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City Manager Hernstadt Aims to Fill City’s Bucket List

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By Carol Glassman City Manager Roger Hernstadt addressed approximately 50 residents of Hideaway Beach last week, accompanied by Fire Chief Mike Murphy, Assistant Chief Chris Byrne, Public Works DirectorTim Pinter, Assistant Chief of Police Dave Baer, some colorful handouts and an assorted table full of groceries and edibles valued at about $5 each. Hernstadt seemed determined to make the city’s budget and longterm debt presentation both simple and entertaining as he introduced himself and encouraged the audience to take his business card and never hesitate to contact him with questions or concerns. Briefly, Hernstadt pointed out that in order for ... Read More »

Save Room for Tortoises

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie  NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com For a small, developed, semi-tropical island, Marco Island has a diversity of habitats which equates to abundance of wildlife species. Sandy beaches with wide, lush vegetated dunes, sea grass beds in nearshore shallow waters, tidal mudflats, mangrove wetlands, upland scrub oak and palmetto, tropical hardwood hammock, patchy slash pine stands and even open undeveloped, grassy properties — all provide a variety of opportunities for wildlife to survive and sustain a side-by-side existence with the suburban activity. Surmised from many inquiries, interactions with residents, increased numbers of volunteers, large membership in wildlife groups, roadside stops by ... Read More »

Pre-swing Fundamentals Part 2: Address Position

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Now that we’ve developed a solid grip in Part One it is time to address the ball with the correct posture. People are made in different shapes and sizes. There is no one perfect posture in golf. Depending on height, arm length, leg length and torso length an athletic golf posture will look different. However, there are fundamentals of setting up to a golf ball that are absolute. The picture provided shows three different address position. N stands for neutral spine, which is desirable. C stands for a C curve in the back/spine at address, ... Read More »

Take a Hike: Sand Dollar Island is Waiting for You to Explore

Critical Wildlife Area. PHOTO BY NANCY RICHIE

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Take a hike and explore one of the most beautiful ecosystems in southwest Florida, walking from Tigertail Beach Park parking lot on the new boardwalk, through the tunnel of mangroves, around the southern end of the Tigertail Lagoon, then heading north to the very tip of Sand Dollar Island “spit” that curls around toward Hideaway Beach, and then tracing your steps back. It takes almost three hours at a moderate pace; longer if you stop a few times taking in the abundance of wildlife that you can’t help but encounter. Once out on the ... Read More »

The Four Pre-Swing Fundamentals: Part 1 of 4

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The four pre-swing fundamentals of the golf swing are grip, stance, alignment and ball position. The pre-swing fundamentals are the most important elements to becoming a better golfer. There are a million different ways to swing the club and make the golf ball go towards the target, however correct pre-swing fundamentals are universal. Bad fundamentals lead to bad habits in the golf swing. I teach golfers who aim 30 yards right of their target. The student will hit the first shot 30 yards right of their target, turn to me and say, “See, I told ... Read More »

One Plane / Two Plane

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The Plane Truth for Golfers by Jim Hardy is one of the best books written about golf for the casual golfer and the PGA teaching professional. In the book, Hardy explains the one and two plane swing and what swing the golfer should use. Even though I not a method teacher nor am I a Jim Hardy disciple, I use the knowledge from The Plane Truth for Golfers to help students improve. One bit of knowledge I use is changing spine angle tilt at address and shoulder tilt on the backswing to match the arm ... Read More »

Something’s Got to Give

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Something’s got to give. Soon. The Marco Island beach is raked daily and large debris is removed by Collier County. Volunteer Beach Stewards walk the beach daily picking up at least one bag of trash – sometimes two or more. The City’s Beach Advisory Committee partners with the Marco Island Civic Association, Publix and local businesses and groups for monthly beach clean-ups which remove dozens of bags of trash in only a few hours. Friends of Tigertail, Inc. has quarterly clean-ups that hundreds participate in removing carts full of trash and debris. This equates to ... Read More »

Guadalupe Students Return to Marco

The students of the Guadalupe Center’s After-school program will return to Marco Island for the annual Buddy Day event on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. This year, nearly 180 second grade students from Pinecrest, Lake Trafford, Highlands, and Village Oaks Elementary Schools, who have been working diligently to improve their grades in the After-school program, will travel from Immokalee to Marco Island for a day of fun at Hideaway Beach. For many of the students, this will be their first trip out of Immokalee, and for most, their first experience at the Gulf of Mexico. Each “Little Buddy” will be paired ... Read More »

ACS Hits Jackpot at Hideaway Beach ‘Casino Night’

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com In the high-stakes game of fighting cancer, Hideaway Beach Club and the Ameri-can Cancer Society’s Marco Island Unit make a great team. For the last 10 years, Bill Dean and his Hideaway Beach Chips Away at Cancer committee have held fundraising events for ACS’s Relay for Life, and this year’s Las Vegas-style “Casino Night” brought in $113,000 for ACS. The event’s 155 attendees bought event ticket sales, sponsorships, silent auction items and made various donations during the evening at Hideaway Beach Club. Sponsorships alone raked in about $77,000, and one silent auction item — a ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach, Marco YMCA host big tournaments

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The Hideaway Beach Club is hosting its Fourth Annual Open Doubles Tournament March 1-2, and is offering the following events: Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 divisions. Each team is guaranteed two matches, logo t-shirt and lunch. The first 16 teams to sign up in each group are offered a spot in the draw. Here is the list of our 2013 winners: Women’s 4.0, Rachel Schenk and Jackie Pham; Women’s 3.5, Noreen Pitts and Carrie Masci; and Women’s 3.0, Margaret Kimberly and Ibit Scott. In the Men’s divisions, the 4.0 champions were Mike Piro ... Read More »

Get Fit, Technology is Your Friend

Get the correct golf clubs by getting club fit by your local PGA Professional. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The progression of technology has changed the world. Technology has helped the world and the people who live in it. New tools have given people more attainable information. As for golf and golf instruction, technology has done the same. Technology, such as the Trackman Launch Monitor with a Doppler Radar System, gives teachers and fitters information on why the ball takes off in a certain direction; why the ball turns after it takes off; how the club should descend into the ball; the rate of which the golf ball descends; etc. More information also comes ... Read More »

Do you have stability in your life?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf is a sport! If golf is not treated as a sport, it is difficult to improve. In all sports, it is important to have good balance and a stable starting position. A shortstop in baseball, a linebacker in football and a defender in basketball, all stand in a ready position that enables them to make sudden movements. An athletic stance requires slight knee bend, forward bending from the hips and weight on the balls or insteps of the feet. As an instructor, I give a student a tiny push on their shoulders from all ... Read More »

How can amnesia be a good thing?

Rafael Nadal is able to overcome mistakes by employing his tennis 'amnesia.' photo by Doug Browne

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com As long as I can remember, the word amnesia had negative connotations. More recently, just about every major network magazine broadcast (“Dateline,” “20-20”) showcased certain amnesia cases that left the viewer scratching their heads. For example, a father of four is found 1,000 miles away and cannot remember his past life, or the woman from Michigan who strangely ended up in Key West homeless and unable to recall her former life. In each situation, it is hard for the observer to imagine how a person could completely erase their past lives and embark on a ... Read More »

“What were you thinking?”

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com We all know what happens when we assume something, right? Just last week, my tennis ladies kidded me about something I always say to them when we practice each Wednesday morning. We constantly work on doubles strategy, and too often I am perplexed on their shot selection during a drill session. Typically, at the end of a puzzling shot, I inquire, “What were you thinking when you hit that shot?” “Doug, you are assuming that I ever think,” one of my ladies remarked with laughter. After each team practice, I always huddle up with ... Read More »

My friend won’t let me join the Board!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com In the final analysis, I really wasn’t that disappointed when my good buddy did not select me to join the board as he brushed it off, telling me it was due to my lack of experience in the field. Let’s be frank; how could I be deemed an expert if I had limited knowledge in any given area. Which brings me to the salient point of the day. If you have a short shelf life in tennis and play at the 2.5, 3.0. 3.5 or 4.0 levels, please limit your advice to your tennis friends. ... Read More »

Mystery at Hideaway Beach

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COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com In September of 2010 the Marco Island Police Department received a concerned phone call saying that someone had discovered a number of large bones near the shore during a very low tide at Hideaway Beach. Sergeant Hector Diaz, who responded to the call, could see that the bones were projecting from what appeared to be an old wooden barrel – the remains of which were adjacent to the bones, making it appear the body had once been placed inside the barrel. Gene Erjavec, a Marco Islander who has worked on many local archaeological digs was called ... Read More »

Updates on Island Mammal Life

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Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com The following are brief updates, “animal bites,” on the unique mammal populations that are monitored in and around Marco Island. All are locally, state and even federally protected. Please enjoy the wildlife life, but do not intrude in their space, feed, water, or harass them in any way – this is against the law. If wildlife acts startled, agitated, or leaves the site as you approach, it is considered harassment. Move away slowly and enjoy the animal and its natural behavior. Gopher Tortoises It is estimated that the Florida Gopher Tortoise population has decreased overall by 30% ... Read More »

Unknown Islands & Marco’s Geological Growth

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By Craig Woodward So, have you been to Karina Island or Pelican Island? Even readers who are very familiar with the Marco Island area and the adjacent 10,000 Islands may ask “Where?” to that question. But even more amazing, for some local residents the answer is not only “Yes,” but that they currently live there. Many others have actually been there often without realizing it! We need to travel back in time 120 years to 1893 and take a peek at a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Nautical Chart of that era to help answer the question. First a little background ... Read More »

2013 Doubles Tennis Champions

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With a record-breaking 100 ‘Open’ entrants, the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island crowned champions in the following divisions: Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels. We have recognized the winners, finalists and consolation winners in each category. For the second consecutive year, the rain interrupted our Sunday morning schedule but did not affect the awesome tennis displayed on court. There was stellar play throughout the weekend with outstanding performances in each division. Upsets were rampant in the men’s 4.0 category with newcomers Mike Piro (former University of Richmond soccer star) and talented Island Club assistant pro, Eric Sonnenberg ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach Holds Casino Night Fundraiser

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By Danielle Dodder Members of Hideaway Beach have a long history of backing the efforts of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, but this year, they raised the stakes, literally, with a Vegas-style fundraiser on January 27th. “In the past, we’ve done traditional golf outings with a silent/live auction and a dinner, but we wanted to do something different this year,” says event co-chair Debbie Shade. The committee researched casino-night fundraisers and found they had an excellent track record of raising money. The Hideaway Beach clubhouse was transformed into a casino game floor with card tables, horse racing ... Read More »