Cirque Du Soleil in Estero

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, will perform in Estero at Germain Arena from September 24 – 28, 2014 for eight performances only. Advance tickets for Varekai are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through May 15. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes […]

Volunteers Remove Invasive Plants

Volunteers are making a positive difference fighting back against invasive plants in Florida state parks. The Florida Conservation Corps Annual Report on the Project AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators (Project A.N.T.) program is now available. The report highlights the accomplishments of Project A.N.T.’s 37 full-time members, two half-time members and 2,273 volunteers in their fight against invasive exotic plant species across Florida […]

Glory of the Grape

The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting sponsorships and donations for our 2014 GLORY OF THE GRAPE to be held on Sunday, June 8th at 6:00 PM at CJ’s on the Bay! This fabulous annual event includes great wine, great food, a live auction of summer-inspired gifts and FUN! Always a great time, we look forward to […]

Fishing Line Perilous for Pelicans

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists, monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks can entangle these animals, leading to injury and even death. The brown pelican is one species that is especially impacted by monofilament line. These birds frequently spend time looking for an easy meal at piers and other fishing hotspots, where they are often hooked […]

Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress

Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Throughout 2014 we’ll be showcasing stunning works of art from a number of Artists-In-Residence who were inspired by the beauty of America’s first national preserve. The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East and the Oasis […]

Sea Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October. The Sunshine State accounts for 90 percent of sea turtle nests in the continental United States and five of the world’s seven beach-nesting species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and the rarest and most endangered sea turtle – the Kemp’s […]

2014 Annual ORV Closure

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 2, the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60-day seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. […]

FWC 2013 Boating Accident Stats

Sixty-two people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 11 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has released its 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report. The theme of accident-related messages from FWC staff is clear: Officers want to help keep Florida’s beautiful waterways […]

Home Watch Seminars

A great real estate season has led to a high demand for additional home watch companies in Southwest Florida this season. “Local law enforcement and area experts agree that seasonal residents should not give their keys to just anyone,” said Diane Pisani, founder of Your Home Watch Professionals® (YHWP). For the seasonal resident, YHWP is a resource to find an […]

Win for Southwest Florida’s Land, Water, Wildlife and Future

The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to legally challenge the consent agreement between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Dan A. Hughes Company. This action is related to the illegal and fracking-like oil extraction techniques the Hughes Company recently performed at their Hogan Island drill site. Following the Collier County Commission’s unanimous vote on April […]