As you see the building rise up from the ground behind the CVS on Thomasson Road and look at it inquisitively, you will see the Physicians Regional Walk-In Clinic. What a great addition to our community here in East Naples! There are so many children in the area (you know – broken arms, bee stings, bike accidents, football injuries, etc.) with two parks right close by: East Naples Community Park – home to the Pickleball Championship Tournaments as well as many other Pickleball tournaments and many children’s programs and soccer games, plus Sugden Park – home of the Power Boat Races. Then we have three elementary schools in the vicinity, plus a middle school and a high school, and you know those sport injuries! Then we also have a lot of retirement communities close by. This walk-in clinic will be welcomed by all. We were so relieved to find that someone would come to our community to provide immediate health care for families.
The East Naples Civic Association’s president, Christopher Shucart said, “East Naples Civic Association welcomes Physicians Regional additional location with open arms. The opening of their new walk-in clinic is a true testament that East Naples is a great place to do business. We have so many new residents locating in East Naples that businesses, retailers and restaurants are realizing that having a location in East Naples is a must in order to capture the entire Collier County trade area.”
• By the way, the East Naples Civic Association meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club. The guest speaker this month spoke on the newly constructed Artificial Reef, the largest in the Western Hemisphere! It’s amazing to see how it has already grown to be a vibrant area for fish to hide and spawn, for seagrasses to grow and flourish, and to bring back many fish who have been missing in this area for many years. They have some exciting speakers lined up for the coming months. For more information call 239-434-1967.
• Coming up this weekend, September 16th and 17th at Sugden Park is the Flyboard World Cup Competition. Per Barry Williams, the director of Collier County Parks & Rec, “Flyboarding is a relatively new sport that uses jetpacks/hoverboards that are propelled by water pressure which thrusts the rider into the air up to 50 feet or so over the lake surface. Flyboarders do an assortment of aerobatics from this water propelled apparatus, and the competition is to determine the world champion in this new sport.” The event will be covered by CBS Sports!
• If you like watersports, the Hidden Trails/Sea Doo Pro Watercross World Championship event brings both jet-ski pros and amateur racing participants from around the country, with the main jet-ski competition being held the weekend of September 23 to 25th at Sugden Park. I believe this is the third year for the Pro-Watercross event and the audience grows each year…enough that CBS Sports will be back to cover the event. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic lunch if you please, but for sure they will have food and beverage tents to delight the event attendees.
• Speaking of sports, the Parks & Rec Department is again working diligently to prepare for next year’s Pickleball event at East Naples Community Park on Thomasson Road to be held from April 23-30. It will be a day longer this year, and many changes are already being planned to make it an even better event, plus we’ll also to be able to accommodate more people…a LOT more people! And the exciting part of this story is an extended contract has been working its way through the system to extend the games and CBS Sports until 2021! That shows you how popular this sport is, and how impressive the first-ever event was received.
• And now, it’s important you know that the Annual Murder Mystery Dinner is planned for Sunday, October 23 from 4 to 7 PM at the beautiful Naples Lakes Country Club off Collier Boulevard, presented by the East Naples Kiwanis Club. The name of the mystery is “Evil Never Dies.” It sounds pretty scary! Back by popular demand will be many of the Naples Players, along with our special actresses and actors from previous years. The cost is $80, and as you know, Kiwanis Clubs hold fundraisers to raise money to help children in our community. Kiwanis Clubs, by law, cannot grow their treasury. They MUST spend it in the community to help the children who need it most. To buy tickets, please call any member of the East Naples Kiwanis Club or call 239-403-KIDS.You will be so happy you joined this fun event, and the food will please you more than you ever expected! This will be a night full of clues, suspense, and sitting on the edge of your chair! A silent auction will also take place.