Thursday, December 9, 2021




Donna Fiala

The Tigertail boardwalk/dune walkover project is waiting for the contractor’s delivery of materials to the jobsite. The pilings and substructure are a reinforced plastic design and the handrails and wear surfaces are IPE, a very dense hardwood that has performed very well in similar applications. The material delivery is anticipated for mid November. Once the material is delivered, construction will begin.

We anticipate a six to eight month overall construction schedule for the six walkovers, which will include 1 new walkover and five existing walkovers that will be rebuilt. The county intends to phase this project so that four walkovers are available at any one time for pedestrian access to the beach. Relative to the bathroom, and under mutual agreement with the City, no work will begin until the FEMA Flood maps are finalized. Once we receive them, and the City accepts the maps, the County will finalize the building permit application; the City will issue the permit and the bathroom will be built. The City has already granted the variance.

We are hoping that once these improvements have been made, more people will use Tigertail (there is great parking and easy access) and visitors and residents alike will have another opportunity to visit and enjoy one of our main attractions – the beach! It is also a great birding area and has been recommended in many birding books. Let’s hope this will help our wonderful Tony Smith – the vendor extraordinaire, who is ever so personable and caring, and makes great hamburgers!

The County has conducted the kick- off meeting with the agencies involved with the dredging at the mouth of Collier Creek, and has awarded the contract to Energy Resources for $262,000, with a 75-day construction schedule. This project will certainly be a blessed relief to the Marco boaters!

December 2nd begins this season’s Erich Kunzel Community Concert Series, starting at 7:00PM at Edison State College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway. The first presentation will feature the “Flute Cocktail,” directed by Wendy Willis. It is an astonishingly different ensemble of flutists! You will hear the entire family of flutes, bass to piccolo, perform classical and popular arrangements. Admission is $10 and you may order tickets online at, click events, then EK Concert Series. You may also call 775-2800.

Last year was the first year the Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center offered the series, and by the 3rd month, the auditorium was full and by the last two concerts there was standing room only. This small but mighty group just keeps growing stronger and bigger as people realize the amazing impact they will make on our community as they work toward building a Performance Hall featuring local entertainment and art. Different artists will perform on the first Friday of every month through May 4th. Scheduled to perform is the Naples Music Club Young Artists, Evening of Dance, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Opera Naples, Young Artists, and Bach Ensemble Troubadours. I noticed some Marco regulars (like Russ & Linda Columbo) attended last year’s series.

Jazz in the Park Series begins November 20th with Patricia Dean performing. The Jazz in the Park series is held the 3rd Sunday of every month (through April) from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at the Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr. in East Naples off U.S. 41 E. Admission is free with a $5 parking fee within the park.

Each year I offer tours of various sites sponsored or owned by the County. We’ve seen the jail, the landfill, the Emergency Ops center, water and wastewater treatment plants, recycling centers and more. This year my tours will begin on Dec. 6th at 2:00PM at the Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr. We will meet at the Visitors’ Center. There is no cost to these tours, but you must RSVP to attend. The Tourist Development Council grants the Botanical Garden monies to promote this gorgeous park (the only one of its kind in S.W. Florida), which also promotes our area. I know you will enjoy this tour! The other tours coming up are Emergency Operations Center on Jan. 17th (last year we had to turn people away), Traffic Management Center on January 31st, at 1:30 PM (learn how the lights are timed and the intersections are viewed), and then two of the County Museums on Feb. 8th at 10:00AM. We just might view the Domestic Animal Services buildings in March as well. If you are interested in signing up for any, or all (some have already signed up for all the tours) of these tours, please call my assistant, Alexandra, at 252-8601.

And with that, Dear Friends, I wish you a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving. We truly have so much to be thankful for!

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