Newsletter June 24 - 30, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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: 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
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
Light stretching and lots of laughing. Call 239-404-6306 for additional information or directions.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.!
Located on the lawn across from AZN and The Pub!
1 PM- Kids' Manners Contest1:30 PM- Pro Eating Contest