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Thats right, I often criticize my fellow Americans for doing exactly what I have done, in direct disobedience of the famous Biblical imperative located deep in the Gospel of John or the bowels of a whale or a similarly obscure location. Its a job hazard, pure and simple. But as burdens go, this one is easy to execute: It requires little more than sheer hypocrisy. As you may have noticed, hypocrisy is one of the most essential tools of good parenting. Thats why I feel perfectly comfortable criticizing the Brevard County Public Library, championed by front-man and county spokesman Don Walker. Are Brevard officials just a bunch of Commie pinkos? Thats a question my drill instructors once asked of me after one discovered a platoon of little green men formed up inside my rifle barrel during a spit-andpolish drill-deck inspection. Let me just say with stern finger-wagging admonishment: Censorship is un-American, Don, just like platoons of little green men excavating your M-14. But Don and Co. made The New York Times recently for practicing classic censorship they banned a book on our behalf so none of us can be sullied by pornography. Thank you, Don. You may now report back to the early 17th century to take up life among your purse-lipped kind, the Puritans. Meanwhile, here in the 21st century, were left with Dons ringing defense of censorship, quoted in the Great Gray Lady as the Times is euphemistically and perhaps pornographically called: We view this as pornographic material. I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey, but Ive read reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey. From what I understand, its a lot about male dominance and female submissiveness. And were not supposed to read about that if we want to, in Brevard? No. Don and Co. said we couldnt. What about in other counties? As a proud Floridian (American by birth, Floridian by the grace of I-70 east and I-75 south), it hurts me to admit that Brevard is not unique here on the buckle end of the Bible belt. In Lee County, for example, my son took up one of the few Florida-set novels that deserves a place in the opus of American Literature, A Land Remembered, by Patrick D. Smith. His fourth grade teacher introduced it to the class in abridged form. Abridgement is always a euphemism for one of two things: either editing for length, or censorship, the latter pornographic itself. In this case, Im afraid it was censorship. The boy found the original on our shelves and read the whole damn 403-page thing, about a pioneering family here. Meanwhile, the teacher, a capable person, read the abridged version out loud to the class. People swear. People die in this book. People meet (God forbid) actual Indians, and have sex with them and spawn their children. And some people lose their tempers and murder other people who hurt pregnant women. But a lot of that mirror-held-up-to-nature fiction, including the union between Indians and whites and the swearing, was censored from the book presented to the class. Its safer that way. Some parents might object, for goodness sake. And, as the teacher pointed out, Theres bad language. But even if the sweet-sweat-and-sour of struggling lives appears unvarnished in a story, so what? Those who dont want to read it Brevard county officials, for example, or any public school committee members who pick fiction for fourth graders dont have to. Before I decided to throw this stone, I called my son over and asked him what specifically had been left out of A Land Remembered, a book published in the land of the free, the home of the brave and the cradle of the First Amendment. Then I wrote down what he said, word for word. They never said Zech and Towanda had a baby, he told me. We read to the part where Zech comes back to the Indian village, and he randomly finds he had a son. And the thing was, Dad, he never had a son with Towanda (in the abridged version), so thats physically impossible. Id rather they cut out the entire part about Toby the boy. Its a pitiful way to recreate the story. They also censored the swearing. What swearing, I asked? Hell, sonofabitch, bastard, things like that, he told me. Terrible. Ill bet none of us have ever heard those words, especially used well when the stakes are mortal and neither has he. And it cuts out that part when Frog found the man who made Glenda have the dud baby that died, and he brings him back and says, What are we going to do with him? And Zech drags him out in the woods and kills him, and the only thing left is his limp body. It left all that out. Zech aint perfect, son. Neither am I. Pick up your dirty clothes. The censors also left out the first and last chapters of A Land Remembered, my son told me. In an elegant and old-time storytelling symmetry, the novel starts in a Rolls Royce overlooking Key Biscayne and ends only a short time later on a Cracker front porch, as a man dies in a stampede of his memories. Its poignant and beautiful, and it moved my son deeply. He was sobered. He talked about it for days. Hell remember it all his life, I know from experience. But if the real book, not the censored book, hadnt been sitting on our shelves, hed never have known. And the story would never have given him that special insight into himself and all of us who live here on the surface of real men and women, those who came before. And now, if my son asks to read Lolita, or The Complete Kama Sutra, or Lady Chatterlys Lover all books available at Brevard libraries, and everywhere else there can only be one answer: Absolutely not. Not until hes old enough to vote. The un-American award of the year


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PAGE 4 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 richLOWRYSpecial to Florida Weekly OPINIONThe end of China envy? amyGOODMANSpecial to Florida Weekly Coal, foreclosures and Bank of Americas extraordinary eventShareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an extraordinary event. That is what the city of Charlotte, N.C., called the banks shareholder meeting this week. Bank of America is currently the second-largest bank in the U.S. (after JPMorgan Chase), claiming more than $2 trillion in assets. It also is the too big to fail poster child of Occupy Wall Street, a speculative banking monstrosity that profits from, among other things, the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the exploitation of dirty coal. North Carolina, which went for Barack Obama in 2008, is a swing state in this years presidential election. Current polls indicate the Tar Heel State is a tossup. To boost its chances there, the Democratic Party has chosen Charlotte to host this summers Democratic National Convention. In preparation, the Charlotte City Council passed an amendment to the city code allowing the city manager to declare so-called extraordinary events. The ordinance is clearly structured to grant police extra powers to detain, search and arrest people who are within the arbitrarily defined extraordinary event zone. The ordinance reads, in part, It shall be unlawful for any person ... to willfully or intentionally possess, carry, control, or have immediate access to any of the following and then lists a page of items, including scarves, backpacks, duffel bags, satchels and coolers. Wednesdays protest outside the Bank of America headquarters, with hundreds marching, was peaceful and spirited. The colorful array of creative signs was complemented by activists inside the meeting, who, as shareholders, were entitled to address the meeting. George Goehl of National Peoples Action, who was inside, told CNN about Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihans reaction: Dozens of us were able to speak, but Moynihan mostly dodged, deflected and denied. He looked visibly uncomfortable the entire time. Many activists expressed outrage at the banks role in the subprime mortgage industry and the foreclosure crisis it helped spawn. As part of a federal settlement over widespread mortgage fraud, Bank of America agreed to hand over $11.8 billion. Just two days before the protest, the bank announced it was contacting the first 5,000 of 200,000 mortgage customers who are eligible for a loan modification, with a potential decrease in their mortgage principal of up to 30 percent. Last week, Rainforest Action Network members climbed 100 feet to suspend a banner on Char lottes Bank of America Stadium, where President Obama is scheduled to make his nomination acceptance speech on Sept. 6. The banner read Bank of America with the word America crossed out and replaced with Coal. RAN is part of a broad coalition fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal. RAN Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton told me: Bank of America is the lead financier of mountaintop-removal mining, which is a practice of mining which is really the worst of the worst mining that we see anywhere, essentially blowing the tops off of mountains in Appalachia, destroying peoples homes, polluting their water supplies. And thats even before it gets into the coal plants, where its burnt and creates air pollution in inner-city areas and all around our country ... (its) the canary in the coal mine for our reliance on fossil fuels. The broad coalition in and out of the shareholder meeting demonstrates a key development in Occupy Wall Streets spring revival, and also foreshadows possible confrontations with the Obama re-election campaign this fall. President Obama clearly responds to pressure. Look at the issue of marriage equality. In 1996, while campaigning for state senator in Illinois, Obama wrote he supported same-sex marriage. While campaigning in 2008, then-U.S. Sen. Obama stated, I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. This week, he told ABC News, It is important for me to affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Given the political climate, it certainly is brave for Obama to endorse marriage equality, especially just hours after the voters of North Carolina voted in favor of a state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. But he was once a community organizer, and no doubt recalls the words of Frederick Douglass: Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. The LGBT community was organized and vocal, and the presidents position moved. Those gathered inside and outside the Bank of America shareholder meeting this week homeowners fighting foreclosure, environmentalists, Occupy Wall Street activists will take note of the presidents change. They are sure to continue their struggles, right through the Democratic National Convention, making it truly an extraordinary event. Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,000 stations in North America. She is the author of Breaking the Sound Barrier, recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.China-envying New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman likes to muse about how wonderful it would be if the United States could be like China for a day. The scandal engulfing former rising star Bo Xilai, the cashiered Communist Party boss of the city of Chongqing, suggests how this magical day might go down.A popular governor who rose to prominence based on his anti-corruption campaign while illicitly enriching himself would fall from grace. His wife would be accused of murdering a foreign businessman. His security chief, whom he relied upon to run an extensive spying operation on potential foes, would seek asylum at a foreign consulate, fearing for his life. State and federal security forces would have a standoff outside the consulate. The entire nation would become obsessed with the case, but the government would prevent anyone from searching the Internet for information about it. Everyone would assume that the government would control the political fallout by arranging a nice show trial for the disgraced governor. Such would be the joys of China-for-aDay, according to the Bo Xilai script. The Bo affair doesnt truly tell us anything new about China. But the lurid details the body of the allegedly murdered British businessman cremated without an autopsy; Bos privileged son partying as a student at Oxford and Harvard might jolt some China-enviers out of their feverish delusions about the glories of the Beijing Model. Its not just Thomas Friedman. Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union, wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal titled Chinas Superior Economic Model. He cited Bo and his people-oriented development in Chongqing as one of the impressive assets of Team China. President Barack Obama has used Chinas public investments as a prod for adopting similar policies at home and said longingly of one of Chinas technological advances, That used to be us. The Bo scandal shows the Chinese system to be as thoroughly rotten as one would expect of a kleptocratic police state. What is unusual is only that it wasnt kept under wraps. If Chinas economic rise has been something to behold during the past three decades, it is not a tribute to the technocratic proficiency of Chinas rulers. In Chinas mixed system, it is the genuinely private companies that are more economically efficient, according to The World Bank. Chinas economic miracle may well stall out before we get the opportunity to emulate its supposed wonders. China cant convert agricultural workers into manufacturing workers and suppress domestic consumption in the cause of creating an export-driven juggernaut forever. The World Bank report recommends that China move to the next stage of development by reforming and restructuring state enterprises and banks, developing the private sector, promoting competition, and deepening reforms in the land, labor, and financial markets. In other words, it should learn from the U.S. The existence of China envy is a testament to the allure of 9 percent GDP growth coupled with a few fashionable policies like support for high-speed rail and solar energy. On this basis, Friedman calls Chinas rulers a reasonably enlightened group of people. Their spectacular repression, greed and Sopranos-like power struggles notwithstanding. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. 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PAGE 6 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 Kathleen Passidomo was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November 2011 and serves on several committees, including the Judiciary Committee, the Civil Justice Subcommittee, the K-20 Innovation Subcommittee and the Congressional Redistricting Committee.As a partner in the law firm Kelly, Passidomo & Alba LLP, her practice centers on real estate, corporate and business law (she was in the first class of approximately 70 lawyers certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer). A past president of the Collier County Bar Association and of the Collier County Womens Bar Association, she was a founding member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the CCBA. She has also served as chairman of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. In 2010, she received the Florida Bar Association Presidents Pro Bono Service Award for providing pro bono legal services to the poor. She is a founding member and the vice chairman of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force, a partnership of community, civic and governmental organizations formed to provide pro bono advice and assistance to people living in Collier County facing foreclosure. In addition to her many career and public service endeavors, Kathleen is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Collier and serves on the executive committee of the board of trustees of Hodges University. She was a longtime member of the Collier County Junior Deputies League, the Collier County 100 Club and the boards of directors for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, the Shelter for Abused Women & Children, United Way of Collier County, the Collier County Child Advocacy Council and the Collier County Senior Resource Center. An engaged and engaging resident of Collier County for 33 years, she grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J. Her mother was a nurse, and her father was an eye surgeon who also served as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the New Jersey Medical School (now well into their 80s and living in Naples, they both volunteer at the Senior Friendship Health Clinic in Naples and the Lions Club Eye Clinic in Bonita Springs). Kathleen graduated cum laude in from Trinity University in Washington, D.C., in 1975 and went to law school at Stetson University. She and her husband, John, met at Stetson, married in 1979 and moved to Naples. Their three daughters, all graduates of Naples High School, are: Catarina, a graduate of Washington & Lee University and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia; Francesca, a graduate of the University of Miami; and Gabriella, a p a L e t bobHARDEN e-mail: PROFILES IN PARADISEA lifetime of public service in Collier and beyond Talking points with Kathleen PassidomoSomething thats been on your mind: More than can be said in a short sentence or two.Something your mother was always right about: Never leave the house with curlers on She never left the house without looking her best because she never knew who she might run into.What makes you laugh: Odd humor, my dogs funny face and my kids when they quote movies word-for-word. Last book you read: Steven Brills Class Warfare. Something youll never understand: Why people hide behind screen names and say such hurtful, spiteful things about others online with complete disregard for the truth, the consequences of their words or even human dignity.Something people might be surprised to nd out about you: After college I spent almost a year traveling around the world (mostly in Asia) with my best friend and carrying only a backpack and a plane ticket on PanAm Flight 001. It was 1975, and my friend and I were often the only western women in the places we visited.High school job: Interviewing accident witnesses and measuring tire treads as a summer intern for Allstate Insurance.What the Paradise Coast really needs: Institutional memory and an understanding and appreciation of those who came before us.student in the Honors College at Florida Gulf Coast University. In her free time, Kathleens pursues interests ranging from cooking to hiking, baseball and opera. Bob Harden is the producer and host of The Bob Harden Show, airing from 7-8 a.m. weekdays at The show is archived for listeners convenience.


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PAGE 8 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 might pay off by securing a robust economy, that short version of the full name The Partnership for Colliers Economic Future (all volunteer) carries an alluring whiff of cabal, to be sure. But it bears no hidden agenda. Instead, The Partnership is a brain trust conceived by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Poised to change the old ways of thinking and doing, it allies private, public and university talent to retool an outmoded and underpowered local economy. We hold the very important cultural philosophy that if it is not good for the community at large and in general, then long-term it is not good for business. And if it is not good for business, then it isnt good for the community, says Edward Morton, a leader of The Partnership who is managing director of Wasmer Schroeder & Co. and a former CEO of NCH. To understand The Partnership, think of a staid, business-suited luncheon crowd smilingly vacantly the chicken divan and suddenly snapping to attention, leaping from their chairs and shouting in unison Lets change the culture! Before the dessert course, they shape a new way of living that can boost the prosperity for everyone in the region. That scenario should give you a faintly analogous idea of The Partnership. Among its goals: To work closely with Collier County government by keeping an office next to the county managers. To use Florida Gulf Coast University and its business development arm as the center of a regional effort, not just a Collier effort. To give tourist development in the region a specific brand. To develop themes such as biotechnology. To create a campaign to educate the public. All of that sounds good. But the problem The Partnership faces the problem facing all of us is this: Recessionary national economics anchored by our own albatross allegiance to real estate, construction and tourism is sinking us. Its the old model of business development and community prosperity, in other words, and it aint going to fly, sail or rumble from now on, say members of The Partnership. From the beginning, people have come here in groups and brought money, but we cant depend on that anymore, says Mike Reagen, president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. From brain surgeons to the guys that cut grass, were all servants here. Solving the problem starts and probably ends with what Mr. Morton calls the private sector, investing the old term with new energy, and the private sector itself with a new responsibility. A community such as Collier and Naples is constantly evolving from the fishing community of my childhood to a metropolitan statistical area well in excess of 300,000 people, he says. So our business climate needs to evolve from an overdependence on traditional development and tourism into the types of business that will give every working person a sense of dignity the dignity of their labor and security. But how does a way of life and a set of officials both elected and appointed evolve? With help. In effect, The Partnership is a specialforces squad of private-sector thinkers and doers enlivened by a singularly anti-Shakespearean notion: that Collier County must suffer close comparisons. Comparisons are odious, the great bard wrote. But close comparisons are exactly what the doctor ordered, and what County Manager Leo Ochs and Mr. Reagen sought when they approached a Hodges University team of researchers more than two years ago with the idea of a comparative study. It relies on a mass of quantitative information as well as qualitative knowledge garnered from 100 specially designed questions. This is something new. This is something we havent done before, explains Mr. Reagen, describing study that compares Collier to eight other Florida counties, both demographically and in terms of best practices. But that was phase III, says Asygul Timur, professor and vice chair of administration at Hodges Universitys Johnson School of Business, who led the research team. First, the Hodges team compared Collier to 30 other counties in the United States and determined Collier was most similar to these four: Lane County in Oregon, Sonoma in California, Charleston, S.C., and Palm Beach County on the other side of Florida. But when we presented that at Wake Up Naples (a chamber-sponsored meeting), they said, Thats very nice, but how do we compare to counties in Florida? Does anybody know what others are actually doing? So it was back to the drawing board as 2010 rolled into 2011 and the economies of Collier, Lee and every other county in the Sunshine State continued to struggle. It took Dr. Timur and her team a few months even to identify counties similar enough to Collier to be worth asking, she says. Ultimately, they zeroed in on Lee, Sarasota, St. Lucie, Broward, Duval, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Orange, alm Beach, Seminole and Martin. Anke Stugk, a researcher who studied with Dr. Timur and earned an MBA, relishes hard data and new information and eagerly helped gather data for the comparative study. One thing she learned is how diverse Collier County is I lived here for seven years but I never knew. Maybe the blinders were on. Colliers population is diverse not just in terms of ethnicities and nationalities, but also in terms of talent, experience and vocational abilities, she says. For the hard-data side of the study, Ms. Stugk and the team drew from two years of detailed analysis, relying on U.S. Census reports combined with the American Community Survey, a federal-state compilation of unemployment statistics in local communities, and a consumer market research system that gives public and private leaders targeted demographic data so they can reach very specific markets. This report brings together data for discerning economic patterns, best practices and perhaps even models for successful government and business partnerships, Dr. Timur writes in her introduction to the study. As it turns out, the study is likely unique in Florida, and it provides Collier government officials and members of The Partnership with a refined and redefined view of Colliers character, along with solutions employed or under consideration in similar counties facing the same unpredictable economic future. I was looking for information we simply didnt know: How they utilize incentives; what they do for economic development; the structure of their economic development organizations; how they allocate the budget for it; how many staff do they have to support economic development, that kind of thing, Dr. Timur explains. In the quantitative research its important you see trends. But at same time, what I really wanted to do was show what others do that we dont know about, and show how we can use that information. So I sat down with all the business and community leaders, a group of 15, to put it together 100 questions. In those counties they had already planned on those things we were asking about they had allocated their resources efficiently. I wanted to show our community what those communities do, and then to ask our community: How would you answer these questions? Thats the answer to how we should do economic development in the future. And the answer must come from the business and community leaders. The questions themselves form the qualitative rather than quantitative portion of the study, seeking knowledge about methods, incentives, budgets, personnel and the like. The team grouped the questions into four categories: organization, structure and resources; functions and programs; incentives; and performance measures. For example, the team showed that 63 percent of the counties use a combination of public and private talent, 25 percent rely mostly on public efforts (Lee falls into that category, she says), and 23 PARTNERSHIPFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOArthrex is an example of the kind of business that will help diversify Southwest Floridas economy.This report brings together data for discerning economic patterns, best practices and perhaps even models for successful government and business partnerships. Asygul Timur, professor and vice chair of administration at Hodges Universitys Johnson School of Business, who led the research teamREAGEN


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To what extent they will do so, and how well they can work with private leaders in Collier those representing The Partnership, for example remains to be seen. This isnt the first time at the dance for Collier officials and business leaders. To be sure, there was another brain trust of sorts an effort headed by consultant James McGraw hired to produce a study directing Naples leaders forward. But that didnt take, although it helped educate, Mr. Reagen recalls. McGraw said: (Private business) should have an office in the county government building. And the business community should raise money to support business incentives. It was a classic model (for economic development), and McGraw said there were 45 places in the country that do this. You need a constituency raising private money to do it, and to have the good stuff, he said because here, the county (government) doesnt. The good stuff, the stuff of The Partnership, now includes a remarkable array of opportunities, including a 10-week business development program for local CEOs of companies with four to 10 employees and sales under $1 million, designed by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. Thats the real plum in the pudding, perhaps. The good stuff also includes roundtable sessions for potential high-growth entrepreneurs; a Partnership-fueled program to locate existing businesses that can benefit from economic development help; a luncheon series for CEOs, and other efforts. The McGraw consultancy also recommended a regional approach, and suggested putting a $400,000 sum to better use than that of the Economic Development Council, which ultimately closed last year, Mr. Reagen says. But some people said, Holy Smackers, we paid somebody to tell us this? Mr. McGraw went away, and at that point, he says, he and Mr. Ochs decided to go to Hodges University. I said, I cant pay you, but we need help, he admits of his suggestion to Dr. Timur that she and her researchers undertake a comparative analysis of Collier with other counties somewhere. I wanted to do it, says Dr. Timur, speaking both for herself and her team. I live here. I love Collier County. This is our contribution. Members of The Partnership for Colliers Future Economy include:>> SCORE >> The Economic Recovery Task Force >> Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board >> Hodges University >> Edison State College >> FGCU and its Business Development Center >> Gulf Coast Venture Forum >> Naples Area Board of Realtors >> The Collier County School Board >> The Collier County Manager >> The Leadership Collier Foundation >> The Council of Hispanic Business Professionals >> The Collier Building Industry Association In addition, underwriters of various Partnership programs include: TECO, CenturyLink, Arthrex, Fischer, Stock Development, IberiaBank, the Naples Daily News, Quarles & Brady, Wells Fargo, Moorings Park and BB&T, among others. Is Collier now a wonderful place to live? Yes, but thats not the right question.Is it a wonderful place to grow a business in? Does it have the educational and philosophic approach to business to nurture a healthy and diversified business community that provides opportunities not only for those who have acquired wealth and decided to live here, but for people to work and create a life and a career from the ground up, here? The Hodges study demonstrated that in Florida and the U.S., Collier is perhaps that county with the widest spread between passive wealth and working wealth. The gap between wealth and the working men and women of this community has got to close. We have to create a business climate that allows those men and women who work everyday to diversify the age base, to increase it and to diversify wealth defined 360 degrees wealth invested in all of our citizens, not only in those with passive income. We can define wealth in non-financial terms as well. It can be a wealth of knowledge that our children and our childrens children use to live where they have the dignity of work, and their labor is supported and sustained. We have a critical need to synthesize and bring together technical skill, education and ambition. Edward Morton


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Naples, FL 34113Join us for a free educational event featuring refreshments and entertainment for kids, and bringing you information on: Making Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) Job-Link Services Self Sufficiency Programs Credit Counseling Foreclosure Counseling Loss Mitigation Down Payment Assistance in Florida Small Business Training Information Call us or refer to for HARP specific eligibility requirements and guidelines. Mortgage products offered by Fifth Third Mortgage Company, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45263 an Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee. Fifth Third Mortgage is the trade name used by Fifth Third Mortgage Company and Fifth Third Mortgage-MI, LLC. Lending subject to credit review and approval. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Fifth Third Bank 2012.Naples HarleyDavidson revs up for Freedom Ride The staff of Naples Harley-Davidson, the American Legion Post 135 and other former and active military personnel in Southwest Florida are planning a Freedom Ride to raise funds for Fisher House, a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at military or VA medical centers. Opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 20, will feature the Barron Collier High School JROTC and American Legion Post 135 Honor Guard. The ride will begin at Naples Harley-Davidson at 10:30 a.m. and finish at Stans Seafood Restaurant in Goodland on Marco Island. Participation is a donation of $10 per bike and $5 per passenger. For a $20 donation, participants can get a Freedom Ride 2012 T-shirt. All funds collected will go to Fisher House. For more information, call 594-5504 or visit has internships for teensStudents ages 15-17 are encouraged to volunteer as interns with the Naples Art Associations ARTScool summer program. Interns work with students and support instructors while earning volunteer community service hours. Held at The von Leibig Art Center, ARTScool classes are designed for youth ages 5 to 14 and are taught by a professional teaching staff. Interns help to administer ARTScool and are considered part of the staff under the supervision of teachers, head interns and the centers director of education. The ARTScool day for interns is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interns supervise and have lunch with students under the centers gazebo between noon and 1 p.m. Applicants must commit to at least two weeks of the program at 40 hours each week. Parental permission and a teachers recommendation are required along with a personal interview. Upon completion of service, interns receive a certificate indicating the total hours they volunteered and a one-year membership to the Naples Art Association. For more information, contact Callie Spilane, director of education, at 262-6517, ext. 110, or plans program for friends of abuse victimsThe Shelter for Abused Women & Children invites anyone who has a loved one in an abusive relationship to attend a meeting from 5:15-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club, 8660 Cedar Hammock Circle in Naples. The presentation will help friends and family members of domestic violence victims understand: The roots of abuse Different forms of abuse The effects of domestic violence on the family Why a woman stays in such a relationship What can be done A question-and-answer session with a victim advocate from the Shelter will follow the formal presentation. RSVPs are required, and all guests must adhere to the Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club dress code (no denim, no shorts, no T-shirts). For more information or to RSVP, call 775-3862, ext. 233. To learn more about the Shelters life-transforming program and services for victims of domestic abuse, visit personnel enjoy free Zoo entryThe Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens offers free admission to all active military and veterans from Friday through Monday, May 18-21. Adult and child guests in the same party will receive $2 off the regular price of admission. Military personnel must presenting current military identification or membership card in a veterans organization and matching name/photo ID. NEWS BRIEFS COURTESY PHOTOFifth Third Banks eBus, a financial literacy mobile electronically retrofitted to serve as a mobile classroom with the tools to help people learn how to become financially successful, is making the local rounds. Visitors to the eBus receive one-on-one credit counseling and money management and budget advice, as well as information about homeownership. The eBus will be at the Haitian Heritage Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Florida Sports Park, 8250 Collier Blvd. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, the eBus will be at the Goodwill Store at 12664 Tamiami Trail E. For more information, call Jadira Hoptry at 449-7083.


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The network said, for example, that it was seeking coffee machines, which piqued the interest of the DeLonghi brand manager, who offered its top-of-the-line Magnifica ESAM4200 and, according to its public relations firm, suggested perhaps interrupting the plays climactic song The Crucifixion while Jesus savors a cup brewed from the Magnifica. An April report in Londons The Independent noted that the operas composer, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, was on board with the idea, but that the original lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, called it tasteless and tacky. What goes AroundNote: From time to time, News of the Weird reminds readers that bizarre human adventures repeat themselves again and again. Here are some choice selections of previous themes recently coming around again (plus a couple of updates on earlier stories): Each spring in Dongyang, China, the aroma of urine is in the air specifically, the towns specialty of eggs boiled in the discharge of young boys (under age 10, typically gathered fresh from toilets at local schools). Townspeople have believed for centuries that the eggs, properly cooked, bring health and prosperity. By eating these eggs, one shopper told a Reuters reporter in March, we will not have any pain in our waists, legs and joints. Also, you will have more energy when you work. In fact, Dongyang officials have proudly proclaimed virgin boy eggs as an intangible cultural heritage. And once again this spring, the Chinese marked the Qingming holiday with celebrations honoring the dead by making offerings to their deceased relatives. At the tomb-sweeping festival, people present paper replicas of items their ancestors are believed to need in the afterlife. Uncreative relatives give play money, but the offerings can be elaborate, such as shoes, cars and TV sets, or this years hot item paper iPads, which were selling in Hong Kong for the equivalent of about $3. With Afghanistans moralistic Taliban in retreat, one social scourge grows stronger than ever (according to an April Washington Post dispatch from Dehrazi): bacha bazi, which are Afghan mens dancing boys. Underage, often poor or fatherless kids become willing companions of wealthy men, often for sex. Since young girls are sheltered and chaperoned, only boys are available. Said one man, You cannot (even) take a wife with you to a party, but a boy you can take anywhere. The usefulness of a bacha bazi typically ends when he starts growing facial hair, and the boys often drift into becoming pimps or prostitutes. The most recent government employee to defraud his agencys worker compensation program (according to prosecutors in Los Angeles) is firefighter Rafael Davis, 35, who received disability payments for about 30 months during 2008-2011 while at the same time engaging in mixed martial arts matches as The Noodle. Mr. Davis record (according to LA Weekly) was 12-2, with seven of those matches coming during his disability period, including six victories. MMA (as noted by the newspaper) requires similar stamina, muscle and coordination as is required for firefighting. Whats in a nameMore and more newspapers are assigning reporters to pore through local birth records to sample the diversity of names parents are giving their kids these days. An Edmonton Journal reporter noted in March that the nearly 51,000 babies born in the province of Alberta in 2011 included a boy named Moo, two girls named Unique, an Einstein, a Messiah, a J-Cub, a Smiley, a Tuff, a Tuba, a Jazz, a Camry, an Andromeda and an Xxavier (sic), and a boy named R and a girl named J. Least-competent criminals In Twin Falls, Idaho, in April, Dylan Contreras, 19, became the most recent person arrested while trying to avoid police by giving a fake name (Velesco) even though his real name (the one on outstanding warrants) was tattooed in plain sight on his forearm. In April, a teller at Chicagos Northwest Side bank became the most recent to thwart a robbery simply by telling the perp (who had presented a holdup note) that the bank is now closed and suggesting that the robber come back the next day. (The perp walked out and did not return.) Fine points of the law A woman who was injured while traveling on business in November 2007 in New South Wales, Australia, was denied workers compensation by the workplace safety tribunal on the grounds that the injury occurred in her motel room while she was having sex with a friend. (A wall light fixture came loose as a result of the pairs vigorous antics.) However, in April 2012, Australias Federal Court overturned the decision and granted the compensation, ruling that since the woman was on assignment at the time, the overnight stay, and even the sex, were ordinary incidents of the situation her employer placed her in. A New York City system-gaming public school teacher, Alan Rosenfeld, 66, continues to show up for make-work (such as photocopying duty), at a salary of $100,000 a year, rather than retire. Mr. Rosenfeld was accused in 2001 of making lewd comments to female students in his typing class and removed from classroom duty, but he protested and continues to exercise his union due process rights. In a January status report, the New York Post noted that Mr. Rosenfeld could have retired four years ago, but that by remaining on the job, the value of his pension increases, and the light duty enables him to conduct his real estate business while at work. NEWS OF THE WEIRDBY CHUCK SHEPHERDDISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 NEWS A17 CHOWING DOWN AT MERCATO We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ Nine big guys and one brave gal faced down platters full of hot dogs for the Naples qualifying leg of the Nathans Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest held outdoors at Mercato on May 12. Along with a kids hot-dog-eating etiquette contest, the spectacle drew a couple of hundred spectators who watched in awe as the hot dogs disappeared. 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 8 8 7 7 1 Future champs got a taste of competition in an etiquette contest. 2 Laura Riehman, Kyle Nestel, Lisa DeCola and Adam Peters 3 Laura Riehman was the only woman in the competition. 4. Kevin Strahle 5. First-place finisher Adrian Morgan after downing 33 hot dogs in 10 minutes to earn a trip to the July 4 finals on Coney Island. 6. Contestants Adrian Morgan, Kyle Nestel and Adam Peters 7. Emcee Sam Barclay 8. Quinlyn DicksonMARLA OTTENSTEIN / FLORIDA WEEKLY

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Cataracts LASIK Laser Vision Correction Cornea Treatment Glaucoma Dry Eyes Comprehensive Eye Exam Pediatric Eye Care Glasses & Contacts UNDERCOVER HISTORIANMemorial to ValuJet 592 victims rises from the swampMost travelers along the Tamiami Trail to and from Miami no doubt notice a collection of concrete pillars just off the highway, roughly 11 miles from Miami, which from a distance resemble an oversized chessboard. What many probably dont know, however, is that the pillars are a memorial. May 11, 1996, was a clear, sunny day for passengers on ValuJet 592 bound from Miami to Atlanta. But barely 10 minutes into the routine 110-minute flight, all 110 passengers were dead. At 550 mph, the airplane had nosedived into the murky waters of the Everglades swamps. The victims included missionaries, high school sweethearts, grandparents heading to their granddaughters graduation, and five members from one family. Divers worked under grueling circumstances and in special biohazard suits during the recovery attempts that were made even more difficult because the nearest road was more than a quarter mile away. In addition to the jet fuel surrounding them, there was also concern for nearby alligators and razor-sharp sawgrass, coupled with the risk of bacterial infection from the water itself. Eventually, 12 bags of body parts were recovered, enabling the positive identification of 61 individuals. Barely a Trace read The Miami Heralds front-page headline the following day. Six months after the crash, this same jet fuel prevented wildlife from returning to the area and it was declared a bio-hazardous zone in an environmentally sensitive and protected site. Initially, the crash site was closed to the public for 90 days while environmentalists studied the effects to this fragile ecosystem. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation determined that a fire that began in a cargo compartment below the passenger cabin had downed Flight 592. The investigation also determined that just before takeoff, expired chemical oxygen generators had been placed in the cargo compartment in five mislabeled boxes by employees of the maintenance contractor SabreTech. The companys employees also declared on the cargo manifest that the generator canisters were empty, when in fact they were not. Investigators concluded that somehow, knocking around in cardboard boxes as the plane ascended, the canisters had ignited a fire. Federal Aviation Administration regulations forbid the transport of hazardous materials in aircraft cargo holds. And prior to the crash of Flight 592, there were no smoke detectors in the cargo holds. Such detectors, which are required equipment today, perhaps could have alerted the crew of the fire in time to land safely. Instead, everyone onboard perished, and Capt. Candalyn Candi Kubeck became what is believed to be the first woman commercial jetliner captain to die in a U.S. crash. Three years after the crash, a striking memorial to the victims of Flight 592 was erected and dedicated alongside the Tamiami Trail. Created by students and other volunteers from the University of Miami School of Architecture, it consists of 110 concrete pillars, in varying sizes, representing those who lost their lives that day. A granite slab lies adjacent to the pillars, bearing the names of the dead and pointing due north toward the site of the impact. ValuJet suffered major financial problems following the intense negative publicity that surrounded the crash. A year later, the airline merged with AirTran Airways, and by November 1997, the tarnished ValuJet name passed away into aviation history. In 2011, Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran Airways. The only positive things to come from this disaster were drastic air safety changes. It was reported that less than two weeks after this crash, the FAA banned oxygen generators in commercial flight cargo holds. It also mandated fire detection systems for these same cargo holds, which resulted in the retrofitting by March 2001 of more than 3,400 aircraft. According to an Associated Press report by Curt Anderson in May 1996, John Goglia, a former NTSB member who led the hearings on the crash of ValuJet Flight 592, said during the hearings: What I remember most about this accident is that it was completely preventable. On your next drive to Miami via the Tamimai Trail/U.S. 41, plan some extra time to visit the ValuJet 592 memorial. Six miles past Shark Valley and the Miccosukee reservation (just past Buffalo Tigers Airboat Rides), turn left onto the bridge and then veer right to the memorial site. Maureen Sullivan-Hartung arrived in Naples in 1981. Following a years stint as a reporter for the former weekly Everglades Echo newspaper, she began freelancing. Her first book, The Hidden History of Everglades City & Points Nearby, was published in 2010 by The History Press in South Carolina. Look for her Undercover Historian column every other week in Florida Weekly. Learn more about Ms. Sullivan-Hartung at t z p c r f COLLEEN GONZALEZ / COURTESY PHOTOSA granite slab bearing the names of those who perished lies adjacent to the 110 concrete pillars. Loved ones who visitleave behind mementoes. The design of the ValuJet 592 Memorial indicates it pointing due north to the actual site where the plane went down on May 11, 1996. Concrete pillars of varying sizes were created by students from the University of Miami School of Architecture.


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SOME RESTRICTIONS.For an appointment, call or visit Fort Myers 418-0999 Cape Coral 542-4123 Lehigh Acres 369-2010Punta Gorda 505-2020 Naples 430-3939 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA20 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 888-440-2852 www.lbulighting.com11985 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL 34110 manager five years ago, Jane Edwards has applied her background in retail to oversee the transformation the Shoppe into something much more stylish, organizing and merchandising the vast array of donated goods as though she were charged with the inventory of a tony shop somewhere along Fifth Avenue (which is likely where lots of the Shoppes clothing bearing labels such as Burberry, Escada, Ann Taylor, Tommy Bahama, Brooks Brothers and Chicos originated). Were truly a boutique, says Ms. Edwards. Were small and were very selective. Referred to on the shops website as the heart and soul of St. Johns Shoppe, a staff of about 80 faithful and dedicated volunteers, some who have given their time and talent to the outreach mission nearly as long as the doors have been open, has embraced Mrs. Edwards retail philosophy and is key to keeping things running smoothly from day to day. One of their regular duties: ensuring that a mannequin named Faith on prominent display is suitably outfitted in an ensemble that reflects the season or perhaps an approaching holiday (Faith also appears in the shops advertisements). While many of the volunteers are parishioners at St. Johns Church, membership is not a requirement for the job, Ms. Edwards says. New volunteers are always welcome, she adds, and can work many or as few hours as they choose. I love the people and I love the place, otherwise I wouldnt be here, church member and longtime volunteer Yvonne Lynch says unequivocally about her nearly three decades of service. She dedicates four or five hours at the shop every week, usually pricing inventory. Bob and Grace Mayer are also volunteers and parishioners of St. Johns. They spend about four hours every Tuesday morning helping keep the store orderly, stocking books or sprucing up display racks. Its just a wonderful ministry, says Mr. Mayer. It supports so many charities. In 2011, the Shoppe donated $105,000 to 18 Collier County charities, whose names and amounts received are posted by the front door. They include: the Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Collier Pregnancy Centers Inc., Habitat for Humanity, the Neighborhood Health Clinic, Naples Equestrian Challenge, St. Matthews House, Youth Haven, Literacy Volunteers of Collier County, Project Help, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy and the Childrens Advocacy Center. Over the years, St. Johns Shoppe has given more than $2.2 million to numerous local charities. That money comes mostly from sales at the shop on 110th Avenue North; eBay sales also contribute to the bottom line. One morning last week, a painter applied the finishing touches on fixtures in preparation for a 30th anniversary open house and volunteer recognition taking place during store hours Saturday, May 19. The St. Johns Episcopal Church congregation will also celebrate the Shoppes longevity during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 20. All are welcome. The church is at 500 Park Shore Drive. THRIFTFrom page 1EVAN WILLIAMS / FLORIDA WEEKLYA mannequin named Faith serves as the centerpiece of the boutique section in St. Johns Shoppe. A summer ensemble priced at $20 for the dress and $6 for hat. This couch, loveseat and ottoman recently sold as a set for $400. Jim Logie, known as Mr. Fixit because he makes whatever repairs might be necessary before donations are put on the shelves, also handles eBay sales for St. Johns Shoppe. Bob Mayer checks in new donations and helps keeps the Shoppe ship-shape every Tuesday morning.


Monday, 10 am, May 28th Naples Memorial Gardens525 111th Ave. North Naples, Florida 34108(just west of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church) Army Veteran Earl Hodges with wife Thelma, and Captain James "Jim" Elson, U.S. Army (Ret.), President, Collier County Veterans Council Wounded WarriorsKeynote will be given by local vet CPL. Bobby Joseph, USMC (Ret.): Once a Marine, Always a Marine!Collier County celebrates Memorial Day!FREE picnic will be catered by Cook Brothers BBQin memory of their beloved father, US Navy veteran, Ronald E. Cook Proceeds to bene t Wounded WarriorsMusic will be provided by the Pine Ridge Middle School Band under the baton of Kelly ParkerPresented by the Collier County Veterans Council Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens 239-597-3101 www.hodges

PAGE 22 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA22 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 Unnecessary medical care can be hazardous to your health and wallet A SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYWhen should patients say Whoa! to their doctors? A Consumer Reports coalition of nine physician groups compiled lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question as part of the nonprofit organizations Choosing Widely campaign. Its been estimated that up to 30 percent of health care in the U.S. is unnecessary. Consumer Reports culled five leading examples of when to say whoa in a new report available for free online at and in the June issue of Consumer Reports. Some highlights: EKGs and exercise stress tests for heart disease are key for people who have symptoms of heart disease or are at high risk for it. But for otherwise healthy people, the tests are not as accurate and can lead to unnecessary follow-up and treatment. The risks: Those follow-up tests can include CT angiograms or coronary angiography; both expose you to a radiation dose equal to hundreds of chest X-rays and other potential adverse events. Inappropriate testing can also lead to overtreatment with drugs or angioplasty and stents. The costs: An EKG typically costs about $50 and an exercise stress test about $200 to $300. But subsequent interventions can add thousands to the tab. Imaging tests for lower-back pain might sound like a good idea, but back pain usually subsides in about a month, with or without testing. The risks: One study projected 1,200 new cancer cases based on 2.2 million CT scans done for lower-back pain in the U.S., not to mention the age-related changes that the tests can detect, prompting needless worry and further testing and treatment, possibly surgery. The costs: An X-ray of the lower back typically ranges from $200 to $285, an MRI from $875 to $1,225, and a CT scan from $1,080 to $1,520. CT scans and MRIs for headaches rarely help the patient more than taking a careful medical history and doing a neurological exam. The risks: Brain scans can reveal things that appear worrisome that arent, triggering follow-up tests and prompting referrals to specialists for expensive consultations. CT scans of the head can deliver a radiation dose thats the equivalent of hundreds of chest X-rays in some cases. The costs: A standard brain CT scan costs about $340, and a brain MRI about $660. Referrals to a specialist or subsequent treatment are extra, of course. Bone density scans for low-risk women are used routinely to screen for weak bones with a test called a DEXA scan. But many low-risk women learn they have only mild bone loss, a condition known as osteopenia, and for them the risk of fracture is often low. The risks: While there is little evidence that people with osteopenia benefit from drugs, the diagnosis often leads to treatment with drugs that pose numerous risks. The costs: a DEXA scan costs about $132. The price for a months supply of generic alendronate is $38 to $70, and $125 to $148 for Fosamax, the brand-name version. People often take the drugs for years. Antibiotics for sinusitis are frequently prescribed (15 to 21 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions for adults are to treat sinusitis). But most people dont need the drugs because the cause is often viral and antibiotics dont work against viruses. The risks: About one in four people report side effects and in rare cases, the drugs can cause anaphylactic shock. Overuse of antibiotics also encourages the growth of bacteria that cant be controlled easily with drugs, making you more vulnerable to antibiotic-resistant infections and undermining the usefulness of antibiotics for everyone. The costs: Not all antibiotics are expensive, but since doctors write so many prescriptions for them, the total cost to the healthcare system is substantial at least $31 million a year. HEALTHY LIVING TO YOUR HEALTH Blood center needs all typesAfter a busy winter/spring season, the Community Blood Center needs to replenish its supplies of all types of blood. Donors can visit the following Community Blood Center locations: Naples: 311 Ninth St. N., on the first floor of the NCH Medical Plaza. Complimentary valet parking for all blood donors. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Call 436-5455. Bonita Springs: 9170 Bonita Beach Road, in Sunshine Plaza. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursdays and Fridays. Call 495-1138. For a list of Community Blood Center bloodmobile locations and times, visit + sunset + yoga = blissTake a deep breath, bend, stretch and relax during a free yoga session at the incomparable setting of the Naples beach from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Instructor Christine Miles of Bala Vinyasa Yoga leads the all-levels gentle class. Bring your yoga mat, a towel, water and bug spray. Participants are welcome to linger after cool-down to enjoy the sunset together. Parking at 11135 Gulfshore Drive is $4 per vehicle. For more information, e-mail or follow Leapfrog Fitness Community on Facebook.Parkinson patients, caregivers supportThe Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc. holds exercise, speech, dance and art therapy classes at locations in Naples and Bonita Springs for those who suffer from Parkinsons disease. Support programs for families and caregivers are also offered, and various opportunities are available for volunteers at PASFI headquarters. For more information, call 417-3465 or visit School nurses make the grade with compassionate careIn honor of National School Nurses Day, we recently celebrated the cherished and committed group of individuals that help NCH attain and preserve its quality distinctions. As Stephanie Braun, our school nursing program director and supervisor of 38 professionals who care for more than 42,000 students in 52 local schools, put it: Our nurses love what they do and are truly a dedicated group of professionals. Each day they see the difference they make in the lives of the students in Collier County. I cant cite all the wonderful things our school nurses do every day, but I am happy to share a couple of examples of their dedication: Rosa Hernandez, R.N., was on duty at Pinecrest Elementary School in Immokalee when, close to dismissal time, she was alerted to a 6-year-old kindergartener who had fallen off the monkey bars and injured her leg. The child was in extreme pain. Ms. Hernandez cared for the child as numerous attempts were made to contact the parents, who were field workers in Immokalee. Although her scheduled contracted hours at the school end at 3:15 p.m., Ms. Hernandez followed the ambulance to NCH in North Naples and stay with the child until her parents arrived. It was 7:30 p.m. by the time the parents could get to the ER, where they learned the child had a fractured tibia. At discharge, Ms. Hernandez went to a nearby pharmacy to fill the childs prescription for pain relief (spending her own money) and gave it with instructions to the parents before they headed back to Immokalee. This, in itself, would have been heroic, but Ms. Hernandezs story does not stop there. When she returned to her school the next morning, she contacted the physicians office to which the child had been referred and scheduled a follow-up appointment for the child. Ms. Hernandezs kindness and compassion for her children extends far beyond her contracted duties. Any parent would want a school nurse like this to care for his or her children. I also received a letter recently about our school nurses. It reads in part: Your articles are quite informative and you do give a lot of credit to deserving R.N.s, doctors and staff. What caught my eye was the fact that you never mention those hardworking, always smiling nurses that serve Collier County schools. I thought they were part of the NCH health system also. Our daughter-in-law, Susan Becker, is one of those nurses. She drives 45 minutes one way each day to take care of the many needs of the children at an elementary school in East Naples. Her normal day consists of seeing about 30 children for various reasons scraped knees, headaches, giving diabetic children their injections and even patching up an occasional fight. One day she mentioned she had seen 45 children. Sue really loves her work and all of the children she works with, and I am sure there are a lot of these nurses out there in this district that do the same as Sue. Sincerely, Lynn Becker. Thank you, Ms. Becker. And thank you to all of our NCH school nurses for everything you do for our communitys children. Dr. Allen Weiss is the president and CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System.


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A23 Honoring Armed Forces Day A Salute to You!Veterans, Reservists, Active Duty Military~and their families are cordially invited to an Armed Forces Day Appreciation Reception.Join us in thanking those who have served in all branches of our military, giving of themselves for the protection of generations of Americans.When: Saturday afternoon, May 19th 2 pm ~ 4 pmWhere: Ispiri Community Center, Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples (located just off of Pine Ridge near I75 Exit)Words of Welcome: Captain Wayne O. Smith, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Invocation: Chaplain (LTC) Michael Harper, U.S. Army (Ret.), Chaplain NCH Surprise Guest vocalist! with your fellow servicemen and women. This is your day of re ection, recognition and celebration! For any questions or to RSVP call: Lavigne Kirkpatrick at 239-595-0196 or email at akirkpatrick@avowhospice.orgAbout Armed Forces Day Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine of what type of job was performed and the role of the military in civilian life. Americans. It was also a day to honor and acknowledge Americans in the armed forces. Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held at the inaugural Armed celebrated nationwide today and is part of Armed Forces Week. Pediatric Orthopedics relocates in NaplesPeds Ortho Pediatric Orthopedics of Southwest Florida, the Fort Myers-based medical practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children, adolescents and young adults with orthopedic conditions has moved its Naples office to 1265 Creekside Parkway, next door to The Childrens Hospital Specialty Clinic in the Polaris Building. The physicians are on the staff at NCH in Naples and The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. Peds Ortho Drs. Brett Shannon, John Churchill and Matthew Wagner are board certified and trained to deal with musculoskeletal deformities and injuries such as broken bones and joint, ligament, tendon and muscle problems in developing children. They also specialize in sports medicine, as well as congenital and developmental conditions such as scoliosis, limb deformity and spina bifida. The practice also employs physician assistants and physical therapists We have seen the need grow over the last two years that we have had the Naples office, so we wanted to improve the availability of our services so families dont have to travel for specialized medical care, which means less down time from school and sporting activities, Dr. Shannon says. For more information, call 432-5100, or visit Collins Physical Therapy Institute opens for businessRehabilitative specialist Greg Collins has opened the Collins Physical Therapy Institute in the Professional Arts Building Center at 848 First Ave. S. in downtown Naples. With more than 35 years of experience in Naples, Mr. Collins receives referrals from doctors throughout Southwest Florida. He believes in the use of skilled hands and comprehensive exercise programs for healing chronic neck, back and other orthopedic ailments. Mr. Collins earned a degree from Ohio State University in 1978 and then worked at NCH for two years before opening Suncoast Rehabilitation & Aquatics, which eventually grew to eight locations in the region. For more information about the Collins Physical Therapy Institute, call 3845952. Step up and join the local effort to make strides against breast canerThe American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers and sponsors for the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk taking place Saturday, Oct. 20, at Cambier Park. Its still five months away, but committee chairs are already gearing up for the big event. Several volunteers signed up at the Put On Your Pink Bra committee rally at Clive|Daniel Home earlier this month, but the ACS continues to reach out to everyone who would like to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Volunteers are especially needed to serve on the team development, sponsorship, survivor and logistics committees. Team captains are also needed to round up family and friends to participate in the walk. Local businesses can play an essential role as well by signing on as corporate sponsors. A Put On Your Pink Bra kick-off party is being planned in August for teams that have already registered and to sign up new teams. To learn more about joining a committee, starting a team or becoming a sponsor, contact Kathy Cleeland at the ACS by calling 261-0337, ext. 3859, or e-mailing Kathy. Representatives from Chase Bank at the committee rally at Clive Daniel Home included Ryan McGauley, Tameka Thomas, Kim Nguyen, Mildred Germosen and Alexandra Dimanche. ShannonChurchillWagner Collins


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AN ATLANTA-BASED DEVELOPER AND THE owners of the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing & Poker hope to prod state lawmakers into expanding gambling in Lee County a move Izzy Havenick says will help the landmark dog track win back business from the penny arcades and so-called Internet cafes that have sprung up in strip malls throughout the Southwest Florida area in recent years. Were getting killed by all the unregulated arcades and Internet cafes, says BY NANCI THEORETFlorida Weekly Correspondent Casinos, racetracks and penny arcades vie for gamblers moneySEE GAMES, B5 GamesofCOURTESY PHOTOSeminole Casino Immokalee gaming chanceHouse HuntingA sampling of whats out there for $425,000. B9 NetworkingHarris Bank hosts Gardens Sustaining Leadership Council, and more business events. B7-8 INSIDE The Fool knowsWho has plans to split focus into two global companies? B6 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATENAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA GUIDE TO THE LOCAL BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE INDUSTRIES BSECTIONWEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 SEE AWARDS, B4 Awards honor Stars of the local tourism industryParadise Coast Tourism Star awards for 2012 were handed out to the cream of Collier Countys tourism industry crop at the 10th annual Collier County Tourism Week celebration and luncheon held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort on May 10. The event takes place every year to coincide with National Travel & Tourism Week. Reflecting this years theme of Forecast 2012 Sunny Skies for the Paradise Coast, Jack Wert, executive director for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau reported on positive numbers for the year 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 in tourism visitation and spending. Visitation in 2011 set a record for the CVB since it was formed 10 years ago, with 1,489,900 visitors representing an increase of 7.7 percent over year 2010, Mr. Wert said. Direct spending by visitors totaled $782,078,400 (up 10.6 percent), and the total economic impact from tourism on Collier Countys economy was $1,289,990,388 (also up 10.6 percent). While visitation was slightly lower in 2008 at 1,413,760, that year still holds the record for annual tourist tax revenue ($14.5 million) and average daily rate at hotels ($168) in the year preceding the recession. The average daily rate for 2011 was $155.80, an increase 3.3 percent, Mr. Wert said, adding he is confident this number will continue to recover and improve in 2012. Visitation for the first quarter of 2012 was 551,500, up 7.8 percent over the same period in 2011. Visitor spending, at $360,512,100, was up 12.9 percent over first quarter 2011. Total economic impact for the quarter was also up 12.9 percent, at $537,523,542. Peak season occupancy was 84.5 percent, SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________

PAGE 30 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A fundamental concept in investing is that the future is unknown. Portfolios should be constructed with that in mind. Sure, investors want to think that they can figure out the future. They will listen to cable news to hear many an economic prognostication and asset class forecast. But what theyre getting might be just high-end marketing, selling or info-taining. Chances are very good that, even if the perfectly right scenario was laid before an investor, it would be tossed into the forecast heap and never become actionable. The important thing for an investor to decide is whether his asset mix will serve him well over the long run in a variety of economic, interest rate, inflation and liquid environments. A portfolio is not created to do well for a short-term market environment or for what might happen next month. Constructing the portfolio is generally a factual, unemotional, logical process. It can be done alone, but is better done with several advisers review. Because the future is unknown, the return of and return on any investment capital is at risk. The degree of risk varies by asset class and varies by selections within the asset class. For instance, within the risk class of U.S. equities, the sector of technology is of greater risk than utilities; further, within those subcategories, individual stocks have different risk levels. Risk is a very important element of investing. To the ordinary investor, it means the possibility of loss or (losses in excess of capital if so applies,) ultimate return of investment funds, liquidity, transparency, volatility, ability of the asset to regain value after losses, among other risk characteristics. For instance, if you lose money in a bond that has defaulted, the chances of you getting your full principal back are slim versus a loss in equities due to a poor earnings release or a write-off, as the company might well have the capacity to grow and rebound in value over time. Most investors need to first figure out if they can take investment risk. If they cannot afford to lose principal, then their investment choices are very few possibly: CDs, short-term U.S. Treasuries, annuities, etc. all the while remembering: there are limits on bank CD guarantees; that even the U.S. government debt has been downgraded; and that there are risks inherent with an insurance companys credit. Bottom line, even the riskless assets can have risk. Investors then need to determine how much income they need and, given their risk profile, what income sources best suit them. If they are working in a secure job, then there is less dependence on investment income. If they are retired, then they are very dependent on retirement sources of income. For retirees, once their income needs are met (whatever the reliable source) and if they have emergency cash (or assets easily transferred into cash) sufficient to handle a several month or several year period, then they can take a look at adding layers of risk investments. The first natural extension of the portfolio might be into corporate bonds and U.S. corporate equities paying dividends. Obviously, those equities offering a dividend will help satisfy the need for income and offer the potential for capital gain. Those who can take risk might reach for higher yielding plays and those who want less risk might be looking at companies that have never missed a dividend and have a long record of increases. The young investor, those still employed, and /or investors with very large portfolios (young or old) can assume more risk such as technology, foreign equities, illiquid private equity, hedge funds and other alternatives. Technically, you might be able to handle additional risk, but if you know your personality is such that a loss changes your disposition, your lifestyle and your approach to investing, then you might have to rethink your portfolio risk tolerance. Visiting with several investment advisers could assure that your approach is reasonable. Now, some investors say, I know the future! X, Y, Z will happen and I am making a great allocation to asset classes A and B and lightening up on asset classes C and D. This rearranging of the deck chairs is not advisable for most. Yes, that is how money can be made or lost. Make and stay with allocations that make long-term sense.Besides setting up the right portfolio mix, setting up the right expectations is equally important. If you think every asset class is going to be in the plus column every quarter or every year, you probably do not have the right expectations. For instance, foreign equities have been faring poorly lately with U.S. equities doing better; so, ditching your foreign allocation to further allocate to U.S. equities would be chasing performance and derailing a longterm allocation strategy. Do not expect very different types of investments to march in cadence e.g. private equity does not perform like hedge funds, real estate or corporate bonds. If you have a portfolio allocation that makes sense, then assess the portfolio in total. As a point of reference, the standard time frame used by institutions to assess an investment manager is not a matter of months or a year, it is generally three years. Consult your advisers as to accuracy of the above and suitability. There is a substantial risk of loss in trading futures and options on futures contracts. Past performance is not indicative of future results. This article is provided for informational purposes only. No statement in this article should be construed as a recommendation to buy/sell a futures/options contract or to provide investment advice. Jeannette Showalter, CFA is a commodities broker with Worldwide Futures Systems, 571-8896. For mid-week commentaries, write to showalter@ww fsyst ems. com. MONEY & INVESTINGManaging your portfolio and managing your expectations t i i m e r jeannetteSHOWALTER, CFAshowalter@ww fsyst


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PAGE 32 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 up 6.5 percent. Finally, 94.7 percent of visitors indicated they would recommend the Paradise Coast as a visitor destination. Visitation data released by the CVB is compiled by Research Data Services Inc. The countys 30,600 tourism and hospitality industry workers made the Paradise Coast the destination of choice for last years record-setting number of visitors, Mr. Wert concluded before the Tourism Star awards presentation began. Judges for 2012 were Audrey Bird, International Meeting Planners Inc.; Marcia Taylor, FGCU; Elaine Hamilton, United Arts Council of Collier County; Debbie Newman, PhotoMagic; David Atkinson, TRAVELHOST magazine; and Beth Preddy, Preddy PR. Several special award winners are also selected every year by CVB staff. Here are this years Paradise Coast Tourism Star award winners: Rising Star: Ilsa Acevedo, a member of the housekeeping staff at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Approachability: Liz Sanders, manager of sales and catering for the Hilton Naples. Outstanding Hotel Employee, Front Line: Marilyn Soffer, chef concierge at Naples Bay Resort. Outstanding Hotel Employee, Support Staff: Anaisis Hernandez, housekeeping/suite attendant at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples. Outstanding Attractions Employee, Front Line: Lisa Andrews, outreach education specialist at Big Cypress National Preserve. Outstanding Attractions Employee, Support Staff: Mitch Fogel, private car driver/chauffeur, Naples Transportation, Tours & Event Planning. Best Strategic Partner: Paradise Coast TV Hotel Channel. Outstanding Hotel Sales Employee: Cliff Dworkin, national sales manager, Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa. Outstanding Attractions Sales Employee: Courtney Herrell, director of group sales at The Naples Zoo. Hospitality Above & Beyond: RobinJill Hochmeyer, director of concierge services, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples. Restaurant Exemplary Service: Barry Larkin, bar manager, The Turtle Club. Outstanding Tourism Volunteer: The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District, Marketing Committee (members Jim Smith, Stefania Martin, Cathy Christopher, Lisa Swirda, Kristen Coury, Denyse Mesnik, Skip Quillen and Gloria Kovacs). Sports Star: Mark Shurtz, board member and former treasurer, Sports Council of Collier County. Reel Star: Steve Lawrence, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Destination Sales Star: Randy Smith, CEO, Naples Transportation, Tours & Event Planning. PR Star: The Hilton Naples Directors Award for Excellence in Tourism: Bob Pfeffer, director sales and marketing, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. As the official tourism marketing and management agency for Collier County, the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau produces the areas ongoing destination marketing campaigns, website and visitor guides, provides information and assistance for travel media, group meeting planners, tour operators and travel agents. The CVB is funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax collected by hotels, short-term vacation rentals and campgrounds. For more information, call 252-2384 or visit page 1SCORE Naples and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce present a QuickBooks workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the conference room at the Liles Hotel in Bonita Springs. The session will highlight the financial reports needed to manage a business and make good business decisions and will show participants how tracking sales information affects an operations financial reports. Attendees will learn how to create memorized reports that provide critical financial information as well as how to customize the QuickBooks Company Snapshot report, which is similar to the type of report that top CEOs and CFOs have on their desk first thing each day. The workshop will also cover how to export important QuickBooks reports to Excel to perform what-if analysis to help create the financial backup for simple business plans. Presenters are Ike Lichtenstein and Cheryl Willett. Mr. Lichtenstein, deputy director of client services for SCORE Naples in south Lee County, is the profitability consultant and a principal of Bonita Springs-based Willett Business Management Inc. He practiced as a CPA in New York for more than 25 years. Ms. Willett, president of Willett Business Management Inc., has more than 35 years of accounting and taxation experience. Registration is $25. Sign up online at or enroll by calling the SCORE Naples office at 430-0081 weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon. QuickBooks workshop offered by SCORE Naples 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 Members of the Hilton Marco Island staff 2 Bob DeGross and Lisa Andrews 3 Members of the LaPlaya staff 4. Robin Shiffllett and Katie OHara 5. Debi DeBenedetto, Ilsa Acevedo and Jack Wert 6. Liz Sanders 7. Marilyn Soffer 8. Barry Larkin 9. RobinJill Hochmeyer 10. Randy Smith


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The family is urging the Lee County Board of Commissioners to approve a voter referendum that could bring slot machines to the Bonita Springs business. Commissioners will decide May 22 if the initiative will appear on the November ballot. Throughout Florida, gaming interests not only battle public scrutiny and restrictive laws casinos, parimutuals like the dog track, and the gaming parlors at the strip malls also compete vigorously against each other for customers. Internet caf and penny arcade operators complain that despite the public perception, its difficult to turn a significant profit. Meanwhile, the developer of the Forum in Fort Myers is proposing a $1.1 billion destination resort that would offer 1,500 hotel rooms, a convention center, restaurants, shops and a casino and lure more tourists to the Southwest Florida region. The state has repeatedly stacked the deck against the track and other would-be casinos by favoring, says Mr. Havenick, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which operates seven of Floridas eight Indian casinos. Although the track won the right to offer poker in 1996, a 2010 compact approved by state legislators allowed the Seminoles to expand casino offerings to slots, blackjack, baccarat and other banked card games. The tribe, considered among the worlds most successful gaming operators, opened a 36-slot machine casino in February at Billie Swamp Safari in the Big Cypress Reservation and operates the Seminole Casino Immokalee, which quadrupled in size in 2009, according to Gary Bitner, a spokesperson for the tribe. The facility offers more than 1,200 Vegas-style slots, 34 live table games and a poker room. The tribe also owns the landmark Hard Rock casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, the latter whose 481-room hotel boasts a 98 percent occupancy rate an enviable rate for any hotelier. Mr. Bitner credits physical casino expansion to increased revenues at the Immokalee facility. As a result of its expansion and a strong focus on management and marketing, the casino fared well during the economic downturn of the past few years, he says. In February, lawmakers failed for a second consecutive year to expand gambling in Florida, abandoning a bill that would have allowed three major developers to build destination resort casinos in South Florida a move that would have generated $150 million in one-time licensing fees and millions more in annual license renewals and taxes on gross sales while creating an estimated 100,000 jobs. The dog track and Forum developers are hoping voter approval will send a message to Tallahassee. Mr. Havenick says actions by state lawmakers have continually chipped away at the greyhound tracks profitability, including the introduction of the state lottery and requirements his business run 400plus performances annually. Each performance is eight races or more than 3,200 races yearly. Broward and Miami-Dade County voters approved similar initiatives, allowing slots the gambling industrys biggest moneymaker and full-fledged casino games at several pari-mutuel sites, including the Havenicks Magic City Casino in Miami, which has helped the family stave off downsizing its Bonita Springs staff or closing the track as more patrons discover the cafes and arcades. The racing business, he says, has trended down with the lottery and every other gambling milestone passed by the state. Poker has been very helpful. We probably would have gone out of business if not for poker. Unlike tribal gaming, which produced $2.06 billion in revenues in Florida in 2010, according to California economist Alan Meisters annual Indian Gaming Industry Report, local penny arcade and Internet caf operators say no ones getting rich except their occasional bigtime winners. Like restaurants and other tourismdriven services, business is a roller coaster up during Southwest Floridas high season, down during the summer. A warmer winter in other parts of the country, lingering economic uncertainty and the constant scrutiny by law enforcement and municipalities impact their bottom lines. Im doing good but Im not going to get rich, says David Fayh, who operates Lucky Sweeps on College Parkway in Fort Myers. Two or three of my competiors shut down a month ago and Im anticipating more will. I decided it looked like a good business. It ends up, its not. But Ive had neighboring businesses close after just eight months. Southwest Floridas economy is bad. Peter Bass, who operates Luckystar Game Room, a 122-machine penny arcade in the Port Charlotte Town Center, estimates 15 Charlotte County competitors have closed since he opened in June 2009. Under state law, penny arcades must have a minimum of 50 coin-operated machines that cant pay out more than 75 cents of credit per game played, says Gale Fontaine, president of the Florida Arcade Association. The games must also be skill-oriented and have a continuous spin that, unlike a slot machine, is stopped by the player. Like traditional arcade games, such as PacMan, theres also a degree of learning involved; knowing the best route to win each stage and where and when to find bonuses. Internet cafes, according to the Coalition of Floridas Internet Cafes, offer game promotions as a marketing tool to promote sales of retail products like telephone minutes or Internet time. It compares the games to those peel-andwin McDonalds Monopoly game pieces. By that definition, Dale Slattons Video Sweeps/Jolly Rogers in Bonita Springs, is an Internet caf, one that sells phone time and gives sweepstakes points to play 40 computerized games. Patrons, he says, typically purchase $5 to $20 of long-distance calling privileges. If they win, we pay in cash, he says. Regardless, they leave with the phone time they purchase. Since buying the Tamiami Trail business, Mr. Slatton laments that hes had to go back to work. He counts himself among the businesss three seasonal and two summertime employees. I make a living during season, but now I eat it all up during off season, he says. A lot of these arcades get into the business and think theyre going to get rich.Economic impactThese businesses also contribute to the same municipalities that question their legality. Mr. Bass says he pays $30 per machine every year more than $3,000 in state taxes, in addition to per-machine taxes to the county. Hes also taxed 5 percent of gross sales, which amounts to 25 to 30 percent of his net. The state gets 4 percent; the county 1 percent. Even if I have a bad month and hypothetically lost money, I still have to pay 5 percent of everything I brought in. He also pays intangible property taxes, rent, sales tax on his rent and the standard Social Security and other government-related taxes. I never thought it would be this tough, says Mr. Bass, whose clientele cashes in game credits for gift cards that arent redeemable for cash. Its not a business youre going to get rich in. Im able to put a little money aside. I might not be getting rich, but I pay my bills and its rewarding because I get to meet a lot of people. Mr. Bitner says revenue generated by Seminole casinos remain in Florida, through reinvestment by the Seminole Tribe or dividends paid to tribal members. Dividends paid to members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida are taxed as income at the federal level He also notes the Immokalee casino employs more than 1,000, some whose jobs pay very well. Many dealers reach incomes close to six figures, based on tips. Many operators credit a loyal following of locals for helping them get through the summer months, and they say those regular customers make the arcades and cafes a social hangout. If I have 100 people, I know 90 of them, says Mr. Bass. I know what they drink and about their families. I get a lot of seniors and retirees who gather here. Theyll have a cappuccino, meet friends and decide where to go to dinner. Among the biggest payouts: a recent Luckystar visitor who won $1,320 in gift cards and a $6,000 jackpot at Mr. Slattons Jolly Rogers. Im lucky because I have a decent core customer base and a loyal following. I offer a fun atmosphere. People like coming here, says Mr. Fayh. Arcades are shutting down left and right, We will survive. Right now the greyhound tracks future may hinge on voters. Were trying something new to get the voters of Lee County to support us so the legislature will help us, says Mr. Havenick. 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Reservations are required by Friday, May 18, and can be made at by calling Denyse Mesnik, chapter president, at 6597303 or visiting Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Professional of Collier County, PRACC, will hear from Mike Reagen, president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, at its next meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at McCormick & Schmicks in Mercato. Mr. Reagen will discuss Collier Countys Business Climate: Hot or Not? For reservations, call 436-2105 or e-mail The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to Business After Five from 5:307 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. The location changes from month to month. The June 20 gathering is at The Classics at Lely Resort. For more information, e-mail The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Tickets are $160 per person. 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41 41 41Bonita Springs Bonita SpringsNaplesImmokalee RoadLivingston RoadBonita Beach Road3 Oaks PkwyCoconut RdOld U.S. 41Old U.S. 41Pine Ridge Road Golden Gate Blvd. Davis BlvdCollier Blvd Collier Blvd Airport Pullimg RdGulf Shore Blvd.Park Shore Dr. Rattlesnake Hammock Road Goodlette Frank RoadVanderbilt Beach Road Radio Road Florida Weeklys Open HousesOpen Houses are Sunday 1-4, unless otherwise NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB22 REAL ESTATE MAY 17-MAY 23, 2012 >$400,0001 MERCATO THE STRADA 9123 Strada Place From $400,000 Premier Sothebys International Realty Call 239.594.9400 Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm & Sunday 12-8pm 2 LEMURIA 7172 Lemuria Circle #1602 From $400,000 PSIR Tom Gasbarro 239.404.4883 Sunday 12-4pm 3 BONITA BAY BAY HARBOR 27203 Shell Ridge Circle $499,000 PSIR Cathy Lieberman/Cindy Reiff 239.777.2441>$500,0004 BONITA BAY ESPERIA & TAVIRA 26951 Country Club Drive From $500,000 PSIR Call 239.495.1105 Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-5pm 5 MOORINGS COMMODORE CLUB 222 Harbour Drive #402 $539,900 PSIR Kathryn Tout 239.250.3583 6 PELICAN MARSH ISLAND COVE 2267 Island Cove Circle $545,000 PSIR Linda Perry 239.450.9113 7 PELICAN MARSH LES CHATEAUX 1830 Les Chateaux Blvd. #303 $549,000 PSIR Sue Black 239.250.5611>$600,0008 VANDERBILT BEACH REGATTA I 400 Flagship Drive #PH-08 $675,000 PSIR Patricia Bucalo 239.248.0694 9 PARK SHORE MERIDIAN 4901 Gulf Shore Blvd. North #202 $675,000 PSIR Phyllis ODonnell 239.269.6161>$700,00010 VANDERBILT BEACH LA SCALA 9700 Gulfshore Drive #305 $749,000 PSIR Mary Catherine White 239.287.2818 11 THE DUNES GRANDE PRESERVE 280 Grande Way From $799,000 PSIR Call 239.594.1700 Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 12-5pm>$800,00012 TWIN EAGLES 12312 Wisteria Drive $865,000 PSIR John DAmelio 239.961.5996 13 PELICAN BAY LAMBIANCE 2000 LAmbiance Circle #201 $895,000 PSIR Ellen Eggland 239.571.7192 >$900,00014 PELICAN BAY TIERRA MAR 532 Tierra Mar Lane East $995,000 PSIR Beth McNichols 239.821.3304 15 OLD NAPLES 413 Broad Avenue South $999,000 PSIR Krista Harris 239.877.6745>$1,000,00016 BONITA BAY AZURE 4931 Bonita Bay Blvd. #CH204 $1,050,000 PSIR Cathy Lieberman/Cindy Reiff 239.777.2441 17 PELICAN BAY BRIDGEWATER 640 Bridge Way Lane $1,100,000 PSIR Vivienne Sinkow 239.405.0638 18 PELICAN BAY COCOBAY 7853 Cocobay Drive $1,399,999 PSIR Jeff Cox 239.777.0078 19 GREY OAKS ESTUARY 1220 Gordon River Trail From $1,500,000 PSIR Call 239.261.3148 Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 12-5pm 20 OLD NAPLES 1025 5th Street South $1,629,000 PSIR Virginia Wilson 239.450.9090 21 PELICAN BAY ST. RAPHAEL 7117 Pelican Bay Blvd. #1709 $1,895,000 PSIR Jean Tarkenton 239.595.0544 Also Available: #201 $1,525,000 #901 $1,495,000 #204 $1,485,000 Villa #11 $985,000 #608 $699,000>$2,000,00022 OLD NAPLES 120 5th Avenue South $2,395,000 PSIR Cindy Thompson 239.860.6513 23 VANDERBILT BEACH MORAYA BAY 11125 Gulfshore Drive #407 From $2,500,000 PSIR Call 239.514.5050 MonSat 10am-5pm & Sunday 12-5pm 24 COQUINA SANDS NAPLES CASAMORE 1752 Gulf Shore Blvd. North From $2,800,000 PSIR Call 239.963.4242 Open Daily 12-4pm>$3,000,00025 PARK SHORE 4740 Gulf Shore Blvd. North $3,295,000 PSIR Michael G. Lawler 239.213.7475 26 OLD NAPLES 175 3rd Street South $3,450,000 PSIR Celine Julie Godof 239.404.9917 27 OLD NAPLES 155 20th Avenue South $3,895,000 PSIR Virginia Amoroso 239.860.1099>$6,000,00028 PORT ROYAL 3999 Rum Row $6,500,000 PSIR Ryan Batey 239.287.9159>$9,000,00029 PORT ROYAL 3430 Gin Lane $9,400,000 PSIR Frank Sajtar 239.776.8382 2 4 3 5 15 6 10 16 17 13 14 11 7 19 8 9 12 18 1 20 21 22 24 27 23 26 25 28 29


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 B23 Jacki Strategos SRES, G.R.I., Richard Droste Realtor239-572-5117rddsmd@comcast.net2 level condo, on the water. New Kitchen & baths. Multiple balconies. Bright and cheerful. Model Village $239,000 GREAT AMENITIES Smokehouse Bay $165,000 GREAT FOR RENTALSPopular complex close to everthing. Excellent condition, offered furnished. 2 BR/2 BA ground level. Sand Dollar Villas $155,000 NEW LISTINGCorner unit w/2 BR/2 BA. Pergo ooring, crown molding, private lanai. New washer/dryer. Open HouseTHIS SUNDAY 5/20 1-4PM 296 LAMBTON LANE4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS, 2370 SQ. FT.1 500 Foot Lake & Fountain View! This impeccably maintained Centex built home is located on a premium lot. Recently remodeled kitchen with Seamless Granite counters and re nished wood cabinets. New Roof and Pool was re nished in 2006. Wood Floors, 18 vaulted ceilings, intercom system and more! $449,000 Check it out before its gone! For more info, visit CHECK OUT THIS HOT NEW LISTING IN Chris & Diane Lecca www.LetsMoveToNaples.com239.776.5423 Berkshire Lakes Berkshire Lakes Got Download?The iPad AppIts FREE! Visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.comSearch Florida Weekly in the iTunes App Store today.iPad is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. All rights reserved. Its Local. Its Entertaining. Its Mobile. Floridas real estate professionals find reasons to be optimistic SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYThe University of FloridaFloridas real estate market outlook improved in the first quarter of 2012, according to the University of Florida. The Survey of Emerging Market Conditions, conducted quarterly by the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at UFs Warrington College of Business Administration, revealed that those in the real estate business felt optimistic because of the falling unemployment rate and because they see more activity in rental housing, such as lease signings. The unemployment rate dropped from 9.9 percent in December 2011 to 9 percent in March. Positive outlooks for occupancy and rent growth along with an improving employment trend are increasing our respondents optimism about the real estate markets in Florida, Timothy Becker, director of the Bergstrom Center, says. The UF Commercial Real Estate Sentiment Index, a measure of the respondents own business outlook, reached its highest level since 2007. Bergstrom Center officials attributed the rise to lenders and owners sensing a better lending environment with banks as well as an improving economy. With billions of dollars of loans coming due over the next year, the increased lending activity is a welcome sign for real estate owners and investors looking for debt capital to refinance quality properties, Mr. Becker says. Property fundamentals including occupancy and rental rates improved this quarter, with progress reported in single-family and condominium development, apartments, industrial, land investment and capital availability. Occupancy expectations were rated most favorably in the premium office market. Respondents cited a better employment outlook as the reason for optimism. Although respondents were optimistic about the industry and the overall economy, they cited concerns about the upcoming presidential election and the state governments financial situation. Respondents said that significant policy changes would most likely not be in place before the November elections and not resolving those issues could lead to harsh economic results. Among those issues are the Bush tax cuts and the payroll tax break, which are both scheduled to expire after 2012, and $1.2 trillion in spending cuts that are set to take effect in 2013. Respondents also were concerned with artificially low interest rates, inflation and increased gas prices. Overall, the survey revealed that the future for real estate in Florida looks positive, but political and economic uncertainties remain. A majority of respondents expect a slow and measured recovery until the conclusion of the presidential elections. A total of 189 Florida professional real estate analysts and investors, representing 13 urban regions of the state and up to 15 property types, participated in the survey. COURTESY PHOTO More than 100 guests attended the Naples Area Board of Realtors annual Meet Your Legislators event at Quail Creek Country Club on April 24. A panel of five state representatives and a state senator discussed how the 2012 legislative session could impact the real estate industry. Among the key issues highlighted were real estate sales associates and broker associates being exempt from local business taxes; optional instead of required septic tank inspections in the Naples area; and efforts to create a competitive property insurance market. Left to right: State Reps. Gary Aubuchon, Carlos Trujillo and Kathleen Passidomo; John Sebree, State Reps. Jeanette Nunez and Matt Hudson; Sen. Garrett Richter. Stock posts strong April salesStock Development reports another month of strong sales across all of its Southwest Florida communities in April. CEO Brian Stock says the company signed 49 new home contracts in April worth more than $19.6 million. Sales revenue is up by 50 percent so far this year, while the number of contracts has increased 44.7 percent over the same time last year, he adds. Sales included all product types, from flats and townhomes to custom-built estate homes. With 24 new home contracts signed, Lely Resort in Naples led the way in April. Five single-family homes sold in Black Bear Ridge, also in Naples. So far this year, Stock Development has sold 181 homes with a sales volume of $83.7 million. The company is developing or building in seven communities and has more than 40 models open throughout the region. The company is the exclusive builder in Secoya Reserve and Black Bear Ridge and has become a preferred builder at Mediterra, where it is marketing 11 homesites in the Buonasera neighborhood of estate-sized single-family homes. Stock became a preferred builder at Quail West after acquiring homesites there and is building a series of models and spec homes from its Tamworth Collection. Stock also recently bought 48 single-family homesites in the Isla del Sol, Mahogany Bend and Majorca Villages of Fiddlers Creek. Sales were also strong in Lee County at Paseo, where April sales volume was up 11 percent over last year. Over the past decade, Stocks building division has built more than 2,500 new homes throughout the area and currently has more than 100 homes under construction. For more information, visit


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A GUIDE TO THE LOCAL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTCSECTION BROUGHT TO YOU BY: INSIDEThe High-Rises at Bonita Bay 495-1105 Estuary at Grey Oaks 261-3148 The Strada at Mercato 594-9400 The Village 261-6161 The Gallery 659-0099 Old Naples 434-2424 North Naples 594-9494 The Promenade 948-4000 Fifth Avenue 434-8770 Marco Island 642-2222 Rentals 262-4242 Mourning MauriceArts writer Nancy Stetson remembers favorite characters who will live on forever. C8 Barnabas is backDespite some quirky humor and nice sequences, film critic Dan Hudak says Dark Shadows drags. C11 Think you can dance?Reality show seeks seniors to step outModern Features Entertainment and Silver Shoe Productions announce Senior Prom, a competition reality show for television that will showcase six Naples residents as they take a journey toward their dream dance of a lifetime. To be hosted by Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, the show will follow each contestant being trained and mentored by award-winning Broadway stars who serve as their dance partners and coaches. Each episode will focus not only on the dance training but also on the lifetime of memories and experiences that will serve as the backdrop for what truly makes this the journey of their lives. Scheduled to be filmed this summer on location in Naples and Los Angeles, the series builds toward a finale event to be taped live onstage at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in front of family, friends, the community and a national viewing audience. We are thrilled to be bringing such a unique production to this beautiful city, says Executive Producer Brian Howie. We chose Naples as the focus of the first season because of its energy and vibrancy, and are excited to showcase the spirit and support of the entire community, Mr. Howie adds. Producers are currently casting engaging personalities for the production. Candidates must: Be least 70 years of age and in good physical condition; Have resided in Naples for at least the past three years; Be willing to share aspects of their personal lives and experiences; Be available for approximately 20 hours per week for six weeks beginning July 7; Have multiple family members and/or friends available and willing to appear on camera; and Be willing to travel to Los Angeles for 3-5 days in August. For more information about casting or details about the production, e-mail or call Karen Molnar Danni at 9631459. ARTWORK BY MICHELLE WEINBERG WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Debbie Reynolds, shown in the trailer for I Love Melvin, will host Senior Prom. BY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ BLOCK BY BLOCK, MICHELLE WEINBERG is creating her own imaginary city. She paints scenes of city streets: buildings, walls, billboards, gardens, courtyards and cul de sacs, all in bright colors and dizzying patterns that seem as if they should clash, but dont. My interest is in all kinds of places that could be a scene: plazas and alleys, squares, streets, she says. Places where human drama happens, IMAGINARY STREET SCENESMichelle Weinbergs architecture as theater depicts where human drama happensSEE IMAGINARY, C4 Mans best friendSometimes its hard for a woman to compete. C2


SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTSAnd pooch makes threeThe first time I met my boyfriends dog, Lucy, there was the usual jumping, face licking and excited whining. I patted her flank and called her a good girl and made like wed get on famously. Which we did. Until she realized I wasnt leaving. She stood in the doorway to the kitchen as I helped my boyfriend unload the groceries, her furry face tilted to one side and her ears cocked as if to say, Wait. Shes staying? There comes a momentous time in every relationship when a new partner meets the established pet. Its like meeting future in-laws or future stepchildren. The moment is weighted with significance, everyone eyeing everyone else, the whole crowd waiting to see if the union might be a good fit. With dog owners the question is always: Will this new person make a good addition to the pack? (Cat owners are another story; and lets be honest cats dont really care.) Later that same evening, my boyfriend and I stretched out on the couch to watch a movie. Lucy stared, incredulous, from the floor. Whats the matter with her? I asked. My boyfriend lifted his head from the pillow to get a better look. Youre in her spot, he said matterof-factly. Should I move? No, no, he said. He laid his head back against the cushion. She can lie on the other side. He patted the empty couch on his right and Lucy hopped up. She set about licking his face and neck. Should I give you two a moment alone together? I said, joking but with a jealous edge. They looked at me with the same wounded expression. Or, I should say, almost the same. My boyfriends face said, Dont overreact. Im just glad to see my dog. But Lucys said, Maybe you should give us a moment alone. I laughed as I realized I could never compete with her. I reached across my boyfriends chest and rubbed Lucy behind the ears. She gave me a contented lick before burrowing down, and soon she was snoring through the movie. There we were, the three of us, with my boyfriend happily ensconced in the middle. I had been outdone by a 60-pound mutt. But how? Like this: Lucy loves my boyfriend unconditionally. If he comes home late, if he leaves his dirty socks on the floor, if hes cranky or irritable or tired, if he wants to go for a run or a W-A-L-K, its all the same to her. Shell still lick his face; shell still wag her tail. Shell be just as happy and excited and full of love for him. Which perhaps is a good lesson for all of us. Were so demanding in relationships. We demand that our partners love us unconditionally, no matter what kind of mood were in or how weve misbehaved. We demand that they love us whether weve earned it or not. Lucy never demands anything. She gives her love generously, unreservedly. And my boyfriend? He treats her with the same tail-wagging, face-licking affection that she dishes out. And thats something we could all use more of. Schedule your coolsculpting consult today! 239-449-8328www.RiverchaseDermatology.comComplimentary Consultations available at these locations: Fort Myers Spa Blue MD at Riverchase North Naples Spa Blue MD at Riverchase Downtown Naples Riverchase DermatologyNorth Naples 1015 Crosspointe Dr. Downtown Naples 261 9th St. S. Marco Island 950 N. Collier Blvd., #303 Ft. Myers 7331 Gladiolous Dr. Cape Coral 1425 Viscaya Pkwy., #102 Settle the score with stubborn lumps and bumps like muf n tops.Show off the body youve always dreamed of. NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012


799 Walkerbilt Rd., Naples off US 41, 1/4 mile North of Immokalee for dinner nightly beginning at 4pm Ten in Tavern Items are $ 10 all evening happy hour 4-6pm in the tavern three course early dining menu 4-6pm GRACIOUS HOSPITALITY Sunday brunch! 11 to 2 pm every sunday Pucci & CatanaLuxury Pet Boutique DESIGNERS Open 7 days a week/10am-10pm Shop Online SHOP ONLINE Use Code: CAT10SHOP ONLINE NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 C3 Dinner with a View 1901 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, Florida 34102 | 239.403.2000 Enjoy internationally inspired cuisine traditionally or alfresco, in a casually elegant atmosphere while overlooking stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.Serving Dinner Nightly from 5:00PM Thursday Happy Hour 5:00PM-6:30PM ARTISTS AMONG USMaggie DeMarco BY MOLLY DOESpecial to Florida WeeklyWhen Maggie Demarco took her niece to a decorative painting class in Providence, R.I., nearly 10 years ago, she had no idea that she would be the one leaving with a newfound passion for art. I thought my niece needed to find a niche in the art world. I had never picked up a brush before in my life, then I went to this class with her and I fell in love with painting, Ms. DeMarco recalls. Something inside of me was just waiting for this experience. Someone up there was hearing me, or I was hearing them. I know it all sounds over the top, but that is how it happened. Drawn to Naples by the weather and the communitys thriving arts commuity, shes been a seasonal resident for seven years now, going back to her home in Narragansett, R.I., every summer. The abundance of art instructors, art leagues and workshops available are just some of the ways living in Southwest Florida has inspired her art. Ive also had the opportunity to meet a lot of people through my art because this area has so many national and international visitors, she says. Ms. DeMarcos diverse portfolio includes pieces ranging from landscapes to abstract works and reverse painting on glass. In recent months, she has become inspired by abstract painting and has begun to pursue this new art form. Still, she says oil will always be her favorite medium of choice. I like the feeling of painting with oil and the ability it gives you to move the paint together, she explains. A member of the Naples Art Association and the Marco Island Art League, she teachers fish painting classes during the season at Waterfront Studios and Gallery in the Explanade on Marco Island, where her work is on display. Visitors to The von Liebig Art Center can also see her work there. She finds inspiration for her art wherever she goes. In Rhode Island, she loves to paint the landscapes of Newport, Jamestown and Narragansett. In her Florida home, she is lucky to have a small studio in her home where she paints for several hours a day. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a certificate in decorative arts, and has won awards from the Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center for her work completed through their workshops. She has also won the Peoples Choice Award from the Marco Artists Colony. For more information, visit www. Molly Doe is a volunteer at the Naples Art Association, which operates The von Liebig Art Center and serves artists, students, art lovers and fellow nonprofit services through education, festivals, exhibitions and community outreach. For more information, call 2626517 or visit Maggie DeMarco Reverse painting on glass Haunting Sunset

PAGE 56 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 those are the places Im interested in Even if there are no human figures illustrated in my work, (Im) creating works that are backdrops for human activity. Her recent work will be on view at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers in a one-woman show, Michelle Weinberg: Pictorial Record, May 25-June 30. An opening reception is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 25. Ms. Weinbergs paintings are invented architectural spaces. They dont come from strict observation, she says. Its architecture as theater. The space in my work relates a lot to stage design and the type of perspective you find in stage design. So her buildings will sometimes fold forward or bend at angles that wouldnt be structurally sound in real life. Curator Ron Bishop chose to exhibit her work for a number of reasons. There are several things about Michelle Weinbergs work that I find really interesting, he says. One of them is how shes dealing with space in a rather unique way she manipulates and confounds space, makes us look at space differently and makes us look at form differently. She confounds the two, and in some ways, makes them the same. Or, as Ms. Weinberg puts it, I use color and patterns to mess with a conventional idea of perspective (and) space. Mr. Bishop adds, Everything is not necessarily connected with a linear background line or horizon line. Things sometimes are just free floating, and its up to you to define the space. She hints at it with an architectural form, where sometimes the stairs fold into the shape of the building, and right beside it will be a seemingly unrelated pattern; youre forced to deal with the context of space. A two-dimensional pattern next to a form that implies three dimensions challenges the viewer to re-think form and space, he says. This combination of twoand threedimension creates a certain tension in Ms. Weinbergs work, as does her use of color and subject matter. Though shes painting cityscapes, with buildings and billboards and shop signs, her colors are bright, Pop Art-like: flamingo pink, blood-red orange, salmon, purple and lavender. Her subject is gritty, but her colors are cheery. Mr. Bishop loves the directness of her colors. Her color range is so broad, he says. She certainly is a free spirit when it comes to color. Her subject and color choice might reflect her own environment: A native New Yorker, Ms. Weinberg divides her time between New York and Miami Beach. (She received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.) But even when growing up in New York, she didnt create dark, urban landscapes. I was always creating colorful patterns, hot-house hues, and a type of ornament and architecture that was very clean and modernist and mostly exists in sunnier, either Deco or postColonial (areas), she says. The architecture of New York City doesnt visually have a place in my work. But its aesthetic, socially and intellectually, is completely who I am. Visually, however, shes more like Florida. Ive lived in the Caribbean, I lived in Cape Cod, she says. I lived by the water, so maybe that has something to do with (the colors I use.) One of the pieces in her upcoming show is Village Scene, a painting of a small hut on a large carpet of blue tiles with a black and white flower pattern. A billboard that says Pawn dwarfs the building. On the other side, a giant red arrow on stilts points toward the building. Three rainbow shapes, in pink green and blue, are in the background. Another piece in the exhibit, Backdrop, 2008-12, is an interior scene on which Ms. Weinberg attaches other work. Its like one giant painting with smaller paintings installed in it, she explains. Its a room within a room within a room. All the smaller paintings are framed and inhabit the larger painting. I like to do things that blur the edges of traditional painting. Prior to the opening, shell paint a site-specific work for the gallery that will wrap around a corner. Im not exactly sure what its going to be, she says. I want to see how the work gets installed first.Art for public placesMs. Weinbergs paintings have inspired public art over the past several years. It was a logical movement from me making art of urban spaces and architectural (places) to creating art for real public spaces, she says. In downtown Tampa, shes working on a sidewalk and crosswalk project on three streets leading up to the Tampa Museum of Art. Her work was also commissioned by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Spaces; her Shadow Canopy can be seen outside the countys newly constructed GSA Trade Shops facility. Its 3,000 square feet of pigmented cement tile in aqua greens, pale blues, pinks and white. In the lobby of the building, a 7-by-14-foot, hand-knotted wool/silk rug complements the tile design. Her Paseo, an 8-by-10-foot glass tile mosaic mural, was installed at One Miami Riverwalk in 2005. Another public art piece at Youngs Circle ArtsPark in Hollywood, Fla., is in the fundraising phase. Unswept Floor is a modern version of the unswept floor in Hadrians Villa in Ancient Rome. While the classic mosaic shows leaves, twigs and even a mouse on a floor, Ms. Weinbergs floor shows modern objects such as candy wrappers, a dropped pen, eyeglasses, a playing card.Zooming in and outI love how playful her work really is, on one level, but how serious it is at the same time, Mr. Bishop says. For Ms. Weinberg, creating public art is an opportunity almost akin to stepping inside one of her paintings. I make miniature versions of public settings (and with the public art pieces) I actually step into one, she says. I like that telescoping effect: I can zoom in on one of my paintings and then zoom out, and affect a larger-scale world. Given Im a visual artist, Im working in two dimensions. My subject is always space, how I carve out an interesting space on a two-dimensional surface. Thats my poetry. Its like Rene Magritte. He called painting a playful physics. Thats my favorite definition of what painting is. Mr. Bishop thinks its going to be a fun show and patrons will enjoy Ms. Weinbergs paintings. It isnt like anybody elses work, he says. Its not another landscape painter; shes really found her niche, and is solidly in it. Thats the hardest thing for any artist, finding your own niche, finding your own place. (When someone does that,) thats a pretty successful artist to me. IMAGINARYFrom page 1 Village Scene, 2008, by Michelle Weinberg. Michelle Weinberg: Pictorial Record>> When: May 25-June 30; opening reception and artist talk, 6-8 p.m. May 25 >> Where: The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College, Fort Myers >> Cost: Free >> Info: 489-9313 or My paintings and collages describe stage-set like spaces constructed from colored planes and flickering, patterned veneers. Often, typographic messages gleaned from the banal rhetoric of advertising are pasted there, like concrete poetry. Fictitious architectural elevations facades, plazas, papered walls, tiled floors, kiosks are drenched in pastel and hot-house hues, inspired by the porous frontier where subtropic flora overtakes the geometry of the built environment. Painting is the point of origin for my projects beyond the studio: the design of hand-knotted rugs, cement tiles, paint murals and other art for public spaces. I approach these objects like a set designer, and I propose new, vivid backdrops for the human activity that will unfold in each one. Ive collaborated with dance theater and film artists to extend my work into other media, access other audiences. All my work expresses a playful physics, inviting the viewer to discover the surprising, the esoteric, and the sublime hiding in the everyday. Michelle WeinbergArtists statement


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PAGE 58 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 Theater Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers, through June 23. 278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm. com. See story on page C12. Love Letters By Theatre Conspiracy on select dates May 18-June 2 at the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers. 936-3239 or See story on page C13. The Mystery of Irma Vep By Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers, through May 20. 332-4488 or Mud May 23-27 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers. 3331933 or The Plague By Laboratory Theater of Florida through May 26 at Kiwanis Hall, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 218-0481 or Thursday, May 17 Readers Roundtable Share your favorite book of the season with other readers in an informal setting beginning at 2 p.m. at the Golden Gate Library. 2432 Lucerne Road. 252-4542. The Declassified ArtsNaples World Festival presents The Declassified chamber ensemble with guest pianist Pavel Nersessian at 2 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center. 390-2788 or Sunset Yoga The Friends of Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park offer a free yoga session with instructor Christine Miles of Bala Vinyasa Yoga beginning at sunset. Bring your yoga mat, a towel, water and bug spray. Park admission fees apply. 5981938. Russian Film Arts Naples World Festival and the Naples International Film Festival present a screening of Elena beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Silverspot Cinema. Winner of the a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, its the story of Vladimir and Elena, spouses in their 60s who uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment: Hes a virile, wealthy businessman; shes his dowdy former nurse who has clearly married up. A Stand-Up Guy Bret Ernst performs tonight through Sunday at the Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 389-6900. Retro Sounds Under the Streetlamp takes the stage with numbers from the American Radio Songbook at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers. 481-4849 or Lyric Opera Opera Naples presents Eugene Onegin at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 5971900 or Sing Along Freds Food, Fun & Spirits and Spotlight Entertainment host karaoke from 8-11:30 p.m. on the first three Thursdays of the month. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928 or Friday, May 18 Russian Pianist ArtsNaples World Festival presents pianist Philipp Kopachevsky in recital at 2 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center. 390-2788 or Corks & Candles A wine tasting to benefit outpatient infusion services at NCH takes place from 6-8 p.m. in the Garden of Hope & Courage at NCH downtown. $25. 436-5200 or 552-7703. Florida Art An opening reception for Reflections of Florida, an exhibit of photography by John Brady, starts at 7 p.m. at the Everglades Gallery inside Floorz Outlet Store, 15505 Tamiami Trail N. 273-5813. The Government Inspector ArtsNaples World Festival presents The Government Inspector, a witty and satirical Russian play made famous in the U.S. by a film starring Danny Kaye, at 8 p.m. at the Sugden Community Theatre. 390-2788 or www. All ABBA An ABBA tribute band joins forces with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $69. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil. org. Hot Stuff The FGCU Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents Hot tonight through June 22 in the university arts complex. 590-7199 or Saturday, May 19 Strings Concert Members of the string section of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra present a Magic Carpet concert for families at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or Doo-Wop Time Show off your jitterbug finesse and shag a bit, too, at a doo-wop festival from 10 a.m.-3 pm. at Santini Marina Plaza on Fort Myers Beach. Dance contests begin at noon. 443-8810 or Family Time in the Garden The Naples Botanical Garden hosts a day of W.O.N.DE.R. from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bring the family to Walk, Observe, Navigate, Draw, Explore and Read. 6437275 or Art in Bloom The Shirley Street Galleries & Studios celebrate the summer season from 1-4 p.m. 5760 and 5850 Shirley St. 572-3386 or Free Concert Ron Stanley performs from 1-4 p.m. at Miromar Outlets. Bet on Bikers Seminole Casino Immokalee hosts Biker Appreciation Day from 3-6 p.m. Bikers get a $10 food/ beverage voucher and free play. Deb & the Dynamics perform in the Zig Zag Lounge. (800) 218-0007 or Young Singers The Philharmonic Youth Chorale performs at 3 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or On Their Toes Naples Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty at 6 p.m. tonight and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sugden Community Theater. 263-7990 or Spring Concert A Spring Fling concert featuring Kris Allen, Haley Reinhart, Scars on 45, Junior Doctor and Jon McLaughlin starts at 6 p.m. at Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers. $20. www. Family Movie Night Bring the kids pluys chairs and blankets for a screening of Puss in Boots on a two-story inflatable screen beginning at sunset in Cambier Park. Free. 213-3058. Outdoor Music Gulf Coast Town Center presents acoustic rock by The Drunk Monkeys from 8-10 p.m. under the stars in Market Plaza. Free. 267-0783 or Sunday, May 20 Miromar Music Bill Colletti performs smooth jazz and Latin rhythms from 1-4 p.m. at Miromar Outlets. www. Tasty Truckloads The Paradise Food Truck Rally rolls into Seminole Casino Immokalee from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. Items range from $5-$10 each. (800) 218-0007 or Join the Jam Freds Food, Fun & Spirits hosts a singer/songwriter jam session from 5-6:30 p.m., followed by music by the Notorious Band of Misfits from 7-10 p.m. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928. Orchestra Concert The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performs a COURTESY PHOTOSThe Blues Brothers Soul Band performs outside the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Its the monthly Fort Myers Music Walk throughout downtown, so be sure to take a stroll around while youre there. 333-1933 or WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GOClive Daniel Home hosts a reading of the Bards most inspirational speeches delivered by members of Naples-based Shakespeare in Paradise and followed by a lively discussion. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the program begins at 5 p.m. Thursday Free admission and complimentary wine. 2777 Tamiami Trail N.


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Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch Established 1976 263-9940Choose one from todays selection of 5 appetizers & 5 drinks for just $5.00 each!!! From 5-7pm everyday at The Dock Bar NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 I want some milk and cookies. A big, big glass of cold milk and some just-out-ofthe-oven chocolate chip cookies. I might not be able to fall naked into an oversized glass of milk a la Mickey in In the Night Kitchen, but I can boldly declare, Im in the milk and the milks in me! even if only the second half is technically true. I want a comfy white pair of wolf pajamas with ears and tail, a la Max in Where the Wild Things Are. And I want Mama Bear and Papa Bear to snuggle up on either side of me all cozylike, and read me bedtime stories with Little Bear until I nod off. Ill feel the warmth of their soft brown fur and the deep, cellolike rumble of their voices vibrating in their bodies as I lean against them, and Ill feel safe. I want to revert to the idealized childhood I never had. Maurice Sendak is dead. (He was preceded in death by his partner of 50 years, Dr. Eugene Glynn, a psychoanalyst.) I feel as if my grandfather has just died. I dont remember when I read my first Maurice Sendak book, or even which one it was. Like my parents and older siblings, hes just always been a part of my life. Even when I became too old for childrens books (if there is such a thing), I still read them. When I had some spending money, Id buy them. I studied the illustrations, the composition, the choice of words and economy of storytelling. It was a great education. Though it was published before I was even born, I have fond memories one of the first books Sendak illustrated: A Hole is to Dig, written by Ruth Krauss. A tiny book with a green cover, it gives childrens definitions of various things. Some of my favorites: Dogs are to kiss people. Hands are to hold. Arms are to hug with. A brother is to help you. A book is to look at. The illustrations are tiny line drawings of kids doing things kids like to do: digging holes, playing with kittens, dancing on their toes, ice skating, reading books. Its as if children have been let loose upon the world to play and explore and have fun. Like everyone else, I loved Where the Wild Things Are, which received a Caldecott Medal (its magic seemed somewhat diluted by its popularity, however, like everyone flocking to your favorite restaurant once word gets out or radio stations overplaying what you once thought was a great song.) Sendak himself hated how everyone always wanted to talk about Where the Wild Things Are to the exclusion of everything else. His two personal favorites were his National Book Award-winning Outside Over There, in which a baby is kidnapped by goblins and replaced with an ice baby. (I love the face of the infant as its being carried out the window by the goblins, and the googlyeyed ice infant left in its place!) And he also loved Higglety, Pigglety, Pop! Or There Must Be More to Life. He based the drawings of the main character, Jennie, a Sealyham terrier, on his own dog. I loved and still love In the Night Kitchen, Sendaks homage to Winsor McKays classic Little Nemo in Slumberland comic strip. Theres the trio of bakers, all looking like Oliver Hardy, and a city constructed with milk bottles, pepper mills, bunches of asparagus and boxes and bags of cereal, flour and sugar. Like a Little Nemo strip, it begins and ends with the little boy in bed. I remember the big controversy about Mickey being naked in some of the scenes. Some parents and school librarians even went as far as whiting out his tiny genitalia or painting diapers on him. (I think itd be scarier for a kid to see an image of a neutered child and wonder: what happened to him?) If you missed Stephen Colberts hysterical two-part interview with Sendak earlier this year, you can still check it out online. Sendak is outspoken, feisty and full of wit. When asked about the current state of childrens books, he gives an emphatic one-word answer: abysmal. But he gives a thumbs-up to the Curious George series and to Dr. Seuss. Hes equally mystified and tickled when the Comedy Central satirist shows him a copy of In the Night Kitchen with Mickeys ba re buttocks and genitalia cut out, especially when Colbert reveals that he keeps all the censored parts in a plastic baggie. And he gamely listens to Colbert read his own childrens book, I Am a Pole (And So Can You!), calling it terribly, supremely ordinary. When Sendak remarks, The sad thing is, I like it, Colbert asks if he can use that as a blurb. Sendak agrees, and the quote appears on the cover of Colberts book, which happened to be released May 8, the same day Sendak died.Wild things holding a wild rumpus, baby-stealing goblins, a family of bears, a naked boy falling into a big bottle of milk, a mischievous pig who wants a party; Maurice Sendak is gone, but his characters will live on forever. ARTS COMMENTARYMourning Maurice with milk and cookies I s p e w he com r ds and n iSendak himself Ni W in th v e m of ce an ab th li b in di f o ch h h S c h w check it o f cu b on t o an t i c Ce c o p wi t a n d ly w kee p a p l A Co lb b oo k C an c Sendak


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Hulk has the best moments, and the last half-hour is as exciting as it gets. This is everything a summer movie should be. Rated PG-13.The Raven (John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve) When a killer uses Edgar Allen Poes (Cusack) work as inspiration for his crimes, Poe is recruited to help a detective (Evans) solve the whodunit. The tone is appropriately dark and gloomy, but youre never able to make sense of why the murderer would help his pursuers as much as he does. Rated R. Think Like A Man (Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy) Its a battle of the sexes when a group of guy friends fall prey to women who use the dating lessons in Steve Harveys book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man against them. This is one of the most honest movies about relationships Ive ever seen, and it has a superb mix of comedy and sweetness. Rated PG-13. CAPSULES Is it worth $10? NoA recurring theme in Tim Burtons movies is that of an eccentric outsider (often played by Johnny Depp) who helps a group of people who cant help themselves. This structure, combined with Burtons trademark gothic tones, makes for a noble approach, and Dark Shadows is no exception. Too bad Dark Shadows is only Saturday afternoon-matinee watchable, though a bigger point should be made: Burtons teaming with Depp is taking on iconic Hollywood status, the likes of which people 50 years from now will remember the same way film buffs today remember the movies of John Ford and John Wayne. And like Ford and Wayne, you know youre getting something intriguing with Burton and Depp, even if with the latter the level of quality varies significantly (from as good as Edward Scissorhands to as bad as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Dark Shadows is based on the television series of the same name that ran from 1966-1971. Depp plays Barnabas Collins, an Englishman whose family makes a fortune in the fishing industry after moving to Maine in 1700s. But after Barnabas spurns a witchs advances, hes cursed to be a vampire and buried alive for 200 years. When he wakes in 1972, hes not exactly impressed with the current state of his family. Elizabeth is the matriarch (Michelle Pfeiffer), and her daughter Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a typical 0s teen. Elizabeths brother Roger (Jonny Lee Miller) is a lying thief and deadbeat dad to David (Gulliver McGrath), so much so that the family has hired a live-in shrink (Helena Bonham Carter) to keep David functional. Throw in a perpetually drunk and indifferent housekeeper named Willie (Jackie Earle Haley), and Barnabas has himself a fine mess to clean up. Aside from the family, two obstacles present themselves to Barnabas: his love for the governess Victoria (Bella Heathcote), and competition with rival business maven Angelique (Eva Green), with whom Barnabas has an extended history. There are some nice sequences, including some quirky humor and inspired montages, but as a whole Dark Shadows the movie drags to 113 minutes and never inspires interest. The visual effects, production design and costumes are expectedly eccentric, but as we know with Burton, we cant allow ourselves to be fooled by his style its the story that always matters most. And though he gets nice performances from Green and Depp, they limp through a story that never feels like its going anywhere and certainly isnt in a rush to get there. But even if Burton cut a few scenes to quicken the pace, theres still an issue of balance. Some moments are played for laughs, others are straightforward drama, and the laughs come too often to be just comic relief. What this means is that a clear tone (is it campy? is it serious?) is never established, which makes all of Dark Shadows feel a bit off. >> This is the eighth collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and its the fth time Burtons wife, Helena Bonham Carter, has joined them.


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Harlo Conklin Cardiac Cooling Patient Dr. Richard Macchiaroli Emergency Department Physician Julia Schartung Intensive Care Nurse Traveling from Indiana to Southwest Florida, Harlo Conklin complained of chest pain. He and his wife attributed it to fast food and long hours in the car. A stop at a Gainesville hospital showed his vitals were good and he felt better. Though physicians thought Harlo should stay overnight, he and Frances returned to the road. Twenty-four hours later, Harlo went into cardiac arrest. His daughter performed CPR, paramedics used a debrillator to restore his heartbeat and a special treatment that induces hypothermia to save Harlos life. To read more of Harlos story, please visit accredited centers in the United States of experience surgeries with this minimally invasive approach. patients get back to living their livesCaring people, caring for people. A Chilling Experience Warms our Adam Thompson, EMT-P Lee County EMS


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C23 SOCIETY The 2012 NCH Nurses Awards at the Naples Beach HotelWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ 1 Dr. Allen Weiss and Michele Thoman 2 Deb DOrazio, Tina Land, Sunshine Kinlaw and Veronika Rodriguez 3 Chris Raphael, Kevin Smith and David Baryza 4. Laurie Zone-Smith and Thelma Hodges 5. Yay Arduengo and Jessica Fuentes 6. Laurie Zone-Smith, Dawn Egerer, Erin Raney and Teresa Golden 7. Erica Szczepkowski, Jon Kling and Michele Thoman 8. Jacqueline Hurley, Sandy Mena, Bonnie Coolidge, Shannon Brown, Jarie Mejia and Elita McRae 9. Teresa Golden, Michele Thoman and Laurie Zone-Smith 10. Catherine Ravelo, Bernia Hinton and Marilyn Melison11. Darren Ginther, Erika Hinson and Thelma Hodges and Maureen Powers 1 1 2 2 5 5 3 3 4 4 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11CHARLIE MCDONALD / FLORIDA WEEKLY

PAGE 76 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC24 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 SOCIETY The 36th annual Great Dock Canoe Race: Animal House We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www. and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@ WRIGHT / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 The Swampys House entry paddled by Ashley Belanger, Jillian Sanchez, Hannah-Grace Oxar and Taylor Trew 2 Lisa Zack and Nancy Schwerin as Babs and Mandy from Animal House 3. Diane Peterson, Victoria Myers and Marty Durman 4. Trouble at the turn 5. Launching the Eat Me 6. The Deathmobile with Mike Gill at the stern and Jorge Sanchez at the bowEden Autism Services honored at Diamond Volunteer receptionSUE HUFF / COURTESY PHOTOS 1 Jackie Indriago and Krista Mullaney 2 Michael Morris, Bob Goldman and Paul Belfore 3 Kelly Capolino and Susan Suarez 4. Cheryl and Bruce Scheiner 5. Karen Mayo and Taire Malloy 1 1 2 2 4 4 5 5 6 6 3 3 1 1 2 2 5 5 4 4 3 3


41 Bonita SpringsNaplesImmokalee RoadOld U.S. 41Pine Ridge Road Golden Gate Blvd. Davis BlvdAirport Pullimg RdGulf Shore Blvd.Rattlesnake Hammock Road Vanderbilt Beach Road Radio Road Park Shore Dr.Goodlette Frank RoadLivingston Road 5th Ave. Florida Weeklys Restaurant Guide1 BAY HOUSE RESTAURANT799 Walkerbilt Road Naples, FL 34110 239.591.3937 www.bayhousenaples.com2 BUCCA DI BEPPO8860 Tamiami Trail N. Naples, FL 34108 239.596.6622 www.buccadibeppo.com3 AGAVE SOUTHWESTERN GRILL2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road Naples, FL 34109 239.598.3473 www.agavenaples.com4 CALISTOGA BAKERY & CAF7941 Airport Pulling Road Naples, FL 34109 239.596.8840 Or 1860 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL 34102 239.352.8642 www.calistogacafe.com5 SHULAS STEAK HOUSEAt the Hilton Naples & Towers 5111 Tamiami Trail North Naples, FL 34103 239.430.4999 www.donshula.com6 NOODLES ITALIAN CAF & SUSHI BAR1585 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34109 239.592.0050 www.noodlecafe.com7 ROSEDALE PIZZA1427 Pine Ridge Road Naples, FL 34109 239.325.9653 www.rosedalepizza.com8 TAVERN ON THE BAY489 Bayfront Place Naples, FL 239.530.2225 www.tavernonthebay.net9 VERGINAS700 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 239.659.7008 www.verginarestaurant.com10 RIVERWALK AT TIN CITY1200 5th Ave South Naples, FL 239.263.2734 www.riverwalktincity.com11 THE DOCK801 12th Ave South Naples, FL 239.263.2734 www.dockcraytoncove.com12 THE ENGLISH PUB5047 Tamiami Trail East Naples, FL 34113 239.775.3727 www.naplesenglishpub.com13 JASONS DELI2700 Immokalee Road Naples, FL 239.593.9499 www.jasonsdeli.com14 SAM SNEADS OAK GRILL & TA VERN8004 Lely Resort Blvd. Naples, FL 239.793.6623 8 5 9 12 11 10 6 2 4 7 3 1 14 13

PAGE 78 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC26 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Visit Us Today! If you live and breathe the game of golf, youre bound to hunger for more than a few birdies. 8004 Lely Resort Blvd. Naples, FL 34113 For information on Lely Resort Golf & Country Club Summer Golf Specials Call 239-793-2600 OAK GRILL & TAVERN AT LELY RESORT 4 Convenient Locations to Serve You!Flavors of ailandF e bru a r y 13-28, 2013with R T Air from N ew York, 18 Meals & A 2 N ight Stopover in H ong Kong!From $3698 P er P erson /D ouble Escorted by Carol Joyner (Optional 4 Nt Angkor Wat Post Tour Extension) Floating Market PAST REPASTSHere are some capsule summaries of previous restaurant reviews:Agave Southwestern Grill, 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples; 598-3473 A blend of Northern Mexican and American Southwestern cuisines, Executive Chef Thomas Riemans menu puts a sophisticated spin on humble, homespun food the likes of which hasnt previously been seen in Southwest Florida. Brought to us by the folks behind Angelinas Ristorante in Bonita Springs, Agave is a great concept executed with panache. The restaurant pays tribute to the agave plant with 200 varieties of tequila, which can be ordered in flights so you can compare; for those less inclined to take it straight there are delicious fruit-andherb-infused margaritas. Tortillas are pressed in house, and sumptuous guacamole is turned out tableside with your choice of ingredients such as roasted garlic, queso fresco and bacon. From a quickly marinated seafood ceviche to a slowly simmered poblano mole, dishes highlight flavorful ingredients and skillful cooking while never sacrificing authenticity. We only scratched the surface of the far-reaching menu and eagerly await a chance to return. Reservations are strongly recommended. Full bar. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed October 2011Figs Grille, 25987 Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs; 390-1700 Sam Tadros the chef behind the popular Sam-Bucco Bistro in North Naples, has another winning concept with this exploration of the cuisines of Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon and France. Its a worthy and welcome concept, considering how inadequately some of those regions are represented here. When you cross the threshold, its easy to forget youre in a commercial strip center. Egyptian tapestries adorn the walls in the garnet and gold dining room. Ceiling lamps evoke Morocco and ethnic music plays softly in the background, but the effect is understated. Whichever country you decide to visit for your main course, your meal should begin with mezze platter of hummus and baba ganoush as well as charry and sweet grilled eggplant chunks and cucumber salad served with lightly pickled vegetables. You cant go wrong with one of several Turkish kebabs or with the filet medallions with grilled shrimp, garnished lavishly with caramelized onions, port wine sauce and fig chutney. Lush (chocolate marquise) or light (lemon semifreddo), dessert shouldnt be missed either. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed November 2011Martin Fierro Restaurant & Steak House, 6002 Radio Road, Naples; 6595996 This Argentinean-style steak house is tucked into a small strip center on Radio Road but carnivores will be well rewarded for taking the time to find it. The house specialty is parrillada, or a meat platter containing a cornucopia of animal flesh served on an open grill over smoldering wood chips. Although fairly meat focused, the kitchen conjures up an excellent ceviche. A grilled salmon entre delivered to a nearby table looked so good I was sorry I hadnt ordered it. Appetizers of steamed mussels and veal tongue vinaigrette were also delicious. There are no fancy trappings here, no leather booths or tuxedoed servers. Prices are modest and vegetables accompany entrees without an added charge. For dessert, dulce de leche crepes came filled with rich, gooey caramel cream topped with generous mounds of real whipped cream. Service is leisurely but hospitable. Beer and wine served. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed February 2011 Noodle Saigon, 13500 Tamiami Trail N., North Naples; 598-9400 For an inexpensive but excellent Vietnamese feast, head straight to Noodle Saigon. The 12-page menu may be intimidating at first, but the friendly servers are happy to help newcomers sort through it. Ive found its hard to go wrong here. On my most recent visit, I enjoyed savory asparagus crabmeat soup, shrimp paste on sugar cane, steamed rice crepe with grilled pork, shrimp summer rolls, clams with black bean sauce and the restaurants heavenly version of rare beef pho. For dessert, we followed our servers suggestion and tried a tasty mix of mashed avocado, sweetened condensed milk, ice, lime, sugar and mint. The combination resembled Italian water ice and was a great end to a terrific meal. Beer and wine served. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed May 2011 Tierneys Tavern, 799 Walkerbilt Road, North Naples; 591-3837 Owners of The Bay House have rolled out a new, more casual concept in what used to be an expansive bar next to the restaurant. At Tierneys Tavern, you can savor similarly Southern-inspired and equally well-executed food for much less money. Entrees top out at $24, and its possible to dine well for much less. The menus coastal cuisine spans a broad range, from the North Atlantic to Carolina Low Country, around the Florida peninsula and up the Gulf to New Orleans. The Southern Collection is a good way to sample a range of appetizers, including Charleston crab dip, pimento cheese, house-made pickles. The shrimp and grits lacked spunk even with horseradish cream and diced andouille sausage; but the Sea BLT layers of arugula, fried green tomatoes and fresh seafood salad sprinkled with roasted corn and crumbled bacon would delight any discerning palate. Perched on the banks of the Cocohatchee River, the restaurant and bar are nestled among old oaks and mangroves and have plenty of windows for enjoying the unique vista. Food: Service: Atmosphere: Reviewed January 2012 Key to ratings Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor


NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C27 More often than not, going out for French food requires getting at least moderately dressed up. Somehow, the cuisine seems to demand it. French American Bistro proves the exception to the rule. While the ambience is charming with a mural of a classic French street, lots of colorful French posters and French music playing in the background it beckons customers to come in and relax. Red-and-white checkered vinyl tablecloths are topped with cheery red paper placemats. At dinner, a single candle illuminates each table. Diners can see the staff busily preparing food in the open kitchen over which sits a chalkboard listing the days offerings. The dining room contains about a dozen tables, with a few more situated out front on the sidewalk. The menu and wine list are similarly on the smallish side, yet diverse in their offerings. Even at dinner, you can order a comforting croque monsieur ham and Swiss grilled on a homemade baguette. If youre in the mood for something more substantive, there are full-sized entrees, such as half rack of lamb and boeuf Bourguignon. Prices are moderate theres even a two-course dinner option that comes with a glass of house wine for $19.95 before 6 p.m. and $24.95 after that. And to top it off, the staff is extremely hospitable. Although the name proclaims the establishment features both French and American fare, the French component clearly dominates. At lunch, youll find American chow such as a club sandwich, burgers and a bacon-lettuce-tomato and chicken sandwich on the menu, along with quiche, salad Nicoise and crepes. For dinner, however, the American dishes fade, allowing such classic French dishes as escargots, pate and roasted duck to shine. There are about two dozen offerings on the wine list, and roughly half are available by the glass. We tried the 2010 Domaine La Garrigue Vaqueyras, a hearty and moderately priced red from the southern Rhone valley of France. Although its still a little young, it possessed a good balance of dark berries, light minerality and acidity. It also went well with the meat dishes we ordered. The menu leans toward meat and, as we discovered, patrons are wise to follow that lead. Two of the three seafood dishes we tried fell short of the mark. The sea scallops and shrimp au gratin ($9.95) contained scallops that had little flavor, miniscule shrimp and a thin, bland sauce. The rainbow trout with shrimp sauce entree ($18.95) featured a strong-tasting fillet topped with a sauce that had only a vague shrimp flavor and, again, four of those tiny, tasteless shrimp. The other fish entree the only options for someone who doesnt eat meat was salmon with lemon butter and, in retrospect, it might have been a better choice. In contrast, however, the smoked salmon appetizer ($7.95) was very good, consisting of tender, flavorful strips of salmon accompanied by toast points, capers, chive-studded sour cream and a big wedge of lemon. Our other appetizer was even better: two slices of firm, well-seasoned pate ($7.95), which came with toasted slices of baguette and savory gherkins. On the entree side, those containing meat were very good. A filet mignon with a creamy peppercorn sauce ($24.95) featured tender meat, cooked as ordered and bathed in a rich sauce that possessed enough pepper to be noticeable but not so much as to overpower the other ingredients. It came with mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus, which tasted fine, although they could have been warmer. The best of the bunch was the roasted duck with orange sauce ($22.95). Its a dish Im especially fond of when the skin is crisp and the flesh tender. That was the case here, and the orange sauce had a pleasant tang that kept it from being too sweet. It, too, was served with mashed potatoes, asparagus and a slice of roasted tomato. Whatever you order, make sure to leave room for dessert, as there are several appealing options and all are housemade. This is clearly an area in which the kitchen excels. Both a warm apple tart with ice cream and whipped cream and a light and flaky Napoleon with fresh berries were outstanding. I also spied a mound of fresh croissants on a counter, but couldnt manage to work one into the meal. Our server and another woman who appeared to be one of the owners were quite welcoming and did a great job of making sure we were well taken care of. Our wine and water glasses were kept full, dishes were cleared promptly and courses proceeded at a leisurely but consistent pace. Considering the caliber of our meat dishes and the fact that the pate and baked goods are all homemade, its clear that the management takes pride in its offerings. A couple of local, highquality seafood items (including some larger gulf shrimp) would immensely improve the nonmeat options and bring that portion of the menu up to the par of the meatier items. Nonetheless, Id definitely go back for more pate, the roasted duck and those terrific desserts. food & wine CALENDAR Thursday, May 17, 4-7 p.m., Bleu Provence and Bleu Cellar: Sample Italian wine from the Kermit Lynch portfolio with wines ranging from $9.99 to $29.99; Bleu Provence, 1234 8th St. S.; 261-8239. Reservations recommended. Thursday, May 17, 5-7 p.m., Decanted Wines: Learn how to appreciate the subtle differences in beers and taste craft varietals from Tommy Knocker, Victory, Terrapin and more; $15, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples; (800) 980-5766. Reservations required. Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m., NCH Downtown: The NCH Auxiliaries host Corks and Candles, a wine-tasting that benefits outpatient infusion services, in the hospitals Garden of Hope and Courage; $25, 350 Seventh Ave.; 436-5200. Reservations required. Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m., Whole Foods: The markets monthly beer tasting includes at least 35 beers, with proceeds benefitting the Whole Planet Foundation; $5, Mercato; 552-5100. Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Good Life of Naples: Learn how to achieve gnocchi nirvana with this class devoted to herbed and classic gnocchi; $50, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663. Reservations required. Sunday, May 20, 1-5 p.m., Seminole Casino Immokalee: The Paradise Food Truck Rally features Bonita Springs own Nosh Truck and its global street food, as well as desserts from Dolce Gourmet Cupcakes, seafood from Cucina Al Mare and international favorites from Miami Spice Grill, the Mobile Culinary Kitchen, Nananinas, Rio Samba Grill and Roka Panini; free admission, with food items ranging $5-$10, 506 South First St., Immokalee. Tuesday, May 22, 6:30-8 p.m., Whole Foods: Healthy eating specialist Julie Joiner demonstrates how to use seeds to sprout healthy greens at home and explains why they are so healthy and how to use them in preparing meals; $15 (includes jar suitable for sprouting and a packet of seeds), Mercato; 552-5100 or register online at markets Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Veterans Community Park, Marco Island. Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Collier county Government Complex, 3335 U.S. 41 E. Saturday, 7:30-11:30 a.m.: Third Street South, behind Tommy Bahamas between Third Street and Gordon Drive. Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon: Freedom Park, 151 Golden Gate Parkway. Send items to CUISINEFrench American Bistro offers casual, reasonably priced authentic fare French American Bistro>>Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily >>Reservations: Accepted >>Credit cards: Accepted >>Price range: Appetizers, $5.95-$9.95; entrees, $11.95-$24.95 >>Beverages: Beer and wine >>Seating: Tables inside and a few on sidewalk >>Specialties of the house: Unfussy French cuisine >>Volume: Low to moderate >>Parking: Free lot >>Website: www.frenchamericanbistro.comRatings: Food: Service: Atmosphere: 1201 Piper Blvd., Naples 514-1800SuperbNoteworthyGoodFairPoor karenFELDMAN KAREN FELDMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY The classic warm apple tart features a buttery crust and apples that are just sweet enough, topped with vanilla ice cream and served with fresh whipped cream. ark berries t y. 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>> Waldorf Astoria Naples, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples,, (239) 597-3232 D2 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 THE OFFICIAL NAME CHANGE OF ONE OF NAPLES GRANDEST hotels The Naples Grande to the Waldorf Astoria Naples is more than skin-deep. Although operated by the luxury component of the Hilton brand for some years now, the new name, as of Jan. 1, brings even a heightened level of luxury to the former Grande. And its sister property, the Edgewater Beach Hotel, also benefits with the addition of enhanced amenities and services that now include beachfront day beds and cabanas at both destinations. Sigh. At the now-Waldorf Astoria Naples, some of the changes have occurred where they matter most the introduction of the brands signature mattresses and monogrammed linens, and for you hotel toiletries junkies, a switch to Ferragamo products in all suites. Additional changes will be rolled out throughout 2012. Either property offers a luxury beachfront vacation with a benefit for summertime staycationers: The Waldorfs Spring into Summer package, available through September, includes a fourth night free and 25-percent discounts at the onsite Golden Door Spa and the offproperty Naples Grande Golf Club, featuring a championship course designed by Rees Jones and renovated last October. A similar package at Edgewater Beach offers the same spa and golf savings and a fifth night free. Think of it as luxury for less. Visitors to the 474-room Waldorf will notice a tiein to the famed New York hotel: a replica of the originals storied clock above the concierge desk. A self-contained oasis thats a scenic boardwalk away from the Gulf of Mexico beach, the grand hotel offers guestrooms, bungalows and suites within 23 waterfront acres surrounded by 200 acres of nature preserve and mangrove estuary. There is plenty to do onsite, including three pools one with a 100-foot waterslide the first Golden Door on the East Coast and dining options that run the gamut from fine-dining at the Manhattaninspired steakhouse, the Strip House, and Florida fusion fare at Aura (both holdovers from its Grande days) to beach and poolside bars and grills. Take advantage of the package savings and spend a morning or full day at the spa, a collection of Zeninspired buildings offering 12 treatment rooms, a floating hair and nail salon, sun deck with chaises, a meditative labyrinth, and steam and sauna rooms. Book the couples villa for side-by-side treatments. For more active pursuits, hit one of the Waldorfs 15 tennis courts or pay the $25 an hour fee for the advanced tennis workout, offered three times a week. The resorts tennis amenities and programs earned it a ranking among the top 25 tennis resorts in the world, The Waldorf features a full calendar of weekly activities geared to children and adults, although many parents have happily partaken in the complimentary cookies and milk and smores offerings. Crafters can create take-home totes and magnets to commemorate their trip (program fees range from $5 to $20). Activities for adults focus on more grown-up pursuits, many themed around half-priced libations: Mojito Monday, Craft Beer Tuesday and Wine Down Wednesday.Lessons in LuxuryCOURTESY PHOTO Waldorf Astoria Naples Your Beachfront OasisFlorida Resident Ratefrom $110 per nightSunday Thursday weekends slightly higher F o r m o r e deta i ls call ( 855 ) 783-6161 o r vi s i t Sand p i p erGul f y cationsAll Studio Suite Hotel Two Refreshing Pools On-site Watersport RentalsFort Myers Beach, Florida Book Now! Sanibel Island, FL Super Summer Specials Vacation Condos from $500/weekNow thru June 30th N o o w w t t t h h h h r r r r u u u u J J J J J u u u u n n n n n e e e 3 3 0 0 t t h of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc. Island Vacations 1-888-451-7277


D3 All of the activities and amenities of the Waldorf and the all-suite boutique Edgewater Beach Hotel, right on the sugary sand Gulf of Mexico beaches, are available to guests of both properties. The expanded beach offerings also include water sports rentals, childrens activities and causal beach bars. Edgewater Beach is ideal for families and longer staycationers, who want separate bedrooms and more elbow room. The resort offers on-the-beach and tower suites with one or two bedrooms, a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, a 24-hour fitness center and views of the Gulf or twinkling Naples lights. Both resorts are close to Naples best shopping and dining: Fifth Avenue South, the Village on Venetian Bay, Waterside Shops and the restaurants and entertainment venues at Mercato. Look for additional savings and packages on each propertys web sites. Nanci Theoret >> Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples,, (239) 403-2000COURTESY PHOTOEdgewater Beach Hotel Sanibel Islands only all-suite beachfront resort. Featuring an Olympic size pool, Coconuts Pool Bar & Grill, Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant 4-star dining, Kids Club and more. 2255 West Gulf Drive Sanibel, Florida 33957 800.276.4753 Bring your love... Reserve Your Summer Staycation Get the 5th Night Free!


>> Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs,, (239) 444-1234 D4 STAYCATION TI O TI O 2012 A QUICK, CARIBBEAN GETAWAY IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD between Fort Myers and Naples. If a vacation is an escape from reality, then the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is just that. Step into the mahoganyladen lobby and feel as though youve arrived on a tropical movie set where Bogey and Bacall could be sipping a cool one at the bar. But this 26-acre resort nestled on the edge of the pristine Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is about more than just sipping and relaxing. Activities abound for staycationing families and couples alike. If the Raptor Bay Golf Clubs 18 holes and the indulgent Stillwater Spa are the bookends of luxury and fun, then a plunge down the 140-foot waterslide at the spectacularly designed pool is the unexpected staycation memory. Every detail is tended to at the Tanglewood and Tarpon Bay restaurants, where local and fresh fare are evident priorities. Its no wonder this resort recently was named among Travel + Leisures 500 Worlds Best Hotels. But first: The important part. The rooms. Each of the 450 guestrooms comes with an airy feel reminding you of why you are vacationing here at home with sumptuous linens and down duvets, Wi-Fi and balconies plus an iHome stereo. The views of Estero Bay and the Hyatts gardens are inspiring, whether you go outdoors or just enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of the rooms armchair. Those who want additional amenities have suite options as well. Rates vary, and off-season specials are available, such as Hyatt Free Time (a free night and free breakfast for two now through December) or Sunshine on Sale (stay four nights and get the fifth night free). Of note is the Hyatts commitment to hypoallergenic rooms, with a six-step process to reduce airborne particles and minimize the presence of potential irritants. Also notable for the conscientious traveler is that this Hyatt has received the state-issued Florida Green Lodging Three Palm eco-friendly certification. When hunger drives you from your room, youll find eco-efforts in the restaurants, too, and there are more options than just the Tanglewood and Tarpon Bay, though neither of them should be overlooked. (Dont miss Tarpon Bays ceviche bar selections or Tanglewoods fish tacos.) The Kofe Nut coffee bar, Mangroves Bar and also poolside dining at Corkscrew all maintain that Bahamian feel while fueling you for a vacation day. The beauty of the Hyatt Coconut Points location is what lies off-site as much as what it offers in its preserve-like setting. Gold medal-winning Lovers Key State Park is a mere drive along the bay away, taking you to sandy shores and tidal pools teeming with sea life. Charter captains are set to take you fishing on the flats for snook, trout and redfish. The Everglades lie to the south for a freshwater adventure in the sawgrass. Prefer to stay urban? Germain Arena is nearby, with entertainment options from sports to concerts. Miromar Outlets and greyhound racing also are close to the resort, which is ideally located about half way between Fort Myers and Naples. On site, the Raptor Bay Golf Club was ranked among the Top 10 favorites by Gary Van Sickle, senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Golf legend Raymond Floyd helped design 18 holes of golf that received Audubon Internationals Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification. The course has an ecological design that preserved the most valuable habitats on site and restored nearly 25 acres of wetlands. With no homes ringing the property, the natural surroundings encourage the appearance of bald eagles, herons and other wildlife. While the adults are on the links, the kids can enjoy Camp Hyatt and also the 5,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool with that aforementioned water slide. Theres tennis and also the option of kayaking through the mangroves that lace the property. Oh and of course, the Stillwater Spa, which promises a total immersion experience with innovative treatments and therapy. In fact, a stay at this resort feels like a total immersion into a vacation, even though its in Southwest Floridas back yard. Betsy ClaytonCaribbean feel but no passport required COURTESY PHOTOHyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa Orderonline: Homemade,Fresh&Oh, SoDeliciousStrawberryShortcakewith Driscollsstrawberries WeDeliverDailyPortCharlotte:USHwy.41&776941-235-3354 FortMyers:ReectionsPkwy.@CypressLake239-590-9994 CapeCoral:SantaBarbaranearVeterans239-458-8700 Naples:ImmokaleenearAirport239-593-9499


LEGACY HARBOUR HOTEL & SUITES KATHERINE HEPBURN USED TO RIDE HER BICYCLE AROUND BOCA GRANDE. PRESIDENT BUSH 41 and Barbara, and Bush 43 and Laura who could go anywhere they want all still go there regularly. That should be enough to motivate you to boat or drive out to Gasparilla Island near Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. Home to the exclusive enclave of Boca Grande, Gasparilla is one of Floridas coolest Staycation day-trips. Arrange for a full-day golf cart rental and let your day unfold. Take pics beneath the giant banyans. Have a mouth-watering seafood lunch. Tool around and pick out your dream cottage. Hang out with locals in one of the bars. Boca is lovely, friendly and way beyond photogenic. If you like to fish, you may have found a new favorite place on earth: Tarpon fishermen take over the place during silver king season. Shoppers will also be happy downtown. But its the golf cart thing which makes this place a must-do. Like North Captiva Island, its neighbor to the south, Boca Grandes adoption of battery-powered, open-air vehicles puts it high on our list of places which induce that happy vacation feeling. Southwest Florida has a surprising, little-known attraction called Koreshan State Historic Park in Estero, between Fort Myers and Naples. Now uninhabited but open to the public, the Koreshan complex was once the domain of a group of people who were not your average next-door neighbors. The Koreshans had a rather unique view of the earth: They believed we all live on the concave inside of the sphere rather the outside. It goes without saying that any group of folks who believed this must have had a pretty interesting life in some other ways, so why dont you check out the beautiful riverfront property which they called home and learn a little more. Koreshan is a perfect place for an inexpensive staycation near Naples and Bonita Springs. Perhaps its the American affinity with horror movies that make alligator farms such a big draw those massive jaws and reptilian hides are pretty creepy, after all. It should come as no surprise that it wasnt until Bonita Springs Everglades Wonder Gardens gave way from gardens to roadside zoo that its popularity soared. Today, this relic from the past tucked into the banks of the beautiful Imperial River on Old 41 in downtown Bonita is still popular. Read up on its colorful past and youll be even more inclined to check out this slice of old Florida. Two bootlegging hot-headed brothers opened the place in 1936. They were basically the swamp version of Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter and primitive, machismo management of poisonous snakes, gators, bears and panthers garnered them acclaim and a lot of ticket revenue. The Wonder Gardens spooky swing bridge over a swamp of ravenous gators at feeding time remains the stuff of nightmares for some, the ultimate thrill for others. If you havent yet set foot in Miamis decadent Venetian Pool, this should be the year. Opened in 1924 by visionary George Merrick as part of a grand design for the City of Coral Gables, the Venetian Pool evokes the grandest aspects of the Mediterranean. This National Register of Historic Places pool is the only one in the states to have that on its resume. Polarities like Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller used to hang out there, and now its your turn. Coral Gables is definitely worth a visit, and Venetian Pool is unlike any other pool youll see. Dive right in to this staycation idea. If youre old enough to remember the first lunar landing or even if the movie Apollo 13 was your introduction to the USs pursuit of outer space its darn near unpatriotic to never go see the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville. Sure, the shuttles have been shuttled off to museums around the country. But nothing takes away from the cool swagger of early astronauts, or the astounding primitive nature of early space suits and vessels. Dont go here in a hurry theres a lot to see and do. Its a bona fide education to walk through the many exhibits, and frankly, its just exciting to see spacecraft up close and personal. Besides, where else can you buy freeze-dried astronaut food for someone special? While were on the subject of decadence, when was the last time you set foot on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach? Bernie Madoff allegedly decimated more than a few of the citys former big spenders by having recruited his investors through the Palm Beach Country Club. But with any enclave for the wealthy, theres always someone else waiting to pick up the slack. You dont have to spend a dime, however, to walk the walk of the loaded. Pop in to Tiffany and see how the other half shops. Worth Avenues typical patrons are sidewalk candy worth seeing, even if many of them are products of surgery. They wear their Prada well. And their Gucci, Versace, Choo and Louboutin. Its fun just to watch the cars, for petes sake. And if you want to rub elbows, stop in for a drink at the Brazilian Courts Caf Boulud or the Leopard Lounge at the Chesterfield. No platinum card required. Other great staycation road-trip destinations the state include Weeki Wachee Springs on the central Gulf coast, where live mermaids puzzle and enthrall; central Floridas Cross Creek, where the Yearling Restaurant serves cooter, frog legs, alligator, and quail, and Miamis bizarre Coral Castle Museum, where one man toiled over limestone for nearly 30 years, carving 1,100 tons of rock using a secret process that has yet to be unlocked. Libby McMillanBe a tourist: Florida beckons D5 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 COURTESY PHOTO19th street Boca Grande COURTESY PHOTOWeeki Wachee


>> Casa Ybel Resort, 2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island,, (239) 472-3145 D6 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 Many consider living in an ever technologically growing world a blessing and a curse. But hashing out the pros and cons of technology and our disconnect from the simpler parts of life is a lengthy discussion. However, one thing is true for most of us, we all need a break a break away from the complexities of life to a simpler one that doesnt involve cords, batteries or a power button. We all yearn to power down and recharge our fading lights. Though there are many places to go by plane, train or boat, sometimes the best place to visit is right in your own back yard. For those dreaming of a getaway that does not involve much planning, distance or glitz, you need go no further than the old Florida available at Sanibels Island Inn or Casa Ybel Resort. The moment you turn onto the foliage and flower lined path a sense of ahh will rush through your body. You will feel your muscles untighten and your soul unwind as you put your vehicle in park, turn off the ignition and look upon the cozy cottages dotting the pinkish coastline. The Island Inn built in 1895 is the oldest inn on the island, said Island Inn General Manager Chris Davison. The affable and charming Mr. Davison works to ensure guests have a positive stay and leave with a head full of lasting memories. With an easy smile he points to the cottages and resort, which was originally owned by the Matthews family and is now owned by a few shareholders. Each of the 49 units has a view of the Gulf. There is 550 feet of beach far from the other resort or public beaches. The cottages, which were built before the requirement to build behind the coastal construction coastline, are therefore grandfathered in and are smack on the water. It is not hard to feel as though you have been transported to your own personal island in the Caribbean. The cottages are roomy, immaculate and quaint with soft pastel colors and an old Florida feel. Screened porches are ideal for sipping an ice tea or glass of wine while gazing at the teal, gentle swelling waters. Though, the rooms are built for tranquility and relaxation, Mr. Davison is mindful of modern needs. Rooms and cottages are equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. Rooms also feature Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and DVD/CD players. Many of the cottages have full kitchens and the largest beach house can sleep up to 12 people. A recent refurbishment has helped maintain the old Florida charm and modern comforts for guests, Mr. Davison said. Other amenities include a pool, tennis courts and the award-winning Traditions on the Beach restaurant. The casual fine dining establishment has a bar, lounge and live music. The Gulf front dining restaurant is run the charming and engaging Andrea. He will likely come over and chat with you while you dine, ensuring a fun night out. Everything aside, the beach is the brightest jewel of the Island Inns amenities. The waters sparkle with a pink and marmalade like hue during sunrise and sunset. And like a true gift from the sea, countless shells of all shapes and sizes fill the coast with seemingly each tide. World-class beaches: Sanibel Island COURTESY PHOTO Casa Ybel Resort We feature live music daily during lunchand dinner with a Sunday Jazz Brunch. The Venetian Village Naples, Florida (239) 434-2233 www.phelpsjewelers.comNaples Nature Collection


D7 >> The Island Inn, 3111 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island,, (800) 851-5088In fact, the very first island shell fair, a local event for 75 years was held at the Island Inn, said Blanaid Colley of Hillgate Communications. The biggest draw is the close proximity of the beach, Mr. Davison said. The beach is natures own entertainment center. On shore fishing, shelling, sunning, boating and of course swimming is available to guests. For wildlife lovers birdlife is rich at the Island Inn as is the opportunity to spot dolphins arching and frolicking in the sea.Historic Island EleganceThe Old Florida romance and elegance of Casa Ybel Resorts 23-acre sweep along the Gulf of Mexico has made it a destination for lovers for more than a century. Its serenity and four-star service have attracted families and dignitaries as well. The Rev. George Barnes built Sanibels first cottage here and later its first inn after discovering the island by accident in the 1880s. The Thistle Lodge, home to the resorts gourmet restaurant of the same name, was Barnes wedding gift to his daughter, and attracted Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and modern-day celebrities. Coconuts Poolside Bar and Grill is a more casual option. The gulf-front property offers world-class shelling, gardens, lawns and just 114 oneand two-bedroom suites that live like a home. The guest-to-acre ratio adds to the resorts feeling of intimacy, perfect for dozing in a hammock amid the palms, indulging in a beachfront or in-room spa treatment, or enjoying the barefooted splendor in the grass of the resorts perfect emerald lawn. Ella Nayor and Evan WilliamsCOURTESY PHOTO Angelo CelmoOwner/Broker Sanibel Harbour Resort Beachfront Condominiums Vacation Rentals Enjoy Stunning Sunset Views from your beach front balcony located at the Sanibel Harbour Resort. O ering 2 bedroom/2 bath fully equipped condos, tness, tennis and 5 Star Restaurants on property. Save time and money by vacationing in your own back yard. Resort Harbour Properties is located adjacent to the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa overlooking Sanibel & Captiva Islands and the Gulf! Book a long weekend or stay a week to relax and rejuvenate! STAY 3 NIGHTS GET THE 4TH NIGHT FREE!239.590.9127 Looking to purchase? Units now starting at $299,000!Valid May August excluding holidays. Subject to availability.Valid only on future reservation Use promo code: FWSTAY THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE NAPLES FROM THE WATER.Come cruise with us aboard the most elegant luxury yacht in all of Southwest Florida. You will experience the spectacular homes, breathtaking sights and natural beauty of Naples Bay and Port Royal. Relax in our fully enclosed and air-conditioned interior salons or bask in the warmth of the sun in the fresh-air outdoor seating.LIVE ENTERTAINMENT CRUISES SELECT TUESDAYS THROUGHOUT SUMMER Best of 50s, 60s, 70s, Tropical Fusion and Sounds of Sinatra. WATCH FOR OUR SUMMER SPECIALS! Call (239) 649-2275 for Reservations Naples Princess Naples P rin cess The Best Way to Experience Naples from the Water. Celebrating 17 Years!


D8 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 PUNTA GORDA WILL FOREVER BE SHUNNINg the Friday the 13th images of Hurricane Charley tearing through the Charlotte Harbor city in 2004. It probably doesnt help beginning a story extolling it as a travel destination by referencing that fateful day. But its because of Charley that Punta Gorda is what it has become: a thriving and growing downtown with plenty to do, see and savor. Why, it now has two hotels within a quick walk to the boutiques, art galleries and eateries of this 18-block destination that curves along the harbors shoreline. Wait, what? Despite an expanding list of downtown-centric activities and topclass annual events like the Chinese boat races and Wine & Jazz Festival, many Southwest Floridians dont make a point of driving north of the Lee-Charlotte County line, let alone venturing another mile from I-75 into the heart of downtown. Punta Gorda will surprise you even if its been just two years since your last visit. Its small-town charm melds past and present, an eclectic combination of galleries, cafes and shops, some in historic homes painted in brushstrokes of vivid purples, blues and pinks; cobblestone streets; buildings new and old sporting murals that recapture historic scenes; and post-hurricane buildings designed to accommodate sidewalk cafes, parking and street-level stores. Charlotte Countys only incorporated city has become a getaway destination for foodies and art lovers. Get a true sense of the citys emerging energy by staying downtown on the water: at the Wyvern Hotel or the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside. The Wyvern offers 63 rooms with single king-sized beds or two double beds plus a harbor suite, all overlooking either the harbor or the city and featuring stocked mini-bars, Frette linens and bathrobes. Amenities include a rooftop pool and lounge, an onsite fitness center and the Latin-fusion Lulu Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and catering to a nighttime crowd that enjoys an aerial view of the city. The 106-guest room Four Points also illustrates Punta Gordas growing cache and boasts marinaand harborview rooms, some with balconies, king-sized or double queen beds. Try the firecracker shrimp while dining alfresco on the Dockside Grills patio or savor the flavor of the worlds best bottled and draft craft beers in the lounge. Welcome the day with a workout in the fitness center or a freshly brewed cup of joe from Seattles Best Coffee; wind it down by relaxing in the outdoor pool and whirlpool spa. Punta Gorda, the epitome of quaint and charming, now offers some of the best eats in Southwest Florida, served in dining rooms and sidewalk cafes along Marion and Olympia avenues and West Retta Esplanade. Find finer dining at Table 209, featuring international cuisine, a popular Sunday brunch and a taste of Germany every Monday night, and the newly revamped Trabue (named for the citys founding father), with weekly three-course wine dinners for $30 a person and an intimate garden patio under twinkling lights. The Perfect Caper and the newer Opus provide additional forays into fine dining. Have a yen for comfort food? Check out long-time River City Grill and Jacks in the new SunLoft, also home to One Eleven, the martini, wine and tapas lounge with cool light-up menus. The citys restaurateurs also tap into other global flavors, represented in the Japanese offerings at Amimoto and the traditional fish and chips or chicken Breton (best with a cold pint of Guinness) at the newly expanded Celtic Ray, a quirky and fun Irish pub. Youll also find Tex-Mex at Deans South of the Border and Windy City dogs and kielbasa at Big Ds Chicago Eatery. Burn off those calories exploring downtown, visiting the eclectic shops and galleries tucked into side streets. Look for the shingled-red awning along Marion Avenue, home to the Sea Grape, a co-op artists gallery featuring paintings, fiber art, jewelry, pottery and woodturning originals produced by local artists. The funky Creations Gallery, offering a collection of fine, fun and functional artwork, also by locals, is another cant miss for art lovers. Plan your Punta Gorda staycation to coincide with the Gallery Walk. Many downtown businesses stay open later during the third-Thursday-of-the-month event from 5 to 8 p.m. Walk along the park-lined harbor or drive the mile from downtown to Fishermans Village, a waterfront mall offering restaurants, boutiques and gift shops plus a fleet of rental boats and chartered fishing and sightseeing excursions of Floridas second largest harbor. You might be tempted to extend your stay: two-bedroom villas above the mall can be rented by the day or week. Nanci TheoretPunta Gorda will surprise you>> Four Points by Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda,, (941) 637-6770 >> Wyvern Hotel, 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda,, (941) 639-7700COURTESY PHOTOS Fishermens Village Downtown Punta Gorda Staycation is a State of Mind Find it at the Tarpon Lodge! DRIVE HERE, BOAT OVER, OR LAND BY HELICOPTER ...TIME TO GET AWAY!13771 Waterfront Drive | 239-283-3999 |


THE FLASHING BEAM OF THE ICONIC JUPITER INLET LIGHThouse has been a beacon to sailors navigating Floridas hull-crushing reefs and limestone outcroppings since 1860. When it was built, there was no city of Jupiter isolated barrier islands, deserted shorelines and stagnant swamps surrounded its island location. It stands watch today over Jupiters thriving coastal community, with luxury homes on the north and wellkept beaches to its south. In its beam sits the Jupiter Beach Resort a beach lovers paradise at the ocean end of Indiantown Road. Long a haven for protected sea turtles, the property had one of the first turtle walks and dune protection programs in the area. Tucked among lush, privacy landscaping, the resort transports guests from Jupiters city life only blocks away to a tropical retreat. Decked out with a Caribbean island, casual feel with bright colors and woods, rooms and luxury suites provide a respite from cookie-c utter hotels and dark, minimalist dcor. Two restaurants on the property, plus a lounge with live entertainment on some nights, give diners options, though there are several restaurants only a short drive away. A Floribbean menu is offered at Sinclairs, and includes fresh seafood, steaks and pastas. Outdoor dining is optimal at night with the moonrise over the ocean visible from the patio tables. The Sandbar, open for lunch and early dinner with drinks and light fare for casual diners, is next to the newly renovated pool deck. Live entertainment is featured on weekends here and guests join locals for the afternoon happy hour. Spa lovers can be massaged and rejuvenated at the 7,500 square-foot spa and beautified at the full-service salon. An oceanfront pool, tennis courts, a recreational court and fitness rooms accommodate the more active guests. The kids arent forgotten activities for the G-rated set include bicycle rentals, basketball, a game room, and family-friendly dive-in movies shown poolside. Guests will find signs around the resort indicating its lights out on the beach its turtle nesting season. Lights from hotels and streets are shaded and or turned out from May through December along the coast to avoid confusing baby turtles who follow moonlight to find their way from the nests to the ocean. Flashlights are provided for night beach walks, and guided talks can be arranged. A special Lights Out! hotel package is available included are luxury rooms, breakfast for two and two tickets for an escorted Turtle Walk at the nearby Loggerhead Marinelife Center (prices start at $219 good from June 30-July 28). Lucky guests at the resort may get a glimpse of the natural wonder as loggerheads come ashore to lay their eggs. Hatchlings appear during full moons, with the tiny turtles racing by the dozens into the water, leaving their eggshells behind in the nests. Theres plenty to do in the area beyond turtle watching, however. Start with a tour of the brick red lighthouse (closed on Mondays), and take a stroll through the museum and gift shop for a history lesson and to find unique Florida gifts. Nearby are some of the best beach parks and swimming around the Dubois Park is just a bike ride away, with picnic pavilions and grills, as well as a life guardprotected natural swimming lagoon and playgrounds for young ones. A wide beach and fishing jetties for are part of the adjacent Jupiter Beach Park a short walk away. Both are free. South of the resort along A1A is the long stretch of Jupiters public beaches with wide, dog-friendly sands (leashes, please, for Fido). At the beachfront Carlin park, pavilions with grills and playgrounds and ball fields occupy both sides of A1A. Kayaks, paddleboards and other water toys are available for rent at Jupiter Outdoor Center. Check out their full-moon paddle tour that includes a marshmallow roast. Guided eco and manatee kayak tours let you see the wildlife and flora of the Loxahatchee River, designated a Wild and Scenic River, at a slow pace from water level. Three rare sea turtles and a number of plants and animals are in their natural habitat at Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island. The Anastasia limestone shoreline is the largest on the Atlantic Coast and is part of the Nature Conservancy. For rainy days, the Cobb Jupiter 18 Cinema is around the corner, along with top rated restaurants like Little Moirs Food Shack with karaoke at Maxis Lineup next door, or Sala Thai. Art lovers will want to check out the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a museum and gallery in nearby Tequesta, where a lunch is next door at the Gallery Grille. Craft brew enthusiasts will want to check out Tequesta Brewing Co., where the brewmeister turns out the signatures, Gnarly Barley American Pale Ale, and Chancellor Ale. Jan NorrisBeach lovers paradise COURTESY PHOTOJupiter Beach Resort & Spa 830 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach FL 33931 800-399-2511 Fax: 239-765-9430 Office hours: 9am to 9pm Beautiful views, sparkling rooms, and memories that last a lifetime! The Edison Beach House is consistently ranked one of the top hotels on Fort Myers Beach. Each non-smoking suite offers in-suite laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, 42 HDTV, complimentary wireless internet access, and stunning ocean views from your own private balcony. Make a reservation and visit us online today at Mention FMW and inquire about special promotions. Book now while suites are still available!800-399-2511 >> Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Five N. A1A, Jupiter,, (561) 746-2511 D9 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012


>> Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort, 1000 Shorewood Drive, Cape Canaveral.; 321-784-4922. D10 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 CENTRAL FLORIDIANS DONT WAIT FOR A VISIT FROM OUT-OFtown family and friends to enjoy overnight stays on the beaches of Brevard County, and if you live elsewhere in the Sunshine State, you dont have to, either. Along the Space Coast, you can visit places that seem far, far away without spending much time or expense to travel. At Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort in Cape Canaveral, guests can slip into the laid-back lifestyle of the Caribbean without ever showing a passport. Tropically themed villas are available in studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom standard and deluxe floor plans to accommodate as many as 10 guests. With its own four-story waterslide, oversized swimming pool, lazy river and interactive swim area for the little ones, the beachfront resort offers all the fun of Orlandos water parks without the big crowds and high admission prices. At the nine-hole miniature golf course, theres no tee time required and no charge f or putters and balls. The outdoor playground is always a hit with the kids, but when theyve had enough sun for the day, theres plenty to do inside as well. Young guests can race down the four slides at the resorts indoor play area, catch their favorite kid flick at the onsite movie theater, play air hockey or pool in the arcade or take part a variety of indoor activities led by resort staff. Basketball, tennis and shuffleboard courts provide even more recreation options for guests of all ages. Parents seeking a quiet meal, an afternoon to relax at the beach, a few hours in the exercise room, or a soothing massage can take advantage of onsite childcare services provided by a licensed provider. For many, the best part of vacation is not having to cook. With a choice of seating on the pool deck or indoors, the Ron Jon Surf Grill offers an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, pastas, certified Angus steaks and fresh seafood as well as childrens fare. Stay and play on Space CoastCOURTESY PHOTOS Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort Voted BEST Family Dining Last 6 Years and counting! 10% Off Breakfast with Coupon Breakfast Served 7 am to 11 am18% gratuity added to original balance prior to discount Not good with any other offer or promotion.FMW Voted as a Top 5 Best Breakfast in Florida By Southern Living Open 7 am 10 pm 7 Days a Week Breakfast Live Music Huge Kids Menu Outside Tropical Dining Endless Happy Hour We Proudly Serve Microsoft Tag Sanibels best & broadest shelling beach for as little $119 per night.* Florida Residents Mention & Save! ident d a a d a R R R es i i r r Flo d esident d d d i i Flo r e o F Fl lo r ri i d d si i d de en t ts & & & &


>> Fawlty Towers Resort Motel, 100 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach., (321) 784-3870 D11 COURTESY PHOTONo baggage necessaryCOUPLES SEEKING TO GET THE HOME FIRES BURNING AGAIN, OR THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO CHILL out and, ahem, hang loose, may find Fawlty Towers the ideal spot for a staycation. The resort motel, a fixture in Cocoa Beach since 1988, recently reopened as a naturist resort. That doesnt mean it caters to bird watchers or nature lovers; the term naturist refers to those who prefer to vacation au natural. With a lush tropical garden surrounding the pool, the 32-room resort offers the perfect opportunity for budding nudists to sun their buns for a weekend. In keeping with the more relaxed, global aesthetic, the authentic Tiki Bar serves a wealth of European beers and ciders. Daytime guests can pay a $25 fee to visit the resort and take advantage of the chance to even up those unsightly tan lines, but gawkers and gigglers, be warned: Despite the festive, pool-party atmosphere and relaxed dress code, the resort promotes only family oriented nudism, which shall be wholesome and non-sexual. Single males must qualify to visit, according to the resorts singles policy, but all members of the American Association for Nude Recreation or other nudist clubs or organizations are welcome. So bring the kids if you dare and even bring the pets dogs and cats are welcome in several of the ground floor rooms. Just be sure to keep Fido on a tight leash before he says hello to the neighbors. Michelle Salyer Gulf Views from Every Unit!comStay 5 Nights, Get 2 Additional Nights Free!Plus an exclusive add-on deal just for you! *Must mention this ad when making your reservation. Limited availability, restrictions/blackout periods apply.Your home-away-from home beachfront vacation retreat. Fully appointed 1 & 2 Bedroom Condominiums, each with tranquil views of t he Gulf of Mexico. Get 2 Additional Nights Free e add-on deal just f or y ou! ki i L i i d il b il i i i / bl k i d l Lazy, not so crazy, days of Summer!Fawlty Towers Resort Motel Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rentals Weekly Monthly Season Condos Homes Duplexes NO BOOKING 877-463-3306 or 239-463-3300 2801 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL


D12 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 YOUVE GOT A FEW DAYS OFF BUT YOURE NOT FEELING FLUSH enough to take a big vaycay. You can still be a tourist. Just go do all the touristy attractions youve never done .... the things your own visitors cant believe you havent done. If youve been to the Punta Gorda Airport, youve seen our first recommendation, and if you went out on a Saturday night, you even heard it. Its Punta Gorda Speedway a once-a-week testosterone-fueled destination that jams a lot of G-rated adventure into a noisy but affordable entertainment package. Families, friends, couples and more than a few fatherson combos start piling in shortly after the gates open at 4 p.m. The racing starts after 6 p.m., and theres always a wide range of events, from winged sprint cars and late model stocks to bandoleros (a scaled-down version of a race car with a motorcycle engine) and pro trucks (your average pickup truck made into a race car). The concession stands offer inexpensive cold drinks, snacks and beer, and patrons have plenty of room to spread out in the stands. Get your vroom on. Heres another attraction youre driven by on a zillion occasions. Its high time you check out the site of Southwest Floridas greatest bromance, the EdisonFord Winter Estates. In case youve been under a rock, this is the beautiful, side-by-side estate of none other than Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Tom and Hank each transformed America and the world; their McGregor Boulevard getaways inspired such amazing conversations that an entire local organization is devoted to celebrating their friendship. Gardeners will be thrilled on the tour, and car nuts wont mind seeing Henrys garage, either. The Edison laboratory is fuel for young scientists. On the grounds is also one of the largest trees youve ever seen in your life (take your camera) and it even has a nice little caf beneath it. Even the gift shop is good, so stop embarrassing yourself by admitting youve never been and go see the darned place. Another of Southwest Floridas iconic attractions that gets postponed is the in-your-face Shell Factory on U.S. 41 in North Fort Myers. Lying just 20 minutes south of Punta Gorda and serving as a kitschy gateway to Fort Myers, this legendary place remains a mystery to many who can say exactly where it is. The Shell Factory is practically a schizophrenic attraction its not sure who it most wants to be, so it has a lot of different personalities. Its a giant souvenir shop; its a zoo; its a special event venue; its a restaurant. Were probably forgetting a few other things, but one things certain. Youll be hard pressed to find Florida kitsch of this quality ANYWHERE else, from seashell-encrusted toilet seats to flamingo snow globes and Christmas ornaments. Take some Christmas shopping dollars and head on over. The giant seashell out front also makes for a cute family photo. Where did they GET that thing, anyway? In much the same way that dinner parties offer guests all the pleasure with none of the pain, wonderful gardens offer visitors the epitome of OP bliss. Other peoples lovely outdoor spaces always guarantee enjoyment without any sweat, dirt, bugs or aches. So to celebrate the OP Mantra to its fullest, make a staycation beeline for Naples Botanical Garden. This lovely urban respite is open daily from 9-5, and offers all comers a variety of environments in which to appreciate someone elses labor. The Florida Garden might serve as the most inspiring to realistic wannabees or true Sunshine State gardeners, while the Caribbean, Asian, Brazilian and Water Gardens offer a lush alternate look through green tinted glasses. Theres even a childrens garden. The entire 170 acre site, just south of Old Naples, rose from the ashes of a strip mall and parking lot, and even includes 2.5 miles of walking trails. Get an early start if you visit prior to late October, and by all means, have a camera handy if you love gardens. Staycation doesnt have to mean an absence of adventure. So what if you cant swing an African safari? Your family can still hand-feed a giraffe, with a drive to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Garden. This Southwest Florida attraction offers visitors a really cool animal experience and a day thats not too strenuous or hot. Take the primate expedition cruise, a shaded pontoon boat cruise past countless apes, lemurs and monkeys. This particular zoo also has a rather amazing litany of reasons to visit: 1) largest black bear exhibit east of the Mississippi; 2) one of only four honey badgers in U.S. zoos; 3) a glass wall that separates visitors from beautiful leopards by mere inches; 4) laughing hyenas, leaping impalas and happy parrots. Were sure the twolegged critters in your clan would have a blast here. You may have captained yourself and your family to Cabbage Key at one point or another. But its high time you let a designated driver take you back, and thats exactly what Captiva Cruises does on its lunch cruise to Cabbage Key. Dont be tempted to choose Useppa Island instead; the dynamics are different for excursion boat passengers than they are for private club members. Just book the Cabbage Key trip and put a dollar bill in your wallet to leave on the ceiling. A bonus to this Cheeseburger in Paradise trip is what happens en route. Dolphins are attracted to Cap-See SW Florida like a touristCOURTESY PHOTO The Sanibel Island experience you expect. True Serenity ~ True Renewal ~ True Relaxation On quiet West Gulf Drive239-472-1541 800-824-0476 Scan QR to visit website Full resort amenities Shells galore on our beach Stay 3 Nights and Get the 4th Night FREE!May 10-Sept 30, subject to availability. Excludes holidays, not combinable with any other offer. New bookings only. 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D13 tiva Cruises head boat like politicians to a free meal. They practically race each other to play in the boats wake the captains have learned a few tricks using ROMs and if you go down to the transom (thats rear lower deck to you landlubbers) you might well get the show of your life, with full-body breaches and eye-to-eye contact. Has it been a while since you did the Time Warp or cheered on a transvestite in fishnet stockings? Then by all means, book a seat at the Fort Myers attraction youve possibly skipped, time and time again. Let the big blinking sign at Colonial Boulevard and Six Mile Cypress remind you that the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium now has a once-a-month showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show on the ceiling of the planetarium. Not only does the 8 p.m. show consistently sell out, but plenty of tickets sell for the 11 p.m. spectacular too. Both films are greatly enhanced by the eye-popping performances of a local theater troupe. And if that werent enough fun, the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is so hip, it sells prop bags for the show. If youre scratching your head in confusion at this point, then you have postponed one of lifes saucier cult entertainment draws. Book your seats, buy the bag of props, and just follow the crowd. And just an FYI: this now-hip facility is going to start its weekend laser light shows again soon. Oh, Brad! While you probably wont enhance your economic situation by going to Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker, its possible. But the real reason to go is that its the most fun you can have for two bucks. If your Triple Crown friends have you too embarrassed to admit youre going to the dogs, then dont tell them (or find some new friends). This track has a full restaurant (reservations recommended) and bar, but youll be just as happy with hot dogs, chips and cold beer. Grab a program and head straight for the outside seats. Sure, you could sit inside where its air conditioned closer to the betting windows but then youd miss the fun of hanging on the rail and having the worlds fastest dogs kick a little dirt in your face as they streak past in pursuit of Sparky the robo-rabbit. Impress your friends by studying up on trifecta and exacta before you go. Win either, and impress us! We have our very own photography superstar here in Southwest Florida, and even fans often overlook his studio. Clyde Butcher collected around the world for his stunning, large-scale black and white photos of the everglades is just a regular guy with a superhuman eye for beauty. His digs of choice are the Everglades. And while summer is too hot to go sloshing and paddling around this national park, Clyde Butchers Big Cypress Gallery in tiny Ochopee is the perfect place to hang out. Make your way into the Glades and feel time slowing down as you approach the artists domain. Clyde is one cool cat, so youd get lucky if he happened to be around. But either way, youll really love seeing his work in the environment, which is his muse. This is also a prime home improvement opportunity; consider taking home a non-humid piece of the Glades. One moment, frozen in large, black and white time, by our very own master. Libby McMillanCOURTESY PHOTO Reservations: 1-800-237-5144 Online: 845 East Gulf Drive Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 R e s e r a t i o n s 1 8 0 0 2 3 7 5 1 4 4 e r a t i o n 1 8 0 3 7 1 4 4 O n l i n e S a n i b e l M o o r i n g s c o m O l i n S n i e l M o r i n g s o m Providing Memorable Experiences in Harmony with Nature Great Summer Savings Take 10% off our already Low Summer Rates PLUS get 2 passes to the Edison Ford Winter Estates! Gulffront on Sanibel Island


>> Cove Inn on Naples Bay, 900 Broad Ave. S., Naples,, (239) 262-7161 D14 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 THE COVE INN DOESNT HAVE TO RECREATE THE 1960S the era when many vacationers first discovered Florida. The Naples condo-hotel lives and breathes the decade it opened and epitomizes Olde Naples, right down to the seven red letters COVE INN that rise from the rooftop, announcing your arrival. Other than utilitarian repairs and cosmetic improvements like a fresh coat of paint, the property, perched along Naples Bay at Crayton C ove, r emains tied to the past. At just three stories and offering accommodations that range from standard hotel rooms to a two-bedroom penthouse, the Cove Inn offers an alternate to those looming beachfront resorts. Were not a fancy hotel, says Miriam Asay, general manager. What makes the Cove Inn so unique is its view of Naples Bay, the boat slips and marina, which you can see from most of our rooms. As a condo-hotel, all rooms and apartments are individual homes and decorated by owners who have the option of placing their units in the rental program. Some have undergone major renovations; others harken back to the original kitschy cottagey look, and most have a regular following of repeat guests who reserve their next vacation a year in advance. Guests can opt for a standard 375-square-foot room (a refrigerator, microwave and the all-important coffeemaker are included in all accommodations) or spread out in larger efficiencies and oneand two-bedroom apartments that provide kitchens complete with all the necessities for cooking and dining in. Rooms overlook the street or bay and offer private breezy balconies. They say location is everything, and what makes the Cove Inn so special are the views from the balconies, says Ms. Asay. Guests like to sit out there with a glass of wine or fresh-squeezed orange juice. The beach is within reach: just eight blocks away. But it becomes more of an afterthought, often getting pushed back on to-do lists as guest explore the area Beyond the Beach: The Quirky, Quaint Cove InnCOURTESY PHOTOS The Cove Inn The Only Thing We Overlook Is The BeachFlorida Resident RateBeachfront Studios from $173 per night BEACH RESORT & MARINA BEACH RESORT & MARINA275 Estero Boulevard Fort Myers Beach, Florida 855-211-1266 at the tip of Fort Myers Beach along mile of sugar-white sands, Pink Shell has all the amenities you would expect from a luxury beach resort, including: 3 refreshing pools, revitalizing Aquagene Spa treatments, fun & adventure with Kidds Kampp, onsite restaurants, water sport rentals and much more. All 213 beachfront studio & condo-style accommodations have amazing gulf views. Offer valid now through December 20, 2012. Florida resident rates from $173 per night Sunday through Thursday (weekends slightly higher). Rate includes breakfast for two daily and two welcome drinks. Book by June 30, 2012. Offer is based on availability and blackout periods may apply.


D15 in and around the inn, which sits on a natural peninsula on the bay. A secondfloor library offers books for those who want to enjoy a good read from their balcony, on the first-floor back deck off the lobby or in the rose garden fountain patio. An onsite pool overlooks the bay and the sailboats and motorboats berthed at Naples City Dock, home to the citys largest charter fishing fleet. The poolside Chickee Bar is operated independently and open exclusively to its 200 members and inn guests. Everybody loves it, says Ms. Asay. Its a great place to enjoy a beverage and overlook the bay and boats. Sunset and sightseeing cruises can be booked at City Dock. Fishing excursions with a number of local captains are also offered here, and visitors can even arrive by boat; the dock offers transient slips that accommodate vessels up to 120 feet. Dining options including the famous open-air waterfront Dock at Crayton Cove are adjacent to the inn or within a quick walk. Seafood and tropical cocktails are among the best noshes and libations at The Dock, which also offers a daily raw bar and a bloody Mary bar during its popular Sunday brunch. The onsite Boathouse, also on the water, is known for its crab dishes everything from sweet corn and crab chowder to steamed crab combos and seafood macaroni and cheese with a trio of cheeses, lobster and, you guessed it: fresh lump crab. Dine on the open-air deck or in the air-conditioned dining room, where a 1,000-squarefoot glass wall and split-level design ensures bay views from almost every table. Nearby Bleu Provence features authentic French fare (think escargot steeped in Burgundy and butter and crispy duck leg confit) and a boutique wine list heavily favoring the homeland. For a true taste of the Cove Inn, dont miss breakfast, especially the pancakes, at the Coffee Shoppe, a no-frills spit of a place beloved by locals. Be prepared to wait; its that popular. Our coffee shop is famous, says Ms. Asay. Its a little hole in the wall and people will wait 45 minutes because the food is amazing. Some of the girls have been here since it opened. Summertime room rates at the Cove Inn start at $99 a night, and discounts are available through AAA and AARP and occasionally online. Nanci Theoret Dock at Crayton Cove 800-715-8517 Marco Island, FL E E E E E E E E E E E E E S S S S S S S S S S S O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O N N N N N N N N N N N T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T H H H H H H H H H H E E E E E E E E E E E E G G G G G G G G G G U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U L L L L L L L L L L F F F F F F F F F F E E E E E E E E S S S S S S O O O O O O N N N N N T T T H H E G G G U U U L L L F F F F A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U I I I I I I I I I T T T T T T T T T T A A A L L L L L L L L S S S S U U U U U I I I I I I T T T T T Summer Rates Starting at $ 2 bedroom, 2 bath fully equipped condos Your Home Away From HomeToll Free: (800) 533-4486 Florida Resident


AT THE WYVERNMORE CASUAL THAN YOU THINK... 101 EAST RETTA ESPLANADE | PUNTA GORDA, FL RESTAURANT [941] 637-LULU [5858] HOTEL (941) 639-7700PUNTA GORDA ELEGANCE & AMBIANCE THE WYVERN HOTEL IS PROUD TO WELCOME GUESTS WHO APPRECIATE LUXURY WITHOUT PRETENSE. OUR UPSCALE HOTEL IS IMPECCABLY APPOINTED WITH EVERY COMFORT YOU COULD DESIRE FOR AN IDEAL GETAWAY TO THIS REMARKABLE LOCATION ON SOUTH FLORIDAS GULF COAST IN PUNTA GORDA.BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. >>Tarpon Point Marina and Resort at Marina Village, 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33914, or (239) 541-5000 D16 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 Locals may know Tarpon Point is in Cape Coral, but vacationers could associate it with Naples, the luxurious playground 23 miles south. What Tarpon Point is, actually, is a resort that offers boaters a gateway to Sanibel and Captiva while redefining waterfront vacationing, thanks to its secluded location near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River in a quiet part of the Cape. On one site exists the boaters paradise of Tarpon Point Marina, the Resort at Marina Village (a SunStream-managed hotel) and also condominium homes at Tarpon Landings. All represent relaxing staycation options. The marina itself is located just off the Intracoastal Waterway at Marker 92 with a deep-water basin and full-service fuel dock and 175 slips that can accommodate vessels up to 100 feet. Harbormaster Dennis Raney makes sure boaters have red-letter days, whether they are day-trippers or staying at the resort. The friendly atmosphere of the ships store harkens back to Old Florida customer service while offering restrooms and showers youd expect to see in a luxury hotel and a selection of marine supplies, sandwiches and drinks that set you up for your outing. Not a boater? You can become one, thanks to the variety of Tarpon Points boat rentals. Deck boats and pontoons are perfect for entertaining while center-consoles accommodate anglers. The rental outfit can also provide a captain if youre not comfortable skippering alone. Or charter the Silver King, a 45-foot power catamaran for a private party complete with a dolphin tour. Kayak rentals also are available. If you prefer to look at the water rather than be on it, other recreation awaits you. Walkways connect the luxury lifestyle at Tarpon Landings to a freeform pool overlooking the marina. The resort-style pool is Junior Olympic-style and set for lap swimming. Its surrounded by a 25,000 square-foot sundeck area, with a separate 12-foot in-ground spa. Tarpon visitors also will find four lighted tennis courts and a fitness center. Dont forget a visit to Esterra Spa & Salon, a signature at SunStream-managed properties. The Resort at Marina Village is a full-service condominium resort with towering sweeping river views to San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The furnishings and concierge service scream vacation. Guests check in at an octagon-shaped reception area that showcases a stunning water feature that looks like a sparkling beacon youd look for if arriving by land, sea or air. There are hotel-style luxuries such as room service and housekeeping. Studio, one-, twoand three-bedroom residences range up to 2,225 square feet, with A remote river paradiseCOURTESY PHOTO Tarpon Point Marina and Resort at Marina Village


1051 5th Street, Ft. Myers Beach At the Base of the Sky 800.778.7748 239.463.9392 Choose from 10 Room Styles **MUST BRING THIS ORIGINAL COUPON TO THE FRONT DESK AT THE TIME OF CHECK IN TO RECEIVE THIS PACKAGE. MUST BOOK DIRECT & STAY 2 NIGHTS OR MORE. Offer good on stays JUNE 1st DECEMBER 20th, 2012. Subject to availability, not valid on holiday weekends or during special events. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts. Must book direct with hotel. DEAL of the YEAR! Rates from $99 Sun-Thurs & $125 Fri-Sat in our ONE BEDROOM SUITES. Includes BREAKFAST FOR TWO @ THE TIKI BAR and $25 in TIKI BUCKS $$$** Enjoy our Two Pools & World Famous Tiki Bar Located in the Heart of Times Square! Across from the Beach & Pier *NO COPIES OF COUPON ACCEPTED D17 >>Tarpon Point Marina Ship Store, 239-549-4900;, www.tarponpointmarina.comgrand rooms, master suites, guest suites, dining terraces and access to amenity decks. Perhaps the best reason to staycation in the Tarpon Point area, though, is the dining. Sometimes overlooked often by locals, the restaurants and bars at this river paradise make it seem as if you are miles from home. Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro has an intimate feel, despite its size. Enjoy the cool darkness of the bar, have dinner in the air-conditioning next to picture windows or dine al fresco on the patio. Whether you want wood-fired pizza or steak, or the places signature sushi dish, youll find the right wine to go with it, thanks to a varied selection. Want something a bit more casual? Try the Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill. Theres no dress code, and certainly no hurry. The causal menu complements the Caloosahatchee atmosphere. Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday evenings and also Sunday afternoon. Betsy Clayton A Financially Solid Equity Member Owned & Operated ClubRare Opportunity!Golf Memberships from $12,000 Sports Memberships from $2,


>> Nav-A-Gator, 9700S.W. Riverview Circle, XXXXXXx,, (941) 627-3474 D18 STAYCATION TI O TIO 2012 NAV-A-GATOR OWNER DENNIS KIRK DIDNT exactly have to twist my arm when he suggested I might want to stay another night in the charming one-bedroom cottage overlooking the Peace River. He wanted me to experience the restaurant/bars most popular entertainer: Jim Morris, whose original Trop-Rock numbers tend to draw a standing-roomonly crowd on a Thursday night well past the end of Southwest Floridas tourist season. My reasoning was selfish. After just one night, Im smitten by the setting, envisioning more time to sit on the carport/patio tapping away at my laptop and gazing off to the Gator, its rope-lit dock and building the only illumination in the otherwise inky night sky. Sure, Im working but Ive started to think of the little cottage as a writers getaway. And Im relaxed. Even the occasional splash of water off in the distance or the scurrying by of a creature nearby doesnt startle me. Its quiet, appropriately peaceful. The Nav-A-Gator is a dramatic contrast to Southwest Floridas other waterfront lodgings, usually along the Gulf of Mexico and chock-full of lifes little luxuries. You get a real sense of Florida here along the Peace River, the alleged dividing line under a peace treaty reached between the Seminole Indians and the whiteman, according to Capt. Kirk, or named by the natives for the black-eyed and cowpeas that grew along its banks. I get the sense some of his stories may be slightly exaggerated, especially the one about swashbuckling pirates who hid their treasures along the rivers many meandering tributaries, then followed alligators back to big water. Hence, the supposed origins of navigating by gator and the institutions namesake. Factual, or so Ive come to believe, are the landmarks location at the old Desoto Marina in Lake Suzy, its proximity to the would-be Fort Weinder (possibly just two cabins) and its reputation as the Trop Rock capital of the world for four years running. You can go anywhere in the world and people know the Nav-A-Gator, says Capt. Kirk. From previous visits, I know the Gator has airboat rides, pontoon nature excursions, a seaplane and a come-as-you-are atmosphere in its restaurant, open-air courtyard and the Lazy Gator tiki hut, where impressions in the sandy floor under picnic tables reveal recent visitors barefoot humans, birds and dogs. But cottages? Who knew? People come here to relax and read a real book, says Capt. Kirk. Its a getaway. My cottage, the Snook, is available by the week or a minimum three-day, two-night stay. Its unpretentious but quaint with a kitschy collection of fish and nautically themed knickknacks and an assortment of ducks perched atop the wood-paneled wall that divides living room and bedroom and falls a foot or two shy of the ceiling. Theres also a kitchen with an old gas stove/oven, a microwave and a full offering of plates and pots as if I would want to cook. I dont even turn on the TV (it has an old-fashioned rabbit-eared antenna) let alone sit in the living room, which I later realize offers a mini-library of hardcovers in a boat-shaped bookshelf. Instead, Im drawn to the carport or the dining areas small table, where I can gaze at the river and monitor the activities outside the mural-painted Gator, on the river and in the quiet surrounding neighborhood. I note cars start arriving just after the restaurants 11 a.m. opening. For Mr. Morriss Thursday appearance, the lot is packed long before his 6 p.m. show. Two-night cottage rentals are $300 (plus a refundable $200 deposit) and include use of canoes and kayaks during your stay. Overnight guests also get discounts on narrated airboat excursions and wilderness cruises, and those who arrive by boat dock gratis. Theres a lot to do or nothing to do. The Peace River is a popular paddling destination, and at the Gator, small islands create winding and ox-bowed blueways and inlets; some have sandy beaches. The rivers brackish water attracts tarpon, snook and redfish, the grand slam of sports fishing, according to Capt. Kirk, who also offers fulland half-day bay and backwater fishing charters. I never get around to kayaking but I do board the captains airboat road that whizzes through narrow passages, quietly sneaks up to two rookery islands flecked with the white of adult and adolescent wood storks, cattle ibis and several other species, and provides my fellow passengers from Indiana with a sort-of manatee sighting: swirling water, the footprint of the sea cows swimming pattern, which Capt. Kirk reads with accuracy. He also points out the white blooms of swamp lilies, wild pecan trees and the most photographed sunken boat in Southwest Florida the Fiddler, a shrimp boat tossed like a toy during 2004s Hurricane Charley. We also see the remnants of Liverpool, a Desoto County ghost town, where brick pilings offer the only nod to its existence. Belgian visitors, who took an earlier airboat excursion, tell me they were impressed by the nature and the rookeries, the quiet and cleanliness of the river. Weve done airboat rides in the Everglades twice, and liked this better, says a Port Charlotte passenger. And its so much closer. Lemon sharks, rays, gators and the occasional river otter and dolphin have been spotted on the nature tours. Lunch and dinner are easy enough. I merely walk across the street, diving into the fried-green tomato special (yum) and Carolina burger (double yum) topped with pulled pork and coleslaw for dinner and a blackened grouper salad at lunchtime. Even better are the $1 happy hour brews and a friendly staff that remembers my preference the following afternoon. The Nav-A-Gator offers live entertainment in the bar Thursday and Friday and alfresco from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pets are welcome outside and aboard Bow-Wow cruises on the pontoon boat. Morris, whos played here since 1996, always draws a local crowd, many who sing along to every song and sip specialty cocktails like the Anchors Away, a tasty combo of spiced and coconut rums, pineapple juice and melon liqueur. Not long after Morriss 9 p.m. finale, the area shifts back to its nighttime quiet and peace. Nanci TheoretPeace River adventureCOURTESY PHOTOS KeyWestExpress KeyWestExpress TheKeyWestExpress *Minimum 8 day advance pre-purchase tickets, non-refundable, cannot be combined with any other offers. Excludes weekend fee (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Offer valid through 10/31/12. CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS! 1-800-593-7259 $119 ROUND TRIP* Vacation Spot of Pirates, Poets, Presidents and Party Goers! Your Staycation Vacation! Got Download?The iPad AppIts FREE! Visit us online at www.FloridaWeekly.comSearch Florida Weekly in the iTunes App Store today.iPad is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. All rights reserved. Its Local. Its Entertaining. Its Mobile.


Sanibel & Captiva Ft. Myers BeachFort Myers Beach2450 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931 T bt bnf trb f Sink your toes into the white sand of Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva Islands>> Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island, 3800 N. Ocean Dr., Singer Island, Riviera Beach,, (561) 340-1700 D19 WHY STAY ON SINGER ISLAND WHEN YOU LIVE NEARBY? THE MARRIOTT SINGER ISLAND, where you can be pampered to perfection, might be one answer, but there are several other attractions. The beachfront and the Ocean Mall have been rebuilt with flair, and bring in bathers, shoppers and seaside diners but not at the overwhelming numbers of other beaches. Catch it while its largely undiscovered. The newest restaurants along the beachfront include a Mexican cantina, Two Drunken Goats and Pops Costa Rican Creamery, where tropical ice creams take the edge off the heat. At the New York Bagel Caf, pick up fresh bagels and hot coffee to take on your beach stroll or pack a sandwich lunch to picnic. Find creative sushi at the nearby Happy Fish sushi and Thai, along with rehabbed old favorites like Johnny Longboats, which specializes in seafood. Other locals hangouts include Buddys, which has moved a few doors down from its former diner location in the plaza opposite the Ocean Mall. Its open till the wee hours for breakfast or for a drink. Theres Graeter Gators grocery, where you can pick up choice thick steaks for the grill, along with the charcoal and laundry detergent to wash your apron afterwards. Where to stay? The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island boasts contemporary rooms and sleek, modern dcor in a hotel with a boutique feel. A luxury resort all around, the rooms are more akin to small condo apartments with full kitchens and laundries, making a week-long stay affordable for families who do their own cooking. The beachfront resort also has the SiSpa, with a steam room, a number of scrubs, wraps and treatments, along with massages and fitness classes. Special spa packages are among several offered for summer guests. A fitness center and two pools on site give athletes the chance to work out. The resort also features 3800 Ocean restaurant. Its a farm-and sea-to-table concept, set in a contemporary space with a chefs community table and ocean views along with patio dining under the moonlight. A new chefs collaborative menu here gives the guests a chance to sample foods influenced by the regions and countries represented by the resorts chefs Caribbean cuisine dominates the new Paradise Island Tiki Bar and Grill, with the Coconut Breeze, the signature drink, served in a hollowed out coconut. Snorkeling on the reef is only a short swim off the propertys beach. Learn to dive here with a special summer package a SCUBA for Two getaway is a special summer deal (theres one for kids, too) starting at $349 a night, and includes resort diving certification, open water dives over the reef and more. Other specials include the Girls Getaway, with a two-night stay in a two-bedroom condo with full kitchen and laundry, and unlimited spa use for four plus a $100 dining credit and more. Rates are from $564 per person. Beyond the resort, theres Ocean Reef Park, a public beachfront park on the island, with picnic pavilions, a playground and lifeguards for swimmers safety. Nature lovers wont want to miss John D. Macarthur Beach State Park, where nature trails and a small estuary thick with mangroves afford a chance to see beach critters and sea life. The beach is quieter than many others and rocks jutting out afford some privacy for sunbathers here. A number of programs for getting in touch with nature are offered ranger walkand-talks, butterfly w alks, birding programs, guided snorkeling tours and kayak clincs. Theres a summer camp for youngsters, and bluegrass picking held monthly, too (check the parks web site at for schedules) bring your banjo. At the south end of the island, take a stroll to the park that overlooks the Palm Beach Inlet and watch the big boats, including the floating casinos and freighters, come and go to the nearby Port of Palm Beach. Its only a short drive over the islands Blue Heron Bridge to board a ship for a day trip to the Bahamas, or just offshore to play the slots. Jan NorrisOceanfront getawayCOURTESY PHOTO Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island The Best Place to Hear Live Music! 2ND ANNUAL KARAOKE CONTEST! WIN A TRIP TO LAS VEGAS!EVERY WEDNESDAY NOW JUNE 13TH GRAND FINALE JUNE 20TH CASH PRIZES NIGHTLY CUSTOMER ADMISSION FREE! 239-405-8566www.TheStageBonita.com9144 BONITA BEACH RD, BONITA SPRINGS, FL 34135 OPEN WED, THURS, FRI, AND SAT 4PM CLOSECome for the Food... Stay for the Dancing! Restaurant & Full Bar Dancing, Dinner & Live Bandslive bands thursday THRU saturday every week check the line up at OUR WEBSITE!

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