Coastal Life

Reduce, the 4th Line of Defense Against Stress

Stress Less, Live More

When this column started several months ago, I introduced my Five R’s of Coping Model, a multi-level defense system against stress. The Five R’s; Relax, Release, Rethink, Reduce, and Reorganize provide five different levels of defense against stress. So far, we’ve worked our way through Relax, Release, and Rethink. In this column I’ll introduce the 4th level of defense, Reduce, […]

Untangling the Dangers of Fishing Lines to Wildlife


An osprey (Pandion haliaetus) has been spotted near the Tigertail Beach Lagoon Observation Tower with a monofilament line around its neck and a tangle of fishing line trailing behind it as it flies. It is thought to be one of the mated ospreys at the Observation Tower at Tigertail Beach. It has also been spotted sitting on a branch, trying […]

Using Disentanglement to Become More Psychologically-Flexible

Stress Less, Live More

In this column I’ll cover the last two techniques you can use to develop greater psychological flexibility. They are called the Observing Self and Disentanglement. Remember, the more psychologically-flexible you are, the less stressed you’ll be. What people refer to as your self is not really a single thing. You can view your self from a variety of different perspectives. […]

A Walk to Remember

Stepping Stones

Two issues ago it was a pleasure to inform you about an area just south of San Marco Road on U.S. 41 called the Marsh Trail. It’s a magical place this time of year, with a great variety of birds feeding in the prairies and along the shorelines of the brackish water, dotted with red mangroves and gumbo limbo trees. […]

Take Comfort in Our Emergency Room

To Your Health


A few years ago, my friend Tom told me a story that has continued to shape my view on emergency room services. Just one week after relocating to Marco Island, Tom found himself in the Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. He had been experiencing many of the symptoms associated with a heart attack.   Though a family member accompanied him, […]

Kat, Kittens and Feline Faces to Celebrate the Return of the Key Marco Cat

Rumination From the Rock

After biding their time stored in chests for about 100 years in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Smithsonian archives, the Key Marco Cat and several other stunning artifacts are back on Marco Island at the Marco Island Historical Museum until April 2021, for the first time in over 100 years. January 26th was the […]

How to Turn a Dime Into $800

Mind, Body and Spirit

“While it may seem small, the ripple effect of small things is extraordinary.” ~ Matt Bevin It’s not what you think. I’m not a financial wizard with a hot stock tip ready to reveal a quick way to get an 8,000% return on your money. Nope. My story has more to do with a little silver coin and the pop […]

Meet Ariel

Meet Your Area Dolphins

Meet Ariel, who graces the cover of this issue of Coastal Breeze News. Ariel, one of our newest Marco Island dolphins, was born in the fall of 2018 and is coming up on five months old. About a month ago, our dolphin study team noticed that this new calf had some fishing line wrapped around its dorsal fin. Rookery Bay […]

Jukebox by Joanie Enters its Sixth Year

Goodland Life

The Mission of the Goodland Civic Association is to promote the general welfare of its members, to promote community spirit and good will, and to promote education and discussion of issues which can materially affect the members. One of the most popular and longest-tenured group activity for Goodlanders checks all those boxes. “Jukebox by Joanie” was jumpstarted in January 2013 […]

Growing Up Everglades City


February is one of the busiest months out of the year here in Everglades City, and it’s also one of the most exciting because of our annual Everglades Seafood Festival. Each year for the last 49 years, around 50,000-75,000 people drive down our two-lane road into town for great seafood, live music and other festivities. The Everglades Seafood Festival first […]


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