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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 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 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 »


PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie 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 »

Follow the TARPON!

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps Each summer giant Tarpon gather in huge schools in different areas around the state of Florida, as they have done for centuries before we even started to fish for them. They are on their annual spawning migration and arrive hungry and ready to eat. Tarpon are considered by many as the most incredible and ultimate game fish available. To experience a Tarpon’s violent head shaking and its raw strength as it leaps ten feet out of the water, is simply one of the most amazing adrenaline rushes out there! Although I am not headed ... Read More »

Smallwood Store update and more buzz…

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff Smallwood Store & Museum had a very successful fundraiser on February 25, based on the number of people who came out to support this historic site. Visitors from all over the county and beyond attended and donated funds to help with the battle to restore Mamie Street. It is still very difficult to travel on the unpaved bumpy road; it is so narrow in places that cars are required to move off the road in order to pass one another. Although Florida-Georgia Grove LLP was ordered to pave the road by February 27, they were ... Read More »

Marco Yacht Club celebrates

Submitted In January, Marco Bay Yacht Club celebrated its 38th Annual Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. The event was held at Hideaway Beach Club, with music provided by the versatile Dan Vass and a wonderful dinner provided by the Hideaway staff. The beautiful floral arrangements of white hydrangea with red roses and miniature blue tinged flowers on tables covered with red, white and blue linens created a perfect environment for the patriotic theme selected by outgoing Commodore Brent Cook. More than a 100 members and guests were in attendance to witness Commodore Brent Cook welcome Alan Rapp as the ... Read More »

Kayaking for KindnessSteven and his wife, Kieu on a recent visit to Thailand.

By Natalie Strom  Steven R. Banks is attempting to go where no man has gone before. Well, that’s not completely accurate, but he is planning something extraordinary. On Friday, April 23, Steven will attempt to kayak the total outer perimeter of the Marco Island, Cape Romano, Coon Key and Goodland commons area. This kayak trip may certainly have been done before, but not within the 24-hour time frame Steven has planned. People may think Steven is crazy for attempting this, but the only thing he is crazy about is raising awareness for local and global humanitarian concerns. That is ... Read More »

Deltona Settlement Agreement – and its enormous impact

Craig Woodward The one single document with the greatest impact on the growth and density of Marco Island would be, without a doubt, the “Deltona Settlement Agreement.” This document created much of the current developed and undeveloped “eastern” Marco Island, as well as much of Rookery Bay and also created a great deal of the “951 Corridor” south of U.S. 41. The Agreement was not your normal arm’s length negotiated “deal” but was, in fact, the end result of years of complex litigation between the Deltona Corporation, who were the developers of Marco Island and of Marco Shores, and ... Read More »

There’s a Bus on the Beach!

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On February 14, Bald Eagle Towing helped to tow the “Ion Bus” onto Marco’s beach. What on earth is the “Ion Bus” and why is it on our beach? The story is all about science. The bus is owned by Life Technologies. “A biotech company out of California,” explains Denise Mosey of Life Technologies. “We are here with a scientific convention that is going on at the Marriott called AGBT (Advances in Genome Biology and Technology). We do genetic sequencing. We’ve brought our mobile bus with us where we can do full genetic sequencing with ... Read More »

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 »