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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 »


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


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?


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?


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 »

Leadership Marco: Hospitality & Tourism

The group got a great sunrise view while aboard the Dolphin Explorer. PHOTOS BY STEVE PURCELL

By Steve Gimmestad Leadership Marco was once again in session on September 23. This class was focused on the hospitality and tourism industry in our area. Not a big deal, you say? Read on. In Collier County, based on the 4% Florida Tourist Development Tax, nightly room revenue contributes about $2 billion annually to the local economy. To put that into perspective, the entire GDP of Belize is about $1.7 billion and ranks 167th in the world (According to the International Monetary List of 2014). “It is fascinating the abundance of information that is available and what it shows,” says ... Read More »

IberiaBank Puts Community at the Forefront

Bedford Biles and wife, Fay, along with Malenda Trick, 
unveiled Malenda’s WWII portrait of Earl Hodges to Seth Minso, GM Hodges Funeral Home,
during at Veteran’s Portrait Project In the Round series.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com As business becomes more global, it has a tendency to become less personal. The internet allows us to conduct business with less frequent personal interaction. Because of this technology, it is easy to forget that a business, any business, still relies on people and community to be successful. Keith Dameron, Vice President and Business Development Officer at IberiaBank, works hard to ensure that “community” is still a prime consideration in doing business at a local level. “It’s a way to give back to the community,” says Keith. “It’s a way to stay connected with the people ... Read More »

Knuckle Island


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I sort-of kind-of touched on this subject a while back, and it’s a real complicated problem – practically epidemic – and it’s something I deal with every single day in the shop. The process of making a nice diamond ring sale can be a challenge, as you may have gathered if you read my last column. It’s what happens after the sale that the fun begins, and that magical feat can range from impossible to miraculous. Now the diamond ring has to fit the finger. That may seem to many of you a simple cut-and-dried ... Read More »

Mortensen Brings Abundant Experience to Marco Y Aquatics Program

Kasey Bersh, Caelan Burt, Karla Upham, Gleb Korchagin and Maddy Burt  proudly display their awards from the Key West ABC Pentathlon Invitational Swim Meet, held Sept. 5 at Florida Keys Community College in Key West. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Don Manley Carol Mortensen is back in her element as an instructor for the Greater Marco Family YMCA aquatics program. Mortensen, who has taught swimming for 25 years, joins Steven “Bear” Terstegge in providing private lessons at the Y’s Ms. Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center, where she is also handling group lessons. She is a strong proponent of group lessons for youngsters who are just beginning to learn how to handle themselves in the water. “It’s what I’ve done for most of the time that I’ve been teaching,” said Mortensen, who joined the Marco Y staff in July. “I believe ... Read More »

Community in Action

From left: Marco Island Police Officers Paul Keys, George Guyer and Bob Marley. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Little did Amy and Paul Ashby know when Amy’s cancer treatments began, that somewhere down the line they would experience the true essence of Marco Island; a group of people who roll up their sleeves, dig in and get to work when there’s a need. What transpired at the fundraiser for Amy Ashby at the Marco Brewery last weekend defines our COMMUNITY. Amy’s cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer and treatments are extremely costly. The Ashbys have three teenage children. The event was a fundraiser, and was organized by a few of Paul’s ... Read More »

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition


By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The 9th Annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition (PPK) got underway at Mackle Park just after some heavy rain hit Marco Island on Tuesday, September 15. The sun overpowered the low level clouds just in time for participants to get registered and do some warm-ups. NFL PPK is a nationwide competition, which allows boys and girls, ages 6-15, to learn football fundamentals and compete in a supportive, non-contact environment. Winners of this local event will advance to the sectional competition. It is one of the oldest NFL youth activities, attracting almost 5 million participants nationwide. Each ... Read More »

Welcome: Listen and Learn


COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Welcome to Coach Wayne’s Corner! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Wayne Clark (aka “Coach Wayne”), and I am honored to have the opportunity to write articles related to the sports of tennis, pickleball and racquetball for the Coastal Breeze News. I am originally from Houston, Texas, and I have been a career professional tennis instructor for over 23 years. I have been the tennis instructor at the Marco Island Racquet Center since 2001, and offer certified, professional tennis instruction to all levels of players. In addition we also now offer instruction in ... Read More »

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


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

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 »