Thursday, October 21, 2021




Donna Fiala

Ooooo, it’s really getting hot, humid and very buggy. It seems there are more mosquitoes than normal for this time of year. Oh well, it only lasts for a few months and then we have our marvelous weather for the rest of the year.

Tim Pinter advised the county recently that the Interlocal Agreement between the County and the City of Marco Island concerning the public restroom and Erosion Control Structures for Hideaway Beach have received a Certificate of Substantial Completion. The Building Department still has final inspections, which are scheduled to be completed shortly, so if you are boating in that area and feel the need to visit the facility, it is ready for you! The facility is located between Hideaway Beach and Tigertail Beach.

Right before the school year ends, the Public School system presents the Community Engagement Awards during the School Board meeting, and the Marco YMCA gave me a heads up that they would be receiving one of the awards, and invited me to join the audience for the ceremony. Of course I was thrilled because the Marco YMCA really holds a special place in my heart. The School Board Chamber was full and you could feel the excitement in the air. They announced that the District’s ‘Community Involvement – Community Engagement’ Program was amazingly successful, with the schools welcoming nearly 6,000 registered volunteers who generously donated an awesome 314,000 hours of their personal time to the schools and students!

Then came the recognition of the Marco Island YMCA which has made a significant difference in the lives of 600 students in East Naples Schools by raising money to provide summer camp and after-school opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford them. “YMCA READS” is one of the After-School programs. “YMCA READS” is designed to help kindergarten through third grade students become better readers while engaging community volunteers in working with students. They have created programming to include literacy and math components aligned with the school curriculum, thus helping students they serve with the extra support they need to be successful in school. Then the School Board Members recognized Ashley Lupo – YMCA Board Chair, Cindy Love – CEO, and staff members, Stephanie Peppers and Leslie Drake. I sat there smiling to myself, feeling the pride in our terrific YMCA! They are truly unsung heroes!! It’s seldom you see other communities in the county reaching out to help the East Naples children, and it is so appreciated!

It’s with happiness that I report the County has finished phase one of the new boardwalks at Tigertail Beach. Debbie Roddy writes: “The new boardwalks at Tigertail are very sharp looking. What an improvement over the old ones! The contractors are very neat and don’t leave any trash around their work areas.” Good work County – good work Clint and Gary! Soon there will be one or two more boardwalks. Additional bathroom facilities will be added at the far end of the parking lot, at the location of one of the boardwalks. Why not go over and take a look for yourselves, folks?

Friday, June 15th, is the date for the Police Foundation Luncheon at Hideaway Beach. This is always a nice event. Hope to see you there.

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