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DAS OFFERS ‘NAME YOUR OWN PRICE ADOPTIONS’

In an effort to find homes for the homeless animals of Collier County, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is adopting animals at the customer’s desired price. The Name Your Own Price promotion is the response to the growing population of homeless animals at the shelter. From now until the end of August, customers will be able to decide the price of the animal they would like to adopt. Any price in a whole dollar amount will be accepted. Pet adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, county license and more. This is a value of over $400. To view adoptable ... Read More »

Project Nikita Revealed

Arthrex, a Collier County-based medical device manufacturing company, will expand its operations in North Naples, creating 560 jobs and $63 million in investment as part of a public-private agreement between the company, the state and Collier County. “To have a global medical device leader like Arthrex make this kind of investment shows their confidence in Collier County. The ripple effect of Arthrex’s physical expansion and the jobs created contributes greatly to our region’s growing economic strength,” said Kristi Bartlett, vice president of economic development for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. “This is a prime example of the fruits of ... Read More »

Big Cypress Fire Management Plans Assessment

Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are seeking public comments on a joint Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of their respective updated Fire Management Plans (FMPs). updated FMPs will keep management objectives current and adopt and refine strategies that help the fire management programs operate more effectively. The updated FMPs will provide fresh focus on restoring fire-dependent communities and threatened and endangered species. Lastly, they will incorporate updates in national fire policy and terminology. In their new FMPs, the Preserve and Refuge will consider strategies to increase their ability to actively manage wildland fire and ... Read More »

Rare Vertical of 10 Harlan Estate Wines will kick off Naples Winter Wine Festival

Wine legends Bill Harlan and Antonio Galloni to showcase unique collection of “first-growth” vintages   Harlan Estate, the ultimate cult winery behind some of the world’s most sought-after California Cabernets, will headline the 2017 Vintage Cellar with a vertical tasting of ten celebrated vintages, including extraordinary 100-point vintages from 2001 and 2007. This very special pre-Festival tasting and luncheon will give a select few guests the chance to learn from the team behind one of the country’s most iconic wineries, while tasting a rare combination of their highly-regarded wines. Scheduled for January 26, 2017 at 10am, a day before the Naples Winter Wine Festival officially ... Read More »

FDOT Stormwater Study Receives Award for Enhancing Water Quality and Safety at Airports

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Statewide Airport Stormwater Study has received an environmental award from the Florida Airports Council (FAC) for its efforts to improve water quality and airport safety. Developed as a best management practice for stormwater runoff specific to airports, the study has been a multi-year effort to develop, build and test this new airport water management pond concept. The project was managed by FDOT in partnership with the City of Naples Airport Authority, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state’s water management districts, the University of Florida, and the Federal Aviation Administration. FDOT Secretary Boxold said, ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Begins First Mailing of Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the 2016 Primary Election

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will send its first mailing of requested Vote-by-Mail ballots to domestic voters on Tuesday, July 26, for the upcoming Primary Election on August 30. Voters may submit requests online at www.CollierVotes.com<http://www.CollierVotes.com> under the “Vote-by-Mail” tab.  Requests can also be made by calling the Supervisor of Elections office at (239)252-VOTE. By law, ballots cannot be forwarded. The deadline for voters to request a ballot to be delivered by mail for this election is 5:00 p.m. on August 24. Voted ballots must be physically returned (not just postmarked) to the Supervisor of Elections by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, August 30. The ... Read More »

Leadership NEXT welcomes experts on emergency preparedness and response

Leadership NEXT, a professional organization for advancing business leaders in Southwest Florida brought to you by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host its next program on Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center located at 2675 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. The program will feature a panel of local experts on emergency preparedness and response including Rob Duns, meteorologist for NBC-2; Lisa LeBlanc-Hutchings, senior manager of programs- emergency planning, safety and training for the Lee County Port Authority; and Sandra Tapfumaneyi, operations chief with Lee County Emergency Management. Each panelist will offer ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement – Collier County

Late one evening, Investigator Van Trees made contact with a group of people exiting Clam Pass Beach Park who he suspected had been fishing. A fisheries inspection revealed that there were four undersized snook and one undersized mangrove snapper hidden in a paint bucket. One subject admitted to keeping the fish, although he did not catch them himself. As Investigator Van Trees was speaking with the group, the subject who admitted to keeping the illegal fish fled into the nearby woods. Local agencies assisted in the search, but were unable to find the suspect. With only a foreign ID to ... Read More »

Naples Press Club Announces Journalism Scholarship Recipients

The Press Club is renewing NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Journalism Scholarships for Collier County students Melissa Gomez (Lely HS 2014)-junior, University of Florida; and Eleanor “Ellie” Rushing (Naples HS 2015)-sophomore, Rollins College. Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier HS)-senior, University of Central Florida, is receiving an NPC $500 Journalism Scholarship. NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Annual Renewable Journalism Scholarships were also awarded to Collier County students Tamica Jean-Charles (Naples HS 2016)-freshman, International University-Miami; and Jaynie Tice (Palmetto Ridge HS 2013)-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. The NPC Endowed FGCU Foundation Journalism Scholarship was awarded to Vilsoir “Villy” Satine-senior, Florida Gulf Coast University. ... Read More »

COUNTY PARKS PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY

Registration for all Collier County Parks & Recreation’s fall programs begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. Collier County Parks & Recreation offers numerous programs for all ages, including voluntary prekindergarten, afterschool adventures, youth and adult sports, arts and crafts, music, fitness and more. To find a program for you, visit www.collierparks.com or download our mobile app, which is available for download on Apple and Android phones. Just search Collier County Parks in either the Google Play Store (for Android) or Apple Store (for Apple). You can register for programs online for free at www.collierparks.com or from the mobile app. For more information, contact the Collier ... Read More »

ROAD WATCH REPORT

US 41 from Six L’s Farm Road to CR 92/San Marco Road:Construction project: Crews are constructing a multi-use path on the south side of roadway. The speed limit will be reduced from 60 mph to 50 mph during the day. The speed limit will remain at 45 mph during nighttime hours. Drivers should use caution traveling in the work zone. Estimated completion is summer 2016.  The contractor is Community Asphalt Corporation. This ROAD ALERT was prepared by the Collier County Growth Management Department to inform the community about scheduled road construction and road maintenance projects along major roadways in Collier County where lane closures are ... Read More »

Carolina Avenue between Warren Street and Trammel Street

On Carolina Avenue between Warren Street and Trammel Street expect traffic to be reduced to one lane only intermittently on Friday, July 29 between8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting, as crews working for Florida Power and Light continue installation of utility poles. Flagmen will be used, as needed, along with advance warning signs and barricades to assist travelers in this area. Read More »

COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION NOTICE FOR COMMUNITY MARKET PROPOSALS

The Collier County Parks & Recreation Division announces that organizations, groups and individuals interested in conducting long-term community markets in Collier County parks will need a Community Market Use Agreement. Community markets are open air markets that sell fruits and vegetables, goods or services to willing buyers. A market is considered long-term if the duration of the market is greater than 31 consecutive days, but does not exceed 12 months. Those interested in conducting long-term community markets should contact Miguel Rojas Jr. at(239) 252-4031 to receive an application for a Long-Term Community Market Use Agreement. All community market requests on county ... Read More »

New at-risk vessel law helps FWC

A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict. “This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said ... Read More »

New Voter Cards Mailed

In June the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office started mailing new voter information cards to all registered voters in Collier County. These cards will reflect changes in voters’ senate district wherein districts 23 and 39 have been combined into senate district 28; affecting all of Collier County. Voters are reminded to carefully review their voter information including their name, address and party affiliation. If voters need to make updates to their voter information, they can call (239)252-VOTE or complete and return the voter information update form included in the mailing. Florida is a Closed Primary State and during the ... Read More »

Conservancy Wildlife Baby Shower a Success

The first wildlife baby shower, held in June at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, was a success for the patients of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. An estimated 125 individual families and groups showed their support by donating a variety of supplies that are essential to the care of injured and orphaned native wildlife within the wildlife hospital. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida received approximately $1,700 in monetary donations and more than $3,300 worth of items from the wish list, which included medical supplies, towels, cleaning products, food items and various office supplies. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital is a ... Read More »

Special Olympics State Summer Games

In May, 33 Special Olympics Florida – Collier County athletes and unified partners competed in the 2016 Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Result from the competition are:   Athletics/Track & Field: Francisco Diego: 5th place in shot put, 4th place in 100M run Matthew Fisher: Bronze medal in long jump, gold medal in 100M run Mercedes Johnson: Bronze medal in long jump, bronze medal in 100M Run Lauren Maiocco: Silver medal in long jump, 4th place in 100M Run JW McCarthy: Gold medal in pentathlon Victoria Perez: Bronze medal in 100m run, 5th place in 200M ... Read More »

Marvel’s Captain America to Meet Zoo Visitors

Marvel’s Captain America is coming to the Naples Zoo on Sunday, July 3rd at 11:30 AM.   Guests can enjoy a special BBQ at the Naples Zoo and a meet and greet with Captain America. Captain America will also be available Monday, July 4th to celebrate our nation’s independence with additional opportunities for meet and greets with the Super Hero.   Official Marvel Character Captain America is coming to the Naples Zoo during BBQ on Sunday, July 3rd at 11:30 am. Guests can enjoy a special BBQ at the Naples Zoo and enjoy a meet and greet with Captain America. ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officer Kleis was on water patrol a few miles off of Marco Island when he observed a vessel without registration numbers containing multiple fishing rods. Officer Kleis stopped the vessel to address the registration issue, and conducted a vessel safety and resource inspection. Upon stopping the vessel, Officer Kleis learned that the operator was using a dealer registration number on the boat for his own personal use. The operator was cited for misuse of a dealer registration and issued multiple warnings for other violations.   Officer Kleis was on water patrol in the area of Keewaydin when he stopped a vessel to ... Read More »

Avow Seeks Volunteer Vocalists

Volunteers are currently being sought to join “Serenity,” a women’s a cappella choral group whose mission is to bring comfort through song to hospice patients. Serenity singers sing at the patient’s bedside, in groups of three or four. Participants are not required to read music, but must be able to carry a tune and coordinate with other singers for a blended vocal sound. Serenity volunteers meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the Avow campus at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane in Naples. Women interested in learning more about the program are invited to attend an informational ... Read More »