Newsletter April 5-11, 2013

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NORTH NAPLES — Clam Pass is filling up again and more dredging may take place.

The North Naples inlet to the Gulf had plugged up by Wednesday morning, disappointing regular beachgoers who kept tabs on a dredging project earlier this month that appeared nearly completed, until now.

Neil Dorrill, director of the Pelican Bay Services Division, said the engineering firm that designed the recent dredging is expected to have a report ready Friday about how much sand needs to be removed at the mouth of the inlet to reopen the pass.

Regular beachgoers, especially those familiar with Clam Pass' history, were dismayed Wednesday the dredging project has gone adrift.

"It's very disappointing," said Terry Adkins, who walks the beach early in the morning every day. "I've been watching it. Yesterday at low tide, I straddled the pass (on foot)."

A week ago, Adkins said the pass was eight to 10 feet wide at low tide, but recent high winds out of the northwest created a washout on the north side of the pass and undercut all the sand, he said

Clam Pass after the pass was washout

The dredging project earlier this month involved dump trucks carrying sand out of the pass onto nearby beaches and there were plans to leave the pass 4 feet deep at low tide and 6 feet deep at high tide.

Some of the sand being moved was targeted to fix erosion at the meandering pass at Pelican Bay yet the bulk of the sand was being moved to Clam Pass Park on the south side.

The dredging project was supposed to be good for leaving the pass open for two years.

Beachgoer Walter Reilly said Wednesday it was sad to see the pass fill in but he expressed some optimism.

Bad clams: Just-opened Clam Pass is filling up with sand again

"At dead high tide, it will probably come back in but it is not sufficient at all," he said, referring to water flow from the Gulf into the pass.

"I think they need a barge dredge to open this up. Nature is going to make its own cut."

Collier County Fair   The fair continues through Sunday, March 27. For more information on this year's events and activities, visit the fair's website at Collier County Fair, or call (239) 455-1444.

If you enjoy the taste of funnel cakes, like taking a spin on the tilt-a-whirl and enjoy trying your luck on midway games, then mark your calendar. The Collier County Fair returns March 14-24 to the fairgrounds.

Naples Trolley Tours – Old Naples 

Aboard vintage trolleys, guides relay facts and stories while cruising by landmarks; guests can hop on and off at their leisure to explore.

Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.

($25 Value) for a Two-Hour Trolley Tour of Naples

Patrons hop onto vintage-style trolleys for a narrated tour of Naples’s sights and scenery.

Guides keep things lively with jokes and interesting facts while the tour covers a two-hour loop.

Patrons get on and off wherever they'd like to get a closer look at their favorite sights before flagging down the next trolley at any of the 23 stops on the route.

Naples Trolley Tours

The doors of a vintage-inspired trolley fold open, inviting guests to recline in one of the padded seats for a windows-eye view of Naples.

During a two-hour sightseeing tour that skirts along the coast, the driver contributes to mental history books with interesting facts, anecdotes, and humorous stories, bringing to life the one hundred points of interest on the tour’s route.

Hop-on, hop-off access lets guests jump off as many times as they'd like at any of the 23 stops if a site strikes their fancy or if a fire hydrant starts spraying ice cream.

Patrons can then reboard when a trolley returns one hour later. The trolleys are also available for charter services, wedding parties, or office outings that want to get a look at Naples's most attractive highlights and ugliest construction zones


MERCATO, 5TH AVENUE SOUTH/THIRD STREET SOUTH

Two buses will take riders between Mercato, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South free of charge. Jump On Express (JOE), the brainchild of North Naples resident Shannon Livingston, will be paid for by businesses who flash their ads on TVs inside the buses

Naples City Council decision to stop the service from picking up riders on public roads has halted ridership, said owner Shannon Livingston. Instead, they are picking up riders in private parking lots.


Already having the support of merchants in the three areas, Livingston has started a petition on Change.org in an attempt to show City Council the service has public support.

Pure Naples – Old Naples NAPLES — ($35 Value) for a 90-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

Aboard the double-decker Double Sunshine, a sightseeing guide points out dolphins, manatees, and birds as they frolic in the waves and swim up to the coastline’s luxury homes to solicit tips. Sightseeing cruises depart daily every two hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m.

The father-and-son duo, Captains Lance and Harry Julian, founded Pure Naples in 2009 to introduce landlubbers to the pristine waterways that surround Naples.

No strangers to the waters, the Julians draw on five generations of maritime business and 25 years of maritime tourism experience to make their tours as fun and informative as possible

Together they introduce tourists to picturesque views of dolphins, bald eagles, and nature’s cutest cow, the manatee, with cruises, or facilitate individual exploring with Jet Ski and boat rentals.

They even take their boats out on regular deep-sea or bay fishing trips, or private charters for the serious angler