Out of this World Opal

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com He knew it was out there; an opal that had yet to be discovered. For over forty years, Peter Piromanski successfully prospected for the opal gem in Coober Pedy in South Australia. This, after all, was the place to be to find opals of all shapes and varieties in the country, which, in fact, mines 97 […]

Bird Watching at Tigertail Beach

By Barbara Parisi On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Friends of Tigertail Beach hosted their Fifth Breakfast & Birds event – Welcome Back our Northern Nesters. FOT welcomed attendees who brought their own breakfasts and binoculars. The event was lead by Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley. The morning commenced with a group of 27 people gathered at the beach pavilion. Susan […]

Safety first for the Marco Island Sailing Regatta

Submitted The USCG Auxiliary has many responsibilities including boating education, vessel safety checks, environmental protection, but one of the most important is promoting boating safety. So when the Marco Island Yacht Club asked the USCG Auxiliary to conduct a safety patrol for their annual sailing regatta in front of Residence Beach, Flotilla 95 was happy to be of service. The […]

Painfully Cheap Isn’t Frugal

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I know what you’re thinking, here goes Richard again, ranting about people who enter his jewelry store. Notice I said people, not customers. I love my regular customers; I have even begun rewarding the faithful with special V.I.P. card memberships to offer them sincere savings, perks and freebees for their patronage during these tough years. […]

20” Telescope

By Mike P. Usher Why build a twenty-inch telescope? For me, the reason was I could. It greatly helped that I enjoy being the center of attention – and this telescope pretty much guarantees that when we both appear together. I usually claim it’s the largest telescope in Southwest Florida, but I do not actually know this for a fact. […]

Tour de Taverns 5.0

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On your mark, get set, pedal! The fifth annual Tour de taverns, one of the most popular fund raisers around, is fast approaching. Sponsored every year by the Sandbar and Island Bike Shop, the poker bicycle ride takes place on December 7, beginning at 10 AM. That’s right. It’s a poker ride – and it’s for […]

Using ‘Love & Logic’ with your kids

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com I have one child, and all in all, she is a great kid. Really, I am not just saying that because I gave birth to her. She rarely cried as a baby, and she slept through the night within a week or so of coming home from the hospital. Even today, very few issues rise […]

Call to Artists & Art Lovers

The First Annual Isles of Capri Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Held at The Island Market at 324 Capri Blvd., Isles of Capri, hosts are calling on artisans and crafters to participate in the festivities. Would you like to be a vendor? Here are the details: • There […]

GAA Call To Artists…

The Goodland Arts Alliance is sponsoring its second annual outdoor Harbor Arts & Music Festival at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland on Sunday, March 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The festival is open to all artists of Collier and Lee Counties, either full-time or seasonal. The booth fees are $35 for members, $55 for non-members, A selection committee […]

Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival

By Bob DeGross Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs Join us on December 7, 2013, from 10 AM to 4:00 PM at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the third annual Swamp Heritage Festival. The welcome center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, […]