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MIFRD Speaks to MCC

Shown left to right: Firefighter-paramedic Dustin Beatty, MCC  Commodore Joan Kenney and Marco Island Fire Rescue Department Chief Mike Murphy.

Submitted Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department Chief Mike Murphy and firefighter-paramedic Dustin Beatty recently spoke to the Marco Cruise Club members regarding safety and emergencies at sea. They detailed “MERT” — the Marine Emergency Response Team — and the new fireboat 50. The rescue boat is 34’3” long, weighs 11,800 pounds and is driven by twin jet drive diesels capable of a speed of 45 miles per hour. It has a flat bottom and can run in water only 12 inches deep. Having a solid stern platform, rescue victims can be easily lifted from the water on to the boat and ... Read More »

Manatee Middle School Hurricanes ‘ROAR’

Karina Miranda and Seraphanime Garcia paired up with a presentation  on manatees and Florida panthers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Nancy Richie At Manatee Middle School, the teachers and sixth-grade students didn’t slow down just because school was winding down for the summer. For eight weeks, they worked hard, researching their own Southwest Florida backyards. This hands-on, end-of-the-school-year research assignment is part of the Collier County Public School (CCPS) Pre-Laureate writing program. CCPS’s most capable students have the opportunity to pursue an AP Laureate diploma, the most demanding CCPS diploma available. This Laureate Program continues to grow with 80 Laureate graduates from five high schools this past year, compared with just three at one school when the program began ... Read More »

The Long Trip Home

One last walk along our private Lake Erie beach.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The mission: a seemingly impossible road trip with the ultimate goal of packing up the last of my worldly possessions. I’ve got to gather what’s left in Ohio and bring it all back home to Goodland. I hear the “Mission Impossible” theme song in my head every time I think about the gravity of the situation, but it’s time to say goodbye to what was and start laying some permanent roots. I will admit, in the weeks leading up to this mission I wasn’t looking forward to seeing Ohio. The daunting 24-hour drive promised to ... Read More »

You Must Build It Before They Come

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd For anyone traveling north on Collier Boulevard from Marco to I-75 — or northwest from Port of the Islands toward downtown Naples, one fact is abundantly clear: East Naples is experiencing a major growth spurt. This renewed development has already provided brand new options for dining out such as Chili’s just south of I-75 on Collier or the new Outback Steak House at US-41 and Collier. Why? New developments and new homes are popping up everywhere. I have heard Collier County District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala refer to our region as “The ... Read More »

Keeping Our Beach Beautiful

This is just one example of the trash removed from the beautiful sandy beach.

By Nancy Richie A beautiful morning unfolded for the last the beach clean-up, Sunday, May 18. Low humidity, mild temperatures, light breezes and blue skies prevailed. Paradise perfection — what we expect on Marco Island! More than 50 people of all ages met at the South Beach boardwalk access to help clean up the beach. The large group included beach committee members, Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) members, Chamber of Commerce representatives, Publix employees, regular beach goers, residents who couldn’t resist the beach on this beautiful morning and visiting families. It was apparent the wonderful weather and the beauty of ... Read More »

EcoTour Provider Training Series Back at Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay Reserve naturalist Randy McCormick explains the role of mangroves in southwest Florida’s environment during while touring the Reserve. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

Submitted With approximately 97 percent of Southwest Florida’s ocean-based economy coming from tourism and recreation, ecotour professionals serve as ambassadors of local natural areas. These ecotour professionals often rely on their knowledge of natural history to provide clients a memorable experience. In order to meet the growing educational needs of ecotour professionals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with Florida Sea Grant, is offering a series of field and classroom-based programs this summer. Back by popular demand, the Ecotour Provider Series promotes sustainable tourism practices by providing guides, naturalists and tour operators with information, tips and tools to ... Read More »

The Eagle Has Landed

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Submitted The eagle has landed and can be found at its temporary perch outside the city of Marco Island’s Community Room, located at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, behind City Hall. Standing 9-feet tall, the majestic 800-pound statue of an American Bald Eagle stands sentry there awaiting a move to its eventual home atop the Freedom Fountain that will grace the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park. The Freedom Fountain will be built at the Memorial’s entrance, joining the Flag Plaza where the American, Marco Island, state of Florida and POW/MIA flags proudly wave above an inscribed brick-paver plaza. ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Offers New Villas

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Fiddler’s Creek announces that Stock Signature Homes is offering a diverse selection of single-family residences at three distinctive villages within the luxury, master-planned community. Stock is currently building in the villages of Isla del Sol, Mahogany Bend and Majorca. The builder’s homes are renowned for the rich architectural details of their front elevations, lending them a unique air of distinction. Inside each residence, soaring ceilings produce a spaciousness that maximizes the living areas, while the finest appointments create a visual feast for the eyes. Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community. For membership details ... Read More »

ECity Parade on June 28!

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Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 28, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall. That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the Patriotic Parade, the theme of which this year is “Celebrating Our Heritage”. There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11:00 ... Read More »

Junior Achievement Recognizes IBERIABANK

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IBERIABANK was recently recognized by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. for the third year in a row for teaching greatest number of classroom volunteer hours of any company in Southwest Florida. During the 2013-14 school year, 23 bankers from IBERIABANK taught 30 classes in 11 different Southwest Florida schools. The Junior Achievement curriculum is based on financial literacy, business, economics, entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It is estimated than nearly 300 volunteer hours were donated through classroom instruction and lesson preparation by IBERIABANK associates. In addition to IBERIABANK’s overall volunteerism, Junior Achievement named Pete D’Alessandro as their “Rookie Volunteer of ... Read More »

Orchids of the Everglades

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Orchids of the Everglades Florida history buffs, as well as orchid lovers, are invited (no charge) to the Gulf Coast Alliance’s “Third Thursday Orchid Event” on June 19, 2014 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Tricia Rose, award-winning orchid hobbyist and Director of Education for the Alliance, will present Orchids of the Everglades, a poignant and beautiful presentation about the highest concentration of wild orchids in North America. Please mark your calendar for June 19! For information please call (239) 498-9741 or visit www.GulfCoastOrchidAlliance.com. Read More »

Apply For Fall Quota Permits in June!

There are several types of quota permits, and most are issued by random drawing. This year there’s been a change: The wild hog application periods will now be grouped with the other fall quota hunts. The first-phase application period – for archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, youth, family, track vehicle (a swamp buggy with tank treads), airboat and mobility-impaired quota hunt permits – runs June 1-30, so you’ve got all month to submit your application. You may submit one application for each of the hunt types, and there is no fee to apply. One thing to remember though: Unless ... Read More »

Non-native Fishing Tourney Nets Invasives

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center hosted the weigh in for the fifth annual Everglades and Southwest Florida Chapters of CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) Non-Native Fish Round Up/Tournament. Participants caught 115 non-native fish, representing six species and totaling 80 pounds (36 kg). Most of the non-native fish collected were given to the Conservancy von Arx Wildlife Hospital to help feed rehabilitating native wildlife. For the official results of the roundup, visit http://www.evergladescisma.org/roundup/. The Everglades and Southwest Florida Chapters of CISMA hosted the Everglades Non-native Fish Round Up to raise public awareness about the potential negative impacts of releasing non-native fish ... Read More »

Paintings of Ferdinando Ambrosino

Collier County Museums is delighted to host From Cumae to Pompeii: A Voyage Through Time, paintings by Ferdinando Ambrosino inspired by archaeological sites in Campania, from June 12-30, 2014 at the Naples Depot Museum. This event is held in conjunction with ArtsNaples World Festival, “Celebrate the Cultural Arts of Italy!” Throughout unique multiple venues, ArtsNaples presents chamber music, opera, symphony, fashion, gourmet cuisine and art exhibitions. A free opening reception sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums will be held on Wednesday June 11, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the Naples Depot Museum’s From Cumae to Pompeii: A Voyage Through Time please contact ... Read More »

Rip Current Awareness

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. When strong winds blow toward the shore, waves are formed that move large amounts of water toward the shore. One common way that rip currents form is when water becomes trapped behind sand bars. Sand bars lie parallel and close to the shore. At some point, the pressure of the water against the sand bar may cut a narrow channel through it. The channel is usually no more than 20 yards wide and water rushes back out to sea through it. That rapidly moving water is called a rip ... Read More »

Scott Approves $2.5 Million for Collier

Governor Rick Scott today signed into law a State budget appropriations bill that included $2.5 million in state funds to help develop a Soft-Landing Business Accelerator project in Collier County. The Business Accelerator Project is designed to help existing domestic businesses grow and develop while also providing a “port of entry” for international businesses seeking to expand into the U.S. market. This one-time state funding award will be combined with local public and private sector funding to establish facilities and business support services designed to spur economic development and create additional high wage jobs. “I am very appreciative of the ... Read More »

Collier DAS Receives $20,000

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) encourages people to give animals a second chance by adopting a shelter pet. That is what generous donor Lesley Brown Robert did by donating $20,000 to underwrite pet adoptions and to purchase pet supplies for homeless dogs and cats. With this charitable donation, DAS will be able to help more than 70 dogs and 100 cats get adopted. The adopter will only need to pay the $10 county license fee. Each adoption includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and a microchip. The donation will also help pay for promotional and advertising costs to spread the word ... Read More »

Hodges’ Innovative STEM Programs

Hodges University announced today that it will begin offering STEM programs in a competency-based learning format beginning this fall. Competency-based learning (CBL) is a self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option especially designed for adult learners and non-traditional students.  Hodges is one of the first four-year institutions in the State of Florida to offer a CBL version of an associate or bachelor’s degree program. Programs to be offered in the new format are an Associate and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Technology and an Associate and Bachelor’s in Digital Design and Graphics. Instead of enrolling in a specific number ... Read More »

Annual Fill-a-Backpack Drive

While the calendar may say June, at The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. The annual “Give Back – Fill a Pack” back-to-school-donation drive begins today to ensure that its youngest survivors have the supplies they need throughout the school year. The Shelter assists more than 800 child victims and survivors of domestic violence annually through safety, intervention and support. In addition, the organization reaches out to more than 17,000 school-age children through their presentation and education programs. Three ways to give: Adopt a Student, Grant a Wish, Donate a Dollar. The Shelter, ... Read More »

Summer Science Events

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous science-based activities and events for students. Events include engaging educational lectures, a watercolor exhibit and free admission for several events. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages students and parents to join us for these fun-filled educational events. The following activities and events will be held at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Watercolor Exhibit: May 29 – September 29; Kids Free Fridays: June 6 – August 1 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) World Oceans Day: Monday, June 9; Coral Reef Awareness, Tuesday, July 15; Smokey the Bear’s Birthday, Friday, August 8. For more ... Read More »