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Minto’s Committed to Florida

Minto Communities announces plans for three new communities in Florida, expanding the company into new markets, and totaling 17,900 lots and 4.2 million square feet of commercial space. The new communities are located in Naples, Daytona Beach and Palm Beach. Minto Communities and Collier Enterprises recently announced plans for the new Naples area community in eastern Collier County referred to as Rural Lands West that includes 10,000 lots and two million square feet of commercial space. Minto’s first phase of this community will be an age-restricted 55-and-better neighborhood with 4,000 homes, a golf course, parks and a town center with ... Read More »

Early Voting Schedule

Early Voting for the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary can begin has begun in the State of Florida, and Early Voting dates, times and locations will vary depending on where voters are registered. Collier County: March 5-12, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily Everglades City Hall – 102 Copeland Avenue N, Everglades City Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples Immokalee Community Park – 321 N First Street, Immokalee Library Headquarters – 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples Marco Island Library – 210 S Heathwood Drive, Marco Island Norris Center at Cambier Park – 755 8thAvenue S, Naples North Collier Regional Park – ... Read More »

Hodges University Announces New President

The Board of Trustees at Hodges University has announced Donald W. Wortham, Ph.D. as the new President of the institution. Wortham will lead the university, which offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus and online. Wortham comes to Hodges from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, MN where he has served as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives since 2012. Before he entered his current role, Wortham served as the Executive Director of Extended Studies at CSS from 2009 to 2012. He has previously held senior positions at the American Higher Education Development Corporation. Wortham began his ... Read More »

MADD Calls on Florida Legislature

Ignition interlocks have stopped nearly 50,000 drunk driving attempts. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) testified in support of lifesaving ignition interlock laws for drunk driving offenders. Kristen Allen, MADD Victim Services Manager in Northwest Florida, urged the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development to pass SB 1394 as it is currently written — to allow offenders to enter into twice-a-day alcohol testing or to wear an ankle bracelet in addition to use of an ignition interlock. MADD previously opposed an amendment that would allow other monitoring programs as a substitute for igniting interlocks. Ignition interlocks are in-car breathalyzers that ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

While on patrol at a local marina, Lieutenant Shea noticed fishermen hanging what appeared to be several undersized Greater Amberjack on the nails above a filet table. He went over and inspected the fish and found six undersized Greater Amberjack. The captain of the boat that landed the fish was issued a citation for three Greater Amberjack under 30 inches and a warning for three undersized Greater Amberjack less than the new 34-inch fork length. Officers Despian and Lugg were on water patrol in the Gulf of Mexico when they observed a vessel with three individuals fishing. The officers approached the ... Read More »

Snook Reopens in Gulf Waters

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish  ? snook  ? reopened on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook ... Read More »

CCCR Receives $15,000

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) has received grant monies from the Community Foundation of Collier County from the Alfred & Vera Goodman Fund in the amount of $15,000. The funds will provide partial tuition assistance for lower income families whose children are enrolled at the NCEF Early Childhood Education Center, operated by CCCR. “At least 75 percent of the families receive partial tuition assistance and 60 percent live at or below poverty level. The future success of every child is in many ways determined before he or she enters kindergarten. During these early years, a child’s brain develops more rapidly ... Read More »

Collier County Manatee Zones Input

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding a public meeting on Monday, March 7, to gather public input on the potential need for changes to the existing manatee protection zones in Collier County. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Collier County Growth Management Division (Room 609/610), 2800 North Horseshoe Drive in Naples. The FWC is working with Collier County and other local governments to determine whether updates are needed to manatee zones that were last reviewed and amended in 1997. The public meeting offers an opportunity for people to ask questions and provide information ... Read More »

REGIONAL PARK MASTER PLAN APPROVED

The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a master plan that will guide the development of the Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park. The Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park is a 149-acre site located in Golden Gate Estates near the Collier County Fairgrounds. The park was originally designed in 2006, but the project was postponed due to the recession and corresponding decline in capital project revenues. As part of the reactivation process of the park, staff sought public input to assess whether the 2006 design met the community’s needs. Public meetings were held and surveys were conducted. Among ... Read More »

Special Olympics Basketball Teams Win 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 1 Fourth Place at State Games

Four basketball teams representing Special Olympics Florida – Collier County participated in the State Basketball Championships in Tavares, FL on January 29-30. The Collier teams earned one gold medal, two silver medals, and one 4th place finish. The Collier Eagles 5 on 5 Masters level team won its tournament, earning a gold medal. Team members included Charles Billon, Shawn Williams, Pedro Sierra, Joey McIntyre, Alberto Nieves, Jason Roxberry, John Hammig, JW McCarthy, Vilson Etiene, and Jacob Ward. Coaches were John Hammig, Joe McCarthy, Bill Tynian, and Larry Ward. The Collier Eagles skills team finished in 2nd place, earning a silver medal. Team ... Read More »

MEET YOUR MATCH AT COLLIER COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES ANIMAL ADOPTIONS DISCOUNTED FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

Call it puppy love. Or kitty love. Whatever you call it, Collier County Domestic Animal Services wants to help you meet you match this month by offering discounts on all dog and cat adoptions. For the month of February, all dog adoptions are $50 (regularly $85) and all cat adoptions are $25 (regularly $60). With every adoption, the county includes spay/neuter surgery, Collier County license, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, 30 days of free pet insurance and more, a value of more than $400. “Our animal friends give us nothing but unconditional love. Since February is the month most associated with love, ... Read More »

Norris & Company Real Estate Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida RealtyTransaction Expands Brokerage’s Presence in the Treasure Coast

Transaction Expands Brokerage’s Presence in the Treasure Coast – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, announced that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has expanded to Vero Beach and Indian River County with the addition of Norris & Company Real Estate. The transaction adds its REALTORS® and support staff to the statewide company. Terms were not disclosed. “Norris & Company Real Estate REALTORS® are well-respected throughout the Treasure Coast,” said Rei Mesa, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. “The firm’s long standing reputation and loyal client base speaks to the skills ... Read More »

The Silent Killer in Collier County: An Aging Adult Dies Every 3 Days in SWFL from Fall Related Injuries

IBERIABANK, a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has partnered with the Collier Injury Prevention Coalition to host an informative seminar about the dangers of falling and the simple steps that can be taken to reduce falls for people of all ages. The educational seminar and interactive prevention clinic will be held at the IBERIABANK branch located at 1905 Pine Ridge Road on Thursday, March 3. The event will begin with a welcome reception and clinic at 5:00 p.m. The formal presentation will start at 6:00 p.m.  Reservations may be made by calling (239) 403-5170. According to the Injury Prevention Coalition, an aging adult dies every three days in Southwest Florida ... Read More »

FWC considers modifying 2016 Gulf recreational red snapper season

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft rule to modify the 2016 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season. This newly proposed season will be considered for final approval at the FWC’s April Commission meeting in Jupiter. The newly proposed season would be open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season would open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season would reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for ... Read More »

FWC approves gag, black grouper size limit; gag season changes

At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gag and black grouper minimum size limit and the gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters. The approvals include: Setting a 24-inch total length minimum size limit for recreational harvest of gag and black grouper in Gulf state waters Setting a June 1 through Dec. 31 recreational season for gag grouper in all state waters of the Gulf excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties (which have their own season from April 1-June 30) and excluding Monroe ... Read More »

Police Cpl. Robert Capizzi Receives Keep America Beautiful Law Enforcement AwardNaples Officer Honored at National Nonprofit’s National Awards Ceremony

Naples Officer Honored at National Nonprofit’s National Awards Ceremony Keep America Beautiful presented  police Cpl. Robert Capizzi of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office with a 2015 Keep America Beautiful Law Enforcement Award at its National Awards ceremony, which took place during the recent Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Keep America Beautiful’s Law Enforcement Award recognizes law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards recognize the passion and dedication of Keep America Beautiful’s affiliates from across the nation as ... Read More »

FWC- Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

While on land patrol, Officers Eaton and Reith performed resource inspections and license checks within the Big Cypress WMA.  The officers stopped to check three individuals and found that one of them had an arrest warrant from Franklin County.  The individual was placed into custody and booked into the Collier County jail. Officers Despian, Kleis and Lugg responded to a call of a missing swimmer in the area of Camp Lulu in the Ten Thousand Islands. Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies, officers with the National Park Service, and fire rescue from multiple agencies also responded to assist.  After a short ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

Character and Thought Foundation To Host Benefit Featuring Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne

On Sunday February 21, Character and Thought Foundation will host a Project UNIFY Community Awareness Day featuring internationally known athlete and speaker Loretta Claiborne. The event is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park and will feature sports, games, music, Chinese auction, food, haircut-a-thon, and more! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Florida – Collier County and Character and Thought Foundation. Ms. Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete since 1970, is a world-class competitor who shares her life story with a heart-felt message of acceptance, hope, and tolerance. Born with ... Read More »

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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 »