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The City of Naples 4th of July Festivities 2012

XXXXXThe City of Naples 4th of July Festivities an exciting way to celebrate Independence Day through a parade and fireworks. The parade, on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012, will kick off at 10:00 A.M. and will encompass Broad Avenue South, 3rd Street South, and 5th Avenue South. Join thousands to witness this spectacular event filled with festive floats and family fun.

The 4th of July Fireworks, on Wednesday July 4th, 2012, will begin firing off of the City Pier at 9:00 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Set up your lounge chair or blanket for a night on the beach to enjoy this amazing display.

The Waterside Shops 4 th of July 2012The Waterside Shops 4 th of July 2012 Cerebration Join The Waterside Shops for a casual BBQ, Haagen-Dazs treats, giveaways, and more. Plus, don't miss the fireworks show beginning at 9PM.

Space is limited. Lawn chairs welcome. Please RSVP to the Management Office or by phone at 239-598-1605 by June 27.

  • Florida #1 in Public Corruption Florida, once the pioneer and preeminent champion of open government, has taken the number-one ranking for government corruption in the United States, ahead of California, Texas and New York, each of which contains a larger population.

    Florida’s middle district, which includes Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties and stretches from south of Naples northward to the Georgia line, has played a significant role in spawning government corruption. Here, Florida Weekly offers a glimpse of that history in Southwest Florida, and the men and women who shaped it, dating back about three decades.

    Ironically, that’s roughly the lifespan of the Sunshine State’s pioneering openrecords laws — laws making public the actions of elected and appointed government officials.

  • Collier judge strikes down city's Naples Bay boat speed ordinance NAPLES — A Collier County judge has struck down a Naples boating ordinance, ruling extended weekend and holiday speed zones along Naples Bay are invalid because city officials never erected "appropriate" signs after passing a 2004 law.

    The order by County Judge Mike Provost, received by lawyers Monday, involved two boat captains who purposely got ticketed in April to challenge extended idling zones from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

    However, the ruling doesn't mean there is no enforcement for bay boat speeders.

    Capt. Mike Bailey, one of the ticketed captains, called city officials' arguments about safety concerns on the bay "a charade."

    "What's going on is the wealthy people of Port Royal don't want us going back and forth in front of their houses in congested waters," Bailey said.

    "The city refuses to acknowledge defeat," said Day, their attorney. "This was not about saving manatees or safety. This was about 'the haves' not wanting the 'have-nots' on 'their' waterways. Well, it's not their waterway. The citizens own the waters."

  • City weighs next step in wake of ruling that invalidated Naples Bay boat speeds

    By AISLING SWIFT Posted June 30, 2012

    Naples Bay boat speed zone NAPLES — Boaters on Naples Bay won't have to come to a crawl to adhere to weekend speed limits, but a judge's ruling invalidating the bay boat speed ordinance doesn't mean law enforcement officers won't be ticketing this weekend.

    State water safety laws, including manatee idle-speed zones, still will be enforced.

    "If you follow the signs, you will be OK," said George Pino, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer. The waterway speeds are generally 30 mph, unless otherwise posted.

  • Summer dining deals in full swing in Southwest Florida It’s summer and the living is easy. Local restaurants are making it even easier on your budget to dine out with summer specials.

    Many places have specials for certain days of the week, some have sunset or early dining prices and one — Cloyde’s Steak & Lobster House — has extended its sunset menu for the whole evening every night of the week.

    Others have dinners for two that include a bottle of wine, or are offering easy-on-the-wallet lunch and dinner menus. Take advantage of the hot weather and enjoy good food without turning up the heat in your kitchen. The following are specials that do not require a coupon:

  • Into the blue: JetBlue airline considering adding service to Naples A commercial airline is looking for a new place to land — and Naples could be the place.

    JetBlue, a New York-based airline that serves 71 cities with more than 750 daily flights, is considering expanding service to the Naples Municipal Airport, the airport announced Friday.

    "Naples is an extremely popular destination for New Yorkers and our customers routinely tell us that they would like JetBlue to fly to (the Naples Municipal Airport)," Scott Laurence, vice president of network, planning and partnerships with JetBlue, wrote in a June 19 letter to Airport Executive Director Ted Soliday.

  • Brent Batten: Can airport bear the weight of JetBlue proposal? The 75,000-pound weight limit on planes using Naples Airport isn't just about noise, as executives with JetBlue suggest in their letter expressing interest in coming to Naples.

    While the main runway at the airport can handle planes up to 200,000 pounds, a significant portion of the remaining pavement at the airport was designed and built to accommodate planes no larger than 75,000 pounds.

    That presents an obstacle to the idea of adding JetBlue service as a feature of the airport.

    The JetBlue planes most likely to fly in and out of Naples, if the idea takes off, would be in the 110,000 pound range.

  • Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands
  • When: July Daily, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: 750 Palm Point Dr. Goodland, FL 34140 -Price: $60 | Ages: All agesTickets:

    Two people for $60 shelling summer special for 1.5hrs. Limited seating available through July & August only! Our Florida naturalist captains will take you and a guest shelling in the remote Ten Thousand Islands.

    Call 239-970-0066 to book your trip.

    750 Palm Point Dr. Goodland, FL 34140

  • Isles of Capri Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: July 01, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park -Ages: 12+Tickets:

    Paddle through twisting mangrove tunnels, quiet bays and over mudflats teeming with life on a 2.5 mile naturalist-guided tour. Linger with wading birds, soaring ospreys and leaping fish as you experience this pristine estuary and quiet, non-motorized launch site. Tour includes brief paddling instruction and all equipment. To register, visit the website or call 239-293-6232

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Deadly Doubles
  • When: Jult 04,05,2012 | 6:30 p.m.Where: Colonial Station - Fort Myers, FLPrice: $66 | Ages: All ages

    Seminole Gulf Railway, Murder Mystery Dinner Train presents “Deadly Doubles.” Game, Set, Love, Death. Tennis stars match wits against the mob in this humorous twist on the game of champions.

    Join the fun as we unravel a comical mystery before your eyes. It is up to you to decide just who the killer is and why they would do such a dastardly deed. A prize will be awarded to the one super sleuth in each dining car. Price includes a scrumptious five course dinner, murder mystery show and train ride. Cash / Credit beverage service on board the train. Full bar, wine list, beer, and non-alcoholic offerings.

    Train departs promptly at 6:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $66 per person, plus tax and gratuity

    239-275-8487 or

  • Laughter Yoga
  • When: July 1, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.Where: Bija Yoga - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 12+

    Light stretching and lots of laughing. Call 239-404-6306 for additional information or directions.

  • Mangrove Estuary Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: July 02,03, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Waters of Rookery Bay Reserve -Ages: 12+Tickets:

    Enjoy exploring a beautiful, tranquil 2.5 mile loop on a naturalist-guided paddle through mangrove tunnels, bays and past a bird rookery. Tour includes brief paddling instruction and all equipment. To register, visit the website or call 239-293-6232

  • Tai Chi
  • When: July 02, 2012 | 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Saint Paul's Episcopal Church - Naples, FLPrice: $8 - $10 | Ages: All ages

    Beginners level exercise. Cost: $10 per class ($8 prepaid) Questions? Call Ann Marina at 682-4575.

  • New Beginnings
  • When: July 03, 2012 | noonWhere: Hideaway Beach Club - Marco Island, FLAges: 18+

    Meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Hideaway Beach Club. The organization provides support for those who are alone or have experienced the death of a love one to come and meet others who are starting over.

  • Beach Walk
  • When: July 03, 2012 | 10 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLPrice: $1 - $5 | Ages: All ages

    Join a park naturalist for a one-mile walk through the estuary and along the beach. Learn about plants, birds, seashells and marine life.

    Fees for program participants are included in park admission: $5 for vehicles with two to eight passengers, $3 for vehicles with one individual, and $1 per pedestrian or cyclist. All programs take place at Lovers Key State Park at 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, Florida. To register, call 463-4588.

  • Guided Kayak Trip
  • When: July 04, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLPrice: $40 - $45 | Ages: 12+

    Guided kayak trips: Visit Rookery Bay, Henderson Creek and mangrove tunnels, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples. $40, members; $45, others, includes equipment, instruction and learning center admission. 239-417-6310

  • Fourth of July Parade
  • When: July 04, 2012 | 10 a.m. to noonWhere: Fifth Avenue South - Naples, FLAges: All ages

    The Annual Fourth of July Parade will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The parade route will begin at Broad Avenue South, travel down Third Street South to Fifth Avenue South, and end at Eighth Avenue South. Join thousands to witness this spectacular event filled with festive floats and family fun.

    Fifth Avenue South is one of the nation’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Historic and modern architecture blend together in eclectic sophistication; tropical blooms and lush greenery grace its pedestrian-friendly promenades; and sparkling storefronts are filled with the most enchanting gifts and treasures.

    Fifth Avenue South is home to award-winning restaurants and cafés, world-class art galleries, chic boutiques, elegant inns, and a wealth of professional businesses and services.Mark your calendar and plan to make it to one or all of these special Fourth of July events.

    For more information about the Fourth of July Parade or other happenings on Fifth Avenue South, please visit

  • Summer/Picnic Concert Series
  • When: July 04, 2012 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $12.95 | Ages: All ages

    Pack up your picnic basket and head for the Garden for our last musical concert of the summer featuring the De Lei'ed Parrots on the Water Garden Performance Stage. The De Lei’ed Parrots would like to help you escape to a tropical paradise through their music which is a mixture of oldies, standards, trop-rock, dance tunes, and originals. Come out and be amazed at this group's versatility of music that is high-energy with a tropical flair. You don't want to miss this!

    *Please, no alcoholic beverages allowed in the Garden during special events.

    Regular Garden admission- Free for Members

    Sponsored by: Bank of America

  • Fourth of July at Edison Ford
  • When: July 04, 2012 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Edison and Ford Winter Estates - Fort Myers, FLAges: All ages

    The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way this year. Both Henry Ford and Thomas Edison celebrated the Fourth of July, in fact Edison claimed it was his "favorite holiday."

    Edison Ford is honoring Edison's enjoyment of the holiday with tours throughout the day; river cruises of the Caloosahatchee led by environmental experts with Captiva Cruises at 11 a.m., 12 and 1 p.m.; and an all-American BBQ at the Royal Palm Yacht Club from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Buffet lunch will include chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, iced tea, and desert.

    Cost: Edison Ford Members, $30; non-members, $45; children ages 6 - 12, $40. For more information call 239-334-7419.

  • Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay
  • When: July 6, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $5 | Ages: All agesFree admission for kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult. (Admission for adults is $5)

    Activities include stories, crafts, films, touch tank and Virtual Dolpin Encounter and live video Q&A with trainers at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla.

    Registration is not required

  • Basics of Nature Photography, Focus on Composition – Macro Photography and Lighting
  • When: July 07, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Where: Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, FLPrice: $25 - $30 | Ages: 12+

    The third of a four class series on how to capture a great image with your camera. Master Naturalist and Photographer Dr. Christine Cook will start by illustrating successful techniques in the classroom before taking you out to the Garden where you can practice with Christine’s guidance.

    This class is excellent for beginning to experienced photographers that want to know how to set up for better pictures. It is recommended, but not mandatory, that you take all 4 classes to get the most from this course.

    Please bring your own digital point-and-shoot or SLR camera and know how to use it at least on automatic. Bring a tripod if you have one. Sign up now; class is limited to 10 participants. To register call 239-643-7275 or email For details visit us at

  • Third Street South Farmers Market
  • When: July 01,07, 2012 | 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Third Street South - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    The farmer's market includes fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, homemade pasta, live herbs and plants, spices and teas, salsa, jams and jellies. The market is located behind Tommy Bahama, 1220 Third St. S., Naples. Free admission. Call 434-6533 for more information.Third Street Farmers Market

  • Summer Jazz on the Gulf at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf ClubSummerJazz on the Gulf at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

    The smooth sounds of Jazz continue this summer at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s 26th annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” free concert series. Gorgeous sunsets, beautiful views of the Gulf, and refreshing breezes provide the perfect backdrop for the fun, free concert series held on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

    “SummerJazz on the Gulf” takes place one Saturday evening per month from 7 - 10 p.m. beginning in June. This year’s concerts will be on:

    • Saturday, June 25
    • Saturday, July 23
    • Saturday, August 27
    • Saturday, September 24, 2011.

    The entertainment lineup is not yet set, but last year’s entertainment included performances by Blue Dice, Late Night Brass, The Mike MacArthur Band, and Denise Moore and Then Some. All of the concerts are free, family-friendly, and open to the public.

  • Mercato's Summer Series of FUN!
  • MUSIC & MOVIES @ Mercato
    Plan your hot summer nights around great
    Mercato Nights Music Series:Movies on the Lawn
    06/07/12 - Jahgape06/19/12 - Secretariat
    07/05/12 - Damn Outlaws07/17/12 - Jaws
    08/02/12 - Mubone 08/21/12 - The Great Outdoors
    09/06/12 - The High Chiefs09/18/12 - Tootsie

    Hurricane season's arrival means time to check your property, flood insurance NAPLES — Making sure your property insurance is in order before the storm can make all of the difference after a storm.

    Hurricane season, which began Friday, is an important time to make sure you know what your insurance covers — and what it doesn't.

    This year in Collier County, it's also important to learn the details of changes in flood risks based on the 2012 FEMA flood insurance rate maps that went into effect May 16. New changes to the maps were announced Friday with more specific information to be released by June 14 that could ease the need for new flood insurance policies for thousands in Collier.

    Since half of the year is hurricane season, June through November, and the peak of that season lasts three months, August through October, it's good to know your risks and how to protect yourself and your property.

    Wildlife Clinic: watch for gopher tortoises under your car

    LOOK BEFORE DRIVING AWAYPlease take a minute to look under your car before driving away from our beach parking lots. Gopher tortoises frequently rest under parked cars. Injuries to these beautiful creatures are preventable if we all just take a moment and remember to look under our vehicles.

    SURPRISE RESCUEA man spotted a small cat in the road on Collier Boulevard when he was out for a morning jog. Somehow, the cat was uninjured, despite two trucks straddling it as they sped along. The jogger grabbed the cat right before it got to the median. The frightened cat burrowed into the jogger's chest as he carried it back home. Believing it was a stray house kitten, the man and his wife offered it food. It didn't take long for them to realize he had rescued a baby bobcat, not a domestic kitten!

    Senior cents-ability: there are discounts for seniors in many places — just ask If you're a retiree, coffee is still free at your local bank and at Chick-fil-A.

    There are senior discounts around time that may not be openly advertised, but they are there.

    Health and medications may be at the top of the list for senior needs, and some area institutions honor that. Local retail heavyweight Publix offers several basic prescription medicines free for all customers, but it's the first-line diabetes meds — metformin and lisinopril — that make the difference for seniors.

    Snook season gone until 2013

    Florida's snook fishing season will remain closed on the west coast until 2013 instead of opening as planned on Sept. 1, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced this week.

    Wildlife officials made the decision in light of a 2010 cold kill, which reduced the snook population on the state's coasts.

    Snook season was closed on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts on Jan. 16, 2010, but it reopened last September on the Atlantic Coast, where the freeze was not as severe.

    Recreational snook season is expected to reopen in the Gulf on Sept. 1, 2013. Until then, catch-and-release of snook will be allowed.

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