Newsletter March 15 - 21, 201335th NAPLES ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE: MARCH 16th, 2013
NAPLES — Call it luck. The 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Naples will be held on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The annual parade usually is held on the Saturday nearest March 17; this year, of course, March 17 falls on Saturday.
The parade, which starts at 11 a.m., is Naples largest. Nearly 40,000 come to the parade each year to celebrate Irish heritage and culture.
The parade will follow its traditional Old Naples route, beginning at St. Ann Catholic Church on the corner of Third Street South and Ninth Avenue South, travel north on Third Street South, turn onto Fifth Avenue South, travel down Eighth Street South, and end at Crayton Cove.
Newsletter March 8 - 14, 2013Fine Art & Craft Show
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Newsletter March 1 - 7, 2013
NAPLES — Welcome to the home of the World Famous Swamp Buggy Races. Held annually every January March and November at the Florida Sports Park, in Naples, FL.
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Newsletter February 22 - 28, 2013
NAPLES — When St. Katherine's huge white tent looms high over Airport-Pulling Road, you know it's time for the Greek Festival. You are invited to join in the celebration of the Greek spirit. Enjoy
Free parking, shuttle bus service available.
Admission is $4 for adults and free for children under 12. Admission is free on Friday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Newsletter February 15 - 21, 2013Florida python hunt ends today with 50 caught, tens of thousands in hiding
NAPLES — They had guns, machetes and good intentions.
That wasn't enough for most of the 1,500 snake chasers who signed up for Florida's month-long Burmese python hunt, which ends at midnight today.
Heading into the final weekend of the state's Python Challenge, just 50 of the nonnative, nonvenomous constrictors had been wrestled out of the marshes and hammocks of the Everglades and Big Cypress swamp.
The University of Florida, which is collecting the captured snakes, isn't releasing details of who has done the catching, the size of the snakes caught or where they've been found until a closing event Feb. 16 at Zoo Miami.
The professional python hunter and amateur that catches the most pythons will each win $1,500, and $1,000 will go to the hunter who catches the longest python.
Hunters had 24 hours to drop off their dead python at a collection station along with a data sheet that shows the snake's size, the GPS location where it was caught and the sort of habitat where it was found. They are able to get the snake back for its skin.
As for whether there will be a second Python Challenge, that is yet to be determined, said Segelson, with the Conservation Commission.
Newsletter February 8 - 14, 2013Still Rockin': Naples council gives OK for more concerts at waterfront property NAPLES — Naples residents can expect more music, more people and more fun in Bayfront in the coming weeks.
It took two votes and more than three hours of debate Wednesday for the controversial Rockin’ on the Bay concert series to gain approval from Naples City Council to continue with three more free concerts. But that is three fewer than concert organizers had initially planned for and the approval comes with stipulations, including a limit of 1,500 people who can attend each of the last three shows.
Newsletter February 1 - 7, 2013What places in Naples sell fresh boiled peanuts? PHOTO BY TIM ATEN // BUY THIS PHOTO
Dan Rickard sells fresh boiled peanuts every Saturday afternoon in Wilson Plaza, located at 50 Wilson Blvd. S., on the southeast corner of Wilson and Golden Gate boulevards in Golden Gate Estates.
Estates resident Dan Rickard sells fresh Cajun and regular boiled peanuts, which he calls Gator Nuts, every Saturday afternoon from a brick-paved picnic area outside GC Grocery, the former Farmer Jack Supermarket. It’s in Wilson Plaza at 50 Wilson Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of Wilson and Golden Gate boulevards.
Newsletter January 25 - 31, 2013NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL JAN 25 - 27 The center of American culinary skills shifts to Naples this January when a gathering of the nation's best bring their talents here for the Naples Winter Wine Festival.
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is not only about great food and wine, but where you enjoy it, as some of their auction lots for the upcoming festival jan. 25-26 show.
Some of the most exclusive vintages known are within the grasp of auction ticketholders for the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, this year Jan. 25-26.
Newsletter January 18 - 24, 2013Florida Everglades python hunt begins January 12th: $1000 bounty for longest snake captured, $1500 for most snakes The state has declared war, and next month will embark on a new campaign to get pythons out of the wilds of South Florida, one snake at a time.
The Python Challenge is a monthlong roundup that encourages snake hunters and regular people to scour the swamps near the Everglades, catch and dispatch — humanely — as many pythons as they can.
A $1,000 bounty is offered for the longest snake captured and a $1,500 prize for the most captured.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the hunt in hope of increasing public awareness about "how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife."The hunt begins Jan. 12. An entry fee of $25
Newsletter January 11 - 17, 2013Clam Pass talk leads to finger-pointing at county meeting
COLLIER COUNTY — A unanimous vote by Collier County commissioners to declare an emergency Tuesday to reopen Clam Pass provided a forum for finger-pointing over the sand-choked inlet in North Naples.
Commissioners' emergency declaration, adopted at the urging of Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller, is meant to speed the hiring of dredgers so a crew can prepare to get to work quickly after stalled environmental permits are in hand.
Clam Pass is the only connection to the Gulf of Mexico for a public canoe and kayak launch and boaters who live in the Seagate neighborhood, which has feuded with the Pelican Bay neighborhood over navigation and safety. Now the clogged pass is raising worries about harming the ecology of the sensitive estuary
Newsletter January 4 - 10, 2013Fifth Avenue South to Host Numerous Events in January - January is a busy month on Fifth Avenue South! Mark your calendars and plan to make it to one – or all – of the many events planned along this historic street. A full events schedule is listed below.
Newsletter December 28 - January 3, 2013U SHER OUT THE OLD, RING IN THE NEW
New Year's Eve Celerbration's - Family actvities at the Naples Pier Fireworks 7:30 to Champage Cocktails at Shula's, Mercato, Third Street South, Fifth Avenue South, Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown and more... Check out the extensive list and pick your venue.
Newsletter December 21 - 27, 2012Local restaurants open for Christmas and Christmas Eve
Naples - For those who want to eat out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, here is a list of local restaurants open:
Newsletter December 14 - 20, 2012Fifth Avenue South to Host City of Naples Annual Christmas Parade
Naples - The City of Naples’ annual Christmas Parade will take place on Tuesday, December 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. along Fifth Avenue South.
For more information about this event or other holiday happenings on Fifth Avenue South, please visit Fifth Avenue South
Naples Christmas Parade postponed; rescheduled for next TuesdayDue to the inclement weather, the City of Naples Christmas Parade scheduled for 6:00 p.m. this evening is postponed. The Christmas Parade will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18th.Newsletter December 14 - 20, 2012
Newsletter December 7 -13 2012Jump on Express to move customers between downtown Naples, Mercato for free MERCATO, 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.Newsletter December 7 - 13, 2012
Newsletter November 23 - December 6, 2012Local dining options on Thanksgiving DayThanksgiving is all about giving thanks — and the meal you're giving thanks for. Still some of us don't want to or perhaps can't cook this Thanksgiving. Here are some restaurants that will be serving their regular menus or special holiday menus. If you don't see your favorite here, call and ask. Some of them are willing to supply everything but the gobble.
The following restaurants in Collier and Lee counties will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22. Here is a sampling of what to expect in the Naples area and beyond:Click Here
Newsletter November 16 - 22, 2012LPGA Tour event coming to Naples Nov. 15 - 18NAPLES, Fla.- A premier golf event is coming to Naples. The LPGA made the announcement Thursday morning at TwinEagles Golf Club.
The LPGA. commissioner announced they will bring their season-ending event to TwinEagles starting in 2012. They’re calling it the CME. Group Titleholders event, meaning the best female golfers in the world will compete all season long to make it into this culminating event here in Naples.
Newsletter November 9 - 15, 2012The Best in Barbecue Compete for Championship Title
Immokalee (AP) — Six nationally renowned ribbers will cook up the best in ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket, in hopes of winning the championship title at Seminole Casino Immokalee’s 2nd annual "Pigs in Paradise" National Championship BBQ Festival on Friday, Nov.16 through Sunday, Nov.18.
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Nov.16 and at 11 a.m. on Nov.17-18.
Local celebrity judges and barbecue enthusiasts will determine who gets crowned in this invitational cook-off.
In addition to mouthwatering treats, festival-goers will enjoy live performances by Charlie Daniels and Joe Nichols, a classic car show, pig races, motorcycle rally, an art show and much more. Admission is free.
Newsletter November 2 - 8, 20122012 Naples International Film Festival www.naplesfilmfest.com/ShareTickets On Sale Now for the Full NIFF 2012 Film Festival Lineup! You've waited all year, and now it's finally here! Once again we have an incredible program ...1100 6th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102(239) 775-3456
Tickets On Sale Now for the Full NIFF 2012 Film Festival Lineup!
You've waited all year, and now it's finally here!
Once again we have an incredible program packed with Independent Narrative Features, Documentaries, and Short Films, as well as exciting Q&As with visiting filmmakers, spectacular parties, and events!
Last year we had such a great turnout that many of our films and events sold out. So don’t be left out -- Get Your Tickets Now!
New this year.... NIFF All-Star Party Pack - $125.00
Visit the Silverspot Cinema box office to buy the NIFF All-Star Party Pack, which includes 12 film vouchers for the price of 10! Then, return to the Silverspot box office once you’ve decided which films to see and simply exchange the vouchers for actual NIFF movie tickets. Available while supplies last.
Newsletter October 27 - 1, 2012
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival today through Sunday in Lee County. Lee County Parks & Recreation as a springboard for everyone from novices to experts to pursue kayaking, canoeing or exploring on a standup paddleboard. It will feature equipment demonstrations, speakers, instruction, evening socials, a film festival and photo contest, local cuisine, live music, fishing tournament, races, group tours, club paddles and more
What: A weekend of children’s activities, speakers, classes and films on how to navigate and explore Southwest Florida by kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding
When: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sanibel Causeway Island A, 19500 Causeway Island Road, Sanibel
Cost: Free, kids 12 and younger; $5 adults; $15 evening events; $75 for VIP pass
Getting there: Free parking (with $6 bridge toll) at event site. Visitors also can paddle to site or take a free trolley.
Stops include Tanger Outlets, 20350 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers (look for the Calusa Blueway teardrop banner) and Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel, 20371 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers.
See website for more stops and trolley times.
Newsletter October 20 - 26, 2012
October 20th 10am at Harborside Event Center
ZombiCon, a weekend-long convention for all ages, is set for Oct. 19-21 at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, in conjunction with a zombie-themed street festival.
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The event will benefit Pushing DaiZies Inc., a nonprofit that works with local charities. In 2011, 3,900 pounds of food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and 127 pints of blood were donated for the Lee Memorial Blood Center.
A "Premature Burial" party is set to begin the event from 6 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 19. Activities begin at 10 a.m. on both Oct. 20 and 21. Tickets are available at zombicon.com and the Harborside box office.
Newsletter October 13 - 19, 2012Stan's gone but his Goodland restaurant opens for season
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Stan's, the Goodland bar and restaurant that has become a local instution, held its 40th anniversary celebration Sunday, with music and copious good spirits. With the headset mic that seems a permanent part of him, Stan Gober entertains the crowd with jokes and songs such as "What Kind of Fish Is That?"
GOODLAND — Before his death in June, Stan Gober talked at length with his son Steve about the future of the family's iconic Goodland restaurant.
Stan told his son to keep the restaurant in the family after he was gone, to continue the Sunday traditions that made Stan's Idle Hour world-renowned.
Sunday, Steve Gober and hundreds of customers fulfilled Stan's wishes. Bands jammed. Patrons chatted. Alcohol flowed. And the Buzzard Lope was, well, loped.
Newsletter October 6 - 12, 2012
Owners of the land that's now home to King Richard's amusement center on Airport-Pulling Road have applied to Collier County government to change the zoning at the 11.3-acre family park to an automobile dealership with related repair services.
Top Hat Holdings LLC has a contract to buy the property and develop it, subject to the county's approval of rezoning for the property.
Tim Zellers, of Tamiami Ford, Hyundai and Mitsubishi, said he couldn't say as of now which automobile dealership the company would open at the site. However, a traffic impact analysis of a Tamiami Hyundai dealership was submitted to the county staff for both the development rezoning application and on other documents.
Newsletter September 29 - October 5, 2012
We actually told our promoter to walk the plank and we're still having a pirate festival
FORT MYERS BEACH — It's still a pirate's life for Fort Myers Beach businesses.
Hotel, restaurant, marina and other business owners vow to hold the Pirates Festival Oct. 5-7 after the event promoter said in a Tuesday email the festival was postponed.
"We actually told our promoter to walk the plank and we're still having a pirate festival," said Glee Ann Aguis, marketing director of Salty Sam's Marina, 2500 Main Street.
"It's a big weekend for that area on the beach, for the hotels, the restaurants, the retail. The businesses do a lot of the pirate events that are part of the festival."
Newsletter September 22 - 28, 2012
What happened to America's community spirit?
"The ability to twist and fabricate makes it so much more difficult to sort through what's true and not true. You need to dig twice as hard."
The secretly filmed video in which Mitt Romney appeared to disparage the 47% of Americans who do not pay income tax, was nothing compared to the harsh, divisive language used by some US politicians, radio hosts and bloggers. How did US politics become so polarised?
Newsletter September 15 - 21, 2012Exciting Times with Jet Boat Naples by CruiseNaples
Naples — Cruise Naples’ new jet boat, ODIN, has brought eco-thrill and excitement from New Zealand to Southwest Florida.
The launch of Jet Boat Naples and ODIN might be an unfamiliar concept to North American eco-thrill seekers but to native New Zealanders, or “Kiwis,” jet boating is exceptionally popular and sought after by local and international tourists alike.
When looking at ODIN, the striking red paint is hard to miss, however the silver fern located towards the stern might create some wonder as to its significance. This is New Zealand’s silver fern and it represents pride and passion.
During the 75-minute eco tour and adventure, passengers file into Cruise Naples's modern jet boat to explore the northern Ten Thousand Islands at speeds of more than 30 knots.
As the boat flies through waterways, a narrator waxes facts about the local ecosystem, mangrove forest, and wildlife such as dolphins and birds.
Passengers even experience what it feels like to "spin out" in a boat with Cruise Naples's signature 360-degree Kiwi Turn, named for the temperature of the boat.
Tours leave daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. for the sunset tour.
Cruise Naples is proud of its newest jet boat, ODIN and wants to share some New Zealand tradition with Southwest Florida! Come and experience some of the Silver Fern tradition.
To get your ticket to ride ODIN, call (239) 263-4949 today. If you’re feeling lucky, enter to win FREE tickets - one for you and one for a guest - on our Facebook page.
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Newsletter September 8 - 14, 2012Slots referendum could mean windfall for Bonita Springs
Officials in Bonita Springs are doing what they can to ensure the city will get a cut of an expected cash windfall that passage of a referendum on slot machines would mean for Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker.
Now it's up to the county's voters to help make it happen.
The city council on Wednesday directed City Manager Carl Schwing and City Attorney Audrey Vance to continue negotiations with the dog track's owners on a development agreement that would go into effect if the referendum passes in November.
The agreement would give the Havenick family, which owns the track, development rights protected from most future planning and regulatory changes in the city's code.
Newsletter September 1 - 7, 2012Naples to begin replacing parking meters with pay stations
NAPLES — Naples beachgoers will soon be able to swap fistfuls of quarters for credit and debit cards when parking at city meters.
City Council budgeted a $540,000 capital improvement project Wednesday that will replace dozens of city meters with pay stations that accept plastic for quicker, easier transactions.
Phase 1 of the project will begin sometime next year, replacing meters along 12th Avenue South, Eighth Avenue South and several other beach access points, then gauging visitors' reactions.
Ricardi said meter technicians will save time by monitoring 11 pay stations throughout the city instead of 135 individual meters.
As part of the first phase, spaces reserved for city and county residents with free parking stickers would be changed to metered spaces. The change would still allow those with stickers to park, but would open the spaces to paying visitors when not in use by residents.
Newsletter Aug 26 - 31, 2012Emergency officials 'getting ready to get ready' for Tropical Storm Isaac
Emergency officials are stocking shelters, reviewing hurricane plans and urging residents to prepare as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels toward Florida.
If projections hold, Isaac could hit Southwest Florida as a Category 1 hurricane on Monday. If the storm comes ashore near Naples, as forecasters currently predict, it would be the first hurricane to hit the coast since Wilma in 2005 and the first since Collier County’s new emergency services center opened in 2009.
Newsletter Aug 19 - 25, 2012Papa John’s founder to raise price of pizza because of Obamacare . Papa John’s founder to raise price of pizza because of 'Obamacare'
John Schnatter, CEO and founder of Papa John’s Pizza.
Papa John’s warns it will have to raise the price of its pizzas due to President Obama’s health care law.
In a conference call during last week’s shareholder’s meeting, John Schnatter, CEO and founder of Papa John’s, said pizza will cost up to 14 cents more when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014, according to Politico and WNEW.
Schnatter, a Romney supporter, held a private fundraiser for the GOP presidential candidate at his Kentucky home in April. Schnatter also has a home in Naples.
"I don't give jobs, I hire men with a fair wage for a fair days work. That way we're both happy".
Papa John's pizza controversy: Another fast-food chain embroiled in culture war.
Newsletter Aug 12 - 18, 2012Assault begins on nonnative lionfish in Florida coastal waters
Lionfish are a venomous invasive species establishing themselves in Florida coastal waters. Most likely they were brought here by importers and by various circumstances are now loose in a new habitat. Shutterstock
Florida is stepping up its assault against nonnative lionfish spreading through the state's coastal waters and putting marine ecosystems at risk.
Under rules unveiled Monday, recreational fishermen will not need a fishing license to catch the colorful venomous pests as long as they are spearfishing or using a hand-held net. A license still is required to catch lionfish with a hook and line, which is rarely done.
Lionfish have up to 18 needlelike spines that inject venom when they are pressed. The meat of a lionfish is not poisonous and considered by some to be a delicacy.
Newsletter July 29 - August 4, 2012Summer Jazz 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:
Newsletter July 22 - 28, 2012Federal judge orders park service to close swamp buggy trails U.S. District Judge John Steele in Fort Myers signed an order Tuesday requiring the National Park Service to close some 25 miles of swamp buggy trails in 14 days in the Bear Island unit of the 725,000-acre preserve in eastern Collier County.
The decision should send a message to federal preserve managers that they must be more responsible stewards of the preserve's natural resources, said John Adornato, regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, one of the groups that sued the federal government over the trail decision.
Newsletter July 15 - 21, 2012
New exhibits and events will be featured on the second Saturday of every month at the Mercato shopping center.
"Saturday Nights Alive" "Saturday Nights Alive," a new monthly art showcase, debuts at Mercato on Saturday evening, July 14, and will continue with local artists, dancers and musicians on the sidewalks of the center on the second Saturday of every month.
Featured artists for July are muralists Juan Diaz and Daniel Venditti, whose works have recently been installed at Mercato adjacent to Sur La Table and Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes. The artists will discuss their work — "The Light Within" and "We Are Above It All" by Mr. Diaz and "Faces" by Mr. Venditti — at 6 p.m. in a "Saturday Nights Alive" one-night-only pop-up gallery in Suite 5130, next to Sportalm.
"Saturday Nights Alive" visitors will be able to enjoy more art, music and performance along the sidewalks of Mercato from 7-9 p.m. July’s participants include hoop dancers, Duct tape art and mandolin, tambourine, guitar and Native American flutes music.
In celebration of the launch of the monthly event, Mercato is hosting a Backstage Pass giveaway. Customers can pick up a pass at any of 12 featured merchants for their chance to win a $250 gift card or a $500 cash grand prize drawing. For a list of participating merchants and complete contest details, visit www.facebook.com/ mercatonaples. ¦
Newsletter July 8 - 14, 2012
About 80 percent of Collier sea turtle nests lost in Tropical Storm Debby
About 80 percent of Collier sea turtle nests lost in Tropical Storm Debby Of the 855 sea turtle nests reported along Collier County beaches, just 164 remain after Tropical Storm Debby submerged eggs and washed some away with high tides last week.
In all, it represents about an 80-percent loss. The final count from environmental specialist Maura Kraus with the county's Sea Turtle Protection Program was more devastating than initially predicted.
In Lee County, between 50 and 60 percent of nests have been washed over by the tides, but that does not mean they are all destroyed, said Eve Haverfield of Turtle Time Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to monitoring sea turtle nests on four beaches in the county.
"It's an arduous process finding out which survived and which didn't and we still don't know," Haverfield said.
Newsletter July 1 - 7, 2012
The City of Naples 4th of July Festivities 2012
The City of Naples 4th of July Festivities an exciting way to celebrate Independence Day through a parade and fireworks. The parade, on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012, will kick off at 10:00 A.M. and will encompass Broad Avenue South, 3rd Street South, and 5th Avenue South. Join thousands to witness this spectacular event filled with festive floats and family fun.
The 4th of July Fireworks, on Wednesday July 4th, 2012, will begin firing off of the City Pier at 9:00 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Set up your lounge chair or blanket for a night on the beach to enjoy this amazing display.
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