Coastal Comments

EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: What’s New in East Naples?

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala For those who are interested in hearing firsthand from the new owners of the Outlet Mall, they will be speaking at a few meetings between November 17 & 18. The first will be to the Marco Island Kiwanis Club on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 AM at Stonewall’s Restaurant, and all are welcome! The same day ... Read More »

Marco Lost a True Friend

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Sadly we have lost a true friend to Marco Island and to the San Marco Catholic Church, and to all the people who loved Dick Shanahan. Somehow we felt he would live on and on. We send our deepest sympathy to his loving and adoring wife, Debra. He has probably already found Monte Lazarus up there. ... Read More »

The Latest From East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Many have wondered what ever happened to the plan to build a swimming pool for the Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. It is alive and well and kicking! They had a lot to do for planning and changing plans, etc., then design, then sending out for bid, then moving forward. I think it’s taken ... Read More »

Blessing the Fleet, Murder Mystery and More

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Something I question is what is happening to our United States of America? We always stood proud and held our flag and pledge to the highest degree. How can anyone earning $14 million and getting perks we common people will never have, not even stand for the National Anthem? And…now he’s the person some young people ... Read More »

New Clinic Comes to East Naples

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike ... Read More »

Big Changes Ahead on 951/Collier Boulevard

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Coastal Comments By Donna Fiala What fun it will be to write this column! First and foremost, no matter where I go people ask me what is happening with the old “skeleton building” at the corner of Davis Boulevard and 951/Collier Boulevard, the old, almost decaying structure that has been sitting there as a greeting to all of us. Well, ... Read More »

East Naples Matters

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating ... Read More »

About Travel and More

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Here’s a “hopeful” item that will affect many, but mostly those who travel U.S. 41E starting at the new widened road from 951 East to Greenway Road. When the FDOT widened that road they never installed any streetlights, or sidewalks, or pathways. The folks in that area, mainly those living in Reflection Lakes and Imperial Wilderness, ... Read More »

Summer News

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness, it’s awfully warm out there, but we have a beautiful paradise to enjoy. *Very soon we should start seeing the installation of landscaping along the 951 median connecting Mainsail Dr. to Fiddler’s Creek. No sooner will they finish that section than we again apply to the FDOT for another grant to continue the process ... Read More »

More Changes to Come

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala We have a remarkable towing company in this part of Collier County named Bald Eagle Towing. I’m sure you’ve seen their tow trucks around. Did you know that if you have a car break down or an accident where the police would have to call a tow truck, you can REQUEST the tow company of your ... Read More »

Paradise Reef Premier

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Has anyone noticed how much traffic there is out there? It’s as busy as during season! Sometimes we can’t even get out of the government parking lot! For the last few years the Governor has been working on growing jobs, jobs, jobs everywhere. Well, with jobs come people and cars and housing and more children. What ... Read More »

A Busy Start to Summer

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Probably most of us have heard about the stem cell procedure, but really don’t know what it is or how it’s done. Although not being really immersed in the subject, I’ve spoken to the owner of Arthrex, the largest company in Collier County, in Florida, and actually one of the largest in the USA (!), who has ... Read More »

Attend Your Neighborhood Information Meetings

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s interesting to read all the ads for Neighborhood Information Meetings (NIM) now that the winter residents have headed up north, and there are fewer people here to attend or to object. Hmmm – wonder if that is by design? It didn’t work recently, even though so many residents have gone back home. I went to ... Read More »

U.S. Open Pickleball in Progress!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Since the last column two weeks ago, I’ve heard from so many, many people about Tent City, and I thank you for that. It is much better to react to the wishes of the community rather than depend on our own thoughts. The outpouring of advice has been wonderful. All of the letters had the same response, ... Read More »

Good Things Coming Our Way

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The U. S. Open Pickleball Championships are coming to town! This will be the first ever Pickleball U. S. Open and it will be held right here in town at the East Naples Community Center located on Thomasson Drive, which is an extension of Rattlesnake Hammock Road going south, next to Avalon Elementary School. The games ... Read More »

Projects in the Works

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Sometimes I feel like I’m the queen of the median landscaping effort, so we have good news coming our way on this subject…lots of good news. First, the county applied for a Florida Highway Beautification Council Grant quite a while back to landscape another portion of Collier Boulevard/951 between Mainsail Drive and Fiddler’s Creek. It seemed ... Read More »

Warm Reception for New Businesses

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Now THIS is our beautiful winter weather. It took a long time to get here, and we won’t have as much time to enjoy it as we would have had it come on time, so we’ll have to just enjoy it all the more right now! *Were you at the grand opening of the new Stein Mart ... Read More »

Thank You Community Heroes

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Sometimes heroes pop into our lives and we feel so thankful that they’ve arrived. I’ve had a few lately, and I want to thank them publicly. Kent and Marya Hedrick are two of those heroes, to whom I owe a world of thanks. And while I’m thanking people, Bill and Roseann Christ are right up there at ... Read More »

Coming to Town!

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala In case you were wondering, Stein Mart, located in the new Tamiami Crossing Shopping Center at US 41E and Collier Boulevard, is working diligently toward an opening date of March 10th. They will be the first and only store opening at that time. The others are already slowly working on their inside construction, but don’t plan on ... Read More »