Friday, April 16, 2021




Donna Fiala

Although summer is always a little quieter, there still is plenty going on. Lots of relays, events, picnics and fun things.

There is also a great deal of construction going on as we move further out of the recession. New businesses are buying up buildings that already exist and turning them into new, thriving enterprises, thus taking buildings off existing inventory rather than allowing them to deteriorate further. Another positive about buying existing buildings is there is no impact fee to pay other than public utilities, which is a great help to young businesses just starting out or others seeking to expand.

One such business has expanded to the old Sprint building on Davis Blvd. just south of Airport Rd. That empty building just sat there deteriorating, with the ugly chain link fence held together by a shabby brick fence-connection, greeting all passersby. Oh, how we wanted to see that building improved – – and now it is!

Affordable Luxury Motors Inc. purchased the building, got rid of that awful chain link fence, added landscaping, painting, parking, windows across the front and more. They feature some of their luxury vehicles in the windows. The other day I saw a very sleek car with doors that open straight up rather than to the side. It looked so impressive. They are located at 3855 Davis Blvd., E.N. The phone number is 331-5255. When you feel like taking a little spin sometime, you might want to stop by and browse.

Did you notice the “Now Hiring” sign in the window of the soon-to-open Fresh Market? That means they’re getting closer to that much-awaited opening date. I’m sure they’ll receive a warm welcome from all of us!

The Marco Island Branch Library is bustling with patrons this summer. It’s probably the rains that have encouraged lots of summer reading.

More than 200 adults have registered for the “Groundbreaking Reads” Summer Reading Program and have read over 1,200 books!

Opal Vann created an imaginative garden display with donations from Ace Hardware True Value, owned and operated by Steve Trafton, here on the Island. Over a dozen Marco businesses donated gift items and certificates for the Summer Reading Raffle, contributing to the community spirit that we see every day at the Marco Island Library.

Marco’s “Gems and Jewels” club donated a garden house for the children’s room at the Marco Branch Library, and the Marco Friends of the Library donated sorting and counting baskets that the children use in cooperative play! Ellen Tanner, Youth Services Librarian, helped partner the Library with Camp Mackle for six weeks this summer and offered programming to over 50 camp children each Monday.

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