Diver identified who drowned at Heritage Greens in Collier County

The diver’s body that was pulled out of a golf course pond Friday at Heritage Greens in Collier County has been identified. The diver was identified as EMT Nicholas Wardein. He was pursuing his hobby of retrieving golf balls during his off-duty hours when drowned unexpectedly. His friends and family are mourning the loss of […]


New beginning for woman from Africa in a new Naples apartment

A young woman’s dream came true Thursday with her very own apartment after moving to Southwest Florida from Africa. Jacqueline Mengue, 21, has her own apartment in Naples all thanks to three local organizations. Mengue’s new beginning is a new apartment after battling years of hardship and homelessness. “I just can’t wait to see how […]

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Two Collier County students selected for internship as student leaders

Two Collier County senior students got an incredible opportunity for a prestigious internship as Bank of America student leaders. In the program, they learned important workforce skills like leadership and civic engagement. Bank of America named Allyson Horst and Alfa Vergara Nunez ‘student leaders’. “The goal of student leaders is the promote youth employment, and […]

Collier County schools

Collier County schools wants to build affordable housing for teachers

Collier County Public Schools are working on a plan to help educators live in the area they teach by building modular homes for the teachers. They want to build an affordable community in a 35-acre space near Manatee Elementary School. There’s a lot of work to do, but the Collier County school board just started […]


On Bonita Beach, swimmers ignore harmful bacteria health advisory

The Department of Health in Lee County is advising the public to stay out of the water at Bonita Beach Park due to high levels of bacteria. Tests completed on Thursday indicate the water quality at Bonita Beach park does not meet the recreational water quality criteria for Enterococcus bacteria recommended by the Florida Department […]

Great Wolf Lodge breaks ground in Collier County

The Great Wolf Lodge in Collier County is closer to completion. On Thursday, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held on the plot of land where the $250 million project will be built. Located in East Naples, off of City Gate Boulevard, it will include 500 rooms and an indoor water park. The resort will span 20 […]

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Naples Pride Festival at Cambier Park faces criticism over drag show

A small group of people were unhappy that kids were allowed to watch drag shows at Cambier Park in Naples during the Naples Pride Festival over the weekend. Two people against it showed up at a Collier County commissioners’ meeting to protest the event that represents the LQBTQ community. The people behind Naples Pride Festival […]

Community comes together to provide food to feral cats in Collier County

Collier County is facing a cat overload. There are about 50,000 feral cats roaming the area, according to the chairman of the Collier County Domestic Animal Services Advisory Board. Collier County Domestic Animal Services has seen an increase in cat population and intake at the shelter. Jim and Jan Rich, founders for the Love of […]

Immokalee Foundation hosts Fourth Annual What’s Your Pitch for student innovators

An opportunity for Southwest Florida students to pitch their business ideas. The Immokalee Foundation hosted it’s Fourth Annual What’s Your Pitch, a showcase of student innovators. The students have been working on their ideas for four weeks during a hands-on summer camp at FGCU. This summer camp promises to teach kids essential skills they’ll need […]


SWFL gives a new home to threatened wildlife species

Gopher tortoises were released to a new home at the Picayune Strand State Forest. The tortoises are threatened and protected by Florida law And Southwest Florida is working to protect them. After two years, gopher tortoises at the Picayune Strand State Forest have been relocated. It was a collaborative effort between various state agencies and […]