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Real Estate, a Sector of Its Own

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: I’ve heard that real estate is being added as a new sector to the stock market. Is this true? Answer: Yes, you’re right. As of August 31, 2016 stock-exchange listed real estate companies officially became a sector of their own. Prior to this, real estate fell under the financial sector. Some investors thought that real estate was overshadowed and lost by being included with banks and brokerages in the financial sector. Now that companies primarily engaged in real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs) have their own dedicated sector, their popularity and volatility ... Read More »

Marco’s Real Estate Inventory, Prices Rise

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January-August 2016 to January-August of 2015. According to President Dick Shanahan, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $461,685,149 for the period January-August 2016 v. $569,939,340 for the same time frame in 2015. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January-August comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 7.83% (1,293 v. 1,199). New single family listings coming on the market in the January-August comparison of 2016 ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part 3 Coping With Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton  I sat motionless, stunned by what I heard. My heart began to race for I feared that I might lose my partner and best friend. An hour later I was informed the removal was successful and that she would be going home in a day or two. The event would take its toll for I would soon again experience the symptoms of severe angina. I started a new job and was quite content with my position and co-workers. But, in the winter of 1996, I collapsed while at work and was rushed to the hospital where I ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike accidents, football injuries, etc.) with two parks right close by: East Naples Community Park – home to the Pickleball Championship Tournaments as well as many other Pickleball tournaments and many children’s programs and soccer games, plus Sugden Park – home ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ocean Habitats

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Ocean Habitats My home on Perrine Court was built in 1996 and my wife and I have fished off the back sea wall with our 3 children, 3 nephews who live on the Island, and now 5 grandchildren, as well as countless house guests over the year and therefore I believe I have had “good perspective” of the number and type of fish we would catch over those 20 years. We have the good fortune of have Jim Timmerman as a neighbor and when he approached me about the possibility of having one of the “Ocean Habitats” installed below our ... Read More »

Respect For Our Great Nation

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides Our community showed its true patriotic colors this last weekend as we gathered to commemorate the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Those events galvanized our nation’s resolve to respond to the attacks on freedom and democracy with a united message that America will never falter in our support of the foundations of our liberty and support of our democratic principles. The loss of life at the World Trade Centers, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 will forever be burnt into our memories. We will never forget the sacrifices of our ... Read More »

Pointing Fingers

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By Jory Westberry This year, more than any in recent memory, has been a political hotbed of accusations, misinformation, prevarication and unprofessional behavior. One has to wonder, “What in the world (or USA) is going on here? Didn’t we used to look to our leaders as Leaders? Weren’t we motivated by their education, articulation, humble beginnings, sincerity and humanity? We now have candidates campaigning for the highest offices in our land, our states and for important local positions, who have questionable character, demeaning attitudes to most everyone in our country (and out of our country) and little or no accountability ... Read More »

Funding Your Future

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin “Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” – Lucretius, Roman Philosopher, 99-55 BC Question: What is the best way to start spending funds during retirement? Answer: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, exact scientific formula or precise system to use when it’s time to start taking withdrawals from your retirement funds. It’s more of a subjective and ongoing process that depends on a number of variables. A few of these factors include how much you’re starting with, life expectancy, health status, family financial needs, market performance, inflation, and an understanding that income requirements may change during different phases ... Read More »

Big Changes Ahead on 951/Collier Boulevard

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Coastal Comments By Donna Fiala What fun it will be to write this column! First and foremost, no matter where I go people ask me what is happening with the old “skeleton building” at the corner of Davis Boulevard and 951/Collier Boulevard, the old, almost decaying structure that has been sitting there as a greeting to all of us. Well, I got the happiest call I’ve had in a long time. The owner of the site, the Benderson Company, was nice enough to call to let me know they finally have a great business who will be building on that ... Read More »

Tomorrow is Promised to No One

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More Straight Talk By Steve “Stef” Stefanides I think every generation that has come before us can point to the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetime. Some of those changes may have been positive, while others are of a questionable nature and may result in adjustments to our thought process going forward. I’ve always enjoyed sitting with so many of you, as you’ve spoken of your experiences and the changes you’ve had the opportunity to witness on a personal basis. Some of our veterans who served in World War II or Korea have always had some very interesting ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response on Short Term Rentals

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In response to City Council candidate Jared Grifoni’s letter, his remarks regarding short-term rentals are alarming. His solution is to have a “3 year reevaluation.” For the past 15 years, residents have been trying to get the City to give us a common-sense ordinance to protect residents who live in single-family residential areas. Committees were formed, meetings were held, stall tactics were put into play. The only help residents received is the newly enacted noise ordinance with the help of Ken Honecker. Residents need two things:  to enforce the noise ordinance not just monitor it, and limit single family homes to a single family, ... Read More »

Guest Commentary: Protect Our Tortoises – You Can Help

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Marco Island offers a beautiful and diverse habitat that is home to many native species. Nearly everyone knows about the burrowing owls that live with us in our neighborhoods, but many may not be as familiar with our other burrowing animal – the gopher tortoise, a large, long-lived reptile. The life of a gopher tortoise revolves around a tunnel-like burrow that the tortoise excavates using its shovel-like front feet. Burrows can be up to 40 feet long and reach 10 feet in depth. Each burrow has a single opening, and the width of the burrow is approximately equal to the ... Read More »

What Does “Back to School” Mean to You?

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RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry What memories do the words, “Back to School” tickle in your head? An end to goofing off and feeling so free that when the wind blows through your hair it erases any schedule you had? The time to play was paramount to even eating lunch or dinner when you were called; you dutifully looked apologetic when reprimanded for being late, while in your heart you wanted to keep playing forever. “Back to School” means many things to many people. For the retailers it’s a much needed lift after the sultry summer with clothing sales, ... Read More »

Am I a Bag Lady Yet? Don’t Let Short-term Risk Dominate Your Investment Strategy

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: Do I need to worry about becoming a bag lady yet? Answer: This is the question a friend asked me on Saturday morning at the gym, while we waited for our class to start. Doomsday concerns aren’t uncommon, especially in response to recent market volatility and current political and economic events. Between our warm-up stretches, and cardio, I reminded my friend that there’s a long way between her and a zero, so the likelihood of becoming a bag-lady is quite remote. It’s easy though to understand why people feel emotional and frightened; just turn ... Read More »

Election 2016: Learn the Facts Before You Vote

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides 2016 continues to be an election year that has Americans shaking their heads as to the choices they have at the ballot box. This year we will have the opportunity to elect office holders that range from the highest office in the land, in addition to candidates for some of the more local, state and federal offices which are up for election. It was Winston Churchill that said; “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating and flower arrangements and holidays, etc. I believe the big difference is that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, but Michael’s is open 7 days a week, and Michael’s is quite a bit smaller. I think there’s plenty of business ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Clarification

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In your last edition, a letter writer mentioned the comprehensive rental ordinance and I wanted to address their question. One of my goals of this campaign has been to speak with as many Marco Island citizens as possible so please email me at jared@jaredgrifoni.com at any time to discuss the issues. Regarding the comprehensive rental ordinance I was against it because I felt it had morphed from an effort to find an appropriate solution to the problems surrounding some short-term rentals into a large and unnecessary city bureaucracy that ultimately wouldn’t have accomplished its intended goal. This became clear to me ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Beaches

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Marco Beaches I’m not usually a complainer. Having said that, people should know that a lot of money was spent moving sand around our Marco beach this summer. This was done to fill in low areas that were accumulating rain water. Big loud machines worked night and day from Residents Beach to South Seas Towers. After several weeks of this, it seems to have helped one area and moved the problem to another. All the walkers from Tigertail Park, who walk around the lagoon to the gulf, now are walking through slippery odorous muck on a dry day, and watery ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education

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By Jory Westberry If you’ve been following the campaign rhetoric during campaigning for the Collier County School Board, you may have heard the term “Classical Education” proposed by two candidates as the ideal education for the students in Collier County schools. But what is it and how does it compare to the education our students are receiving now? Classical education began with the Greeks and Romans over 1,000 years ago and declined during the 1800s with the Progressive belief that students “learn by doing,” rather than memorizing. Classical education is based on the Trivium subjects, which are grammar, logic and ... Read More »

Critical Wildlife Areas

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By Charlette Roman State-designated Critical Wildlife Areas, or CWAs, established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), are very important for the preservation of our local environment. These specified areas ensure that the most vulnerable wild creatures are protected for future generations. Because wildlife will concentrate in a CWA, we can protect large numbers by closing off a very small area. Marco Island benefits by having two CWAs. The Big Marco Pass CWA, which includes all of Sand Dollar and parts of Tigertail lagoon, was designated as a Critical Wildlife Area in 1988. This FWC-managed area protects shorebirds ... Read More »