Friends and Partners

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Sports Council of Collier County

Sports CouncilThe Sports Council of Collier County was born in 2006 and continues to grow with great sporting events, tournaments, and trainings every year.

The Sports Council of Collier County is a partnership between dedicated hoteliers, corporate sponsors, the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau that understand and support sports organizations bringing tournaments and training to the unique and beautiful destination of Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades.

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Friends of Barefoot Beach

FOBBThe Friends of Barefoot Beach, Inc., a non-for-profit organization, 400 families strong organized in 1990 for the purpose of preserving coastal and wetland habitats; specifically one of the last undeveloped southwest Florida barrier islands, Barefoot Beach. The Friends, through one of the most successful letter writing campaigns, convinced the State of Florida and Collier County Governments that this 342-acre barrier island, Barefoot Beach, was a gem worth preserving. The Friends built and manage an Environmental Learning Center at the Preserve in addition to hosting one of the most popular natural history lecture series in the area. They assist with trail maintenance, removal of exotic vegetation, public relations, and marketing. They participate in the annual Coastal Clean-up events. The Friends have established a Foundation to insure that their mission goes on for years to come.

Visit the Friends of Barefoot Beach website

 Friends of Tigertail Beach

FOTTBThe Friends of Tigertail Beach, Inc. is a non-for profit organization of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to protect the natural systems of Tigertail Beach on Marco Island. Through education programs and special events the Friends of Tigertail actively promote the value of preserving coastal, marine, and wetland ecosystems. Partnering with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Friends provide a valuable service in educating the public about the protection of nesting shorebirds at Tigertail Beach, one of southwest Florida’s top birding sites and listed in the Great Florida Birding Trail. Members also organize and participate in regular beach and coastal clean-up events.

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Other Partnerships

  • Collier County Parks and Recreation maintains an Interlocal Agreement with the District School Board of Collier County for reciprocal use of recreation facilities and co-location of facilities whenever feasible.
  • The Department also has a reciprocal agreement with the City of Naples to provide residents access to beaches located throughout the County.