Newsletter September 25 - October 1-2011


Where Locals Go

Fishing Report

Happy Hours Bars/Clubs

Things to do

and More

Marco Island

Ft Myers

Pine Island
Florida Keys
Key West

Seafood Recipes


Barracuda jumps from water, severs Naples fisherman’s tendons with razor-sharp teeth

By 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.

razor-sharp teeth

Mosquito season ugly, and far from overfont

By 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.

The "normal" progression of mosquitoes

Conchtoberfest Weekend Set for Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 in Middle Keys

Festival 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, Cuba

Flights 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.

Hello, Cuba


Here are some charity golf tournaments coming up in the area HIT THE LINKS


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

Weekend Best Bets

Something for the kids: Fall festivals sure to keep your little ones entertained

By 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.

Upcoming Autumn Events


Officials agree: Rerouting is a long way off, if everBY BILL CORNWELL

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 ¦

gag grouper apply in 2011 only


Seaside Dining, One of the perks of living in Southwest Florida is that the area is a boater’s paradise.

Naples is know for its fine waterfront dining and its breath taking sunsets. We have compiled a list of all of Naples and surrounding areas restaurants that are located either on the Venetian Bay, Naples Bay or directly on the Gulf of Mexico in wonderful southwest Florida.

Sign up for our free Naples Weekly Newsletter

Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel-Captiva Florida Newsletter with events, photos, videos, fishing report, news and more.

To receive weekly events, news and photos, fill in your name and email address, and click "subscribe".A confirmation email will be sent to you. Respond to the email to confirm your address and you're all set!

What's Your
Florida Beach?

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


WebMD Health

Is Your Life Running You Ragged?

By Sherry Rauh WebMD Feature Reviewed by Michael J. Breus, PhD

Fortgang, who is the author of Living Your Best Life and NOW WHAT? 90 Days to a New Life Direction, recommends evaluating the state of your life with the following quiz.

The quiz

Choosing To Be Happy

By Tom Valeo WebMD Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

A popular greeting card attributes this quote to Henry David Thoreau: "Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." Strategies for Happiness: 7 Steps to Becoming a Happier Person

Happiness Strategy

10 Fast Stress-Busting Pick-Me-Ups

Sun Damaged Skin Slideshow

Shedding Light on 7 Suncreen Myths


If everything is coming up aces, head to Seminole Casino Immokalee for two poker tournaments this weekend.

1-Drop a line this weekend at the Summer Slam Caloosa Catch & Release Fishing Tournament. This is your last chance to qualify for the Caloosa Grand Championship in November. Friday teams will check in, receive official Summer Slam tournament gear and get to mingle with fellow anglers. On Saturday, teams can check in at 5:30 a.m. at the Bayside Marina and lines are allowed in the water at 7 a.m. (671-9347,

2-If you find that Lady Luck is always on your side, this might be a good weekend to play a hand at the Seminole Casino Immokalee. Seminole Casino is hosting two card tournaments. On Saturday, the Ante Up Tour tournament starts at 2 p.m. The Ante Up Tour guarantees $10,000; players can join the deal with a $230 buy-in. The Poker Gives charity tournament begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday. A $75 buy-in with a $75 charity re-buy will secure a seat. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Step by Step and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fun. (

3-The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra starts its Fall Fest series with a top-10 greatest hits concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Phil. This hit parade features the most popular classical music ever written, including Bach’s Air on the G String, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Tchaikovsky’s finale from Symphony No. 4. Tickets cost $37-$40. (597-1900)

4-Enjoy a beachside sunset and soulful music for free by checking out the final SummerJazz on the Gulf Concert on Saturday. The popular nine-piece band Blue Dice will conclude the concert series at 7 p.m. at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Don’t forget your beach chairs and blankets. (261-2222)

5-The Fort Myers Derby Girls Learn how to grow organically will host its final home bout of the season at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Bamboozles Skating & Events Center against the Bradentucky Bombers. A portion of the proceeds from the derby will benefit the Lisabet Anna Buesing Foundation, which helps young, single mothers with breast cancer. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Seating is limited, so remember to bring your chairs and blankets. (482-7789,


  • Begin your week perfecting the art of painting petals. Janet Rogers, artist and teacher, will lead a three-day workshop on painting flowers with watercolors at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Learn how to interpret flowers while discovering new, exciting color and expression. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Wednesday. All artists, regardless of experience, are welcome. The Flowers, Flowers, Flowers workshop costs members $275 and nonmembers $325. (495-8989)
  • Not all vodkas are alike. To prove that point, Shula’s Steak House will host a Russian Standard vodka tasting beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A sampling of four Russian Standard vodkas and four paired appetizers will be offered. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at door. (430-4999,
  • Local artist Lia Galletti displays her abstract collection, Reflections on Canvas, through Oct. 1 at the Alliance for the Arts. Galletti’s work is an expression of an inner journey, where she explores the soul through abstract work. She uses bright colors to bring forth feelings and emotions in their purest forms. Galletti used acrylic for this collection. (939-2787,

  • Specialists in Urology will hold free prostate cancer screenings in six locations from Marco Island to Fort Myers on Saturday for Prostate Cancer Awareness month. In past years, these urologists have performed thousands of free screenings through this program. If you are over the age of 50 or have a history of prostate cancer in your family and are over 40, prostate screenings should be part of your annual routine. To make an appointment for a free screening, call 434-6300.
  • The sixth annual Walk for the Way will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the North Collier Regional Park. Mercury Morris and Larry Little, from the undefeated 1972 season of the Miami Dolphins, will be at the walk and available for autographs and photos. Don't forget to bring your camera. Raffle prizes include Don Shula autographed footballs. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of six and 17. The first 1,000 people will receive a United Way Walk T-shirt. For more information, contact
  • Join Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for their Naples Fall Auction today at noon. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers specialize in fine furniture and decorative arts, fine art, fine books and manuscripts, fine jewelry and timepieces, and vintage couture and accessories. For more information, visit

  • Naples Meetup Calendar

    FREE Summer Jazz On The Gulf Concert SeriesSaturday, September 24, 2011, 6:15 PM

    SELECTED BY: CHRISTINE RNaples Beach Hotel and Golf Club851 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL (map)

    I will publish a cell phone # to all YES RSVP'sSELECTED BY: CHRISTINE RBeautiful Southwest Florida sunsets and refreshing Gulf breezes provide the perfect backdrop for the 26th annual "Summer Jazz on the Gulf," a free concert series in Naples at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club's expansive Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We suggest you park at Lowdermilk Park and take the trolley over. Much better than lugging your chair from far away street parking. Dress for cool comfort. Water bottles & battery operated fans, highly recommended. Concert is from 7 - 10.

    I will get there early and save some space for us in the NW corner of the lawn (same as before). That would be the far right corner from the main entrance. That way we are not trapped in the middle unable to get up and visit the restroom, bar, beach or anything else. Also, per hotel no coolers allowed, refreshments are available on site. However, at last year's concert we saw plenty of folks bring in their own beverages and snacks (just don't be too obvious).

    Click the link below to visit the Naples Beach Hotel website for more information.

    Roller Derby! ~Fort Myers Misdemeanors -vs- "Bradentucky Bombers~ Sunday, September 25, 2011, 5:30 PM

    Let's go cheer on the Ft. Myers Derby Girls as they have an indoor roller derby bout against Bradenton, FL's "Bradentucky Bombers"! Meet by the entrance at 5:45-6PM. If you are later than that look for us inside.

    They sell beer and wine inside, beer is discounted with purchase of a souvenir Derby Girls Cup. Doors open at 5:45PM (that's when we run in with our chairs!) and the Bout starts at 6:30PM. They have a DJ or a band that plays before the bout and during break time. There is also a snack bar with beer, sodas, hotdogs, etc....Event ends at 9:00PM, but if you are up for more there is an after party with the Derby Girls at Ale Mary's in Ft. Myers (Special $2 drafts with Derby Girls cup).

    Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance if you want to buy them in advance at the Bamboozles Skate Center or online at .

    SWFL912 Project - Monthly Meeting & Candidate Speaker Series Monday, September 26, 2011, 6:30 PM

    SELECTED BY: ROBERT & LORITA PARDUEThe Parrot Bar and Grill1100 6th Ave S # 6, Naples, FL (map)

    SELECTED BY: ROBERT & LORITA PARDUENote: Time Change to 6:30 pm - Come early and enjoy dinner.

    Guest Speaker: County Commissioner-District 1

    Donna Fiala

    Guest Speaker: Fair Tax Group of Southwest FL

    Raymond Budd

    This meeting will feature another candidate taking part in our Candidate Speaker Series along with Ray Budd giving us more information on the Fair Tax. Both guests will speak to our group and then answer questions.

    Please plan on attending. We can never be too well informed!

    Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 9:30 AM

    SELECTED BY: TERRI PARRCalistoga Bakery and Cafe7941 Airport Rd, Naples, FL (map)

    SELECTED BY: TERRI PARRThis club started with THE LAW by Frederic Bastiat and then HAMILTON'S CURSE by Thomas Delorenzo. We are now reading THE Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. Are they just radicals or is this a part of Islam? Come and find out.

    VINEYARDS ESTATES SKATE/BIKE FITNESS Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 6:15 PM

    SELECTED BY: CURTVineyards Sales Center75 Vineyards Blvd, Naples, FL (map)


    Mid-Week Sunset Volleyball at the Naples Pier :) Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 6:30 PM

    SELECTED BY: BOB H.The Naples Pier12 Ave South, Naples, FL (map)

    SELECTED BY: BOB H.Later Sunset New Start Time ***6:30PM @ the Pier***

    Hey Everyone

    The plan is to meet at the sand volleyball courts to the left of the Naples Pier for a fun friendly co-ed game of volleyball and watch the sunset. If you're not into playing volley ball then just bring a beach chair or towel to sit on and take in all the beach has to offer. Sunset will be around 7:30 PM so let's start the games at 6:30PM!!!

    The Naples Pier is at 12 Ave South and the Gulf.

    Mom's Night Out (Pizza and Beer) Thursday, September 29, 2011, 6:30 PM

    SELECTED BY: COURTNEY WILLIAMSBell Tower ShopsCorner of US41 and Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL (map)

    SELECTED BY: COURTNEY WILLIAMSWe will meet for a beer at World of Beer at around 6:30 for their ladies night and will hang out there till about 7:45; then we will head to Grimaldi's for some pizza. Feel free to join us at either location and let me know ahead of time if you will be there.

    Don't worry if no one RSVP's from the meetup group, we have many mom's who attend Baby Boot Camp who will be there; so just let me know you are coming and I will make sure to look for you :)

    FREE Comedy show & cover into Groovestreet afterwards Friday, September 30, 2011, 6:00 PM

    SELECTED BY: LAREENLaugh In Comedy Café8595 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL (map)

    cell sent to YES RSVPs Thursday nightSELECTED BY: LAREENJanine's Happy Hour Party at Groove Street & Laugh- In Comedy Café

    Every person that shows up at Happy Hour will receive a free ticket to the 8p.m. comedy show. ($12 Value)Happy Hour is from 5p.m. to 7p.m. (Janine will be there about 5:30, Lareen won't get there til 6)Regular sized hamburgers are $3Wells, wines, sodas and domestic beers are $3All appetizers are half price.All Happy Hour specials End Promptly at 7p.m.Comedy Club doors open at 7p.m. The show starts at 8p.m. You must have a blue comedy club ticket from you waitress to enter Laugh-In for FREE. Waitresses will pass comedy club tickets after the tabs are closed.You can order food & drinks in the comedy club.All Comedy Club participants receive free cover back into Groove Street after the show.

    Mystery Paddle... Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8:00 AM

    SELECTED BY: DANNANew PassEstero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL (map)

    Look for the kayaksSELECTED BY: DANNA

    This paddle is a mystery because I have never kayaked this area before. We will launch at the northern end of Big Hickory Island, paddle across Estero Bay and up Spring Creek as far as we can go.

    From the launch site (west side of the road across from Dog Beach) up Spring Creek and back is 10 miles.

    Paddlers who want more miles can then circumnavigate Big Hickory Island to add an additional 5 miles.(Kees and Alberto!)

    There are no rentals at this site but you can rent from Estero River Outfitters [masked] and they will supply a roof rack and tie downs. There are also rentals at the Big Hickory Fishing Nook Marina [masked] at the south end of Big Hickory Island and if you are coming from Naples, the Naples Kayak Company [masked] , although I'm not sure of their policy regarding transporting kayaks.

    This paddle is for intermediate to advanced paddlers only. You must be able to paddle a minimum of 10 miles over open water, against current, through winding mangroves, etc.

    Bring water, snacks, bug spray, PFD, GPS :) and the usual safety equipment. We will probably stop somewhere afterward for lunch. Let's Explore!

    Be sure to checkout 'Our Partner Links.' You’ll find 'Our Partner Links' also on bottom of many pages. Our partners are chosen for site quality, areas of interest, and great content.

    Hey, Mikey likes it. Try it, you’ll like it too.

    Naples Daily News Current news for Naples, FL and its surrounding communities brought to you by Naples Daily News. Features local Naples, Florida news including sports, ...

    Florida Weekly News Florida Weekly is one of the largest circulating newsweeklies in Florida, with more than 75000 papers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Palm Beach counties ...

    Gulfshore Life Current news for Naples, FL and its surrounding communities brought to you by Naples Daily News. Features local Naples, Florida news including sports, ...

    Florida Keys For those of you that have never been here before, the Florida Keys are a 106 mile long chain of islands that begin at the very bottom of Florida's mainland. They are often referred to as America's Caribbean....

    South Beach Miami's South Beach draws in the rich, famous and trendy. Nightlife abounds, but South Beach is also a historic district, a people-watching haven and a beach-lover's dream. ...

    Sanibel-Captiva Sanibel-Captiva - are barrier islands on the lower Gulf Coast of Florida, 125 miles south of Tampa. Sanibel Island and it's sister, Captiva, are known widely for their pristine beauty and unspoiled landscapes.

    Marco Island Marco Island is the largest of the Ten thousand islands and a boaters paradise giving access to 10,000 exotic beach locations for beach picnics, seashell shelling or overnight camping.

    Fort Myers The Beach gained a reputation as the World's Safest Beach because of no undertow and shallow water. People can walk the entire7-mile length of the island along its sandy shores.

    Pulse Magazine Pulse Magazine SWFL, launched in January 2006, is the premier entertainment guide for Lee and Collier counties. We provide coverage of the people, places and parties that prove SWFL is more than heaven's waiting room!

    ^^Return to Top^^

    << Newsletter September 18 - 24, 2011 | >Next - Page Two >>