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Fiddler’s Creek Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

On April 19, 2011, Fiddler’s Creek® was recognized as a Firewise Communities/USA® site by the Florida Division of Forestry for their community efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire.

The award was presented during the Annual Foundation Meeting held at The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples. Over 150 Fiddler’s Creek homeowners were at the meeting. Also attending were Firewise representative & Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Victor Hill and East Naples Fire District Community Relations Officer, Greg Spears. The award was presented to Fiddler’s Creek with Mr. Ron Albeit, General Manager and Russ Rainey, Fiddler’s Creek homeowner and Community Firewise Board President accepting the award.

“After surveying the Fiddler’s Creek area, we were able to identify areas of concern in case a fire where to come our way. It is important to educate Fiddler’s Creek homeowners in all of the villages. On May 3rd, we will meet with the village representatives to review our findings. All Fiddler’s Creek homeowners are encouraged to attend.” stated Russ Rainey, Fiddler’s Creek homeowner and Community Firewise Board President. Our team worked hard for this award,” continued Rainey.

Fiddler’s Creek homeowners worked with Victor Hill, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist to conduct a wildfire hazard assessment and develop a plan to address safety concerns. Homeowners then worked together to implement the plan.

“This designation recognizes the work Fiddler’s Creek homeowners did in coming together and identifying wildfire risk. Going forward, Fiddler’s Creek is able to work with the Florida Division of Forestry and other land management professionals as they continue to manage their beautiful property in a firewise manner and reduce their risk of a wild fire,” stated Mr. Hill.

Fiddler’s Creek is 1 of 50 communities in Florida to be recognized as a Firewise Communities/USA, joining other communities nationwide that have been recognized since the program’s inception in 2002.

To receive Firewise Communities/USA recognition, Fiddler’s Creek met a rigorous set of requirements. The community completed the following activities:

• Conducted vegetation and fuel mitigation at various points around the perimeter of Fiddler’s Creek

• Removed flammable vegetation from around homes and other neighborhood structures

• Worked with Caloosahatchee Forestry Center and East Naples Fire District to learn about and conduct a wildfire risk assessment with Community CERT members

• Held a Firewise Day event during which Firewise information was distributed

Fiddler’s Creek Receives WRAP Award – “Waste Reduction Awards Program”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Dean Staar, Ron Albeit and CDD Board Member Phil Brougham accept the award

Dean Staar, Ron Albeit and CDD Board Member Phil Brougham accept the award

On Monday, June 8th, The Board of County Commissioners recognized The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek as the recipient of the “WRAP” Award for their enhanced and innovative recycling programs and for contributing to the greater good of Collier County by promoting “green” business practices, thereby helping to prolong the usable life of the Collier County Landfill.

The Board of County Commissioners and the Solid Waste Management Department congratulated Ron Albeit, General Manager, Phil Brougham, Chairman of Fiddler’s Creek CDD1, Dean Staar, Director of Engineering and all the staff of The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek for their outstanding green business practices and continued efforts to promote waste reduction and recycling. Their “green team” promotes environmental awareness and sets a positive example for others. Their initiatives will have a significant affect in sustaining the usable life of the Collier County Landfill and protecting the environment.

General Manager, Ron Albeit commented, “Our residents participation and support helped make our program successful. Sincere thanks goes out to Phil Brougham for nominating The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek for this award.”

According to the proclamation, The Club and Spa at Fiddler’s Creek demonstrates a good example for other businesses in the area. Their recycling program and green initiatives include:
• Providing staff members with a box container for the easy collection of recyclable office paper. Minimize waste by recycling shredded paper, newspaper, cardboard, aluminum cans, batteries and printer cartridges.
• Purchasing preference for recycled, re-manufactured, environmentally sensitive products and services.
• Reducing the number of paper-based communications by sending out weekly announcements through email blast, sending out a monthly Newsletter, and updating announcements on their in-house TV channel.
• Using silverware, glass and ceramic mugs for daily coffee and meals. Discourage use of Styrofoam, disposable plastic ware and minimize use of single-serve/pre-packaged condiments.
• Adding recycle bins in all areas; both front of the building for members and back of the building for employees.
• Initiating an extensive employee Environmental Policy to be signed by all employees requiring commitment to following its guidelines pertaining to the recycling and waste reduction green program.

The WRAP Award program includes a framed certificate, a trophy, use of the WRAP logo and space on the website showcasing their waste reduction and recycling program.