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The Oil Change: Slipping on Oil

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day.” — Anthon St. Maarten, author of “Divine Living”   Question: Would you explain why oil prices are falling and how this affects the economy? Answer: Oil prices have tumbled dramatically since last summer, and this will surely influence the economy and consumer behavior. Like other materials, the price of oil depends on the principles of supply and demand. An added dimension is that oil prices are closely ... Read More »

The Ghosts of Christmases Past…

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By Pat Newman How does the song go? “It’s the most wonderful time of the year?” Really? My recollections beg to differ. My childhood Christmases were filled with red velvet dresses, school extravaganzas, manger scenes and cookies shot out of an aluminum cookie “gun,” as it was referred to by my holiday-glazed mom. We had the traditional needle-dropping tree, large colored bulbs hanging off the gutters and plenty of family drama. It wasn’t until I became the MOM (Madwoman of the Moment) and had to execute the exacting duties of the Christmas holidays that I realized how ultimately dysfunctional our ... Read More »

Congratulations to Jack, Deb and Kathleen

Dianna Dohm (in blue) was volunteer of the year for 2013.

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net It’s 9:00 on a Sunday evening and the SR 951/Collier Blvd. road is ALIVE with road construction activity at this time! There are huge trucks and machinery everywhere, lights blazing, and resurfacing taking place while the least amount of traffic is on the road. It’s impressive indeed. When we all get on that road in the morning, we’ll be amazed at how good it looks, and all while we were home taking it easy or sleeping. This evening they were resurfacing from Manatee Rd. south past Fiddler’s Creek. The road construction company has been outstanding ... Read More »

A Golden Girl’s Plan

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” — Deepak Chopra   Question: My father recently passed away, and I’m concerned about my mom, who is retired. What suggestions do you have to help guide her? Answer: Your mom is lucky to have you, and I’m sorry for your loss. Today, more than ever, our financial well-being and physical health are closely related. Having a solid economic foundation and a strong social network both contribute to the quality of life. Rising and unexpected medical expenses threaten financial security as we age. Anything we can ... Read More »

MIHM Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Style

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net The Marco Island Historical Society celebrated their 20th anniversary in a number of big ways! First, on Veteran’s Day, the MIHS unveiled and presented the “Veteran’s Memorial Wall,” the masterpiece of Malenda Trick. That wall depicted all phases of World War II, as well as other wars suggested by verbal contributors who were enthusiastic about her work. Malenda was shy about all of her talents, but the rest of us weren’t. There were cheers and congratulations throughout the packed museum! If you have not been by the Marco Island Museum yet, you’ll want to get ... Read More »

Holiday Catalogs

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By Pat Newman I know the holidays are closing in on me when I need a hand truck to empty my post office box. Last week alone, I collected 14 catalogs advertising merchandise ranging from “whimsical” Mah-jongg guest soaps to a creepy two-and-a-half foot “traditional Santa head” with poinsettia. Judging by the pounds of catalogs I see in the post office’s trash bin, I am guessing that many of my fellow postal patrons don’t have the time or interest in armchair shopping. I lust after these truly inspiring gift magazines. I rarely order anything, but the sheer volume and originality ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Roger T. Hernstadt, City Manager

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A prolific writer of letters to the editor has once again misstated the facts which can unfortunately mislead or bias public opinion.  The City has been consistent in explaining that the “bucket plan” was designed to accumulate money to meet the known existing needs for renewal and replacement obligations of the general fund.    This does not mean any new general fund obligations approved by the Council (by the way there have been none to date) or the utility debt which is current approximately $150 million and scheduled to be paid off in 2033.   This community needs to arrive at a ... Read More »

Heed the Greed and Focus on Need

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Question: During the Great Recession, my husband and I had losses in real estate and the stock market. While we’re still “okay” and have sufficient assets for a comfortable retirement, we disagree on how much risk to take with our portfolio. Can you help? Answer: Your situation isn’t uncommon. The desire to recoup losses is human nature. The problems arise when people think increasing risk is the way to recover. Before deviating from your current financial plan there are two important ... Read More »

Community Tour Schedule Announced

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net First things first, as of Dec. 1, Collier County will add an additional EMS vehicle to Marco Island. * Last week, my friends Shirlee and Brian Barcic and I decided to have dinner at the Bistro Soleil, located at the Olde Marco Inn. Now, I’ve been to many events at the Bistro and always enjoyed them, but have never just had dinner there with friends. What an outstanding experience THAT was! It felt very special to enjoy a dining experience in this historic place. The service was just wonderful, the food was so good it ... Read More »

It’s a Matter of Taste

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By Carol Glassman Friends of mine recently opened a new French restaurant, and as I drove home after my first satisfying visit, I thought of how happy they looked, working like the proverbial dogs but in their own business at something they love doing. Owning and running a restaurant isn’t for the faint of heart, and any time I had even a passing thought of entering the food business, I admit I had to lie down until the feeling went away. It also is not for the inexperienced. Both of my parents were wonderful cooks and bakers, and I spent ... Read More »

Investor, Know Thyself

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates Question: As a retiree, I’m concerned about the recent market volatility. How will this and all the uncertainty in the world affect my investments and financial future? What are your thoughts? Answer: You’re not alone with your concerns. Ebola, ISIS, Russia, falling oil prices, and slowing global growth, all contribute to economic uncertainty. The market has reacted in the short-term with fear. During the second week of October 2014, broad markets reversed their upward trend down sharply from recent highs. This change sparked activity ... Read More »

Honor Flight From a Marco Island View

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net On Saturday, Oct. 25, there was the most amazing event I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing. It was called “The Honor Flight,” and by now most of you have read about it in the local newspapers. Today, though, I’d like to give you an up close and personal look from the Marco Island point of view. The Collier County Honor Flight was one of six Honor Flights from around the country. Marco Island had five veterans on board, all five from the new American Legion Post 404. Ray Rosenberg was the escort for his ... Read More »

GPS, Google Maps, To and From, etc.

By Pat Newman Thank God for my Cub Scout Leader’s training, or I would be abysmally lost in this tech-savvy world. Give me a compass, map, or a night sky with a guiding star, and I can travel from point A to point B. Tell me to log onto Google maps or follow my GPS (Goofy Piloting Set-Up), and you will need to follow-up with an APB (All Points Bulletin). I have tried to navigate with impersonal voices telling me where to turn and printed directions sending me down streets under construction. It’s a hit or miss situation. Just the ... Read More »

Kudos…

are due to Noelle Lowery for the well written article concerning the efforts of Marco Island Academy to become one of the leading charter high schools in the state. This comprehensive piece of journalism details every facet of MIA’s progress and needs. Not often have I seen a local article of this caliber which seems to leave nothing out. It portrays the heroic efforts of MIA to continue fulfilling the need for a high quality high school on Marco Island. This article should encourage more of us to increase our support for MIA. Barry Gwinn, Goodland Read More »

Memo to Voters and Congressional Candidates

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By Roy Eaton Time has come for the American voter to voice their pleasure/displeasure with Congress by wisely casting their ballot in the upcoming election for the candidate of their choice, and time will soon come for Congressional candidates elected to office to live up to our expectations by demanding that our 114th Congress address the concerns and interests of all Americans rather than those of lobbyists and special interest groups. Humorist and author Dr. Jim Boren once said, “Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” Our current Congress has done much to support this assessment, but its reign of ... Read More »

Cast Your Vote on Nov. 4

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It’s the day we have all been waiting for: Tuesday, Nov. 4. The day Americans around the United States will cast their votes in the 2014 mid-term election. In Florida, this means voting for candidates and issues on national, state and local levels. On Marco Island, there are three voting precincts: 190 at Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle 193 at United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive 194 March Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Boulevard While there is no presidential election this year, Southwest Floridians still have a big decision to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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Like most cities, Marco Island has ordinances governing where, when and how you can display political signs. Some of those rules, including Section 530-527(17), prohibit mounting political signs on vehicles, whether parked or being driven. And some of the rules prohibit political signs from being placed in the public right of way, as well as prohibiting vehicles from being parked within so many feet of any intersection, and within vacant lots without the owner’s permission. These requirements are for political fairness and equality, and for public safety and protection of property. You would think that our stalwart “captains of industry” ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca

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Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca: I support Victor Rios for council I approached Victor Rios to inquire if he would consider being a candidate for Marco Island City Council. After several conversations, Mr. Rios decided to be a candidate. I support his decision and formally endorse Victor Rios’ candidacy for council. He is a person of integrity; he is honest, ethical and a fiscal conservative. Mr. Rios has an engineering degree and an MBA degree. He is well-respected and known for due diligence when working on projects. He has attended 90-percent-plus council meetings over the last several years and ... Read More »

Marv Needles and Paul Tateo, Co-Chairs Rental Task Force

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The City of Marco Island is reviewing ordinances that address several issues related to the lifestyle and rights of residents and property owners who chose to rent their properties. The issues identified by the city are: excessive noise, illegal parking, trash left in swales and lack of taxes being collected from rental properties. At the August 22nd meeting of the Planning Board, an agenda item was added to address concerns thought to be the result of rental activity in residential neighborhoods. As an active member of the community, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) volunteered to establish a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Craig R. Woodward

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I have known Litha Berger since 2002 when I worked with her on a continuing care facility that was proposed by one of my clients for Marco Island. Litha was the professional consultant on the project having spent her career working with assisted and independent living facilities. Unfortunately for the Island, that facility was never completed as many of our residents have expressed a desire to be able to continue to live on the Island even when they need assistance and cannot live alone. In the last 12 years that I have known and dealt with Litha I have found ... Read More »