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FOT Quarterly Beach Clean-Up

Kassandra Watson, Tina Armstong, Patty Adams. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Saturday, July 12, proved to be a sunny, 82-degree day for the Friends of Tigertail Beach Quarterly Cleanup. Seventeen enthusiastic volunteers collected eight bags of debris weighing approximately 60 pounds from the parking lot, playground, boardwalk and beach. FOT Board members Dick Stone, Susan LaGrotta, Ray and Kathy Apy signed in volunteers, provided water bottles, trash bags and T-shirts. Joe Parisi, membership chairperson, spoke with potential new members. While Art Dobberstein collected trash on his paddle board in the lagoon, three lone volunteers filled three bags of garbage along the boardwalks. The most unusual item, found by Joan Robbins, ... Read More »

Native Beauty on Display

The starting point at the MIHM native plant walk.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com During the hustle and bustle of an average day, I wonder how often we notice just how amazing Southwest Florida is. I find when I take time to notice the natural beauty of my surroundings, I truly appreciate living here. The native animal and plant life that surrounds us is a fascinating mixture of beauty and strength. Mother Nature is wild, and taming her takes a special touch. The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) has accepted her challenge, and has been busy cultivating an impressive exhibit featuring native plant life available around-the-clock for the enjoyment and ... Read More »

Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 3: Alignment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Part 1 and 2 covered the grip and set-up position. Now, we move on to Part 3: alignment. This is the simplest fundamental of the four pre-swing fundamentals. Golfers can fix many problems by aiming a different direction. If a golfer always slices the ball to the right 30 yards, they will aim 30 yards left to get the ball to land at the target. This is a reasonable solution while playing golf. However, in the long run, aiming 30 yards left will lead to more problems. Golfers always tell me one thing: I want ... Read More »

Junior Achievement Recognizes IBERIABANK

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IBERIABANK was recently recognized by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. for the third year in a row for teaching greatest number of classroom volunteer hours of any company in Southwest Florida. During the 2013-14 school year, 23 bankers from IBERIABANK taught 30 classes in 11 different Southwest Florida schools. The Junior Achievement curriculum is based on financial literacy, business, economics, entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It is estimated than nearly 300 volunteer hours were donated through classroom instruction and lesson preparation by IBERIABANK associates. In addition to IBERIABANK’s overall volunteerism, Junior Achievement named Pete D’Alessandro as their “Rookie Volunteer of ... Read More »

Pre-swing Fundamentals Part 2: Address Position

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Now that we’ve developed a solid grip in Part One it is time to address the ball with the correct posture. People are made in different shapes and sizes. There is no one perfect posture in golf. Depending on height, arm length, leg length and torso length an athletic golf posture will look different. However, there are fundamentals of setting up to a golf ball that are absolute. The picture provided shows three different address position. N stands for neutral spine, which is desirable. C stands for a C curve in the back/spine at address, ... Read More »

Take a Hike: Sand Dollar Island is Waiting for You to Explore

Critical Wildlife Area. PHOTO BY NANCY RICHIE

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Take a hike and explore one of the most beautiful ecosystems in southwest Florida, walking from Tigertail Beach Park parking lot on the new boardwalk, through the tunnel of mangroves, around the southern end of the Tigertail Lagoon, then heading north to the very tip of Sand Dollar Island “spit” that curls around toward Hideaway Beach, and then tracing your steps back. It takes almost three hours at a moderate pace; longer if you stop a few times taking in the abundance of wildlife that you can’t help but encounter. Once out on the ... Read More »

The Four Pre-Swing Fundamentals: Part 1 of 4

Exhibit B. 3 most widely used ways to grip a golf= club. Left to right: 10 Finger, Over Lap, Inter Lock.

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The four pre-swing fundamentals of the golf swing are grip, stance, alignment and ball position. The pre-swing fundamentals are the most important elements to becoming a better golfer. There are a million different ways to swing the club and make the golf ball go towards the target, however correct pre-swing fundamentals are universal. Bad fundamentals lead to bad habits in the golf swing. I teach golfers who aim 30 yards right of their target. The student will hit the first shot 30 yards right of their target, turn to me and say, “See, I told ... Read More »

Eagle Scout Digs for Badge

Scout Teddy Naftel can’t resist curiosity. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Eagle Scout Andrew Smith likes history. In fact, one of the 16-year-old Lely High School student’s hobbies is collecting Civil War artifacts. It was this love of history that led him to archeology and Marco’s resident archeologist, Gene Erjavec, who has spent the last decade digging up artifacts all around Marco Island. “Throughout middle school, I always wanted to have a career path either as a historian or a museum curator,” says Smith, “until I met Gene and realized there were more hands on jobs that deal with artifacts and the history of ... Read More »

One Plane / Two Plane

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The Plane Truth for Golfers by Jim Hardy is one of the best books written about golf for the casual golfer and the PGA teaching professional. In the book, Hardy explains the one and two plane swing and what swing the golfer should use. Even though I not a method teacher nor am I a Jim Hardy disciple, I use the knowledge from The Plane Truth for Golfers to help students improve. One bit of knowledge I use is changing spine angle tilt at address and shoulder tilt on the backswing to match the arm ... Read More »

Come Experience Marco Island’s Living Beaches

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society presents “Marco Island’s Living Beaches,” a presentation by Debbie and Marty Roddy, on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium. There is no charge for members; non-members are asked to pay $5. The Roddy’s will provide a virtual tour of Marco Island’s living beaches for interested beach goers. Learn about the critters, plants and formations that make the coastline a vibrant place. You’ll also learn how the Calusa Indians used local natural resources to live. Debbie and Marty are permanent residents of Marco Island and have devoted a majority of ... Read More »

Iberia Bank Donates to the Police Foundation Scholarship Fund

Pictured are Lou Prigge, Keith Dameron, Al Schettino, Barb Prigge, Kurt Coon, Joe Granda, Ed Stenzel and Dick Adams. On hand to share in some heavy lifting, but not able to make the check presentation, were Chief Don Hunter, Bill Morris, Steve Reynolds and Harold Kendall. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Deemed a shredding success, Iberia Bank recently held its 14th Shred Party. “This was our best to date,” said Keith Dameron, manager of Iberia Bank. “Over 6.6 tons were shredded. Over 740 boxes or bags of documents were shredded. We had nearly 200 vehicles come through to drop off documents to be shredded.” The Marco Island Police Foundation helped with the party and received a check for $2,260 for their scholarship fund. “We always donate the proceeds to a worthy cause. The success of the Shred Party is spreading. Our other branch locations have started ... Read More »

Local Ducks Unlimited Makes Top 100

The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2013 the Naples chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters. Visit www.ducks.org to see the full Top 100 list for this year.   Read More »

Going Mental

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org This game will make you crazy. Golf has so much time in between shots — so much time to think about all the bad things that can happen. I compare it to shooting a free throw in basketball. Nothing to stop the free throw; all the time in the world to think about what could go wrong. Many times, a professional basketball player is a great scorer, but has a dreadful free throw shooting average. This player does well reacting to the defense and makes the plays with their athleticism. Put them at the free ... Read More »

Special Olympics Needs 50 Volunteers

Volunteers needed for Collier County Games including Tennis, Cycling and Soccer. The event will be held Saturday, March 1 from 9AM to 2PM at Golden Gate High School. T-Shirts and lunch will be provided. If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact: David McKenzie at the Special Olympics Office – 775.1991 email: socc@comcast.net to add your name to the list.   Read More »

Friends of Tigertail Ready for Day of Discovery

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Submitted On the heels of its success with “Breakfast and Birds,” Friends of Tigertail is gearing up for its next big event. “Discover Tigertail” is set for Saturday, March 1, from 10 AM-12 PM at Tigertail Beach. This will be FOT’s second event of 2014. The first — “Breakfast and Birds: Identify Our Winter Residents” — was held the morning of Jan. 11, and celebrated Tigertail Beach’s feathered friends. An impressive crowd of 62 attendees enjoyed their “bring-your-own breakfast” and coffee as Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley gave brief presentations at the Tigertail pavilion on the characteristics and feeding habits ... Read More »

The Black Mountains and Bay of Kotor

A sampling of the local products at the market outside the walls of Kotor.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net In the Middle Ages, the area now known as Montenegro was referred to as Crna Gora; the country’s official name today is Republika Crna Gora, which translates as “Black Mountain.” The name Montenegro, also meaning black mountain, is Venetian in origin. Unlike the interior and its neighboring countries, the coastal region of Montenegro was never under the control of the Ottomans; Venice ruled the coast from the 1400s until almost 1900. South of Croatia along the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro also borders Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania. Although Montenegrins participated in the Balkan Wars with ... Read More »

Get Fit, Technology is Your Friend

Get the correct golf clubs by getting club fit by your local PGA Professional. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The progression of technology has changed the world. Technology has helped the world and the people who live in it. New tools have given people more attainable information. As for golf and golf instruction, technology has done the same. Technology, such as the Trackman Launch Monitor with a Doppler Radar System, gives teachers and fitters information on why the ball takes off in a certain direction; why the ball turns after it takes off; how the club should descend into the ball; the rate of which the golf ball descends; etc. More information also comes ... Read More »

Do you have stability in your life?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf is a sport! If golf is not treated as a sport, it is difficult to improve. In all sports, it is important to have good balance and a stable starting position. A shortstop in baseball, a linebacker in football and a defender in basketball, all stand in a ready position that enables them to make sudden movements. An athletic stance requires slight knee bend, forward bending from the hips and weight on the balls or insteps of the feet. As an instructor, I give a student a tiny push on their shoulders from all ... Read More »

From the Rubble of War

The Ottoman Old Town in Mostar. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Visiting the charming, somewhat tranquil city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is difficult to fathom that less than 20 years ago it lay in rubble, torn apart by war and barbarism. Bosnia and Herzegovina is one country with two geographical zones, three regions, three ethnic groups/religions, three languages, three presidents and two alphabets. The three ethnic groups are Bosniak (Muslim), Serb (Orthodox) and Croat (Catholic). The Ottomans introduced Islam to this area in the 15th century, and their cultural influence is still widely evident. It later was controlled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and ... Read More »

Flotilla 95 Holds ‘Change of Watch’

Flotilla 95 Commander Arne Kelsey (left) and his wife, Chick, celebrate the Change of Watch with Vice Flotilla Commander Keith Wohltman and his wife, Betsy. PHOTOS BY LAURIE HARRIS

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For the last 47 years, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 has helped keep the 220 square miles of water from Rookery Bay to Chokoloskee Pass safe for boating, fishing and recreation. In 2013, Flotilla 95 had 72 volunteer members who fulfilled its non-law enforcement and non-military role aiding in search and rescue missions, teaching boating education classes, conducting vessel safety checks, monitoring marine safety and environmental protection, and verifying the condition and location of aids to navigation. To celebrate and honor this work, Flotilla 95 recently held its annual Change of Watch ceremony ... Read More »