Rookery Bay Celebrates National Estuaries Day

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sky was clear. The sun was shining, and the parking lot of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was packed on Saturday, Sept. 27. The occasion: National Estuaries Day, an annual event established in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks to help educate the public and promote the importance of estuaries and the need […]

Bedtime Bundles Closes

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The following notice was sent out regarding the closure of Bedtime Bedtimes, a popular local charity which was founded in 2006. The organization cites changes to the Title 1 Education Program as instrumental in their decision to cease operations. It considered closing once before when then Executive Director and Founder Karen Saeks chose to step […]

Smokehouse Bay Bridge Update

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The sign posted on the exit door of the Starbucks at The Esplanade on Tuesday, Sept. 30, sent caffeine junkies into instant withdrawals. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 PM, the store would be closed — closed? — due to a boil water notice, and unless otherwise notified, the store would not reopen until Saturday, […]

Artificial Reef Project Set to Begin

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The notoriously lengthy process of wading through government red-tape is now over. All of the permits are approved. In just 60 days, construction is set to begin on one of the world’s largest artificial reef projects. The six reefs — each the size of a football field — weigh in at around 500 tons each and […]

Happiness is a Marco Island Condo!

By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.sandyelliottinteriors.com People come from all over the world to Marco Island to vacation, work or retire, and enjoy the beautiful crescent beach, water sports, fishing, golfing, shopping and, of course, the ever popular restaurants. A recent review of the Collier County Property Assessor’s website shows that islanders come from all 50 states with the […]

Hummingbirds Return in the Winter

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Years ago when I began my quest to attract butterflies to my garden, little did I know that butterfly gardening came with a bonus? After years of removing turf grass from my yard and replacing it with colorful flowering plants to attract wildlife— particularly butterflies — I no longer have any grass left to mow. […]

RaceTrac on Its Way

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The photo shown might not be the exact way the new RaceTrac on Collier Boulevard will look, but it has been modeled after this 6,000 square foot prototype. The new location is set to open in late 2014 or early 2015. RaceTrac’s goal is to build state-of-the-art convenience stores featuring the latest technology, indoor and […]

Websites for Travelers

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber There is so much travel information on the internet that it can be overwhelming. For my annual review of websites, I am going to highlight those I find most helpful when planning a trip. First and foremost is Google. If I want general or specific information about a place, I Google it. Want to know […]

Friends of Tigertail Host International Coastal Cleanup

By Barbara Parisi On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 20, Friends of Tigertail hosted the International Coastal Cleanup. Despite the overcast and “almost rainy” day, 75 volunteers participated. Keep Collier Beautiful provided collection gear, including garbage bags for trash and recyclables, plastic gloves, logo T-shirts, water and data collection forms. Once the information recorded on the data forms is compiled, […]

Safe Boating

By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Did you know that if you were born before Jan. 1, 1988, you can buy a boat and immediately drive it home with no prior boating experience necessary? That means so can your fellow boaters. Safe boating doesn’t just happen. It requires dedication by the captain and crew of a boat. […]