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Help Keep Dolphins Safe Why Venture Offshore?

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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

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GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller joaniefuller@embarqmail.com 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 natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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 natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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 natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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 »

stay-n-play everglades ride

february 26, 2012 brought to you by Snook Publications Dragonfly Expeditions – Everglades Area Tours – Shamrock Bank the vibe: cycling, nature, local kitsch everglades city is a wild-west cowboy town in the swamp — renegade, independent, adventurous – with great seafood and stories to tell. lots of other stuff to do (on your own) before/after the bicycle ride: kayak,   boardwalks,   fishing,   hiking,   airboats,   museums,   boat tour. meet-up saturday night for seafood at Camellia St Grill & campfire. the smooth ride: not a single hill, but a great stretch of pavement in the wilds ... Read More »

Museum exhibit

On Saturday, November 12, the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades will host a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for Chokoloskee resident, Bruce Hitchcock, whose photographs are on exhibit with Tyler McDonald through December. Bruce was born in South Florida and came to the Everglades 35 years ago. For the past 20 years he has worked as a fishing and photography guide. He enjoys exploring the Everglades backcountry in his kayak and feels this gives him the perspective of seeing nature from the inside as one of its own. His photographs capture the passion he has for this ... Read More »

6th Annual Paradise Coast Kayak Festival

The Paradise Coast Paddlers Club invites the public to its 6th Annual Kayak Festival, to be held on Sunday, April 17th, on the Isles of Capri. This year’s Festival will feature guided tours to Gulf beaches and through mangroves, displays of hand-built wooden kayaks, a kayak camping clinic, kayak rolling demonstrations, a kayak rescue clinic, displays by local conservation groups, and a raffle for a 14 ft. recreational kayak. Held behind the Capri Fish House on Capri Blvd, the Festival will be open from 9am to 4pm. Off-loading assistance will be available to visitors bringing their own boats, and kayaks ... Read More »

Shooting victim takes part in kayak tour

In early may of this year, Albert “Tony” Almeida, head of P.R. for the Southwest Florida Concierge and Guest Services Association, was shackled, handcuffed and shot twice by a disgruntled former employee at the Inn at the Springs in Bonita Springs, where he worked as hotel concierge. Almeida, who is still going through recovery and is wheel chair bound, will be participating in a kayak tour that will be hosted by Swamp Explorers for the CGSA this Tuesday, August 24. Rick Cruz of Swamp Explorers said, “We found it remarkable that this man has gone through so much and has ... Read More »