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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 »

ENCA Luncheon – Lipman Farms ‘How About Them Fresh Tomatoes?’

By Jesus Calo  With the subtropical climate in our area, the topic of agriculture receives plenty of attention from our local community. The health food industry has been working diligently to provide the freshest produce to its consumers, but where are we really receiving our food from? It is thanks to family-owned farms that we can have peace of mind ... Read More »

Get Ready for Marco Island’s Seafood & Music Festival

By Dianna Dohm The island’s most attended and highly anticipated event, the annual Seafood & Music Festival, returns on March 24-26 to Veteran’s Community Park in the center of Marco Island. It has been eight years since Stan Niemczyk, a Rotarian with the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary club, realized his dream for a major fundraiser, and created the Marco Island ... Read More »

Brace Yourself for the ‘Battlefield of Brotherhood’

By Jory Westberry The upcoming play, “Battlefield of Brotherhood” debuting in March is a unique collaboration of students from three local schools to portray historical events with attention to the personal interactions between races. Students from the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and the Marco Island Academy have been learning and practicing their lines diligently for weeks ... Read More »

Man-O-Manatee

Submitted That gentle, slow moving giant of the sea, the Florida manatee, is the subject of Master Naturalist Robert McConville’s next lecture at Rose History Auditorium. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday, March 22, and is open to the public. McConville will share the stage with Captain ... Read More »

Love is in the Air

By Jodi Pree On Valentines Day, 24 players participated in the Marco Island Racquet Center’s Love is in the Air mixed doubles round robin. The 24 participants were divided into four fun themed teams: Hearts, Cupids, Arrows, and Valentines. Prizes and valentines were awarded after play concluded. Players enjoyed a morning of tennis, light refreshments, and a lot of fun. ... Read More »

Island Pedaler: Tour de Marco Returns

By Scott Shook For the first time during winter season, bicyclists of all shapes, sizes and riding abilities will be riding in the Tour de Marco. The seventh annual riding of the popular bicycle tour, which benefits the Marco Y, will be held on Sunday, February 26 this year. Heavy early registrations have organizers excited about this year’s turnout. “We’re ... Read More »

Four Decades of Style: Kay’s on the Beach

By Jesus Calo  One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little Kay’s on the Beach fashion. The Marco Island woman’s boutique held its 41st fashion show at the scenic Hideaway Beach Club on February 9, 2017 with over 250 women attending. Even after four decades, this island fashion favorite event continues to host its style show. The colors were ... Read More »