3 To Know: RaceTrac continues expansion, more

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1. RaceTrac continues East Naples expansion

A RaceTrac gas station and store is under construction on the southwest corner of Rattlesnake Hammock and Collier Boulevard, and another new location is planned off U.S. 41 in East Naples.

Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. owns three parcels at Rattlesnake Hammock and Collier Boulevard, creating a 5.4-acre L-shaped property.

This July aerial photo shows the RaceTrac store and gas station under construction on the southwest corner of Collier Boulevard, bottom right, and Rattlesnake Hammock Road in East Naples.

A 5,411-square-foot convenience store with 16 self-service fueling positions under a canopy will be built at 8483 Collier Blvd., a 2-acre lot on the hard corner. Some of the remaining acreage will be used for access drives to RaceTrac, but two large areas to the south and west of the store will be used for future development, according to its site plan approved in May.

RaceTrac’s site plan, which includes 36 parking spaces and three 20,000-gallon underground fuel tanks, was created by DeLisi Fitzgerald Inc. civil engineers based in Fort Myers. Gates Construction recently broke ground for the RaceTrac, targeted to open in December.

In addition to this location, RaceTrac plans to build its eighth gas station and store in Collier County on 2.23 acres on the northwest corner of U.S. 41 East and Shadowlawn Drive in East Naples. The project will replace a former gas station and auto service business across the street from McDonald’s in Gulf Gate Plaza, as well as some retail and office buildings along Shadowlawn. RaceTrac purchased two of the three properties in June.

2. Tracking red tide just got easier

 Want to go to the beach, but worried about red tide? Making a decision about which beach to go to just got easier. The Collier County Pollution Control Section, Parks & Recreation Division, and Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) recently announced a partnership to provide up-to-date beach conditions for residents and visitors alike. The collaboration allowed for adding four Collier County beaches to Mote’s Beach Conditions Reporting System (BCRS).

 Florida red tides are very patchy in nature and can affect beaches differently on any given day. Red tide can impact one beach and not another beach only a couple miles away. Now visitors and residents can make informed choices about which beach they want to visit by using the Beach Conditions Reporting Systems smartphone app to see the most recent beach conditions. 

The BCRS (www.visitbeaches.org) provides daily updates on conditions like wave height, wind direction, surf conditions, presence of seaweed or dead fish, and respiratory irritation due to red tide. Collier beaches that were just added to the BCRS network are South Marco, Seagate, Vanderbilt and Barefoot beaches.

Check out the Beach Conditions Reporting System at www.visitbeaches.org and download the app today.

3. Noontime Rotary donates to Meals of Hope

Marco Island’s Noontime Rotary Club donated $4,000 to Meals of Hope at its recent luncheon. Pat Rutledge presented local attorney Bill Morris with the check fulfilling the Club’s pledge in support of Meals of Hope.

Noontime Rotary, Sunrise Rotary and Kiwanis started Marco Island Meals of Hope and the clubs have continued financial support for the operation since it begin.

Pat Rutledge with Bill Morris at a recent Noontime Rotary luncheon.

Rutledge thanked Bill Morris for his efforts in chairing the endeavor. She explained, “Meals of Hope is a great cause, feeding the hungry in Collier County and especially in Marco Island. We want to do everything we can to support it.”

Most of the funds raised by Marco Island’s Meals of Hope are donations. The sponsoring Clubs each donate $4,000 and the two Rotary clubs combine to seek a qualifying Rotary district grant for additional monies.

For further information about Marco Island’s Noontime Rotary, visit www.marcoislandrotary.org.