Help FWC monitor fish kills
FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues and associated environmental events.
Many factors can contribute to a fish kill. Weather-related factors are common causes. Sudden temperature fluctuations or extreme temperatures can result in fish kills any time of the year. Hot weather during the summer months can cause fish kills, in part because warm water holds less oxygen than cold water. In addition, a lack of rain during hot-weather months can lower water level in lakes and ponds, resulting in poor water quality, increased density of animals and faster use of dissolved oxygen. Heavy rains can compound the situation by suspending sediments in the water column and by washing vegetation, such as leaves and grass clippings, into the system where they will decompose. The decomposition process also can remove oxygen from water.
The good news is that most natural water bodies are resilient to fish kill events.
The public can report fish kills to the FWC at MyFWC.com/FishKill or by calling the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511. You can also submit a report through the “FWC Reporter” app on your iOS or Android mobile devices. It is not necessary to report fish kills in man-made retention or private ponds to the FWC. The Fish Kill Hotline is sponsored in part by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program grant.
Goliath grouper workshops
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters.
The FWC is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops.
Workshops will be from 5 to 8 p.m. local time: Oct. 18: Naples, Collier County Public Library – South Regional, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway.
If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Staff is working on a virtual workshop that should be available online in the near future.
Developmentally Disabled receives Schulze Family Grant
The Richard M. Schulze Family
Foundation has awarded a $12,400 grant to The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (FDD) (www.fddswfl.org) for the organization’s Trailblazer Academy program. The funds will support the transportation costs associated with the Trailblazer Academy, a community-based vocational training and education program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have aged out of school-supported services. The program participants travel to area businesses and organizations for on-the-job training and to local activity centers for life skills and employee readiness education.
The mission of the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through education, social and recreational activities; advocating for employment and housing options; and raising community awareness.
For more information on the FDD, please call (239) 594-9007, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
League of Women Voters Announces New Officers
The membersof the League of Women Voters of Collier County, at the organization’s Annual Meeting at Hilton Naples in early April, unanimously elected the following officers and directors to serve two-year terms ending in April 2019: Charlotte Nycklemoe and Diana Walsh, Co-Presidents; Vi Steffan, 1st Vice President; Robin Larkin, Secretary; Heather Baker, Pam Brown, and Pat Howard, Directors; and Becky Newell, Past President.
The members also elected the following individuals to serve for one year, to complete terms that will be up for election in 2018: Gayle Stroup, 2nd Vice President; and Ron Ferguson, Director.
The following previously elected officers and directors will complete their two-year terms in 2018: Ray Kalich, Treasurer; Patti Forkan and Paul Kardon, Directors.
Co-President Charlotte Nycklemoe, who served as President of the organization for the past two years, announced at the meeting that the local League’s membership has grown dramatically, increasing from 162 members a year ago to 224 members in April 2017. Nycklemoe added, “With our traditional monthly luncheon meetings and committee meetings, along with new ‘Wine and Wisdom’ after hours social events, we’re reaching unprecedented numbers of individuals in Collier County. We’re very excited about the growth of our local League.”
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy. The organization’s goal is to empower citizens to take an active role in shaping better communities worldwide.
Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool at Get out of the Rain at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida
As Southwest Florida heads into the summer months of high temperatures, humidity and rainfall, finding ways to have fun in the air conditioning is a must. At the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, you can experience nature, all in the cool AC. Here are the top 5 ways to stay cool and enjoy some summer fun at the Conservancy Nature Center.
Dalton Discovery Center: In the DDC, discover what it is like to travel through Florida’s ecosystems, encounter our native southwest wildlife, meet our loggerhead turtle Luna, and explore the nature around you through multimedia experiences… all in the nice cool air conditioning.
Cinema Saturdays: Once a month this summer, grab the family and sit down for a Disney nature film to learn more about the planet, water, and wildlife around you. Visit www.conservancy.org/nature-center/cinemadays for a complete schedule.
Little Explorers Programs: Have a little one running around and want to avoid humidity and the burning sun? Stop by the Nature Center for our Little Explorers Play Zone, complete with arts and crafts, a read-along and other fun activities! Visitwww.conservancy.org/nature-center/little-explorers for a complete schedule.
Sapakie Wildlife Exhibit Hall: Learn more about the work at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital through an indoor, interactive experience. Kids can become a junior veterinarian, and discover how to help prevent injury to our native wildlife.
Evenings at the Conservancy: Though this special lecture series slows down in the summer, the upcoming event on Tuesday, July 11 willfeature Nicole Johnson, Conservancy Director of Environmental Policy, for an informative look at Smart Growth in Collier County. Reserve a spot for complimentary drinks, appetizers and an educational evening in the cool air conditioning by emailing SophiaN@conservancy.org.
To plan your summer fun at the Conservancy, visit www.conservancy.org.
Care for the Elderly to Keep Them at Home
Collier County has a Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) Program that provides support services in the home to frail, functionally impaired residents age 60 and older, enabling them to remain in the community and “age in place,” rather than face nursing home placement. While the eligibility guidelines begin at 60, the average client we serve is in his or her late 70s.
Our first commitment is to the frail elderly; those who without in-home help are at risk of nursing home placement. Caregivers seeking relief from the stress and demands associated with daily care of an elderly relative are also eligible to receive services. Services for seniors include:
• Case management – A case manager is assigned to every client to assess the problems that the individual is experiencing and determine what services can best resolve those problems.
• Support services – Adult day care, bathing and personal care, caregiver subsidy, emergency alert response system, emergency respite, facility-based respite, homemaking, in-home respite, nutrition and activities.
Funding for CCE is made available through Senior Choices of Southwest Florida, the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners and client contributions. Clients are assessed co-payments based on a sliding scale.
For more information, please call AAA SWFL Elder Helpline at (866) 413-5337.
DAS Rescues 51 Dogs
Acting under the authority of Collier County’s Animal Control Ordinance, Collier County Judge Rob Crown on June 20 awarded the Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) Division custody of 51 dogs found in poor condition at a home in eastern Collier County last month.
On May 26, a DAS staff responded to a call reporting several dogs in poor condition at a home in the 19000 block of Immokalee Road. Upon arrival to the property, the responding Animal Control Officer contacted a resident of the home and was permitted to investigate claims reported to DAS.
The Animal Control Officer was shown several enclosures in the rear of the property. Each enclosure housed multiple dogs in unsanitary and unsafe conditions. Many animals were found to have matted hair, untreated wounds and some were pregnant with immediate need of veterinary care.
Collier County Sheriff’s Office and DAS staff confiscated 53 dogs and brought them to DAS’s Naples shelter, 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104, to receive treatment from the shelter veterinarian. Two of the animals that were personal dogs of the homeowner were returned, and DAS is now putting 42 of the dogs up for adoption while some of the remaining mothers and their nursing puppies went to the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Lee County.
Most of the dogs need additional care before they will be available for adoptions, including veterinary care, dental care, sterilization and grooming. DAS isseeking community support in the form of monetary donations to continue the care that these animals need. Donations can be made in person at the shelter located at 7610 Davis Blvd., or by phone at (239) 252- 7387.
Those interested in adopting the animals are encouraged to get preapproved for adoption. The adoption application can be filled out online or in person at the shelter. For questions about the adoption process, contact DAS at (239) 252-PETS (7387).
Cohen Appointed Growth Management Head
The Collier County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm the appointment of Thaddeus Cohen as the director of the Growth Management Department director.
Collier County Manager Leo Ochs said, “I will rely on Thaddeus to lead our agency’s efforts to develop and implement coordinated planning, regulation, construction and maintenance programs that will enhance the county’s effectiveness and accountability.”
Under the County Manager’s direction, Mr. Cohen will oversee a department that has 10 operating divisions with an annual operating budget of more than $119 million and a full-time workforce of more than 490 employees. He will be charged with effectively managing the county’s assets, making the operations more efficient and delivering superior customer service.
Mr. Cohen has an extensive background in urban planning, community development, infrastructure design and construction management. Most recently, he served as the planning director and the Community Redevelopment Agency director for the City of Key West. Prior to that, he was assistant city manager and Community Redevelopment Agency director for the City of Pensacola. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs. In addition, he had his own architecture firm for 20 years.
A graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor of architecture degree, Mr. Cohen has served as chair of the Florida Community Trust, chair of the Council for Black Economic Broward County, chair of the Palm Beach County Affordable Housing Commission, and as a board member for 1000 Friends of Florida, Florida Housing Finance Corporation and Florida’s Broward Alliance.
His annual salary will be $145,000.
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield at (239) 252-8383.
FWC Collier County Law Enforcement
Officers Yaxley and Kleis were on patrol on US 41 when they saw a truck towing a vessel. The officers saw several equipment violations on the trailer and conducted a traffic stop. When they approached the vehicle, they noticed fishing rods, tackle boxes, fish blood and scales. The driver of the truck stated that he had been fishing and allowed the officers to inspect his catch. Their inspection revealed 9 undersized mangrove snapper. The driver admitted that he had caught and kept the fish even though they were under the size limit. The fish were seized as evidence and the driver was issued the appropriate citations.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) requested assistance from FWC regarding a subject who fled into Picayune Strand State Forest during a traffic stop on I-75. Deputies found approximately 35 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the subject’s car and while placing him under arrest, he scaled the highfence separating the interstate from the forest and fled. Lieutenant Bulger and Officers Araujo, Curbelo, Reams, Yaxley, Tidwell, Polly, Osorio, and Pilot Simons assisted the CCSO deputies and K-9 in searching the forest via foot, UTV and buggy. The officers searched for several hours before the CCSO called off the search.
Officers Araujo, Arbogast, Yaxley and Kleis conducted speed enforcement in two Collier County Panther Zones. All drivers stopped were educated on the importance of the Panther Zones and public safety in regards to speed. In total the officers issued 11 citations and 8 warnings. The highest speeds noted by the officers were 86 mph and 95 mph in a 45 MPH zone.
Master Certified Elections Professional
Carpenter, MFCEP, of the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office was recently designated as a “Master Florida Certified Elections Professional” (MFCEP) by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE).
Carpenter, who serves as the office’s Qualifying Officer, received his MFCEP credentials on Tuesday, June 20, during the FSASE 2017 Annual Summer Conference in Champions Gate.
The MFCEP certification is awarded to those who complete three levels of Florida Certified Elections Professional (FCEP) trainings including legal and managerial foundations, management processes and procedures, and organizational development. The objectives of the FCEP program are to increase the knowledge and skill levels of elected officials and staff in elections offices across the state of Florida; to provide incentives to supervisors of elections and their staff to continually enhance their levels of professional and personal development; and to share common perspectives, issues, and challenges in a structured, collegial atmosphere.
The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office currently has 10 staff members designated as Master Florida Certified Elections Professionals and encourages their employees to further their professional education in order to enhance the electoral process for Collier County voters. For more information about the FCEP program or the FSASE, please visit www.myfloridaelections.com.
Naples Reserve Wows residents
Once they grow accustomed to the lush subtropical landscape that surrounds them, first-time visitors to Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family and custom estate homes, usually have the same question when they take a closer look at the plantings gracing the community’s grand guard gate or lining the linear park: “What is that?”
“I love to create a ‘wow factor’,” said iStar’s landscaping consultant Karen Day, a third-generation landscaper with more than 30 years of industry experience.
By design, Naples Reserve’s landscaping sets the tone for the community’s natural, tropical look and oasislike feel. Using mature palm trees from iStar’s own nurseries on the east coast of Florida mixed with a curated collection of additional plantings, Day composed a vibrant landscape that regularly elicits excitement and appreciation from residents and visitors.
“Naples Reserve doesn’t have the traditionally manicured landscape that residents of Southwest Florida’s gated communities are accustomed to,” said Don Mears, vice president of land and development with iStar who has worked with Day since the 1980s. “Here, the landscaping evokes a sense of discovery and plays a critical part in establishing the sense of place that makes the community so unique.”