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Time to Welcome Marco Island’s Baby Dolphins

You can see the body creases or "fetal folds" on this newborn dolphin. It is less than 2 weeks old. Photos by Kent You can see the body creases or and Meredith of the Dolphin Explorer

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist This is the first of three articles this fall about dolphin births, with updates on the new moms and calves. SEPTEMBER, 2014: Within the next few weeks a naturalist on board the Dolphin Explorer will exclaim to passengers, “Here’s one of the first of this season, a newborn bottlenose dolphin!” It is birthing season for the bottlenose dolphins in our area. The 10,000 Island Dolphin Survey Team, on board the Dolphin Explorer, will be keeping a sharp lookout for newborns this season and has already made a list of adult females that could possibly ... Read More »

Flat Out Gorgeous

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ARtful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] Chances are that if you’re reading this in the paper, you live here year-round, or you are someone revolutionary enough to visit Florida in summer — when the really exotic stuff happens. Yes, it’s hot; it’s buggy; it rains alot. But, the number one complaint among Floridaphiles is that it’s so darn humid. Some days are like breathing through a wet army blanket, but it’s easily worth it to experience the extravagant theater of summer skies. Are you on Facebook? Facebook is flush with South Florida sky photographs, and not just sunrises and sunsets but ... Read More »

Optimist Soccer

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Lyndsi Koszo and Meghan Bonos are the ultimate soccer moms. Three months ago, the two Marco Islanders — with the support of the Optimist Club board. “We both have a passion for youth sports having grown up playing on various teams throughout our lives,” explains Lyndsi. “We recognized the need in the community for a comprehensive soccer program, focusing on core soccer skills with an emphasis on teamwork, character development and having fun at the same time. The Optimist program embodies these core values. It was a natural fit for us to volunteer to help ... Read More »

Artist Tom Weinkle’s Another Path Art Exhibition now on Display at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center

Another Path artist exhibition showcases Tom Weinkle’s inspired work while he was an Artist-In-Residence at Big Cypress for five weeks during January and February 2012 His stunning pastels are now on display at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center August 1 through October 31, 2014. Another Path represents the artist’s continuing effort to call attention to the unexpected beauty of the Preserve found in plain sight and just off the beaten path. Speaking about his the Preserve, Tom explains “My exploration of the Big Cypress then and now has been made through a series of hikes that are ‘scissor-cuts’ into a 700,000 plus acre ... Read More »

2 FREE public seminars

Dwight Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court in Collier County, is planning 2 FREE public seminars for Fall 2014. The seminars are held in cooperation with the Collier County Public Library. Early registrations are currently being accepted and pre-registration is required.  A flyer is attached.   Fall Seminars Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 2-4 PM – Filing a Small Claims Case, Headquarters Regional Library on Orange Blossom Drive (239) 593- 0177 Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2-4 PM – Searching Public Records,  South Regional Library on Lely Cultural Blvd(239) 252-7542 Detailed descriptions are available on the Clerk’s website.   http://collierclerk.com/resource-library/pdf/press-release/clerk-of-courts-free-public-seminars Please sign up early to reserve a seat ... Read More »

Mid-Season Sea Turtle Update

A sea turtle hatchling swims to the water at Guana Tolomato Mantanzas Research Reserve. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY THE DEP

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] For the last three months, Mary Kelly Nelson has been busy combing the beaches of Marco Island searching for evidence of Loggerhead sea turtle nests for Collier County’s Natural Resources Department. She has not been disappointed. Thus far, Nelson has found 68 turtle nests on Marco’s shore, down from 87 during the same time period last year. Even so, false crawls — tracks or other signs left in the sand by a sea turtle who has abandoned its attempt to nest — are down from 156 at this time last year to 97 this year. ... Read More »

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN CLOSURE TO COMPLETE ELEANOR AND NICHOLAS CHABRAJA VISITOR CENTER

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. These new gardens are designed by renowned Landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The Garden was awarded a $500,000 grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, in support of the construction of the new Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center.  The Garden’s grant submission ranked number ... Read More »

Enforcement Action Filed Against FGG

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Nearly two months ago, bulldozers powered by Florida Georgia Grove LLP (FGG) laid waste to what many considered a historic Indian shell mound on Chokoloskee Island near the Ted Smallwood Store. While FGG spokespeople denied the claim publicly, contending the company did nothing but move dredged spoil, it now appears the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a closer look into what happened on the island during the last week of April. Nakeir Nobles, a public affairs representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, confirms that the Corps has “an enforcement action out” ... Read More »

Marco Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

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AMERICAN CANCE SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig In 2013, a group of passionate volunteers led by Marco Island American Cancer Society board member Monte Lazarus worked together with the American Cancer Society to hold a “Luau Against Breast Cancer.” For a first-time event we had a wonderful response from the community with support from First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club and the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa. This year’s event will once again be held in October (date/location TBD) and the first planning meeting will take place on June 23, 2014 in ... Read More »

It’s That Time Again…

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] The smell of crab traps in the open air — after months of being underwater — is a tell-tale sign of the end of stone crab season in Southwest Florida. “It’s quite pungent over there,” said Pat Kirk, the matriarch of the Kirk family and owner of Kirk’s Fish Company. Anyone living or passing by Kirk’s downwind can confirm that, as over the past month crab traps have been systematically pulled and stacked next to the store in preparation for cleaning and repair. May 15 was the last day to legally collect those delicious stone ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October. The Sunshine State accounts for 90 percent of sea turtle nests in the continental United States and five of the world’s seven beach-nesting species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and the rarest and most endangered sea turtle – the Kemp’s ridley. Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark off the area to help prevent inadvertent damage; and if you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC. Read More »

Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress

Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Throughout 2014 we’ll be showcasing stunning works of art from a number of Artists-In-Residence who were inspired by the beauty of America’s first national preserve. The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East and the Oasis Visitor Center is at 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Both centers are open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits include, from May through July, “Voices of Big Cypress” a collection of captivating art from a variety of former ... Read More »

JCMI BINGO

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Karen Ortel from Marco Island was a big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated bt Bernie Seidman. Bingo will resume on Monday, October 6,  2014. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! Read More »

Naples Botanical Garden Closure

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. Guests may obtain up to date construction information via the Garden’s website, www.naplesgarden.org, including project timelines, photographs and videos. For more information on Naples Botanical Garden, please contact Kara Laufer at 239-325-1910 or [email protected] Read More »

Sea Turtle Season: Let’s All Do Our Part

1st Sea Turtle Nest of 2013 on Sand Dollar Island.

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie [email protected] Sunday, April 20, was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the oil and secondary impacts to this environmental disaster never reached the shores of Marco Island, it affected the sea turtles and shorebird populations throughout the Gulf. That summer, there was record number of volunteers willing to step up and volunteer to help marine wildlife and protect our beaches. Those numbers have dwindled over the last few years as the memory and anxiety of oil on our beaches faded. Why does it take a disaster to ... Read More »

2014 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings

The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meetings will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes go to -http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/orv-advisory-committee.htm Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer pave the way

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by Julia Cartwright This year’s Marco Island Academy girl’s soccer season has come to a close. Eight games were played throughout the entire season, all of which were lost, though the Marco girls did not go down without a fight. The girls started practicing in October, and worked hard to be prepared for the season ahead of them. In the years past, MIA has always had a coed soccer team, as there were never enough girls to participate for two separate teams. Having a coed team proved to be a disadvantage for the girls participating. The boys got a lot ... Read More »

Continuation of Mamie Street Public Hearing

Fences in disarray, a repaved road that doesn’t allow two cars to pass simultaneously and overgrown grass and debris has replaced the once beautiful entrance to the Smallwood Store thanks to FGG. PHOTOS BY NATALIE STROM

By Patricia Huff In a previous article, I stated that on Thursday, October 10, Commissioner Tim Nance along with County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow and the attorney for the Smallwood Store met with Chokoloskee neighbors and the public to discuss Collier County “vacating” a portion of Mamie Street, thereby making it a private road for Florida-Georgia Grove LLP. This issue to vacate came about because Florida-Georgia Grove wants control of the public road passing through its property (which they had bulldozed in April 2011, denying access to the historic Smallwood Store and Museum and a private property owner, both of whom ... Read More »

OBITUARY

Harriet Kabat, 71, of Marco Island, FL and Coram, NY, passed away on October 8th. Daughter of the late Ann and Joseph Schneider of Long Island, NY she was born June 22, 1942. Harriet graduated from Herricks High School in 1960, and later attended Hofstra University. She married Leonard Kabat in 1964, and they lived together in Coram, before relocating to Marco Island in 2011. Harriet was the Executive Director of Kids for Kids, a children’s theater program on Long Island, for almost 25 years. She was passionate about providing theater education and performance opportunities for young people, to build ... Read More »

Goodland hosts Pink Party

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By Natalie Strom [email protected] Pink ribbons were hung from the Goodland sign at the entrance of the curvy road. Dangling from the mangroves were more pink ribbons, leading right into the heart of downtown Goodland. In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stan’s and Salon and Spa Botanica teamed up on Sunday, October 19 to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. After hearing the news, The Little Bar, The Old Marco Lodge and Marker 8.5 also joined in on the “Pink Party.” A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the restaurants from the staff at Salon ... Read More »