First, I hope everyone reading this column had a wonderful holiday! We are so blessed to be able to worship in any manner we want! We are so blessed to live in America! Being that most of my five kids and all of my grandchildren live right here, we celebrated together as a family for Christmas. And I wish everyone a very Happy New Year filled with good health and much happiness.
I couldn’t help but exclaim over Barb and Lou Prigge’s home completely adorned by darling angels everywhere! What an outstanding display for all of us to enjoy. Barb made all of those angels by herself. No, they didn’t buy them; she drew them, cut them out and painted them. I just love going by their home because it looks so warm, welcoming and inviting! Thanks for all the enjoyment you give to others, Barb and Lou!
In my last column I mentioned three more tours that I have planned for anyone interested in seeing the Jail, the Emergency Operations Center and the development of Treviso Bay. The response was overwhelming and gratifying, knowing our residents want to learn more about what is happening in our community. We’ve already visited the landfill, and many saw for the first time the new Gas to Energy plant which turns landfill gases to electricity and then is sold to Florida Power and Light.
Although Waste Management built the plant and operates it, the County allowed it to be built on its property and use the gas generated from our landfill, so they reimburse us from the sale of energy to FP&L. Last year, the County received over $450,000. It was a great investment indeed. Our next two tours in January are both full, as is the one scheduled for February. We are, however, taking names for our wait-list, knowing that at times things change and people have to cancel. If you meant to call and didn’t, please call Alexandra, my assistant, at 252-8601 and ask to be put on the list.
Treviso Bay increased the number of people they could accommodate and ordered a larger trolley to escort people through the development. They will even provide a boxed luncheon for everyone. I am still working on one more tour, but have not finalized the plans yet.
A good source has advised me that the Fresh Market is truly coming our way. They will be located within the Eagle Creek Shopping Center at the corner of Collier Blvd. and U.S. 41 E, in the store adjacent to Staples. I don’t believe they’ll be able to get the store built and stocked before April, but we’ll be watching for them with anticipation.
For those of you who love to stroll on Tigertail Beach or watch the birds, the good news item is that three of the boardwalks and dune walkovers are now finished and in use and the last two are scheduled to be completed by the end of January.
The work was phased to ensure continuous beach access. A bathroom is scheduled to be built at the far end of the parking lot for those who park nearer the closest point to the beach.
The project is estimated to go out to bid shortly, and an estimated start time for the project is February, with a completion in August, along with parking lot improvements. This should help take some of the pressure off parking at the South Beach area. The County offered to pay MICA to use their parking lot at South Beach to help with parking, but I’m afraid that hasn’t worked up until now. There is parking for over 250 cars at Tigertail, which might help once it is completed.