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Caves of the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida

Bob and Cathy explore an underground  cavern in Mexico. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES  Bob McConville  Master Naturalist In early June of this year, my wife, Cathy, and I took the opportunity to visit the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico. The marine life and geology of this region are positively fascinating. In addition to snorkeling with whale sharks — the largest fish on the planet — we ventured inland to Mexico’s jungles to learn more about the ecology. What we found was absolutely surprising. This portion of the peninsula sits right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. The closest land mass is Cuba, and just north of that is ... Read More »

Fighting a Boat Fire


By Lt. Bill Hempel  United States Power Squadrons In Florida, a 64-foot yacht that was ravaged by fire burned to the waterline. Follow up stories reported that the boat was presenting a hazard to navigation and was later towed to a nearby marina to be salvaged. There are a few lessons we can learn from this incident. Obviously, one lesson is to take all of the steps necessary to prevent fire, but when such a yacht is ravaged by fire, we can see just how horrific and all-consuming a boat fire can be. Fortunately, the subject boat was near the ... Read More »

Warm Hearts and Willing Hands: San Marco Youth Serve the Poor in Tampa and Belize Youth in Tampa-service and smiles

The group visited Mayan ruins. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Stephanie Shiller San Marco Church Youth Group, under the direction of Kim Adamson (DRE), sent two groups of young people on mission trips this summer with Catholic Heart Work Camps. The goal of these missions is to “share the love of Christ as we serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the marginalized in any way needed. Equally, to inspire participants to live as disciples of Christ through serving others as a way of life.”   Tampa This summer marks the third year of participation for the San Marco Youth Group in the Tampa mission trip. This group gave its all ... Read More »

The Next Generation of Explorers

Community members and MIA donors attended a special VIP reception before the presentation. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray Friday, June 20, the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted “Cousteau: Past, Present and Future,” a presentation by Dr. Richard C. Murphy, director of science and education at Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. Set to a slide show featuring mesmerizing images of our earth’s underwater world, he talked about the Cousteau family legacy and briefly touched on some present and future endeavors. The event was co-sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society and Marco Island Academy, and it highlighted one of those present endeavors: The Marco Island Academy/Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) Summer Camp, the ... Read More »

Youth See Police and Fire-Rescue Service Up Close


By Val Simon Each year, the Marco Island Police Department works closely with the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department to present a Police/Fire Academy through the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. The weeklong camp was headed up by MIPD Officer Al Schettino and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden. The academy — designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades — gives a hands-on look at the variety of training and skills each of these professions require. It’s an ideal camp for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency services. They cover everything these first responders do on a ... Read More »

EcoTour Provider Training Series Back at Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay Reserve naturalist Randy McCormick explains the role of mangroves in southwest Florida’s environment during while touring the Reserve. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

Submitted With approximately 97 percent of Southwest Florida’s ocean-based economy coming from tourism and recreation, ecotour professionals serve as ambassadors of local natural areas. These ecotour professionals often rely on their knowledge of natural history to provide clients a memorable experience. In order to meet the growing educational needs of ecotour professionals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with Florida Sea Grant, is offering a series of field and classroom-based programs this summer. Back by popular demand, the Ecotour Provider Series promotes sustainable tourism practices by providing guides, naturalists and tour operators with information, tips and tools to ... Read More »

Life Jacket Facts


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island is paradise for boaters — with more than 100 miles of interior canals, six miles of beach and 6,000 registered boaters. As we approach the summer months, it is imperative to remember one of the most important and essential safety tools for boaters: the life jacket. According to the National Safe Boating Council, close to 85 percent of those who drown in boating accidents every year are not wearing a life jacket, despite requirements to have U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets on board vessels for all passengers. Further, the 2013 Boating Accident Statistical ... Read More »

The Reel and the Rod Tip


LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink There are many successful fishing techniques that can be utilized depending on your fishing location and targeted species. Some of the more common techniques used include fly fishing, trolling, bottom fishing, kite fishing and cast and retrieve. In the local back country areas of the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades National Park, I have experimented with numerous techniques, but have found one, in particular, to be most effective which I will share with you in this article. I prefer to fish with light to ultra-light spinning tackle, a light- to medium-weight rod between ... Read More »

Market Cycles and Bicycles


Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “The only investors who shouldn’t diversify are those who are right 100 percent of the time. For those properly prepared in advance, a bear market in stocks is not a calamity but an opportunity.” — Sir John Templeton, 1912-2008   Question: Would you explain market cycles and why they matter? Answer: Understanding market cycles and keeping the ups and downs in perspective can be a challenge especially when discussing market or economic activity. There’s no doubt that markets are cyclical, and that often makes it difficult to adhere to a long-term investment strategy. ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising


BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Meet Marco Island’s New Firefighters

Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department’s newest firefighter-EMT’s (l-r): Alex Correa, Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery Three short months after the Marco Island City Council approved the hiring of three new firefighter-EMT’s, they have been hired, trained and are on the job. Twelve-year firefighting veteran Alex Correa and Naples-born-and-raised newbies Eric Griffin and Jesse Yarnell joined the department earlier this month. “The Fire-Rescue Department experienced a very impressive group of local applicants making our final decision very difficult but also very rewarding as we know going forward that we have well-educated, homegrown young men and women eager to serve their community,” says Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Deputy Chief Chris Byrne. And, ... Read More »

Students Attend Networking Reception


The Immokalee Foundation students gained valuable insight from local business leaders during the organization’s third annual networking reception at the Hilton Naples. The workshop provided 30 high school juniors and seniors in TIF’s Career Development Program the opportunity to interact with some of the area’s top business leaders, sharing their goals, ambitions and how they plan to achieve their life vision. The business executives offered valuable insight about their own experiences and provided real-life lessons important in helping students prepare for their own transition to college and beyond. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional ... Read More »

Jones Featured by Naples Press Club

FGCU’s Robert Green, Jr., Film Producer KC Schulberg, Randall Kenneth Jones and Phil Beuth, former President of “Good Morning America.” PHOTO BY HELENE GAILLET DE NEERGAARD

Submitted On Thursday, April 24, the Naples Press Club presented local marketer, publicist, speaker, humorist and actor Randall Kenneth Jones at its monthly luncheon. An advocate for positive communication, workplace courtesy and the sharing of best practices, Jones passionately and humorously brought the audience to its feet with his plea for an increased focus on mentoring. “Jones grasps his audience, tickles senses, loosens up tear ducts and lightens life’s load. He practices the art of public speaking in masterful fashion,” says Phil Beuth, NPC board member and former president of “Good Morning America.” According to Jones, “We all have something ... Read More »

Summer Activities to Keep Kids Busy


By Noelle H. Lowery Summer is almost here, parents. Can’t you just hear the cheers from your children right now? Okay, now that I have scared you all to death, I am going to fill you in on all of the amazing summertime activities available right here on Marco Island. From the city’s Parks and Recreation programs and the camps at the Greater Marco Family YMCA to the Marco Island Center for the Arts and local dance studios, your kids are covered with a vast array of ways to spend their not-so-lazy days of summer.   City of Marco ... Read More »

Boko Haram in Nigeria

Nigerian Kidnappers (L). Boko Haram Leadership (R)

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun It was April 14, 2014. In the small town of Chibok, Nigeria there was only a small contingent of poorly armed police and soldiers when approximately 200 Boko Haram fighters on motorcycles attacked and raided the Government Girls Secondary School. Vastly outnumbered and badly outgunned, the so called “security forces” fled. Boko Haram forces entered the school and loaded approximately 300 innocent school girls, some as young as nine, into buses and trucks and disappeared into the dark of night. Along the way to the hideout, a number of girls bravely escaped by running ... Read More »

Stone Crab Season Closes

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. This closure occurs each year during the species’ peak spawning season to help protect and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer. Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after ... Read More »

Tasting Marco

The Greg Miller Band will wow the Taste of Marco once again this year. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A day of food, music and fun awaits at the 24th Annual Taste of Marco, Sunday, May 4, 11 AM-5 PM. Come stroll through The Esplanade to sample the flavors of some of Marco Island’s favorite culinary hot spots, including Beachdogs, CJ’s on the Bay, Gino’s Trattoria, Coldstone Creamery, Quinn’s on the Beach, Chop 239, Verdi’s, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Porky’s Restaurant & Lounge, Vandy’s 5 Brothers and Starbuck’s. A major draw for music lovers again this year will be The Greg Miller Band. Miller has opened for such R&B greats as for Kool & the ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Award Given!


Bill Mesce was given the prestigious Mel Finn Award at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner on April 13 for “for reflecting the spirit of the Founding Father of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park”. Mel Finn, a Miami attorney who identified 43 different orchids in the Fakahatchee, campaigned to make the territory a preserve. That finally happened in 1974. The award in his name is given by the Friends annually if an appropriate winner is identified. Bill Mesce certainly deserved it this year. He was a founding member of the Friends, has led swamp walks since they were initiated, and ... Read More »

Early Childhood Conference May 24th

Early childhood educators and others are invited to register for the 7th Annual Early Childhood Conference, hosted by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.(CCCR), to be held at Hodges University on Saturday, May 24 from 8:30 – 1:00 p.m. with  registration and continental breakfast from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. The topic will be “Rethinking What It Means to Teach: The Teacher’s Role in a Constructivist Classroom,” featuring keynote speaker, Alise Shafer. Early registration is encouraged since more than 250 educators are expected to attend the conference.  Early Bird Registration cost is $60, if received by May 17; $75 if received after May 17 or at the door.  CEU’s ... Read More »

Snook Fishing Closes in Gulf

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures protect Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1. Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational harvest Sept. 1. Learn more about recreational fishing at by clicking on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.” Read More »