Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Letter from the Commissioner

Donna Fiala

Donna Fiala

Does anyone out there have any PBA or Marco Island Airways memorabilia? I am donating all of my items to the new museum that will soon open at the Depot in downtown Naples. From what I understand, the museum will dedicate some of the space to transportation of the past, and PBA and Marco Island Airways were certainly a huge part of our transportation system in Collier County. This was only a few years back, yet young people today have never heard of them. If you have anything to donate, please call Ron Jamro at the Collier County Museum main office, or Donna Fiala at 252-8097.

At the next County Commission meeting on September 28, a huge check in the amount of $5 million will be presented to the commissioners to build the taxiway at the Marco Island Airport. The lack of a taxiway has been a dangerous situation at the Marco Airport for many years. The county applied for a grant, and went through six years of permitting to move this issue forward. The permit was finally approved in the spring of this year, and we have just been advised that we have been awarded the grant. There are already many improvements being made to the airport, including additional parking. Now, with this taxiway being constructed, we should be able to safely land many more aircraft. By the way, did you know that there are actually crocodiles on the airport property? Yes, we have alligators everywhere, but crocodiles are extremely rare in these parts, but they are there!

The Lowe’s store construction is really moving forward quickly and, it looks like, ahead of schedule. We are all going to enjoy that store when it opens! I hope the Dunkin’ Donuts store adjacent to it will move as quickly. Heck, that way we can shop, then stop and have a coffee and donut, then go back and keep on shopping. The last I heard, Lowe’s was supposed to open in the beginning of December, but I haven’t had a recent update.

The Marco Island Museum is continuing to exhibit the Cowboys and Cattle exhibit until September 28. The museum is open on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make it a point to stop by! You’ll be glad you did.

On October 5 at 7 p.m., the Marco Island Historical Society will hear a talk about the Mound House, and then offer a field trip to Fort Myers Beach on Friday, October 8 to examine the archeological excavations and tour the building. Reservations are needed, so please call 394-3917.

Speaking of museums, if you are looking for something new to do, why not drive down to Everglades City and see their delightful museum? The current exhibit is called “Scout’s Honor” and tells the story of the development of Collier County. The Founder of our county, Barron Collier, was very active in Scouting at the national level and received one of its highest awards, the Silver Buffalo.

The Marco Island Artists’ Colony will hold one of their regular Art Walks on Wednesday, September 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and all are welcome to visit the three studios participating.

I hope everyone had a pleasant summer. I enjoyed the company of my Amish friends in Ohio where we actually saw an Amish Barn Raising. I have pictures, in case anyone wants to see them.

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