Coastal Life

BYO Reusable Bag to Marco’s Farmers Market


What is a reusable bag? They are shopping bags that are used multiple times. With more and more communities introducing plastic bag bans, here in Marco Island that conversation has started at the Farmers Market. For the 2018-19 Farmers Market season, Samantha Malloy, Manager of Parks, Culture and Recreation, sent a letter to all the vendors advising them of a […]

Orchid Care: Tips from the Experts


The Calusa Garden Club (CGC) reached out to two orchid experts for a presentation on orchid care. Linda Shockley and Charlette Roman have been growing orchids for 18 years with over 300 orchids in their collection. Both are founding members of the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance in Naples and recipients of orchid and cultural awards. When Charlette first started growing […]

Artemis and the Secrets of Shark Survival


Submitted PhotosMay 22 was the last evening of sampling for the month. In Fakahatchee Bay, Pat O’Donnell, a fish biologist at Rookery Bay Research Reserve, and his team of volunteers caught only one shark, but that small newborn bull shark was the one he was hoping to find. As his study area is directly affected by hydrologic restoration in the […]

Marco Bay Yacht Club Introduces 2019 Bridge with Presentation of the Fleet


Undaunted by inclement weather, the Marco Bay Yacht Club recently formally introduced its 2019 Bridge via the group’s Presentation of the Fleet. A total of 12 vessels were scheduled to line up and introduce themself to the Bridge boat carrying the new Bridge Officers: Commodore Sally Orth, Vice Commodore Larry Sacher and Rear Commodore Bob White, along with their First […]

Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron’s 40th Anniversary Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Party


Nearly 400 guests filled the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall recently for the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Annual Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Party. A $20 entry provided guests not only with unlimited wine, beer, water, soda, and hors d’oeuvres but also included an endless amount of possibilities with an incredible selection of silent auction and raffle items. […]

Help Us Solve the Cruel Mystery


“What,” you may ask, “is the cruel mystery?” The mystery is Lupus. The word lupus is the Latin word for wolf. In the 13th Century, it was first described as Lupus due to the skin lesions, as many patients exhibit a malar rash across the bridge of the nose and the cheeks which resembled the markings of wolf bites. In […]

Marco Island Fun Lunch Run


The Fort Myers Offshore Club kicked off a its New Year’s celebration events with its annual Marco Island Fun Lunch Run. More than 50 exciting high performance “go-fast” boats participated in the run, which goes from Sanibel Island Bridge to CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade in Marco Island.  The event is held as a fundraiser for the club’s […]

Prescribed Burns Planned


Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have released plans for their first prescribed burns in 2019. Prescribed burns will commence each day around 9 AM as weather permits starting January 19 through the end of March.  Fires are planned for the following areas: west of Collier Boulevard and south of Henderson Creek, along Powerline Road (adjacent […]

Burrowing Owls Need Good Homes


According to Alli Smith, the lead researcher for the Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) the biggest threat to the burrowing owls in Marco is habitat loss. Alli manages the research program for the burrowing owls in Marco Island and presented the second segment of the Island Speaker Series for AWE at Mackle Park to a full audience. With owls […]

A Healer of Body and Soul


Dr. Gregory A. Poland had achieved what so many strive for, to reach the top of their chosen profession, in his case, as an M.D. His area of concentration: vaccinology, the branch of medicine focus on vaccine development. Since becoming a doctor in 1980, Poland has worked as a physician-scientist, splitting time between critical (concerned with life-threatening injuries and illnesses) […]


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