9/8/2017 Issued by North Collier Fire District and Collier County

Hurricane Irma models are projecting the storm to hit the West Coast. In preparation for the coming storm, the EOC issued mandatory evacuations for residents West and South of US 41.

There is a projected storm surge of 9-feet along Coastal Collier County. These areas include: Barefoot Beach, Gulf Shore Drive, Vanderbilt Beach, Pelican Bay and Clam Pass.

As of 5 p.m. on Friday, these shelters are open and not at capacity.

Corkscrew Middle School 377-3400
1165 County Road 858

Cypress Palm Middle 377-5200
4255 18th Ave NE
Palmetto Ridge HS (special needs, pre-registry required) 377-2400
1655 Victory Lane
If you have questions please call the Collier Information Hotline 239-252-8444 or 311.
Emergency Shelters – Those who plan to use emergency shelters should take any necessary medications, cell phone chargers, toiletries, favorite snacks and anything else they need to be comfortable.
special needs only shelter opened at Palmetto Ridge High School, 1655 Victory Lane, Naples, Florida 34120, for electrically dependent or bed ridden pre-registered clients who require nursing care. A family member or caregiver is asked to accompany the special needs person at the shelter.
General population shelters are open at the following locations:
  • Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee, Florida 34142 (no pets)
  • Immokalee Middle School, 401 N. 9th St., Immokalee, Florida 34142 (pets allowed)
  • Cypress Palm Middle School, 4255 18th Ave. NE, Naples, Florida 34120 (pets allowed)
  • Gulf Coast High School, 7878 Shark Way, Naples, Florida 34119 (no pets)
  • Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples, Florida 34116 (no pets)
The following shelters are full and not accepting any new evacuees:
  • North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, Florida 34109 (pets allowed)
  • Oak Ridge Middle School, 14975 Collier Blvd., Naples, Florida 34119 (no pets)
  • Lely High School, 1 Lely High School Blvd., Naples, Florida 34113 (no pets)
Note the shelters at Immokalee Middle, Cypress Palm and North Collier Regional Park will be pet friendly for vaccinated and crated dogs and cats only. Pet owners must bring their vaccination records, the appropriate size kennel for their animals, food and water for a minimum of three days, bowls and all supplies including waste bags and litter. When taking pets outside, they must remain leashed, and pet owners are responsible for picking up pet waste.  There must be a family member or care taker of the pet present in the shelter always.
Collier Area Transit (CAT) – To facilitate transportation to and from the county’s emergency shelters, Collier Area Transit fares will be waived until the emergency shelters close. Buses with routes close to open shelters will deviate to take residents who need a ride to the shelter.
All non-essential Collier County government facilities are closed until Monday. This includes parks, libraries, permitting services, etc.


The Foundation has begun hurricane preparations and will continue to monitor Hurricane Irma’s path.  Collier County residents are encouraged to be proactive and make a plan.  This also includes voluntary evacuation although the County has not implemented mandatory evacuations at this time.

This article is dedicated to Hurricane Irma resources, but we encourage all members to use www.colliergov.net , www.colliersheriff.org,  www.Collier72.org or other national official websites like www.nhc.noaa.govwww.ready.gov to find information on how to prepare for the hurricane.

While we are currently in a State of Emergency, the Foundation is continuing to take precautionary measures.  We will cease operations this evening and will be closed through Sunday, September 10. At this time, we are tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, September 11, pending weather conditions.

Today, staff will continue to be on site to secure equipment and close down Foundation buildings and operations which include the Commons Building, Community Center, tennis facilities, fitness facilities, both restaurants and beach facilities with enough time for staff to secure their own homes, etc.  Collier County Public School District has also closed schools for Thursday and Friday and some are in preparation for shelter conversion.

The Foundation closure will affect the following:

  • Member/Guest Services: No guest card request orders for the aforementioned dates
  • Tennis pro shops / courts closed (No court play. Nets will be down.)
  • Fitness & Wellness appointments and classes are canceled
  • Trams will be secured off-site
  • Staff, including security, will not be present at the beach, restaurants and tram stations
  • Marker 36 parking lot remains closed
  • It’s also important to note that the Clam Pass Parking Lot is closed for construction. However, if members need to remove or secure their kayaks currently in storage, there is limited access to do so.

We will continue to monitor and produce any new updates via e-newsletter, website and push notifications pending the availability of internet service.