Coastal Life

Master Gardeners Clinic Returns

The Master Gardeners Walk-in Clinic has returned to Lowe’s, ready again to offer advice and answer all of your gardening questions. Having difficulties with your shrubs? Don’t know what kind of insect is attacking your plants? It is time for you to pay a visit to the Master Gardeners Walk-in Plant Clinic for help. Master Gardeners can provide you with […]

No ‘Bah Humbug’ for 2018


The loving people in my life are sending very clear messages of comfort and joy for 2018, perhaps because of Irma’s challenges, but nonetheless, great ideas to soothe the soul. Get this! Ralph Lauren flowered, soft PJs. I haven’t had matching PJs in forever, so these are perfect wearing apparel for reading a book, writing a book or a column […]

Collier County’s Christmas Gift

Goodland Road gets facelift

It might be more appropriate to add the name of Collier County (CC) Commissioner Donna Fiala to the title of this piece. For it is she who has fought persistently and doggedly for “the folks at the end of the road,” as she calls us. In Goodland’s fight to preserve Goodland Road, Donna (That’s how we affectionately address her) gave […]

The View from Rookery Bay

Conservancy’s Good Fortune II Sailing for Season

Beautiful weather and light breezes make this the perfect time to explore Rookery Bay from the water on the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Good Fortune II. Rookery Bay is part of the 10,000 Islands that consist almost entirely of mangroves. This is the largest growth of mangroves in the western hemisphere! During Irma, many lost some leaves but they are […]

Thanks For Giving a HOOT

Owl Watch Marco volunteers gathered for a holiday thank you luncheon at the community room of the Donna Fiala Fitness Center in East Naples. Jean Hall, Manager of Audubon of Western Everglades’ (AWE) Owl Watch Marco program thanked all the volunteers for their hard work for a very successful 2017 nesting season. Hall also reported on the overwhelming response to […]

Isles of Capri Tailgating Picnic a Huge Success


People of all ages, and in all kinds of vehicles, tailgated around a perimeter of yellow caution tape on a recent Sunday so the infield could provide a picnic/party to raise money for the people on Isles of Capri hit by Hurricane Irma. Thanks to the efforts and organization by Chuck Tabeling, there was music by Sowflo, a local favorite […]

Visiting Artist Leaves Goodland Mural

Some people believe in leaving things a little better than they found them. Muralist Asul Gutierrez, who recently visited Goodland with her boyfriend, certainly lives up to that theory. Gutierrez transformed a blank wall on the side of the Margood History and Community Center in Goodland into a beautiful mural during her two week stay on the island. “This is […]

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