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Take a walk in the Mangroves

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com Many times visitors to Everglades City have asked us where they can walk out in the Everglades, and there are many great places along the Tamiami Trail. If they are headed west to Naples, I suggest the Fakahatchee Boardwalk at Big Cypress Bend and the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge; and if they’re driving east to Miami, I recommend Kirby Storter Boardwalk in the Big Cypress National Preserve. There are also many trails (or spurs) off Janes Scenic Drive if they are traveling north on SR29. But now we have our own Everglades City ... Read More »

Thunderbird Sailing opens on Isles of Capri

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Captain Otis Tavlin is excited to announce his newest business endeavor. Thunderbird Sailing, based out of Isles of Capri is now offering afternoon and sunset sailing charters. “The Thunderbird is a world-class, ocean-racing Condor 40-foot Trimaran, 40 feet long and 28 feet wide. We motor out to open water, turn the motors off, get the sails out, hit the gulf and show people what real sailing is all about,” explains Tavlin. “Generally we will be offering afternoon and sunset sails because the wind is better for sailing, although we will go any time anyone wants to ... Read More »

SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON HAS ARRIVED!

By Natalie Strom On Friday, April 27, Coastal Breeze received word that the first sea turtle nest had been marked for 2012. The nest was located along Hideaway Beach by Mary Nelson, Marco Island’s “Sea Turtle Lady.” The nest, itself, is roped off with yellow caution tape. The female turtle’s trail to the nest can be seen to the right of the photo. Female turtles take their time finding the perfect spot to nest. In this particular case, it is clear that this mother-to-be made quite the trek to find her perfect nesting location. This first nest marks a bit ... Read More »

Dive into summer at Mackle Park

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews  Mackle Park is gearing up for summer! Plans are in the works for some very exciting camps for kids of all ages. Camp Mackle is back for its third year in a row while many other specialty camps will also be offered. Parents and their kids have the option to choose from a wide variety of programs that range in length and activity. “Our Camp Mackle program starts the day after school ends,” explains Mindy Matusiak, Recreation Manager at Mackle Park. “The first day of camp we have a big water day, including a water slide, ... Read More »

Red grouper shoot out

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Sport Fishing Club, boasting over 300 members, held its first Red Grouper Tournament. “We had 22 boats with 82 anglers in two divisions: 15 mile and 50 mile,” said Howard Laskau. The longest legal red grouper of 20” plus was the goal, plus there was a wild card category in each division: Spanish Mackerel in the 15 mile group and King Mackerel in the 50 mile division. The tournament garnered three title sponsors: Walker’s Marine, Pursuit Boats and Mercury Marine. According to Jim Walker of Walker’s Marine, “This is the greatest club we ... Read More »

May fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com May is typically one of our mildest months of the year. We look forward to calm days on the water now that those windy days of April are behind us. It is typically a dry month too, so there is not a lot of running away from those pesky afternoon thunderstorms that will be upon us next month and throughout the summer. The Snook have moved out of the back country where they were hanging out all winter. You will see them in the river mouths and near shore island areas. They are ... Read More »

Goodland: A somewhat disjointed history lesson

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom nstrom81@yahoo.com As my personal interest in the history of Goodland has grown, I have heard some pretty interesting things about our fishing village. Recently, a neighbor of mine showed me a brochure she had saved from the mid-60’s featuring land for sale in Goodland. In my attempts to find out more about this brochure, I found that it’s not always that easy to find what you’re looking for. Thanks to this nagging brochure, which I was unable to find any information on, I have gathered a bit of history from many sources and conversations. And so, I ... Read More »

Take the kids fishing, and keep them on the bite!

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com When we were children, my grandfather used to take my brother and me fishing all he could. Grandpa just loved to have us out on the boat. Sometimes he would take us out to the shallow reefs and we would drop live shrimp down on small hook. We would have a blast reeling in grunts, porgies, snapper, ladyfish, jacks and the occasional trigger fish. We would laugh and giggle as we pulled in one after the other on every drop down. What a blast! Other days Grandpa would take us out for big fish. ... Read More »

Typical target species when fishing the flats and near shore areas of the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com There are so many different species of fish that we catch here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park. Some fish that are targeted for food purposes, depending on their open season, are Redfish, Snapper, Trout, Flounder, Mackerel, Tripletail, Cobia, Pompano, Snook, Grouper and more. Some fish we target for sport. Tarpon are a great sport fish that are never eaten, however others like Snook, Permit, & Shark are mostly targeted for sport and sometime for food. Others like Ladyfish, Jacks, & Catfish can be considered sport, however are typically just bi-catch ... Read More »

Sections of Collier beaches to close temporarily for nesting shorebirds

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will post signs and temporarily close portions of some Collier County beach areas to help protect nesting shorebirds. Sections of Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area, known locally as Sand Dollar Island, will be closed as of April 3. Caxambas Pass Critical Wildlife Area will also be closed on April 3. Portions of Marco Island city beach (just south of Tigertail Beach) will be closed in mid-April. Areas will remain closed until the end of nesting season in mid-August or until nesting is complete, whichever comes first. The four species ... Read More »

Guinness World Record Kayak attempt around Marco

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  Many Coastal Breeze readers will remember the recent story of Steven and Kieu Banks, Marco Island business owners set on making a difference. The owners of Dreamlander Tours are putting together a fundraising effort, Kayak Marco 24, that will not only hopefully raise $20,000 towards three charities but will, in the process, also set a new Guinness World Record. On April 20th, Steven Banks will attempt to do what no person has done before. He will leave the Snook Inn on Marco Island at 1:00 PM and attempt to kayak the total outer perimeter of the ... Read More »

Beachgoers can help biologists monitor spawning horseshoe crabs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn. Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the new moon on March 22 and the full moon on April 6 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs. The FWC asks people ... Read More »

Last Chance for Cruise

The final Coastal Cruise to historic Fakahatchee Island will take place on Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 p.m. from Everglades National Park. This is the last in a series of four cruises hosted this winter by Friends of Fakahatchee. Previous voyages to the island were enjoyed by over 70 people. A chartered boat takes participants to the island where they climb the Calusa shell mound to the pioneer cemetery. A volunteer naturalist points out rare plants, some not seen on the mainland. On the return trip, there is a chance to see dolphins cavorting in the wake and birds roosting ... Read More »

The Landsharks are coming!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Get ready! Marco Island is about to be ‘taken over’ by the biggest event of the year! Thousands will descend upon the center of the island, gathering in Veteran’s Community Park for a weekend of seafood, music and fun during the 2012 Seafood Festival. “We made a few changes this year which festival-goers wanted. First and foremost, we added the Landsharks to the entertainment line-up. Then we extended the hours, we are open an hour earlier at 11:00 AM, and stay open Saturday night until 9:00 PM and Sunday until 6:00 PM. This year, on ... Read More »

MarGood Harbor Park ribbon cutting ceremony brings mixed emotions

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com The MarGood Harbor Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, held March 15th at 10:00 AM, was much different than I had expected. Mostly because I’ve never been to a ribbon cutting ceremony before. But also because I didn’t realize how emotional it would be, on so many levels, for me and many others in attendance. As I arrived, I couldn’t help but remember the first time I had been to MarGood. It was 2004, one of the last years the RV park was in operation. Fresh out of college, I came to Marco Island for a job interview, ... Read More »

Spring fishing is on its way!

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps As March rolls into April, our average air temperatures will typically range between 61 and 86 degrees. This will, in turn, keep our average water temperatures up into the mid to high 70’s. Snook are on the move from the back country to the near Gulf river mouths. Best bets for catching Snook during this time is live bait like Pilchards and Thread Herring. Try the mangrove shorelines where the water is moving over deeper cuts. Typically there is an eddy of still water around each point. The Snook will be laying in there waiting ... Read More »

Catching crabs with Stephen Finn

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The other day I caught up with friend and fellow Goodlander, Stephen Finn, aka “Crabby Stephen.” Visitors to Stan’s Idle Hour will recognize Stephen as the guy on the corner selling blue crabs, stone crabs and smoked mullet out of his most awesome, army-green jeep. During a dog play-date with my B.B. Wrinkles, and Stephen’s Bella, we sat and talked all things crab. Here’s a bit about what I learned regarding the blue crab industry, straight from the crabber’s mouth. While his business name is “Crabby Stephen,” Finn is anything but. Growing up on the outer ... Read More »

Shorebird NESTING SEASON

PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie  NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com The City of Marco Island is part of the Florida Shorebird Alliance, a partnership that includes Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), City of Naples, Collier County Government and Sheriff’s Office, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), Sea Grant, the Conservancy of SW FL, Inc., Friends of Tigertail and Collier Audubon Society. The goal of this Alliance is to support those entities involved with volunteer management, materials and information to improve public outreach and education, while monitoring and protecting resting and nesting shorebird populations. Due to smaller staffs and budgets in all entities, ... Read More »

Seafood Festival will entertain

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  The 2012 Marco Island Seafood Festival is gearing up to provide the island with some of the best seafood in Florida plus a fantastic selection of other all time favorite foods, arts and crafts, a kids fun zone and an incomparable entertainment schedule. The festival is the island’s single largest community event and is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club. The festival committee has announced a full music schedule of entertainers which will perform on the Seminole Casino Stage. Saturday, March 24th  • 12:00 ... Read More »

RC Laser Regatta championship

Submitted  Once again the Marco Midwinters did not disappoint the skippers as one of the finest RC Laser events completed today in blustery conditions and sub 70 degree temps. A storm front came through early Sunday causing a small postponement but PRO Dave Brawner and his RC team created a terrific windward leeward 2-lap course and the day was early D/C sails and melded into mostly C and some B sails for the final 4 races. The winds remained in the 18-20’s all day Sunday with some blasts in the 30 knot range periodically making for some exciting skippering and ... Read More »