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County: Fire district shell bill more about money than merging
Published 12/02/2009 at 5:13 p.m.
Two fire district consolidation shell bills are on their way to Tallahassee following a 3-2 vote, Nov. 24, by the Collier County Legislative Delegation. If the legislation passes the 2010 legislative session, it will be put before voters on the ...
North Naples Fire District tentative budget $26.8 million
Published 09/16/2009 at 1:29 p.m.
North Naples Fire Commissioners approved a tentative 2009-10 budget of $26.8 million during the first of two public hearings, Sept. 10. The final budget hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, at station 45. The district’s ad ...
Fire districts hard hit by falling tax revenues from 9 to 32 percent
Published 06/24/2009 at 2:06 p.m.
While other fire districts struggle to avoid cuts and layoffs, the North Naples Fire District was pronounced financially healthy, June 11. The announcement followed early figures from the Collier County Property Appraiser’s office showing a 9.2 percent drop in property ...
Shell bill or shell game? Fire districts eye legislation that paves the way to consolidation
Published 06/03/2009 at 2:08 p.m.
Draft legislation on what local independent fire districts are calling a shell bill is moving forward despite skepticism on the part of some fire commissioners and county leaders. If approved by the state legislature, the bill would provide the framework ...
North Naples Fire District to hire public relations firm
Published 05/27/2009 at 10:47 a.m.
With a short list of only two applicants for fire chief, the North Naples Fire Board voted to interview, only acting Fire Chief Orly Stolts, to fill the position. Last month, the board chose to accept applications from internal candidates ...
NNFD Chief Brown announces retirement
Published 03/18/2009 at 1:03 p.m.
Three years into his four-year contract, North Naples Fire Chief Mike Brown has announced he will be leaving on May 1. The news was released just hours after the district’s monthly fire board meeting, yet there was no mention of ...
ALS test firestorm burns on at North Naples Fire Board
Published 02/25/2009 at 1:28 p.m.
Hoping to extend an olive branch, two Collier County Emergency Medical Services employees instead felt the sting of a switch, Feb. 12, during the North Naples Fire Board meeting. Collier County deputy EMS chiefs Wayne Watson and Dan Bowman attended ...
Heart attack victim: ‘ALS saved my life’
Published 02/18/2009 at 11:39 a.m.
It was a familiar scenario in Naples – a doting grandfather, watching his grandson play around his pool. “He was going to the slide, saying, ‘Papa look, papa look,’ and that’s the last thing I remember for three days,” says ...
Peter Max’s ‘Obama 44’ visits Naples
Published 02/18/2009 at 11:10 a.m.
Two days before President Barack Obama’s visit to Southwest Florida, legendary American artist Peter Max was in Naples to display part of his newest work, “Obama 44,” at the Road Show Company Gallery on 12th Ave., South.
NNFD diversifies accounts
Published 01/14/2009 at 2:50 p.m.
Uncertain times call for innovative measures, according to North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District officials. During the January meeting, fire commissioners voted to diversify the district’s banking practices after receiving $21 million in tax money from the tax collector’s ...
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