Tag Archives: weather

Lightning Strikes Tigertail Beach Business

By Jesus Calo In the midst of Marco Island’s recent flood storm earlier in June, lightning struck near the hut at Tigertail Beach Rentals located on the entrance of Tigertail Beach. Everything (electrical) in the rental hut got fried. The lightning affected the electrical wiring, which carried the current through every outlet the surge could reach. The damage included the ... Read More »

CMCD Spells R-E-L-I-E-F From Mosquitoes That Is

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Since the first week in May, Goodlanders have been swatting and scratching their way through life, facing relentless attacks from swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes, waiting eagerly and ravenously outside their doors. A mosquito that breeds in salt water is one of the worst nightmares for a community surrounded by the stuff. These guys usually ... Read More »

Extreme Flooding on Marco Island

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders recently experienced a significant weather event, as anywhere between 6½ to 9 inches of rain fell on the island overnight on June 5. By 9 AM on June 6, Jon Busch of Hernando Drive reported 6½ inches in his rain gauge. Major intersections and side streets were impacted. Marco Island Police closed flooded roadways ... Read More »

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados.  Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building.  The second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible ... Read More »

Extreme Flooding on Marco Island

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Islanders have been experiencing a significant weather event over the last 15 hours as anywhere between 6½ to 9 inches of rain has fallen on the island since last evening. Jon Busch of Hernando Drive reported 6½ inches in his rain gauge at 9 AM. Since then another 2” of rain has been estimated to ... Read More »

All Body Parts Accounted For? Check!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Such is the life of a tree trimmer, or in this case, a climber of coconut palms that stretch up to 50 feet into the air with nothing but the earth to cushion a fall. Rafael Barajas has been in the business of trimming palm fronds, cutting out pre-blooming coconut branches, the ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing Forecast for June

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com This month we typically see water temperatures get up into the mid to high 80s. Along with the increased Gulf water temperatures, June will be our first month of summer to bring us almost daily afternoon rain. Because of this, we typically get out a little earlier in the morning and plan to fish ... Read More »

Is Your Vessel Safe?

Submitted The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron has a team of certified Vessel Safety Inspectors who perform free and valuable vessel inspections meant to make your time boating as safe as possible. This season the Squadron did over 215 free boat inspections. Once a vessel has passed it receives a safety decal, which may be displayed onboard to show ... Read More »

Working Together

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s no secret that we have been hit by the largest concentration of salt marsh mosquitoes   that we can remember in recent years, and as for me, I cannot ever remember them this bad in 43 years! The Collier County Mosquito Control District (the “District”) is monitoring this large population of salt marsh mosquitoes through ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls are Great Moms!

By Maria Lamb On Mother’s Day, we honor our moms with traditional gestures of love – preparing her favorite breakfast treats, a festive bouquet of flowers, or a box of yummy chocolates. This Mother’s Day, how about remembering your mom with something out-of-the-box – a gift of nature that also helps to preserve Marco Island’s amazing burrowing owls for future ... Read More »

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  What has readily become the biggest event of the season, the three-day Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival lived up to its reputation of great food and great music. “Each year we make a few changes and build on what works,” commented Stan Niemczyk, festival founder and chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the ... Read More »

Country Road Watch Report 

US 41/Tamiami Trail at Lely Resort Boulevard: Construction project: Work begins on April 3, to construct a concrete median that will allow left turns from US 41 onto Lely Resort Boulevard. Crews will remove the temporary median curb currently at the intersection.Crews will need to close travel lanes that are closes to the median for crews to perform the necessary work. Lane ... Read More »

FWC 2017 Manatee Survey

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state. The FWC is encouraged by a third straight year of a minimum count higher than 6,000 manatees in ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in March

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com March is typically a pivotal month where the weather begins to change from winter cold fronts and strong winds, trending to calmer and warmer water temperatures and warmer daytime air temperatures as spring approaches. The State of Florida is easily considered the Fishing Capital of the World, and our Ten Thousand Islands area here ... Read More »

Getting Started/Briefing Guests

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 By Doug Johnson Before getting underway, there are a few simple things that can be done to make the trip more enjoyable and safer. Start with checking the weather, tides and your vessels systems and gear and make sure your boat registration is aboard. Your guests should be familiar with your boat and its safety ... Read More »

Discover Tigertail – A Feel Good Event: Friends of Tigertail Beach team with TBE for a day of fun

By Scott Shook Overcast skies and pleasant temperatures welcomed visitors to Discover Tigertail, a program for attendees of all ages to become acquainted with Tigertail Beach. Organizers of the event, held Saturday, February 25, benefitted from the weather conditions that kept everyone comfortable as they took part in the various programs that awaited. The weather was also conducive to bird ... Read More »

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

Fishing and Boating in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Looking at a map or marine chart, the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida is essentially located from the south end of Naples, continuing south past Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, and several miles past Chokoloskee. The 10,000 Islands is home to many species of fish that can be found throughout the year. The ... Read More »