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Planning Advisory Board and City Council

As you are likely aware, after several meetings involving the Planning Advisory Board and City Council, as a initative to increase safety – the following alleys were declared no parking zones by Marco Island City Council:   Elkcam to Park Park to Vets O’Malley’s O’Neil’s Joshberger’s San Marco to Barfield Covewood to San Marco.   This includes parking on the roadway as well as the berm or right of way next to the roadway.  It does not included City approved marked parking spaces immediately behind businesses. Several dozen no parking / tow away zone signs have now been posted in ... Read More »

Stetson University Ranks High on List of Best Colleges

Stetson only Florida school on U.S. News list for best undergraduate teaching Once again, Stetson University has earned national recognition for its attention to challenging academics and commitment to community service by ranking among the top universities in national surveys. U.S. News’ 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” ranked Stetson sixth in its Best Regional Universities (South), and sixth on the list of Best Value — Regional Universities (South). Stetson is the only school in Florida — and one of only four institutions in the South — to make the Best Undergraduate Teaching — Regional Universities (South) list. Although the average high school GPA for ... Read More »

FLORIDA-BASED FILMS ARE FESTIVAL WITHIN A FESTIVAL

Documentary on Florida prisoner Mark DeFriest and Florida Focus features and documentaries spotlight Sunshine State at Key West Film Fest Nov. 12-16 Filmmaking in Florida and about Florida has been thrust to the forefront of the film festival circuit, largely recognized as award-winning and compelling making the presence of such films at the Key West Film Festival, scheduled for Nov. 12-16, an ideal fit. On tap to be screened is the riveting documentary, a 13-year labor of love by Director and Producer Gabriel London, The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest. The film tells the story of notorious prisoner and escape artist ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail

Calling all Volunteers for the Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Tigertail BeachSaturday Sept. 20, 2014 8 am until noon Volunteers will meet at the Tigertail Beach Kiosk Garbage bags, water & plastic gloves provided. Wear Shoes that may get wet! Also sunscreen & hat ! All Youth Volunteers receive a Certificate for Participation Sign up early for Free T-shirts from Keep Collier Beautiful –Contact Susan LaGrotta 239-394-1470 Stewardship Chairperson Visit : www.FriendsofTigertail.com For all events and newsletters Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Naples Zoo partner to advance panther research

Long-time neighbors and conservation advocates Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Naples Zoo are partnering to help advance panther research in Florida. Under a new agreement, Naples Zoo, a non-profit organization and nationally accredited zoo, is committing $150,000 over the next three years to help fund the Conservancy’s collaborative research efforts related to Florida panther conservation and management. These research projects include providing technical expertise to the Florida Panther Capture Team and establishing non-invasive survey protocols for the inventory and monitoring of Florida panther and their primary prey species, the white-tailed deer. “Naples Zoo understands the critically important impact we can ... Read More »

Collier Area Transit Wins Safety Award

Collier Area Transit (CAT) received the 2014 Transportation Disadvantaged Safety Agency of the Year award. The award, given by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, recognizes a transit system that has demonstrated an outstanding safety record or initiated new or improved safety systems. CAT was recognized for its operator mirror check station, which it introduced in an effort to improve transportation safety. Before a bus leaves the transportation facility, operators must stop at a check station to ensure the mirrors on the bus are properly positioned to eliminate potential blind spots. Since the county has included the mirror check ... Read More »

Noise Compatibility Committee

If you are a pilot with ideas about noise at Naples Municipal Airport, here’s your chance to have your say. The Airport Authority is recruiting active general aviation or commercial pilots to fill a vacancy on its Noise Compatibility Committee. Applicants must be registered to vote in Collier County, able to participate in at least three meetings a year and willing to volunteer through March 20, 2017. The committee helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise and makes recommendations about noise-mitigation procedures for consideration by the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, which appoints members. Applications are being accepted ... Read More »

Fashion for Her 2014 Set to Help Local Cancer Patients and Families

In two weeks, international designer Rosita Hertado and local designers will bring their fashion designs to a Naples runway to benefit the Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN). D’Latinos Magazine is set to host the Fourth Annual Fashion for Her event with a portion of ticket sales going to CAN who uses all funds to benefit local families fighting a battle with cancer. Regular and VIP tickets are both still available for the event.  Fashion for Her is on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort located at 2600 Tiburon Dr. in Naples. VIP ticket holders will have their photo ... Read More »

FWC furthers lionfish control measures, prohibits lionfish aquaculture

At a Sept. 10 meeting in Kissimmee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) acted to prohibit lionfish aquaculture. Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native fish and habitat. The changes will go into effect by Dec. 1. Updates will be available at MyFWC.com/Lionfish. Management changes were developed in coordination with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and include: Prohibiting the harvest and possession of lionfish eggs and larvae for any purpose other than destruction; Prohibiting the intentional breeding of lionfish in captivity. A scientific research exception will allow permitted research institutions to ... Read More »

County’s Growth Management Division Working to Make Development Easy

With Collier County poised to potentially grow to about 1 million people by 2080, the county’s Growth Management Division needs to keep up with demand and make it easier and faster for businesses to get their work done while at the same time making sure our quality of life is preserved. That was the message Growth Management Division Administrator Nick Casalanguida and Deputy Administrator Jamie French told the audience at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up Naples event Wednesday morning at the Naples Hilton. The county has made improvements by taking a private sector approach to development, organized around client ... Read More »

Clerk’s Finance Wins Excellence Award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. For the 28th consecutive year, the Finance and Accounting Department of the Clerk of the Circuit Court has been recognized for its excellent work on behalf of the citizens of Collier County. The Finance and Accounting Department is primarily ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System Awarded “Top Tier” HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EMR The NCH Healthcare System has been recently recognized by HIMSS Analytics with its top tier Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model? (EMRAM), which tracks EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. “NCH Healthcare System is a top tier example of healthcare technology at work for the entire patient experience,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “From a comprehensive electronic medical record that has ... Read More »

BB&T

While the turnarounds of large corporations often receive lots of attention, the less public triumphs of small businesses are not always recognized. Twenty years ago, insurance executive Gary V. Trippe decided to change that. The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Company (now BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company) created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to recognize entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity. The awards program serves two purposes: it honors those who succeed in overcoming obstacles while also inspiring others to do the same. The program has honored a wide range of businesses that have found innovative ... Read More »

AAA: GAS PRICES LOWEST SINCE FEBRUARY

The price at the pump is at it’s lowest point in seven months, nationally. Gas prices fell for the sixth consecutive week, while oil had it’s lowest Friday close since May 2013. “Motorists should continue to see a discount at the pump,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “High domestic oil supplies, a decrease in global demand, and the easing of geopolitical tensions in Libya and Iraq are keeping downward pressure on gasoline prices. Beginning Monday, refineries are no longer required to sell summer-blend gasoline. Winter-blend is cheaper to produce, which will help push prices even lower in ... Read More »

Safety Meets Creativity

South pool mural at The Somerset. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Ask Lon Boggs, manager of The Somerset of Marco Island condominiums, what his biggest on-the-job headache is, and he’ll answer right away: “signage.” Not the maintenance of 122 units, nor the comfort of all those residents and guests; not upkeep of the lush botanical grounds, two swimming pools, boardwalks to the beach, or all that infrastructure. And definitely not his A-team staff — who are responsible for seeing that his headaches are few. Nope, it’s signage. “Well,” says Boggs, “we have a beautiful environment here, and I don’t like signs that disrupt the integrity of the architecture or landscaping, ... Read More »

Florida’s Swallowtail Butterflies

Underside of Giant Swallowtail

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com My “Butterfly Gardening in Florida” series rolls on with this third installment in which I will focus on swallowtail butterflies. Florida is home to 10 swallowtail butterflies — more than any other state. They are very easy to identify due to their strikingly large size and their ability to glide long distances between wing flaps. Much larger than other Florida butterflies, most swallowtails have distinctive tails on their hind wings. I remember the first time I saw one. Actually, there were two, and they were mating. I’ll never forget it! I still thoroughly enjoy watching ... Read More »

Stay Cool, Beat the Heat While Late Summer Fishing

Kurt is staying cool in the summer sun. PHOTOS BY CAPT PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Out on the water, we have sun baking us from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The reflection from the water and the white deck of a boat can be equally as strong as directly from the sun. It is imperative to completely cover up if you want to beat the heat and avoid a bad burn. Sunscreen is the most obvious first line of protection, but there is a lot more to protecting yourself from sun exposure. Wear light colored and light weight clothing. Have ... Read More »

It’s Gator Hatchin’ Time in the Glades

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist A few weeks ago I took a walk through several different areas of the Everglades, and there was a very distinct and serene quiet, a sound of silence that was not there in early summer. During the months of May thru July, I could hear the unmistakeable bellowing of male alligators trying to entice the females. Some of these boys have traveled great distances to find a mate. Now, all is calm. Courtship rituals are complete, and females are tending to their nests, waiting for the young to hatch. The males have moved on, ... Read More »

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Nadia Hashimi William Morrow, May 2014, 464 pages   “You know what they say about the human spirit? It is harder than a rock and more delicate than a flower petal.” - Khala Shaima, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel. In her debut novel, Nadia Hashimi has gifted the world with a wonderfully written, mesmerizing look into a fascinating family drama set in Afghanistan. The main protagonists are Rahima, a young 21st century Afghani girl and her great-great-grandmother Shekiba who lived in the early 20th century. The story shifts between the ... Read More »

Fishing from a Kayak! Really?

Kayak fishing in the mangroves. FILE PHOTO

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Absolutely! Why not further enhance the enjoyment found from kayaking by taking a fishing rod along? The benefits of simply kayaking are obvious: ease, serenity, exercise and awesome sightseeing opportunities to name only a few. Most prefer to kayak in quiet areas around inshore waters, dense mangrove islands and bays where waters are calm and wildlife is plentiful. Interestingly enough, fish prefer the same habitat that most kayak enthusiasts do! This combination of interests creates a potentially action-packed inshore fishing experience from a small craft in a scenic surround. While it’s true that ... Read More »