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Flotilla 95 Swears In New Bridge for 2015

Tom Dines and Keith Wohltman are sworn in by Chief Warrant Officer Robert Garris and Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz.

By Laurie Harris Public Affairs Officer In a time-honored tradition, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary conducted the 48th annual Change of Watch. On Jan. 11, Flotilla 95 Marco Island swore in Keith Wohltman as flotilla commander and Tom Dines as vice flotilla commander. The program began with John DeFalco, a past flotilla commander, sounding the bell for the “Crossing the Bar” ceremony. The ringing of the bell provides a moment to remember those lost over the past year. In 2014, Flotilla 95 lost one of its most dedicated members, Ron Klein, after a long illness. This solemn time was followed ... Read More »

There is Nothing Like the Real Thing!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com First and most importantly, Happy New Year to all of our tennis enthusiasts in Southwest Florida and around the world. There are so many reasons to be thankful, and tennis continues to thrive in the area. Recently, I have been doing pro-bono work with a rising junior tennis player from California, and he has a solidly-built foundation. He lacks tournament proficiency, though. His ultimate goal is to play college tennis, and he has the work ethic to pursue his dream. However, the world of tennis has produced thousands of great practice players, but too many ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Georgina Dolan

Georgina Dolan (center) is pictured with her 9-month-old daughter,  Delaney and husband, Devin. SUBMITTED photo

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE. “I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers. In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney. She has taught third ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces New Lectures, Workshops

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff With the new year comes new programming at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The organization recently announced a new lecture series, birding workshops and landscape training schedule. Rookery Bay’s 2015 Amazing Adventures lecture schedule will be hosted at the Environmental Learning Center January through March with evening presentations narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer providing destination ideas, natural histories, travel tips and insights. The lecture schedule begins Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM with “Westward Found, the American Southwest.” National Park Service Rangers Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman will take attendees on ... Read More »

AMIkids Big Cypress Receives DOL Funding

AMIkids Big Cypress has had much success already with its construction and skilled crafts programs. SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff AMIkids Big Cypress has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the grant will provide AMIkids Big Cypress students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment. The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service. All of the government funding will go towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select the path ... Read More »

January Fishing in the Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com January is typically our coolest month of the year. The days when the fronts are absent. The sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70s. This can make for some awesome fishing! The full moon this January falls on the 5th, and the new moon is on the 20th. In January, we typically have some of the most extreme tides of the year around the full and new moon. We will have extreme low tides the mornings of Jan.1-8 and the 17-24. They will still be great days to fish, ... Read More »

This is Not Who We Are!!!

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com I must have heard or read this expression hundreds if not thousands of times last week after the release of the CIA report by Senator Diane Feinstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee. From the President down to the last uninformed person in America, the expression was repeated time after time. If this is not who we are, who are we? No one informed us about “who we are” up to the writing of this article. I am beginning to have an identity crisis already. If we are going to tell our enemies all our military ... Read More »

Painting Southwest Florida History

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A unique art event is coming to the Marco Island Historical Museum in January. The focus: Paintings of area artists capturing the stories of Southwest Florida pioneers. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and MIHM have teamed up to create this art show which will bring such historic figures as Tommie Barfield, Captain Bill Collier and members of the Olds Family to life through original paintings. In all, 25 artists from Collier and Lee counties will be featured. The artists sough inspiration in historic paintings from the 1800s to the early 1900s to create ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation students help make holidays brighter

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Students of The Immokalee Foundation recently had a hand in helping make the holidays brighter for children overseas by donating shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project designed to deliver good news and great joy to boys and girls around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in over 150 countries. When donating, students could decide whether they wanted to pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl and then look for gifts appropriate for a specific age range. In addition to toys, practical items such as ... Read More »

ASTON GARDENS RAISES $2,420 FOR LIGHTHOUSE

Thank you to Aston Gardens, their residents and guests for raising $2,420 at their 11th Annual Art Fest on November 20, 2014. Aston Garden’s residents donated their art to be placed in a silent auction with the net proceeds benefiting Lighthouse of Collier. The event was open to the public. Over 100 participated in the fun filled afternoon. Lighthouse of Collier sends a BIG thank you to all the residents and staff for such a fun and successful event. A special Thank You to Peggy Davis. Lighthouse of Collier will use the funds to expand current programs or initiate new ... Read More »

Florida black bear

A young Florida black bear triggers an infrared trail camera on a cattle ranch in central Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition was inspired by this particular population of black bears and their wide ranging movements throughout a connected network of public conservation and private agricultural lands. Photo by Carlton Ward Jr./ Carlton Ward Photography Wildlife Corridors can Prevent Tragic Car Accidents Highways are an essential part of the infrastructure in developed parts of the world. They connect our human world, enabling commerce and conveying us over, around, and through landscape obstacles like waterways and mountains. While they’re important in our world, to wildlife they introduce many challenges, ... Read More »

RENOWNED ARTIST PROVIDES INSTRUCTION AT ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

~Art classes tailored for participants at all ability levels~ Back by popular demand for the third season, Rookery Bay Reserve offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from master artist, author and instructor Lee Hammond, whose classes cover a variety of modes and styles with a focus on animals and landscapes. Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than 1 million copies. With a home base in the Midwest all summer and fall, Hammond has established her winter teaching home ... Read More »

Wildlife Corridors to Protect our Native Florida Species

Did you know an animal is hit by a car in the United States every 26 seconds? With a month left in 2014, we have already witnessed a record-tying 19 Florida panthers killed on roadways. Though population numbers have improved recently, the major obstacles to the survival of the Florida panther remain unaddressed: our roads and other human infrastructure prevent these animals from expanding their range. As long as this remains the case, panther mortality will pose a serious threat to the population. The Florida Wildlife Corridor encompasses a 15.8 million acre area of minimally developed land that could allow ... Read More »

Gag Grouper closed for season

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters Dec. 4, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2. These closures help maintain sustainable gag grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico. State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties were open from April 1 through June 30 and were not open during the July 1 through Dec. 3 season. Monroe County is also excluded from the July 1 through Dec. 3 season because it follows Atlantic rules ... Read More »

Forever Young

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Doretta Alger has a genuine smile, bubbly personality and is earnestly happy to meet people. When it comes to Doretta, nothing strikes you as unusual until you learn she is 95 years young! She completely belies her age. Of course, the first question always is “to what do you attribute your youthful appearance?” Longevity seems to run in the family as Doretta’s grandmother lived to be 101. Doretta added, “Each birthday, I walked my age. When I turned 90, I walked 90 minutes. At 91, I walked 91 minutes and so on. I did it each ... Read More »

Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

Red Tide

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in southwest Florida. Satellite images from early this week produced by the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show patches that extend approximately 50 miles alongshore and up to 35 miles offshore, depending on location, between Collier and Monroe counties. More recent satellite images are not available due to cloud cover. Karenia brevis concentrations range from background to medium alongshore and offshore of Lee and Collier counties.  In several samples collected in the Pine Island Sound system (Lee and Charlotte counties), background concentrations have been detected.  ... Read More »

Red grouper conservation measures approved by FWC

At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County. The Commission hopes that this change will mean an increase in the length of the recreational red grouper season in federal waters, which closed early this year because the recreational catch limit was exceeded in 2013. A two-fish bag limit was initially requested by Florida anglers and for-hire captains to help maximize fishing opportunities for red grouper, especially ... Read More »

‘French in Florida’ to Highlight Florida’s Early Colonial History

The Friends of the Collier County Museum are inviting residents and visitors to learn about Florida’s early colonial history at a special event being held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112. The event will highlight the museum’s four month exhibit, “The French in Florida: 1562 – 1566,” which explores the French foray into the New World, beginning in Florida. The event is also the Naples premiere of a digitally animated short film based on the historic Jacques Le Moyne and Theodor de Bry engravings of early Florida. The ... Read More »

Fourth Florida Panther Festival

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Submitted The fourth annual Florida Panther Festival — Saturday, Nov. 15, at North Collier Regional Park in Naples — offers interesting and fun opportunities to learn all about Florida’s State Animal and one of the most endangered mammals on planet Earth, the Florida panther. The festival is a free, family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities such as presentations by panther biologists, a Living with Wildlife Pavilion, nature walks, children’s activities, a rural backyard demonstration, exhibits by conservation agencies, live music, storytelling, entertainment, vendors, food and much more. On ... Read More »