SFWMD considers changes to nutrient load rules

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District governing board is considering changes to the phosphorus and nitrogen reduction rules in the northern Everglades. At their Aug. 8 meeting at the SFWMD district office in West Palm Beach, Steffany Olson, SFWMD Science Supervisor, explained the process for amending the Florida Statutes related to […]

The Immokalee Foundation students need more mentors for advice and fun

NAPLES – Mentorship is an essential part of The Immokalee Foundation’s programs and summer is the time for interested adults to experience how rewarding the mentor relationship can be. “My mentees teach me so much about their cultures, interests and hopes for the future,” said Joni Hodapp, an Immokalee Foundation mentor since March 2018. Caring […]

FDOT announces website for Florida citizens to engage over program

Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is announcing a new website for citizen engagement with the Florida Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program, www.FloridaMCores.com. The M-CORES program has multiple goals, including job creation, revitalizing rural communities, and to provide regional connectivity using technology to help enhance quality of life and public […]

Algae task force considers nutrients from septic tanks

FORT PIERCE — The Blue-Green Algae Task Force considered a human source of nutrient loads into Florida’s lakes and waterways at their Aug. 1 meeting. They reviewed the nutrient load from septic tanks and leaks and overflows from sewage systems. Dr. Eb Roeder of the Florida Department of Health explained septic tanks are meant as […]

Guadalupe Center students receive free dental screenings

NAPLES – More than 420 students attending Guadalupe Center’s Summer Enrichment Program and Early Childhood Education Program received free dental screenings through a program funded by the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) this summer. One by one, children climbed into exam chairs in July to have their teeth and gums examined by dental hygienists […]

Project could turn algae into fuel

MOORE HAVEN — Can the algae in Lake Okeechobee be extracted and turned into biofuel? An experiment conducted near the Moore Haven lock in July indicates this could be a possibility. Dr. Martin Page, project manager, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the 2018 WRDA provided the corps with some funding for research […]

TIF appoints Phillips as vice president of philanthropy

NAPLES – Melissa Phillips has been named vice president of philanthropy for The Immokalee Foundation. In the role, Phillips primary focus is on the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and planned gifts. Additionally, as the vice president of philanthropy, Phillips will help develop and implement stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with major donors. […]

Important information for deer hunters

Beginning this hunting season, which starts Aug. 3 in Zone A, new rules take effect requiring hunters to record all harvested deer in a harvest log and report the harvest to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) harvest reporting system. Hunters can use FWC’s harvest reporting app to comply with the requirement to […]

Meals of Hope adds locations

NAPLES – Meals of Hope, the largest food pantry provider in Southwest Florida, will be able to help even more people in need of food assistance with the expansion of its weekly mobile food pantry outreach at two new Naples locations: • East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr. First, second and fourth Tuesdays from […]

Home Base SWFL receives Schoen Charitable Foundation Grant to improve veterans health and wellness

Naples – Home Base SWFL, a local non-profit founded by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to supporting veterans, service members and military families impacted by the invisible wounds of war, is pleased to announce the Schoen Family Foundation has provided a meaningful grant to expand Home Base SWFL’s education, wellness and […]