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FHP schedules DUI Enforcement Detail

COLLIER COUNTY,  – The Florida Highway Patrol  (FHP) will hold a DUI Wolfpack Detail beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020, until 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020. …

Meet the Fire Fighter David Lees JR a third generation fire fighter

David Lees JR was born and raised in Fort Myers. David is a third generation fire fighter and has been serving Immokalee Fire since 2015. He also builds and installs signs on his days off from the …

CCSO begins Pedestrian and Bike Safety Education Campaign

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Safety Traffic Enforcement Bureau is conducting a pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign that will continue with concentrated enforcement efforts thru May of 2021.
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Schools
Collier County Public Schools will observe an early dismissal day for the 2020-021 school year on Thursday (Oct. 29).
Construction is underway at The Immokalee Foundation’s new Career Pathways Learning Lab, an 18-home subdivision where the entire cost of the first home has been generously underwritten by The Wasie Foundation, founded by American trucking pioneer Stanley Wasie.
The NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division’s Space Biology Program recently announced 18 grants that will advance our understanding of how living systems respond to life in space.
Human Interest

Florida has no shortage of spooky stories

The Sunshine State has no shortage of spooky tales — ghostly pirates still guarding their treasures, spirits of suicides who haunt the places where they died and old buildings where something “just doesn’t feel right.”

Seminoles’ long fight for return of stolen ancestors yields results

After years of advocacy for change, the Seminole Tribe of Florida Repatriation Committee has received a revised repatriation policy from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Farmworker continues to educate and inspire others

A new book, “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World,” features Lupe Gonzalo.
Government

Corps breaks ground on Central Everglades Planning Project

State and federal officials gathered at the S-333 water control structure on the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 to celebrate the start of work on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), which will increase the capacity to move water from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park (ENP).

SBA and Treasury announce simpler PPP forgiveness for loans of $50,000 or less

On Oct. 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.
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Veterans

Anonymous guardian creates $10K matching challenge for Honor Flights

STUART — Southeast Florida Honor Flight usually takes to the skies four times per year to bring local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built to …

West Palm Beach VA earns 2020 ‘LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader’ designation

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center has been designated as a 2020 Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was …

VA to award 3 grants totaling over $450K to help prevent and end veteran homelessness

WEST PALM BEACH — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will award three grants for community organizations in Palm Beach County totaling approximately $457,000 under the Grant Per Diem …
Traffic/Road Work
Collier County Road Watch Report for the week of Oct. 25.
Department of Transportation's Road Watch report for Collier County for the week of Oct. 11.
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Business

Maryland master mechanic returns to make Immokalee marvelous

Once a master mechanic, who always had a passion for serving people, Jonas Mervilus grew up in Immokalee and graduated from Immokalee High School in 2009.

Governor DeSantis, DEO highlight Florida small business resources

In recognition of National Small Business Week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) highlight resources available to small businesses in Florida.
Entertainment

Collier County Parks & Recreation Spooktacular Halloween Events

Join Collier County Parks & Recreation for Spooktacular, family-friendly fun all month long. Get ready for some haunted fun!

Brewfest/Food Truck Rally seeks auction items to benefit Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center is pleased to announce that the second annual WolfStock: Brewfest and Food Truck Rally will take place Nov. 14.
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Immokalee Shelter hosts Peace Parade

Downtown Immokalee got a colorful surprise around 5 p.m., Oct. 19, as The Shelter for Abused Women & Children held a Peace Parade down main street.

Students First: Seeing double at IHS

Walk the halls of Immokalee High School (IHS) and you may think you are seeing double.

Collier County Road Watch report for week of August 23

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.
Election
Amendments proposed to Florida Constitution

A one-word edit to Florida’s voting laws, a hike in the minimum wage and a major change to primary elections for state races are among the amendments proposed to Florida’s Constitution this year.

State

See a Kingsnake? Report it to FWC

Kingsnakes have experienced population declines that biologists can’t explain.

FWC invites public comments for re-accreditation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready

Even if the presidential election hinges on a Florida recount like 20 years ago, hanging chads and butterfly ballots won't be around to trip up voters and officials.
Nation & World
Pelosi scolds White House over no response in virus talks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a scolding assessment of COVID-19 relief talks on Thursday, blaming Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for failing to produce answers to her …

US vetted stars' politics to showcase Trump virus response

Typhoon, landslides leave 19 dead, 64 missing in Vietnam

Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign