Coastal Life

Blessing of the Fleet Held at Marco Island Yacht Club

Nineteen boats and captains and more than 100 crew members recently participated in the 2019 Marco Island Blessing of the Fleet. Sponsored by the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC), the Blessing of the Fleet is a traditional invocation of good fortune for boaters. The ceremony began many centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities and is now an annual highlight in […]

Calusa Garden Club Meets

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island recently met and over 40 members listened and watched intently as Donna Kay, Master Gardener and Sue Oldershaw, 40-year Marco Island gardener, showed more than 50 colorful slides of trees, home landscapes, and plants of Marco Island and discussed best gardening practices for our Marco Island landscapes. Also at Monday’s Calusa Garden Club meeting, […]

America’s Boating Club Change of Watch

America’s Boating Club – Marco Island installed its 2019-20 officers, board and committees at a Change of Watch Ceremony held at the Marco Island Yacht Club on February 13, 2019. This is the Fortieth Change of Watch transition in the organization’s history and the first since the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron re-branded in 2018 as America’s Boating Club […]

Prescribed Fire in Big Cypress

Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation moved forward with a prescribed fire on February 21, 2019, conducting a prescribed fire in the Sanctuary Unit in Big Cypress National Preserve; California Slough Rx. The approximate size of the burn will be 2,000 acres. This prescribed fire is located in the northeast corner of the preserve, approximately two miles north […]

Meet Payton

Meet Your Area Dolphins

This adult female is not always seen around the Marco waters. She is an occasional visitor from the Naples area, but we have been seeing her a lot lately because… she has a new calf! We anticipate that she will remain in the area with her new little one,  Marvel, for a while. Eventually Payton and Marvel may make the […]

Welcome Home, Tara O’Neill!

Goodland Life

Some say, “You can never go home again,” but that expression does not fly in our little town of Goodland. Goodland opens its arms for everyone, and opens its arms extra wide for our own Tara O’Neill, artist extraordinaire, who has decided to rebuild her home at 545 Coconut Avenue. Her yellow cottage was made famous as “Hurricane Irma’s Ground […]


Mind, Body and Spirit

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” ~ Author Unknown I just had a birthday. The number attached to my birthday did not end in a zero or even a five, so in terms of a milestone, it was not significant, however the importance of celebrating another year, or even another day, upright and breathing, […]

When a Shoe Family Loses Its Footing, They Take New and Bigger Steps


If you’ve lived in Naples for any length of time, you’ve either heard of, shopped at or seen Snyderman’s Shoes of Naples on Tamiami Trail N., across the parking lot from the Outback Steak House. The owners, Becky and Jim Joyce have a reputation for being generous and helping others, like Laces of Love, a Naples non-profit that turns their […]

Fish Stories… Or Not!

Stepping Stones

I absolutely love it when my wife Cathy and I go out for dinner and the folks at a nearby table, or at the bar, are talking loudly about their recent outdoor escapades, especially fishing. A guy might tell his friends that a grouper he caught was just under the legal limit. One beer later that same fish is now […]

What is Efficient Time Management?

Stress Less, Live More

A key component of conquering your stress is learning how to use your time more efficiently. I specifically use the word efficiently instead of productively because I don’t believe that we always need to produce something in order to manage our time to the best of our ability. Efficient use of time is using it to meet your values-based goals […]

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