Life Jacket Loaner Program expands to the City of Naples


Naples, Florida – NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County has partnered with the City of Naples to launch the “Kids Don’t Float! Life Jackets Do!” life jacket loaner program on August 4 at 8:30 am at the Naples Pier, 25 12th Ave S., Naples.
Modeled after the “Kids Don’t Float – Give Them Something That Does,” initiative adopted in Alaska in 1997, the program will place loaner life jackets at three area beaches in the City’s limits, including the historic Naples Pier, the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples) and Lowdermilk Park (1301 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples). There will be 20 life jackets at each area beaches with four adult sizes, four sizes 10-18 years, five sizes 5-10 years, and seven sizes for children five and under.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 93 will conduct a monthly inspection on the condition of the life jackets for needed repairs or replacement.
The mission of our Coalition is to achieve and sustain a zero drowning rate for children in Collier County. This ambitious and cooperative program will provide another layer of protection against drowning, the leading cause of death of children ages one-to four-years who reside in Collier County.
The life jacket loaner program is already serving the following locations in Collier County:  Sugden Park, Clam Pass, Vanderbilt Beach, South Marco Island, and Tigertail Beach. The Coalition’s goal is to expand the program to offer loaner life jackets throughout Collier County.
Special Thanks to our Donors, Sponsors & Agencies Who Have Helped Make This Program Possible in Collier County:

Collier County Parks & Recreation

City of Naples

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala

CIty of Naples Mayor John Sorey

Kelly and Steve Sprigg – Sprigg Yacht Consulting

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 93, 95 and 96

Jim Bandy of West Marine

Jason Parker of Autotran, Inc.

Steve Sherman of Sew Shore Embroidery & Screen Printing

George Puente of Accent Signs

21st Century Oncology

Lee & Penny Anderson

Chip & Lynne Shotwell

Charlie & Nancy Wesley

George & Kathy Bishop

Tom & Nancy Cooper

Jerry Vandergrift Christopher & Elizabeth Carrere

Molly’s Marine Service

SeaTech Marine Electronics

Mikel & Keely Miller

James & Cindy Coyle & Children

Jerry & Penny Briant

Ken & Mary Nichols

Zack & Dylan Chappell

Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club

Bill & Linda Halbritter

Ellis & Carrie Summers

Seidensticker & San Filippo, LLC Attorneys at Law

Russ and Elaine Loyet

Joe and Jackie DeVitos

Lial and Virginia Field

Chris and Barbara Medford

John Pizzi

Phillip and Moira Roggian

 J.D. Varon – Countryside Gulf Course Superintendent


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