Editorial

Reminiscing and Smiling

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Sitting around for coffee the other morning we were talking about challenges facing the community and across the bridge just off the island. The conversation was wide ranging and involved a great many topics, some very serious and others a little more lighthearted. Having owned here for 30 years and living fulltime on ... Read More »

Why Words Work

In 1948, David Ogilvy founded what would become Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the most famous names in advertising. Ogilvy, an Englishman, had worked during WWII in the intelligence service at the British Embassy in Washington. After the war, he became an advertising copywriter. Today, he is referred to as the original “Mad Man” and the Father of Advertising. ... Read More »

Which Is It?

Does Trump know Putin?  According to Trump: 11/2013: YES.  “I do have a relationship [with Putin], and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today.” 3/2014: YES. “Putin even sent me a present” after Miss Universe contest. 5/2014: YES. “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who ... Read More »

Inconsiderate Dog Owners on Marco Island

I would like to address the owners of large dogs who walk along the sidewalk in front of the YMCA. (Evidence points to larger dogs by what is left in the area). I live nearby and am out there several times a day. Both my dog and myself have to avoid these “land mines” constantly, even feces left on the ... Read More »

Two Continents … Two Countries … Two Elections…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There will be two crucial elections in two completely different countries in two different continents that will take place in early April. While these countries are far apart the results of the elections will have far reaching effects in South America and the Middle East. There may also be some unintended consequences which may affect ... Read More »

Upcoming Seafood Fest and More

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We will be losing a very special Marco person and hotel manager and Tourist Development Council member when Mac Chaudhry moves upstate soon. I just finally learned to spell his name and there he goes! After 28 years with the Hilton Hotels, he and his wife are moving to northern Florida to be with their beloved ... Read More »

The Power of Dividends

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The beauty of dividends is that you get paid, whether or not the market is up.” ~ Howard Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst with Standard & Poors  Question: What are your thoughts on how interest rate increases, regulatory reforms and tax changes may influence dividend paying stocks? Answer: Gradually increasing interest rates and the implementation ... Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

What’s Your Ethical Threshold; Sustainable Investing

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” ~ Potter Stewart of “I know it when I see it” fame. United States Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1915-1985. Question: I’ve been reading about sustainable investing. Is this the same as socially responsible investing? Answer: ... Read More »

Strange Goings On… And It’s Not Even Halloween!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry I love the exquisite blooms, flowering trees and swaying palms of Southwest Florida and, even though it takes a lot of work, it’s totally worth the effort to sustain beauty in my own yard. When I walk the dog, ride my bike or drive around the Isles of Capri or Marco Island, ... Read More »

Construction Projects Begin

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It seems no matter where you go on Marco Island there are friends waiting! What a wonderful place to vacation, to spend the winter or just to socialize! There is always something happening and friends waiting to greet you. The “Islands Town Hall Meeting” went very well, but next year we will have to remember not ... Read More »

Defining the ‘Good Old Days’

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Over the years I’ve had the privilege of being involved in many organizations and activities on the island since moving here fulltime in 1990. Purchasing on Marco in 1986 was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my lifetime and I truly enjoy calling Marco my home. One of those organizations ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Our Statue of Liberty

She stands on Ellis Island so proud and tall, No way around her to build a wall. A symbol of freedom to countries everywhere, The disappointment that now she must bare. Our hearts are broken and she is sad, For all the injustice we inflict is bad. Our immigrant families hopeful and free, Wondering now how their life will be. ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Is the Press an ‘Enemy of the American People’?

The President of the United States and approximately 40 representatives of 12 states on 12/15/91 signed into law five basic liberties for the citizens of America. That was December 15, 1791 and is our country’s Bill of Rights, which contains ten amendments. The First Amendment protects five basic freedoms, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, ... Read More »

Not Our Finest Hour

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com For those that have followed the political landscape on Marco Island during the last six months, the events leading up to the resignation of City Manager Roger Hernstadt should not have come as a surprise. Hernstadt was not the favorite of the slate of four who swept to victory on November 8th, and ... Read More »

Open Letter to Mr. Roger Hernstadt

Dear Mr. Hernstadt: I am very sorry to hear of your resignation as Marco Island’s City Manager. It is regrettable that some of our councilors failed to set aside emotions and find a civil, constructive, businesslike manner in which to work with you on their issues of concern. It was the hope of many citizens that these issues would be ... Read More »

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for ... Read More »

Slate Not True Voice

As many of you know by now, Roger Hernstadt, our City Manager, has resigned last night at City Council meeting. If you voted for the “Slate” of Jared Grifoni, Howard Reed, and Charlotte Roman, and wanted the City Manager gone, you got what you wanted. If you are unconcerned or uninformed citizens that voted for the “Slate,” then you got ... Read More »

Contrasting Thoughts

It’s disappointing to read comments of respected Marco Islanders imitating attitudes of losers in our recent presidential elections. When accusations are spewed against Marco’s new councilors, without a speck of supporting evidence, it’s reminiscent of the senseless actions taken against our new President for no proven reason other than that he was elected. Some Marcoites wail over City Manager Hernstadt’s ... Read More »

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »