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Share the Shore with Beach-Nesting Birds

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By Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us    Southwest Florida has long been considered one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and breathtaking wildlife attract thousands of visitors and new residents to our area each year. From April through August, three species of beach-nesting birds also visit Marco area beaches for their nesting habitat. Nesting locations include the sand bar at Caxambas Pass, Sand Dollar Island, Tigertail Beach, and beaches within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve such as Keewaydin Island, Kice Island, and Cape Romano shoals. Least terns and black skimmers nest together in mixed ... Read More »

Our Yard is a Wildlife Habitat

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By Joan and Carl Kelly We have always loved plants and gardening. Never thought highly of grass, though. So, gradually, as we worked our yard, adding flowering and fruit bearing plants, our grass yard got smaller and the favored plants took over. With that change in vegetation also came a change in animal residents. We know of two black racers and a red rat snake who live in our yard. A red bellied woodpecker family resided here last year, and a cardinal visits us regularly for water. Palm warblers sing from the branches of our lemon tree. There are also ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp

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By Vickie Kelber In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail is a ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Henderson Creek

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One diary, two years of research and a great deal of passion all came together at the Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn on April 7. The final product is a fascinating glimpse into the history of pioneer life on Henderson Creek. The diary was written by Frank ‘Watts’ Hall and covered 186 days from 1898 into 1899. Watts was a teacher living with the Kirkland family on Henderson Creek and in his diary he shares a very intimate view of what daily life was like near the turn of the century. Ray Carroll was the presenter ... Read More »

Collier County’s First Senior Center: Over 150 Attend First Birthday Party To Celebrate New Name, Expansion

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Submitted The Naples Senior Center, a program of JFCS of Southwest Florida, hosted more than 150 guests on March 31 to enjoy a huge birthday cake, browse artwork by members and listen to dignitaries express gratitude for the role the Center plays in giving local seniors a place to find friendship, activities and services. When the Naples Senior Center opened a year ago, it was the first such center in Collier County. In one short year, it has grown to 580 members. “When JFCS began planning the Senior Center we did some research,” Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president and CEO of ... Read More »

NCH Wellness Hosts Yoga and Joint Health Event

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Submitted The NCH Wellness Centers are hosting a free community experience called, “The Power of Food & Yoga for Joint Health” on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event will take place in the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, Telford Center, second floor auditorium at 350 7th Street North. The program begins at 10 AM with a multi-level yoga class including chair yoga demonstrations for those who benefit from modifications. At noon, a lecture called “A Holistic Approach for Promoting Musculoskeletal Health” will be presented by Sue Graziano, RN, NCH Director of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The ... Read More »

Give Florida’s beach-nesting shorebirds space to help them survive

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see. Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can be easily missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need ... Read More »

2015 “Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

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Submitted Collier Harvest announces the 2015 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is going on NOW through Saturday, May 9th. Collier Harvest, the non-profit agency that manages the “Stamp Out Hunger” event locally, asks residents of Naples and Marco Island to place their non-perishable food donations by their mail boxes anytime between now and Saturday, May 9th, to be picked up by their letter carriers. All residents, including seasonal residents returning home, may also drop off donations at the post office on North Goodlette-Frank Road or the Coco River post office on Immokalee Road. Collier Harvest welcomes volunteers, middle school age and ... Read More »

Surge Places in the South Florida 3V3 Super Challenge

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Submitted Seven teams from Marco Island Surge and the Golden Gate Eagles traveled to the East Coast to represent Collier County in the South Florida 3v3 Super Challenge Soccer Tournament. The U12 Surge boys, which includes Miss Kirra Polley on the roster, finished in Second Place in the U13 boys competitive bracket after a gripping championship match. The U9 Surge boys also finished in Second Place in the U10 boys’ recreational bracket after a great comeback to get to the championship match. The U15 Surge girls won their final game with a great effort in a very physical game to finish ... Read More »

Success for the CurePSP Memorial Walk

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 11th Annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk was held at Mackle Park on March 14th and was sponsored by the Southwest Florida PSP Support Group. It was a picture perfect day for joining together to support fundraising efforts for research into finding a cure for the rare neuro-degenerative diseases-Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). It was a phenomenal event attended by the largest number participants ever experienced. It is projected the Walk raised $34,000.00. The success was due in part to Cindy MacDonald (facilitator of the support group ... Read More »

Last Fakahatchee Island cruise of season

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The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island on Saturday, March 21. Fakahatchee Island was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families and was first inhabited by the Calusa. On the way to the island, Everglades National Boat Tours will cruise among the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. On the island, a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist will lead a walking tour and describe the island’s colorful history. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Please bring bug repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes. Jackets are ... Read More »

Art of Steve Malinchoc and William Moseley

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Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its March exhibit will feature the Art of Steve Malinchoc. Unlike most of the Art Center exhibitions that feature multiple artists in the main galleries, Malinchoc’s personal collection is so extensive that the Center chose to adorn both Lauritzen and Rush Galleries for what will be Malinchoc’s first ever exhibition. “Steve’s art should not be missed,” according to Executive Director for the Center, Hyla Crane. Crane continued, “His work is enticing, engaging and quite unlike what we usually see at the Art Center.” Also, in the La Petit Gallery, the Center will ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee three tram tours

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final four tram tours of the season. The group’s Ghost Rider tram will offer naturalist guided tours of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park on March 24, and April 4. Riders on the 2 1/2 hour tour will learn about the park’s history and unique ecosystem that is home to a profusion of orchids, air plants, birds, and mammals including the Florida panther. Tours leave at 10 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required at $25 per person. For those who want to immerse themselves in the Fakahatchee, the Friends offer the season’s final Tram Tour and ... Read More »

Amplified Phone Technology to Florida to Help with Hearing Loss

For residents of Collier County who are among the three million Floridians with hearing loss, help has arrived. Today, Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI), the non-profit distributor of amplified telephones for people with hearing loss and speech challenges, is offering an innovative new amplified telephone at no cost to local residents with hearing loss. Amplified phones serve as lifelines for people with hearing loss, keeping them connected and engaged to loved ones. FTRI is making the XLC3.4, developed by Clarity, available to residents for free. It is an easy-to-use cordless phone with talking Caller ID that boosts incoming sounds up ... Read More »

Naples Children & Education Foundation presents Conservancy with $80,000 grant

The Naples Children & Education Foundation presented the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with an $80,000 grant on March 9. The grant, awarded through funds raised during the Naples Winter Wine Festival, will provide support for the Conservancy’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County as well as the Conservancy’s summer camp programs. Naples Winter Wine Festival Grant Committee Chair Jim Dixon and co-chairs Chuck and Sharon Hallberg and Sandi and Tom Moran presented the check to Nicki Dardinger, Director of Education for the Conservancy. Also on hand were two children, Alexander Knapp and Taniya Wright, who have ... Read More »

Join the “Team”

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Coastal Connections Renee Wilson Southwest Florida is a great place to live and play because of the beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and great fishing. Forty percent of Collier County’s coastline is protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with hundreds of boaters visiting on a daily basis. The “Team OCEAN” program at Rookery Bay has a mission to help boaters safely and responsibly enjoy the waters and wilderness around Naples and Marco Island. The boat-based volunteer program got underway at Rookery Bay Reserve in 2007 following a model at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Team OCEAN (Ocean ... Read More »

Putting – Club Face Alignment

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By Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many important aspects to be a good putter, confidence, focus, set-up/address position, grip, green reading, club face alignment, constant tempo, feel, visualization, and speed control.One important factor that should be near the top of the list is club face alignment at address. Club face alignment is important, because the golf ball needs to role end over end at the target. If the club face is not aligned properly at address there is good chance the club face will not come back square to the target line. A player has an instinct about where the ... Read More »

“ONE WORLD ONE HOPE” What is Your Definition of Relay?

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By Maureen Chodaba What does the word “relay” mean to you? The dictionary defines relay as “the act of passing something along from one person or group to another, as in passing a baton in a race” or “an electrical device designed to permit current flowing through in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit”. These are both adequate definitions, but there is another meaning of the word when it is used as the Relay For Life. In order to understand the definition of the Relay For Life, one needs to experience the event ... Read More »

Shortage of Volunteer Mentors Hampers Marco’s Y Reads Program

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By Don Manley First grader Celine Eldira was a study in concentration as she examined a worksheet containing spelling exercises. Sitting by her side and offering support was her mentor, Rae Chamberlain, of Marco. “The next sentence is ‘Pick up the socks,’ she told Celine. “Remember what we learned today and how to get the ‘K’ sound.” With that prompting, the youngster with multicolored beads adorning her neat plaits spelled every word correctly. A 1,000-watt smile spread across Celine’ face when Chamberlain exclaimed, “Absolutely perfect. You get a star.” Similar after-school scenes were playing out elsewhere that afternoon in the ... Read More »

Annual Everglades Bike Ride

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By Patty Huff Once again, bicycling enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the “real” Everglades during the annual Everglades Bike Ride with registration beginning at 7:30 AM on Sunday, April 12 (discounted rate prior to April 4). Again, this year the ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting at 8 AM) or 16 miles (starting at 9 AM). Opportunities to customize the distance of your ride are also available. The 27-mile “bumpy ride”, starting at 8:30 AM, will take cyclists down beautiful Janes Scenic Drive into the Fakahatchee ... Read More »