Wednesday , October 7 2015
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Gifts to Charity


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to your father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” ~ Francis Maitland Balfour, British Biologist, 1851-1882   Question: What is the most efficient way to make gifts to charities? I support a number of organizations and want to know if the gifts need to be completed before year-end for tax purposes? Answer: Making charitable donations isn’t only commendable, ... Read More »

Community Helps to Build Copeland Bus Shelter

Youth from the Interact Club pitched in to build the shelter for Copeland kids who take the school bus.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Possibly most people reading the following story have never heard of Copeland, right here in Collier County. If you have…have you ever been there? There are only 82 homes in Copeland and approximately 325 people. Some are 3rd and 4th generation Copelanders. The figure I heard two years ago was that they had an unemployment rate of 72%. Many have no cars, and they don’t even have a mail delivery. There is a tiny Baptist church there that is always clean and cool. Copeland has two separate and distinct “villages.” When the re-districting lines for commissioners changed, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hector C. Fernandez


  Open response to City of Marco Island City Council and Marco Island Citizens, I wanted to take a moment to clarify some points regarding the recent “Repeal to the formerly adopted “Rental Ordinance 15-01”. I was informed that an article I wrote for the Coastal Breeze under the recurring column of “Ask the Architect” titled “To Rent or not to Rent” was cited during City Council session. The article in question attempted to analyze the controversial on again, off again ordinance from a technical point of view as it relates to Zoning, Land Use and Deed Restrictions. Let me ... Read More »

Shaken, Stirred and Perturbed, or Were You Prepared?


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “For those properly prepared in advance, a bear market in stocks is not a calamity but an opportunity.” ~ Sir John Templeton   Question: Why were financial markets so volatile during August? Was it all because of China? Answer: China’s currency devaluation and overall economic slowdown were the likely catalysts for the recent dramatic declines, yet other factors also fueled the fluctuations. It’s convenient and tidy to pinpoint one reason for the market’s downward drift, but it’s usually not that simple. Slow(er) Boat to China For the past twenty years, China has experienced frenzied growth. ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal Rental Housing Ordinance 15-01


In Response to Councilman Ken  Honecker’s Letter to the Editor Thank you for so clearly stating the facts regarding the Rental Ordinance. And yes, this divisive issue has torn apart the residents of the Island with people taking sides for the homeowners, condo owners, Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Homeowners Group. Code enforcement, police department, City staff and the City Manager did very little to protect home and condo owners from unruly vacation renters. The police department did not keep adequate records of the violations. The issue surfaced March 2015 at a council meeting when the subject became ... Read More »

Donna Fiala is back!


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Well here we are after a long, very hot rainy summer, and ready for the breezes that come with October, which is only a couple weeks away. It seems a lot more of our residents stayed in town longer this year and are coming back earlier as well. I can’t blame them. Even in summer it is beautiful here! The Culver’s on the East Trail is open now! Hooray! It was so much fun having lunch with Dave & Doris Thompson and Sandy Santos! What a great trio they are! I’d never heard of a pot roast ... Read More »

For the Adoption of The FY 16 Tentative Budgets; Final Millage Rates & Final Budget Board Of County Commissioners Collier County, Florida


Submitted Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will meet at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, located on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112, to conduct the final public hearing for the adoption of the Collier County Fiscal Year 2016 Tentative Millage Rates and Final Budget. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via About the public meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend and to register to speak. All registered public ... Read More »

Your Longest Vacation


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Never lose sight of this important truth that no one can be truly great until he has gained knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement.” – Johann Georg von Zimmerman, Swiss Physician and Philosopher, 1728-1795.   Question: My husband and I are both 65. We don’t want to be caught off guard during retirement. What advice can you offer? Answer: While some surprises are positive experiences and lots of fun, eyes wide open is the way to go when planning for the financial reality of retirement, or the longest ... Read More »

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…”

Firefighters raise the flag at Ground Zero.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun As stated in his work, “The Life of Reason; Reason in Common Sense,” American philosopher George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unfortunately, many of our fellow citizens fall into this category. Fourteen years after the largest and most deadly attack on America, there are those who still argue that the attack was an insider job, the twin towers were destroyed and 3,000 fellow Americans were murdered in cold blood by some secret, undercover service of the United States. Before I go any further in this article, on the ... Read More »

Turkey… Syria… and Beyond…

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun The readers are probably aware of the fact that Turkey, over the past two months, has been run by an interim government. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was deprived of its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002. This situation has altered the center of power in Turkish politics and has also forced the AKP into a compromised foreign policy. The leadership of the AKP is now in “negotiations” with the main opposition parties CHP, MHP and HDP. President Tayyip Erdogan is AKP’s unofficial boss. As demanded by the Turkish Constitution, ... Read More »


Roger Raymond at his desk. 
Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
formulating its sports program. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde Roger Raymond has stepped down as athletic director at the Marco Island Academy. Kelly Monnot, dean of students, and successful volleyball coach, takes over. I have known Roger Raymond since we met when the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) was getting off the ground some 17 years ago. His “aw shucks” straight ways caught me off guard when so many were playing it politically correct to get what turned out to be one of, if not the best, charter schools in Florida. There were many key people who believed in the absolute need for the school. ... Read More »

Easy Money?


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “The influences on stock prices are so numerous and so complex that no person has ever been able to predict the trend of stock prices with consistent success.” ~ As stated by Sir John Templeton in August, 1958. Question: Once again, there is talk all over the news of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. Please explain why they would raise rates and how it would affect the economy. I’m not clear on the relationship between these two variables. Answer: Let’s start by examining the role interest rates play in the overall economy. In the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: NOW LET’S HEAR THE TRUTH


Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with all the commentaries by a few malcontents in this Island that will stop at nothing to get their way to further their personal agenda. There is enough blame to go around; the question is where do I begin? First a non-Island resident attacks a City Councilman at a public meeting with false and inaccurate information, all based on an illegally obtained report by a renegade Officer that is upset with the system and wants to use this as means to embarrass his superiors. He provides a copy of the report to a ... Read More »



Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

Guest Commentary


Mr. Harris, try using facts instead of misinformation! In his most recent LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bill Harris once again attempts to mislead the Marco Island Community with misinformation and irrelevant statements. To wit: He specifically challenges my comments that despite the contention of a small group of people at the July 20 Regular Council Meeting that while they demanded that Council “listen to the people” that, in fact, the number of petitions submitted only represented about 20% of the registered voters. He states: “Councilor Sacher should recall that year 204 only showed about 36 percent overall voter turnout, so ... Read More »

Greece is the Word


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin “Complacency is a Problem.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Question: Can you explain the relationship between Greece and the European Union? Answer: The European Union, also called the Eurozone (EZ), is an association of nineteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, among others. The common denominator of this union is a shared currency, the Euro, to provide an effective exchange rate system to facilitate ease of trade. Today’s Greek drama focuses on the amount of debt that Greece originally brought to the union and continued to add to the balance ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chief of Police


Message to the Community: As Chief of Police for the Marco Island Police Department, I am deeply concerned regarding recent allegations regarding the possibility of internal procedural violations, moreover potential criminal acts associated with the un-approved dissemination of an un-vetted police report. I have been meeting with the City Manager, staff and consulting with allied criminal justice professionals since early July when I was made aware of the facts. I regret that the concerned parties did not contact me personally, as the subsequent dialog would have answered many questions and reduced personal and community distress. It appears clear that certain ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: An Apology from Councilor Batte


An Apology from Councilor Batte I want to take this opportunity to reach out to my fellow citizens on Marco Island, and to my fellow city Councilmen, to apologize for my words and tones surrounding a rental property across the canal from our home. I have re read the emails that I sent, and it is embarrassing to know that I allowed my emotions to do the talking. I ask your forgiveness. My actions in calling the Police are the actions any citizen should take, and I will continue to take such action, when I believe an ordinance has been ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Larry Sacher


We the people? Marco City Council passed Rental Ordinance #15-01; a group of Citizens exercising the rights granted under our City Charter chose to file a petition calling for a Repeal of this Ordinance and subsequently met all of the requirements necessary to have the petition certified, including signed petitions equalling a total of at least 10% of the registered voters on Marco (approximately 12,500 as of 12/31/14). Needless to say, this Ordinance has brought out both detractors and defenders, and is quite controversial and emotional at this time.  City Council was given the choice to either amend the Ordinance, ... Read More »



Donna Fiala The County Parks & Recreation Department is about to build a Wildlife Observation Tower at Tigertail Beach which will provide the public with an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this unique habitat, and will include handicap accessibility. Nature-based tourism is a rapidly growing pastime and provides a great economic benefit to the region. In 2006 this area of Tigertail/Sand Dollar Island was selected by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to become a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, and was chosen for its excellent bird watching opportunities. The area is nationally and internationally recognized ... Read More »