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The Icefields Parkway

The Glacier Skywalk juts out over the Sunwapta Canyon.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  The Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada, also known as Highway 93, is 144 miles of natural beauty, wildlife, tourist attractions, and, in high season (July, August), a moving parade of cars, RVs, and tour buses traversing this double lane road. Paralleling the Continental Divide, it runs from Lake Louise north to Japer and passes through both Banff and Jasper National Parks. We traveled its length twice, the first time, enjoying all it had to offer, took more than nine hours. The second, using it merely as a route from one location to another, took considerably ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Unique Selection of Condos

View of Marco Island’s crescent beach from a Cape Marco condo balcony.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Marco Island has a remarkable variety of condos for sale. Today 375 condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $89,900 for a studio apartment at Coquina Gardens to $7,245,000 for a five bedroom Belize penthouse. All of them have a unique price, island location, number of bedrooms, living space, floor height, balcony location, pet policy, renovations, and age. Overall, the median list price of a condo on Marco Island is $519,000 and the median air conditioned space is 1,162 square feet. Median list prices and sizes are as follows: studio ... Read More »

Marco’s Newest Resident

Calusa soars high over the nest area.

Submitted  Paleo and Calusa are the proud parents of a healthy 6-10 week old eaglet. They are proud to let all residents of their adopted home, Marco Island, know that they will be very busy for a while, tending to the duties of new parents. This little guy has a voracious appetite and does not like to go hungry. Both Paleo and Calusa will share feeding and hunting and duties round the clock. The young eaglet is fed raw meat from the moment it is born; eagles do not regurgitate their food like some other animals do. The eaglet will ... Read More »

Gopher Tortoise – There is an App For You!

Pair of adults eyeing each other. Breeding season is from August-November. Photo by Jean Hall

Submitted No person shall take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport a gopher tortoise or parts thereof, their eggs, molest, damage or destroy their burrow except by permit from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The month of March has been devastating for gopher tortoises in Marco Island. There were five gopher tortoises reported killed in March in an area that is highly populated by gopher tortoises. The gopher tortoise can live to be over 50 years old, but do not reproduce till they are 15-20 years old. The current generation is aging, and ... Read More »

Waves on Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff People are buzzing about “Marco Island and the Everglades,” a new book filled with vibrant photographs that will make you fall in love with Marco Island all over again. Photographer Joey Waves is the artist behind the lens. Joey, born Joseph E. Weiner, grew up in Miami, Florida. From early on it was clear that this rebellious youth was bursting with raw talent. He started his artistic life as a spray can graffiti artist. His skills became known, and soon he was being asked by teachers to paint large-scale murals on the walls of his ... Read More »

Course Certifies Sailing Instructors

Sailboats on Marco, during the instructor certification course.

Submitted From March 17-20, 2016, the Marco Island Community Sailing Center (MICSC) had the privilege of hosting a U.S. Sailing Association (USSA) Level I Instructor Certification course. The purpose of this course is to teach prospective instructors how to properly teach individuals to sail safely, effectively and creatively, with a goal of producing highly qualified instructors. USSA is the governing body that provides the guidelines and oversees all organized sailing activities in the United States. Rocky Cale, MICSC president, arranged to have USSA hold the Level I Certification Course on Marco Island, in part to allow some of the MICSC’s ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Federer displays proper timing of racquet preparation for an incoming ball, and out in front ball contact.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

Nesting Sea Turtles, Flashing Cell Phone Photos- A Bad Mix

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Nesting sea turtles are an amazing sight, but please - no flash photos.

Submitted Sea turtles digging their nests to lay eggs on Florida’s beaches face a new 21st century hazard: someone snapping a flash photo with a cell phone. March 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people not to take cell phone flash photos of sea turtles on the beach at night, because that can interfere with nesting. “It’s great that people are enjoying Florida’s beaches and are enthusiastic about our sea turtles,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “However, most visitors ... Read More »

Marco Cruise Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Rear Commodore Carol Bryant with friends, Karen and Ed Booth, past commodore. The Booths talked Bryant into joining the club.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Cruise Club rode the waves when it celebrated the club’s 40th anniversary on January 14 at the Hideaway Beach Club. The Change of Watch highlighted the evening. Members of the Bridge include new Commodore Tom Dines, outgoing Commodore Neil Blaaboer, Vice Commodore Lynn Stiles, Rear Commodore Carol Bryant, Treasurer Betty Thatcher and Secretary Palma Klein. Past Commodore Bill Berry recalled his days as just the second commodore of the club. The first commodore was the late Harry Shook. “In those days it was a small group of around ten boats,” he recalled. “Boats then ... Read More »

Clyde Butcher Exhibit at Historical Society

Clyde Butcher addresses the crowd follow

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On December 1 Clyde Butcher’s exhibit, “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary” opened at the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS). The exhibit stuns, with larger than life black and white images of our country’s natural beauty. In addition to photographs of the Florida Everglades, Butcher captures scenes from California, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. We asked Butcher, who is known for photographing Florida nature, why he decided to photograph other states. He told us simply, “It’s there,” and that “America is probably the most beautiful place in the world.” The varied ... Read More »

Going, Going, Gone! Extinction Rate is Faster Than Ever

Peregrine Falcons are slowly rebounding after near elimination. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist “It is a folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity.” ~ Joel Sartore A few weeks ago I was watching a morning news program that featured conservationist and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. He is flying around the world taking pictures of thousands of animal and plant species and he is in a hurry. He displayed a few photos taken in recent months, and those subjects are no longer alive. They are gone, and gone forever. Mr. Sartore is in a race against time to ... Read More »

Marco’s First Firefighters Ball

PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On November 15, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held it’s first ever Firefighters Ball in honor of the island’s 50th anniversary. Firefighters, first responders, EMTs, retirees and their families were invited to an evening of dancing and fun at the Island Country Club. Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation (MIFRF) president Dianna Dohm commenced the evening by welcoming guests, as well as acknowledging the members of the MIFRF who helped make the night possible. She then turned the microphone over to fire station administrative assistant, Mary Husted. Mary, who’s been at the station since 1998, introduced ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades

Local author Marya Repko at a book signing. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted In her book “Women in the Everglades” local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous “Brief History” books, but adds much more, as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental issues, even before they could vote. There are numerous historic photos, a timeline, a list of further reading, and brief biographies of some of the key people. Craig R. Woodward, Chairman Collier County ... Read More »

Invasion of Europe, Part II

Trafalgar Square Friday prayers.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those who do not believe in the adage “history repeats itself” are sadly mistaken. The recent and ongoing events in Europe clearly prove my point. The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) was an Islamic empire with the head of state carrying the title of “Caliph” (a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad, and a leader of the entire Muslim community). The Ottomans grew their empire by invading territories in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and converting the populations to Islam. The most daring of these invasions was the Siege of Vienna ... Read More »

Junkyard of the Solar System

Looking Southwest 11:00PM September 18th, Take a good look  at the summer Milky Way before it sets in the fall. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Asteroids, until recently, were the Rodney Dangerfields of our Solar System – “they just get no respect!” In the last couple of decades though, both scientists and business tycoons have been taking notice of these oversized rocks, and it looks like asteroids are important after all. Most asteroids, and there are millions of them, inhabit the aptly named Asteroid Belt lying between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Even though asteroids are so numerous if you happened to be actually standing on one it would be rare for you to see another one ... Read More »

Collier County Pollution Control Drives to Educate the Community

Keeping Collier County’s waterways and aquifers clean and viable is vital to our community. Collier County Pollution Control has been monitoring the quality of our waterways since 1988.  In an effort to alert the community to the importance of water quality one of the vehicles that the water quality monitoring staff drives has been wrapped with some educational messages (see photos below).  Important messages such as proper fertilizer use and information about reporting pollution are communicated in the wrap. The majority of Collier County’s drinking water comes from underground aquifers. These aquifers are partially replenished by surface water that filters ... Read More »

Collier County Pollution Control Drives to Educate the Community

Keeping Collier County’s waterways and aquifers clean and viable is vital to our community. Collier County Pollution Control has been monitoring the quality of our waterways since 1988. In an effort to alert the community to the importance of water quality one of the vehicles that the water quality monitoring staff drives has been wrapped with some educational messages (see photos below). Important messages such as proper fertilizer use and information about reporting pollution are communicated in the wrap. The majority of Collier County’s drinking water comes from underground aquifers. These aquifers are partially replenished by surface water that filters ... Read More »

HODGES UNIVERSITY INTRODUCES R.E.D. FRIDAYS TO HONOR DEPLOYED U.S. TROOPS

Hodges University has begun a R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Friday movement to honor United States military servicemen and servicewomen who are currently serving overseas. The movement encourages students, staff, faculty and campus visitors, as well as the general public, to wear something red on Fridays. “Only a minority will serve in the United States Armed Forces, but a majority can show their support,” said Christine Manson, Hodges University’s Director of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center. “R.E.D. Fridays are a great way for Hodges University and the community to show our continued support and appreciation for the service of the members of our military.” Participants are encouraged to share photos and videos on ... Read More »

MIA in Texas Classic

Cayden Couture gains yards in the Rays Brook Hill Texas Football Classic game.

by Roger Lalonde In a high-scoring battle, it was Texas (Edgewood High) over Florida (Marco Island Academy), 41-28, Friday night in the Brook Hill Texas Classic in Bullard, Texas. The MIA Rays saw Edgewood take it to them early, with the Rays trailing at half time, 28-14. The teams swapped touchdowns in the second half for the final score. Chuck Ludwigsen, an assistant coach, said there were many Marco-area residents at the game, along with local Texas people related to the players. Saturday we will have full results and many photos taken on the game and the overall experience. Read More »

Rays in Texas

The Marco Island Academy football team outside Brooke Hill School, site of tonight's game and the American Freedom Museum which they visited

As coach Greg Fowler gazed at the Brook Hill football field this morning (Friday), the 50-yard line seemed a long way to the end zone. Yes, but the Marco Island Academy football team has already traveled 1,200 miles just to play in the Brook Hill Texas Football Classic in Bullard, Texas. Kicking off at 8 p.m., the Rays will go up against the Edgewood, Texas Bulldogs. The schools are similar in numbers, but not in experience. It may seem strange, but the fourth-year Rays have 17 starters back with many key players among them. Edgewood will be playing with many sophomores ... Read More »