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Marco Island man buys vacant land, turns into tortoise sanctuary

MARCO ISLAND, Fla.– Doug Meester has quiet neighbors and, thanks to him, his neighbors will stay quiet.  The Marco Island man purchased a vacant plot of land next door to his property earlier this year and plans to keep it as a gopher tortoise sanctuary. Dozens of tortoises already live on the property as well as hundreds of other animals who live in the tortoises’ burrows.  If Doug hadn’t purchased the land, it is likely a home would have been built instead. “I thought it was the most generous thing a human could do for conservation,” said Brittany Piersma,...

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‘Morning Mom’ makes breakfast with love at Naples youth shelter

NAPLES, Fla. – Before the sun rises, Terri Robert’s cooking begins. Affectionately known as the “Morning Mom”, Terri prepares breakfast each morning at the Youth Haven youth shelter in Naples.  “There’s a difference between someone that’s just preparing food and someone who really cares,” Terri said. And she is one of the people who cares. A former resort conference services and catering director, Terri moved to Florida with her husband several years ago. She quickly became known for her warm personality and kind heart after taking the morning cooking...

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Miniature therapy horses make for sweet visitors inside Naples assisted living community

NAPLES, Fla. – Alice Taylor has spent more than 20 years living within the Vi at Bentley Village senior living community in Naples. Never before has she received visitors like the ones she got last week.  “Well look at that,” Alice exclaimed as the guests trotted in. They were a pair of miniature horses from the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center.  Alice, who now resides within assisted living at Vi, couldn’t stop smiling by the visit.  “My favorite part is when we come in and everyone gasps with joy and excitement,” Missy Lamont, the NTRC...

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