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Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Decelerate Properly to Hit It Farther

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I hope this title has you intrigued. There is an ambition in golf instruction to understanding the facts of what exactly and how the body is moving in the golf swing. Some instructors have the technology to examine their student’s body movements. They are using software systems that measure the body during the golf swing in 3D, and some have 6D. These systems read, for example, what degree a section of the body, such as a golfer’s hips, thorax, and/or arms are located, and what speed each section is moving. I do not work with ... Read More »

NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

The Cerner Smart Room 
incorporates the latest technologies to improve patient care and clinician
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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the top ten hospitals for 2015-16 in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking of the NCH Healthcare System has been on a steady upward climb for the past three years,” says Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH’s state ranking has improved from 22nd, to 17th, to 9th in Florida,” Weiss adds. “A Best Hospital has ... Read More »

The Team Approach

At his TPI certified fitness professional’s gym.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The first three majors of the year in golf were won by Jordan Speith and Zack Johnson. After each victory they thanked many people- golf coaches, caddies, fitness instructors, mind coaches, etc. I follow many of their coaches and trainers on social media. Jordan and Zack team members posted pictures on these social media outlets. They made the rounds to share in the victory, because all the team members had a hand in making the victory possible. Every PGA Tour Professional, that I am aware of, has a team. Many have a TPI team, like ... Read More »

New Laser Lipo Treatment Available at Island Diet Center

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By Coastal Breeze Staff Many of us are on a quest to lose weight, and new diets and treatments pop up all the time. As of 2012, the annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry was $20 billion, which included diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries. “100 Million Dieters, 20 Billion Weight Loss Industry,” ABC News, May 12, 2012, abcnews.go.com. When we heard that the Island Diet Center was offering a new treatment called “Laser Lipo,” we sat down with Dr. Joseph Lang to get the details. So how does it work? Laser applied to the surface dissolves fat ... Read More »

AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP SETS NEW DIRECTION FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC SERVICE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Radio Stations in Miami, West Palm Beach and Naples to be sold to Educational Media Foundation   Recognizing that media consumption and audience choices are rapidly changing, and that efforts to build a sustainable classical music radio service in South Florida have not succeeded, American Public Media Group (APMG) announced today that it will move its classical music service in South Florida from FM radio to its national on-demand service,YourClassical.org. This new direction includes the sale of its Classical South Florida (CSF) network of stations—WKCP-FM in Miami (classical music), WPBI-FM in West Palm Beach (classical music and news), and WNPS-FM in Naples(classical ... Read More »

HODGES UNIVERSITY HAS CLEAR DIRECTION UNDER NEW PRESIDENT

Dr. Borofsky unveils new mission, vision and direction for the local, private nonprofit Hodges University President, Dr. David Borofsky, recently unveiled a new direction for the educational institution, including a strategic plan as well as a refined mission and vision. Faculty, staff and leadership participated in an extensive review of the University, its collective beliefs and goals for the future of the organization. The result of that work was a refocused positioning addressing the needs and wants of students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, partners and the Southwest Florida community. “This process began in February and will culminate in September when we roll out the complete plan including objectives and action steps,” said ... Read More »

Fourth of July Fireworks Ready With a Bang

By Don Manley Marco Island’s annual Fourth of July community fireworks display is all set to go. Also on tap are the same Independence Day festivities at Residents’ Beach that have become a tradition for island residents and visitors. Fundraising for the fireworks display, which is put on by the City of Marco Island, was spearheaded by the Marco Island Civic Association and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Sandi Riedemann, the chamber’s executive director, said the $42,000 cost of this year’s fireworks display was secured about two weeks ago, thanks to a $21,000 contribution from the City of Marco ... Read More »

Tulip Time in Holland

Tulip time in Holland. PHOTOS BY ART MANBURG

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber One of the best times to visit Holland is when the flowers, for which it is known, are in their full splendor, on display at Keukenhof Gardens, from mid-March through mid-May. Although people often use the terms “Holland” and “the Netherlands” interchangeably, Holland refers to only two of the twelve provinces that comprise the country of the Netherlands. North and South Holland are home to the Netherlands’ major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and other popular destinations such as Leiden, Delft, and Haarlem. Tulips are not native to Holland; they were imported from the Ottoman ... Read More »

What is an architect?

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ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA So you may be asking yourself; “What is an Architect?” “What do they do?”, “Do I need one for my project?” Let me start by providing some background on what an Architect is and the services they provide. Architects have been with us for a very long time. The role of the Architect traditionally has been to act as the creator or designer of ideas for all kinds of buildings, structures, dwellings, bridges and even entire cities and towns. In today’s modern world the Architect’s role has become much more diverse and encompasses a ... Read More »

Life After the Test

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org Many schools across the country have spent the last eight months preparing for the end of year high stakes tests. For example, at Marco Island Academy (MIA), a public charter high school in Southwest Florida, we have administered countless numbers of tests in the past couple of months to comply with the state mandates. Out of ninety full-time instructional days in the second semester, we have administered tests forty-nine of the days. Since we are a small school, the logistics of the testing have been a nightmare. The teachers have juggled their lessons ... Read More »

The Teapot and the Scorpion

Looking South, June 26 at 11:00 PM. Also be sure to check out  the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter if the clouds clear out early! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight the two brightest, or at least the easiest to find, constellations of the zodiac are riding high in the sky; Sagittarius the Archer or Centaur (actually it’s both) and Scorpius the Scorpion are easy to locate. Sagittarius has the famous teapot asterism that really jumps out of the jumble of stars that fill this region of the sky; and Scorpius is one of the very few constellations that actually look like the thing they are supposed to represent. The teapot asterism consists of eight stars, all roughly equally bright. This time of ... Read More »

Marco Island’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-5 Boating Safety Course

Boating safety includes knowing the weather. The Marco Island Police 
Department on Twitter is another tool for weather information. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted ‘It’s time to develop or refresh your safe boating skills. The Marco Island U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding the “Boating Skills & Seamanship” four week – eight session course beginning on Monday, July 6. The course includes information about equipment for your boat, handling your boat, rules of the road, weather, course navigation, knots, Florida boating law and more. In addition, the Marco Island Flotilla tailors the course to address the nuances of the Marco Island waters. Educating the boating public on recreational boating safety as a means of “preventative search and rescue” has been one of ... Read More »

Focus on Medium: Call of the Canvas

Jo-Ann Sanborn representing acrylics.

By Steve Gimmestad Note: This is a series of articles about the mediums people use to express themselves and create some great works of art for us to enjoy. My art envy carries forth from the last article to this one and those who work the canvas so well. One of the assignments I had in 5th grade at Lily Lake Elementary School was to paint a blue sky. I got a B-. Really? How do you mess up painting the color blue at the top of a sheet of paper? That’s why it was an amazing opportunity for me ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15

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Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15 Welcome to Marco Island, Ms. Turner! I am sure that as a long-term property owner and resident of the Island you are very familiar with the Bundle of Rights of a property owner. One of these rights is “the right of disposition – the titleholder can sell, rent or transfer ownership or use of the propertyat will”. It does not contemplate the imposition of greater and greater restrictions over these rights by any legislative body. As you may recall, this is the second go around about the right of property owners to rent their property. In 2007-08, City Council appointed a committee ... Read More »

Be Authentic

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else is taken - Oscar Wilde SUBMITTED PHOTOS

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~ Brene Brown   Authenticity is one of those words that is easier to define through action than it is to describe with words. Babies are authentic. My dog is authentic. A tree is authentic. In fact, most living things are authentic. However, humans, as we grow older, have a tendency to lose our authenticity. We collapse under the pressures of life; we cave to the influence of others. All too often we ... Read More »

Do You Have a Good Tennis Job?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Talk about a loaded question…clearly, it means different things to different people. Certain business minded professionals enjoy matchmaking, programming and weekly meetings, and love being the leader in their department. Whereas, other tennis professionals just love to teach all day and not worry about the daily round robin. And then there are plenty of specialists: Adult coordinator, junior academy director and the Cardio Tennis clinic organizer. Often there are several different types of tennis jobs: Tennis clubs only, golf and tennis, camps and public parks. In order to win the interview, pros must do their ... Read More »

High School Musical, Jr

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The last theatrical production for Marco Island Charter Middle School’s 2014/15 school year was High School Musical, Jr. Karen Raymond, as director and choreographer, continued her legacy of producing smash hits. It is amazing what great shows are produced at the middle school level and it’s indicative of the quality of teaching. Karen has a knack to pull the best effort from each and every student, from stage hands to set designers, whether singing as part of a chorus or doing a solo. These students are giving their best, and their best creates an amazing ... Read More »

Policeman of the Year: Granneman

Curt Koon, Jack Patterson and Colin Brown. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There was a full agenda at the recent Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation. First order of business was a scholarship presentation by Foundation member, Jack Patterson, to high school senior, Colin Brown. Colin’s father is auxiliary policeman, Alan Brown. Colin will be attending Nichols College, majoring in Business. Chief Al Schettino thanked the audience for the support showed to the department. He then began to tell the audience about the officer selected as the ‘Officer of 2014’. Schettino stated, “On one of the officer’s very first calls, he responded ... Read More »

MICMS Students Get Glimpse into the Role of a Legislator

MICMS students participating in the Youth in Government After School Club.

By Don Manley Weighty topics were discussed with suitable gravity, except for the occasional giggle, by the six Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) students seated at the dais in Marco City Council chambers. They were gathered there as mock legislators, debating self-penned and introduced bills, as part of the Youth in Government After School Club, which is a partnership between MICMS and the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Held recently, the event was led by Zac Caldwell, Youth in Government program director for SKY Family YMCAs, which has branches in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Englewood and Venice. Caldwell also has ... Read More »