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AMIkids Big Cypress Names Two New Board Members

AMIkids Big Cypress is pleased to announce that Denise Murphy and Brian Herrick have joined the local program’s Board of Trustees. AMIkids Big Cypress is a nonprofit program that empowers kids to reach their potential and transform their lives to distance their troubled past from a bright future. Murphy is the Club Controller for The Players Club and Spa, an affiliate of Stock Development Associates, since 2012 and is an experienced accountant with over 19 years’ experience in the field. She is an avid volunteer and supports various organizations in addition to AMIkids Big Cypress, such as Guadalupe Social Services, ... Read More »

“Naples Depot’s 1947 Budd Tavern Train Car undergoes Restoration!”

A leading attraction at the Naples Depot for over 35 years, the streamlined Budd Observation Car, will finally undergo an extensive year-long restoration to bring the car back to its 1947 roots. Don Whatley, of Shadow Transit Service, Inc., will oversee this complex restoration. The Budd Car, #6601, was one of six built for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1947 and was primarily used in New York–Florida service in trains such as the “Silver Meteor”. The car was originally configured with a tavern section seating 34 people and an observation section seating 24 individually. Included in the observation end ... Read More »


DATES:  August 14th to September 26th 2015 DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Fridays; 4:00 to 6:00 PM. LOCATION: Woodside Lanes, 8525 Radio Road, Naples, Florida 34104. COMPETITION DATES: County Games: Saturday, September 12th 2015 11:00AM-3:00PM at Woodside Lanes. Area Games: Saturday, September 26st 2015 in Bradenton, Florida: (Day Trip) 6:30 AM to 4:30PM. State Games:  Fri-Sat-Sun November 13-15, 2015 at Walt Disney ESPN WW of Sports.   ASSISTANT COACH REQUIREMENTS: Must be a Class A volunteer with Special Olympics (requires a background check) and be able to teach and work with athletes with intellectual disabilities.  You do not have to be an expert to be a coach. FINAL NOTE: We hope to have enough volunteers so that you ... Read More »


~ Office of Greenway and Trails expanding Florida’s network of trails ~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails is soliciting acquisition applications to expand Florida’s trail system. The Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program has approximately $2 million available for new projects for fiscal year 2015-16. In 2013, the Office of Greenways and Trails completed an analysis of the Florida Priority Greenways and Trails System, identifying gaps within the trail system. These projects need funding for design, construction and acquisition.The department hopes to close some of these gaps through this acquisition cycle. Individuals, organizations, coalitions, government agencies ... Read More »


The Women’s Foundation of Collier County is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Women of Initiative Awards. Each spring, the Women’s Foundation honors ten local women who, through their leadership, are an inspiration to all women seeking to make a difference through philanthropy and civic engagement. Qualifications for the nominees should include: Active volunteer in Collier County Transformational contributions made through volunteerism and participation outside of their current and/or past employment Has held various leadership roles with nonprofit organization(s) For the 2016 Women of Initiative Nomination Form or for additional information, or visit   Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Lugg and Johnson were on land patrol when they were dispatched to a call reporting that a male was fishing from the beach and keeping undersized snook. When they arrived on scene they saw a male fitting the description of the fisherman described earlier. The officers concealed themselves and watched the male for approximately 20 minutes. After identifying the man’s personal belongings, which included a cooler, the officers approached the man and questioned him. Officer Johnson opened the man’s cooler and discovered two undersized snook. The subject was cited accordingly. Lieutenant Mahoney and Officer Johnson were fueling their patrol ... Read More »

Review and Comment Period for Oil and Gas Plan of Operation Extended

The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the public review and comment period on the Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) within Big Cypress National Preserve. The Plan will be available for public review and comment through August 16, 2015. The plan may be viewed on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at Comments received will help inform the preparation of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document which will itself be subject to public comment. Based on analysis of environmental impacts, the NPS may approve, request modification to, or reject the plan. Interested individuals, organizations, ... Read More »


Radio Stations in Miami, West Palm Beach and Naples to be sold to Educational Media Foundation   Recognizing that media consumption and audience choices are rapidly changing, and that efforts to build a sustainable classical music radio service in South Florida have not succeeded, American Public Media Group (APMG) announced today that it will move its classical music service in South Florida from FM radio to its national on-demand service, This new direction includes the sale of its Classical South Florida (CSF) network of stations—WKCP-FM in Miami (classical music), WPBI-FM in West Palm Beach (classical music and news), and WNPS-FM in Naples(classical ... Read More »

NCH Auxiliaries Made Donations

NCH Auxiliaries made multiple donations to the NCH Healthcare System this past season. The NCH Marco Auxiliary’s annual fashion show raised $7,000 for a new EKG machine for the Marco Urgent Care Center. The Downtown and North Naples Auxiliary fundraised $7,500 from their golf tournament and Mad Hatter Wine Tasting event.  Proceeds from these two events benefitted the NCH Stroke Program. Read More »

FSBDC and IBERIABANK Host Fourth Seminar Focused on Funding Your Business and Your Retirement

 IBERIABANK, a 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation and the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University will host the fourth seminar in a five-part series aimed at helping small business owners. This presentation will focus on funding your business and your retirement. Attendees will learn about capital sources and the steps involved in completing a business loan application. The seminar will then shift gears to talk about exit strategies for your business and how they may relate to your retirement planning. According to a study published by the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 36% of small business owners ... Read More »

FWC Enlists Gulf Reef Fish Anglers to Provide Data

As part of its goal of working with anglers to improve data collection and management of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking for anglers’ assistance through participation in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey. This new data collection program will improve how recreational catch is monitored and provide information needed to ensure sustainable fisheries in Florida. As of April 1, 2015, saltwater recreational anglers fishing from private boats off Florida’s Gulf coast (excluding Monroe County) are required to sign up for the survey if they intend to harvest, attempt to harvest ... Read More »


Dr. Borofsky unveils new mission, vision and direction for the local, private nonprofit Hodges University President, Dr. David Borofsky, recently unveiled a new direction for the educational institution, including a strategic plan as well as a refined mission and vision. Faculty, staff and leadership participated in an extensive review of the University, its collective beliefs and goals for the future of the organization. The result of that work was a refocused positioning addressing the needs and wants of students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, partners and the Southwest Florida community. “This process began in February and will culminate in September when we roll out the complete plan including objectives and action steps,” said ... Read More »


Collier County Circuit Court Judge James Shenko has approved an interim agreement between Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock and Collier County Manager Leo Ochs that will result in the payment of all outstanding invoices, by Mr. Brock, for purchases and contracts entered into by the county manager. The estimated value of unpaid invoices is $5.6 million, representing over 3,000 invoices. A copy of the agreement is attached. Last month, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to seek an emergency injunction ordering Mr. Brock to make the payments until the lawsuit could be resolved. Today’s agreement means the hearing scheduled for ... Read More »

Through My Eyes

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present Through My Eyes,  paintings of Naples and the Everglades by local artist Kevin O’Brien on display August 5- October 24, 2015. The free wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, will be open to the public and held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm.   Kevin O’Brien is a third generation artist who drew inspiration from his mother and grandmother. Raised in Rocky Neck, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, the oldest, still working Art Colony in the U.S., O’Brien had the opportunity at an early age to appreciate ... Read More »

Master Gardeners Graduate

Elaine Buch (Master Gardener Training Aide), Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Isabel Way-Soto (Master Gardener Coordinator), Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, Mike Gott (Master Gardener Training Aide), Sharon Killoy, Maria Schoenfelder, Rege Malone (Training Aide, Josephine Shields (Master Gardener Training Aide), and Christal Beheler.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Collier County office held a formal graduation ceremony on June 11, for 13 volunteers who successfully completed the 13week Master Gardener certification program. The Master Gardener certification program is a 13-week program that covers an array of gardening topics including soils and fertilizers, plant identification, insect and pest identifications and control, pesticide safety, Florida native plants, and experience interacting with the public. The graduating class of 2015 including Walter Dehmel, Tatiana Burkhart, Sharon Hild, Connie Willson, Jeanne Estes, Tonimarie McGlynn-Long, Barbara Pace, Maria Giovine, Tracey Burton, Yvette Boland, ... Read More »

2nd Annual NoGala Gala Benefits Collier 211

Gear up and get ready for United Way of Collier County’s second annual Nogala Gala dinner and a show event on Friday, July 10 on 5th Avenue South, downtown Naples. The fundraiser, which will help support United Way’s program, Collier 211- information and referral helpline for health and human services, includes cocktails at either Vergina or Mangrove Café beginning at 5:00, a 3-course dinner to follow at either restaurant, and the night will conclude at Sugden Theater, with the Naples Players performance of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” which will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and are ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club 2015 Summer Enrichment Program

In partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival – the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began the 2015 summer enrichment program at its Main Campus, 7500 Davis Boulevard, as well as Immokalee site locations. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through August 4. To combat summer learning loss, the Club is offering the Summer Brain Gain initiative — a summer learning loss prevention program that includes but is not limited to activities such as reading, mentoring, dance and music, swimming, arts and crafts, organized sports ... Read More »

River of Grass Greenway

The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) project will not be continued unless there is an indication of community support by July 1.   The feasibility of the ROGG is being measured in large part BY THE GRANTOR on public comment. So far only the OPPOSITION has made an effort to voice an opinion. The grant closes in July. If you support ROGG, PLEASE, send an email to the grant coordinator Mark Heinicke by July 1. Contact Maureen Bonness Or Patty Huff and ask what else you can do Maureen: Patty: Read More »

Collier County Medflight accredited

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) announced that Collier County MedFlight, a County Emergency Medical Services-run rotorwing service, was awarded accreditation on June 3, 2015. MedFlight provides highly skilled flight paramedic teams to care for adult and pediatric patients in Collier County as well as the surrounding counties CAMTS is an organization of non-profit groups dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. The commission, which has 21 current member organizations, offers a program of voluntary evaluation of compliance with accreditation standards demonstrating the ability to deliver service of a specific quality. The commission ... Read More »

Big Cypress Preserve – Oil and Gas Plan Comments

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) to explore for oil and gas within Big Cypress National Preserve. The Plan seeks approval to conduct a seismic survey over a 110± square mile area to identify subsurface geologic structures that may contain commercial quantities of crude oil and natural gas in the Sunniland Oil Trend. The applicant, Burnett Oil Company, Inc., proposes to conduct the seismic survey by using small, portable seismic receivers (geophones) and recording devices, which measure and record subtle vibrations in the ground. No explosives will be ... Read More »