Tag Archives: wind

Hurricane Threat


By Jay Fernandes  Hurricane season is upon us again and we are all watching weather maps to be ready and prepared. Much of the knowledge and information we acquire is accumulated from years of experience and listening to others. Most of us have assets at risk which are exposed to wind and sea. Our Marco boating citizens have been challenged ... Read More »

Red Tide Alert for Marco’s Beaches


Submitted You can smell the whiff of dead fish from the boardwalk of Residents Beach. Thousands of dead fish blanket the water’s edge from South Beach to the tip of Sand Dollar Island. Collier County raked the beach on Friday, October 7, and is scheduled to return on Monday, October 10. Die-hard walkers braved a cooler Saturday morning for their ... Read More »

Volunteers Step Up at Evening Beach Clean-up

BAC member Katie O’Hara comes down the South Beach ramp.

Submitted The evening beach clean-up after Labor Day brought many residents to the beach, along with young members of Cub Scout Pack 234. According to Megan Olsen, Assistant Cub Master, “One way for the boys to earn their Bobcat badge is to perform community service. The beach clean-up was a good lesson for the boys. They did find a lot ... Read More »

What Does “Back to School” Mean to You?


RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry What memories do the words, “Back to School” tickle in your head? An end to goofing off and feeling so free that when the wind blows through your hair it erases any schedule you had? The time to play was paramount to even eating lunch or dinner when you were called; you dutifully looked ... Read More »

Love is in the Air – Courtship Rituals of Black Skimmers

Black skimmer male riding on back of female.

Submitted  A walk to Sand Dollar Island feels like a world away as you leave Marco’s “condo rises” behind. This small sand spit of unspoiled, sugary-white sand is a birder’s paradise where you’ll encounter resting, nesting and feeding birds. It is one of Florida’s Great Birding Trails and a flyover site for over sixty species of rare and protected birds. ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers Meet


Submitted  At the Marco Island Writers July 13th meeting, Betsy Perdichizzi presented her rendition of “Dr. Mary Olds” to a small but very appreciative audience. The wind and rain depressed attendance that evening. Thanks, Betsy, and thanks to all the stalwart attendees for braving the weather. The next meeting, on August 10th at 6 PM, will focus on loglines and ... Read More »

Cape Romano Uncovered

By 2011, shifting sands had placed nearly all the domes in the water.
Photos courtesy of Mila Bridger

Reprinted from September 7, 2012 The mystery of the “dome home” on Cape Romano has been solved! Coastal Breeze readers asked for it and we’ve delivered. After an intense search, the family of Bob Lee, the brainchild and builder of the dome home, has stepped forward to tell their story. The oddly eccentric home has been a topic of conversation ... Read More »

EMS Vehicles Delayed

Photos by Barry Gwinn
Marco EMS vehicle, parked at Stan’s, after making it through. (6/5/16, 2:30 PM)

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn  This column has chronicled an almost monthly series of debilitating floodings on Goodland Road, the community’s only access road. In six out of the last 11 months, beginning in August, 2015, the flooding prevented many from driving on the hubcap deep Gulf waters covering large portions of the road. Engineering reports commissioned by the City ... Read More »

Freedom Fountain’s Latest Improvements

Submitted Photo The Freedom Fountain, centerpiece of the veterans memorial in Marco Island’s Veterans Community Park.

Submitted The Freedom Fountain in Veterans Community Park has received a facelift that further enhances and preserves its beauty. Commemorative inscriptions on the black granite panels gracing the crown jewel of Marco Island’s veterans’ memorial recently received a coat of gold sealant, adding luster to its personalized messages honoring America’s military service men and women. At the same time, the ... Read More »

Young Sailor Competes in National Regatta

220 sailors, ages 9-16 competed in the invitation-only event.

By Samantha Husted  Meet 10-year-old Ryan Garraty, a fifth grader at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. Ryan is passionate about sailing, an activity he’s been a part of since he was 7. About once or twice a month he and his family will travel all across South Florida in order to compete. Last month Ryan qualified for the U.S. Team Trials ... Read More »

MIA’s Kirby Rients Makes English Fun

Students get a heavy dose of journalism along with experience on how to publish in Kirby Rients’ Yearbook/Journalism class. Students put together the 2016 MIA yearbook.

By Barry Gwinn Kirby Rients is a much traveled English teacher and has been with Marco Island Academy (MIA) since its inception in 2011. Although MIA specializes in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum, the school also thinks it is important that students are well grounded in the humanities. It didn’t take them long to recognize Rients’ contributions in ... Read More »

Morffew Shares Love of Birds


By Coastal Breeze News Staff  When Andy Morffew wakes up in the morning the first thing that he asks is, “Which way is the wind blowing? Is it a good day to go to Tigertail?” If you have spent any time at Tigertail Beach, chances are you have seen him there, quietly photographing the birds in their natural habitat, careful ... Read More »

Bocce 2016

Tournament winners the Beach Bums, from left: Paul Rhoads, Mike Cox, Connie
Taylor and George Taylor.

By Joan Kelly Bocce took over the Isles of Capri four days a week and on weekends when the team competition took to the court. Red and blue balls beat up the poor little white ball, playing in rain or shine, wind or calm, heat or cold. The measuring tape came out, as balls were close. At times there was ... Read More »

MIPO Educates Residents on Fire/EMS Issues

By Maureen Chodaba On March 10, the Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) in their dedication to integrity, transparency, accountability, and efficiency in city government, held a public forum to address and educate the public of the present issues regarding emergency medical services for Marco Island. MIPO Chair Linda Turner welcomed the audience and was followed by opening remarks from physician, ... Read More »

Team Effort Makes a Good Burn

Cass Palmer, District 6 Fire Management Officer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service watches over the line of fire. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Most often when we hear about wildfires it is in connection to the great harm that they cause; Homes destroyed, people and animals injured or killed, and beautiful trees forever erased from nature. Yet fires are actually beneficial to Florida’s landscape, and play an integral role in its ecosystems. Periodic fire tends to favor understory species that ... Read More »

The 9-1-1 on Marco’s Emergency Service

By Maureen Chodaba On March 15, 2016 many voters in Collier County will be asked to vote in a “straw ballot” regarding the future of their EMS and transport services. You may ask, and rightfully so, just what is a straw ballot? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a straw ballot, also known as a “straw vote” or “straw poll” as “an unofficial ... Read More »

The House of Horrors – Part 1

Carol Glassman’s kitchen, where serious  leaks from the roof caused major damage. PHOTOS BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman This is not just one of those spooky fantasies about a haunted house where terrible things happen and you are afraid to walk around; it’s a true story about a rather nice house, where terrible things happened, enough to make you walk out, heartbroken. The story isn’t really unusual, nor is it unfortunately, unique. Almost everyone who ... Read More »

Winds Favor Yacht Club Regatta

Foreign Exchange skipper Gunar Rogat (aft, in red hat) and crew.

Submitted As last Saturday’s weather dawned crisp and clear, ten of Southwest Florida’s fastest sailboats gathered off the Marriott Marco Island beach to compete in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Winter Sailing Regatta. Although the Gulf of Mexico was smooth as glass, race officials knew that good breezes were on the way, coming in from the northwest. Officials delayed ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February


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 ... Read More »

Island Valentines


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, ... Read More »