Coastal Life

Red Tide = Dead Tide?

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, four dead dolphins were towed from Marco Island beaches, along with a mature dead male loggerhead sea turtle. It was also reported that about 15 dead dolphins also washed ashore in Naples during this same timeframe. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “There was a spike of 22 bottlenose dolphin mortalities over the holiday […]

Prescribed Fires Planned in Big Cypress

Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation are planning to conduct fuel treatments in Big Cypress National Preserve during this upcoming prescribed fire season. They will be targeting the areas identified on the accompanying maps. Implementation of all prescribed fires will be weather and resource dependent. Additional notifications and updated maps will be sent out prior to ignitions. If […]

December at Rookery Bay

December is a busy time at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, with a variety of educational classes and events taking place each week. The following classes require registration unless otherwise noted. Visit for more information. Essentials of Digital Photography  | December 10 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding […]

Yoga Means Unity


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”                           ~ Dalai Lama On Friday, November 2nd of this year, a man entered a yoga studio in Tallahassee just before class was to begin. Assumed to be a student, he didn’t raise suspicion, but rather […]

Don’t Fear the Urologist

To Your Health

Ladies, I may need to call on you for support today as this week’s topic can send the men in your lives running for cover. As women begin having (very personal) gynecological exams in their teens, you may not initially be terribly sympathetic; however, some men may need a word or two of encouragement today. And why? There’s a chance […]

Meet Your Area Dolphins

The Research Team on board the Dolphin Explorer is happy to share information about your area dolphins with the Coastal Breeze News readers. Each edition an individual will be profiled so that you, too, might get to know them. Dolphins can be identified by the nicks and marks on their dorsal fins. Meet Tess and Nadine In the photograph, the […]

Lake ‘O’ Reservoir…Is It Still a Go?

Stepping Stones

For several years there has been talk, and hope, that a reservoir would be built to alleviate the releases of water from Lake Okeechobee into the St Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. These discharges constantly bring unwanted nutrients from the lake which flow all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, having a negative, and sometimes deadly, effect […]

Let’s Dance! Line Dance Lessons at Stan’s Idle Hour

Goodland Life

On Saturday, October 6th, the very talented (and patient!) Angie Moore began teaching line dancing lessons at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland. By day (and, not infrequently, nights and weekends), Angie is a Registered Nurse First Assistant at Physician’s Regional Medical Center in Naples. She works in the operating room assisting surgeons and has done so for over nineteen years […]

Let’s Talk Critters – They Deserve Holidays, Too

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

We live in a beautiful county and state, surrounded by lush growth with several different types of environments that are home to many varieties of wildlife. Because we have an appreciation for our local environment, most of us try to coexist in ways that don’t harm the critters around us. There’s also the other group; the ones that purposely try […]

Becoming More Psychologically-Flexible Through Mindfulness


In my last two columns I discussed the six components of psychological flexibility. Valued Living Mindfulness Commitment Acceptance Observing Self Disentanglement In this post I want to focus on Mindfulness and how to help you become more mindful. Mindfulness is best described as moment-by-moment awareness. There are four dimensions of mindful moments. They are (1) present centered, (2) non-conceptual (3) […]

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