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Lily to the Rescue

Lily practices life-saving skills with Power Squadron member Robert Gloodt. Submitted Photos

Submitted Don’t be surprised if you see a magnificent black and white Newfoundland in a custom life jacket prancing about on Marco Island. Lily is doing her job to encourage community-wide participation in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s Wear It Campaign. She is, after all, the Power Squadron’s mascot. How can attending the Wear It event in your life jacket save lives? The North American Safe Boating Campaign continues to have positive impact on boater behavior. An annual survey of recreational boaters conducted by Paul Worth and Associates, on behalf of the National Safe Boating Council, found that: ... Read More »

The Saudi Prince, Oil and Electric Vehicles

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers.” Colin McRae, British Race Car Driver, 1968-2007. Question: How will sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs) impact oil demand and how prevalent is the use of EVs at this time? Answer: More Electric Vehicles (EV) on the road will certainly reduce oil demand. During the last quarter of 2015 the total number of EVs in use worldwide reached the one million mark. To put this in perspective, there are roughly one billion cars in use and the number of EVs on the road is one ... Read More »

Old World Craftsmanship Meets Modern Technology

Employees are family at Marco Canvas. Photo by Jessica Hernstadt

By Coastal Breeze News Staff At a time when most of our goods are anonymously manufactured in faraway places, it is gratifying to discover Marco Canvas & Upholstery, a family-owned company that employs local workers to create quality, American made products, here on Marco Island. Since the day the doors to Marco Canvas opened in 1978, the Skrzynski family has dedicated themselves to providing custom fabrication with the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. In the 70s, when the Skrzynski family moved to Marco Island there wasn’t much on the island in terms of services and products. ... Read More »

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 »

Art on Marco

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Artists Lindy Kowalczyk, Malenda Trick, Betty Newman and Joanna Sunshine set up the buffet table.

Submitted April Fools! Easter may have been over, but the theme at the Local Color Art Gallery said differently. The gallery’s monthly art walk, which is always held on the first Friday of the month, just happened to fall on April 1st and Easter was the theme. Antique eggs, jelly beans, edible decorated eggs, spring flowers and bunny baskets were the décor of the evening. Fingers were crossed wondering how many guests would arrive since the season is closing and car carriers taking snowbird’s vehicles north are an everyday sight on the island. But art lovers did not disappoint and ... Read More »

East Naples Hosts ?Inaugural Pickleball Championship

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Submitted  The U.S. Open Pickleball Championships was founded by racquet sport professionals and life long athletes, Terri Graham and Chris Evon. Graham and Evon spent over two decades working for Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago, where Graham was the Business Director for indoor racquet sports and spearheaded racquetball, squash, badminton, platform tennis and most recently, you guessed it, pickleball! The two recognized the time was right for a world-class international pickleball event and in 2014 they started Spirit Promotions, LLC to organize the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. To their delight, these Marco Island part time residents needed to look no ... Read More »

Marco Island Mattress Company = Better Sleep

Richard and Gregory Sumer. Photo by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba Toss…Turn…Toss…Turn! How many of us have had such sleepless nights? In my never-ending quest to achieve physical fitness, I now wear a Fitbit all day long, including to bed at night. It not only counts my steps taken and calories burned during the course of a day, it now records my hours and quality of sleep. And what does it say about that quality of sleep? In my case, the word is restless! I turn to the internet in times of insomnia. I tend to Google any and every topic that comes to my mind. On one ... Read More »

Fundamentally Speaking

Skeet shooting- field layout

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As an instructor and competitor in both tennis and pickleball, I have noticed a difference in how these two games are played. Here at the Marco Island Racquet Center, both sports are mostly played as doubles. As I watch games and matches being played, I see a significant difference when observing tennis in how much, or how little, all four players are participating in the point as compared to pickleball. The fundamental strategy of all doubles in both sports is for players to work together as a unit. Even though the two sports are very similar, ... Read More »

Marco Island Loves Essentrics!

Submitted In just a short period of time, Essentrics with Judy classes, which began on January 4, 2016, have grown from just eight students to almost 40 students per class. According to Tom Waltz, director of business development, “We are seeing a huge response to the Essentrics program here on Marco Island. Since our first class on January 4th we are seeing more students every week, and have a overwhelming retention rate due to Judy’s energetic instruction.” Essentrics combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong, toned body and enhances the ability to move joints and muscles freely, and with a full range of ... Read More »

Travel to the Canadian Rockies

Along this road was typical (yet, no less beautiful) scenery.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  There are several ways to visit the main attractions of Alberta, Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Many companies offer package tours with various options. Some feature just the area around Banff and the Columbia Icefields, while others cover more of western Canada, including British Columbia. There are Canadian tour companies that provide organized hiking or hiking/camping tours. Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel) has active educational tours of the Canadian Rockies. You know how organized tours go; up at 6:30 AM, luggage out and breakfast at 7:00, on the bus by 8:00; herded into any lunch or dinners provided. ... 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 »

Online Contest Awards Artists with Heart

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Submitted  Artist Denise Wauters’ mission to promote artists led her to create the Heart Award– to recognize and market artists who submit their work to the Online Art Contest. Themed art calls through the Online Art Contest allow artists the opportunity to gain exposure and reach a larger audience for their talents. The most recent art call, entitled “Patterns: From Nature and Man Made,” recently named its winners. Marco Island’s Karen Swanker was named Grand Prize winner of the Heart Award. Using “found objects” of metal, plastic, glass and paper, Karen’s winning piece entitled “The Power” includes objects that she painted ... Read More »

Scholarships Help Educate Adult Women

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Submitted The Marco Island Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting applications from adult women for the Martha Yates $1,000 Scholarship. To qualify, the applicant must be a woman age 21 or older living or working on Marco Island, Isles of Capri or Goodland, and enrolled in an accredited college or university. Candidates will be judged on past academic performance and ability, on educational goals and interests, and on their level of financial need. Completed applications must be received by March 31, 2016, and include the scholarship form, a statement of economic need, a course transcript ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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As a community we are moving forward with plans for the 2016 Independence Day Celebration on Marco Island. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. This year, the total cost is $52,000 for our fireworks display. What complicates this event for Marco Island is the requirement of a large commercial barge (which is approximately 30 percent of the total cost). The Marco Island City Council has voted to contribute $26,000. Donations/contributions from businesses and ... Read More »

RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships

Sailors customize their boats to avoid confusion in the midst of an intense race.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com The Mackle Park lake was as smooth as glass. Thirty-two miniature boats, manned by 32 grown men, could be seen gliding across the surface, the breeze giving their boats an extra push here and there. For the 13th year in a row, the Marco Island Yacht Club and the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department have hosted the RC Laser Mid-Winter Championships. The event is the longest running RC Laser regatta in the country, and attracts competitors from all over the world. The farthest traveled contestants were from Canada and the Bahamas, respectively. The ... Read More »

The 9-1-1 on Marco’s Emergency Service

By Maureen Chodaba On March 15, 2016 many voters in Collier County will be asked to vote in a “straw ballot” regarding the future of their EMS and transport services. You may ask, and rightfully so, just what is a straw ballot? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a straw ballot, also known as a “straw vote” or “straw poll” as “an unofficial vote taken (as at a chance gathering) to indicate the relative strength of opposing candidates or issues.” Wikipedia.com goes on to say that the idiom’s origin “may allude to a straw (thin plant stalk) held up to see in what ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

While on patrol at a local marina, Lieutenant Shea noticed fishermen hanging what appeared to be several undersized Greater Amberjack on the nails above a filet table. He went over and inspected the fish and found six undersized Greater Amberjack. The captain of the boat that landed the fish was issued a citation for three Greater Amberjack under 30 inches and a warning for three undersized Greater Amberjack less than the new 34-inch fork length. Officers Despian and Lugg were on water patrol in the Gulf of Mexico when they observed a vessel with three individuals fishing. The officers approached the ... Read More »

CCCR Receives $15,000

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) has received grant monies from the Community Foundation of Collier County from the Alfred & Vera Goodman Fund in the amount of $15,000. The funds will provide partial tuition assistance for lower income families whose children are enrolled at the NCEF Early Childhood Education Center, operated by CCCR. “At least 75 percent of the families receive partial tuition assistance and 60 percent live at or below poverty level. The future success of every child is in many ways determined before he or she enters kindergarten. During these early years, a child’s brain develops more rapidly ... Read More »

Goodland Road Disintegration Accelerates

January 17th brought another day of flooding on Goodland Road.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com “A policy of only repairing potholes and blocked drains is not a maintenance program.” – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers A discerning engineer would have foreseen coming trouble as Goodland Road was first being built. In November 18, 1992 a newspaper (Eagle) explained how it was done: In the early 20th century, Samuel Petit, his wife, five sons, and two daughters settled in what was then known as Goodland Point. He found the farming to be good in soil underneath a 40-acre Indian shell mound. At that time, the only way to get to ... Read More »

Marco’s Magnificent Estuaries

A green heron hides among the mangroves to surprise an unsuspecting fish.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Ah, the beauty of those small islands surrounding Marco! Everyone wants to visit them, to see what hides among the roots and branches. Whether you get out by boat, kayak, an ecotour or paddleboard, they are a treasure to behold. The wide array of animals and plants in this area requires some very special adaptations from nature. The Gulf of Mexico lines our western border while fresh water flows from the inland regions to form a very magical combination. This is called an “estuary.” There are quite a few bays and lagoons in our area ... Read More »