Newsletter November 20 - 26, 2011

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25th Annual World Championship

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Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park

Mangrove Cafe to reopens

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First Thoughts:
Worst. Congress. Ever?


Dana Carvey had a character during his years on Saturday Night Live who was a crotchety old man complaining about how much better everything was "in my day," the imagined halcyon times of his past. After almost 42 years immersed in the politics of Congress, I have to check myself regularly to avoid falling into the same trap. When I came to Washington in 1969, for example, the city was riven with division and antagonism over the Vietnam War, which segued into the impeachment of a president, followed by many other difficult and contentious moments. In this case, though, Carvey's old man would be right: The hard reality is that for all their rancor, those times were more functional, or at least considerably less dysfunctional, than what we face with Congress today. ..

Worst. Congress. Ever The Super Committee’s failure is the latest evidence to back up that assertion… The blame game begins over the Super Committee… Then again, gridlock could end up succeeding to produce as much as $6 trillion in deficit reduction… Gingrich and Romney lead the pack in new USA Today/Gallup poll… Crying it out in Iowa… Is Romney playing to win in Iowa?... And Perry targets a different Democrat a day.By NBC’s Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower

*** Worst. Congress. Ever? Last summer, during the height of the debt-ceiling debate, congressional scholar Norm Ornstein wrote an article dubbing this Congress the "Worst. Congress. Ever."

And there’s now even more evidence to back up that assertion. According to Gallup, just 13% approve of Congress’ job (and that percentage is lower in other polls). As far as productivity goes, congressional lobbyist Billy Moore tells First Read that this Congress has enacted just 55 public laws so far this year (and 34 of them merely extended existing laws), compared with the average over the last 20 years of 148 public laws for a first full session.

Moreover, back in the spring, Congress almost allowed the federal government to shut down.

In the summer, Standard & Poor's cited Congress' brinksmanship over the debt ceiling as its rationale for downgrading U.S. debt. And now, unless a miracle occurs, it appears that the so-called Super Committee won't be able to reach an agreement to strike a deal over how to cut $1.2 trillion or more in spending.

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Where to dine out on Thanksgiving - The following restaurants in Collier and Lee counties will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24:

Manatees seeking warm waters head to South FloridaSouth Florida boaters are being warned to watch out for manatees. Manatees' migration season begins Tuesday and runs through March 31. That means watercraft speed restrictions will be taking effect on canals, rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway.




Cuba'a Oil Plans - The basic facts are this: The Chinese (with partners from Italy, Spain and Cuba) want to begin drilling for oil off the coast of Cuba — perilously close to Florida, a mere 60 miles from Key West.

Ho Ho Holiday - A guide to Christmas events in Southwest Florida. Starting this week and continuing into December, there will be tree lightings, parades and plenty of chances to visit Santa. Despite Southwest Florida’s balmy climate, there will even be some snow. Showcase and GoNaples.com has put together this handy list to help you plan your Christmas fun.

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  • Christmas comes to Palm Cottage - Christmas comes to historic Palm Cottage, home of the Naples Historical Society starting Tuesday, Nov. 15. The circa 1895 house is Naples’ oldest house and the only one in the city to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


    Tchaikovsky's magical holiday favorite returns – as Miami City Ballet and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra team up to bring you their acclaimed version of this beloved classic! Featuring more than 100 dancers, dazzling sets and costumes and brilliant choreography. Bring your whole family to experience the wonder and enchantment of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Featuring Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Russian Dance and much more!



    allBETS are ON Would we win or lose by becoming a casino-resort destination. Contemporary Florida, said to be the fourth largest gambling state, now stands on the neon brink of an upgrade in gaming status, Nevada style.Read more





    misc_NOV2011_jetBlue_Park_Monster_Wall.jpg The Red Sox are currently looking for new talent to perform the national anthem for the upcoming 2012 inaugural spring training season at JetBlue Park. All interested performers are invited to attend open auditions

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  • The Music of Queen Nov 21From creator/conductor/arranger Brent Havens, who brought you The Music of The Eagles and The Music of Led Zeppelin, comes the acclaimed new Queen tribute show.
  • GEORGE BALANCHINE'STHE NUTCRACKER™ Nov 26 -27 Tchaikovsky's magical holiday favorite returns – as Miami City Ballet and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra team up to bring you their acclaimed version of this beloved classic! Featuring more than 100 dancers, dazzling sets and costumes and brilliant choreography.
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