What an interesting summer we’ve had! Nothing like the usual, yet hot as blazes, and then still and calm…until a hurricane comes along. We were truly blessed, even though at times it doesn’t feel like it. Most of us had damage to some degree, with some more than others. Afterward the county started by removing all the debris from the schools for safety reasons, and from hospitals and walk-in clinics, again for access and safety. Then more trucks arrived and they had 110 debris removal trucks and claws on the road by last week and have already collected 1.4 million cubic yards of horticulture debris by the end of last week. I know for those who have not had anything picked up yet, it seems like it will take forever, but one thing we are learning is patience, or at least trying to learn it. On Monday, October 9th the county will have 170 debris removal trucks and claws working six days a week. With 2,025 square miles, I wonder how long that will take. Luckily, those miles contain a lot of preserves, protected lands, etc., so the trucks will be working in the regions where we live. But think about it… all the way out to Ave Maria, Immokalee, Everglades City, Pelican Bay, Twin Eagles… Wow, when you think about it, that’s a LOT of distance, and those truck beds will only hold so much and then they have to leave to dispose of those loads and return. Collier County has four sites that are identified for the storage of debris.
REMEMBER! If you see items other than horticulture debris in the pile, remove it or they will not pick your debris up. Even if it only has screen in it or garbage or toys, remove them and put them in a separate container or pile – furniture in one pile, horticulture in another.
The Marco Island Kiwanis Club will hold their Annual Installation Banquet Dinner Dance on Saturday, October 28th at the marvelous Hideaway Beach Club. These events are always so popular and so much fun! Kiwanis Clubs are always looking for new and happy people to join them! Their meetings are every Thursday morning at 7:30 at Stonewalls. Why not drop by and join us for a little fun and a great breakfast! You’ll be glad you did.
A most important invitation – especially for the East Naples people, but really for everyone who likes to know what’s going on. A Neighborhood Information Meeting will be held at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E. at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 18th, to hear a presentation about the amendment to the Mini-Triangle Subdistrict within the Bayshore Triangle Redevelopment Overlay. Known as the Mini-Triangle MPUD to allow up to 210 residential dwelling units, 152 hotel suites, up to 74,000 square feet of gross floor area commercial retail, and up to 60,000 square feet of commercial office uses, providing for maximum actual height of 168 feet located near the intersection of Davis. Boulevard and Tamiami Trail E. All are welcome.
Sports tourism is really growing! More and more teams and types of sports are being played here in Collier County, and even one on Marco Island! On November 17th and 18th, the Red Bull Privateers new paddleboard competition will take place in the Marco Island/Cape Romano area. The event is projected to attract four teams of SUP paddlers and approximately 400 room nights. There will also be a Winter Nationals Men’s Senior Softball Tournament held on November 7-12 featuring 100 teams with participants in the over-40 age range. Last year the event attracted over 2,000 athletes and played at the N. Collier Regional Park. Finally the Paradise Coast Fast-pitch Invitational will take place on November 17-19 at N. Collier Regional Park. This is the third year for this college showcase event for recruiting purposes and features 297 athletes.
I was looking for a tree removal service for dead trees or leaning trees, etc., and found a wonderful guy who is living on Marco for the time being, and is responsive and friendly, and seems to be very honest and I can vouch for his hard working character. He was able to take trees that were hanging into the water blocking the canal, and he took it within his and his employees’ stride. His name is Johnathan, and if you call my office at 252-8601, I will give you his number. I know everyone is busy, but sometimes we need a good recommendation, and here is one. Now I’m looking for a screen guy who will answer his phone or return a call. I might have found him, but I’ll let you know. I do not want to promote one over another, but sometimes it’s frustrating not finding a company who can work hard for you and not walk away with your money when the job is only half finished.