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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 »

Cub Scouts earn badges thanks to Marco Sportfishing Club

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Six members of the Marco Sportfishing Club held a fishing clinic for Marco Island Cub Scout Pack 234. About 20 Cub Scouts and many of their parents were at the meeting and they had a great time learning about fishing, being a good angler and other things they need to know to earn their merit badges. Four “learning areas” were set up, and the Cub Scouts and their parents spent about 10 – 15 minutes at each area before they moved on to the next one. After about an hour, they had been to every ... Read More »

Species spotlight: Redfish

Capt. Pete Rapps Another species of fish that we catch all year round here in the 10,000 islands is the Redfish. Its true name is Red Drum, however, most in our area refer to the fish as Redfish or just “Reds”. Its Latin name is Sciaenops Ocellatus, and it is closely related to the Black Drum or the Pogonias Cromis. Redfish are classified as Drums because they make a deep drumming noise. Several times I have come upon large schools of Redfish that you could actually hear making a deep bass drumming noise in the water around the boat. ... Read More »

Nine nearby natural worlds

Nancy Richie Marco Island is surrounded by a richness of unique natural worlds to explore and enjoy with family and friends. All are a relatively short drive off the Island and can be experienced in any degree – from a day trip to an overnight to many days of camping. By foot or watercraft, get to know the “real” Florida in Marco Island’s own backyard. Here is a list of nine “must-experience” southwest Florida sites. For more information, the phone number and website address has been provided for each. ROOKERY BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE 239-417-6310 and  A prime example ... Read More »

Annual Recognition Breakfast

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Honors Members at Annual Recognition Breakfast December 8, 2011 (Naples, FL) Over 200 Conservancy of Southwest Florida members attended the Annual Recognition Breakfast in November in Naples. The annual event honors and recognizes those Conservancy members who have provided long term support for ongoing Conservancy initiatives and programs. At the event, Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center Supervisor Kelly Sowers updated the members on the progress and features of the future Conservancy Nature Center, scheduled to open early 2012.  Conservancy Wildlife Specialist Jonee Miller highlighted the wildlife rehabilitation efforts throughout the past year that are supported ... Read More »

Holiday Season in Goodland

By Natalie Strom The holidays are here! And Goodland is preparing for the season in many ways. Thanksgiving was celebrated in usual fashion: traditional turkey dinners were shared all over town. With Christmas now just around the corner, locals are looking forward to getting crafty, feeling jolly and decorating their Christmas trees. On December 3rd and 4th, Goodland will host its annual Christmas Bazaar. The event will be held at the new Goodland Boat Ramp Park from 10AM to 3PM both days. Goodland is home to many talented artists who will feature their arts and crafts at this event. Some ... Read More »

December Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

By Capt. Pete Rapps December is here and with it comes some big changes to the fishery in the Everglades National Park. Some good and some not so good. We typically have our first major cold front hit us after the middle of the month. We already had a few minor cold fronts come through in November, but nothing too extreme like last November. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60’s later in the month. In December it is super important to keep a watchful eye on the tide charts. We have some more crazy low tides ... Read More »

Monthly Beach Clean-Ups – Keeping It Clean For Everyone!

Have you noticed how nice the Marco Island beach looks? This is largely due to the monthly beach clean-ups organized by the City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) and its chairman, Publix Manager, Kevin Donlan. He and BAC member and Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) board member, Bernardo Bezos, who volunteers the MICA beach vehicle, and other BAC members, are on the beach once a month with a sponsoring local business. The amount of trash collected and removed from the beach and dunes really has made a difference for all beach-goers! At the last BAC beach clean-up, a ... Read More »

Festival and fun in the Everglades

Patricia Huff  Lots of things to do this weekend in the Everglades area! On Saturday, November 19, two events will keep you busy. The traditional Fall Festival will be held at the Chokoloskee Church of God beginning at 9:00AM until 4:00PM. A fish fry plate lunch will be served and this year the festival will feature pony rides, plant sales, games for children, an auction, sweet sale, yard sale and clothing, plant sale, cake walk and car wash. Then, just down the street at the end of Mamie Street at the Smallwood Store & Museum, Pamela Fernandez will have a ... Read More »

Species Spotlight: Sheepshead

Capt. Pete Rapps Fall is here in the 10,000 Islands and with cooler water temperatures and the change of seasons, comes the migration of the 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. In addition to being called Sheepshead, they are sometimes referred to as the convict fish, Seabream Sheepshead, and Southern Sheepshead. They are distributed in the western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, with the densest populations ... Read More »


Frances Diebler We arrived at last. No more movement up and down or side to side. We were securely tied up at a dock in order to prepare the boat for when we go back to the states for a visit with our family for a few months. We had to prepare Grendel so she could be hauled out and put “on the hard,” as it is called, while we are away. That means out of the water and onto the land. We removed the Genoa sail, staysail, and all other venerable equipment which was on deck and stored it ... Read More »

November means fantastic Fall fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Capt. Pete Rapps   I always look forward to November because it is one of my absolute favorite months here in the 10,000 Islands! The reasons are numerous and I could probably go on forever describing them, but some of the highlights are…. 1) The weather patterns are typically mild with little rain and light winds, 2) Many fish are following and feeding on the huge bait pods just off the near coastal beaches, 3) The daytime temperatures are comfortably hovering in the high 70’s to low 80’s, 4) Many migratory birds are actively arriving for the winter……. and the list ... Read More »

Big Jim Bass Lake

District 5 Commissioner Jim Coletta, Vice Chair, is pleased to announce that the 90-acre Big Jim Bass Lake, located in his district east of Immokalee Road and north of Oil Well Road, is that much closer to being accessible to public fishing thanks to a gift to Collier County of an adjacent canal this month. “Big Jim Lake offers a perfect setting for anglers. It’s a passion of mine to bring to the residents another recreational option. I have been working on this vision for several years. To see it actually get traction and move forward in a positive direction ... Read More »

Teaching to fish

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Eight members from the Marco Sportfishing Club were at Port of the Isles Marina on Saturday morning, October 15th, to help out at the Collier County Sea Grant Extension Program’s Kids’ Fishing Clinic for National Wildlife Week. FWC officers, including canine officer Jasmine, a lobster-sniffing expert, were also there to help the kids. About 60 kids from the Immokalee area were brought to the event and went through “learning stations” where they were taught about fish identification, fishing “ethics”, conservation, how to tie knots, and what needs to be in a tackle box. They even ... Read More »

Changes in the season are for the (shore) birds

Nancy Richie  Have you noticed? There is a change in the way the morning and afternoon light hits Marco Island and in the way the air feels lighter on your skin. It must be fall in southwest Florida. To many, it means time for the first “snow birds” to arrive with the Island roads, restaurants and shops getting pleasantly busier. For regular beach goers and birders, the change means time for a different type of “snow bird” to arrive on the beach – seeing the end of the spring and summer shorebird nesting species, changing to the fall migration and ... Read More »

Marco Island featured in Where to Retire magazine

Marco Island, FL, has been selected by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, as a top retirement destination and will be profiled in the feature story “8 Treasured Islands for Serene Living.” The November/December issue will be available nationwide on October 18, 2011. Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said many retirees dream of relocating to an island. “Some of the most beautiful and diverse islands are right here in the United States. They provide a tranquil setting away from the big city, and retirees can still choose their ... Read More »

Thank you Mother Nature!

Capt. Pete Rapps It seems as though every day is a new adventure out here in the 10,000 islands. Every day we go out, there is something new or different from the day before. The tides are constantly moving and Mother Nature is always showing us something new. This past week we had wind, rain, & big full moon tides. One day the water was clean, the next it was thick and muddy. Each fall the mullet move into our area in huge schools. With them come predators of all shapes and sizes looking for a nice meal. There are ... Read More »

Enjoying the islands’ cuisines, part II

Frances Diebler The islands of the Caribbean may be close together and share a certain amount of similarities, but for the most part they are each quite different from one another. The islands were settled by varying nations and took on many of the customs of their mother countries.  The European influences are mostly English, Spanish, Dutch, and French.  Islands such as St Lucia and Antigua had the influence from the English. Dominica had French; Trinidad was influenced by the East Indian and British and Jamaica by the British and the Spanish. Obviously, Martinique and St. Martin had French influences ... Read More »

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB Launches Tourism Marketing Plan for Fiscal Year 2011/2012

Naples, Fla.(October 11, 2011) – The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) representing the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades area has released its Strategic Plan for tourism destination marketing for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. The plan includes an increased focus on digital marketing and continuation of the focus on growing the group meetings market established in the 2010/2011 fiscal year. The plan contains both a long-range plan for the destination through 2016 and the 2011/12 Destination Marketing Plan. It is based on considerable input from national and local research, area tourism businesses and area stakeholder groups. The draft plan was presented to ... Read More »

Raccoon rescue

By Carl Kelly So, I was washing the bow pulpit on my boat. No. I was down on my knees, stiff bristled brush in hand, scrubbing the bow pulpit, and grumbling that I had to do it again. That little green heron had once more left me a generous token of his esteem. Then, I heard it, a chattering that sounded sort-of like the noise a green heron makes when upset or disturbed. I stood up and looked around for that little bugger, prepared to give him a talking to. I do talk to birds, and other animals, but not ... Read More »