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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…

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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…

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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 »

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Donna Fiala It’s amazing to me how people with a special talent seem to be attracted to one another, such as a talent in music. It seems musical people are attracted to other people with the same talent, or creative people are attracted to creative counterparts, like Sandy and Jim Johnson, Tara and George O’Neill, Phil Fisher and Natalie Guess, Paul and Eileen Arsenault, and Janice and Dave Wohl. I met Janice at a craft show where she was displaying her creative sewing work: designs on towels, blouses and shirts, names on clothing, special occasion aprons and assorted other sewing ... Read More »

That Reminds Me…

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was sundown on the St. Croix River in late spring. The river rats were gathered on the island as was usual all summer long. Youthful enterprise reared its ugly head as one of the rats proposed a swim across the channel. It was getting dark but three strapping lads stepped up and accepted the proposal. They dove into the cool water and began their odyssey. It was about 200 yards across and the waning moon didn’t help navigation. After what seemed much longer than it actually was, they made landfall on the other side. It ... Read More »

Elections in Turkey…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com On Sunday June 7, 2015, Turks in Turkey and all over the world voted in general elections. This was a most important election from many points of view, especially from the USA’s point of view, as the results may actually affect the events in the Middle East. Those of you who follow international politics may already know that Turkey has been ruled by the Islamist leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its charismatic leader Mr. Tayyip Erdogan. After serving three consecutive terms as Prime Minister, Mr. Erdogan ran for the usually symbolic office of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: William and Joan Brannick

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We have been a condo owner for 15 yrs. at The Village at Smokehouse Bay and 3 yrs. at Bayside Club. Our condo rules and board control and address any problems with renters. In addition they have background checks prior to renting. I am a tax payer on 2 properties . I do not need an ordinance to ensure that we are renting our properties to responsible tenants. We are strongly against condos being included in the rental ordinance . Thank you, William and Joan Brannick Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank R. Recker, DDS

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I just actually performed a cursory review of the rental ordinance for the first time. The only ‘winner’ in this attempt to regulate rentals will be the City Attorney who will be required to defend multiple legal challenges.  I think there are unconstitutional provisions in the ordinance and would hope that the City obtained a formal written opinion from the City Attorney’s law firm that this ordinance is constitutional and will withstand legal challenges.  I would also hope that the City liability carrier has ‘signed off’ on this ordinance to the extent it will be called upon to defend and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kathy Campbell

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10% of voters are required to sign a petition in the month of June, is this fair? I implore everyone eligible to vote, please turn in your signed copy of the petition by May 18th. Real estate offices and the Marco Board of Realtors are collecting them, as you cannot mail one copy with standard postage. More laws will not lead to peace, but injustice to our property owners. Empower law enforcement and ticket offenders. Do you believe it is fair that property owners will be regulated like hotels if they rent by the month or week? No it is not! Renters can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rafael Curquejo

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I have been a regular visitor to Marco Island.  In fact my wife and I got married on the Island on 11.11.11   We love the island and are hoping to permanently move there in the next 24 months. Your new short term rental regulation is a deal breaker for us to invest in Marco. It makes 2nd home ownership harder and in my opinion it affects the marketability of a property. Once you own it makes it tougher by adding certain regulations and expenses to the equation. I totally understand from other Local Realtors that some landlords may have neglected ... Read More »