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Breakfast and Birds

Submitted Friends of Tigertail (FOT) will host the 12th “Breakfast and Birds” on January 28 from 9 AM to 11 AM at Tigertail Beach. Bring your own breakfast and meet other interested birders to learn how to identify the beautiful wading birds and shorebirds that forage in the Tigertail lagoon during the winter. Binoculars are recommended. The program is free ... Read More »

Shrink Your Water Bill

The Beautification Advisory Committee of Marco Island will hold its annual presentation entitled, “Shrink Your Water Bill.” Discover ways to limit your irrigation while still having an attractive landscape. Nic Nikolich of Collier County’s free Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab service and Master Gardener Maria Schoenfelder will enlighten you with new information. Learn about Florida-friendly landscaping, pick up some landscaping tips ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Gala to Feature Patricia Racette

By Randall Kenneth Jones While there may not be a resident opera company on Marco Island, thanks to Gulfshore Opera’s General Director Steffanie Pearce, top-notch performances are available to all the communities alongside Southwest Florida’s gulf shore. In fact, the company has brought their personal brand of musical magic to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the past ... Read More »

Six Reasons To Go Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing is an activity that has been going on since man first met water. Fishing is a hobby for some people and a way to make a living for others. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to fish, or brushing up on your rusty fishing abilities, there’s never been a better time to ... Read More »

75 Years of Conservation Success 

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is ... Read More »

JCMI Cultural Series Opens

Submitted  The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series opens its 23rd season at 7:30 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, with a program entitled “The Dead Sea Scrolls” to be held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. What are the scrolls? Who wrote them? What do words written more than 2,000 years ago say today? The speaker, Dr. ... Read More »

Making This Year Even Better

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala 2017 is already here and I feel like I haven’t finished half of 2016! Gosh that year went by quickly. Now I’m sitting back and taking a look at the last year and planning on what I can do better in this coming year. There is always so much room for improvement, and I just have ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

Dolphins of Marco Island

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Everybody loves dolphins! They always seem ... Read More »

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” 

The nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation will host their Gulf Coast Fishing University March 11-12,2017 at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge, 5630 Pine Island Rd, Bokeelia, FL 33922. Women, men and teens can learn and practice fishing at several hands-on skill stations on Saturday, then have an option to fish inshore from charter boats and kayaks on Sunday. Registration includes networking ... Read More »

Women’s Events at Marco Presbyterian Church

Submitted Marco Presbyterian Church kicks off the Winter Season with a seminar and luncheon on Friday, Jan. 20. Registration begins at 9 AM; the seminar is from 9:30-11:30 AM with lunch immediately following. Keynote speaker Janet Custer will present her personal testimony on how God has led her to her current position as Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center ... Read More »

Growing Number of Panthers Killed by Cars

Submitted  A driver hit and killed the 31st panther of 2016 on Tuesday, breaking the all-time record for the number of Florida panther road kills in one year. This breaks the 2015 record of 25 deaths due to vehicle strikes with more than three weeks left in 2016. Florida panther deaths on our roadways are continuing in this upward trajectory. ... Read More »

Y’s New First Splash Program

Submitted  The Marco Y wants you to come splash in their pool. The cost is nominal, and members as well as non-members are welcome. Sports and aquatics director Gustavo Sita is conducting the twice-weekly sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays) with staggered age groups running on the half-hour from 3:30 to 5 PM. “We’re not teaching them to be great swimmers,” Sita ... Read More »

Skill Development VII: Variables – Club Selection

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The late, great Arnold Palmer once said, “Golf is deceptively simple, and endlessly complicated.” The goal in golf is simple–get the ball from here to there. But a golfer makes hundreds of choices in a round to accomplish the goal, which is where the complicated part of the game comes into play. Choices such ... Read More »

Orchid Doctor

Each year at this time, the Naples Orchid Society in conjunction with the Naples Botanical Gardens holds it “Orchid Doctor” sessions at the gardens. Veteran NOS orchid experts will be on hand to help remedy your orchid pest problems and recommend best care techniques. Bring your orchid or photo to better diagnose. Learn how to get your orchids to grow ... Read More »

FWC Videos on How Best to Avoid Bear Conflicts

As part of a continuing effort to reduce conflicts with bears, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is releasing two new videos in the “Living with Florida Black Bears” series, designed to educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida. The “Cause for a Call” video outlines when and how people can reduce conflicts ... Read More »

Community Oriented Policing 

Officer Barringer attended the annual Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve post-season shoreline bird meeting, which was an opportunity for partners such as FWC biologists, FWC law enforcement, National Audubon Society, Rookery Bay staff and Team OCEAN to meet and share information about shorebird and seabird nesting data in Collier County. The meeting was arranged to learn more about statewide ... Read More »

WWII Veterans Take Flight

By Samantha Husted On Nov. 9, five World War II Veterans met at the Marco Island Executive Airport. Some were good friends and others had just met for the first time. But they were gathered that day for one reason, to fly. At the airport was a 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplane, the same of which the veterans flew during World ... Read More »

Pancakes at the Firehouse

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On November 13, pancake lovers of all ages gathered to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Marco Island firehouse. Throughout the morning people came in waves, many arriving in their Sunday best following church services. Volunteers flipped endless pancakes and served scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice to hungry guests. Many came back for seconds, ... Read More »

Merrill Allen Thanks You: Music is his life. Goodland is his town.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn If you should happen to greet Merrill Allen on the streets of Goodland, you might be surprised at the warmth and friendliness of his response. He says he has found fulfillment and happiness here. Merrill, who was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1957, moved to Goodland in 1993 and never looked back. He has become ... Read More »