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 […]

Students First – Welcome back CCPS Family!

Welcome back, #CCPSFamily! With the school year now underway, let’s talk safety—specifically for those riding the bus or walking/biking to school. Following are some useful tips for students. We encourage parents to have conversations with their children regularly about the dangers and how to protect themselves against harm. Avoid Distractions. Stay off your cell phone […]

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 […]

Guadalupe Center earns fifth consecutive five-star rating

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center has earned its fifth consecutive five-star rating from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, the only preschool in Collier County to earn five stars every year since 2015. Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program serves more than 300 students ages 6 weeks through 5 years old, culminating with a Pre-K […]

Animal Services offers free adoptions for Clear the Shelter Day

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 17, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) will attempt to Clear the Shelter by finding homes for all the animals currently calling DAS home. If you are looking for a cute kitty or a cuddly canine, Saturday, August 17 is the day to do it. Inspired by […]

Immokalee Principal featured on new PBS Show

IMMOKALEE – Zulaika Quintero, principal of RCMA’s Immokalee Community School, will be featured in Family Pictures USA, a new PBS project that explores families around the country through the lens of family photo albums. Six of the school’s students also appear in the episode with her. Family Pictures Southwest Florida will debut at 9 p.m. […]

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 […]

Waste Collection and Disposal Preliminary Assessment Notices

The collection and disposal of residential solid and hazardous waste is mandatory in Collier County. Each year since 1996, the annual assessment (fee) for solid and hazardous waste collection and disposal services has been included on the non-ad valorem section of the residential property tax bill. The notices residents are beginning to see in their […]