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Letter To The Editor: Pat Berry

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The 15th Southwest Florida Soapfest has come and gone. We made some changes, added an extra day and it all paid off…what a great event. Each year we thank over 100 individuals and organizations who donate to this wonderful cause – whether it be their talent, time, money, food, gift certificates, housing, vehicles, etc. All of us at Soapfest feel very privileged to be a part of a community that pulls together as the Soapfest cogs move to make this wheel turn. We had a group of 9 wonderful actors who donated their time and supported us with bundles of ... Read More »

The Question of a Public-Private Partnership

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During its June 16 regular meeting, the Marco Island City Council put to rest the debate over the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation project, approving the PUD amendments by a vote of 6-1. Even so, new questions rose about the Marriott’s offer to give the city $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge. Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff made the offer during the project first appearance before City Council on June 2. The $1 million contribution to will cut the construction schedule by eight months, eliminate any potential ... Read More »

Roadwatch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety ... Read More »

How Gullible Are We?

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By Carol Glassman I know, I know, none of us likes to see ourselves in those terms. After all, gullibility suggests not only that someone or perhaps some group of people out there is a lot smarter or wilier than we are but also that they are quite likely to take advantage of us, publicize it and make us look quite foolish. Well, I suppose that could happen, but take heart. I happen to know that tests have been done — yes, actual scientific tests — that show gullibility is not our fault. For example, did you know that people ... Read More »

Refrigerator Inflation, Frantic Freckles and Laid-Back Lucy

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com You’ve got bad eating habits if you use a grocery cart in 7-Eleven.” - Dennis Miller, American Comedian and Actor   Question: My grocery bill keeps going up even though I purchase the same items each week. According to the media, inflation is low or non-existent. How can this be true? Answer: Inflation is measured by the Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) to indicate price trends. The reason your food shopping experience doesn’t match what you see as reported inflation is that necessities like food and energy aren’t included in the calculation. This ... Read More »

A closer look at the Marriott’s $1 Million Offer

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On June 2, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared another hurdle when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The second reading of the PUD amendment will be held Monday, June 16, at 5:30 PM, during the next regular City Council meeting. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise ... Read More »

Marco Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

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AMERICAN CANCE SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig In 2013, a group of passionate volunteers led by Marco Island American Cancer Society board member Monte Lazarus worked together with the American Cancer Society to hold a “Luau Against Breast Cancer.” For a first-time event we had a wonderful response from the community with support from First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club and the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa. This year’s event will once again be held in October (date/location TBD) and the first planning meeting will take place on June 23, 2014 in ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

City Council Notes

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The Marco Island City Council got down to business during its May 19 regular meeting hashing out a number of issues, including the purchase of an emergency standy-by generator for its South Water Treatment Plant for $200,000, the award of the $7.625 million contract for the Smokehouse Bay Bridge project to Quality Enterprises USA and a detailed discussion on how the city creates its ordinances and resolutions. An Electric Deal Council tackled the generator purchase first, agreeing to include the purchase of the emergency standy-by generator from Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) in its FY2015 ... Read More »

If We Build it, Will They Come?

Goodland enjoys 2 county parks inside her very modest amount of land, pictured above is Margood Park. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Summer is quickly approaching, and with it come the horror stories warning first-timers like me of mutant bugs, face-melting heat and the unbearable boredom to come. Of course, I don’t believe everything I hear, but I do feel a kind of “something wicked this way comes,” and I have started to brace myself accordingly. In my search for ways to keep the family cool this summer, I’ve noticed ... Read More »

City Manager Roger Hernstadt on His ‘Debt Free’ Budget

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been on the job now for 100 days, and he already is making a major impact on city operations. From restructuring the Community Affairs, Building Services and Planning and Zoning departments to professionalizing and streamlining communications between city staff, City Council and Marco residents, Hernstadt’s strong management and leadership skills are driving the city of Marco Island towards its next stage. Now, Hernstadt has turned his attention to the city’s 2015 budget. During the City Council’s budget kick-off workshop last month, Hernstadt unveiled an aggressive five-year plan to ... Read More »

Donations Encouraged For Flood Victims

The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Volunteer Florida encourage prospective donors who would like to assist Floridians impacted by the severe storms and flooding in north Florida to make cash donations with established disaster relief organizations. Volunteer Florida offers the following tips on how to wisely help survivors: CASH – Financial gifts are the best way to immediately help survivors. Donate to an established relief organization. For a complete list of established relief organizations, visit: http://www.volunteerflorida.org/about-foundation/disaster-relief-agencies/. CONFIRM – A community hit by disaster does not have the time, staffing or money to dispose of unneeded donated goods. Confirm with the ... Read More »

DEP Issues Permit for Herbert Hooker Dike Repair

On Friday, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The permit authorizes construction and replacement of Culverts 2, 12A and HP-2 with new water control structures S-278 (C-2), S-274 (C-12A) and S-287 (C-HP-2). The department estimates this proactive comprehensive approach will save over 1,000 work hours, more than $40,000 in tax payers money and will result in a significant reduction in time needed for future permit authorizations. The HHD R&R Project ... Read More »

Annual Memorial Day Fly-Over

A Navy plane did three fly-overs to the excitement of the crowd in 2013

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Our local VFW will honor those who lost their lives while serving our country in the Armed Forces on Monday, May 26, at 11 AM, at Veterans Memorial Park. The public is welcome to attend. Lee Henderson, commander of the VFW Post #6370 and commander of the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol, will start the ceremony by making the announcement to present the colors. The Color Guard will be Jim Lang, Richard Walker and Dave Gardner. This year’s opening prayer will be said by Rev. Thomas McCulley of New Life Community Church, and the National ... Read More »

Marco Island 2015 Budget Talks: A Closer Look

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During the city’s first 2015 budget workshop, City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Finance Director Guillermo Polanco proposed what some are calling an aggressive and gutsy five-year plan to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt. To be sure, Marco Island’s overall financial outlook is healthy. By September 30, 2014, the city will have $11 million in reserves, along with $4.3 million set aside in its emergency reserves. According to Hernstadt, this $4.3 million amounts to three months of operating expenditures for the city. “We act as if we don’t ... Read More »

Early Childhood Conference May 24th

Early childhood educators and others are invited to register for the 7th Annual Early Childhood Conference, hosted by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.(CCCR), to be held at Hodges University on Saturday, May 24 from 8:30 – 1:00 p.m. with  registration and continental breakfast from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. The topic will be “Rethinking What It Means to Teach: The Teacher’s Role in a Constructivist Classroom,” featuring keynote speaker, Alise Shafer. Early registration is encouraged since more than 250 educators are expected to attend the conference.  Early Bird Registration cost is $60, if received by May 17; $75 if received after May 17 or at the door.  CEU’s ... Read More »

The Sandwich Generation’s Balancing Act

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com   He plants trees to benefit another generation. Caecilius Statius, Roman Poet   Question: My husband and I are looking forward to retirement. Because our parents and children may need help financially, we’re not sure how to balance everyone’s potential needs. Help! Answer: You are not alone. Many pre-retirees and retirees are concerned about the financial, physical and emotional needs of family members. Statistics show that almost half of baby-boomers provide financial assistance to aging parents — paying for groceries, medical and utility bills — while also helping their adult children. Depending on ... Read More »

Winn-Dixie Helps Feed Furry Friends

Winn-Dixie launched the first PAWS “Feed the Love” Community Donation Program to benefit area food banks and non-profit partners dedicated to eliminating hunger for pets in their local communities. Now through Tuesday, April 29, Winn-Dixie customers can purchase a $5 pre-packaged bag of pet food with their Winn-Dixie Reward Card or give a monetary donation of their choice at any store register. Each bag contains a week’s worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, Winn-Dixie’s own brand of high-quality, nutritious cat and dog food. For every bag purchased, Winn-Dixie customers will receive an additional 5 cents per gallon ... Read More »

Increase the Confidence Factor

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Go as far as you can see. When you get there – you’ll be able to see farther.” - J.P. Morgan  Question: “How do I know if I will outlive my money?” – Julie F., Marco Island. Answer: Most Baby Boomers, retirees and pre-retirees — especially women — wrestle at some level with the dilemma of depleting their assets. Increased longevity and economic uncertainty are valid reasons to be concerned. The first step before you run off to one of the many lunch or dinner presentations and do something with your nest egg that ... Read More »

Hamid Karzai…Afghanistan…And Others

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com One of the most difficult aspects of writing an opinion piece on world affairs a week before publication date in order to meet deadlines set by the newspaper is the speed which things can change around the world. What seems to be the most important thing on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 15, may be old news by the morning of Sunday, Feb. 16. Therefore, it is very important to pick a topic which is universal, dynamic and may not change much in a week’s time. Our country’s continuous adventures around the world with the ... Read More »