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Learning About Sharks in the Ten Thousand Islands

Paulette and Bruce Carabelli have been Rookery Bay volunteers since 2007.  photoS by renee wilson

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us In the 1960s, a large residential neighborhood was created northeast of Marco Island called Southern Golden Gate Estates. Although the unfinished development was later abandoned, a network of roads and miles of canals were built that significantly altered the natural flow of fresh water to the estuaries in the Ten Thousand Islands. Today, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages most of the estuaries downstream of that failed development. Because estuaries provide important nursery habitat for sharks and other marine life, the Reserve has been monitoring water quality there since the late 1990s. Studies indicate that ... 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 guests took interest in the information that we shared about these raptors. As we made our way up the Intercoastal toward Keewaydin Island, I noticed something in the water flapping its wings furiously. Using my binoculars I was able to determine ... Read More »

Edward Jones Ranks No. 6 on FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List Financial-services firm makes list for 16th year

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 6 on FORTUNEmagazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015″ list in its 16th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Gary Ozak and Kevin O’Fee, Financial Advisors in Marco Island, FL. Edward Jones’ 16 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 12 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 4 overall. In the FORTUNE survey of associates, for which the ranking is predominantly based, 94 percent of Edward Jones associates said they have pride in the work they do. And 96 percent ... Read More »

Gary Ozak Accepts Limited Partnership

Gary Ozak of Edward Jones in Marco Island, FL has accepted an invitation to become a limited partner in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm. Edward Jones currently employs nearly 40,000 associates in all 50 states and through its affiliate in Canada. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the firm’s first partnership offering – and today Edward Jones has expanded the partnership to more than 20,000 limited partners. “I am honored to be invited to become a limited partner in the firm,” said Ozak. “I enjoy working for Edward Jones, and I am very proud of the way we ... Read More »

SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLIER COUNTY NEEDS ASSISTANT COACHES FOR GOLF FOR THE 2015 SEASON

DATES:  June 2rd to August 1nd, 2015   DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Tuesday 5:00–6:30 pm (Practices held rain or shine unless otherwise notified).   LOCATION: Golden Gate Country Club, 4100 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples 34116 (Just west of 951 on GG Pkwy).   COMPETITION DATES: County Games: Tuesday, July 7th 2015 at GGCC 5:00-6:30 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. Area Games: Saturday, August 1st 2015 at Royal Palm Country Club, Naples 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Coaches are expected at games. State Golf Games:  Fri-Sat September 4th-5th, 2015 in Orlando. Not all coaches are expected to go to State Golf Games. But we will need some to go.   ASSISTANT COACH ... Read More »

Edward Jones Adds Financial Advisor

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Submitted Edward Jones Financial Advisor Gary Ozak announced that a second financial advisor, Kevin O’Fee has joined his office in Marco Island. Ozak said, “I’m very impressed with Kevin, and I’m sure my clients will be, too. Edward Jones prides itself on providing the best service possible to those investors who choose to do business with us. Kevin Will help provide the high level of service investors in March Island have come to expect from us as well extend our services to new investors.” O’Fee will work out of Ozak’s office over the next several months, then will continue serving ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement – COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Futch and Reams were working a resource detail focusing on hunters taking turkey over bait in northern Collier County.  They observed fresh tire tracks on a road leading to an area known for illegal hunting activity. They located a vehicle and observed a turkey yelper (a device hunters to use to mimic the sound of a female turkey) and other hunting related items in the vehicle.  The Officers then heard a gunshot.  Officer Reams stayed with the vehicle and Officer Futch followed fresh shoe prints heading in the direction of the shot.  The shoe prints led to an area ... Read More »

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. Although horseshoe crabs mate year-round, spring is the peak season to see them aggregate on beaches and in bays. Citizen scientists interested in contributing to the survey should have the best luck sighting horseshoe crabs around high tide within three days of a new or full moon, March 20 and April 4 respectively. The FWC asks ... Read More »

Keller Williams Double Play – A Grand Opening and a Grand Slam

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On March 11, Keller Williams Realty celebrated the grand opening of their new office facilities on Marco Island. On March 12, they held an awards banquet for achieving first place from the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors for 2014. It was their fourth win in a row – a grand slam. It was a busy two days. Grand Opening What was once nine individual office suites, is now one cohesive 8,000 square foot facility at 830 Bald Eagle Drive. “We wanted to create a place that would reflect our values of teamwork, education and agent-centered ... Read More »

New Guidebook for Kids by Karen T. Bartlett

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By Pat Newman Looking for fun things to do with your kids during spring break? Pick up a copy of A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades by Naples resident Karen T. Bartlett, click your seatbelts and take off for adventure. The book is written for youngsters, but includes tons of fun facts and an indextreasure of names, web addresses, and phone numbers for the sights included in the colorful 79-page soft-cover guide. The section on Marco Island starts off with the Calusa Indians, and mentions the Marco Island Historical Museum and its life-size interactive Calusa ... Read More »

Local Raptor or Migrant?…The Osprey

One of the first Osprey hatchlings made its debut in mid February, 2015.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Join Bob On March 9th At The Rose History Auditorium As He Presents “Rock My World: How The Earth’s Movements Effect Migration”. The Program Begins At 7 Pm And Is Open To The Public. Call 389-6447 For Seating Information.   Their distinctive call is unlike any other bird in our area. With a pitch that seems to accelerate with each note, our eyes are drawn to the sky, drawn to view one of nature’s best hunters, the Osprey. These prolific raptors can be seen around Marco Island all year long. But, at this time of ... Read More »

Fly Fishing on the Middle Provo

There is fly fishing year round on the Middle Provo, even when the ground is snow covered. photoS BY Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber This column is my husband’s idea. He suggested I write about something in which he is interested. So, at least this week, no museums, no churches, and except for a quick mention, no shopping, no restaurants,…..just a river and some fish. To learn more about fly fishing and the Provo River, I met with Ben Nelson, Matt Puodziunas, and Peter Robinson of Trout Bum 2 in Park City, Utah. Trout Bum 2 is a comprehensive retail and guide service. In 2013 and 2014 it was named Park City’s best fly fishing shop by readers of the ... Read More »

30 Years Young

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System I’m proud to say our track record for quality healthcare has been growing for quite some time, even as we continue to improve and break new ground. I was reminded of this recently as we celebrated the “old” and rang in the “new.” I speak of two celebratory occasions—first, Marco Island’s Urgent Care Clinic’s 30th anniversary; and second, the groundbreaking for NCH Northeast, a 40,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency room. Marco Island’s Urgent Care Center may be 30-years-young, but its staff is as energetic and vibrant as any in ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES 26th ANNUAL OLD FLORIDA FESTIVAL March 7-8, 2015

The one and only Collier County Museums Old Florida Festival returns for a limited engagement,Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Collier County Museum. The Friends of the Collier County Museum invites guests to step back in time and visit Florida through the ages. The annual family-style event, now in its 26th year, brings together more than 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers and living history performers to recreate ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier. This year’s festival features mounted Spanish Conquistadors and Calusa Indians, pioneers, pirates, Cracker Cowmen, soldier’s camps ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a “doomed city.” On a recent visit there, I’m pleased to report that it is not doomed. It is a vibrant, diverse city, known for its tolerance, picturesque canals, and outstanding art collections. After a recent government sponsored overhaul and renovations ... Read More »

“Stababa: The History of Mound Key”

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Submitted On Tuesday, March 3 at 7 PM in the Rose History Auditorium archaeologist and cultural resource consultant, Theresa Schober, will take you on a fascinating journey to the remnants of elevated mounds and ridges, and sculpted canals and water courts that remain a visible yet subtle reminder of the once thriving Calusa society in today’s southwest Florida landscape. Careful archaeological excavation reveals how and when this landscape was constructed, and its relationship with the development of the Calusa through time culminating in the highly complex, stratified chiefdom controlling the southern third of the Florida peninsula at the time of ... Read More »

FLORIDA POCKET RANGER APP

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has updated its Pocket Ranger app for smartphones to include a global-positioning feature that shows the exact proximity of the user to each public-beach access point in Florida, along with information and locations for the 171 state parks and trails. The Florida Coastal Management Program, thanks to funding from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), created the Coastal Access Guide, which is housed within the Pocket Ranger smartphone app and provides users with more than 2,000 public coastal access sites. The app also depicts their proximity to the user’s current location. ... Read More »

Gala Tickets Almost Sold Out

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced that ticket sales for its annual gala have exceeded expectations. Although a few tickets remain available, almost all tables are full, and anyone desiring to attend the gala should contact the Center immediately. This year’s gala will be a “show stopper,” according to Executive Director Hyla Crane. The gala is a Masquerade Ball, with masks available at check-in or attendees may bring their own. The event is set for Feb. 15 at 6 PM. Coming the day after Valentine’s Day, attendees can enjoy an evening of fantasy, intrigue and magic making ... Read More »

Banded Roseate spotted

Research staff with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve recorded a banded roseate spoonbill while conducting the annual Naples Audubon Christmas bird count by boat between Naples and Marco Island on Dec. 26, 2014. The faded red metal band on the spoonbill’s upper left leg was seen as the bird was feeding among the mangroves lining the Rookery Bay backwaters. Bands are color-coded in accordance with the location at which they were banded. There are also letters inscribed on the bands to differentiate species. “I’ve looked at hundreds…maybe even thousands of spoonbill legs over the past ten years and this is the ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Reams coordinated FWC Officers and Officers from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for a special detail to focus on enforcement of Migratory Bird hunting regulations.  The detail covered several locations throughout Collier County, simultaneously, in order to consistently conduct inspections countywide.  Also, plain clothed Officers were utilized to monitor the waters in order to witness violations firsthand.  The Officers were successful in their enforcement and were able to enforce multiple regulation violations that ranged from infractions to misdemeanors. Officer Barringer responded to a call involving a whitetail deer that was stuck inside a swimming pool in the Golden ... Read More »