1. Hilton bar re-opening today
The Marco Island Hilton Beach Resort & Spa is re-opening The Bar at 560 today. The rest of the hotel will remain closed.
The Hilton shut its doors last month after an electrical fire, followed by a flooding incident, caused extensive damage to the building. According to hotel officials, the Hilton should be fully operational by Dec. 1.
Reservations through Nov. 30 will automatically be cancelled, and all guests who experience a cancellation will receive a special booking rate next year "in appreciation for their understanding and loyalty to the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa."
To re-book a reservation, call 1-888-240-6152 or email email@example.com.
2. Foul play not suspected in body found in canal
Authorities don't suspect foul play in the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday in a canal near Golden Gate.
"At this time, the death does not appear to be suspicious," said Kristine Gill, a Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, in an email Thursday.
Deputies responded to a call about a body found floating in a canal at the 1500 block of Trafalgar Lane around 6:15 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.
Investigators searched the canal eastbound, all the way to the dam, for any other suspicious items, but did not find anything, according to the report.
The body was transferred to the Medical Examiner's office. A cause of death has not yet been released.
3. City of Marco employee arrested for DUI
The City of Marco Island’s floodplain coordinator Kelli Defedericis was arrested Sunday night and charged with driving under the influence. Defedericis was involved in a three-vehicle crash on Golden Gate Boulevard, and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The others involved in the accident were unharmed.
The responding officer said he could smell alcohol on Defedericis's breath, and she was slurring her words and having difficulty understanding his questions. She failed three different field sobriety tests and the officer took her to the Collier County Jail, where she refused a breathalyzer test. Her court date is set for Aug. 16.