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City Council Budget Workshop

To see the proposed 2017 Fiscal Year budget in its
entirety, please visit www.cityofmarcoisland.com. The video of this workshop is also available there. Submitted

By Maureen Chodaba The word “workshop” brings forth an image of laborers as they collectively hammer and chisel away, piece by piece, with the goal of constructing something that will be functional and structurally sound. And so it was on July 8 at the Marco Island City Council Budget Workshop as the council forged their way, honing and refining several items. The proposed draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017 was presented to the council with components that included the General Fund (operations that are supported by property taxes), Enterprise Funds (Building Services, Recreation and Racquet Club) and the Utility Funds ... Read More »

Quadski Makes Appearance

Capt. Nick Ojanovac, left, Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt, marine officer Clayton Smith, Phil Battaglia, Police Chief Al Schettino, Capt. Dave Baer and Sgt. Brian Hood pose
with the police department’s Quadski XL.

By Don Manley The annual July 4th celebration on Residents Beach included the formal introduction of the Marco Police Department’s newest vehicle, a 2015 Gibbs Quadski XL. The amphibious four-wheeler was donated by resident Phil Battaglia and his family’s Rockland Bakery, located in Nanuet, NY, just outside New York City. “We’re really excited about having it,” said Marco Police Chief Al Schettino. “It’s a great asset to the department. What it allows us to do is gain access to beach areas that were inaccessible at high tide. We can go all the way down to Coconut Island and Sand Dollar ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: From Victor Rios re. Marco Island Veterans’ Park

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Several months ago, the issue of Veterans Park came to the forefront when plans were put forward by MI City Manager and others, to build a multipurpose building in Veterans’ Park with the guise that there would be a facility for Veterans. Veterans were the “Hook” to get $2.5 million from the Florida legislators, then requiring the City to borrow another $5 million and further increasing the city debt. This fell apart quickly after every Veteran organization in the island objected to having their name associated with a structure that was going to do very little for Veterans. At the time, I wrote a Guest Commentary objecting to the process. There ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Community Park Counterpoint

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Mr. Rios, the name of the park is Veterans’ COMMUNITY Park, NOT Veterans’ Park. The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board of Directors would like to remind you that it was the community that purchased this parkland, and 18 community members created a Master Plan for community use. A portion of the park was then designated for a Veterans’ Memorial. The MICA survey offered one, broad question, regarding development of the park. In the MIPO Board’s opinion, the absence of specificity left the respondent’s imagination to wide open speculation and fear as to what might be developed on the property ... Read More »

Jeans for Troops

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MICMS participants in the “Jeans for Troops” fundraiser.

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) teachers and administrators participated in the “Jeans for Troops” program in an effort to raise money for our country’s veterans as we celebrated Memorial Day. This tied in with the school’s “Salute to Veterans and Active Military Personnel” band concert, which was recently held on campus to an overflow crowd of more than 400 people. The school hopes to repeat their participation in the “Jeans for Troops” program for Veteran’s Day in the fall. Read More »

An Investment in Love and Joy

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The other day a woman entered my establishment and asked me if I replace batteries in watches, which I do. While installing her new battery, she complimented me on the many wonderful things in my showcases. She said how she loved jewelry but her money conscious husband refused to buy her any nice quality jewelry (they were married over forty years!). He was always claiming diamonds and jewelry were a bad investment. A sense of sadness came over me for this nice woman. I noticed all she was wearing was a simple gold wedding band ... Read More »

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 »

While Venezuela Failed, Peru Prospered

A student protestor in Venezuela. Submitted Photos

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com This is a brief tale of two South American countries. One of these two countries is Latin America’s sixth-most-populous country: Venezuela. With the world’s largest proven oil reserves surpassing the previous long term leader Saudi Arabia, today Venezuela is now an economic and social basket case. The proven oil reserves in Venezuela totaled 297 billion barrels as of January 1, 2014, whereas Saudi Arabia’s reserves stood at 265 billion barrels according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Western Hemisphere Director Alejandro Werner, consumer prices in Venezuela shot up an estimated ... Read More »

Ask the CFP

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “All men by nature desire knowledge.” – Aristotle 5/29 is National College Savings Day Question: I hear a lot about 529 Plans but I’m not really sure what they are. Could you explain what makes them special? Answer: May 29th is more than the day before Memorial Day or the day when the Indy 500 is held, 5/29 is National College Savings Day. The term “529 Plan” refers to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code that deals with specialized college savings accounts. These plans may provide tax benefits to the contributor, owner, custodian and ... Read More »

Marco Makes a Move Or is it just another stalling tactic?

Waterfront real estate advertised at what is becoming Goodland’s new waterfront. Tide can be seen flooding in from the Marco River (upper right), as a stream of water pours in from the Gulf (upper right, middle). Ironically it comes in through a drain installed to remove excess storm/rainwater. (1/17/16)

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 2002, the City of Marco Island (CMI) took over jurisdiction and responsibility for Goodland’s only access road. Since that time, due to heavy traffic, frequent flooding, and inadequate maintenance, the road is deteriorating at an alarming rate. I have written four articles in this newspaper about the situation in which the road was rightfully termed “Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road.” Orphaned, because CMI has neither the will nor the money to correct the mounting problems this road poses for Goodland residents. Orphaned, because Collier County (CC), although having the money and the will to fix ... Read More »

The Perfect Storm: The Rise of Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Roy Eaton  The news media and both the Republican and Democratic Parties seem surprised and shocked by Donald Trump’s meteoric rise to the position of presumptive Republican nominee for the office of the president. They also seem both awed and baffled by his accomplishment for he did so without the help of PAC and other special interest money and without major “Party” endorsement and sponsorship. Some, who thought Trump would simply fade away during the primary process, remain in denial, while a small group of others have spitefully disenfranchised themselves from his candidacy and in doing so, from the ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

Mallorca Dreaming. Submitted Photo

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the madness started in the first week of December and from there grew to epic proportions like a snowball rolling down a ski slope (for those of you not familiar with snow, it’s kind of like the crushed ice in that ... Read More »

Crazy Pants Golf Tournament – KW Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba The sunshine was dazzling on the morning of May 7 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, but the spirit of enthusiasm was even brighter as 68 golfers participated in the first annual Keller Williams Realty/The Speakeasy “Crazy Pants” Golf Tournament. Participants were encouraged to wear their most colorful, crazy golf outfits for this fundraising event, and they did not disappoint. During the day, players enjoyed a four-person shotgun scramble and 18 holes of golf, followed by a delicious lunch at The Speakeasy. Organized by Sandi Sims-Ramage and Donna Cottrell, both of Keller Williams Realty, the tournament ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later this year. A new professional City Manager was hired. Under his management, City departments were consolidated, new 3 year contracts with the police and firefighter unions were signed and a 5 year comprehensive budget (bucket plan) has been implemented. Code ... Read More »

Diamonds…what’s the hype all about?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I remember the time I overheard a soon-to-be-engaged gentleman mumbling under his breath while one of my sales staff was gift wrapping his diamond engagement ring purchase. “Why can’t my lady be satisfied with a small chip of granite?” I laughed, and said try presenting his love with a granite and gold engagement ring and see how he makes out. But honestly, diamonds are one of the few small things that can cost as little as $20 to an outrageous $12 million or more, and still be worn on a lady’s finger. I have been ... Read More »

Goodlanders Open Hearts and Wallets – Again

Photo By Judy Wittwer

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On April 2nd, the Goodland Civic Association put on its 4th annual Spring Fling, the immensely popular town barbecue where guests need bring nothing but their appetites. “It is our way of wrapping up the season and thanking our members and friends for their support during the year,” said GCA President Greg Bello. Bello, who chaired the event, estimated more than 350 in attendance. Lou Van Meter, Lynn Albee and Richard Welsh cooked the food donated by Goodland’s excellent restaurants (plus Kirk Fish Company). “We cooked over 500 [total] hotdogs (from Little Bar), and hamburger ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/Modern Goldsmith – Part II

Uncle Ernest Gravallese taught Richard Alan the trade. Submitted Photos

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Meanwhile back at old 333 Washington Street, which was then called the Province Building, namely because the building was built directly on top of the exact location of the former British colonial governor’s mansion. It was there since the late 1600s, and demolished in 1922 for the current jewelers building. (My uncle Ernest was one of the building’s first tenants.) Today it is better known as the Boston Jewelers Exchange Building. By age twenty-two I actually started my own trade business. How hard could it be? I still helped my uncle, who was now ... Read More »

The Goodland Civic Association – Controversy and Accomplishment 1995 to the Present

Goodland Community Center today; A snazzy paint job and new roof jazzed up the old firehouse. Photos By Barry Gwinn

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn In 1992, having finally moved into a building it could call its own, the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) found itself embroiled in another situation. The results of this would later inure to the benefit of Goodland, but not without some bumps along the way. Since 1957, all of Marco Island had been governed by Collier County. (It had previously been incorporated as Collier City.) By 1990, the population had grown to such an extent, that a group was attempting to form their own government as the City of Marco Island. Goodland at this time was ... Read More »

The House of Horrors- Part V Will It Ever End?

Photos by Carol Glassman
January 1 - All but one panel of the new metal roof is in place.

By Carol Glassman As I approached my House of Horrors the first week of January, after being away for 16 days, the first thing I noticed was the absence of most of the metal panels on the lawn and a lovely new, almost-finished green metal roof. That looked promising. The roofer had said he didn’t need access to the house so at first I was pleased he had gone ahead and used his ladders. However, once in the house I realized his zealous workers had not only pried open the upper sliding doors to the verandah, but had left them open ... Read More »

Naples – World Pickleball Capital

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Submitted Save the date! On April 26 Collier County will become the pickleball capital of the world when the gates open for the first-ever Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. For six event-filled days, America’s fastest growing sport will take Naples by storm when over 800 athletes compete for top prize money while thousands of spectators fill the hospitality village in East Naples Community Park. This premier event will feature special Gold Box seating, parties, live entertainment, charitable fundraising activities, a Kids Day, a unique Zing Zang Championship Court, and of course the greatest pickleball players in the world. Saturday night ... Read More »