Newsletter April 15 - 21, 2012

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The Return of The North American Snowbird

The snow flurries are gone and the migratory pattern of the Great Northern Snowbird begins to shift back to a north by northeast course, making a path towards Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey and especially, Canada.

Hats off for the for more than 1 million Canadians which can be found here in Florida during season (December-April): Restaurant waits - one hour and counting; long lines in Costco; Traffic at all hours of the day everyday; Yet we love our Snowbirds which allows so many of us to live and work in this Tropical Paradise we love called Southwest Florida.

This season was to all accounts a return to the good times of seasons past. Before "9/11", before the real estate bubble of 2006 and before the BP oil spill. So good to see the return to better days - As Billie & Caroline of the Cape Coral KIA dealership would says,"It’s HUGE". Thank you our Northern Cousins. Thank you very much.

Now begins the migratory patterns of the "Snowbirds.

Evidence of their departure can be spotted everywhere. Daily alerts and updates for the I-95 and I-75 corridors, increased daily RV count heading north. Now on to Summer (May/June - October).

Don't worry, the migratory pattern of the Great American Snow Bird will begin in reverse at the first sign of the return of snow flurries making a direct path towards….you guested it - Florida.

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Waldorf Astoria is part of the Hilton Worldwide luxury brand. Hilton acquired the Naples Grande Beach Resort in 2008, but didn't change the name until Jan. 1 of this year.The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is OPEN!!!


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For more information, visit www.delnor wiggins.org The Wiggins Pass Nature Festival is an annual full day event offering opportunities for all ages to learn about the plants and wildlife of southwest Florida while participating in various programs.



I live five minutes from Fort Lauderdale beach, but I think Clam Pass Park is so special I have driven across the state for a day at this Gulf coast beach.CLAM PASS

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The Flying Purple People Eater and 30 of its friends are coming to Immokalee for the Balloons Over Paradise festival. The event, which runs April 14-15 will be held at the Immokalee Regional Airport. Big crowds anticipated for 'Balloons Over Paradise' festival in Immokalee



Truluck's restaurant in downtown Naples, which offers a popular 'all you can eat' stone crab dinner on Monday nights, had to switch from large claws to mediums, managing partner Rick Rinella said.Octopus trap raiders stay away, so stone crabs plentiful -- if you don't think big

Fifth Avenue South will host an Evening on Fifth every Thursday in April.

Fifth Avenue South to host an Evening on Fifth on Thursdays during the month of April from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Evening on Fifth will feature an array of live musical performances throughout the sidewalk areas of Fifth Avenue South.

The night will also include fabulous dining, and the opportunity to explore the distinct boutiques, shops, and galleries that span from 9th Street to 3rd Street.

Whether you want to relax with friends at dinner or dessert, or dance with your favorite entertainers, you won’t want to miss this event.

Live entertainment scheduled for April 5 includes Radio Flyer, Marco Island Strummers, Michael Angelo, Jessica Stone, Cruzan Vibes, and Francesca Martin.

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