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Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Dr. Swiacki

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Dear Dr. Swiacki: You have gone to great length and great pains to try to convince Marco Island voters that you cannot take a position on the Veterans’ Park Hotel issue due to guidance that you have received from the City Clerk who received the guidance from the City Attorney. As this issue is one of the most important, if not the MOST IMPORTANT, issues that will come before City Council, I feel that each and every candidate should express their opinion on how they would vote. UPDATE: ALL CITIZENS AND VOTERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT DR. SWIACKI CAME OUT ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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When another during-the-break backroom deal hired King Roger, you could see the conspiracies that would follow. King Roger negotiated behind doors to build a 165-room hotel near Veteran’s Community Park, and to add 131 Density Credits to the developer’s 34. Then develop portions of the park. City Council was not aware of the back room negotiation, and were only made aware by local newspapers. Here we go again; another back room deal! Where is the transparency they keep promising? I oppose Public-Private partnerships because taxpayers always lose. This is a public park belonging to Marco Island taxpayers. Citizens provided input ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Notice of Malpractice

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A few Marco Island citizens are feverishly circulating a mass email falsely and maliciously stating that I (and certain councilors) support the proposed hotel project near Veteran’s Community Park. This is a shameful smear campaign to prevent me from being elected. For the record, I do NOT have an opinion on this hotel proposal, nor have I ever communicated to these writers that I have an opinion on this project. At this point in time, I do not possess enough factual information regarding the project to personally make a proper and informed decision. In my 47 years as a practicing ... Read More »

Letter from the Editor: Clarification

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Recently, two former Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board Members submitted an LTE regarding the Veterans’ Community Park development rights. This notice is to clarify that the opinions they expressed were their personal opinions, and that they do not currently serve as MIPO Board Members. For the record, at this point in time, the MIPO Board of Directors does not yet have an opinion on this matter. It is MIPO Board policy to obtain as much complete and factual information as possible before taking a stand on any issue. We will closely follow all future meetings and presentations. Theresa Rejrat, ... Read More »

Halaschak, Harris Named Lely Homecoming King, Queen

Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were crowned Lely Homecoming King and Queen on Friday (Sept. 16) during halftime of the football game.

By Roger LaLonde The competition was close as Kelsey Halaschak and Teaker Harris were named Lely Homecoming King and Queen at half time of the football game on Friday, September 16, 2016. Halaschak, of Marco Island, said she knew that a lot of students were voting for her, but wasn’t sure if she would have enough. Harris, of East Naples, said, “Wow, I am in awe. There were so many good candidates. I am so happy.” Candidates included: 9th grade, Matt Desir and Brielle Penzo; 10th, Gary Vincent and Lareesha Clercira; 11th, Nelson Charelus and Selena Sanchez; 12th, Whitney Petit, ... Read More »

Conservancy hosts Fracking Summit

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity will host the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 2at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and its impact on the environment and Southwest Florida’s natural resources. Current oil and gas laws allow hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other chemical treatments that present a risk to water supplies, to occur with minimal regulations and without a permit. Florida’s first Fracking Summit will educate guests on ... Read More »

Join Arbor Day and Receive 10 Free Trees

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Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefit the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. Everyone joining this month will receive one of the following tree packages based on their location: 10 Arizona Cypress, 10 Live Oak or 10 Mix trees including eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin ... Read More »

Goodland Water Line Replacement What Will Happen? When?

Photo by Barry Gwinn August 24th county informational meeting at Goodland Boat Park. Everyone seemed pleased that the construction was postponed until next spring.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On or about April 17, 2017, Quality Enterprises, with offices near Collier Boulevard and I-75, will begin replacing Goodland’s main water line from San Marco Road to Harbor Place N. (just short of Stan’s). Grady Minor, of Bonita Springs will be the engineers for the project. The project, costing $612,305, was originally scheduled to begin in October, but has been moved back to next April because of Goodland merchants’ concerns about disruption of their businesses during the high season. The county brought together all the principals on August 24, to answer questions. The meeting was ... Read More »

French Rhapsody

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”  ~ Mason Cooley It has been a long while since I laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. “French Rhapsody” is the title that had my endorphins dancing a jig. A middle-aged married Parisian doctor who has been disillusioned about his profession and personal life for some time receives a letter that has been delayed by the postal service for 33 years. The letter was found along with three other pieces of mail during remodeling; when shelves were dismantled, four ... Read More »

Real Estate, a Sector of Its Own

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin Question: I’ve heard that real estate is being added as a new sector to the stock market. Is this true? Answer: Yes, you’re right. As of August 31, 2016 stock-exchange listed real estate companies officially became a sector of their own. Prior to this, real estate fell under the financial sector. Some investors thought that real estate was overshadowed and lost by being included with banks and brokerages in the financial sector. Now that companies primarily engaged in real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs) have their own dedicated sector, their popularity and volatility ... Read More »

Marco’s Real Estate Inventory, Prices Rise

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Dick Shanahan  MIAAOR® President  MLS statistics have been released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties comparing January-August 2016 to January-August of 2015. According to President Dick Shanahan, total sold volume dollars for all property types was $461,685,149 for the period January-August 2016 v. $569,939,340 for the same time frame in 2015. Inventory Up The number of new listings for all property types that came on the market in the January-August comparison 2016 to 2015 increased 7.83% (1,293 v. 1,199). New single family listings coming on the market in the January-August comparison of 2016 ... Read More »

Better Things to Come?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I’ll start off by avoiding being branded with which political party I favor or which I do not. Any business minded person with half a brain on an island where irony came to die knows to avoid that potential minefield. Let’s just say I for one will be relieved when the whole election circus is over and done with, and the chips will fall where they may. It seems to be the only topic these past months (or has it been years?). I have endured many colored comments and heated words of political wisdom, but only ... Read More »

Rabbi Gross to Lead JCMI High Holy Day Services

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Submitted  Synagogue President Sue R. Baum said, “On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, we wish each of our members, their families and the Jewish community a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.” Two new happenings for the Jewish New Year 5777, which begins at sundown on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8 PM. The service will be conducted using the recently published prayer books, Mishkan haNefesh, (“Sanctuary of the Soul”) for the first time. The second new happening will be the first Holy Days that Rabbi Mark Gross will ... Read More »

How Spin Affects Today’s Game

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Coach Wayne’s Corner  Wayne Clark In today’s world of professional tennis, with all of the big topspin forehands and two-handed backhands, players don’t just hit the ball hard, they hit it heavy! By heavy, I mean that they hit the ball with a lot of spin. Through the utilization of high tech photography, it has been measured, that the men on the Pro Tour spin the ball an average of 3,200 revolutions from contact to contact and have been tracked at over 4,000! The majority of adult players in our area compete at a 3.0/3.5 level of play and even ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ... Read More »

Sustainable Improvements/Skill Development, Part I

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All Things Golf Todd Elliott Based on experience, I’m confident that a student can improve with a 30-minute lesson from a qualified instructor. The improvement in such a session might result in a few more quality golf shots, which helps golfers enjoy the game more. While a 30-minute window might allow time to fix a visual fault in the golf swing, chances are those extra few good shots will go away, and the same old game will come back. The “quick visual fix” is not sustainable unless we increase our skill level, because increasing skill level will do more than ... Read More »

Zika: What You Need to Know

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff According to the Centers for Disease Control, from January 2015 to September 7, 2016, the number of cases of the Zika virus in the United States reached 2,964. In Florida alone there were 614 cases during that time period. As the numbers of people infected with the Zika virus grows, questions arise about the disease and how to prevent it. How Zika Spreads There is no risk of catching Zika from social contact, including touching, sneezing or coughing. Zika can be transmitted through: • Mosquito bites • From a pregnant woman to her fetus • ... Read More »

Dying to Survive, Part 3 Coping With Heart Disease, Complacency, Indifference, and a Flawed Healthcare System

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By Roy Eaton  I sat motionless, stunned by what I heard. My heart began to race for I feared that I might lose my partner and best friend. An hour later I was informed the removal was successful and that she would be going home in a day or two. The event would take its toll for I would soon again experience the symptoms of severe angina. I started a new job and was quite content with my position and co-workers. But, in the winter of 1996, I collapsed while at work and was rushed to the hospital where I ... Read More »

Respect For Our Great Nation

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides Our community showed its true patriotic colors this last weekend as we gathered to commemorate the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Those events galvanized our nation’s resolve to respond to the attacks on freedom and democracy with a united message that America will never falter in our support of the foundations of our liberty and support of our democratic principles. The loss of life at the World Trade Centers, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 will forever be burnt into our memories. We will never forget the sacrifices of our ... Read More »

Roger Raymond, a Middle School Sports Icon

Roger Raymond relaxing at his desk at Marco Island Charter Middle School.

By Roger LaLonde Roger and Karen Raymond went from having a band to owning a music store, when Roger was asked if he would be interested in serving as athletic director for a new school opening in 1998. Roy Radlovacki and John Pike had children enrolled and wanted to get a sports program going at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The Raymonds had lived on Marco, part or full time, since 1984. They completed their time as the house band at the Marco Marriott in 1994 and bought a music store. It was named Morningstar music, just like the ... Read More »