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1. Marco Island City Council meets tonight

The Marco Island City Council meets tonight at 5:30 in the community room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.

There will be the first reading of ordinances regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget, millage rate and utility rate schedule. There will also be the first reading of an ordinance to rezone Veterans Community Park from a PUD to a park.

Council will also honor the American Cancer Society’s Marco Island Relay for Life, which was No. 1 in the state of Florida in 2017, and hear a presentation from councilor Howard Reed regarding the selection process for a new city manager. 

2. Golden Gate to host commemorative 9/11 service

The community of Golden Gate will host a special commemorative 9/11 service, “We Will Never Forget,” at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the Golden Gate Government Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway.

This will be the 13th year that the community has hosted a service in remembrance of those who lost their lives to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

The colors will be presented by the Golden Gate High School JROTC Color Guard and the flag will be raised by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard. Band members from Golden Gate High School and Golden Gate Middle School will perform patriotic selections. Golden Gate Middle School Principal Mason Clark will preside as master of ceremonies. Pastor Gryn Phiri, of Fresh Start Church, will present the invocation and the benediction.

A memorial wreath, sponsored by Legacy Options, will be presented by VFW Post 7721 veterans J.B. and Dusty Holmes in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. A bell ceremony will be conducted by the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District in honor of first responders who lost their lives in the attacks. A white dove release by White Doves of Naples will honor victims as Mitchell Rogers presents taps.

Members of the Greater Naples Fire District and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Golden Gate substation will also be in attendance. The public is encouraged to attend this special outdoor service, which will last approximately 30 minutes. Limited seating will be provided; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

For more information, call 239-353-1687.

3. Suspect in assaults of four Golden Gate women charged in two cases

A Collier County man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual battery in Golden Gate in June.

Roberto Alfonso Amezaga, 31, faces charges of sexual battery using force and burglary of an occupied dwelling, according to a Collier Sheriff's Office media release.

Detectives said Amezaga went into a woman's home on Golden Gate Parkway early June 18 and attacked her while she slept.

DNA recovered during the investigation and examined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement linked Amezaga to the crime, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Amezaga was arrested at the Naples Jail Center, where he has been in custody since July 29 on suspicion of violating a no-contact order.

The day of the alleged sexual battery in June, Amezaga was arrested on suspicion of felony battery by strangulation, according to court records. The woman told investigators Amezaga strangled her and hurt her shoulders, neck and back, the report states. The couple have a 2-year-old daughter, according to the report.

 

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