Tag Archives: citizens

Challenges Face Our Nation on Its Birthday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Like the vast majority of Americans I am saddened and disillusioned by the continued ratcheting up of the hate filled speeches and rhetoric which fill the political discourse of the day. It was inevitable that violence would spill from the hate filled environment that has been created in our nation, and we unfortunately ... Read More »

Operation Panther Relocation

Our biologists successfully captured and relocated an approximately 1½ -year-old male panther from an area in Lee County with very limited suitable habitat, thanks to citizens who contacted us. The panther was lingering in a neighborhood very close to a busy four-lane highway. The young, 75-pound panther had likely recently left its mother in search of new territory, a behavior ... Read More »

6-Month Report from the City Council Chairman

City council elections took place six months ago, so this is a good occasion to take a look at what has been accomplished over the past half year, and what the Marco Island community can expect in the next six months. City council authorized a nationwide search for a new city manager, and we should attract an incredible person for ... Read More »

A Coup Attempt in America

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com On November 8, 2016, we held elections in the United States of America. The results were truly stunning. Mr. Donald J. Trump, an unconventional candidate, an outsider to politics, a successful businessman, who is not a member of the so-called establishment won 306 electoral votes and solidly defeated the candidate of the Democrat party who ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: The Gavel is Passed 

It is with great excitement that I pass the president’s gavel to Dave Rice, a leader and motivator in the Marco Island community. I am also excited to work with our new board members and look forward to my new role as secretary of the board for the Caxambas Republican Club. My husband Jim Lane and I came to Marco ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach took almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. At their April 10 meeting, they offered that ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response to Request for Volunteers

I am sure it must be an administrative oversight that I haven’t been contacted to serve the city on the Audit Advisory Committee. I responded over a year ago to a request for volunteers for various volunteer boards. The selection criteria as I recall was a willingness to serve on a volunteer basis and have some demonstrated civic activity in ... Read More »

Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Searching for a Searcher

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  A RFP (Request for Proposal) has been sent out by the city to acquire the services of an executive search firm to begin the process of hiring a new city manager for the community. Former City Manager Roger Hernstadt tended his letter of resignation on February 6 to be effective on July 7, 2017, however council ... Read More »

Citizen-Scientist for Horseshoe Crabs

Spring is approaching and that means it is peak mating season for horseshoe crabs. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public to report horseshoe crab sightings. Horseshoe crabs mate year-round, and spring is the peak season to see them in groups along the shore. To identify mating pairs, look for a smaller male ... Read More »

Defining the ‘Good Old Days’

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Over the years I’ve had the privilege of being involved in many organizations and activities on the island since moving here fulltime in 1990. Purchasing on Marco in 1986 was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my lifetime and I truly enjoy calling Marco my home. One of those organizations ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Is the Press an ‘Enemy of the American People’?

The President of the United States and approximately 40 representatives of 12 states on 12/15/91 signed into law five basic liberties for the citizens of America. That was December 15, 1791 and is our country’s Bill of Rights, which contains ten amendments. The First Amendment protects five basic freedoms, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, ... Read More »

Open Letter to Mr. Roger Hernstadt

Dear Mr. Hernstadt: I am very sorry to hear of your resignation as Marco Island’s City Manager. It is regrettable that some of our councilors failed to set aside emotions and find a civil, constructive, businesslike manner in which to work with you on their issues of concern. It was the hope of many citizens that these issues would be ... Read More »

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for ... Read More »

Slate Not True Voice

As many of you know by now, Roger Hernstadt, our City Manager, has resigned last night at City Council meeting. If you voted for the “Slate” of Jared Grifoni, Howard Reed, and Charlotte Roman, and wanted the City Manager gone, you got what you wanted. If you are unconcerned or uninformed citizens that voted for the “Slate,” then you got ... Read More »

Service to His Community is Just Natural

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since his arrival on Marco Island as a vacationer in 1987, Jim Curran saw something special in the small island he would eventually call his fulltime home. In 1992 he would purchase a unit at Smokehouse Bay Condominiums. In 1999 he and his wife Lori relocated here on a permanent basis and never looked back. Jim ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Behavior

  Lady and Gentlemen, It is with great regret that I have to send you this Email. I was hoping that after the initial few council meetings after the election, much of the rancor directed toward the City Manager would stop. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it has only gotten worse. The way some of you continually belittle Roger Hernstadt is ... Read More »

Some Perspective on Border Security

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It’s not about being against immigration or immigrants, it’s about doing things legally. The United States must be the only country without full control of her borders. This is not just crazy but it is also very dangerous in the world we live in today. Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium learned about having open borders ... Read More »