Sports

Safe Boating Saves the Day

Submitted While May is National Safe Boating month, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISP) believes every day in every month is Safe Boating Day! In this issue, one of the members, Charlie Gentry, tells his story about an incident well offshore on board the Blue Chip, a boat he was delivering. A fire broke out and the training ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Sends Three to Regionals, One to State

By Barry Gwinn Tiny Marco Island Academy (currently 205 students and counting) continues to develop standout athletes among the 17 teams they field for varsity sports. The latest are on the track and field team, coached by local chef, Bruce Kretschmer, and assisted by newly appointed MIA Athletic Director, Damon Coiro.  On Thursday April 20, the team traveled to the ... Read More »

Tennis Juggernaut Head Entering Pickleball World

By Scott H. Shook  Pickleball may be the fastest growing sport in the U.S., but until recently the big names in the sporting goods business have either fizzled out or not entered into the fray at all. But with tennis juggernaut Head entering the pickleball market, the sport now has a major brand seriously involved in their sport. “Other large ... Read More »

Charter a Boat on Your Next Vacation

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Summer is approaching fast, and with it we’ll see family trips, great fishing spots, and lots of fun in the sun. If you are a fishing enthusiast, or even new to the fishing experience, then chartering a boat on your next vacation offers many benefits that you are sure to appreciate. Chartering is a ... Read More »

The Growth of Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The popularity of the sport of pickleball is growing in leaps and bounds. Last year’s inaugural US Open tournament, held at East Naples Park, had some 800 entries. This year they had over 1,200 entries! With the increased attendance of the tournament, East Naples Park has raised the bar and installed a permanent, state-of-the-art ... Read More »

Accountability

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org  “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” ~ Molière Let us get right down to the nitty gritty of human performance. This message is specifically for those who complain about the progress of their golf games without analyzing their actions, and honestly ... Read More »

MIA Footballer to Play College Ball Shenandoah University Lands Vincent Moller

By Barry Gwinn This fall, Vincent Moller will be trading waving coconut palms for the brilliant autumn foliage of oak, chestnut, maple, and ash trees of the storied Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Shenandoah University (SU), an NCAA Division III school of about 4,000 students, wants Vinny to play football there. On April 4, in a ceremony at Marco Island Academy ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring is one of the best seasons for fishing, especially if you decide to fish the 10,000 Islands in May. Summer is also fast approaching, and the water is beginning its steady climb to temperatures reaching into the eighties. May, the full moon falls on the 11th and new moon on the 25th. May ... Read More »

Keep Your Game Up When We Slow Down

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com For those of us residing here on a year-round basis, summertime, aka “off season,” is a time when we get our little slice of paradise back and things calm down. Traffic has thinned out. We now see more Florida license plates than out-of-state plates. No more long lines at the grocery store. We can ... Read More »

Remember…Look Up As You Swing!

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Those who have read my articles over the past two years understand how much I despise common misconceptions shared between playing partners. Advice like: You lifted your head; you took your eye off the ball; keep your left arm straight; follow through, etc., etc. As well-intentioned as they are, such pearls of wisdom have ... Read More »

Cubs Dream Day Raffle

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Want the experience of a lifetime watching an action-packed Chicago Cubs game from the field box with three of your friends or family? Here is your chance! The Marco Island Woman’s Club is holding an exciting Chicago Cubs Dream Day Raffle. The 2017 Raffle Drawing will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 4 PM ... Read More »

Find the Perfect Life Jacket for Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com No matter what you might be doing out in the water, life jackets are a crucial part of boat safety. In fact, boating laws require that you have an approved life jacket for every passenger aboard and that children should have theirs on at all times. Fishing from kayaks and stand up paddle boards ... Read More »

The Etiquette of Etiquette

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com After reading my fellow Coastal Breeze News contributing columnist Todd Elliott’s recent columns, titled “Golf Etiquette” and “What Makes Golfers Compatible?” it got me thinking about proper etiquette and players being compatible, in tennis and pickleball. Golf and tennis are traditionally very old school, proper games. However, these two sports are experiencing a transition, ... Read More »

MICMS Boys First, Girls Second in Conference Championships

On April 4th, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Middle School Track & Field Championship Meet was held at First Baptist Academy in Naples. The Marco Island Charter Middle School boys team came in first overall in a field of seven teams. Individually, the team had a first place finisher in nine of the 12 events. They were: Johnny Watt in ... Read More »

Warm April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With March ending and April beginning, you can expect the water to warm up into the 70s and the air temperatures into the mid 80s. The full moon this April falls on the 11th and the new moon is on the 26th. April is the first month of the year that we should not ... Read More »

All Things Golf

Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In my experience there are three situations in a golfer’s life that result in the most anxiety about playing golf, particularly at private clubs. Hopefully this article will bring to light some of the most common concerns, which usually center on: Beginning to play golf with other golfers while learning the game; becoming good enough to contemplate ... Read More »

Advanced Technology

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Before moving to Marco, I grew up and lived in Houston, where I had the privilege, of witnessing many spectacular events held at the Astrodome, which back then was called, “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” I attended more Houston Astros and Oilers games than I can remember. I saw Billy Jean King defeat ... Read More »

Cool Running – Keep Your Engine Cool

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  My neighbors were out fishing in the gulf one sunny afternoon and as the wind kicked up they decided to head back to the dock. The waves were beginning to build and their 21-foot Pursuit plowed through the waves smartly. Then they heard a beeping sound, obviously an alarm of some sort, but they did ... Read More »

What Should Be in Your Boat’s Emergency Kit?

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Going out on the boat can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Besides having lifejackets for everyone, you should always have an emergency kit handy and available at a moment’s notice. First Aid Kit If a serious injury happens on the boat, you could be ... Read More »