Have you ever seen the marvelous Christmas Village display at Dave & Jeanne Rice’s home? I’ve heard it takes almost 30 hours to assemble. It was hard to tear myself away from it! I just kept studying it, and the longer I looked, the more I kept finding. Isn’t the Island especially lovely at Christmas time?
The weather improved just a little, and in time for the Capri Boat Parade. These boats were decorated so beautifully that it was hard to find one better than another, and that is a tough situation to be in when you are the judge! Lights, music, singing, trees, flamingo’s pulling a sleigh, a Volcano, and so much more was seen during the parade. What fun!
In case you didn’t know it, the county water department is in the process of replacing all of the old water pipes on Isles of Capri, and doing an excellent job, if I do say so myself. Jim Hughes, a Capri resident, has been a regular visitor to the site the entire time, taking pictures and posting them on a website with his comments. It has become almost a family affair between Jim and the workers, which is so nice in this day and age. The workers love it. The Islanders love it. Couldn’t ask for better than that!
Recently I attended a ribbon cutting at the Marco Island Airport to officially open the airplane parking expansion. Many good things are about to take place at the Marco Island Airport. The next project we will see is a much-needed taxiway being constructed. Presently planes take off and land on the same runway, which can be very dangerous. The FAA is paying most of the cost for construction of the taxiway, with the airport authority and the FDOT contributing the rest of the money. In the future they plan to build more hangers, more airplane tie-down parking, and more vehicle parking. I understand Enterprise Rental Car has opened a permanent office at the airport as well.
I attended a presentation recently at the Waste Management building announcing a new program they are introducing in Collier County called “Waste Watch”, to help protect the safety of our community. Waste Management is training all of their drivers to keep their eyes and ears alert in watching for anything that might be suspicious in our neighborhoods, and reporting anything of concern that they see. The right information at the right time can halt or even prevent crime, reduce the extent of personal injuries or property damage, or keep a minor mishap from turning into a major catastrophe. It’s Waste Management’s neighborhood watch program, as their regular routes help the crews become very familiar with the norm, and notice when something is out of the ordinary. They are working closely with the Sheriff’s Office, the Police Department, the Fire Department and Emergency Services Department.
In case you wanted to donate any toys to the children in East Naples who are mostly from low income families, the East Naples Fire Department is collecting toys and will distribute them to these children on December 21st and 22nd. With 6 elementary schools full of children, mostly on free lunch programs, the need is great. Your kindness will truly be appreciated by these youngsters.
With that, Dear Friends, I wish you the Happiest of Holidays, a Very Merry Christmas, or a Happy Chanukah. Spread peace, love and good will wherever you go, and remember to let your loved ones know how MUCH you love them. Sometimes people forget to say I Love You, but we all need to hear those beautiful words.