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Historical Missteps

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I’ve had the privilege to own here in Collier County for over 30 years now. Collier is as much part of my home as is Marco Island. I’m proud of this area, not only because of the sunshine and comfortable temperatures, but for the wonderful planning that has gone on by government and institutions which make up this small portion […]

The 50 Years Since 1969

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As I sit here today, I ponder about the changes we’ve seen in the last 50 years which occurred during the year 1969.  Many of those changes we couldn’t even have imagined, or only have been dreamed about when I was 19 years of age. It was in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to put a […]

EDITORIAL & OPINION | Volunteers are the Heart of Our Christmas Season

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It’s still a little strange to realize that Christmas is quickly approaching for most of us that grew up in a climate that was not as “friendly” as it is here in Southwest Florida. As many of you know, I’ve had the privilege of being the Chairman of Christmas Island Style for the last 14 years. I’ve had the wonderful […]

Saying Goodbye to Those That Made an Impact on My Life

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Last week, two people who have had a profound impact on my life left us after living lives that should be an example to us all. Both came from what we commonly call the era of the “Greatest Generation.” That generation has helped to define who we are as a nation, and both individuals have left defining imprints on the […]

Thankful

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By the time you pick up this edition of the Coastal Breeze News you will have had the opportunity to start working your way through the joys of “left-over” heaven. I know one of my favorites is a turkey, stuffing, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich. I’ll leave it to you to pick out the style of bread, because many of us […]

Post-Election Thoughts

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Islanders have been exposed to a long and extremely divisive two years of debate concerning political issues that have ratcheted up the heated political rhetoric to the extent never seen before on our tiny little piece of sandy paradise. It began with the election in 2016, which many on either side has ever come to accept, no matter what side […]

November 6th Election is Important

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As we begin to close in on the November 6 election date we can all be thankful that our time being deluged by robo-calls, mailboxes full of junk mail, solicitations from various entities seeking financial support for political parties and yes, the unfortunate anonymous emails from unknown senders and venomous websites, will shortly come to an end. I can’t believe […]

An Educated Voter Won’t Be Fooled

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The discourse on the American political scene continues to spiral to depths not seen since the Joseph McCarthy Era of the ‘50s. A time in our history we should have all prayed would never return. These changes to the climate of civility and reasonable discourse within our society cannot be tolerated by those who believe in the principles that this […]

Using Fear for Elective Advantage

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Kind of amazing how quickly time has flown over the last year. Just this last Saturday, on September 22 we celebrated the official beginning of the fall season. Prior to moving here 30 years ago it signaled a time to prepare for the onslaught of winter, which was not my favorite time of year. The great thing about fall in […]

Lessons Learned From Irma 


Whether it was in a coffee shop, at a local restaurant, in the grocery store or at the pharmacy you would inevitably run into a friend or a neighbor and the conversation would eventually turn to a discussion of where you were last year.  On Sunday, September 10, 2017 Hurricane Irma roared ashore here on Marco Island and left a […]


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