Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Get Ready For Hurricane Season




The public is invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting being held on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at the Rookery Bay National Research Reserve in the Auditorium, 300 Tower Road off Collier Boulevard. The developer is seeking a small scale growth management plan amendment to allow for intermediate commercial uses, limited to those allowed by C-3 zoning district and one C-4 use. It is a project known as Torres Family Trust CPUD to allow development of up to 60,000 square feet of gross floor area of commercial uses and assisted living facilities or other senior housing facilities at a floor area ratio of 0.60 on property located south of US 41E. This is the public’s chance to listen to future plans and ask questions and offer opinions. You ought to try to make it.

*Just a little personal note: the knee surgery was a little more difficult than first suspected, but the doctor was truly outstanding, and the Arlington rehab facility was amazing, and I’m healing quickly. The physical therapy facility after coming home is doing an outstanding job as well. Thanks for your many kind notes and cards!

*Because of the flooding many have experienced over the last few weeks, Collier County has issued some advice about walking or driving in flood areas: NEVER walk or drive in flood waters. People are killed by driving or walking on roads or bridges that are covered by water. The water might look to be only inches deep, but it could be much deeper and have strong currents. It only takes two feet of water to carry a car away, says the press release, and six inches of swiftly moving water will sweep a person off his feet. Also, there might be “critters” lurking in the water that you do not want on your skin or biting you.

High water in streets and intersections will quickly stall motor vehicles, and some vehicles are susceptible to being swept away by high water. Watch for “water over the road” signs, which are placed at high water areas. Never let your children play near canals or storm drains when the water is rising. Beware of items being washed downstream. Flooded streams and rivers are not safe for recreational boating, including canoes and kayakers.

*As usual, in June I prepare for hurricane season, and this year is no different. I’ve bought plenty of gallons of water in case of emergency, purchase new batteries and placed them with the radio and flashlights in an easily reached location. I had to purchase a new gasoline container as last year’s had sprung a leak. I always purchase five gallons of fuel for the car and 2½ gallons of fuel for the generator. My son has checked to make sure the generator is working property (he does this about three or four times a year to freshen it up). Now I’m buying simple food items that don’t spoil in case we are without electricity. Anything left over after that season ends I then donate to a not for profit that can use it. If I don’t need the fuel, it goes into my gas tank, and the water always gets used in the coffee maker. There is never any waste, but I’m always prepared, and this year the weather channels are advising to prepare in advance. Better to be safe than sorry.

* National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 25th to July 1st. The Collier County Mosquito Control District’s website (www.cmcd.org) is filled with information about the district, its mission, the science and methodology, spray schedules and treatment maps. You can even place a service or notification request online. If you are interested in learning more about mosquito control, visit the Collier County Mosquito Control District at a free open house on Saturday, June 24 from 9 AM to 1 PM at 600 North Road (off Airport Rd. near the Naples Airport). The public is invited to learn about the district’s operations through tours of the facility, displays and even children’s activities. A number of community organizations are participating. There will be a rock climbing wall offered by the Sheriff’s Office, fire trucks and equipment, face painting and balloons, popcorn, and bottled water from the North Naples Kiwanis Club. NaplesBees Apiary will display information about beekeeping, and offer local honey for purchase. The Public Health Department, Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste will have informative displays. For additional information call 239-434-1000.

*Collier County Growth Management Department was recently awarded an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for using real-time data to create an accessible inspections environment. As part of the NACo President Bryan Desloge’s presidential initiative, Collier County also received recognition as one of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work, illustrating the best innovations in county government nationwide! The program provides measurable benefits such as more time in the field conducting inspections because inspectors are spending less time developing daily inspection routes. The service has been successful in creating an accessible and efficient inspection process, and that was our goal, said Growth Management Deputy Department Head, Jamie French.

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