Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Notes from Around Town

More Straight Talk

Over the years, I’ve had the distinct pleasure to speak with many of you regarding hot-button items that just seem to be concerns that many of you, including what I myself may have a concern about. They can vary now and again to items that I might have some direct knowledge about or may take me a day or two to do some research to find an answer concerning your question. 

I thought maybe this might be a good time to answer some of those concerns because believe it or not, if you have a question regarding an item, I’ll bet others share some of the same concerns. 

Bike Safety 

Recently, many of you have asked about bicycle safety on the island. The Marco Island Police Department has on occasion put out informational packets concerning bike safety and specifically regarding the responsibility of bicyclists. The city has done quite a bit to encourage the use of alternate modes of transportation to decrease the use of cars. The city has an actual “bike path committee which has done an outstanding job in planning for the improvements for better bike safety all over the island. The committee meets on the third Friday of the months of March, June, September and December at 9 AM in the downstairs conference room of city hall. 

A few rules that apply to bicyclists:

  • All bikes have to abide by the same rules as vehicles when on the roadways, to include stop signs and signal lights. 
  • Between sunset and sunrise, bikes must display a forward-facing light visible for 500 feet and a rearfacing reflector and red light which may be seen for 600 feet. 
  • 75% of fatalities regarding bikes involve head injuries.  
  • Bicyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear helmets and those over that age are strongly recommended to do so. 

More information regarding bikes and bike safety may be found on the city website at www.cityofmarcoisland.com. 

City Committee Meetings 

The best way to stay informed about when city committees such as the City Council, Planning Board and many of the other volunteer committees meet is to check the city website at www.cityofmarcoisland.com and click on the City Calendar for dates and times of those meetings. 

Parking Lots 

I have to be honest with you, I enjoy going out to the store. Whether its Publix, Winn Dixie, Walgreens or even up to Walmart, I enjoy going out and doing some shopping. Really, it isn’t the shopping so much as it is meeting with the folks in and around town. There is just something about getting out and seeing folks and sharing some conversation. 

The one thing I can’t stand though is the dreaded parking lot. Coming back and finding someone has dinged my door or a quarter panel on the car. It just burns me up to find someone has unintentionally opened their door without consideration and managed to put that terrible ding in the car. 

Just a couple of months ago, I took the car up to my favorite body shop and had them do a quick touch up, only to come back to Marco and within a day have another battle scar show up on my passenger door. 

How Do They Figure Out What Roads to Pave? 

Every year, the city expends about a half a million dollars to do some repaving of roadways in and around the island. I think my friend Tim Pinter the City’s Public Works Director enjoys driving me crazy with his choices of where he’ll expend those dollars. 

Every once in a while, I’ll drive around and find some of what I feel are the worst roads on Marco. Each year I am taken by surprise as he releases the choices for the next year. 

I am sure those that were lucky enough to make the Pinter Top Ten” are also amazed at times that they make the list. I guess there must be some rhyme or reason to those choices, but I think I’ll just leave it at that and maybe someday they’ll finish Bald Eagle, down by the Dive Shop. I’m tired of almost tearing out my front end after hitting that manhole cover. 

Kudos to Affordable Landscaping 

It never ceases to amaze me the wonderful community spirit that Al Benarroch and his crews at Affordable Landscaping have when it comes to giving back to the community. I don’t care where it is or when it is, but Al and his crews seem to be always there when you need them. 

Take for example the Eagle Sanctuary on Tigertail Court. Did you know that their Eagle Nest Camera was recently hit by lightning? 

Al’s people were there to ensure it was put back in service in a reasonable amount of time. Great company and a great team that makes Marco Great!!


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