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How to Impress a Woman…Especially This Holiday Season

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Yes, diamonds… In my forty –five plus years in this trade I have only met two women who disliked diamonds, (one happens to be my wife!) a very small percentage indeed! Make her holiday very special with a gift that will dazzle her every day. It’s that time of the year again and the island is buzzing with gift seekers of all ages. As expected my “Endless” line of luxurious leather bracelets and charms is off to a great start, and at $69 for a double bracelet and a charm that’s a good deal ... Read More »

The Oil Change: Slipping on Oil

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day.” — Anthon St. Maarten, author of “Divine Living”   Question: Would you explain why oil prices are falling and how this affects the economy? Answer: Oil prices have tumbled dramatically since last summer, and this will surely influence the economy and consumer behavior. Like other materials, the price of oil depends on the principles of supply and demand. An added dimension is that oil prices are closely ... Read More »

BCC, City Council Focus on Fate of Goodland Road

Improving tidal flow beneath the Goodland Road bridge could be a start to fixing the flooding issue.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The Goodland Road and what should be done about it was the main topic of discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when the Collier County Board of Commissioners and the Marco Island City Council came together at Government Center. Goodland Road (County Road 92A) is the only access in or out of the community of Goodland, and it acts as the singular emergency route for 300 homes. It’s long been in need of repair, as it often becomes impassable during high tides and storm surges. In 1999, Collier County ceded all roads within the city limits to ... Read More »

City Employees Rally for Local Charities

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com More than two- thirds of the Marco Island city employees have answered City Manager Roger Hernstadt’s call to step up their group charitable contributions. To date, thanks to a new program instituted by Hernstadt, 149 city employees have donated almost $35,000 to some 25 local charities, with the vast majority of the money going to support the city’s Relay for Life Team — a group of city employees who voluntarily run a series of charitable fundraisers in a friendly team competition against other Marco entities, employers and civic groups that ends each year in April. ... Read More »

Holiday Fun

Goodland’s own Eduardo, Joe and Chuckles manning their tent, set up where “Chuckle’s Bar” was once located. They sold beer and wine to thirsty vendors and visitors.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was a beautiful weekend to be outdoors, and Goodland’s Margood Harbor Park was abuzz with activity on Nov. 15 and 16 for the Goodland Civic Association’s (GCA) Annual Holiday Bazaar. Seeing another year’s success, the 2014 bazaar offered 52 vendors, one-third of which were Goodland residents. They lined the walkways, selling delicious food and a colorful assortment of hand-made arts and crafts. The far-reaching tunes played by our talented local musicians, all who volunteered their time, and the mouth-watering aromas coming from the many diverse food tents, drew hundreds of people to check out the ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Charity Bash

Contestants for the Mr. MIA Pageant line up before the show. SUBMITTED photo

By Gabriella Perez In August 2014, the Marco Island Academy Manta Mentoring group, along with mentor Mr. Kirby Rients, considered creating something out of the time between lunch and classes together as a group. Mr. Rients knew he wanted to construct a mentoring group that would achieve great things, instead of neglecting this 20-minute period. So, with the brains of the students in the group and the suggestions from Mr.Rients, the Marco Island Academy Charity Bash was established. The MIA Charity Bash was created to raise money for a charity of the students’ choice, the American Cancer Society. Since August, ... Read More »

Utility Rate Discussion Continues at City Hall

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, Marco Island’s Finance Director Guillermo Polanco sent a report out to City Council members. The topic: balancing the budget for Marco Island Utilities. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the report says the Council voted to approve the budget on September 8th and 22nd, 2013 that included a 2.1% increase in utility rates. The Council deferred the implementation to determine if the implementation of a new rate structure would mitigate the need for the additional revenue. Unfortunately, that effort has not reached a consensus to date. Therefore, the Council will have to either ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Roger T. Hernstadt, City Manager

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A prolific writer of letters to the editor has once again misstated the facts which can unfortunately mislead or bias public opinion.  The City has been consistent in explaining that the “bucket plan” was designed to accumulate money to meet the known existing needs for renewal and replacement obligations of the general fund.    This does not mean any new general fund obligations approved by the Council (by the way there have been none to date) or the utility debt which is current approximately $150 million and scheduled to be paid off in 2033.   This community needs to arrive at a ... Read More »

Istanbul Impressions

The Golden Horn of the Bosphorus divides ‘old and ‘new’ Istanbul.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When we first planned our trip to Istanbul, I was surprised how many people told me that their dream was to travel there or that it was on their “Bucket List.” Everyone I knew who had visited told me that it was beautiful and that we would love it; they were right. It’s difficult to capture the essence of the city in words. There are the cliches of old and new, where east meets west. In a small way, the city reminded me of Budapest where the Danube divides the historical Buda from the more ... Read More »

Should You Buy a Telescope?

Facing South, looking straight up, 6 AM, Nov, 28. If you want to see Jupiter, 
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As you are walking the dog this morning, take a look straight up (the zenith). The lack of early evening planets continues, but you can see Jupiter rising around midnight and is high in the sky by dawn not far from the bright star Regulus. This is the time of year when everyone asks me, “What kind of telescope should I buy for my spouse/child/grandchild?” The quick answer is none. Take the money set aside for a telescope and purchase binoculars instead. There are two reasons for this. First, the expectations of what ... Read More »

Marco Packaging Meals of Hope November 15th

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By Noelle H. Lowery Neil “Captain Hope” Snyder has been busy this year. Since February, the local attorney and chairman of the annual Marco Island Meals of Hope packaging event has held seven After-Five gatherings at island restaurants to help raise the $45,000 necessary to fund the 2015 packaging extravaganza, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym from 9-11 AM. For the last two years, nearly 600 volunteers participated in the event, according to Snyder. “The goal three years ago was 150,000 meals,” he says. “Last year, it was 175,000, and we ... Read More »

A Passion for Shells

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Emily Savage and her shop Shells By Emily are testaments to how a simple idea or hobby can turn into a long-standing business. Savage started her business in 1985 in a 400-square-foot space at 651 S. Collier Boulevard and a cigar box as a cash register. It had $25 in it. “We started with two card tables that we bought for $1 a piece at a garage sale and folding chairs too,” remembers Emily. “I took a large 4×8 real estate sign, painted it and used it as a partition wall in the store between the public and private area.” ... Read More »

Donna Kittle’s Journey to Becoming a Top-Producing Realtor

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When you hear Donna Kittle’s story, you know immediately that she was born to be a business owner and to sell. In fact, the Marco Island Coldwell Bank real estate agent recently received a personal letter from Bruce Zipf, the president and CEO of NRT LLC, informing her that she earned the special distinction as an NRT Top 1,000 Sales Associate of 42,000-plus sales associates nationwide. She has been in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida for the past two years, and has been awarded several International Achievement Awards from Coldwell Banker including: the International Sterling ... Read More »

Funding MIA

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Making good on promises made at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Jane Watt and Tina Nash are in fund raising mode. The mavens of Marco Island Academy — the island’s charter high school — are prepping for a major push over the next nine months to raise some $555,000. According to Nash, the board is focused on raising $255,000 by Dec. 31, 2014, which would cover the school’s operating budget for the entire school year. Then, between January and June, the target would be $250,000 for the school’s proposed expansion. The board wants to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bruce W. Novark, M.D.

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I am writing this letter in support of Victor Rios, candidate for our Marco Island City Council. I  know Victor to be an honest & trustworthy hard working citizen.  He is fiscally knowledgeable, responsible, and is committed to making sure the City spends our tax money for programs we “Need to Have”—not on those “Nice to Have”. He has attended a high percent of City Council meetings, paying attention & commenting based on facts. I believe he will listen to us, the tax-payers, & will work hard with others to ensure our taxes are spent wisely & efficiently. I believe Mr. Rios will be an asset to our City. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James & Joanne Funk

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To the Editor: My wife and I moved to Marco Island 15 years ago to enjoy this wonderful paradise. As voters, we have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who over the past ten years has been a key advocate for keeping our beaches pristine and intact, while preserving our precious wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. That candidate is Victor Rios for the office of City Council. During the ten years we have known him, he has demonstrated his continued dedication to community and a willingness to help others. This is easily verified by looking at his ... Read More »

The Marco Players Launches 40th Season! 1974 – 2014

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When The Marco Players raises the curtain for its 2014-2015 Season, the oldest not-for-profit theater on Marco Island will launch its 40th season of live performance art with Main Productions, Special Productions and a Lunch Box Series. Started in 1974 as a children’s play reading group, it was eventually re-created as an adult community theater known as The Marco Island Players.  Originally, a for-profit theater, the Players incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the mid 70’s and is now known as The Marco Players. Season subscriptions offer discounted ticket prices. Tickets are now on sale at www.TheMarcoPlayers.com or call the ... Read More »

11th Annual Choice Affair

Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence O’Donnell will lend his voice in support of women’s rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at its 11th Annual Choice Affair, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Jan. 30, 2015. The premier fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. On his weeknight show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the host has devoted an impressive amount of screen time to advocates for women’s reproductive health and has been outspoken in ... Read More »

Buckets for Your Bucket List

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.” — Carter Chambers, as played by Morgan Freeman in the movie, “The Bucket List.”   Question: I am retiring at the end of the year and need advice on how to manage cash flow for the next phase of our lives. We’ve accumulated a comfortable nest egg and need guidance to efficiently withdraw funds. Answer: Congratulations, you made it! The simplest way to approach the next chapter is to categorize financial needs and expenses in separate timeframes. An easy and convenient strategy ... Read More »

Nine Months to Baby- Proof Your Finances

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” - Carl Sandburg, American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, (1878-1967) QUESTION: Our daughter and son-in-law announced that they are expecting their first child and our first grandchild! What practical financial advice would you suggest we give to them?  Answer: First, congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of grandparenting. Besides forever changing our lives for the better, babies have a way of boosting economic activity. In fact, when we became grandparents-to-be, my online shopping activity increased dramatically. Perhaps a future column should address financial ... Read More »