MARCO ISLAND — 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: email@example.com.
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.