Today, while attending the craft show on the Isles of Capri, I had many people come over to talk to me about the new additions at Tigertail Beach. Ann and Eddie Hall said they thought it was “astronomical” and “beautiful.” They took their grandchildren there and were pleasantly delighted with the divided playground depending on the age group. They also took a look at the bathroom now being constructed at the far end of the large parking lot in the back. Donald and Joanna Sunshine find it much more convenient than traveling all the way to South Beach, and it had so much to offer as well. They loved the five new boardwalks – the last one in the big parking lot leading directly to the largest beach and the safe access point to Sand Dollar Island.
The county and the city are hoping more residents from Capri, Mainsail, and Manatee Road will find their way to Tigertail Beach, which has much better parking arrangements, a concession stand, nice bathrooms close by and even a children’s playground.
*As I write, it is December 7 – the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I always tip my hat to Walter Tucker – one of the few survivors still living after this event. Walter has 15 children and lives in East Naples. We have honored him on different occasions, and today I’d just like to say – Walter, I am proud to know you!
*From Tim Tetzlaff: “Malagasy Fosas, Malayan Tigers, and More Make Merry at Naples Zoo Starting Dec 13! For 12 days in December – from the 13th all the way to the Christmas Eve 2013 – delight in watching wild animals receive their special gifts at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Malayan tigers and honey badgers will claw into beautifully decorated presents filled with meat surprises; alligators will swallow a festive turkey leg dinner; the giraffe herd can’t wait to munch into their festive treats; and many other animals will soon enjoy holiday-related delicacies with a wild twist. See the full schedule at www.napleszoo.org/holiday.
*If you happen to be driving along US-41E, west of Carrabba’s, you’ll notice the construction has begun on the Outback Steakhouse! Whew… I thought it would never happen! So glad to see them coming, and not too soon either.
*Another construction project you will see if you are traveling to I-75 along 951 is an out-parcel in front of the Walmart at 951/Davis. What is it you ask? It’s a Chili’s! Hooray! Another restaurant coming our way!
*Are there any Elk’s Club members on Marco Island? Well, the Elk’s Lodge has rebuilt an old restaurant at 11350 Tamiami Trail E., and they offer their famous Hot Dog Saturday meal, Dinners on Wednesday (2 for 1 night), Bingo at 5:30 on Friday and Saturday. Boy do they get crowds at their Bingo games! There will be no Bingo on Tuesday, December 31st because they will hold a New Years’ Eve party instead.
*Parkside Elementary School in Naples Manor has a need for volunteers to help in many ways. If you are interested, please call the principal, Tamie Stewart or Tom Gemmer, the guidance counselor at 377-8900. This message comes from Rainer Olbrich at 601-0056, a volunteer already at Parkside and OPA to the kids.
*Have you ever heard one of Craig Woodward’s presentations regarding the history of the Calusa or of Marco Island? If you haven’t, you’ve missed so much. He already writes for this newspaper and I wouldn’t miss one of his columns because each and every one of them is a learning experience, but if you have a chance to hear him in person, please put it on your calendar. You’ll be so glad you did!
*Christmas is getting close! What an exciting time of year! Many grandparents are going up to the frozen north to be with their families. Many of us down here are decorating our homes, shopping, wrapping, baking cookies, writing cards (yes, I’m old fashioned – I still address cards) and enjoying all of the fun that is wrapped up in the Holiday season. I dropped by Marion and Mike Harris’s delightful home on Marco Island and was treated to a wonderfully decorated home by a very special, warm and smiling hostess. I’ve never seen so many decorations in my life – not even in a store! Every tree had a theme, all of the cabinets were filled with Christmas tableware and collectables, and I immediately felt at home! It was a lovely tea party!