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Money in Motion; What’s Next?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Question: My business sold and the transaction will close next quarter. What are your thoughts on how to proceed? I don’t want to overlook anything. Answer: As with all major changes, my first recommendation is to go slowly. The financial strength, stability and integrity of the professionals and institutions you work with is critically important. There will be plenty of people who’ll be happy to offer suggestions on what you should do with the proceeds, unfortunately, all of them may not have your best interest at ... Read More »

Can Al-Anon Help?

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Submitted  Heavy drinkers commonly say that their drinking is not as serious a problem as some people may think. People who are close to them also have a tendency to minimize how seriously the drinker’s alcohol abuse has affected them. They are trying to keep things as normal as possible under conditions that are sometimes unbearable.   How Can Al-Anon Help? A Member Shares Her Story Submitted  In November of 2011 I picked up a pamphlet in the doctor’s office titled “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” and browsed through it. Words began to leap off the pages at me and aroused feelings that I ... Read More »

Don’t Wait to Evacuate

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By Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino At 6:30 AM on October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall at Cape Romano, seven miles south of Marco Island, with 125 mph winds and torrential rain. Wilma, a Category 3 hurricane, left widespread damage to South Florida that was estimated at $22.3 billion dollars. Approximately 3.2 million South Florida residents were left without power in the days and weeks following the storm. Eleven years later, Florida’s population has grown by 2.1 million, with the majority never having experienced a hurricane. I recommend that all new Florida residents take time to review this hurricane ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »

Twenty-two Push-ups for #22kill

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By Margaret Lamp Everywhere on social media you see posts of members of our military coming home to a wife, a husband, parents, children or pets. We witness tears of joy. You can sense their overwhelming happiness to be reunited with those they love. Each instance tugs at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine how that feels. I am always amazed that the camera can bring me to tears. Tears of joy and gratitude. My gratitude for our military is overwhelming at times, especially when witnessing these not so private moments. If asked why I’m crying and laughing at the same ... Read More »

Health Care Heroes Are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO,  Physicians Regional Healthcare System A major part of my role as Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System is interacting with caregivers. As one would expect, this includes an exceptional group of physicians, nurses, clinicians and employees—those whom I am privileged to work alongside every day. The ability to witness their never-ending commitment to our patients—as seen through their focus on high quality, compassionate care—is truly inspirational. I also receive letters and emails from patients and their family members praising the care provided throughout our healthcare system. These truly make my day. We ... Read More »

REGIONAL PARK MASTER PLAN APPROVED

The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a master plan that will guide the development of the Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park. The Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park is a 149-acre site located in Golden Gate Estates near the Collier County Fairgrounds. The park was originally designed in 2006, but the project was postponed due to the recession and corresponding decline in capital project revenues. As part of the reactivation process of the park, staff sought public input to assess whether the 2006 design met the community’s needs. Public meetings were held and surveys were conducted. Among ... Read More »

Cuba: From the Beach to the Mountains

The beach at Playa Ancón. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Trinidad, Cuba, featured in my last column, is situated between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Escambray Mountains to the north. Our visit to Trinidad afforded us the opportunity to see both while staying at an all-inclusive resort. While it may not be held in as high esteem as the popular northern Cuban beach resorts of Varadero, Guardalavaca and Cayo Coco, we thought Playa Ancón was very attractive. A strip of land extending out into the Caribbean, Playa Ancón was developed after the 1959 revolution. Two and a half miles long, the off-white beach ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. There were games, prizes, music, food, and laughter. The day was filled with the spirit of fun. It was Community Day in 1965 in the small upstate New York town where I was raised. It was a day when all ages came together to celebrate life. The energy and enthusiasm filled my soul, but then I awoke from that wonderful dream. I wasn’t really sleeping. It was 1995 and I was awakening from general anesthesia after surgery. I was a world away from that joyous day in 1965, but somehow, that wonderful memory ... Read More »

Down Close and Personal

A mother and son explore nature by kayak at the Conservancy. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Bill Rhodes, Conservancy of Southwest Florida Volunteer Visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida love the electric boats, effortlessly gliding along the backwater estuary and into the Gordon River, with captains eager to share insights while pointing out interesting local trees and animals. What many may not know is that the Conservancy also offers kayak tours guided by trained naturalists, with as many as 15 people going at a time, using single and tandem kayaks. The tour lasts two hours, and, as one guide told me, offers visitors an unparalleled glimpse into the watery world around the Conservancy. Kayakers, sitting ... Read More »

A Belated Valentine To Mom And Dad

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A reprint from the book “Makers, Shakers and Takers” by Roy Eaton Whether it is distance that separates us from those who have given us life, or their close proximity that allows us to take their presence for granted, we often find ourselves either too busy, or emotionally unable to openly convey our love and gratitude for all we have benefited from their presence. Although, in a healthy relationship most truly understand the love and admiration that exists between parents and siblings, few ever get to openly express their innermost feelings before our Mom and Dad, our guardian, teacher, mentor, ... Read More »

Discovering Your Way: How We Learn From Nature

Lee Memorial Hospital staff participates in a leadership exercise. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Humans…the dominant species on the planet. We have evolved to a point that we don’t have to rely on other animals for our own wellbeing. We’ve gone from being hunters to farmers to producers of artificial substitutes for food. We’ve domesticated other species to provide nourishment for ourselves. Our social structure now demands that we depend on each other to maintain a sense of community, a balance among ourselves. Skills and instincts that we once had are now less valued. There is a hierarchy of managers, middle managers and laborers now, and the relationships among ... Read More »

STASH CASH?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.” ~ Mark Twain Question: With interest rates so slow and the stock market basically flat for the past year, how much money do you suggest I keep available in cash? Also, do you think interest rates will rise? Answer: The classic textbook answer to your question is to have a minimum of three to six months’ worth of living expenses readily available. If you’re still working then you may face additional risks, such ... Read More »

Passionate About Real Estate

By Coastal Breeze News Staff For nearly 25 years George Percel has been intimately involved in the Marco Island and Naples real estate world. George’s love for the real estate industry saw him as the Executive Director of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors where he worked closely with realtors, the bodies that govern realtors, and the laws that guide them. His experience includes being the Managing Broker for two of the largest real estate firms on Marco Island. During this time, George acquired an in-depth understanding of the real estate industry. As the real estate transaction becomes more ... Read More »

How Do You Measure Student Learning?

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FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org As the chairman of the board of Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), a public charter high school for the past five years, I have had an opportunity to witness firsthand how the current standardized testing strategies affect students, teachers and administration at the school. As a parent of three children in the public school system, I have personal experience with how the testing has affected my own kids. In both cases, there is an unnecessary amount of stress caused by the abundance of standardized testing in schools today. During the past few years, legislators ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Tram Tours Explore Fakahatchee Subtropical Wilderness

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Submitted Thanks to the Ghost Rider Tram, you don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down dusty roads to see the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. At 85,000 acres, the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve is the largest, and least developed, of Florida’s State Parks. The tram, named in honor of the famous ghost orchid found in the park, offers a naturalist-guided tour of the park, which is home to more orchid species than any other place in all of North America. The park is home to 47 native orchids, 38 native ferns and 14 ... Read More »

Restrictions: What are they? How do they affect me? Why should I care?

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ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA Few people think to ask the above questions. Significantly less people may realize the impact the answers to these questions may have on what, in most cases, will be the most important investment of their lives. Zoning, what is it? Zoning, also referred to as “The Zoning Code” or, in the case of Marco Island, it is specifically referred to as “The Land Development Code” (refer to the link provided to the city’s website). The Land Development Code basically deals with matters of growth, density, uses and restrictions as they pertain to the built ... Read More »

The Greenest Grass

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “He who is not content with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates   I just returned from a truly special family vacation. My husband and I rented a log home nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and along with our children and their families, we spent seven days together exploring the 120-acre home site. Located seven winding, rolling miles from the nearest town, we ate our meals at the big wooden table using the groceries we carried in. We took a few day trips ... Read More »

NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the top ten hospitals for 2015-16 in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking of the NCH Healthcare System has been on a steady upward climb for the past three years,” says Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH’s state ranking has improved from 22nd, to 17th, to 9th in Florida,” Weiss adds. “A Best Hospital has ... Read More »