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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 »

Sanding and Painting Can Cause a Toxic Mess

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By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons Of all the boat maintenance chores, the prep work of sanding and painting bugs me the most. It always seems that the chips and dust stick better to my skin than they originally did to my hull. We also may be creating an environmental mess. Most marine paints are made with toxic chemicals designed to leach out and prevent bottom growth on the hull. When concentrated amounts of these materials are ground and chipped off the hull, there is the potential for environmental harm. In addition to the paint, solvents, thinners and ... Read More »

City Budget Watch

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt has been pounding the pavement to get the word out in the community about his FY2015 budget plan for the city. Call it what you will — the bucket system, pay-as-you-go, debt free program — the five-year plan promises to streamline Marco Island’s general fund finances and get the city out of debt while also planning which projects it will tackle, when it will tackle them and then saving for them. What debt you ask? Well, there is the $150 million in water and sewer debt, the ... Read More »

All That Glitters Along the Costa del Sol

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m currently traveling in Europe and exploring in southern Spain to what is known to all as the Costa del Sol. My summer trip began with landing in the old city of Malaga. I have always loved traveling by the seat of my pants, so I rented a car with a GPS and then hit the road with no predestined hotel arrangements. Sure, it’s risky; it also keeps the trip interesting. It was my first time in Malaga, and that made for a frustrating day for even my “trusty” Spanish GPS. It was confused ... Read More »

Reclaiming Empowerment: How the American Voter Can Hold Congress Accountable

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By Roy Eaton There is no question that the American voter has the means to hold Congress hostage, but do Americans have the will and intestinal fortitude to hold this branch of government accountable for their inept leadership, lack of statesmanship and total incompetence? When will we gather the will and courage to turn the tables on these irresponsible bureaucrats and hold them responsible for their actions — or lack thereof? The Second Amendment may have given us the right to bear arms, but the 19th Amendment granted to “all” Americans, a far more powerful weapon — the right to ... Read More »

Grants Awarded by Noontime Rotary

Bruce Graev, president of the Rotary Club of Marco Island, presents a $4,000 check  to Neil Snyder for the Meals of Hope project at The Snook Inn where a fund-raiser event was held Tuesday, Aug. 12. More than 100 people attended donating enough to package more than 11,000 meals. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island (Noontime Club) recently announced the list of organizations receiving grants from their fund-raising efforts of the past year. Topping the list is $36,000 for college scholarships for local students. The club is currently providing $3,000 per student for this academic year to a total of 12 students. They are at various stages of their college careers and must maintain an acceptable grade point average and carry at least 12 credit hours in order to remain eligible for their scholarships each year. The club has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1973. The ... Read More »

Magistrate or No Magistrate? That is the Question

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By Carol Glassman Whether to replace the city’s Code Enforcement Board (CEB) with a magistrate turned out to be a difficult question, when five members of City Council (Councilmen Kiester and Batte were absent) met Tuesday, Aug. 12, for what they had anticipated as a joint workshop with the CEB. After about 15 minutes of expressing their opinions and irritation with the topic at hand, the misunderstanding about the workshop format and the draft ordinance prepared by City Attorney Burt Saunders’ office, the meeting almost ended before it began. Council Chairman Ken Honecker, frustrated with the chain of events, was ... Read More »

City Manager Hernstadt Aims to Fill City’s Bucket List

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By Carol Glassman City Manager Roger Hernstadt addressed approximately 50 residents of Hideaway Beach last week, accompanied by Fire Chief Mike Murphy, Assistant Chief Chris Byrne, Public Works DirectorTim Pinter, Assistant Chief of Police Dave Baer, some colorful handouts and an assorted table full of groceries and edibles valued at about $5 each. Hernstadt seemed determined to make the city’s budget and longterm debt presentation both simple and entertaining as he introduced himself and encouraged the audience to take his business card and never hesitate to contact him with questions or concerns. Briefly, Hernstadt pointed out that in order for ... Read More »

City Council Approves Lobbyist

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During the 2014 legislative session, Florida lawmakers had a $1.2 billion budget surplus to dole out to pet projects in their districts. Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council are betting this was not an anomaly. “This year, the Legislature had extra money and went on a buying spree,” explained Hernstatd. “(Marco Island) was not in the game. I don’t know how long this environment will last, but I felt it was worth the council’s consideration to see if they want to get into the game.” To that end, councilors voted 5-1 ... Read More »

Marco Island Soccer Club

The Marco Island Soccer Club is sponsoring a entry level soccer USSF referee course taught by the Florida State Referees. The cost of the course is $100.00 and includes all instructional costs, registration with US Soccer and a background check or age verification through FYSA. To register for the course, go to: https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=marcoislandsoccer&sid=315414824&FormID=94475 COURSE DATE & TIME: September 6th (9a-4p) September 7th (9a-2p) COURSE LOCATION: Marco Island Academy 2255 San Marco Rd. Marco Island, FL 34145 The referee course is a great opportunity for High School & Middle School students, as well as adults to learn more about the game of soccer, and ... Read More »

Batte Seeks 2nd Term

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Joe Batte’s resume is an impressive one. The New Jersey native is a husband, father, Seton Hall graduate, former U.S. Marine Corps officer, Vietnam vet, and a former special agent and criminal investigator for the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. His federal law enforcement specialty was Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security fraud. Today, he still provides consulting services to the health care industry, focusing on compliance and health care fraud and abuse. For the last four years and four months, he also has served Marco Island residents on the City ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Andrea Cooper

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Dear City Council, I recently emailed the council with a plea for you to reconsider down sizing the Marco Island Farmers Market. Thanks to those of you who responded. Since then, I have spoken to many of the shop owners of the stores in the Marco Town Center plaza.  They tell me that their business is more profitable the day of the farmers market.  They make more money because people from Marco Island and Naples shop in the stores and eat in their restaurants after the market. I encourage the council to slow down on making this very important decision ... Read More »