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Police/Fire

Collier County Sexual Predator has temporary address

NAPLES — NOTE: Per Florida state law, registered sex offenders are required to live at least a minimum distance of 1,000 feet away from a school. Charles Hunter’s registered address …

The sounds of fire safety

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm?

FDC recognizes Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed July 18 – 24 as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.

Sexual predator has new address

COLLIER COUNTY - Sex Predator: James Arnold Current address: 155 Driftwood Lane, …
Sports

Spiny lobster season starts soon

The 2021 spiny lobster season opened with the two-day recreational mini-season July 28 and 29

Five things you’ll want to do now to prep for archery and crossbow seasons

This time of year, many hunters are getting ready for Florida’s archery and crossbow seasons...

$5,000,000 in scholarship funds for SWFL youth at Immokalee Freedom Day event

IMMOKALEE- A Juneteenth Freedom Day Block Party is planned for June 19, 2021. Jonas Mervilus, owner and founder of MySpeedyX, has announced $5,000,000 in scholarship funding will be available
Schools
RCMA, Florida’s largest non-profit provider of early childhood education, received a $37,500 grant from the United Way of Collier and the Keys from an application submitted earlier in the year.
Overcoming the intense challenges of the 2020-21 school year with hard work and perseverance, The Immokalee Foundation and its 57 high school seniors celebrated graduation.
Guadalupe Center is requesting donations of school supplies through its 29th annual Back-to-School Shoes & Supplies Drive
Wildlife & Environment
Typhlonectes natans closely resembles another, more widespread South American species, Typhlonectes compressicauda, the Cayenne caecilian

Weird, noodle-shaped amphibians known as caecilians found in South Florida canal

Caecilians have arrived in Miami. Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists captured one of the obscure legless amphibians in the Tamiami Canal, the first example of an introduced caecilian in the U.S.
This map shows locations of deep injection wells in Florida. The state has been using DIWs since the 1960s.

Deep injection wells send water very, very slowly to the ocean

Wondering what will happen when water pumped into deep injection wells comes out in the ocean? You’ll have to wait millions of years to find out.

Citizen science projects make a difference for wildlife, study finds

When public interest is high and funding is limited, researchers can rely on citizens to help them measure wildlife populations, research finds. UF/IFAS...
Agriculture
For a few years, University of Florida plant pathologist Natalia Peres has used an ultraviolet light system to thwart strawberry pathogens.
Now, in the middle of summer, when those afternoon or evening rains come, stormwater from lawns, driveways and roofs drains down to any...
Agricultural landowners may receive financial and technical assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals, and related resources.
Human Interest

Okeechobee's Trail of Hope Rescue has puppies galore

OKEECHOBEE – If you’re in the market for some puppy love, check out the Trail of Hope rescue in Okeechobee.

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America

A Natural Treasure: Florida’s Sandhills & Grasslands

A few miles southeast of Lake City, a 439-acre pristine sandhill ecosystem thrives.
Government

IRS cautions taxpayers about fake charities and scammers targeting immigrants

The IRS continues to observe criminals using a variety of scams that target honest taxpayers. In some cases, these scams will trick taxpayers into doing...

A Night with Your Commissioner ...

Guests are encouraged to submit questions that will be drawn randomly during a question-and-answer session.

Florida Home Rule: Local voices making local choices

Thursday evening, July 15, the Indiantown village hall was abuzz as Scott Dudley, Florida League of Cities (FLC) Field Advocacy & Federal Affairs director, presented the advocacy guide for citizens.
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Traffic/Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Collier County for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 1, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation.
COLLIER COUNTY — The following column is the Road Watch report for Collier County for the week beginning Sunday, July 25, provided by the Florida Department of Transportation. As a reminder, …
Veterans
Congressman Greg Steube

Stories sought for Veterans History Project

VENICE, FL – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) is  encouraging local veterans to share their stories. 
The Grey Team: Major James Hall, Cary Reichbach, Rep. Al Baldasaro (NH), Dr. Frank Marangos, and David Kirkland.

Local nonprofits joins forces to help veterans R.I.S.E.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is proud to announce its partnership with The Grey Team, a local nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to prevent PTSD-related veteran suicides.
Entertainment

Caladium Festival is back this weekend in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID -- The Lake Placid Caladium festival is back this weekend in Stuart Park, 113 East Interlake Boulevard in downtown Lake Placid, with a car and bike show on July 24.

Okeechobeee Agri-Civic Center Events

The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, located at 4601 State Road 710 East, will hold the following in events in August...
Weather

Emergency assistance to be available for Florida if storm causes damage

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, local and tribal response efforts …

National Weather Center update on Tropical Storm Elsa 2 p.m. UPDATE

The National Weather Center issued the following update on Tropical Storm Elsa at 11 a.m. on July 5:
This Oct. 8, 2020 photo made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Delta in the Gulf of Mexico at 12:41 EDT. (NOAA via AP)

How much water do you need for your hurricane supply?

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season...
State

Chefs leave restaurants to work in private homes

MIAMI (AP) — Melissa Sosa had a 6-year-old at home and a salary as a restaurant chef that hadn’t changed within her son’s lifetime. Forget that she was well respected among her peers and …

Disney requiring US employees to be vaccinated against virus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Company has joined other large companies in requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The company said in a statement Friday that it will be …

Florida governor to bar schools from requiring masks

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he will issue an executive order barring local school districts from forcing students to wear masks when classes resume next month …
Nation & World
Glimpses of bygone era in English seaside holiday village

SHALDON, England (AP) — They are simple pleasures that hark back to analog, unplugged summer days: a book and a picnic blanket, a bucket and spade, fish and chips. They are also the traditional …

West African health officials race to vaccinate amid spikes

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