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Never Too Cool to be Schooled

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PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Is this the favorite time of year for parents? For most kids, it’s not theirs because it’s time to head back to the classroom! There are a lot of things to think about before getting the kids ready for school. Kids have lists now of what they need. I sure don’t remember a list? We just had a back pack (maybe), a three ring binder or 5 subject spiral notebook, and off we went. Some kids did have all the goodies though: pencil boxes, pocket protectors, high tech calculators. But, that seemed to cover ... Read More »

Late Summer Fishing in 10,000 Islands

Chuck and Danny with a Speckled sea trout. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com As August rolls into September, we are at the peak of summer heat and rainy afternoons here in the 10,000 Islands. Day time air temperatures will average around 92 degrees. Water temps will hover around 86 degrees. Typical to our summer months, it will heat up so much by mid-day, that the bite will usually drop off by lunch time. We will still get mid-day storms, which will cool things off a little, and will again produce a late afternoon/early evening bite. Snook season opens up on Sept. 1. Many areas around the ... Read More »

Solid Contact = Better Golf

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In the past decade, golf instruction has evolved, mostly due to the TrackMan Radar System. TrackMan analyzes the entire ball flight and the club head from waist high to waist high. Trackman measures 26 different data points and parameters based on these analysis. Technology has had an impact on many businesses, but Trackman has been revolutionary for golf instruction because it has helped disprove previous ball flight theories. Theodore P. Jorgensen wrote “The Physics of Golf” in 1994. This book changed my teaching beliefs and has helped me become a successful teacher. There is no ... Read More »

Do You Have the ‘IT’ Factor?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com There is an abundance of outstanding athletes in this world, yet some stand out from the rest of the pack. We are riveted by their excellence. In examining this incredible group of “IT” athletes, a few of these elites rise to the top: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Edwin Moses, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Steve Prefontaine, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays. What is the balance between genetics verses blood, sweat and tears? How did these athletes ... Read More »

Mid-summer Near Shore Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Nice Tripletail caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com The mid-summer heat is on, and some proper planning can equate to some of the best and most productive fishing our area has to offer. By mid-day, air temperatures are now averaging around 93 degrees. Water temperatures are warm — right around 88 degrees. With the daytime air temperatures being where they are at now, be sure to pack a good cooler with lots of ice and water. We count on our “Grizzly Coolers” every day to keep our ice frozen and drinks cold all day long no matter how hot it is. ... Read More »

Don’t Let PWC Men Pretty Wild Character

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By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons While many operators of personal water craft (PWC) are careful to obey the laws of the water road and of courtesy, some people seem electrically charged by the handle bars. Like the results of Dr. Frankenstein’s machine, they are transformed into mindless monsters. These drivers grab the handle bars, throw their heads back, and mindlessly speed off. I have seen PWC’s running into the face of waves in attempts to do 360 degree flips. Of course, most of them fall backwards into the water with the machine on top of them — ... Read More »

The Secret

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is no better title to reel a golfer into an article. Every golfer is looking for the “secret” in an effort to improve. Golfers are looking for that one swing thought or one tip that takes their game to the next level. I believe there is a so-called “secret,” but just because there is a secret does not mean you will be on tour next week. With golf, nothing is that simple. I do not know if “secret” is the right word. However, all professional golfers have only one thing in common. The PGA ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Hit the Big Ball?

Tyler Owens and Matt Browne won the Open Men’s Doubles Title. SUBMITTED PHOTO

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The desire to knock the cover off the ball appears to have hit all levels of tennis. With technology moving at such a fast rate, I really shouldn’t be surprised that so many tennis players desire to play quick points — whether they win it or not! Sometimes, I want to blame the sports shows because they condense a game down to one or two plays, and viewers are programmed to a quick fix. Here’s one more shocking revelation: Men and women have different styles on the tennis court. Unfortunately, men, hitting just one ... Read More »

MIA Ready to Kick Off 2014 Season

Cole Stretton #1 and Andrew Fowler #4. photoS By Roger LaLonde

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Back in the spring junior Cole Stretton, outstanding in basketball and football, predicted that the football team will be the talk of the school this year. That was after the basketball team won its first district basketball title and the football team had recorded one win last season against some very tough foes. This is a new season, and new head coach Greg Fowler is impressed by the work ethic of the team. Fowler and his staff have worked with the players on a new option-based offense and 3-5 defense. “The kids are picking up the ... Read More »

Is Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘10,000 Hour’ Theory Valid?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Ever since my directing stint at the prestigious Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, I’ve been on-court coaching a huge variety of students, and it has fueled my creativity to write more tennis articles. It is easy to have fresh ideas when one is so involved in the game of tennis, and most players make the same mistakes no matter where they hail from or whether they are young or old. The problem for so many tennis players is they fail to truly understand their limitations; mistakes are inevitable, but the count will ... Read More »

Going Fishing? Prepare for Success!

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com South Florida summers are steamy and hot and full of afternoon and evening thunderstorms of varying degrees of intensity, so good preparation and weather awareness is a must for a safe and successful day on the water. It’s often best to plan to leave early in the morning while the air temperatures are still pleasant and the threat of storms is lower than it is during the hot, afternoon hours. Be sure to take along adequate rain gear, should you find yourself caught in a storm. A protective hat, sunscreen, lip balm and ... Read More »

Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 4: Ball Position

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Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers every to live, wrote a book called, “Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf” in 1957. This book is relevant to this day. The golf industry of today has radar systems, launch monitors, high speed cameras, balance boards and many other technological devises that confirms Hogan knew what he was talking about. As most good players in Hogan’s area, he grew up working at a golf course as an Assistant Golf Professional and caddie. The good players were students of the game, and gave lesson at the local country club to make a ... Read More »

Rookies Raises Money for Avery McCaskill

After the tournament, everyone headed to Rookies  on Marco Island for food and more fun. PHOTOS BY VICTORIA WRIGHT

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Avery McCaskill is an adorable, spunky, funny four-year-old. She likes to make funny faces, pretend she is a princess and play with her big sister, Kaleah. She loves hugs from her mom, Sondra, and her dad, William. Avery also is a fighter. The Golden Gate City child has been battling Leukemia since February 2013. That is why for the second year in a row Marco Island’s Rookies Bar & Grill has held its annual golf tournament in honor of little Avery, with all proceeds going to her family to help with the costs of her ... Read More »

Walker’s Tournament Benefits ACS

Relaxation after a hard days work fishing.

Submitted On Saturday, July 5, Walker’s Hideaway Marina hosted their First Annual Red Grouper Fishing Tournament. There were approximately 19 boats with 2-4 fishermen per boat. There were two divisions to this tournament: a 20-mile division and a 30-mile division. The top prize was $1,000 in each division, and the top prizes were given for weight and length. The winners of the 20-mile division were Doug Bartlett and his crew. They won in both the weight and length categories. The winners of the 30-mile division were Team Marco and included Bert Hoell, Paul Milice, Ron Shudes and Ed Vesely. They ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 in July

Redfish caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid-day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid-day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic artificials will ... Read More »

Fighting a Boat Fire

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By Lt. Bill Hempel  United States Power Squadrons In Florida, a 64-foot yacht that was ravaged by fire burned to the waterline. Follow up stories reported that the boat was presenting a hazard to navigation and was later towed to a nearby marina to be salvaged. There are a few lessons we can learn from this incident. Obviously, one lesson is to take all of the steps necessary to prevent fire, but when such a yacht is ravaged by fire, we can see just how horrific and all-consuming a boat fire can be. Fortunately, the subject boat was near the ... Read More »

Matt Browne Topples Billy Bush in Celebrity Doubles Match

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READMY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Skeptical, yes. Curious, sure. I always wondered how “Entertainment Tonight’s” Billy Bush moved up the line to secure such an awesome job in the television world. It surely can’t hurt to be a part of the Bush family; George H. W. Bush was President No. 41, first cousin George W. Bush was President No. 43 and first cousin Jeb Bush was the governor of Florida. Billy Bush, like his famous cousins, has a solid educational background as he attended the prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, and then attained his degree at Colby ... Read More »

YMCA, FCA Hold Football Camp on Marco

Athletes taking part in the skills camp, along with their coaches, former NFL players through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Marco Island YMCA ran the camp, with assistance from YMCA volunteers.

By Roger Lalonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Two former NFL players towered over athletes, but it wasn’t the size that made the Marco Island YMCA Football Skills Camp a success. The camp was put on by former NFL players Steve Grant and Michael Cobb, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Marco Island YMCA. Sometimes in a gentle voice, or a booming voice, the kids, ages 6-13, learned a lot of football and many life lessons. Grant was a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, 1992-1997, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1998. He understands the importance of team work. “For me, sports parallels ... Read More »

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Celebrates 75 Years

Flotilla 95 coxswains kept boaters and racers safe during the recent MIYC Regatta. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On June 23, 1939, the United States Congress authorized the act founding the Coast Guard Reserve as an organization of civilian volunteers to promote boating safety and to augment the local activities of US Coast Guard. It was a non-military service composed of unpaid, volunteer U.S. citizens who owned motorboats or yachts. Two years later, Congress amended the 1939 act with passage of the Auxiliary and Reserve Act of 1941. Passage of this act designated the Reserve as a military branch of the active service, while the civilian volunteers, formerly referred to as the Coast ... Read More »

Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 3: Alignment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Part 1 and 2 covered the grip and set-up position. Now, we move on to Part 3: alignment. This is the simplest fundamental of the four pre-swing fundamentals. Golfers can fix many problems by aiming a different direction. If a golfer always slices the ball to the right 30 yards, they will aim 30 yards left to get the ball to land at the target. This is a reasonable solution while playing golf. However, in the long run, aiming 30 yards left will lead to more problems. Golfers always tell me one thing: I want ... Read More »