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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 »

Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Third Shot Opportunity

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my upcoming and ongoing articles related to pickleball, I will be covering many aspects of the fundamentals and strategies of this great game. As an instructor, most of the players I deal with at the Racquet Center are at a beginner to intermediate level of play, and my articles will be directed at this level of player’s abilities. Today, I am going to address a basic required strategy, which is vital to becoming a better pickleball player. However, execution of the shot itself does require some advanced level skills, and more importantly, a lot of ... Read More »

Cultural Carnivale Offers Fun Glimpse Into Local Arts Scene

Marco Island City Council Chair Bob Brown, center, is flanked by  Kevin O’Fee, left, Hyla Crane, Cindy Love, Beverly Dahlstrom and Carole Roberts of the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland, and Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt. Brown presented the organization with a proclamation designating Feb. 3, Cultural Arts Day in the city and encouraging citizens and visitors to attend CAMIG’s “Cultural Carnivale.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Kevin O’Fee believes that the arts are an important element in the composition of a vibrant community. So he was indeed excited to discover a thriving art scene after moving to Marco Island last August from Providence, R.I., by way of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. “I’ve always been involved in the arts and when I came to Marco, I was really quite excited to find the (Marco Island) arts center here,” said O’Fee, who is a financial advisor with Edward Jones investments on the island. “It’s really a quality of life issue. Having a thriving arts ... Read More »

Pastel Society Show at Center for the Arts

“As Good As It Gets” by M. Weil.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is hosting the Southwest Florida Pastel Society Member Annual Show. The show, which runs through January 26, is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM. This show is not merely an exhibition; all of the outstanding art is for sale, and at surprisingly reasonable prices. The Southwest Florida Pastel Society is a non-profit organization of pastel artists who live and work in Southwest Florida. It encourages and promotes enthusiastic pastel artists in their growth and success and is excited about expanding its public offerings to include the show at ... Read More »

The Business of Bocce

Sports Surfaces smooths the cement.
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By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are many residents and visitors to Marco Island who love the game of bocce. From organizations like the Italian American Society, who host a team, to condominium associations who have their own leagues, to many individuals passionate about the game, there is an ample supply of bocce players. Enough so that it was determined three bocce courts at Mackle Park was not enough. An idea Peter Pareene and his friends firmly believed in. Peter, along with friends and fellow bocce enthusiasts, Lou Imbrogno, Phil Madonia, Lauren DeLisa, Pat Mazzucco and Dale Johnson, decided to ... Read More »

Dress Code Required

Pro tour player  Samantha Stosur looks good and properly equipped for hot, sunny conditions. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In previous articles, I have discussed how equipment such as our racquet, string and string tension can affect our performance and I have talked about the important safety issues related to playing on a properly groomed or squeegeed court. It is also important that we have the proper shoes and clothing when playing tennis or pickleball. So let’s start at the bottom and work our way up: Proper court shoes. Tennis shoes are specifically designed for movement in the sport of tennis. In tennis, there is a lot of lateral movement, along with forward motion. Running ... Read More »

MIPD to Use Mobile Shooting Range

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Submitted The Marco Island Police Department is pleased to announce they will be the first department in the Southeastern United States to secure the use of a mobile shooting range. This range will allow the Marco Island Police Department to conduct use of force training that is mandated by the State of Florida to ensure that officers maintain the highest level of preparedness, with the most up-to-date training available. More importantly, the training will be onsite, which allows the police department to train officers while on duty and still be available to respond to calls for service. Currently the Marco ... Read More »

It’s a String Thing

Wilson Steam 105 racquet

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As with trying to choose which racquet is right for you, nowadays there are a wide variety of strings to choose from. Not too many years ago, most players on the pro tour used natural gut string because it provided them with more grip and control of the ball. Natural gut string is actually cow or sheep intestine, which is composed of individual fibers that are wound together to create a certain thickness of string. But natural gut costs around $45 to $60 per set. Because of the high cost of natural gut, most club level ... Read More »

MIA Student Wins Tennis Competition

Thomas and high performance coach Gary Mcdevitt at the “Spooktacular” event.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com It seems that the Marco Island Academy is bursting with talented kids. This past October Thomas Harrington, a 14-year-old freshman at the school, competed in the “Spooktacular” tennis competition at the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park. Thomas, a level 6 player, placed first in his age group—an impressive victory. Thomas has been playing tennis for over five years. He trains almost everyday at the South Seas condominiums on Marco Island, with high performance tennis coach, Gary Mcdevitt. Mcdevitt trains only the most serious of players, taking eight kids under his wing per year. ... Read More »

Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road – Part Two

Goodland Road at Angler Drive, ½ hour before high tide. Tide overtaking road from right.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Rich Pappy, a long time resident and Goodland Civic Association (GCA) board member and officer, had previously told me that after the second Interlocal Agreement in 2002, the Village of Goodland was riven by strife and bad feelings. “Many residents felt betrayed by the GCA, for allowing City of Marco Island (CMI] to take over jurisdiction of Goodland Road,” Pappy said, “We didn’t like the GCA leadership and started a rival organization, the Goodland Preservation Coalition. We siphoned off a lot of GCA members.” “The animosity between the two groups became toxic,” Pappy said, ... Read More »

One Day Cruising the Danube

The Cataracts: Some riverside buildings seem to rest on the water. PHOTOS BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly Our anniversary trip was a cruise on the eastern Danube River. Our ship, the River Aria, is run by Grand Circle Cruise Line. Most of the actual cruising, though, was at night while the passengers slept, and by the time we woke for breakfast, the boat would be docked. So, on most days our waking time was not cruising onboard the boat, but walking about the towns and cities where the boat docked; Odd to call that cruising. One day, however, was spent cruising through the most spectacular section of the eastern Danube, the Cataracts. ... Read More »

Order in the Court

Photo 1: Rafael Nadal 
sliding into a shot at the French Open. SUBMITTED PHOTO

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com You quite often hear the tennis commentators on TV comment as to what the players think of the court conditions at various tournaments. At the U.S. Open, you may hear something like, “the courts are playing faster here in New York than they did in Cincinnati or New Haven.” Or how the weather conditions at the French Open are affecting the speed of the court and the bounce of the ball. And let’s not forget the ever-changing conditions of the grass courts during the fortnight at Wimbledon. Whether we are talking hard courts or clay courts, ... Read More »

An Interview with YMCA Tennis Director Roberto Saad

Roberto Saad was ranked number 36 tennis player in the world in 1988.

By Samantha Husted Meet Roberto Saad, the Marco Island YMCA’s newest tennis director. Roberto’s life and tennis career has been nothing short of amazing. He’s traveled all over the world, played in tournaments such as the Davis Cup, won two doubles titles, and in 1988 he was number 36 in the world, a feat very few can claim. Now, he’s here on Marco Island to share his wisdom of the game and his philosophies on life, which to him are inextricable. Let’s start with the beginning, when did you first start playing tennis and how do you get involved with ... Read More »

Defense/Offense

Roger Federer hitting his slice.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Taking my own advice from one of my previous articles, “Listen and Learn,” I was recently watching and listening to a post-match discussion earlier this year with Darren Cahill, former coach of Roger Federer. Cahill was commenting in regards to Federer, stating that while Roger prefers to offensively dominate in a match, he is so good at knowing when to play defense and when to play offense. With all sports there are times that offense is played, and there are times when defense is played. In most other sports, there is a definite separation of offense ... Read More »

Veterans and Community Support Essential for Proposed Veterans Community Park Building

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By Don Manley Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt discussed the facts surrounding the community building the city is considering erecting at Veterans Community Park with members of American Legion Post 404 on Tuesday afternoon at the organization’s monthly meeting. The topic generated controversy recently thanks to reports that the name “veterans” had been attached to the building’s name as part of the city’s effort to have $2.5 million in funding for the proposed project included when Florida’s legislature establishes its fiscal 2016 budget. Some Marco military veterans are concerned that community members may have the false impression that they ... Read More »

Condo Prices and Views Vary by Floor Height

Typical 2-story condo on Marco Island - the Sea Breeze South.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com 233 condos were listed for sale on the island last week. Floor height is often a consideration by condo buyers. These buyers fall into at least three segments when it comes to floor height. Some people like a condo located on the first few floors for a variety of reasons– close to the beach or ground level with a close-up view of trees and pools. These condos are close to flowers, grassy areas and parking, have views that are familiar to a homeowner and provide a sense of safety and access in case ... Read More »

Divorce: Rent or Own?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m in the midst of a divorce and don’t know if it’s better to keep the house, sell it and buy another or rent. What are your thoughts? Answer: The answer is the same as it is for most questions, and that is “it depends.” This is an important time to regroup emotionally and financially. Realistic analysis of the economics of your new lifestyle, with financial planning, gets beneath the raw numbers as you go through this transition. Cookie-cutter advice isn’t specific enough to rely on for decisions of this magnitude. A woman in ... Read More »

Why Has Pickleball Become So Popular?

PHOTOS BY WAYNE CLARK

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Three years ago, when pickleball was first introduced to the Racquet Center, not many people, including myself, knew much about the game. But pickleball is now the fastest growing sport in the country! Pickleball has become a very popular athletic activity across the nation, and its popularity is spreading around the world. Believe it or not, the sport of pickleball has actually been around for 50 years. The game was invented in 1965 in Seattle, by two dads who had returned from a round of golf and were in search of an activity that they could ... Read More »

Change and Choice

Roger Federer’s change to 
a larger head size racquet has improved his game. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my first article I recommended watching, listening and learning from the tennis commentators on television. Following my own advice, I spent many enjoyable hours watching the 2015 U.S. Open. I watched and listened to a pre-match discussion with Roger Federer. The focus of the interview was on how Federer, now at 34-years-old, was playing some of the best tennis of his career. During the interview, Federer made the comment that “change and choice had become a strategy.” A year or so ago, Federer made a decision to change to a larger head size racquet, and ... Read More »