County issues mosquito borne illness advisory
The Collier County Health De-
partment (CCHD) and the Florida
Department of Health are issuing
a mosquito-borne advisory after a
second positive report of a horse
with Eastern Equine Encephali-
tis virus (EEEV) in Collier County
IHS outshines others
at national BETA
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in the past two weeks. The virus
is maintained in a cycle between
mosquitoes and birds in freshwa-
ter swampy areas, sometimes bit-
ing a horse or a human.
EEEV causes severe illness in
humans and horses. Symptoms
in humans develop 3-10 days after
the bite of an infected mosquito
and begin with a sudden onset of
fever, general muscle pains, and
a headache of increasing severity.
Symptoms can become more se-
vere over 1-2 weeks and infected
individuals will either recover or
show onset of inflammation of the
brain (encephalitis) with seizures
Human cases are usually pre-
ceded by those in horses. Disease
transmission does not occur direct-
ly from person to person. Those at
highest risk are people who live
in or visit woodland areas, people
who work or participate in outdoor
recreational activities where there
is greater exposure to potentially
See EEEV Pagfe 2
time to register
Planning to vote in the
Aug. 24, Primary Elec-
tion? Then make sure
you are a registered
voter and remember
to check your political
Florida is a closed Primary state
and the District 2 race for County
Commission is a closed race. Ac-
cordingly, only registered Repub-
licans in District 2 will be eligible
to vote in this party nominating
Primary Election. The winning Re-
publican will face a write-in can-
didate in the November General
The District 4 County Commis-
sion race is open, and all regis-
tered District 4 voters are eligible
to participate regardless of party
affiliation. The Flonida Constitution
provides that if all candidates have
the same party affiliation, and the
winner will not face opposition in
the General Election, all qualified
voters, regardless of party affilia-
tion, may vote in the Primary for
that office. In this race, the winner
See VOTE Pagfe 2
special to mne ImmOKalee tlullellnidernl Lynn
The best season yet...
Immokalee Little League AII-Stars in the nine and ten year old division played hard for nine
grueling days of games. The team fell just short of a winning season
Coaches: Manager: William Trevino III, Assistant Coaches: (Not Pictured) William Trevino JR.,
Juan Ramirez, and Juan Aviles. Team Mom: Angelica Ramirez. Players; (Not in order) Juan
Ramirez (Marlins), Christian Aviles (Marlins), Nathanial Betancourt (Marlins), Oscar Flores
(Rangers), (Not Pictured) Felipe Hernandez (Rangers), Jose Manny Alvarado (Brewers), Ale-
jandro Alex Arriaga (Brewers), Rudolfo Rudy Lucio (Braves), Joe Vidaurri (Braves), Christian
Ramos (Braves), Nathan Hernandez (Rays), and Anthony Enrique Segura (Rays).
For more details on the AII-Star games, please see Page 2.
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Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Vol. 43 No. 26
SChange water in plant trays, including
hangmngmplant ,e et Ies onoe bt ionsi
drainage ditches that prevent the flow of
There are vaccines available for use
in horses in protecting them against EEE,
WEE, and WNY. Horse owners should con-
tact their veterinarian about the appropriate
use of these vaccines.
For more information on mosquito-borne
illnesses, visit DOH's Environmental Health
web site at: http://www.doh.state .fl.us/Envi-
call the Collier County Health Department
at 239-252-8226. For a two-page Mosquito-
borne Disease in Florida Fact sheet describ-
ing the transmission cycle, symptoms of
illness and mosquito-borne disease preven-
tion go to:
http ://wwww doh. state. fl. us/Environment/
me dicine/arb oviral/p dfs/E ducati onalM ateri-
als/Arb ofactshe etColorEng.p df
July 8, 2010
SDrainage -- Check around your home
to rid the area of standing water, which is
whre m squ srescan Ha thei eDE (,N-
diethyl-3-methylbenzamide), picaridin, oil of
lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535. Always read
label directions carefully for the approved
usage before you apply a repellent. Some re-
pellents are not suitable for childtren.kElimi-
nation of ree ing sites is one of theys to
prTpnston. Eliminating Mosquito Breeding
Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters.
Remove old tires or drill holes in those
used in playgrounds to drain.
STurn over or remove empty plastic
SPick up all beverage containers and
SCheck tarps on boats or other equip-
ment that may collect water.
Pump out bilges on boats.
Replace water in birdbaths and pet or
Other animal feeding dishes at least once a
Continued From Pagfe
The CCHD reminds residents and visitors
to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Every-
on ts sex rge tooltl wtnhe tbasi steps to
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you
should remember the "5Ds":
.Dusk and Dawn -- Avoid being outdoors
when mosquitoes are seeking blood. For
many species, this is during the dusk and
.Dress -- Wear clothing that covers most
of your skin.
SDEET -- When the potential exists for
exposure to mosquitoes, repellents contain-
ing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or
N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) are recom-
mended. Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus,
and IR3535 are other repellent options.
will be determined in the Primary Election.
If you need to register to vote or change
your party affiliation to vote in the August 24
Primary Election, you must do so before the
July 26 deadline. In accordance with Florida
Statutes 97.053, any applicant who failed to
designate a political party affiliation is regis-
tered without party affiliation.
To verify your registration and party affili-
ation, visit the Supervisor of Elections office
Web site at www.CollierVotes.com. Under
the voter information tab, select 'review my
registration status' from the pull down menu
and follow the online instructions.
Voters without a party affiliation, or those
registered wit a minor poliia party, are
always eligible to vote for nonpartisan ju-
dicial and school board race candidates,
issues and referendums in a Primary Elec-
tion. In the General Election, all registered
voters, regardless of party affiliation, receive
the same district ballot and may vote for any
candidate or issue on that ballot.
For more information, visit the Supervi-
sor of Elections Office Web site at www.Col-
lierVotes.com or telephone 239-252-8450.
Drug Free Collier, Collier County's com-
munity anti-drug coalition, formally an-
nounces the appointment of its new Execu-
tive Director, Anne Frazier. Ms. Frazier joins
Drug Free Collier with over ten years expe-
rience in the nonprofit sector, including her
most recent position as Executive Director/
Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls
Clubs of the Blue Ridge in Martinsville, Vir-
"Anne's organizational experience, pro-
fessionalism and leadership will undoubt-
edly lead the coalition through structured
growth and towards successful sustainabil-
ity," said Chief Scott Salley, Drug Free Collier
Board President and Chief of Corrections for
the Collier County Sheriff's Office
Ms. Frazier has been working in the non-
profit sector since 1999. She has continued
her professional development by complet-
ing a Certificate in Non Profit Management
from Duke University and is a graduate of
Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Advanced
Leadership Program. She is a 2009 graduate
of the prestigious LEAD VIRGINIA program,
modeled on the theory of social capital. The
program selects and educates proven lead-
ers about regional differences, opportunities
and challenges across the Commonwealth
of Virginia. Ms. Frazier's proven abilities to
manage effectively, build social capital and
be outcomes focused has recently awarded
her the honor of being named one of Vir-
ginia Lawyer's Media's Influential Women
"I am thrilled to be the new Executive
Director for Drug Free Collier. The coalition
has created an outstanding foundation and
commitment to our kids. I feel very fortu-
nate to be a part of a dynamic team doing
such meaningful work," said Frazier
Ms. Frazier has been visiting family and
friends in the Naples area for over 28 years.
"It has been exciting to return to Collier
County, a community I deeply care about
and have always considered my second
home," she adds.
ABOUT DRUG FREE COLLIER- A non-
profit organization whose mission is to pre-
vent and reduce juvenile substance abuse
through education, promotion of services
and support in our community. For more in-
formation, visit www.DrugFreeCollier.org.
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The best team yet
The coaches of the Immokalee 9-10
year-old Minor League All-Stars believe the
community of Imm~okalee should be proud
of their Little Leaguers. Immokalee played
from June 19-27, against Alva, LaBelle, San
Carlos, Ft. Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, and
Lehigh Acres. It was a long nine days with a
couple of single days off in between, but the
Immokalee All-Stars fell short for the title this
season with a 2 and 4 record. There were
several comments made, not only by the of-
ficials, but by some of the opposing coaches
that this was the best team yet of 9 and 10
year-olds that have represented Immokalee.
"The coaches of our All-Stars, are very
proud of our kids. We would also like to
thank the parents of our kids for their sup-
port and for their attendance at the ball
games," said Coach Trevino.
Please, join in supporting the girls All-Star
Majors Softball Team (The Heat) which will
be playing in Lehigh Acres July 10, at 9 a.m.
and 11 a.m.
The Immokalee boys Junior team 13-14
year old All-Star team will be playing in San
Carlos this evening, Thursday, July 8, for the
last of two games at 8:30 p.m. Come join the
fun and thanks for your support.
County Health Dept
to hold blood drive
Collier County Health Dept. will hold
a blood drive on Monday, July 12, from
noon until 3 p.m. at 419 North First Street,
Immokalee. To sign up, please call Judes
Albert at 239-252-7326. Successful donors
will receive a free pass to Naples Zoo and
a t-shirt. Also, donors participating until
Sept. 30, can qualify for a drawing in the
vacation getaway package. Prize draw-
ings will be held on Aug. 2, Sept. 1 and
Oct. 1. Winners will be notified.
Drug Free Collier coalition
Welcome Se IleW Xcuilve director Continued From Page 1
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Letters to the Editor
Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 94. East wind between 3 and 6 mph.
Thursday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East southeast wind around 6 mph.
Florida Housing Help offers valuable
assistance to beleaguered homeowners
IMMOKALEE -Willie Nealy, 91, resident of
Immokalee past 41 years, passed Sunday, July 4,
Survivors include two daughters, Ann White of
Immokalee, and Joyce Nealy of Capitol Heights,
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 10,
2010, in Monticello. James C. Boyd Funeral
Home, 2966 Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers,
Family law seminar
Legal Aid is hosting a FREE family law
seminar for individuals who would like
to file for a divorce. The seminar is only
for individuals with no children and no
property in the marriage. Registration is
required. No walk- ins. The seminar will
be held at the Legal Aid Office at 4125 E
Tamiami Trail, Naples on Wednesday, July
15, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information
or to register call 239-775-4555
July 8, 2010
here in Immokalee. To schedule with us for
a pediatric appointment call 239-658-3011 '
for dental scheduling call 239-658-3024.
I want to thank Dr. Villarosa for all the sup-
port he has given to the community. His pas-
sion to support kids in the community went Extended Forecast
above and beyond his pediatric practice. He
made a difference for many of Immokalee's
residents. CHS is pleased to offer his patients
a new primary care "home.
Chief Medical Officer
1454 Madison Avenue
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Mostly sunny
and hot, with a high near 96. Southeast wind between 3 and 5 mph.
Friday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a
low around 74. Calm wind.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot,
with a high near 96. Light east southeast wind.
Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 73.
Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high
Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with
a low around 73.
Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high
Florida Housing Help is designed to
educate and assist families facing foreclo-
sure. The workshop set to take place on
Saturday, July 17, at the Immokalee Career
& Service Center, 750 South Fifth Street,
Immokalee, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is a bi-lingual event will include op-
portunities to meet with mortgage lenders,
HUD-certified housing counselors, local
housing authorities, legal assistance, credit
counseling services, and many other fore-
closure assistance programs. Chase, Bank
of America, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and
Fifth Third Bank will have lost mitigation
teams on site.
Please bring these items if applicable:
*Recent paycheck stubs and bank ac-
*Driver License or picture ID and Social
*Income Tax Returns along with W-2
*Hardship letter explaining delinquen-
cy of mortgage payments or any gap in
*Statements or bills documenting all
*Recent correspondence from mort-
gage company and last mortgage state-
*Current property tax bill and proof of
A community outreach program spon-
sored by the Florida Department of Finan-
cial Services, Division of Consumer Servic-
es in partnership with The Empowerment
Alliance of Southwest Florida.
For more information please visit www.
MyFloridaCFO.com or call 850-413-3089 or
Good Luck Dr. Villarosa
We at CHS Healthcare, want to wish
Dr. Villarosa success in his move to Texas.
Our staff understands that he will be greatly
missed by his young patients and their fami-
lies. I wanted to take this opportunity to ad-
dress the Immokalee community, so that no
one in this very special corner of our county
ever feels they have nowhere to go for pri-
mary health care.
Our CHS/FSU pediatric primary care
practice welcomes those in our community
who are in need of a primary care "home"
for their children. We have been here, in
Immokalee, for over 30 years and understand
the special needs of the residents. Our staff is
bilingual and whenever possible our patient
information is in multiple languages. CHS
offers both medical and dental care services
IHS outshines others at Ir Z,~,~1r,. E-l~~8'"
national BETA convention
through Friday, from 9 a.In. until 5 p.In., and
Saturday from 9 a.In. until 4 p.In. Admission
is free and the site is handicapped accessible.
For more information, visit www.collierinu-
seuins.coln or call 239-252-8287.
Inc will be permanently
closed on July 30, 2010!
Dr. V is moving to
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July 8, 2010
The Irnrokalee High School (IHS) BETA
Club recently sent 56 of its nernbers to the
30Oth Annual National BETA Club Convention
held in Louisville, Ky. The there of the con-
vention was "Beta -A Circle of Winners."
The Irnrokalee club had cause to celebrate
as it received numerous accolades. In the
tearn competitions IHS placed first in Scrap-
book, second in Campaign Skit, fourth in
Banner, and sixth in Talent. Other notable
SMarisela Mendoza, 1st place -On-Site
SJehia Joseph, Runner-up for National
SLinda Jean Pierre, 5th place -Oratory
There is no official overall ranking for
BETA clubs at the National Convention;
however out of the more than 200 schools
participating, Irnrokalee took horne the
Inost trophies and brought the largest del-
BETA is an acronym for Better Educa-
tion Through Achievement. The club Inotto
is "Let us lead by serving others." To be
eligible to take part in convention activities,
BETA nernbers must maintain a 3.0 Grade
Point Average. IHS has been involved with
BETA for 55 years, and the club has a proud
history of doing exceptionally well in both
state and national competitions, having won
awards at the state level every year since the
Inid-80s and at the national level every year
"IHS club's accornplishrnents continued
their legacy and keeps then as one of the
top performing clubs in the nation," says
IHS activities coordinator Linda Ayer. The
club wants to thank the cornrunity for their
continued support, especially The Irnroka-
lee Foundation and Suncoast Federal Credit
If you'd like to make a contribution, or
help in any way, please call the IHS School
Activities Office at 239-377-1818, or reach
Ayer via e-inail at averli(ecollier.kl2.fl.us.
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/IHS
A spirited group of young people descended upon the National BETA Club Con-
vention in Louisville, Ky. determined to showcase their talents. The club took
some of the top spots at the competition bringing one of the largest delega-
Discover history infused with a little dra-
inatic stage presence with Collier County
Museuln's newly launched theatre company
beginning October 2010. The Historically
Speaking Theatre Company is currently scout-
ing for prospective inembers to join in the fun
of bringing history to life on the stage.
ber 2 10 aet thi promne rf w ila ling
niversary, this story recounts how Edgar J.
Watson, a sly yet reserved sugarcane farmer
in the swampy, Inosquito-infested Ten Thou-
sand Islands of Florida, was murdered by lo-
cal Chokoloskee residents.
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elusive performances. The theatre company
is also looking for prospective participants to
include in their newly created company. Peo-
ple interested in becoming a part of the His-
torically Speaking Theatre Company, please
contact Mary Margaret Gruszka at the Collier
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County Museum, 239-252-8287.
About Collier County Museums: More
than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida His-
tory is on display at Collier County Museums'
four locations -the main Inuseuin location
in Naples, two additional Inuseuin facilities
in Everglades City and Imniokalee, and the
historic Naples Depot, a former train station
and local favorite in the heart of downtown
Naples. The main facility is open Monday
Museum launches theatre company and seeks new members
Justin Walker follows
his dream on a bull
niors that total over $325,000.
For more information on the HRSRA
you can go to their Web site at www.nhrsa.
Justin is to be congratulated on his suc-
cess. If anyone would like to help with tray-
eling expenses, they may contact Regina
Walker at 863-673-4163 for more informa-
tion. Justin wishes to say thank all you to
all who have helped so far and God Bless.
News in Brief
Head Start program
now registering for fall
The Head Start Program is currently reg-
istering children for the upcoming 2010-11
school year. In order to be eligible for Head
Start, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 1,
of the current year, and a family must meet
low income guidelines. Families most in
need may apply for limited spots. To regis-
ter, provide two proofs of residency (rental
agreement utility bill) and other items. For
more information on items needed, please
contact the Head Start Office at 239-377-
0590 or visit their Web site at: http://www.
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The cowboy tradition is alive and well
in Justin Walker He is the first Florida High
School Rodeo Association (FHSRA) Bull-
riding champion ever from LaBelle, and is
living his dream. Just 18, he is a 2010 grad-
uate of LaBelle High School and is headed
to Gillette, Wy., from July 18-24, to com-
pete in the National High School Finals Ro-
deo. Justin recently won the Florida High
School Rodeo Championship in bulliding
this past May.
Justin began his bullriding career at age
five, with mutton busting riding sheep
-but that just whetted his appetite. His
grandfather and father had both ridden
bulls and Justin felt that same pull. He's
been riding bulls since he was 12 years old
and his dream is to ride in the Professional
Bull Riders (PBR).
Justin also enjoys helping teach the
younger ones bull riding techniques at Bull
Pit Ministries. The son of Tommy and Re-
gina Walker, Justin is planning to attend
college in the fall to study ranch manage-
The NHRSA Finals is the largest rodeo
with over 1,600 contestants from 41 states,
five Canadian provinces and Australia com-
peting in 11 events over six days. There are
scholarships available to competing se-
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/DAS
Pets of the Week
Peyton is a male gray domestic short haired 3 month old kitten. He loves to
play with other cats and has a blast with his toys. Sandi is a female cream
and white color short hair 5 year old kitty. She has been front declawed and
would love to be an indoor kitty. Jade is a two year old tan and white female
boxer. She is very gentle, playful and fun to have around. Lance is a hand-
some year and a half old Catahoula mix gentleman. He is well behaved and
likes to go for long walks. Adopt from Collier County Domestic Animal Ser-
vices (DAS) by calling 239-252-PETS or by visiting the shelter at 7610 Davis
Blvd. Online at www.collierpets.com.
Young Justin Walker is only 18 but h
has big dreams of becoming the bs
in his field of bullriding.
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TALLAHASSEE- Continuing his commit-
ment to strengthening Florida's workforce,
Governor Charlie Crist has announced a
new, major public-private partnership be-
tween Microsoft and the State of Florida to
provide free technology training to individu-
als across the state. Through the Microsoft
Elevate America initiative, Microsoft has
partnered with Workforce Florida Inc. to do-
nate to the state 40,000 vouchers for no-cost,
online technology training and certification
through all of the state's 24 Regional Work-
force Boards. The Elevate America program
complements Workforce Florida's ongoing
efforts to bolster digital access and literacy
and to provide resources to individuals and
employers seeking talent development re-
"On behalf of all Floridians, I want to
thank Microsoft for helping us in our ongo-
ing efforts to prepare Floridians to work and
prosper in our increasingly high-tech, global
economy," said Governor Crist. "These
vouchers will go a long way toward making
Florida job seekers competitive in today's
marketplace while preparing them for the
opportunities of the future.
Each training voucher is redeemable for
one e-learning course or certification exam.
E-learning courses, available online, are self-
paced and offer beginning and intermediate
training on Microsoft Windows or on one of
the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite.
Also offered are IT Professional vouchers for
courses tailored to the needs of individuals
in technical professional career tracks in ar-
eas such as web development or database
management. Certification exams must be
taken at Certiport Testing Centers.
Governor Crist made today's announce-
ment at the WORKFORCE plus One-Stop
Center, the Regional Workforce Board of
Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties, along
with representatives from Microsoft, Work-
force Florida, the Agency for Workforce In-
novation and the WORKFORCE plus Board
"We created the Elevate America pro-
gram to help equip people with the critical
technology skills they need in today's com-
petitive workplace," said Terrance Herron,
Director of State Government Affairs for Mi-
crosoft Corporation. "We believe this type
of public-private partnership will play an
important role in rebuilding Florida's and
the nation's economy by offering immediate
access to basic technology literacy and skills
training to ultimately improve recipients'
In its role as Microsoft's "designated part-
ner" for administration of Elevate America
in Florida, Workforce Florida will work with
the Agency for Workforce Innovation and
the Regional Workforce Boards to distribute
and track the use of the Microsoft vouchers.
"Microsoft's timing could not be better,"
said Chris Hart IV, Workforce Florida Presi-
dent and CEO. "Our top priority is getting
Floridians back to work, and this initiative
is one more tool to help us do that across
the state. In particular, we are committed
to increasing digital access and literacy in
Florida. Elevate America is not only helping
us advance that goal, but it also is shoring up
our efforts to raise awareness of the impor-
tance of digital literacy and access to every
Vouchers will be available through all 24
Regional Workforce Boards beginning today
through Aug. 21, or while supplies last. All
vouchers must be activated by Aug. 21. E-
learning vouchers are good for 12 months
after the date of activation. Certification
exam vouchers must be activated and used
by Aug. 2 1. There is no cost for the e-learning
and certification exam vouchers. However,
in some instances a small proctoring fee
may be charged by a Certiport Testing Cen-
ter, where exams must be administered.
Florida is the 24th state to participate in
Elevate America, a groundbreaking initia-
tive to prepare workers for the demands of a
21st century economy.
Microsoft announced the Elevate Amer-
ica program at the National Governors As-
sociation Winter Conference in February
2009. The trutiative is expected to provide
up to one million vouchers nationwide for
Microsoft e-learning courses and select Mi-
crosoft certification exams at no or low cost
to recipients. The program, part of Micro-
soft's overall Unlimited Potential efforts to
improve social and economic opportunities
for people, will provide technology training
for up to two million people during the next
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the online portal for Florida's program, Flo-
ridians can find an electronic voucher appli-
cation, a list of Regional Workforce Boards
as well as participation guidelines for their
community. In addition, a list of regional El-
evate America point staff and their contact
information can be found there, along with
a list of Certiport Testing Centers by region.
cost $30 plus a $25 acceptance fee for first
time applicants over the age of 16 years old.
In addition, passport card renewals will in-
crease to $30 from $20, and minors will now
pay $40, up from $35.
Passport information and applications are
available at all Clerk of Courts' offices and at
www.CollierClerk.com or citizens can visit
the U.S. Department of State website: http://
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to avoid a fee increase that will go into effect
on that date.
Dwight Brock stated "I want the public
to know about this fee increase in advance
because an additional $35 means a lot to a
lot of people these days."
The Clerk of Courts Office is an official
passport acceptance agency for the U.S.
Department of State and in that capacity the
clerk's staff assists citizens by reviewing and
mailing their passport applications and re-
First time passport book applicants will
be charged $110 plus a $25 execution fee,
bringing the total to $135, up from $100. Re-
newals will go up to $110 from the current
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By D. Hamilton
Sumniertilne brings hot weather blooms,
afternoon rains and humniingbirds.
If you've ever had the pleasure of watching
these little ones, you were probably amazed
and inesinerized by their quickness, ability to
hover in mid air and even to fly backwards.
Humniingbirds do not actually, "Huln." It
is the sheer speed of their wings beating at
50-200 beats per second that produces the
Strangely enough, according to the 11ni-
versity of Florida Extension Service, Hun-
Iningbirds only live in the Americas. There
are over 300 species with 16 of those found
in the 11.S. Florida has just three main species
with the ruby-throated humniingbird as the
Humniingbirds nest in Florida beginning
in April. They only produce two tiny half-inch
eggs that hatch in less than 3 weeks. In about
a month after that, the young ones leave the
Humniingbirds will remain late in the year
in some parts of the South Florida region,
however, most will migrate farther south
to Mexico and South America until at least
March before returning for spring's warmer
weather. Male humniingbirds return about a
week before females.
R> attract hurniingbirds to a particular
area, offer them what they like. Fresh nectar
kept in feeders will keep them corning back.
Once the "feeding path" has been estab-
lished, the feeder must be kept filled or they
will move on to another steady feeding area.
The humniingbird draws the nectar fromn
either feeder or flower through long needle-
like bills and tongues specially adapted to
reach into feeders and also into deep flow-
esFor such tiny birds at just 3 inches in many
cases, they have huge appetites, feeding ev-
ery 10 to 15 minutes. Humniingbirds do not
feed during the night time hours so they con-
suine almost half their weight in food and
about eight times their weight in water.
The heartrate and temperature of the
humniingbird drops during darkness help-
ing them to store and conserve energy until
Using a feeder purchased at a local store
is one way to keep the hurniingbirds con-
ing back. Preinixed or a packaged nectar
solution mixed with water is best because
it contains more than just sugar and water.
It is much like they would find in a meal of
wildflower nectars. Also, humniingbirds are
drawn to the red color in preinixed or instant
nectars. Never, never use sugar substitutes
or honey sweeteners in humniingbird feed-
ers. The humniingbird will be attracted but
the content could be deadly using either of
Feeders used with instant or preinixed
nectars should not be hung in direct sunlight.
The heat can cause bacteria to grow and the
birds could die from the contaminated wa-
ter. Change the nectar solution every 3-5
days washing the feeder only with hot water
and white vinegar.
What about a natural place for humniing-
birds to dine? Planting brightly colored flow-
ers are one way to draw them. They will try
different kinds until they find one that suits
Flowers that are tubular and large or those
hanging in clusters hold a large amount of
nectar, enough for a quick sip
The humniingbird garden should have a
number of possibilities available from March
through September and in South Florida, into
the months of October and November.
Humniingbirds are territorial and can
be aggressive in and around their feeding
area. R> avoid this, having several different
groupings of flowers will keep the conflict
between feeding humniingbirds down to a
Some of the native species to consider
in a humniingbird garden might include
Bottlebrush trees, Butterfly Bush, Firebush,
Red Star Hibiscus, Cross Vine, Trumpet Vine,
Coral Honeysuckle, Butterfly Milkweed, Red
Basil, PShrini Plant, Car inalGFlower, Obe
Vine, Standing Cypress, Bee Balin, Fuchsia,
Columbine, Hollyhock and Red-Hot Poker.
There are more, depending on where you
live in Florida and the area that you wish to
dedicate for your garden.
For more information on humniingbirds,
check out the University of Florida Extension
Service web site at http://solutionsforyour-
For more photos of hurniingbird species
recorded in Florida go to: http://floridahumn-
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Getting the last sip before darkness falls is the female Ruby-throated Hum-
mingbird (top). Once nightfall is complete, the hummingbird will not feed and
must conserve energy until daylight. This female Ruby-throated hummingbird
(bottom left) is one of the most common species to visit local feeders and blos-
soms. The hummingbird's ability to hover in mid air and even fly backwards is
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