Tag Archives: Gulf of Mexico

Protecting Marco’s Waterways

Submitted Being an island, we on Marco are surrounded by water. Water is our way of life, with over 100 miles of man-made canals. We have the Marco River, Factory Bay and Big Marco Pass to the north; Barfield Bay to the east; the Gulf of Mexico to the west; and Roberts Bay and Caxambas Pass at our south end. ... Read More »

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has completed a comprehensive renovation of its one- and two-bedroom suites. Additional updates have also been completed on the resort’s Gulf Ballroom. The updated luxury interiors capture the essence of the boutique resort’s beachfront location in a palette of soft blues and mint greens against ... Read More »

Hilton Grand Opening Set for January

Submitted The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa will hold a grand opening January to mark the completion of a $40 million expansion and renovation project. Among the project’s components was the addition of 23 suites to increase the room count to 310 at the 11-story resort. Included is the introduction of all-new, oversized luxury family suites with connecting ... Read More »

Yacht Club Regatta to Set Sail

Submitted Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico on November 12, when the Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta takes place directly off Marco Island’s beach. Competing for sailing awards in Marco waters will be South Florida skippers and crew, in as many as 24 sailboats. Proceeds from the regatta will go ... Read More »

Artificial Reefs Deliver Real Impact

By Maureen Chodaba What is underwater and giving Collier County an economic boost? The Artificial Reef Project! Deployed in January 2015, this combined effort of the City of Naples, Collier County and Marco Island, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has placed a ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Top Five Luxury Condo Listings

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Last week the top five luxury condo listings on Marco Island by price were all located at the Belize in Cape Marco. Belize is a remarkable 25-story building built in 2004 with fantastic amenities. These first class amenities include a grand lobby, library, social room, billiard room, theater, fitness area, infinity pool, and tennis ... Read More »

Fewer Sea Turtle Nests This Year

By Don Manley This is a busy time of year for Marco’s longtime “Turtle Lady,” Mary Kelly Nelson, as she monitors and protects this year’s loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on the island’s beaches. Nelson, an environmental specialist for Collier County Sea Turtle Protection, said 2016 represents a departure from what has been an upward trend in the number of ... Read More »

Connecting Students with Science and Technology

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Spending time in a classroom is one way to learn, but smelling, hearing and touching the subject usually results in reinforcing an educational experience that won’t soon be forgotten.  Each year, roughly 3,000 local students have the opportunity to get “a taste” of our local estuary as part of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s field trip ... Read More »

Documentary on Artificial Reef Debuts

Submitted Thirty-six new artificial reefs, each comprised of 500 tons of concrete, were deployed in six offshore locations near Naples and Marco Island in Collier County, Florida over the past year. During deployment missions and in the months afterward, Pure Image Productions of Naples was stationed with cameras on boats and underwater to record not only the sinking of the ... Read More »

LONDON BAY HOMES

London Bay Homes today closed on a 55-acre parcel of land that adjoins the Naples Grande Golf Club on Golden Gate Parkway, between Airport Pulling Road North and Livingston Road. The parcel – part of the Grey Oaks Planned Unit Development near downtown Naples – was priced at approximately $34 million. When developed by London Bay Homes, the property will ... Read More »

When It Rains, It Drains

Submitted It happened just last week on Little Hickory Bay in North Naples. A local news station reported that paint was dumped down a drain leading to a canal. It was paint leftover from a multi-million dollar project dumped by unsupervised workers. Can it happen in Marco at a construction site near you? Marco Island is surrounded on all sides ... Read More »

Shipp’s Landing – Serene Seaside Paradise

CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net Shipp’s Landing is ideally located on a quiet, southern tip of the island adjacent to Caxambas Pass with incredible views of the Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. This 206-unit condo complex on 14.6-acres of mature, manicured green space features a “village” of two to four story condos, a seven-story ... Read More »

Marco Hilton to Get Facelift

By Don Manley  The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s $40 million renovation and expansion project is a plus on many levels, according to Bob Brown, chairman of Marco Island City Council. “Any time one of the major hotels in the area does any renovations, it benefits not only them, but tourists, residents, the community as a whole. Certainly ... Read More »

Hilton Marco Island Wins Award

Submitted  Olshan Properties, one of the country’s leading private owners, developers and operators of commercial real estate today, announced that the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa has been honored with Hilton’s 2015 “Most Improved Market Share in the Americas” award among hotels with under 500 rooms. This prestigious award considers Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa as ... Read More »

Snook Reopens in Gulf Waters

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish  ? snook  ? reopened on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches ... Read More »

FWC considers modifying 2016 Gulf recreational red snapper season

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft rule to modify the 2016 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season. This newly proposed season will be considered for final approval at the FWC’s April Commission meeting in Jupiter. The newly proposed season would be ... Read More »

Winds Favor Yacht Club Regatta

Submitted As last Saturday’s weather dawned crisp and clear, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the Marriott Marco Island beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. Although the Gulf of Mexico was smooth as glass, race officials knew that good breezes were on the way, coming in from the northwest. Officials delayed ... Read More »

Yoga Class Benefits Beach Advisory Committee

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On January 3rd yoga instructors Debby, Megan and Laurie of Marco Island Yoga held a special, all levels yoga class on South Beach. All proceeds from the event went to the Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee in their effort to educate Marco’s youth on the importance of beach stewardship. Though the weather was overcast and a ... Read More »

“Giving Back”

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. ~ Maya Angelou   When I lived in Iowa I taught my first yoga classes. Our studio was in a city recreational building, much like our YMCA here. Interest in ... Read More »