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A 60-foot paddleboat named the Indian Princess ( arrived recently in Fort Myers to transport riders through the back bays of Estero Island and up the Caloosahatchee River.

The double-deck vessel is docked before the sky bridge next to the Key West Express at 2080 Main St. on Fort Myers Beach.

The boat, an authentic replica of an American steamship, was originally built in Wisconsin in 2001. Seating capacity for the interior lower level is 85. Catering can be arranged through the Indian Princess staff if needed.

Unless reserved for a private charter, the Indian Princess offers daily cruises from 2 to 4 p.m. as well as sunset cruises. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for children for the two-hour cruise.

The Counter burger joint opens today in the same block as Bravo! Cucina Italiana in Mercato in North Naples.

It's time for a New Build-Your-Own-Burger joint with a full bar, like The Counter in Mercato

Burger lovers should rejoice today.

THE COUNTER - Custom Built Burgers is targeted to open Aug. 18 in the same block as Bravo! Cucina Italiana in Mercato in North Naples.

This may be one of those places where you may need a little more time to do your homework anyway. With the possibility of more than 312,000 different burger combinations, it may be best to go online to familiarize yourself with the extensive menu of gourmet ingredients before you arrive awestruck.

The California-based chain gives patrons a clipboard to check off items wanted on each burger. Choose among beef, turkey, chicken and veggie burgers, burger size, type of bun, 12 cheeses, 20 sauce options, four of 20 different toppings, and from nine premium toppings such as a fried egg, avocado or sautéed mushrooms.

The 2,800-square-foot space seats 161 people. The interior is contemporary space with beach artwork showcasing photography by Gary Copeland. The restaurant also features an outdoor patio seating 66.

The Counter Menu - Burger Bar Order Form

For more information, visit

  • Nats still interested in relocating spring home to Fort Myers; Can county afford them?

    Washington Nationals player Gio Gonzalez enters the field at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers for their final spring training game against the Red Sox on April 2, 2012.

    The Nationals are possibly considering moving into City of Palms Park for spring training, the former home of the Red Sox.

    LEE COUNTY — After months of negotiations and an election where a pro-baseball Lee County Commissioner was voted out of office, the Washington Nationals are still interested in relocating their spring training home to Fort Myers.

    But the question remains, can the county afford them?

  • memories as A-frame Dairy Queen closes NAPLES — Hot eats, cold treats and sandy feet.

    That's what made the A-framed Dairy Queen on U.S. 41 unique.

    As the community said goodbye Monday to the 1950s-era Naples landmark, people swapped stories of first dates, first solo bike rides to get ice cream, and of course, the convenience of leaving the beach to get a quick cup of soft-serve nearby.

    A new indoor Dairy Queen is opening a few blocks away at 694 Ninth St. N.

    The Dairy Queen on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at 410 9th Street North in Naples. The old A-frame structure closed its doors Monday night, serving ice cream for the last time.

    A new location and same ownership, the Marciano family, have updated to the new current building Grill & Chill style at 694 9th Street North, just two blocks north of the old location. Dozens came at a time to pay homage to a nostalgic Naples relic one last time, on a hot Labor Day.

    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

  • Flea and Farmers Market
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday | 7:30 a.m. to noonWhere: Collier County Fairgrounds - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    The NEW location for the only weekly flea market in Collier County that was previously located at the Naples Drive-In Theatre for many years. Every Saturday and Sunday at the Collier County Fairgrounds. Eleven miles east of 75, just after Waterways on the right.

  • Fifth Avenue South to Host Labor Day Weekend Sale
  • When: August 31, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Where: Fifth Avenue South - Naples, FLAges: All ages

    Fifth Avenue South is pleased to host a special Labor Day Weekend Sale Friday, August 31; Saturday, September 1; Sunday, September 2; and Monday, September 3 during store hours, from 9th Street to 3rd Street.A number of merchants will bring merchandise and sale items to the sidewalks for this holiday weekend, while others will just host sales indoors.

    Shoppers are invited to visit their favorite Fifth Avenue South merchants while discovering new ones too.

    Fifth Avenue South is one of the nation’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Historic and modern architecture blend together in eclectic sophistication; tropical blooms and lush greenery grace its pedestrian-friendly promenades; and sparkling storefronts are filled with the most enchanting gifts and treasures.

    Fifth Avenue South is home to award-winning restaurants and cafés, world-class art galleries, chic boutiques, elegant inns, and a wealth of professional businesses and services.

    Mark your calendar and plan to make it to this special Labor Day Weekend Sale. For more information about this event or other happenings on Fifth Avenue South, please visit

  • Ranger-led tour of Koreshan Historic Site
  • When: September 01, 2012 | 10 a.m.Where: Koreshan State Historic Site - Estero, FLPrice: $1 - $2 | Ages: All ages

    Rangers lead weekly tours of Koreshan, a state park and historic site.

    Koreshan, a nationally recognized historical site, was originally settled in the late 1800s as a utopian community. The site offers RV and tent camping, canoeing on the Estero River, a playground and nature trails. Parking fee is $4 per car.

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Haunted by Death
  • When: Train departs promptly at 6:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. |Where: Colonial Station - Fort Myers, FLPrice: $66 | Ages: All agesTickets:

    Seminole Gulf Railway, Murder Mystery Dinner Train presents “Haunted by Death.” Just because the cast is already dead does not mean you cannot have a murder mystery. Join this ghostly crew as they uncover their own murder.

    Join the fun as we unravel a comical mystery before your eyes. It is up to you to decide just who the killer is and why they would do such a dastardly deed. A prize will be awarded to the one super sleuth in each dining car. Price includes a scrumptious five course dinner, murder mystery show and train ride. Cash / Credit beverage service on board the train. Full bar, wine list, beer, and non-alcoholic offerings.

    Train departs promptly at 6:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $66 per person, plus tax and gratuity

    239-275-8487 or

  • Water ski clinic
  • When: September 01, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Where: 8975 Kayak Drive, Naples, Florida -Price: $40 | Ages: 5+

    Southern Extreme will host a water ski clinic for all skill levels and ages. Equipment will be provided. Clinic will be held rain or shine unless lightning is in the area.

    Registration forms are available at and reservations may be made by calling 201-SKI-TEAM (754-8326)

  • The Jazz Masters will present “A Celebration of Dixieland Jazz”
  • When: September 01, 2012 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Where: Norris Community Center - Naples, FLPrice: $15 - $25 | Ages: All ages

    On Saturdays May 5th through September 15th, The Jazz Masters will present “A Celebration of Dixieland Jazz” at the Norris Center at Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples FL, 34102 (239) 213-3049

    Time: 1pm - 3pmCost: $15 per person$25 for two $10 for group of ten or more

  • Third Street South Farmers Market
  • When: August - Every Saturday 2012 | 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Third Street South - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    The 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.Third Street Farmers Market

  • Isles of Capri Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours, Ten Thousand Islands Kayak - Mangrove Estuary Kayak Tours
  • When: September - Daily, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Isles of Capri Paddle Craft Park - Ten Thousand Islands Kayak with Up A Creek Kayak Tours - Waters of Rookery Bay Reserve -Ages: 12+Tickets:

    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 or call 239-293-6232

  • Orange Jeep Tour [Florida Safari]
  • When: September 2012 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Ave Maria La Piazza Town Center - Ave Maria, FLPrice: $20 - $30 | Ages: All agesTickets:

    Take a jeep safari through beautiful and historic south west Florida ecosystems that are part of a massive wildlife preserve and then cool off in a 14 million dollar water park. Common sightings include gator, deer, otter, bear and numerous species of birds and small animals.

    Learn about conservation and history while enjoying a custom jeep ride narrated by a professional guide. Suitable for all ages the jeep ride is smooth non challenging with a variety of seating options, after that enjoy a cool dip in the water park and visit the town for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants and shops located in the town center.

    Information: 239-434-JEEP (5337)

  • Laughter Yoga
  • When: September 02, 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.

  • First Annual Park-to-Pier
  • When: September 02, 2012 | 8 a.m. to noonWhere: Lowdermilk Beach Park - Naples, FLPrice: $20 - $25 | Ages: All agesTickets:

    Join T2 Aquatics on Sunday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day Weekend) for a family-friendly, non-competitive open water swim starting at Lowdermilk Park and ending at the historic Naples Pier.

    Three distances are an option for this swim: Full Iron Swim (2.4 miles to the Pier); 1.2 mile swim; and a .6 mile swim. Bagels will be served to participants post-event.

    $20 pre-registration or $25 the day of the event; t-shirts provided to first 150 registrants. Register at and email with questions.

    Proceeds to benefit the programs of T2 Aquatics and the Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County.

  • 5th Annual Non-Juried All Artist Member Show of Shows Exhibition
  • When: Sept 3, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Where: von Liebig Art Center - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    The Fifth Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members Show of Shows Exhibition features artwork in all media by Naples Art Association members. The exhibition gives artists at all skill levels an opportunity to exhibit and share their artwork with a larger audience.

    A full list of Show of Shows artists is on the Naples Art Association's website,

    For more information, please call 239-262-6517

  • Flea and Farmers Market
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday | 7:30 a.m. to noonWhere: Collier County Fairgrounds - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

    The NEW location for the only weekly flea market in Collier County that was previously located at the Naples Drive-In Theatre for many years.

    Every Saturday and Sunday at the Collier County Fairgrounds. Eleven miles east of 75, just after Waterways on the right.

  • Oil painting with Christine
  • When: September 04, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Where: Rosen Gallery and Studios - Naples, FLPrice: $85 - $105 | Ages: 15+

    Oil Painting Classes at Christine’s Art Studio. Come for the fun, leave with a masterpiece! With over 30 years of teaching experience, Christine George will bring out the artist in you as you finish a completed painting in just one class

    $85 per class plus canvas; brush and paint rental ($20)

    Reservations required, call 727-560-8264.

  • E.L. Smith Band
  • When: September 03, 2012 | 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.Where: Sneaky Pete's - Bonita Springs, FLAges: 21+

    Here's some classic rock served up by the E.L. Smith band.

  • Beach Walk
  • When: September 04, 2012 | 10 a.m.Where: Lovers Key State Park - Bonita Springs, FLPrice: $1 - $5 | Ages: All ages

    Join a park naturalist for a one-mile walk through the estuary and along the beach. Learn about plants, birds, seashells and marine life.

    Fees for program participants are included in park admission: $5 for vehicles with two to eight passengers, $3 for vehicles with one individual, and $1 per pedestrian or cyclist. All programs take place at Lovers Key State Park at 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, Florida. To register, call 463-4588.

  • Karaoke Night
  • When: September 04, 2012 | 7 p.m.Where: Porky's Last Stand - Marco - Marco Island, FLPrice: Free | Ages: All ages

  • Walking Tour: Naples Historic District
  • When: September 05, 2012 | 9 a.m.Where: Palm Cottage - Naples Historical Society - Naples, FLPrice: Free - $16 | Ages: All ages

    Walking tours of Naples Historic District: 9 a.m. Wednesdays, meet at Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave. S., Naples. Reservations required. $10, members; $16, others; free, children under 10. 239-261-8164

  • Beach Combing
  • When: September 05, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.Where: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park - Naples, FLPrice: Free | Ages: 2+Tickets:

    BEACHCOMBINGWednesday, September 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Join a Master Naturalist for a walk discovering beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event.

    Call for reservations at 239-597-6196. The only fee is the park entrance fee. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the park office in advance.

  • Learn to protect yourself from identity theft - Luncheon
  • When: September 05, 2012 | noon to 1 p.m.Where: Calistoga Bakery Cafe - North Naples - Naples, FLAges: 18+

    Join us for lunch while learning how you can protect yourself, your family and your business against the number one crime facing our nation and our community-Identity Theft.

  • Speed & Agility Training
  • When: September 05, 2012 | 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.Where: Veterans Community Park - North Naples - Naples, FLPrice: $30 | Ages: 8+Tickets:

    Group sessions are 1 ½ hours working with a qualified Get A Grip coach. Group sessions are kept to an eight athlete maximum to ensure the highest quality training. The focus of the group training is to help the participants to become better all around athletes. All training sessions are conducted by trained professionals with formal training in sports conditioning.

    Contact Information:

    Al Green Performance Coach GET A GRIP TRAINING 239-200-7411

  • Edison Ford Editorial Cartoons: Then and Now
  • When: Exhibit will continue through February 2013| 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Where: Edison and Ford Winter Estates - Fort Myers, FLAges: All ages

    Join us for the new exhibit opening at the Edison Ford. The exhibit features a collection of editiorial cartoons of Thomas Edison & Henry Ford from the 20th century into modern times.

    Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the exhibit will continue through February 2013.

  • Brain Fitness Seminar
  • When: September 06, 2012 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Where: Bonita Shores Club - Bonita Springs, FLAges: All ages

    Free. Learn simple exercises to aid clear thinking, concentration and memory.

    All can be done while seated. Lifestyle tips for brain fitness will also be discussed.

    Seminar leader: Ann Marina, author, Brain Vitality, to be published in December. More info at Call 682-4575 or email:

  • 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.

    Wildlife Clinic: watch for gopher tortoises under your car

    LOOK BEFORE DRIVING AWAYPlease take a minute to look under your car before driving away from our beach parking lots. Gopher tortoises frequently rest under parked cars. Injuries to these beautiful creatures are preventable if we all just take a moment and remember to look under our vehicles.

    SURPRISE RESCUEA man spotted a small cat in the road on Collier Boulevard when he was out for a morning jog. Somehow, the cat was uninjured, despite two trucks straddling it as they sped along. The jogger grabbed the cat right before it got to the median. The frightened cat burrowed into the jogger's chest as he carried it back home. Believing it was a stray house kitten, the man and his wife offered it food. It didn't take long for them to realize he had rescued a baby bobcat, not a domestic kitten!

    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.

    Snook season gone until 2013

    Florida's snook fishing season will remain closed on the west coast until 2013 instead of opening as planned on Sept. 1, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced this week.

    Wildlife officials made the decision in light of a 2010 cold kill, which reduced the snook population on the state's coasts.

    Snook season was closed on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts on Jan. 16, 2010, but it reopened last September on the Atlantic Coast, where the freeze was not as severe.

    Recreational snook season is expected to reopen in the Gulf on Sept. 1, 2013. Until then, catch-and-release of snook will be allowed.

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