The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the opportunity to apply for Derelict Vessel Removal Grants. The application period for the Bulk Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program will begin on January 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM (EST), and end on February 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EST). Applications received after February 21, 2018, will not be eligible for consideration in round one, but may be considered for a potential subsequent round, if funding remains available. All removal applications must demonstrate proof that due process was provided for each vessel’s owner. At a minimum, this would include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court or in an administrative hearing. Vessel cases not demonstrating that these opportunities have been offered to the owners of the vessels will not be considered for state funding assistance. Should funding be available for a second or subsequent rounds of applications, new announcements will be made. The grant guidelines and application form may be downloaded at: www.My- FWC.com/DVGrant.You may also receive the guidelines and application by contacting Phil Horning at (850) 617-9540or email DVGrant@My- FWC.com. FWC Law Enforcement Collier Officer Plussa was on overnight water patrol near Naples and Marco Island when he conducted a vessel stop for navigation lights and rules violations. An inspection revealed the subject was in possession of an undersized snook. Officer Plussa also noticed multiple safety equipment violations. The operator was issued citations accordingly.
Officers Plussa, Yurewitch and Curbelo conducted focused speed enforcement of the night time panther zone on US-41 in Big Cypress National Preserve. Collectively, the officers stopped more than 25 drivers exceeding the 45-mile an hour night speed limit, with more than five violators driving between 70 and 84-miles per hour. Drivers were cited accordingly.
Officer Plussa responded to multiple calls involving black bears in homeowner’s garages, porches and driveways. At each encounter, he educated the property owners of common bear attractants and actions they can take to prevent bears being drawn to their property, reminding homeowners to “stash that trash, scare that bear.” In some instances, Officer Plussa had to utilize hazing techniques to encourage the bear to relocate.
Officers Plussa and Knutson were assisting with an evidence seizure for a subject arrested for multiple trap violations. Officer Plussa recognized the suspect in Monroe County. Officer Plussa found that three citations for this subject had been returned undeliverable for three different addresses. The suspect admitted to owning the derelict vessels in the Keys and that he had been living on Marco Island for the last seven months. Officer Plussa served him the three unclaimed Monroe citations and criminally charged him with failure to transfer interest or address on vessel registration. Additional charges are pending for the subject in Monroe County with Lieutenant Cox. Beach Parking Permits
The Board of County Commissioners and the Naples City Council have voted to extend the Interlocal Agreement that governs City and County beach parking, and parks and recreation programs through September 30, 2022.
The extension continues the reciprocal beach parking sticker program that provides free parking at City and County beaches and continues to make parks and recreation programs available on the same terms and conditions for all Collier County residents.
Under the extension, the non-resident beach parking permit will no longer be sold. Non-resident beach visitors may pay the daily parking fee of $8 at County beach sites or utilize the metered parking at beaches within the city.
Full-time Collier County residents and part-time resident property owners may pick up a beach parking permit at any community center at a Collier County park.
Full-time residents must present the following documentation to obtain an annual beach parking permit: • Original current Collier County vehicle registration (copies not accepted) • Original current Collier County driver’s license (copies not accepted)
Part-time resident property owners must present their Collier County tax bill or current closing documents for purchased property.
Beach parking permits sold prior to October 26, 2017, will be honored until their expiration.
For more information about beach parking permits and where they can be obtained, please call (239) 252-4000. Knights of Columbus Bingo
The San Marco Parish Center doors open 5:30 pm and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. Bingo runs every Thursday from October 19, 2017 to November 16, 2017. Games will resume in January. The Council contributes to various charities with the funds raised.
For more information contact 239- 389-5633 or visit our website at www.marcoknights.com. Jewish Congregation Bingo
Rick Poulin from Canada was the big winner at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s Monday Night Bingo. Played every Monday at JCMI, 991 Winterberry Drive, enjoy a complimentary supper and big pots of money! Open to the public, doors open at 5:30 PM. 239-642-0800. Naples Trust Reports Q4 Strategy
U.S. stock markets continued their course higher throughout most of the third quarter despite a modest increase in day-to-day volatility. Tensions with North Korea remain a concern, although market participants seem to be taking the war of words largely in stride. To the extent this continues, we feel it is important to remind our clients and readers that we do not reposition portfolios around geo-political brinksmanship and discord. These issues have a tendency of making everyone nervous in the short term, while having no long-term impact on the trajectory of the economy or the earnings growth of large U.S. corporations.
To some extent, the same can be said for political dissonance. It seems clear that most legislative items proposed by the new administration to enhance economic growth are proving more difficult to pass and implement than many expected. Corporate tax reform remains the most important item on the agenda as far as investors are concerned. A lower tax rate would impact asset prices immediately. As more money falls to the bottom line, the intrinsic value of companies is enhanced across the board. Nonetheless, we expect the growth prospects and dividend profiles of the companies our clients own to remain constructive – with or without legislative accomplishments.
On Sept. 20, the Federal Reserve Board announced they would be reducing the size of their balance sheet by letting their Treasury and mortgage-backed bonds mature over the next few years. This will amount to approximately $10 billion of maturities per month, which is certainly meaningful but not so aggressive considering the Fed’s portfolio of bonds is currently worth $4.2 trillion.
Similar to raising the Federal Funds rate, shrinking the balance sheet is another form of monetary “tightening” intended to raise interest rates and dampen inflation. We see this as a positive sign that the Fed continues to take steps toward normalizing monetary policy. We have also been pleased to see minimal volatility around recent Fed decisions, a sign the market is accepting the decisions and adjusting accordingly.
We will continue to watch the shape of the yield curve. An inverted (negative sloping) yield curve generally portends poorly for economic activity, and we have seen a flattening in the curve more recently. We certainly believe higher interest rates are forthcoming, but change is not always smooth and we expect some volatility as the paradigm shifts.
Considering our expectation for higher rates, we have largely avoided traditional fixed-income (bond) investments unless clients can accept lower returns to avoid volatility. Very simply, as interest rates rise, bond prices fall. All else being equal, we continue to believe that high-quality stocks pose a better risk-adjusted value. We will wait to add bonds to client portfolios in a meaningful way until interest rates rise, which may take several years. In the meantime, income needs continue to be met by using high-quality income stocks (utilities), preferred stock, REITs, and master limited partnerships (MLPs).
International stocks have performed very well throughout 2017. While we have limited our direct exposure to emerging markets due to outsized risks, we do own several individual companies headquartered abroad and have been allocating more dollars to developed markets such as Europe. As the economic landscape improves across Europe and other developed regions, we will continue to evaluate the opportunities. Conservancy hosts World Wildlife Conservation Day
Every year, the Conservancy cares for approximately 3,800 injured, sick and orphaned native animals. In honor of World Wildlife Conservation Day, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting a special day of family-friendly activities from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Conservancy Nature Center.
Dedicated to raising awareness of the need for wildlife conservation and the prevention of injury to wildlife, World Wildlife Conservation Day at the Conservancy will feature a mix of fun and educational activities for all ages. Activities include “Caring for Critters” puppet show, hands-on Junior Rehabber activities, wildlife face painting and a rehabbing relay race for kids, and an adult-themed “Working with Wounded Wildlife” presentation highlighting wildlife injury prevention and response, in addition to a Gordon B. Eagle dance party, gopher tortoise discovery, animal ambassador encounters and nursery window viewing for all ages.
Admission to World Wildlife Conservation Day is free for Conservancy members, with regular admission for non-members. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its programs, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.Conservancy.org.
Those that can’t make it to the event, but want to help the Conservancy protect our native wildlife, can send an item directly to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital through the Conservancy’s Wildlife Wishlist on Amazon at www.conservancy.org/wishlist. Opera Naples Holiday Gift Deals
Naples’ premiere opera company, Opera Naples, announces holiday gift package offers. Holiday shopping has been made easy with discounted packages until December 26th.
Opera Naples is offering the following ticket package discounts:
Wang Opera Center Subscription: A 10% discount when you purchase all 9 performances at the Wang Opera Center for the 2017-2018 season.
Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series: A 10% discount when you purchase all 3 of the Beaux Arts Chamber Music concerts.
Opera Concert Series: A 10% discount when you purchase tickets to all 5 opera concerts plus L’Elisir d’Amore, making a total of 6 performances.
Pick-Five – Create your own series: A 10% discount when any 5 performances at the Wang Opera Center are purchased.
Tickets prices range from $20 to $95. All VIP section tickets include post-performance Champagne reception. There is complimentary valet parking for every performance.
For more offer details and to purchase ticket packages, visit OperaNaples.org/ Holiday-Gift-Packages/ or call 239-963- 9050 ext. 201. Snowfest!
Join Collier County Parks & Recreation Division as they host the 32nd Annual Snowfest – welcoming thousands of people who want to see snow in South West Florida. No matter what the “real” weather is that day, snow will be in the forecast to celebrate the winter holiday season.
100 tons of snow will be falling at this Winter Wonderland. It’s going to be SNOWMAZING! Snowfest will be held on Saturday, Dec.2 from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida. The 32nd Annual Snowfest promises to be the best holiday event in South West Florida. The cost to get into the event is only $2 per person and children 3 and under are FREE.
Join us for fun in the snow! Santa Clause will sprinkle the holiday spirit with his elves as children enjoy all these SNOWMAZING ATTRACTIONS.
• Giant Snow Piles
• Santa’s Selfies at Santa’s South Pole
• Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen
• Giant Inflatable Slide
• Bounce Houses
• Giant Laser Tag
• Giant Inflatable Rock Wall
• Carnival Rides and Games
• Extended Carnival Hours – Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, Dec.3, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the winter holiday with Collier County Parks & Recreation. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation administration by calling 239-252- 4000or visit www.colliercountyparks.com. Phoenix Awards Recognize Responders
The Phoenix is a mythological bird that died and rose renewed from its own ashes.
Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department (EMS) has adopted the PHOENIX AWARD, to recognize persons from Collier County EMS, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and all fire districts within the county who responded to and contributed to the successful resuscitation of a victim of cardiac arrest. These patients were clinically dead, with no heartbeat or breathing, and brought back to life through the highly trained efforts of these responders.
Nov. 29 at 9 a.m., Collier County EMS will hold a Phoenix Awards Ceremony for emergency response personnel at the Emergency Services Center, 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113.
More than 160 emergency response personnel will be receiving an award for the 31 patients resuscitated over a sixmonth period. While only five out of 100 people in most large cities survive a cardiac arrest, Collier County far exceeds the national average.
Collier County EMS encourages members of the public to partner with civic and other community groups to learn CPR and basic first aid to provide a support structure to assist the skilled responders of the County to save even more people.
For more information, contact EMS Chief Tabatha Butcher 239-252-3740. Pirate Day!
Ready to set sail on the high seas? Come dressed as your favorite swashbuckler and enjoy a fun-filled day out with the family at the Marco Island Historical Museum, at the 5th Annual Pirate Day! Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145.
Pirate Day features family-friendly activities including Pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, treasure hunts, and more! Pirate Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on December 9, 2017 at Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145. Admission is free. Sponsored in part by the Marco Island Historical Society. For more information, contact the Museum at (239) 642-1440 or visit www.colliermuseums.com.
Long famous for its Key Marco Cat — one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology — the Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Temporary and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation.