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Collier Focus 108

Description: This passage is going to talk about the board of county commissioners meeting, the potential i-75 interchange at Everglades Boulevard and the sheriff’s office lends a helping hand to an East Naples president whose home needed a makeover.

Today we’ll take a look at the board of county commissioners meeting, the potential i-75 interchange at Everglades Boulevard takes another step forward and the sheriff’s office lends a helping hand to an East Naples president whose home needed a makeover.

At the recent Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board approved an additional of $125,000 to continue the i-75 Everglades Boulevard interchange justification report. The report is necessary in order for the Florida Department of Transportation to determine if the interchange is needed. This is another important step in a lengthy process.

Everglades Boulevard is located about 8 miles east of the toll plaza, the board approved a 1.1 million dollar contract to develop the two point six seven acre Margood park, 986 thousand dollars of the cost comes from Florida community trust. The BCC had previously approved 190 thousand dollars to reach the necessary funding to make this park a reality. Principle project manager Vickie Ahmad describes what the park will be like.

It’s going to be a passive neighborhood park, and we’re going to provide a parking area for the new park, walkways, a lot of carriages, shelters, we’re going to renovate the interpretive building. Construction is set to begin next month, it is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

We are going to talk about Collier county’s efforts to get F.E.M.A to change the new digital insurance flood rate maps, the new D firms released last summer, initially put more than 50,000 structures into flood zones that previously were not. Last October, the board began the process of appealing the new D firms based on the fact that they were made using light detection and ranging systems or lidar from 2003 and 2010 lidar is more accurate.

At the last meeting, the BCC agreed to adjust a contract with Tomasello associates to continue analyzing the new lidar, Tomasello has already studied two of our 12 basins and the results removed many homeowners from floodplain status. Now that the change to the contract has been approved as a valid public person purpose, the review of the other tin basins will begin.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, during the presentation by Corporal Sila Gibson of Collier County Sheriff’s Office, regarding the Home makeover that occurred at the residence of Miss Amy Adkins of East Naples. Thanks to the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office, blows home improvement, traffic disposal, Thomas Amendola general contractors and several other dedicated caring residents of the community.

Miss Amy is a retired nurse who selflessly cares full time for a family member and is beloved by her neighbors. The project included a new wheelchair ramp as well as new landscaping. Displaced gopher tortoises will soon have a new place to relocate to, gopher tortoises are a protected species in Florida and they’ve been roaming the planet since the time of the dinosaurs.

When development infringes on their habitats, the gopher tortoises must be relocated to a suitable site. Until now they were being moved to a recipient site in Henry County, but that’s all about to change.

We are ready to accept tortoises, our permit has gone through, it’s been signed. We’ve managed the property, we’ve reduced the understory, so that the tortoises will have more room, reduction of the understory is going to allow us to perform prescribed burn. After the burn, we’ll get some new growth and grasses up for forage, for the gopher tortoises. Once we do get an indication, we have interest in moving some tortoises, all we need to do is to put up the fence and we can move them over.

The board approved a 3 million dollar settlement offer from the South Florida Water Management District to resolve the ongoing ATV Park lawsuit. As you might remember, in the 2003 agreement, the county was owed a 640-acre ATV park in exchange for roads in the South golden gate estates area, which had been a popular site for a TV users.

Now we are going to talk about the crisis facing the Smallwood’s store in Tuclawsky when Florida Georgia grove LLP who owns the land of the north of the store bulldozed and closed off Mamie Street which is the only access to the store.

The board asked Commissioner Jim kaleido to talked to all of the parties involved and try to start the process of resolving the issue. Commissioner Fred Coyle seem to think that taking legal action may be the only option for the board.

People who do this can’t be trusted to negotiate any reasonable settlement, they’re doing this in the hopes that they’ll put pressure on the Corps of Engineers so they can get an access through colusa drive. There’s no indication that we will ever get the engineer to agree to that.

If I had my preferences, I’d slap a lawsuit on these people for damages that would deplete their entire equity in that property as quickly as possible. But I’ll do whatever the board asked me to do, but don’t ask me to send a pleading letter to these people to be reasonable, because I know they will not.

A majority of the board agreed with Commissioner Coyle’s argument and directed the county attorney to file a lawsuit against the property owner contingent upon the small wood family joining the suit.

A policy started last year, selective street lights in collier county will be turned off during daylight savings time, as a cost-saving measure. The transportation engineering department expects to save 140 thousand dollars in electrical energy costs. All street lights will be returned to normal operations preceding the end of daylight savings time.

Collier area transit or cat phone numbers have changed, the new phone number for information on fixed route services at the collier area transit operations transit facility located at 8300 radio road is 25 27 77 7 and the new number for paratransit services, that’s the transportation services for disabled persons end or the economically disadvantaged to qualify is now 25 27 272.

On Wednesday May 12th, the Collier County Tourism Department held their annual tourism awards luncheon at the Marco island. Marriott tourism director Jack Ward gave the annual state of tourism in Collier County, 2010 visitations rose 3.3% over 2009 and the first quarter 2011 tourism visitations is up 6.4% over the same period in 2010. A very positive sign for Collier County’s number one industry employing 29,000 people.

Ward reviewed the bureau’s aggressive marketing efforts following the 2010 Gulf oil spill which caused a lot of misperception problems that kept people from visiting the Florida Gulf Coast. After the address, Collier’s county’s top tourism stars were honored with paradise coast tourism star awards at the night Daniel collier county tourism week celebration.

Some of the categories included outstanding hotel employee support staff which went to Jessica Bianciotto, director of housekeeping for the Inn on fifth. Outstanding attractions employee support staff went to Rolando Albin, maintenance department from the Naples zoo. And the tourism leadership award was presented to Commissioner Fred Coyle in honor of his dedicated service as tourism development council chairman during 2010.

On Thursday May 5th, there was a groundbreaking for the new taxiway at the Marco island airport, the airport which has never had a taxiway, means that planes must taxi on the airport’s only runway which can be a safety issue.

This is the only airport in the state of Florida and possibly in the United States of America that has a five thousand foot runway and has no taxiway which makes it a very dangerous procedure to land as well as take off because you’re both going on the same runway in the opposite directions and there is no tower here to guide people in either. So this is an important safety feature.

We’ve been working at this for many years, it’s taken us six years to go through the permitting process, we’ve worked closely with our legislators who have worked closely with FAA, FAA is providing 95% of the funding and the state FDOT is providing 2.5% of the funding, we are providing the other 2.5% and we’re splitting that up in a couple ways through the airport authority as well as the general fund. This is a project that’s been needed for many years and I’m so happy to see it come to fruition. The project should be completed by next year.

Now let’s take a look at some upcoming Collier County government meetings, the following meetings are all held in the board meeting room on the third floor of the main Administration Building 3299 Tamiami trail east at the Collier county government center unless otherwise indicated.

On Wednesday May 18th at 9 a.m., the contractors licensing board will meet. The Collier County Planning Commission will meet on Thursday May 19th at 9 a.m.. On Tuesday, May 24th at 9 a.m., the board of county commissioners will meet in regular session. And on Wednesday May 25th, the board of county commissioners and the school board will have a joint meeting at 9 a.m.

Now let’s take a look at some of fun and interesting programs being offered through the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department. After-school adventures offers parents a safe and fun environment for their children when school is not in session. The program is for children from ages 5 to 12 and run weekdays from 2:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. from January 2nd to June 2nd. The program is available in East Naples, Immokalee, Max Hasse, Veterans and Vienyards community parks and the golden gate community center. For more information call 25 24 00 0.

The Golden Gate aquatic facility offers youth aquatic lessons for children in five different levels based on their current abilities, there are several options for dates and times, so if you want more information on schedules and course, call the Golden Gate aquatic facility at 35 37 12 8.

If you have arthritis and are looking for a low or no impact exercise, then the Golden Gate aquatic facility has the answer for you. Constructors for these classes are all trained by the Arthritis Foundation and the exercises are specifically designed to give you a good workout with little or no joint impact. Classes are Fridays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until noon, and are five dollars each. If you want more information, call the Golden Gate aquatic facility at 35 37 12 8.

If you are interested in quilting, then the Naples gloating Club is the place for you, they meet every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the East Naples community park and the cost is free. If you feel like trying the tango, then sign up for ballroom dancing classes, this course will introduce and review a new dance each week including the foxtrot, the tango, the Rumba and swing dancing. So put on your dancing shoes and meet at East Naples community park on Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the cost is five dollars per class.

Learn how to be the best babysitter at babysitting bootcamp, the course are designed to teach all the basics in babysitting including CPR and first aid training, participants must be 11 years old and must attend all classes. For more information and costs, call 25 24 00 0.

If you’re having trouble controlling your canine, then basic dog obedience may be just what you need. Using consistency, repetition and positive reinforcement, this course helps owners learn how to communicate with their trusted companions. You will also learn handling skills, basic obedience cues and verbal commands. Basic dog obedience is for dogs four months to 10 years old. The class meets on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at veterans community park. For cost information, call 25 24 00 0

For information regarding the location of county parks and other activities, contact the parks and recreation department at 25 24 00 0 or the Collier County communication and customer relations office at 25 28 84 8.

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