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GOV. SCOTT: TAMIAMI TRAIL PROJECT WILL HELP MOVE WATER SOUTH

~DEP Issues Permit for Construction of Important Everglades Project~ Governor Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the construction of 2.6 miles of bridging and road raising along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County. The project will deconstruct a section of the Tamiami Trail and replace it with a bridge so that water north of the road may flow into the Everglades, providing needed water to the Everglades National Park. This project will result in enhanced movement of water ... Read More »

Fire Extinguisher RECALL

A well-known fire extinguisher manufacturer, Kidde, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced avoluntary recall to replace certain Kidde fire extinguisher units. A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. About 4.6 million extinguishers are affected that were sold nationwide between August 2013 and November 2014. To see if you have an affected fire extinguisher and arrange for a replacement, go towww.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers. According to the CPSC, Kidde has received 11 reports of fire ... Read More »

FWC asks beachgoers to help survey spawning horseshoe crabs

As spring approaches, horseshoe crabs congregate to spawn along sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters throughout the state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking the public to assist in the FWC’s survey effort by reporting horseshoe crab sightings and other useful information. Although horseshoe crabs mate year-round, spring is the peak season to see them aggregate on beaches and in bays. Citizen scientists interested in contributing to the survey should have the best luck sighting horseshoe crabs around high tide within three days of a new or full moon, March 20 and April 4 respectively. The FWC asks ... Read More »

COLLIER AREA TRANSIT TO USE GOOGLE TRANSIT TO HELP RIDERS FIND BUS STOPS, SCHEDULES

Collier Area Transit (CAT) is pleased to announce that riders will be able to find bus stops and bus schedules using Google Transit. Google Transit allows riders to find the nearest bus stop, bus schedules at specific stops and how much the trip will cost, as well as alternate routes. Riders can access Google Transit by visiting www.google.com/transit or by downloading the Google Transit app to their smartphones. The app will allow riders to customize their routes and get walking directions to the nearest transit stop or to their destination once they leave the bus. You can also use business names or ... Read More »

Last Fakahatchee Island cruise of season

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The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island on Saturday, March 21. Fakahatchee Island was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families and was first inhabited by the Calusa. On the way to the island, Everglades National Boat Tours will cruise among the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. On the island, a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist will lead a walking tour and describe the island’s colorful history. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Please bring bug repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes. Jackets are ... Read More »

Art of Steve Malinchoc and William Moseley

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Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its March exhibit will feature the Art of Steve Malinchoc. Unlike most of the Art Center exhibitions that feature multiple artists in the main galleries, Malinchoc’s personal collection is so extensive that the Center chose to adorn both Lauritzen and Rush Galleries for what will be Malinchoc’s first ever exhibition. “Steve’s art should not be missed,” according to Executive Director for the Center, Hyla Crane. Crane continued, “His work is enticing, engaging and quite unlike what we usually see at the Art Center.” Also, in the La Petit Gallery, the Center will ... Read More »

“History Comes to Life” The Collage Art of John M. Williams

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present History Comes to Life, The Collage Art of John M. Williams on display April 1, 2015 through May 30, 2015 . The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, open to the public at no cost and will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. Williams, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, brings history to life through his intriguing cut paper collage portraits of important figures in U.S. and world history. He illuminates their lives, emotions and the background elements ... Read More »

Naples YMCA & National Parks Service Team Up for New Youth Program

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Greater Naples YMCA president, Paul Thein, attended the South Florida launch of a new initiative entitled Play. Learn. Serve. Work. from the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service on Friday, March 13th in Miami, Florida. Here in South Florida, Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park will be actively involved with the YMCA as early as this summer to help children explore and understand the value of our national parks. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a commitment from American Express that will support the new initiative in fifty cities across America. The effort ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased need to care for injured or orphaned panthers, Naples Zoo is also creating habitat space to provide temporary care along with an all-new large animal veterinary clinic. This is part of a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee three tram tours

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final four tram tours of the season. The group’s Ghost Rider tram will offer naturalist guided tours of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park on March 24, and April 4. Riders on the 2 1/2 hour tour will learn about the park’s history and unique ecosystem that is home to a profusion of orchids, air plants, birds, and mammals including the Florida panther. Tours leave at 10 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required at $25 per person. For those who want to immerse themselves in the Fakahatchee, the Friends offer the season’s final Tram Tour and ... Read More »

Amplified Phone Technology to Florida to Help with Hearing Loss

For residents of Collier County who are among the three million Floridians with hearing loss, help has arrived. Today, Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI), the non-profit distributor of amplified telephones for people with hearing loss and speech challenges, is offering an innovative new amplified telephone at no cost to local residents with hearing loss. Amplified phones serve as lifelines for people with hearing loss, keeping them connected and engaged to loved ones. FTRI is making the XLC3.4, developed by Clarity, available to residents for free. It is an easy-to-use cordless phone with talking Caller ID that boosts incoming sounds up ... Read More »

COUNTY MANAGER LEO OCHS RECOMMENDS NICK CASALANGUIDA FOR PROMOTION TO DEPUTY COUNTY MANAGER

County Manager Leo Ochs is pleased to announce the appointment of Growth Management Department Director Nick Casalanguida as Deputy County Manager, which was confirmed at the Board of Collier County Commissioners meeting. “Nick’s education, background, experience, managerial skills and proven track record of exemplary performance make him an ideal choice for this assignment,” County Manager Ochs said. “I will rely on Nick to lead and coordinate our agency’s efforts to implement business systems, best practices and workforce development programs that will enhance the county’s effectiveness and accountability.” “I am proud of the work the Growth Management Department has undertaken, with ... Read More »

Conservancy to host Earth Day Festival April 18

Featuring live animal shows, special programs, live music, local vendors and exhibits, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Earth Day Festival is a “not-to-be-missed” eco- and family-friendly event for all ages. The public is invited to the Conservancy’s annual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. Conservancy biologist and python expert Ian Bartoszek will share his innovative work with pythons in Southwest Florida; the Naples Zoo will present its popular animal show featuring live animals; and Conservancy Veterinarian, Dr. P.J. Deitschel will be back to ‘wow’ ... Read More »

SCHLEHR Selected as Puppy Raiser

Kaitie Schlehr, Lighthouse of Collier Case Manager, has been selected by Southeastern Guide Dogs to be an official Puppy Raiser. As a puppy raiser, Kaitie will provide Carley, the new puppy, with home life experiences, while teaching her basic obedience. Puppy raisers take the puppies everywhere—to work, out to eat, on trips, and even grocery shopping. The dogs need real-world training in order for them to grow up to successfully guide a visually impaired person. The puppy-raising experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. Once the dog has matured, Kaitie will say goodbye to Carley in ... Read More »

Magic Under the Mangroves™ raises $1.3 million

Southwest Florida’s largest fundraiser supporting the region’s water, land and wildlife initiatives, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s annual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised $1.3 million to benefit the organization. More than 420 guests attended the March 5 event held on the grounds of the Conservancy Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves fundraiser is a key source of revenue for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since 2005, the event has raised nearly $7 million with all proceeds supporting the Conservancy mission to “protect our water, land, wildlife and future” in the region. ... Read More »

Naples Children & Education Foundation presents Conservancy with $80,000 grant

The Naples Children & Education Foundation presented the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with an $80,000 grant on March 9. The grant, awarded through funds raised during the Naples Winter Wine Festival, will provide support for the Conservancy’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County as well as the Conservancy’s summer camp programs. Naples Winter Wine Festival Grant Committee Chair Jim Dixon and co-chairs Chuck and Sharon Hallberg and Sandi and Tom Moran presented the check to Nicki Dardinger, Director of Education for the Conservancy. Also on hand were two children, Alexander Knapp and Taniya Wright, who have ... Read More »

Collier Domestic Animal Services To Begin Dogs Program

Collier County Domestic Animals Services (DAS) has begun a new program with its staff and volunteers that will hopefully lead to the adoption of more animals from our kennels. Dogs Playing Life lets the shelter dogs get outside and play together in groups. While the dogs are playing, staff and volunteers assess each dog to determine how they get along with other dogs, how much energy they have and other factors. The assessment allows shelter employees and volunteers to be more knowledgeable about the animals when potential adopters come to Collier County DAS and want to know about a particular ... Read More »

Wellfit Girls Peruvion Adventure

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By Don Manley Alexis Buhelos embarked on a bold journey of self discovery last year that brought about some life-altering changes for the then 14 year old. The Marco Island resident and a group of other teen girls from Lee and Collier counties devoted five months of their lives to expanding their fitness, empowerment and leadership skills through the Naples-based Wellfit Girls Program. Created in 2014, the Wellfit Girls Program is dedicated to inspiring girls between 13 and 18 years old to maximize their potential through regular group meetings and a rigorous regimen of yoga, fitness and leadership training. That ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Siegfried and Bonnie Speder

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Are condominium owners of Marco Island a problem to this community or not? Answer. They are not. Why? Because as local responsible members of our community we live by our Rules and By Laws of our Association. Our condo rules are enforced and carry a fine if violated. Our condo already receives an annual fire inspection and required building codes. Adding your ordinance would be a duplication and add fees. Why do city councilors think that their rules will be better than our rules? They will not improve anything or solve any problems, because there are no problems to solve. ... Read More »

LTE: Thank you Beautification Advisory Committee!

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I was recently asked to attend last month’s Beautification Advisory Committee Community Forum.  My wife dutifully went, as we do to many functions that I’m invited to, however once we were there we were astounded by how interesting and helpful the various speakers and representatives were.  With all of the agonizing time Council has spent on developing a “fair and equitable” water and wastewater rate structure, we’ve basically ignored the things we can do to reduce our consumption, with the obvious result of reducing our costs for water. Among the things we learned about were alternative ground covers and other ... Read More »