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Anchors Aweigh!

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  Did you know that an anchor is NOT a required piece of safety equipment for boats in the state of Florida? They are “recommended” safety equipment, along with bilge pumps and an oar or paddle. Personally, I would never want to be on a boat without one. I actually have two on my boat. Apart ... Read More »

Round Robin Fun at Racquet Center

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, May 9, 16 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Mixed Doubles Mayhem” tennis round robin. The 16 participants were divided into four fun-themed teams: Hurricanes, Turbulence, Love Bugs, and Cyclones. Team Hurricanes was declared the winner with a total of 54 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, light refreshments, and lots of ... Read More »

Is Your Vessel Safe?

Submitted The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron has a team of certified Vessel Safety Inspectors who perform free and valuable vessel inspections meant to make your time boating as safe as possible. This season the Squadron did over 215 free boat inspections. Once a vessel has passed it receives a safety decal, which may be displayed onboard to show ... Read More »

Racquet Center Hosts Spring Fling

By Jodi Pree On Tuesday, April 11th, 24 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s “Spring Fling” tennis mixed doubles round robin competition. The 24 participants were divided into four fun, themed teams: Spring Breakers, Spring Fever, Spring Cleaning, and Spring Training. The Spring Cleaning team won with a total of 82 points. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, ... Read More »

Take That First Step

Submitted  Step Smart Collier is a new program designed to aid seniors with prevention of accidents in the home. Such accidents account for far more visits to the emergency room or hospital than strokes or heart attacks each year, and many are preventable. Keith Dameron is chairman of this program for all of Collier County. You may remember Keith as ... Read More »

Republican Club Kicks Off 2018

By Maria Lamb You are invited to the Caxambas Republican Club’s Kick-Off Party for a Winning 2018 on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7 PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Join us for an evening of free pizza and refreshments. Meet our new board members and hear what is in store for the ... Read More »

A VIEW ON STILTS

By Jesus Calo  Come for the view and stay for a delicious meal, Stilts Beachside Bar & Grill at Marriott’s Crystal Shores is the sunniest beachside restaurant location featuring stunning views of the Gulf. Stilts has been frequented by seasonal visitors and locals looking to clock out and check into island time. No matter where you sit, you have a ... Read More »

Saving One Brown Pelican at a Time

By Maria Lamb Brown Pelicans are always looking for an easy meal and often times they’ll swoop in on a catch just as an angler is reeling it in. According to Jonee Miller, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, “Pelicans are very adaptable birds and for this reason, they get themselves into big trouble as they ... Read More »

The Gift of Hearing

By Jesus Calo There are currently 48 million Americans that have a significant hearing loss. From that statistic, every two out of three people over the age of 75 suffer some form of hearing impairment. Luckily hearing aids can offer dramatic improvements in the quality of life for most people with hearing loss. Ninety-nine-year-old Marco Island resident, Harry Friedman, received ... Read More »

Firefighting on Your Boat

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  “Four boaters were rescued from the waters near Surfside, Texas as their boat burned Sunday afternoon (February 19, 2017),” according to the US Coast Guard. You read headlines like this and wonder what you would do if a fire broke out on your boat. How would you handle the situation? The first line of defense ... Read More »

Here Come the Birds

Submitted Our fine feathered friends can often be seen pecking for food in Marco’s green spaces, nesting in empty lots and lining up like ancient Roman sentinels on building rooftops. They are a constant in our daily lives (even without a visit to the Everglades) but what do we really know about them? Master Naturalist Bob McConville is the man ... Read More »

Celebrate Mother Nature at Earth Day Festival

Submitted The Southwest Florida community is invited to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Conservancy Nature Center, located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. From electric boat tours to live animal shows, to live music and great food, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth ... Read More »

3rd Annual TPC Treviso Bay Breast Cancer Golf Tournament

Submitted TPC Treviso Bay recently hosted their 3rd Annual TPC Treviso Bay Breast Cancer Golf Tournament, in partnership with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Naples. This two-day event uses the in season ladies and men’s days at TPC Treviso Bay for the purpose of raising funds for breast cancer research and local programs and services that will benefit women ... Read More »

Consumer Alert

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Coastal Breeze News was notified by reader Dr. Bruce Weinstein that mailers, such as the one here, had been sent to some Marco Island residents claiming that the city drinking water could be contaminated, and offering free in-home water testing. Companies like this may use scare tactics in order to gain access to a consumer’s ... Read More »

A Show of Flora & Fauna’s Free Spirit

By Maria Lamb Florida’s “Flora and Fauna” was the theme of the Calusa Garden Club’s recent March exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. It has been written that Florida’s flora is what caught the eye of Ponce de Leon and the Spanish explorers when they claimed Florida for Spain in 1512. They named the region “Florida” which ... Read More »

Calusa Days Offers Fun Look at Everglades’ Past

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas On Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM take a journey of the cultural history of the 10,000 Islands during Everglades National Park’s Calusa Days at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. The Calusa were a self-sustaining indigenous people ... Read More »

Author Kidd Speaks at Library

Submitted  Recently, local residents and visitors were treated to a rare opportunity when award-winning and bestselling author, Sue Monk Kidd gave a presentation on Marco Island. A full house greeted Ms. Kidd at Rose Hall at the Marco Island branch of the Collier County Library. Ms. Kidd shared memories of her childhood in Sylvester, Georgia. She recalled the importance of ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White Book Signing

Submitted  Randy Wayne White will be at Sunshine Booksellers South Store on Saturday, March 25 at 2 PM for a book signing of “Mangrove Lightning,” his 24th Doc Ford book, after “Deep Blue” and “Cuba Straits.” He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published, as well as the Hannah Smith novels “Gone,” “Deceived,” ... Read More »

Women in the Glades Talk: Local History From Coast to Coast

 Submitted  Imagine South Florida without air-conditioning and without roads or automobiles! Local historian and author Marya Repko will give a free illustrated presentation about “Women the Everglades; Pioneers & Early Environmentalists” on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3 PM at the Collier County Museum, Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Back in the 1880s it was difficult living and ... Read More »

Join Arbor Day Get 10 Free Trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2017 and receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. With planting instructions included, the trees will ... Read More »