Coastal Life

Owl Watch: Marco’s Jean Hall Awarded

“We have a duty to help wildlife species, because it’s our presence that has put them in danger.” ~ Edward Abbey udubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) has awarded its highest conservation honor to long-time volunteer and bird steward, Jean Hall. The prestigious Ted Below Environmental Stewardship Award was recently presented to Jean by AWE at the Annual Friends and […]

Art, Food, Music & Fun in Goodland

Most everyone knows about the Mullet Festival and Goodland Art Fest. “People in the Know” drive or walk over for great food, dancing, shopping for unique art, listening to the Stan’s bands and the players in the park and, oh yes, lifting a glass, can, bottle or two. Find more photos from Mullet Fest in this issue of Coastal Breeze […]

Still Feeling Your Resolve?


We are already several weeks into the new year and I’ve already started to hear some ramblings from many around me that their well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions have already gone by the wayside. What do I appreciate about New Year’s Resolutions? So many of the more popular ones focus on health. Just look at these examples from Eat better […]

Marco’s DAR Takes Steps to Stay Healthy

“This is literally a matter of life or death to seniors.” That was Keith Dameron’s message to the Marco Island Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) during a recent meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. Dameron is the CEO of Step Smart Collier, a nonprofit organization created to increase awareness of the risks and repercussions of falls. “We’re doing our […]

New Book Introduces Marco’s Dolphin Residents

Master Naturalist Bob McConville has done it again- sharing the magic of Mother Nature through photographs and stories from his personal experiences. This time Bob introduces readers to the magical world of dolphins- with an in depth look at those living right here in our local waters. In his first book, “Beyond The Mangrove Trees,” Bob offered an up close […]

Danny Mootispaw Gets a Hand Up, Part 2

Lowe’s Comes on Board

In the winter and spring of 2017, Cleve Smith had done everything he could in Goodland to drum up some interest in getting some help for Danny to repair the porous and rotting roof of his boat. Lots of offers came in, but none could overcome the logistics problem of getting the materials out to Danny’s boat. And then in […]

Just What the Ocean Doctor Prescribed:

a Presentation on Sustainability, Coral Reefs and Cuba

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, Ph.D., discovered his purpose in life when he was just fifteen-years-old. The watershed moment came when the Philadelphia native attended Seacamp, a marine science camp in the Florida Keys. The trip was a birthday gift from his parents. “When I discovered there were serious threats to the ocean, even back in the seventies, it was a […]

The Sadness of a Female Gator


“Look! I see them! Over by the sawgrass and the cattails! There’s about 20 of ‘em!” This has been a familiar exclamation in the fall around the Big Cypress boardwalk. For several years, one particular female alligator has had as many as 30 hatchlings in the same location. About 10 inches long, these youngsters are a thrill to watch. Unfortunately, […]

A Lunar Trilogy Over Marco’s South Beach

During the twilight hours of January 31, a full moon, total lunar eclipse, supermoon and a blue moon happened all together in one morning. “Supermooners” and participants of Marco Island Yoga braved the cold and windy morning and gathered at South Beach to pay homage to a rare lunar event. Debby Amiccuci began the session with “Advice From the Moon,” […]

Post-Irmageddon in the Ten Thousand Islands

Submitted Photos

On September 10, 2017, Irma made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds measured at 115 mph (185 kph) and gusts to 130–140 mph (209–225 kph). The eye of the hurricane passed over Marco Island and continued northward to Naples, keeping the most destructive right-front quadrant to the east of these metropolitan […]

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