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Ladies, Learn to Catch Freshwater Fish

The popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University announces a freshwater fishing seminar on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Bass Pro Shops, Fort Myers, FL from 8:30 am to 2 pm. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the educational event offers classroom instruction, conservation, hands-on fishing activities, networking, a fishing experience from land and gifts. The featured speaker is Capt. Mark King, an IGFA Certified Captain from Okeechobee, FL.

Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local freshwater fishing, the program offers rod and reel basics, lure usage, casting techniques, fish retrieval, fish release, strategy and conservation, followed by hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, lure usage, spin casting, fish fighting techniques and more. After lunch will be an all-release fishing experience from shore and networking. Fish species are bass and local freshwater favorites. Equipment and lunch is provided. Attendance is limited to 25 people.



Registration includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, fishing from land, networking, gifts worth $30, Bass Pro Shops discount and door prizes. No equipment or experience is necessary. Participants must register in advance. Online registration and information is on

2018 LLGF events:

Feb. 10 Gulf Coast/Fort Myers Freshwater seminar



March 23-25 Gulf Coast/Fort Myers saltwater weekend seminar

April 27-29 South Florida saltwater weekend seminar

May 12 Juno Beach Surf Fishing


June 22-23 Keys Fishing Adventure

Learning on the Water

Oct.19-21 Keys saltwater weekend seminar

954-475-9068;, FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Officers Knutson, Yurewitch and Investigator White were on water patrol in an area known as The Narrows and observed a vessel traveling at a high rate of speed through a slow speed manatee zone. They stopped the vessel and addressed the violation. During the vessel stop, the operator continuously exhibited indicators of impairment. After field sobriety tasks, the operator was determined to be impaired and was arrested for boating under the influence (BUI).

A recent long-term investigation was concluded regarding illegal dumping on private property. Last year, Investigator Mert received information indicating there was large scale illegal dumping taking place on private property. Further investigation revealed the property was designated as wetlands. Multiple fly-overs of the property confirmed the activity. The investigation revealed a trash hauling company was illegally dumping massive quantities of construction debris on the property, as opposed to paying to dispose of the debris properly. The investigation resulted in one individual being charged with felony dumping, misdemeanor charges for the destruction of wetlands and the operation of an unpermitted solid waste facility.

Officers Knutson and Plussa were dispatched to a bear digging through garbage cans in a residential neighborhood. Upon arrival, the deputy onscene advised the officers of the bear’s location. Officer Knutson used loud verbal commands for the bear to leave with negative results. As a result, adverse conditioning was used on the bear which caused the bear to climb over a fence and leave the area.

Officers Knutson and Johnson were dispatched to a panther call in Golden Gate Estates. While on scene, they noticed three gopher tortoises in a small fenced in area on the property. When the tenant was questioned about the tortoises, she stated the gopher tortoises were on the property before she moved in and she advised the owner that she believed it was illegal to have the tortoises. The property owner advised she received them from a volunteer and put them on her property. The owner did not have the proper permits to possess the tortoises. The tortoises were seized and brought to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The property owner was cited accordingly. A Floribbean Night at the Museum

Will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Collier Museum at Government Center where you can join the Friends of the Collier County Museums for an evening of dinner, music, dancing, demonstrations, and more!

This annual fundraiser helps the Friends of the Collier County Museums support their mission of providing financial and programmatic resources to the Collier County Museums.

For more info contact Bill Dwight at or call (239) 315-2843. 2017 Associate & Builder Awards

The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) announced the 2017 Associate and Builder of the Year Awards and unveiled the 2018 Board of Directors at the organization’s annual Holiday Happenings dinner held at The Club at Olde Cypress Country Club in Naples earlier this month.

Jimmy Martin, Vice President of Operations for Raymond Building Supply, was presented the prestigious CBIA 2017 Associate of the Year award, recognizing more than 20 years experience in the local business industry. According to CBIA executive vice president Kathy Curatolo, Martin is well known as an innovative leader who focuses on customer service. “Jimmy Martin is an individual who inspires and motivates others through his own actions. He is passionate about his family and an asset to our community,” says Ms. Curatolo, citing how Martin is a major contributor and volunteers at CBIA’s annual “Toys for Joys for Girls and Boys” program, providing transportation (both pick-up and delivery of toys in RBS trucks) and storage for toys in RBS warehouses. He assists with sorting, delivery and handing out toys to more than 800 children at PInecrest Elementary School in Immokalee and Shadowlawn Elementary School in Naples.

The 2017 CBIA Builder of the Year honor was presented to Dave Dunnavant, who has worked with CBIA in several leadership roles over the past three years, including serving on the board of directors and two officer positions. “Under Dave Dunnavant’s governance, CBIA has built exceptional relationships with County Commissioners in 2017,” says incoming president Antony Fortino. “ His sharp wit and methodical approach to issues of concern in our industry has provided a great many accomplishments for CBIA. One of his kindest qualities is taking every opportunity to express his appreciation to both volunteers and staff at every event,” he adds. Domestic Animal Services Extends Hours

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hours of operations will change with the new year as a part of a multi-year shelter improvement plan. Previously, adoption hours were 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Adoption hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In 2015 a team of University of Florida veterinarians with the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program performed a review of the shelter. After spending time at the shelter, reviewing operations and meeting with staff, the team submitted a report on how overall shelter operations could be improved.

Many improvements suggested by the shelter improvement plan have been made and have proven successful. The change in hours will give the public more access to shelter services.

For more information on DAS, visit, stop by the shelter at 7610 Davis Boulevard, Naples, Florida 34104, or call (239) 252-PETS (7387). Visit the Immokalee shelter at 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, Immokalee, Florida 34142, or call (239) 252-7065. Brooks Burgers third location in East Naples

Family-owned Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs has garnered national acclaim, being named one of the Top 10 Burger Restaurants in the United States by TripAdvisor for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Those headlines, along with a successful opening of the second location in North Naples, has encouraged owner Todd Brooks to open a third location on 12655 Tamiami Trail East, Naples FL 34113 next to the Publix grocery store.

Finally after remodeling the old Chinese restaurant and receiving all necessary permits, the third dining spot of Brooks Burgers will open its doors most likely in January 2018. “It has been long months of planning and remodeling but I believe our customers will love the ambiance of our new spot” Brooks said. The East Naples location will keep the aviator/hangar style theme similar to the location in Downtown Naples. With almost 5,000 square feet the new restaurant will be the biggest one among the three Brooks Burgers joints. The bigger space allows Todd Brooks to provide a playroom with arcade games for kids and multiple TV screens showcasing sport events. The additional space will also accommodate a big bar with a full liquor license.

Recently Brooks Burgers has added Alligator Burgers, the Kansas City Wrangler and the Burgers, Biscuits & Gravy to the selection of burgers including the popular Donut Burger which is between two glazed donuts. JCMI Bingo

Marvin Klein of the JCMI Bingo Committee hands Carol Goodman of Marco Island her winnings this week at Monday Night Bingo. Doors open to everyone at 5:30 and all players enjoy a complimentary hotdog and sides. Lots of money to be won, just ask Rochelle Berman of Marco Island with Bingo Committee member Miriam Slavich. 239-642-0800 #Lightthetorch For Special Olympics From January 4 through 20, 2018, Publix customers and associates will be able to make a donation to Special Olympics Florida at the register and in turn will receive a special Torch Icon that includes exclusive savings on Procter & Gamble brands including Tide®, Gain®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Gillette®, Venus®, Pampers®, Luvs®, Olay®, Ivory®, Vicks DayQuil or NyQuil®. Donations can be made for as little as $1, $3, $5 or $10, and all donors will receive $14 in coupon savings.

“For 45 years, we have shared the vision of Special Olympics and have been proud supporters, along with our partners at Procter & Gamble, and our loyal customers,” said Maria Brous Publix director of media and community relations. “Together, since 1993, we have raised more than $40 million for Special Olympics. We take great pride in and thank our customers and associates for making a positive impact throughout the communities we serve.” Special Olympics Florida serves more than 42,000 athletes who compete at local, state, national and worldwide levels. “Our athletes are able to achieve greatness on and off the playing field,” said Special Olympics Florida Chief Executive Officer Sherry Wheelock.

To learn more about Special Olympics Florida and the 2018 #LightTheTorch Publix campaign, please visit

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