Tag Archives: Keewaydin Island

A Great Migration in the Water

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Leatherback sea turtles can reach 6 feet in length, weigh up to 2,000 pounds and dive more than 4,000 feet below the surface.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Last month I wrote about one of the great land migrations that takes place on our planet. It wasn’t so much about the long distance of the pattern, but more about the sheer number of animals that participate in this annual trek across Africa’s Serengeti Plain. There are constant comings and goings throughout the year ... Read More »

Marco Island Makes Top 10, Again

Photos by Scott Schilke

By Coastal Breeze News Staff TripAdvisor has released the winners of the 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Islands- United States. Once again, Marco Island has made the list, this year in the number eight spot. The top locations are selected by millions of real travellers who submit their reviews. According to TripAdvisor travellers, the top Marco Island activities ... Read More »

Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala fundraiser set for March 3 at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 12thannual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves™ fundraiser is a recognition of the continuing importance of protecting the natural environment and quality of life in Southwest ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Officers Despian and Kleis were on water patrol near Keewaydin Island when they observed a United States Coast Guard (USCG) vessel conducting a vessel stop on a center console boat occupied by 3 subjects. The USCG flagged down the Officers for assistance. When they arrived on scene, USCG personnel told the Officers that the operator and both passengers of the ... Read More »

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Keewaydin Express

Keewaydin Island, a favorite for locals and tourists, is now easier to enjoy with Keewaydin Express.

By Samantha Husted The Keewaydin Express is a locally owned water taxi service that provides transportation to and from Keewaydin Island and surrounding areas. Each trip is completely customizable. Customers are able to choose which bars, restaurants and waterfronts they’d like to visit. The Keewaydin Express takes the stress out of renting a boat, and makes it easier to enjoy ... Read More »

10 Reasons to Take a Basic Boating Course


Submitted Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat, and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. There are some very good reasons to get yourself informed about the rules of the road. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 of Marco Island is offering various safe boating courses ... Read More »

Ask Me About the Birds!

A moment between a shorebird and her chick on the beach.

By Renee Wilson Florida’s white sand beaches are a playground for millions of residents and visitors each year. Beaches also serve as important habitat for shorebirds, with many species laying their eggs and raising their young right on the sand. Beaches in and around Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve historically have hosted some of the largest beach-nesting seabird colonies ... Read More »

An Osprey Rescue, With a Happy Ending

Obviously in distress, this young Osprey was fighting to stay above water. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s Saturday, May 2nd, the Dolphin Explorer’s 9 AM trip is on the water and something special is about to take place. With 19 happy passengers on board, the tour started as usual, with several dolphin sightings of adult males and even a mom and her calf. We passed a few Osprey nests and the ... Read More »

Join the “Team”


Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Marco Island


By Laurie Harris Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!   The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, the Boater’s Local Knowledge and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition ... Read More »

Dolphin Explorer: 8 Years of Research

PHOTO BY Kirk Gardner

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Over here is Halfway, an adult female bottlenose dolphin and mom to at least four calves. Over there is one of our dominant male pair bonds, Hatchet and Capri.” These are common refrains by naturalist Kent Morse and marine biologist James Liviccari on board the Dolphin Explorer. With 16 years of experience between them ... Read More »

Protecting Beach Birds

Least terns lay eggs in sand scrapes right on the beach.  Eggs and young are extremely vulnerable to sun and heat when adult birds are flushed by people, dogs, or vehicles approaching the nest site. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in cooperation with the Flor-ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has posted a small por-tion of beach on the south tip of Keewaydin Island and part of an emergent sandbar one mile southeast of Cape Romano to protect nesting habitat for least terns, black skimmers and Wilson’s plovers. These areas have been ... Read More »

Annual SAMI Race Attracts Sailors of All Abilities


By Jeff Johnson On April 13th and 14th the Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) will host its annual Bud Light Regatta. Proceeds from the regatta help to support the Civil Air Patrol, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The race attracts sailors from all over the area in boats of all sizes. ... Read More »

Private Keewaydin Club Hosts Party of 200


Over 200 people cruised to Keewaydin Island to attend the Magic Under the Mangroves™ Patron Party celebration on February 10, at the private Keewaydin Club. This year’s Cuban-inspired party is the precursor to the March 7, “Magic” main event, raising funds for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to protect the water, land and wildlife in the region. “Magic” Patrons enjoyed Latino ... Read More »

The Devil in the Details


from The Enthusiast Newsletter by local John Scott There is no question that one of the cardinal points of successful living is paying attention to the details of any undertaking; and no better lesson can be offered in the art and science of paying attention to those pesky little details than the story of our perfect evening on Keewaydin Island ... Read More »

Sea Turtles in distress

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  Marco Island’s sea turtles are in trou­ble. A recent nest count has revealed that Tropical Storm Debby washed away 14 sea turtle nests on Marco’s beaches. Prior to Debby, the total nest count on Marco Island’s beaches was at 37. Now there are only 23. This isn’t the only troubling news. Evidence of human tampering with ... Read More »

Lessons learned aboard the Dolphin Explorer

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “Dolphin at five o’clock!” shouts a guest aboard The Dolphin Explorer vessel. Another brief sighting of a dorsal fin and Captain Chris Desmond turns the boat around to get a closer look. Meanwhile, on-board biologist and researcher, James Livaccari, prepares his camera and iPad to track the dolphin by photo and location. The twenty-plus guests on ... Read More »

Searching for Seymour… the dolphin

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  Marco Island’s dolphin population is asking for our help. According to researchers on The Dolphin Explorer, a sight-seeing vessel out of Rose Marco River Marina, there is a local population of roughly 60 to 70 bottlenose dolphins. These dolphins roam within the Marco River, around Isles of Capri, Keewaydin Island and down into the 10,000 Islands ... Read More »

“Magic Under the Mangroves” Committee “Plants” Seeds

“Magic Under the Mangroves” Committee “Plants” Seeds on the Christopher B. Smith Preserve at  Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center Members of the “Magic Under the Mangroves” committee met recently to continue planning for the March 8, 2012 fundraiser to support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since this year’s event is focused on celebrating our natural wild spaces, the committees “plants” the ... Read More »