Environment

Rules for Marco’s Fertilizer Ordinance


Marco Island is surrounded by water. With over 100 miles of manmade canals, water is a major part of island life. All residents should ensure that our waterways are protected from pollution. The City of Marco Island approved its own Fertilizer Ordinance in March 2016 and joined the more than 90 Florida municipalities that have adopted fertilizer ordinances since 2008. […]

Owls on the “Band” Wagon


Have you noticed the colorful jewelry on the legs of some burrowing owls in Marco Island? Researchers from the University of Florida, under the supervision of Dr. Raoul Boughton, are putting these “color bands” on burrowing owls as part of a larger study throughout South Florida. According to Alli Smith, lead researcher for Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE), banding […]

Sea Turtle Weekly Update

Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Reconnecting with Nature

You may be familiar with the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” and the Big Bad Wolf, which gave wolves a bad reputation. The fact is that most wolves shy away from people and are not aggressive toward them by nature. In Southwest Florida, Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center (SWS) has been a sanctuary for wolves and exotic […]

Do Hurricanes Affect Our Bird Population?

Stepping Stones


I’m sitting at my desk, writing this article and looking at the wind and rain outside my window as tropical storm Alberto is passing by South Florida. Mother Nature…what are you doing? It’s not even June and you are throwing tropical rain conditions at us already! Be nice!!! Some humans are still recovering from Hurricane Irma that made landfall on […]

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 Sparky This adult female has been very […]

Keep Our Beaches Beautiful and Safe


Join the Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee and the Chamber of Commerce for a beach clean-up on Saturday, June 9 at South Beach starting at 8 AM. We provide pails, grabbers and gloves. Some of the most common items found during a beach clean-up are cigarette butts. The filters are loaded with chemicals that do not biodegrade over time. […]

Sea Turtles Return to Their ‘Birth’ Spot on the Beach


Mary Nelson, aka, Marco Island’s Sea Turtle Lady, gave an early season sea turtle update to Marco’s Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee. She has seen a lot of false crawls and successful sea turtle nesting since she started monitoring Marco’s sea turtles in 1995. She has also seen a lot of changes to the beach and to the island. […]

SEA TURTLE WEEKLY UPDATE

First Nest of the Season

‘Tis The SEA-SON For Sea Turtles

Stepping Stones


Not teenage, not mutant, not ninja, just turtles. Sea turtles, and lots of them, are on their way to Florida’s many beaches. From Sarasota and Collier counties on the west coast to Broward County on northward to Volusia County on the east coast, thousands of these air-breathing reptiles are now laying their eggs in our state. Sea turtles are among […]


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