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All in the Family

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m a bit uneasy with my children and grandchildren’s abilities to manage the family finances after I’m gone. What tips or suggestions might you have?   Answer: Not knowing your family, but based on studies by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, your concern is justified. The unfortunate reality is that 70 percent of family wealth disappears when passed to the next generation. All too frequently, the first generation builds the wealth, the second expands it and the third generation loses it, having to start over. With an estimated $30 Trillion (yes, that’s with a ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Have you been wondering what those piles of dirt are just south of the Dunkin’ Donuts on 951/41? We have too, so I called the County Growth Management Division, who had to do a little research. Staff advised that the lot was cleared under an approved Site Development Plan when the lot was part of the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. Since then the vegetation had re-grown on the lot and the parcel had been removed from the Shoppes of Eagle Creek. The Property Owner had the lot cleared again, both of which constitute a violation. The ... Read More »

Boating for Dummies…

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By Pat Newman I thought navigating a boat was like riding a bike—once you know how, you never forget. I recently discovered my skills were a little rusty; OK totally corroded. Excited at the prospect of sailing the waterways of Marco Island with some friends visiting from out-oftown, I rented a pontoon boat. The kids strapped on their life-jackets, and we adults confidently boarded the vessel, ready to cruise through paradise. I invited Philipp to occupy the driver’s seat and be “captain for a day” when I realized that I had no idea how to start up the engine. I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Karen Young

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Bicycle Madness I had just left Winn Dixie and turned left on Collier. I then turned right on Tigertail and then left on Hernando. Out of nowhere there was a man, shirtless with shorts, riding a bicycle directly in front of me. It was so frightening to me. Both of us were so lucky that I did not hit him with my car. If I had hit this man he would have ruined my life. And I probably would have killed him. These people who rent bikes and think that they do not have to respect the law will destroy ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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City Council Utility Rate Special Called Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 PM Community Room (City Council Meeting Room) We urge you to attend this very important meeting and voice your opinion. Workshop discussions will include the water and wastewater rate structure, and Marco utilities future capital needs of an additional $300 million!! The water utility is already $150 million in debt. A couple of months ago, after we had a few visitors for 3 weeks, our water bill was $500.00!! Can you believe that? To address this new debt requirement, does that mean that our water bills will increase dramatically, 3 times what ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Donna Harrington

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My name is Donna Harrington and I live at Island Manor Condominium Association located on No. Collier Blvd and previously worked in their office as I do now at The Mariner of Marco Island, Inc. Condominium Association. Condo associations have rules and regulations that govern how problems are to be handled. They also take care of any problems that arise without having to call the police. Most associations, like The Mariner and Island Manor, also have strict rules in regards to rentals (i.e. 30 continuous days) and 90% of these rentals are returning “Snowbirds” who have been renting here for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Elaine A. Myers

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After receiving my proposed new Marco Island city ordinance Section 8-100 through 8-104 inclusive in Chapter 8 , I’ve found myself compelled to write to the Coastal Breeze of my serious concerns of this proposal. I have been a condominium owner for the past 4 years at (28 Manor Terrace) the Mariner.  During this time, I have found that the Mariner Management and Board of Directors have shown the utmost professionalism in managing and applying the rules and regulations to make for a beautiful 162 unit complex.  In my opinion the Mariner is the best managed and maintained complex on ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Julie Salisbury

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Marco Island City Council, Back in February you voted to exclude Condominium owners from the proposed rental ordinance. Subsequently a councilman asked for “reconsideration” and unfortunately this legislative maneuver passed. Does this mean when someone doesn’t get their way on the council, it is brought up over and over again?? In the second reading version one of the proposed changes is that Condos will have to hold a vote to get the majority of owners to agree to be excluded, plus all people who rent will have to be registered. This will increase work for Boards and Management and does ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Condo Owner

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I am very disappointed in your most recent vote, making Condo owners abide by this ridiculous ruling.  I thought that Condo’s were not considered in this ordinance.  It is my understanding that ONE, only ONE council member brought it up again, and it was passed.  I would like to know which one brought it up and I would like to have him recalled.  Considering all the people who were against including condos in this proposal, they passed it anyway.  I would also like to know how many complaints they get every year about renters in condos and how many complaints ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James Beckett

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Marco Island City Council Member, My name is James Beckett and I am a resident of the Monterrey building in Cape Marco on Marco Island.  I am writing to express my support of keeping the “Exclusion” of Condos in the proposed Rental Ordinance based on the fact that we already have regulations and controls in place to take care of any related renter issues.  These regulations are rigorously enforced and I would prefer we keep it that way and not add to our building management’s workload. Respectfully, James Beckett   Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jane and Fred Schuh

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To: City Council, City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk for City of Marco Island This letter is to state our opposition to the new Rental Ordinance or at a minimum our opposition to include condominiums.  We are opposed to reopening and reconsidering the ordinance which recently passed. We have owned a condo on Marco Island for 11 years and have never had any issues in which this new ordinance proposes to solve. We are opposed because: There are no problems reported at the Gulfview. Problems should be analyzed before sweeping all condominiums into an ordinance proposed to solve a problem in single ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Carolyn Beckett

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Dear Marco Island City Council Member, As a resident of the Monterrey, Cape Marco, I am writing to express support for the “EXCLUSION” of condominiums in the proposed Rental Ordinance that is now being reconsidered. Such oversight by the City of Marco Island is a duplication of effort given the existence of Condominium Boards and management that already ensure properties are properly maintained, managed, and do not create a potential for nuisance for neighboring properties.  Noise or nuisance from residents are addressed by the Board and annual fire alarm and fire sprinkler inspections currently take place. The City of Marco Island should ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Joanne Cascio

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As an owner of a condo in Marco for over 15 years, I would like to express my concerns regarding the City Councils’ newly proposed rental ordinances.   1- Condominium rentals are not and have never been an issue since all Condominium Associations have Documents, by-laws and strict rules that take care of problem renters. As a matter of fact these rules give them more leeway than the proposed Ordinance will have on the issue of problem rental. In essence the Condominium Association and Management take care of these issues very effectively. 2- .  Section 2 – Sec.X.2.1(b) allows a ... Read More »

Common Sense or Common Cents?

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Ask The CFP Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” — Carl Jung, Swiss Psychologist, 1875-1961.   Question: Can you explain what is meant by a “strong dollar?” How does this affect consumers, the economy, and the stock market?   Answer: Your question is not only well timed; it should be on an Economics College Final exam! The U.S. Dollar (USD) index is a commonly used, and often misunderstood, measure of the strength of our currency, the USD, relative to the currency of other countries. Common sense indicates ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Wilma Sanders

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A few months ago I called the PD suggesting they notify people by newspaper, of the correct way to approach the single file bridge lane merge on N Collier. This would help to avoid confusion. She said they did put something in the newspaper, in August. Apparently the fact we have thousands of transients on the island every week doesn’t matter, they told people in August. I discovered I had been doing it wrong forever. It is NOT stay in a single line to the right (and curse all those who drive up on the left and expect to cut ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Lee Willer-Spector

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In February, Keith Flaugh of the SWFL Citizen’s Alliance lambasted the 5 of 7 Marco Island City Council members who did not support his anti-common core resolution calling on the Florida legislature to throw out the common core standards for public schools. The 5 councilors led by Chairman Sacher, including Joe Batte, Bob Brown, Ken Honecker and Larry Honig were correct, showing wisdom and independent thinking when they ruled his request as outside their area of expertise and scope of responsibility, relying instead on the education experts and the legislators to decide. The anti-common core bill supported by Keith Flaugh ... Read More »

Now Taking Facility Tour Requests

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net You probably know that I offer about 5 or 6 tours a year for those interested in seeing different county facilities such as the Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants, the Land Fill, Museums, Mosquito Control, a Parks tour, the Emergency Operations Center and the Jail. We also offer facilities that are partially sponsored with TDC dollars, such as the Botanical Gardens and the Zoo. If we are able, we try for other attractions such as the “REVS” and Ava Maria, and tours of new developments. It is so gratifying to see so many people from all across ... Read More »

Going Old School

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By Pat Newman Today I scanned my Facebook News feed and realized that my profile picture, place of residence, and posts from my 120 “friends” is exactly the same as it was a year ago. The problem is that I don’t live in the same place, tossed the dress I was wearing in the photo and am still seeing the same pics of cute puppies, abandoned dogs, prancing horses and words of encouragement and wisdom as 12 months ago. I am so over Facebook. While I appreciate the updates from close friends on real life events like births, weddings, retirements ... Read More »

The Employment Report and Why it Matters

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” John Naisbitt, Author of the bestseller, Megatrends, born in 1929.   Question: Financial news channels place a great deal of emphasis on the jobs report. Please explain why this is such an important report and why it matters to individual investors. Answer: The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the jobs report, also known as the Employment Report, on the first Friday of each month. Investors, employers and policy makers eagerly await the findings that provide insight to the relative strength or weakness in the job market. Economic ... Read More »