Monday, June 21, 2010

Kudos To Summerfest

The below editorial was featured in the June 20 edition of The Naples Daily News.

Editorial: Youth activities ... sheriff’s office’s Summerfest will take bite out of boredom

What fun. What public service.

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk has announced Summerfest, the most ambitious youth activities program ever.

In conjunction with Collier County Public Schools and supportive businesses, Summerfest will tap Youth Relations Bureau deputies out of school to do what they do best — interact with kids.

“Youth programs are especially critical in the current economy,” Rambosk says, “because many students have too much spare time on their hands due to a shortage of part-time summer jobs.”

Two programs, Open Gym and Fishing, are new. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office is arranging for Immokalee and Everglades children to be transported to the fun. Gymnasiums at Lely, Golden Gate and Palmetto Ridge high schools will be open and supervised for basketball, volleyball and table tennis. Fishing is a partnership between the city of Naples, the Boys and Girls Club and the Sheriff’s Office. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning during the summer, 25 jto 35 kids from the Boys and Girls Club will be taken to Naples Pier or to Lake Trafford in Immokalee to fish and learn about water safety.

There is much, much more going on.

For more information go to or call the Sheriff’s Office’s Youth Relations Bureau at 793-9260.

The timing and effort is four-star.