Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Town Hall Meetings Coming Up



Donna Fiala

Mark your calendars now for the great St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Sunday March 6th on Marco Island! Parade participants will meet at the NCH Healthcare Center across from the City of Marco Island Government Center at 11 AM. For questions, please email Steve Stefanides at It’s always loads of fun and lots of people line the streets from all over. It’s a great way to prepare for the Irish holiday, and no one has more fun than the Irish!

*The Coastal Breeze News started out a few years ago and they chose to serve both sides of the bridge, and we need to write things that both sides will enjoy. Hence, I am holding two Town Hall Meetings that I’d like to tell you about. The first will be in East Naples at the South Regional Library on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30 PM which will focus more on that side of the bridge but also items that concern both sides of the bridge, such as the county manager talking about the upcoming budget for Collier County, new retail coming to that area, road issues, libraries, parks and general items of interest. Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:30 PM will be the Marco Island, Goodland, Isles of Capri – Town Hall Meeting held at the Rose Hall Auditorium adjacent to the Marco Island Museum, which will focus mainly on island areas, with the budget specifically addressing the Marco Island/county budget that many are interested in, the parks on Marco specifically, the fast-growing museum, the library, and growth in general. If you’d like to attend both, we’d love to have you join us! Each presenter will take about five to 10 minutes per subject except for the growth taking place, which will take about 15 minutes, with questions and answers at the conclusion of the program. Staff members from Collier County Government will be there to present so you can meet the people behind the scenes and talk with them afterward if you would like.

*It pleases me no end to see more and more Marco and Capri people joining us on the tours we offer of government facilities, like the transportation department, where they explain and show how the traffic and stop lights are monitored, and the mosquito control facility that is so fascinating! They even show you what different kinds of mosquitos look like and give you more facts than you ever knew existed about these pesky little stingers. These facilities are where your tax dollars are spent, and you should see how they function. A few years ago we even went to the jail to see how it is operated, and we will probably do that again next year. That’s a different world than most of us have ever seen. We’ve never toured the court system though, so maybe next year we’ll do that too. We’ve been to the Emergency Operations Center quite a few times, and people are always amazed at what it looks like and how it functions. This is where emergencies are processed, from 911 calls to hurricanes and fires. We have also been to the landfill, which is fascinating in itself. I offer people a free lunch, but no one ever takes me up on it. If you would like to be on next year’s “tour list,” please drop us a line at, and we’ll add you to the list. We usually add one tour that receives TDC dollars for part of their support, such as the Naples Botanical Garden, the Naples Zoo, the museums, etc. We hope you’ll join us! It’s very enlightening.

*Just a little note to Bill & Carol Sullivan: you looked darling in your Valentine-red outfits the other day. It was a pleasure watching you dance…and thank you for your very kind words. And a special note to the Columbiettes who work like a team without stopping! You are better than wonderful.

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