Editorial

Reflections on the Past

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I sit here and write this many of you are scurrying around to take down your Christmas decorations and pack them away carefully for next year’s celebration. Many have even done a little strategic shopping for next year’s home or business decorating contest, while taking advantage of the big discounts on those ... Read More »

Making This Year Even Better

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala 2017 is already here and I feel like I haven’t finished half of 2016! Gosh that year went by quickly. Now I’m sitting back and taking a look at the last year and planning on what I can do better in this coming year. There is always so much room for improvement, and I just have ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

It’s a Work in Progress

Ask The CFP®  Practitioner Question: During the holiday break we took the advice offered in your last column and held a holiday huddle to review family finances. Although awkward at first, I think everyone was a bit relieved now that we’ve discussed the “what ifs.” What’s next? Answer: Now it’s “go time!” If you have a plan in place, be sure ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Grinch is Alive and Well on Marco

By: Robert Nace Four days to Christmas and after weeks of greeting residents and visitors to Marco Island, Merry Christmas signs were removed from city right of ways. Up steps the Grinch, Mr. Ray Netherwood who used his political influence and friendship with fellow Libertarian Jared Grifoni to force his view and opinion on our residents. Official emails indicate that ... Read More »

Bright and Cheery This Time of Year!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala  The Marco Island Christmas Island Style Parade was spectacular this year with so many people enjoying the music, laughing, costumes and lights. What a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas season. The streets were filled with throngs of people dressed for the parade as they celebrated along the route. There were children everywhere, waving and ... Read More »

Wishing Public Safety Personnel a Happy Holiday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com As I write this week’s column, I am very aware of the wonderful celebrations that are ongoing across this great nation of ours. Families, neighbors and friends are celebrating this glorious holiday season. However, as many of you know, I have a background in both the fire service and law enforcement. I cannot ... Read More »

Make it Count in SO MANY WAYS

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…” Take a moment to ponder which American president made this statement and, true to his beliefs, followed through. He not only served his country, he was ethical, looked for the positive in people and situations and sought ways to ... Read More »

Santa Claus Rally & Holiday Huddle

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind . . .” ~ A Miracle on 34th Street What does the term Santa Claus Rally mean? The Santa Claus Rally is a catchy phrase and it is cheery to think that even Wall Street receives a visit from Old Saint Nick. Many ... Read More »

More Straight Talk: The True Meaning of Christmas

Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com There has been much said about the “commercialization” of the Christmas holidays. One might only have to walk into any of the big box stores to see the display of Christmas decorations and ornaments as early as October. Six foot high inflatable Santas can be seen alongside Halloween lawn decorations, while our mailboxes become stuffed with ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS: A Christmas Message

By: Donna Fiala It looks like the long awaited improvement and upgrading to a business for the “Skeleton Building” will have to wait longer. Although we all heard that BJ’s Wholesalers was in negotiations with the shopping center owners to bring that outline of a business into a fantastic business in just the right area, there was one catch. They ... Read More »

Planning to Give

Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” ~William Wordsworth Question: What are the best ways to make gifts to charitable organizations? Answer: That’s a common question that comes up each year around the holidays. For that reason, let’s review how to best fulfill your charitable inclinations and make a difference ... Read More »

Another Great Place to Dine on Isles of Capri? You Bet!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Thirty-five years ago, Grandpa Mikey Cooper moved his family “lock, stock and barrel” from the Tennessee hills to tropical Isles of Capri. Extended family from Oklahoma pitched in to help rehab “Poor Paul’s Fish Camp,” formerly an original 50s bait, tackle and grocery store, to create the remodeled Pelican Bend restaurant. There ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

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

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

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…

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?

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

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 »