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Last Bingo of the Season!

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Nina Fox of Naples was a BIG winner at the season’s last Bingo game at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Marvin Klein. Bingo games will resume on Monday, October 5th, 2015. Read More »

Collier County to Honor First Responders Who Resuscitated Patients from Cardiac Arrest

Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department will hold a special ceremony for emergency response personnel who responded to and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. The Phoenix Awards ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113. Named after the mythological bird that died and rose renewed from the ashes, the Phoenix Award is given to first responders who brought back to life, through their highly trained efforts, patients who were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing. More than 70 emergency response personnel from ... Read More »

Highlights from 2015 Memorial Day Travel Forecast

The 2015 Memorial Day forecast is expected to mark the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years, since 2005. Most drivers will likely pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.66, $1 lower than the average price for Memorial Day last year. The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012. More than 88 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent ... Read More »

The George DeMarco Foundation Celebrates 10 years and $100,000

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The George DeMarco Foundation celebrates over ten years and $100,000 in donations. Initially created to provide proceeds as charitable contributions with a principal focus on the needs of construction academies, the Foundation has expanded to include other endeavors benefiting the children in Collier County. The Foundation has committed over a decade to improving the lives of the young people in Collier County through hosting golf tournaments, Key West vacation raffles, and poker tournaments. With the leadership of a strong board, the Foundation has placed money with ABLE Academy, Step By Step and the construction academies at Lely High School, Palmetto ... Read More »

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

Annual Everglades City Student Art Exhibit

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Everglades City, Florida (June 1, 2015 –August 31, 2015) The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host our annual summer exhibit showcasing work created by the students of Everglades City, Kindergarten through Twelve Grade. The artists reception, which is free and open to the public and will be held Friday, June 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades. Located in historic Everglades City, three miles South of U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and SR 29, the museum explores an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in ... Read More »

Saving Animals From Extinction at Naples Zoo and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

On Saturday, May 16th, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Naples Zoo is proud to participate in AZA’s SAFE program. For the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild on one special day, Endangered Species Day. Designated as a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species, the goal ... Read More »

FWC approves changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement at its meeting April 15 in Tallahassee. Commercial harvesters targeting spiny lobster while diving are requiredto have a crawfish commercial dive endorsement along with a saltwater products license (Florida’s basic commercial license) and a restricted species endorsement. The commercial dive endorsement program was implemented in 2004 in an effort to reduce conflicts within the commercial lobster fishery during a time when the commercial dive fishery was rapidly expanding. No new or additional commercial dive endorsements have been issued since the program was ... Read More »

THE TURTLES ARE COMING! HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE WE HAVE A SAFE SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON

The sea turtles have returned to Collier County. While sea turtle nesting season doesn’t officially start until Friday, May 1, the first Collier County turtle nest appeared on Marco Island earlier this month. Nesting season will continue through October.   The greatest threats to both adult and hatching sea turtles are caused by man. But there are things we can do to protect the sea turtles as they nest and hatch.   To protect nesting females and the nests and hatchlings themselves, turn off lights that shine on the beach, including your cell phones. If you can see your shadow, ... Read More »

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is launching a new sun safety project called Sun’s Up, Cover Up targeting visitors to Florida’s beautiful state parks. “Sun safety prevents skin cancer for Florida’s residents and visitors who enjoy being outside in the Sunshine State,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “This partnership is a natural fit for our agencies and helps to share actionable health information with park visitors.” Skin cancer is defined as cancer that forms in the tissues of the skin, ... Read More »

PICAYUNE STRAND RESTORATION PROJECT CLEARS ANOTHER HURDLE

~ Project phase will mitigate potential impacts on manatees as freshwater inflows are reduced~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has authorized the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to continue the next phase of the Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP), which will restore historic water flow and enhance wetlands in the western Everglades. The PSRP is a project component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, commonly called CERP. Once completed, the PSRP will reestablish historic water flows, reduce unnatural freshwater inflows, improve the water quality of coastal estuaries and restore ecological connectivity in the area. “This project exemplifies the department’s dedication to ... Read More »

Collier Tourism Industry Off to a Roaring Start

First Quarter Results Presented at Industry Briefing Event Prior to Southwest Florida Travel Rally Celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week  Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – saw big increases in tourism visitation and spending during first quarter 2015.These numbers continue the trend of strong growth in visitation, economic impact to Collier County and tourism-related employment seen in 2014. Total economic impact from visitors in first quarter 2015 (January through March) was $730,429,100, an 11.7% increase over first quarter 2014. Total visitation was 621,000, a 4.8% jump. Occupancy hit 89.7%, a 1.5% rise over 2014’s peak ... Read More »

Let the Countdown Begin: Naples Readies for ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard

The Naples community prepares to welcome a new Culver’s® restaurant as construction Began on May 5th, 2015 with the official groundbreaking ceremony.  Craig Culver, co-founder and CEO, of the restaurant chain, and local owner Mike Busalacchi and Vinnie Busalacchi will be, along with Brian Key opperating partner, on hand to break ground for the new restaurant located at 5102 Tamiami Trail East.  The new restaurant will employ 70 part and full-time team members when it opens in late summer. “We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the community of Naples,” says Busalacchi. “We think it’s a wonderful ... Read More »

Project Graduation Celebrates 30 Years of Safe and Sober Graduation Celebrations

All Collier County grads have a safe place to celebrate on graduation night, thanks to parents and volunteers.  For the past 30 years there have been no alcohol-related fatalities in Collier County on graduation night involving high school graduates.  A large part of that statistic is thanks to Project Graduation, a program that gives grads a safe, fun and sober place to enjoy their graduation night. On May 29, directly after they walk the stage, shake hands and throw their caps, grads from every Collier County High School will load up on buses that take them to the Greater Naples ... Read More »

NPC RIDE OF SILENCE PLEASE JOIN US

Wednesday, May 20 6:30 pm Cambier Park Downtown Naples, FL   Food and Socializing at Cafe Luna after the ride 467 5th Avenue S, Naples On May, 20, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe in a silent procession to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although bicyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often is not aware of these rights – an sometimes not even aware of the cyclists themselves. The Ride of Silence is free. It is ... Read More »

Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve

Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy   Contacts: Big Cypress National Preserve: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107 Everglades Media Contacts Only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714, or Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017 Biscayne National Park: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679 Ochopee, FL– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800. “Big Cypress National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

US 41 at Mooring Line Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews will be working on sidewalks and landscaping on the west side of the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the road. US 41 from Wiggins Pass Road to Immokalee Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the two outside southbound lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for crews to work on utilities.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic during this time. US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from ... Read More »

5th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ

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Blues, Brews and BBQ is coming back to Tin City May 9th and 10th in celebration of CityFest. Sponsored by the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Big C Events, Pinchers, and Texas Tony’s Rib House, festival highlights will include live music and tasty local treats, kid’s activities and vendors. Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, local band favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. while finger-licking good BBQ is served with fresh, local seafood and icy brews. Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with The Good Bad Kids from ... Read More »

IBERIABANK JOINS ‘TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE’ CAMPAIGN

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IBERIABANK, the 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with area schools to celebrate national “Teach Children to Save Day” with savings education on April 24. Through this program, which is sponsored by American Bankers Association (ABA), over 200 IBERIABANK associates will reach more than 3,800 children throughout five states.  Local youth will be taught to identify the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending and how to save for the future.   Here locally, bankers from IBERIABANK taught classes at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers, Poinciana Elementary School in Naples ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. They are: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies: one representing Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), one representing For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), and one representing Advocate for Low Income Persons (term expires Oct. 1, 2017). This committee was created to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the housing elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines ... Read More »