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Resilience is the Key

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James, American Philosopher (1842-1910) Question: What are your thoughts concerning the financial markets response to Brexit and the overall performance of stocks and bonds so far for the year? Answer: We’ve certainly had our share of uncertainty and volatility in the first half of 2016. There are a variety of reasons but let’s start with Brexit. This is the term given to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) after 40 years. Obviously, this hit markets hard and the long-term effects remain ... Read More »

About Travel and More

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Here’s a “hopeful” item that will affect many, but mostly those who travel U.S. 41E starting at the new widened road from 951 East to Greenway Road. When the FDOT widened that road they never installed any streetlights, or sidewalks, or pathways. The folks in that area, mainly those living in Reflection Lakes and Imperial Wilderness, brought their concerns to my office because of their fears that nothing can been seen in the darkness, and it gets very dark in the winter months. We all remember when the FDOT didn’t install streetlights in the section of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Letter to Fire Chief Mike Murphy

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Dear Chief Murphy, Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I am a writer for the Coastal Breeze News and have written 6 articles on the plight of Goodland Road since last November. I went down to the road during the height of each of the five daytime floodings and took photos. None of these floodings was the result of a hurricane. Only one was related to a tropical storm which passed way off shore and was entering the panhandle bend, far to the north when the flooding occurred. Until Sunday June, 5th, I had never witnessed your EMS vehicles trying ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McComas

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After more than 25 years helping young men overcome a troubled past, the Department of Juvenile Justice has chosen to cease operations at AMIkids Big Cypress. We, the current members of the Board of Trustees, want to thank all those organizations and individuals who have contributed their time and resources to this effort. The individuals are too numerous to mention by name, but please know that our sincere thanks go out to each and every one of you. Michael McComas AMIkids Big Cypress Board of Trustees Ellen Vanderburg – Chairman Denise Murphy – Vice Chairman Joe Paterno Arlene Austin Patrick ... Read More »

The Computer Age

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By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there were no readily available computers. Teachers knew the basic stuff about reading, writing and arithmetic. As kids, many of us learned – maybe secretly – to count on our fingers. The arithmetically challenged also used their toes. In those days ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman for Marco City Council

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After much thought, I have decided to run for the Marco Island City Council. I have lived on the island for 14 years, retiring here after a successful 26-year career in the U.S. Army. As veterans know, my military career hardwired leadership, integrity and service in me. Since my arrival on Marco Island, I have stepped up to contribute to our community. In 2002, when our young city had difficulty getting people for the Planning Board, I volunteered and was ultimately appointed to serve twice, from 2004 – 2006 and 2013 – present. Additionally, I have served on several other ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton and the FBI A Retired Agent Weighs In

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By Barry Gwinn When I heard that the FBI had recommended that no prosecution be undertaken of presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, I was dumbfounded. But not for the reasons you might think. On July 5, FBI Director James B. Comey called a press conference and announced that the FBI wouldn’t be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for alleged mishandling of classified material on her private email server. I spent 31 years as an FBI special agent, mostly investigating and aiding in the prosecution of criminal cases. I am also versed in the history of the FBI and was ... Read More »

Guest Commentary Guest Commentary on Dairy Consumption

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By Larissa Bersh Writer Larissa Bersh is a high school student at Marco Island Academy and will begin her junior year this fall.  Even as a young person, it feels as if the world around me is constantly changing. Not a day goes by that doesn’t bring news of a scientific breakthrough or groundbreaking medical discovery that alters what we thought we knew as fact. It goes without saying that, as our knowledge continues to grow, we do our best to adapt to these changes. But sometimes we find ourselves stuck deep in a rut of tradition, shielded by the ... Read More »

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com In the last column we discussed how financial planning involves so much more than just managing an investment portfolio. We explored several aspects of cognitive changes associated with Alzheimer’s and the concerns this evokes relative to financial planning. As promised, today we’ll cover five distinct financial management issues related to conversations with caregivers and family members dealing with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive ability changes. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) AgeLab developed a five-element framework to discuss financial planning in the context of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. I was invited to visit MIT’s ... Read More »

Summer News

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness, it’s awfully warm out there, but we have a beautiful paradise to enjoy. *Very soon we should start seeing the installation of landscaping along the 951 median connecting Mainsail Dr. to Fiddler’s Creek. No sooner will they finish that section than we again apply to the FDOT for another grant to continue the process until we finish the project all the way to U.S. 41 E. With the summer rains, the landscaping should take hold easily once the project starts. *You might have noticed that a few of our favorite restaurants are closing for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Droning on Agai

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Please, not another LTE from Councilor Rios “droning “on again about Veterans’ Community Park! You must think that you are a crusader for all Marco Island citizens with your constant LTE’s and the television news blurb airing of all your disagreements.   You are not.  You are embarrassing. Please learn to work with City Council, Gerard Baio Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ian D. Small

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My wife and I are English and since our retirement we have been lucky enough to spend our last fifteen winters on Marco Island. Can you imagine yourself happy with a situation where the USA was a member of an “American Union”, comprising Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, seven countries in Central America and twelve countries in South America? The government of the Union would be based in, say, Equador and would have authority to pass laws which the US Congress had no option but to accept. The Court of Justice , based in Honduras, would have precedence over your Supreme Court. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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As many of you know I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. The overarching theme of the campaign has been to unite Marco Island. For too long our city has been divided up, often times pitting neighbor against neighbor, for short-term political gain. I am running for City Council to represent our entire island community. I am an independent-thinker and I’ve pledged to listen to our citizens on the issues not just throughout the campaign but over the next four years. To that end, since I have announced my campaign I have had the pleasure of meeting with ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Future of Our Parks

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Dearest Members of Our Community, It has been quite a while since I’ve written something for publication in our local news media, but some recent events have left me compelled to do so in the hopes of helping people understand in its entirety an issue which has come before our city councilors. As a Member of PRAC, I have had the honor of participating in an extensive discussion regarding one of our city’s most valuable features: Veterans Community Park. As a committee, PRAC has spent hundreds of hours visiting local groups, holding workshops, and reviewing surveys within our home town ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Soapfest Charity Weekend

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To all of you who volunteer at “Soapfest”, I’d like to say, “Thanks”. Year after year, my roommate, Frankie Bianca and I travel to Marco Island for a weekend of outstanding events. It’s the hightlight of our year! You see, we’re two of the special needs kids who begin the weekend on Saturday morning, painting with the stars.  It’s so much fun, sitting at a table with one of the “soap stars” and painting a picture with them. They are terrific people; can you imagine they travel from Los Angeles or New York just to be with us. I think they ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor Letter to the Editor: Response to Swiacki Addresses Goodland Road

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Dr. Swiacki, I understand you are running for City Council and as such I read, with great interest, your Letter to the Editor regarding Goodland Road. I have to offer many corrections to the assertions you have made, and I hope you take these corrections in the spirit of getting a better understanding of the facts. I am a native son of Collier County – going back to 1963. I am also a professional civil engineer with 25 years of experience in the state of Florida; having owned a civil engineering and land surveying company that has continuing engineering and ... Read More »

Myth Busters: Alzheimers and Dementia Planning for Uncertainty Part II

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.” – Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American philosopher and Louisa May Alcott’s father. Question: I’m concerned about the possibility of my parent developing Alzheimer’s or experiencing some sort of cognitive decline. What advice can you offer? Answer: Having experienced this heartbreaking disease in my own family is one of the reasons I chose this career. Having the difficult and tender conversations with those we love before it’s too late is critical. It’s important to discuss financial, legal and caregiving plans with our families at all ... Read More »

More Changes to Come

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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

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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?

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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 »