3 To Know: City Council meets Monday
1. City Council meets Monday
The Marco Island City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, in the community room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.
Council will hear a presentation about the annual street and roadway resurfacing program, and the fiscal year 2016 comprehensive annual financial report. Council will also host quasi-judicial hearings on a nautical garage and two variance requests.
At the request of several councilors, council will discuss the following: density credit transfers (Rios); a review of the lobbyist agreement (Grifoni); future improvements for Veterans Community Park (Honig); installation of streetlights on Bald Eagle Drive (Batte); posted speed limits (Grifoni); and a review of the city attorney (Rios).
2. Vehicle goes onto sidewalk, kills woman in East Naples
Officials identified the pedestrian fatally struck on St. Andrews Boulevard in East Naples on Tuesday morning.
Geraldine Jennings, 73, was walking on the sidewalk on the west side of St. Andrews just south of Deerwood Circle when she was struck, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Jennings, of Plantsville, Connecticut, was struck at 11:05 a.m., said Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten.
The driver of a 2014 Hyundai Accent traveling south on St. Andrews Boulevard failed to stay in her lane and drove onto the right shoulder, according to FHP. The driver, Cris-Carol Samuels, 31, of Lehigh Acres, struck a mailbox attached to a light post, then drove onto the sidewalk and struck Jennings, FHP reported.
Jennings was taken to Physicians Regional Hospital.
Samuels and her passenger were not hurt. Both were wearing seat belts, and alcohol wasn’t a factor in the incident, according to FHP.
FHP said charges are pending.
3. Good news for panther population: FWC documents kittens north of Caloosahatchee
The presence of at least two panther kittens north of the Caloosahatchee River has been verified, according to a new report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The kittens are presumed to be the offspring of the first wild female panther documented north of the river since 1973.
“Verification of kittens with the female demonstrates panthers can expand their breeding territory across the river naturally,” Darrell Land, FWC panther team leader, said in a news release.
“This is good news for Florida panther conservation,” said Kipp Frohlich, deputy director of the FWC Division
of Habitat and Species Conservation.
According to an FWC news release, biologists have monitored male panthers on public and private lands north of the Caloosahatchee River for several years using trail cameras. However, in 2015, biologists collected a photo of what appeared to be a female panther in the FWC’s Babcock Ranch Preserve Wildlife Management Area in Charlotte County. They sent additional cameras in the summer of 2016 and captured more images of what they believed to be a female panther, according to the report.