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Am I a Bag Lady Yet? Don’t Let Short-term Risk Dominate Your Investment Strategy

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: Do I need to worry about becoming a bag lady yet? Answer: This is the question a friend asked me on Saturday morning at the gym, while we waited for our class to start. Doomsday concerns aren’t uncommon, especially in response to recent market volatility and current political and economic events. Between our warm-up stretches, and cardio, I reminded my friend that there’s a long way between her and a zero, so the likelihood of becoming a bag-lady is quite remote. It’s easy though to understand why people feel emotional and frightened; just turn ... Read More »

Election 2016: Learn the Facts Before You Vote

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides 2016 continues to be an election year that has Americans shaking their heads as to the choices they have at the ballot box. This year we will have the opportunity to elect office holders that range from the highest office in the land, in addition to candidates for some of the more local, state and federal offices which are up for election. It was Winston Churchill that said; “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Clarification

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In your last edition, a letter writer mentioned the comprehensive rental ordinance and I wanted to address their question. One of my goals of this campaign has been to speak with as many Marco Island citizens as possible so please email me at jared@jaredgrifoni.com at any time to discuss the issues. Regarding the comprehensive rental ordinance I was against it because I felt it had morphed from an effort to find an appropriate solution to the problems surrounding some short-term rentals into a large and unnecessary city bureaucracy that ultimately wouldn’t have accomplished its intended goal. This became clear to me ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Beaches

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Marco Beaches I’m not usually a complainer. Having said that, people should know that a lot of money was spent moving sand around our Marco beach this summer. This was done to fill in low areas that were accumulating rain water. Big loud machines worked night and day from Residents Beach to South Seas Towers. After several weeks of this, it seems to have helped one area and moved the problem to another. All the walkers from Tigertail Park, who walk around the lagoon to the gulf, now are walking through slippery odorous muck on a dry day, and watery ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education

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By Jory Westberry If you’ve been following the campaign rhetoric during campaigning for the Collier County School Board, you may have heard the term “Classical Education” proposed by two candidates as the ideal education for the students in Collier County schools. But what is it and how does it compare to the education our students are receiving now? Classical education began with the Greeks and Romans over 1,000 years ago and declined during the 1800s with the Progressive belief that students “learn by doing,” rather than memorizing. Classical education is based on the Trivium subjects, which are grammar, logic and ... Read More »

Critical Wildlife Areas

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By Charlette Roman State-designated Critical Wildlife Areas, or CWAs, established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), are very important for the preservation of our local environment. These specified areas ensure that the most vulnerable wild creatures are protected for future generations. Because wildlife will concentrate in a CWA, we can protect large numbers by closing off a very small area. Marco Island benefits by having two CWAs. The Big Marco Pass CWA, which includes all of Sand Dollar and parts of Tigertail lagoon, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area in 1988. This FWC-managed area protects shorebirds ... Read More »

Real Estate Report

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® (MIAAOR) for Marco Island-only properties comparing January – July of 2016 to January – July of 2015. According to Dick Shanahan, President, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $415,338,824 for the period January – July 2016 v. $533,789,590 for the same time frame in 2015. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January – July comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 5.31% (1,170 v. 1,111). New single family listings coming ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part I Coping with Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million Americans have the disease and over 600,000 will die each year. Approximately 700,000 will suffer a heart attack during the same time period and over 350,000 Americans will perish. The most common form of the malady is coronary heart disease, CHD, often referred to as arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries. The most common subset of arteriosclerosis, is atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the vessels that supply blood to the muscles, lungs, and organs including the heart. If one is fortunate and ... Read More »

Demographics Matter

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin  “Every new day begins with possibilities. It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.” – Ronald Reagan Question: How will the aging of baby-boomers affect economic growth? Answer: Changes in the age of a large segment of our population will have significant impact on jobs, production output, productivity and the standard of living. Let’s identify the segment we’re talking about; baby boomers are those individuals born between 1946 and 1964 who are now 52 and 70 years old and they’re a powerful bunch. According to the ... Read More »

Cars and Their People

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy!  There’s an old adage that, as people live and age together, they begin to look and act alike; there’s a newer one that people and their dogs begin to act and look alike. I believe that people and their cars begin to look alike. As time goes by it’s easy to recognize which person belongs to which car…yes, I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fred Kramer, Candidate for Marco City Council

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Dear Editor, Our island has greatly changed since I moved here in January of 1977. Over these years, I have witnessed the lasting aftermath of governmental decisions: the benefit of the good ones and the consequences of the bad ones. My life here has been an incredible one, and I fully recognize how special our island is. Over the years, and beyond my work and my family, I have contributed to our community by serving on various boards, including the Marco Island Residents Beach Association, the Marco Island Civic Association, the Forum Club of Collier County (Southwest Florida), the Marco Island ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: K. M. Salvi

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Editor: Residents of Marco should be aware that rental abuse in single-family neighborhoods is alive and well. On July 9th, 3 to 4 families rented a single-family home at 840 Newel Terrace. The noise was unbelievable and it was obvious there was no concern for neighbors. After listening to yelling and loud music for a day and a half, we contacted police on Sunday July 10th. After police responded, renters from this home parked in front of our home as an act of intimidation. We re-contacted the police immediately of this act. On July 11th, we contacted Escape Away who ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Jerry Swiacki

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Important Meeting For Marco Island Citizens The City is seeking citizen and stakeholder input into the revision of the Land Development Code. The city has contracted with a consultant to update the Code to properly reflect the present and future needs of the Marco Island citizens. On Wednesday August 10th at 6 PM, the Planning Board of the City of Marco Island is holding a very important meeting in the Community Room where City Council meets. This meeting is specifically designed for citizen input. It is an opportunity for citizens to have their voices heard regarding the future plans and ... Read More »

Resilience is the Key

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James, American Philosopher (1842-1910) Question: What are your thoughts concerning the financial markets response to Brexit and the overall performance of stocks and bonds so far for the year? Answer: We’ve certainly had our share of uncertainty and volatility in the first half of 2016. There are a variety of reasons but let’s start with Brexit. This is the term given to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) after 40 years. Obviously, this hit markets hard and the long-term effects remain ... Read More »

About Travel and More

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Here’s a “hopeful” item that will affect many, but mostly those who travel U.S. 41E starting at the new widened road from 951 East to Greenway Road. When the FDOT widened that road they never installed any streetlights, or sidewalks, or pathways. The folks in that area, mainly those living in Reflection Lakes and Imperial Wilderness, brought their concerns to my office because of their fears that nothing can been seen in the darkness, and it gets very dark in the winter months. We all remember when the FDOT didn’t install streetlights in the section of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Letter to Fire Chief Mike Murphy

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Dear Chief Murphy, Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I am a writer for the Coastal Breeze News and have written 6 articles on the plight of Goodland Road since last November. I went down to the road during the height of each of the five daytime floodings and took photos. None of these floodings was the result of a hurricane. Only one was related to a tropical storm which passed way off shore and was entering the panhandle bend, far to the north when the flooding occurred. Until Sunday June, 5th, I had never witnessed your EMS vehicles trying ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McComas

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After more than 25 years helping young men overcome a troubled past, the Department of Juvenile Justice has chosen to cease operations at AMIkids Big Cypress. We, the current members of the Board of Trustees, want to thank all those organizations and individuals who have contributed their time and resources to this effort. The individuals are too numerous to mention by name, but please know that our sincere thanks go out to each and every one of you. Michael McComas AMIkids Big Cypress Board of Trustees Ellen Vanderburg – Chairman Denise Murphy – Vice Chairman Joe Paterno Arlene Austin Patrick ... Read More »

The Computer Age

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. In those days ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman for Marco City Council

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After much thought, I have decided to run for the Marco Island City Council. I have lived on the island for 14 years, retiring here after a successful 26-year career in the U.S. Army. As veterans know, my military career hardwired leadership, integrity and service in me. Since my arrival on Marco Island, I have stepped up to contribute to our community. In 2002, when our young city had difficulty getting people for the Planning Board, I volunteered and was ultimately appointed to serve twice, from 2004 – 2006 and 2013 – present. Additionally, I have served on several other ... Read More »