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Manatees Are Back!

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A foursome of the endangered mammals 
make their way to warmer waters just under the surface.

By Bob McConville Master Naturalist During the week of March 4th thru the 11th I was fortunate to be on the water every day. In addition to surveying our area dolphins, some other marine and bird life was very noticeable. A few Kemp-Ridley turtles popped their heads up and some of the osprey hatchlings are now several weeks old and growing fast. Arriving from as far away as Brazil on their 10,000 mile round-trip journey, even a few Swallow Tailed Kites were seen. The biggest surprise of all was 5 separate sightings of those lumbering aquatic giants in the Marco ... Read More »

2015 Wildlife Photo Contest Focuses on SW Florida

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Click! Click! Click! Amateur photographers send your photos to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest runs now through April 24th with winners announced May 1st. This year, photos are eligible for the following combined categories: Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants an t na atr rs an anscapes. A winner will be chosen in each of the following sub-categories: Color, Black and White and Creatively Altered photos. Amateur photographers aged 14 and up, are eligible to enter. An amateur is n as an trar as not ... Read More »

Book Signing at Sunshine Booksellers

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Submitted What a treat! Randy Wayne White will be hangin’ out with Marco Islanders, telling a few fishing stories and signing his new book, Cuba Straits, on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00. This event is free and open to the public courtesy of Sunshine Booksellers, 677 S. Collier Boulevard. Cuba Straits Randy Wayne White in Cuba? I thought he stuck to southwest Florida locales for his thrillers involving Doc Ford and his sidekick, Tomlinson. But White knows Cuba pretty well. He told me that 1980 was a formative year for him as well as thousands of Cuban refugees. For complicated ... Read More »

FWC: Record High Manatee Count

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Submitted Warm temperatures and clear, sunny days between some of the coldest weather of the year assisted FWC biologists and partners in counting an all-time high number of manatees during this year’s statewide aerial survey. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,063 manatees statewide. During the February count, a team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,333 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,730 on the west coast of the state. This year’s synoptic survey count exceeded the previous high count for 2010 by almost 1,000 animals. “Manatees used warm-water sites and ... Read More »

Do Tennis Fans Only Care About the Grand Slams? Part 1

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com As a rabid tennis enthusiast, it literally crushes my spirit when I turn on the Tennis Channel and see so many empty seats. During the early stages of the Delray Beach ATP event, it appeared there were only hundreds of fans lining the stadium instead of thousands filling the stands. And, the tournament has outstanding promoters; the Baron family of south Florida has extensive tennis backgrounds and knows how to market the product. Okay, how do we attract fans during the first rounds of an event? Who is to blame? Don Petrine (former Columbia University ... Read More »

Remote Controlled Sailboat Regatta Attracts Competitors

The top finishers in the two classes in the 2015 RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta.

By Don Manley Mackle Park’s lake was recently transformed into a platform for friendly rivalry that saw competitors slowly striding to and fro along one shore with eyes locked on small craft slicing through placid waters. It’s a scene is that’s been repeated there for the last 12 years during the first weekend in March when the annual RC Laser Midwinter Championship Regatta takes place. Each year, the event attracts participants from near and far, some hailing from as far away as Canada and Great Britain, as well as a host of Northeastern and Midwestern states. The 2015 Regatta was ... Read More »

LTE: Mary Pat Sullivan

Dear Editors, I’m sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council’s wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people. However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules & regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators. Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone ... Read More »

30 Years Young

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System I’m proud to say our track record for quality healthcare has been growing for quite some time, even as we continue to improve and break new ground. I was reminded of this recently as we celebrated the “old” and rang in the “new.” I speak of two celebratory occasions—first, Marco Island’s Urgent Care Clinic’s 30th anniversary; and second, the groundbreaking for NCH Northeast, a 40,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency room. Marco Island’s Urgent Care Center may be 30-years-young, but its staff is as energetic and vibrant as any in ... Read More »

Announcing Musica Bella Performance

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced tickets are now available for the performance of Musica Bella at the Center on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. The production is a cooperative venture with the Cultural and Performing Arts Center of Naples, Florida. Musica Bella was originally formed in 2009 as the “Rauschenburg Quartet.” Performing on flute, violin, cello and piano (and occasionally using historical instruments such as the baroque flute and harpsichord) the musicians transport the listeners to another time and place. The evening will feature a musical journey from baroque to jazz. Members of Musica Bella ... Read More »

U.S. Navy Band’s Tour

America’s Navy is coming home to Naples, Florida, one of 32 cities in six states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2015 spring tour — one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs. The United States Navy Band, featuring both the Concert Band and Sea Chanters chorus, is scheduled to perform Feb. 28, 2015, 7 p.m. at the Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 Eighth Ave. South, Naples, FL 34102. The U.S. Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of America’s Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral works and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON INVITES YOU BACK FOR THE WINTER SEASON

SPEND PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND AT SUN-N-FUN LAGOON! Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open weekends February 14 –May 24 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be open on President’s Day, Monday, February 16 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon invites you back for the winter season. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends starting Saturday, Feb. 14. Come spend your weekend at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. The park will also be open on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 16. Sun-n-Fun Lagoon features great attractions for water park enthusiasts of all ages. They include: A waterslide that drops into Sunny’s Lazy River Five water slides that take you to a drop ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY LIBRARY TO HOST FIRST EVER AUTHOR AND BOOK FEST ONSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

The Collier County Public Library will honor our local authors at its first ever Author and Book Fest. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Join more than 30 local authors to discuss, celebrate and discover books for adults, children and teens. This is the perfect venue to meet local writers, purchase books and participate in several breakout sessions. Those sessions include: An 11 a.m. talk from local author D.K. Christi, who takes readers on a world tour from South Korea to ... Read More »

A Remembrance: the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Freedom Fountain

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Over 270 bikers showed up to ride with the Traveling Vietnam Wall. There was an official escort of sheriff and police motorcycles, Vietnam Veterans, and the Marco Riders. Carmen Dasti assisted with registering riders at exit 131 in Fort Myers. All along I-75 and 951, exits and side streets were closed to allow the procession leading the Wall uninterrupted access to Marco Island. This official government owned Traveling Vietnam Wall was greeted by crowds on top of the Jolley Bridge before making its way to Veterans Park where it was installed for exhibit. Once at Veterans ... Read More »

“Make Stuff Up!” with WOW Improv

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Submitted Let’s Make Stuff Up, explains the spontaneity and fun you’ll have with an evening of comedy with WOW Improv of southwest Florida. Improv comedy is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue are made up in the moment. WOW Improv practices short-form improvisational comedy where the improvisers use suggestions from the audience and act out scenes and theater games. If you enjoyed “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you’ll love WOW Improv! Many of the current rules of comedic improv were first formalized in Chicago in the late 1950s and early 1960s at The Second ... Read More »

“Stababa: The History of Mound Key”

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Submitted On Tuesday, March 3 at 7 PM in the Rose History Auditorium archaeologist and cultural resource consultant, Theresa Schober, will take you on a fascinating journey to the remnants of elevated mounds and ridges, and sculpted canals and water courts that remain a visible yet subtle reminder of the once thriving Calusa society in today’s southwest Florida landscape. Careful archaeological excavation reveals how and when this landscape was constructed, and its relationship with the development of the Calusa through time culminating in the highly complex, stratified chiefdom controlling the southern third of the Florida peninsula at the time of ... Read More »

Coastal Advisory Committee Accepting Category “A” Grant Applications

The Coastal Advisory Committee is currently accepting Category “A” grant applications for fiscal year 2015-2016. The application is located on the following Web page http://www.colliergov.net/Index.aspx?page=1352 and is due by the close of business Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  Applications can be mailed to the Coastal Zone Management office, 2800 N. Horseshoe Drive, Naples, Florida  34104. For more information, call Gary McAlpin, Coastal Zone Management director, at 239-252-5342or Gail Hambright, accountant, at 239-252-2966.   Read More »

Fakahatchee tram tour brings swamp to life for Minnesota book club members

Ten members of a Minneapolis book club made the trek from their chilly city to sunny Florida to bring the best selling book they had just read—The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean—to life. “We read the book and last night we watched  Adaptation, the movie based on it.  Now we’re ready to see the swamp ourselves,” said Kathie Doerr, who organized the trip.  The group, on a tight schedule, arranged a custom tour  on the Friends of Fakahatchee Ghost Rider tram. Naturalist Patrick Higgins, who led the three hour tour, told the group that orchid and bromeliad poaching—the subject of ... Read More »

CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

“Gas prices could fluctuate in the next couple of weeks, but will likely increase as we move into the spring,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Prices usually rise between 30-50 cents in the spring, because of higher demand and refinery maintenance, then decline in autumn. There is a chance that prices will not increase as much as in years past, but even if they do, gasoline should remain well below $3 for the rest of the year.” Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $2.056 $2.054 $2.035 $2.240 $3.281 Florida $2.074 ... Read More »

Illustrated Watercolor Journaling Workshops

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Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is offering a unique workshop — Illustrated Watercolor Journal — suitable for beginners as well as accomplished painters looking for a fun way to find new images and loosen up. Experienced instructor and well-known local artist Hannah Ineson (www.hannahineson.com) will lead the workshop. What is an “illustrated watercolor journal?” It’s a small book of watercolor paper in which to record images and text around any theme. Traditionally used to record memories while traveling, the journal can also explore family memories, images of one’s hometown, favorite recipes, visits to restaurants, any theme that ... Read More »

Now at the Marco Island Historical Museum

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff History buffs are never at a loss when it comes to things to do and programs to see at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and Rose History Auditorium. After his highly successful Jan. 13 program with John Ruthven, renowned wildlife artist and conservationist John Agnew has generously allowed his work to remain on display at MIHM until mid-February. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos where he designed amazing exhibits, produced illustrations, and painted murals and dioramas in the US and as far away as Moscow. His paintings now hang in collections ... Read More »