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Newsletter May 22-28

Naples runs low on recycled water, debate over use pits golf courses vs. Port Royal

By ERIC STAATS Posted May 22, 2011

NAPLES — As a record-setting drought wears on, Naples golf courses are feeling the pinch.

It’s not just from a lack of rainfall, though; it’s also the squeeze they’re getting from the city’s reclaimed water system.

Naples utilities managers have cut golf courses back to three days a week of reclaimed water, compared to seven days a week for residential customers, in an attempt to keep the city’s reclaimed water system from running dry.

Golf course superintendents say they hope to convince the Naples City Council to change the way the city divvies up the scarce resource.

So far, the City Council hasn’t shown any interest in reconsidering its reclaimed water policies.

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Marauding octopus invaded lower Gulf Coast, chomped into stone crab season

By LANCE SHEARER Posted May 22, 2011

NAPLES — What has eight legs and loves stone crabs? The answer isn’t necessarily a table of four, dining at a waterfront restaurant.

The 2010-11 season for the local seafood delicacy is just a tasty memory, with the last claws delivered on May 15. But many crabbers and crab vendors said the big news of this year’s stone crab season was the octopus.

"For a little stretch in February, it was pretty tight," said Rich Cahoon, director of operations for Seafood Dynamics, better known to the fish-buying public as Captain Jerry’s. "You’d pull up the traps, and there would be nothing but shells – and octopus."

The octopi are normally a problem for crabbers farther north in the Gulf of Mexico, he said, but migrated to Southwest Florida this year.

"Sometimes in March, a boat would pull 500 traps, and come back with seven pounds of crabs, where normally, they’d expect 1,000," said Jon Kujawski, market manager at Randy’s Fishmarket Restaurant in North Naples.

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Black bear captured in downtown Fort Myers

NBC-2 Posted May 23, 2011

A juvenile black bear was captured after a jaunt near through downtown Fort Myers Monday morning.

The male bear was reportedly on Clifford Street, near the river.

Florida Fish & Wildlife tranquilized the bear at a condo complex. They will relocate him to Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County.

Red Tide finding forces shutdown of Cape Ann clam beds, Gloucester, MA

Gloucester Times By Richard Gaines Staff Writer May 19, 2011

The first Red Tide closure of clam beds in Essex County this season — covering most of the beds from Manchester through Gloucester, Rockport and Essex to the New Hampshire line — has been announced today by the state's Division of Marine Fisheries.

Dave Sargent, the Gloucester Shellfish Warden, said he received a notice from the state shortly after noon.

He said there are about 100 commercial and between 300 and 400 recreational clammers in Gloucester, and about 500 to 600 acres of clam flats here in Gloucester.

The marine algae is poisonous, causing paraletic shellfish poisoning, and potentially deadly to humans in extreme concentrations. The toxins accumulate in the bodies of clams and other bivalves that flush seawater for nutrients.

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Geoff Thomas: Fish come when moons line up

By Geoff Thomas5:30 AM Sunday Oct 31, 2010

To many ancient civilisations the moon and the sun were deities to be worshipped, and in some cases appeased with sacrifices. They also knew the influence of the moon on natural rhythms and planned the planting and harvesting of crops around such cycles.

These cycles are now published and in this country the best known is the Maori fishing calendar. One of the biggest internationally is the Solunar Tables created by an American, Richard Alden Knight, and used by hunters and fishermen in the United States. A local version is published every year by Oceanfun Publishing in Blenheim, which also produces the Tide Times Calendar which covers bite times and best/worst days for fishing.

Fish come when moons line up

My Fishing calendar starts with January 2011

The Perfect Fish Taco Recipe

Chef Sam Talbot Shows Us How It's Done

Thanks for a great week, weather. We especially appreciate the frizzy hair, inside-out umbrella, and near-constant inability to catch a cab.

But we have something to make it all better: a fish taco tutorial with handsome chef Sam Talbot. (And, yes, he really is as much of a feast for the eyes as his food is for the belly.)

Talbot, who was a Top Chef semifinalist, is now head chef at Imperial No. Nine. He spent years perfecting his recipe — from cooking the halibut just right to making sure it doesn’t fall out of the tortilla. ("My friends would give me a really hard time for that.") He even gave us the recipe for the relish he uses.

In today’s video, he cooks on a flattop grill, or plancha, but the instructions carry over to an outdoor charcoal or gas grill, should you have a Memorial Day cookout.

Or cook-in, as the case may be.

Hungry for more? Watch Daniel Boulud cook the perfect stove-top burger and Tamara Reynolds whip up four delicious picnic recipes. And check out Talbot’s quick list of must-have grilling tools. Collapse the Article

The Perfect Fish Taco Recipe


    Head downtown on Sunday for extraordinary images by Gulfshore Life contributing photographer Alan S. Maltz. As part of Naples Backyard History’s Journey through Paradise Art Walk, you can see his romantic views of Southwest Florida work beginning at 10 a.m. throughout Naples’ Third Street South shopping district (594-2978,

    Cheer on the home team as the Fort Myers Miracle take on the Brevard County Manatees at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. The teams face off Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. (768-4210,

    Two great examples of Southwest Florida’s thriving music scene hit area stages Saturday. Germain Arena doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the Home Grown 2011 Music Fest, a battle of the bands featuring the best unsigned artists in town (948-7825, ext. 1309, At 6 p.m., Naples’ own indie rock heroes Fake Problems return from their nationwide tour to perform for local fans with three other acts at Fleischmann Park in Naples (213-3020,

    Naples City Improv yucks it up Friday at the Norris Community Center in downtown Naples. The comedy troupe offers its take on the popular Whose Line is It Anyway?-style improvisational games with hilarious results. The family-friendly show starts at 8 p.m. (213-3049,

    The Stand Up Paddle Luau Race kicks off its second annual event at 10 a.m. Saturday at Shane’s Cabana Bar at Bayfront. A pre-registration fee of $25 is required by Friday, so hurry to pay at Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar or Tavern on the Bay. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Collier County (370-6577,


Start your week with a song as Lee County’s best high-school acting troupes perform selections from their season at the High School Musical Awards on Monday. The event sounds off at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers (481-4849,

Forty captivating images by six Naples Daily News photographers await you all week at Naples’ von Liebig Art Center’s ongoing Capturing Our World exhibit. The work will be on display along with the Naples Art Association’s first national photography competition, Camera USA. The shows run through the summer (262-6517,

Cruise the waters of Old Naples on Wednesday with a tour aboard the Naples Bay Water Shuttle. Enjoy sightseeing or simply a ride to your next shopping destination by hopping on at one of six docks for only $5 (206-0160,


Buzz's Lighthouse - Casual Waterfront Restaurant | in Naples that offers seafood, sandwiches, salads, and more. Located just steps from the beach . Buzz's is tucked among some of North Naples' priciest real estate. It's a Frisbee toss from the Ritz-Carlton. Buzz's Lighthouse Restaurant on Gulfshore Drive has the virtue of a water view, in this case Vanderbilt Lagoon.

The Boathouse on Naples Bay | Naples, FL | Naples only "Over the Water" Waterfront RestaurantOffering the most spectacular view of Naples Bay. Casual dining with a spectacular view. - Can you imagine relaxing with good food and the wonderful panorama of Naples Bay spreading out before you?

Riverwalk Restaurant | at Tin City - A Naples favorite since 1979, the Riverwalk Restaurant menu features a value-oriented array of ... 1200 5th Avenue South,

The Dock | (Naples, FL) Bay views, great food and a laid-back attitude have made the Dock a Naples tradition for locals and visitors since 1976.

Kellys Fish House | - Dining Room - Naples, Florida Kelly's Fish House Dining Room has been a tradition since 1952 and is proud to be the oldest, most respected seafood restaurant in Naples. ... This family-owned establishment is directly on the Gordon River, cozily nestled by the bridge on the east bank, an easy drive from anywhere in town.

The Turtle Club Restaurant is Naples’ most charming & intimate beachfront restaurant, where guests experience gracious hospitality & great coastal cuisine in an upscale casual atmosphere. The setting is spectacular – the restaurant is located on the grounds of the Vanderbilt Beach Resort directly on the beach.

Baleen at La Playa Baleen is a high end beachfront restaurant you visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Located at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. This is the only fine dining restaurant in Naples where you can dine on the sand.

The World Famous
Snook Inn Restaurant and Chickee Bar!
Originally, the "Snook Hole," named for the abundance of Snook right off the dock, the Snook Inn has been a landmark on Marco Island for over 30 years, an island far different than that you see today.

Trending Meetups near Naples

Free Photowalk: Naples Pier

Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:00 PM at The Naples Pier in Naples, FLThe clouds are creating fabulous sunsets right now!!!...Who's coming?

Breakfast on the beach

(9:00 am Lot#5 North end) ***Theme will be HOMEMADE"

Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:00 AM at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, FLDURING SEASON PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY OR YOU WILL BE WAITING IN LINE TO GET IN THE PARK! Come and experience breakfast on the beach....Who's coming?


Saturday, May 21, 2011 6:00 PM

Sunset / Moonlight Paddle at Lovers Key. Lighting for your kayak is required....Who's coming?

Burn the calories!!! ***

Bike ride after Breakfast on the Beach***

at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, FL

22nd de Mayo pool party and MARGARITA BAR

Sunday, May 22, 2011 2:00 PM

Scavenger Hunt:

Sub Event (driver RSVP only)

Sunday, May 22, 2011 3:00 PMat CALISTOGA BAKERY CAFE in Naples, FL


Classic 60's, Du-Wop at the Sandy Parrot Sunday, May 22, 2011 6:00 PMat Sandy Parrot Tiki Bar & Grill in Fort Myers, FL


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    Sunday, May 22

    Foreign Film –

    The Renaissance Academy of FGCU

    presents "Ajami" (Israel 2009) from 1-4 p.m. 1010 Fifth Ave. S. 434-4737.

    Keeping Score

    - The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents the final Family Fare concert of the season, "Knowing the Score," at 3 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597- 1900 or

    Pop Sounds

    ¦ Matty Hollie

    performs jazz, pop and rock from 1-4 p.m. near the restaurant piazza at Miromar Outlets.

    Wednesday, May 25

    Art on Marco –

    ¦ Tour the galleries and meet the artists from 5-8 p.m. at The Esplanade on Marco Island. –

    ¦ Open Mic –

    Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits hosts an open mic/singer/ songwriter night from 7-10 p.m. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928.

    Coming up

    ¦ Patriotic Pops

    – The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents "How the West Was Won," a patriotic pops program, at 8 p.m. May 26-28 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or

    Funny Lady –

    ¦ Comedienne Loni Love

    performs May 26-29 at the Off The Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 389-6900.

    ¦ Art in Bonita –

    The Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade at Bonita Bay presents Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. May 26. 495-8989 or

    Bluegrass Tunes –

    ¦ Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits welcomes Frontline Bluegrass

    from 7-10 p.m. May 27. $5 cover. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928.

    Hot Wheels –

    ¦ A car cruise-in

    for all makes and models runs from 5-8 p.m. May 28 on First Street in downtown Fort Myers. 332-4443.

    Pinkalicious –

    ¦ By The Naples Players

    at the Sugden Community Theatre, May 28-June 26. 263-7990 or

    Magic Carpet –

    ¦ Member of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra string section

    perform for children and families in the Magic Carpet series at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. May 28 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or

    Underground Art –

    ¦ The North Naples Art Alliance

    presents Underground Art Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. June 1 in the Pine Ridge Industrial Park. 821-1061.

    Organ Music –

    ¦ Organists from throughout Southwest Florida

    play the 3,604-pipe Casavant at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts beginning at 3 p.m. June 5. 597-1900 or ¦

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