Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Pickleball Returns


The East Naples Civic Association and the East Naples Foundation will be holding their Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, May 4th at 8:30 AM, shotgun start, and hosted by Royal Palm Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the East Naples Education and Youth Programs. The East Naples Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Win a two-year lease on a 2018 Audi for a hole-in-one. Continental breakfast served at 7:30 AM, 18 hole scramble with a dinner only option at 6 PM. Dinner buffet from 6 PM to 10 PM with a prime rib carving station, white fish with coconut cream sauce, stuffed Chicken Breast Rockefeller, Key lime pie. Live entertainment with Cahlua & Cream. Silent auction prizes include: a bourbon dinner for 10 at Shula’s Steak House of Naples, a jewelry making party for 10 at A. Jaron Fine Jewelry. Golf and dinner – $120; Dinner only – $40; Hole sponsors – $100; Mulligans – $10 each with maximum of two per player. Sign up now – space is limited. For tickets and information call Shirley at 239-435-9415. Or go online to www.EastNaplesCivic.com. Sponsors include Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Doctor’s Hearing, ENCompass, Stock Development, and Minto Communities. Wow, this one sounds extra special! I’ll be there. Hope to see you too!

  • Whittaker Road looks like it will be a busy road shortly. Habitat for Humanity will be building another housing project with 121 units there. Being that the area has a high concentration of retired people, I suggested to them to build a senior living community, but they said they do not build senior housing. Sorry. I know people were counting on it.
  • Also at 5867 Whittaker Road, a memory care group housing development will include four or five buildings with up to 120 beds and an administration/support service building, and will be called Memory Care Cottages of Naples.
  • And yes, the tall building going up on Rattlesnake Hammock Road near the side entrance to Naples Lakes Country Club is indeed another self storage building. I wonder how many will be built in this area before they start putting each other out of business! How many can an area hold? Sorry… I tried to put a moratorium in place so we could create a corridor that would be attractive and contain places that the residents need and want, keeping them from driving so far and taking the stress off our roads, but I was out-voted. We will have to live with the results of that vote.
  • Speaking of self storage, you’ve seen the land cleared across from the closed American Legion Hall (damaged terribly by Irma)? Well, it’s another self storage unit – three stories high.
  • I know folks aren’t happy with all this development, but most developers don’t even have to come before the County Commission to get their approvals. They buy the land that is already zoned for their use so they don’t have to listen to people’s concerns. The commissioners can’t stop them because they bought the land, they own it, they choose land with zoning that they want and we just have to stand by and watch what happens. I know I’m not happy about it either. Meanwhile, we are not getting the things we need to improve our quality of lives.
  • And oh yes, someone bought the old flea market way out on U.S. 41E near the night-golfing facility, and will turn it into a storage facility.
  • I’m not sure where Mondago Lane is located, except that it is north of Tamiami Trail E. where another three-story StorAll building facility of approximately 96,500 square feet will be built.
  • First Haitian Alliance Church has pulled their site development plan for 2300 County Barn Road.
  • We’ve noticed recently, the Germain Honda dealership has moved from Davis Boulevard, and coming in its place will be a Germain BMW dealership.
  • Congratulations to the Marco Island History Museum on their continued progress on bringing artifacts from the 1896 Cushing Expedition, which have been located in three different areas including the Smithsonian, another in Pennsylvania and one in England. When all of these artifacts arrive, probably in November if all goes as planned, it will be the first time all have been together since being discovered in the muck of the 1896 expedition. The Historical Society has worked long and hard to get these pieces together, meet the rigorous requirements to house safely this fragile collection, and then keep it for 2½ years, carefully protecting it from any air, dampness, pressure drops, and additional security, etc. It’s been a long road, but these folks have worked harmoniously to get the work done and the money to make it happen. The grand opening will be in January 2019 and I believe many will make an extra effort to see for themselves what the Calusa Indians created. It should be a very popular display.
  • Well, the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships have begun! This is their third year and this year 2,012 people registered to play. More had to be turned away because there was just no more room. There are 54 courts to play on, most having deco turf as their surface, and people come from far and wide to get here, some from Tokyo, Australia, Singapore, England, etc.! For a U.S. Open of this caliber, people travel from all over the world to be a part of the excitement. CBS Sports is again filming the games, as well as the Pickleball Channel! Minto Communities is the big sponsor. This year, if you haven’t gotten there before, you MUST stop by just to see for yourself all the excitement, the happiness, the camaraderie, the friendliness. People cheer each other on, it seems everyone is happy for the next one. I’ve never seen a game like this where people are supporting each other all the time. Don’t miss it this year. Hopefully by next year, the school system will trade or sell the county a nice slice of land they have sitting there next to the county’s land so the parking can be expanded, the courts can be expanded, the tents can be added on to, and we can get more food and fun for people to enjoy next year.

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