Newsletter July 8 - 14, 2012
About 80 percent of Collier sea turtle nests lost in Tropical Storm Debby
About 80 percent of Collier sea turtle nests lost in Tropical Storm Debby Of the 855 sea turtle nests reported along Collier County beaches, just 164 remain after Tropical Storm Debby submerged eggs and washed some away with high tides last week.
In all, it represents about an 80-percent loss. The final count from environmental specialist Maura Kraus with the county's Sea Turtle Protection Program was more devastating than initially predicted.
In Lee County, between 50 and 60 percent of nests have been washed over by the tides, but that does not mean they are all destroyed, said Eve Haverfield of Turtle Time Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to monitoring sea turtle nests on four beaches in the county.
"It's an arduous process finding out which survived and which didn't and we still don't know," Haverfield said.
Love of pizza leads to American Dream for Naples businessman In four years — not to mention a down economy — he has grown Cosmos Italian Cafe and Pizzeria from a restaurant with 26 seats and three employees to an 86-seat restaurant, a deli and 24 employees in season. He purchased the building Cosmos is in and rounded up tenants to utilize the additional units.
All by age 34.
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
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 http://semgulf.com
Light stretching and lots of laughing. Call 239-404-6306 for additional information or directions.
Discover the truth behind the fears about the world's reptiles. This fast-paced program features snakes, lizards, and tortoises from near and far including Florida's venomous snakes.
This event takes place in the in the Safari Canyon Open-Air Theater.
Beginners level exercise. Cost: $10 per class ($8 prepaid) Questions? Call Ann Marina at 682-4575.
When: July 09, 2012 | 6 p.m.Where: Collier County Public Library - East Naples Branch - Naples, FLAges: 2+
Magic music show: Ages two and older, 6 p.m. Monday, East Naples Branch Library, 8787 U.S. 41 E., Naples. 239-775-5592
When: July 09 & 12 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
When: July 08, 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
When: July 10, 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.
When: July 10, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 12+
Explore the prime birding areas of Lovers Key State Park with a park ranger. Learn how to identify the birds you see and where to go in the park for great birding. A limited number of binoculars will be provided. Reservations required, call (239) 463-4588.
When: July 10, 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
When: July 11, 2012 | 7 a.m.Where: Participating 7-Eleven stores in Collier and Lee counties - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages
It’s that time of year when the sun is hot and the Slurpee® drinks are free-zing – emphasis on the FREE part. July 11, aka 7/11, is the day that 7-Eleven, Inc., the world’s premier convenience retailer, celebrates its birthday and says “thank you” to its customers with free Slurpee drinks at participating stores. This year’s 7-Eleven® Day marks the company’s 81st birthday. Customers can pour their favorite Slurpee flavor in colorful, 7.11-ounce “Birthday” cups throughout the day, while cup supplies last.
When: July 11, 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
When: July 12, 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
When: July 12, 2012 | 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.Where: The Brooks Commons Club -Price: $20 - $25 | Ages: All ages
Concerts are magical experiences if you know how to listen. Wouldn't it be wonderful to enjoy concerts, symphonies, concertos, overtures, sonatas, suites, and chamber music knowing what to listen for and understanding what is happening? Here's a golden opportunity to have what composers "do" explained in simple, easy-to-understand, language and concepts. Please call 434-4737 for further information or visit https://RegisterRA.fgcu.edu
Location: The Brooks Commons Club, 9930 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs
When: July 13, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLAges: All ages
This summer education program runs through Aug. 10 and provides free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. Educators will present a different topic each week tied to the overall theme of marine mammals, including dolphins, manatees and whales. Activities include marine critter touch tank, story time, crafts, films, and weekly series of pre-recorded virtual dolphin encounter presentations and live video Q&A with trainers at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Florida.
When: July 13, 2012 | noon to 1 p.m.Where: CJ's On the Bay - Marco Island, FLAges: 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.
When: July 13, 2012 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Where: Collier County Museum - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All agesTickets: http://www.colliermuseums.com
Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels who were fighting the oppressive King James, Peter Blood flees England and becomes enslaved on a Barbados plantation of buccaneers. When he escapes, no ship sailing the Spanish Main is safe from Blood and his companions. Starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Movie begins at 1 p.m. in the Collier County Museum’s lecture hall.
When: July 14, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Where: Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, FLPrice: $25 - $30 | Ages: 12+
The last 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 email@example.com. For details visit us at www.naplesgarden.org.
When: July 07 &14, 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.
Marco Island Racquet Center
When: July 14, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Edison and Ford Winter Estates - Fort Myers, FLAges: All agesTickets: http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/
Throughout the Edison Ford gardens tropical fruits are plenitful with many typical varieties known to thrive in Florida including mangoes, avocados and starfruit; and several unknown varieties including black sapote, Barbados cherry and lychees. Join Edison Ford horticultural garden and learn how to plant for success and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor.
The Edison Ford offers Garden Talks in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe the second Saturday of every month. Reservations required. Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
When: July 08,14, 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
Plan your hot summer nights around great
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.
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.