Marcophiles: The sign glut on North Collier may get a little less ugly

CHRIS CURLE
Don Farmer Special to the Eagle
Sign poles carry not only No Parking notices, but also signs threatening to tow away anyone parked on the roadside.

Don Farmer Special to the Eagle Sign poles carry not only No Parking notices, but also signs threatening to tow away anyone parked on the roadside.

— Friends from Atlanta visiting Marco last month applauded the new bridge, but were baffled by how the area of the expanded boat ramp on 951 has been uglified by all those no parking signs.

It’s the same issue Marco banker Keith Dameron raised with officials last year how silly it looked to have those signs crammed along the edge of the roadway.

Keith went through channels and was assured something would be done, that is, some of those signs might be removed.

But the other day Dameron counted the No Parking signs along that stretch of road, eight or nine tenths of a mile, roughly from Isles of Capri Road toward Marco.

“There are 17 roadside signs driving north and 22 on the southbound lane heading to Marco, plus four double-sided signs in the median,” says Keith. “That’s a total of 47 No Parking signs,” he calculates. And I believe him, being a banker and all.

“And don’t forget each sign pole also has two additional small signs below the larger one, threatening towing, for a total of 133 signs discouraging parking on 43 posts.”

Dameron dived into the issue again, insisting something must be done. Well, something has, sort of. Dameron got word that officials will change the distance between the signs from 100 feet to 200 feet. Congrats to Dameron for getting results from the bureaucrats. But he says more needs doing.

The dumbest signs are in the median, mostly landscaped, where you could barely squeeze in a smart car, much less a truck and boat carrier.

Here’s our thought: Why not remove all off-pavement side-of-the-road parking rules and let people enjoy the boating and fishing our area offers? Right now it’s an eyesore, overkill, with more signage than a NASCAR driver’s uniform.

Roller hockey – Huge in Naples, missing on Marco

In our last column we featured the Naples Roller Hockey program, a great sport for young people that could catch on here on Marco Island.

Now we want to let you know how to check out roller hockey activity up the trail and the cost of having your favorite youngster take part. Our source is Scot Shepard, a CPA on Marco and a long-time supporter of roller hockey.

About the cost: “I know the cost is a concern for some people but we have so much donated equipment that we can outfit anyone who wants to play in our league with all the equipment they could want. That way they can see whether they like the sport before investing in equipment.”

How can parents get a first-hand look at the Naples Roller Hockey program?

“People can visit the roller hockey rink just about anytime and find kids skating and playing there. All games and practices are at the rink at Veteran’s Park, 1895 Veteran’s Park Drive in Naples, just south of Immokalee Road, between Airport and Goodlette roads in North Naples.

“The full-sized rink is a covered, steel-roofed outdoor facility, complete with industrial-grade ceiling fans, halogen lighting, a high quality, fully-coated playing surface, bleacher seating, electronic scoreboard, and a league-operated concession stand.

“In the lower levels, ages eight and under and 10 and under in particular, the league is set up so that if you are new and just starting out, you’re only going to play against kids at your talent level. You are not going to be playing against kids who’ve been playing for a few years.”

How does a parent sign up a youngster?

Registration for the Fall 2011 season begins from at 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Aug. 27. Subsequent dates are Aug. 31 (6 to 8 p.m.), and Sept. 3 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

The website: www.naplesrollerhockey.org. email: nrhl@comcast.net.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com.

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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Comments » 9

ba10da69 writes:

Looks like shizz....a little overkill don't ya think.

pageport writes:

I would love to know how much each sign costs plus the labor to install them. Oh thats right it's not an issue, because we the tax paying public foots the bill!

happy6 writes:

pageport...they were free...part of oblama's tarp...free money, costs no one a dime...

islandgma writes:

Nothing is free -

GorgonZola writes:

"And I believe him, being a banker and all."
Oh, are you (writer) a banker too?
Your grammar says you are ....... (briefly, "being" modifies the pronoun "I")

OldMarcoMan writes:

If those signs belonged to a struggling local business and not the over-bloated government I bet they would have been moved the next day.
Sign Rules for you and me to follow, not the County.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Hey folks didn't you know that those signs may have been purchased from the brother-in-law of the person who signed off for them and said that they were necessary. (No pun intended)!

ajm3s writes:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

If those signs belonged to a struggling local business and not the over-bloated government I bet they would have been moved the next day.
Sign Rules for you and me to follow, not the County.

Excellent observation!

OldMarcoMan writes:

Dont overlook the fact that Donna made the parking places to short for most 6rucks and trailers to park safely in them.
I originally thought this was so the cops could ticket all the boaters but then I saw that QE was building it and it became clear it was just simple incompetence.
Didn't they give our County Commissioner money the last election?
Never mind.

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