Ed Caum has joined the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau – Collier County’s department of tourism – as the new Deputy Director for Tourism/Sports Marketing.
He previously served as Tourism Manager for Pasco County, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and spearheaded a 30% growth in tourism tax collection, plus major developments in sports events and infrastructure. After retiring from 15 years of service with the U.S. Army as a public communications professional, he worked in a variety of non-profit and government positions. With a combination of marketing, communications, sales and management skills, he brings considerable experience to Collier County’s tourism team. Caum currently serves on two VISIT FLORIDA committees, the Marketing Steering Council Committee and Chairman, Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Committee.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Clean Bird Feeders to Protect Cardinals
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has received reports of sick and dead cardinals in north Florida from concerned residents who have bird feeders. (The affected area reports may spread.) Cleaning bird feeders can decrease the potential for spreading diseases.
Sick cardinals appear to move slowly, often hiding in ground vegetation with limited ability to fly. They seem capable of only short flight distancesa few feet off the ground.
If You Have Bird Feeders, Be Sure to Clean Them:
Use a diluted bleach solution to clean your bird feeders every two to three weeks. First, discard old feed. Then, while wearing gloves, use a scrub brush and soapy water to remove crusted material from the feeder. Next, soak the feeder in a 1:10 bleach solution for 10 minutes. Rinse the feeder with water and place in a sunny area to dry thoroughly before use.
If you observe dead cardinals or other dead songbirds in your yard, remove your bird feeders for a period of at least two weeks. Report your observations to the wild bird mortality surveillance system at MyFWC.com/Bird.
DAS OFFERS MICROCHIPS IN MAY
During the month of May, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is offering microchips to pet owners for $15, including implantation and registration.
Microchip implantation is a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes and is similar to an animal receiving a vaccination. Once your pet has a microchip, it has a permanent ID. If the pet gets lost and brought to DAS, a veterinary office or most animal shelters, the pet will be scanned for a microchip. Once the microchip has been detected, the owner will then be contacted and can pick up their pet.
Microchips can be implanted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday all month long at the Naples shelter, 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104. For more information about the month of microchips, call DAS at (239) 252-7387 (PETS).
COUNTY UTILITIES WARN ABOUT WATER TESTING SCAMS
The Collier County Public Utilities Department was recently contacted by a concerned resident after someone claiming to be from the Water Division wanted to come inside a home and test the water. The Collier County Water Division will never knock on your door and ask to come inside and test the water. All Collier County Public Utilities Department employees also carry photo identification with them while on duty. If someone comes to your door and asks to test your water, the Water Division urges you not to let them in and to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information or if you have questions, please call (239) 252-6245 or email PublicUtilities@colliergov.net.
2017 Quest Scholars
Students from Quest for Success, a non-profit college preparatory organization located in Naples, will share a special afternoon of recognition, appreciation and celebration at the annual Quest Wall Signing Ceremony, Wednesday, May 18 at 4 pm.
More than 118 graduating high school seniors will join together to recognize and celebrate their combined accomplishments, share hugs, say goodbyesand leave their mark on the “Senior Wall” which adorns the office of Quest executive director Susan Zumstein. Festivities take place at the Quest Center located at 2706 Horseshoe Drive South in Naples. “Signings include the student’s name, college or university they will be entering, and year of college graduation,” she adds. This year’s Class of 2017 Quest Scholars have received more than $15.7 million in four year scholarship offers and will attend 42 different colleges and universities in the fall including Cornell, Duke, UF, University of Richmond, Carleton College and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Naples Trust Thanks Clients
Naples Trust Company president, Carol Boyd said at a celebration event, “The Naples Trust Company is very appreciative of all of our clients and community partners. Their confidence in us is one of the reasons our firm has reached another milestone this year in managing $1.5 billion in assets under management.”
More than 100 guests were in attendance to participate in the festivities overlooking the championship golf course. In addition to an abundance of delicious appetizers and a Naples Trust signature drink, the party included festive music by recording artist J. Robert, who played steel drums as an ideal background to the Florida motif. Many in the community have come to view this event as their signal to take a breath after a bustling season.