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Wildlife & Environment
St. Johns River Connector Florida Forever Project

Key land parcels added to Florida Wildlife Corridor

Totaling nearly 20,000 Acres, land parcels will preserve key links in the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Gopher tortoises are long-lived reptiles that occupy upland habitat throughout Florida including forests, pastures, and yards. They dig deep burrows for shelter and forage on low-growing plants.

FWC seeks landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking landowners to help with gopher tortoise conservation efforts...

Take a Moonlit Tram tour of Fakahatchee

The 12-passenger tram allows for social distancing and provides an excellent platform for viewing park features by moonlight.
Agriculture
As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers...
Proper nutrition for disease damaged citrus trees is critical to extending their productivity. Growers can learn more...
In an effort to support the owners of equine athletes and other animals visiting Ocala’s new world-class World Equestrian Center
Coronavirus
Police/Fire

HCSO investigates threats made on social media

Should anyone have additional information regarding this threat or any others, please contact HCSO immediately.

Immokalee pedestrian in critical condition following crash

A Florida Highway Patrol press release stated at approximately 9:51 p.m. on Sept. 18 a 61-year-old Naples man operating a sedan was traveling north in the left lane...

Fire Department fleet grows

The truck has a “Quint” rating and pumps 1500 gallons per minute and carries 500 gallons of water.

Take A Break, Don’t Drive Drowsy

FLHSMV is leading the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week campaign to remind motorists of the dangers of drowsy driving...
Sports

Deer hunters: Find answers to your FAQs

Part of many deer hunters’ preseason prep includes brushing up on hunting regulations. We’ve compiled a list of ...

Boating safety and water smart practices can save lives during the holiday

During the Labor Day holiday, the Drowning Prevention Coalition (DPC) of Palm Beach County encourages all recreational boaters to follow safe boating and water...

Apply now for FWC’s 2021-2022 High School Fishing Program curriculum and grant funding

The FWC 2021-2022 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs...
Schools
During a recent tour of The Immokalee Foundation’s 18-home Career Pathways Learning Lab construction project...
Phone calls went out to parents of IMS students on September 16, 2021, after reports of a possible threat
Out of an abundance of caution and concern over COVID-19, The Immokalee Foundation has canceled its 2021 Charity Classic
Human Interest

Coalition of Immokalee Workers calls for justice for Nicholas Morales

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers work to amplify their community’s demands for justice and common-sense police reforms.

Parents face special challenges after a hurricane

Nobody ever said family life was a breeze ... yet few are prepared for the gale force impact that hurricanes can pack…

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.
Government

Governor Ron DeSantis recognizes September as Florida Preparedness Month

Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation to declare September as Florida Preparedness Month in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Ready” Campaign...

Disagree with the assessed value of your property?

Deadline to File with the Value Adjustment Board is September 10, 2021

Be on guard when a stranger knocks on your door

Collier County Clerk Crystal K. Kinzel is urging residents to exercise caution whenever a stranger knocks on their door, and to refrain from conducting business with door-to-door solicitors who do …
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Traffic/Road Work
The following column is the Road Watch report for Collier County for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 19
HENDRY COUNTY -- A 14-year-old Immokalee boy was killed and a 13-year-old Immokalee boy injured in an all terrain vehicle accident on Sept. 19, just after 10 a.m., according to the Florida Highway …
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

Exclusive Tour of Everglades Bank

What’s upstairs? Visitors to Everglades City have probably seen the old Bank Building and might even have taken a peek inside if...

Silver Spurs celebrates Southern Showdown with over 77 years of rodeo action and tradition

The Silver Spurs Southern Showdown will bring together professional roughstock riders and the Silver Spurs’ biggest broncs and baddest bulls in the Silver Spurs Arena...
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

Florida day care worker accused of breaking baby's leg

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida day care worker is accused of slapping a 4-month-old several times before twisting the baby's leg until it broke, police said. A family member brought the child …

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal …

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against …
Nation & World
Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising doubts Thursday about whether it will fan out across the …

College Football Playoff expansion enters negotiation stage

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