🚧 Permanent Closure of Eastbound Ramp on Davis Blvd to Collier Blvd in Collier County
The time displayed is local to the original X account in Bartow, FL. Local motorists in Collier County will need to adjust their travel routes as the eastbound direct access ramp from Davis Boulevard (SR 84) to Collier Boulevard (SR 951) is scheduled to be permanently closed starting Monday, February 26. Travelers who typically use this ramp to head south towards Collier Boulevard will now be required to take a right turn at the existing intersection. This permanent ramp closure is expected to impact traffic patterns, and drivers are advised to plan their trips accordingly to accommodate the change.
Re-evaluate our governmental structure in Collier County
On February 27, 2024, I will be requesting the County Commission to conduct a study to determine how best to structure county government for the long-term future as our county continues to grow in population. The last time such an analysis was conducted in Collier County was 1988. Obviously, much has changed since then. Though the Commission may ultimately decide to do nothing to change how we are structured, I believe it is important, and a valuable exercise, to re-evaluate our governmental structure to make sure we have the most efficient and effective form of governance for the future.
Collier County Feb 22 Weekly Crime Report: 310 Incidents and 13 Crime Stories
Collier County Feb 22 Weekly Crime Report: 310 Incidents and 13 Crime Stories. During the last week, Collier County reported a total of 310 crime cases. The majority of these cases were categorized as 'Suspicious Situation', accounting for 133 incidents, followed by 'Disturbance' with 64 cases. Other notable categories included 'Theft' and 'Other', each with 30 reported cases, 'Trespass' with 19 cases, and 'Arrests' with 17 cases. The more serious crimes such as 'Assault', 'Vandalism', 'Burglary', and 'Shooting' were less frequent, with 7, 6, 3, and 1 cases respectively. This data presents a concerning high prevalence of suspicious activities and disturbances in the place, necessitating the need for increased vigilance and effective crime prevention strategies. Despite the alarming total number of cases, it's worth noting that the majority of these crimes were non-violent, with violent crimes such as assault and shooting making up a relatively small percentage of the overall crime figure.
Why are Collier County skies so smoky?
Don’t be too alarmed by the smoky skies in parts of Collier County, it’s likely from a prescribed burn. According to the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, the hazy conditions are likely from the prescribed burn in the Okaloacoochee Preserve. Authorities say the burn was set...
Today the gas price is close to $3.32 in Everglades City as of 2024-02-25. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Sunday is $3.262, a week ago the price is $3.279 , according to AAA.
Feb. 25, 1995: Ochopee Post Office designated historic site
On this date, Feb. 25, 1995, the Ochopee Post Office, the nation’s smallest post office, was designated a Collier County historic site. The 61.3 square feet building was formerly an irrigation pipe shed belonging to the J.T. Gaunt Company tomato farm. It was hurriedly pressed into service by postmaster Sidney Brown after a disastrous night fire in 1953 burned Ochopee’s general store and post office.
Burger ball: March Madness is here, tell us your favorite burger spot in Collier County
March Madness is rapidly approaching and with that comes the beloved brackets. Which got us thinking about burgers. Inspired by your reaction whenever we write about burgers ― with cheese or not ― we’re giving you the chance to share your favorite SWFL places to enjoy a burger.
Sajoma Deli in Collier County Cited for 12 Health Violations, Requires Follow-up Inspection
Sajoma Deli, a Latin American and Mexican eatery located at 275 New Market Rd E in Immokalee, Collier County, has been cited for 12 violations following a routine food inspection on February 2, 2024.
FWC issues citation after man pets tiger at Collier County preserve
An employee at a Collier County wildlife preserve faces a citation after authorities say she allowed several relatives to access an enclosure with two tigers and pet them, captured in a social media video that went viral. According to an incident report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,...
Important Marco parcel passed over in conservation purchase
At their October 24, 2023 regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the purchase of three out of four proposed (and staff recommended) Marco Island properties for Conservation Collier. Unfortunately, the one that narrowly failed is the one that most needed saving. The Agua Colina parcel, as it is known, is located in the middle of a large and well-known archaeological site (8CR107, Caxambas Point). Moreover, the 0.63-acre parcel is the final resting place for at least 28 human beings (16 intact burials, 28 minimum number of individuals), likely members of the Calusa tribe (or their ancestors). These individuals were observed during required archaeological surveys of the property in 2013/2014 by Advanced Archaeology, Inc. and reported to the appropriate authorities. A 2016/2017 follow-up survey of an 80x80 foot portion of the site proposed for development found eight intact human burials on the southwest fringe of that project area.
East Naples Middle School to remain closed Friday after fire
School will remain out on Friday at East Naples Middle after a fire ignited early Thursday morning. The Collier County Public School District announced that they have been working throughout the day to clean up the debris and damage left by the fire. They said the additional day of closure...
Collier County Residents Invited to Hybrid Public Meeting on Land Acquisition
The Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee (CCLAAC) in Collier County, Florida, will hold a hybrid public meeting on March 6, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be in the Growth Management Community Development Conference Room in Naples, Florida. Some board members will join remotely. The public can attend in person or remotely after completing the necessary registration and speaker forms.
A Slice of Paradise: Top 8 Pizzas to Enjoy in Marco Island
In this article, we explore eight exquisite pizzas you can find on Marco Island. Have you had the pleasure of tasting any of these yet? If yes, we'd love to hear your thoughts! Please feel free to leave your comments below:
Where have all the fish gone? | Letters
When I moved here in 2012, I remember launching my kayak at the Horton Park Boat Ramp to see what I could catch after being told the river was full of fish. Despite having little local knowledge, I caught Spanish mackerel, sea trout, sand trout, mangrove snapper and redfish just below the Midpoint Bridge.
Traffic Alerts: Feb 22
A concrete spill in Collier County has closed San Marco Road in both directions from US-41 to the Goodland Bridge. Crash closes all lanes of Del Prado Blvd from Veterans Pkwy to Cape Coral Hospital. 7:28 a.m. Granite covering the roadway has closed all southbound lanes of I-75 after Corkscrew...
Annual conference to discuss generational success for family businesses
Brett Diamond recently stood under tons of steel his family’s company had installed at one of many keystone construction projects that can be seen across Collier County. Diamond, chief administrative officer for DeAngelis Diamond construction, grew up around the company his father David Diamond co-founded with John DeAngelis in 1996.
Pleasant weekend with highs slightly below average
The WINK News Weather Authority keeps Southwest Florida up to date with its hourly weather forecast, seven days a week. WINK News Meteorologist Lauren Kreidler is forecasting a pleasant weekend with little rain and plenty of sunshine. Here’s what to expect for this weekend and the week ahead:. TODAY:
Florida Election Police probe misleading texts in Collier County
Florida's election police are delving into allegations of misleading text messages sent to voters in Collier County, signaling an investigation into potential election crimes.
Light tackle fun Saylor Sims
Caught this 3 foot Shark in Everglades City / 10,000 Islands – outside Island.. Light tackle, screaming drag, lots of fun, caught on a live Shrimp. Feb 3rd 2023 Quality time fishing with my daughter.
Breezy Saturday, sunny weekend ahead
You may notice a few puddles on the roadways this morning from a cold front that passed over SWFL overnight. Behind it, cooler and drier air will be filtering in through the morning. We'll start today off with a few clouds overhead and a leftover sprinkle or two in Collier...