The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today Part 2

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward In our last issue, the history of the original vessel, the Star (of the Everglades), operated by the Lopez family from Lopez River and Chokoloskee was covered, including its use in hosting several U.S. Presidents, its being part of the classic local film “Wind Across the Everglades,” and its key role in opening up sports […]

Pilot Whales Lost

By Natalie Strom Southwest Florida has seen of a number of beach strandings by short-finned pilot whales during the months of December 2013 and January 2014. From Lee County to the Everglades, an estimated 55 pilot whales perished due to these events. A somewhat rare event, beach strandings by marine mammals take place all over the world for reasons […]

MIFRD’s New Rescue Boat

By Noelle H. Lowery Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Chief Michael Murphy could not have asked for a more perfect day. The sun shone. The bay was calm. Boaters were few, and an anxious crowd gathered under the vestibule at the Marco Island Yacht Club for a very special occasion — the christening and dedication of the new Fire-Rescue Boat […]

Council OKs New MIFRD Personnel

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island City Council voted 6-0 to allow Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Chief Michael Murphy to hire three new firefighter-EMTs — one person per shift — at its Feb. 3 meeting. Vice Chairman Larry Sacher was absent. This was the second time in six months that City Council voted on the question of new […]

Buzzard Princess Gives Back

By Natalie Strom One by one, Buzzard Princess contestants took the stage at the annual Mullet Festival at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland, hoping to win the coveted crown by dancing to the “Buzzard Lope.” The competition was fierce yet friendly as they “flapped their wings up and down, took a step back, turned round and round.” It was […]

Beautification Community Forum

Submitted The city of Marco Island’s Community Beautification Advisory Committee will hold a community forum on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 1-4 PM in the city’s Community Room. Several educational stations will be set up with representatives from Rookery Bay, NEER, UF/IFAS Master Gardener, UF/Collier County, Landscape Entomologist, Mobile Irrigation Lab, local landscape companies, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Beautification Advisory Committee, […]

Wiener Dog Classic

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was beautiful day at the races — wiener dog races, that is. Last weekend, Naples Estates hosted the Second Annual Collier County Wiener Dog Classic as part of its I Luv Pets Fest. Proceeds from the event — $465 — were donated to Dogs for Disabled Veterans, a non-profit organization that matches rescue dogs […]

Beautiful Bromeliads Add Pizzazz to Calusa Park

By Nancy J. Richie City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist Bromeliads are the perfect fit for Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) principals. They are the “right plant in the right place” for Marco Island landscapes, as they are species of plant that requires no fertilizer, maintenance or water, under normal conditions. The most familiar bromeliad may be the pineapple. They are […]

Fossil Donation

By Austin Bell The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) received a generous gift this holiday season, but not the kind typically found under a tree. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Florida Geological Survey and the Florida Paleontological Society partnered to donate a collection of more than 250 Florida fossils — the first such collection for the MIHS. Included amongst the […]

Success! A Clean Beach

By Nancy J. Richie City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist That Florida fabulous winter weather is finally here! It brought out a large crowd to clean the beach on Saturday, Jan. 11. The monthly city of Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee beach clean up could not have been scheduled on a more perfect morning. City of Marco Island Beach Advisory […]