Bruce grew up in Alpena Michigan which is in the northeast corner of the lower peninsula. Connie grew up in mid-western Ohio. We met when Bruce was fresh out of training as an orthopedic surgeon and was starting his practice in Ohio. We discovered Marco Island while flying over the area in the eighties and vowed to check it out as a place to live during retirement. The idea of having a house in Florida which would be on a waterway with direct access to the ocean seemed like a fantasy. We have been living on Marco Island since 2002 and still feel that way. Bruce has many fond boating memories from his days in Michigan and has enjoyed introducing Connie to the experience. We hope that by participating in group activities that we will be able to take trips and enjoy our boat in ways Connie would not otherwise be comfortable.