Just after sunrise in about 20 feet of water off Big Marco Pass, Damas Kirk and Tyler Few dropped a line of crab traps over what they knew to be a hard ocean floor. Their eyes were watching the streams of coffee-colored murky water and the lingering dead fish of a red tide that could cut down harvest numbers in the early part of this stone crab season, which began Saturday.
The red tide doesn't hurt the stone crabs, said Kirk, who runs Kirk Fish Co. in Goodland with his wife, Patty, and daughter Kelly. In fact, it helps them find free and easy meals by killing massive amounts of grunts, grouper and every other kind of fish that has been washing up to shore over the past 10 days.
From the day Cpl. Tom Sweeny started working with his K-9 partner Boss, the dog proved what his name suggests — that he was boss.
“He took care of everything and didn’t really need a human counterpart,” said Sweeny, a deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. “He just needed me to drive him around.”
Boss knew what to do wherever he went, and sometimes he didn’t slow down for his handler.
It's never too early to learn about finance, and what better teacher than a rock band?
Many middle and high school students across Collier County got a chance to rock out during school hours and learn a thing or two about using money wisely from Gooding, a Nashville-based indie rock group touring schools across the country to turn up the volume on financial literacy.
Supporters of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton watched the final presidential debate Wednesday, with some Trump supporters disappointed that he didn't take advantage of opportunities to attack Clinton's policies.
When the debate turned to Russia, Trump continued to miss his chance to challenge Clinton on foreign policy, said Mike Lyster, chairman of Collier County’s Republican Executive Committee.
The three people found shot to death in a car parked along U.S. 41 East near Ochopee on Thursday could be connected to a death case in Miami and appear to have been the victims of a murder-suicide, authorities said.
"We believe that our death investigation is related to a death investigation being conducted in Miami," said Kristine Gill, a Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.