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1. Aquatics center opening soon in East Naples

The bright yellow and blue water slides are hard to miss rising up from Eagle Lakes Community Park between Naples Manor and Lely Resort on the north side of U.S. 41 East.

The park’s aquatic center is in its finishing stages and is anticipated to open early this summer, said Daniel Christenbury, a Collier County public information coordinator. The new amenity abuts a soccer field and basketball court just east of the park’s main entrance at 11565 U.S. 41 E.

“There are two water slides at the park in addition to a family pool which will have spray features, opportunities to play water basketball, and conduct aerobic classes,” Christenbury said. “The family pool has a zero entry to about 4 feet so it will be fun for the entire family. We also have a toddler pool for the little ones that is separate from the other water features.”

The $9.2 million project is being built by DEC Contracting Group Inc. of Fort Myers. The new center was designed by Victor J. Latavish Architect of East Naples and Aquatic Design & Engineering Inc. of Orlando.

"This is going to be a great family gathering place. It's going to make so many families and swim teams happy," County Commissioner Donna Fiala has said about the aquatics center, which joins the Donna Fiala Community Center and nearby fitness center that opened three years ago at the park. – Tim Aten/Staff

2. Collier sheriff's office conducting homicide investigation after body found in Immokalee

Detectives with the Collier County Sheriff's Office are working an active homicide investigation in Immokalee.

According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to an area near the intersection of Farm Workers Way and State Road 29 around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, where they’ve discovered the body of a man later identified as Juan M. Herrera, 19.

An arrest has not been made.

Detectives say there is no threat to the community and this is an isolated incident.

3. Florida awarded Aetna grant to tackle opioid epidemic

Insurance giant Aetna is supporting a select number of state initiatives to help address the opioid epidemic.

Out of $6 million the Aetna Foundation has pledged in total for states hard hit by opioid abuse, $1 million is earmarked to the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, according to the state group.

The money will be used for two projects. The first involves beefing up direct transition of overdose patients from emergency rooms to community-based treatment. The Florida Hospital Association and the Florida College of Emergency Physicians will be part of the intervention initiative.

“Emergency room visits present a critical moment for intervening in an opioid overdose,” Mark Fontaine, executive director of the Florida alcohol and drug abuse group, said.  “With closely integrated resources, we can help prevent addicts from slipping back through the cracks.”

The second project will help informal networks of recovery groups gain accreditation so people in recovery have more support, from behavioral health to housing services, as they rebuild their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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