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Do you know how to make 2nd Set adjustments?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Nothing was more apparent last week during the big tennis exhibition showdown at Hideaway Beach than when veteran Franco Mata continually made strategic changes to confuse his young opponent and dominate the second set. In particular, he altered his speeds and placements and thus disrupted his foe’s tempo. As we delve into future CTA/USTA league doubles matches, players must be ready to completely change their game plan if the first set goes awry. Clearly, one of my favorite doubles strategies is to change return of serve positions. Why? This radical modification is obvious to the ... Read More »



Unbelievable is the only way I can explain the contrast between Dominica and Martinique! The two islands are only 26 nautical miles apart in open passage, but the 76nm from the harbor of Portsmouth, Dominica to Fort de France, Martinique are worlds apart. Nothing can compare to the civilities and attention to yachts found in the French Islands. Dominica provided a dinghy dock which consisted of a high cement bulkhead with old rubber tires attached so you could climb up to clear customs. In Anse Mitan, where we anchored in Martinique, there was a new, specially constructed, lighted dinghy dock. ... Read More »

Accepting GALAHAD Award Nominees

Marco Fire Rescue Chief Mike Murphy, Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, Coastal
Breeze Publisher Val Simon, Galahad winner Joshua Erickson, Marco Fire Rescue Foundation
President Dianna Dohm and Features Editor, Natalie Strom want YOU to decide this year’s

By Coastal Breeze News Staff With a new year comes a new chance to honor members within the community for their acts of courage, bravery and compassion. Coastal Breeze News and the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation are now accepting nominations for the second annual Galahad Award. What exactly IS the Galahad Award? Named for Sir Galahad, the most gallant and pure of King Arthur’s knights of the Round Table, Sir Galahad did not shy away from danger; he confronted it head on. He rescued those in trouble and was modest about what he accomplished. The award seeks to honor ... Read More »

Buffalo Soldier…


The sun is beaming down on you, you smell the ocean breeze as it whirls around your body, you feel the sand around your toes, and you are now lost in your own little paradise. You pick up your cold beverage, take a long refreshing sip and then your feet start tapping in the sand as you hear the mellow lead-in to Bob Marley’s tune “Buffalo Soldier” as it starts playing on your radio or iPod You sing along; “Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock rasta, it was a buffalo soldier………” And you drift off. We all know a lot of songs and ... Read More »

A Visit with Marco Urgent Care


By Natalie Strom Vacationers visit Marco Island to escape the cold weather, but often can’t escape the dreaded cold or flu. When this happens, where do they turn? Naples Community Healthcare Systems offers an Urgent Care Center on Marco Island to visitors, part-time and full-time residents of Marco in need of treatment of non-emergencies, illness and minor injuries. For over 20 years, NCH Healthcare Systems has provided Marco Island with quality urgent care services. Located centrally at 40 Heathwood Drive, NCH Urgent Care of Marco Island is “open 365 days per year – even holidays,” states Diann Chairge, Director ... Read More »

Marco’s Imagination Ball


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s called the “Imagination Ball”. Here’s why. The Marco Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society set the theme to imagine a world without cancer. The Ball, Marco Island’s most annual productive annual fund-raiser, brings islanders together to help contribute to curing one of the world’s most dreaded diseases. For many years the Marco Island Chapter has raised significant sums of money at the Ball. According to co-chairs Debra and Dick Shanahan, this year’s target is $100,000. They say, “We know it’s an ambitious goal, but we are confident that notably charitable Marco Islanders will ... Read More »

Help Save A Life!


Submitted In an emergency, after calling 911, do you know how to administer CPR? Wouldn’t it be great if there were several people in any given restaurant with the ability to help save a life if someone was choking? Or, if one in ten enjoying a day at the beach knew CPR if someone was drowning? Many businesses and condominiums have Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), when used during cardiac arrest AED’s can dramatically improve survival rates. Would you know how to use an AED if the need arose? When every second counts, these are critical life-saving techniques and they’re easy ... Read More »

Book Remarks: The Forgotten


David Baldacci Grand Central Publishing 2012 David Baldacci has done it again. I am sure that you, as do I, hesitate before buying a book unsure as to whether or not to fork out the money just in case the book might not be as good as the flyleaf’s titillating words make it sound. You are pretty safe when it comes to a Baldacci book. He seldom fails to deliver. I am not too much into espionage, foreign intrigue, spy novels or anything involving “the mob.” I can count on this author to deliver a good old, down to earth ... Read More »

Flames in the Florida Winter Landscape


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy South Florida gardens are ablaze with color during winter months by two particularly spectacular vines. First, the Florida flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta) which is native to Brazil. This vine is well known in Naples for its brilliant show of color in the winter months along about a one mile stretch of Goodlette Frank Road in front of the Wilderness community just north of Golden Gate Parkway. To have a vine known by so many people, not so much by its name but by put its presence along the road, speaks to its showiness. The Florida ... Read More »

Pirates commandeer the Marco Museum


By Natalie Strom Ahoy mateys! Arrrr ye ready for a day of plundering and pillaging at the Marco Island Historical Museum? On January 26, the museum will host its first ever Pirate Day in honor of the pirates of Florida’s coasts. It’s true; pirates played an integral role in Florida’s history. Just ask James and Sarah Kaserman, authors of “Florida Pirates: From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys and Beyond;” they will be the special guests of the day. In an effort to give the museum branches their own identities, “all of the Collier County Museums have an ... Read More »

SWFL Nature Festival Nears


Every year, visitors flock to Southwest Florida to experience its beauty and serenity. Numerous ecosystems blend together naturally to allow for some of the most unique displays of plants and animals in the world. For the last nine years, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has been celebrating the natural splendor of our corner of the world with the Southwest Florida Nature Festival. The 9th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival will take place January 18th to the 20th. The event will feature numerous events, expeditions and speakers that will highlight the unique ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Beginning on Friday and ... Read More »

Kiwanis Car Show is Coming


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s time to break out the wax and get that classic car of yours shined up and looking pretty. The annual Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Car show is coming and, as usual, it’s going to be a good one. Mark your calendar for February 17, and head over to the Marco Healthcare Center parking lot at 40 Heathwood Drive at 9:30 AM to see some true beauties. For the past eight years, the Kiwanis Club has hosted the Car Show to help raise money for the organization’s main cause: providing scholarships and other opportunities ... Read More »

Celebrating the Mullet for 29 Years


As a former Buzzard Queen of Stan’s Idle Hour’s annual Mullet Festival, I feel as though it is my duty to inform the uninformed about this one-of-a-kind event. The year 2013 marks the 29th consecutive festival and the first year without its creator, Stan Gober. Stan will be “Buzzard Loping” in spirit as his three sons and four grandsons continue the tradition that celebrates the bait fish that created the fishing community of Goodland. Stan’s and Son’s 29th Annual Goodland Mullet Festival kicks off on Friday, January 25 and continues until the sun sets on Sunday, January 27. The usual ... Read More »

A Souper Good Time


What do you do when you want to award scholarships to seven students but nine qualified and deserving local children apply? According to the Education Committee of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce who awards such scholarships, you find a way to make up the difference. Chamber fundraisers, put on by graduates of Leadership Marco, have been the main source of scholarship funding. A new event idea surfaced one morning at a meeting over coffee; an idea that inspired the chairman of the Education Committee, Desiree Buhelos. “The more we discussed it, the more the pieces fell into place for ... Read More »