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January Fishing in the Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com January is typically our coolest month of the year. The days when the fronts are absent. The sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70s. This can make for some awesome fishing! The full moon this January falls on the 5th, and the new moon is on the 20th. In January, we typically have some of the most extreme tides of the year around the full and new moon. We will have extreme low tides the mornings of Jan.1-8 and the 17-24. They will still be great days to fish, ... Read More »

Ride for Joy 2014

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Toss out the old stereotype of motorcycle riders and their clubs. Reality is nothing like the Sons of Anarchy or even the real life Outlaws. In fact, here they are a group of soft hearted people who just happen to love to ride with the wind in their face and the freedom to hit the road. Almost a hundred bikers hit the road for fun and charity recently. The Joy of Giving is a local 501c3 which provides Christmas for more than 1000 children in need in Collier County. All proceeds from the bike run, ... Read More »

PRESCRIBED BURN

If weather conditions permit, a one day prescribed burn will be executed sometime between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1, 2015, by the Florida Forest Service on the Conservation Collier Redroot Preserve, located 15 miles east of 1-75 north of Immokalee Road, east of Sanctuary Road and south of Limpkin Road in Section 23, Township 47, Range 27, Collier County.  The property is owned by Collier County under the Conservation Collier Program.  The burn is a part of on-going Forest Service fuel reduction and forest management programs and follows the Redroot Preserve Management Plan in place to benefit the natural resources and ... Read More »

December filled with holiday hunting traditions

There’s finally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as most of us try to take time off from work to enjoy spending quality time with family and friends and reflect on the passing year. Children will be out of school on winter break soon, and while the holiday season is upon us, so are several traditional hunting opportunities. The second phase of waterfowl and coot season comes in statewide Dec. 6 and runs through Jan. 25. In addition to the usual hunting license and permit requirements, duck hunters also must have a Florida waterfowl permit ($5) and a federal duck stamp ... Read More »

December Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Brian with a nearshore Gag Grouper on a Captain Rapps Charter. photos By Capt. Pete Rapps

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Each December, we see some major changes to our local fishery. Around the middle of the month, we typically see our first major cold front come rolling through. We have already seen a few minor cold fronts come through in late November which brought the night temperatures down into the high 40s. The fronts also brought some days where the wind hit 20+ mph. Expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid-60s later this month. I always mention to be extremely diligent at reviewing your local tides in December before planning ... 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 »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe Why Venture Offshore?

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com If you enjoy catching a mixed bag of fish, viewing abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery, venture out on a trip in the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge located 15 miles east on 41 from the 951/41 intersection. Port of the Islands Marina is an ideal location to depart from as it provides easy access by kayak, canoe or larger vessel into the mangrove maze of the awesome 10,000 Islands. If a light craft such as a kayak or canoe is your preferred way of transport, be sure to consult with a local tide ... Read More »

More Notable South Florida Butterflies

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com There are other notable butterflies we have here in South Florida, and I would like to tell you about one of my favorites — the Buckeye butterfly. A medium-size Florida butterfly, the Buckeye has several eye spots on both fore and hind wings of this very colorful butterfly. These are usually large round spots on the wings that make the butterfly seem much larger than it really is to scare away predators. The Buckeye has a tendency to stay low to the ground and perch in the sun for hours on end, watching for any ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This weekend — Nov. 15-16 — Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off the Marco Island beaches thanks to the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Up to two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The MICSC began 12 years ago ... 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 »

November Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

David Goodenough caught and released this Snook with  Capt Kurt on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com November is one of my absolute favorite months here in the Everglades National Park! The reasons are numerous, and I could go on forever describing them, but some of the highlights are: 1) Mild weather patterns with little rain and light winds; 2) Fish are actively following and feeding on the huge bait pods just off the coastal beaches; 3) Daytime temperatures are comfortably hovering in the high 70s to low 80s; 4) Migratory birds are actively arriving for the winter…and the list goes on! The change of seasons will begin to affect ... Read More »

Mental Fishing: ‘STEP’ It UP

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Although the act of fishing is physical, it is my belief that 75 percent of successful fishing is mental or cognitive in nature. For the purposes of this explanation, I will use the acronym “STEP.” The “S” stands for “seeing.” When seeking or hunting fish, it is imperative to “see” and observe the current environmental conditions, such as tidal exchange, wind, water temperature and depth. Additionally, look for things like structure and cover found around mangrove islands, beaches, docks and reefs. These observed conditions serve as the roadmap to where a current ideal ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

Everglades City crabbers are ready for 2014 season.

By Pat Newman Everglades City’s crab fleet was blessed by pastors and baptized in rainwater Saturday, Sept. 27, as families gathered to celebrate the start of another stone crab season. The event was held on the grounds of the historic Rod and Gun Club on the Barron River. Sponsored by members of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, the blessing of the boats was initiated six years ago by Tod Dahlke and local crabbers, according to the society’s president Marya Repko. Saturday’s celebration included local crafters, a frog-jumping contest and a cake baking competition for the best coconut guava confection. ... Read More »

Sanding and Painting Can Cause a Toxic Mess

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By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons Of all the boat maintenance chores, the prep work of sanding and painting bugs me the most. It always seems that the chips and dust stick better to my skin than they originally did to my hull. We also may be creating an environmental mess. Most marine paints are made with toxic chemicals designed to leach out and prevent bottom growth on the hull. When concentrated amounts of these materials are ground and chipped off the hull, there is the potential for environmental harm. In addition to the paint, solvents, thinners and ... Read More »

Summer Fun, Island Style

A pelican perches on a post. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s September, statistically the slowest month before the inevitable up-swing into another season, and finding fun things to do locally is getting more challenging. Thus, despite last weeks of record-breaking heat, my best friend, Alicia Cameron, and I set out on our first Goodland kayak journey; no small feat for a couple of full-time moms with full-time jobs. A long-term shortage of recreation time has made me an unwilling indoor-girl — something I’ve always fought by taking last-minute adventures, often throwing caution to the wind. I once found myself clinging to the side of a ... Read More »

PCI Remembers Hurricane Charley: 10 Year Anniversary

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is remembering the lives lost and those who were significantly impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Charley nearly 10 years ago this month. As we mark this historic anniversary, PCI reminds homeowners, renters, and business owners that the active part of hurricane season is just beginning. In addition, PCI encourages those living in hurricane prone states to use the anniversary as an opportunity to take necessary steps now to prepare for the remainder of the 2014 storm season. “Hurricane Charley made landfall as a strong category 4 storm with winds up to ... Read More »

How to Avoid Being Swindled – Part Deux

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net This is sort of a part two of an article I wrote a year ago regarding the wonderful world of jewelry scams, as well as some hard knock personal experiences and advice on how to avoid getting bitten by one. Ah! The cruising vacation. It’s the excitement of being on the open seas — sun, fun, food and cocktails. Beware of venders hawking loose precious gemstones and gold chain-by-the-inch, especially if you have had a few. Sure the prices seem cheap because they are. The so-called gems you are purchasing are mostly rejects from ... Read More »

FWC supports ‘Operation Dry Water’ for 6th year

Last year, nine people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida. That represents 15 percent of the state’s boating fatalities for 2013. “Alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many. We want all boaters to enjoy the freedom to get out on the water and the opportunity to do it safely.” That is why law enforcement agencies around the state and country are participating in “Operation Dry Water” this weekend. This nationwide, public ... Read More »

Native Beauty on Display

The starting point at the MIHM native plant walk.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com During the hustle and bustle of an average day, I wonder how often we notice just how amazing Southwest Florida is. I find when I take time to notice the natural beauty of my surroundings, I truly appreciate living here. The native animal and plant life that surrounds us is a fascinating mixture of beauty and strength. Mother Nature is wild, and taming her takes a special touch. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has accepted her challenge, and has been busy cultivating an impressive exhibit featuring native plant life available around-the-clock for the enjoyment and ... Read More »

EcoTour Provider Training Series Back at Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay Reserve naturalist Randy McCormick explains the role of mangroves in southwest Florida’s environment during while touring the Reserve. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

Submitted With approximately 97 percent of Southwest Florida’s ocean-based economy coming from tourism and recreation, ecotour professionals serve as ambassadors of local natural areas. These ecotour professionals often rely on their knowledge of natural history to provide clients a memorable experience. In order to meet the growing educational needs of ecotour professionals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with Florida Sea Grant, is offering a series of field and classroom-based programs this summer. Back by popular demand, the Ecotour Provider Series promotes sustainable tourism practices by providing guides, naturalists and tour operators with information, tips and tools to ... Read More »