Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Environmentally Friendly Marco Beach Ocean Resort

The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has been re-certified as an environmentally friendly destination, receiving a Two-Palm rating from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging program.

Known for its stunning Gulf views, intimate environment and personalized service, the 93-suite Marco Beach Ocean Resort was originally certified as a Florida Green Lodge in 2010 and has received the triennial designation since.

The certification recognizes the resort for voluntarily adopting initiatives to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.

The Florida Green Lodging’s environmental guidelines are designed to help the hospitality industry evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance. Eligible properties must address five core standards, including waste reduction, reuse and recycling; water conservation; energy efficiency; indoor air quality; and communication and education for guests, employees and the public.

“The Marco Beach Ocean Resort is committed to implementing green initiatives,” said Jonathan Whitlow, director of guest services at Marco Beach Ocean Resort. “Our beautiful stretch of beach and the Gulf of Mexico are the top reasons guests choose to stay with us. We are constantly improving our practices to protect our environmental treasures.”

Florida Green Lodging properties are required to submit environmental performance data annually and implement a minimum of two new environmental practices. The program not only benefits the environment, it also helps designated properties save money and increase occupancy rates.

FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Plussa was on patrol when he arrived on the scene of a two-car collision. Officer Plussa saw that one of the drivers was unable to exit her vehicle due to the damage on the driver’s side. Realizing that the vehicle was also leaking fuel, Officer Plussa assisted the driver from the vehicle from the passenger side and removed her to a safe distance. Officers Plussa and Johnson then remained on the scene to assist with traffic until the Sheriff’s deputies could respond.

Officers from Collier, Monroe, and Miami-Dade counties, as well as the BUI Task Force, joined forces with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Marco Island Police Department, Naples Police Department, and the USCG for the 41st Annual Great Dock Canoe Race and resulting party on Keewaydin Island. This annual event draws large crowds of boaters and partygoers every year and this year was no exception. FWC officers checked 165 vessels and issued 36 boating safety citations. The officers arrested 6 subjects for BUI (the highest recorded blood alcohol content was .153).

The FWC, as well as the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Naples Police Department, and Marco Island Police Department conducted a proactive boating safety and BUI patrol spanning three days. During the detail, FWC officers stopped a total of 199 vessels, checked 723 users, issued 16 uniform boating citations, two resource citations, 34 warnings, and made 1 BUI arrest.

Officers from Collier and Lee counties conducted Panther Zone speed enforcement over a two-day period. During the detail, the officers issued 16 uniform traffic citations, 14 warnings, one misdemeanor citation and made one physical arrest. The officers not only performed enforcement duties, but they also provided educational approaches to drivers to make them aware of the panther habitat.

While on patrol in Picayune Strand State Forest, Officer Lugg came across several subjects that were wet and seemed to have been fishing. When asked, they denied that they had been fishing. Upon further investigation, one subject admitted to fishing in the state forest and gave the officer consent to search his vehicle. In the trunk of the vehicle, a burlap bag was found that contained two snook, a tarpon, eight largemouth bass, and several other unregulated freshwater species. The subjects were arrested for numerous misdemeanor violations, including undersized, out of season snook, taking saltwater and freshwater gamefish by illegal method, illegal possession of tarpon and over the bag limit for black bass.

Summer Reading Fun With Collier Libraries

Check out the Collier County Public Library 2017 Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” and the Collier County Public Library has planned a variety of fun activities that emphasize the benefits of building upon reading. Programs and events are organized by age levels for kids, teens and adults. You can participate by reading a book or an eBook, listening to an audio book, or attending select library programs.

Summer reading registration for all ages opens Saturday, June 3. Participants can register online or at any library branch. The libraries are also hosting free “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Kick-Off Parties: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Vanderbilt Beach Branch Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, Florida 34108; 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. 1st St., Immokalee, Florida 34142; 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Headquarters Regional Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, Florida 34109; 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the Estates Branch Library, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples, Florida 34120; 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113; 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at the Marco Island Branch Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Naples, Florida 34145; and 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at the East Naples Branch Library, 8787 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34113.

There will be special guest appearances, games, activities and treats.

For more information, call (239) 593- 0334 or visit us online at


When a pet goes missing, it can be a stressful, trying ordeal for both animal and owners. Knowing what to do when you have lost a pet may help you get a quick and safe return for your furry friend, and Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is the go-to resource for responsible pet ownership.

After looking for your pet in the most obvious places, visit DAS at either the Naples shelter, 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104, or the Immokalee shelter, 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, Immokalee, Florida 34142 for help. Please remember to bring a picture of your lost pet and proof of ownership (including veterinarian records, microchip registered in your name, bill of sale or pedigree paperwork). DAS receives stray dogs and cats daily from DAS Animal Control officers and good Samaritans. At the shelter, DAS staff will help you complete a lost pet form. An Animal Care Specialist will then walk you through the stray kennels to see if your pet has made its way to the shelter. Although it is highly recommended to come to the shelter in person, you can also check the website for lost pets.

If your pet is not brought to the shelter at first, you should post lost pet signs in the area where your pet was last seen. Come back to the shelter every one to three days, or check the “Lost Pets” section of the website to see if your pet has been recovered. If your pet is not found immediately, do not give up on the search. A pet can roam several days or more before it is recovered at the shelter.

This month, DAS is offering $15 microchips for Collier County residents. Microchips can be implanted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday all month long at the Naples shelter, 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104. Please call (239) 252-7387 (PETS) to make an appointment.

Having a current County license is required by local ordinance and allows you to reclaim your pet with no impound and board charges the first time it comes to the shelter. Animal Control officers and shelter staff can use these identifiers to determine that the lost animal is yours and contact you.

For more information on responsible pet ownership, visit, stop by the Naples shelter at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104, or call at (239) 252-7387 (PETS). For media inquiries, please call Daniel Christenbury Public Information Coordinator at (239) 252-6956.


The Collier County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sunday, May 21, to Saturday, May 27, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Collier County.

The Board of County Commissioners established the Emergency Medical Services Division in 1981. The division provides emergency medical services for the cities of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades, as well as all unincorporated areas including North Naples, East Naples, Golden Gate, Big Corkscrew and Immokalee.

EMS paramedics must rapidly assess, manage and effectively provide care in unpredictable situations that may require putting themselves in danger. Of the 221 employees, 195 are field personnel caring for victims of sudden life threatening injuries and illnesses, often under stressful conditions and in high risk situations.

In fiscal 2016, Collier County EMS ran 39,699 911 calls and transported 28,621 patients to the hospital. In the first quarter for 2017, which ended December 2016, Collier County EMS responded to 62 cardiac arrests and had a 32 percent save rate. That is significantly more than the 10 percent national survival rate.

Collier County EMS operates 25 ambulances and one helicopter, covering more than 2,000 square miles of Collier County. The ambulance service is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and our MedFlight helicopter is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

“We strive to continuously improve the EMS system with the changing needs of our community,” said Tabatha Butcher, chief of Collier County EMS.

For more information, contact Pub lic Information Coordinator Kate Albers at (239) 252-8579.

Activity for Florida black bears, cubs

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds the public to be aware that bears are becoming more active this time of year. There are important things people can do over the next few months to reduce negative interactions with Florida’s largest land mammal.

June also marks the beginning of black bear mating season in Florida. This causes bears to be more active as they search for potential mates.

Female bears that gave birth to cubs that were only 12 ounces at the end of January are beginning to move around more with their young, which may now be 5 to 10 pounds. As the cubs continue to grow, the family unit will roam and can be more visible to people.

To keep bears away from your home and neighborhood, follow these simple tips:

• Secure household garbage in a sturdy shed, garage or a wild life resistant container. Put household garbage out on morning of pickup rather than the night before. Secure commercial garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters. Protect gardens, beehives, compost and livestock with electric fencing. Encourage your homeowners association or local government to institute bylaws or ordinances to require trash be kept secure from bears. Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding. Clean grills and store them in a secure place. Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant. Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground.

It is illegal in Florida to intentionally feed bears or leave out food or garbage that will attract bears and cause human bear conflicts.

As bears increase their movements this time of year, they also increase the number of roads they cross. For the safety of yourself and bears, remember to slow down when driving, particularly on rural highways at dawn or dusk. Watch for road signs identifying bear crossing areas. Each year in Florida, an average of 240 Florida bears are killed after being hit by vehicles.

Having conflicts with bears? Call one of the FWC’s five regional offices. Go to, and click on “Contact Regional offices” to find the phone number for your region. If you feel threatened by a bear or want to report someone who is either harming bears or intentionally feeding them, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888- 404-FWCC (3922).

More information is available at My-, where you can access the “Guide to Living in Bear Country” brochure.

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