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The AAA The Auto Club Group

Nationwide motorists are paying the cheapest price at the pump since 2010. The average price of gas has now fallen below the $3 mark in seventeen states. Georgia is one of the newest members of the $3 club, the average currently sits at $2.93. In Florida gasoline is hovering around $3.04, but in metro markets like Orlando, Pensacola, and Tampa motorists are have already seen the average dip below the $3 threshold. Meanwhile, Tennesseans are enjoying the second lowest gas prices in the nation.  Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $3.05 $3.06 $3.11 $3.34 ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

TEMPORARY MODIFICATION TO DISINFECTION PROCESS The Collier County Water Department will temporarily change the disinfection process for the Collier County Water District potable (drinking) water supply. From Oct. 24 to Nov. 21, the Collier County Water Department will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to free chlorine (which is a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines (which is a longer lasting disinfectant) allows the Water Department to perform treatment of the water distribution system as recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant. This temporary change in disinfectant does ... Read More »

Road Watch Collier County from the Department of Transportation

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. I-75/Alligator Alley over Little Marsh (approximately 11 miles east of SR 29):  Maintenance contract project:  Motorists should expect one southbound lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28while crews perform bridge maintenance.  Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway. US 41 over Rostov Canal (west of SR 29):  Maintenance contract project:  Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 ... Read More »

‘French in Florida’ to Highlight Florida’s Early Colonial History

The Friends of the Collier County Museum are inviting residents and visitors to learn about Florida’s early colonial history at a special event being held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112. The event will highlight the museum’s four month exhibit, “The French in Florida: 1562 – 1566,” which explores the French foray into the New World, beginning in Florida. The event is also the Naples premiere of a digitally animated short film based on the historic Jacques Le Moyne and Theodor de Bry engravings of early Florida. The ... Read More »

Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School.

The Immokalee Foundation, dedicated to providing sustained educational opportunities to Immokalee’s youth, recently hosted the Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School. TSIC students from eighth to 11th grades, along with their parents and mentors, gathered to renew their pledge to maintain good grades, stay drug and crime free, attend required workshops and events, meet weekly with their TIF mentor and volunteer in the community. Take Stock in Children is a scholarship and mentoring program that provides students with the promise of a four-year scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school upon graduation if ... Read More »

This Holiday Season Give Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the sixth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike sun-grown coffee ... Read More »

Walmart Foundation Awards Naples-Area Nonprofits $125,000

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation hosted a Day of Giving around the state in honor of the 18 nonprofits receiving grants from the Foundation – totaling $485,000. The events will be held in Jacksonville and Naples. In Naples, five area nonprofits were recognized and awarded $125,000. The grants support hunger relief, reef restoration and education efforts across the area. The five nonprofits recognized at the Naples event include: Friends of Rookery Bay, Naples Guadalupe Center, Immokalee The Greater Marco Family YMCA, Marco Island Helps Outreach, Naples Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida, Naples The contributions to these organizations ... Read More »

Lunch and Learn Series at Rookery

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch & Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Nov. 4 with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928, where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the first to ... Read More »

Cooperative Conservation Results in 4,400-Acre Preserve

At the behest of several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, People for Protecting Peace River and ManaSota-88, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida deeded over the Peaceful Horse Ranch – a 4,400 acre property – to the State of Florida to become a new Forestry Reserve, under the management of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (DACS). The total transaction, valued at more than $12 million, represents a significant acquisition of public property for conservation. The agreement is the result of a unique confluence of events and partners. These groups, along with the Mosaic Company, determined that this ecologically ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement reports for Collier County

Lieutenant Mahoney and Officers Tidwell and Lugg helped put smiles on over 125 kids’ faces by placing fishing poles in their hands, baiting hooks and answering many questions during the 2014 Kid’s Fishing Clinic located at the Naples Pier.  This fun and educational event made a difference in those young people’s lives as well as the recreational fishermen in attendance. Officers Futch and Tolbert were conducting surveillance on subjects participating in the statewide alligator season at Lake Trafford.  The officers approached a vessel and observed an adult alligator, approximately 8 feet in length, in the vessel.  Upon further inspection, the officers discovered that the ... Read More »

Through the Eyes of Locals

Through the Eyes of Locals The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host “Through the Eyes of Locals”, an exhibit by various local photographers, Helen Bryan, Tommy Owen and Kathy Daniels. The museum invites visitors to experience the unique Everglades landscape through the lens of three longtime area resident artists and their view of the place they call home, its people and the amazing sunsets that should not be missed.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of November. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open ... Read More »

“Painting is like a Journey” Naples Depot Museum features the Artwork of Heidi Schmitz

The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Painting is like a Journey, paintings by local and international artist Heidi Schmitz, on display from Nov. 5 through Dec. 30, 2014. Sponsored by Friends of the Collier County Museums, the opening wine and cheese reception is free to the public and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Born in Munich, Germany, Heidi Schmitz teaches in her studio and the Peoples University of Munich, using colors and techniques that reflect a European flair not commonly found in North America. Her paintings show charming landscapes, picturesque views and colorful ... Read More »

Commissioners Rename Freedom Park in Honor of Commissioner Fred Coyle

Coyle Freedom Park. “I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for recognizing my years of service to the county by renaming the park in my honor,” said Coyle. “It is an incredible tribute to have my name associated with a park in my district that honors the members of our Armed Forces and Uniformed Services who protect our lives and freedoms.” Commissioner Coyle, a Vietnam War veteran, has always had a special connection to the park, leading the charge to have it developed. The county bought the land for the park, located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway in Coyle’s ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Shred Party

You all have been working feverishly stuffing old papers and documents into boxes and bags to have them shredded at the November 8th Shred Party. Now is the time to really ramp up your paper gathering efforts, to rid Marco Island of extra paper/documents…if that is possible. After all, in IberiaBank’s first 14 Shred Parties, over 75 tons of paper had been shredded. Can there be any left to shred? The answer is “YES!” Shred Parties not only to get rid of extra paper, but also to help protect everyone against the threat of identity theft. Having a safe and secure method of ... Read More »

Lely High School Wins High School Voter Challenge

The results are in, and with 171 voter registrations and pre-registrations received, Lely High School is the winner of the Second Annual High School Voter Registration Challenge. The seven Collier County High Schools who took part in the challenge were: Baron-Collier High School, Golden Gate High School, Immokalee High School, Lely High School, Marco Island Academy, Naples High School, and Palmetto Ridge High School. The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office received 629 registrations and pre-registrations collectively from all the schools who participated. Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer J. Edwards, will be at Lely High School on Wednesday, October 15 to ... Read More »

Community Tour Schedule Announced

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net First things first, as of Dec. 1, Collier County will add an additional EMS vehicle to Marco Island. * Last week, my friends Shirlee and Brian Barcic and I decided to have dinner at the Bistro Soleil, located at the Olde Marco Inn. Now, I’ve been to many events at the Bistro and always enjoyed them, but have never just had dinner there with friends. What an outstanding experience THAT was! It felt very special to enjoy a dining experience in this historic place. The service was just wonderful, the food was so good it ... Read More »

It’s a Matter of Taste

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By Carol Glassman Friends of mine recently opened a new French restaurant, and as I drove home after my first satisfying visit, I thought of how happy they looked, working like the proverbial dogs but in their own business at something they love doing. Owning and running a restaurant isn’t for the faint of heart, and any time I had even a passing thought of entering the food business, I admit I had to lie down until the feeling went away. It also is not for the inexperienced. Both of my parents were wonderful cooks and bakers, and I spent ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Ruth E. Roseboom

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Ruth Elaine Roseboom, 82, of Celebration, FL, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. She was born on Feb. 1, 1932, in Chillicothe, Ohio, the daughter of the late Wilbert and Clara (Leasure) Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband John, son Bret and daughters Kelly and Joni. Surviving are her son Matt; sister Mary Marie Blue; grandchildren Amy Kearns, Michael Flesher and Chris, Kevin and Quinn Roseboom; and great-grandchildren Austin and Justin Kearns. Ruth was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in Ohio. She was a mother, wife and homemaker most of her life in Ohio, but most ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club Annual Fall Regatta

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff This weekend — Nov. 15-16 — Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf directly off the Marco Island beaches thanks to the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Up to two dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards. Proceeds from the Regatta will go to the Marco Island Community Sailing Center Youth Sailing Program which promotes interest in sailing on the Island through its education and instruction programs. The MICSC began 12 years ago ... Read More »

A Good Year for Sea Turtles Nesting

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Sea Turtle nesting season is coming to a close on Florida’s beaches, and according to the research scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, loggerhead turtle nest numbers remained high and leatherback turtle nesting reached a new state record. “Sea turtles face many important threats at sea and on land, which need to be addressed for the recovery of these charismatic and endangered species, but the results of the 2014 nesting season in Florida are encouraging and provide a positive outlook for the future,” said Dr. Simona Ceriani, FWC research scientist. Throughout Collier ... Read More »