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Heed the Greed and Focus on Need

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Question: During the Great Recession, my husband and I had losses in real estate and the stock market. While we’re still “okay” and have sufficient assets for a comfortable retirement, we disagree on how much risk to take with our portfolio. Can you help? Answer: Your situation isn’t uncommon. The desire to recoup losses is human nature. The problems arise when people think increasing risk is the way to recover. Before deviating from your current financial plan there are two important ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

Emily on her 90th birthday in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist STEPPING STONES…This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes, they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times, we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure: We use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create ... Read More »

Author Rick Chiantaretto

Author Rick Chiantaretto’s novel Death of the body was recently featured in Tampa and Orlando Style Magazines on pages 61-64. Check out the article at With Halloween around the corner, many readers are looking for just the right book to send them shivering under the covers. We wanted to tip you off on some top spooky reads for young adults (and adults who like their creepy reads on the mild side!) from popular and new and up and coming authors. You might have recommendations as well.   Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto Horowitz Horrors by Anthony Horowitz The ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »

Failure to Communicate

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” - From the1967 film, “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman. Question: I’m trying to organize my financial life and am worried that I’ll overlook something important. Help! I’m losing sleep. What suggestions can you make? Answer: If something is keeping you up at night, it is definitely time to take action. The most common concerns people have are not running out of money and leaving a legacy or inheritance. To address these and other issues, begin with what’s on your mind by prioritizing fiscal ... Read More »

Tales of a South Beach Parking Garage

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Many have already heard or read rumors and innuendos about a supposed “parking garage” at South Beach. Being that I’ve been involved from the start, let me tell you how it began and where it is now. Will it happen? We have no idea. As your county commissioner, I was approached by some property owners on Marco Island who explained all the problems they were having with parking spaces for the South Beach area. They asked how the county would feel about building a parking deck over the parking spaces on our side of the ... Read More »

Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Looking for a free, family-friendly activity on Saturday, Sept. 27? Then head to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a day of free staff-narrated boat tours, introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, paddle boarding on Henderson Creek and marine critter touch tanks and other live animal presentations. The event runs 10 AM-3 PM. Following a short hiatus in operation which began Sept. 15, this event — Rookery Bay’s Grand Reopening Estuaries Day — is part of an annual celebration of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. The day’s activities aim to recognize the importance of the ... Read More »

FWC, partners see ultimate coral reef-building success

Researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) observed transplanted nursery-raised staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) spawning for the first time this month at Tropical Rocks, just over 4 miles offshore of Marathon. These corals were supplied by the Coral Restoration Foundation and Mote Marine Lab nurseries and outplanted by the FWC. The project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via The Nature Conservancy. The FWC, in collaboration with the Conservancy and other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act partners, began construction on the Middle Keys coral nursery in late 2009 but suffered setbacks due to ... Read More »

Rent or Own?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” — Maya Angelou, author, 1928-2014.   Question: Many of my friends are selling their homes and downsizing or renting. What are your thoughts about this trend? Answer: Your question hits home (pun intended)! Last month, three family members took part in real estate transactions. Not knowing your age, my response will reference these personal examples to illustrate what’s happening as housing requirements have changed for different generations in our family. There is no right or wrong answer as ... Read More »

Art in Nature

Box turtle. PHOTO BY JEAN HALL

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com A not so well known turtle roams Marco Island. It’s not the glamorous Loggerhead Sea Turtle or the well-known Gopher Tortoise. It is very commonly seen in the beachfront dunes and near wetlands and pond areas of the island such as Barfield Bay, in Hideaway Beach conservation areas and along Spinnaker Drive. The Florida Painted Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina bauri) is a small turtle that is not only a small wonder but a treasure for the island. Its striking array of a yellow pattern on its shell is art in nature; some have said ... 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 »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising

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BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing This column focuses on creating a buzz using the marketing tactic, advertising. While press releases and article writing create some media buzz, organic promotion is easy if publicity is connected to advertising. Ways to Create Advertising Buzz Marketing research has shown that to create positive marketing buzz advertisers must connect with consumers and stir positive emotions. Buzz comes as a result of hitting a consumer’s sweet spot, meaning a topic they love to talk about and share with others by turning an ad campaign into a viral buzz online. Use humor or controversy to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: In Memory of Mike and JW….

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City Manager Roger Hemstadt visited our Rotary Club lunch and gave a fine speech. In the Q&A a hot topic was the issue over the Marriott expansion. Frankly the sentiment seemed to be: Why is this even an issue? The Marriott plan would boost the local economy. So why pay attention to any spoilers? Over the past few days I’ve chewed over the nature of the spoilers, points a, b & c. a)     Always we have some Luddites, mad about innovations, more technology. They complain, “It’s too much traffic, tourist, etc.” I suppose these luddites are befuddled by the competence ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself from the Summer Sun

Wide Rimmed Hats are a must. PHOTOS BY PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Most of us fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. We have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, we have sun baking us from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about ... Read More »

LCEC Update: Ospreys and Power Outages

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Many in the Marco Island community have wondered what happened to the osprey nests that were once perched on top of various power poles throughout the island. A quick email to Karen Ryan, LCEC’s public relations manager, solved the mystery. According to Ryan, LCEC has a long history of looking for a safe, effective and gentle way of dealing with the birds, theirs nest and power outages. “At LCEC, birds/animals are consistently one of the top five causes of outages system wide,” she explained in her email. “On Marco Island, this year, the number one ... Read More »

Sea Cucumber Management Changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April meeting near Tallahassee established a commercial daily trip and vessel limit of 200 sea cucumbers in both state and federal waters. This change will go into effect June 1. The rapid, unregulated development of sea cucumber export fisheries elsewhere in the world has led to fishery collapses and sea cucumber depletions. Sea cucumbers are vulnerable to overfishing due to their sedentary nature, and they are also ecologically important, as they help cycle nutrients in nutrient-poor tropical reefs and oxygenate sediments. More information about the issue is available in the “Sea ... Read More »

Before the Calusa, Who Was Here?

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Just about everyone who visits this area is aware of some of the recent native American inhabitants of South Florida. The Calusa indians controlled the waterways from the Florida Keys as far north as Tampa Bay. The Seminole and Miccosukee roamed the inland areas and the Everglades while even more tribes settled other regions of the state. In fact, when Christopher Columbus first came to this part of the world, it is estimated that there were more than 300,000 natives in Florida. Many of these Indian nations did not have a written history, and ... Read More »

Come Experience Marco Island’s Living Beaches

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society presents “Marco Island’s Living Beaches,” a presentation by Debbie and Marty Roddy, on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium. There is no charge for members; non-members are asked to pay $5. The Roddy’s will provide a virtual tour of Marco Island’s living beaches for interested beach goers. Learn about the critters, plants and formations that make the coastline a vibrant place. You’ll also learn how the Calusa Indians used local natural resources to live. Debbie and Marty are permanent residents of Marco Island and have devoted a majority of ... Read More »

Tyler MacDonald Featured at Festival of the Arts

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Submitted This weekend — April 5-6 — Veteran’s Park will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, as Howard Alan Events and the Marco Island Center for the Arts bring the Marco Island Festival of the Arts to the island community for the first time. The juried art festival benefits the Center for the Arts. Chief among the line-up of artistic talent is Marco’s own Tyler MacDonald. At just 18 years old, MacDonald already has won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is ... Read More »

Research Reserve Gets “Green” Grant

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced today that the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has awarded more than $613,000 for construction, retrofitting and renovations at the GTM Research Reserve and the Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. The project, which begins in September, includes cabins for visiting investigators and public use, museum upgrades and an Americans with Disabilities Act compatible nature trail. On-site overnight facilities will allow for immediate access to the estuarine system and support the establishment of additional nearby long-term research projects. Research at this site will also provide many learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, ... Read More »