It seems there is always good news to talk about, and this week is no exception. The state and Collier County transportation departments held a groundbreaking ceremony this week as work officially began on the widening of Davis Boulevard, and also the upgrading of the County Road 951/Davis Boulevard intersection.
This is a partnership between both departments to get this much needed improvement moving forward. The effects will be far reaching, considering that this particular intersection serves not only East Naples and Marco Island, but the city of Naples and Golden Gate as well. The construction will begin in dry season, which should help to move the project along at a good pace. It is estimated it should take between 18 months and 2 years to complete. For a while it will probably be good to avoid that area if we can.
• Fun was had by all at Foxboro’s on U.S. 41 East, when they celebrated the “Ring of Honor.” Of course, you can’t help but love the place. Fun and friendship best describe how you feel when you stop by, and the food is always good.
• Remember the English Pub on Linwood? Well, they are moving to a new facility after all these many years, and right across the street from Foxboro! Yes, on Nov. 12 to the Village Falls Center, in the old Norm’s Restaurant. They will hold a month-long celebration for their grand reopening for the newly named, “The Original Naples English Pub,” at 5047 U.S. 41 East. So there you have it!
• The Isles of Capri paddlecraft park, a place to launch all your kayaks, canoes and any other paddlecraft, is moving along at a good pace. They hope to be open by the end of December, if the weather holds out and all goes well. The county manager and I met the people from Rookery Bay to see the progress they are making. This park will be spectacular. The view was really something to behold. This is another partnership with the state, whereby they build the park and the county parks department manages it.
• A new, large development has just been approved by the Collier County Commission called Hacienda Lakes. It is the first large-scale development approved in many years, and is expected to start construction in another year. The project is located along County Road 951 wrapped around the swamp buggy grounds. It will be more than 2,000 acres, and a great deal of the land has been dedicated to preservation. The final approval included more than 1,700 homes, 325,000 square feet of retail/commercial, a hotel and office space. The first thing I see here are jobs, jobs, jobs. Once the building takes place, more jobs await to work in the retail shops, the hotel, and maintenance of homes, such as lawn care, etc.
• As a reminder, for those who are hoping to vote in the Republican presidential primary, please note that only registered Republicans can vote. If you are registered as an NPA, or independent, you cannot vote. It is easy to change your voting status, but you must do that before Jan. 3 for the Jan. 31 primary. The same holds true for the local primary races in August. If you want to vote in the primary, you must be registered as a Republican or you will not be able to vote for the Republican candidate of your choice. It’s just as easy to change back after the election to independent, if that is your wish, but at least you will be able to vote. Florida is a closed primary state, meaning if Republican candidates are running against each other and another political party has a candidate running for the same office, it closes the primary and only people registered as Republicans can vote. The winner of that race goes on to the general election to face the other party’s candidate/candidates.