MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR VACCINE AT NAPLES FIRE STATION ONE:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be a Florida resident.
Must be available 28 days from initial vaccine for the 2nd dose, Moderna.
Callers are to ONLY leave their name as it appears on their government issued identification and a call back number. No additional message or information should be left.
PLEASE CLEARLY LEAVE ONLY YOUR NAME (and spouse if applicable) AND A CALL BACK PHONE NUMBER.
A City of Naples staff member will call each person back in the order that their call was received to schedule the appointment. If you were able to leave your name and phone number, then you are on the waitlist. We appreciate your patience as it may take several days to call all registrants to schedule an appointment.
Remember you will be receiving the Moderna vaccine and will need to return to this vaccination site 28 days later for your 2nd vaccination. Please mark your calendars.
*Please do not call the reservation line more than once if you have left a name and call back phone number; every call is recorded. Thank you.
Collier County Board of County Commissioners
April 13, 2021
The Board of County Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, April 13, at 9:00 a.m. This will be a Hybrid Remote meeting and it will be held in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida. Some of the Board Members may be appearing remotely, with staff present in person. The public may attend either remotely or in person. The meeting will be broadcast live with closed captioning on Collier Television channel 97/98 and via live streaming at www.colliercountyfl.gov/ctv.
Individuals who would like to participate in person must complete and submit a speaker form prior to the beginning of the discussion about the item. Individuals who would like to participate remotely must complete and submit the online speaker registration form prior to the beginning of the discussion about the item.
Tigertail Beach Park, located at 480 Hernando Dr. Marco Island, Florida, is getting a new playground. Installation will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021.
The project will take approximately 3 weeks to install the new playground. The re-opening date will be announced in a future press release.
For more information, call Camden Smith, Project Manager at (239) 252-7602.
PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
public input session
Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:00-6:30 pm
River Park Community Center
301 11th Street North
The City is currently designing the 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan update to increase safety and accessibility throughout the community, while not compromising the area’s small town feel and quality of life. Based on the input from members of the community through surveys and a public meeting in February, proposed changes have been developed.
A second public involvement meeting will be hosted by the City and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4:00-6:30PM at River Park Community Center (301 11th Street North) to display the newly proposed sidewalks and paths. This meeting will be an open house format. Masks and social distancing are required.
If you have any questions before or after the event, please contact the Streets and Stormwater Department’s Projects & Public Outreach Coordinator, Kayleigh Smith, at 239-213-7119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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( "Entrance to Luna Park, by Night, Coney Island, N.Y." 1906. 6 x 4 in. Published by Illustrated Post Card and Novelty Co., New York. Private Collection.)
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland
Now – May 25, 2021
Collier Museum at Government Center
3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112
The Collier Museum at Government Center is pleased to host Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, on display April 6–May 25, 2021. This traveling exhibition from the National Endowment for the Humanities explores images and history of America’s playground.
For more than 150 years, Coney Island, a strip of sand at the mouth of New York Harbor, has occupied a singular place in the American imagination. From a beginning as a watering hole for the wealthy, through its transformation into an amusement and entertainment mecca for the masses, to its struggle for renewal in recent decades, an extraordinary array of artists have viewed Coney Island as a microcosm of the American experience. The exhibition brings to life the excitement of Coney Island, showing visitors how its magnetic world of attractions has become a touchstone for American mass culture and popular recreation.
Throughout the exhibition, artifacts display how the modern American mass-culture industry was born at Coney Island. The exhibition investigates the rise of American leisure and traces Coney Island’s influence on amusement parks and popular culture throughout the country. Photographs, ephemera, film clips, and hands-on interactives immerse visitors in the experience of Coney Island.
“We are excited to bring this great NEH on the Road exhibit to our museum,” said Museum Manager Stephanie Long. “Fans of Florida history are sure to see many parallels with the development of our state as a tourist destination.”
This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is adapted from the traveling exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 and organized by Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D., former Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. It was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Exhibit Extra: Lecture!
April 8, 2pm – Zoom lecture by Tracy Revels
Dr. Tracy Revels, author of “Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism,” will be joining us via Zoom to discuss the golden age of tourism in Florida after World War II. During the period from 1947 to the early 1970s, small amusement parks and exotic roadside attractions cropped up all over the state. Much like the amusements at Coney Island, these attractions catered to visitors seeking a break from city life and new pleasures that hadn’t been available during the Great Depression and World War II.The lecture will be hosted on Zoom and live-streamed to the Collier County Museums’ Facebook page. Visit https://colliermuseums.com/event/lecture-dr-tracy-revels to attend the lecture.
Additional Coney Island Events:
April 17, 7:30pm – Movies at the Museum
Enjoy the classic film The Gilded Lily outside, under the stars on the museum’s lawn. Released in 1934, this romantic comedy stars Claudette Colbert as Marilyn David, a secretary who falls in love with a British aristocrat-in-disguise Charles Granville (Ray Milland), to the dismay of her best friend Pete (Fred MacMurray) who secretly pines for her. The courtship of Marilyn and Charles includes exploring the sights on Coney Island. After mistaken identities, a secret engagement, and a brief career as a nightclub performer, Marilyn must choose between the two men.
All attendees are asked to provide their own chairs for this outdoor event.
May 8, 10-2pm –History on the Go – Amusement Park Rides
Take the fun of museums home with you at History on the Go! Join us at the Collier Museum at Government Center for socially distanced activities and the special exhibit “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland,” and then grab a themed to-go bag with hands-on activities you can do from the comfort of home!
The theme of this History on the Go is all the rides that go up, down, and around at amusement parks. Come by anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to receive your activity bag. Please help us plan by using the link to RSVP so that each child is sure to receive a bag https://colliermuseums.com/event/history-on-the-go-coney History on the Go activity bags are designed to be fun or interesting for kids between four and eleven years old.
May 12, 2pm – Lecture: Barron Collier’s Luna Park
Museum Manager, Stephanie Long, will be discussing the development of one of Coney Island’s historic landmarks, Luna Park. Barron Collier and his associates purchased the attraction in 1912, the year after his first trip to Florida. Opened in 1903, the park was an extravagant wonderland, known for its rides, parades, shows, and elaborate lights. Visit https://colliermuseums.com/event/lecture-barron-colliers-luna-park to attend the lecture.
Vaccine Roll Out FAQs
What is considered “Proof of Residency”?
An adult resident must provide the department with a copy of his or her valid Florida driver license issued under s. 322.18 or a copy of a valid Florida identification card issued under s. 322.051.
An adult seasonal resident who cannot meet the requirements of subparagraph 1. may provide the department with a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:
A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.
Any other documentation that provides proof of residential address as determined by department rule.
How are you scheduling appointments? The Florida Department of Health in Collier County continues to expand its outreach and distribution efforts of the COVID-19 Vaccine. By working with our community partners, such as Collier County EMS, Fire, and local municipalities we are able to provide COVID-19 vaccine to our community. We are also working with HOAs, Faith Based Organizations, and community outreach groups to target those who fall under the Governor’s Executive Order.
What if I don’t belong to an HOA/Faith Based Organization/outreach group? OR What if I am having difficulty registering for a vaccine? You may contact the Florida Department of Health in Collier County Call Center at 239-252-6220 or COVID19Collier@flhealth.gov. Please note: it may take up to 72 hours for a return call. Do not leave multiple messages. The call center is open 7 days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm.
***Due to the upcoming rainy season and summer, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County has moved vaccine administration from a drive-thru basis to walk-thru.***
Where are you moving vaccine distribution? Vaccine distribution will still be located at North Collier Regional Park. However, vaccine will be administered at the Exhibit Hall.
How will I know where I am going?
There will be ample signage and traffic direction to notify clients. Florida Department of Health in Collier County Office of the Administrator, Kimberly Kossler, MPH, RN, CPH 3339 E. Tamiami Trail, Suite 145 • Naples, Florida 34112-4961 www.FloridaHealth.gov
Why aren’t you doing drive up vaccines? Due to possible inclement weather during the rainy season/upcoming summer months, Florida Department of Health in Collier County has moved vaccine administration from a drive-thru basis to walk-thru.
What if I can’t walk/stand for long periods of time? There will be wheelchairs onsite for those who cannot walk or stand for periods of time. There are also benches that may be used for breaks.
Can I still be vaccinated in my car? No. This is a walk-thru site.
Can anyone come to the site? No. Vaccines are administered on an appointment only basis.
GOVERNOR DESANTIS EXECUTIVE ORDER
Who can be vaccinated? As of April 5, eligible Florida residents who are 18 years and older can receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those 16 years and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine.
My child is 17 and I want them to receive the Johnson & Johnson and/or Moderna vaccine. How can I do this? You cannot. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine have received approval from the FDA for those aged 18 years and older. The Pfizer vaccine has received approval for those aged 16 years and older.
Why are you opening vaccine to those over the age 18?
Per the Governor’s Executive Order, those administering vaccine must administer vaccine to eligible Florida residents who are 18 years and older can receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those 16 years and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine.
I am a senior and still haven’t received my vaccine. How do I receive it? You may contact the Florida Department of Health in Collier County Call Center at 239-252-6220 or COVID19Collier@flhealth.gov. Please note: it may take up to 72 hours for a return call. Do not leave multiple messages. The call center is open 7 days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm.
SCAM AND TICKETING INFORMATION
I received a ticket and then you cancelled it. Why?
We are aware people are making appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine via Eventbrite in Collier County for the future and then having them cancelled. These appointments are not through the Florida Department of Health in Collier County.
But my ticket says Collier County Health Department?
We are the Florida Department of Health in Collier County. We are aware that there have been scam sites.
***REMEMBER: The Florida Department of Health in Collier County WILL NOT ask for your banking information, social security number, or payment for a vaccine or a "spot" on a list. If you think you have been scammed, contact the authorities***
What vaccine are you providing? The Moderna vaccine.
How do you know someone meets the criteria for vaccination? OR How do you know someone is healthcare personnel?
Upon check-in, government issued ID or proof of residency is required. Furthermore, healthcare personnel must provide proof (licensure, facility ID, etc...).
Why aren't you scheduling future vaccination dates?
To avoid disappointment and frustration, we are scheduling appointments based on the amount of vaccine we receive. We will not schedule future dates in the event we would have to cancel a clinic.
SECOND DOSE QUESTIONS
What do I need to bring to receive my second dose?
In addition to proof of residency, you MUST bring your vaccination card received at the time of your first dose.
I received a Moderna vaccine. Can I receive a Pfizer vaccine for my second dose? (or vice versa) No. You cannot mix pharmaceuticals.
I received my 1st dose. How will I get my second dose?
If you received your first dose through DOH-Collier, you will receive an email approximately one week prior to the 28 day mark to schedule your appointment. Note: You MUST wait at least 28 days to receive your second dose.
How will schedule my appointment for the second dose? Instructions will be in the reminder email.
Will you guarantee that I receive my second dose?
We will have designated days/times for those who need their second dose. You must make your own appointment.
I received my 1st dose in a different county/state. Can I get my second dose in Collier County? You may. However, you will have to sign up for an appointment via Eventbrite.
Why is it important to complete your vaccine series? Partial immunity and/or infection allows the virus to mutate in ways that may change it in ways that make it more transmissible, more deadly and/or more resistant to antibodies developed after vaccination. The polyclonal nature of current vaccines may also impair the vaccines ability to attack the virus on multiple fronts in some variants.
COVID VACCINE FINDER AND OTHER VACCINE LOCATIONS
How do I register for a non-DOH administered vaccine? The CDC has launched its vaccine finder. Get more information by following this link: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/
OTHER INFORMATION Is DOH still providing testing? We continue to provide testing at the Health Department on an appointment only basis. Contact the Call Center at 239-252-6220.
What do I bring to an appointment?
You MUST bring your ticket (print out!) and you MUST bring your ID. Please bring a blue or black pen to complete the registration form and a face mask. If you are healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, you must bring ID indicating so.
Can I give my tickets to someone else? Appointments are non-transferrable. You must have your name on your ticket. You cannot use the ticket of someone else.
My spouses/friends/family members name is listed on both tickets. What should I do? The person’s name that is on the tickets must be present with you on the day of the appointment.
I have an appointment and I don't need/want it. What do I do? Log into Eventbrite and cancel your ticket.
I am sick. Can I still get the vaccine?
You should wait until you are healthy before receiving the COVID vaccine. Check with your healthcare provider prior to making COVID vaccine appointment.
I just received another vaccine. Can I get the COVID vaccine? No. You must wait 14 days before you get the COVID vaccine.
I don't have a printer, how do I prove I have a ticket?
You must bring your printed ticket with you at the time of vaccination. You may ask a friend, neighbor, or visit the local library to print your ticket. Some communities also have business centers you can use.
*** We understand that this is not a "perfect system". However, in an effort to avoid long lines, long waits, etc... DOH-Collier is using an appointment based system. We continue to modify the website per the needs of the community and feedback. We will continue to receive vaccine and encourage you to sign up for later events when posted.***
Effective April 5, 2021, per the Governor’s Executive Order, all Florida residents shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons 16 and up. Please note Department of Health-Collier currently does NOT have Pfizer.
Call for Artists
Collier County Looking for Artwork/Photography to Display at the Collier County Government Center
Collier County continues to display a rotating exhibit of local artists’ and photographers’ work in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida.
Artists must be residents of Collier County, at least on a part-time basis. The artwork must be appropriate imagery for a public space and should have a broad appeal to people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
Those interested in being considered must submit a brief letter of interest describing their level of expertise, training and experience along with digital images of seven art pieces proposed to display to Aimee Trochessett, Communication and Customer Relations Division at Aimee.Trochessett@colliercountyfl.gov.
For more information, call Aimee Trochessett at (239) 252-8075.
Barefoot Beach Access
Construction Project Begins
Monday, April 5 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
Construction will begin at Barefoot Beach Access, located at 5901 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, Florida, on Monday, April 5, 2021, through Thursday, August 5, 2021.
The construction project will include installing a new boardwalk and repairs to five pavilions. During construction, the boardwalk, pavilions, and the far west end of the parking lot will be closed.
During the construction period, the public can continue to park at the existing parking spaces and will be able to access the beach at the Bonita Beach Access, which is located a little north of the Barefoot Beach Access.
For more information, call Michael Cherbini, Project Manager at (239) 252-4000.
April Showers Bring May Meowers!
Spring is in bloom and kittens are starting to pop up everywhere!
Collier Domestic Animal Services has the cutest "buds" in town and from April 1st - 30th you can come pick your very own bud(s) for a reduced adoption fee.
Kittens (under 4 months) are $20 and cats (4 months - 6 years) are fee-waived!
And just a reminder that kittens/cats are ALWAYS adopt one/get one.
For more information on DAS, visit www.collierpets.com, stop by the shelter at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL, 34104, or call at (239) 252-7387 (PETS).
Welcome to Your Library!
Celebrate National Library Week
April 4-10, 2021
April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This week, the Collier County Public Library encourages all community members to visit their website to explore and access virtual services and programs. The Collier County Public Library offers a wide array of online resources and programs that are available from the comfort of home.
The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities - the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public largely depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as eBooks, technology tips, and assistance for job seekers, libraries and librarians transform their communities. During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like online homework help and wi-fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support by visiting their local library, or visiting us online at collierlibrary.org, or following us on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.
Advisory Board Vacancies
as of April 1, 2021
The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. Members of committees must reside and be registered to vote in Collier County. Scroll to the bottom of this page for instructions on how to apply.
The Bayshore/Gateway Triangle Local Redevelopment Advisory Board has three seats expiring in May, in the following categories: Bayshore business owner, Bayshore MSTU member, and an at-large member. This nine-member board assists in the implementation of the redevelopment plan for the Bayshore/Gateway Triangle area. Terms are three years.
The Board of Building Adjustments and Appeals has two vacancies. Applicants must represent one of the following professions: a licensed plumbing or mechanical contractor, or a state licensed architect or structural engineer. This five-member board hears appeals on rejections or refusals by the Building Code Compliance Director to approve mode of construction or materials to be used in construction or alteration of a structure. Members must be knowledgeable in the following Collier County Codes: Florida Building Codes, Electrical Code, Fire Prevention Code, Gas Code, Mechanical Code and Swimming Pool Code. Terms are four years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Coastal Advisory Committee has three seats expiring in May. Applications are sought for one representative from the following areas: City of Marco Island, City of Naples, and unincorporated Collier County. For municipal representatives, a recommendation from the city council is needed for appointment. This nine-member committee assists the Board of County Commissioners with its establishment of unified beach erosion control and inlet management programs within the unincorporated and incorporated areas of Collier County, and advises the Board of County Commissioners and the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of project priorities with respect to funding sources that are available to Collier County for restoration and protection of its shoreline. Selection for membership on this committee will be based upon the applicant’s familiarity with coastal processes, inlet dynamics, coastal management programs, or demonstrated interest in such programs; relevant education and experience; leadership and involvement in community affairs; and willingness to attend meetings and to undertake and complete assignments. Terms are 4 years.
The Code Enforcement Board has two vacant alternate seats. This seven-member board with two alternates is composed of individuals representing the occupations of architect, business owner, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor and realtor, who are considered on the basis of their experience or interest in the areas of the codes and ordinances to be enforced. Members are required to file a Form 1 Statement of Financial Interest each year with the Supervisor of Elections. Terms are 3 years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Contractors Licensing Board has one vacancy for a building professional. Building professional applicants should be either a licensed architect, a licensed general contractor, a licensed engineer, a licensed electrical contractor, a licensed plumbing contractor, a licensed mechanical contractor, a licensed roofing contractor, a licensed residential, or a licensed building contractor. This nine-member board was created to determine the qualifications of applicants for the various categories of the Contractors' Certificates of Competency. They also hold hearings to determine if a certificate of competency of any contractor, master or journeyman should be revoked. Terms are three years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board.
The Emergency Medical Authority has one vacancy. Applicants must have no affiliation with any hospital, fire district, EMS, municipality, or the Collier County Sheriff's Office. The purpose of this five-member Authority is to assist the Board of County Commissioners and other agencies with issues affecting pre-hospital emergency medical services, to work to improve pre-hospital medical care, to evaluate current and future EMS needs, to serve as a catalyst to effect cooperation among agencies, to evaluate requests for all Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) in Collier County, and make recommendations to the BCC. Terms are four years.
The Floodplain Management Planning Committee has a vacancy for a citizen representative residing in the following area: southwest Collier County (along the US 41 corridor and south 951). The committee reviews and provides recommendations for floodplain management regulations, and for surface water and watershed management issues brought before it including, but not limited to, matters dealing with water quality and quantity. They will also develop and, at least annually, evaluate and update the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan. Members serve at the will of the County Manager.
The Golden Gate Beautification Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This five-member committee advises and recommends as to the beautification and maintenance of landscape improvements within the road right of way as described by ordinance boundaries. The committee shall prepare an itemized budget of the amount of money required to carry out the business of the committee for the next fiscal year. Members must be residents of one of the following precincts: 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, and part of 322. Terms are four years.
The Golden Gate Community Center Advisory Board has one vacancy. Members must reside within the boundaries of the Golden Gate Community Center Municipal Services Special Taxing District. This five-member committee advises the Board of County Commissioners on the budget and operation of the Golden Gate Community Center. Terms are three years.
The Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone Advisory Board has two vacancies. Applicants must either be residents of Golden Gate City or represent business and commercial interests in the Golden Gate City Economic Development Zone. This seven-member committee was formed for the purpose of advising the BCC concerning policies and programs to attract businesses or industries to the Economic Development Zone and reviewing and making recommendations on applications for funding through the Trust Fund. Terms are two years.
The Haldeman Creek Dredging Maintenance Advisory Committee has one vacancy. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the MSTU. This five-member committee was created to aid and assist the Board of County Commissioners in carrying out the MSTU, to prepare and recommend an itemized budget, and to recommend work programs and priorities. Members will be appointed from different parcels, subdivisions and/or communities within the MSTU. Terms are four years.
The Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Committee has a vacancy for applicants residing in the Ochopee Area Fire Control Special Taxing District. This five-member committee advises the Board of County Commissioners on the budget and operation of the Ochopee Fire Control District. Terms are two years.
The Public Transit Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This seven-member committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners in matters related to transit policies, issues, programs and plans to provide mass transit services to the citizens of Collier County. Terms are three years.
The Radio Road Beautification Advisory Committee has one vacancy. This five-member committee aids and assists the BCC in carrying out the purposes of providing curbing, watering facilities, plantings and maintenance of the median areas as set forth in Ordinance No. 96-84. The committee shall recommend work programs and priorities to the County Administrator. Members shall be permanent residents within the MSTU. Terms are four years.
Remember when a hardworking resident was mowing his grass and his lawnmower hit a rock and it resulted in the beginning of the wildfires in 2017?
It was the hard work of the Collier County Fire Department's's led by Greater Naples Fire and Rescue and the State of Florida's Forestry Department, who finally brought the wildfires under control.
Our Florida dry season is here and is nothing to ignore. We must be careful about what we do to prevent wildfires. The following is some information that can help you during the dry season:
Before a wildfire threatens your area…
In and around your home
Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house. Learn more about the basics of defensible space on the Firewise website.
Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.
Assemble an emergency supply kit and place it in a safe spot. Remember to include important documents, medications and personal identification.
Develop an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with everyone in your home.
Plan two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place.
Learn more about emergency preparedness planning on National Fire Prevention Association’s emergency planning webpage.
In your community:
Contact your local planning/zoning office to find out if your home is in a high wildfire risk area, and if there are specific local or county ordinances you should be following.
If you are part of a homeowner association, work with them to identify regulations that incorporate proven preparedness landscaping, home design and building material use.
Talk to your local fire department about how to prepare, when to evacuate, and the response you and your neighbors can expect in the event of a wildfire.
Learn about wildfire risk reduction efforts, including how land management agencies use prescribed fire to manage local landscapes.
Learn how you can make a positive difference in your community.
CREATE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE
A defensible space is the required space between a structure and the wildland area that, under normal conditions, creates a sufficient buffer to slow or halt the spread of fire to a structure.
Zone 1 – Defensible Space:
Nothing should be flammable within 30 feet of your house. Keep mulch moist and only plants with low flammability. Pruning branches and mowing regularly can keep your area free of burnable debris.
Zone 2- Fuel Reduction Area:
From 30 to 60 feet from your house, massing of flammable plants should be avoided in this area. Only plant low and moderately flammable plants in this area. Leave 10 to 15 feet of space between the edges of tree crowns to avoid fire transfer.
Zone 3 – Transition Zone:
From 60 to 100 feet from your house, moderately flammable plants are acceptable, but massing of flammable plants should be minimized.
Zone 4 – Perimeter Zone:
100+ feet from your house, more flammable plats can be used, although pruning and maintenance is still important. Firewise is a national initiative administered locally by Florida Forest Service encouraging homeowners to take steps to protect their property from wildfire. Maintaining a lean, clean and green landscape within 30 feet of a structure can make a significant difference in whether it survives a wildfire. Reducing fuel within the defensible space means creating a landscape that breaks up the continuity of brush and other vegetation that could bring wildfire in contact with any flammable portion of the structure.
This may include:
Eliminating any flammable vegetation in contact with the structure
Thinning out trees and shrubs so there is 10 to 15 feet between the tree crowns
Pruning tree limbs to a height of 6 to 10 feet
Replacing highly flammable landscape material with plant materials having a higher water content
Replacing flammable mulch adjacent to the structure with gravel or rock
Eliminating "ladder fuels" near the structure that might carry a surface fire to the roof or eaves
These are just some of the ways homeowners can take an active role in preventing personal property from igniting in these serious wildfires.