On Thursday, January 17, 2013, Governor Rick Scott received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied disaster assistance to Florida’s communities due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Governor Scott requested Public Assistance on November 1, 2012 for Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy on October 24-26, 2012. […]

Hodges University announces Sixth Annual Diversity Festival

The 2013 Hodges University Diversity Festival will return to the Sugden Regional Park in Naples on February 23. The Festival, which runs from 12 pm – 6 pm, will bring together a broad array of vendors, entertainers and local artisans representing the cultural diversity of the Naples and Ft. Myers communities. The Festival will feature local high school marching bands, […]

Cruises to Fakahatchee Island set for Feb. 1 and Feb. 15

The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced two February dates for their popular cruises through the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands to historic Fakahatchee Island. The chartered boat tours will leave Everglades National Park Ranger Station at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 1 and Friday, February 15. The fee for the cruise is $75 and reservations are required. Cruise participants […]

Face Awards Event Draws National Speaker to Naples

Marcellus Alexander Jr., the executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will visit Naples, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 1, as the keynote speaker for the third annual Face Awards, which recognizes Southwest Florida individuals and businesses that embrace and promote the positive values of diversity and help others. The event will take place from 6 to 9 […]

Draft Amendments to the Fiscal Years 2012/13 through 2016/17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 30-Day Public Comment Period Announced

Each year, the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization is required to develop a financially feasible TIP that includes all items that are to be funded with state and federal dollars over the next five years.  Occasionally it becomes necessary to add, delete, or modify a project included in the MPO’s TIP. The Collier MPO is hereby announcing a 30-day public comment […]

Come Walk the Beach With Us

Friends of Tigertail Debbie and Marty Roddy invite you to the Rose History Auditorium on Monday February 4th at 10:30 A.M. for a virtual tour of Tigertail Beach and Sand dollar Island. They will also, include a brief survey of the history and an explanation of nature’s impact on the area. Immediately after their presentation, Mango’s Restaurant will provide picnic lunches […]

Calling ALL Ladies… Let’s Learn to Fish AND Kayak in Matlacha/Ft. Myers March 9-10, 2013

An incredible mini-event is being offered to women for the first time by the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” University Series. The Matlacha/Ft. Myers University is March 9-10, 2013 at Matlacha Community Park. “We have chosen to host our Gulf Coast event at Matlacha – a beautiful part of the state with bountiful fishing,” commented Founder, Betty Bauman. “It’s a refreshing location perfect […]


First National Bank of the Gulf Coast announced today that $60,000.00 was raised at their Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Hideout Golf Club in October. The proceeds will be split evenly between Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) and Special Needs Children’s Fund of Collier County. “We are delighted with the success of this year’s tournament. The resounding results would […]


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is proud to join with the Florida Department of State in commemorating 500 years of Florida history throughout 2013. Viva Florida 500 commemorates Florida’s rich heritage and diverse cultural history through 2013, a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States. Visitors are invited to remember Florida’s […]

23nd Annual Love of the Y Tennis Tournament Greater Marco Family YMCA

The 23nd Annual Love of the Y Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 8-9-10 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Tennis Facility. Tournament Director Raul Saad says that events scheduled are very accommodating to work schedules and the matches will be played throughout the weekend. The events scheduled include Women’s and Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles […]