Monday, March 18, 2019

There’s More To The Story

FWC Law Enforcement Collier

Officer Yaxley was on water patrol with Marco Island Police Department Officer Ferris when they came across a commercial vessel operating without hull identification numbers. Upon inspection it was found that the company had been operating two large commercial vessels over 12 tons on the waters of the state for years without inspection or registrations. Officer Yaxley cited the company accordingly.

Lieutenant Bulger responded to a distressed manatee call in Rookery Bay Preserve. A concerned citizen spotted the manatee near the Shell Island Road boat ramp. When Lieutenant Bulger and a Collier County Marine deputy arrived on scene the manatee was in obvious distress and having trouble breathing. With the help of citizen, they were able to get the manatee into shallow water. Manatee biologists responded and transported the manatee to a rehabilitation center.


Collier Seniors are Building Momentum

September is National Senior Center Month and Collier Senior Resources (CSR), a nonprofit organization working to address the needs of older adults and their caregivers, is building momentum to improve the quality of life for area seniors and their familial and professional caregivers.

CSR operates the Golden Gate Senior Center (the Center) to offer seniors the chance to learn new skills, develop relationships, share stories, build community and feel included, especially beneficial for men and women who have relocated to the area without a support network and/or recently lost a spouse/partner.

The organization maximizes each dollar received by collaborating with trusted partners, including AARP Foundation (job placement and training for out-of-work, low-income seniors), Alzheimer’s Support Network, Area Agency on Aging, Catholic Charities (social services), Collier Area Transport, Collier County Nutrition, SHINE Medicare counseling, Literacy Volunteers, Sheriff’s Office and more.

Additionally, CSR provides: a daily hot lunch and coffee bar; weekly food pantry, blood pressure, vision and diabetes screenings, oral health assessments, balance testing and fall prevention lectures; monthly birthday parties, dance and exercise classes, art therapy, cards and games, holiday parties, Alzheimer’s support groups, crafts; Direct Assistance for Needy Seniors Program and other life-enhancing programs and services.

For more information on Collier Senior Resources and the charity’s Golden Gate Senior Center, please call 239.252.4541, or visit www.CollierSeniorResources.org.


Rescheduled Public Meeting on One-Cent Sales Tax

On the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot voters will have the opportunity to vote on a County Referendum regarding a Collier County and Municipal Infrastructure One-Cent Sales Surtax. Notice is hereby given that public information meetings about the One-Cent Sales Surtax will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

  •   6 p.m., Thursday, August 30 Rescheduled to Monday, September 17 – South Collier Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples.
  •   6 p.m., Monday, September 10 – St. Agnes Catholic Church, 7775, Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.
  •   6 p.m., Tuesday, September 18 – Naples City Hall, Council Chambers, 735 Eighth Street South, Naples.
  •   6 p.m., Wednesday, September 19 –  UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, 2686 SR 29 N., Immokalee.
  •   6 p.m., Tuesday, October 2 – North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples.

Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a formal presentation; a question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Additional information about the One-Cent Sales Surtax can be found at collieronecenttax.com.


DAS Offers Name Your Price Adoptions

Beginning September 1, 2018, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is offering name your price adoptions. The shelter is full and there are many homeless pets seeking their forever homes.

Those that are unable to adopt a pet are encouraged to volunteer for DAS or donate to the DAS Donation Trust Fund. The Donation Trust Fund provides medical care for sick and injured homeless animals.

Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, heartworm test for dogs, FELV/FIV test for cats, rabies vaccination and 30 days of free pet insurance. That’s a value of more than $400.

For more information on DAS, visit www.collierpets.com, stop by the shelter at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104, or call (239) 252-PETS (7387). Visit the Immokalee shelter at 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, Immokalee, Florida 34142, or call at (239) 252-7065. Media inquiries, please call Daniel Christenbury Public Information Coordinator at (239) 252-6956.


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