Sunday, December 5, 2021

Coastal Comments



Donna Fiala

In case you weren’t aware, I give tours every year to anyone who would like to attend (if we aren’t already full) to experience some of the county facilities first-hand that your tax dollars help to fund. For example, the landfill, the jail, the Tax Collector, the Supervisor of Elections, the Government Complex, Mosquito Control, etc. Some on Marco Island and Isles of Capri have participated, to my delight.

Some of those upcoming tours are: Mosquito Control – Dec. 5 from 10 AM to noon (every one provides their own transportation so there is no cost to participants and no cost to taxpayers); Traffic Operations – Jan. 22 from 2 PM to 4 PM; The Conservancy of Southwest Florida (the next few are more like familiarization trips rather than county facilities) from 2PM to 4PM; The Botanical Garden – Jan. 20 from 10 AM to Noon; The Isles of Collier Preserve – the brand new community they are ambitiously building on U.S. 41 and Thomasson/Rattlesnake Hammock Rd – March 13th from 10 AM to noon; and finally the Domestic Animal Services facility – March 18 from 10A M to noon.

We are also building a wait-list for those already “sold out,” and maybe the facility might expand the number they will accept – you never can tell. f you are interested, please contact Alexandra, my assistant, at 252-8601 to reserve a spot or be wait-listed. You may e-mail my address –

*Recently the Marco Island Kiwanis Club held their Annual Installation Dinner at Hideaway Beach (thank you very much, Hideaway). The new president, Rebecca Hodge, was “crowned,” and her new board was installed. We can see another great year unfolding before us already!

Also that evening, the “Walter Zeller Fellowship Award” was presented to Barbara Prigge for all the work she does for the Kiwanis Club, Meals of Hope, San Marco Catholic Church and the list goes on and on. It seems no matter where you go, if volunteers are working, you’ll find Barb Prigge there – selling tickets or helping others in one way or another.

Also that eventing, the Kiwanians of the Year was awarded to John Coff – another volunteer extraordinaire and Rebecca Hodge Snyder, who never says no to anyone who needs her help! The Marco Island Kiwanis Club is so proud to present these most deserving members with these awards. Of course, the entire club is made up of outstanding, giving, helpful, friendly people. Why not come out and see for yourself? They meet every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM at Stonewalls for a wonderful breakfast and a happy way to start the day! You don’t even need to call in advance – just stop in. You’ll be glad you did!

*Don’t forget to come and enjoy the Holiday Concert at the Marco Island Library on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 PM. The musicians will be The Night Train Band. Come and enjoy the sounds of the season performed by this group of talented musicians in the inviting atmosphere of the Library. Registration is required!

*To all… I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by a loving family. We had 18 of us at my home (we have a rather large family I guess). We laughed, loved, enjoyed, played games and celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday. I love doing the cooking, my kids seem to love eating it, and we all have so much fun together. I had one son fly in from Albany, so the family was complete!

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