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Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $1.799 $1.804 $1.832 $2.000 $2.054 Florida $1.829 $1.832 $1.861 $2.003 $2.071 Georgia $1.734 $1.737 $1.757 $1.905 $1.994 Tennessee $1.609 $1.612 $1.637 $1.755 $1.896   Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office Announces Love Your Country Voter Registration Drive

February 1, 2016: The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will host various voter registration drives throughout Collier County in an effort to register voters in time to vote in the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary. Between February 1 and 16, the elections office will ask residents to show love for their country by registering and voting in the upcoming election. Diplomats from the Supervisor of Elections office will be stationed at various locations including the annual Everglades Seafood Festival on February 13 and 14, and the Marco Island Car Show on February 14. In order to vote in the ... Read More »

Museum of Military Memorabilia expands

The Naples Airport Authority has provided a new space for the Museum of Military Memorabilia at Naples Municipal Airport. In addition to the area the museum has occupied since 2011 near the ticket counters in the Commercial Airline Terminal, the museum has moved display cases from the terminal lobby and hallway into a new space opposite the rental car counters. The museum now has 1,300 square feet of space to display many of the 11,000 artifacts in its collection. More than 25,000 people a year visit the museum, which was founded in 2006 with the goals of honoring the veterans who have ... Read More »

Work Begins to Complete Collier County Freedom Memorial

Collier County came one step closer to completing the Collier County Freedom Memorial as representatives from GATES began work on the planned $2 million 9/11 memorial, which is housed at the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida 34105. The granite, stone and water memorial as planned will be 13 feet tall and 40 feet wide, in the shape of the American flag anchored on a granite base in the shape of the United States. Plans for the Freedom Memorial began in 2004, when the Collier County Board of County Commissioners declared September as Freedom Month ... Read More »

Fundraising Gala to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need

Fundraising Gala to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about how to pay for essentials such as rent or the electric bill. Patients suddenly discover that cancer not only strikes their body, but their family, friends, profession and their finances. Elaine Miller had to stop working when she was diagnosed with metastatic Stage 4 breast cancer. Although she had some money saved for emergencies and was covered by health insurance, she was soon having trouble paying her bills. That’s when she was referred to ... Read More »

Collier County Cities Ranked Among Best Performing for Job Creation and Retention

Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island have been ranked 15th on the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Report. The area soared 45 spots from 60th in 2014. “Exceptional performance on job and recent wage growth fueled this rise up in the rankings. It ranks third for job gains in 2014, experiencing growth of 10 percent over the past five years,” according to the report. “The region also ranked second for wage increases on the one-year measure.” The nonpartisan economic think tank looks at job creation, wage gains and technology trends that shape current and potential patterns for growth as part of ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Lieutenant Sushil along with Officers Kleis, Lugg, Polly, Reams and Reith participated in a multi-agency Flex-Op with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  The operation focused on safe driving, speed enforcement, resource protection and drug interdiction in the Panther Zones located on State Road 29 and along I-75.  Collier County Sheriff’s Office provided units from multiple districts, along with support from their K-9 and Aviation teams.  The operation was a huge success with a total of 11 citations issued, 59 written warnings and 3 physical arrests being made. Officers Araujo and Barringer attended a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla meeting.  ... Read More »

Energy-Packed Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises More than $11 Million for Children in Need

– After a spirited weekend featuring the best wines produced worldwide and cuisine from the country’s top chefs, the Naples Winter Wine Festival generated $11.1 million during its thrilling live auction, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $146 million. Guests from around world came together under the tent to bid on 64 live auction lots, including exclusive wine and travel experiences, dazzling art pieces, and limited-edition cars. These items were donated in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, which has delivered grants ... Read More »

Panther Kittens Safe Behind the Scenes at Naples Zoo

Last summer, Naples Zoo created a permanent home for a blind panther that also included space away from the public area to give temporary care for injured or orphaned panthers. Already, the Zoo has taken in two more panthers. The first arrival was a now six-month-old female that was orphaned in October when her mother was killed by a vehicle. The latest arrival came in just last week – a 2 to 3 month old male. Naples Zoo’s carnivore team is caring for these young cats behind the scenes as part of a collaborative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Florida ... Read More »

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Accepting Scholarship Applications

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication majors who have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work.  Students should also demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship applications and guidelines are available at www.CollierVotes.com, or can be obtained at the Collier County Supervisor ... Read More »

Naples Reserve features Andy Wahlberg and Naples Paddlers

The public is invited for an afternoon of discovery at Naples Reserve, iStar’s new water-centric community in south Naples, Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Naples Outfitters/Naples Kayak Company will demonstrate ways to enjoy Naples Reserve’s 125-acre Eagle Lake as well as the community’s 21 other lakes, and provide information about getting started with kayaking and paddleboarding. Food and beverages will be available, and visitors can enjoy the community’s walking paths and try a kayak ride, with proceeds benefiting the not-for-profit Naples, Marco Island, Paradise Coast Paddlers Club. Read More »

Cheetahs Spotted! Naples Zoo Coming January 12th

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is welcoming two new cheetahs to the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden. These elegant creatures will be coming from White Oak Conservation Center in North Florida. Both cats were born and raised at White Oak Conservation Center. The new cats in town are sisters and they are nine years old. The new cheetahs will make their grand debut to the public on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Once widespread across Africa, into the Middle East and east to India, the cheetah has suffered dramatic declines over the last century. More recently, widespread habitat destruction has ... Read More »

Mayoral and City Council Forums

The first of a year-long series of public forums sponsored by a broad-based civic coalition are set for later this month. The races for mayor of Naples and three seats on City Council will be featured from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 27 respectively at Naples City Hall. The events will be broadcast live on the city’s Comcast cable channel 98. Incumbent Mayor John Sorey and City Council members Bill Barnett and Teresa Heitmann will face off Jan. 25, and council candidates Ellen Siegel, Reg Buxton, James Moon, Michelle McLeod and Wynn Phillips will discuss the issues on Jan. 27. Election day in ... Read More »

Domestic Animals Services Increase in Adoptions

Collier County Domestic Animals Services has seen a dramatic increase in the number of animals adopted from the shelter. Adoptions in 2015 have increased 24 percent over 2014 adoptions. This increase is partly due to some very important community partnerships. Our partnerships with rescue organizations helped us increase the number of animals sent to these organizations by 24 percent over 2014. More than 100 animals were placed into foster homes, cared for by Collier County residents who wanted to help us. This was a 39 percent increase over 2014. And we have volunteers who donated 16,865 hours in 2015 – ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Polly and Reams were conducting traffic enforcement in a Panther Zone off of County Road 850.  Officer Reams observed a vehicle coming up from the rear of his patrol car at a high rate of speed.  Officer Reams proceeded to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle for unlawful speed and when he asked the driver of the vehicle for his driver license, the driver was unable to provide one.  FWC’s Dispatch confirmed with the officers that the driver had never been issued a Florida driver license and had no other driver licenses on file.  The subject was arrested ... Read More »

Big Cypress Air Tour Management Agreements

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Park Service (NPS), and two commercial air tour operators have signed air tour management agreements to manage commercial air tours over Big Cypress National Preserve. These are the first-ever agreements of this kind developed for any unit of the NPS. They were developed in a collaborative effort among FAA, the preserve, the air tour operators, the NPS Southeast Region, and the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the NPS’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science directorate. The agreements with operators Wings and Miami Seaplane Tours, Inc. establish conditions for conducting air tours, including specific ... Read More »

Encore Bank to Hosts Event for CCCR

Encore Bank will sponsor an event for Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR), “The Resolution Solution: A Healthy and Prosperous New Year,” on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Encore Bank, 3003 Tamiami Trail N, Suite 100, in Naples.   The members of the “CCCR Business 100” will host the free networking event which will feature consultants from the financial and banking sectors, medical, cosmetic and fitness areas.  Encore Bank, Edward Jones, and Thrive Physical Therapy Wellness Solutions are a few of the companies represented.  The consultants will be on hand for those attendees who wish to discuss topics ... Read More »

XMuscle Pain Turned Out to be Pancreatic Cancer

Haley Sams-Casey had been experiencing chronic pain in her left abdomen for months. She thought it was simply a pulled muscle, until the pain got so bad that she went to the emergency room. She was turned away twice, with nothing more than pain medications, until she finally went to a third hospital and got a shocking diagnosis. At just 41-years-old, Sams-Casey had advanced pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Although it hadn’t spread, it was wrapped around the blood vessels to her upper abdominal organs and was felt to be inoperable. Sams-Casey was put on ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve Seeks Comments

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on a suite of preliminary alternatives for managing backcountry access and use within Big Cypress National Preserve. Concurrently with the review of preliminary alternatives, the NPS is also holding a scoping opportunity to receive public input related to the development of a wilderness study and potential wilderness proposal. Both the scoping period for the wilderness study and public review of the preliminary alternatives is open for public comment from now to March 11, 2016.   In addition, two public workshops will be held to provide information on the preliminary alternatives so that ... Read More »