Tag Archives: location

Float Plans Save Lives

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  It was 9:30 PM and Jim’s wife was getting worried. Her husband and three friends had gone off fishing earlier that day and should have been home by now. Jim never mentioned that they might be later than his normal return home time of 5:30 PM. In fact, Jim really hadn’t mentioned much about this ... Read More »

Treasure Hunter Captain Carl Fismer Brings Treasure to Isles of Capri

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry When you hear that world-renowned treasure hunter Captain Carl Fismer, with 47 years of treasure hunting experience, is going to be the honored speaker at the Isles of Capri Community Center, you can bet your doubloons you’re going to be there to hear him! Capt. Carl, also known as “Fizz” to his ... Read More »

Islanders Love Their Farmers Market

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For over a decade now islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed the opportunity to avail themselves of a Farmers Market here on Marco. It has become a ritual of sorts that many look forward to on Wednesdays and make the drive over to Veterans Community Park to walk the grassy field to hunt for vegetables, fruits, ... Read More »

Fire Extinguishers on Your Boat

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  The US Coast Guard has regulations for the minimum number of extinguishers the average boat needs to have onboard. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend you carry an additional extinguisher above the minimum. US Coast Guard-approved, marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire ... Read More »

Bargain Basket Thanks Volunteers

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Since 1975 the” United Church’s Bargain Basket has been a source of support for the church, its ministries and the community itself. Today the “Basket” is a regular weekly stop for many residents and visitors to the island, as it provides a wonderful assortment of a variety of bargains, ranging from household goods, to jewelry and ... Read More »

The Python Invasion

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There have been numerous reports of sightings of Burmese pythons, and the efforts to eradicate them from the Everglades has been fierce. Professional snake hunters have even been hired to join in the hunt. Last year the 2016 Python Challenge, presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, resulted in the removal of 106 Burmese ... Read More »

Temporary Station 51 Up & Running

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the need to deal with increasing demands for service, a rise in traffic in the mid-island area and the potential for delayed responses, Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy put together a plan to reopen the formerly decommissioned fire station on West Elkcam Circle. With the assistance of on duty personnel and a volunteer effort, ... Read More »

Elegant Home Tour

By Jesus Calo The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) held its 17th Annual Elegant Home Tour, which featured four residences around Marco Island. Each home incorporated a mix of architectural and interior designs from various decor influences. The event allows the MIWC to take a step into an elegant home and witness the beauty of this island through architecture. Following ... Read More »

Seeing Shorebirds: From Peeps to White Pelicans

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1978 and named for the bay where thousands of wading birds roost and nest on certain mangrove islands. A lot of other birds also rely on this area for survival. Reserve staff and volunteers keep tabs on these bird populations as an indicator of estuarine health. I ... Read More »

A New Cessna for Civil Air Patrol

Submitted The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has a fleet of over 500 airplanes, and is the largest single-engine aircraft customer for Cessna, on average, purchasing 20-25 aircraft per year. In 2017, two new airplanes were assigned to the Florida Wing and one was assigned to the Marco Island Senior Squadron. With its sophisticated computerized cockpit, this brand-new plane enables more ... Read More »

Shell Club Prepares for 7th Annual Shell Show

By Samantha Husted  In preparation for the Marco Island Shell Club’s 37th Annual Shell Show, Shell Club members met to create some one-of-a-kind shell art. The club members met at Dissler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island. The same location where the upcoming show will take place. Rows of large round tables were set up throughout the room. ... Read More »

Getting Started/Briefing Guests

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 By Doug Johnson Before getting underway, there are a few simple things that can be done to make the trip more enjoyable and safer. Start with checking the weather, tides and your vessels systems and gear and make sure your boat registration is aboard. Your guests should be familiar with your boat and its safety ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Opens Time Capsule at 50th Anniversary

By Jesus Calo In celebrating its 50th anniversary, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church unveiled its time capsule, marked to be opened on February 10, 2017. This was history in the making, as the time capsule was planted underneath the pulpit 25 years ago inside the Parish Hall. As guests celebrated the anniversary of the church building itself, it is known that ... Read More »

Tapas and Live Tunes

By Don Manley Tapas anyone? For Marcoites, answering in the affirmative to that question likely meant a drive off-island to enjoy the Spanish dining style. That is until last September’s opening of Mermaid Blues, located in The Collection at Olde Marco. Tapas are the assortment of appetizers in traditional Spanish cuisine that has evolved into a sophisticated style of cuisine ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers

Submitted  At the December gathering, Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) President Liz Noyes stimulated a thoughtful discussion on the power of selecting the right word and the importance of revision.  Afterwards there was social time to usher in the holidays and salute to the achievements of 2016. For our January 11, 2017 meeting, we will meet at Marco Lutheran Church ... Read More »

Bright and Cheery This Time of Year!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala  The Marco Island Christmas Island Style Parade was spectacular this year with so many people enjoying the music, laughing, costumes and lights. What a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas season. The streets were filled with throngs of people dressed for the parade as they celebrated along the route. There were children everywhere, waving and ... Read More »

Local Artist Show to Benefit Marco Island Center for the Arts

Submitted The Marco Island Branch of the Collier County Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts provide monthly art shows at the library’s Heathwood Drive location. During the months of December and January, the artwork of Marco Island artist Jo-Ann Sanborn will be featured. A percentage of the sales of Jo-Ann’s artwork will go to the Marco ... Read More »

Marco Treasures . . . Under the Sea

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  May I wish each and every ... Read More »

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has completed a comprehensive renovation of its one- and two-bedroom suites. Additional updates have also been completed on the resort’s Gulf Ballroom. The updated luxury interiors capture the essence of the boutique resort’s beachfront location in a palette of soft blues and mint greens against ... Read More »

MIPD Holiday Safety Tips

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For Marco Islanders the holiday season brings about some of the same activities that their relatives up north are involved in, but just in a little nicer climate. Festive Christmas trees, decorating of houses and businesses in the best of holiday traditions, the wonderful parties hosted for family and friends, and the sharing of the true ... Read More »