Naples Daily News Weekend Digest Miss something this week? Catch up on a few of our big stories in this quick digest.

Communities across SWFL honor victims and families of 9/11

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.

It was 15 years ago when terrorists attacked the United States, killing nearly 3,000 men, women and children.

During the service the voices of men and women, young and old, echoed within the church's walls as they sang "Amazing Grace," honoring the lives lost and showing support for the men and women in uniform from across the country and in Collier County.

Anne Holton defends Clinton's health, transparency

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.”

Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia Friday after her campaign was pushing back on reporters for wondering about her health, saying a coughing fit she developed during a speech Sept. 5 was related to allergies. Clinton canceled Monday campaign appearances in California.

After she collapsed at a 9/11 memorial event Sunday in New York, she broke with past precedent on access for reporters traveling with her when she left them for 90 minutes without offering public updates on her condition.

Aerial spraying vs. mosquitoes to prevent Zika in Collier County stirs fears of chemical

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.

The district pushed back its evening spraying to 10 p.m. after school started because children and families are outside for sports. Mosquito counts also are lower, and spraying later is possible to still get the job done, said Mark Clifton, research entomologist at the district.

“It does get us out of the way of people,” Clifton said.

The insecticide has been used in the U.S. since 1959, and the Collier mosquito control district has used it for 22 years, Clifton said.

Long-awaited Gordon Pass dredging in Naples gets underway

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.

Except for possible brief, intermittent closures as equipment moves around in the pass, the pass will remain open, although boaters should use caution, advised the Army Corps of Engineers, which is paying for the work. The dredge and its pipeline could crowd the pass at times.

"It's a relief that they're taking action," said Elizabeth Bloch, captain of the Beula Lee, a charter sightseeing sailboat.

Collier to ease Immokalee trailer park rules for owners

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.

The parks were built before the county's land codes were written in 1991 and have been grandfathered in ever since, locking the owners in legal limbo where they are allowed to keep the parks exactly as they are but not allowed to add or replace trailers, expand or build in the properties until they are brought up to full compliance.

The county has tried several methods and programs for more than a decade to encourage trailer park owners to take steps to bring the parks up to code, but had little success with park owners who said it would be too costly.

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