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Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... Read More »

Island Valentines

Beach Valentines. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The holiday of love and romance is upon us. Pink and red hearts decorate retail stores; restaurants advertise two for one specials; the hotel industry creates “romantic weekend getaways;” and that odd little winged cherub appears everywhere, bow and arrow ready. It’s a very special time for me for a couple of reasons. First, it’s my birthday. Conveniently I was born on February 14th amidst the Valentine hoopla, and with all the “gentle” Hallmark and retail reminders, my husband has not forgotten my birthday even once. But the real reason it’s a very special ... Read More »

FIDDLIN’ AROUND

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By Kevin Kubat Conservancy Volunteer It’s a warm, sunny day. You decide to visit Tigertail Beach, and when you get there, it’s low tide. You look to the north, toward Hideaway Beach, and you see what appears to be a red carpet covering the sands. A special sort of carpet, as it’s constantly in motion. As you get closer, the carpet suddenly disappears, and you realize that the illusion of a carpet was created by the massing of hundreds of fiddler crabs which have scurried into their burrows as you approached. If you remain very still, the crabs will eventually ... Read More »

What’s New in January

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a new way to start a new year – with wind forces like we’ve never seen in January! AND with gasoline prices we haven’t seen in years…on Saturday we had $1.75 along the Collier Boulevard/951 corridor. One of the same gas stations about two miles away had prices at $1.85 on U.S. 41 E, and further on down the prices continued to climb. This is a good place to be when buying gasoline, that’s for sure. It will be interesting to see how the prices will run when the WaWa gas station is built at Price ... Read More »

Prescribed Fires Made Possible Through Partnership

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Prescribed fire is an important tool for natural resource managers in Southwest Florida. Within Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, thousands of acres of fire-dependent habitat are managed each year with the help of regional partners and crews from the Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) in Tallahassee. “We rely on partners for a lot of what we do here,” said Resource Management Coordinator Jeff Carter, who is responsible for overseeing the reserve’s prescribed fire program. Rookery Bay Reserve staff coordinate burn activities with the Florida Forestry Service, and work with partnering land managers and local ... Read More »

Improvements at Freedom Fountain

Variegated arboricola now lines the walkway to the Freedom Fountain. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Visitors have no doubt noticed the most recent improvements made at the Freedom Fountain in Veterans Community Park. The walkway leading to the fountain is now accented on either side by rows of variegated arboricola, an easily maintained, tropical evergreen shrub with bright yellow and green leaves. The drought-resistant plants, 90 in all, were installed recently by Affordable Landscaping, of Marco Island, which donated its labor for the $2,000 project, which includes the installation of 12 sprinklers, which will use reclaimed water to irrigate the plants. Funding for the work was provided by the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee, which ... Read More »

Our Island Ecology

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By Chadd Chutsz New Year 2016 brings a new column to Coastal Breeze News- Our Island Ecology! Enjoy regular updates and insights on Marco Island nature and wildlife, straight from the desk of the City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist, Chadd Chutsz. Burrowing Owl Chicks Arrived! The first chicks of the season have been spotted by Owl Prowl volunteers! Three fluffy chicks along with mom and dad have made themselves at home on a sandy lot just a short fly from the beach. Writer Rosanne Pawelec is kindly donating a portion of sales proceeds from the book “Ollie Finds A ... Read More »

Hills No Problem for Marco 5 Mile Run Winners

Lely High runners, from left, Garrett Southerland, Emma Fernandez, Rosie and Michael Poling, just before the run. Rosie came in second overall for women, Michael won his 14-and-under class and Emma came in second in the 15-19 class.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco 5 mile Hill Run gave way to winners who experience running hilly traverses in their home states. Jesse Armbruster of Columbus, Ohio and Jennifer Rapaport of Medford, Massachusetts attacked the 17 hilly sections of the race, fighting chilly weather and a strong head wind to the finish line to win easily. Armbruster won in a time of 27:48.7. It was 51 seconds faster than second-place finisher Adam Cholewin of Fort Bragg, NC (28:37.5) and more than two minutes faster than third-place finisher Nick Kamen of Naples (30.05.6). Rapaport’s time of 32.53.2 was just over ... Read More »

2016 Safe Boating Classes

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By Laurie Harris USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs As we enter another season, Flotilla 95 has introduced the 2016 schedule for the Safe Boating Classes. For over 40 years now, Flotilla 95 has been offering safe boating programs on Marco Island. The mission of the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety program is to minimize loss of life, personal injury and property damage and to prevent negative environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats. Flotilla 95’s educational programs for 2016 will achieve their mission by making relevant programs available to the boating public. Boating Skills & Seamanship ... Read More »

Regatta Results

Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. PHOTOS BY FRANK BROWN

Submitted Following a brief at-sea memorial honoring friends and loved ones who had passed-away during the past year, plus victims of the Paris attacks, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats circled around a line between a 42-foot power boat and an inflatable orange buoy in the Gulf of Mexico, about a mile off of the Marriott beach. This was the start of the recent Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Wind conditions were 15-20 knots from the northeast. Because of the strong winds, only the larger boats (30-50 feet) raced. Sailors on those boats loved it! Two classes of ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta

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Submitted On Saturday, November 14, Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to two-dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from the Annual Fall 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 Sailing Center, just north of the Jolley Bridge, is ... Read More »

Integrity Insurance Receives Award

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Submitted Wealth and Finance Magazine released the 2015 Wealth & Money Management Award winners recently. The award Integrity Insurance won is among prestigious awards which are all about the individuals, firms and departments whose dedication and commitment in all aspects of the role have seen them achieve stellar results for their clients, whether assisting with managing their wealth, planning for the future of their business or their family, or providing more general-but no less vital – advice. Peter Rujgev, Awards Coordinator said, “The Wealth and Money Management Awards are designed to honor professionals that protect and safeguard the wealth of ... Read More »

The Greenest Grass

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “He who is not content with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates   I just returned from a truly special family vacation. My husband and I rented a log home nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and along with our children and their families, we spent seven days together exploring the 120-acre home site. Located seven winding, rolling miles from the nearest town, we ate our meals at the big wooden table using the groceries we carried in. We took a few day trips ... Read More »

Breezy, the Basket Case

Breezy’s comfortable contortions. PHOTOS BY VAL AND JESSICA SIMON

By Val Simon As they say – it is a dog’s life. I don’t know what ‘they’ meant by that, but Breezy gets a lot more sleep and rest time than I do. He’s settling into a ‘boring’ routine which includes going outside to do his business, eating, laying around the house, or if meetings aren’t scheduled and events don’t need covering, he comes to the office with me where he can find much more ‘action’. As Breezy got older, we began to have faith he didn’t have to be put in the crate. It started slowly at first; a ... Read More »

Producing Different Trajectories

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are so many variables in a golf swing. If I were to go back to college, I would take physics, kinesiology and biomechanics classes to become a better golf instructor. I study all the aforementioned now, but it takes me a couple reads or views to let the information soak in. A couple years ago I started studying how the golfer’s wrists movement heavily affect all the variables in the golf swing. The golfer’s wrists are most influential at impact. They affect loft, club face direction, and many other parameters that affects how the ... Read More »

Condos with a View!

One of many beautiful Marco Island views. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Views from your condo are everything on Marco Island! These memorable tropical views bring you back to the island year after year. Daily views from your condo kindle emotions and allow quiet wandering thoughts. They change with the season, time of day or night and the weather. Window fashions help enhance the natural beauty of the view you see and feel. All of Marco’s 11,000 plus condos have views – some are better than others. Interestingly, one-third of Marco Island condos have views facing west, one-third have views to the south, southwest or ... Read More »

HUMOR: That Reminds Me…

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was the second day of a moving sale. Like animals sense fear, people sensed it was bargain time. A man walked over to the table marked ‘All Items – $10’. He picked up one item and turned it around in his hands for a moment. “How much is this?” “Ten dollars,” was the reply to him. “I’ll give you five for it,” he said with the grin of a man about to get a deal. “Sold!” The man handed over his five-dollar bill. He took a step toward the exit, turned and asked: “What is ... Read More »

Until Next Year

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

Time to Review Your Condo Insurance Policies?

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Now is a good time to review your condo (HO6), wind and flood insurance with a knowledgeable and reputable local agent familiar with the Florida condo market. HO6 policies provide liability protection, medical payments, and cover losses due to water, hurricane, lightning and condo association loss assessments up to certain limits with defined deductibles. Typically the condo association insurance policy covers the building replacement including electric wiring, plumbing, AC system and drywall inside your unit but all other damages to your interior contents like personal property, flooring, interior painting, furnishings, window treatments, light ... Read More »

Love of the Y Tournament

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By Don Manley Sam and Karen Lewis had a hunch about Larry and Mary Fischer that turned out to be as right as right can be. They helped bring about the Fischers’ initial meeting a few years ago. It was an encounter that quickly flourished and became a love match, thanks to the Lewises and the event around which the entire story revolves – Greater Marco Family YMCA’s “Love of the Y” tennis tournament. “Love of the Y” was held over Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 13-15 this year, at the Y’s Sandhill Street tennis courts. The tourney’s title refers to ... Read More »