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Yes, It Is All About You!


“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein, American Author and Businessman.   Question: I’m curious, what is the difference between a Financial Advisor and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™? In addition, what should I expect when working with an advisor or planner? Answer: Anyone can call himself or herself a financial planner, yet only those meeting the requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. may display the CFP® certification. Earning a professional designation demonstrates a level of commitment by an advisor to obtain and keep the ... Read More »

Living Out-of-Pocket — Yours!


I heard the daughter of a close friend was getting married, and knowing her taste and some of her likes and dislikes, I began to plan ahead for an appropriate and appreciated gift. After listening to her preferences and lack of enthusiasm for cleaning sterling silver, I collected beautiful pieces of contemporary and vintage pewter for her — things like candlesticks, mugs and serving platters that were useful and attractive. As the wedding date drew closer and my large carton of pewter pieces filled, I was both surprised and disturbed when I heard that the couple had registered themselves online ... Read More »

Negative GDP


ASK THE CFP®  PRACTITIONER  Darcie Guerin To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill   Question: Please explain negative Gross Domestic Production (GDP) for the first quarter of 2014. What does this mean for investors? Answer: We define GDP as the total output of all goods and services resulting from economic activity in the United States. GDP consists of consumer spending, government spending, business spending, investment and total net exports (exports minus imports). According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, during the first quarter of 2014, GDP decreased at an annual rate of ... Read More »

The Eagle Has Landed


Submitted The eagle has landed and can be found at its temporary perch outside the city of Marco Island’s Community Room, located at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, behind City Hall. Standing 9-feet tall, the majestic 800-pound statue of an American Bald Eagle stands sentry there awaiting a move to its eventual home atop the Freedom Fountain that will grace the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park. The Freedom Fountain will be built at the Memorial’s entrance, joining the Flag Plaza where the American, Marco Island, state of Florida and POW/MIA flags proudly wave above an inscribed brick-paver plaza. ... Read More »

Creating a Buzz Through Advertising


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 »

Mailing Begins for Absentee Ballots

On Wednesday, May 21, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office sent its first mailing of mail/absentee ballots to domestic non-uniformed voters for the upcoming Special General Election for US Congressional District 19. Voters may submit requests online at under the “Vote by Mail” tab.  Requests can also be made by calling the Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-VOTE. By law, mail/absentee ballots cannot be forwarded and can only be delivered to the address on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. The deadline for voters to request a ballot to be delivered by mail for this election is 5:00 p.m. ... Read More »

Home Watch Seminars

A great real estate season has led to a high demand for additional home watch companies in Southwest Florida this season. “Local law enforcement and area experts agree that seasonal residents should not give their keys to just anyone,” said Diane Pisani, founder of Your Home Watch Professionals® (YHWP). For the seasonal resident, YHWP is a resource to find an Affiliate Home Watch Companies that are trained, tested and trusted by visiting and entering a zip code. For individuals interested in pursuing the home watch profession, YHWP will be conducting free Home Watch Informational Seminars on Thursday, May 29 at ... Read More »

FWC 2013 Boating Accident Stats

Sixty-two people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 11 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has released its 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report. The theme of accident-related messages from FWC staff is clear: Officers want to help keep Florida’s beautiful waterways a safe place to boat. Failing to have a proper lookout is a leading cause of boating accidents, statistics show. The 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report is now available online at; click on “Boating Accidents.”   Read More »

Cirque Du Soleil in Estero

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, will perform in Estero at Germain Arena from September 24 – 28, 2014 for eight performances only. Advance tickets for Varekai are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through May 15. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to Tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, May 16 at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For complete show and ticket information, please visit   Read More »

Reclaiming Clarity

Dawn over Myakka River State Park, viewed from tree-top boardwalk. PHOTOS BY TARA O'NEILL

ARtful Life Tara O’Neill I am interrupting my regularly-scheduled column to report on a fiercely fabulous and impromptu experience… Yes, I did have another column prepared for this issue, but a recent trip to Myakka River State Park seems to have trumped my previous topic. The park is near Sarasota and just barely ten miles off Interstate 75. Needless to say, the park is hypnotically beautiful: old-growth trees, plentiful wildlife, a serpentine river, a sparkling lake and a treetop boardwalk from which you can see for miles. All of this can be viewed online. Along with multiple campsites, it ... Read More »

Tom Thelen’s Victimproof at MICMS


By Val Simon Living in Southwest Florida, particularly on Marco Island, most of us live a fairly privileged lifestyle. You send your children to school day after day, year after year. As a parent of two children that have been through Tommie Barfield and Marco Island Charter Middle School, I had not had much experience with bullying I never gave it much thought until my youngest daughter entered eighth grade. She would complain about this person or that person saying mean things to her or her friends. As a busy mom, my reaction was less sympathetic and more of ... Read More »

Tree-Care Booklet Offer

Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful photos and easily-understood descriptions, by making a $3 donation to the Foundation this month. The booklet provides details about the right way to plant and prune trees. It also includes tips on using shade trees and windbreaks to save on energy costs, attract songbirds and create a living snow fence. To receive the Conservation Trees booklet, send a $3 check along with your name and address to: Conservation Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or order online at Read More »

How to Write an Online Article


BUSINESS BASICS Camden Smith DREAMFly Marketing Our marketing firm receives numerous requests to write articles for businesses online, because managers struggle with understanding how to write for search engine optimization. In my last column, I suggested businesses look at hiring content writers for their websites and to submit articles to websites such as,,, and Some of you requested writing tips for success. This month’s column focuses on four tips that are key to successfully writing an article for a third-party site and for your own website’s optimization with search engines. Submit articles that are 70 ... Read More »

Why I love Marco Island


Marco Island Writers and the Marco Island Library Branch of Collier County collaborated on a writing contest for non-published writers. The topic: “Why I love Marco Island.” In no particular order, the finalists are Shirley Woolaway, Elaine Lancaster, E.J. Noyes, Maureen Chadaba and Anna Marie Smith.  Their entries can be viewed online at The April meeting of Marco Island Writers was held at Mango’s in the Esplanade to celebrate the group’s upcoming third anniversary. A special thanks goes out to Kristine Wruk for organizing the event. Good times were had by all. The May meeting will resume at the Marco Lutheran Church at 525 N. Collier Blvd. on May 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to network ... Read More »

2014 Marco Island Wildlife Photo Competition

By Natalie Strom The Seventh Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest showcased incredible talent from residents and visitors. Overall, 55 photographers entered 188 photographs. Those who sent in digital copies can now view their entries online along with the rest of Coastal Breeze’s readers. Watch the new video featuring the winning photos and many other excellent images. Categories for the contest included: black and white, marine animal, land animal, bird, insect, tree or landscape and creatively altered. Check out the video now and be reminded once again of the beauty of Southwest Florida in all its ... Read More »

MIPD Goes High-Tech with Twitter


By Noelle H. Lowery Want to know what is going on with the Marco Island Police Department? Have questions about code enforcement, traffic and marine safety or prescription medicine safety? Interested in the latest MIPD crime report? The MIPD is turning to technology to help keep its residents informed on all of these topics and more. At the suggestion of new Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the police department started using Twitter as its community-wide communications platform on March 15. “It was my suggestion to augment other public notice methods with Twitter, as it can be more timely ... Read More »

Public Online Access to Court Records

The Florida Supreme Court recently released Administrative Order SC 14-19 Standards for Access to Electronic Court Records, lifting a moratorium for Clerks who wish to provide public access to electronic court records online. Before the new online access is made available to the public, each Clerk of Court must have their application reviewed and approved by the Supreme Court. In Collier County, the Clerk’s staff is hoping to provide online public access to court records within the next six months. Once the Clerk’s application has been approved by the Court, the public will be able to view court records online using ShowCase, ... Read More »

DEP e-Payment system

The DEP Business Portal now accepts online payments for any existing permit application. Once an application is received, either through email or on paper, an email will be sent to the applicant with a permit number and a link to pay online through the business portal. The following fee types may not be completed in this process: Payments for annual fees; Payments for non-Title Air General Permits; Payments processed by a local delegated program If you have any questions please contact the DEP District office that serves your area. Read More »

Tour de Marco Rides Again!


PEDAL IN PARADISE By Matt Walthour Have you been enjoying all the new bike lanes around the island and the wider multi-use bike paths? How about the new multi-use path that goes from the Marco racquet center to Mackle Park parallel to South Heathwood? Well, if you haven’t yet had the chance to ride on some of these new paths or lanes, your time may soon be arriving. So get your bike ready for the upcoming Tour de Marco. The Marco Island Bike Pathways Committee began sponsoring the Tour de Marco four years ago in hopes of educating the public ... Read More »

Improv group comes to Marco Island


The Island Theater Company brings the very popular Stage 2 Improv to Marco Island March 21st & 22nd. Stage 2 Improv is a Naples-based improvisational theatre group featuring scenes, games and songs that are created right before your very eyes! If you liked the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway”? and the improv troop The Second City, you’ll love this! The actors utilize information given by the audience to build the show! Every scene and game is driven by suggestions from the audience. Some games may even feature audience participation! The Island Theater Company production of Stage 2 Improv ... Read More »