Coastal Life

Florida Beaches vs. Lake Okeechobee

Stepping Stones

It’s a hot topic of conversation among politicians, farmers, tourists and tour operators… What’s with all of this brown water at our area beaches? There’s nothing new about it; this problem has plagued coastal residents and visitors for some time. But where does it start, how did it get to the beaches and what the heck are “nutrients?” Water releases […]

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 Hatchet This big male is usually seen […]

Using Self-Hypnosis to Relax


Autogenic means self-generating. Essentially, autogenic training is a type of self-hypnosis that uses visual imagery to systematically relax and warm your body. It is similar to Visualization but instead of using images from your environment like a deserted beach or mountain lake, it uses your own body as the focal point. During autogenic training you literally use your mind to […]

Be First to Celebrate at ECity Parade 

Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The Opening Ceremony is at 10 AM on the steps of City Hall (the former county courthouse). That is followed at 10:30 AM by […]

Weekly Sea Turtle Report


Isles of Capri July 4th Country Concert  

On July 4th, the Dolphin Point Country Concert will be held as a fundraiser to replace the Isles of Capri entrance sign with something new that will “best represent their special slice of Heaven.” The concert will take place at 85 W. Pelican Street, Isles of Capri from 10 AM – 6 PM. It will feature three country music bands […]

It’s ‘All Hands-on Deck’ for Chamber of Commerce at Beach Clean-up

Just to make it more interesting, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, sponsor for the June 8th Beach Clean Up, got very “hands-on.” All 30+ volunteers dumped their buckets of trash into a large blue tarp while the Chamber of Commerce’s Dianna Dohm, Katie O’Hara and Donna Niemczyk sorted and categorized the collection. Recyclable plastics were separated from the general […]

Discovering Another Side of Goodland

The Fishing Village and Artist Enclave is Charming by Sea

Any tourist who has bothered to venture outside his or her beach cabana may have had the occasion to discover Goodland, the hidden gem of Marco Island—by car, at least. The casual tourist visit to Goodland might include the cultural phenomenon known as Sunday at Stan’s, where the rich and famous rub elbows with the not-so-rich and famous and have a heck of […]

Nesting Colonies Hit Hard at Sand Dollar Island

June marks a magical time on Sand Dollar Island — chick season. Last year around this time there were approximately 400 least tern nests and 600 black skimmer nests at the tip of Sand Dollar Island. It had the largest nesting colony in the entire state. This season the nesting colonies suffered a major setback due to the heavy rainfall […]

Subtropical Storm Alberto Causes Major Flooding of Goodland Road

Sunday, May 27 dawned gray, rainy, and windy in Goodland, as Tropical Storm Alberto passed by more than 50 miles off shore. It had been gloomy and raining constantly for days. On this day, I estimated the southeasterly wind velocity at 25 mph with gusts of maybe 35 mph. Due to Goodland’s placement on the eastern tip of Marco Island, […]

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