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Together We Can Make A Difference

Lighthouse of Collier is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Summer Camp for children who are blind/visually impaired.  The camp is made possible by the very generous donations of Naples Children & Education Foundation founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, The Kendel H. Kennedy Fund, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, the Martin Foundation, The League Club, American Comfort Limousines, and the Girl Scouts of Gulf ... Read More »

Golden Gate Park has Summer Fun 

From bocce ball to high dives, if you are looking for outdoor summer fun, Golden Gate Community Park, located at 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples, Florida 34106, has something for everyone. For the sports fans, Golden Gate Community Park offers lit softball fields, little league field, racquetball and tennis courts, a soccer/football field and basketball courts. For those that are ... Read More »

FWC Reminds Scallopers to Stay Safe

With the opening of scallop seasons fast approaching, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to remind everyone engaged in this fun outdoor activity to use a divers-down warning device whenever they are snorkeling or scuba diving while searching for these tasty treats. The divers-down symbol is rectangular or square and red in color with a white diagonal ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Here to Help 

Collier County is home to a variety of tropical flora, most of which can be cultivated in your own yard. Growing and maintaining healthy plants can often present challenges, especially if you are new to managing tropical foliage. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County Office offers the guidance of local Master Gardeners to aid in your horticultural endeavors. ... Read More »

Growth Management Wins National Award

Collier County’s Growth Management Department was recently awarded an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for using real-time data to create an accessible inspections environment. As part of NACo President Bryan Desloge’s presidential initiative, the county also received recognition as one of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work, illustrating the best innovations in county government nationwide. Following ... Read More »

Mosquito Control Targeting Invasion 

The Collier Mosquito Control District (the District) is continuing to see high numbers of salt marsh mosquitoes through its surveillance program and is scheduling missions to control the aggressive biters. The habitat which produces these mosquitoes is so abundant to the south and east of Naples, the pests are coming off the mangroves in broods easily numbering in the trillions ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek Blue Zone

Fiddler’s Creek has been designated a Blue Zones Project community by the Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida, in recognition of the community’s demonstrative commitment to promoting a healthful lifestyle. The Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida is a region-wide well-being initiative focused on making each community a healthier, happier place to live, work and play. “Fiddler’s Creek has long advocated wellness through a variety ... Read More »

FOF name Stevens to new post

The Friends of Fakahatchee have named Francine Stevens to the new position of Executive Director for the group.  The Friends of Fakahatchee is a 400-member citizen support organization that contributes almost $80,000 and 10,000 volunteer hours annually to support Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In announcing the appointment, Patrick Higgins, president of the FOF, said: “With the growth of our ... Read More »

DAS to Find Homes for ‘Pocket Pets’

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is Collier County’s only open-admission animal shelter. This means no domestic animal is turned away, whether a stray or an owner surrender. For every pet that comes into the shelter, a forever home must be found. DAS works hard to promote the adoption of homeless animals, including holding adoption events, monthly promotions and public. ... Read More »

$60,000 TO THE GUADALUPE CENTER

The Clark Family Foundation recently made a $50,000 gift to the Guadalupe Center, which provides year-round educational programs to more than 1,300 children a day in Immokalee. A portion of the funds will be used to add a bike path to the Early Childhood Center’s existing playground so that children can ride their tricycles safely and be shaded from the ... Read More »

Tuff on Noise Compatibility Committee

Russell Tuff, managing partner of Social-Impact Public Relations & Internet Marketing, has been appointed to the Naples Airport Authority Noise Compatibility Committee for a four-year term, filling the position that represents the geographic area northeast of the airport. The former publisher and executive editor of community publications and niche markets for the Naples News Media Group, Tuff has been a ... Read More »

Don’t Leave Dogs in the Car

Many people think a dog is safe in a car with the windows cracked, but this is not the case. When temperatures hit 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar up to 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Within 30 minutes, temperatures may rise to 120 degrees. Even if you are making a quick trip to the grocery store, it ... Read More »

FWC Collier County Law Enforcement

While working in Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park on Memorial Day, Lieutenant Mahoney was approached by a frantic man stating his four-year-old cousin had been missing from the family picnic area for at least thirty minutes. After gathering the information for the missing child, park staff and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office were notified of the incident. Just as the search ... Read More »

2017 Recreational ORV Closure at Big Cypress

On Monday, June 19 at 12:01 AM, the annual 60-day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for all management units take effect. Any units that allow recreational ORV access within the preserve are included in the closure. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 18, 2017. The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan requires a seasonal 60-day period to allow resources a time ... Read More »

Scenic Trail Reopens after Cowbell Fire

A section of the Florida National Scenic Trail north of I-75 has reopened. Recent wildfire activity from the Cowbell Fire closed the trail to hikers. Firefighters have surveyed the area and determined that conditions were safe to reopen. The Florida National Scenic Trail stretches 1,400 miles through Florida extending from Gulf Islands National Seashore to Big Cypress National Preserve. The ... Read More »

Alarming Teen Crash Rates 

New teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This alarming finding comes as the “100 Deadliest Days” begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs ... Read More »

Cardinals 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has received reports of sick and dead cardinals in north Florida from concerned residents who have bird feeders. Cleaning bird feeders can decrease the potential for spreading diseases. If you have bird feeders, take the time to follow the guidelines to minimize the risk of disease transmission. If you observe dead cardinals or other ... Read More »

Florida Wildlife Grants

Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Cycle Notice Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative is pleased to invite you to submit applications for Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Program. Applications are due by 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Time July 14, 2017. Applications should be prepared in accordance with Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Program Guidelines and instructions in this document. Applicants will be notified about selected ... Read More »

Kids Ride For $30 All Summer

Collier Area Transit (CAT) is offering a deal to kids who want to get around to all their favorite places this summer. From June 1 to Aug. 31, CAT is offering a Summer Paw Pass for $30 for kids ages 17 and younger. Yes, you can ride all summer long to the beach, the mall, the Naples Zoo, the libraries, parks ... Read More »

Avow Receives Significant Donation 

Avow hosted an Armed Forces Appreciation Day breakfast program at the Ispiri community center on Avow’s Naples campus for over 150 veterans. During the event, the Raymond James Family Wealth Planning Group, led by Tom LaMacchio and Nadia Keric, facilitated a $90,011 donation to Avow’s new “We Honor Veterans” program on behalf of their clients, William and June Wigal. The ... Read More »