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Collier and Lee Building Industry Hosts the 6th Market Trends

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The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Lee Building Industry Association will host the joint 6th Annual Market Trends on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Miromar Design Center in Estero, Florida. The program will begin at5:30 p.m. with networking, immediately followed by Land Solutions’ presentation “What is Really Happening in New Home and Land Sales in Southwest Florida.”  The presentation will include detailed statistics and trends specifically related to the new housing development industry in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Early registration is encouraged as seats are limited.  Tickets are $35 for members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased online by visiting:  www.cbia.net or www.bia.net by ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

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While driving through the Picayune Strand State Forest, Officer Arbogast observed a vehicle returning from a non-designated trail without proof of paying the day-use fee. During the vehicle stop, it was discovered that all three occupants were never issued a driver license, including the driver. Officer Kleis arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation. During the investigation, the driver was showing several obvious signs of impairment and Officer Arbogast decided to perform field sobriety tasks on the driver. It was apparent that the driver was impaired and was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI as well as driving ... Read More »

Conservancy hosts Fracking Summit

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity will host the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 2at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and its impact on the environment and Southwest Florida’s natural resources. Current oil and gas laws allow hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other chemical treatments that present a risk to water supplies, to occur with minimal regulations and without a permit. Florida’s first Fracking Summit will educate guests on ... Read More »

Gatsby Gala to benefit FGCU students

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Young professionals in Southwest Florida are invited to a ball to benefit Florida Gulf Coast University students who have overcome major life obstacles. The Great Gatsby Gala will be the first fundraising ball held exclusively for Southwest Florida’s young professionals. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until midnight at The Knickerbocker of Naples, 2225 23rd St., S.W., Naples. In addition to raising funds for the students through the FGCU Foundation’s Dr. Bart S. and Peggy I. Cuderman Endowed Scholarship, the event will include the presentation of a Young Professional of the Year Award. Sponsorship ... Read More »

2016 America’s Favorite Places survey

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Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s leading travel publications, lists Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America” and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. The six-month survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories including affordability, notable restaurants, and public parks. The magazine’s editors noted in the beach towns ranking that the “tiny resort town on the Gulf Coast has long been a favorite destination for the jetsetters that prefer quiet relaxation over the glitzy see-and-be-seen ... Read More »

Getting students involved in the Electoral Process!

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The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will host their fourth annual High School Voter Registration Challenge this fall. So far, 11 high schools have scheduled their voter registration drives. The Supervisor of Elections is challenging local high schools to get students registered for future elections and so far, the following schools are scheduled to participate: Barron Collier High School, Everglades City School, First Baptist Academy, Golden Gate High School, Immokalee High School, Lorenzo Walker Technical College, Marco Island Academy, Naples High School, Palmetto Ridge High School, Seacrest Country Day School, and St. John Neumann High School. The high school ... Read More »

National White Cane Day

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Saturday, October 15th is National White Cane Day! In order to raise public awareness, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in collaboration with Collier Association of the Visually Impaired (CAVI), will be hosting a White Cane Walk on Fifth Ave S in Naples from 10am to 12pm. The White Cane Walk will begin in front of Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue, just west of Eighth Street and ends at noon at the von Liebig with an opportunity to enjoy docent tours of all Naples Art Association exhibits, to include the “Please Touch Exhibit”, with art created by Lighthouse of Collier clients. Lighthouse ... Read More »

Join Arbor Day and Receive 10 Free Trees

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Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefit the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. Everyone joining this month will receive one of the following tree packages based on their location: 10 Arizona Cypress, 10 Live Oak or 10 Mix trees including eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin ... Read More »

Early Childhood Program Receives 5 Stars

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The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida recently awarded the Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program with 5 Stars through its Southwest Florida Stars Program.  This is the Coalition’s highest rating and “reflects the quality of care your program offers to children, day in and day out,” the group’s announcement states. Southwest Florida Stars evaluates programs on six child care center quality standards that include learning environments and classroom interactions, health and safety, screening assessment and curriculum, professional development and staff qualifications, family and community relationships, and professional responsibility. The voluntary program rates child care centers through a process of site ... Read More »

Star Trek US Postage Stamps

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The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan referring to the iconic television program’s Sept. 8, 1966, debut. “Star Trek’s intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction becoming a worldwide phenomenon.” “With the chaos in today’s world, hopefully the stamps and what they signify can inspire a better future for us all,” said Koenig. “’Star Trek’ gave us a universe that we could explore in our imagination,” said Thaller. “In this universe ... Read More »

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Everglades

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The award-winning Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing nonprofit series ventures to the Florida Everglades Nov. 19-20 for a wilderness fishing adventure. The Everglades program includes a Saturday class on specific fishing in 10,000 Islands, a home cooked potluck dinner and a full day of back country fishing on Sunday out of Chokoloskee Island park. An additional day of fishing or mothership kayak fishing is offered on Saturday for those who want to come a day early. Lodging is offered. Reservations must be made by Oct. 1, 2016 for those wanting to stay overnight in Chokoloskee Island Park. Women can register men and teens. Remaining 2016 ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County

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Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org) – a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby Basics Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show will feature delicious food, local models, a showing of fall’s latest fashions by Wildflower and J&K Collections and stunning jewelry by Bigham Jewelers. The event will also feature silent auction with the chance to ... Read More »

COLLIER CONSTRUCTION/Maintenance

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Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road Intersection Improvements Project – At the Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road intersection crews expect to be progressing with construction along the roadsides Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting, as part of the Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road Intersection Improvements Project.  Also, on Collier Boulevard between Immokalee Road and Weathered Stone Drive, northbound traffic has been shifted slightly to the west and will remain that way for approximately one week, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue utility work next to the travel lane.  This project is expected to be completed in ... Read More »

Venomous Reptile Regulations

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At its Sept. 8 meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule changes to existing venomous reptile regulations to improve public safety. These draft rules strengthen biosecurity requirements by requiring more secure enclosures to minimize the risk of escapes to the public and native environment. Commissioners also approved further action by FWC’s captive wildlife section by continuing Technical Assistance Group meetings in order to listen to the public and stakeholders and to recommend future actions such as education, amnesty options and new training requirements. FWC captive wildlife staff was directed by the Commission ... Read More »

Touch A Piece of Space! Meteorite Comes to Southwest Florida Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Hosts Meteorite Unveiling

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The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium has unveiled a 126-pound meteorite. The big meteorite will be the focal point of a three-year exhibit. On loan by arrangement with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, the meteorite is part of a larger meteor that exploded just above the Earth’s surface some 4,500 years ago. Originally found in Argentina’s Campo del Cielo (Field of the Sky), the meteorite’s parent body is 4.53 billion years old. This explosion resulted in a “strewn field” (about the size of the island of Manhattan) of craters and meteorite chunks from the same parent body. The ... Read More »

CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE PROJECTS:

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Airport-Pulling Road between North Road and Prospect Avenue – On Airport-Pulling Road between North Road and Prospect Avenue expect intermittent lane closures northbound through Friday, Aug. 26 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue sidewalk repairs. Flagmen will be used, as needed, along with lighted arrow signs, advance warning signs, a rolling truck with signage and barricades to assist travelers in the area.   Collier Boulevard Improvements Project – On Collier Boulevard between Green Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard expect intermittent lane closures both southbound and northbound from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, for the duration of the Collier Boulevard Improvements Project ... Read More »

CATEGORY FIVE PURRICANE

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Cats have blown in from all over the county, and Collier Domestic Animal Services (DAS) needs help weathering the storm! Due to the influx in the cat population at the shelter, DAS has lowered the adoption price of felines to $5 for the month of September. “During the summer months, we always see an increase in the cat population,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “We hope offering adoptions at such a low price will alleviate the pressures of the feline population surge.” Every adoption includes: spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, FELV/FIV test, flea prevention and deworming, Collier County license, microchip ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity

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OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, today announced TGR Financial, Inc (OTCQX: TGRF), the holding company of First Florida Integrity Bank headquartered in Naples, Florida, has qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Best Market.  TGR Financial upgraded to OTCQX from the Pink® market. TGR Financial begins trading today on OTCQX under the symbol “TGRF.”  U.S. investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the company on www.otcmarkets.com. “We are pleased to welcome TGR Financial to OTCQX,” said Jason Paltrowitz, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at OTC Markets Group. “Trading on OTCQX ... Read More »

Freedom Memorial Dedication

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The Collier County Board of County Commissioners cordially invites you to the dedication ceremony for the Collier County Freedom Memorial, Friday, September 9, 2016, 8:30 a.m.   Please join Collier County Government in celebrating the completion of the memorial that honors the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and those first responders who helped save so many.   The dedication ceremony will be held at the Freedom Memorial, which is located at the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Parkway.   Read More »

SEVERE WEATHER REMINDER BE PREPARED

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During hurricane season, Collier County officials keep a close eye on the tropics.  Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches, and that you have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit prepared. Remember, the first 72 are up to you! Every home should have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit.  Prepare a minimum three-day (72 hour) supply for each person – don’t forget the pets.  Although hurricanes are our focus at this time of the year, other events could require ... Read More »