, “in 1995 the net ... Read More »

Mid winter fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Capt. Pete Rapps It has been a relatively mild winter here in the 10,000 Islands. Up until the end of the first week in February, day time air temperatures have been much warmer than normal, which has kept the near shore water temperatures about 5-8 degrees warmer than average. We were seeing water temperatures in the low 70’s prior to the cold fronts of the second week in February, which then dropped the water temperatures down to where they usually are this time of year. These typical winter water temperatures are what bring some of the best Speckled Trout ... Read More »

Missing marker and nest

By Capt. Carl Kelly  I noticed recently that the green 15 daymark, channel mark, northbound from Marco toward Naples is missing. I asked around. No one seems to know what happened to it. There have not been any severe storms, so it wasn’t weather. Someone in the dark of night may have gotten out of the channel and pushed it over with their boat. Too bad they didn’t report it. They can’t have knocked it over without knowing something had happened. The worst part about the mark going over is that there was an active osprey nest on the mark. ... Read More »

Discover a Natural Treasure

Discover a natural treasure on the corner of Marco Island. The Friends of Tigertail Beach are hosting “Discover Tigertail” at 400 Hernando Drive on Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. until noon. Admission is free. Browse through these information stations at your own pace: “Everything You Want to Know about Loggerhead Sea Turtles” with Marco Island’s own Turtle Lady, Mary Nelson “Shelling 101” with shell enthusiasts Joan & Burt Robbins “Birds of Tigertail” with Beverly Anderson, Research Specialist – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve “Meet the Creatures of the Lagoon” with Conservancy of Southwest Florida Volunteer Naturalists Carole Talkowski, ... Read More »

Visit Everglades City on March 10

Historic Everglades City is buzzing on Saturday, March 10, with something for everyone. Art-in-the-Glades opens at 10:00 a.m. in McLeod Park (next to City Hall on the Circle) where the playground is a diversion for kiddies while adults browse among arts & craft stalls. Live music will entertain all ages. For information, phone 695-2905. Then, at 1:00 p.m. the Everglades Homes Tour starts. You can visit historic private houses, open to the public especially for this event. Included are some of oldest buildings in Collier County, dating from the early 1920s when Everglades City was the county seat and headquarters for the completion of the Tamiami Trail. For tickets, Finally, ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Sail!

By Natalie Strom  The Marco Island Model Yacht Club is once again gearing up for its annual Regatta. The 9th Annual Marco Island Mid-Winter R/C Laser Championship Regatta is set to take place March 2nd to the 4th at Mackle Park. The event has grown in size and popularity over time and this year proves to be no different. The Marco Island Model Yacht Club was formed in 1993 by Commodore, George Domenech, and fellow friends, John Moulton and Tom Schwartzburg. Bonding over their fondness of model yachts, the men endeavored to begin sailing their 1/4 scale model sailboats ... Read More »

Searching for Seymour… the dolphin

By Natalie Strom  Marco Island’s dolphin population is asking for our help. According to researchers on The Dolphin Explorer, a sight-seeing vessel out of Rose Marco River Marina, there is a local population of roughly 60 to 70 bottlenose dolphins. These dolphins roam within the Marco River, around Isles of Capri, Keewaydin Island and down into the 10,000 Islands near Cape Romano. Seymour, an eight-year old “local” bottlenose dolphin, was recently found to have a serious injury to his tail. With help from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), a plan is in line to rescue Seymour. That ... Read More »

Saving Marco’s Mangroves

By Natalie Strom What is it that holds Marco Island together? It took years of dredging and filling, building roads, constructing bridges and paying countless dollars in taxes to build such a beautiful island. Yet, all of this construction is not the glue that holds Marco together. As a barrier island, Marco, Goodland and the surrounding areas are truly held together by our mangroves; and they are dying. Driving along State Road 92 from Marco Island to the Goodland Bridge, it is clear that the mangroves on either side of the road are in trouble. The area, known as ... Read More »

Old Marco Lodge: Past and Present

Goodland Life Joanie Fuller Wanna catch a little history this weekend along with some fun and hold a baby alligator, too?  Try the Old Marco Lodge right here in Goodland and you will see what I mean. First the history.  The Old Marco Lodge is by far the oldest up and running place in Goodland. The building was actually built in 1869 on Marco Island where it was a general store which belonged to W. D. Collier.  He was the enterprising guy who invented a motorized dredge for the Marco clamming industry which grew for years. But in the early ... Read More »

Species spotlight: Spotted Seatrout

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps Spotted Seatrout are widely known as Speckled trout, Specs, Trout or Spotted Weakfish. Spotted Sea-trout are a common estuarine fish found in the southern coasts of the United States along the south Atlantic and all coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Contrary to its name “Spotted Sea-trout”, they actually are not a member of the Trout family at all, however, they are a member of the drum family (Sciaenidae). Adults can reach 19-25 inches in length and 1-4 pounds in weight, however they are most common in our area up to 21 ... Read More »

Are you smarter than a Stone Crab?

By Val Simon  Fortunately, there wasn’t a quiz at the end of the “Are you smarter than a stone crab?” program. The educational program was fun, informative and tasty too, thanks to Rookery Bay, the local Sea Grant Extension agent-Bryan Fluech and Grimm’s Stone Crab Company. The program offered an in-depth look at the Stone Crab claw industry and its economic impact on the State of Florida. The program started off at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and ended in Everglades City at the Grimm’s plant. Bryan led a class of about 20 through a comprehensive look ... Read More »

Goodland festivities

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom As a former Buzzard Queen at Stan’s annual Mullet Festival, I feel as though it is my duty to inform the uninformed about this one-of-a-kind event. Not to be outdone, the annual Goodland Boat Parade is approaching fast on the Mullet Festival’s heels. Don’t forget about the Goodland Civic Association’s Pancake Breakfasts and the Goodland Garage Sale that are also just around the corner. Let me start by explaining the Mullet Festival, now in its 28th year. No… it has nothing to do with the “business in the front/party in the back” haircut but it has ... Read More »

Sea Life… as it is!

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I mentioned in my last article that going back to basics just wasn’t working in this economy. But here on Marco Island or Southwest Florida, for that matter, the love of basic sea life jewelry hasn’t wavered. (No pun intended.) The love of the ocean is why people flock here. Those who visit for the first time are amazed by the beauty of the beaches and the joy of living life by the shore. Personally, I was astounded by the abundant fish and wildlife that the Ten Thousand Islands offer. My first years here were ... Read More »

February fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps As January passes, we shall see some small changes in fishing. We were lucky not to be hit with many cold fronts in January. Hopefully the mild winter temperatures continue and the coldest temperatures of the winter will now be behind us. Water temperatures will continue to hover in the low 60’s. Morning air temperatures should average in the low 50’s, and warm up into the mid 70’s by the afternoon. Keep an eye on your tide charts because we have some extremely low tides around the next full and new moons. More specifically, ... Read More »

SWFL Nature Festival takes flight

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The 8th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival will take place January 13th to the 15th. The event, hosted by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Center will feature numerous events, expeditions and speakers that will hi-light the unique ecosystem that is Southwest Florida. Beginning on Friday and running through Sunday, the center will host field trips at 20 different locations. Some of these trips include birding walks, turtle walks, canoe and kayak excursions, swamp buggy tours and more. These field trips take place all over Collier County and a few are even in Lee County. Some ... Read More »


Follow the Fish Capt. Pete Rapps The common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are the most widely distributed species within the Centropomus genus, and have been reported as far north as New York (USA) and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Common snook are abundant along the Atlantic coast of Florida from Cape Canaveral south through the Keys and Dry Tortugas, and north to Cedar Key on the gulf coast. Common snook occur infrequently along the coast of Texas to Galveston and then more or less continuously south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here in the 10,000 Islands, Snook are greatly sought ... Read More »

He dreamed a dream boat

By Capt. Carl Kelly “Some boats can handle a chop. Some boats can run skinny. Some boats can’t do either. We like to think our boat can do both.” Ralph Brown spoke of the boats his company, Dream Boats Global, will produce. His brother, Bob, will be an integral part of the company. But Brown wasn’t selling his boats so much as he was selling his company. He was meeting at Marco Island Yacht Club with a small group of potential stock holders. Dream Boats is a new company that will build and sell a line of boats based on ... Read More »