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EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Gender Inequality in the Workplace, Home and Family

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By Roy Eaton   Many forms of discrimination exist in today’s society. People are differentiated by color, sexual orientation, athleticism, appearance, age, intellect, social standing and gender, to name a few. One of the most common forms that appear in nearly every facet of our daily lives, and an embarrassment to a developed nation such as ours, is the latter ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Time For Change

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On November 8th Americans went to the polls around the country and participated in what could best be described as a revolution of sorts. Throughout the nation men and women, young and old went to vote that day and sent a message that they would like to see a change in the direction ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers of this column may already know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I have celebrated every Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends going back to 1969, the year of my arrival to America as a college student. From my first Thanksgiving to the present day, this holiday warms my heart and ... Read More »

Ask The CFP®Practitioner: What’s Next?

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Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”  ~Alan Alda  Question: What are your thoughts on how the Trump presidency will influence the economy and financial markets? Answer: Just when you think there aren’t any surprises left in ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Baseless Claims Cause Damage

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com In today’s world of instantaneous news and the digital matrix that winds through our lives without missing a beat, how does an individual restore his good name and reputation after allegations are brought that are found to be baseless, months, and even years, after they have been on the front page? Such was ... Read More »

A Salute to Our Veteran…And All Veterans

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry He came to live with us from another state when he was eight. Up until his departure, raising a stepson was the hardest thing I had ever done. Through his pre-teen and teenage angst years, his ears were granite. He ignored us or paid lip service to our parenting; believe me, we ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: What’s New in East Naples?

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala For those who are interested in hearing firsthand from the new owners of the Outlet Mall, they will be speaking at a few meetings between November 17 & 18. The first will be to the Marco Island Kiwanis Club on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 AM at Stonewall’s Restaurant, and all are welcome! The same day ... Read More »

Councilman Batte Cleared

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For over a year now Councilman Joseph Batte has sat quietly awaiting a review of three ethics complaints brought against him by the former owner’s wife of a home that was the subject of numerous complaints by Batte and other neighbors due to excessive noise. Ms. Tracy Calvert, the wife of Brian Spina, the former owner ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: A Response to Tarik Ayasun’s Editorial

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One of the great things about the American nation is the diversity and breadth of its media. It’s so great that a piece like “November 8th: A most important day” can enjoy a full page spread in local press, merely by convincing the editor of its worth. (Coastal Breeze, Page A10, October 28). The author’s patriotic emotions are admirable, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response to Tarik Ayasun’s article in the Nov. 10 edition of Coastal Breeze News.

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Mr. Tarik Ayasun complaints in his opinion piece of November 10 that “those who live outside of the borders of this great county develop their opinions based on false and one sided information solely on ‘reporting’ done by probably the most biased and intellectually corrupt, deplorable press corps ever assembled in the history of this country.” (Have you done historical ... Read More »

Editorial & Opinion: Anthony Weiner’s Computer: FBI Director Blunders

By Barry Gwinn July 5th, FBI Director James Comey announced, on a nationally televised newscast, that the FBI had decided not to pursue further an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. He said that her actions did not rise to the level of criminal conduct, but admonished her for being careless and negligent in her use of a private email server ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Talk About REAL Hypocrisy!

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Talk About REAL Hypocrisy! Apparently, Larry Honig’s plan to elect his slate of four to take over the city is in jeopardy, and he has resorted to telling lies about me. Mr. Honig incorrectly stated that at a 2015 Council Meeting, as PRAC chair, I spoke about how I would configure a $7.5 million government building.  Absolutely false.  I will ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hypocrisy in the Park

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Hypocrisy in the Park Jerry Swiacki writes that “Veterans’ Community Park is not in jeopardy.” You wouldn’t know it from statements he has made publicly. In a city council meeting Oct. 5, 2015, Jerry Swiacki talked for 3 minutes about how he would configure a $7.5 million government building in the park. In a parks committee meeting (his is chairman) ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hey Now…What’s That Sound?

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Hey Now…What’s that sound? No, it’s not the quiet generated by the fact the elections are finally over. (Thank the heavens above!) It’s the sound you probably barely heard, that’s the sound of many of the island’s businesses closing their doors and locking their locks for the last time and closing forever. And the list gets longer every month. Don’t ... Read More »

Letter to Editor: Veterans’ Community Park is NOT in Jeopardy

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Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Veterans’ Community Park does not need saving.  It is safe under the prevue of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC).  Marco Island is NOT loosing control of the Park’s design and development.  No developer is in control of the Park’s design and development.  PRAC is on top of this too. For almost two years, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman gets my vote!

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Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming City of Marco Island Council election. Charlette Roman is the most accomplished candidate running this term with a proven successful background.  Charlette has a broad scope of experience, responsibility, and proven decision making skills that have ... Read More »

Letter to Editor: Disgust With Personal Attacks

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Recently the Letter to the Editor section of our local newspapers have been filled with letters regarding the upcoming City Council Election trying to sway voters to vote for their particular favorite candidate. Most of the letters have been positive and have pointed out the good qualities of the candidates that they support and some have been from candidates themselves ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Grifoni

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In our Marco Island City Council race this year, we can vote for four candidates. I hope you will join me in including Jared Grifoni as one of your four choices. He is an extremely bright attorney, an articulate speaker and has a solid grasp on the issues and solutions needed for Marco Island. Jared is the type of person who can ... Read More »