There are always a lot of good news items to talk about these days. To start off, the community center at Eagle Lakes Community Park is going to be a reality.
It has been 6 long years of fighting to get this much needed center built for the children of East Naples. Right now, Eagle Lakes is the only community park in Collier County without a community center. This will be a great place where after school programs and summer programs can be held. Plus, a park superintendent will be stationed at the park. Right now there is no adult supervision there because they have no place to set up an office or offer programs.
By the way, the Marco Island YMCA has offered to oversee the after school program and the summer programs, thanks to a grant they received from the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Now, if we could only have a pool built like they have in Golden Gate and another in Immokalee, they could teach these children how to swim as well. Who knows? Maybe somewhere along the line we will find some grant money, or even a donor or 10 who would like to help get that pool built for these kids. Right now they have no place to keep them busy and off the streets.
With six elementary schools and two middle schools in East Naples, we have lots and lots of kids, and most in the underprivileged, or free lunch, category. I’ve been told that we now have the money from a grant to build the center, but it will still take two years. Hopefully we can speed that up a lot. We’ll see.
• There is always more information than space, so here are just a few other things I wanted to talk about. I want to mention the openings for advisory committees that I hope people will be interested in applying for. The closing date to apply is April 26.
There are vacancies needing to be filled on the Airport Authority Advisory Board, the Animal Services Advisory Board, the Bayshore/Gateway Triangle Local Redevelopment Advisory Board, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, to name a few.
If anyone is interested, please call Ian Mitchell at 252 8097 and ask for an application, or go to www.colliergov.net for advisory committee information.
• Well, look here. I’ve talked so much about these exciting things, that I only have a little space left to start to tell you about the exciting things taking place on Bayshore Drive and in the Triangle, so I’ll just write a little and follow up with more in the next column.
1. A landowner is considering a new construction project for a 6-unit office building fronting Bayshore.
2. A local business owner has investigated several commercial lots for new construction as part of his business expansion.
3. Two new owner-operated businesses (automotive repair) opened up shop in an existing building at the intersection of Bayshore and Lunar Street.
4. Across the street, entrepreneurs renovated the old Ship’s Inn into an owner-operated family-friendly restaurant. Good patronage so far.
5. 360 Market spent more than $1 million (land and renovation) to open this icon (the old Tipsy Seagull) on Bayshore Drive and create new jobs.
6. Sea Tech (marine electronics) completed its $119,500 build-out and is open for business, relocating all jobs from two other Naples locations to this area.
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