Editorial

We Are Back…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com President Obama in 2012 drew a red line in the sand and warned the murderous leader of Syria, Bashar Al Assad that should he choose to use chemical weapons on his own people, he will pass the red line. Well, the Obama line was crossed repeatedly but the meek president did not do anything about ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Entitlements

Entitlements The word, ENTITLEMENT, has been raised high on the flagpole as benefits of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. According to the new federal administration, these benefits spend too much money of the Government budget and must be reformed. Fewer benefits, the more money saved, so goes the theory. This took me to the dictionary to find a true meaning ... Read More »

Don’t miss Pickleball Championships!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala A while back I had asked for anyone who might know how to sew cancer caps for children, and I received a few very beautiful replies. I just wanted to thank those ladies who were so kind and caring to offer their assistance. I know our Marco Island Kiwanis Club was thrilled to receive their help! ... Read More »

The Ugly, the Bad and the Good – Not Necessarily in That Order

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Let’s start with the Bad. The 30-foot Brazilian Pepper (BP) tree invasion is killing our native mangroves on Isles of Capri by crowding them from the sunlight they need to survive. Native to South America, they were introduced as an ornamental tree, but Avast, me hearties, they’ve changed the landscape and threaten ... Read More »

Should the Tax Tail Wag the Dog?

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” ~ Frederic Chopin, Composer Question: How much will the possibility of tax reform influence financial markets, and should I wait until this is completed before reviewing my estate planning documents? Answer: There’s an old adage on Wall Street; “Don’t’ let ... Read More »

Evolution of a Butterfly

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com I’ve had a lot of wonderful experiences in my life, but none better than the magnificent creation of friendships over my lifetime. This is especially true in regards to those families I’ve become close with and observed the growth and additions to those families. Moving away from some of those friends was especially ... Read More »

Response to Brenna

The nearly three column dissertation by Judy Brenna cannot go unanswered, for its premise, evident in the last paragraph. Obviously, her main point was to impress us with her vast knowledge, albeit much of it Ideological claptrap, of history of the world. Her points are well taken, but some are lacking in factual nature. FACT: Jeff Sessions met with the ... Read More »

Marco’s Future

Since “Gotham” (Marco Island) became a City, The residents have endured all sorts of “Calamities” since the voters had the delusional idea of “local control.” The cartoon like cast of characters voted into office by the alleged “well informed” citizenry became the laughing stock of the County. We have endured inept, inane, hypocrites, pedophiles, drunks, megalomaniacs, use to bes, wanna ... Read More »

Immigrants

As a girl, I went to Public School That is where I learned the “Golden Rule”. School, community, home all taught the same And I learned “Democracy” was the name. By which my country lived and thrived A place where hopeful immigrants arrived They worked hard to raise their families Survived many heart breaks and realities. They loved America “Land ... Read More »

When Life Changes, So Should Your Beneficiaries

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Don’t let the possibilities be suffocated by procrastination. Go! Now!” ~ Robert H. Schuller, American Author (1926-2015) Question: My neighbor’s husband recently passed away and from what she’s told me it appears that things didn’t unfold as she thought they would. He told her she’d be “okay” and that’s not the case. How often ... Read More »

Artist Diane Reed Eiler Creates in Many Mediums But There’s Nothing “Medium” About Her Work

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Long time Isles of Capri resident Diane Reed Eiler has established her reputation for vibrant watercolors, stunning acrylics and beautifully created oil paintings. Recently, at the beautiful home of JR Rognrud, a showing of Eiler’s work was displayed in a gallery setting overlooking wide expanses of blue Gulf water from the second ... Read More »

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 »