About ERIC STAATS
Eric caught the news bug as a teenager delivering the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star and pinning banner headlines on his bedroom wall.
In 1989, he graduated from Indiana University, where he majored in journalism and history. After a summer stint working for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., Eric joined the Naples Daily News as a business and real estate reporter. He later covered Naples City Hall and worked as an assistant city editor.
Since 1996, he has written about growth, the environment and the oceans as a senior writer. When he's not at work, he enjoys walking his dogs and waiting for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series.
Congressional candidate downplays endorsements opponents receiving
Published 03/07/2014 at 9:26 p.m.
Republican candidates who have qualified for the special election to fill the vacant District 19 congressional seat participated in a forum on Friday evening.
Four WWII veteran brothers, ages 87 to 92, trade war stories in Naples
Published 03/02/2014 at 8:45 p.m.
Four brothers - all World War II vets from Naples - got together Sunday for their final reunion; one of the brothers, age 92, is moving for good to California.
Collier commissioners don't want to subsidize ATV rider fees in parks
Published 02/25/2014 at 8:47 p.m.
The search for an ATV riding park is back on track and a voucher program proposed as a short-term solution is off the table.
Off-roaders suggest Collier pay for vouchers for riders to use ATV parks
Published 02/24/2014 at 8:13 p.m.
It appears Collier County's wishes to put an ATV park at the never-developed jetport off U.S. 41 East just into Miami-Dade County across the Collier County line have gone up in dust.
Attorney wants boater refunds after Naples council gives up speed zone fight
Published 02/19/2014 at 9:15 p.m.
The Naples City Council met to discuss its next move in the longstanding legal fight over Naples Bay boat speed zones at its meeting Wednesday.
Naples loses a second round in boat speed case
Updated 02/17/2014 at 5:41 p.m.
Naples lost the first round in 2012 after two charter boat captains challenged speeding tickets they had purposely gotten in an expanded slow speed zone the city enacted in 2004.
Grants key to Naples' pursuit of connecting Moorings Bay to Clam Bay
Published 01/19/2014 at 6:17 a.m.
The Naples City Council is considering restoring the connection between Clam Bay and Moorings Bay beneath Seagate Drive. The topic raises issues of boat traffic and water quality.
Collier land preservation group urged to plow ahead
Published 01/13/2014 at 9:43 p.m.
The public had its say Monday night on the future of the Conservation Collier program as the tax sunsets and the program faces money troubles. Environmental groups want the tax to be renewed with a 2016 ballot question.
Collier land-preservation meeting Monday to look at financial issues
Published 01/12/2014 at 6:13 p.m.
A hearing is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, for the public to give input on the finances and future of the Conservation Collier land preservation program, which is facing a shortfall in money to maintain its preserves.
Man dies from cardiac arrest at Naples triathlon
Updated 01/12/2014 at 5:48 p.m.
Event volunteer lifeguards pulled the man out of the water at about 7:30 a.m.
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