Kira Krümm International Design ( announces two additions to its design team. The Estero based firm recently welcomed Interior Design Assistant, Keri Linden, a Fort Myers native who received her Bachelors in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, as well as a Bachelors in Marketing from the University of South Florida, and Andres Foianini, […]

2014 Zone 4 Closure

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. This will begin the 60-day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on Friday, June 6, 2014. All […]

Naples Buckeyes Golf Tourney

Please join us for the Naples Buckeyes Golf Tournament to benefit the Scholarship Endowment Fund of The Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples on May 5, 2014. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Country Club of Naples in Naples, FL. The event will include a 4-person scramble, lunch buffet, a cocktail reception, dinner and an […]

ArtsNaples World Festival

ArtsNaples World Festival ( – a ten-day festival that will take place May 1 through 10 in Naples, Florida, and feature a magnificent array of performances, exhibits, films, and experiences celebrating the cultural arts of Italy – is pleased to announce that it will host a special reception for famed Italian photographer, Giovanni Lunardi, on Saturday, May 3 at 3 […]

Artificial Reef Facebook Page

For those of you with an interest in artificial reefs, my Florida Sea Grant colleagues have created a new Facebook page called “Florida Artificial Reefs.” This site provides an opportunity for members of the artificial reef community to discuss current and relevant issues, research, and development. Visit

FWC responds to panther incident report

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently was contacted by a turkey hunter who reported injuries caused by a Florida panther. He indicated the incident occurred while hunting in the Tiger Creek area near Lake Kissimmee on March 17. He said he had two wounds to the top of his leg and a cut to his arm. He noted that after […]

DEP e-Payment system

The DEP Business Portal now accepts online payments for any existing permit application. Once an application is received, either through email or on paper, an email will be sent to the applicant with a permit number and a link to pay online through the business portal. The following fee types may not be completed in this process: Payments for annual […]

Dr. Ellen Prager Wows the Crowds at Rookery Bay

In celebration of Everglades Day, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve offered films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk, and a lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All.” During two session this morning Dr. Prager spoke to 280 students from Manatee Middle School, sharing stories and images from her adventures as […]

Winn-Dixie Helps Feed Furry Friends

Winn-Dixie launched the first PAWS “Feed the Love” Community Donation Program to benefit area food banks and non-profit partners dedicated to eliminating hunger for pets in their local communities. Now through Tuesday, April 29, Winn-Dixie customers can purchase a $5 pre-packaged bag of pet food with their Winn-Dixie Reward Card or give a monetary donation of their choice at any […]

Updated Deepwater Horizon Website

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has improved the navigation for users of the Deepwater Horizon restoration website, Responding to public’s request for more information on projects being submitted, the improvements allow users to view and download the full project submittals. In addition, the Department has created an interactive map of Deepwater Horizon restoration projects that have been submitted. […]