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Museum of the Everglades Dual Exhibits

Museum of the Everglades is proud to present a unique dual exhibit: “Wind Across the Everglades – Celebrating 60 Years” in tandem with “Plume Hunting – From the Forefront of Fashion to the Brink of Extinction” in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. The exhibit will be on display now through February 17, 2018 at Museum of the Everglades.

“Wind Across the Everglades” is the dramatic story of Audubon Warden Walt Murdoch, fighting to protect endangered birds from a cutthroat gang of plume hunting poachers led by the ruthless “Cottonmouth” – played by a surprisingly sinister Burl Ives.



Set in the Everglades and filmed on location in Chokoloskee and Everglades City from November of 1957 to January of 1958, “Wind Across the Everglades” is the first major motion picture to feature a conservation theme. The film features many local landmarks like the Smallwood Store and cameos by several familiar faces such as gladesman Totch Brown.

The “Plume Hunting” portion of the exhibit provides the history of the illegal trade on which the story of the film is based. At the turn of the last century, the demand for fancy feathers for ladies’ hats was so great that the plumes were worth more than their weight in gold.



Legislation slowed the slaughter, but enforcement was difficult in lonely frontier outposts – resulting in the murder of more than one warden.

The exhibit will feature a variety of artifacts on loan to help illustrate the stories, including plume-hunting rifles, a high-fashion feathered fan from the period of the plume craze, and even the original monument to warden Guy Bradley – killed by poachers near Flamingo. 63,556 Calls to Elder Helpline

Southwest Florida Elder Helpline received more than 63,000 calls in 2017, an increase of 3.4% from 2016. Nearly 8,000 of those calls were received from Collier county. The Helpline is an information and referral service provided by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL). The Agency’s Helpline assists older adults, caregivers, and people with disabilities in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties.

Knights of Columbus Bingo

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Locally, the Helpline can be accessed by calling (866) 413-5337 (41-ELDER) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. Assistance is available in more than 200 languages.

In Collier County, the top five needs were long-term care, health insurance and Medicare assistance, meals and nutrition, utility payment assistance, and transportation. Collier is the region’s only coastal county in which food and nutrition services, like home-delivered meals, were a top-three need among seniors.

In addition to utilizing the helpline, older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers can also look up services through the Area Agency on Aging’s online resource directory ( In 2017, 4,457 people searched for local elder and disability services on the site, including visitors from 48 states and the District of Columbia.

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. AAASWFL is the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to helping adults ages 60 and over and people with disabilities to live with independence and dignity in their own homes and communities. More information is available at or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER). CBIA Appoints 2018 Directors

The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) announced today five local business executives have been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the 2018 Collier Building Industry Foundation (CBIF).

The five-member CBIF 2018 Board of Directors is comprised of attorney Catherine Hunter of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo; Eric Morris of BCB Homes; Dave Dunnavant, president of Peninsula Construction & Engineering; JP Coleman of JP Coleman Construction; and Robert McGinnis of Forge Engineering. 2018 CBIA president Anthony Fortino, founder of Fortino Construction & Development and CBIA executive vice president Kathy Curatolo will serve as ex-officio members.

According to CBIA executive vice president Kathy Curatolo, CBIF was structured in 2005 exclusively for educational and charitable purposes by the CBIA. A key CBIF initiative is to provide student scholarships to local individuals pursuing added education in the fields of construction, engineering, architecture, interior design and specialty trades. The Foundation also provides annual grants up to $1,000 to local high school teachers who create experiential opportunities for students and spearheads an annual drive to provide toys at Christmas for children attending Shadowlawn Elementary in Naples and Pinecrest Elementary in Immokalee.

“CBIA carefully selects its Foundation board members annually to ensure we have the people with the skills, interests and commitment to our mission,” explains Ms. Curatolo. “The Foundation’s focus in 2018 will be supporting workforce training, that is, developing programs directed towards producing workers whose skills match economic demands, reaching top quality performance from existing workforce, and reducing turnover,” she adds. 19Th Season JCMI Bingo Revises Games

The Bingo Committee announces it has made some major revisions offering players a wider variety of Bingo games. Bingo is played every Monday night at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open to all at 5:30 PM and the Bonanza numbers are posted at 6:15 pm. The first game is called at 7:00 PM. A complimentary supper is served to each player including a kosher hot dog on a special roll, pickles, sauerkraut, relish, onions, chips, pastries, fruit, and ice cream. Coffee and hot tea are also complimentary. This Monday a special end-of-the-month prize is awarded in addition to the regular prizes raffled off each week. The game is open to the public. For further information call the Synagogue office at (239) 642-0800 Jim Schmitt of Bettendorf, IA with Bingo Committee member Miriam Slavich and Pat Fiorina of Marco with Bingo Committee member Joe Atkin were our big winners at JCMI’s Monday Night Bingo. Doors open at 5:30 every Monday night. Players enjoy a complimentary hot dog dinner and big pots of cash and prizes!! Played at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive – 239-642-0800.

Fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center with the doors opening at 5:30 pm and Bingo starting at 7:00 pm.

Bingo runs every Thursday from January 4, 2018 to April 5, 2018. This event was open to the public and everyone was invited for an evening of fun and games. The Council contributes to various charities with the funds raised. We have provided photos of the event below: FWC Cobia Changes

Recreational and commercial management changes for cobia in state waters of the Gulf now effective.

Several changes to the management of cobia in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico will go into effect Feb. 1. These changes were approved at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in December.

These changes will further promote sustainable management of this fishery and were developed in coordination with anglers who were concerned about the fishery. The changes will apply to all state waters north of the Monroe-Collier county line.

Changes effective Feb. 1, 2018, include:

• Making the recreational and commercial bag limits for cobia in Gulf state waters the same by reducing the commercial limit from two to one fish per person.

• Reducing the recreational and commercial vessel limit in Gulf state waters from six to two cobia per vessel, per day.

The current 33-inch minimum size limit will not change.

Learn more about cobia online at (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Cobia”). Spiny Lobster Trap Tag Fees Waived For Season

As commercial fishermen and women begin to purchase their spiny lobster trap tags, this is a reminder that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has waived the $1 per trap spiny lobster trap tag fee for the 2018- 2019 season. This waiver was approved at the December 2017 Commission meeting as an action in response to Hurricane Irma.

“Our hearts go out to the men and women who were impacted by Hurricane Irma. The commercial spiny lobster industry was severely impacted through the loss of traps during the height of the season. We hope this waiver will help the industry, which is one of the most economically important fisheries in Florida, get back to work,” said Jessica McCawley, director of the FWC’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management.

The commercial spiny lobster season is open from Aug. 6 through March 31 annually. While the tag fee for the 2018- 2019 spiny lobster season is waived, commercial harvesters do need to submit the order for the tags and affix them to their traps prior to the August opening. County Commissioners Create New Advisory Committees

The Board of County Commissioners (Board) voted to reestablish the County Government Productivity Committee with a renewed mission to make recommendations for cost-savings and efficiency measures.

The Productivity Committee was originally established in 1991 to review the efficiency of county government under the jurisdiction of the Board.

The newly reestablished Productivity Committee is seeking applications for seven open seats: five members shall represent each of the five commission districts, and two members shall be at-large members. Applicants for commission district seats must be nominated by the commissioner of the district they reside in. Applicants for at-large seats may be nominated by any commissioner. Members must have special expertise and experience related to managing large organizations, and be balanced in representing the views of the community.

The newly formed Senior Advisory Committee is seeking applications for nine open seats: five members shall represent each of the five commission districts, and four members shall be at-large members. Applicants for commission district seats must be nominated by the commissioner of the district they reside in. Applicants for at-large seats may be nominated by any commissioner. All members must be 62 years of age or older.

Residents interested in applying for positions on the two new advisory committees may obtain an application by calling (239) 252-8400, or by downloading an application from the county’s website at Online Advisory Board Application | Collier County, FL

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