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Rookery Bay’s Citizen of the Year

Pictured from left to right: Chris Hagan, past president of East Naples Civic Association; Gary Lytton, citizen of the year; and Marci Seamples, president East Naples Civic Association.

Gary Lytton, director for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was named “Citizen of the Year” by the East Naples Civic Association at their annual banquet on Jan. 19. The award is given annually to a citizen that has provided a long history of service to the East Naples community. “Rookery Bay Reserve is the jewel of East Naples and has been a great asset to the entire community,” said Chris Hagan, past president of the association. “During Gary’s tenure it has flourished. His dedication and hard work in environmental education has been exceptional.” Lytton, with degrees in biology and marine science, ... Read More »

The Marco Players Theater presents

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“The Interview” February 11 – March 1 The Interview, written by Peter Swet, is about Abie Moscowitz, an aging Jewish tailor (Victor Caroli) who owns a run-down tailor shop. He receives a visit from James Shannon (Greg Madera), a workaholic investigator who comes across as arrogant and insensitive and is determined to find out the reasons Abie wants to increase the value of his life insurance policy. Reluctant and guarded at first, Abie becomes more agitated under Shannon’s relentless questioning. As buried truths come out, so do Abie’s emotional memories about his past life. “This is not a frivolous play, ... Read More »

Coastal Advisory Committee Accepting Category “A” Grant Applications

The Coastal Advisory Committee is currently accepting Category “A” grant applications for fiscal year 2015-2016. The application is located on the following Web page http://www.colliergov.net/Index.aspx?page=1352 and is due by the close of business Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  Applications can be mailed to the Coastal Zone Management office, 2800 N. Horseshoe Drive, Naples, Florida  34104. For more information, call Gary McAlpin, Coastal Zone Management director, at 239-252-5342or Gail Hambright, accountant, at 239-252-2966.   Read More »

Floodplain Management Plan Proceeds

Collier County is in the process of updating its Floodplain Management Plan as a requirement to maintain eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal disaster funding and to increase credit in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program. The county is working to better develop hazard mitigation to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Public participation has been an integral part of the process.  Public meetings were held in July and again in December along with multiple Floodplain Management Planning Committee meetings in order to work through the process of developing an up-to-date plan.  ... Read More »

European Group Debut at Everglades Seafood Festival

The group “The Watching” might be from Nanzdietschweiler, southwest of Frankfurt in Germany, but they have good local connections when they perform at the Seafood Festival – lead singer and song writer Nicholas Adkins’ father is a familiar face around the Everglades City area. Members of the four piece band have been making music since they were in kindergarten. The quartet has appeared at many European festivals of alternative-rock and has released an album “Open Eyes” (available on Amazon) but they really got their big start doing USO shows (Ramstein Airbase is nearby) for US military returning from deployments in ... Read More »

Bayshore Community Development Agency Wins National Award

 The agency received the 2014 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. A national award from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing, the award recognizes the significant work with many contributions to public safety. The CRA collaborated with the East Naples Community Oriented Policing unit of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County Code Enforcement and other community organizations to target the problems the community had identified in the Bayshore area, from trash in the streets to street light repairs and abandoned buildings. The task force was successful, transforming the area into a healthy, thriving community “The ... Read More »

FWC-Collier County-Weekly Report

Patrol, Protect, Preserve Lieutenant Shea and Officer Reith took twenty cadets and ten adults from the Naples High School Army JROTC program out into the Big Cypress National Preserve for a twenty-four hour survival hike.  The cadets hiked seven miles into the preserve along the Florida Trail and came across a Big Cypress fox squirrel, which is an imperiled species.  Along their route the cadets encountered a scenario where each of their three teams had to perform first aid on a teammate and carry them on an improvised stretcher one mile for a timed competition.  Once at their campsites, the cadets ... Read More »

Fakahatchee tram tour brings swamp to life for Minnesota book club members

Ten members of a Minneapolis book club made the trek from their chilly city to sunny Florida to bring the best selling book they had just read—The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean—to life. “We read the book and last night we watched  Adaptation, the movie based on it.  Now we’re ready to see the swamp ourselves,” said Kathie Doerr, who organized the trip.  The group, on a tight schedule, arranged a custom tour  on the Friends of Fakahatchee Ghost Rider tram. Naturalist Patrick Higgins, who led the three hour tour, told the group that orchid and bromeliad poaching—the subject of ... Read More »

NAPLES PRESS CLUB ELECTS 2015 BOARD

Naples Press Club announces officers and governors elected at its annual meeting. As treasurer, Len Egdish takes over from Connie Kindsvater, who held that office for more than five years. Marisa Cleveland comes onto the board as a governor-at-large. Re-elected for another two-year term are Carole Greene, president; Randall Kenneth Jones, vice president for programs; and Karla Wheeler, membership chair. Marci Seamples was elected to move from governor-at-large to the position of vice president for administration. Kindsvater remains on the board as chair of the scholarship committee, occupying the position held for many years by Philip Beuth, who moves to ... Read More »

East Naples Civic Association New Board

The East Naples Civic Association (ENCA) has elected their 2015 Board of Directors and Officers. The election was held during ENCA’s annual banquet, January 19th at Naples Lakes Country Club Officers for 2015 are: Marci Seamples, President; Jeff Macasevich, Vice-President; Christopher Shucart, Treasurer; Jean Kungle, Secretary; and Chris Hagan, Past President. Directors for 2015 are: Ted Beisler, Russell Burland, Thomas Cannon, Neil Curley, George Danz, Angie Davis, Donna Fiala, Chris Hagan, John Hooley, Nancy Markham, Barbara Miller, Jim Pusateri, and Greg Speers. Norm Reinertson and Tony Zeman are Directors Emeritus. The ENCA Board meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at the ... Read More »

VenturePitch

The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2), a family of member-managed funds organized to invest in early stage, high potential, accelerated growth companies, will present the inaugural VenturePitch SWFL on Wednesday, March 11. The event is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Naples Silverspot Cinema, Theatre 12, located at 9118 Strada Place. The ‘Shark Tank’- style event brings together four early stage entrepreneurs who will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and attendees. One company will be selected as the most investible. “We’re excited to bring VenturePitch to Southwest Florida and offer a ... Read More »

Tammi Vance Earns Membership in Prestigious Million Dollar Guild®

Tammi Vance of RE/MAX Affinity Plus has been recognized by the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for her recent performance in the million-dollar and above luxury home market within Marco Island and the surrounding communities. “Real Estate professionals who have earned admittance to The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® not only have specific upper-tier market knowledge, but they also understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and recognize the importance of being discreet,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore. “Whether you’re buying or selling a multi-million dollar property, you can depend upon The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® members to have the ... Read More »

FLORIDA POCKET RANGER APP

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has updated its Pocket Ranger app for smartphones to include a global-positioning feature that shows the exact proximity of the user to each public-beach access point in Florida, along with information and locations for the 171 state parks and trails. The Florida Coastal Management Program, thanks to funding from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), created the Coastal Access Guide, which is housed within the Pocket Ranger smartphone app and provides users with more than 2,000 public coastal access sites. The app also depicts their proximity to the user’s current location. ... Read More »

$5 BILLION TO RESTORE THE EVERGLADES

Governor Rick Scott proposed a dedicated source of revenue that will provide more than $5 billion for Everglades restoration over the next 20 years as part of his 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget. If passed by the Legislature, $150 million will go towards Everglades restoration this year. In addition, Governor Scott’s proposed budget also includes $150 million that will be allocated toward land acquisition and management which will focus in part on protecting land for the Florida panther. Governor Scott said, “Florida has an abundance of natural resources that help create a foundation for our growing economy, whether it is driving ... Read More »

New Public Relations Director for Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today appointment of local attorney William G. Morris as Public Relations Director for the Center. Morris is past president and a current member of the Board of Directors. Morris is a volunteer providing services that were previously provided by paid staff. The appointment is intended to streamline communication between the Center and the press. Morris will be responsible for preparing and transmitting information about Center events to local media and to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Morris assumes these responsibilities in addition to his volunteer efforts as a director and full time employment as a Marco Island attorney. The ... Read More »

Conservancy Gets Grant

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation has awarded the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with a grant for $175,000 to fund STEM education programs at the Conservancy. Toyota supports the Conservancy in teaching children to be tomorrow’s conservationists by providing funding for hands-on activities in indoor and outdoor laboratories. The STEM Institute at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida encompasses all of the Conservancy’s Learning Adventures programs (K-12 field trips and outreach programs), including the new STEM Smart program designed for high school students. The STEM Institute programs connect real-world research experiences with classroom curriculum. Programs are inquiry-based, teaching critical thinking skills, and consist of ... Read More »

CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

“Gas prices could fluctuate in the next couple of weeks, but will likely increase as we move into the spring,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Prices usually rise between 30-50 cents in the spring, because of higher demand and refinery maintenance, then decline in autumn. There is a chance that prices will not increase as much as in years past, but even if they do, gasoline should remain well below $3 for the rest of the year.” Regular Unleaded Gasoline Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago Year Ago National $2.056 $2.054 $2.035 $2.240 $3.281 Florida $2.074 ... Read More »

Dr. James Orr Appointed Chair

Medical Director of Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, James Orr, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Orr will direct the actions of the board, ensuring the Florida Board of Medicine’s goal of ensuring that the 68,000 Florida physicians continue to maintain their practice of quality medicine. Through efficient and dedicated organization, Dr. Orr will lead the organization’s initiatives to license, monitor, discipline, educate and rehabilitate physicians in order to better serve patients in Florida. “Dr. Orr has always shown an ongoing compassion ... Read More »

Zoobilee

Join the Naples Zoo for the wildest party of the year! Tickets are now on sale for ZOObilee Feast with the Beasts to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 right in the heart of the zoo. Attendees will enjoy delicious cuisine from some of Naples best restaurants and caterers, as they journey along the paved paths of the zoo’s historic botanical garden from 7:00pm to 11:00 pm. Evening highlights include exotic animal encounters, silent auction, and a dance party featuring the sounds of Blonde Ambition, a high energy eleven piece dance band. For those who prefer to relax with ... Read More »

Marco Island Senior Softball Results Marco Division

Thursday January 8th 2015 Crazy Flamingo’s     13                                                Rookies       8 Flamingo’s scored five runs in the first and four runs in the third leading too the season opening win. George Lancaster, Ray Niemeyer, Steve Slaggie, and Frank Dooley contributed two hits each. Lancaster and Niemeyer ripped a triple, with Niemeyer having three RBI, Lancaster and Tom Patterson two RBI in the win. John Hollenbach had two hits with John Gill driving in two runs for Rookies. Mango’s                         12                                                CJ’s on the Bay            10 By scoring five runs in the third and six runs ... Read More »