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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 »

Boating for Dummies…

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By Pat Newman I thought navigating a boat was like riding a bike—once you know how, you never forget. I recently discovered my skills were a little rusty; OK totally corroded. Excited at the prospect of sailing the waterways of Marco Island with some friends visiting from out-oftown, I rented a pontoon boat. The kids strapped on their life-jackets, and we adults confidently boarded the vessel, ready to cruise through paradise. I invited Philipp to occupy the driver’s seat and be “captain for a day” when I realized that I had no idea how to start up the engine. I ... Read More »

Spring

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Just a couple of weeks ago, on March 20th at exactly 6:45PM, Spring officially arrived on Marco Island. That is the moment when the sun crossed the celestial equator as it moved along its ecliptic path. And most of us were completely unaware of the event. Here in our temperate cocoon, the shifts between seasons certainly exist but the changes are more subtle and gentle than those I experienced living up north. In Iowa you can feel Spring in the air weeks before it arrives. The breeze carries a hint of warmth and ... Read More »

Chihuly at Fairchild

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Speaking of Travel Vickie Kelber As part of the Art at Fairchild program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, a special installation of glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly will be on display until May 31, 2015. Instituted in 2004, Art at Fairchild has brought exhibits by such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Fernando Botero to this tropical wonderland; Chihuly was here once before in 2005. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly is credited as a leader in establishing glassblowing as a fine art. He studied at the University of Wisconsin in the first university level ... Read More »

Adversity

Peaceful beach yoga weekly. PHOTO by LAURIE KASPERBAUER

Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The last installment of this column did not run in its entirety. Our apologies to tLaurie and our readers for our error and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   “Adversity introduces a man to himself” -Albert Einstein   Saturday morning beach yoga is one of my most favorite classes. Generally speaking, the sky is beautiful blue, the dolphins are playing in clear view and the morning sun provides just the right amount of warmth without the heat of mid-day. Needless to say, when the conditions are this desirable, we have a ... Read More »

Into Africa, Part One: Safari

Leopards are counted among the Big 5, the most dangerous South African animals: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhinoceros, and Cape Buffalo.

By Carl and Joan Kelly Africa. Say the word. The mind begins to spin the images. Vast open expanses of grasslands covered by seemingly endless herds of wildebeest, impala, gazelle, zebra. Sleek, efficient predators, lion, cheetah. And elephants, majestic elephants. The culture and people, Zulu, Bushman. Africa. Now say safari. The mind reels with excitement and danger. That is how we approached our trip to South Africa last fall. It is what we expected. And South Africa did not disappoint. We began on safari. Each day we rose before sunrise, boarded a 10 passenger 4 by 4, and rode into ... Read More »

Doggone it! I Want to Live the Life of a Labradoodle

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By Pat Newman Have you noticed how dogs are taking over the world? No kidding! They are on morning TV news shows, shopping for bargains at TJ Max (in strollers, no less), and boosting the nation’s economy by licking their owners into buying them wardrobes, jeweled collars and sleep number beds. Not long ago, it was acceptable for a non-working canine (house-dog) to live in a fenced-in yard, sleep in a pre-fab dog house and eat crunchy bits from a 50-pound bag of warehouse-brand chow. The stereotypical dog — let’s call him Spot — would entertain himself by digging holes, ... Read More »

More Holiday Ornaments in the Winter Garden

Christmas Flower (Euphorbia leucocephala)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Last time I gave you names of some plants that become beautiful holiday ornaments in our gardens during the holiday season here in South Florida. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I think! And Christmas is coming, or is it the over? Or are they all on the same day? This year they seemed to be celebrated at the same time! I would like to continue with others that will bring joy to our hearts and souls during this festive time of the year. Creating joy and happiness in the eyes of any gardener, beginner or old ... Read More »

Artesia Naples

WCI Communities has started construction on the clubhouse at Artesia Naples, WCI’s 261-acre master-planned community centrally located between Marco Island beaches and Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Scheduled for completion in Spring 2015, the 9,215-square-foot clubhouse is nestled along the community’s 20-acre central lake and will offer a theater, club room, billiards table, craft and card rooms, and a fitness center with aerobics studio. It will have 11,845 total square feet, with shaded outdoor seating areas and expansive sun decks around the resort-inspired pool, which will offer a beach entry and dedicated lap lanes. The clubhouse’s three-acre campus also will ... Read More »

The Family and Fragrance

Clerodendrum Splendes (Glory Bower)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com 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 them ... Read More »

Capri Boat Parade Big Draw for Islanders

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff After a few years of dropping participation, the 2014 Isles of Capri boat parade saw a surge of renewed interest from boat owners and spectators alike. On Saturday, Dec. 13, 13 vessels were decked out from stem to stern with hundreds of strings of twinkle lights, inflatable animals and holiday cheer ready to spread some wow spectators. The Island Gypsy Cafe hosted a pre-party for participants, generously donating pizza to all of the boat owners, crews and judges of the parade. This year’s parade was chaired by Otis Tavlin and Nancy Anderson. With the setting ... Read More »

Holiday Family Fishing Fun

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com This is the time of year when friends and family come together to enjoy quality time during the holidays. I can think of no better way to enjoy time together than fishing in the magnificent inshore areas that South Florida has to offer. A good portion of the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the area between Everglades National Park and Cape Romano and boasts some of the finest fishing opportunities in the state. Additionally, the area is rich with wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphin due to the area’s pristine ecosystem and ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler 2014

Three-in-one charging cords eliminate the need to bring different types of cables. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber For this year’s review of gifts for the traveler, I asked some frequent travelers what items they find invaluable and what is on their wish lists. It was interesting to find commonalities concerning what is important to them. What follows are all manner of gift suggestions from stocking stuffers to more expensive purchases. First, I want to mention some gadgets that I like. I recently discovered Travelon’s Bag Bungee ($10-$15) which helps secure a second bag or other item, such as a coat, to the telescoping handle of a carryon. In the past, when I ... Read More »

Thankfulness

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Not a hard question to answer really, and if you asked 1,000 people, you would likely receive 1,000 different responses. Again, imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Would the sun be streaming in the window or would there be the soft patter of rain against the panes of glass? Who would be with you as you woke to your ideal day? Or would waking up alone be your preferred way to greet the ... Read More »

Create Your Own Path

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com In the many years I enjoyed coming to Marco Island as a tourist, walking the beach was the activity I looked forward to the very most. Sometimes, I would wake before dawn and walk north to the very tip of Hideaway Beach. I’d reach it as the sun came up and then meander my way southward, searching for shells and interesting debris deposited by the tide. I envisioned the Gulf as this enormous living creature that gathered shells and sand dollars and seawhip and starfish and dropped them at the water’s edge for ... Read More »

Going Skin Deep with Dr. Daniel Wasserman

Dr. Daniel Wasserman and his team at Skin Wellness Physicians. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Pat Newman “I don’t treat skin cancer; I treat people. That’s what it’s about,” stated Dr. Daniel I. Wasserman, who opened his own practice “Skin Wellness Physicians” at 8625 Collier Blvd in Naples in July. Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, FAAD, and a Board Certified Dermatologist, practiced locally on Marco Island and Naples for three-and-half years. “Marco Island has a family atmosphere, and the interconnectedness is really nice,” he said. His new location will provide a highly specialized level of treatment with an onsite surgical suite for people in Southwest Florida dealing with skin cancers and port wine stains. As ... Read More »

GPS, Google Maps, To and From, etc.

By Pat Newman Thank God for my Cub Scout Leader’s training, or I would be abysmally lost in this tech-savvy world. Give me a compass, map, or a night sky with a guiding star, and I can travel from point A to point B. Tell me to log onto Google maps or follow my GPS (Goofy Piloting Set-Up), and you will need to follow-up with an APB (All Points Bulletin). I have tried to navigate with impersonal voices telling me where to turn and printed directions sending me down streets under construction. It’s a hit or miss situation. Just the ... Read More »

Veterans Day Celebration

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Veterans Day — Tuesday, Nov. 11 — marks a day of remembrance for many Marco Islanders. On this day, the Marco Island Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370, will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 11 AM at Veterans Memorial Park. This time of day — 11 AM —represents the day and hour of the signing of the armistice ending World War I. Organizations taking part in the program include: Marco Island American Legion Post 404; the Marco Island Strummers; Marco Island Police Department; Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department; the US Coast Guard Auxiliary; Civil Air Patrol; Marco area Boy ... Read More »

Manatee Rescue All in a Day’s Work

Mrs. Webb, Tony Smith and Ms. Lacks.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff If you’re the city of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, rescuing a manatee or other wildlife can be all in a day’s work. Just as it was during a recent manatee rescue at Tigertail Beach. A manatee stranded itself on a mud flat in Tigertail lagoon due to a strong outgoing tide in a New Moon phase. Walking the beach, Todd Tateo, spotted the stranded manatee and reported it to the Tigertail Beach gate attendant, Lee Gunderson. Todd told Lee the manatee was “high and dry” in the lagoon. Lee called the city of Marco Island ... Read More »

It’s Time to Welcome Our Flying Winter Friends

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist September 21, 2014, 10:29 PM Marco Island time — The Autumnal Equinox is occurring. That imaginary line on our planet called the Equator is closest to the sun. There is an even amount of solar energy in both the northern and southern hemisphere. It is the first day of fall. Over the next few months the earth’s northern half will tilt away from the sun. Here in Florida, we will experience cooler temperatures, but further north a much colder climate will be prevalent. Some areas of the United States have already experienced snow, and ... Read More »