About ERIC STAATS
Eric caught the news bug as a teenager delivering the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star and pinning banner headlines on his bedroom wall.
In 1989, he graduated from Indiana University, where he majored in journalism and history. After a summer stint working for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., Eric joined the Naples Daily News as a business and real estate reporter. He later covered Naples City Hall and worked as an assistant city editor.
Since 1996, he has written about growth, the environment and the oceans as a senior writer. When he's not at work, he enjoys walking his dogs and waiting for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series.
Collier commissioners may eliminate environmental advisory panel
Published 05/18/2013 at 7 a.m.
At least one Collier County commissioner wonders if getting rid of the county's Environmental Advisory Council board is a way to streamline government.
Naples leaders hooked on new rules to protect pelicans at city pier
Published 05/15/2013 at 7:12 p.m.
Fish parts on full display as visitors walk along the Naples Pier. Pelicans hooked by people fishing. City leaders are devising new rules for the landmark to address these and other concerns.
Collier to rebid beach widening project without truck haul option
Updated 05/14/2013 at 8:46 p.m.
A beach widening project set to start later this year has been beset by controversy over how much sand to add to the beach and how to get it there.
Collier staff outlines up to $20 million of projects to clean Naples Bay
Published 05/14/2013 at 5:35 a.m.
Collier County staff has up to $20 million worth of proposals in mind to cut freshwater flows that now come into Naples Bay through a massive system of canals and weirs.
After three decades, permit OK'd for third Everglades restoration station
Published 05/12/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
An Everglades restoration project in Collier County’s back yard is marking a milestone in its rocky history but another rough spot could be looming.
Pelican Bay to ask for share of sand in planned Collier beach project
Published 05/08/2013 at 8:11 p.m.
Two citizens groups in Pelican Bay want to get a share of the sand generated during a Collier County beach renourishment planned for later this year, but not everyone agrees.
Hertz relocating to Estero will have ripple effect on economy
Published 05/07/2013 at 10:59 a.m.
Hertz relocating to Estero will affect the economy in a big way, local business experts say.
State seeks penalties for East Naples wetlands filling, wants trees removed
Published 05/05/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
East Naples landowner Jose Baltazar says the penalty doesn’t fit the environmental crime and he’s taking on Florida to prove it.
Naples leaders urge Collier commissioners to reject sand-hauling to beaches
Published 05/04/2013 at 7:01 a.m.
A dispute over how to renourish Collier County’s beaches later this year ratcheted up Friday with a letter of objection from Naples City Hall.
Hillary supporters at Naples rally were visible, even if she wasn't
Published 04/30/2013 at 6:59 p.m.
Only the people in the room at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples know what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to say Tuesday — or if she was even there.
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