About DONNA FIALA
BiographyDonna Fiala represents East Naples as the District 1 Commissioner on the Collier County Commission. She writes the frequent "Around Town" feature for the Collier Citizen newspapers.
- Columnist - Collier Citizen
06/23/2006 - current
Around Town: Still waiting on an answer from FPL about ‘smart meters’
Published 05/01/2012 at 12:33 p.m.
There is something that puzzles me. Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced they would install a “smart meter” on each home, which would read the usage every month electronically rather than have a meter reader go to each and every ...
Around Town: Eagle Lakes is finally going to get a community center
Published 04/18/2012 at 11:58 a.m.
There are always a lot of good news items to talk about these days. To start off, the community center at Eagle Lakes Community Park is going to be a reality. It has been 6 long years of fighting to ...
Around Town: Collier County’s first paddlecraft park ready for paddlers
Published 04/04/2012 at 10:17 a.m.
With much anticipation and excitement, the Isles of Capri Paddlecraft Park has officially opened. The ribbon cutting was held on Friday, March 30, and was attended by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) officials, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve ...
Around Town: I for one will be sad to see our part-time residents head back north
Published 03/21/2012 at 11:32 a.m.
My goodness, isn’t the year going by quickly? I can’t believe it is almost Easter and soon our winter residents will be leaving, which means a huge portion of our volunteers will be leaving. These people come down from up ...
Around Town: East Naples looking better and better every day
Published 03/06/2012 at 10:11 a.m.
Towne Centre on U.S. 41 East is really looking up. New façade on the buildings on the east end of the shopping center, new decorative additions and updated paint colors, the parking lot has a new layer of asphalt, all ...
Around Town: Revitalization of East Naples neighborhoods ongoing
Published 02/21/2012 at 6:16 p.m.
Lennar Homes has taken the East Naples community by storm and showered their full force on revitalization projects. Many of you probably already know that they purchased the gorgeous Treviso Bay resort and have been focused on getting it back ...
Around Town: Improvements should help shopping center draw more customers
Published 02/07/2012 at 3:21 p.m.
Hopefully you have taken a ride through Naples “Towne Centre” (yes, that’s how they spell it) on U.S. 41 East on the side opposite Bealls department store. You might already know that there are eight owners in that shopping center.
Around Town: Fatal accident in East Naples proof that traffic light is desperately needed
Published 01/24/2012 at 11:44 a.m.
Recently there was a ribbon cutting ceremony as the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge on Marco Island was officially opened for traffic. Included in the ceremony was a memorial for the late Mike Minozzi, a Marco resident and former Marco Island ...
Around Town: Saving money, gas and energy at the county landfill
Published 01/10/2012 at 10:45 a.m.
Many people have asked why Collier County doesn’t have a gas to energy plant at the landfill, and I’m happy to tell you we now have one. I promised to write about it in this week’s Collier Citizen, and here ...
Around Town: Looking forward to a great new year
Published 12/27/2011 at 3:27 p.m.
What a wonderful time of the year! Hopefully each and every one of you had a joyous holiday and are looking forward to a happy and healthy new year!
Around Town: Model railroad enthusiasts propose idea for abandoned east Collier flea market
Published 04/15/2014 at 2 p.m.
Many of you may remember when a developer had an idea to build an exciting new concept for a flea market on U.S. 41 East, a few miles east of the County Road 951 and U.S. 41 intersection, but before ...
Around Town: Just because new developments are going up doesn't mean preservation isn't happening
Published 04/02/2014 at 6:48 p.m.
A number of people have been talking about all the new development coming to the East Naples area, and their fears about becoming overcrowded as other places are now.
Around Town: FDOT wrapping up expansion at Davis, Collier boulevards intersection
Published 03/19/2014 at 2:22 p.m.
As many of you may already know, the Florida Department of Transportation has just about completed the final details of the expansion at the intersection of Collier Boulevard (County Road 951), Davis Boulevard and the nearby Interstate 75 ramp.
Around Town: Collier commissioners to discuss speed limit increase for Collier Boulevard
Published 03/04/2014 at 11:37 a.m.
Here's a little good news that will be discussed at the March 11 Collier County Commission meeting: the speed limit on County Road 951 (Collier Boulevard), between U.S. 41 East and Davis Boulevard, was 55 mph before the road was ...
Around Town: Community filled with great students with big dreams
Published 02/18/2014 at 11:35 a.m.
We seldom hear about how great our youth are, and yet our community is filled with them. The high schools have so many great students, high achievers and really terrific kids.
Around Town: Naples High student, friends rehabbing sports equipment to help those without
Published 02/04/2014 at 4:53 p.m.
A bright young student at Naples High School named Aubrey recently came up with the thought that she wanted to do something to reach out and help others in our community.
Around Town: East Naples Civic Association names Scott Salley as its Citizen of the Year
Published 01/22/2014 at 12:46 p.m.
Congratulations to Scott (and Lynn) Salley for being named Citizen of the Year by the East Naples Civic Association at the organization's annual banquet.
Around Town: Groundbreaking cememony set for Eagle Lakes community center
Published 01/06/2014 at 3:21 p.m.
It's been a long time coming, and it was delayed more months than it should have been, but the new community center will now be coming out of the ground at Eagle Lakes Community Park. Thanks to so many supporters ...
Around Town: Two young girls make the holidays feel so special for Santa and his East Naples volunteers
Published 12/23/2013 at 5:52 p.m.
It's a wonderful time of year! People seem to care more about one another, to help one another more, to show more consideration to each other. Wouldn't it be nice to have holidays like this more often?
Around Town: New senior housing development going up in East Naples
Published 12/10/2013 at 3:40 p.m.
A new senior housing development is being constructed on Rattlesnake Hammock Road and County Road 951 (Collier Boulevard) called Discovery Village Naples, built by the same developer and to the same high quality as its sister communities, Aston Gardens.
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