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Florida’s Swallowtail Butterflies

Underside of Giant Swallowtail

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] My “Butterfly Gardening in Florida” series rolls on with this third installment in which I will focus on swallowtail butterflies. Florida is home to 10 swallowtail butterflies — more than any other state. They are very easy to identify due to their strikingly large size and their ability to glide long distances between wing flaps. Much larger than other Florida butterflies, most swallowtails have distinctive tails on their hind wings. I remember the first time I saw one. Actually, there were two, and they were mating. I’ll never forget it! I still thoroughly enjoy watching ... Read More »

Rescuing Skipper: A Dolphin Explorer Tale

About an hour after the Dolphin Explorer’s Bob Erickson and Meredith Barnard spotted Halfway and Skipper in Little Marco Pass, the cavalry arrived, complete with a net boat captained by Larry Fulford, a commercial fisherman with more than 30 years experience with dolphin capture and release efforts.

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Finding one specific dolphin in the waters around Marco Island is akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. At least that is what I thought on the morning of Sept. 4 when I set out with researchers from Sea Excursion’s 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project to find one female baby dolphin whose tail had somehow become entangled with a foot of wire leader from a fishing rig. These same researchers were the ones who spotted the baby dolphin — Skipper — and her entanglement in early August while aboard one of their Dolphin ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida

Monarch butterflies. photoS BY MIKE MALLOY

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] It’s summer in Florida. It’s hot, and the butterflies are in full swing. Florida has a year-round butterfly season because of the usually warm weather, much to the delight of all those crazed butterfly enthusiasts living here in Southwest Florida. Some migrate in the winter like Sulfurs (yellow butterflies) and monarchs, but many stay here and flourish. I am going to write a six-part series on the butterflies of Florida. Starting with the Monarchs — probably the most recognized butterfly in the country. Monarchs, Queens and Soldiers, all are in the Danas genius, and their ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part III

Painting of Cushing inside the Silver Spray painted by Wells Sawyer

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council, but council has yet to set a date to review and consider the proposal. An initiative of the MIHS, the proposal will help mark the 50th anniversary of modern Marco, which begins January 2015. Society members believe it is a good time to ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2014 Red Snook Tournament set for Oct. 24-26

An angler participates in the 2013 RedSnook Tournament to benefit Conservancy of Southwest Florida water quality and gamefish research initiatives.

This year’s tournament features lower entry fees, new kayak division and honorary chair Oliver White The 2014 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament will be held Oct. 24-26, and supports the water quality protection and gamefish research conducted by Conservancy of Southwest Florida. New this year is the kayak fishing division, which has become increasingly popular in Southwest Florida for recreational fishing. Anglers will enjoy lower entry fees than in years past.  Also new this year is the honorary chair, Oliver White.  White is a famed salt water fly fisher and entrepreneur. Brands from Costa Sunglasses to G. Loomis have endorsed ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND ART OF ROB STORTER

The Marco Island Historical Museum presents Rob Storter’s “Artwork of the Everglades”, an illustrated guide to the Everglades history.  The exhibit runs from Sept. 2, to Oct. 31, 2014 and will include an opening reception onTuesday, Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society.  Light refreshments will be served and admission is offered at no cost. The Museum of the Everglades will also honor Storter with the exhibit, “History of Fishing in the Glades through the Eyes of Rob Storter”.  The display will take place through September and include a reception on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades. Robert Lee ... Read More »

FLORIDA REMEMBERS HURRICANE CHARLEY ON 10th ANNIVERSARY

~It Only Takes One Storm to Change the Landscape of a Community~ Ten years ago, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community. “Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to ... Read More »

Marketing Marco

The Rose History Auditorium saw almost every seat taken, the audience entertained for more than an hour by Joyce’s colorful storytelling. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the Marco Island Historical Society and the Marco Island Historical Museum hosted Jack Joyce to tell about his experiences in the early days of Marco Island real estate. “People love to hear about history. I’m telling them the history of Marco; how we did it, how we brought it to the marketplace,” said Joyce. Joyce was born and raised in Boston, where he was a food broker with his father. He attended Boston College night classes briefly, before shipping off to Korea and then Japan, but was wounded and sent home in ... Read More »

Sensational Sharks: Important Part of the Marine Environment

Bull sharks. SUBMITTED PHOTO

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie [email protected] If you haven’t heard, its Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week — a week of pseudo-science and, sometimes hilarious, propaganda. Since 1988 — yes for 26 years and making it one of the longest running cable television series — this annual week of television programs on the Discovery Channel has evolved from educational programs that raised awareness of shark population decline and the importance they have in the oceans’ ecosystems to fictitious stories and ludicrous accounts of mega sharks in the waters throughout the world. Entertainment has trumped science, which does not bode well for ... Read More »

Succulents in South Florida

Century Plant

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] The average rain fall in South Florida is about 60 inches a year, amazing especially when it mostly arrives in just a few months of the year during our rainy season which runs from June to September. This has not stopped South Florida gardeners from creating cactus, agave and succulent gardens. The interest in these plants are on the rise in the past few years as water prices have increased and water restrictions have been implemented. Usually succulents and cacti are found in hot and sunny locations with poor soil conditions. Well, we have all ... Read More »

The Family and Fragrance

Clerodendrum dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] Clerodendrum is a beautiful, flowering plant that can be found blooming and thriving all over our South Florida landscape. With more than 300 species of vines and shrubs in the genus, they are as plentiful as they are lovely. Some are grown primarily for the large, beautiful flowers that emerge in clusters. Others are wanted mostly for their fragrance. Either way, they’re a great addition to anyone’s garden. Many of the varieties can be found easily; others are rarer, and must be hunted down a bit. Finding them is part of the fun of using ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System on U.S. News and World Report Top 25 List in Florida

U.S. News & World Report has released its list of top 25 medical centers in Florida. The NCH Healthcare System is the only healthcare system in Collier and Lee Counties to make the list, and is ranked #17 in Florida. The report looked at 265 hospitals in Florida. This is the 25th hospitals. The 2014-15 U.S. News and World Report national rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. NCH has been ranked “high-performing” in the following five specialties: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Urology, and Geriatrics. ... Read More »

Butterfly Time of the Year

Zebra longwing Florida state butterfly

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] July is here. What does that mean? It’s summer in Florida? Yes, but it is also the start of the full blown butterfly season. In Southwest Florida, we have a year round butterfly season. While numbers of butterflies like Monarchs and Yellow Sulfurs will migrate, many of the same and others stay in South Florida and prosper year round, much to the delight of all those crazed butterfly enthusiasts living here. In spring, summer and fall, the numbers of these little flying flowers rise dramatically because the temperatures are warm just like they like it ... Read More »

School Supplies Needed

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By Melinda Gray [email protected] It’s hard to believe this summer is almost over and that another school year is quickly approaching. With two school-age children of my own, I’m already feeling the pinch of needing two sets of school supplies. I can usually only afford to get a few things at a time on my tight budget, and I’m not alone. According to The Education Foundation/Champions for Learning, more than 64 percent of Collier County schools had more than half of their students receiving free or reduced lunch during 2013-14. Thankfully, there will be some welcome relief, and to this ... Read More »

Take Heed When Lightning Strikes

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Southwest Florida has quietly moved into the ebb and flow of its traditional summer afternoon thunderstorm pattern. While the rain cools off the hot and steamy day, the thunder and lightning that go with it cannot be ignored. Afterall, Southwest Florida falls within the states “lightning belt,” and can witness close to 350,000 lightning strikes each year. To help keep residents of Marco Island on top of the threat of lightning strikes, the city installed a Thor Guard Lightning warning system at City Hall, Mackle Park and Winterberry Park last year. The main sensor alerting ... Read More »

National Parks Big Biz in SW Florida

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Submitted A new National Park Service report shows that more than 2.5 million visitors to the national parks in South Florida spent $206 million last year in surrounding communities. That spending supported roughly 2,700 jobs in the region. Locally at Big Cypress National Preserve, the impact encompassed just over 1 million visitors, spending an estimated $76 million in Southwest Florida communities and creating approximately 997 jobs. Combined 2013 report figures include those for Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, as well as Big Cypress. The total for the four parks is up slightly from the previous year, while visitor ... Read More »

John R. Wood Properties Holds Ribbon-Cutting, Adds Agents

Local real estate professionals, Managing Broker George Percel and Chamber supporters lined up to welcome the newest John R. Wood real estate office.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Wednesday, July 16, was a good day for John R. Wood Properties. That was the day that the legendary John R. Wood cut the ribbon on the real estate firm’s new Marco Island office, located at 1000 N. Collier Blvd. As managing broker of John R. Wood-Marco Island, George A. Percel welcomed everyone to the ribbon-cutting, including founding owner John Wood, representatives from the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR). Wood toasted the opening, citing the positive impact the real estate industry has had on the Florida ... Read More »

Camp Able 2014: Going Beyond Special Needs

Campers kayak and paddle board with Capri Fish House on Isles of Capri. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA DIAZ

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Schaeffer McHenry, Ellie Bennett, Gage Wheeler and Mary Evelyn Webb could not be more different. McHenry is a junior at the Air force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; Webb is a Mississippi native who attends the University of Mississippi. Bennett and Wheeler both attend Lely High School. Bennett is a bubbly, talkative junior, and Wheeler is a senior, quiet and a young man of few words. The one thing these four have in common: A special connection with people who have special needs. McHenry’s 23-year-old cousin, Sara, has Down Syndrome. Webb’s mother suffers from Huntington’s ... Read More »

From Sea to Shining Sea

The audience watched as the first strokes of color were placed in the piece, promising what looks to become a vibrant finished product.

By Melinda Gray [email protected] The first time I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Malenda Trick, was nearly two months ago. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had chosen to honor her as their first annual artist of the year. I noticed right away how open, friendly and down-to-earth she was. She instantly put me at ease, a treat I see far less often than one would think. After accepting her award, she spoke of her two previous Veterans Day projects in which she painted 35 individual portraits of veterans in Southwest Florida and then in Sarasota. ... Read More »

Caves of the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida

Bob and Cathy explore an underground  cavern in Mexico. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES  Bob McConville  Master Naturalist In early June of this year, my wife, Cathy, and I took the opportunity to visit the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico. The marine life and geology of this region are positively fascinating. In addition to snorkeling with whale sharks — the largest fish on the planet — we ventured inland to Mexico’s jungles to learn more about the ecology. What we found was absolutely surprising. This portion of the peninsula sits right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. The closest land mass is Cuba, and just north of that is ... Read More »