Coastal Life

Plasticity, Not Plastics, in Diet of Kemp’s Ridley Turtles

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was recently awarded a research grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. Conservancy Research Manager Dr. Jeff Schmid, Mr. Greg Curry of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Dr. Jeff Seminoff with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center will continue their collaborative studies on the role of Kemp’s ridley turtles in the estuarine food web […]

Summer is Lightning Season Be Safe!

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lightning carries one billion volts of electricity. At 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, a lightning bolt is hotter than the surface of the sun and deadly to humans. Florida is popularly known as the Sunshine State. Both residents and tourists spend a great deal of time outdoors. According to the National Weather Service […]

It’s Mango Mania

What To Do With All These Mangos?

June is the beginning of Mango season and South Florida is one of the few places the entire country where mango trees will grow. Over ten years ago, there was a mango tree in nearly every backyard in Marco Island—some in full view from the street, others tucked away from mango seekers. Florida mango season lasts from May through October […]

Panther Depredation

FWC has released updated figures on panther depredation in Collier County through June 25, 2018. A panther depredation is when a panther kills or injures domestic animals such as goats, sheep, calves, dogs or house cats. Panthers are carnivores that primarily prey on white-tailed deer, hogs and raccoons but they are opportunistic hunters and their diet varies. Any unsecured domestic […]

Aquatic Center Grand Opening

The community recently gathered for the grand opening of the Eagle Lake’s Community Park’s new Aquatic Center. Commissioner Donna Fiala partnered with Collier County Parks and Recreation Service officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony. There was live music, food and grand opening cakes served as families and kids splashed into the new pools. The new facility features two waterslides, a […]

Kowiachobee Preservation Through Education

You may be surprised to learn that in the Golden Gate Estates there exists a five-acre nature preserve housing over 100 different exotic and domestic animals. The Kowiachobee Animal Preserve (KAP) has been helping injured, abandoned and endangered animals since 2001. The Seminole Indian word Kowiachobee means “big screaming cat” or “big cat.” But lions and tigers are not the […]

Goodland Land Ownership From Andrew Jackson to Stacia Kellet

Goodland Life

From time to time some of my friends in Goodland have provided me with historical materials, which they thought might be useful to me in writing my bi-weekly articles about Goodland. Debby Pappy and Stacia Kellet, kindly provided me with title abstracts to their properties which stand next to each other at the west end of Coconut Ave. That was […]

Release: Using Physical Activity to Manage Your Stress


My last four columns have been dedicated to describing Relax, the third line of defense against stress in my Five R’s of Coping Model. As I discussed in these articles, Relax as a line of defense against stress works by putting your body into a relaxed state that cancels out the stress response. You simply cannot be stressed and relaxed […]

EVERGLADES CITY | Kicks Off July 4th with a Bang

On Saturday, June 30, Everglades City kicked off the Collier County patriotic celebrations with a bang. The respectful Opening Ceremony commenced at City Hall with the raising of the colors followed by the booming sound of canon fire. The audience then sang the national anthem and God Bless America in unison. Following the Opening Ceremony, the firehouse hosted a dedication […]

Choosing the Right Facility

Dimensions of Dementia

One decision that almost always faces caregivers is when and where to place a loved one with dementia when the person’s care becomes overwhelming. In my experience, the dementia care receiver’s decline is often slow so there is time to check out the various facilities that offer memory care. On the other hand, several caregivers I’ve known have quickly had […]

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