Editorials: Starfish, sand dollars, sand spurs & coconuts - Nov. 21, 2009

A look at some of the good, the bad and the questionable.

A quip worth quoting

A starfish to former Collier County Manager Jim Mudd.

Though ailing, he managed a vintage Mudd quip at the dedication ceremony the other day for the county’s new Emergency Operations Center named after him:

“Be brief, be brilliant and be gone.”

That, Mudd said, is the stuff of great speeches.

And it was again.

Definitely worth a peek

A starfish to Collier County government for offering a sneak preview.

Immokalee’s Pepper Ranch, which Collier County commissioners have bought for $33 million from Conservation Collier tax receipts, is open to the public for hikes, tours and lectures today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 2,500-acre ranch/wildlife preserve is on the edge of Lake Trafford. To get there from Naples, take Immokalee Road to State Road 29 in Immokalee, go right about a mile to Lake Trafford Road, then turn left and go 2.9 miles to Pepper Road; turn right and go another mile to the ranch entrance.

Tip: Take lunch money. Pulled pork and other sandwiches and all the trimmings will be available for $7.

Looking good at 40

A starfish to the local YMCA.

Now called the YMCA of the Palms, with some 9,000 members in Collier and southern Lee counties, it celebrates its 40th birthday — a milestone achieved by few of our local institutions. Only the strong and truly valuable and visionary survive.

The YMCA’s mission is fitness, nurturing toddlers and senior citizens alike. It also has a special place for teens, hosting Project Graduation every spring since 1985.

May the candles on the YMCA’s birthday cake continue to expand in number and brightness as the years move on.

A little early excitement

A starfish to Seacrest Country Day School in East Naples.

Middle- and high-school teachers invite elementary-level students to science classes for experiments that have a little gee-whiz factor.

That gets the attention of small fry, leading to pleasurable anticipation about a subject that some students might otherwise dread.

Science is exciting in its own right, as these little ones will learn when they get to go to the big kids’ classes full-time.

Don’t hide the hydrants

A coconut to people in Bonita Springs who put plants or even little structures too close to fire hydrants.

That, according to city of Bonita Springs officials, can conceal them or prevent firefighters from accessing water quickly in times of emergency.

City crews are on the street troubleshooting. Good for them.

In need of assistance

A starfish to citizens who answer the call to help trusted friends, and neighbors.

Bonita Springs Assistance Office is challenged to keep up with requests for help these days. In special demand are volunteers skilled in data entry, filing, food pantry organization, marketing, grant writing, finance and the law.

For more information about how you can lend a helping hand, call the Bonita Springs Assistance Office at (239) 992-3034.

You and the BSAO will be glad you did.

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