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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 »

I’m Grounded, and I Can’t Get Off!

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By Lt. Bill Hempel, United States Power Squadrons In many locations where boaters cruise, there are opportunities to run aground. If you do, see that no one is injured, and get life jackets on all persons aboard. Then check to make certain there is no hull damage. A cracked or punctured hull means you don’t want to be afloat or in deeper water, so just remain aground while you make emergency repairs and call for help. If the hull is okay, you can get about the task of freeing your boat. Check the tide tables. A rising tide may work ... Read More »

Wherever You Go, There You Are

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com “Be here. Now.” This is a phrase I often repeat to others — and especially to myself lately — as I began months ago to process my life to another area. I knew the wind direction to get me there, and kept my sails adjusted, but only ever so slightly as I drank in all of my last weeks/days on Marco Island. A student and I were talking about how to be fully present — to become one with the awareness of our surroundings, sights and sounds — when we are new to ... Read More »

Winds of Change

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com We can’t direct the wind; we can only adjust our sails. — Thomas Monson   Winds of change will come into every human life. We, aware of it or not, are always heading in a direction. This may be obvious at some point in our lives and not perceivable at other times. Did you ever take stock of your life and ponder just how you got here? Through the small adjustments (of the sails tacking) or the big decisions (turnabout the sails), you are traveling in a direction — toward a destination. The ... Read More »

Do You Suffer From Sugar Hangovers?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With the holidays behind and in front of us, I’m sure we have thrown our willpower to the wind on one occasion or the other. Whether it was Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduations, Memorial Day, or the upcoming Father’s Day, most of us have succumbed to evil spell of sugar. If you eat clean the majority of the time and can have one cheat treat and get back on the wagon, then this message is most likely not as crucial as it is for the occasional binge eater – you know the type: where one ... Read More »

‘Normal’ Hurricane Season Ahead

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com June 1 ushers in the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a “near-normal” or “below-normal” season. The Atlantic hurricane region includes the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.       The reason: the anticipated development of El Niño this summer. According to NOAA experts, El Niño causes stronger wind shear, reducing the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes, while also strengthening the trade winds and increasing the atmospheric stability across the tropical Atlantic. These conditions make it more difficult ... Read More »

Author Day for Seventh Graders

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Language Arts program chair for Marco Island Charter Middle School, Jerra Minning, organized the school’s first Author Day. The assignment for the students was to write a newspaper article about living on the #1 island per TripAdvisor.com, from their perspective. Five presenters spoke to each of the seventh grade classes sharing with students their own unique perspective on writing and the publishing process. Once students completed the assignment, teachers reviewed them and chose four to be published in Coastal Breeze News. Congratulations to the young writers published below!   Lia Okenka: Marco Island was ... Read More »

Severe Weather Enters State

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge those across north Florida to be prepared for severe weather as a storm system enters the region late Monday and lingers through Wednesday night. Frequent lightning strikes, high wind gusts, hail, tornadoes and flash flooding are possible. If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips: Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation. Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from ... Read More »

Mussaendas in Bloom

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Sightings of the Tropical Mussaendas are becoming more frequent in South Florida gardens. Making them colorful standouts amongst the mainly green Florida landscapes. There are over 150 varieties with only a handful seen here in South Florida landscapes. They are native Africa to Asia and are members of the coffee family (Rubiaceae). This plant also is commonly known as Tropical Dogwood. The names of the different Mussaendas were derived from the names of the First Ladies of Philippine Presidents. Mussaendas are attractive shrubs that can reach the height of 12-15 feet, but can easily keep ... Read More »

Facts, Fiction About Lightning

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s that time of year again — peak time for thunderstorms and lightning strikes — and living in the lightning strike capital of the United States, it is important for Floridians to know fact from fiction when it comes lightning. Recently, Coastal Breeze News sat down with Mark Huber, head of safety for J2 Engineering and Construction, to separate the facts from the myths about lightning. According to Huber, an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning in the U.S., and hundreds more are severely injured. Often, these injuries and deaths are ... Read More »

Boating Safety: Carbon Monoxide

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By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons® Even though boaters are normally out on the open water, carbon monoxide still poses a significant threat. This odorless and colorless gas is extremely poisonous and was almost fatal on a recent boating trip. We had 12 boats cruising lazily down the Florida Intracoastal. Suddenly, the boat in front of us started to weave side to side. Shortly after, it swerved hard to starboard and headed toward the shoals. The captain didn’t answer my hail, and when I pulled alongside, we found him lying on the deck with his wife trying to ... Read More »

Bringing Honor through Physical Fitness

Mr. Matt and the elementary-age class at Island Montessori Academy.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Squeals of delight and giggles float through the air. Children’s voices raise to chant the names of their classmates as they cheer for them. Little feet blaze through the grass, jumping over short hurdles and short-stepping it through a rope ladder. Each one dives under a noodle arch with abandon. These are the sights and sounds of a physical fitness class at Island Montessori Academy. This is not your average, run-of-the-mill P.E. class, though. This one is run by Matt Gordon of Nationwide Honor Guard, and “Mr. Matt’s” class builds the bodies, minds and spirits ... Read More »