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Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

Annual Everglades City Student Art Exhibit

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Everglades City, Florida (June 1, 2015 –August 31, 2015) The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host our annual summer exhibit showcasing work created by the students of Everglades City, Kindergarten through Twelve Grade. The artists reception, which is free and open to the public and will be held Friday, June 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades. Located in historic Everglades City, three miles South of U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and SR 29, the museum explores an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in ... Read More »

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

Bamboo in Florida Landscapes

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com There are many uses for bamboo in the Florida garden. It can be used as a hedge, as a container plant, or even a specimen plant- either in a pot or in a natural garden setting. There are two main types of bamboo: One is clumping bamboo and the other is running bamboo. When we hear bamboo, most of us think of huge massive culms of bamboo that can grow a foot a day, growing to 60 feet tall in a short period of time. This is why so many people tremble in fear when they ... Read More »

“The Washboard” to Continue to Plague Motorists For Foreseeable Future

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By Don Manley Drivers who have traveled State Route-County Route 951 near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge are no doubt familiar with “the washboard.” It’s that section of roadway, not from the bridge, that appears to be smooth to the eye. But the reaction of a vehicle’s tires and suspension quickly makes clear to motorists that appearances are deceptive when traveling that section of roadway. The tale-tale sign is an undulating feeling caused by virtually imperceptible waves in the pavement. The condition is especially noticeable at night, when headlights can be seen wavering up and down in the darkness. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

Be a part of changing someone’s life forever… with Special Olympics Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY DRINKING WATER NAMED BEST TASTING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA   The Collier County Water Division produces the best tasting water in Southwest Florida, according to a panel of judges at the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s (FSAWWA) Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest – Region V.   Collier County’s drinking water was chosen as the best on Tuesday, April 14, during a blind taste test from among six samples submitted by water utilities from Collier, Lee and portions of Hendry counties.   This is not the first time Collier County’s water has been awarded the best tasting ... Read More »

Gardenias

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By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Along with the yellow Tabebuia trees that are blooming all around town in early spring, the gardenias begin blooming. My gardenia facing east started blooming two months ago, and is still going strong. Remember when people ask when gardenias are supposed to bloom to tell them spring to early summer is usually the time, but I always say, plants bloom whenever they feel like it. That is probably the best answer because you can only give an estimate of when things bloom because so much can change with the weather here in South Florida. But when ... Read More »

Wildlife Photography Competition Winners

Third Place: “Emerald Gator” by Robert Gamble

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 8th Annual City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Competition has drawn to a close. Over sixty beautiful photographs were submitted showcasing landscapes, insects, birds, alligators, deer, lizards, flowers, sunsets and more. This year’s judges had the difficult task of choosing the winners from a great field of entries. Winning photos are seen here. Judges included Vickie Kelber, travel writer and avid photographer. Vickie has worked with this competition since its inception. Frank Steiger, a Marco Island Policeman and professional photographer. Frank has been a part of the contest for the last three years. ... Read More »

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 »

Oleanders for a Spring, Summer and Fall Show of Color

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By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Oleanders (Nerium oleander) an evergreen shrub that makes a great specimen plant when planted in the garden but also makes a great hedge or container plant. However you decide to use this plant shrub, hedge or standard (tree), it will always be a very colorful and showy plant. Oleanders bloom from spring to fall, coming in colors of orange, pink, red, white and yellow. Some have single flowers and there are others with a double bloom. Flowers are usually in clusters at the end of branches. Oleanders can grow up to 12 feet and are almost ... Read More »

Enter the Wildlife Photo Contest Today

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s final call for anyone wanting to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest closes to entries on April 24th. Winners will be announced May 1st. If you have any photos you have shot during the past year that you are considering entering, there is still time. Categories were combined this year into Land and Marine Animals, Insects and Plants and Trees and Landscapes. Black and white, color photos and photos creatively enhanced are all acceptable. Camera type is not limited, so whether you’re using a Canon, a ... 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 »

Growing Angraecums: Exotic orchids that thrive in SW Florida

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Submitted It’s surprising that most orchid hobbyists in Southwest Florida know very little about Angraecums, especially when the orchids thrive in South Florida’s sub-tropics. The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance invites you to a presentation by Tom Kuligowski at its “Third Thursday” Member Event on April 16, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 PM. Guests are welcome at no charge. Angraecums are known for their beautiful showy flowers, some of which give off nocturnal fragrances. The orchids can grow to become fantastic specimen plants within only a few years. They are easy ... Read More »

Conservancy to host Earth Day Festival April 18

Featuring live animal shows, special programs, live music, local vendors and exhibits, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth Day Festival is a “not-to-be-missed” eco- and family-friendly event for all ages. The public is invited to the Conservancy’s annual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. Conservancy biologist and python expert Ian Bartoszek will share his innovative work with pythons in Southwest Florida; the Naples Zoo will present its popular animal show featuring live animals; and Conservancy Veterinarian, Dr. P.J. Deitschel will be back to ‘wow’ ... Read More »

Magic Under the Mangroves™ raises $1.3 million

Southwest Florida’s largest fundraiser supporting the region’s water, land and wildlife initiatives, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised $1.3 million to benefit the organization. More than 420 guests attended the March 5 event held on the grounds of the Conservancy Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves fundraiser is a key source of revenue for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since 2005, the event has raised nearly $7 million with all proceeds supporting the Conservancy mission to “protect our water, land, wildlife and future” in the region. ... 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 »

Small Trees but Big Show

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Plant Talk By Mike Malloy For all of us who want to have one of the showiest trees in town in our gardens (Royal Poinciana) and just don’t have the room because of their size, here are some of my favorite small trees that can be grown in courtyards, containers and small yards here in southwest Florida that can also be as special as the big boys. Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinina pulcherrima) is the little brother to the Royal Poinciana but a much smaller size. This evergreen shrub that can be pruned and trained into a specimen small tree, usually about ... Read More »

Fine Art on Marco Island

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Submitted The Marco Island Public Library The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The month of February will feature the charming watercolors of Marco Island artist Elizabeth (Betty) Sheridan. Elizabeth’s drawings are inspired by local color in both northern (Hadley, MA) and the tropical surroundings of Southwest Florida. Her work features bright tropical flora, lively greenery, landscapes, seascapes and buildings in clear tones with evocative light & shadow. MI Chamber of Commerce The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce office ... Read More »

Bromeliads in the South Florida Landscape

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Bromeliads are finally getting the attention they deserve. Until recently, they were only popular with a small segment of house-plant enthusiasts. Today, bromeliads are prized tropical treasures in many Southwest Florida landscapes and public and private gardens. Featuring a wide range of color, leaf shapes and textures, bromeliads are as beautiful as they are hardy. If you’re looking for beautiful, exotic-looking tropical plants that are easy to care for and drought tolerant, look no further than bromeliads. Bromeliads are in the Bromeliaceae family, which is native to the tropical Americas. The pineapple plant is the most ... Read More »

So, How Do You Feel?

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd There seems to be quite a lot of information written about health care issues. In addition to this—my regular column in Coastal Breeze News—practically every local publication features some sort of healthcare-related column. Add the “news-related coverage” that local journalists assign to the comings and goings of doctors and staff from Southwest Florida’s abundant healthcare originations and, invariably, it can get confusing. Why? We sometimes don’t know who or what to believe. And yes, I most certainly include myself in the aforementioned group of “we.” However, as the CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I would like ... Read More »