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Timing is Everything

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Federer hits on the run, demonstrating full reach and perfect balance.

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you already know my favorite saying is “lazy feet lead to lousy shots.” We have accepted and conquered the fact that our feet must move for us to be in proper position to strike the ball. Let’s now consider the importance of the timing of our footsteps in relation to being in proper position to strike the ball. There is a certain cadence that is associated with a rally in a tennis point. In today’s world of professional tennis with all of the grunting and ... Read More »

Marco Beaches Need More Sand

Following rain, water puddling and pooling on Marco’s beach. Submitted Photos

Submitted Marco Island Central Beach Re-Grading Project Collier County Coastal Zone Management Director, Gary McAlpin recently provided the Marco Island City Council an update on the upcoming regrading of the Marco Island Central Beach. Marco Island is blessed with beautiful wide beaches, but the width and flatness of the beach present its own unique set of problems. The flatness and width of the beach create ponding and algae formations where standing water puddles, and the surface is excessively hard after drying. These conditions greatly reduce the use of this beach for sea turtle nesting. Also, recreational use of this beach ... Read More »

Not Too Early, Not Too Late

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Federer displays proper timing of racquet preparation for an incoming ball, and out in front ball contact.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com I think that possibly the oldest and most overused (and in my opinion, the worst) phrase ever heard in tennis instruction is “get your racquet back.” Unless we are hitting a volley, we should always be getting our racquet back! With that said, I believe that getting our racquet back too early can cause more problems than getting our racquet back too late. Getting the racquet back too early means we must stop in the middle of our stroke and wait for the ball, which breaks the rhythm of our stroke. In the photo sequence, touring ... Read More »

Glide and Slide

The same physics that apply to a hockey player sliding to a stop on his skates, apply to the tennis player sliding on a clay court. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com During the men’s final of the 2015 U.S. Open between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, early in the first set, Djokovic took a hard fall when attempting to change direction while on the full run. Before the match began, in a pre-match player strength comparison chat session, Djokovic was given a check on his chart for the quality of his footwork and his speed on the court. The overall opinion of all of the analysts was that arguably, Djokovic was possibly the quickest player in today’s game. So how can the quickest player, with the best ... Read More »

Goodland’s Jukebox by Joanie

Class members at this year’s Christmas brunch. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted What began four years ago as a pilot program in Goodland, “Jukebox by Joanie,” has morphed into a popular way to become more physically and mentally fit, stronger and more confident, while enjoying camaraderie with neighbors and friends. Goodland ladies either walk, bicycle or use their golf carts to get to our community center for class. Some golf cart drivers even pick up friends and bring them along. It’s unique. Joanie Fuller created the program, which consists of original dance choreography, with an emphasis on balance, strength and conditioning. Sassy moves combined with the music everyone loves equal a ... Read More »

Peace on Earth

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Twas the night, before the day we had anticipated. The day of dreams fulfilled and joy long awaited. Hope, hung like stockings on the mantel of our minds. Hope for unity, community; hope that together we might find   All dwellers of earth, both the man and the beast; The deep sea and its life forms; the forest creatures and trees. Hope, that together we will learn to live our lives in balance, We each give of ourselves. We each rise to the challenge.   On this night before the day we profess earthly ... Read More »

Losing Florida Wildlife

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STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Recently I submitted a column concerning the loss of many species around the planet and the idea, by some scientists, that we are experiencing the beginning of the next mass extinction. Several readers responded and asked that I address the loss of some Florida species, rather than just a generalization of global statistics. (This is good that I get such feedback, now I know someone other than my wife reads these articles.) Human expansion seems to be the main concern regarding some Florida animals, but climate change also plays a major part in the migratory ... Read More »

Are Two Hands Better Than One?

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The majority of today’s professional players utilize a two-handed backhand. As an instructor, I direct all of my beginner students, especially kids, to use the two-handed backhand for one simple reason: two hands/wrists/arms/shoulders are stronger than one. But, a two-handed forehand? Years ago, during the era of the Virginia Slims sponsorship of the women’s professional tour, Monica Seles was known for her unique two-handed forehand. Seles was very petite in size compared to most of today’s tennis players, but she was able to strike the ball with an amazing amount of pace and spin, which at that ... Read More »

Saran Wishes You Balance Marco resident has authored book on his new form of yoga

Marco’s Saran, author of “Baraabar Yoga, The New Yoga of Balance.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Saran has had a very interesting life, the sort for which the term “renaissance man” was invented. The Marco resident has a psychology degree from the University of Miami. Aside from being a talented painter, Saran has worked as an orchestral songwriter and record producer, enjoyed international success as a fashion designer and a carved-glass artist, and established a memorial design company whose works can be seen locally. Along the way, he’s formed friendships with such luminaries as Judd Hirsch, of “Taxi” fame, the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra and astronaut Charlie Duke, who was the ... Read More »

A Few Words for My Fellow Catholics

By Saran My philosophy of balance I call Baraabar Yoga, the new yoga of this new millennium. I have been a Catholic all my life. For the last 45 years I have been fortunate enough to study many of the other religions of the world and how those religions interact with their followers. It has been a very interesting and informative journey. One of the main reasons I took this journey was because of my last name, Saran. That name comes to me from my Hindu ancestors who have had that name since the very beginning of Hinduism some 8,000 ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Joan Gerberding)

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To Whom It May Concern, As a fulltime resident of Marco Island, I must voice my opinion AGAINST the construction of a building in Veteran’s Park! I join thousands of other residents who are appalled at the idea of losing this park and putting up yet another building. At a recent city council meeting, a study showing that 80% of the Marco residents polled were AGAINST building at Veteran’s Park was tabled. How do you table a majority opinion? How do you ignore the wishes of 80% of Marco Island’s population? Marco Island attracts residents and visitors because it has ... Read More »

FLORIDA BAY BUILDERS TAKES HOME THREE SAND DOLLAR AWARDS FOR THE WINTERBERRY MODEL HOME.

Florida Bay Builders, Inc. announced that on September 26th, 2015 they were awarded three prestigious Sand Dollar Awards from the Collier Building Industry Association. The awards were announced at their annual gala held at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort at Tiburon in Naples. The Sand Dollar Awards honored Florida Bay Builders’ model home, The Winterberry, located at 1136 Winterberry Drive on Marco Island. The awards received were in the categories for Best Outdoor Living Area, Best Specialty Feature, and Best Landscape Design. Florida Bay Builders worked with Kriel Dilworth Design, Inc. on the design of both the outdoor living area, and ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Kleis and White were on water patrol when they stopped a vessel to perform a vessel safety inspection.  The Officers immediately noticed the smell of an alcoholic substance coming from the vessel.  A closer look showed multiple empty beer bottles and liquor bottles throughout the vessel.  During the inspection of the safety equipment, the operator showed multiple signs of impairment including loss of balance and slurred speech.  Officer White asked the operator if he had been drinking and the operator admitted to drinking several beers.  Officer Kleis conducted Seated Field Sobriety Tasks on the operator.  The operator was subsequently ... Read More »

Farmers Market Vendor Application Process to Open

Shoppers can always find fresh fruit and other produce at the Farmers Market.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market. This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market. Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is the abundance of farm-fresh produce and unique products. Local artists show their talents along with florists, bakers and craftsmen. Shoppers can find everything from fresh herbs to local honey, natural soaps and handmade jewelry. Alex Galiana, the city’s Administrative and ... Read More »

Greece is the Word

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Complacency is a Problem.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Question: Can you explain the relationship between Greece and the European Union? Answer: The European Union, also called the Eurozone (EZ), is an association of nineteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, among others. The common denominator of this union is a shared currency, the Euro, to provide an effective exchange rate system to facilitate ease of trade. Today’s Greek drama focuses on the amount of debt that Greece originally brought to the union and continued to add to the balance ... Read More »

What is Kombucha and Should I be Drinking it?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com If you’ve ever ventured in the refrigerated section at most health food stores, I’m sure your eyes have a field day with the many selections of colorful (mostly) glass bottles that line the shelves. Green tea – full of antioxidants! Chia seed smoothie – natural energy! Vegetable juice – cold pressed! Kombucha – organic and raw! Rejuvenate. Restore. Revitalize. Replenish. Regenerate. What does it all mean? Is there any truth to the label? Kombucha is a fermented beverage created using tea, sugar, and bacteria (from a starter culture). Depending on how long a batch ferments, ... Read More »

Never Arrive too Soon to the Ball or Else!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I absolutely love when my students are diligent and prepare quickly. In most cases, this studious player will be in excellent position to strike the ball. However, inexperienced tennis players can be too anxious and then must cope with a variety of issues. For example, amateurish tennis players often move to the ball so fast that they land on the wrong foot and then lose balance. As I coach this new player, I continually remind them of one basic rule: When a player moves right, plant on the right leg, and as they go left, ... Read More »

Coaches Must Ditch Tradition Right Away

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Jumping groundstrokes, back leg moving through the air, say it isn’t so, right?  Perhaps I’m a tad liberal, but I absolutely encourage talented tennis players to buck the odds and ‘go for broke. It’s my line of reasoning that the great game of tennis never really appealed to the masses from the first exposure to the game to about 1975 because of the conservative coaching methods. In particular, I firmly believe that coaches stifled the then new players with either the Continental or Eastern grips; as it was not comfortable for many beginners. Whereas in ... Read More »

Why the Slice?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The dreaded slice. Why do so many golfers slice? What causes the slice? How do I fix my slice? Let us answer all these questions. A slice is a golf shot that takes off and turns significantly right of the initial starting direction. Slicing is a worldwide epidemic that does have a secret ingredient to fix the problem. I know you wanted a quick fix so you can take $5 off your friends tomorrow, but changing a bad pattern takes hours of work. However, you do not have to get worse before you get better. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael & Barbara Kurko

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5/13/15 To the Editor,   We wanted to express our appreciation to the four Marco City Council members who last week approved the short-term rental ordinance. This will do so much to preserve the quality of life and bring some order to the rush to profit from the commercialization of our neighborhoods.   The ordinance gives us hope that we and other permanent residents will be able to enjoy our homes relatively free of the disturbance and disruption caused by short-term rentals. It is a good balance between protecting the neighborhoods and, at the same time, being minimally burdensome to ... Read More »