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Memorial Day…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Spending this Mother’s Day Sunday with my wife, her mom and dad and my son and our two grandchildren, waiting anxiously for the barbecue to start, the farthest thing from our minds is the Civil War. It is hard to believe only a mere 150 or so years ago, our nation was divided and our country was covered with the blood of brother killing brother. After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Memorial Day ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala The Tamiami Crossings Shopping Center is now in the beginning stages of construction on 951/Collier Blvd, immediately north of the Walmart Shopping Center. You may have noticed the area being cleared, with lots of heavy machinery on site. For those of you who might not recognize the name, it’s the Kite Realty Company’s newest addition to that intersection (they already own the Shoppes at Eagle Creek, where the Fresh Market, Burger Fi, Panera Bread and Hoots are located). On this new site will be retail shops including Steinmart, Marshall’s, Ross, a pet store and more, plus a couple ... Read More »

HUMOR: That Reminds Me…

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was the second day of a moving sale. Like animals sense fear, people sensed it was bargain time. A man walked over to the table marked ‘All Items – $10’. He picked up one item and turned it around in his hands for a moment. “How much is this?” “Ten dollars,” was the reply to him. “I’ll give you five for it,” he said with the grin of a man about to get a deal. “Sold!” The man handed over his five-dollar bill. He took a step toward the exit, turned and asked: “What is ... Read More »

The Key to Life is Balance

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” General George S. Patton   Question: What are your thoughts on interest rates? Answer: When it comes to making predictions, I’ve learned over the years that it is helpful to plan for occasional economic wildcards and look for trends rather than absolutes. Current events such as dramatically lower oil prices, international tensions, a stronger than expected U.S. dollar and dramatically lower oil prices all influence interest rates and make it difficult to predict the timing of any movements. While expectations might be for rates to move ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: April 6th Meeting Agenda Item

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An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fireworks

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Dear Business Owners and Island Residents, As a community, we are moving forward with plans for the 2015 Independence Day Celebration on Marco Island to take place on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. The Marco Island City Council contributes $21,000 in funding (one half of the total cost) for this very important community event.  The remainder of the funds must be raised from business and resident donations.  I am asking you ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kenneth E. Honecker

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An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Suzanne Piro

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Gentlemen, Thank you all for your commitment to Marco Island and enduring an entire day’s and evening session toward giving our citizens the best possible place to live in the country.  You all do a thankless job with little compensation and many headaches Thank you, especially, for two forward moving venues: water rates and the rental ordinance.  In terms of the water rate structure, I am pleased that you are finally moving in a positive direction.  It made little sense to going backward to a Water Rate Utility Board/Committee….has they say been there done that…. The water rates need to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald Swiacki

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Responsibility.  Accountability.  Safety.  Equality.  These are the issues regarding the rental ordinance.   After much debate over several months in public, at the Planning Advisory Board and as City Council Meetings the members of City Council passed a comprehensive ordinance regarding rental properties.  Without this ordinance property owners could not be identified because they did not have to register.  Any problems with that property from short term renters regarding noise, occupancy and safety issues could not be addressed because the responsible person could not be found. Condo owners needed to be included.  They should not be treated separately from home owners.  ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Linda J. Turner

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The Marco Island Property Owners, (MIPO), Board of Directors thanks Council Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilors Batte, Honecker and Petricca for voting in favor of the Rental Ordinance. MIPO thanks all councilors for devoting many hours of service. Most Marco Island property owners worked many years to save their hard earned dollars so that they could afford to live on this beautiful island expecting a reasonable quality of life.   In time, many of these property owners witnessed their neighborhood transform from a friendly residential community to a rental/hotel business next door with new customers arriving every week. The Rental Ordinance ... Read More »

Online Identity and Your Legacy

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder   Question: Having just lost my mother, I’m now more aware than ever of how important it is to make things as easy as possible for my loved-ones after I’m gone or for when I cannot manage my own affairs. It was extremely difficult to gain access to my Mom’s on-line information for bill paying, email and other matter further complicating the situation. What recommendations can you make? Answer: First, my condolences on the loss of your mother. ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Just in time, the Goodland Fire Protection services, handled by the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Team, was rescued, thanks to a visit to my office by City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Counsel chairman Larry Sacher, and also Mike Barbush and Barry Gwinn who phoned from Goodland to alert me to a topic coming up for a vote by the County Commission shortly. We were able to rescue that service and keep Goodland fire protection where it belongs: with the Marco Island Fire Department. Team work at its finest! *Have you ever heard of a WaWa? When ... Read More »

A Terrible Agreement…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com   We negotiate for one thing or another almost every day of our lives. The idea behind any negotiation is for the negotiators to try and get the best deal for themselves. When one negotiates with a friend or a foe, one must remember that at any point during the negotiations a point will be reached where both sides will feel comfortable and that is the point an agreement is reached. It is always best to negotiate from a point of power and strength. If you have a thousand Dollars cash in your pocket and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Nead

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Dear Council Members: As Manager of Cozumel Condominium at Cape Marco I would like to present our strong opposition to the proposed Rental Ordinance. Cozumel Condominium requires rentals to be minimum of 90 days which instills a sense of ownership in our renters; many of whom return year after year and have never been a problem. Also most condominiums on Marco Island have in house management companies to handle any problems that might occur day to day. Also, most of our owners who rent their homes use the services of rental agencies on the island which do a great job ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr Wm. & Kimberly Harris

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Once again the city of Marco Committee Members are trying to penalize those of is that own property & do properly maintain their property & inform our renters of the ordinances of the City of Marco. There are a few individuals that do not inform their renters of these ordinances & do not properly maintain their property.  For this they are going to make us all suffer their consequence. Thus they are going to make all of us owners pay more.  Causing us to increase our rental fees.  This will only deter people from coming to Marco to rent. Causing ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael Memoli

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Dear Council Member I am writing you to express my concerns with the Marco Island Rental Ordinance, currently before the City Council, which would include condominiums in the new regulations. I am an owner of a condominium on Marco Island and believe this ordinance will have negative, far reaching effects on the City of Marco Island and its property owners by reducing the size of the available rental market, reducing the influx of visitors, decreasing the seasonal dollars spent, increasing property owners liability exposure, and increasing work for Boards and Property Management. I strongly encourage the City Council to exclude ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rod Thole

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It’s a Matter of Trust. With the outbreak of emails, and letters again being sent to Marco Island City Councilors, on “reconsideration” of the rental ordinance, it becomes abundantly clear that the Council is again breaking trust with the electorate. The matter of exempting condominiums was debated over many months. Deliberations occurred with considerable input of the citizenry. Condominium owners wrote letters and emails, they appeared at City Council meetings to plead their case, and they met with individual Councilors to explain why including condominiums was poor public policy. Now all of that citizen involvement and input, and the decision ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi

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Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

All in the Family

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By Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com Question: I’m a bit uneasy with my children and grandchildren’s abilities to manage the family finances after I’m gone. What tips or suggestions might you have?   Answer: Not knowing your family, but based on studies by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, your concern is justified. The unfortunate reality is that 70 percent of family wealth disappears when passed to the next generation. All too frequently, the first generation builds the wealth, the second expands it and the third generation loses it, having to start over. With an estimated $30 Trillion (yes, that’s with a ... Read More »