Tag Archives: I-75

Fire Rescue Report

Submitted The following information is contained in the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department’s monthly report. The full report may be found on the city’s website, cityofmarcoisland.com, as an attachment to the June 5 city council meeting agenda. Seasonal Ambulance  The part time 12-hour seasonal ambulance (Medic-803) was removed from the island the end of April and is scheduled to return ... Read More »

Commissioners Continue Discussions on Sports Complex

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Over the last almost two years the Board of Collier County Commissioners has been moving forward on evaluating the need and details surrounding the construction of a major sports facility within Collier County. On June 13 they met in a joint meeting with the Tourist Development Council to discuss issues such as funding and how to ... Read More »

Scenic Trail Reopens after Cowbell Fire

A section of the Florida National Scenic Trail north of I-75 has reopened. Recent wildfire activity from the Cowbell Fire closed the trail to hikers. Firefighters have surveyed the area and determined that conditions were safe to reopen. The Florida National Scenic Trail stretches 1,400 miles through Florida extending from Gulf Islands National Seashore to Big Cypress National Preserve. The ... Read More »

Spend an Evening with Mermaids

Submitted In the late ‘40s, long before the Magic Kingdom, stunt swimmer and attraction promoter Newt Perry spearheaded the development of one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions: Weeki Wachee Springs, the City of Mermaids. Take a trip to the park with award-winning author and historian Dr. Lucinda Vickers on June 6 at 7 PM in Rose History ... Read More »

Fires Still Burn in Big Cypress

Submitted Fast Facts: The Cowbell Fire is currently 15,889 acres and 11% contained. 246 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers,  and 19 engines. Current Fire Situation: The Cowbell Fire is approximately three miles north of I-75, 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and two miles west of ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier 

While performing dockside inspections at Marco River Marina, Officer Lugg observed a charter vessel returning to the dock. The captain began offloading fish onto a dockside cleaning table after his guests departed from his vessel. The officer approached the captain and performed a marine fisheries inspection. He found that the captain possessed two undersized spotted trout and an undersized pompano. The captain admitted to ... 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 »

Wildfire Burns at Panther Refuge

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  A fire at the Panther National Wildlife Refuge has been raging, burning trees and brush. Drivers on I-75 may have seen the billowing smoke from the highway. This was not a prescribed burn. A recent thunderstorm with intense lightning caused the large wildfire at the Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Cass Palmer of the U.S. Fish ... Read More »

FWC Collier County Law Enforcement

MAJOR WILDLIFE ASSISTANCE COLLIER COUNTY The Miami Regional Communications Center received several calls about a panther on I-75 near mile marker 90. Lieutenant Bulger and Panther Biologist Mark Lotz responded to the area and were on the lookout for the panther. Lieutenant Bulger was flagged down by a construction worker who was in the area and had observed the panther. ... Read More »

Deep Thoughts on a Beautiful Sunday Morning

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It is one of those beautiful Sunday mornings in Marco Island. I am crossing the Jolley Bridge on my way to Naples to make a presentation on Islamist terrorism. It is just about seven o’clock and the sky in the east is bright red, just as the sun rises over the Everglades. I am excited ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Lieutenant Sushil along with Officers Kleis, Lugg, Polly, Reams and Reith participated in a multi-agency Flex-Op with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  The operation focused on safe driving, speed enforcement, resource protection and drug interdiction in the Panther Zones located on State Road 29 and along I-75.  Collier County Sheriff’s Office provided units from multiple districts, along with support from ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Officers Despian and Kleis were on water patrol near Keewaydin Island when they observed a United States Coast Guard (USCG) vessel conducting a vessel stop on a center console boat occupied by 3 subjects. The USCG flagged down the Officers for assistance. When they arrived on scene, USCG personnel told the Officers that the operator and both passengers of the ... Read More »

Fakahatchee Swamp Walks Get wet? You bet!

Submitted The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their fall 2015 schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In addition to its 5-hour naturalist-led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3½-hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place ... Read More »

Seafood (BBQ + Music) / FRESH = Saltwater Blues

By Don Manley & Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a simple equation and you don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate it. Gulf seafood – awesome, smoked BBQ and fun music all come together at Saltwater Blues on 951 just south of the I-75 interchange. (Yes, yes, we all know it’s where Cracklin’ Jacks used to be). Chef Mark Shores, ... Read More »

A Remembrance: the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Freedom Fountain

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Over 270 bikers showed up to ride with the Traveling Vietnam Wall. There was an official escort of sheriff and police motorcycles, Vietnam Veterans, and the Marco Riders. Carmen Dasti assisted with registering riders at exit 131 in Fort Myers. All along I-75 and 951, exits and side streets were closed to allow the procession leading ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY Road Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. I-75 at CR 886/Golden Gate Parkway:  Construction project:  Crews widen the southbound-off ramp to include two dedicated right turn lanes, a shared right/left turn lane, and two dedicated left turn ... Read More »

Friends of Fakahatchee announce Fall swamp walk schedule

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their Fall schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  In addition to its five-hour Biologist-Led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3 1/2 hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place ... Read More »

Public Safety Center on Alligator Alley

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services staff has announced that construction of the long-awaited Public Safety Center fire station facility on Alligator Alley is nearing completion. Located at Mile Marker 63, the county anticipates beginning services by the fourth quarter of this year. First approved in 2011 by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY Road Watch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly ... Read More »

SENSORY NIGHTS OFFERED AT GOLISANO CHILREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES

Sensory Night at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is an engaging, interactive, and inspiring night to promote families playing, learning and dreaming together in a low-sensory museum experience. Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm, sensory night is intended for all individuals with sensory integration needs including people with autism.   According to Mary Fellenz, OTR/L, an ... Read More »