3 To Know: Airport rebranding, gas drops

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1. Naples Municipal Airport shortens its name, updates logo

The Naples Municipal Airport has a new name.

Now it's just the Naples Airport.

The Naples Airport terminal

The renaming is part of a rebranding that includes a new family of logos and website. 

The refreshed brand "captures the essence of Southwest Florida,” Chris Rozansky, executive director of the Naples Airport Authority, said in a news release. The authority operates the airport.

“Our new logos are the result of an extensive process that engaged a variety of stakeholders," Rozansky said. "After using the former logo for more than 20 years, we saw an opportunity to update our branding to provide a more modern reflection of the community we serve that goes along with changes being made as part of our strategic plan and ongoing master plan."

2. ‘Dramatic drops’: Gas falls below $2 a gallon in many states

Nearly one in five U.S. gas stations is charging less than $2 a gallon as falling oil prices deliver holiday savings for American motorists.

“We’ve seen dramatic drops toward the end of the year,” says Jeanette Casselano, spokeswoman for AAA.

At the beginning of the week, 31 states had at least one station with fuel for less than $2, according to GasBuddy. One station in Texas was charging $1.65 as of Monday morning — the lowest in the country.

Nationally, the average was $2.37 — 5 cents cheaper than a week ago, 26 cents cheaper than a month ago and 6 cents cheaper than a year ago.

More than half the stations in the country are below $2.25, according to the Oil Price Information Service.

3. Sanibel wildlife hospital home to largest gopher tortoise on record in Florida

A wildlife hospital on Sanibel Island may have the largest gopher tortoise on record in Florida.

Rangers at Koreshan State Historic Park in Estero noticed the lethargic tortoise late last month and took it to the Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel.

The largest gopher tortoise on record rests on the lawn at the Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel.

The old record, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, belonged to a male tortoise found in 2016 in the LaBelle area that weighed nearly 32 pounds with a nearly 17-inch-long shell.

This new male weighed in at 33.6 pounds with a shell length of just over 17 inches.

“He is definitely the biggest one I have ever seen,” said CROW hospital director Heather Barron in a news release.

CROW said it admits 60 to 75 gopher tortoises each year, mostly due to vehicle strikes.

The tortoise could gain even more weight as it recovers.