East Naples fire district OKs consolidation with Golden Gate, looks at Isles of Capri merger
Published 04/24/2013 at 8:58 p.m.
"We want to work together," East Naples Chief Kingman Schuldt said. "I think our commissioners want to be leaders in the consolidation effort, which is why we are taking this proactive approach."
Collier commissioners seek compromise with controversial airport tenant
Published 04/23/2013 at 8:11 p.m.
Airport officials have denied Steve Fletcher a long-term lease due to concerns about his safety practices.
Visitors pay respects to Everglades Wonder Gardens on final day
Published 04/21/2013 at 6 p.m.
Nearly 80 years ago, Lester Piper opened the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs with the hope of educating people about Florida’s vanishing wildlife.
Local runner recalls kindness, generosity of Bostonians after bombings
Published 04/19/2013 at 10:42 p.m.
Naples resident Lori Caras was .2 miles away from finishing her second Boston Marathon when a bomb exploded 400 yards from where she was running.
Hoarding case highlights financial threats faced by landlords
Published 04/11/2013 at 6:25 p.m.
When a tenant destroys a house, it is not only money the landlord loses. It is time. But a rebounding rental market might help curb the problem as fewer properties on the market mean tenants may want to hang onto ...
Effort fails to delay request for Collier medical director applicants
Published 04/09/2013 at 8:29 p.m.
"It's unprofessional, it's unethical and it discourages qualified applicants who want to work with this board," Commissioner Fred Coyle said before the vote.
Collier commissioners call for new fire consolidation talks
Updated 04/09/2013 at 8:49 p.m.
Commissioner Tom Henning suggested that commissioners ask the North Naples fire commissioners to sit at the table with East Naples and Golden Gate fire officials to discuss a "coastal" consolidation.
Collier building boom leads to county to make 17 permitting, inspection jobs full-time
Updated 04/10/2013 at 10:54 a.m. 2 Comments
"What a positive step forward this is," Commissioner Donna Fiala said. "There is so much work going on now, which is such a positive thing."
Commissioner Nance flies ideas to make Immokalee Airport more profitable
Published 04/09/2013 at 5:41 a.m.
Commissioner Tim Nance has an idea to make the Immokalee Airport more profitable: It should grow its business opportunities, using hundreds of acres available for commercial and industrial development.
The silent type: Bruce Register, new economic development director, doing more listening than talking
Published 04/08/2013 at 5 a.m.
"I'm trying to be prepared for the unexpected," Register said. "But I am getting a very strong predictor of where we are today and why we need to address some issues."
North Naples Middle School's Brosig earns Collier top teacher honor
Updated 04/05/2013 at 6:42 p.m.
Sean Brosig had a very good start to his weekend. The North Naples Middle School teacher was named Collier County’s top teacher and a nominee to be Macy’s Teacher of the Year.
Water supply prank ends with suspension of morning show DJs
Published 04/01/2013 at 7:13 p.m.
“They made a bad call. It was a bad call,” said Gator Country General Manager Tony Renda. Val St. John and Scott Fish began announcing on the air Monday morning that there was “dihydrogen monoxide” in the Lee County water ...
National media attention like free advertising for FGCU
Published 03/29/2013 at 7:31 p.m.
National media outlets like CBS, ESPN and CNN descended on campus this week to film bits about the school and its basketball team. The team shocked the nation last weekend by downing No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego ...
On the Road: 100 FGCU students on their way to Texas to root on team
Published 03/28/2013 at 7:45 p.m.
“I’m excited. I’m hoping to stay until Sunday,” said Richa Srivastava, a senior. The students will stay and see the game on Sunday if the Eagles beat the Gators and make it to the Elite Eight, where they will take ...
Where to watch? Local establishments vying to be go-to home for FGCU-UF game
Updated 03/29/2013 at 2:54 p.m.
If you think you can walk in five minutes before tip-off and get a good seat, think again. “Get here early. It’s a later game, but get here early,” said Tavern on the Bay general manager Mike Bono.
FGCU creates special Dunk City ID card for students and staff
Published 03/28/2013 at 2:50 p.m.
The students who attend school in Dunk City now have proof.
Airport director’s contract won’t be renewed; plan to pay back loan rejected
Published 03/26/2013 at 8:44 p.m.
Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to give Airport Authority Executive Director Chris Curry 180 days notice that his contract would not be renewed when it expires in September.
Collier commissioners vote for hybrid ethics ordinance
Published 03/26/2013 at 8:41 p.m.
The county’s ethics ordinance was too strict. The state’s is a little too lax. But a combination of the two? That could be just right.
Collier Commission Live Blog: Discussion on ethics
Published 03/26/2013 at 9:26 a.m.
Collier County commissioners are expected to consider adopting the state’s ethics ordinance, hear a plan to move the county’s airports to self-sufficiency and make a determination regarding an extension of Airport Authority Executive Director Chris Curry’s employment agreement during their ...
Family and friends: Local soldier killed in helicopter crash was brave, loved
Published 03/13/2013 at 5:36 p.m.
Family members proudly talked of how Marc Scialdo joined the Army after the 9/11 attacks. He was on his second tour of duty, having completed a first tour in Iraq.
Commissioners agree to seek new applicants for medical director, deputy
Published 03/13/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
Collier County Medical Director Dr. Robert Tober may have to reapply for his job if he hopes to keep it after 34-years of service.
Commissioners move ahead with expansion of traffic light preemption program
Published 03/12/2013 at 6:45 p.m.
"Lives are at stake by not having this," said Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller, who proposed the item. Of the 205 intersections included in the county's inventory, 104 do not have Opticom receivers attached to the traffic signal.
New Collier commissioner wants to pave way to improve county's limerock roads
Published 03/08/2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Commissioner Tim Nance said he would like to see the limerock roads paved as well. He has lived on an unpaved road for 30 years. "I share your frustration," he said.
6 Golden Apples awarded Tuesday to Collier’s best teachers
Updated 03/07/2013 at 3:52 p.m. 1 Comment
Six Golden Apples were handed out today to six of Collier County’s best teachers.
Audit reveals theft, mispayments, lack of oversight at Collier park
Published 02/27/2013 at 5 a.m.
The audit was triggered after the mother of an employee contacted the county in April 2012 about a discrepency with the employee's W-2.
Collier County gives go-ahead for Gordon River Greenway Park
Published 02/26/2013 at 1:10 p.m.
It's been decades in the making, but the Gordon River Greenway Park is finally going to come to fruition. "This has been a long time coming. … We are anxious to move forward," said County Manager Leo Ochs.
Mindy McCready's death: Remembering the high and low notes
Published 02/19/2013 at 5:20 a.m.
Mindy McCready’s life was a lot like a country song.
Doh, Canada! Florida law requiring international licenses causes concern north of border
Published 02/15/2013 at 5:30 a.m. 1 Comment
State officials insist that Florida loves Canadians and wants them to visit. But many Canadians were getting a distinctly different impression this week.
East Naples, Golden Gate fire officials sign letter of intent to merge districts
Published 02/15/2013 at 5 a.m.
The idea of merging fire districts has been a topic debated in Collier County for decades. Were making history here, Golden Gate Fire Commissioner Kevin Gerrity said.
Title debate: Georgia Hiller proposes to change Collier's county manager ordinance
Published 02/13/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Commissioner Georgia Hiller is proposing a title change for Collier County's top employee.
Collier red-light cameras out for good
Published 02/12/2013 at 4:17 p.m. 1 Comment
Commissioners voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to deny Commissioner Donna Fiala's request to bring back the red light camera contract.
LIVE BLOG: Collier commission to take another look at red-light cameras
Published 02/12/2013 at 5:15 a.m. 4 Comments
One Collier County commissioner isn't ready to put the brakes on the red light cameras yet.
Collier commissioners delay decision on tougher animal control ordinance
Updated 02/12/2013 at 1:53 p.m.
Collier commissioners delayed the vote on a tougher animal control ordinance after Tom Henning asked for a separate workshop on the item.
Humane Society Naples sets adoption record in 2012
Published 02/05/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
The more we can get into peoples homes through us, the more we can save, said Michael Simonik, the Humane Societys executive director.
County to conduct pay analysis to snuff out inequities
Published 01/27/2013 at 5:10 a.m.
The most important thing at the end of the day is that we have to have people who are doing equal work getting equal pay, Commissioner Tim Nance said.
Naples Wine Festival: Good food, good wine for a good cause
Published 01/25/2013 at 9:29 p.m.
We enjoy wine and we enjoy food, but most of all we enjoy seeing the smiles on the kids faces, said John Jordan, a festival trustee a co-host of a vintner dinner.
Vanderbilt Beach bathrooms, upgrades OK'd
Updated 01/22/2013 at 7:16 p.m.
The long lines for the bathrooms at Vanderbilt Beach are closer to getting shorter. Collier County commissioners on Tuesday approved a work plan for the permitting, design and construction of new bathrooms about 90 feet south of the current bathroom ...
Collier Commissioners consider washing hands of fire services
Published 01/20/2013 at 5 a.m. 1 Comment
Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller said she believes the county should divest itself of both the Isles of Capri and Ochopee fire departments and the Goodland fire district, which is already serviced by Marco Island fire.
Former Lee County commissioner arrested on cocaine charges
Updated 01/18/2013 at 7:42 p.m. 1 Comment
Former Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow had 11 small bags of cocaine on him when he was arrested Friday morning, according to arrest reports.
Runner's magazine puts NDN Half Marathon at the top of the list
Published 01/14/2013 at 5:08 a.m.
When it comes to half-marathons, it seems Naples is No. 1.
Customers question Collier's decision to separate building permit, fire inspection process
Published 01/13/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
This is going to be adding more steps, contractor John Melton said. And financially, I am going to have to pay at two different places and use two checks. I think if you want to make the split, fine, but ...
Collier commissioners consider funding for Hideaway Beach erosion control
Published 01/09/2013 at 5:15 a.m. 1 Comment
Commissioner Tom Henning had asked for the item to be reconsidered in December. He said he didnt believe tourist development dollars could be used for the project because it did not constitute a valid public purpose."
County looking into root of landscape changes at Riverchase Plaza
Published 01/08/2013 at 11:43 a.m.
Patrons of a North Naples shopping center were outraged this summer when crews cut down mature shade trees as part of a landscape redesign.
Collier commissioners to spend day reconsidering 10 issues
Published 01/08/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Commissioners Fred Coyle and Donna Fiala, who voted against the reconsiderations, have said taking the items up again will incite lawsuits and could cost the county grant money.
Fire consolidation talks heating up for Golden Gate, East Naples
Published 01/07/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
About three years after a majority Collier County voters expressed an interest in merging their fire departments, two are ready to take the first steps toward that goal.
New Collier commissioner to propose weekly meetings
Published 01/04/2013 at 5:30 a.m. 1 Comment
When it comes time for the Collier County commissioners to get together, finding time outside their regular meeting schedule has proved difficult.
Conditions ripe for busy Southwest Florida fire season, officials say
Published 01/04/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
While forecasts initially indicated spring 2013 would be wetter than normal, they have been revised and Southwest Florida is looking at another dry spring, said Victor Hill, a spokesman for the Florida Forest Service.
The kids aren't alright: More businesses catering exclusively to adults
Published 01/03/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
As the nation ages, more businesses like Blue Windows are catering exclusively to adults. If it sounds like a recipe for disaster, its not. In fact, experts say it actually might be a good bet for some businesses.
Whatever happened to? Mover who wasn't paid after dispute between Collier commissioners, clerk
Published 01/02/2013 at 5:35 a.m.
With 2012 in the rearview mirror, Frank Dethiefesn said he is still waiting for a check. They have not paid it, he said. So now our attorneys have to go after it. I cannot just let it lie. Everyone has ...
Whatever happened to? Proposal to allow storage containers in Golden Gate Estates yards
Published 01/01/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
A decision about whether Golden Gate Estates residents can have storage containers in their yards will be delayed until the next discussion on land development code amendments.