The Perfect Storm: The Rise of Donald J. Trump

By Roy Eaton  The news media and both the Republican and Democratic Parties seem surprised and shocked by Donald Trump’s meteoric rise to the position of presumptive Republican nominee for the office of the president. They also seem both awed and baffled by his accomplishment for he did so without the help of PAC and other special interest money and […]

Big Cypress

2016 Annual Recreational ORV Closure Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 6, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all management units that allow for ORV access within the Preserve will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 5. The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60-day seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to […]

Webinars to discuss bear management

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting three public webinars to discuss the FWC’s black bear management program and answer questions. Topics to be addressed at the webinars include new bear population estimates, 2016 bear range updates, Bear Wise communities, results of the 2015 limited bear hunt, and input concerning a possible hunt in 2016. The webinars will […]

My Art My Way Exhibit Featuring Students Art

 The Naples Art Association ( – a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand cultural opportunities, broaden education, and enrich Southwest Florida through the visual arts – is pleased to announce the unveiling of the My Art My Way exhibition, which will feature artwork created by students with disabilities from Oakridge and Golden Gate Middle Schools, will be on display May […]

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. […]

Clerk’s Staff Takes Critical Step Toward Transparency on Invoices

Clerk of Court and Comptroller Dwight Brock announced today an important step in resolving outstanding tourism related invoices that lack the necessary details to determine whether they meet legal thresholds for payment.  A meeting, set to take place Tuesday between the Clerk’s Finance Director, Crystal Kinzel, the Deputy County Manager and County Internal Control Manager, may produce the detail to […]

Citizen At-Large

For more information about one of these vacancies, or for more information about the MPO, please contact Ms. Anne McLaughlin, MPO Executive Director, at 239-252-5884 or e-mail her Committee application forms are available on the MPO’s website To access the form, go to the ‘What’s New’ tab, select ‘Get Involved’ and then select the committee application at the bottom of […]

Pathways Advisory Committee (PAC)

 The PAC reviews and provides recommendations on bicycle and pedestrian related plans and programs. These plans and programs include the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Map and both the Comprehensive Pathways Plan and The Regional Pathways Map. The PAC meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Collier County Growth Management Department – Planning and Regulation […]

MPO Solicits Apps for Vacancies

The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting applications to fill vacancies on its advisory committees. The Collier MPO Board is composed of elected officials from the Collier County Board`of County Commissioners, City of Marco Island, Everglades City, and City of Naples and makes transportation funding and policy decisions throughout Collier County.  The MPO receives formal input from five advisors. There is citizen representation on four of these committees. Currently the Local Coordinating Board (LCB) for the Transportation Disadvantaged has two vacant seats, and the Pathways Advisory Committee (PAC) has one vacant seat.

Local FGCU Graduates

The following local residents recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University. * Edward Obrenski of Marco Island (34145), with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business * Lisa Feola of Marco Island (34145), with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences * Megan Dalziel of Naples (34114), with a Master of Education from the […]