Tag Archives: nature

The Wonderful World of Snyder

Submitted The latest exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) features several three-dimensional sculptures and canvases by the internationally acclaimed artist George Snyder. A visit to Snyder’s world is like a visit to a land of imagination, full of bold colors, oversized shapes and designs and the wild and wacky. Jennifer Perry, the Museum’s manager, describes Snyder’s work as ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White Book Signing

Submitted  Randy Wayne White will be at Sunshine Booksellers South Store on Saturday, March 25 at 2 PM for a book signing of “Mangrove Lightning,” his 24th Doc Ford book, after “Deep Blue” and “Cuba Straits.” He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published, as well as the Hannah Smith novels “Gone,” “Deceived,” ... Read More »

Women in the Glades Talk: Local History From Coast to Coast

 Submitted  Imagine South Florida without air-conditioning and without roads or automobiles! Local historian and author Marya Repko will give a free illustrated presentation about “Women the Everglades; Pioneers & Early Environmentalists” on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3 PM at the Collier County Museum, Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Back in the 1880s it was difficult living and ... Read More »

Come Experience the Everglades

Submitted The 10th Annual Everglades Bike Ride will be held on Sunday, April 2, and cyclists will once again have an opportunity of experiencing the ride of their choice, at their own pace. There is a 15-mile route winding through historic Everglades City built in the 1920s, a visit to the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitors Center, and then ... Read More »

Jade Grows in Paradise

By Maria Lamb You have to see it to believe it! Your first encounter with a jade vine in bloom will leave you in a state of awe. The one-of-a-kind strands of raw jade green, aquamarine or malachite, vary in color, intensity and luminosity. Each petal is unique. The right ingredients mixed with all the right chemicals, ideal temperature and ... Read More »

Everglades Update: Restorations

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Join Bob at the Marco Island ... Read More »

Experience the Everglades by Moonlight

By Jesus Calo We are fortunate to experience some of the most scenic sunsets in our country and the best view is right out in the Everglades. Occasionally, it is nice to step outside your comfort zone and do something adventurous. Everglades Area Tours is an excellent way to spend your evening with a small group and if you’re one ... Read More »

Condos Built After 2000 Superlative Living on Marco Island!

CONDO  REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Last week 56 condos built between 2000 and 2008 were for sale. Altogether 397 condos were for sale on Marco Island last week. Prices for these recently built condos ranged from $210,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom 985 square foot condo built in 2001 that can be rented daily at the Olde Marco ... Read More »

Building Your Financial Team: Who Should Make the Cut?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.”  ~Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Question: How do I find out if my financial advisor is a fiduciary, and why is that important? Answer: Your question has become more prevalent and relevant recently because the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule governing retirement investment accounts ... Read More »

Celebrating Southwest Florida’s Natural Habitat

By Jesus Calo  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted its 13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival on January 13-15. Guests had the opportunity to partake in over 30 guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and programs at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Guided field trips, birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours were ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Players Gallery

On display now until January 22, during the run of the current show, “Second Time Around,” the Marco Players Theater gallery will feature the works of the talented artist, Joanna Sunshine. Joanna Sunshine is an experienced and well-known fiber artist. She says, “More than 50 years ago I acquired my first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Submitted  Applications are now being accepted by Calusa Garden Club for its summer camp scholarships and for its college scholarship. Calusa Garden Club, an association of people interested in horticulture, ecology, flower art, and the environment, awards two camperships for elementary school students and one scholarship of $500 to a high school senior residing on Marco Island. Students must apply ... Read More »

Journey Across The Greater Everglades

Sandee Harraden is a nationally recognized photographer, published in the National Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation literature. She has spent the last 26 years exploring the greater Everglades to photograph wildlife behavior, specifically birds in flight. She finds inspiration in the swamps and wetlands across Southern Florida to creatively capture exceptional moments through her lens highlighting nature’s astonishing beauty. ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season for Migratory Birds

By Maria Lamb  Just like our “snowbird” human friends, many of the real snowbirds have made their way onto our beaches and are enjoying Marco Island’s warm and sunny weather. Some birds have flown thousands of miles to get here. They are here to rest, eat and gain weight for the next leg of their journey. But, there are risks ... Read More »

FWC Celebrates the 75th 

Anniversary of the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area. (Not to be confused with Babcock Ranch) Saturday, January 21st, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Free Admission There will be a variety of exciting hands-on activities for families to enjoy, all at no charge. There will be a kids’ fishing clinic, Kayak 101, K9 demonstrations, kids’ nature activities tent, ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

Jim & Allyson Richards to Receive Grado Award

By Maureen Chodaba On World Cancer Day, February 4, 2017, the Beach Pavilion at the Marco Island Marriott will be aglow with “Glitz, Glamour & Giving,” the American Cancer Society Imagination Ball. This gala fundraiser will feature fine food, music and both silent and live auctions. Perhaps the most poignant moment of the evening will be the presentation of the ... Read More »

Marco Voters Are Smarter

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com This is an interesting year for elections in every segment of the political scene around the country. Voters can’t help but shake their heads at the negative nature of the campaigns and some of the outrageous claims and comments being made. Here on the island we are about to elect four individuals to ... Read More »

Music from Marco to Norway and Back

By Don Manley Joerey Ortiz has once again left behind his usual gigs on Marco Island and elsewhere in Collier County to experience music’s universal nature. The singer, songwriter and guitarist is back home after spending one month playing dates in Norway, while visiting his brother and fellow professional musician, Gilbert, a former resident of Marco who moved to that ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Celebrates National Estuaries Day

By Maureen Chodaba An estuary is a special place where two worlds collide and combine to create a unique habitat and environment. They are a brackish transition zone between the fresh water of a river and the salt water of the sea, serving as a coastal bay nursery for fish and other marine life. In 1972, Congress established the National ... Read More »