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Mangroves…Florida’s “Walking Trees”

Photos by Bob McConville
Mangrove trees in the background, a great egret prepares to land in search of a meal.

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist  Take a boat ride through Rookery Bay and you will see them. Head the other direction towards Florida Bay and, undoubtedly, they are prominent. Just walk to Tigertail Lagoon here on Marco and they can’t be missed. Mangrove trees are everywhere! Worldwide there are more than 50 species of mangrove trees. Here in Florida three species call our state home. They are the red mangrove, black mangrove and the white one. Of these three the red is probably most well known. They are some of Florida’s true natives, thriving in salty environments. All need ... Read More »

The Pull of the Moon

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
The full moon sets over the Gulf at an early morning Beach Yoga class

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com She is our moon. Our tidal pull. She is the rich deep beneath the sea, the buried treasure, the expression in the owl’s eye, the perfume in the wild rose. She is what the water says when it moves. – Patricia A. McKillip The moon. Most of us have gazed at it on a clear night. Maybe even marveled at its changing shape, created by shadows and illumination. Some blame it for changes in mood or behavior. And a chosen few have walked atop its desolate surface, staring back at the Earth, tiny and ... 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 »

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 »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

YMCA Red Carpet Affair

From left: Dianna Dohm, Alex Elaty and Deborah Passero at the YMCA Red Carpet Affair.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Saturday, January 23, 2016 was a special night for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. A Red Carpet Affair was held at Hideaway Beach Club to raise funds for the organization. The formal event was set up like a Hollywood-style event, with photographers and a red carpet greeting guests as they entered. Mutual of Omaha’s Dianna Dohm acted in tribute to Joan Rivers- announcing guests and asking about their fashion choices for the evening. John Ritchie caught it all on camera, paparazzi-style. Throughout the night guests danced and socialized in the lavishly decorated room. YMCA CEO ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Welcomes New Head Football Coach

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January 8, 2016, Marco Island, FL – Marco Island Academy is proud to announce and welcome Damon Coiro as our new Head Football Coach. Coiro brings coaching experience at both the college and high school levels. He was formerly the assistant football coach at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was responsible for wide receivers, outside linebackers, and strong safeties. He has been head football coach at Grimsley High School and offensive coordinator at Toms River High School East in New Jersey. Coiro has also had experience coaching at the college level, having served as the assistant football coach and head strength and ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

Goodland’s Jukebox by Joanie

Class members at this year’s Christmas brunch. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted What began four years ago as a pilot program in Goodland, “Jukebox by Joanie,” has morphed into a popular way to become more physically and mentally fit, stronger and more confident, while enjoying camaraderie with neighbors and friends. Goodland ladies either walk, bicycle or use their golf carts to get to our community center for class. Some golf cart drivers even pick up friends and bring them along. It’s unique. Joanie Fuller created the program, which consists of original dance choreography, with an emphasis on balance, strength and conditioning. Sassy moves combined with the music everyone loves equal a ... Read More »

It’s a String Thing

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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 »

Are Two Hands Better Than One?

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COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The majority of today’s professional players utilize a two-handed backhand. As an instructor, I direct all of my beginner students, especially kids, to use the two-handed backhand for one simple reason: two hands/wrists/arms/shoulders are stronger than one. But, a two-handed forehand? Years ago, during the era of the Virginia Slims sponsorship of the women’s professional tour, Monica Seles was known for her unique two-handed forehand. Seles was very petite in size compared to most of today’s tennis players, but she was able to strike the ball with an amazing amount of pace and spin, which at that ... Read More »

Defense/Offense

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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 »

Baby Boot Camp Comes to Marco Island!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On Saturday October 10, Baby Boot Camp held its Grand Opening Celebration at Mackle Park in Marco Island. Most new moms face the challenge of losing the weight they gained during pregnancy. For those who want to exercise, there is an additional challenge of finding someone to watch their baby. Other mothers may not want to take the time away from their infant or young child to exercise. Baby Boot Camp is their answer. Baby Boot Camp is an innovative stroller-fitness program that helps moms regain or enhance their pre-pregnancy fitness. Sixty-minute classes combine strength-training ... Read More »

Fiala Appointed to National Committee

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Submitted Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala was appointed to the Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee by the National Association of Counties (NACo) “A great deal of NACo’s strength is in our committees and your active participation reflects and reinforces that strength,” Sallie Clark, president of the National Association of Counties, wrote in a letter to Commissioner Fiala. “The expertise and engagement of our steering committee members is a main reason why Congress and federal agencies often look to NACo for feedback on legislative policy decisions being made in Washington D.C.” Commissioner Fiala, who was first ... Read More »

A Skydiving Accident, Social Media & a Family’s Road to Recovery

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By Samantha Husted On August 12, 21-year-old part-time Marco Island resident, Reno Landers was in an almost fatal skydiving accident. Reno is the son of Robin Gatto Turley and Al Landers, local restaurateur. The statistics of getting into a skydiving accident are profoundly improbable. According to the United States Parachute Association, in 2014 there were approximately 3.2 million jumps, of those jumps only 24 were fatal. This means that per 1,000 jumps the chances of an accident, which usually occurs due to either a parachute or human error, would be 0.0075 or one per 133,333. While the chances of getting ... Read More »

What can we learn from the Tour Professionals?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The start of a lesson I always begin with getting to know the student, their golf game and any goals or task they want to accomplish. The main question I ask is simply, “What brings you here today?” I get a lot of responses, ranging from “I want to lower my handicap by 3 shots before the end of the year,” “I want to be able to play with others and not get embarrassed,” or “I want to swing like my favorite player that I see on TV, they make it look so easy.” The ... Read More »

A Stormy Recipe: How to Make a Hurricane

This photo of Hurricane Andrew was taken on August 23, 1992, one day before it  impacted the Florida coast to become one of South Florida’s most devastating storms in history. SUBMITTED PHOTO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist My wife Cathy and I love to cook. We are always conjuring up new ideas for old recipes. Sometimes we find that adding just one new ingredient can make a pleasant difference, but, more often than not, it seems that the original plan is the best. Mother Nature has a recipe or two that she shares with us now and then, but she seems very consistent with her cookbook. Some concoctions are seasonal, while others can be experienced year round. Right now we are in the peak season for one of her more hearty dishes…the ... Read More »

Music & Movement at Island Montessori

Submitted The Island Montessori Academy is offering Music and Movement classes for students and community members. All classes will perform at a Winter Showcase on December 17, 2015 at Island Montessori. Private Piano Instruction with Mrs. A Lisa Andreacchio, “Mrs. A,” as her students fondly refer to her, will be offering private 30-minute classical piano instruction for beginners and up. Mrs. A, a seasoned piano instructor with over twenty years of experience, continues to cultivate her craft by celebrating the uniqueness of each child that is presented within every student. Private Piano Instruction on Mondays from 2:45 PM, beginning September ... Read More »

Parks and Rec Packs in the Programs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Mackle Park has several exciting events planned for the coming weeks. From a barbecue to glamour spas, to Halloween haunts to football and more! The City of Marco Island has a variety of programming available, listed below are just a few. For more information or registration, call 239-642-0575. Back to School Open House and Barbecue: The Teen Center will be serving up hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks for area teens. Music and games will be provided. The staff would like to welcome new and returning teens. Sunday, September 12 from 1:00-3:00 PM (6th-12th grade). Yang, ... Read More »