Newsletter September 25 - October 1-2011
Barracuda jumps from water, severs Naples fisherman’s tendons with razor-sharp teethBy ERIC STAATS Posted September 19, 2011
Naples resident John Zeliff, 24, was injured by a barracuda Thursday while fishing with friends in the Gulf of Mexico. Zeliff said a friend hooked the fish which immediately jumped over the boat, biting Zeliff's left arm in the process. The bite severed the muscles and tendons in his arm.
Mosquito season ugly, and far from overfontBy Jeff Stivers, Collier Mosquito Control District Posted September 20, 2011 at 6 a.m
While we may have dodged the hurricane and mosquito-borne disease bullets so far, residents of Naples still have to take precautions to protect themselves for another two or three months. Historically, the next couple of months are the prime months for the transmission of West Nile virus (WNv) in the Naples area. Because the Collier Mosquito Control District (CMCD) can’t bring mosquito levels to zero, residents need to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
Anyone needing to go outdoors should avoid the dusk and dawn hours, if possible, as this is when mosquitoes are most active. When outdoors wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, shoes and socks, all in light colors. And don’t forget the repellent
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends products with DEET or Picaridin as the active ingredient, with DEET getting the nod for being longer lasting than Picaridin. Remember to thoroughly read and understand the label of the repellent you choose before applying it.
Conchtoberfest Weekend Set for Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 in Middle KeysFestival goers can also indulge in cracked conch favorites during the weekend food fest.
DUCK KEY, Florida Keys — Florida Keys visitors can celebrate chowder power and fritter flavor during the second annual Conchtoberfest, set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, at one of Marathon's premier locations at Duck Key.
A deliciously themed and decorated weekend event, Conchtoberfest includes food, specialty drinks, family activities and games, conch shell blowing contests and live local music entertainment at the Hawks Cay Resort marina, in front of Tom's Harbor House at 61 Hawks Cay Blvd.
Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.
Hello, CubaFlights directly to the island are now allowed from SWFL BY NANCI THEORET Special to Florida Weekly
"We have been approved by the government to have flights between RSW and Cuba under certain restrictions. We have carriers flying in here that could make the application, but we have not been approached by any." — Victoria Moreland, public affairs officer, Lee County Port Authority
FLYING DIRECTLY FROM FLORIDA TO CUBA has gotten easier for certain travelers the past few months, thanks to federal initiatives announced in January that loosen up some restrictions and expand to 15 the number of U.S. airports authorized to provide passenger service to the island nation. A dozen airports, including Southwest Florida International, were approved in June to provide direct charter flights to and from Cuba.
But local residents won’t benefit any time soon. No charter companies have applied with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border.
HIT THE LINKSHere are some charity golf tournaments coming up in the area HIT THE LINKS
WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club presents Blue Dice in the final concert of the 2011 SummerJazz on the Gulf series from 7-10 p.m. Free. 261-2222 or www.naplesbeachhotel.com.
Something for the kids: Fall festivals sure to keep your little ones entertainedBy ELIZABETH KELLAR Posted September 23, 2011
Fall means a reprieve from the steamy summer weather, perfect to go outside and enjoy a bit of cooler fun with the kids. From educational outings to costume capers, here’s our round-up of upcoming autumn events that aren’t to be missed if you’ve got a youngster in tow. Halloween festivals aren’t included on this list, but will begin to appear mid-October.
41 FACE-LIFT?Officials agree: Rerouting is a long way off, if everBY BILL CORNWELL email@example.com
WAY BACK WHEN, LONGTIME residents of Naples may recall, there was a saying that went something like this: Life begins on U.S. 41 and life ends on U.S. 41. It might have been a bit hyperbolic, but it was an acknowledgement of the role the highway, which runs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Miami, has played in the history and growth of Naples.
Anything that tinkers with such an iconic symbol is bound to raise eyebrows. And that was the case last May when city officials discussed and debated a plan that would drastically alter the configuration of U.S. 41.
Season opens for gag grouper
The recreational harvest of gag grouper in all Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida, except Monroe County, reopened on Sept. 16 and will run for two months. This season will allow anglers in both federal and state gulf waters an opportunity to harvest gag grouper. The gag grouper season has been closed in state waters since June 1 and in federal waters since Jan. 1.
During the open season, through Nov. 15, recreational anglers may keep two gag grouper within the four-grouper aggregate daily limit in all gulf waters off Florida except Monroe County state waters. The minimum size limit for gag grouper in these waters is 22 inches total length.
These harvest dates for gag grouper apply in 2011 only. More information on grouper management is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing. ¦
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