Missing 17-year-old Naples girl found safe

According to the CCSO Facebook post, Sofia is safe, and human trafficking was not an aspect involved in her case. When Sofia’s mom tried to make contact with her the night she went missing, she tracked her daughter’s phone to an unknown home in the Orangetree area of Collier County. No one answered the door when her mother knocked, and that is when Sofia’s mom got the sheriff’s office involved.
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Marco Island,

Busy Monday for Marco Fire/Rescue

Firefighters on Marco Island were busy the morning of Monday, June 21, when at 7:22 am they were dispatched to Kendall Drive to the report of a structure fire in the garage of the residence at that address. Upon arrival, units reported there was smoke showing from that residence, the...
Collier County,

Neighborhood Noise, Budget Items and Potential Redistricting

As the summer winds down, we find people are also leaving for a little vacation. I hope they find some cool places to enjoy the summer. BUT there are still things going on at the county, so don’t think all is quiet and well. One of the problems for the people in the Lakewood community as well as the Glades community is the Legend’s Concerts at Sugden Park. The county gets calls during every concert, and I’m hoping the Parks Department can reach a happy conclusion between the neighbors and the loud music. When people have babies or children who can’t sleep, of the folks who want to sleep can’t because of the loud music, a compromise must be reached, or a solution must be found. There are two commissioners for that area: one is for the Lakewood Community and that person is Commissioner Rick LoCastro who you need to contact to help solve the problem, and the other is Commissioner Penny Taylor for Sugden Park, who is the other go-to person to contact. Please call them for help.
Collier County,

Collier County says sea turtle nests meddled with at Naples Beach

Monday, Collier County officials says four sea turtle nests were meddled with at Naples Beach. It’s a crime that could land people in jail and bring fines against them. Collier County says, with July 4 nearing on the calendar, officials are going to be putting extra signs on the front and back of all of the nests to make sure people know not to touch them. County officials don’t want something like this happening again.

Suspect accused of faking documents to get driver’s licenses in North Naples

Fake documents helped a man get a real driver’s license in Southwest Florida. It’s not the first time something like this has happened in the region or at the same DMV. The Florida Highway Patrol arrested 23-year-old Omaid Sultani on Monday after investigators say he tried to get two Florida IDs at the DMV on Orange Blossom Drive in North Naples.
Marco Island,

Marco Island Rotary Club Noontime Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Rotary International’s founder, Paul P. Harris, once said “Rotary changes us and those we serve. I believe we can change the world one life at a time.” As Scholarship Committee Chair, Durell Buzzini said “the members of the Marco Island Rotary Club Noontime hope that in some small way, they have made a difference in the lives of eight deserving local graduating high school seniors”.
Collier County,

Collier commissioners approve $15 million in incentives for Great Wolf Lodge

Collier County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a $15 million economic development agreement with Chicago-based Great Wolf Resorts Inc. for a proposed Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark and a 550-room hotel project at the City Gate Commerce Park adjacent to the Paradise Coast Sports Complex in the Naples area. Commissioner Rick LoCastro was the lone dissenter on the issue. “Lots of things could go on that footprint, on that property. You guys are the right thing but I have a real problem with the $15 million of taxpayers’ money,” LoCastro said. “You are a one-of-a-kind destination, but so are we.” The lodge, which has 17 other locations in the nation, will feature a 2-acre waterpark, an indoor adventure park, themed hotel rooms, a convention center, restaurants and other amenities. The 20-acre proposed property is between the new sports park and the future Uline distribution plant, east of Collier Boulevard and north of Interstate 75’s Alligator Alley.