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Senior cents-ability: there are discounts for seniors in many places — just ask

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Reserve a Table at Masa - Opens in MercatoThe up­scale restaurant for con­temporary Mexican cui­sine is destined to be the talk of the town, a bright spot for a North Naples development known for its radiant destinations.

Mercato - The up­scale restaurant for con­temporary Mexican cui­sine is destined to be the talk of the town, a bright spot for a North Naples development known for its radiant destinations

"The menu at Masa will be complex and innova­tive, yet remain true to Mexican cuisine," Muel­ler was quoted in a news release to launch the eat­ery. "Much of what passes as ‘Mexican’ in the U.S. is actually Tex-Mex and would be unrecognizable in Mexico. Our goal with Masa is to create authen­tically delicious Mexican cuisine."

Thousands stop by to shop at new Publix in Naples PlazaThousands stop by to shop at new Publix in Naples Plaza

NAPLES — Thousands of shoppers swamped the new Publix on Thursday for its grand reopening in the Naples Plaza, across from Coastland Center mall.

"This is the first of this prototype to open in Southwest Florida," Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten said. "This entire concept is an open environment that allows our customers to explore an area of specialty foods and services all under one roof."

Jump on Express to move customers between downtown Naples, Mercato for free Red tide returns to Seagate in Naples, officials sayMERCATO, 5TH AVENUE SOUTH/THIRD STREET SOUTH - There's an unspoken rivalry over customers between downtown Naples businesses and those in Mercato — and a new transportation service hopes to fix that.

Starting today, two buses will take riders between Mercato, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South free of charge. Jump On Express (JOE), the brainchild of North Naples resident Shannon Livingston, will be paid for by businesses who flash their ads on TVs inside the buses.

The service is expected to circulate customers who would have otherwise stayed put.

Captiva Lighted Boat Parade now accepting registrationsCaptiva Lighted Boat Parade now accepting registrations As part of the Captiva Holiday Village festivities, the Captiva Lighted Boat Parade is now accepting registrations for participating vessels.

Each special-themed weekend, beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 9, will be a fun-filled extravaganza of sight and sound, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and evening sunsets.

During the event weekends, visitors will enjoy everything from decorated golf cart and lighted boat parades to Junkanoo and fire dancers, live music and even a Marching Mullet Parade.

All three weekends of events take place in Captiva’s "village" center, where its colorful restaurants and shops will be festively decorated

Naples Princess
90-Minute Sightseeing Cruise
Wearing a hula skirt to the office and sneaking a daiquiri in your commuter cup may lighten your at-work mood, but if you want to enjoy the ocean beyond your screen saver, make an escape for the sea with today's deal from Naples Princess.

A 90-minute afternoon or sunset sightseeing cruise (a $35 value).

Often chartered for luxurious excursions and exclusive waterfront events, this lavish ship is perfect for any aspiring sailor looking to gain their sea legs. Your ride comes complete with a dining room, two full-service bars, and a top-of-the-line sound system to ensure that you don't miss a minute of the tour guide highlighting SWFL's exquisite coastline.

Hop aboard this 105-foot yacht on Port O Call Way any day of the week, and you'll discover a cruise that's made for your next post-work return to the water.

Want more? Check out Naples Princess on Facebook.

Ciao: They're back and they're as crabby as ever this year

Stone crab season gets crackin' in SWFL They started to leave in May and were gone before we knew it. But now they are returning and won't it be great to see them again.

Most of us are thrilled to welcome them back and hopefully they're returning in larger numbers than ever. And they should still be here until mid-May. Yes, at long last the waiting is over and happy days are here again.

For the next six months, the king crab, another name for the stone crab, will indeed be the king of Naples. And God Save the King for sacrificing a limb in the form of the stone crab claw for the pleasure of his realm.

Naples Trolley Tours – Old Naples

Aboard vintage trolleys, guides relay facts and stories while cruising by landmarks; guests can hop on and off at their leisure to explore.

Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.

($25 Value) for a Two-Hour Trolley Tour of Naples

Patrons hop onto vintage-style trolleys for a narrated tour of Naples’s sights and scenery. Guides keep things lively with jokes and interesting facts while the tour covers a two-hour loop. Patrons get on and off wherever they'd like to get a closer look at their favorite sights before flagging down the next trolley at any of the 23 stops on the route.

The doors of a vintage-inspired trolley fold open, inviting guests to recline in one of the padded seats for a windows-eye view of Naples.

During a two-hour sightseeing tour that skirts along the coast, the driver contributes to mental history books with interesting facts, anecdotes, and humorous stories, bringing to life the one hundred points of interest on the tour’s route.

Hop-on, hop-off access lets guests jump off as many times as they'd like at any of the 23 stops if a site strikes their fancy or if a fire hydrant starts spraying ice cream.

Patrons can then reboard when a trolley returns one hour later. The trolleys are also available for charter services, wedding parties, or office outings that want to get a look at Naples's most attractive highlights and ugliest construction zones.

Pure Naples – Old Naples NAPLES — ($35 Value) for a 90-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

Aboard the double-decker Double Sunshine, a sightseeing guide points out dolphins, manatees, and birds as they frolic in the waves and swim up to the coastline’s luxury homes to solicit tips. Sightseeing cruises depart daily every two hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m.

Pure Naples

The father-and-son duo, Captains Lance and Harry Julian, founded Pure Naples in 2009 to introduce landlubbers to the pristine waterways that surround Naples.

No strangers to the waters, the Julians draw on five generations of maritime business and 25 years of maritime tourism experience to make their tours as fun and informative as possible. Together they introduce tourists to picturesque views of dolphins, bald eagles, and nature’s cutest cow, the manatee, with cruises, or facilitate individual exploring with Jet Ski and boat rentals.

They even take their boats out on regular deep-sea or bay fishing trips, or private charters for the serious angler.

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Rookery Bay Reserve Announces 2012-13 Calendar of Events. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve announces the schedule of events for 2012-13.

The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard (CR951), less than 10 miles from downtown Naples, on the way to Marco Island

From May 1 through Oct. 30, the center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, adding Saturday hours for Nov. 1 through April 30. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for members, unless otherwise noted for special activities.

For more information, call 239-417-6310 or visit Welcome to Rookery Bay and Naples Segway Tours – Old Naples$35 for Two-Hour Segway Tour (Up to $74 Value

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Guide escorts riders piloting Segway i2 Generation II machines past historic Naples sites such as 5th Avenue South and Naples Pier

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GROUPON - Expires Dec 31, 2012Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Reservation required.See the rules that apply to all deals.

Senior cents-ability: there are discounts for seniors in many places — just ask If you're a retiree, coffee is still free at your local bank and at Chick-fil-A.

There are senior discounts around time that may not be openly advertised, but they are there.

Health and medications may be at the top of the list for senior needs, and some area institutions honor that. Local retail heavyweight Publix offers several basic prescription medicines free for all customers, but it's the first-line diabetes meds — metformin and lisinopril — that make the difference for seniors.

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