Wanted: North Florida anglers to collect tarpon DNA

Volunteer anglers in northern Florida are encouraged to catch and collect a DNA sample from every tarpon they catch that is 30 inches or longer. Since 2006, scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) have partnered with Mote Marine Laboratory to use DNA fingerprinting as a way to track the movements, […]


Mark Edlund, from Orchid Acres, Inc. in Lake Worth, Florida, will present information on successful dendrobium cultivation. Plants from Orchid Acres will also be available for sale. A mini culture class will  be conducted by Bill Overton prior to the Orchid Society meeting. This class will teach participants how to repot cattleas. A plant raffle and refreshments  are provided in addition to a plant […]

Peggy Post Book Signing

The Naples Press Club’s May luncheon speaker, Peggy Post of The Emily Post Institute, has graciously agreed to sign books before and after her May luncheon presentation. Barnes and Noble will be on hand with the following titles for sale: Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition; Emily Post’s The Etiquette Advantage in Business; Emily’s Everyday Manners (an illustrated children’s book, ages 4 – […]

Frauds, Scams and Rip-Offs Seminar

IBERIABank’s In the Round Lecture Series offers “Be Alert, Aware and Educated to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft & Other Fraud.” A team of fraud experts, including Chief Don Hunter, Marco Island Police Chief; Patrick H. Neale, Attorney at Law; and Carrie Kerskie, Private Investigator. The evening takes place at IBERIABank, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. A […]

Big Cypress Poetry Contest Winners

In honor of National Poetry Month, Big Cypress National Preserve held its second annual poetry contest during the month of April. There were 52 entries this year – a big increase over last year. The large number of entries made the selection process challenging but enjoyable. The winners were selected by the employees of Big Cypress, based on relevance to […]

National Bicycle Month

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognizes May as National Bike Month. Nearly 25 million residents and visitors participate in bicycling in Florida annually. That includes more than 18.4 million bikers on paved trails and nearly 6.5 million bikers on unpaved trails. Bike to Work Day is celebrated Friday, May 16. Statistics show that more than half of the U.S. […]

Mail/Absentee Ballots Sent Out

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office will begin to send mail/absentee ballots tomorrow, May 9, to Uniformed and Overseas Citizens of Collier County. Mail/absentee ballots to all eligible domestic/non-uniformed and overseas voters will begin to be mailed on Wednesday, May 21. The deadline to request a mail/absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. To request or track your […]

Stone Crab Season Closes

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. This closure occurs each year during the species’ peak spawning season to help protect and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be […]

DEP Issues Permit for Herbert Hooker Dike Repair

On Friday, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The permit authorizes construction and replacement of Culverts 2, 12A and HP-2 with new water control structures S-278 (C-2), S-274 (C-12A) and […]

Miami Museum Bound

Take a trip to the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Miami with friends of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The all-day event is scheduled for May 31st from 7am-7:30pm. The price of $115 includes a round trip luxury bus ride, which meets in the parking lot of the Art Center, […]