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US41/951 Construction Traffic Update October 17, 2014 - U.S. 41 East (East Tamiami Trail) and Collier Boulevard Intersection – On Collier Boulevard just south of U.S. 41 expect southbound intermittent lane closures with traffic reduced from two through lanes to ONE THROUGH LANE at times beginning on Friday, Oct. 17 OVERNIGHT from approximately 6 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 20 at 5 a.m., weather permitting, as crews continue placing drainage pipes under the roadway across the southbound Collier Boulevard travel lanes. Access to all businesses in the area will be maintained. Business access signs are posted. Detour signs are posted to direct pedestrian/bicycle traffic to alternate routes. The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph in this area during the construction project. Law enforcement officers, electronic message boards, lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers. Travelers who do not have a destination in this vicinity may want to seek an alternate route during this needed construction work. This work is part of the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The project limits extend approximately one-quarter mile north on Collier Boulevard, as well as one-quarter mile east and west on U.S. 41 and three miles south on Collier Boulevard to just south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway. Please drive with caution. EXPECT DELAYS.

BOAT FOR SALE...2008 Cobia 186 Center Console; Yamaha 90 4 stroke with only 300 plus hours; Amera trailer (alum & Stainless steel parts) with break away tongue; remote control Minnkota trolling mtr/80 lb thrust; Lowrance GPS & Fish finder; on board battery charger/ 24 volt system. Excellent Condition & much more. $19,800. Jim Boettner. 651-402-5741.

Port News September 2014 just published and coming with your September water bill. The Port News is now distributed/mailed with the water bills or you can pick up at the office, or download the latest issues on our web site from the Community page, scroll to the bottom of the page for links. (Posted September 13, 2014)

NEW ISO RATING FOR FIRE STATION We have a new ISO rating with the new fire station in place...check with your insurance company to see if your rates may be lowered. Download it. (Posted April 6, 2014)

FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE Come celebrate the grand opening of Port of the Islands Station 61...Ochopee Fire District's new fire station! Saturday, April 19, 2014 9am-11am Coffee & donuts will be served too. Sponsored by Ochopee Fire District, Port of the Islands Realty, and all the firefighters who have worked hard to get the station up and running, doing all kinds of handy jobs that saved our district lots of money. (Posted April 2, 2014)

Port News March 2014 just published. The Port News is now distributed/mailed with the water bills or you can pick up at the office, or download the latest issues on our web site from the Community page. (Posted March 15, 2014)

UPDATE HOTEL RESTAURANT Now open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday...and looks like a great menu for everyone! (Posted March 15, 2014)

FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON The Lunch & Style Show is on for Wednesday, March 12, 12:00 at the Hotel Restaurant. A buffet lunch will be served and the cost is $15 per person. For reservations, call Mary Ann Cane Mary Ann Kane (389-7454). (Posted March 5, 2014)

Port of the Islands Manatee Mitigation Presentation - Lots of residents turned out for the presentation last week at the Orchid Cove Clubhouse...it was a very good showing. It was reported the weir will not be moved and the channel by the marinas will not be dredged deeper. The new idea on the table is to put in an "oxbow" just south of the community in the canal. It will be about the length of two football fields and 20 feet deep, as that is where the warmer water is. A geo-technical survey is now being done...you may see them just as you leave the community on the right side of the canal. (Posted 3/1/2014)

PRESS RELEASE - TOWN HALL MEETING - District 1 Commissioner Donna Fiala Announces 2014 Town Hall Meetings. Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, District 1, invites Collier County residents to attend the first of two Town Hall Meetings on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marco Island Historical Museum Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Fla. Commissioner Fiala will provide opening remarks and introduce members of county administrative staff: Collier County Manager Leo Ochs, Jr.; Public Services Division Administrator Steve Carnell; Parks and Recreation Department Director Barry Williams; Growth Management Division Operations and Regulatory Management Department Director Jamie French; Transportation Engineering Department Director Jay Ahmad; and Collier County Hearing Examiner Mark Strain. “A Town Hall Meeting provides me the opportunity to bring county government home to the citizens of my district,” said Commissioner Fiala. “Members of the community who attend will hear recent status reports and can also voice their issues of concern directly to me and county staff.” Speakers will have 10 minutes each to present an overview of their position, updates, and projects specific to Marco Island and vicinity. A question-and-answer period will follow. Commissioner Fiala will close the meeting. The second District 1 Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Fla. County administrative staff will be guest speakers. “I invite District 1 residents to one of these meetings to learn about government services, facilities and programs,” said Commissioner Fiala. “In an effort to be 100 percent accessible to my constituents, I look forward to these forums that have proven effective in the comprehensive exchange of information and ideas.” (Posted 2/19/2014)

YOU ARE INVITED to the PORT OF THE ISLANDS SOCIAL - Live Music, Food, Cold Beer, Dancing and more! Come and enjoy your community on Saturday, March 1st from 12 to 5 PM at the Marina Ship Store. For more information contact The Ship Store 239-642-3133. Live Music by Renee Hose. Get the flyer. (Posted Feb 17, 2014)

YOU ARE INVITED Port of the Islands Manatee Mitigation - Picayune Strand Restoration Project, February 21, 2014 at 12 Noon
Orchid Cove Clubhouse. There will be a presentation after the CID meeting with representatives from South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The initial concept to move the weir on the north side of the canal has been reviewed further and they are now looking at new alternatives. Come hear what they have in mind. Comments and questions will be welcomed. (Posted Feb 12, 2014)

FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON CHANGE OF DATE Regrettably the date for the Lunch & Style Show has been changed to Wednesday, March 12, 12:00 at the Hotel. Mary Ann Kane is working with the new restaurant manager, who has been delayed due to the snow storms up north. (Feb 15,2014) ................POSTED EARLIER: There will be a Port of the Islands Ladies' Lunch with fashion show (clothes probably from Anthony's) on Wednesday, February 26, at 12:00 at the Hotel. Mary Ann Kane is working out details. Please spread the word!More details to come. (Posted Feb 12, 2014)

PORT ANNUAL GARAGE SALE - GET YOUR "STUFF" READY! Saturday, February 22, 2014. (February 10, 2014)

FISHING REPORTS - By Capt. Jim Ponder New on the website! (February 1, 2014)

PORT ANNUAL GARAGE SALE - WILL YOU BE PARTICIPATING? We need a number of participants. Please let us know (info@poirealty.com) if you will be participating in the garage sale this year on Saturday, February 22, 2014. (January 11, 2014)

PORT DIRECTORY...They are printed and ready! Stop by the Port of the Islands real estate office and pick up a copy. (December 30, 2013)

PORT DIRECTORY...If you haven't sent in your Port Directory form and you want to be included, the deadline is September 15, 2013. Get a copy of the Port Directory Form now and send it in. The form can also be found in the Spring 2013 Port News and the Summer 2013 Port News...Posted August 17, 2013

FIRE STATION PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 12th!...Demolition work will begin Monday, completion is expected by February 2014... Posted August 8, 2013.

FIRE STATION APPROVED ...The marina building modification contract to convert to fire station was approved by the Collier County Board of Commissioners. It's expected to be complete before year's end. Check back for schedule of work... Posted July 12, 2013.

BOAT RAMP SCHEDULED TO CLOSE JUNE 17, 2013... Work will begin first week in June. They are adding concrete slabs to extend the ramp and the contractor plans to wait until all of the slabs are onsite allowing the ramp to stay open as much as possible. Time to complete the project is apprx. 60 days once it starts.. Posted May 18, 2013.

NEW BOAT RAMP WORK SCHEDULED FOR end of May, first of June..Work to begin end of May, first part of June 2013. They are
adding concrete slabs to extend the ramp and the contractor may be able to hold off demolition until all of the slabs are onsite allowing the ramp to stay open as much as possible. A firm date will be posted approximately two weeks before work commences.
Time to complete the project is 60-90 days once it starts. This project was postponed during the winter months as requested by many. Posted April 24, 2013.

Fire Code Notice ...Please be advised the Ochopee Fire Dept will be making inspections of each building looking for items in walkways that could slow egress from units in case of emergency. Violations will be issued for items found to be in violation of fire code. The violations will be issued to unit owner NOT association. Please remove any items in walkways or stairways as soon as possible....tables, chairs, benches, potted plants, etc. Posted 4/8/2013

IMPORTANT! NEW WATER BILLING & CHANGES PHONE NUMBER is 800-535-6832 X120. DO NOT USE the old number in the Port Directory, it is some sort of $9.99/month Phone Look Up Service and they send you phone texts. Posted 4/4/2013

March 1st 2013 Burn Notice...A prescribed burn is planned in the preserve just east of Cays Drive this Friday or Saturday, winds & weather permitting. They are notifying home owners along Cays.

Fire Station POI Newsletter update...according to Chief Alan McLaughlin who attended the CID meeting Friday, the fire station renovation at the marina building is still on schedule. As far as the loan from the county to complete the project, it has been estimated it would cost all residents in the Ochopee district about $20/year for 3 years. But until the project has been bid out and awarded, final numbers have not yet been set. We will keep you updated. (posted 1/19/2013)

New CID Board Supervisor Named at monthly meeting, January 18, 2013. Tony Davis will be filling Chuck Custer's position on the board for the remainder of his term through 2014. Welcome aboard Tony.

New Water Plant Tour & Barbecue - January 18, 2013 12:30pm. Sign up now to attend...Please RSVP to poicidrsvp@gmail.com (preferred) or leave message at 239-394-0432. It was a very good turnout for the dedication, tour, and bbq Friday. About 250 people attended!

New Irrigation Water Restrictions In Effect 3/26/2011:
The Port uses groundwater to supplement reclaimed water for irrigation. The new Restrictions apply to everyone at the Port. All irrigation must now be done between midnight and 8am, prohibited from 8am - midnight. Even numbered and Associations with Odd & Even on same water line Thursday and Sundays. Odd numbered Wednesday & Saturday See attached for complete Collier Info. (Posted 3/22/2011)

Port News is now distributed/mailed with the water bills or you can pick up at the office, or download on our web site from the Community page.

Procedure for TURNING OFF WATER at the Backflow Preventer - For residents of the Port who want to turn their water service off while they are away for extended periods of time please follow the following instructions: To extend the service life of the backflow preventer you will turn off the valve after the backflow. This will ensure that the gaskets, o-rings, etc… will remain under pressure and wet while the water is off to your home. In the picture you see that the side of the backflow is marked with the direction of flow. The valve located at the discharge side of the backflow is the proper valve to shut, as shown in the picture. Not all properties are equiped with the Backflow Preventer, it is an on-going project to get them all done.

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Port of the Islands is a direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and 10,000 Islands boating and fishing community in Naples Florida, at the edge of the Everglades just 20 miles south of cosmopolitan downtown 5th Avenue and Naples white sandy beaches. Some of the best fishing in Southwest Florida is just steps from your door. Fish for tarpon, snook, redfish, snapper, pompano, trout, catfish...or head across the street where the fresh water river boasts bass fishing! Watch the manatees play, gators cruise, even the dolphins make their way up the channel. Nature is all around the Port of the Islands community. You'll see eagles soar, egrets, and pelicans. Port of the Islands Realty offers luxury homes, villas, condos, hotel condos, and lots. Boat docks, boat lifts, private pools and spas are just some of the amenities our home owners enjoy.

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