Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Help hatchlings home

Help hatchlings home by leaving them alone. That’s what beachgoers should remember if they encounter sea turtle hatchlings emerging from nests and clambering toward the water.

From now through the end of October, sea turtle hatchlings are breaking out of their eggs, digging out of nests and making their way across beaches to begin their lives in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. They usually emerge from their nests at night.

“Sea turtle hatchlings are small and appear helpless, so people may make the mistake of thinking they need assistance getting to the water. But you can help hatchlings home by leaving them alone,” said Robbin Trindell, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sea turtle management program.

“Sea turtle hatchlings are biologically programmed to look for the brightest horizon and walk toward the water,” said Trindell. “Any interference or disturbance by people, such as getting too close or taking flash photos, increases the chances the hatchlings will get confused, go in the wrong direction and not reach the ocean quickly. That makes them vulnerable to dehydration, exhaustion and predators. Remember, you need a special permit from the FWC to interact with sea turtle hatchlings. Beachgoers should never handle or interact with hatchlings on their own.”

Important things that people can do to help sea turtle hatchlings survive:

• Do not try to help hatchlings crawling toward the water.

Young sea turtles need to continue their migration to the sea without assistance. • Leave hatchlings undisturbed and watch them from a distance. Remember, it is illegal to pick up a hatchling, enter a posted nesting area or dig into a nest.

• Remove chairs, canopies and boats and other obstacles from the beach at night, and fill up holes in the sand so hatchlings can make their way unobstructed to the water.

• Refrain from taking flash photos of hatchlings, whether with a cellphone or camera. Do not shine flashlights on hatchlings or their nests.

• Minimize artificial lighting on the beach at night, or at least keep lights shielded. Bright lights on buildings or parking lots along the beach are harmful to hatchlings. The hatchlings head for the bright lights, thinking they are the sparkling sea, and end up walking landward where they may become prey for raccoons, coyotes and other animals or get run over on roads.

• Report any hatchlings that are stranded, wandering in a road or parking lot, heading away from the water or dead to the FWC’s 24-hour Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC on a cellphone.

You can help support conservation of sea turtles and their hatchlings by purchasing a “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” Florida license tag from local tax collectors’ offices, where you also can get the new sea turtle decal with a $5 donation.

For more on sea turtle nesting and hatchlings, go to MyFWC.com/ SeaTurtle, and click on “Educational Information,” where you will find the “Share the beach: Helpful information for beach visitors during nesting season” brochure.

Florida Artists Group Juried Exhibition

The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to present “Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition” from the Florida Artists Group, Inc. (FLAG).

The exhibition will be on display from Friday, Sept. 1, to Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145. A free opening reception sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

“Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition” features Southwest Florida artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition. The works included in this show range from acrylic paintings, etchings, mixed media to sculptures.

“We hope this exhibit inspires a deeper understanding of our cultural heritage by some of Southwest Florida’s premiere artists,” said Museum Manager Jennifer Perry.

FLAG was incorporated in 1949 as a non-profit organization of professional artists. Made up of artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition, the group’s purpose is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the State of Florida.

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.

For more information about the “Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition,” please contact the Marco Island Historical Museum at (239) 642-1440 or visit www.colliermuseums.com.

OPERA NAPLES RENATA SCOTTO AUDITION

Naples’ premiere opera company, Opera Naples, is now accepting audition applications for all three sessions of the 2018 Renato Scotto Academy. Opera Naples’ Renata Scotto Opera Academy offers a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for exceptional singers from around the world to study under legendary soprano, Renata Scotto.

OPERA ACADEMY SESSIONS

Session 1: January 22 – February 2, 2018

Session 2: February 11-24, 2018 L’Elisir d’Amore

Session 3: April 5-16, 2018

Now in its second year, the Academy will have three sessions: two study sessions and one performance session in which Madame Scotto will serve as the stage director for public performances of L’Elisir d’Amore under the baton of Maestro Ramón Tebar. In the study sessions, singers will receive private voice lessons with Madame Scotto, as well as vocal coaching from an expert staff on the repertoire of their choosing. Madame Scotto will also give career guidance and new repertoire assignments. Each study session will conclude in a public concert at the Opera Naples Wang Opera Center.

Library Smart Card

The Collier County Public Library is promoting library card sign up month with the slogan “The Smartest Card: Get It, Use It, @ Your Library!” It’s the smartest card for the access it provides to a wide spectrum of reliable information resources and for the value it provides to every card holder. Customers can borrow rather than buy books and movies, download ebooks and audiobooks, and take advantage of a wide variety of programs and events for every age group that makes a library card a valuable asset.

The following businesses are partnering with Collier County Public Library to make the library card even more valuable in September. Just show your library card at one of the participating businesses to receive a special offer: Aurelio’s Pizza, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream, California Pizza Kitchen, Cathy’s Herbs and Botanicals, City Seafood, Cold Stone Creamery, Culver’s, Habitat Home Store, Habitat ReStore, Jade Orchids, Marco’s Pizza, Nana’s Diner, Oyster House, Royal Scoop (4 locations), Western Bike and Wynn’s Market.

Check out the library website, collierlibrary.org, for more details. The website features the business name, address, phone number and the special offer for library card holders.

The Collier County Public Library has been serving the community since 1957 and has 10 locations throughout Collier County. To find the location nearest you and more information about how to get a library card, library resources and programs/ events, visit our website, collierlibrary.org.

The Smartest Card: Get It, Use It, @ Your Library!

FAMILY HOMES – BLESSINGS OR CURSES

Leaving a vacation home to your children is one of the most sentimental thoughts in estate planning. Many years of fond memories and family gatherings are contained within the walls of that home, and it seems a great way to leave a legacy that will remind your children of those wonderful times. But without proper planning, those sentimental thoughts can quickly give way to painful discord, financial burdens, and even resentment after your death.

The first step that many parents overlook before leaving that legacy is to determine whether it makes financial sense to keep the home in the family. In most cases, the answer is yes, but liquidating that second home has become a necessity for some parents who are living off of their assets and need all their assets to generate a return. When in doubt, parents should take care of their financial needs first.

The next step is to find out whether your children actually want the home and will equally share in the use and enjoyment of the property. Some children may have to travel much farther to visit the home, and some may not be equally able to pay for taxes, upkeep, insurance, repairs, maintenance or unexpected damage. If the value of the vacation home makes up a substantial portion of your overall estate, some of your children might prefer a more liquid inheritance that can make a difference in their day-today ability to support and enhance their family lifestyle.

If you leave your children as equal owners, they will have to agree on all decisions regarding the home, including when each of them can use it, whether to rent it out when not being used, whether to sell it (and at what price), and what repairs or maintenance will be needed. There may also be concerns that a child’s share in the vacation home could pass outside the existing family through death, divorce or creditor claims.

So, if you are thinking of leaving a vacation home to your children, the first step is to talk to them individually and be open and direct about your goals and intentions. Ask them how they honestly feel about the idea and outline the obligations and financial responsibilities that accompany such a gift. You may uncover some attitudes, as well as personal situations, that could affect how you would set up this joint ownership – or whether to do it at all.

If those discussions still lead you to believe you want to continue down that path, the next step is to seek the guidance of an estate planning professional who can discuss various forms of shared ownership that can potentially minimize future conflicts. Placing the home into a limited liability company, a family partnership, or into a trust and appointing an independent trustee to be responsible for making all decisions may help alleviate some of the tensions caused by direct ownership. You will have to include money in your estate to cover the carrying costs of the home for a reasonable period of time. You may also want to give your children a right of first refusal to purchase the home in the event of a future sale.

A Heart for Alligators

The Museum of the Everglades is pleased to present “A Heart for Alligators – a retrospective of the art of Jürg ‘George’ Furrer.” The exhibit will be on display from Friday, September 1, to Saturday, November 11 at Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139.

A free opening reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades will be held from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Saturday, September 9, and is open to the public.

“A Heart for Alligators – a retrospective of the art of Jürg ‘George’ Furrer” celebrates the works of Jürg ‘George’ Furrer, who passed away in 2014. A popular illustrator and syndicated cartoonist in his home country of Switzerland, George was a familiar face in Everglades City for many years, visiting on an annual basis and making many lifelong friendships. George brought his appreciation for the region’s unique flora and fauna home with him, incorporating many of the things he experienced in Everglades City into his art. In 1994, he published a book of cartoons with Everglades themes: “Ein Herz für Alligatoren” (“A Heart for Alligators”) from which this exhibit takes its name. Included in this retrospective is a selection of original prints as well as copies of his books and other objects emblazoned with his distinctive alligator images.

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