From a morning service in Naples to an evening tribute in Bonita Springs, a blanket of patriotism enveloped Southwest Florida and the nation Sunday as people remembered and honored those who lost their lives 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.
In Naples the distinctive sound of a bagpipe welcomed local first responders and worshipers into St. John's Episcopal Church on Sunday morning for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony.
Anne Holton, wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, said Monday that Hillary Clinton is recovering and is fit to be president, and she said the campaign has been "fully transparent" about Clinton's health.
“Tim was with her when she was with that coughing thing a week ago, 10 days ago. And she hadn’t been diagnosed with anything at that point,” Holton said during an interview after a campaign stop in Fort Myers.
“She came out with an explanation very, very quickly on this,” Holton said. “She’s a multitasking mom, and, as many multitasking moms do, her immediate instinct on essentially what is just a virus is to power through, and I think she’s been fully transparent.”
Fear of Zika infection is morphing into fears of the insecticide used to kill the Zika-spreading mosquito in Southwest Florida.
The Collier Mosquito Control District is seeing an uptick in the number of calls from residents questioning the use of naled, an insecticide deployed in aerial spraying, with pleas to stop using the chemical.
A long-awaited project is underway at Gordon Pass to remove sand shoals that have raised boating safety concerns in the busy channel that connects Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Crews from Indiana-based Southwind Construction are working 12 hours per day seven days a week to pump sand out of the channel and onto beaches in front of mansions at the northern tip of Keewaydin Island. That's where the sand would flow naturally if it weren't for the inlet.
The $1.7 million job, which started Monday, is scheduled to be done by Oct. 15, Naples Harbormaster Roger Jacobsen said after a meeting with the contractor Wednesday.
Collier County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to ease zoning rules in Immokalee for owners of old mobile home parks.
The rule changes will make it possible for park owners to replace or upgrade dilapidated and substandard trailers, supporters say. But others argue the new rules don't go far enough in requiring park owners to make any improvements at all.
Under the new rules, the county will give permanent legal zoning status to eight trailer parks that are either in places that don't allow mobile home parks or don't comply with county standards such as setbacks, paved streets, drainage and landscaping requirements.