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  • Father's Day dining in Naples NAPLES — The following restaurants have announced specials for Dads on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17. Strip House-Naples at the Waldorf Astoria announced today its Father’s Day specials at the restaurant.

    Oysters Rockefeller $16

    Bone in New York Strip Steak $49

    Grand Chocolate Profiterole $11

    For additional information, please call 239-598-9600 or visit


    Strip House is located at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, Florida. It is surrounded by an open terrace that overlooks the pool and skyline of the city

  • Area's emergency managers tap new apps, social media for 2012 hurricane season NAPLES — If you live in Lee County and need to evacuate because of a hurricane, there’s an app for that.

    As the 2012 hurricane season gets under way today, Lee County Emergency Management is offering LeeEvac, a mobile device app that's free for both Apple and Android-based phones and devices, such as tablets and iPads.

  • Residents to vote on introducing slot machines at Bonita greyhound track BONITA SPRINGS — Slot machines may be ringing their way into Bonita Springs.

    Lee County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a referendum for residents to voice their opinion on slot machines at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track on the November ballot. Now Izzy Havenick and his family — owners of the Bonita Springs-based track — intend to begin an immediate campaign to urge support from Lee County residents.

    “This is a big victory. We’re very grateful for the county commissioners leadership and guidance to allow the voters to decide,” Havenick said. “My family and I look forward to spending the next five months speaking to everyone in Lee County about how we will create new jobs.”

  • Mangrove Estuary Kayak Tour with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: June 10, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Where: Waters of Rookery Bay Reserve - Ages:12+

    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

  • Ranger-led tour of Koreshan Historic Site
  • When: June 10, 2012 | 10 a.m.Where: Koreshan State Historic Site - Estero, FLPrice: $1 - $2 | Ages: All agesRangers lead weekly tours of Koreshan, a state park and historic site.Koreshan, a nationally recognized historical site, was originally settled in the late 1800s as a utopian community. The site offers RV and tent camping, canoeing on the Estero River, a playground and nature trails. Parking fee is $4 per car.

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Deadly Doubles
  • When: June 10, 2012 | 5:30 p.m.Where: Colonial Station - Fort Myers, FLPrice: $66 | Ages: All agesSeminole 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 offeringsTrain departs promptly at 6:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $66 per person, plus tax and gratuity239-275-8487 or

  • Isles of Capri Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: June 11, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park -Ages: 12+Tickets: http://www.upacreekkayak.comPaddle 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

  • Miracle Baseball Camp
  • When: June 12, 2012 | 9 a.m. to noonWhere: Lee County Sports Complex - Fort Myers, FLPrice: $115 | Ages: 6+Tickets: http://www.miraclebaseball.comCamp is for ages 6-8 and runs from June 12-14 and starts at 9 AM and ends at 12 PM. Cost is $115 per child and will be held at the Lee County Sports Complex. Learn baseball fundamentals and sharpen skills with top rate instruction from the Miracle players and coaching staff. Participants will receive t-shirt, Miracle gift, breakfast and lunch on each day, completion certificate, and one box seat ticket to the Miracle game each night of the camp.

  • Keewaydin Island Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: June 15, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Bayview County Boat Park -Ages: 15+Tickets:

    We will paddle through Dollar Bay, and weave our way towards the bay side of Keewaydin Island, a pristine barrier island in Rookery Bay Reserve. Enjoy shelling, swimming, relaxing, birding. Bring a snack to enjoy on the island before we paddle back. This 3.5-4 hour tour includes brief paddling instruction and all equipment. To register, visit the website or call 239-293-6232

  • Free Zoo admission for Dad
  • When: June 15, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $12.95 | Ages: All agesDads admitted to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens: Free with a bottle of aftershave or free admission with a child’s ticket purchased online at, June 15-18, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. 239-262-5409

  • Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay
  • When: June 15, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $5 | Ages: All ages

    Free 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

  • Backwater Series RedGator Challenge Fishing Tournament
  • When: June 16, 2012 | 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Calusa Island Yacht Club & Marina - Goodland, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All agesTickets:

    The Backwater Tournament series presented by Yamaha & Skeeter Boats brings the RedGator Challenge tournament to Naples.

    The Backwater Tournament series is a collection of four catch and release tournaments hosted out of Calusa Island Marina that are filmed and aired nationally WFN, SunSports, & Fox Sports.

    The RedGator Challenge is June 16th out of Goodland where anglers will be competeing to catch 2 Redfish & 2 Trout. The public is welcome to come out to the tournament weigh-in on Satuday where anglers will compete for over $8,000 in Cash & Prizes. For details visit

  • Third Street South Farmers Market
  • When: June 16, 2012 | 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Third Street South - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All agesThe 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.

  • 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.

    Extending the Closure of Snook Fishing Season

    For two years now, as a result of a devastating freeze in Florida, we have been unable to keep snook for the dinner table. If you were familiar with catching the fish, you more than likely stopped fishing for them as soon as the freeze happened. You didn't need anybody to tell you not to fish for them. Your gut instinct was to protect them.

    A few months later, FWC wisely established an official "closure". A Closure of that sort still allows us to catch them, but we are required by regulation to release them. How you release them to ensure the highest possible "post-release survival" rate, and reduce the post-release mortality is arguably the single most important thing you can learn about snook, and that's how to gently release them with wet hands, and never ever to pull them out of the water to hang in front of a camera lens for longer than a few seconds.

    Gas- and electric-powered bicycls are getting attention; but safety should come first"Unfortunately there are people getting sold a false bill of goods," Brown said of local retailers offering gas-powered motors for bikes.

    There are primarily two types of motorized bicycles . Both are sold at stores in Collier County and online, but only electric-powered bikes are legal to ride on sidewalks and roads, Brown said.

    "There are gas-operated and electric motors. There's a world of difference between the two," he said.

    Electric ones are legal on sidewalks, bike paths and roads. However, the gas-powered motors are not to be operated anywhere but on one's own property, said Brown.!

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