Tag Archives: kayak

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 www.specialolympicsflorida.org/pokerrun and ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Nature Calls at 2015 Southwest Florida Nature Festival

Keynote speaker Pete Frezza. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com 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 ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe Why Venture Offshore?


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 ... 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. ... 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 ... 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. ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Kayak Marco 24: The Mission Begins


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, ... Read More »

Reasons to live here


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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 »