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Hundreds gather in Goodland to remember life of Stan Gober
GOODLAND — Of the hundreds of stories told at his memorial service Sunday, no single tale can adequately sum up the life of Stan Gober.

By now, Stan's story has become Southwest Florida lore. He first came to Goodland in 1958, then permanently moved there from Miami in 1969. He bought a motel, then the restaurant, then started the Mullet Festival in 1985. His Sunday afternoon shows soon became renowned, filled with unorthodox songs, goofy dances and the same crass jokes.

"People share tables, everyone sits with everyone, and it's just fun," Sida said. "I've heard young people describe it as 'spring break for old people,' and that's exactly what it is."
At about 2 p.m. Sunday, Stan's grandchildren, all wearing black T-shirts bearing his name, carried his casket out of the restaurant and loaded it into a hearse, bound for Marco Island Cemetery. A rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" played in the background.

As the hearse idled and the song ended, a silence fell over the crowd. Then, a gentleman stood up on a table. He shouted, "Can we all sing 'God Bless America' for Stan?"

They all sang, and Stan was driven away.

  • Long live the King! Elvis Fest 5 returns to Seminole Casino Immokalee
  • When: June 23-25, 2012 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Seminole Casino Immokalee - Immokalee, FLAges: All agesTickets: http://www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

    Prepare to be all shook up.

    Elvis Fest returns this weekend to Seminole Casino Immokalee. Elvis — anywhere from 10 to 18 of him — will be in the building, competing to win a hunka' hunka' burning love from the crowd, and be crowned this year's King.

    This may also be your only chance to get away with eating a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich ($8 at the Ee-To-Leet-Ke Grill) and enjoy other Elvis-inspired culinary creations like the You Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog or a Blue Hawaiian.

    Even 35 years after his death, Elvis can still draw crowds. "It fits our demographics, and the crowd really gets into it," Cathy Baker, advertising and PR manager at the Immokalee casino, said. Baker expects they will have more than 1,000 people through the doors each day of the festival.

  • 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.

  • Federal report shows little progress in Everglades — WEST PALM BEACH — Little progress has been made in restoring the Everglades and the fragile ecosystem continues to be degraded as projects with the greatest potential benefits are put off, a congressionally mandated report released Thursday found.

    The fourth biennial review by the National Research Council says that while notable progress in the construction of restoration projects has been made since its last report, those initiatives still have done little to reverse generations of decline.

    "Unless near-term progress is made to improve water quantity and restore water flow, ecosystem losses will continue, many of which would require decades to centuries to recover," said William Boggess, chair of the NRC committee that wrote the report and a professor at Oregon State University.

  • 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.

  • Great American Campout
  • When: June 23, 2012 | midnight to 11:45 p.m.Where: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers, FLAges: All agesTickets: http://www.calusanature.org

    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.

  • Eco-adventure tour with Orange Jeep Tours
  • When: Daily, 2012 | 8 a.m.Where: 6076 Annunciation Circle -Price: Free - $35 | Ages: All ages

    Eco-adventure tour with Orange Jeep Tours: Dads are free with a paying child during June for the 90-minute tours, starting at 8 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Information Center, 6076 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria. $25, children 12 and under; $35, adults. 239-434-5337

  • Mangrove Estuary Kayak Tour with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: June 24,28, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Waters of Rookery Bay Reserve -Ages: 12+Tickets: http://www.upacreekkayak.com

    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 www.upacreekkayak.com or call 239-293-6232

  • Laughter Yoga
  • When: June 24, 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.

  • Ten Thousand Islands Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: June 25, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Goodland County Boat Park -Ages: 15+Tickets: http://www.upacreekkayak.com

    Beginning in Goodland, this tour will explore 12 of the 10,000 Islands. You have to start somewhere! This pristine estuary is home to an abundance of life: from Ospreys to Least Terns and from Manatees to Sea Hares. Learn about the mighty Calusa Indians who inhabited these islands as you weave your way to the Gulf. You will have time on a barrier island for a swim, shelling and a snack (bring your own). This 3 to 3.5 hour tour includes brief paddling instruction and all equipment. To register, visit the website www.upacreekkayak.com or call 239-293-6232

  • Miracle Baseball Camp
  • When: June 25, 2012 | 9 a.m. to noonWhere: Lee County Sports Complex - Fort Myers, FLPrice: $115 | Ages: 9+Tickets: http://www.miraclebaseball.com

    Camp is for ages 9-12 and runs from June 25-27 and starts at 9 AM and ends at 12 PM. Cost is $115 per person and the camp will be help 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 27,29, 2012 | 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Bayview County Boat Park -Ages: 15+Tickets: http://www.upacreekkayak.com

    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 www.upacreekkayak.com or call 239-293-6232

  • Isles of Capri Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours
  • When: June 27, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park -Ages: 12+Tickets: http://www.upacreekkayak.com

    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 www.upacreekkayak.com or call 239-293-6232

  • Guided Kayak Trip
  • When: June 27, 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

  • Kids Free Fridays at Rookery Bay
  • When: June 29, 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

  • Sea Turtle Talk
  • When: June 29, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 10+

    Join a park ranger to learn about the fascinating life of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and tips to help protect them. Reservations required, call (239) 463-4588.

  • Everglades City Independence Day Celebration and Parade
  • When: June 30, 2012 | 9:30 a.m.Where: McLeod Park - Everglades City, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    Independence Day Celebration: “Honoring Our Veterans,” opening ceremony, parade, arts and crafts sale, music, food, Little Miss and Mister Firecracker contest , raffle and fireworks. 9:30 a.m. ceremony; 10 a.m. parade and 9:30 p.m. fireworks, June 30, McLeod Park, State Road-29 at the Circle, Everglades City. 239-695-2695

  • Third Street South Farmers Market
  • When: June 23, 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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