Tuesday , June 28 2016
Home » Editorial

Editorial

More Changes to Come

DonnaFiala_FeatureNEW

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We have a remarkable towing company in this part of Collier County named Bald Eagle Towing. I’m sure you’ve seen their tow trucks around. Did you know that if you have a car break down or an accident where the police would have to call a tow truck, you can REQUEST the tow company of your choice?  I did just that and was so pleased. The very next day I was reading in the paper about a different towing company who was towing a car late at night when the Sheriff’s Office put on his lights ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Bernie Sanders The Candidate Who Captivated an Entire Generation

Bernie

By Roy Eaton Bernie Sanders is a remarkable man who engineered a commendable presidential campaign that is worthy of the respect of all Americans who believe that intelligence, integrity, sincerity and candor are essential traits for one seeking the office of President of the United States. As a candidate, Sanders directed an admirable campaign above reproach for he never deviated from his core values and beliefs. He is a highly principled, articulate and honorable man of conviction, and whether you agree or not with his ideological approach to governance, well-informed Americans should admit that his traits are those we admire ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: DUH?

Lettertoeditor

I’ve just read the Planning Board chairman’s explanation of why city council ignored the PB’s vote, (Marco Eagle, 14 June, 2016). I’m wondering if I have this right: 1.  An applicant came before the PB wishing to start a disallowed business in a specific Marco locale. The PB stated that the disallowing ordinance would have to be changed in order to lawfully permit the business. 2.  The applicant pleaded that they didn’t have time to wait for the ordinance to be changed. 3.  With Board member Charlette Roman as the sole dissenter, the PB sympathized and voted 6-1 to recommend ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Swiacki Addresses Goodland Road

Lettertoeditor

At the June 6th Marco Island City Council Meeting, our Council discussed how to respond to Collier County Commission Chair, Donna Fiala’s May 25, 2016 letter. The letter requested that the City of Marco agree to escrow $2 million in County money owed to Marco Island for road maintenance. It also requested a renegotiation of the 2002 Inter-local Agreement. In that agreement, Collier County agreed to pay the City $1 million a year for 15 years. In exchange the City agreed to MAINTAIN all the roads in the City and take ownership of Collier Blvd, San Marco Rd, and Goodland ... Read More »

Happy Fourth of July America So, What Can You Do For Me Today?

Flag

By Roy Eaton John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Honorable words that were meant to unite Americans and reawaken our national pride and love for country embedded in the soul of every person who enjoys the liberties extended to all who call America their home. Sadly during the past 56 years, the content and spirit of those words have been ignored by many of us who have opted to alter and interpret the exhortation for personal gain. An unacceptable number of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: From Victor Rios re. Marco Island Veterans’ Park

Lettertoeditor

Several months ago, the issue of Veterans Park came to the forefront when plans were put forward by MI City Manager and others, to build a multipurpose building in Veterans’ Park with the guise that there would be a facility for Veterans. Veterans were the “Hook” to get $2.5 million from the Florida legislators, then requiring the City to borrow another $5 million and further increasing the city debt. This fell apart quickly after every Veteran organization in the island objected to having their name associated with a structure that was going to do very little for Veterans. At the time, I wrote a Guest Commentary objecting to the process. There ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Community Park Counterpoint

Lettertoeditor

Mr. Rios, the name of the park is Veterans’ COMMUNITY Park, NOT Veterans’ Park. The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board of Directors would like to remind you that it was the community that purchased this parkland, and 18 community members created a Master Plan for community use. A portion of the park was then designated for a Veterans’ Memorial. The MICA survey offered one, broad question, regarding development of the park. In the MIPO Board’s opinion, the absence of specificity left the respondent’s imagination to wide open speculation and fear as to what might be developed on the property ... Read More »

They Are Here to Kill Us!

opinion

Beyond the Coast By Tarik N. Ayasun Terror has once again arrived in America. This time it is in our home state of Florida. Forty nine Americans killed and many more injured in Orlando. Only three hours driving time from Marco Island. The murderer Islamist terrorist was born and raised in this country. He grew up and lived amongst us. He has been identified by officials as Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, an American-born citizen with Afghani parents. Ladies and gentlemen, time has come to recognize that we are in danger and our government is neglecting us. They do ... Read More »

Money in Motion; What’s Next?

B13-CBN-06-10-16-2

Ask The CFP® Practitioner darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Question: My business sold and the transaction will close next quarter. What are your thoughts on how to proceed? I don’t want to overlook anything. Answer: As with all major changes, my first recommendation is to go slowly. The financial strength, stability and integrity of the professionals and institutions you work with is critically important. There will be plenty of people who’ll be happy to offer suggestions on what you should do with the proceeds, unfortunately, all of them may not have your best interest at ... Read More »

Paradise Reef Premier

DonnaFiala_FeatureNEW

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Has anyone noticed how much traffic there is out there? It’s as busy as during season! Sometimes we can’t even get out of the government parking lot! For the last few years the Governor has been working on growing jobs, jobs, jobs everywhere. Well, with jobs come people and cars and housing and more children. What IS the perfect world? Let’s face it – our unemployment rate is very low, so it looks like that is good for the people living here, but surely it must have also brought people who are new to the area ... Read More »

Letter to the editor

Lettertoeditor

To the Editor: On Monday at Veteran’s Park on Marco Is., the Marco Island Strummers were asked to play patriotic music for the Veteran’s Day Celebration as they do every year. This year we parked a long way from where we were to set up. I would like to express my sincere thank you to the kind helpful fire rescue and police force. We had allot of heavy equipment to get out of our car to use to play music for this event. The crew of kind considerate men saw this and offered their assistance. It was so very much ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Lettertoeditor

Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board of Commissioners because without one, Marco Island essentially has “taxation without representation”.  Demographically, geographically and monetarily, in terms of taxes, Marco Island is almost identical to the City of Naples.  Yet, so frequently Marco Island is an afterthought. Marco Island ... Read More »

While Venezuela Failed, Peru Prospered

A student protestor in Venezuela. Submitted Photos

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com This is a brief tale of two South American countries. One of these two countries is Latin America’s sixth-most-populous country: Venezuela. With the world’s largest proven oil reserves surpassing the previous long term leader Saudi Arabia, today Venezuela is now an economic and social basket case. The proven oil reserves in Venezuela totaled 297 billion barrels as of January 1, 2014, whereas Saudi Arabia’s reserves stood at 265 billion barrels according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Western Hemisphere Director Alejandro Werner, consumer prices in Venezuela shot up an estimated ... Read More »

Local News From the Nest

Submitted Photos. The young fledgling being fed in the nest.

By Linda J. Turner Director of Operations Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation This past February 21, the resident bald eagles, Paleo and Calusa, hatched an eaglet at the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary, formerly known as the Marco Eagle Sanctuary. In a little over three months, this healthy eaglet rapidly grew to the size of the adult female eagle. Because female bald eagles are 25 percent larger than the males, it is speculated that this offspring is a female. The young eagle, now a fledgling, has been flying all over the Preserve property utilizing almost every tree, considerably more ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Howard Reed Announces Candidacy for City Council

Lettertoeditor

I am Howard Reed and today I announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife and I have been Marco Island residents since 2005. I have been a frequent speaker at City Council meetings. Last year I had the privilege of sharing a leadership role in the citizens’ petition to repeal the destructive and divisive rental ordinance. Many of Marco’s citizens have encouraged me to run for the City Council because they agree with the values that I will champion if elected. These values include: – Protection and improvement of property rights and values – Preservation of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Signal Collier/Bayside Area

Lettertoeditor

I ask council to take a close look at a tentative decision to locate the proposed stoplight at Saturn. Let’s go back to the beginning. The primary need for a light is to provide safe access to traffic traveling North on Collier from the Bayside area. Traffic from and to the area from the South is expeditiously handled now and will continue to be handled by easy access from Seaview Ct., Saturn and Collier. This needs no change. • The sketch of the Saturn concept provides some interesting facts. For openers, the Saturns do not line up. It will be ... Read More »

Ask the CFP

B8-CBN-05-27-16-2

ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “All men by nature desire knowledge.” – Aristotle 5/29 is National College Savings Day Question: I hear a lot about 529 Plans but I’m not really sure what they are. Could you explain what makes them special? Answer: May 29th is more than the day before Memorial Day or the day when the Indy 500 is held, 5/29 is National College Savings Day. The term “529 Plan” refers to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code that deals with specialized college savings accounts. These plans may provide tax benefits to the contributor, owner, custodian and ... Read More »

A Busy Start to Summer

DonnaFiala_FeatureNEW

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Probably most of us have heard about the stem cell procedure, but really don’t know what it is or how it’s done. Although not being really immersed in the subject, I’ve spoken to the owner of Arthrex, the largest company in Collier County, in Florida, and actually one of the largest in the USA (!), who has diligently been working on streamlining the procedure and equipment for the orthopedic surgeons in our community. Here’s what I understand so far. The surgeon takes stem cells from the bone marrow in your hip, and platelets from your blood, which ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Gerard Baio

Lettertoeditor

What’s Good for the Goose… In March of 2015, a councilor called the Marco Island Police to report violations of excessive noise, disturbance of the peace, and excessive occupancy occurring at a nearby house to which the police responded. Because these disturbing violations continued, the councilor then called the police chief for relief and to restore reasonable peace and quiet. As a result, Councilor Victor Rios made a huge ordeal on how that councilor “abused his position as a councilor” by calling the Police Chief and directing orders to resolve the problems. Last month, Councilor Rios called the Police Chief ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Jerry Swiacki

Lettertoeditor

On March 21, 2016, I came before City Council as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to report on our findings regarding the development of Veterans Community Park. Under the direction of City Council, our committee was instructed to receive citizen input regarding further development of the park. This issue had been an agenda item for PRAC since February 2015 and continues to remain on the agenda. At every meeting citizens were asked for their input regarding their concerns and desires. For the past eight months, there has been considerable outreach by PRAC to several civic organizations and ... Read More »