Monday, October 18, 2021

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Summer Institute for Marine Science

Students,  in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade with an interest in marine science will learn about the coastal environment of Southwest Florida with Rookery Bay staff and local researchers during the Summer Institute for Marine Science, Aug. 6 – 10, 2018. This weeklong program brings students into the estuary for hands-on experiences relating to ecology, marine biology, sustainability, and citizen science.   Cost is $150 per student for the week,  registration required.

• Exploration of the bays, barrier islands and beaches

• Collection and Identification of Invertebrates and other wildlife

• Pulling trawl nets and exploring in the Rookery Bay Estuary to learn more about the animals and plant-life that call your coastal backyard home!

• Field trips to marine science and environmental centers in Southwest Florida  including MOTE Marine Aquarium, FGCU’s Vester Marine Lab and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Space is limited to 15 students and registration is required.

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County

Officers Kleis, Yurewitch, and Tidwell responded to a complaint of a bear in a Naples apartment complex. Upon arrival, the officers discovered the bear lying down on one of the building staircases. Due to the bear’s location, several residents were unable to enter or exit their apartments. A crowd began to congregate, and due to the size of the crowd and proximity of the bear, Collier County deputies were called to assist. Once the crowd was moved to a safe location Officer Kleis hazed the bear away from the building with his bear aversion shotgun and beanbag rounds.

Officer Plussa and Collier County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to multiple calls reporting a wildlife trapping company trespassing on private property in a residential neighborhood. The callers reported firearms being discharged to kill muscovy ducks. The trappers were found to be using air-powered pellet guns that are used to move the ducks out of an area. The trappers had been misinformed about the boundaries of the contract they were working. Officer Plussa reviewed nuisance wildlife regulations with the trappers and educated them on private property boundaries. Several trespass warnings were issued at the request of homeowners.

Officers Arbogast and Kleis, along with Lieutenant Sushil were patrolling Collier County’s local waterways participating in Operation Dry Water, focusing their enforcement efforts on BUI violations. A vessel with one male occupant onboard passed in close proximity without slowing down, producing a large enough wake to disrupt the mechanics on the USCG vessel. During a vessel inspection the operator exhibited signs of impairment and approximately 14 empty beer cans were scattered around the vessel. Officer Arbogast administered SFSTs on the operator and placed the operator under arrest for BUI. The operator was booked into the Naples Jail Center and provided two breath samples of .145 and .158.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is an invitation to serve locally in a national organization designed to provide opportunities for persons over 55 years of age who want to remain actively involved in the life of their community. Collier County RSVP has a variety of opportunities for interested seniors.

Year to date, Collier County RSVP volunteers have served 5,631 volunteer hours. According to the IRS, this equates to a savings of nearly $140,000 to our county because of the time, talent and energy our volunteers dedicate to making a difference. Locally, more than 130 RSVP volunteers are engaged in meaningful community service activities in the following focus areas.

If you are interested in joining RSVP and would like and application, please click here. For more information, call Dawn Whelan at (239) 252-4230.

First Florida Integrity Bank Events

Financial Preparedness for Disasters Workshop will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, July 26, at 4898 Coronado Parkway, Naples FL 34116.

Collier Senior Resources/GGSC will also host Joe Compitello, a Boy Scout working on his service project to earn Eagle Scout status, and his quintet on Friday, July 27th at 1 p.m.   Joe Compitello (violin), Nikolett Villapando (violin) , David Carlson (violin), Yameliz Hernandez-Torres (viola), and Josh Myers (cello). We will be playing four Mozart Chamber pieces. In an effort to spread music throughout Naples, there are also promoting awareness of music therapy.

Military and Overseas Vote-by-Mail Ballots

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will begin to send Vote-by-Mail ballots today, July 13, to uniformed and overseas citizens of Collier County.

Vote-by-Mail ballots for all eligible domestic voters will begin to be mailed on July 24. The deadline to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot is 5 p.m. on August 22. Voted ballots must be physically returned (not just postmarked) to the Supervisor of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, August 28.

To request or track your ballot for the Primary Election, visit or contact the Supervisor of Elections office at (239)252-VOTE.


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