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Fourth Annual SUP Poker Run


Submitted A benefit for the Special Olympics of Collier County will be held Saturday, June 4th. A stand-up paddleboard Poker Run will begin at Capri Fish House on the Isles of Capri. Registration time is from 9 to 9:30 AM. Cost is $50 per entrant and includes event t-shirt, buffet lunch and more. You can register online at and follow us on Facebook at For registration questions or to learn how to become a sponsor, call 239-450-1304, or email Paddleboard and kayak rentals will be available.  Read More »

Summer at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Enjoy summer at the Conservancy with electric boat tours, kayak rentals and boat and lunch tours of the Gordon River. Submitted Photos

Submitted  Parents looking for a fun and educational way for kids to spend time over the summer – consider the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is now offering new summer activities, including a Little Explorer pre-K programs, guided kayak tours, Junior Vet Lab, wildlife hospital exhibits and an environmental education lecture series. Led by Conservancy representatives, guests will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with native reptiles, ocean creatures, and occasionally catch a glimpse of rehabilitating wildlife. Daily Education Programs begin May 1 through October 31 at 11 AM at the Wildlife Hospital Nursery Viewing Window. ... Read More »

4th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival

Musicians Jim and Merrill Allen with JRobert perform at the 2015 Goodland Arts Alliance Harbor Arts & Music Festival.

Submitted The 4th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival, sponsored by the Goodland Arts Alliance and Collier County Parks and Recreation, is coming to picturesque MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland on Sunday, March 13, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Professional artists and musicians gather to support the Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) in its mission to preserve, promote, and advance the cultural presence in the historic fishing village of Goodland through art, history, and education. This outdoor event also features an assortment of fine foods, making it a delight to all the senses! The venue, MarGood Harbor Park, has great ... Read More »

Marco’s Magnificent Estuaries

A green heron hides among the mangroves to surprise an unsuspecting fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Ah, the beauty of those small islands surrounding Marco! Everyone wants to visit them, to see what hides among the roots and branches. Whether you get out by boat, kayak, an ecotour or paddleboard, they are a treasure to behold. The wide array of animals and plants in this area requires some very special adaptations from nature. The Gulf of Mexico lines our western border while fresh water flows from the inland regions to form a very magical combination. This is called an “estuary.” There are quite a few bays and lagoons in our area ... Read More »

Florida Lifestyle at the Charter Club of Marco Beach®

Sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing—Sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing— 
and free lessons with USCG captains. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Many owners at The Charter Club of Marco Beach® have been enjoying this six-acre beachfront playground for years. Now the world is discovering what vacation homeowners have known all along—that The Charter Club of Marco Beach® is among the top vacation destinations anywhere. Imagine starting the day with breakfast on your private balcony overlooking Marco Beach, watching staff hoist the sails on the resort’s fleet of Hobie Cat sailboats. Later you may choose to enjoy a sailboat, paddleboard, kayak or windsurfer—all free to you as our pampered guest. USCG captains are available to teach you how to sail or ... Read More »

Grand Opening of New Villas


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve will be a very busy place this weekend. The reason: The Minto Communities development is holding a grand opening event to introduce four new villa models on Saturday, Feb. 7, 12-4 PM. The new, furnished luxury villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — will be showcased and open to the public, in addition to three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models. The event will include trolley tours to the models; guided electric boat and kayak tours of the Cypress Waterway; nature trail tours; and ... Read More »

Nature Calls at 2015 Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Keynote speaker Pete Frezza. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery Call it Nature-palooza 2015. Next weekend — Jan. 16-18 — Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will join forces to host the 2015 Southwest Florida Nature Festival. In its 11th year, the three-day event is packed with some 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hotspots around Southwest Florida, as well as a number of lectures and workshops at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The festival kicks off Friday, Jan. 16, with buy-one-get-one free $5 admission to Rookery Bay, along with ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe Why Venture Offshore?


LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink If you enjoy catching a mixed bag of fish, viewing abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery, venture out on a trip in the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge located 15 miles east on 41 from the 951/41 intersection. Port of the Islands Marina is an ideal location to depart from as it provides easy access by kayak, canoe or larger vessel into the mangrove maze of the awesome 10,000 Islands. If a light craft such as a kayak or canoe is your preferred way of transport, be sure to consult with a local tide ... Read More »

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit


The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at ... Read More »

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters on the Gulf coast near Naples. This expansive amount of acreage requires a large team of staff members and volunteers to keep the area pristine. Rookery Bay Reserve is seeking 10 to 15 new volunteers who are year-round Florida residents. Volunteering allows participants to learn about the local environment while helping the state of Florida preserve natural resources and cultural heritage for future generations. Volunteers at Rookery Bay Reserve have the opportunity to assist in many areas including research, education, resource management, facilities and administration. “We ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces 2014 Summer Calendar

Art by Linda Soderquist. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its schedule of events for the summer 2014. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard (CR951), less than 10 miles from downtown Naples, on the way to Marco Island. From May 1 through Oct. 30, the center is open 9 AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday, adding Saturday hours for Nov. 1 through April 30. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for members, unless otherwise noted for special activities. DAILY PROGRAMS ... Read More »

Paddlers Complete 1,515 Mile Sea Kayaking Journey


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection congratulates kayakers Marc DeLuca and Jim Windle for finishing the entire 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, as mapped and developed by the Department’s Office of Greenways & Trails. The two retired police officers from Charlotte, N.C., began their four-month journey Nov. 2, 2013 at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola and finished March 1, 2014, near Fort Clinch State Park just south of the Georgia border. They are the 12th and 13th paddlers to complete the entire trail since it opened in 2007. The two men faced extreme weather, large ocean swells and ... Read More »

Q & A with Steven Banks on Kayak Marco 24: Part II


It’s Party Time! As I prepare for my non-stop, 24-hour consecutive paddle of a kayak around Marco Island on the weekend of March 30th and 31st, I have received many questions and concerns about this attempt. Last edition’s Q & A in the Coastal Breeze answered questions of safety, where the money raised will go and sponsorship opportunities. Below, readers can find answers to the more exciting questions: where the Kayak Marco 24 party will be thrown and what they can win if they attend. Q: How was the money raised from last years Kayak Marco 24 fundraiser used for? ... Read More »

Kayak Marco 24: The Mission Begins


By Natalie Strom A second attempt at setting a new world record for the longest consecutive time period of continuously paddling in a kayak is in the works. One year ago, Steven Banks, owner of Dreamlander Tours on Marco Island, attempted this feat, but his paddle ended prematurely due to extremely harsh weather conditions. The plan was, and is, to paddle 360 degrees around Marco Island in 24 hours. This year, Banks hopes for clear skies and generous souls as he attempts this record in the name of charity. On March 30th, Banks will begin his paddle at 4:30 ... Read More »

Reasons to live here


GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller I am always getting questions about Goodland. Folks are curious about this place and about how I got here. I have even been asked by some, “Why would anyone want to live in Goodland?” I have thought about that question and when one of my readers recently told me she always looked forward to what I say, this time I thought I would say, “I love living in Goodland!” I came from a big city – Atlanta – and then Naples, and although I loved my life in both those places, I have found that a ... Read More »

Dreamlander blesses new fleet

By Natalie Strom Dreamlander Eco-Adventure Tours of Marco Island recently carried out the ancient tradition of the “Blessing of the Fleet.” Expanding its paddle board and kayak operation to include wave runners and boat tours, the paddle – and now power – friendly company is doing things right, starting with The Blessing. The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries-old tradition originating in southern European fishing communities. The Blessing is used to ask for the safety of mariners, good harvest from the sea, clean waters and good will and peace among peoples of the world. Launching its “Dolphin and ... Read More »

National Estuaries Day

By Natalie Strom Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated National Estuaries Day in a big way on Saturday, September 29. Hundreds of all ages came to learn about the history, research, recreation and marine life of Florida’s mangrove systems; where fresh water blends with salt water. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages 110,000 acres of estuary from Naples south, around Marco Island and into the Ten Thousand Islands. The Reserve hosted boat rides, kayak and paddle board tours, fly-fishing lessons, face-painting, laboratory tours, nature hikes, animal encounters and a special backcountry seminar hosted by artist and television ... Read More »

Hurricane Party!

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom Well, Tropical Storm party really. But we were prepared for whatever Isaac had in store for us. After all, when Jim Cantore takes the time to leave the gym and head down to our neck of the woods, we know we could be up against just about anything. So we prepped. Goodlanders were on Marco in mass numbers in the days leading up to the storm. A trip to the good old Dollar Store for candles and water brought us face to face with our next door neighbors doing the same. At Publix, a couple of ... Read More »

A Modern Day Lewis and Clark Expedition lands on Marco Island

By Kathleen Zehler How many times have we sat on our lanais looking out to the vast waters before us and wondered what is taking place out there? Maybe, wondering when we see a passing boat or kayak if they’ve just returned from searching for sunken treasure, or from some amazing fishing trip. What adventures did they have along the way, how far out in the Gulf did they travel, who did they encounter? Seldom do we question if they have enough food and fresh drinking water, or if are they lost or need help. There is no doubt that ... Read More »

Update: World Record Attempt

Due to continuous lightning strikes, Steven Banks world record kayak attempt was forced out of the water around 12:00 p.m.U He will be arranging another attempt sometime in October. He did however complete 33 miles and 11 hours of non stop documented paddling, and described it as one of the most peaceful days of his life. Great job Steve! Read More »