Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Coastal Comments



Donna Fiala

Collier County and the City of Marco Island continue to work together for the benefit of their citizens. As of this writing, one of their goals is to encourage greater use of Tigertail Park to help alleviate congestion in the Island’s South Beach parking area (which gets pretty snarled up during Season), and also to prepare for additional residential and multi-family development coming on line in District One in the near future. Since Mainsail Drive, Isles of Capri, Goodland, and East Naples are closer to Tigertail Beach, it might be the perfect endeavor now to enlarge and upgrade the Tigertail parking area.

Public Meetings have been held recently on the Island where several ideas have been presented and are under consideration, including improving the parking area, installing signage at the Jolley Bridge to direct beachgoers to Tigertail, making improvements to the parking area at the park and re-branding the park as a birding and nature area and beach, to accentuate its natural beauty. City staff will be providing an update on this effort to the City Planning Board on September 6th.

*On a personal note, I am humbled to have been awarded “Elected Official of the Year” by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.

*Hooray! The boat ramp is open at Port of the Islands! I know there have been many inquiries about when it will be available, and now it is! The County’s Parks and Recreation wanted you to know.

*It’s been the dog days of summer (which are almost past now) in Goodland – VERY quiet! However, members of the Goodland Civic Association have been busy planning the 2013 Goodland Holiday Bazaar slated for November 16th & 17th, which will be held at the Margood Harbor Park this year, located on Pear Avenue in Goodland. Music, food and local artisans will fill the park at this very popular annual holiday event.

*Marker 8.5 (formerly Marker 8), a local eatery, is under new ownership and with it has come a facelift……………and it looks great! Chef Michael Duncan and his wife Laura are the new owners of this popular waterfront restaurant. In addition to the upgrade, Chef Duncan has created a very nice outdoor dining area and will soon be improving the docks in front of the restaurant. Once the docks are in order, the “Goodland Yacht Club” will be a reality! If you’ve never been to Goodland, you must make it a priority. It’s like visiting an old fishing village of days gone by. Of course Stan’s, Old Marco Lodge & Crab House and the Little Bar are always popular.

*The bids for the Marco Island Executive Airport Taxiway project are in, with the low bid estimate of $6.2 Million. This project includes runway and apron rehabilitation, filling and grading of safety areas, and clearing & grubbing the 5 acres of land east of the runway. A portion of this area will be used in the future for additional airplane T-hanger construction. The next step in the process is to submit an application to fund all or most of the project. If the project is fully funded, the FAA will fund 90% or $5.6 M; the Florida Department of Transportation would fund 5% or $312,000, and Collier County would fund the other 5% or $312,000. Hopefully all the funding comes in as planned and the project can move forward.

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