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Heisler Joins Holding Company Board 

George Heisler, retired attorney specializing in transfer taxation and business succession, was recently inducted as a board member of Sanibel Captiva Holdings, Inc., holding company of The Naples Trust Company. Heisler focused his practice on estate and business planning with particular emphasis on the succession and transfer tax problems of families that control public and closely held companies. He continues ... Read More »

Grand All Image Award 

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office was honored with the Grand All Image Award at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Southwest Florida Chapter Image Awards ceremony last week. The Grand All Image Award is presented to the best public relations program in Southwest Florida and was awarded for the elections office’s “Election Ready” public information campaign which aimed ... Read More »

Chef Partners With Culinary Accelerator

Three-Star Michelin rated Christian Le Squer will partner with Collier County’s Florida Culinary Accelerator at Immokalee to boost food entrepreneurship in the region and help put Immokalee on the map as a food-manufacturing destination for aspiring chefs. Le Squer, who is the chef at Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, has agreed to a one-year ... Read More »

National Community Development 

National Community Development Week and Collier County’s Community and Human Services Division (CHS) observed this national event with a dedication ceremony for Hatchers Preserve, a new, 18-unit single family rental community in Immokalee. Hatchers Preserve, which was built by Rural Neighborhoods in partnership with the Big Cypress Housing Corp., was primarily funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development ... Read More »

Aviation Appreciation Month

Did you know that Collier County’s three airports contribute more than $55 million to our local economy and are essential to Florida’s No. 1 industry, tourism? To celebrate this and more about our airports, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 2017 as Aviation Appreciation Month in Collier County at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 11. Collier ... Read More »


To keep young children safe in the water, the Collier County Parks & Recreation Division is offering a 20 percent discount for all Collier County children age 5 and under for Level 1 swim lessons at all county aquatic locations. Deaths from drowning for children age 5 or younger in Florida are more than double the national average are higher ... Read More »

Publix Donates $20,000 to Grace Place 

Grace Place for Children and Families in Golden Gate City, Florida received a $20,000 gift from Publix Super Markets. Chief Development Officer Barbara Evans accepted the check on behalf of the organization at the Publix Super Markets corporate headquarters in Lakeland on April 13, 2017. Evans explains, “We are so grateful for this opportunity provided by Publix to support Grace ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement 

Officer Arbogast and Investigator White were at a local boat ramp conducting a follow-up investigation to a boating accident involving a PWC livery. The livery inspection revealed that the livery did not have the necessary personal watercraft insurance as required by Florida Statue 327.54(5). This company had been warned a few weeks prior regarding their lack of proper insurance. While ... Read More »

2016 Golden Apple Celebration

Champions For Learning hosted the 27th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner. During this event the community honored and thanked the Golden Apple Recipients, Teachers of Distinction, and Collier County Public Schools Teachers of the Year. Community members were treated to students introducing their teachers and teachers sharing their passion for the profession. Champions For Learning also honored Myra ... Read More »

ASH Offers New Treatment Options

Naples-based Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida expanded its physical rehabilitation and fitness center, installing an Oasis Underwater Treadmill. This hydrotherapy system gives patients the best opportunity to recover from surgical, arthritic, geriatric and chronically debilitating diseases and conditions. ASH of Florida’s physical rehabilitation team designs treatment programs focusing on sports medicine, performance optimization, fitness, weight management, surgery recovery and chronic ... Read More »

CEO Selected For Harvard Program

The Harvard Club of Naples awarded a scholarship to Dr. Tim Ferguson, chief executive officer at Grace Place for Children and Families ( to participate in an upcoming Harvard Business School leadership program, “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.” This Executive Education program focuses nonprofit executive directors and CEOs on the core strategic management essentials needed to lead a nonprofit organization. Dr. Ferguson joined ... Read More »

First Florida Integrity Promotes Butrum

First Florida Integrity Bank, a Naples-based, full-service community bank serving the local banking needs of individuals and business owners, announced today that Brad Butrum has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President – Credit Manager. Mr. Butrum has 14 years of experience in the banking industry. He began as a Vice President – Credit Manager when he joined ... Read More »

 Knights of Columbus BINGO

The Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a Bingo Fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center from January through the first week in April. The Council contributes to various charities with the funds raised. A big jackpot winner, Diane Nobis of Maine and during the last session of season, Peggy Roy was a big jackpot winner. Read More »

John R. Wood’s Luxury Portfolio Summit

Local real estate professional Natalie Kirstein of John R. Wood Properties joined an accomplished group of real estate professionals from around the world at the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event was open exclusively to sales associates who specialize in the luxury market and whose firms are affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of ... Read More »


Maria Galton from Canastota, New York receives her big winnings from Marvin Klein, Bingo Committee member, at Monday’s Bingo held weekly at the JCMI, 991 Winterberry Drive. Bingo was closed April 10 for Passover but will resume on April 17 – doors will open at 5:30 PM and the first game is called at 7 PM. Call 239-642-0800 for more information. Shirley Posner, a member of the Bingo Committee, ... Read More »

Knights of Columbus BINGO

Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a Bingo Fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center with the doors opening at 5:30 PM and Bingo starting at 7 PM. Bingo runs every Thursday from January 5, 2017 to April 6, 2017. This event was open to the public and everyone was invited for an evening of fun and games. Our big jackpot winner was ... Read More »

Senior Javier Camargo the 2017 Youth of the Year

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County celebrated the extraordinary achievements of 21 local Boys & Girls Club members at the 5th annual Youth of the Year Celebration. Celebrity guest, Andre Reed, NFL Hall of Famer and Boys & Girls Club Alumni, hosted the award presentation which was held at Artis–Naples. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1985, Reed played 15 seasons and ... Read More »

Naples Teen Competes for Miss Jr. Teen

Kaitlyn Sokolich of Naples was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Kaitlyn learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local area. Kaitlyn submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was ... Read More »

Country Road Watch Report 

US 41/Tamiami Trail at Lely Resort Boulevard: Construction project: Work begins on April 3, to construct a concrete median that will allow left turns from US 41 onto Lely Resort Boulevard. Crews will remove the temporary median curb currently at the intersection.Crews will need to close travel lanes that are closes to the median for crews to perform the necessary work. Lane ... Read More »

Lookout for Manatees in Motion 

In balmy spring weather, both manatees and boaters are cruising through Florida’s waterways. For manatees, it is a seasonal ritual when they abandon winter retreats and head north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large, slow-moving aquatic ... Read More »