It’s been a tough election year with much hostility, personal insults, accusations and hatefulness. Let us hope that now with the election behind us we can move to a better atmosphere. It is heart-wrenching to see what has happened to our community ... and all for power. Words said can never be taken back, and the hurt doesn’t go away. So sad. Now, on to a more positive column.
With much excitement, the Collier County Parks & Recreation Department has opened the Goodland Boat Park in Goodland. This 5-acre park has much to offer, with dock spaces, bait and other conveniences for sale, 75 boat trailer parking spaces and 12 car parking spaces. It even has a meeting room!
Of course, Sunday won’t probably be the best day to trail your boat to the launch unless you arrive and leave before noon, or arrive early and leave after 6 p.m. Stan’s is a busy place on Sunday and travel past that area with a truck, boat and trailer will be difficult at best. The rest of the week will be a lot easier, so come on out and try it!
Speaking of boat launch areas, there are many public boat launches in this particular part of town. To name a few: Port of the Islands boat launch, County Road 951/Collier Boulevard boat launch with close to 90 boat trailer parking spaces, Goodland Boat Park, Caxambas at the south end of Marco Island, and Bayview Park boat launch. Hopefully there will be more on the horizon.
Hopefully many of you have been able to experience the convenience of the new Santa Barbara Boulevard extension. Actually, it becomes very easy to drive all the way from Immokalee Road to Marco Island on Santa Barbara because it has a “dog-leg” which connects right up with Grand Lely Boulevard.
On the way you might even take a little detour and stop at the wonderful South Regional Library. The people are so friendly and helpful, and once our economy improves we will be able to add more books. Right now they have marvelous programs for adults and children alike. I just received a brochure from the Friends of the Library (I hope you are a member of this fine organization) and was thrilled with this year’s offerings. Nick Linn always offers his special touch.
So sad to see Frascoti’s has closed for good. I loved that place, and I’m sure many others did as well.
Shortly, I’ll have some fun news to announce over on the East Trail.
Work has begun on the FP&L greenway trail. It will be built for non-motorized vehicles such as bikes, strollers, walkers, runners and even wheelchairs. Sometime in the future this greenway will extend for miles.