Coastal Life

No Shortage of Cigarette Butts on Marco’s Beaches


At Saturday’s beach clean-up sponsored by the Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee, ugly, yucky cigarette butts were the most collected small toxic item littering the beach. For the past year, the Committee has collected and counted their monthly collection of cigarette butts as a form of data collection. In past years, single use plastic drinking straws was on the […]

Marco’s Beach Renourishment

‘The project that goes on forever’

The beach renourishment project is in progress for Marco’s Central Beach. It will continue from dusk to dawn, Monday through Saturday and will be completed before sea turtle season, which begins April 15th. Nighttime dredging activities may occur, but will be limited to an area along the water’s edge. Approximately 150,000 – 175,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged […]

Everglades Seafood Fest a Success


The Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City was once again a smashing success! It always amazes me to see all the people that show up on this tiny island and have such a great time. Mayor Howie Grimm was there with plenty of smiles and lots of energy. What a nice guy he is! He invited many dignitaries, but I […]

DEP Welcomes Everglades City as Florida Trail Town


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection welcomes Everglades City as a newly designated Florida Trail Town. The designation became official at a recent meeting of the Florida Greenways and Trails Council in Silver Springs. Everglades City is a gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands and an important hub for several paddling trails, including the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. The town […]

Girl Scouts Clean Up Monofilament at Caxambas Park


For members of Girl Scout Troop 873 of Naples, their Saturday morning excursion to the Caxambas Park and Boat Ramp started out with an on-site visit to the burrowing owls. Alli Smith, lead researcher for Audubon of the Western Everglades, gave a tour and a brief lesson on Marco’s charismatic resident raptors. Part of the visit included a clean-up of […]

Lucky Charm

Meet Your Area Dolphins

Born in 2006, this dolphin has been on its own for 10 years and is approaching adulthood. It’s impossible to tell a male dolphin from a female just by looking at them, but social behavior over time can give us a clue. Lucky Charm is usually seen by itself or in the company of adult females and other sub-adult dolphins. This […]

Goodland Apparel on Sale Now and the GCA Arts & Crafts Fair Rescheduled

Goodland Life

It seems like Goodlanders sure spend a lot of time fundraising for their little village. And with good reason. Goodland is a tiny historical village with a huge heart and a fairly expensive community civic center to boot. Pam DeSmet and Natalie Siavrakas have been tasked with selling the now famous Goodland T-Shirts, the most prized possession in my son’s […]

Organizing the Whole

Mind, Body And Spirit

“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”  ~ Aristotle I have a friend who can pack the essentials for a 10-day trip in a carry-on bag. By day her outfits coordinate, including jewelry and appropriate shoes, and at night she will have the right dress or slacks for a picnic on the beach or an impromptu dinner […]

CCPS Literacy Week Ignites Readers Across the District

Rumination From the Rock

During January of each year, elementary schools in Collier County harness their creative efforts to involve parents and students in literacy activities to promote reading. It was my pleasure to participate in three of these events at three different schools. Messages of encouragement, family involvement and positive memories about reading and learning permeated each Literacy Night event as evidenced by […]

I Think We Need a Bigger Boat!

Stepping Stones

Ahhh, it’s Valentines week and love is in the air. All around the globe humans are acting as if they were smitten by love for the very first time. “I love you, my itsy, bitsy baby.” “No, I love you more” is the reply. “No, I love YOU more, my little cuddle kitten.” Even some of the animal kingdom seem […]


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