Naples Daily News Weekend Digest Miss something this week? Catch up on a few of our big stories in this quick digest
The man may be gone, but the voice is eternal.
Peter Thomas, 91, a voice-over icon and World War II veteran, died Saturday, nearly two years after he lost his wife and high school sweetheart, Stella Barrineau Thomas.
Jack Wert's picture of tourism in Collier County remains rosy.
In his annual tourism report Tuesday, Wert said he expects the number of visitors to grow 1 to 2 percent over last year, setting a record.
While visitation in the first quarter wasn't as strong as it was last year, he said other indicators point to growth this year, including an expected increase in European tourists this summer.
It's happening again on Southwest Florida beaches.
A loggerhead sea turtle emerges from the darkness of the Gulf of Mexico, digs a hole with its rear flippers, lays 100 or so ping-pong ball-sized eggs in it, covers it with sand, and then crawls back below the waves.
Mama was long gone by the time turtle trackers found the telltale flipper tracks at daylight Tuesday. They came out of the Gulf in front of a mansion in the 2600 block of Gordon Drive — leading monitors to the first nest of the young turtle nesting season in Naples.
The Naples Fire-Rescue Department has taken on a six-week effort to revamp operations and community outreach programs after the termination of Steve McInerny as chief.
The department this week began offering free CPR classes to residents at the River Park Community Center and plans to begin blood-pressure screenings at Wynn's Market next month. The department also is designating a "community needs coordinator" to record reported fire hazards or other safety issues.
Soon enough rainy season will begin drenching Southwest Florida with its annual average rainfall of 55 inches.
Standing water, even a capful in a plastic bottle top, can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus.
The Collier County Mosquito Control District is upgrading its laboratory to start testing for the mosquito species that carries the virus.