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Turkey… Syria… and Beyond…

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers are probably aware of the fact that Turkey, over the past two months, has been run by an interim government. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was deprived of its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002. This situation has altered the center of power in Turkish politics and has also forced the AKP into a compromised foreign policy. The leadership of the AKP is now in “negotiations” with the main opposition parties CHP, MHP and HDP. President Tayyip Erdogan is AKP’s unofficial boss. As demanded by the Turkish Constitution, ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Roger Raymond

Roger Raymond at his desk. 
Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
formulating its sports program. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde Roger Raymond has stepped down as athletic director at the Marco Island Academy. Kelly Monnot, dean of students, and successful volleyball coach, takes over. I have known Roger Raymond since we met when the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) was getting off the ground some 17 years ago. His “aw shucks” straight ways caught me off guard when so many were playing it politically correct to get what turned out to be one of, if not the best, charter schools in Florida. There were many key people who believed in the absolute need for the school. ... Read More »

Easy Money?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The influences on stock prices are so numerous and so complex that no person has ever been able to predict the trend of stock prices with consistent success.” ~ As stated by Sir John Templeton in August, 1958. Question: Once again, there is talk all over the news of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. Please explain why they would raise rates and how it would affect the economy. I’m not clear on the relationship between these two variables. Answer: Let’s start by examining the role interest rates play in the overall economy. In the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: NOW LET’S HEAR THE TRUTH

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Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with all the commentaries by a few malcontents in this Island that will stop at nothing to get their way to further their personal agenda. There is enough blame to go around; the question is where do I begin? First a non-Island resident attacks a City Councilman at a public meeting with false and inaccurate information, all based on an illegally obtained report by a renegade Officer that is upset with the system and wants to use this as means to embarrass his superiors. He provides a copy of the report to a ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala An application for a TIGER VII Discretionary Planning grant application has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Collier Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project. This project, if awarded, will complete a 15 year, $200 million reconstruction effort to upgrade 15 miles of Collier Boulevard. The project will include construction of transportation infrastructure improvements along the Collier Boulevard corridor from Green Boulevard to I–75. The past growth, plus forecasted population growth, necessitates this expansion, and is planned to connect growing neighborhoods to the established commercial and employment areas. The project will not only expand Collier Boulevard, but ... Read More »

Guest Commentary

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Mr. Harris, try using facts instead of misinformation! In his most recent LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bill Harris once again attempts to mislead the Marco Island Community with misinformation and irrelevant statements. To wit: He specifically challenges my comments that despite the contention of a small group of people at the July 20 Regular Council Meeting that while they demanded that Council “listen to the people” that, in fact, the number of petitions submitted only represented about 20% of the registered voters. He states: “Councilor Sacher should recall that year 204 only showed about 36 percent overall voter turnout, so ... Read More »

Greece is the Word

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Complacency is a Problem.” ~ Ben Bernanke, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Question: Can you explain the relationship between Greece and the European Union? Answer: The European Union, also called the Eurozone (EZ), is an association of nineteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece, among others. The common denominator of this union is a shared currency, the Euro, to provide an effective exchange rate system to facilitate ease of trade. Today’s Greek drama focuses on the amount of debt that Greece originally brought to the union and continued to add to the balance ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chief of Police

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Message to the Community: As Chief of Police for the Marco Island Police Department, I am deeply concerned regarding recent allegations regarding the possibility of internal procedural violations, moreover potential criminal acts associated with the un-approved dissemination of an un-vetted police report. I have been meeting with the City Manager, staff and consulting with allied criminal justice professionals since early July when I was made aware of the facts. I regret that the concerned parties did not contact me personally, as the subsequent dialog would have answered many questions and reduced personal and community distress. It appears clear that certain ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: An Apology from Councilor Batte

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An Apology from Councilor Batte I want to take this opportunity to reach out to my fellow citizens on Marco Island, and to my fellow city Councilmen, to apologize for my words and tones surrounding a rental property across the canal from our home. I have re read the emails that I sent, and it is embarrassing to know that I allowed my emotions to do the talking. I ask your forgiveness. My actions in calling the Police are the actions any citizen should take, and I will continue to take such action, when I believe an ordinance has been ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Larry Sacher

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We the people? Marco City Council passed Rental Ordinance #15-01; a group of Citizens exercising the rights granted under our City Charter chose to file a petition calling for a Repeal of this Ordinance and subsequently met all of the requirements necessary to have the petition certified, including signed petitions equalling a total of at least 10% of the registered voters on Marco (approximately 12,500 as of 12/31/14). Needless to say, this Ordinance has brought out both detractors and defenders, and is quite controversial and emotional at this time.  City Council was given the choice to either amend the Ordinance, ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala The County Parks & Recreation Department is about to build a Wildlife Observation Tower at Tigertail Beach which will provide the public with an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this unique habitat, and will include handicap accessibility. Nature-based tourism is a rapidly growing pastime and provides a great economic benefit to the region. In 2006 this area of Tigertail/Sand Dollar Island was selected by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to become a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, and was chosen for its excellent bird watching opportunities. The area is nationally and internationally recognized ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

sky

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Mr. Smith woke up a bit early on that Sunday morning back in 1974. He poured a cup of coffee and walked out to grab the paper off the front step. He knew mornings were the best time to water the lawn so he walked around the side of the house to turn on the water for his sprinkler. He had just purchased the sprinkler from Bob’s Hardware & Lawn Emporium the week before. It was top of the line and he was proud of his acquisition. He looked up to view the spray that should ... Read More »

Angry … Disgusted … Frustrated…

Four Marines killed in Chattanooga. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It was a terrible week and a half for anyone who loves this country; who loves the idea of living in America; being an American; anyone who obeys the laws; works hard to achieve their dreams and who believes in service to our country is above all other pursuits in life. As a result, I am angry; I am disgusted and I am frustrated! I am angry… As father of a young daughter it has been heart wrenching and totally unreal and unbelievable for me to try and imagine what Kate Steinle’s dad must have ... Read More »

To Roth or Not to Roth?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “They are able because they think they are able.” ~ Virgil, 70 BC – 19 BC, Ancient Roman Poet   Question: What is the difference between a Roth IRA and a regular IRA? Is it true that I can convert my traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? Answer: Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are personal savings plans that provide tax benefits. The IRS allows certain favorable treatment of these assets to encourage U.S. taxpayers to contribute to these accounts as way to take responsibility for their future financial well-being. Let’s start by identifying differences ... Read More »

Summertime Fun

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Marco Island Fireworks were the best I’ve ever seen on Marco! They were truly amazing! Brian & Shirlee Barcic and the whole Barcic clan from Pennsylvania through Georgia were there, plus their great friends Larry & Annette Garafoli and Jose & Andrea Lima. We all agreed these fireworks were the best ones ever! Thank you to all who made this possible for all of us to see and celebrate our Freedom because of those who gave us that freedom. Along with the planned Fireworks, Mother Nature also demonstrated her ability to join in with the “dance ... Read More »

Greece… USA…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most of us grew up with our parents constantly and vigorously advising us NOT to borrow money, live within our means, spend only what you need to and save the rest; and if you have to borrow money, make sure you pay it back as soon as you possibly can. Even though I am pretty sure the same advice was doled out to our contemporaries; this may not have been the case in modern Greece. Over the years, various Greek governments adopted socialist principals, borrowed and spent money lavishly, passed laws to let people retire ... Read More »

Nationwide Healthcare Subsidies Upheld

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Health is not simply the absence of sickness.” ~Hannah Green, American Author, 1927-1996 Question: What are your thoughts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what will it do to the stock market? Answer: The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices voted 6-3 in the King vs. Burwell case stating that taxpayer money will pay for federally funded healthcare exchanges. These exchanges are essentially subsidized health-insurance plans for the states (including Florida) that chose not to create their own exchanges. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 11.7 ... Read More »

Social Security

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt   Question: I am confused, when is the best time to file for my social security benefits? Answer: Welcome to the great debate. There are numerous strategies for “maximizing” the receipt of your benefits. The short answer is that most people will be better off to delay filing for Social Security to provide for a higher lifetime income, maximized survivor benefits and longevity protection. Longer life spans make the decision of when to file more important than ... Read More »

Brand Names Sam’s Club, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and More, Coming Soon!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Soon the County Commission will be in recess for six weeks, and possibly some of you have wondered why we have a summer recess while others already asked. It started back in the 90’s when unhappy residents felt the Commissioners were approving land use issues and new developments while the residents were away on vacation or back up north to their summer home. After much complaining, the then-Commissioners decided to take a recess the last week of July and the month of August, which pleased the community. That effort was extended a little further two years ago ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

Lawn

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a late fall day; overcast with a breeze. The man stood in the driveway contemplating what to do with all the leaves that had accumulated in the yard. The yard wasn’t huge but was surrounded by dense woods so the leaves piled up quick and deep. Being so late in the season, an idea came to him. Rather than rake or blow the leaves away as was usual, he decided to hook the snow plow to the lawn tractor. What a tremendous idea, he said to himself smugly. It would save so much time. ... Read More »