Wednesday, December 1, 2021




Donna Fiala

Most of the cheerful twinkling lights and decorations have now been taken down and stored away until next year. I loved the feeling they gave the community. They are missed already, but – now we have something to look forward to next year. For now, there’s not much of anything more beautiful than Marco Island, so let’s drink in its beauty and enjoy its community spirit.

Many people have asked why the County doesn’t have a Gas to Energy plant at the landfill, and I’m happy to tell you we now have one. I promised to write about it in this week’s Coastal Breeze. The facility was actually opened in April, 2011. To explain it a little, landfills produce gas, and that gas either must be captured and burned (which the county has been doing) or converted to energy. Waste Management paid the capital cost to construct the landfill-gas-to-energy facility and interconnect with Florida Power & Light. They will operate the facility, purchase the landfill gas from the county and share the revenue from electricity sales equally above a revenue sharing threshold. The landfill produces enough gas to fill almost 11 Goodyear blimps every day! That gas is now used as an alternative source of energy that provides a revenue stream for the County. It is estimated that the new plant will produce enough electricity to power more than 2,196 households annually.

The landfill-gas-to-energy is projected to provide the county with over $480,000 in its first full year of operation, with net revenue of approximately $14.9 million over the twenty-year term of the agreement. An additional bonus is that the Landfill-gas-to-energy facility is the first LEED-certified building in Collier County (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design which requires meeting stringent standards). I thought you might find this interesting.

Mark your calendars! The Kiwanis Car Show is just around the corner, and you just might want to include one of yours! This event is always a favorite among Islanders. It’s grown to be one of the largest shows in the area, thanks to John DeRosa and his Kiwanis worker-bees.

“eBooks” has come to the Marco Island Library! You can now check out and return free library eBooks very simply. You can use ePub or PDF, or Kindle Book format, or Kindle Fire. Why not stop by the Library and talk with one of the librarians and pick up a guide to check out and return free library eBooks, or collier. for more information.

I felt honored to have again been invited to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dept. of Homeland Security Flotilla 95 – 45th Annual Change of Watch, held at Hideaway Beach on Saturday, Jan. 7th. You couldn’t meet a nicer room of people! John DeFalco will remain Flotilla Commander for another year, which is quite an honor to serve two years in a row. Arne Kelsey will serve as Vice Flotilla Commander. It was great to see Doug Johnson, Frank Caricato and Roger Blau again, along with Walter & Barb Jaskiewicz, Ray Rosenberg & Linda Spell, and Larry Oswald, and I got to sit next to Lou Woessner and Ray Rosenberg. These guys all look so handsome in their dress blues! They spoke of the Water Wise program for the Marco Island children, and said they will continue to offer this program for every 3rd grader on Marco, to educate about water safety and safeguard these young people. Of course, they offer many other wonderful things such as recreational boating safety, operations and Marine safety, and fellowship, which is ever so important! Their membership has grown quite well this past year, and younger people seem to be more interested in the program.

Receiving the Commanders Award was a very deserving Doug Johnson. The Auxiliarist of the Year was Mike Ludwig, and Fellowship of the Year went to Tammy Ludwig. A good time was had by all!

There’s so much more to tell you, but alas, I’m out of space. See you next issue! 


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