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New exhibits and events will be featured on the second Saturday of every month at the Mercato shopping center.

XXXXX"Saturday Nights Alive" "Saturday Nights Alive," a new monthly art showcase, debuts at Mercato on Saturday evening, July 14, and will continue with local artists, dancers and musicians on the sidewalks of the center on the second Saturday of every month.

Featured artists for July are muralists Juan Diaz and Daniel Venditti, whose works have recently been installed at Mercato adjacent to Sur La Table and Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes. The artists will discuss their work — "The Light Within" and "We Are Above It All" by Mr. Diaz and "Faces" by Mr. Venditti — at 6 p.m. in a "Saturday Nights Alive" one-night-only pop-up gallery in Suite 5130, next to Sportalm.

"Saturday Nights Alive" visitors will be able to enjoy more art, music and performance along the sidewalks of Mercato from 7-9 p.m. July’s participants include hoop dancers, Duct tape art and mandolin, tambourine, guitar and Native American flutes music.

In celebration of the launch of the monthly event, Mercato is hosting a Backstage Pass giveaway. Customers can pick up a pass at any of 12 featured merchants for their chance to win a $250 gift card or a $500 cash grand prize drawing. For a list of participating merchants and complete contest details, visit www.facebook.com/ mercatonaples. ¦

Federal judge orders park service to close swamp buggy trails U.S. District Judge John Steele in Fort Myers signed an order Tuesday requiring the National Park Service to close some 25 miles of swamp buggy trails in 14 days in the Bear Island unit of the 725,000-acre preserve in eastern Collier County.

The decision should send a message to federal preserve managers that they must be more responsible stewards of the preserve's natural resources, said John Adornato, regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, one of the groups that sued the federal government over the trail decision.

  • Legends and lush harmony: Phil’s catalog tilts heavily toward music Hallmarks of the first year of programming with Kathleen van Bergen as Philharmonic Center CEO may be ebony icons and big harmony.

    The Phil released its single-ticket catalog Tuesday, July 11, with tickets for all its shows available now.

    Comedian-TV personality Whoopi Goldberg ("The View") comes Jan. 12; Natalie Cole performs Jan. 26 and blues-rock chanteuse Queen Latifah is here March 28. Not enough? Consider Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive") with the Village People (Jan. 9); opera star Harolyn Blackwell(Jan. 25 and 26); and pop legend Dionne Warwick (March 24). Smokey Robinson, voice of a dozens of 1960 hits, performs April 8 and Glover brings his "SoLe Sanctuary" tap fest April 5.



  • NONSTOP FLIGHTS BETWEEN RSW AND GREEN BAY TO START THIS FALL Nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) (www.flylcpa.com) and Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB), Wis., will begin Oct. 10 and run through April. MetJet (www.metjet.net) will operate a weekly flight on Wednesdays between Green Bay and Fort Myers as a public charter. This is the first time RSW will have nonstop service to Green Bay.Muralists in the spotlight at Mercato for ‘Saturday Nights Alive’
  • Diver's dream: USS Mohawk sinking today will give enthusiasts new adventure

    The retired Coast Guard cutter USS Mohawk will find its final resting place on the bottom of the Gulf. The 165-foot World War II-era vessel will be sunk 28 miles off the coast of Fort Myers on Monday as part of Lee County's artificial reef building program.

    "Using ships like this a reef is great idea," said Ramiro Palma, owner of Scubavice Dive Center in Fort Myers. "Instead of just turning these ships into scrap and turning them into steel cans or something, the history of them will live on.

    "It's a new site so there will be a lot of interest in it at first but I don't think one site is going to make a lot of difference," said Mark Garcy, who operates Naples Marina Excursions, a dive shop and charter on U.S. 41 in Naples. "It is always nice to have a new structure like that but I think the revenue created from the one site won't be that great."

    "It will be available to advanced divers only since most divers are only certified to go about 60 feet," Garcy explained. "There's a lot of things that will keep this from being a really popular destination. I'd say 80 percent of our charter dives are around nine miles out, 15 percent are to around 20 miles and only about 5 percent go out further. It is cool to have but I think that the money spent would have been better used for several sites, smaller ships, barges and things like that, that are closer to shore."

    Estates shopping center remains on track to open in 2013, developer says GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — So far, it's been "no sale" for two proposed shopping centers in Golden Gate Estates.

    Voters approved one of the centers, but some neighbors say they don't mind if the project gets delayed — indefinitely

    "A lot of the residents go into town every day like I do. Who's going to do all their shopping in Golden Gate Estates?" Teaters asked rhetorically. "Most work in the urban area and drive past the supermarkets every day."

    He and his wife prefer the quality provided by Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, stores that Golden Gate Estates cannot likely sustain, he said.

    The challenges aren't shocking to the developers, Yovanovich said.

    "I think a lot of people might be surprised that it takes time … We knew it was going to take some time and we knew the economy hadn't rebounded totally," he said.

    After securing a grocer, the next priorities are a restaurant and a bank, he said.

    "The developer is committed to making this happen. It takes time to get final commitments and we think we're still on track time-wise," Yovanovich said.

    Stepped up holiday patrols set for Naples Bay after ruling strikes speed zone law NAPLES — When boaters cruise along Naples Bay on the Fourth of July, there will be more marine officers patrolling the waters.

    Enhanced marine patrols are normal for holidays, but Independence Day is the first one since a Collier County judge on June 21 struck down the city's boat speed law. The law had created extended idle-speed zones on weekends and holidays in Naples Bay.

  • 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:



  • The Canadians are coming...and so are the Germans, English, Eastern Europeans and South Americans! International buyers are taking advantage of favorable home prices and dollar-to-loonie, -euro, -pound and -peso exchange rates to fuel a surge in Southwest Florida’s real estate market. For some local Realtors, foreign homebuyers account for 60 percent of their business, arriving on our shores — or driving across the border — to snap up investment and vacation properties at prices that are a ghost of the boom years.

    And many are paying cash. They’re also hiring local decorators and remodelers, shopping in our stores and dining at our restaurants — a boon to the economy, as well.

    "In Collier County, nearly two-thirds of our buyers are foreigners," says David Gallus, broker and owner of Premiere Plus Realty in Naples. "If we took foreign buyers out of the equation, we’d be dying. A lot of Americans don’t have the cash and banks are still reluctant to give loans even to well qualified buyers."

  • The Metropolitan Opera’s 'Live in HD' summer encore presentations The Metropolitan Opera’s "Live in HD" summer encore presentations continue on Wednesday evenings through this month at theaters across the country. Participating theaters in Southwest Florida are the Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples, Belltower 20 in Fort Myers and Town Center Stadium 16 in Port Charlotte.

    Tickets are $12.50, and all screenings begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Mondays offer second chance to catch FMff’s best offeringsFilm fans who missed some of the 77 movies screened during the Fort Myers Film Festival earlier this year have a chance to catch some of the best features at "Missed it Monday" starting Monday, July 30, and running through Sept. 3 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.

    Admission is $5. Doors open for happy hours at 6:30 p.m. and the shows start at 7 p.m.

    Join filmmakers and indie enthusiasts for dinner and drinks at Ford’s Garage prior to the event and get $2 off your entree. Then, enjoy the afterparty at Twisted Vine Bistro for late night happy hour on the patio.

  • 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: http://www.fishandtournaples.com

    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

  • Dogs in the Garden
  • When: July 17, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $12.95 | Ages: All ages

    When: 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Sundays in July; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in August

    Where: Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples

    Cost: Free for members and their dogs; $12.95, adults; $7.95, children 4-14; $7.95, dogs

    Information: 239-643-7275 or www.naplesgarden.org

  • Yoga Classes
  • When: July 16, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.Where: Bija Yoga - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 12+

    Yoga classes: Mondays 9:00 a.m., $8 per class with prepaid card or $10 drop in. St. Paul's Episcopal Church (3901 Davis Blvd., Naples – 643-0197)

  • Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
  • When: July 17, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 10+

    Join park naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. Reservations required, call (239) 463-4588.

  • Guided Kayak Trip
  • When: July 18, 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

  • Beach Combing
  • When: July 18, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    Join a Master Naturalist for a walk discovering beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event. Call for reservations at 239-597-6196. The only fee is the park entrance fee. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the park office in advance.

  • Learn how to protect from identity theft - Luncheon
  • When: July 18, 2012 | 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.Where: Sugar Palm Bakery, 5417 Airport Rd. @ Pineridge Rd. -Ages: 18+

    Come have lunch in a relaxed atmosphere with great food while learning how to protect yourself, your family and business against the number one crime facing our nation and our area-Identity Theft.

  • Mangrove Guided Walk
  • When: July 19, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Matanzas Pass Preserve -Price: Free | Ages: All ages

    Mangrove guided walk: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach. Free. 239-533-7444

  • Line Dance Classes
  • When: July 16, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.Where: Veterans Community Park - North Naples - Naples, FLPrice: $5 | Ages: All ages

    Line dance classes: Beginners, 1:30 p.m. Mondays; intermediates, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples. $5. 239-272-7431

  • Black Island Kayak Tour
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 12+

    Join a park ranger for a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park concession. Reservations required, call (239) 463-4588.

  • Guided Walk with Norm DeWolfe
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers, FLAges: All ages

    Tuesdays & Fridays, except Friday 7/27

    Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

  • The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
  • Where: Fort Myers, FL

    The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, a private, not-for-profit environmental education center, includes a small natural history museum, an Audubon aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey, nature trails and a planetarium that features astronomy programs and laser light shows. Admission to the center and planetarium is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Group rates are available.

    Daily Programs

    10 a.m.: Guided Walk (Tuesdays and Fridays, except last Friday of the month)

    1 p.m. Live Reptile Program

    1:30 p.m. Planetarium Show, "Stargazing"

    1:30 p.m.Planetarium Show, "The Sky Tonight" (Tuesdays)

    2:20 p.m. Meet the Mammals

    3 p.m.Planetarium Show, "Two Small Pieces of Glass" (Not shown Tuesdays)

    3 p.m. Planetarium Show, "Venus; Planet in the Sunset & Spotlight" (Tuesdays)

    3 p.m. Dog Days Sundays ($5.00 per dog, Sundays only)

    Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

  • Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $5 | Ages: All ages

    Stay cool indoors at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center during the Kids Free Fridays program. Children 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult, get in free. (Admission for adults is $5)

    Educators will present a different topic each week tied overall to marine mammals, including dolphins, manatees and whales. Activities include a marine critter touch tank, story time, films, and crafts, including mammal track printing and manatee puppets.

    Kids can also participate in a live video Q&A with trainers at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla.

    A caterer will be on-site to sell kid- and mom-friendly lunches, such as sandwiches, snacks and gourmet salads.

    Registration is not required

  • Planet Predator Lecture
  • When: July 16, 2012 | 3 p.m.Where: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Naples, FLPrice: $10.50 - $18.75 | Ages: All ages

    Explore Nature's Carnivorous Side: Discover the important role predators play in nature while viewing live animals from exotic cats to more unusual hunters. Your hosts further illustrate with quick wildife clips and close up views on the live cam while live animals exhibit natural behaviors.

    The Safari Canyon open-air theater combines the fascinating information and wildlife footage of a nature program with the thrill of experiencing those same animals live and up close. Exclusive to Naples Zoo, Planet Predator is an extraordinary collaboration of conservationists and wildlife film makers.

    Arrive a few minutes early to learn wildlife trivia, recent conservation data, and fun nature facts.

  • Happy Hour Chocolate Making Class
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.Where: Olde Naples Chocolate 945 5th Ave N Naples FL 34102 -Ages: 18+Tickets: http://www.oldenapleschocolate.com/proddetail.php?prod=classHappyHour

    Come out for a fun evening of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. We supply the chocolate and the fun! Invite your friends and have fun together making homemade chocolates. Participants learn the secrets to chocolate making and take home their delicious creations including a personalized chocolate greeting card.

  • 18th Annual Summer Sippin' Tasting at Tony's Off Third
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Where: Tony's Off Third - Naples, FLPrice: $20 | Ages: 21+Tickets: http://www.tonysoffthird.com/WineEvents.html

    Sample 20 wines for $20 at this popular annual summer wine tasting hosted by local wine expert Sukie Honeycutt.

    List of wines & full details including registration at http://www.tonysoffthird.com

  • Beginning Belly Dance Classes
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Where: Oasis Parvaneh Women's Empowerment Center -Price: $8 - $12 | Ages: All ages

    Come and learn belly dance with Angela Hicks every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Dice, Deeds, & DeathWhen: July 20, 2
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 6:30 p.m.Where: Colonial Station - Fort Myers, FLPrice: $66 - $74 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://semgulf.com

    Seminole Gulf Railway, Murder Mystery Dinner Train presents “Dice, Deeds, & Death.” All passengers are hereby warned that pickpockets, card sharks, and hustlers are running rampant throughout the country’s train system. While railroads are trying to stop it, the mob is trying to take over the action.

    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. Friday: $66, plus tax and gratuity, Saturday $74, plus tax and gratuity

    239-275-8487 or http://semgulf.com

  • Texas Hold Em Tournament
  • When: July 17, 2012 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Where: Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 18+Tickets: http://www.fredsnaples.com

    Every Tuesday and Friday, House of Cards hosts a free Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament. Each weekly winner is entered to play in the $500 cash prize tournament held every two months. Player with highest points nightly wins Fred’s Gift Certificate.

  • Free Kick-off Party for "Fantasy of Funk" Outdoor Festival
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Where: Seminole Casino Immokalee - Immokalee, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 21+Tickets: http://www.seminolecasinoevents.com

    To kick off the day of funk, Seminole Casino Immokalee will host a free party at its Zig Zag Lounge on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Party-goers with the funkiest outfits will be rewarded with great prizes. They’ll also groove to live tunes from blues and R&B group Nouveaux Honkies. The band’s sounds have been compared to that of the Rolling Stones, with hints of Dire Straits, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Hendrix and Howlin’ Wolf. The group’s second album, Where Do I Go, reached number 3 on the roots country chart.

    Also in the Zig Zag Lounge on Friday, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the casino celebrates ladies with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, great prizes and giveaways. Ladies must be Seminole Casino Players Club members (membership is free).

    The “Fantasy of Funk” festival begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, just outside of the casino. More than 10 food trucks from across the state will be on hand. The outdoor event features performances by George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Nouveaux Honkies, Bonerama and Glen David Andrews Band.

  • Party Boat Cruise!
  • When: July 20, 2012 | 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.Where: Naples Marina & Excursions - Naples, FLAges: All agesTickets: http://www.cruisefishdive.com

    Every Friday night we will be having our party boat cruise departing at 9:30pm, There will be music and lights and you can even have a private party. You will need to reserve in advance. Call 239-592-1200

  • Social Tennis Program
  • When: July 21, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Marco Island Racquet Center - Marco Island, FLPrice: Free - $6 | Ages: 18+

    The Marco Island Racquet Center has begun its women's social round-robin program that meets from 8 to 10 a.m. each Saturday.

    The program is free for center pass-holders and $6 per week for nonmembers.

    It is open to the public and players of all skill levels.

    The cost for an annual pass is $215 for adults and $29 for children younger than 18.

    The racquet center is at 50 Bald Eagle Drive.

    Call 394-5454 for more information.

  • Photoshop Elements Beginner 3 hour cram course
  • When: July 21, 2012 | 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.Where: Understand Photography Studio - Naples, FLPrice: $59 - $79 | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.meetup.com/UnderstandPhotography/events/calendar/

    PHOTO EDITING BASICS WITH ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    $59 early registration through July 11$79.00 regular price July 12 through 21

    This cram course is designed to get you started and teach the basics of Photoshop Elements version 9 or 10. We highly recommend you upgrade if you have an earlier version.

    Understanding the various tools,layers,layer masks,cloning,portrait retouchingand raw conversions

    .... are some of the topics covered in this course.

    Participants must provide their own laptop, with a mouse (or Wacom tablet), and should have basic computer skills. Please note - even if you never use a mouse, you will really, really need one for this class. It's just too tough to edit with that little track pad.

    Unfortunately, Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements are not as user-friendly as we'd like! Take this class and you'll have a strong foundation.

    Instructor Peggy Farren

  • Third Street South Farmers Market
  • When: July 21, 26, 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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