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FWC Law Enforcement 

Officers Johnson and Tidwell were patrolling Dollar Bay and observed a vessel without navigational lights on while boating at night. During the vessel stop, Officer Tidwell observed that the vessel did not have a hull identification number (HIN). The officers then proceeded to follow the vessel to Bayview Boat Ramp and Officer Tidwell noticed another mullet skiff at the dock. ... Read More »

Discover Mentoring

The Guadalupe Center invites those interested in becoming a mentor to a college-bound Immokalee High School student enrolled in its Tutor Corps Program to Discover Mentoring on the Terrace at Caxambas in Fiddler’s Creek beginning at 5 PM on January 26. Each year, 20-30 promising new students are added to Tutor Corps. Each student works as a tutor to Kindergarten-2nd graders each day ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections 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 ... Read More »

CMI Bingo 

Linda Chamberlain is handed her winnings by Bingo Committee member Paul Kurtzman, and Marilyn Flynn of the Isles of Capri is handed her big money by Bingo Committee member Marvin Klein. Bingo is played at JCMI every Monday, a complimentary supper is served. Open to the public – doors open at 5:30 PM. Read More »

75 Years of Conservation Success 

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is ... Read More »

County Advisory Committee Vacancies 

To apply for an advisory committee vacancy, submit an application online at Advisory Committee Application. Residents may also receive a hard copy application by visiting colliergov.net or by calling Wanda Rodriguez at 239-252-8400. Please forward your completed hard copy application to the attention of Wanda Rodriguez, County Attorney’s Office, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Suite 800, Naples, Florida 34112-5746. Read More »

10 Free Flowering Trees 

Residents in your state can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2017. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods. “These beautiful trees will beautify your ... Read More »

Marine Scientist to Speak

Renowned marine scientist and author Dr. Ellen Prager will discuss the underwater adventures that have taken her around the world as part of the Tales from the Coast lecture series on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. A science advisor to Celebrity Xpedition in the Galapagos Islands, Dr. Prager was previously the chief scientist ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Report Collier 

While at a boat ramp in Naples, Investigator White saw an individual nearly sink his vehicle in the water when he pulled in too far to retrieve his vessel. Investigator White helped guide him through retrieving his vessel. The individual then got into his boat and Investigator White observed numerous signs of impairment. The individual loaded his boat and pulled ... Read More »

Journey Across The Greater Everglades

Sandee Harraden is a nationally recognized photographer, published in the National Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation literature. She has spent the last 26 years exploring the greater Everglades to photograph wildlife behavior, specifically birds in flight. She finds inspiration in the swamps and wetlands across Southern Florida to creatively capture exceptional moments through her lens highlighting nature’s astonishing beauty. ... Read More »

Free nature talk series 

If you are looking for something to do that is fun, free and educational, the Naples Preserve is focusing its Spring Nature Talk Series on the natural habitats and ecosystems of Southwest Florida. Speakers will include rangers, researchers, foresters and other subject-area specialists from a variety of the region’s parks, nature organizations and educational institutions. The series will include photographs ... Read More »

JCMI Bingo! 

Natalie Klein of the Bingo Committee gives prize money to our big winner at Monday Night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Mary Anne Murphy of Naples. Bingo is played every Monday night; including January 2nd. The doors are open at 5:30. Dinner is complimentary. The Public is Welcome!   Read More »

A BIG YEAR 

Have you seen 50 or more bird species in 2016? Yes! Then, you qualify for our Wings Over Florida Big Year certificate! Follow these steps to apply: Go to our Wings Over Florida Birds webpage Click “APPLY” Our Checklist of Florida Birds will open in a fillable PDF file Click on the download arrow located in the top right corner next to ... Read More »

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” 

The nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation will host their Gulf Coast Fishing University March 11-12,2017 at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge, 5630 Pine Island Rd, Bokeelia, FL 33922. Women, men and teens can learn and practice fishing at several hands-on skill stations on Saturday, then have an option to fish inshore from charter boats and kayaks on Sunday. Registration includes networking ... Read More »

Anchoring and Mooring

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), was directed by Florida’s Legislature in 2009 to establish a pilot program to explore potential options for regulating the anchoring or mooring of vessels (other than live-aboard vessels) outside the marked boundaries of public mooring fields. This Legislative action was codified in Section ... Read More »

JCMI BINGO 

The big winner at Monday Night Bingo was Charlotte Miller of Naples. Dr. Herb Kern of the Bingo Committee is shown giving her the prize money. Bingo is played every Monday night at the Synagogue, 991 Winterberry Road. Supper is complimentary. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Bernie Seidman of the Bingo Committee gives winnings to Judy Pfister, a visitor to ... Read More »

$825,000 to Reduce Human-Bear Conflicts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced which local governments will be awarded a share of the $825,000 in bear-conflict reduction funding. This funding aims to reduce the number of bears spending time in neighborhoods by participating in cost sharing with local governments to provide more residents with bear-resistant equipment. Unsecured trash is the No. 1 reason ... Read More »

Pure Florida Partners with St. Matthew’s

Pure Florida’s newest partner is St. Matthew’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the elements of poverty in the community at their base. Pure Florida’s partnership launches a new program to support employees of St. Matthew’s House and graduates of the organization’s Justin’s Place Recovery Program, a long-term program for men and women aimed to combat drug and alcohol abuse. ... Read More »

SWFL Children’s Charities presents $200,000 to FGCU and FSW

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently presented $200,000 to both Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) to award scholarships to qualifying students within their health care programs. Over the past eight years, the organization has granted more than $1.6 million to FGCU and FSW for programs and scholarships focused on pediatrics. “At SWFL Children’s Charities, ... Read More »

FWC Celebrates the 75th 

Anniversary of the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area. (Not to be confused with Babcock Ranch) Saturday, January 21st, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Free Admission There will be a variety of exciting hands-on activities for families to enjoy, all at no charge. There will be a kids’ fishing clinic, Kayak 101, K9 demonstrations, kids’ nature activities tent, ... Read More »