Public asking questions about new palmeto berry rule

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released answers to a few questions the public has been raising about the recent change in regulations that now requires harvesters of saw palmetto berries to get permits before offering Florida-grown berries for sale. The new regulations took effect July 17: They require, for a landowner […]

HCN receives $10,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

Naples – Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) has received a $10,000 grant from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation to support the expansion of its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a mobile pediatric office that travels to schools and neighborhoods to deliver dental care and medical screenings to the […]

Thomas new library branch manager

Meet Immokalee’s new library branch manager Miya Thomas. Ms. Thomas is originally from Ohio and moved to the Collier County area about four years ago after receiving her bachelor’s degree at Ohio University. Soon after her transition from Ohio to Naples, she began working at an elementary library which sparked her interest in becoming a […]

Get ready for the Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating more than 80 years of supporting Florida’s retailers, is reminding both retailers and consumers of the upcoming Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday weekend, taking place August 3-5. During this “holiday,” consumers will not have to pay sales tax on thousands of eligible […]

PETA demands transparency from Primate Products

Immokalee — Three years after a 2015 PETA investigation revealed at least 25 violations of animal-protection laws involving horrific conditions and systemic abuse at notorious monkey importer and dealer Primate Products, Inc. (PPI), PETA is urging its 6.5 million members and supporters to demand that the dealer reveal what happened to one monkey, named Loretta, […]

Ribbon Cutting held at Farm Worker Way

The Collier County Housing Authority(CCHA) had its official “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” on May 29, at 1800 Farm Worker Way in Immokalee. The CCHA is under the leadership of Oscar Hentschel, who is the present Executive Director of the entire operation. Farm Worker Village has been in existence since 1966 and is designed to provide decent, […]

iCoArts announces Immokalee Clean up dates

iCoArts – a nonprofit program in Immokalee (FL) that offers teens the opportunity to explore, develop and hone their inner strength, creativity and unique abilities to improve the quality of their lives, their families and community – announces their first Immokalee Community Clean Up Day on Wednesday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. […]

Area Agency on Aging for SWFL reveals New Mission Statement

North Fort Myers — The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida announced today that its board of directors has approved a change to its official mission statement. The new mission statement is now “Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida connects older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely […]

Saw palmetto berry harvesting requires state permit

As of Tuesday, July 17, anyone harvesting saw palmetto berries in Florida will be required to have a “Native Plant Harvesting Permit” issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has announced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plant’s berries has been the subject of research as […]

Summer is Here – Protect Your Pets from Overheating

Summer is here, and along with high temperatures outside come even higher temperatures in your car. It is time to consider if your pet should stay at home while you run errands. Many people think a dog is safe in a car with the windows cracked, but that is not the case. When temperatures reach […]