3 To Know: Marco Island Relay For Life is #1 in Florida

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1. 3 Years in a row – Marco Island Relay For Life is #1 in Florida

Marco Island did it again! For the third consecutive year, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marco Island has placed first in fundraising in the state of Florida.

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The Relay For Life, a signature event of the American Cancer Society, is a community based global movement in the fight against cancer. Although it is a team event, it is not an athletic competition. “Relay,” as it is nicknamed, is a celebration of life. The only race it involves is the race to find a cure and eliminate cancer from our world.

File: Jeannie Magee, from left, MacKenzie Ascetta and Nicole Politi walk and talk during Marco Island's American Cancer Society Relay for Life .

On Feb. 22, Relay will be held on the beach on Marco Island. The theme will empower the very spirit of Marco Island – “We are Superheroes!”

A kickoff celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 19, at the Marco Island Brewery, 1089 N. Collier Blvd. in the Marco Town Center Mall.

For more information and to RSVP for Kickoff, contact your American Cancer Society at 239-642-6217 or Sue.Olszak@cancer.org.

2. Baby Florida panther killed on rural Collier road

A Florida panther died Wednesday in Collier County, the 24th such death of the endangered animal this year in the state.

The 8-to-10-week-old female panther died when a vehicle struck her on State Road 29 at Owl Hammock Curve in Collier, the Florida Wildlife Fish and Conservation Commission reported Thursday morning in a news release.

A total 30 Florida panthers were killed in 2018, FWC reported on its website, myfwc.com. The total number of panther deaths in Southwest Florida is now at 14: 10 in Collier and four in Lee County.

The majority of them die when a vehicle hits them.

The last panther death in Southwest Florida was a 7-year-old female at mile marker 120 along Interstate 75 in Lee County on Oct. 5. In Collier, the last death was Sept. 24 at 26th Avenue Southeast and Everglades Boulevard. 

Report injured or dead panthers to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). 

3. A majority of Americans say 2020 election is 'significant source of stress,' according to new survey

It’s a year away, but the 2020 presidential election is considered to be a “significant source of stress” in a majority of Americans, according to a new poll.

According to the annual “Stress in America” survey from the American Psychological Association, 56% of U.S. adults identified 2020 as a “significant" stressor.  

That is an increase from the contentious 2016 match-up, when respondents were asked the same question just three months before the election, and 52% of adults reported that the presidential election was incredibly stressful.

File: According to the annual “Stress in America” survey from the American Psychological Association, 56% of U.S. adults identified 2020 as a “significant" stressor.

According to the poll, the topic of the upcoming election is proving to be more stressful for survey respondents who identified as Democrats, compared to those who identified as Republicans, by nearly 25%.

Beyond 2020, other headlining news issues also brought a great deal of stress to Americans, so much so that 39% claim they “taken steps over the past year to reduce their news consumption.”

Other stressing subjects: 69% Sixty-nine percent cited health care and 71% singled out mass shootings, up 10% from 2018. Respondents also noted topics such as immigration, discrimination, abortion and climate change.