www.FloridaWeekly.com PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Vol. VII, No. 46 FREEWEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store. OPINION A4 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A12 CLUB NOTES A18 PETS A22 ON THE MOVE B3 NETWORKING B6 HOUSE HUNTING B8 OPEN HOUSE MAP B18 BOOK REVIEW C5 PUZZLES C12 FILM REVIEW C15 CUISINE NEWS C28-31 INSIDE 2016 COLLIER COUNTYSPECIAL ISSUE TO FLORIDA WEEKLY Featuring our areas CEOs, Presidents, Directors, General Managers and Business Owners Friends of DLCAn evening for the David Lawrence Center, and more Society photos. C25-27 Waynes WorldRauschenberg Gallery presents Wayne Whites offkilter view of the world. C1 Executive forecastHow local business leaders view the areas economic forecast. SPECIAL SECTION If you build it Manufacturing things in Southwest Florida. B1 The Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University invites the public to its inaugural luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the John W. White Community Room of the Stock Building on the universitys Naples campus. Guest speakers State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, and Aysegul Timur, Ph.D., dean of the Hodges University Johnson School of Business, will discuss their perspectives on the identity theft epidemic, what is being done to combat it and the economic impact the issue has on Florida. Guests will also hear from Carrie Kerskie, a private investigator who is director of F EVERY AVAILABLE ROOFTOP IN FLORIDA WAS used, solar electric panels could produce some 52,000 megawatts of electricity. Thats nearly enough to meet the entire electric energy demand of the state, found a 2008 report prepared for Floridas Public Service Commission, which is in charge of regulating the states public utilities. Rooftop and ground mounted solar electric or photovoltaic systems have by far the highest technical potential through 2020 of all of Floridas renewable energy sources, the report found, about 89,000 MWs all together, well above the roughly 60,000 MW electric capacity of Florida Identity Fraud Institute plans luncheonISEE SUNSHINE, A8 SEE FRAUD, A18 SUNSHINE 6,678 8.5Floridas policies restrict the use of solar electric or photovoltaic energy compared to most other states. Voters could change that in 2016. Squandered SOLAR BY THE NUMBERS: 13 Floridas rank among states with cumulative solar electric capacity installed Customer-owned solar generation systems in Florida Million residential electric customers in Florida BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ oridaweekly.com SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Bring Your Highest Expectations LIVINGSTON ROADPINE RIDGE ROAD EXIT 107WHIPPORWILL LANE N COMMENTARYWhat kind of conservative are you?When someone of good will wrote to accuse me of being a conservative the other day, I responded appropriately: I wailed in despair, gnashed my teeth and tore out my hair the last one on top. I even considered dressing in black from head to foot for 40 days. I prefer pink, of course. A conservative, of all things. Call me the devil, why dont you? Call me a low-down Yankee liar (Shane to the blackhat gunfighter Jack Wilson in the 1953 movie, Shane). Call me a miserable muckraking SOB, a commie pinko or even, if you have to, a Generation Xer or Yer or Zer. Im not any of those things, but you can call me that. Just dont call me a conservative. The fact of the matter is, Im an unrepentant, uninhibited, unaltered and frequently unintelligible liberal. Dyed in the wool. A lefty. A knock-kneed, flower-waving, openminded pissant, as my football coach and my drill instructors used to say. Ive never been sure what a pissant is, or a conservative either, really but it cant be good. When some thin-lipped, square-jawed, crew-cut block of Chromosome Y calls you a pissant at the top of his lungs from a point six inches north of your nostrils, you feel bad. Even your gas-operated, air-cooled, lightweight, hand-held, shoulder-fired M-16 rifle that fires a 5.56 mm round at 3,100 feetper second a creature not known for sensitive feelings probably feels bad. But when an intelligent liberal calls you a conservative, thats even worse. It probably violates the Geneva Convention. Its a form of torture, in my book. The thoughtful letter suggested first, that we should solve the problem of illegal immigrants with better laws to control immigration and a policy of amnesty for those already here; and second, that I should stick to writing about dogs (a previous column) and not politics. Both solid suggestions. The letter also forced me to think about those two work-horse terms: conservative and liberal. Conservative comes from the Latin conservare (conservo, conservare, conservati, conservatium): To maintain existing views, marked by moderation or caution (and) traditional norms of taste, elegance, style or manners. Could that define me or you? If by those traditional norms you mean racism, sexism, religious intolerance, greed, self-righteous profiteering, and intolerance, then no. I could not be those things. But if by conservative you mean the willingness to live with others who hold different opinions (thats a traditional American norm), or the willingness to defend our universal rights to freedom of speech, religion, lifestyle or equal treatment with arms, or the unrelenting determination to make our own way and help those who cant (remember the traditional parable of the good Samaritan?), then yes. I hope Im a conservative, difficult as that is to admit. Oddly enough, all of those terms describe traditional norms or values, both good and bad. So the question becomes not, Are you a conservative? but What kind of conservative are you? Which brings us to liberal. The word springs from the Latin, liberalis, defined as freedom, or befitting the free. Could we be defined as liberals as people in favor of freedom, and things befitting the free, such as free speech, worship uncensored by government and equal opportunity?Well, of course. You and I arent interested in the freedom to abuse anybody we please anytime, or the freedom to compel our divine right to the exclusion of everybody elses, are we?Maybe I am, I admit. But I know you arent. Which proves that whoever you are, youre a got-danged liberal, too, just like me. And here all this time youve been telling your friends and family youre a conservative. But come to find out, youre aaa.a GD Liberal. And here I come to find out that Im aaa.GD conservative. If theres a closet close by, maybe we should hide in it. On second thought, lets not. The people who traditionally hide in closets might be hiding in there as we speak. It could get ugly. Nowadays, of course, the words conservative and liberal have slipped their halters and gotten out in the big pasture. Conservative, loosely applied, means a Republican. And liberal, just as loosely applied, means a Democrat. At best its sloppy. Is a conservative supposed to be against all government programs and social regulation, for big capitalism and unrestrained markets, against the little guy or gal and for big weapons and armies in a hostile world? I know some conservatives who refuse to be pigeon-holed like that. And is a liberal supposed to be for all government programs and social regulation, against unrestrained markets, for the little guy and gal and against big weapons and armies, whether the world is hostile or not? I know some liberals who refuse to be pigeon-holed, too. Just so you know, a conservative is not supposed to like preserved wetlands, a clean environment and fair wages for workers if they get in the way of the American greenback and its prolific multiplication, along with flag waving. A liberal is not supposed to like a successful corporation, a strong army, fiscal discipline and a competitive market if they get in the way of kissing and hugging, along with flower waving. Conservatives are not supposed to like liberals, either, and vice versa. But you know what? Some of the finest human beings and most faithful friends Ive ever known are GD conservatives, surprising as that is. And I hope some of them (perhaps the more foolish) could say that about a GD liberal like me. What I conclude from all this is that dogs are probably far ahead of human beings they dont worry about whos liberal or conservative. And my correspondent is probably far ahead of me. Which is why I should probably stick to writing about dogs. (Note: A version of this column first ran in Florida Weekly in 2010.) f c v o w roger WILLIAMSrwilliams@floridaweekly.com
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No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.Call 239.325.1960 or visit us on the web at www.floridaweekly.com and click on subscribe today.One-year mailed subscriptions: $31.95 in-county$52.95 in-state $59.95 out-of-state Yes, pander to Trump on immigrationDonald Trumps rise in the polls is inextricably linked to the issue of immigration. He probably wouldnt have achieved liftoff without it, and now that his campaign has entered a new phase of semiattempted seriousness, it is fitting that an immigration plan is the first policy proposal he has committed to paper. Amid the bar-stool bombast about deporting all illegal immigrants already here is the core of a program that is more sensible than the comprehensive solution offered by the political establishment. What Trump offers is an entirely different framework for considering the issue. It is populist rather than elitist, and nationalist rather than cosmopolitan. It rejects the status quo rather than attempting to codify it. It puts enforcement first and dares to ask whether current high levels of legal immigration serve the countrys interest. In short, it takes a needed sledgehammer to the lazy establishment consensus on immigration. First, at the beginning of the Trump plan is a statement so uncontroversial that it should qualify as pablum: Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first not wealthy globe-trotting donors. Who could disagree? Second, at the heart of Trumps written immigration-plan policy are enforcement measures that should be the lowest common denominator for Republicans: E-Verify, more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, an end to catch-andrelease at the border and a crackdown on sanctuary cities. They arent accompanied with any assurances of various pathways for illegal immigrants, and this is as it should be. Enforcement of our laws should come first, so any eventual amnesty of current illegals doesnt draw yet another population of illegal immigrants. Finally, the written plan calls for allowing record immigration levels to subside to more moderate historical averages. This is an aspect of the immigration debate that almost no one else will touch. But why should we blithely accept historically high levels of legal immigration with almost no discussion? Conventional wisdom assumes that the Trump plan is a political train wreck. The thrust of it isnt. Byron York of the Washington Examiner points to an academic paper that recounts the public reaction to a full gamut of seven possible immigration policies, ranging from open borders to a shutdown of the border coupled with deportation of illegal immigrants. As Mr. York notes, the largest plurality, about a quarter of people, favor the strictest option. If you add in those favoring the two next most restrictive options basically allowing high-skilled immigration but building a wall or deporting current illegal immigrants you get a majority of 55 percent.A Vox analysis looked at the publicopinion data and concluded, There is very little support for any policy that the public perceives as increasing immigration.Trump is giving voice to a popular impulse almost entirely absent from the elite policy discussion. Other Republican candidates shouldnt seek to mimic his witless bravado, nor should they follow him down the rabbit hole of his ill-considered fixations (like getting Mexico to pay for a border wall, or revoking birthright citizenship). But they should learn from his approach, which is a blunderbuss corrective to polite opinion. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. OPINION p i g p d rich LOWRYSpecial to Florida Weekly Equal pay for equal workIt is an embarrassment of riches. Two stories occurred within the same week about the advancement of women toward gender equality. The first was the announcement by Big Pharma that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a pharmaceutical to help women get their groove back. The second featured the story about two women who made history as the first females to graduate from the Armys elite Ranger School. The drug company claims its little pink pill is the first drug in the world to stir a womans waning desire for sex, a miraculous break-through. Nonetheless, the FDA did not approve the new pill instantaneously. It took a hard sell by the company. The FDA twice previously rejected the use of the drug as an aid to jump-starting a womans desire. It had big concerns from prior trials about the drugs nasty side effects, such as inducing dangerously low blood pressure or causing loss of consciousness if taken in combination with alcohol (Dont tell Bill Cosby). To overcome the FDAs concerns, the company changed its tactics. It transformed womens access to the drug into a political issue, arguing FDA was unfairly denying women treatment when similar drugs are commonplace for men. It said mens drugs have serious side effects, too, but the FDA gave them the green light anyway. Today, millions of men pop their special meds like aspirin. Moreover, FDA was patronizing women by failing to take their plight seriously. The new drug could achieve for women what candlelight, chardonnay and a little ear nibbling failed to do. Then came the companys most damning accusation: It would be sex discrimination, plain and simple, if the FDA declined the drugs approval, the equivalent of an FDA war on women. It was a clever move, but some fine print got lost in the uproar. The drug for women is not a clone of the drug for men. It requires a daily regime extended over many months for women to experience any perceived benefits. Nor is the womens pill comparable to male meds in how they work and how doctors administer them. In the end, the distinctions hardly mattered. Big Pharma rode the wave of enthusiasm already established for drugs that enhance lovemaking among consenting adults. The companies heavily market to men with aging or medical issues affecting romantic performance. The ad avalanche inundates its targeted audience, promoting a little blue pill as the cure-all for any man anxious about future trysts. The G-rated versions on family television typically feature a couple engaged in some leisure activity, such as a woman hanging clothes on a clothesline while her man looks on. This is your clue the narration is from a mans point of view. Only a guy would be ignorant of the fact that hanging clothes on a clothesline went the way of a washboard and a creek. Moving on, the couple gaze into each others eyes, their lips brush together, and the music wells up. The rise in tempo signals something more stimulating than laundry is about to happen. The narrator playing cupid says something like, Popping a pill in these highly promising circumstances is a mans edge for romantic performance, anytime, anywhere, but do call your doctor immediately if readiness lasts more than four hours. My god, you say to yourself, who knew hanging clothes could be so dangerous? Not surprisingly, the drug company won the argument, a so-called victory for womens rights. However, this new entitlement exposes women to serious health risks associated with the privilege. If this is what gender equality means, pink pill or no, it is a bitter pill to swallow. Meanwhile, two women got their uniform patches as the first females to graduate from the U.S. Armys Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. Ranger School may sound like a fun place where you get to do cool ranger things in the great outdoors. It is instead a brutal training program designed by military masochists to strip a human down to a quivering protoplasm of raw will by enduring and surviving tortuous activities on a sadistic scale. The female graduates prove women are just as exceptional and durable a killing machine as their male counterparts who specialize in assault missions in enemy-held territory. Even so, despite the achievement of the two women both West Point graduates they are ineligible to join the 75th Ranger Regiment or similar special operation unit because they are women. It leaves you to wonder if anyone has a pill for that. Such examples of incremental milestones toward womens equality add up to a hill of beans. They do not substantively improve the circumstance of millions of women and girls denied equality of opportunity in education, occupation, employment, compensation or health care. Evidence of genuine progress toward womens equity is not in the form of a little pink pill or a tough-ass, G.I. Jane. It is a paycheck made out in full to all women in the amount of equal pay for equal work. Leslie Lilly is a native Floridian. Her professional career spans more than 25 years leading major philanthropic institutions in the South and Appalachia. She resides with her family and pugs in Jupiter. Email her at llilly@ floridaweekly.com. d d F e p leslieLILLYllilly@floridaweekly.com
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ROOTED IN NAPLES Do something good for those who do good As our fair city gets its ducks in a row for another busy season, our inbox has been beset by pleas from local nonprofits for volunteers and goods to ensure their programs are the best they can be. Some of them sound really interesting or fun. So instead of participating in our collective attempt to find virtue in surviving this hell-fire August heat, you can find peace painting actual hell-fire onto a set piece for a truly bloodcurdling haunted house. I hope you all appreciate my efforts to help build your character in ways that suffering through this suffocating, diabolical weather cannot. Here are a few ways you can help local do-gooders continue do-gooding into fall. Naples Historical Society is continuing its mission to hoard documentary evidence that Naples did not just spring fully formed from the head of the tourism development council in the late 1980s. If you have a treasure trove of photos that contains negatives or double photos of pre-Hurricane Donna Naples, the society would love to have them for its archive. Twice a year, the Council of Longtime Friends identifies, labels and organizes the photos for the organizations future use. Call Rayna Alam at 261-8164 for more information. Girls on the Run of Collier County seeks coaches and buddies for its running programs. Coaches mentor girls after school twice a week for 10 weeks after attending training. Curriculum and materials for the season are provided. Running buddies are assigned to Girls on the Run participants to run with and encourage them as they prepare for the Reindeer Run 5K that will take place Saturday morning, Dec. 19. For more information about becoming either a coach or a running buddy, email Davina Hartsfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. David Lawrence Center needs furniture donations to replenish the inventory after a busy summer at its Encore Resale Shop. One hundred percent of the stores proceeds go right back into DLC to make sure its services remain affordable for community members needing mental health counseling and substance abuse support. Donations can be claimed as a charitable donation on tax returns. Schedule free pick-up of your furniture donation by 775-0032. The Naples Art Association is gearing up to stage its annual Halloween Haunted House and needs volunteers. I cant think of a better way to spend my free time than conjuring up some creepy effects with a bunch of artists. NAA is looking for individuals or groups who have an interest in building, painting or decorating. All skill levels are welcome. Email Amy Kessler at email@example.com to get involved. Rather than have Waste Management haul your builders grade refrigerator and oven to the dump, give the appliances to the good folks at Lets Put on a Show Productions, a fledgling theater group thats gaining attention for its quality, avant-garde performances. Funnily enough, being a new and all-volunteer company means that they are still acquiring set pieces. If you have an appliance to donate, email letsputonashow1@ gmail.com. Naples Cat Alliance needs volunteers to help look after its feline charges, provide foster homes and raise money for the cause. If I didnt already have two furry she-devils that are constantly plotting my destruction, Id totally be over there basking in the feline energy. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3000829. Lindsey Nesmith wishes she had time to volunteer. y i p u m lindseyNESMITHlnesmith@floridaweekly.com All welcome at Golden Gate 9-11 serviceThe community of Golden Gate invites the public to its 11th annual We Will Never Forget commemorative 9-11 service on Friday morning, Sept. 11, at the Golden Gate Government Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. At 9:30 a.m., the colors will be presented by the Golden Gate High School JROTC Color Guard and raised by the Collier County Sheriffs Office Color Guard. Band members from Golden Gate High School and Golden Gate Middle School will perform patriotic selections. Golden Gate Middle School Principal Dr. Mason Clark will preside as master of ceremonies. A memorial wreath will be presented by the Golden Gate Civic Association in remembrance of the victims of 9-11, and a bell ceremony conducted by the Greater Naples Fire Control and Rescue District will honor the first responders who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. Limited seating will be provided; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 now. Note that technical potential takes into account the roof and ground space and technology needed but not the trickier question of how to integrate PV power into Floridas current utility system. Floridas power diet is heavily reliant on natural gas. For homeowners and businesses interested in solar electric power, the difficult question becomes how to bring down the upfront cost of installing solar panels enough to make them a viable economic choice. At least half of other states have tackled this question in part by adopting rules that allow private companies to sell energy and lease solar equipment directly to consumers for little or no upfront costs, commonly called power purchase agreements. Florida is one of only four states that specifically prohibits PPAs, or for a homeowner or business to buy solar electric energy from anyone other than a public utility. Another 21 states do not forbid the practice but also havent endorsed it. Florida is the most restrictive state in the U.S. as far as rules for utilization of solar, said Professor Joseph Simmons, Ph.D., Florida Gulf Coast University Backe Chair for Renewable Energy and former head of the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy. In other states, companies can come in and lease a solar system to put on your roof. They charge you kilowatt hours for that installation over a period that is determined by the contractor. Generally its a 10or 12-year contract. A contract or PPA would also be passed on to a new homeowner if the house were sold. Im not sure if its just the legislature or just the mindset in Florida, theyve never put the backing behind it to incentivize it, said Aaron Fields, an owner of Advance Solar & Spa, an established contractor that serves the Southwest Florida region. One of the reasons they dont, he and other industry professionals say, is that non-renewable energy is still relatively cheap in Florida compared to states such as California. Utility companies have a duty to customers to provide the most cost effective and environmentally sound energy, wrote Orin Rosenfeld, president of Rosenfeld Realty Advisors in Boca Raton, to the PSC. Solar is one of these and cannot be ignored any longer, especially in a state with abundant sunshine like Florida. Currently, those using solar panels must sell the energy they produce back to the power company in an agreement called net metering. The power company distributes the solar electric energy they produce through the grid and credits them for it, lowering and in some cases eliminating their electric bill. Solar Choice initiative A political action committee called Floridians for Solar Choice started gathering petitions and raising money late last year to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot that would end Floridas ban on PPAs. It would allow private third-party solar companies to contract with homeowners and to compete with big public utilities such as Florida Power & Light, as well as smaller local power companies, in the energy market. I dont think its such a bad idea that the power companies compete, said Palm Beach Gardens Councilman David Levy, although hes undecided on the Solar Choice amendment. FPL and the states other major public utilities are publically traded, for-profit companies, but under the current arrangement the state allows them, along with a network of smaller local utilities, some of them non-profits, to monopolize the energy market in exchange for letting the PSC regulate them and providing reliable service for all. They have organized against the Solar Choice amendment. You cant blame the investor-owned company for wanting to make as much as they can for their investors, said Professor Simmons. But you can blame the Public Service Commission for not serving the public. And thats the difference between us and other states. In the states where solar (electric power) has (grown more rapidly), its because the PSC has been more concerned about all the benefits of solar and taking advantage of them despite complaints by the regulated utilities. To make it on the ballot, Solar Choice will need approval from the Florida Supreme Court, which will revue the amendment language starting Sept. 1. Then theyll need more than 683,000 signatures, an effort that could cost an additional $1 million, the group estimates. It has already raised about $436,000 and signed up 109,397 voters. If they fail, We would fully intend to keep advocating and agitating for people having a choice and go to the legislature and (PSC), and say why arent you doing your job and looking out for the interest of the people? said Stephen Smith, on the board of Solar Choice and executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. But it would miss the 2016 ballot, a presidential election year that gives it the best chance of passing. The Solar Choice amendment would also allow consumers to generate and sell up to two MW of electricity on their own, enough to power roughly 300 homes or an average Walmart store, depending on how energy efficient they are. (Few homeowners or businesses could produce that much now because it would take up to 10 acres of space for the panels). Allowing PPAs would also lower costs for solar panel equipment and installation in general in the state because large contractors such as SolarCity, a solar power provider with staff in 19 states and Washington, D.C., are backed by investment bankers and have a trained staff, Professor Simmons said: Solar City right now is so rich and solar investments are such good investments that they have excess money. They would love to have a market like Florida open up for them. Supporters say solar would give consumers a steady source of electricity that wouldnt go up in price, hedging against non-renewable energy, which rises historically, although remains relatively cheap in Florida at about 12 cents per kilowatt hour. Although solar energy is generally cheaper than nonrenewable sources, upfront costs for the technology remain the biggest barrier for consumers. As the Sunshine State, obviously solar is an extremely viable and logical source for supplying energy needs and it is being underutilized and underinvested in which is SUNSHINEFrom page 1 Top 10 solar states in terms of cumulative solar electric capacity installed in megawatts >> 1. California: 9,977 >> 2. Arizona: 2,069 >> 3. New Jersey: 1,451 >> 4. North Carolina: 953 >> 5. Nevada: 789 >> 6. Massachusetts: 751 >> 7. Hawaii: 447 >> 8. Colorado: 398 >> 9. New York: 397 >> 10. Texas: 330 Florida ranks 13th with 239. Source: Solar Energy Industries Association Number of customer-owned solar generation systems in Florida>> 2008: 577 >> 2009: 1,625 >> 2010: 2,809 >> 2011: 3,966 >> 2012: 5,274 >> 2013: 6,678 Total electric customers: >> 8.5 million residential and 1.1 million commercial Source: Florida Public Service CommissionSolar payback information, residential 5kW A simple payback calculation of installing an average system with and without a state utility rebate. (This also assumes a federal tax credit which is set to expire in 2016).With state utility rebate:>> System Cost: $16,450 >> State Utility Rebate ($2/watt): $10,000 >> Federal Tax Credit (30 percent): $1,935 >> Total Cost: $4,515 >> Approximate monthly value of energy: $70 >> Years to recover investment: 5.35No state utility rebate:>> System Cost: $16,450 >> State Utility Rebate: $0 >> Federal Tax Credit (30 percent): $4,935 >> Total Cost: $11,515 >> Approximate monthly value of energy: $70 >> Years to recover investment: 13.65 Source: PSC Florida is the most restrictive state in the U.S. as far as rules for utilization of solar ... In other states, companies can come in and lease a solar system to put on your roof. They charge you kilowatt hours for that installation over a period that is determined by the contractor. Generally its a 10or 12-year contract.Joseph Simmons, Ph.D. Florida Gulf Coast University Backe Chair for Renewable Energy and former head of the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy SMITH FLSOLARCHOICE.ORG / COURTESY PHOTOSFloridians for Solar Choice started gathering petitions and raising money late last year to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot that would end Floridas ban on PPAs. LEVY HECKER
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 NEWS A9 why this Solar Choice amendment is needed, said Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Not only is it not a loser of revenue but solar installations are enhancing our revenue, said Cindy Lerner, mayor of the Village of Pinecrest, who supports the Solar Choice initiative. We get permit fees of hundreds of dollars, we raise property tax revenue, its a whole new green economy and job booster. Solar industry professionals in Florida estimated that at current rates it could take roughly 10 or 12 years to break even on a solar PV system for a typical home depending on a number of factors. The systems themselves are built to last upwards of 20 years, with some lasting twice that long, said Mr. Fields of Advance Solar. There are other questions besides cost, Professor Simmons points out. What are you leaving for your children? What benefits or cost will you give them? He said, I would predict in about four years, (PV) storage will be so inexpensive that people will say, Ive had it with this utility, Im going off the grid, and theyll be able to do that without paying a big penalty economically. The price of PV systems continues to drop in Florida, by 17 percent in the last year, according to Solar Energy Industries Association, and by 45 percent nationally since 2010. Defending the status quoThe Solar Choice initiative has come under attack from Floridas major utilities, including FPL, which provides electricity for nearly half of the states consumers who live in South Florida and along the coasts. The major utilities and its supporters say that the Solar Choice amendment would threaten consumers, allowing unscrupulous, relatively unregulated out-of-state contractors to take advantage of them and cause non-solar customers to pay more when the utilities lose customers who engage in PPAs. I do not support any policies that will drive up the energy costs of Florida households and businesses, wrote Robert Young of Cape Coral to the PSC. And because companies would lose revenue, opponents of Solar Choice say it would reduce the franchise fees the utilities pay to local governments, affecting the services they provide. According to the Florida Municipal Electric Association, the states major utilities, FPL, Duke Energy, Gulf Power and Tampa Electric Co. have helped finance their own competing 2016 ballot amendment initiative, contributing a total of $115,000 to a political committee called Consumers for Smart Solar, in an effort to stop Floridians for Solar Choice. In a memo in May, FPL and three other utilities wrote that even displacement of one percent of utility sales (to private companies) would result in a loss of about $8.5 million annually to the affected counties and municipalities. Mr. Smith of Solar Choice argues instead that those losses to local governments would be minimal and offset by the creation of a solar PV industry and the money consumers save on solar power spent in the community; but also that the argument is beside the point. If I said Im going to be more energy efficient and therefore Im not buying as much electric power from a utility company, is that unfair to other customers? he asked. Of course not. Dick Batchelor, co-chairman of Consumers for Smart Solar, contends that his competing amendment would also encourage more use of solar PV, but is designed to (stop) the other amendment. His primary concern, he said, is that the other amendment creates a new industry through the state constitution instead of doing it through the legislature. Its certainly worth a consideration, he said of the idea that you could have both private companies and regulated public utilities, but that the other amendment gives the private companies too much leeway. Consumers dont want an unregulated enterprise that has no regulations at all. He adds that the states big utility companies are heavily invested in solar, and hopefully will continue to be. The Smart Solar initiative essentially makes official what is already legal in Florida, said state House Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, who supports it. Its a defensive mechanism, if you will. The other Solar Choice amendment is based on distributed generation, he explained, with unregulated private companies competing with public utilities, instead of the system of regulated monopolies Florida uses now. If you go with a distributed generation what you lose is the guarantee that everyone will have access to reliable affordable power, he said. Im not convinced the benefits would outweigh the cost. Im all in favor of increased use of solar but I think the way we have it now is adequate. He adds, Solar is popular in Florida, but what is also popular is not paying for someone elses solar infrastructure for their house. Because state rules require the utilities to maintain the grid infrastructure for all energy consumers, solar and traditional non-solar users alike, he and other Smart Solar advocates say, traditional users would continue to pay for the grid while exclusively solar users and private companies would get a free ride. A situation where everyone has access to solar and everyone pays their fair share towards infrastructure to the gird, I think that is the best of both worlds, he said. In some states with PPAs, a solution to the issue of paying the fair share has included solar users continuing to pay a fee to stay connected to the grid. Rep. Rodrigues said that if the Solar Choice supporters make everyone in Florida understand and believe thats what their amendment can do, if they can do that I think their amendment passes. But he is not convinced. Rep. Rodrigues is sponsoring his own 2016 ballot amendment in the House, with a similar one in the Senate, that would ease the tax burden of installing solar panels for homeowners and businesses. I think solar should be a bigger part of our portfolio, in Florida, he said. If you look at where we are, we have greater access to solar and I dont know that were taking advantage of that. But for those who want solar now, he said, There shouldnt be anything in the state that holds them back from that. And I dont think our status quo prevents them from that currently.Unrealized solar potential In the six years since the report describing the huge technical potential of solar electric power in Florida, the PSC and state lawmakers have done relatively little to expand the use of PV LERNER BATCHELOR RODRIGUES SEE SUNSHINE, A10
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We havent had very many robust conversation on renewable energy, allows Ryan Mathews, a legislative advocate for the Florida League of Cities, although the League is against the Solar Choice amendment. We support solar power as long as it does not impede the business and operations of Floridas municipalities. Those who are for the Solar Choice amendment point out Florida lags behind in use of PV power compared to Georgia, New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and other states, which in spite of regulatory and legislative challenges found ways to allow private companies into the utility market place, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said. One solution included exempting thirdparty, privately owned PV systems from being defined as public utilities. It is the states intent to promote the use of renewable energy, yet Florida currently falls behind the rest of the nation in its use of solar energy, the Conservancy wrote to the PSC. The use of solar energy can lower energy costs for the consumer, spur economic growth, provide a consistent energy source during extreme weather events, and conserve the environment. State records show about 6,700 of the states roughly 8.5 million residential and 1.1 million commercial energy customers use solar PV power with the required net metering agreements. Those customers along with existing solar fields owned by public utilities account for less than a percent of the states energy generation. In addition, the Public Service Commission approved allowing utilities to end solar rebates in 2015 and gut energy efficiency goals by 90 percent, because the utilities claimed neither is cost effective, reported PolitiFact Florida in January. Its going to hurt the industry a lot, said Steven Baillie, owner of Solar Concepts, a contractor in Palm Beach and Broward counties. You need subsidies in order to operate because it is an expensive system. Currently, the only rebate for customers who buy solar PV panels is a 30 percent federal tax credit, which is set to expire in 2016 unless lawmakers renew it. Instead of encouraging the growth of solar business through continued rebates, power purchase agreements, and other mechanisms, say Floridians for Solar Choice and its supporters, the policies of Floridas utilities, lawmakers and PSC are stifling a new solar electric industry that is ready to bring construction and manufacturing jobs to the state. The greatest difference (between solar and natural gas-produced electricity) is seen when looking at where the money goes, wrote Professor Simmons in response to Florida Weekly questions. All the costs to purchase natural gas are spent outside the state and amount to more than $6 to $7 billion per year, repeated year after year. The only cost of solar-produced electricity is the capital cost of the installation of which more than 60 percent is spent on labor for installation. With educational training of a workforce, this money can be spent locally in Florida. As a result, dollar for dollar, natural gas is a wasted expense while every dollar spent on solar invests 60 cents into the local jobs. He adds, Of course, no one proposes totally replacing natural gas with solar at this time, because energy storage technologies are not sufficiently developed. So for now, one needs a proper balance of solar and natural gas. Wind is a very important renewable resource, but Florida does not have regions of good wind except off-shore.The 10-Year Plan More than half of Floridas renewable energy now, estimated to supply about 2.8 percent of the states total electric energy capacity, comes from processing biomass such as municipal solid waste or sugarcane waste (sugar mills get energy from burning it, for example). And in its 2014 10-Year-Site Plans review, the most recent available, the PSC expects biomass to continue to be the Sunshine States most abundant and reliable renewable energy source, continuing to account for almost half of it through 2023. Florida has no statewide renewable energy portfolio requirements. While these new projects represent a significant increase from the existing total, renewable generation continues to provide a relatively small contribution towards the reduction of the states reliance upon fossil fuels, the 2014 Plan reads. The relatively low cost of natural gas combined with Floridas lack of renewable energy standards are two of the main reasons why current market conditions do not favor the development of renewable generation. In 2013, solar electric energy accounted for almost .4 percent of the total, or 218 MW of solar PV energy out of 57,375 MW total electric energy. By 2023, solar PV will still account for less than a percent of the total according to the 2014 Plan, with the state adding 332 MW of solar PV energy. Thats not quite half of the 722 MW of renewable energy capacity the state expects to add and is a fraction of the total 12,500 MW worth of new utilityowned plants the state plans to add through 2023. In the wake of news articles about the Solar Choice and Smart Solar amendments, the PSC said that utilities plan to expand PV capacity, which included approving 110 MW of solar generation for FPL. Duke Energy Corp. announced plans to install 35 MW by 2018 and as much as 500 MW by 2024. SUNSHINEFrom page 9I think solar should be a bigger part of our portfolio ... If you look at where we are, we have greater access to solar and I dont know that were taking advantage of that. There shouldnt be anything in the state that holds them back from that. And I dont think our status quo prevents them from that currently. State Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 NEWS A11 SeriesNew Opportunities at Shell PointThe public is invited and many of these events are Shell Points Life Enrichment Series offers the opportunity to discover new things about yourself and the world you live in. Concerts, presentations, lectures, shows, special events, and more! FREE Sept2015 ex pl ore pl ay imagine l aug h l earn ins p ir e (239) 466-1131 www.shellpoint.org/events Visit www.shellpoint.org/LES for full listings of this months events! Shell Point is a non-prot ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation Shell Point is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway. 2015 Shell Point. All rights reserved. SLS-2963-15 Sep 9,15,23 & 29 Learn More About Shell Point at 9:30am. Join us for an informative presentation about our signature Lifestyle with Lifecare, followed by a narrated bus tour that will resort-style retirement options and amenities. Plus, learn neighborhood, The Estuary. Admission is free. Call (239) 466-1131 or 1-800-780-1131 to reserve your place.Sep 10 Summer Concert Series Dick Hyman: Big Bands & Combos at 7:30pm. Dick Hyman has had a long-standing career as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. While developing his own piano style, Hyman investigated ragtime and early periods of jazz, researching and recording the piano music of greats like Joplin, Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by calling (239) 454-2067.Sep 15 to Nov 3 The Story of China Six-Part Series from 10am to 11:30am. This series of six lectures, held on Tuesdays this history, religion, and culture on the world. Professor Adrian Kerr will examine this immense country from the origins of its native people to taking its position on the world stage. *Tickets are $10 for each session, and can be purchased by calling (239) 489-8472.Sep 25 Trinkets & Treasures Sale eclectic mercantile shopping event, featuring a sea of interesting treasures sold by Shell Point residents. From books to buttons, this sale has it all! Find great deals on an incredible assortment of unique, previously used items. Call (239) 454-2057 for more details. FREE A a i a and Sep 15 Prehistory and Early TimesOct 6 The Qin to the HanOct 13 From the Han to the MongolsOct 20 The Great Ming DynastyOct 27 From the Ming to the RepublicNov 3 From the Republic to Today FREE *If you are unable to attend a class that includes a fee, kindly give 24 hours notice to receive a refund.Voices for Recovery honors groups, individuals SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYThe David Lawrence Center joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and other voices of recovery from across the nation to observe the 26th annual National Recovery Month in September. This years theme, Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable, highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring and helping others. It invites individuals in recovery and their support system to be change agents in communities and in civic and advocacy engagements. Anchor Therese OShea of WINK News will emcee the DLC Recovery Month Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, Sept. 24, at the New Hope Community Center. The following individuals and organizations will be honored: Collier County Public Schools CCPS partners with DLC on the development of strategies and initiatives that assist with prevention, early intervention, treatment and improved care coordination for children with mental health concerns. Several su ccessful outcomes include the placement of a new DLC school liaison, specialized training for school guidance counselors on timely topics identified by the school system and participation in the Youth Mental Health First Aid program. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Since its opening, Hazelden has become a true community partner in serving those affected by addiction, seeking relationships with local partners including treatment providers, advocacy groups, colleges, churches and health providers. In addition, Hazelden provides a variety of local and national speakers at community events and often provides free continuing education units to professionals on addiction and mental health issues. The Rev. Tommy Sloan DLC honors Rev. Sloan for his service as a recovery community volunteer. As chaplain of ministries at St. Matthews House, he ministers to residents and visits inmates in local jails. He extends that work on his personal time, having served as a founding member of DLCs new Spiritual Support Services Team, leading the implementation of a voluntary weekly worship service for inpatient and residential clients in the DLC Crossroads residential and detox program. Collier County Sheriffs Office Human Trafficking Unit CCSO is honored for its efforts to rally local service providers and citizens to form the Collier County Coalition against Human SEE RECOVERY, A12
Trafficking the first in the country. The goal of the coalition is to educate the public about the human trafficking epidemic and eliminate forced servitude and commercial sexual exploitation in Southwest Florida. George Callahan Mr. Callahan has been committed to spreading the message of hope and recovery in and out of the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years, visiting prisons, rehabilitation centers and detoxification units to share his experiences. He also works with young men in the Collier County Drug Court program and sponsors many men in recovery. The Recovery Month Awards Ceremony will have representatives from numerous partner organizations, including Green Monkey Yoga, Al-Anon, Drug Free Collier, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Naples Equestrian Challenge, PAWS, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Collier County Emergency Medical Services, Hazelden, St. Matthews House, Catholic Charities, Alcoholics Anonymous. 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Actor Alasdair Saksena admitted there is an element of unpredictability with the sheep, but lauded their punctuality, calmness and lack of fee demands. Ms. Williams promised another Courtyard run for King Lear With Sheep in the fall.Suspicions confirmedThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, has an award-winning telework program allowing patent examiners flexible schedules, leading half of the 8,300 to work at home full-time despite a 2014 Washington Post report on employees gaming the system. In August, the agencys inspector general exposed several of the most ridiculous cases of slacking off, including one examiner who was paid for at least 18 weeks work last year that he did not perform and that his manager did not notice. (The examiner, who had been issued nine poor-performance warnings since 2012 and who had flaunted his carefree workday to co-workers for years, abruptly resigned two hours before a meeting on the charge and thus left with a clean personnel record.) Wrote the Post, Its a startling example of a culture thats maddening.Bright ideasOnly China and Iran execute more prisoners, but Saudi Arabia also has a soft side for jihadists. Saudis who defy a ban on leaving the country to fight (usually against the common enemy, Syrias Bashar al-Assad) are, if they return, imprisoned at a maximum-security facility in Riyadh, but with liberal short vacations at Family House, hotel-quality quarters with good food, playgrounds for children and other privileges (monitored through guest-satisfaction surveys). Returning jihadists also have access to education and psychologists and receive the equivalent of $530 a month with ATM privileges. The purpose is to persuade the warriors not to return to the battlefield once released, and officials estimate that the program is about 85 percent effective. Highly committed people Impersonating a police officer in a traffic stop is not uncommon, but Logan Shaulis, 19, was apparently so judgmentimpaired on May 30 that he set up his own elaborate DUI checkpoint on route 601 near Somerset, Pa., complete with road flares, demanding license, registration and insurance from driver after driver. The irony of the inebriated Mr. Shaulis judging motorists sobriety was short-lived, as real troopers soon arrived and arrested him (on DUI, among other charges). A woman identified only as Zeng, age 39, was finally imprisoned in August in Urumqi, China 10 years after she was convicted of corruption. Availing herself of a traditional probation option in Chinese law for expectant mothers, Zeng had remained free by getting herself pregnant (and proving it) 14 times during the 10 years (although only some of the fetuses were carried to term).New Hampshire Blues The president of the University of New Hampshire publicly complained in July about the bias-free language guide posted on the schools website since, he said, it denounces use of such words as Americans (as insensitive to South Americans), seniors (better, people of advanced age), rich (should be person of material wealth) and poor (change to person who lacks advantages that others have). (One state senator mockingly suggested changing the states Live Free or Die motto to Live Free But Upset No One.) Tough love: Sexual assault is certainly punishable in New Hampshire by prison time, but pending legislation assumes prison is not enough. By House Bill 212, anyone who commits sexual assault while out hunting or fishing will also have his hunting or fishing license revoked. RECOVERYFrom page 11
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Coupon Expires 9/30/15.Naples Bonita Springs After graduation, give the gown to GoodwillGoodwill Industries of Southwest Florida has partnered with the national sustainability initiative Greener Grads to collect polyester graduation gowns. After graduation, most gowns end up sitting in the back of a closet for years, and more than 5 million eventually end up in landfills each year. In addition to diverting unnecessary pollution from the countrys waste stream, the Greener Grads recycling program allows graduation gowns to be rented for future commencement ceremonies for a substantially lower cost than purchasing a new one. The find the Goodwill location nearest you, visit goodwillswfl.org/ retaildonations. AAA: Low gas prices drive Labor Day travel plans SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYAAA Travel projects 35.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1 percent increase over 2014. This will mark the fourth consecutive year of overall travel growth for the holiday period, which is defined as Thursday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 7. Gas prices for the holiday should be the lowest in a decade, AAA Travel predicts, and 85.8 percent of Labor Day travelers will drive. On Florida roads, there will be 1.6 million travelers. The summer travel season is almost over and many kids are back in school, but an extended weekend and positive economic fundamentals should be enough to convince millions of Americans to take one more trip during Labor Day weekend, says AAAs Brent Stahlheber. Historically, more Americans have shown a higher tendency to travel when Labor Day weekend begins in August, Mr. Stahlheber says. Although this years holiday begins in September, AAA still expects more Labor Day travelers than last year, primarily due to low gas prices, solid income gains, rising household net worth, and an improving housing market, he adds. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.56 on Wednesday, Aug. 26 88 cents cheaper than the price on Labor Day 2014, and lower than all Labor Day national average prices dating back to 2004. In Florida on Aug. 26, the average price for gas was $2.35 $1.02 lower than this time last year, and lower than all Labor Day average prices in the Sunshine State dating back to 2005. Before setting out on a Labor Day getaway, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find current gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance and more. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Boys & Girls Club plans annual Great Futures breakfast The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County hosts its annual Great Futures scholarship awards breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the club at 7500 Davis Blvd. Author Molly Fletcher, a former sports and entertainment agent, is the guest speaker. Hailed as the female Jerry McGuire during her career as an agent, Ms. Fletcher recruited and represented hundreds of the biggest names in sports, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA Tour golfer Matt Kucher, broadcaster Erin Andrews and basketball championship coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers. Today she travels the world sharing the unconventional and innovative techniques she used to negotiate more than $500 million in contracts and build lasting relationships in the high-stakes, big-ego world of professional sports. The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County annually serves 3,000 of the most at-risk children and teens in Collier County, providing a safe, positive place where they work on good character and citizenship qualities, academic success and healthy lifestyles. For more information about programs and ways to get involved, visit bgccc.com.Attendance at the Great Futures breakfast is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 325-1700 or email theck@ bgccc.com.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 NEWS A15 ber art is pleased to present our modern artisan rugs. created by skilled craftsmen in our beautiful colombia. made from natural bers and leather, combined with new materials such as copper and aluminum in our unique designs. (239) 292-5213 www.arten bra.co | dagmarg@arten bra.comPlease call us for an appointment. BEHIND THE WHEELMaserati GranTurismo is endangered Italian wildlifeMaserati has long been a brand built on passion, and the GranTurismo Convertible Sport might just be the last great infatuation. It has a style that goes straight for your emotional core with wheel archers like hunkered shoulders, downward-facing grille, and intimidating blacked-out headlights that are staring you down. This Pininfarina design is basically a panther made out of sheetmetal. Just like the endangered Florida cat, the convertible is intimidating to look at and selfishly indulgent to keep as a pet. This lavishness extends to the interior but in a different way. The GranTurismo lives up to the Italian stereotype of being highly fashionable for all occasions. There are 10 different shades of leather to choose from and thats before selecting colors for the inserts, seatbacks, trim, dashboard and carpet (even the seatbelts come in three colors.) All can be selected individually, but no matter the choice, all of the hues have been designed so even the largest hodgepodge looks like it is fresh off the Milan runway. The secret to having everything coordinate so well is quality. The leather rivals Rolls-Royce in its look and feel. Materials of this caliber cover every inch of an interior that doesnt seem to share a single component with any lesser cars. Not all of that is good news. Technology seems to suffer a bit under this exclusivity. Maserati has kept the tradition of having a precision dial clock on the dashboard, but just below it is a satellite navigation system that seems just as old world. It lacks plenty of features, including a touchscreen, which seems like a necessity on a convertible starting at $145,740. The driver is the one who will forgive the shortcomings the quickest. The steering wheel has the perfect narrow diameter to feel sporty without being small. There are well-positioned leather grips that give all-day comfort. In fact, luxury is just as important in a grand touring car like this. The front seats have plenty of room to get comfortable, but the rear two have an occasional-use size that seem better for stowing luggage on weekend getaways. When the GranTurismo hits the open road, everything becomes electric. The 4.7-liter V8 was developed jointly with Ferrari, which gives it the urgent throttle response of a true exotic. Our tester car always had plenty of muscle in reserve thanks to its $5,000 optional Sport package that makes 454 horsepower. It is mated to a six-speed automatic, which is exactly what is needed to tame this car to grand touring standards. Combine this with the sport suspension and a near 50/50 weight distribution, and the result is a car that begs for the backroads but doesnt command every ounce of attention on a morning commute. The true desirability factor comes from the raspy exhaust note that makes an elite Italian hum like a racecar. What Maserati specifically engineers is the right amount of tone where it sounds intimidating without raising its voice above a gentlemans level. It is an intoxicating mix that is best served unfiltered with the top down. The GranTurismo isnt alone in this market. There are worthy big horsepower sports convertibles from rivals like Mercedes and BMW. The Germans offer engaging cars, but they also have so much technology that the driver can feel as useless as David Hasselhoff piloting the self-aware KITT. This Maserati is more like driving the A-Team. Mr. T provides the mean machine exhaust note, Hannibal is in the surefooted handling, the Facemans charm is in every stitch of the interior, and Howling Mad Murdock provides some odd eccentricities. While the A-Team is now enjoyed in reruns, the same fate is also on the horizon for the GranTurismo. It will be replaced soon with a new sports car. The concept shown of this successor carries on Maseratis tradition of crafting drop-dead good looks out of sheetmetal, but theres something missing. The grille will grow for modern pedestrian safety, and the lines suggest a stronger Ferrari connection. This might be the last great Maserati built with an abundance of independent flair. This car is not perfect but neither is blinding passion. You cant own a Florida panther, but the endangered Maserati GranTurismo Convertible might be worth adopting. mylesKORNBLATTmk@autominded.com
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Incoming freshmen reap benefits of FSW campus experience SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYRecent Immokalee High School graduate Isabel Franco won three games at The Immokalee Foundations recent Take Stock in Children Family Day at Florida SouthWestern State College. One of her prizes: a T-shirt with the logo for FSW, where Franco is now working toward a career in the hospitality industry. TIF hopes to help Ms. Franco and 20 other incoming FWS freshmen from Immokalee become winners not only in family-day games, but also in education and life. The family festivities came near the end of a six-week stay on the Fort Myers campus. Some of the Immokalee students were a little reluctant to stay in the dorms at first, according to Marcie Bonilla, FSW student services coordinator. But as the summer session continued, a lot of them really liked it, Ms. Bonilla adds. And when it was time to leave, a lot of them didnt want to move out. The students were participating in a college transition program that included classes in math, reading, writing and college readiness, which focused on study and academic skills. It was awesome, Ms. Franco says. I got to meet a lot of new people. She also got a job in the school cafeteria for the fall after getting to know the people who work there and making a good impression. TIF students also met current FSW students who also were taking summer classes and staying in the dorms; the groups participated in several campus activities together, including a movie night. Ms. Franco says the experience gave her confidence that when school starts, shell be able to find the buildings and rooms in which her classes are held a common point of anxiety for incoming college freshmen. Estefania Guadarrama wants to become a dental hygienist. During her on-campus experience, she toured the dental clinic and talked to a working dental hygienist. It was rewarding to get to experience going to school and getting to know the campus, she says. Shes even more excited for the semester to begin. Ill get to be away from home but not too far away its a good distance. All the seriousness was put aside for a little while in favor of fun, picnic food and music for Family Day. Students, their families and program facilitators ate hot dogs and hamburgers and enjoyed cupcakes decorated in FSW colors, aqua and purple. TIF board member and mentor Louise Penta gave the day high marks. This was the first time we collaborated with FSW on this sort of event, Ms. Penta says. Chatting with the students, program directors and instructors was great. She adds she was pleased to see both of her current mentees and their families on campus: Alex Arreguins three siblings were there, and Marie Sanons five brothers and sisters were, as well. I think when you have involved mentors, you have involved families, Ms. Penta says. Its something she knows well, having been a TIF board member for years and a mentor to five students, including Mr. Arreguin since he was in eighth grade. Earlier this year, Ms. Penta was honored as the state of Floridas Take Stock in Children Mentor of the Year. Immokalee students got together again on Aug. 7, their last day of the summer program on the FSW campus, and met a counterpart from Naples: Carlos Justiniano, a Take Stock in Children student from Collier Countys Champions For Learning. As a former Take Stock in Children student, Mr. Justiniano had to meet all the same requirements for GPA, attendance, conduct and other benchmarks as the TIF students, says Linda Morton, the organizations alumni support coordinator. Carlos came to our office concerned because he didnt know a soul at the campus, Ms. Morton says. The Immokalee Foundation very kindly invited us to participate in this event. So now Carlos knows a group of kids who share the same values and have the same focus. We loved it. They were so kind and caring and made us feel very welcome. Everyone was really great and very social, Mr. Justiniano agreed. It was a nice experience. The students played some icebreaker-type games, he adds, remembering one that involved standing in a circle and one by one, saying the alphabet. But before theyd get all the way through to Z, an adult running the game would say Stop! on a random letter. The student then had to think of a word beginning with that letter that reminded them of their college opportunity. I got X, Mr. Justiniano says. So I said X-citing. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more, including how to get involved as a volunteer mentor, call 4309122 or visit immokaleefoundation.org.COURTESY PHOTO Incoming freshmen Estefania Guadarrama, Isabel Franco, Jesse Soto and Carlos Justiniano at Florida SouthWestern State College.
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA18 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 the recently established Identity Fraud Institute, about plans for the institutes involvement in the community. Tickets are $30. Vernon Litigation Group is a luncheon sponsor, and additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors receive 10 tickets for $250. For reservations or more information, call Ms. Kerskie at 598-6281 or email email@example.com. Tickets can also be purchased online hodges.edu/identity. Established as the research, education and victim assistance hub for identity theft and fraud-related issues throughout the state of Florida, the Identity Fraud Institute offers free, 30-minute consultations for victims of identity fraud once a month at Hodges campuses in Naples and Fort Myers. While identity fraud cant always be prevented, Ms. Kerskie says, there are signs to look for and steps to take in the event of an attack. Among the protective measures she recommends: Monitor This is the most important step in preventing an identity theft attack. Check out free resources including freeannualcreditreport.com. Use credit cards, not debit cards In the event of an attack, credit cards users are more likely to have issues resolved without loss of liquid funds. Beware of traps If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. FRAUDFrom page 1 The Naples Orchid Society invites all orchid aficionados to its next meeting and workshop Thursday, Sept. 3, at Moorings Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a session with the Orchid Doctor and club member Bill Overton; bring in an orchid for diagnosis or culture recommendations. Judging for the plant competition will be at 7 p.m., and the program starts at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Segundo Cuesta of Quest Orchids in Miami will discuss pollinating orchids. Members can bring a plant if they want to self it or two plants of the same genus if they would like to make a cross. A selection of orchids will be for sale. Attendance is free. For more information, visit naplesorchidsociety.org. The Naples Christian Womens Connection invites area women to a luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Quail Creek Country Club. St. Johns Thrift Shop will introduce models wearing an array of fashions from the shop. Inspirational speaker Tamra Nashman Richardt will present Just a Bump in the Road, and musical guest will be singer-guitarist Jeff Leigh. Cost is $28. Call 514-2207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Naples Writers Forum offers free weekly workshops for writers of all levels from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting Sept. 5, at St. John The Redeemer Church, 625 111th Ave. N. (in the Claussen Family Center, which is the third building on the campus). Attendees should bring 10 copies of one page of fiction, non-fiction, memoir or poetry for critique. For more information, call Gary Melhart at 949-3621 or email email@example.com. Naples Ship Modelers is an informal group dedicated to the hobby of building wooden ship models. Members meet at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of every month at the Landmark Naples community in North Naples. The next meetings are Sept. 5 and 19. For more information, call Dick Ritchie at 594-0868 or email dcritchie@ comcast.net. The Solo Women Travel Group meets at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. John the Evangelist Church in North Naples, to finalize plans for the upcoming trip to Asheville, N.C.. All are welcome to share their travel experiences and travel wish list. For more information, call Barb Garrett at (305) 664-9202. The Naples Italian American Foundation invites members and guests to a Labor Day social and barbecue dinner on Monday afternoon, Sept. 7, at club headquarters, 7035 Airport-Pulling Road. Bocce (weather permitting), bridge, mah jongg and poker will be played, and pulled pork and all the trimmings will be served. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for members, $18 for others. There will be a cash bar. Reservations are required by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Call 597-5210. Greater Naples Delta Gamma alumnae meet for coffee klatch from 9-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at DeRomos in the Promenade at Bonita Bay; for a bus trip to Sarasota for a tour of Southwest Guide Dogs and lunch at the Columbia from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18; and for Girls Night Out from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Dock at Crayton Cove. RSVP to any of the above by calling Andrea Pandaza at 992-2119 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All Delta Gamma sisters are welcome. Naples Nites Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Perkins on Pine Ridge Road at Interstate-75. The next meetings are Sept. 8 and 22. All current and former Lions are welcome. For more information, call Dan Sams at 352-2827. The Naples Civitan Club meets at noon on the second Wednesday of the month at Perkins on Pine Ridge Road and on the fourth Wednesday of the month at varying locations. The next meetings are Sept. 9 and 23. For more information, call 774-2623 or email naplescivitan@ aol.com. The Marco Island Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The next meetings are Sept. 8 and 22. For locations, call Anthony DeLucia at 285-6785 or email marcoislandcivitanclub2014@yahoo. com. The international service club focuses on assisting people with developmental disabilities and finding the cause, cure and better treatments of brain disorders including autism, Alzheimers disease and Down syndrome. Pilot Club of Naples/Naples Pilot Foundation meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Perkins on Pine Ridge Road.. The next meeting is Sept. 10. Guests and new members are always welcome. Reservations are not required. Attendees order from the menu and pay for their meals. Pilot International focuses its charitable and educational efforts on brain-related disorders and disabilities, including traumatic brain injuries, dementia and autism. For more information, call Sue Lester 2898268. Alumnae of Gamma Phi Beta in the Naples area meet for lunch and conversation on the second Monday of each month. The next meeting is Sept. 14. For more information, call Lynne Nordhoff at 594-8420 or email lynnecnordhoff@ gmail.com. Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae are invited to join the Naples, Marco Island and Bonita Springs chapter for monthly luncheons, speakers, socials and other events. The next event is a luncheon starting at noon Monday, Sept. 14, at M Waterfront Grill in the Village on Venetian Bay. RSVP is required by Sept. 10 and can be made by calling Betsy Penzo at 404-3075 or emailing email@example.com. For more information, contact Linda Shafer, chapter president, by calling (402) 770-3737 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Naples Newcomers Club welcomes women who have moved to the area within the past five years. In addition to a monthly luncheon, members get together to explore Naples and to enjoy a variety of interests, from books to bridge and mah-jongg to gourmet cooking and conversations over coffee. A coffee for prospective new members takes place on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 298-4083 or visit naplesnewcomers.com. Coastal Chess clubs in Naples and Marco Island welcome players of all levels for casual games and occasional tournaments. Marco meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday at the Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier. Naples meetings are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in the clubhouse at Moorings Park, off Goodlette-Frank Road just south of Pine Ridge Road. For more information, call Wade Keller at 38 9-2525, email wk@ kellerpublishing.com or visit chess7.net. Toastmasters International teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Guests are always welcome. Local Toastmasters chapters, meeting times and locations include: Bonita Toastmasters: 7 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday at the Bonita Springs Fire Station, 27701 Bonita Grande Drive. For more information, call Laura Arbree at 272-7587. Naples Sunrise Bay Toastmasters: 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday in Moss Hall at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive. Call Barbara Miller at 594-7018 or email barw@msn. com. Naples Toastmasters: 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday at Naples General Aviation Center, 200 Aviation Drive N. Call Dorian Ray at 260-4709 or email email@example.com. Toast of the Coast Toastmasters: Noon on the second and fourth Friday at the American Cancer Society, 5020 Tamiami Trail N. Call Marianne Oehser at 434-9900. Naples Advanced Toastmasters: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday at the Moorings Professional Building, 2335 Tamiami Trail N. Email Christine Cargnoni at firstname.lastname@example.org. This club has prerequisites for membership. Pearls of Naples is a club for women offering monthly luncheons with speakers, excursions to local venues, theaters, art galleries and restaurants. Women who want to form lasting friendships and have fun with other women are welcome to learn more by visiting pearlsofnaples.org (click on how to join) or by emailing the membership chairman at email@example.com. Pi Beta Phi alumnae in Naples, Bonita Springs and Marco Island are invited to socialize from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Baleen Restaurant at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in North Naples. For reservations or more information, call Barbara Craig at 908-7301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance meets on the third Thursday of every month at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. In addition to a guest speaker, members are invited to bring orchids from their collections for judging, and an orchid raffle is help. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is Sept. 17. Admission is free, and guests are welcome. The alliance welcomes donations of out-of-bloom or unwanted orchids, which members use for educational purposes. Free pick up is available and can be arranged by calling 498-9741. For more information about the alliance, visit gulfcoastorchidalliance.com. Email club news to Cindy Pierce at email@example.com.CLUB NOTES
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 A19 Tamarian Rugs The Th e Makes The Room Its always good to have choices. And with construction near completion, future r esidents of The Arlington can hardly wait to start enjoying all the exciting am enities we have planned. For e xample, theyre looking forward to lounging with friends by the outdoor po ol and eagerly anticipating the great workout theyll get in our aquatic centers indoor pool. So come on in; the waters ne! And its just one more reason youll dig retirement at The Arlington. Retirement.The Arlington Information Center and Model 12276 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 501 Naples, FL 34113 Mon Fri. 8:30-5 | Sat. 9-4 | Sun. 12-4 | Or by appointmentThe Arlington of Naples welcomes people of all faiths, beliefs and traditions. A Lutheran Life Community Serving seniors and their families for more than a century. Call or stop by today and see for yourself. Whether you want to dip your toes or dive right in, our retirement counselors are here to answer all your questions. To schedule a personal appointment, call (239) 206-2646. Watch out for traffic deputiesHeres where Collier County Sheriffs Office traffic-enforcement deputies will be the week of Sept. 7-11: Monday, Sept. 7 Lake Trafford Road and North 15th Street: Red-light running Santa Barbara and Devonshire boulevards: Aggressive driving Avalon Drive and Tamiami Trail East: Speeding Tuesday, Sept. 8 Collier Boulevard and Golden Gate Parkway: Speeding Piper Boulevard: Aggressive driving Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Charlemagne Boulevard: Speeding Wednesday, Sept. 9 Pine Ridge Road and Shirley Street: Speeding White Boulevard and 39th Street S.W.: Aggressive driving Shadowlawn Drive and Terrace Avenue: Aggressive driving Thursday, Sept. 10 Golden Gate Parkway and I-75 southbound exit: Aggressive driving Lely High School Boulevard at Lely High School: Aggressive driving Immokalee Road and Winterview Drive: Aggressive driving Friday, Sept. 11 Davis Boulevard and County Barn Road: Red-light running Orange Blossom Drive and AirportPulling Road: Speeding Collier Boulevard and Mission Hills Drive: Speeding Tune up your driving skills at AARP classAARP offers classes to help older drivers learn about new traffic laws, refresh their driving skills and reduce their risk for tickets and accidents. Drivers over age 55 might be eligible for a discount on auto insurance. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for others. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the number listed with the session you wish to attend. Heres whats coming up where, all from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Tuesday, Sept. 8: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail, Naples; 269-6050. Thursday, Sept. 10: St. Williams Ministry Center, 750 Seagate Drive, Naples; 732-5310. Tuesday, Sept. 15: Germain Toyota 13315 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 2696050. Thursday, Sept. 17: Germain Toyota 13315 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 2696050. Monday, Oct. 5: Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples; 273-6317. Tuesday, Oct. 6: Germain Toyota, 13315 Tamiami Trail, Naples; 269-6050. Thursday, Oct. 15: Marco Island Lutheran Church, 525 Collier Blvd., Marco Island; (734) 968-3105. Thursday, Oct. 15: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail, Naples; 269-6050. Thursday, Oct. 20: Germain Toyota, 13315 Tamiami Trail, Naples; 269-6050.
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYA20 NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Blue ZonesProject lines up events around townBlue Zones Project of Southwest Florida, Orange Theory Fitness Naples and Pure Barre Naples have joined forces with Whole Foods Market at Mercato on three events to help raise funds for the Whole Kids Foundation, an organization devoted to improving childrens nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic. Heres whats happening: Wednesday, Sept. 9: A Blue Zones Project cooking class starts at 6:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market. Participants will learn how to make Zetsy Edamame and Corn Salsa, Chickpea Tacos and Honey-Baked Apples. Cost is $10, and reservations are required. Sign up by calling 552-5100 or going to wholefoodsmarket.com/events. Saturday, Sept. 12: Break a sweat for the cause by signing up for a 4 p.m. interval class at Orange Theory Fitness, 7935 Airport-Pulling Road. Cost is $15, with all proceeds benefitting the Whole Kids Foundation. Sign up by calling Orange Theory Fitness at 599-5650. Saturday, Sept. 26: Try a ballet barre fitness class at Pure Barre Naples, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, for a $10 donation to the Whole Kids Foundation. The total body workout utilizes the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to music. Sign up by calling 384-9684. Learn more about the Whole Kids Foundation at wholekidsfoundation. org. Crohns, colitis support group meetingThe next support group meeting for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America takes place from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave. For more information, call 649-1336. HEALTHY LIVING How does this grab you?Grip strength might indicate whether you have diabetes, high blood pressure THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDAWhether you grasp it right away or not, your grip strength might indicate whether you have undetected diabetes and high blood pressure, University of Florida researchers say. The findings appear online ahead of print in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Grip strength measures could be especially useful for identifying diabetes and high blood pressure in adults who have healthy weight obesity, also known as normal weight obesity or skinny fat. The condition is characterized as having a body mass index within the normal range, but a high proportion of fat to lean muscle, typically more than 25 percent body fat in males and 35 percent in females. These individuals could be less likely to get regular screenings for diabetes and hypertension because they arent considered overweight or obese by BMI measures alone, according to Arch Mainous III, Ph.D., the studys lead investigator and chairman of the department of health services research, management and policy in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, part of UF Health. Weve had a significant amount of interest and focus on obesity, and rightfully so, says Mr. Mainous, the Florida Blue endowed chair of health administration. But there is a concern that health problems in people who have decreased muscle mass but who dont fit the criteria of being overweight are being missed because these people arent targeted by screening programs. A study by Mayo Clinic researchers has showed that people with healthy weight obesity are four times more likely than people with lower body fat to develop metabolic syndrome, which includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels. As many as 30 million Americans have healthy weight obesity and many dont know it. For the UF study, researchers analyzed data from the 2011-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative study that uses a combination of interviews and physical examinations. The team assessed grip strength measurements, blood pressure readings and blood sugar levels for nearly 1,500 adults age 20 and older who had a BMI within the healthy weight range 18.5 to 24.9. People with undiagnosed and diagnosed high blood pressure and diabetes had weaker grip strength than other healthy weight individuals who did not have those conditions. In our study, grip strength was able to identify people with undiagnosed hypertension and diabetes relatively easily, even after we adjusted the analyses for age, sex and whether or not they had a family history of disease, Mr. Mainous says. The reason for decreased muscle strength in healthy weight individuals with high blood pressure and diabetes isnt well understood, but it could be caused by lower muscle quality or a condition called diabetic hand syndrome, which limits finger movement. Because most patients visiting the doctor have their blood pressure tested, grip strength may be most valuable as a non-invasive, low-cost tool for identifying people who could possibly have diabetes. But more research is needed before it can be put into practice as a screening tool, including investigating how variables such as gender, age and height might affect grip strength levels. 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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 A21 Adonis Autism sponsors fourth annual conferenceThe fourth annual Creating a Future for Adults with Autism conference presented by Adonis Autism is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave. N. in North Naples. This years programs will focus on options for improving health, increasing independence and entrepreneurship. Keynote speaker Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology will discuss digestive problems and related issues so common in the autistic population and their relation to GMO foods. Other speakers will include Dr. Shane Walker of Thrive Chiropractic of Naples, who will discuss autism and the brain/body connection, and Nelson Santiago of Picasso Einstein, who will present innovative strategies for enabling persons with disabilities to achieve greater autonomy and independence. In addition, the University of South Florida Center for Autism and Related Disorders will present a workshop about preparing for post-secondary education. Conference registration is $25. To sign up or for more information, visit adonisautism.org. Saving lives: All in a days work for NCH health-care professionals The essence of any health-care institution is the heroic daily effort to save individual lives. I was reminded of this recently by Karen Floulacker, one of our most experienced interventional radiology technologists, who wrote me the following: I would like to share what we, in our family, consider a divine intervention. On July 30, my 55-year-old brotherin-law suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at home and survived. Some may call it coincidence, but I believe there was a higher power involved. Ron had just returned from a business trip and wasnt feeling well but refused to go to the ER or urgent care. When my sister found him unresponsive, she dialed 911 and ran to ask neighbors for help. The neighbors a firefighter, an EMT and a nurse, Sergio Deleon, Cristy Deleon and Muney Gattas administered lifesaving CPR. The ambulance arrived within minutes, delivered two shocks and CPR and transported Ron to (NCH in North Naples), where he was placed on a breathing machine and stabilized for transport to NCH downtown as a Code Save-A-Heart patient Dr. Silvio Travalia and the cardiac catheterization lab team are to be commended for their expertise and compassion. Ron is now recuperating at home He remembers Chris Raphael, assistant ER director at our North Naples campus, talking to him the whole time with encouraging words. RNs Tracy Britto and Liberty Uy-Franklin cared for him and rode with him in the ambulance, as did Mike Callahan from the respiratory department. All involved were amazing. I am proud of my coworkers and that I work at NCH My family feels that Rons job here is not yet finished, and I think we are all benefiting from what happened to him. If you would like to share this, I would be honored. The rest of the story is that RNs Marcine Smith and Judy Braun, along with registered cardiovascular invasive specialists Jeff Mays and Randy Cole, seamlessly cared for Karens brotherin-law during the life-saving transfer in the cath lab. Dr. Robert Pascotto also came in emergently to consider bypass surgery. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Designed to stop a heart attack as quickly as possible, our Code Save-AHeart program was started in 2000 and treats 120-150 patients each year. The results have been remarkable. Cardiac mortality in Collier County is much lower than in other communities. Chief Walter Kopka of Collier County Emergency Medical Services and his team collaborate beautifully with NCH. Our time from the 911 call to when the heart attack is stopped (when blood flow in the coronary arteries is reestablished) is less than 100 minutes. Thats outstanding, considering that it used to take 90-120 minutes just from the front door of the ER to opening the artery. As with all of our services, the cardiac care programs journey is continuous, and were not resting on past achievements. We are now developing with EMS the Life Net system that will enable us to send an EKG from EMS in the field to the ER or a physicians mobile device. At NCH, we take pride in the knowledge that every day, our professionals are saving lives. Dr. Allen Weiss is president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. allenWEISSallen.firstname.lastname@example.org New Endovascular Neurosurgeon Joining Neuroscience and Spine Associates Paul S. Richard, M.D.Endovascular Neurosurgeon Specializing in the treatment of strokes, aneurysms, brain tumors and spinal deformity Neuroscience and Spine AssociatesOf ces in Naples and Ft. Myers(239) 649-1662 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.
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Larry was dead at the bottom of his cage.He seemed fine the previous evening when I put him up for the night, but we consoled ourselves with the thought that he had lived the typical span of years for a ringneck. Still, he had been with us the longest of any of our animals, and his absence cast a pall over the house. I called his veterinary clinic to pass on the news. I knew the staff would be devastated. Larry was a popular boarder when we were away on trips. One time I went to pick him up, and a collective Aww of disappointment emanated from the back room when the receptionist called to have him brought up front. His veterinarian, Dr. Kristi Krause, returned my call a little while later to offer condolences. Larry was an awesome bird, she said. That sentiment was echoed by former Bird Talk magazine editor Kathleen Etchepare Samuelson. I always loved his beautiful bright-green feathers and happy personality, she said. We noted his demise on Facebook, of course. Larry met lots of people over the years and charmed them all with his conversation: Larrys a good bird, Larrys a pretty bird, Whatcha doin? I love you! Gimme a kiss (followed by smacking sounds). He was also famous for meowing with such authenticity that it often prompted people to look around for a cat. He received nearly 80 tributes from friends who had either known him in person or admired him in photos. Our most amusing memory of Larry is one told to us secondhand. Our neighbors, who had a caique named Pogo, were caring for Larry at their house while we were on a trip. One night, they were watching a movie with both birds, and Larry kept talking over the dialogue. Finally, Pogo turned to him and said, Shh. Larry shut up. It was hard to know how to memorialize Larry. Burning a candle didnt seem right, since we avoided burning them during his life to ensure that the fumes didnt kill him. He didnt have a collar and tags that we could put in a keepsake box. His veterinarian offered to have us bring him in to make a toe-print memento, but we prefer photos, and we have several nice ones of him. Other ideas Ive seen include writing about the animal, purchasing a childrens book on dealing with the loss of a pet and donating it to a local library or school with a label inside dedicating the book to the pets memory, framing a favorite picture of the animal or having a professional portrait made from a photo, making a donation to a shelter or rescue group in the pets memory and planting a living memorial such as a bush, tree or flower. Weve done several of those things for various pets over the years and will choose from among them for Larry. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine suggests sharing photos and stories of a deceased pet, and thats what our Facebook notification ended up being. And it seems appropriate as I write this that National Pet Memorial Day is coming up on Sept. 13. We will think of Larry fondly on that day and many others. Goodnight, Larry. Well miss you, good bird. African ringneck parakeets typically live 20 to 28 years. PET TALESSaying goodbyeMourning the loss of a pet takes different forms Pets of the Week>> Brees is a neutered, 4-month-old Chihuahua/ terrier mix who is hoping to nd his forever home. >> White Willow is a spayed, 1-yearold shepherd mix who personality matches her lovely looks. >> Mango Melanie is a spayed, 4-month-old domestic shorthair. Her purrs let you know how much she loves to be in your lap. >> Jacki is a spayed, 4-yearold Maine coon mix mix who has a full, uffy tail and a fabulous expression. This weeks adoptable pets are from Brookes Legacy Animal Rescue, an all-volunteer, foster home rescue organization. For more information, call 434-7480, email Admin@ BrookesLegacyAnimalRescue.org or visit brookeslegacyanimalrescue.com.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 NEWS A23 Open Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM & Sunday 1PM-5PM THE FLOOR MEISTERS THE DIVA DIARIESSearching for fall and a place to stay once you get thereSince Southwest Florida has no fall until well after hurricane season ends Nov. 1 (and even then, the only thing to indicate a change of season means is that Walgreens will add even MORE Christmas decorations to Aisle 4, which will sadly compete with the Thanksgiving scarecrows, 2016 New Year fittings and spring Easter bunnies), Todd, and I have decided to head north to experience an actual autumn. I want leaves gold, orange, red leaves and a chill in the air. I want to wear an actual sweater and roast smores by a bonafide fire. But, in attempting to arrange an October visit to the mountains, I have learned we are not the only ones craving fall. Focusing on Asheville, N.C., I spent hours on travel websites trying to find a room at any inn. While Im desperate for Fall, however, Im not about paying $400 a night to look at leaves and drink muddled cocktails at a hipster bar. Then some friends recommended Airbnb. Itll be perfect, they said. Airbnb has been around since 2008 and allows folks to list, find and rent lodging. Basically, you go to the website, enter your destination and put in your particulars. For us, it was Asheville, a whole place (as opposed to just a room) and our price range. The choices that came up were fascinating. For instance, there were several yurts. Dont worry, I had to Google yurts, too. Theyre these open-air, tent-like thingies that are surprisingly expensive considering youll be sharing your space with bugs. For around $180 a night, you can also stay in a vintage Airstream trailer on the side of a mountain, with no electricity or WiFi. I seriously considered this as an option while looking at our other choice: a Days Inn two exits from downtown Asheville at $140 a night. Traveling is hard. Airbnb can be complicated. For the most part, youre staying in someones house. Whether its a spare bedroom, basement, garage apartment or guesthouse, youre all up in their space and likewise, although my search did turn up a variety of hosts who seemed uber-friendly: We would love to host you on our mountaintop farm! My husband will make you a gourmet breakfast every morning! Please join us by our babbling creek! Meet our goats! Enjoy wine and cheese with us at sunset! Massages and meditations in the morning. Tea and fruit in the evening. Sleep on a pallet in our barn. We make our own soap. I need a happy medium. I dont want the Days Inn, but I also dont want to have breakfast from hippie folk every morning of my vacation. Nor do I want to deal with goat people or contend with soap makers. In the end, one Airbnb listing spoke to me. It was the right price and it was one of those Tiny Houses. Like really tiny, complete with a tiny bed and tiny stove and tiny toilet and tiny fireplace. I happily booked it. I didnt even worry about the no-cancellation policy. When I got the confirmation, all looked fine until I got to the part about limited electricity. Those fall leaves had better look good. Ciao for now, my lovelies! Stay tuned for another divalicious diary entry next week stephanieDAVIS email@example.com The writers upcoming vacation headquarters in Asheville, N.C., a Tiny House booked via Airbnb.
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 MONEY & INVESTINGLemmings arent really hysterical; investors shouldnt be, eitherIm sure that everyone reading this column has heard the expression about acting like a lemming. It basically means to follow others blindly without thinking. The expression came about because lemmings, which are small furry rodents, migrate in huge groups and sometimes get caught up in a group hysteria and commit mass suicide off of tall cliffs into the ocean. In actuality, this is a total urban myth perpetuated by Walt Disney. In 1958, Disney produced the wilderness documentary titled White Wilderness describing wildlife in Alberta, Canada. The first problem arose when it was determined that there were no lemmings in Alberta. So the producers just bought a few dozen from Inuit children from an adjacent province for the film. Next, according to Snopes.com, since lemmings dont really migrate in huge groups, the producers used some ingenious camera angles and filmed a few lemmings running around on a snow-covered turntable to simulate a migration. And finally, lemmings dont commit mass suicide off of cliffs. So the producers just started throwing the rodents off a cliff and filming them. And because of this documentary, acting like a lemming is now a phrase people use everyday. So even though mass suicidal lemmings are an urban myth, blind following is very much real in investing. This is true on both the retail (individual investor) and institutional (managed fund) sides of the business. First, lets look at why this occurs on the retail side. If you ask an average investor whether the market is rigged against the mom and pop investor in favor of big banks and hedge funds, I would bet the vast majority would say an emphatic yes. They believe that these large players have inside information or better analysis that gives them the upper hand in buying and selling decisions. Therefore, when some investors see significant market moves, many believe that it is occurring because insiders know something that they dont. This is especially true when the reasons behind the price movements are not readily apparent or difficult to understand. So the retail investor will then mimic these price movements. Unfortunately, this typically means selling after a huge price drop or buying after a large move to the upside. There is also a similar phenomenon among institutional investors, although for a different reason. Managed funds are mostly judged based on their relative returns, not absolute returns. For example, an equity growth fund is measured by how that fund performed versus other equity growth funds. So if growth stocks fell by 30 percent but Fund A only fell by 25 percent, that is considered a great performing fund even though investors just lost a quarter of their principal. Because of this, fund managers are hesitant to break away from the herd, even if they believe they can achieve a better return somewhere else. If the manager invests like everyone else and the fund loses money along with the market, they can always blame the market and their investors probably wont be that upset because their peers did just as poorly. But if the manager chooses a different path from the market and the market goes up while the fund value drops, that fund manager will face angry investors who see their friends making large returns when they are not. In the fund managers mind, it is always much less risky to follow the crowd. So what are the effects of lemming behavior and how can we profit from it? The main result is that the market is subject to greater volatility. Individual stocks swing wildly on minimal news as investors flood in and out. These swings provide significant opportunities if you are willing to go against the crowd. However, in my opinion, the most important thing to do as a retail investor is to identify when you are blindly following and halt that behavior. Are you buying that stock or fund because you understand the fundamentals of it along with the risk or because it already had a huge move and you are afraid of missing the boat? Dont be afraid to invest in something just because it is not highlighted on CNBC daily. Most of the time there really are hidden gems in the market, you just have to do the little extra work to find them. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 and an economics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. In addition, advanced or high tech manufacturing jobs that tend to pay higher wages are a better fit for the region because of its relatively high cost of living, he said. Rental prices, for instance, have shot up, outpacing wage growth in the last few years. Ive often thought that in general especially for Collier (County), the types of manufacturers that will be attracted to the area are going to have to have higher profit margins, Professor Westley said. But I think the success of firms like (the medical device manufacturer) Arthrex the word gets out that there are forms of manufacturing that can be tremendously successful in Southwest Florida. S4J Manufacturing Services in Cape Coral, for instance, makes small metal parts with a low weight but high value specialized medical components such as fittings for patient monitoring equipment in an intensive-care unit making them ideal to ship just about anywhere. American medical products are basically about the best there is world wide and if places can afford it thats what they want, said president and owner Doug Gyure. For manufacturers, challenges include finding qualified employees for jobs that may require post-high school education or certifications. On the other hand, only a high school diploma is needed for a starting job at S4J, but Mr. Gyure said there is a lack of awareness among students that his jobs exist. Machines and robotics may in some cases replace employees. The traditional tool and die maker trades are a dying art, said Mr. Zaiser of Azimuth Technology. You dont see many of them out there any more because most machines and products are made on very sophisticated computer controls, he said. Azimuth uses more than 80 new computer numeric control or CNC systems, the standard term for a machining center used to make precise metal parts. It employs 95 people in jobs such as CNC operator and assembler, with a lesser number of engineers and computer programmers and staff that works in other departments such as sales, accounting, shipping and repair. A lack of affordable housing could also make employees harder to find, Mr. Zaiser said. The price of housing if it continues to increase drives the average hourly employee away from Southwest Florida. He adds a lack of sites to build factories may also hinder growth in the manufacturing sector. Theres very little property in at least Collier County that is zoned properly for manufacturers, he said. In Charlotte County, though, there may be fewer existing facilities such as office or industrial space, but more and affordable land for companies that want to build new, said Lucienne Pears, business recruitment supervisor for the Charlotte County Economic Development Office. As is true throughout the region, numerous and often small manufacturers make a diverse range of products. There are more than 3,000 individual manufacturers in Lee County alone, according to the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association. Businesses in Charlotte make everything from floral jewelry designed for proms (Fitz Design & Bouquet Jewels) to beer. Fat Point Brewing in Punta Gorda has become a popular local brand at bars and restaurants. APG Avionics at the airport makes airplane parts. Aviation on a statewide level is huge and definitely something were trying to encourage in Charlotte County with some of our initiatives, Ms. Pears said. Along with the region, Charlotte is looking to grow manufacturing jobs to make its economy stronger and more diverse. We are a largely service economy here and those jobs dont always tend to be the best paying jobs, and theyre very seasonal, Ms. Pears said. We see manufacturing as a great step forward for those folks who are looking to get a little bit more training and education and provide themselves and their families with a more stable financial base. The region has seen manufacturing growth in parts and components for the marine and boatbuilding, residential construction, and aviation industries, said Shane Farnsworth, business development manager for the Lee County Economic Development Office. We also have a strong medical device sector that is continuing to grow and diversify, he said. Economic development professionals say manufacturing will continue to become a more high-tech industry. I see that across multiple industry subsectors of manufacturing, Mr. Farnsworth said. I see them becoming more advanced, more skilled, more technical. I think there are a lot of industries under the manufacturing umbrella that Southwest Florida works for them because of being able to attract the talent. The collaborations that are going on between our manufacturers and our colleges and universities right now are only going to help solidify that.Manufacturings slice of the jobs pieThere were on average 411,173 jobs with a $40,316 annual wage in Southwest Florida in 2014. The retail trade, health care, accommodations and food services, construction, and educational service sectors are the top five areas of highest employment in Workforce Region 24 (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties). Manufacturing accounted for 9,520 or a modest 2.3 percent of all jobs in 2014 but they paid on average $46,247 each year nearly $6,000 more than the average wage while two sectors that employed the most workers paid the lowest annual wages: retail ($28,185), and accommodation and food services ($21,072). The sector has one of the highest potentials for growth said Marni Sawicki, executive director of Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association of Florida. Manufacturing is an area where we can offer incentives and grow the fastest with living wage jobs. Across all sectors, employment grew by 5.1 percent from 2013 to 2014, adding 19,966 jobs. The retail trade grew by 4.7 percent (3,044 jobs), and health care by 4 percent (2,348), while manufacturing grew by 6.3 percent (567 jobs), outpacing other sectors in employment and wage growth but remaining about the same percentage of all jobs. Average annual wages grew by about 2 percent overall; retail trade wages by 2.3 percent; health care by a percent; hotel and food services by 2 percent; construction by 5.6 percent; educational services by a percent; and manufacturing by 4.7 percent. Growing a thriving manufacturing sector is a critical step on Floridas path to become the nations top-performing economy, said Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. In July, employment in the manufacturing industry in the Naples metro area grew by 5.9 percent over the year, showing that Floridas business-friendly policies are working across the state. Those policies generally include that Florida is a right-to-work state, making it illegal to require employees to join a union, and has no state income tax. MADEFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTO Southwest Florida average annual employment and wages by industryData includes Workforce Region 24 (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties). 2013 >> Total of all industries, 391,207, average annual wages $39,603 >> Retail trade, 64,400, $27,547 >> Health care and social assistance, 58,698, $51,493 >> Accommodation and food services, 51,489, $20,674 >> Construction, 30,591, $38,396 >> Educational services, 26,697, $41,045 >> Manufacturing 8,953, $44,153 >> Transportation and warehousing, 7,461, $43,534 2014 >> Total of all industries, 411,173, average annual wages $40,316 >> Retail trade, 67,444, $28,185 >> Health care and social assistance, 61,046, $51,925 >> Accommodation and food services, 54,624, $21,072 >> Construction, 34,894, $40,534 >> Educational services, 27,257, $41,422 >> Manufacturing, 9,520, $46,247 >> Transportation and warehousing, 8,091, $44,272 Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Stuff we make and the average wageThe manufacturing sector employed 9,520 people each month on average in 2014 with average yearly wages of $46,247. Durable goods accounted for most, 7,437, of all manufacturing jobs. The top areas of employment were miscellaneous goods (1,590 jobs, $47,306 average yearly wage); medical equipment and supplies (1,255, $50,318); nonmetallic mineral products (1,112 jobs, $44,736); machinery (1,106, $53,943); and fabricated metal products (1,088, $48,944). Nondurable goods accounted for 2,083 manufacturing jobs. Those included food manufacturing jobs (683, $35,860) such as sugar and confectionery products ($27,833); fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty items ($52,273); bakeries and tortillas ($29,492); and beverages ($35,091). Other nondurable manufacturing jobs included printing (532, $38,093); chemical manufacturing (355, $47,686); plastic and rubber products (193, $32,119); pharmaceutical and medicine (117, $39,170); and apparel (45, $29,844). 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Coastal Chic. Prices from $1.3 Million. Sales Center Open Daily Another Naples community by the developers of Moraya Bay & The Dunes KaleaBay.com 239-793-0110 13910 Old Coast Road, Naples, FL 34110 Located off Vanderbilt Drive just north of Wiggins Pass RoadThe lakefront clubhouse at Kalea Bay will be a social center of epic pr oportions. With three pools, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, poolside bar, expansive sundeck, tennis pavilion and nearby guest suites, a fun-in-the-sun day is guaranteed. All wrapped within our brand new hi-rise, resort-style community consisting of 3 and 4 bedroom waterfront residences. Social Cool. ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS, MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS BROCHURE AND TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY CHAPTER 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTES, TO BE FURNISHED BY A DEVELOPER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE.Exclusive Sales & Marketing by Wilson& Associates
WE MAKE IT EASY. YOU MAKE IT HOME. RoyalShellSales.com 239.261.9101For Rentals Call239.213.3311Florida: Bonita Springs/Estero, Cape Coral, Captiva Island, Fort Myers, Naples/Marco Island, Ocala and Sanibel Island North Carolina: Cashiers/Lake Glenville, Highlands, Sapphire/Lake Toxaway QUAIL WEST One Story Masterpiece 5,400 Sq. Ft. Under Air 4 BR, 6.5 BA, 2 Offices, & Gym $2,450,000 MLS 214059734 The Taranto Team 239.572.3078 SPECTACULAR LAKE GOLF VIEWS ESPERIA SOUTH Fully Upgraded, Turnkey 3 BR, 3 BA Gorgeous Sunsets from Extended SW Lanai $997,500 MLS 215020117 Corye Reiter, The Lummis Team 239.273.3722 BONITA BAY NAPLES 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Car Garage Huge Screened Lanai with Pool $725,000 MLS 215013690 Doug Haughey 239.961.1561 GOLDEN GATE ESTATES BONITA SPRINGS Fantastic 3 BR +Den, 2 BA Newer Pool Home Views of Lake & Golf Course $525,000 MLS 215031278 The Taranto Team 239.572.3078 VASARI WILDCAT COVE $20,000 Price Reduction on Golf Course Original Model Home Great Rental Potential $419,900 MLS 215002957 Jim Westerfield 239.287.6617 WILDCAT RUN BONITA SPRINGS Turnkey 2 BR + Den, 2 BA 2nd Floor Condo Expansive Pond, Water Feature & Golf Course Views $269,000 MLS 214064015 Jim Griffith, Boeglin Team 239.322.2409 LAS BRISAS AT SPANISH WELLS ESTERO 3 BR +Den, 2 BA, 2,200+ S.F., Side Entry, 2+ Garage Lake View, Hot Tub, Plantation Shutters $420,000 MLS 215047215 Ann Spellman 239.841.0240 NEW LISTING STONEYBROOK BONITA SPRINGS Attached Villa 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, 2-Car Garage Panoramic Lake & Golf Course Views $275,000 MLS 215009062 The Boeglin Team 239.287.6414 SPANISH WELLS 9402 ITALIA WAY Lakefront Executive Home & Cabana 5 BR +Den, Loft, 5.5 BA Pool & Spa $2,225,000 MLS 215037074 Liz Appling 239.272.7201 OPEN SUN 9/6 1-4PM TREVISO BAY FORT MYERS Riverfront Preserve Lot Amazing Outdoor Living Space $996,700 MLS 215016086 Kevin Welch 239.223.7006 VERANDAH FORT MYERS Stunning 5 BR +Den, 4.5 BA Estate Pool Home Gourmet Kitchen, Billiard Room, Travertine Tile $725,000 MLS 215029032 Zach Fischer, The Fischer Group 239.777.7500 BRIARCLIFF LAKE CLUB VILLAS Entertain in Spectacular Courtyard Pool Home 3 Bedrooms +Den, 3 Baths $499,900 MLS 215023478 Pamela McCall 239.273.7428 SPANISH WELLS ESTERO 4 BR +Den, 3 BA York Model, Over 2,500 S.F. Renovated, New Appliances, Lighting & More $399,000 MLS 215046821 Ann Spellman 239.841.0240 NEW LISTING STONEYBROOK MARTINIQUE Gated N. Naples 2 BR, 2 BA Condo Lake & Preserve Views on Second Floor $236,000 MLS 215046660 Jim Westerfield 239.287.6617 NEW LISTING TARPON COVE SPRING RIDGE 4 BR, 4.5 BA Pool/Courtyard Home, Golf Course View Superior Finishes & Intricate Detailing Throughout $2,159,000 MLS 214021549 Connie Lummis, The Lummis Team 239.289.3543 BONITA BAY NAPLES 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5 Baths Pool/Spa Home with 3-Car Garage $874,900 MLS 215035409 Ben Maltese & Steve Suddeth 239.273.8700 STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB FORT MYERS Cozy Cottage on Beautiful 4.15+ acres 10 Minutes from Sanibel $699,900 MLS 215046496 Roger Stening, The Fischer Group 239.770.4707 BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ESTERO Beautiful Courtyard Home Private Cabana with Full Bath $499,900 MLS 215032361 Bette Pitzer 239.560.2627 GRANDEZZA BAY POINTE Peaceful Lakeside Setting 2 Bedrooms, Den, 2 Baths $399,000 MLS 215040372 Gary, Jeff & Becky Jaarda 239.248.7474 BONITA BAY HEATHERSTONE 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 1,820 S.F. 1 Car Garage, Updated Master Bath & Custom Shower $225,000 MLS 215047354 Dan Pearce 239.940.1747 NEW LISTING ROOKERY POINTE
NAPLES 4 Bedrooms +Den, 4 Full & 3 Half Baths Gated 155 Acres w/Just 28 Estate Homes $1,795,000 MLS 213003435 Roger Stening, The Fischer Group 239.770.4707 NAPLES CLUB ESTATES BELLINI Luxurious 3 BR +Den Lake/Beachfront Condo 3rd Floor, Open Floor Plan, 3,000+ S.F. $849,000 MLS 215016737 Corye Reiter, The Lummis Team 239.273.3722 MIROMAR LAKES 3917 FABIENNE COURT Estate Home with Pool 3 Bedrooms +Den, 3 Baths $659,900 MLS 215025252 Debbie Dekevich 239.877.4194 WILSHIRE LAKES FORT MYERS Immaculate 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms on One Acre Gorgeous Heated, Pavered Tropical Pool $499,000 MLS 215043618 Roger Stening, The Fischer Group 239.770.4707 IONA ULTIMATE CONDO LIFESTYLE Well Maintained 1st Floor Condo 3 BR, 2 BA, Eat-In Kitchen $385,000 MLS 215042840 Larry Bell 239.919.4404 PELICAN LANDING GRANDE CAY Beautiful Townhouse in Sought After Community 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths $224,900 MLS 215046834 Bari Fischer, The Fischer Group 239.872.7333 NEW LISTING GULF HARBOR YACHT & CC NAPLES Beautiful Single Family Home Walking Distance to Beach & Venetian Village $1,540,000 MLS 215017759 Dodona Roboci 239.776.8123 PARK SHORE NAPLES 3 BR, 3.5 BA Waterfront Townhouse Investors: Existing One Year Lease at $3,000/mo. $839,000 MLS 214030966 Steve Suddeth & Jennifer Nicolai 239.784.0693 GOLDEN SHORES 6220 TIDEWATER ISLAND CIRCLE 4 Bedrooms + Office, 3 Full Bathrooms Cabana and Guesthouse w/Kitchenette $650,000 MLS 215043113 Katie Brady 239-770-6061 OPEN SUN 9/6 1-4PM TIDEWATER ISLAND BONITA SPRINGS Charming 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Pool & Spa Extensively Updated $484,900 MLS 215019667 The Boeglin Team 239.287.6414 SPANISH WELLS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Attached Garage Tons of Natural Light & Lake Views $340,000 MLS 214063279 Doug Haughey 239.961.1561 BRIDGEWATER BAY FOXWOOD Total Renovation Just Completed 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2nd Floor $184,000 MLS 215046525 Pam Olsen 239.464.6873 NEW LISTING FOXFIRE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB REGENCY TOWERS Views of Gulf & Venetian Bay 3 BR, 3 BA with a Total of 2,300 Sq. Ft. $1,449,000 MLS 215042956 Steve Suddeth & Ben Maltese 239.784.0693 MOORINGS BONITA SPRINGS Build Your Dream Home1 Block From Beach 0.40 Acres, 106' Wide, Deep Water, No HOA Fees $799,000 MLS 215006615 Liz Appling 239.272.7201 BONITA BEACH BONITA SPRINGS Single Family Pool Home Recently Remodeled Fully Furnished, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths $549,000 MLS 215041660 The Bordner Team 239.989.8829 SPANISH WELLS GOLF & CC 13400 VILLA DI PRESERVE 4 BR, 3BA, 3 Car Garage 2264 sq. ft. Pool Home $449,900 MLS 215040302 Katie Brady 239-770-6061 OPEN SUN 9/6 1-4PM PRESERVE AT CORKSCREW NAPLES Light, Bright & Airy 2 BR +Den, 2 BA Pet Friendly Community No Size Restrictions $299,999 MLS 215009693 Liz Appling 239.272.7201 BENT PINES VILLAS FORT MYERS Beautifully Updated 2nd Floor Condo 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths $179,000 MLS 215047353 Dan Pearce 239.940.1747 NEW LISTING OSPREY COVE SANCTUARY Exceptional Custom Home on an Expansive Lake Salt Water Pool/Spa with Waterfall $1,299,000 MLS 214056841 Linda Ramsey 239.405.3054 BONITA BAY GOLDEN GATE ESTATES 3 Fenced Pastures, 6 Stall Barn, Riding Arena Completely Remodeled Ranch Home, 5BR, 4BA $749,900 MLS 214054247 The Taranto Team 239.572.3078 ATTENTION HORSE LOVERS VANDERBILT BEACH 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Remodeled Condo Direct Gulf Access, Boat Dock Included $549,000 MLS 214070126 Gabe Mellein 239.825.2234 ANCHORAGE AT VANDERBILT BONITA SPRINGS Turnkey 2 BR+Den, 2 BA Pool Home Lake, Golf Course and Sunset Views $449,000 MLS 215047300 Jim Griffith, Boeglin Team 239.322.2409 NEW LISTING LAKE CLUB AT SPANISH WELLS FURNISHED LAKE VIEW CONDO 2 Bedrooms +Den, 2 Bathrooms Furnished with Garage $290,000 MLS 214063660 Doug Haughey 239.961.1561 BRIDGEWATER BAY NAPLES 2 BR, 2 BA Villa with Attached Garage Only 10 Minutes to 5th Avenue S. $159,000 MLS 215044312 Roboci Team, Dodona & Ornela 239.776.8123 HUNTINGTON WOODS
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB12 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Richard DrosteREALTOR239firstname.lastname@example.orgJacki Strategos GRI, CREN, SRES, e-Pro 239-370-1222JStrategos@att.net Marco Island & Southwest Florida Real Estate SpecialistsVisit www.JackiStrategos.com Today! Seaview Club #208 $364,900 ACROSS FROM BEACH Remodeled unit with granite, large tile and tasteful furnishings. Updated baths. New A/C handler and hot water heater. 1642 Rainbow Court $599,000 FLORIDA STYLE HOMEOn the water. New windows; brand new kitchen with granite. Perfect home for the family. Large recreation area.Sierra Grande #202 $225,000 UNBELIEVABLE AMENITIES3BR/2BA plus garage. Central Naples location. Granite, stainless steel appliances and crown molding. End unit with nice view.8088 Tiger Lily $749,000 NO MANDATORY FEESGracious livingspacious residence. 3BR/3BA plus den. A haven for dreaming and relaxing on this gorgeous lanai.litigation, estate settlement and planning, buy and sell decisions, insurable value estimates and property tax assessment challenges. He is also a Housing and Urban Development-approved Federal Housing Administration appraiser. Fiddlers Creek invites the public to open house at two Stock Signature Homes from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6. The move-in-ready residences in the villages of Mahogany Bend and Majorca are among the five Stock Signature Homes remaining available in the masterplanned community on the way to Marco Island. Priced at $1,239,990, the Courtleigh home in Mahogany Bend has four bedrooms plus a den and 4 baths in 3,640 air-conditioned square feet. The outdoor living area with pool and kitchen brings the total space to 5,193 square feet. The Scottsdale II in Majorca, offered at $849,990, encompasses 2,719 air-conditioned square feet and 4,379 total square feet. There are three bedrooms and three baths as well as a pool and outdoor kitchen. For more information about Fiddlers Creek, call 732-9300, stop by the sales center at 8152 Fiddlers Creek Parkway or visit fiddlerscreek.com. More than 100 people took part in the fourth annual NABOR Roll and Bowl Invitational bowling tournament at Beacon Bowl in Naples to benefit the K is for Kids Foundation. Mario Valle, chair of the NABOR Community Involvement Committee, reports the event raised more than $1,500 to support the foundations literacy awareness programs for Collier County students. WCI Communities Inc. has expanded its headquarters at Walden Center in Bonita Springs by 7,838 square feet for a total occupied square footage of 36,256. The team of Randall Mercer, Brandon Stoneburner and Nicole Gray of CRE Consultants negotiated the terms of the lease and expansion. Erik David Barber and The Gulf Luxe Team of Premier Sothebys International Real Estate have been named the No. 1 residential real estate team in Naples by Newlio.com, a consumer insights and customer research platform. The designation is based on criteria including customer service and overall sales performance. Emily Ross Campos of Keller Williams Elite Realty has been awarded the Performance Management Network designation by the Womens Council of Realtors. The PMN curriculum encompasses negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, business planning and systems, personal performance management and cultural differences in buying and selling. NEWSMAKERSFrom page 8CAMPOS Naples | $649,000LEMURIA Naples | $499,900 TIBURON CASTILLO TOGETHER WE ARE DEDICATED TO PROVIDING OUR PERSONALIZED CONCIERGE SERVICE TO OUR BUYERS AND SELLERS. EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS GORDIE LAZICH & MARK MARAN Naples | $577,500 657 SOLIEL DRIVE Each o ce is independently owned and operated. GORDIE LAZICH239.777.2033 email@example.com MARK MARAN239.777.3301 firstname.lastname@example.org NEW LISTING REDUCED JACKIE MAYBerkshire Hathaway Home ServicesPort Royal Specialist NEW French Country waterfront estate $22,900,000OPEN EVERYDAY from 1 to 7 p.m. 2009 waterfront estate with beach access $20,000,0001 lot waterfront estate with guesthouse $8,900,000Immaculate waterfront home with guesthouse PRICE REDUCED $5,850,000Open Daily from 1 to 6 p.m. NEW LISTING on golf course with 4,778 SF on one oor Oneoor living with wood oors, cathedral ceilings, 4 bedrooms, den, 2 family rooms and 3-car garage PRICE REDUCED $2,125,000Open Daily from 1 to 6 p.m. JACKIE MAY 239-450-0776
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 REAL ESTATE B13 Single-family model homes underway in Windward Isle SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYSeagate Development Group, LLC has completed infrastructure installation and started construction of two furnished model homes at Windward Isle, a gated enclave of 28 single-family homes south of Orange Blossom Drive on Airport-Pulling Road in North Naples. Three floor plans, two by Weber Design Group and one by RG Designs, are offered, each with more than 3,000 square feet of living space under air. Currently under construction, the Abacos and Grenada models will feature interiors by Jinx McDonald Interior Designs. Pricing will be determined as construction progresses. Completion of both models is expected in the first quarter of 2016. The single-story Abacos has 3,065 square feet under air and a total of 4,550 square feet. There are three bedrooms plus a study, 3 baths, a wet bar, an island kitchen and dining area. The great room opens to a covered lanai and outdoor kitchen, and the custom pool has a sun shelf and spa. A spacious deck with a fire pit completes the outdoor living area. There is a three-car garage. The two-story Grenada has four bedrooms and 4 baths in 4,079 square feet under air and a total of 5,788 square feet. The first floor features a den, great room, island kitchen and dining area, the master suite and a guest suite. The great room and master bedroom open to an outdoor living area with a summer kitchen, fireplace and custom pool and spa. The retreat-like second floor consists of a large game room and two guest suites, one of which opens to a covered terrace overlooking the pool. Windward Isle offers a low density of luxury custom homes with low homeowners association fees and is being developed through a partnership of Seagate and Southborough, Mass.-based Capital Group Properties, LLC. Seagate expects to begin accepting reservations for residences at Windward Isle this month. For more information, visit seagatedevelopment.com. The Grenada by Seagate Development Group in Windward Isle has four bedrooms and 4 baths. Sothebys International Realty herein is derived from various sources including but not limited to county records and the multiple listing service, and may in clude approximations. All information is deemed accurate. 1805 Kingsh Roadpremiersir.com/id/215040751 $1,595,000 4401 Gulf Shore Boulevard North #C-605premiersir.com/id/215029984 $1,995,000 CELINE JULIE GODOFSales Associate email@example.com celinegodof.premiersothebysrealty.compremiersothebysrealty.comBEAUTIFUL BEACHFRONT AND WATERFRONT VIEWS4251 Gulf Shore Boulevard North #6B
1270 Galleon Drive Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939 Web ID 215000721 $7,995,000 3845 Fort Charles Drive Peter Reppucci 239.595.6500 Web ID 214060903 $16,450,000 1207 Spyglass Lane Karen Van Arsdale 239.860.0894 Web ID 215021658 $6,495,000 2587 Half Moon Walk Paul Gray 239.273.0403 Web ID 215041828 $4,295,000 3 060 Green Dolphin Lane Karen Van Arsdale 239.860.0894 Web ID 210027761 $4,995,000 2700 Treasure Lane Lisa Tashjian 239.259.7024 Web ID 215029802 $4,350,000 2670 Treasure Lane Karen Van Arsdale 239.860.0894 Web ID 215039837 $4,100,000 611 Springline Drive Phil Collins 239.404.6800 Web ID 215032882 $3,549,000 261 Harbour Drive Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939 Web ID SCUR120114IHE $3,495,000 2 50 Bahia Point Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939 Web ID 215001381 $4,450,000 Naples Continental #711Patrick/Phyllis ODonnell 239.250.3360Web ID 215033655 $899,000 935 5th Street South Tami Schmidt 239.777.3766 Web ID 215024438 $3,750,000 Bayview Estates #4-B Celine Julie Godof 239.404.9917 Web ID 215017783 $899,000 1969 7th Street South Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939 Web ID 215032413 $3,195,000 2 51 Aqua Court Martha Kelly 239.877.4569 Web ID 215027075 $4,650,000 Marina Manor #227H Patrick OConnor 239.293.9411 Web ID 215047535 $425,000 Le Rivage #8NAmy Becker/Leah Ritchey 239.272.3229Web ID TRIE060315IHE $6,550,000 320 Neapolitan Way Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939 Web ID 214015185 $5,350,000 Monaco Beach Club #1107 Christine Jones 239.404.9900 Web ID 215033750 $999,000 Le Rivage PH 5 Michael G. Lawler 239.261.3939 Web ID CAFE041515IHE $12,000,000 665 Fountainhead Way Ira Guzzardo 917.574.3297 Web ID 215032675 $3,695,000 Monaco Beach Club #307 Christine Jones 239.404.9900 Web ID 215022312 $670,000 6800 Sand Pointe Circle Blake Owen 239.273.3117 Web ID 215044748 $1,295,000 San Marino #410D Janet Rathbun 239.860.0012 Web ID 215019779 $1,195,000 Dorchester #604 Cynthia Rosa 239.287.6015 Web ID 215033289 $890,000 Marbella PH 2202Gilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 239.213.7463Web ID 215011907 $2,995,000 St Kitts #401 Amy Atherholt 239.860.2167 Web ID 215047625 $969,000 Dorchester #404 Cynthia Rosa 239.287.6015 Web ID 215035573 $635,000 Trieste #1106Gilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 239.213.7463Web ID 214024952 $2,695,000 Toscana #204Leah Ritchey/Amy Becker 239.289.0433Web ID 213025019 $1,395,000 8691 Purslane DriveGilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 239.213.7463Web ID 214068500 $1,695,000 7 613 Bay Colony DriveShirlene Elkins/Anthony Gatto 239.777.9574Web ID 215031015 $29,900,000 9751 Bentgrass BendGilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 239.213.7463Web ID 214060998 $6,495,000 Ravenna #201 Kelly Kent 239.250.5480 Web ID 215044132 $539,000 3440 7th Avenue SW Michelle Thomas 239.860.7176 Web ID 215047850 $599,000 7640 Martino Circle Michelle Thomas 239.860.7176 Web ID 215016382 $589,000 Di Napoli #101 Ryan Nordyke 239.776.9390 Web ID 215043867 $409,900 1412 Hemingway PlaceGilman/Hamilton/Briscoe 239.213.7463Web ID 215012741 $1,695,000 1354 Rordon Avenue Cristal OMeara 239.961.1943 Web ID 215016891 $429,000 14813 Canton Court ML Meade 239.293.4851 Web ID 215011288 $389,000 PORT ROYAL THE MOORINGS // COQUINA SANDS PARK SHORE PELICAN BAY BAY COLONY NAPLES & SURROUNDS PELICAN MARSH OLD NAPLES // AQUALANE SHORES // ROYAL HARBOR PREMIER SOTHEBYS INTERNATIONAL REALTY PREMIERSOTHEBYSREALTY.COM
Sothebys International Realty and the Sothebys International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each oce is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity. Property information herein is derived from various sources including, but not limited to, county records and multiple listing services, and may include approximations. All information is deemed accurate and neither suggests nor infers that Premier Sothebys International Realty participated as either the listing or cooperating agent or broker in the sale or purchase of the properties depicted. Summer Landscape by Vincent Van Gogh used with permission.FIFTH AVENUE | 239.434.8770THE GALLERY CENTRAL NAPLES | 239.659.0099MERCATO SALES CENTER | 239.594.9400BONITA SPRINGS | 239.948.4000MARCO ISLAND | 239.642.2222VANDERBILT | 239.594.9494THE VILLAGE | 239.261.6161SANIBEL | 239.472.2735CAPTIVA | 239.395.5847ESTUARY SALES CENTER | 239.261.3148BROAD AVENUE | 239.434.2424DEVELOPER SERVICES | 239.434.6373 OVER 16,500 ASSOCIATES | APPROXIMATELY 760 OFFICES WORLDWIDE MORE THAN 60 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES GLOBALLY | 26 PREMIER SOTHEBYS INTERNATIONAL REALTY LOCATIONS MYSTIQUE AT PELICAN BAY | 239.598.9900RENTALS DIVISION | 239.262.4242 PREMIERSOTHEBYSREALTY.COM1315 Noble Heron Way Sam Heitman 239.537.2018 Web ID 215025837 $2,618,000 1504 Marsh Wren Lane Phil Collins 239.404.6800 Web ID JAKS061015IHE $2,195,000 1234 Gordon River Trail Melissa Williams 239.248.7238 Web ID 214000494 $7,495,000 2242 Silver Palm Place Fahada Saad 239.659.5145 Web ID 215021968 $1,175,000 9337 Granite Court James Bates 239.961.3973 Web ID DUNN081915IHE $1,875,000 The Strada #7510 Mary Kavanagh 616.957.4428 Web ID 215046920 $1,699,000 9794 Rocky Bank Drive Bernie/Joe Garabed 239.571.2466 Web ID 215030639 $549,000 9237 Mercato Way Mary Kavanagh 616.957.4428 Web ID 215047480 $2,645,000 Grande Geneva #601 Dave Urness 239.273.0971 Web ID 215038516 $1,395,000 657 Soliel Drive Gordie Lazich 239.777.2033 Web ID 215038780 $577,500 10378 Quail Crown Drive Erik David Barber 323.513.6391 Web ID BARB111914IHE $539,000 Nautica Landing #4-201 Ryan Batey 239.287.9159 Web ID 215047822 $395,000 Sea Grove #102 Dave Urness 239.273.0971 Web ID 215047731 $724,999 15093 Topsail Court Fahada Saad 239.659.5145 Web ID 215039490 $469,000 Quartz Cove #102 Julie Rembos 239.595.1809 Web ID 215020230 $375,000 Regatta #1106 Dave Urness 239.273.0971 Web ID 215042633 $995,000 229 Heron Avenue Ruth Trettis 239.571.6760 Web ID 214048593 $650,000 730 Hull CourtJim/Nikki Prange-Carroll 239.642.1133Web ID 214054181 $2,350,000 Vanderbilt Shores #600 Pat Callis 239.250.0562 Web ID 215016309 $1,695,000 900 Whiskey Creek DriveJim/Nikki Prange-Carroll 239.642.1133Web ID GRIL082015IHE $2,650,000 1405 Buttereld Court Paul Strong 239.404.3280 Web ID 214058366 $ 2,350,000 460 Pheasant Court ML Meade 239.293.4851 Web ID 214062297 $990,000 919 Bareld Drive Larry Caruso 239.394.9191 Web ID 214025009 $2,000,000 Somerset #508 Helga Wetzold 239.821.6905 Web ID 215047495 $899,000 Esplanade II #209 Roe Tamagni 239.398.1222 Web ID 214061798 $515,000 1727 Hummingbird Court Larry Caruso 239.394.9191 Web ID 215041616 $1,675,000 680 Inlet Drive Paul Strong 239.404.3280 Web ID 213513053 $699,000 1810 Dade Court Jon Peter Vollmer 239.250.9414 Web ID 214003418 $495,000 Menaggio #202 Michelle Thomas 239.860.7176 Web ID 215012906 $729,900 Varenna #204 Lura Jones 239.370.5340 Web ID 215047052 $442,000 Serena #202 Lura Jones 239.370.5340 Web ID 215048173 $399,000 7656 Mulberry Lane Michelle Thomas 239.860.7176 Web ID 215016276 $945,000 Montreux #201 Lura Jones 239.370.5340 Web ID 213510132 $435,000 Cascada #102 Michelle Thomas 239.860.7176 Web ID 215014927 $379,000 GREY OAKS NORTH NAPLES MARCO ISLAND FIDDLERS CREEK VANDERBILT BEACH PREMIER SOTHEBYS INTERNATIONAL REALTY
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYB16 REAL ESTATE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Carriage home models underway by WCI in LaMorada Naples SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYWCI Communities has started construction on two carriage home models in LaMorada Naples, its community of 343 luxury homes with lakes and nature preserve views. Multi-family carriage homes offer the ease of maintenancefree living ideal for both the seasonal resident and the busy professional. The three-bedroom, two-baths designs at LaMorada Naples have a great room that is open to the formal dining room and the island kitchen with breakfast nook. The expansive master suites include walk-in closets, dual vanities and private water closets. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2016, the Antigua and Montserrat carriage home models will feature interior design by Kay Green Design of Winter Park. The Antigua offers 1,710 air-conditioned square feet of convenient first-floor living. Its expansive lanai is perfect for outdoor entertaining, with ample room for dining and lounging, and can be accessed from the breakfast nook, great room and master suite. The model will be completed in a sophisticated palette of crisp linen and white with millwork and pops of cayenne.A standard, private elevator provides easy second-floor access to the Montserrat, the larger of the two carriage homes at LaMorada Naples. Featuring a retreat space to accommodate overnight guests or serve as a hobby room, the Monserrat offers 2,376 square feet of living space. Its expansive loggia is ideal for alfresco relaxation. The interior will have a coastal palette of sea mist blue tones.Carriage homes with two-car garages in LaMorada Naples are priced from the mid-$300,000s. In addition to carriage homes, a variety of oneand two-story designs are available. Classic homes offer flexibility indoors and out with optional outdoor kitchens and cabana baths, while single-family grand villas have large lanais with lake views. Grand estates have unobstructed views from the formal foyer through the great room to the lanai and beyond. LaMorada Naples residents and their guests will have access to a lakefront clubhouse with a fitness center and exercise studio for yoga classes, tennis courts and a resort-style pool and spa. A clubhouse theater, a culinary arts center for wine tastings and cooking demonstrations, and an outdoor bar are also planned. LaMorada Naples sales center is on Woodcrest Drive off Immokalee Road in Naples, approximately one mile east of Collier Boulevard. For more information, call 444-4450 or visit wcicommunities.com. Living is lovely in the Lazio VII by Taylor Morrison in Fiddlers CreekFiddlers Creek announces that the Lazio VII single-family home by Taylor Morrison is available in the villages of Amador, Mussorie and Oyster Harbor. The Lazio VII is a one-story residence with 2,275 air-conditioned square feet and 3,061 total square feet. The open floor plan has three bedrooms, three baths and a den situated around a great room and dining room with adjoining kitchen and island bar. The den features an office that is large enough to accommodate two desks, with ample room to work separately or plan together. Wall-to-wall sliding glass doors leading out to the lanai, which has an optional covered outdoor living area. The home has a two-car garage with an optional tandem third-car garage. Interior design features of the Lazio VII include Colonial-style wood casing and baseboards; decorative lighting fixtures in the breakfast nook, dining room and foyer; and ceramic tile floors in the foyer, kitchen, bathrooms and utility room. Other features include 42-inch maple or cherry cabinets with hidden hinges, and GE stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. The master suite has an oversized shower with clear glass enclosure and separate his-and-her vanities. Exterior design features of the Lazio VII include barrel profile roof tiles; a steel-paneled garage door; paver driveway, walkway and entry; exterior garage coach lights; and galvanized storm panels. The home also offers a number of high-efficiency, energy-saving features throughout. Base price of the Lazio VII is $458,900, plus homesite premium.Taylor Morrison also offers three Lazio VII move-in-ready homes in the Fiddlers Creek villages of Amador and Mussorie. A fully furnished model is priced at $633,913; the other homes are priced at $610,778 and $619,845. Showcase model homes are open for touring daily.The Lazio VII residence is also available in Oyster Harbor, a Fiddlers Creek community of 1,000 single-family residences. Fiddlers Creek homeowners have access to the 54,000-square-foot Club & Spa at Fiddlers Creek, a fitness center, tropical lagoon-style swimming complex, tennis courts, and both casual and elegant dining. Residents can also join The Golf Club, featuring a championship course ranked in Golfweeks 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. for the 10th consecutive year, and The Tarpon Club for beach and boating. For more information about Fiddlers Creek, call 732-9300, stop by the sales center at 8152 Fiddlers Creek Parkway on the way to Marco Island or visit fiddlerscreek.com. The kitchen-dining area of a carriage home by WCI Communities.COURTESY PHOTOThe kitchen of a Lazio VII model by Taylor Morrison. 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Rarely available oor plan is a must see. $635,000 VILLAGE WALK OF NORTH NAPLES3BR/2.5BA+den POOL HOME features inviting open oor plan, new A/C, new washer/dryer, tile throughout with exception to den, built-in of ce, hurricane shutters and private pool with lake view. Great buy! $445,000 VILLAGE WALK OF NORTH NAPLES 3BR/2.5BA+den extended Oakmont oor plan offers 2,193 sq. ft. under air. Features: tile in living areas, newer A/C, hurricane shutters, decorative mirrors, whole-house RainSoft system, an expansive lanai framed with lake and bridge views, and a exceptional cul-desac location make this a must see home! Furnishing negotiable. $455,555 VILLAGE WALK OF NORTH NAPLES3BR/2BA single-family Glenwood model with south facing pool, accordion shutters, granite in kitchen and master bath, laminate oors and more! $379,500 NEW LISTING
Designer chosen for new high-rise in Pelican Bay Gulf Bay Group has selected MarcMichaels Interior Design Inc. for Mystique, the ultra-luxury high-rise planned for Pelican Bay. Mystique will be the first new high-rise in Pelican Bay in more than a decade. The 21-story tower will have 68 estate and four penthouse residences. Based in Winter Park for 25 years, MarcMichaels Interior Design has earned more than 400 design awards and has been named to the Architectural Digest list of Top 100 Designers in the World. Principal and co-founder Marc Thee says his designs for the residences of Mystique will contrast between beautiful unpolished and polished stones, lacquered and natural exotic woods, and a wonderful mix of contemporary touches and relaxed organic moments. Mr. Thee is developing his own branded signature line of products and recently debuted the first tile collection for Barbie Kennedy Designs. Reservations for Mystique are underway, with Naples-based Premier Sothebys International Realty serving as the exclusive listing agent. Construction of the onsite sales center will begin in the next few months. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 B17 PrestigeHOME CENTERS, INC.941-637-1122 877-507-11224465 Duncan Rd. (Hwy 17N). Punta Gorda, off Exit 164*Includes delivery, setup, steps, skirting, air conditioning & 7-year warranty. Many other models and oor plans available.M-F 9-6 Sat. 9-5 Sun. 12-5Prestigehomecenters.com/puntagorda REED $64,995/26x482 Bdr, 2 Bth, Includes Florida Room and Covered Porch $4,499,000. Both homes are listed by broker associate Dante DiSabato of Encore Realty. The two new homes are among eight that Encore Development will build this year. Ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet and priced from $3 million to more than $6 million, the homes will be in various Naples neighborhoods, including Old Naples and The Moorings. Buyers can select from contemporary architectural styles enhanced by a vast array of custom features. For more information, call 537-5351 or visit encdev.com. HOMESFrom page 8COURTESY PHOTOThe pool area at 20 Third St. N. THE #1 COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES* BELLAVISTA 10130 Bellavista Circle, #1002 2BR/2BA + DEN $438,900 Golf Course View with Southern Exposure MONTELAGO 18081 Montelago Court 4 BR/4 BA $830,000 Private Pool & Cabana BELLAVISTA 10101 Bellavista Circle, #802 2 BR/2 BA + DEN $479,000 Golf Course & Lake Views MONTEBELLO 10722 Mirasol Drive, #503 3 BR/3 BA + DEN $825,000 Luxury Coach Home with Private Elevator VIVALDI 10700 Vivaldi Court, #601 3 BR/2 BA $599,900 Private Lake View MIRASOL 10733 Mirasol Drive, #311 2BR/2BA $375,000 Beachfront CondoCall the Resale Team today at (239) 425-2340 or visit MilomarLakes.com 10160 Miromar Lakes Boulevard, Miromar Lakes, Florida 33913 *National Association of Home Builders GOLD AWARD Winner for Community of the Year. 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A GUIDE TO THE LOCAL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYARTS & ENTERTAINMENTCSECTION INSIDEBROUGHT TO YOU BY:Marco Island | 239.642.2222 Broad Avenue | 239.434.2424 Fifth Avenue | 239.434.8770 Estuary at Grey Oaks | 239.261.3148 The Village | 239.261.6161 The Gallery in Central Naples | 239.659.0099 Vanderbilt| 239.594.9494 Residences at Mercato | 239.594.9400 Bonita Springs| 239.948.4000 Sanibel Island | 239.472.2735 Rentals| 239.262.4242 Writing ChallengePhotograph inspires fresh fiction from Southwest Florida writers. C10 No debateFilm critic Dan Hudak says Buckley-Vidal pissing matches make for a fine film. C15 Dog-gone goodBook reviewer Phil Jason delights in murder mystery set in Daytona. C5 Friends of the Library of Collier County has confirmed four bestselling authors for its 2016 Nick Linn Lecture Series. Since beginning in 2004, the luncheon series has raised nearly $800,000 for the Collier County Library System. The 2016 series begins Thursday, Feb. 4, with Kate Andersen Brower, whose non-fiction The Residence gives readers a look inside Americas first families through intimate account interviews with White House service staff personnel and first ladies from the Jacqueline Kennedy to the Michelle Obama. The seasons second program takes place Thursday, Feb. 18, and features Alafair Burke, author of All Day and a Night. Ms. Burkes crime novels grew out of her experience as a deputy district attorney in Portland, Ore. In 2014, she was co-author of The Cinderella Murder with Mary Higgins Clark. Dubbed the medical suspense queen by Publishers Weekly, Tess Gerritsen, author of Die Again, is the speaker for Thursday, March 7. A retired doctor, the author wrote the blockbuster book series that inspired the Rizzoli & Isles hit television series on TNT. The 2016 Nick Linn Lecture Series concludes on Thursday, March 14, with Adriana Trigiani, author of All the Stars in the Heavens. Known by millions of readers around the world for her 15 best-selling novels based on the themes of love and work, Ms. Trigiani is the first author to be invited back by popular demand to the Nick Linn Lecture Series. Founded by Friends of the Library board member Nick Linn, the ever-popular series attracts a dedicated following of nearly 650 The three-dimensional letters hover over the mundane landscape like alien spaceships from another galaxy or sprawl out like credits announcing the title of a film. Sometimes they form words, but more often entire phrases All That Fake Laughin For Nothin, Youre Just Agreeing With Me So Ill Shut Up, Hoozy Thinky Iz and Sexy Paintings By Sexy Painters For Sexy People, for example. Theyre Wayne Whites word paintings, playful phrases painted on top of cheap, thrift-store lithographs (those nondescript, mass-produced reproductions you often see hanging on motel walls).Best-selling authors booked for Nick Linn seriesWaynes world SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________BY NANCY STETSONnstetson@ oridaweekly.com I call my paintings the worlds shortest short stories ... Ive always been attracted to words, to letter forms. Were surrounded by letter forms. Theyre a big part of our environment. Wayne White, artist N F B m h ocript An interview with writer/cartoonist Mimi Pond.C10 >>inside:Wayne White brings his off-kilter view of the world to the Bob Rauschenberg GallerySEE ARTIST, C4 COURTESY PHOTOWayne White at work. SEE AUTHORS, C18
SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTS Being good sure is a drag I was recently on the phone with an older relative, an uncle on my late husbands side who is in his 60s, both of us bemoaning the aches and pains that come with working on a house. At least Im old, he said. Whats your excuse? I laughed. I had none. I tell you what, the uncle said. If I had known I was going to live this long, Id have taken better care of myself. He grew up during the 1960s and was no stranger to the experimentation of that decade or the years of hard living that followed. None of us thought wed make it past 30, he told me. But here I am. I would argue that my generation suffers from the opposite problem. We came into adulthood just as the baby boomers were tumbling into middle age. All that get-healthy, live-longer advice targeted at them spilled over onto our population. At an early age, we were conscious of the fact that we would probably live a long time as long as we took care of ourselves. So we stocked our fridges with blueberries and kale, swapped out coffee for green tea, swallowed our supplements and took up yoga. In romance, too, weve been trained to be good. My friends and I grew up in the midst of the AIDS epidemic, where safe sex took priority and no sex was even safer. The high divorce rate of our parents generation meant that we aspired to more lasting marriages. We read relationship advice books, we seek our marriage therapists, we cultivate our own identities to ensure that we dont lose ourselves to our partners. Sometimes I think the tendons in our necks must be standing out from all the straining to get it right. Im no different from anyone else of my era. My fridge is filled with berries and leafy greens. I only drink tea. I drive around town with a yoga mat in the trunk of my car. Im awfully smug about how good Im being. But truthfully? Im not having much fun. A few weeks ago, I met up with another friend, a man whose wife died less than a year ago. Grieving is hard and lonely, and sometimes the only thing we can offer our friends who are moving through it is the comfort of our presence. When I asked him how he was doing, he said what most of us say when were hurting: Im OK. Still, he was quick to assure me that hes grieving the right way. No quitting his job, no selling his house. He had, he insisted, been very good. After our time together, we walked down the sidewalk and stopped at his car. It was shiny, sporty, black and brand new. My friend gave a bashful shrug, but I could tell he was proud. Hes from the generation familiar with the thrill of not being careful. So Ive been a little bad, he said. The car made an excited chirp as he unlocked the doors. And you know what? Its a lot more fun. Artis Henderson is the author of Unremarried Widow published by Simon and Schuster. artis HENDERSONsandydays@floridaweekly.com www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015
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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Mr. White takes these forgettable landscapes and transforms them into something engaging and witty. I call my paintings the worlds shortest short stories, he says. Ive always been attracted to words, to letter forms. Were surrounded by letter forms Theyre a big part of our environment. As a child growing up in Chattanooga, Tenn., even before he learned to read, the shapes of letters and words fascinated Mr. White. I saw each letter as a character or a piece or architecture, he says. Just the shapes alone interested me. I used to draw them as characters, (such as) Mr. S. His word paintings are in the tradition of concrete poetry, he explains, where words are placed on the page in specific ways to make a visual effect. In some, the letters look as if theyve dropped acid, stretching, curling and elongating in bright, carnival-like colors. The humor, playfulness and spirit of absurdity in his work come as no surprise when you realize that this is the man who won three Emmys for his work on the TV show Pee-Wees Playhouse, for which he designed the set and created puppets including Floory, Dirty Dog, Cool Cat and Randy. After Pee-Wees Playhouse ended, he went on to design sets and characters for 1990s television shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakmans World, Riders in the Sky and Bill & Willis. Hes also won Billboard and MTV Music Video awards for his work as an art director on music videos such as The Smashing Pumpkins Tonight, Tonight and Peter Gabriels Big Time. An exhibit of Mr. Whites work, Wayne WHITE: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All, will be on display Sept. 11-Nov. 7 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers. The artist will attend and give a performance at the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.Many artistic hatsIn the art world, Mr. White has worn a variety of hats, working as a painter, sculptor, cartoonist, puppeteer, set designer, art director, animator, illustrator and sign painter. Very early in his career, he took a class from cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus and also co-edited Raw magazine, which Mr. White calls the worlds first Abstract Expressionist comic book. He worked as Mr. Spiegelmans studio assistant for a while, and also for multimedia artist Red Grooms, who he says was essential to his development as an artist. To actually meet him and work with him was a huge, amazing dream, he says of Mr. Grooms. It gave me so much confidence. It really gave me courage to go forward in the art world Im modeling myself after him in many ways. Mr. White had created puppets and put on shows with them in college and afterward, in New York. The edgy, anything-goes puppet shows with a punk mentality helped him get the job for Mrs. Cabobbles Caboose, a childrens music show on a PBS affiliate in Nashville, which led to his helping create the set and puppets for Pee-Wees Playhouse. He burned out after working in Hollywood, however, and 15 years ago returned to painting. He originally purchased thrift-store paintings for their frames, but one day, as he was about to kick in the painting, he thought: What if I paint my words on top of this already-painted landscape? The resulting painting, Human F**ckin Knowledge, was a big hit with anyone who visited his studio and led him to do more work on thrift-store landscape reproductions. When he showed them at a local Los Angeles restaurant, patrons purchased them so rapidly he could barely keep up. Then, he suddenly had gallery representation. In 2009, designer Todd Oldham edited a 382-page monograph of Mr. Whites work titled Maybe Now Ill Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve. And in 2012, Neil Berkeley directed a documentary about him called Beauty is Embarrassing. The film premiered at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Esquire magazine dubbed Mr. White one of the most exciting artists in America, and The Oxford American called him the weirdest landscape painter in America. It was just an experiment, a oneshot kind of thing, no pre-planning, the artist says of his decision to use the thrift-store painting as his canvas. Thats a lesson I always impart when I talk to art students: Always be ready to try a one-shot experiment, to do something goofy, even if you dont think itll work or its kind of stupid. Try it anyway. Thats what the studio is for, chasing down things. (Youll get) mostly failures, but every so often something happens. His 15 years of creating word paintings all started with a goofy experiment, he adds. It wouldnt have worked if I had thought about it seriously and planned it months in advance. The best stuff comes out of you sometimes (when you dont plan it.) Thats the value of humor: Its all about spontaneity and surprise. You catch somebody off-guard. Theres no better feeling than that. Its great to be jerked out of this mundane routine. It solicits this sound from you, like an animal. Its one of the greatest feelings in the world, but its discounted as minor.Find the humorMr. White believes humor is sacred and feels his mission is to bring humor to fine art. I dont know why you have to put on your Sunday best to make art, he says. It doesnt have to be a solemn trip to the chapel. It seems pretentious to me. Its like going to church. Why is everybody acting all weird and weepy and all dressed up? What does this have to do with the way you really are? I bring the crazy, vulgar, weird, irritating things of life to art. Humor is the spark of life, he adds. Without it, were dead. We have to have humor to survive. It keeps us sane. I dont want to go to church when I make art; I want to be myself, with no shoes, cracking jokes and being myself. He acknowledges the influence of Ed Ruscha, who incorporates words into his paintings, calling him probably the greatest word artist, word painter. Im a huge fan of his, he says. Im carrying on Ruschas tradition. But Im bringing my own thing to it. He points out that other collage artists besides Robert Rauschenberg used junk and scraps to create art. Everybodys carrying on what went before and putting their own spin on it. Like Mr. Rauschenberg, Mr. White likes to use found material. Hell create puppets and sculpture out of twigs and wood scraps. Im attracted to discovering materials and using them, rather than just traditional art supplies, he says. He also allows that his work is very different than Mr. Rauschenbergs. Im a storyteller and a puppeteer, and his work was a little more abstract than mine, he says. But I do appreciate his humor. Were both Southerners. A lot of shared traits there. Ive always been a huge fan. He was the first abstract artist I really got. He was my gateway into modern art. I loved his use of material and his humor. (Its all about) spontaneity, reacting to things, collaborating with your materials, just letting things kind of happen, serendipity.A Rauschenberg likenessIn early 2013, Mr. White and his wife, the cartoonist/writer Mimi Pond (see page C10), had a month-long Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency at the late artists compound on Captiva Island, which Mr. White describes as one of the ultimate artist residencies available in the country. They give you your own studio, art supplies, a chef that cooks for you every day. He created approximately 40 watercolors while there, just reacting to the environment. He visited the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers and also took a trip to the junkyard where Mr. Rauschenberg would get his scrap metal. It was a real honor to be there, he says. And its an honor to be showing at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. He was an amazing artist and philanthropist. In addition to showing Mr. Whites work, the gallery has commissioned him to create a Robert Rauschenberg puppet. Mr. White will be in residency a week prior to the Sept. 11 opening, working with FSW students to create an oversized Rauschenberg-like character. At the opening reception, hell don the giant mask costume and give a short performance. I havent quite worked out what Im doing, he says, but hell be performing in his studio, making art. It relates back to his use of cardboard, kind of quoting that in a way.No denyingBeing an artist is never an easy road, but Mr. White says, The only thing that really matters is persistence. Thats the one talent youve got to have, or its all over. He recalls watching actor/comedian/ musician Steve Martin being interviewed by Charlie Rose. He said, Kids are always asking me, how do I get into show business, how do I get an agent, how do I get signed? I always tell them something they dont want to hear: Do something great. To that, Mr. White adds: Do something where you cannot be denied. Thats all there is to it. You do something great through persistence. Its not about going to parties or who you meet. Its those long, lonely hours doing something repetitively. Thats all there is to it. Everything else is politics. Youve got to do something where you are not denied. ARTISTFrom page 1 Wayne WHITE: Here Comes Mr. Know-It-All>> What: An exhibit of paintings, drawings and more by Wayne White >> Where: The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers campus >> When: Sept. 11-Nov. 7, with opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 and regular hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. >> Admission: Free >> Info: 489-9313 or rauschenberggallery. com COURTESY PHOTOSWayne White (above) will display his work (below) at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C5 RizePea Plastic Surgery has been enhancing the bodies and the lives of people throughout Southwest Florida for 25 years. Cosmetic surgeries such as breast augmentation or reduction, tummy tucks, liposuction can help you reshape your body enabling you to look and feel your very best. Call us today for a complete list of services or visit us online at dr-pena.com. ince 19906370 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 101, Naples, FL 34119 239-352-5554 la-piel.com FLORIDA WRITERSDog-gone murder mystery rattles Daytona Hair of the Dog by Susan Slater. Poisoned Pen Press. 238 pages. Trade paperback, $14.95. Other editions available. I dont remember reading or even reading about a novel centered on the greyhound racing business. Now Susan Slater has come up with a dazzler set in Daytona. Being the third in Ms. Slaters series of Dan Mahoney Mystery stories, it of course follows Dan and his fianc, Elaine Linden, through the investigation of claims against Dans employer, United Life and Casualty. This time, five premier, well-insured greyhounds insured by Dans company have died in a fire at the dog track, or so it seems. Conveniently, the case provides the impetus for the couple to consider moving permanently to Florida; after all, why should these characters live far away from their creator? Distraught Dixie Halifax, co-owner of the slowly failing track and casino, has the dogs ashes in five urns lined up on her desk. The initial investigation has led to the arrest of Fucher Crumm. A man with some developmental challenges who works at the track, Fucher is charged with arson committed to cover up the murder of Jackson Sanchez, the principal kennel owner at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room. Those who know Fucher cant believe he could possibly be guilty of such deeds. Hes a gentle soul without guile. Has there been a rush to judgment? Another curious fact is that the pool of blood under Jacksons corpse is not his own. Furthermore, in the course of the investigation, two other people connected with the dog track turn up dead. Dan has his hands full with all thats happening at the track, even though his main interest is whether or not the insurance company should pay off on the policies covering the dogs lives. When the cremains turn out to have only human DNA, the question becomes: What happened to the dogs? Dear reader, that is not for me to answer. Dan also has his hands full because of his mothers infatuation with a man who might not be who he appears to be. In fact, even Dans mother is suspicious of the lothario who has been wooing her. She turns to Elaine in an attempt to find out if Stanley is on the up and up. Elaine is studying to get a private investigator license in order to team up with her future husband. Her teacher, ex-FBI agent Scott, allows her to make the investigation of Stanley part of her curriculum. The two story threads are tied together over the discovery that the track and casino operation has been corrupted by a money-laundering operation. Guess who is part of it? The author has a great time adroitly juggling her plot lines; her characters desires, insights and blind spots; and the abundant facts she has gathered about the dog-racing industry. She also has fun taking (through her characters of course) sarcastic potshots at The Villages, a well-known central Florida retirement community about an hours drive north of Orlando. Though Ms. Slater has not lived in Florida very long, she has used that time to discover how to build vivid, credible Florida scenes. Plenty of distinctive minor characters flesh out this novel, populating an intriguing microcosm in which greed and desperation drive unforeseen crimes. Determination, compassion and humor help the protagonists get through dark times and make their relationship glow.About the authorSusan Slater is also the author the highly acclaimed Ben Pecos series of mysteries (Pumpkin Seed Massacre, Yellow Lies and Thunderbird and the novella, A Way to the Manger) plus the standalones to 60, and Five Oclock Shadow. In addition to Hair of the Dog, the other Dan Mahoney Mysteries are Flash Flood, Rollover (reviewed in these pages). A long-time college instructor of writing, Ms. Slater has recently relocated from New Mexico to eastern Florida. Phil Jason, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy professor emeritus of English, is a poet, critic and freelance writer with 20 books to his credit, including several studies of war literature and a creative writing text. t h t C s t philJASONpkjason@comcast.net SLATER
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GOTHEATERSome Enchanted Evening Through Sept. 26 at the Broadway Palm Theatre, Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com.THURSDAY9.3Grow Organic Naples Botanical Garden hosts a workshop on organic vegetable production at 9 a.m. $35 for Garden members, $40 for others. 6437275 or naplesgarden.org. Garden Clinic Bring photos or samples of your ailing greenery to Naples Botanical Garden for diagnosis and tips from 10 a.m. to noon. 643-7275 or naplesgarden.org. Funny Face Naples Regional Library screens Funny Face (USA, 1957) at 2 p.m. An impromptu fashion shoot at a bookstore results in a shop clerk being discovered. Free. Registration required. 263-7768 or collierlibrary. org. Alla Fun! Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs invites guests to create a piece of art while enjoying pizza and wine starting at 5:30 p.m. $55. 26100 Old 41 Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org. Free Concert Rick Howard and the Speedbumps perform on the lawn at Mercato starting at 6 p.m. Free. 250-1080 or mercatoshops.com.FRIDAY9.4The Power Within Join the meditation session and chill out at 10 a.m. at Goddess I Am. $10. 600 Goodlette-Frank Road. 228-6949 or goddessiam.com.Foreign Film South Regional Library screens Amour (France, 2012) at 2 p.m. When an octogenarian couples grown daughter has a stroke, their bond of love is severely tested. Free, registration required. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway. 252-7542 or collierlibrary.org. Foxy Night The Betty Fox Band performs at 6:30 and 9 p.m. at Artis Naples. $15. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org.SATURDAY9.5Free Fun The Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers free admission to kids 12 and younger every Saturday in September. 262-0304 or conservancy. org. Peace and Paddleboarding Strive for perfect balance in a class that combines yoga and stand-up paddleboarding from 8:30-9:45 a.m. on the beach at Second Avenue North. $35 includes board rental; $15 if you bring your own board. Text 595-3199 to obtain confirmation beforehand.Wonder Garden Kids can learn about the wonder of seeds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Naples Botanical Garden. Regular admission applies. 643-7275 or naplesgarden.com.Find Furry Friends For Footed Friends and Collier County Domestic Animal Services host an adoption event at 11 a.m. at the pet store. 13040 Livingston Road. 384-9999 or forfootedfriends. com. All That Jazz The Naples Jazzmasters perform from 1-3 p.m. at The Norris Center. Donations appreciated. 213-3058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Tricks are for Kids Let Masquerade & Balloons Galore teach the kids some new tricks in a workshop from 2-3 p.m. Good for ages 8 and up. $15. 2100 Trade Center Way. Reservations required. 643-3330.Improv Night Enjoy ad-libbing at its finest starting at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. $12 for members, $15 non-members in advance, $17 at the door. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org. Room2Laugh Comedians Bryan Hamilton and Mark Browne take the stage at Nanas Diner at 8:30 p.m. $18. 5555 Golden Gate Blv d. 455 -2844 or room2laugh.com. Teen Bounce Bounce! Trampoline Sports invites teens to Jump n Glow with lasers, black light and a deejay cranking up at 9 p.m. $25. 302-3848 or bouncenaples.com. SUNDAY9.6Open Mike Freds Food, Fun & Spirits invites singer/songwriters to perform at 5 p.m. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928 or fredsdiner.com. MONDAY9.7Labor Day BBQ Naples Italian American Foundation hosts a barbecue buffet at 12:30 p.m. on Labor Day. Bring a card game or board to enjoy with others. Make reservations by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. $15 for members, $18 for others. 7035 Airport-Pulling Road. 597-5210 or niafoundation.org. T.G.I.M. The Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off a new season of T.G.I.M. screenings and discussions at 6:30 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. sbdac.com.Films for Film Lovers Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs screens Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992) at 7 p.m. $10. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita. org. Ommmm Chelseas Resale Shoppe hosts evening meditations starting at 5:15 p.m. every Monday. Peace offering welcome. 949 Second Ave. N. 261-0005. TUESDAY9.8Take a Walk Take a 90-minute guided stroll along the shaded, 2.25mile boardwalk at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary starting at 9:30 a.m. Free with regular admission ($12 for adults, $6 for college students, $4 for ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger). Limited to 12 participants. Tours are offered every Monday, Tuesday and Friday through October. 348-9151 or corkscrew.audubon.org.Story Time Celebrate Literacy Day by taking the little ones to DelnorWiggins Pass State Park for story time beginning at 10 a.m. Free with park entry fee ($2 for bicyclists and walkers, $4 per car with one person, $6 per car with two or more people). 597-6196 or floridastateparks.org.Rec Room The Naples Italian American Foundation hosts mah jongg, bridge and cards at 11:30 a.m. Free for members, $3 for non-members. 7035 Airport Road. 597-5210 or niafoundation.org. The First Steps Pablo Repun Tango holds a lesson for beginners starting at 7 p.m. $15. 1673 Pine Ridge Road. 738-4184 or pablorepuntango.com.WEDNESDAY9.9Meet the Artist Meet photographer Damaris Gonzales, resident artist at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park for 2015, from 9-10 a.m. at the park. Ms. Gonzales will take pictures of wildlife and discuss her work. Free with regular park entrance fee ($2 for bicyclists and walkers, $4 per car with one person, $6 per car with two or more people). 5976196 or floridastateparks.org.Beach Yoga Candice Oligney of Green Monkey Yoga leads a gentle yoga class for all levels from 9-10 a.m. at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Bring yoga mat, water, a towel and bug spray. $5 plus regular park entrance fee (see above item). Sign up by calling 598-1938 or visiting greenmonkey.com.Local History Naples Historical Society hosts a walking tour of Old Naples setting out at 9:30 a.m. from Historic Palm Cottage. Reservations required. $10 members, $16 nonmembers. 137 12th Ave. S. 261-8164 or napleshistoricalsociety.org. Kids DIY Miromar Outlet offers arts and crafts for kids from 3-12 years old starting at 10 a.m. in MundoFox Playland. Free. 948-3766 or miromaroutlets.com. Free Film Headquarters Regional Library screens Still Alice (USA, 2015) at 2 p.m. A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers disease. Free, registration required. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive. 593-0177 or collierlibrary.org. Take the Cannoli Naples International Film Festival screens The Godfather (1972) at 6:30 p.m. at Silverspot Cinema at Mercato. $16. 775-3456 or silverspotcinema.com.Champagne & Chocolate Shulas Steakhouse hosts the fifth annual Champagne & Chocolate Sunset Cruise to benefit The United Way setting out on the Naples Princess at 6:30 p.m. $85. Reservations required. 659-3176 or shulasnaples.com. COMING UPAlong Came a Spider Learn about Floridas spiders at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Registration required. Free with park entry fee ($2 for bicyclists and walkers, $4 per car with one person, $6 per car with two or more people). 597-6196 or floridastateparks.org. Classical Concert South Regional Library hosts a chamber concert at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Free. 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway. 252-7542 or collierlibrary.org. Raku for You Richard Rosen guides participants through painting a bisqued vase using the ancient technique of raku from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at his studio in the Naples Art District. $48 includes a casual buffet dinner. 2172 J&C Blvd. 821-0161 or email@example.com. American Songs The Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University presents A Feast of American Songs, the first concert of the 2015-16 Faculty & Guest Artist Series, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the FGCU recital hall. The evening features soprano Jeanie Darnell and pianist Michael Baron. $10 for the general public, $7 for students at the door or at fgcu.edu/CAS/Music.Funny Lady Comedian Tammy Pescatelli takes the stage at Off the Hook Comedy Club Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 10-13. Check website for prices and show times. 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road. 389-6901 or offthehoodcomedy.com.Breakfast of Champions The Naples chapter of the Experiemental Aircraft Association serves a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Naples Municipal Airport. $5 includes pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage and orange juice. All proceeds benefit the EAA Young Eagles program that acquaints youth ages 8-17 with aviation as a career. 649-6627 or eaa1067.com.Films for Film Lovers Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs screens 3 Tzameti (France, 2005) at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Sebastian follows instructions not meant for him while a cop is tailing him into a degenerate, clandestine world where men gamble with each others lives. $10. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.Military Lecture Hodges University presents a lecture about Nathan Bedford Forrest at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Vi at Bentley Village. 561 Bentley Village Court. $25. 598-6133 or hodges.edu.Great Bowls of Fire Learn some glazing techniques while creating your own ceramic bowl in a session starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. $55. 26100 Old 41 Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.Dinner Social Naples Italian American Foundation hosts a four-course dinner with dessert and coffee at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, followed by cards and mah jongg. Proper attire required (no shorts or jeans). $25 for members, $30 for non-members. 7035 Airport Road. 597-5210 or niafoundation.org. Traveling Dinos North Collier Regional Park hosts the Dinosaur Museum Traveling Exhibit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17-18. $3. 15000 Livingston Road. 252-8426 or colliermuseums.com Third Thursday Flashback plays the Fleischmann Courtyard on Third Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. 434-6533 or thirdstreetsouth. com.Kids Concert ArtisNaples presents The Snow Queen with the Naples Philharmonic for homeschoolers and families starting at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Check website for dates. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org.SummerJazz Finale Late Night Brass brings the 30th annual series of free concerts on the lawn at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club to a close from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. 2612222 or nap lesbeachhotel.com. The Betty Fox Band kicks off a new season of Live & Local concerts in the Daniels Pavilion at ArtisNaples at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. The intimate hall takes on a lounge-like vibe and the urge to dance comes naturally. Additional concerts are Oct. 23 with O Som Do Jazz and Dec. 9 with Rick Howard and the Speedbumps. $15 includes one beverage; food and drink also available for purchase.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C7 Dinos Live Collier County Museums and Collier County Parks and Recreation host Dinosaur George Live at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at North Collier Regional Park. Presenter George Blasing is a self-taught paleontologist and animal behaviorist, public speaker, writer and television personality. $5. 15000 Livingston Road. 252-8476 or colliermuseums.com.Naples Blues Festival The fifth annual Naples Blues Festival takes place from 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Courthouse Shadows Shopping Center. Headline acts include the Lauren Mitchell Band and the Mark Telesca Band. $10, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Musuem of Military Memorabilia. 3350 Tamiami Trail E. 572-3799.Paws in the Day The Continental and Humane Society Naples host Bow Wow Brunch, a dog-friendly meal for young professionals who want to learn about getting involved with HSN, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at The Continental. $30. 643-1555 or hsnaples.org. Cultural Lecture Hodges University presents a lecture about the people and places of South America at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Vi at Bentley Village. $25. 598-6133 or hodges.edu.Films for Film Lovers Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs screens The Deflowering of Eva Van End (2012, Netherlands) at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. The members of a dysfunctional family begin to reinvent themselves thanks to the arrival of a foreign exchange student. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 4958989 or artcenterbonita.org. Remember the Ladies Naples Regional Library presents a one-woman play about the rich and varied life of Abigail Adams at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. Free, registration required. 2637768 or collierlibrary.org.Mangrove Walk Explore the mangroves and learn about the unique ecosystem from a park ranger at DelnorWiggins State Park at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Free with park entry fee ($2 for bicyclists and walkers, $4 per car with one person, $6 per car with two or more people). 597-6196 or floridastateparks.org. Script Club Headquarters Regional Library launches a new club that explores how actors interpret scripts as they prepare for stage performances. For the first session at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Gulfshore Playhouse staff will lead a discussion about The Glass Menagerie. Register and pick up script 14 days prior to meeting. Free. 2385 Orange Blossom Drive. 593-0177 or collierlibrary.org.Latin King of Comedy Joey Medina performs at Off the Hook Comedy Club Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27. Check website for show times and ticket prices. 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road. 389-6901 or offthehookcomedy.com. Passion for Fashion Waterside Shops hosts the third annual Craving Fashion event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, to benefit Make-a-Wish Southern Florida and The United Way of Collier County. Sip, shop and stroll while enjoying bites from dozens of area 40 restaurants. $50. 598-1605 or watersideshops.com. Email calendar listings and high-resolution photos to Lindsey Nesmith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send Word or text documents and jpgs with pertinent details, cost and contact information. No pdfs or photos of fliers. Deadline for calendar submissions is noon Monday. 9.5 9.9 9.5 9.3Take the kids to Masquerade & Balloons Galore to learn some new tricks in a magic workshop from 2-3 p.m. Saturday. Good for ages 8 and up. $15. 2100 Trade Center Way. Reservations required. 643-3330Indulge in your favorite things at Shulas fifth annual Champagne & Chocolate Sunset Cruise setting sail aboard the Naples Princess at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. $85, with proceeds benefitting The United Way of Collier County. $85. Reservations required. shulasnaples.comLooking for a new best friend? For Footed Friends at 13040 Livingston Road will have lots of adoptable pets on hand from Collier County Domestic Animal Services starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. forfootedfriends.comHit the brakes and pull into Mercato for free music by Rick Howard and the Speedbumps from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. mercatoshops. com 9.7T.G.I.M. with the Fort Myers Film Festival means indie films, music and fun with celebrity judges, musicians and comedians. Doors open for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers. sbdac.com WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC8 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Shell Point Summer Concert Series 2015Shell Point is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.To purchase tickets visit shellpoint.org/concerts or call (239) 454-2067 2015 Shell Point. All rights reserved. ACT-970-15DICK HYMAN BIG BANDS & COMBOSThursday, Sept. 10 | 7:30 P.M.Dick Hyman has had a long-standing career as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. While developing his own piano style, Hyman investigated ragtime and early periods of jazz, researching and recording the piano music of greats like Joplin, Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington. His performance will feature lm clips of famous Big Band recordings, followed by Hymans own solo version. n. n Tickets just$20 KOVEL: ANTIQUESTractor toy recreated life on the farm BY TERRY KOVEL AND KIM KOVELToys are fun to use, but they also are learning tools. What child wouldnt want a toy tractor that looked exactly like the big one used on the farm? Cars, trucks, trains, airplanes and other toys can be dated by looking up the history of the adult version. A toy Fordson tractor sold at a Bertoia Auction in 2014 for $185. It is marked with the name of the maker, Arcade. Its easy to find the history of this toy. Ford made tractors and trucks with the brand name Fordson from 1917 to 1964. Arcade Manufacturing Company worked from 1902, but the first farm toy it made was the Fordson Tractor in 1922. There were different versions of the tractor, one with W&K tires, and one with steel wheels. But watch out. Many reproductions have been made. Q : I found a Florence Ceramics Delores figurine in my mothers attic. Its a woman in a rose-colored dress, with a bonnet, shawl and gloves. Its 8 inches high. What is it worth, and whats the best way to try to sell it? A: Florence Ward began making figurines in her garage in Pasadena, California, before establishing the Florence Ceramics Co. in the 1940s. She designed all the figurines and other giftware items made by the company. The company was sold to Scripto in 1964 and different products were made. That company went out of business in 1977. The Delores figurine was made in several different colors, including moss green, pink, teal and yellow. Your figurines rose-colored dress probably is what is called pink. Delores in a yellow dress is rarer than the others. There has been a big drop in the price of figurines like this, and they are worth only $21 to $50 Ford Motor Company made the large Fordson Tractor in the early 1930s, when this 5-inch-high toy was made. It sold last year at Bertoias Auction in Vineland, N.J., for $185. FREE WITH A $50 GROCERY ORDERSeaglass Pinot Grigio (750 ml)Must present coupon. While supplies last; limit one per customer. Good through 9/10/15. Not valid with tobacco purchases. SAVE25%on All Tailgate Collegiate ItemsMust present coupon. While supplies last. Good through 9/10/15. Serving Naples the Finest Products for Over 70 Years141 TAMIAMI TRAIL NORTH, NAPLES, FLORIDA 34102 239.261.7157 WYNNSONLINE.COM FLORIDA MADE NATURES HEALTH HUMMUSBUY ONE GET ONE FREE(Assorted Flavors; 8-Ounce) Must present coupon. While supplies last. Good through 9/10/15. Presents org & The Spectacle of Living WondersCaptain Lazarus Join Us If You Dare for A Haunted House on the Anniversdary of A Catastrophic Event at the Site of The Naples Art Association October 29th 6:30-10:00p October 30th 6:00-10:00p October 31st 5:00-10:00p$5 per person or $20 per family
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 C9 today. Rarities sell for $100 to $250. Q: I have a toy castle that was my uncles in the 1920s. Its made of wood and metal, and its raised on a mountain that resembles rocks with a trap door. It has four other pieces a tower, two different buildings and a 6-inch wall with painted brickwork, doors and windows. The base is wood, 11 by 14 inches, and has a hinged storage space for pieces. Any information about the maker and value? A: Christian Hausser and his sons, Otto and Max, founded a toy company in Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 1904. The company is best-known for miniature toy soldiers from many wars, medieval knights, villains, cowboys, Indians, civilian characters, and farm and Noahs Ark animals. The firms Elastolin figures, made from sawdust and glue and then hand-painted, were made until the 1950s. The company also made imaginatively designed military and civilian vehicles and fortresses. Early models, from the late 1920s or early s, are generic. Pieces are wood covered by lithographed paper. The rocky base is composition, another type of sawdust-and-glue mixture. From the 1950s until production stopped in 1983, they made hard-plastic figures, castles and forts. You are missing a few pieces: the entrance arch that connects to the footbridge, a keep and another building. A more complete model sold in 2013 for $350, but collectors love toy soldier sets and may pay about $125 to $150 for yours. Q: I have a Schrader valve with a leather case. It was manufactured by A. Schraders Son Inc. in Brooklyn, New York. It has three patent dates, March 28, 1916; Feb. 14, 1922; and Apr 10, 1923. Its marked Ford Motor Co. for Model A. How much is it worth? A: August Schrader received his first patent for a valve in 1893. Today Schrader valves are still used on most pneumatic (inflatable) tires on bicycles, cars and motorcycles. August Schrader emigrated from Germany and opened a machine shop in Manhattan in 1844. He made valves for life preservers, diving equipment, air pillows, and other inflatable rubber items and held several patents. The company moved to Brooklyn before 1900. After his son George joined the business, it became A. Schraders Son. Ford made the Model A from 1927 until 1932. You might find interest in your valve at a classic car show or at the Model A Ford Collectors Club (mafca.com). Your valve might appeal to an owner of a Model A Ford, and the leather case might add value. Tip: Pen marks can be removed from leather with a clear gum eraser, not a pink one. Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels (Florida Weekly), King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5, Naples, Florida 34109 239.592.0050 NoodlesCafe.comLUNCH/MONFRI 11:30 to 4DINNER/MON-SAT 4 to 10 & SUN 4 to 9 EA A CH H N N IG HT T F RO M 6 t o 9 9 M M A N N H A T T T A N C O N N E C T T I O N N Thursday, Sept. 3, 10 & 24Lisa and Danny perform music from the 40s through todays hits.V E L L V E T TO U C HSaturday, Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26Lou and Marie perform dance music from the 40s through the 80s. PURCHASE OF A NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE REQUIRED.Cannot be combined with any other offers, specials or coupons.MON-FRI FROM 11:30 to 3 SUSHI$9.99 PASTA$5.99 Shell Point Summer Concert Series 2015Shell Point is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.To purchase tickets visit shellpoint.org/concerts or call (239) 454-2067 2015 Shell Point. All rights reserved. ACT-970-15DICK HYMAN BIG BANDS & COMBOSThursday, Sept. 10 | 7:30 P.M.Dick Hyman has had a long-standing career as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. While developing his own piano style, Hyman investigated ragtime and early periods of jazz, researching and recording the piano music of greats like Joplin, Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington. His performance will feature lm clips of famous Big Band recordings, followed by Hymans own solo version. n. n Tickets just$20
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Mimi Pond: Living a life in cartoon panelsEver since she was a child, Mimi Pond knew she was going to be a cartoonist. My father was my first drawing teacher. He taught me how to draw cartoons and instilled a love of comics from the get-go, she says. I was told from the beginning I was going to be a cartoonist. But as she grew older and stuck to her career goal, she says her parents began saying, We thought maybe you could be a nurse. But Ms. Pond could not be dissuaded. Im sorry, the die was cast, she says gleefully. (Ms. Pond is married to artist Wayne White, the subject of the story that starts on page C1.) What cartoons inspired her while growing up? Charlie Brown was big, she says. Everybody copied Peanuts, everybody could do it. Everyone had to be able to draw Snoopy. I learned a lot about facial expressions from studying Charles Schultz. Those parentheses around Charlie Browns eyes that indicated his frustration and vulnerability express so much. The economy of lines is amazing. She also liked the strips paradoxical contrasts. His stuff is fantastically dark, she says. Its very kind of nihilistic and negative in a way, and at the same time, sort of life-affirming. That was his appeal. He was able to condense so many complex emotions into simple lines and universally relatable themes. Youre just trying to get to the heart of something in the most simple way you can. I think thats what it comes down to in comics. Im in awe of songwriters; its kind of like the same thing. The ability to condense complex human emotions into a thr ee-minute song is an incredible thing. Although when she was growing up, there were always New Yorker cartoon collections around the house, Ms. Pond says she never had the gift of crafting a single-panel gag cartoon. Its condensing everything into one panel, the perfect image and the perfect one-line caption, she says. Thats a whole other way of work But I loved those drawings George Price and Charles Addams and Sam Gross and Roz Chast lots and lots of the greats. She was never a fan of superhero comics. I just felt that being a girl, there was nothing in it for me, she says. There were no women. The whole superhero thing never appealed to me. I liked the real world, real-life stories. As she grew older, she began reading underground comix like the work of Robert Crumb. It was a great do-it-yourself lesson, she says. Those cartoonists were only about five or 10 years old than I was and publishing themselves, taking this art form of comic books and making it something different and revolutionary and strange. That was very exciting.A sprawling careerHer career took a giant leap forward when Shary Flenniken, the cartoon editor of National Lampoon, recognized her talent and became her mentor. She invited Ms. Pond to stay with her in New York and started running her comics in the magazine. That was a foot in the door, Ms. Pond says. She also did cartoons in The Village Voice. An editor took her to lunch, and she regaled him with stories from her San Diego childhood. Fast Times at Ridgemont High hadnt come out yet, but I went to high school with 10 Spicolis. Id been goofing and imitating these guys: Hey man, we oughta go catch the waves, itd be awesome. He said, Do you want to do a book about Valley Girls? Ms. Pond, of course, said yes. It came at just the right time; she was down to her last $500. The Valley Girls Guide to Life was published Jan. 1, 1982. And over the next two decades she came out with more titles: Mimi Ponds Secrets of the Powder Room, Shoes Never Lie, A Groom of Ones Own and Other Bridal Accessories and Splitting Hairs The Bald Truth About Bad Hair Days. From the 1980s to the 1990s, she wrote a full-page comic for Seventeen magazine. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles with her husband. A friend of cartoonist Matt Groening, she wrote the first full-length episode of The Simpsons television show: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. But that was the only episode she wrote; producers Sam Simon and Al Jean wanted a boys club, she says, and they didnt want me in their boys club. So I got thrown off the moving gravy train there. That was not a happy experience. In retrospect, she says, I dont know if I was cut out to write for television; Im not that good at working in a group. But she wrote an episode for PeeWees Playhouse and one for Designing Women. And she focused on raising the couples children, Woodrow and Lulu. Im glad I got to experience my childrens childhood the way I did, she says. There are trade-offs. Being a parent is a constant challenge, (but) we raised two really great kids, who are both brilliant artists and great people. And Ms. Pond spent 15 years working on a graphic novel thats a fictionalized retelling of becoming a waitress at a diner in Oakland, Calif., in the 1970s after her junior year at art school. Over Easy was published in 2014 ($24.95, Drawn & Quarterly). In addition to being a New York Times Bestseller, it wound up on numerous 2014 Best Of lists, including lists in The Comics Journal, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Bitch, Salon and Publishers Weekly. It received an honorable mention from The Washington Post. She also won an Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic-Con. Ms. Pond worked on her coming-of-age story during her Robert Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island in 2013. On her Facebook page, she calls the experience a complete life-changer for me in terms of getting work done on my book. It was heaven, it was the best thing that ever happened to me, she says of the residency. We were treated like royalty. (It was like) being carried around on silk pillows. You go there to work. Its really a tremendous gift and honor. Its wonderful to be taken seriously, to have an organization say, We want to help you realize your dream. She jokes that if she had said to them, I was thinking, Id like to construct a giant coffee pot in the woods made entirely out of Jell-O, they would have responded, Thats good. We could help you. The month-long residency allowed her to get a good chunk of work done on her book. Filled with drugs, sex and dirty jokes, Over Easy name checks everyone from Edward Hopper to Elvis Costello to Noel Coward. Its about finding ones place in the world and the drama and camaraderie that go on behind the scenes in a restaurant. Ms. Pond is working on a sequel, The Customer Is Always Wrong, slated for publication in spring 2016. Although she doesnt want to give too much away, she does say, It gets a lot darker. Thats all I can say. Everything was really fun until one day it wasnt any more. And after that? I dont know what Ill do. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 HOROSCOPES FELINE FINDER By Linda ThistlePlace a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Sponsored By: Moderate Challenging ExpertPuzzle Difficulty this week: SEE ANSWERS, C11SEE ANSWERS, C11VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Congratulations. A more positive aspect highlights much of the Virgos week. You should find others more receptive to your suggestions, and also more likely to act on them.LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) All work and little play could wear the Libras usually positive attitude down. Take some much-needed time off. Perhaps a short jaunt with someone special is the way to go.SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) This is a good time to expand your view from the known to the unfamiliar. Confronting new situations could be challenging, but ultimately also could be extremely satisfying.SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Giving advice to those who just want validation for what theyre doing can be unsettling. So back off and save your counsel for those who really appreciate it.CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Cultivating a more positive attitude not only makes you feel better about yourself, but also has an upbeat effect on those around you, especially that certain someone. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Keeping the lines of communication open and accessible is the key to establishing the right foundation on which to build an important and meaningful relationship. Stay with it.PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Before agreeing to act on a request, consider using your perceptive Piscean talents to see what might lie hidden beneath its surface and could possibly cause problems later on.ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Careful, Lamb. Taking on too many tasks at one time can cause you to create more snarls each time you try to work your way through the tangled mass. Best to handle one job at a time.TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Making bold moves is what Bovines do. But the best moves are made with lots of data to provide backup just in case you charge into an unexpected complication. A new relationship shows promise.GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Sharing credit for a job well done is easy for you to do, but not necessarily for your partner. But fair is fair. Dont let yourself be denied the right to have your contributions recognized.CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Communication is important to help bridge a gap that can lead to problems at home and/or at the workplace. Find a way to get your points across before the breach becomes a chasm.LEO (July 23 to August 22) Relationships, whether business or personal, need to be watched carefully for signs of trouble. Any negative indications should be dealt with before they become too burdensome.BORN THIS WEEK: Youre a friend who, if you err at all, does so on the side of concern for those you care about. PUZZLES
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 C13 CONTRACT BRIDGEBasic card readingBY STEVE BECKERThe aim of an elimination play is to compel a defender when he is given the lead later in the play to make a return that costs his side a trick. Take this case where South is in four spades and West leads the K-Q-A of clubs, declarer ruffing the third club. South leads the trump queen, on which West plays the five. It would be wrong to finesse, considering Wests three-club bid, because West would have opened one club, not three, had he held the guarded king of spades and A-K-Q-10-8-3 of clubs. So South goes up with the ace, hoping either to catch the singleton king or to develop an endplay against East later on. After East follows low to the ace, South cashes the A-K of diamonds, eliminating that suit, and then puts East on lead with a trump. East is now endplayed. If he returns a diamond, South ruffs it in his hand, discarding the heart nine from dummy. A subsequent heart finesse brings home the contract. If East instead returns a heart at trick eight, South follows low, winning Wests ten with dummys jack, and takes a second heart finesse to make the contract. Note that if South takes the trump finesse at trick four, he goes down one. East wins with the king and returns a trump, and East-West score a heart trick eventually, assuming they defend correctly. Oddly enough, the contract can be defeated if East makes the extraordinary play of ruffing his partners ace of clubs with the king of spades at trick three and returns a trump or a diamond. Declarer is helpless against this defense. It just goes to show that it sometimes pays to trump partners ace. The trick is to know when to do it. SUNTHU 11:30AM TO 9:00PMFRISAT 11:30AM TO 10:00PM THE VILLAGE ON VENETIAN BAY4236 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, Florida 34103 239-430-6273miramarenaples.comWaterfront Dining at its Best THU1130A THU1130 THU113 HU11 HU1 MiraMare will be closed from September 8-20 for remodeling. PLEASE JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 21FOR OUR GRAND REOPENING! ENJOY INDIE MOVIES DOWNTOWN EVERY FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH IN SEASON WITH ERIC RADDATZ AT THE SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTERHEAD TO WWW.FORTMYERSFILMFESTIVAL.COM OR WWW.SBDAC.COM #beINSPIRED #FIRSTMONDAY every month www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com 09.07.15 10.05.15 11.02.15 12.07.15 01.04.16 02.01.16
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC14 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 FILM CAPSULESWe Are Your Friends 1/2(Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley) An aspiring DJ (Mr. Efron) falls for his mentors (Mr. Bentley) girlfriend (Ms. Ratajkowski) in this version of the struggling artist fights to make his mark on the world story. If youre young, ambitious and in search of yourself, and/or if you enjoy electronic music, give it a shot. If not, pass. You wont miss much. Rated R.American Ultra (Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton) A stoner (Mr. Eisenberg) discovers hes a covert CIA operative and defends his girlfriend (Ms. Stewart) from assassins. The premise is clever, but its not funny and is far too violent. Rated R.Straight Outta Compton 1/2(OShea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) The early days of pioneering rap group N.W.A. are highlighted in this tremendous biopic from director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). The music and story are well done, but the real highlight of the film is the performances, particularly Mr. Mitchell as Eazy-E. Rated R.The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 1/2(Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander) In 1963, a CIA agent (Mr. Cavill) and KGB agent (Mr. Hammer) reluctantly work together to stop the construction and sale of a nuclear warhead. It has some whimsical, breezy charm and decent action, but theres nothing spectacular here. Rated PG-13.Fantastic Four (Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan) Young scientists teleport to an alternate dimension, only to return with superpowers. You can see the potential, but poor story structure undoes anything the movie has going for it. Rated PG-13.Ricki and the Flash (Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer) With her daughters (Ms. Gummer) marriage in shambles, distant Ricki (Ms. Streep) comes back to town to offer support. Too bad shes not wanted. For a cast of this caliber, from a script by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme, we have a right to expect much more than this standard and predictable dramedy. Rated PG-13.Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin) Ethan (Mr. Cruise) and his team try to stop a terrorist while the director of the CIA (Mr. Baldwin) wants to hold him accountable for all the damage Ethan has caused. Its an absolute blast, except for the action sequence at an opera, which lacks suspense. Still, youll enjoy the high-octane ride. Rated PG-13.Irrational Man 1/2(Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey) A depressed philosophy professor (Mr. Phoenix) finds a new zest for life, and its not necessarily coming from relationships with his student (Ms. Stone) or his colleague (Ms. Posey). Writer/director Woody Allen is in top form, telling a psychologically and morally complex story in a straightforward way. Rated R. AN EVENING OF DINNER, DANCING & DRINKS JOIN US FOR A NEW YEARS EVE PARTY AT NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT DECEMBER 31 2015 at 7:30 p.m. featuring live music by Larry Coryell gourmet dinner buffet, champagne toast & cash bar BUY TICKETS NOW through November 30th at a discounted price of $149++ per person Overnight packages also available. CALL (844) 618-9513 | 475 SEAGATE DRIVE, NAPLES, FL 34103 | NAPLESGRANDE.COM/NYE Call (239) 649-2275 for Reservations www.NaplesPrincessCruises.com 550 Port-O-Call Way, Naples, FL 34102 Naples Princess Buy One Get One Half PriceWednesday Dinners Saturday Sightseeing (12:30 & 3:00)Sunday Hors doeuvresBased on availability. Valid on adult tickets. No other coupons or discounts apply. O ering Daily Public Cruises Seabreeze Lunch, Dinner, Hors doeuvres, A ernoon and Sunset Sightseeing 5 5 Summer Specials Live Entertainment on Tuesdays through Summer!The Best Way to Experience Naples from the Water New Arrivals Daily!Free pick-up of furniture donations 968 Second Avenue North ~ Naples, FL ~ 239.434.7115 HOURS: Mon-Sat: 9:30 am-4:30 pm ~ DONATIONS accepted Mon-Sat:10 am-4 pm Owned and Operated by The Shelter for Abused Women & Children ~ naplesshelter.org May not be combined with any other offers ~ EXPIRES 9-9-15 50% OFFADDITIONAL 20% OFFDESIGNER ITEMS WITH THIS ADENTIRE STORELABOR DAY WEEKEND SALE LABOR DAY WEEKEND SALE Located at:2555 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103*Not valid with other promotions. Offer expires September 10, 2015. NEW SEASONAL HOURS naplesclubsushi.com 239.261.4332 NIGIRI HAPPY HOUR BUY ONE NIGIRI GET ONE FREE ALL NIGHT LONG!
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 C15 Visit the Rib City in your Neighborhood Today! Find a Location & View Our Menu at ribcity.com CATERING SERVICES CALL (239) 209-0940 LATEST FILMSBest of Enemies Is it worth $10? YesIt had all the makings of a heavyweight showdown: Two titans, proven in their fields and with huge followings, squaring off for 10 rounds, fighting tooth and nail for superiority. But instead of being boxers, they were political pundits. Instead of gloves, they used words. And instead of shaking hands after a well-fought battle, their mutual hatred continued until their deaths more than 40 years later. The combatants William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal represented opposing ways of life, which is why fledgling ABC News hired them to debate one another during the Republican and Democratic national conventions in the summer of 1968. While the ratings-leading CBS and NBC presented the conventions in full, ABC offered snippets of the conventions and the Buckley/Vidal debates. In doing so and finding great success, ABC created the talking head punditry thats pervasive in television news programming today. Mr. Buckley was a Republican, monotone, droll, intellectual and sharp, editor of the National Review magazine and forerunner of cultural conservatism as we know it today. He felt Mr. Vidal represented everything that was wrong with the United States and didnt hide his disdain for his counterpart. In contrast, Mr. Vidal was a Democrat, cousin of Jackie Onassis, more animated, a novelist, thinker and brilliant wordsmith who felt Mr. Buckley was antiDemocratic and feared if he didnt take him down, Mr. Buckleys ideas would ruin the country. Mr. Buckley and Mr. Vidal didnt just dislike one another; each of them passionately despised the other and everything he stood for. Note how Mr. Vidals approach in the debates was to attack Mr. Buckley the man, not conservatives in general. Mr. Vidal felt if he could take down the man, the movement would follow suit. Whats interesting in watching pieces of each debate is that Mr. Buckley and Mr. Vidal rarely offer worthwhile insight into the issues at hand. Instead they far too often interrupt, provoke and jab at one another without mercy, which makes it a personal pissing match rather than the high-minded discussion of sociopolitical issues ABC envisioned. For perspective, directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville include commentary from Dick Cavett, author Christopher Hitchens, editor Matt Tyrnauer, among others, and they employ John Lithgow and Kelsey Grammer to read selections from the writings of Mr. Vidal and Mr. Buckley, respectively. Further background into when Mr. Buckley and Mr. Vidals paths crossed prior to the debate, how they prepared and the years of dissension that followed the debates paint this rivalry as one of the most passionate and deep-seated in recent memory. To their credit, Mr. Gordon and Mr. Neville avoid political commentary by not taking sides with either combatant, choosing to focus on the fight itself rather than the issues at hand. This was a smart move, as our own previously held political allegiances will likely present an inherent bias that will prompt us to pull for one man over the other. Who won the debates? Thats debatable, though one man clearly stoops to a lower level than the other. One could argue that Mr. Buckley won because Richard Nixon was ultimately elected in 68, defeating the sitting vice president and Democratic nominee Hubert H. Humphrey in one of the closest elections in U.S. history. In truth, the only clear winner was ABC and television news in general, which discovered a new and popular format that would continue to evolve for years to come. >> William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal both ran for public of ce and lost: Mr. Buckley was defeated in the 1965 New York City mayoral race, and Mr. Vidal couldnt earn enough votes in 1960 to become a congressman from New York State. V t e a i t dan HUDAKwww.punchdrunkmovies.com 4221 East Tamiami Trail, Naples 239.455.5111seafoodrestaurantnaples.comNot responsible for typographical errors. Specials good through 8/30/15. SUMMER HAPPY HOUR 11 A.M. TO 9:30 P.M. DAILY Check Out Our New Happy Hour Menu! The ONLY Naples Restaurant where Fresh Seafood is Flown in DAILY from New England! ASK US ABOUT CATERING & CLAM BAKES! SURF & TURF DINNER FOR TWO$79.9932oz Bone-in Tomahawk Steak Served with Two 1LB Maine Lobsters, Chowder, Salad, Baked Potato and Veggies DINNER FOR TWO $69.99Two 20oz Steamed Lobster Tails & a 16oz Ribeye Steak Served with Chowder, Corn on the Cob and Drawn ButterDINNER SPECIALS4 TO 9:30 P.M. DAILY TWIN 1 LB. MAINE LOBSTERS $26.99 With Cup of Chowder, Corn & Drawn Butter JOIN US SUNDAY 9/6 as we welcome back live entertainment with a performance from Manhattan Connection! WEEKLY FEATURES SERVED ALL DAY!Main Dining Room & Bar Area will be closed 8/30-9/6 for general maintenance. The Cape Cod room will remain open for lunch and dinner all week.
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC16 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 Tickets on sale now for NIFF opening nightTickets to the 2015 Naples International Film Festival opening night film and party are now available. The starstudded affair sponsored by PNC Wealth Management begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, with the red-carpet arrival at ArtisNaples. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. The opening night film will be announced later this fall. Immediately following the screening, VIP ticket holders will enjoy food, drinks and dancing until midnight. Our opening night event sets the tone for a weekend that truly celebrates cinema by providing access to stellar films and filmmakers that Southwest Florida audiences cant see anywhere else, says Shannon Franklin, NIFF executive and artistic director. General admission tickets for $29 include the chance to walk the red carpet into ArtisNaples and standard seating in Hayes Hall for the film presentation. VIP tickets for $169 include walking the red carpet, enjoying complimentary drinks pre-film with other VIPs and visiting filmmakers, premium seating in Hayes Hall for the film presentation and admission to the after party. Tickets are available exclusively through ArtisNaples by calling 5971900 or online at artisnaples.com. While NIFF opening night festivities take place at ArtisNaples, the festivals approximately 40 independent films will be screened at Silverspot Cinema in Mercato Nov. 6-8. Filmgoers will enjoy domestic and international drama, comedy and documentary feature-length and short films. For more information, visit naplesfilmfest.com.Coming soonThe final screening in the NIFF Film Societys summer series is set for Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Silverspot. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. screening of The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppolas R-rated classic from 1972 stars Marlon Brando, James Caan, John Cazale and Al Pacino. Based on Mario Puzos best-selling novel, the film received 11 Academy Award nominations and won for Best Picture, Best Actor (Mr. Brando) and Best Screenplay. Tickets are $16. Due to studio restrictions, NIFF cannot offer an all-inclusive price for the film and refreshments. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Naples #1 Waterfront Steakhouse t-michaels.com STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE Waterfront Dining at Venetian Village Open Sunday-Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.Reservations Accepted 239.261.0622 Enjoy a Great Selection of Steaks and Fresh Fish, plus Soups, Salads, Burgers, Sliders and More4050 Gulf Shore Boulevard North; Take US 41 to Park Shore Every Night Extended Happy Hour 4 to 7 (in Lounge Only)LABOR DAY SPECIALRIB FEST Half Rack $10.00 Full Rack $19.00available Friday NightLABOR DAY SPECIALAll-You-Can-Eat FISH FRYw/Fries & Coleslaw $19.00available Friday NightSaturday Night PRIME RIB DINNER $19.00 OPENLabor Day
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C21 Tunnel VisionBy Nancy Reges Murvine, Marco Island Your brothers gone. Randy hanged himself. My mother choked on her words and tears. I laughed. I was only 7 and didnt understand. The backhand of my father brought my own tears, a rough tug into his shirt, and a mumbled apology. Im sorry, son. My ear rang as it pressed against his buckle. I would not know the whole story of my brothers mental illness that brought him to this decision until I was much older. That day I knew only that my brother Randy was gone. A nal escape, a success I thought when I laughed. I worshiped my brother. A dozen years older than me, he was my teacher of everything important. He showed me where black snakes lived under the porch and how to catch them without being bitten. I was too afraid to follow his lead. I learned how to skip stones across the pond, maybe three skips to his dozen. Its all in the wrist. Whistles into his cupped hands late at night could call great horned owls or barn owls or screech owls with equal success. He promised Id get it right as soon as my new teeth came in. He attempted to teach me to start a re with a wad of cotton, a stone and sticks. His magic kept me trying. But mostly he taught me about trains. Flattened fences, railroads de ned townships and separated neighborhoods. Some abandoned tracks sunk on the decaying backs of wooden ties. Some gleamed a gun metal hue of heavy use, most traveling town to town with cargo, a few with passengers. It was the cargo trains Randy loved. He knew the routes and the times by heart, and his train hopping started before I was born. I was 5 when he took me out past the treeline edge of our property for the rst time, sliding down a graveled gully to a track that ran into sunset. We sat with our backs to the low light of late afternoon. Feel the rumble? Shes coming. Watch! He pointed. Around a bend she screamed into view, a black monster. She shook the ground when she passed. Must be 50 cars, Randy hollered into the rush of wind and dirt. I sat stone still behind the gate of his legs afraid and safe at the same time. When I excitedly shared the experience at dinner, Randy was sent to his room, and I learned the art of keeping secrets. When we could sneak away, we walked miles of track or stood for hours at the nearby freight yard. Within months, I knew every type of freight car by heart. Hed point and Id recite: gondola, doublestack, two door boxcar, grainer, atcar. A week before my sixth birthday, he woke me in the dark predawn with a nger to his lips. I have a special gift for you, little bro, he whispered. We sneaked out through the kitchen porch. My job: make sure the screen door did not slam. My heart thumped with responsibility. We sat in our usual place beside the track. He kept me busy with games of tic-tac-toe scribbled into dirt with our ngers. He let me win sometimes. When the 5:30 to Pittsburgh comes around the bend, you stay put. Im gonna catch a ride, a quick on and off. Youll see. Shell be slower than the other trains weve watched. Just picked up her cargo a short way back. He touched his hand to the rail. A mile or so away. Now promise you wont move. I nodded, focused on the bend. There she was, haloed in red sunrise. Randy began running before the train reached us, his focus ahead until the engine inched past him, and still running, he glanced at the cars passing him, too. And then like the force of a magnet pulled at him, he was up and hanging from the rusty ladder of a dusty gray, covered hopper. I panicked when I could not see him anymore, and I started racing along the side of the track with the rumble of cars matching the pulsing of blood to my head. And then I saw him, bounding toward me. He roughly grabbed my shoulders. I told you to stay put! I hung my head in penance for my broken promise, but it was not enough. He never again took me to watch him hop a train. But I knew whenever he did because he always returned with the same vow. Someday Im outta here for good. In the middle of summer, wed abandon the heat of the day along the rail lines for the deserted tracks that bore through the surrounding hillsides. Our favorite tunnel was the 1001. I liked that I could read it either way and it would be the same. But the 1001 was not the same inside and out. Its majestic arched stone entrance belied its crumbling interior of broken ties and falling tiles. Oozing water along her walls and crown meant a cool haven for bats that clung to the ceiling in masses of males and females and the newborns of late June and early July. The rst time I saw them, I cowered behind Randy until he chuckled, Just hangin around like us; nothing to fear. They hang here til its their time to go. Just like me. The day I turned 7, Randy took me camping. As we marched along toward tunnel 1001, he announced his real gift. Tonight well watch them leave. We spread a tarp between the old rails deep inside. The bird songs in the surrounding hills disappeared with the light, and we settled comfortably into the darkening silence of the tunnel. A rustle above our heads announced the exodus. Like hanging dead leaves catching a breeze, the bats loosened their hold and ew toward the arched opening, corkscrewing out and up. Randy remained crossed legged on the tarp while I galloped behind the colony into twilight. Randy was smiling when I returned to sit beside him. We built a re and roasted marshmallows. I begged for stories about train hopping. I caught three trains and got into Ohio a few weeks ago. Gone three days. Mom and dad thought I was at the lake with friends. I had thought the same. Nothing much more to tell. Its like this, little bro. We all hang around till its time to go. And then whoosh were gone. Outta here. 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For reservations or more information, including details about various sponsorship opportunities, call 436-6100 or visit cbia.net. The Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services, a business-to-business networking organization, invites the public to its annual Big Event on Wednesday evening, Oct. 14, at Shulas at the Hilton Naples. Cocktail hour will be followed by a three-course dinner and a presentation by Norman Love, f ounder and president of Norman Love Confections. The event is open to the public. For tickets or more information, visit naplesgroup.net. The Purple Party, a hip gathering of young professionals hosted by the Next Generation Committee of The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, takes place from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Paradise Wine, 8965 Tamiami Trail N. The evening includes drinks, hors-doeuvres, a silent auction, raffle prizes, a photo booth, DJ entertainment and more kicks off the Shelters programs in observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For tickets or more information, call Tamika Seaton at 775-3862, ext. 217, or email TSeaton@ naplesshelter.org. Physician Led Access Network of Collier County hosts a Swanky Speakeasy evening of fun Saturday, Oct. 17, at an as yet undisclosed location (youll need a password, too). The night includes professional regulation casino-style gaming as well as music, food, drink and a silent auction. Tickets are $175, and numerous sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $1,000. For information, call 776-3016 or visit www.plancc.org. The Avow Founding Womens Board brings Joey & Marias Comedy Italian Wedding dinner show to Avows Ispiri Community Room on Monday evening, Oct. 24. Attendees become wedding guests and enjoy the full ceremony and reception, complete with a classic Italian buffet dinner. Tickets are $100, with all proceeds to benefit the hospice care and grief support programs at Avow. RSVP by calling 649-3697 or going to avow.org. Project HELP hosts its 19th annual Chocolate Extravaganza on Thursday evening, Nov. 5, at Design Studio by Raymond. Guests will enjoy hors doeuvres, cocktails, live auctions and, of course, lots of chocolate. Tickets are $95. For more information, call 649-1404 or visit projecthelpnaples. org. Humane Society Naples holds its 17th annual Fashion Show & Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. This years theme is Matinee at the Movies. For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 643-1555, ext. 18, or email email@example.com. Baby Basics of Collier County hosts its eighth annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Wyndemere Country Club. Guests will enjoy food, models and falls latest fashions. Baby Basics participants and their parents will attend to speak about the program has benefitted their families. Tickets are $85. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 352-4310 or visit babybasicscollier.org. The 12th annual Hats in the Garden: The Confection Collection Delectable Designs from Garden to Runway to benefit Naples Botanical Garden takes place Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Garden. Leslie Fogg and Kathleen Rooney are this years chairs; Kathy Wood is Hats in the Garden ambassador. For more information, call the Garden at 643-7275. The United Arts Council of Collier County hosts its annual Celebrate the Arts gala Thursday, Nov. 12, at the LaPlaya Resort. For more information, call 254-8242 or visit collierarts.com. Uncorked an evening of fine wine, fine food and entertainment to benefit Youth Haven takes place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Mediterra Beach Club. Tickets for $125 are available at youthhavenswfl.org. The 57th annual NCH Hospital Ball takes place Saturday, Nov. 14, at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. Proceeds from this years ball have been designated for the stroke program at NCH. This years co-chairs are Kim Ciccarelli Kantor and Jan Kantor. Tickets for $500 per person include live and silent auctions as well as dinner, dancing and entertainment throughout the evening. The NCH Physician of the Year and Nurses of the Year awards are also presented during the program. For tickets or more information, including details about sponsorship opportunities, call 624-2019 or visit nchmd.org/hospitalball. The Immokalee Foundation holds its Charity Classic Celebration & Fund A Dream Auction on Friday, Nov. 20, at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. 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The annual Diamond Ball to benefit the Immokalee Child Care Center takes place from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at The Club Pelican Bay. Guests at the all-white evening will enjoy dinner and dancing to the music of the Robert Williamson Band as well as a live auction with auctioneer Scott Robertson. All proceeds will support the START Early Learning Initiative, the centers early learning program. For tickets or more information, call Bruce Barone Jr. at 261-1774 or email bruce@ICCCNaples.org. The 10th annual Wishmakers Ball to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida takes place Saturday evening, Jan. 9, at Quail West Golf & Country Club. Rick and Brenda Brown are chairing the gala that includes cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $2,500, and auction items are being sought. Individual tickets are $250. For more information, call Lesley Colantonio at 992-9474, ext. 22, or email email@example.com. Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida and the Naples Senior Center host An Evening for Better Tomorrows on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. For more information, call 325-4444 or visit jfcsswfl.org. The Aqua Gala to benefit the Guadalupe Center takes place Wednesday evening, Jan. 13, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. For more information, contact Megan Becker by calling 657-7124 or emailing mbecker@guadalupecenter. org. The Shelter for Abused Women & Children holds its 16th annual Mending Broken Hearts with Hope luncheon Friday, Jan. 15, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Tickets are $350. For more information, contact Susan Utz by calling 775-3862, ext. 261, or emailing sutz@ naplesshelter.orgSAVE THE DATE
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An afternoon with Alzheimers expert Teepa Snow at First Presbyterian ChurchNAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C25 Like us on Facebook.com/NaplesFloridaWeekly to see more photos. 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. oridaweekly.com 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. Email them to cpierce@ oridaweekly.com.Howard Isaacson and Amanda Beights Christine Varner, Valerie McVeigh, Rebecca Weitzel, Dale Kopko and Adam Fosnight Clarke Pollard and Teepa Snow Rochelle Engle, Nancy Bell and Mary Koppelkam Jeanne Sachs, Jill Burzynski and Bridget Fagan Kathryn Auxel, MJ Scarpelli, Deanna Fitzgerald and Annalise Smith Shanna Short and Rachel Barlow John Breault and Alex Breault Irene Zamora and Carly Schneider Kate Edwards and Rob Edwards Ryan Tarnow, Kyle Shoemaker, Richard Michel and Kayinah Destine Mike Gebeau, Jennifer Gebeau and Caroline RidgwayBERNADETTE LA PAGLIA / FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOS SOCIETYA Friendraiser at HobNob with Young Executives of the David Lawrence Center
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NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC28 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 (239) 992-099126107 HICKORY BLVD., BONITA SPRINGSVISIT BY LAND: 2 miles North of Bonita Beach Rd. & Docs Beach House VISIT BY SEA: Look for Channel Marker 60 on Estero Bay and head West Follow Us On Serving Lunch & Dinner: Tuesday Saturday 11am 9pm | Sunday 11am 8pm LOBSTERFEST1 lb. Live Maine$24.99ALL DAY EVERY DAYWEDNESDAYS: $3 Fish TacosOrder as many as you like!FRIDAYS: Fish FryAll You Can Eat! Flaky Alaskan Cod $13.50 BOGO 50%Purchase One Entre and Receive the Second at Half Price18% Gratuity Added Before Coupon. One Coupon Per Couple. May Not Be Combined with Any Other Offer or Special. Expires 9/12/15. Get Out of Your Zip Code and Discover Bonita's Hidden Waterfront Gem. EST. 1969 Reservations 239.430.4999 | Private Dining 239.659.3176 Located at the Hilton Naples | 5111 Tamiami Trail Northwww.ShulasNaples.com Thank You FOR VOTING US THE BEST STEAK HOUSE .Celebrate With Us! LUNCH PRIME RIB FRIDAYSJoin Us Every Friday 11:30am to 2:30pmONLY $9.95Reservation Required*does not include sales tax & gratuity DINNERJoin Us For Dinner & Enjoy our SHULA CUT 12oz. New York StripONLY $24.95*does not include sales tax & gratuity 5 5 CUISINE NEWS Yabba Island Grill has welcomed Ryan Milito as its new executive chef. Hes been with the restaurants parent company, Culinary Concepts, for six years, most recently as executive chef at Pazzo! Cucina Italiana. Its a breath of fresh air to have a new restaurant concept to work with, Mr. Milito says. I enjoy working with seafood, and I get fresh product in every day thats different from what I worked with at Pazzo! Mr. Milito came to Culinary Concepts as a line cook and was promoted to sous chef at Pazzo! after graduating from Johnson & Wales University. He also worked at Janes Caf on Third and The Jolly Cricket. Plans for Yabba include some lighter, healthy menu items, he says. Its a trend the world is moving toward. The restaurant also promoted lunch manager Jon Sanders to general manager. He joined the restaurant as a server in 2013. Yabba is a fun place, Mr. Sanders says. Everyone is always willing to help each other out, and thats a mindset that I will continue to promote as general manager. Yabba Island Grill is at 711 Fifth Ave. S. For more information or to make a reservation, call 262-5787 or visit yabbaislandgrill.com. Crunch on thisLooking for a cool side dish for lunch or dinner? Try the Crunchy Coleslaw from Wynns Market. Pick some up at the deli, or make it at home. Heres how: Wynns Crunchy Coleslaw 6 cups shredded cabbage cup vegetable oil cup shredded carrots 2 TBS granulated sugar 6 green onions, chopped 2 TBS red wine vinegar cup sliced almonds tsp salt cup lightly salted roasted sunflower kernels tsp ground black pepper 1 (3-oz) pkg. chicken-flavored Ramen noodle soup mix Directions: Combine cabbage, carrots, onions, almonds and sunflower kernels in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk seasoning packet from ramen noodles and remaining ingredients except noodles. Pour oil mixture over cabbage mixture; stir until well coated. Crush ramen noodles and stir into cabbage mixture. Serve immediately. Yield: About 7 cups coleslaw. Take Note The Local has two wine pairing events on the calendar that combine the exalted beverage with the restaurants small bites. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome at tastings that take place at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 25. $10. 5323 Airport Road. 5963276 or thelocalnaples.com. Sip some Maculan Italian wines and learn about them from third-generation winemaker Angela Maculan at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Bar Tulia. Libations will be paired with selections by the restaurants executive chef, Vincenzo Betulia. Only 15 spots available. $75. For more information or to register, call 213-2073. Vom Fass in Mercato hosts an Endless Summer Craft Cocktail Tasting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Experts will demonstrate how to make cocktails using store brands, and guests will learn house recipes and basic mixing techniques. $35. Register in store or online at vomfasscocktailtasting.eventbrite.com. Heres some of whats coming up at Whole Foods Market in Mercato: Uncorked First Friday Wine Tasting: Enjoy sips of several store wines paired with specialty cheeses at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. $10. High Tide Bar Tailgate Sundays: Belly up to the High Tide Bar and fill up on wings and beer from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Sunday in September. $8. Health Starts Here Cooking Class: The stores healthy eating expert leads this class every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. On Sept. 8, its all about plantbased proteins; Sept. 15, good-for-you comfort foods; Sept. 22, detoxifying salads and smoothies; and Sept. 29, balancing carbohydrates. Blue Zones Project Cooking Class: Join a healthy eating specialist at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, and learn how to make edamame and corn salad, chickpea tacos and honey-baked apples. $10. Sign up at the customer service desk. Want to work on your skills in the kitchen? Here are some cooking classes on the front burner: The Good Life of Naples, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663 or goodlifenaples.com Tapas: Thursday, Sept. 3 ($55); Flavors of Cuba: Friday, Sept. 11 ($60); Saute: Thursday, Sept. 17 ($60); Southern Brunch: Saturday, Sept. 19 ($50). Sur La Table, 9501 Strada Place, Mercato; 598-1463 or surlatable.com Girls Night Out Spectacular Small Plates: Thursday, Sept. 3 ($69); Date Night Sumptuous Chefs Table: Friday, Sept. 4 ($69); Perfect Pies Sweet & Savory: Saturday, Sept. 5 ($69); Late Summer Canning: Saturday, Sept. 5 ($69); Date Night Turkish Delights: Saturday, Sept. 5 ($69); French Macarons at Home: Monday, Sept. 7 ($69); French Pastries from Scratch: Monday, Sept. 7 ($69); Modern Tuscan Cooking: Tuesday, Sept. 8 ($69); Seafood 101: Wednesday, Sept. 9 ($79). Email food and dining news to Lindsey Nesmith at firstname.lastname@example.org.New executive chef, general manager names at Yabba Island Grill lindseyNESMITHlnesmith@floridaweekly.com COURTESY PHOTOSRyan Milito, executive chef at Yabba Island Grill Jon Sanders, general manager at Yabba Island Grill
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 C29 / 2 Off Bottle Wine Wednesday(Bottles under $100)Early DiningDaily 5 6:30pm$26.95 3 CoursesDate Night Sunday nights3 Courses $50 per coupleSUNDAYDat Nigh3-COURSE DINNER $50 per coupleDAILYLunc Specia2 for $14 Pick 2 lunch items $14 per personMONDAY SATURDAY 5PM 6PMEarl Dninb MentFeaturing29.95 STEAK & LOBSTERTHURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTSLin MusiThe Incorrigiblesfeaturing, Susie Hulcher DATE NIGHT3 Course Dinner for 2$50Sunday Dinner $4 at four o'clock $5 at five $6 at six $7 at seven $8 at eight $9 at nine $10 at ten$55 Perrier-Jout bottles all day throughout the restaurant.Available in the lounge and bar only! 4-10pm TuesdaysCHAMPAGNE TUESDAYS 239 435 1166 1177 THIRD STREET SOUTH, NAPLES FLORIDA CAMPIELLO.DAMICO.COM 239 213 3357 494 FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH, NAPLES FLORIDA CAFELURCAT.COM2for $12239. 598 0887 MERCATO, NAPLES 9123 STRADA PLACE MASA-RESTAURANT.COMHAPPY HOUR $ 5 Sunday-Thursday 3pm 6pm & 10pm-Close Friday & Saturday 3pm 6pm & 11pm-CloseDAILY LUNCH SPECIAL PICK 2Margaritas House Wine Draft Beers AppetizersFIRST Hearts of Palm Salad / Chicken Quesadilla Romain & Frutas Salad / Chicken Tortilla soup SECOND Steak Tacos / Fish Tacos / Duro Tacos Carnitas Tacos / Chicken Tamalebar only Ave n ue Wine, Beer, Appetizers54PM 6PM & 10PM Close$ HAPPY HOURon th5 ( BAR ONLY ) DAILY2 for $12 LUNCHPick 2 items for 12 dollarsFIRSTCaesar Salad Campiello House Salad / Soup of the DaySECONDMargherita Pizza / Primi Cavatelli Primi Penne / Half Spit Roasted Beef Half SpitRoasted Turkey Breast Panini THE DISH The Dish: Aloha Mix Plate The Price: $14 for a small lunch serving, $18 for a large The Place: Sakura Asian Grill Meridian Marketplace 3375 Pine Ridge Road The Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. MondaySaturday The Full Menu: sakuranaples.com The Details: Foiled in our plans to secure some quality Cuban food, we decided to take ourselves to Sakura. Neither of us realized before we saw a menu that this restaurant would offer anything besides the typical sushi/ Pan-Asian fare, but were agape once we saw the phenomenal lunch offerings. Seriously, a poke appetizer and katsu salmon? Whoevers manning the helm over there used a knowing hand to edit the restaurants offerings down to its most appetizing items we both had a really difficult time choosing. I decided to go with a meat sampler that included rice and salad with four-ounce servings of three lunch entrees: the Kalbi short ribs served with sweet soy glaze, citrusy and spicy Yuzu chicken and traditional luau Kalua pork. The amount of food we ate for lunch was practically obscene, but totally worth it. Will do again. One more thing: For dessert, because we were determined to make this midday meal as profane as possible, we had a slice of macadamia nut pie. Think pecan pie, but with macadamias. It was rich, sticky, buttery and delicious. Dont overlook it. Lindsey Nesmith email@example.com
www.FloridaWeekly.com NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLYC30 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 VINOMmmmm, these pencil shavings are delicious!Recently, theres been quite a bit written on the topic of how we talk about wine: how critics and others describe the flavors, aromas and other sensations offered by this marvelous, mystical liquid. Problem is, the terms they use, which are called descriptors, often give us very little real information and are, at times, completely off the charts. To put it bluntly, wine is nothing more than spoiled grape juice. Apple juice tastes like apples and orange juice tastes like oranges. Let either of them ferment, and the result is lousy-tasting juice that will make you sick if you drink it. But when grape juice becomes wine, the final product often tastes like anything but the fruit its made of. As the mysterious chemical rearrangements of fermentation occur, and winemakers apply their art, the juice gives up flavors that have no resemblance to the Welchs we all grew up with. When I first started drinking wine critically, I was both shaken and stirred by the twisted tastes critics discovered as they swirled and sipped. They detected flavors in wine that I didnt even want to think about, let alone put in my mouth. And the vocabulary they used to describe the flavors is a psycholinguistic study in itself, requiring readers to come at the English language from a perspective thats more than a little out of plumb. They talk about wine having backbone, and stuffing. There are wines that are muscular, and others that are shy or supple. Tannins can be velvety. Wine can be chunky, and chewy, or even jammy. It can resonate, it can be round, and certainly seductive. Clearly, wine writers are especially adept at putting a little well, English on the language. But those words are nothing compared to the descriptors. Here, the language soars skyward like an exultation of larks, but the flavors go in exactly the opposite direction. Just to show that Im not making any of this up, heres a sample of actual reviews of some top-end wines that often sell for outer-spatial prices. scents of underbrush, smoke, saddle leather, soy and other assorted Asian spices begin to emerge along with kirsch liqueur and black fruit notes. cooked apple, lemon and petrol. Reticent but lively aromas of black raspberry and blackberry syrup... Very expressive, super ripe flavors of plum, nuts, game and animal fur. Not having much of a life my own self, I started making lists of my favorite weird wine tastes and aromas as I encountered them in the critics reviews. Here are some examples. Forest floor. Like wet leaves, moss, damp trees. Wine with flavors like this are far from spoiled. Au contraire, they cost a bundle. Horse sweat. Goes right along with the saddle leather, if you know what I mean. Barnyard. The bouquet of the chicken coop is unmistakable. Weve never experienced it firsthand, but recognized it a lot quicker than we care to admit. Pencil shavings. It takes you right to the second grade, and that gray crank machine screwed to the wall, full of wood and warm graphite smell. Thats this.Ask the Wine WhispererWhat is blanc de blanc champagne? Eric S. MiamiSparkling white wine made according to the traditional champagne method is generally a blend of three different varietals: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meuniere. A blanc de blanc (white of whites) is made from chardonnay only. This weeks discovery is Liberated Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2014. Light in the glass, it offers a nose of apple and tangerine, but on the palate there are nutty flavors of cashew and almond, with good acid balance and a label with a design thats completely unreadable. WW 88-89. We also enjoyed Blair Estate Chardonnay 2013 with peach and white flowers on the nose, and apple, peach and honey flavors with a medium-long finish. WW 90. Jerry Greenfield is the Wine Whisperer. He is creative director of Greenfield Advertising Group. His new book, Secrets of the Wine Whisperer, is available through his website or on Amazon. Read his other writings at winewhisperer.com. jerry GREENFIELDvino@floridaweekly.com FOR VOTING US YOUR FAVORITE!239-598-3473www.agavenaples.comSouthwest corner of Airport & Vanderbilt agavenaples /AgaveNaples AgaveNaples NaplesAgave # WOW Thank You Naples!Romantic Dining MexicanFamily Restaurant Special Thank You Offer ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL $39.95DINNER FOR TWOMonday, Tuesday and Wednesday Nights Tuesday, September 1st thru Wednesday, October 28thTEPPAN DINNER (Tuna, Salmon, Cod or Grouper)TRADITIONAL COMBINATION BOX (Spicy Tuna, Teriyaki Salmon, Spicy Cod or Miso Grouper)SUSHI BAR ENTREES 239-344-0037Bell Tower Shops 13499 South Cleveland Ave. 239-591-1200 off Vanderbilt Beach Road across from the Ritz Carlton241 Center Street North off Vanderbilt Beach Road
NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C31 Vergina, The Taste Youll Never Forget in a Place Youll Always Remember! 700 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102 239.659.7008 Visit www.VerginaRestaurant.com For Our Menu SUNDAY NIGHT SEAL THE DEALClicqout Rose or Clicqout Yellow Label Veuve $7.5MARTINI MONDAYHappy Hour All NightTWO FOR TUESDAYOn All Ketel One Cocktails WE OWN THE NIGHT WEDNESDAYBelvedere Vodka Cocktails $5 Belvedere Vodka Martinis $7.5REFRESHING THURSDAY SUMMER SIZZLERS Ciroc Peach on the Beach $7.5 Captain Morgan Lime Bite Mojitos $7.5 Nolets Silver Peach Lemonade $7.5 Smirnoff Moscow Mules $7.5 Summer Sizzles at the BarPlease Drink Responsibly CUISINE REVIEWBeer lovers will toast The Brass Taps liquid assetsThere was a time, not very long ago, when a beer drinker who wanted to sip something other than Budweiser, Miller or Coors in a Southwest Florida bar had no choice but to order a Heineken. If you were lucky, you might be able to get Guinness in a can. Those of us who favor finely flavored ales, porters and stouts watched enviously as the craft beer industry blossomed in the late 1990s everywhere else but here. Well, the floodgates finally opened in the past few years. Case in point: Gulf Coast Town Center where the World of Beer recently opened in the same development as BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse and House of Brewz Taps and Tapas. Some of them even serve locally made beers in addition to popular national brands. Just a few miles south of Gulf Coast, Coconut Point has its own entry in the suds sweepstakes: The Brass Tap Craft Beer Bar. Open since December 2014, its part of a chain with nearly 40 locations across the United States. A Naples outlet opened earlier this year on Wiggins Pass Road. Founded in 2007, The Brass Tap offers beverages from local craft breweries as well as from hops hotspots such as California, the Northwest and New England. On the night of our visit there were 58 on tap, including ciders, lambics and saisons. The bottle options were just too abundant to count. The menu helpfully identifies local brews, the alcohol content and the type of glass each is served in. Those are important issues to serious beer drinkers, who typically dont swill the same craft concoction all night. The Brass Tap occupies an indoor/ outdoor space in front of the movie theaters at Coconut Point. There were only a few patrons seated at the bar and one large party outside when we arrived on a Thursday night, a night when many hard-working people like to get a jump on the weekend fun. Thirsty and hungry, we seated ourselves in the dining room, which is all dark wood finishes and black leather seating and not much else. Then we waited. And waited. We spotted a couple of staff members leaning against the wall by the kitchen passthrough, but they went on chatting as though we didnt exist. Finally, the bartender came around with menus. He proved to be worth his salt through the rest of the evening, offering candid advice about this beer and that, bringing samples of some we werent sure about and handling his duties with professionalism and hospitality. We started with pints of Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.s Old Leghumper ($6.50) just because I wanted to use that name in print and Orlando I-4 India Pale Ale ($7). The former is a robust, malty porter with hints of dark chocolate; the latter is an organic brew made with three kinds of hops for a real punch. Now, lets get down to the food. The menu is a hodgepodge of bar and street foods that sounds decent enough on paper for a beer-themed tavern: salads, burgers and other sandwiches, tacos, flatbreads, pretzel-dough pizzas and a few large plates such as fish and chips. However, the kitchen demonstrated some shortcomings in the execution of certain dishes that raise questions about just how seriously the dining experience is taken compared to the beer quaffing. We started with a combo appetizer sampler ($13.99) so we could try a range of items. The platter included tempura shrimp, pork potstickers and Southwest chicken egg rolls. The shrimp batter, studded with black sesame seeds, had a tendency to shrug off, but at least the coating was evenly browned and crisp and the shellfish were properly cooked. The potstickers had the expected tendercrisp yin-yang, but the filling could have used more seasoning. The egg rolls were fried golden brown, and black beans and corn added some texture, but the chicken within had a baby-food kind of texture. On a more positive note, the platter contained a generous serving of food and each item was paired with a complementary and distinctly different sauce: the shrimp with a slow-burning chili-soy sauce, the potstickers with a gingery peanut dip and the rolls with a creamy poblano puree. I tend to scoff at the trend in having dipping sauces for everything now (Why does pizza need a dip? It already has tomato sauce on it.), but Ill make an exception for The Brass Taps appetizer combo. Not long after we polished off the starters and were into a second round of beers, the main course was delivered. The cowboy burger ($10.99) was served on a nice brioche roll and topped with smoked gouda, pepper jack cheese, applewood-smoked bacon and cowboy sauce, which tasted like ranch dressing with taco seasonings added. The burger was a bit more rare than medium-rare, but it was a thick slab of beef and the toppings didnt overwhelm the flavor of the meat. On the side were Brass Tap fries, cut thick and fried to a uniform golden brown. The prime rib sandwich ($12.99) is a signature menu item, presumably a point of pride for the kitchen. It was ciabatta with horseradish cream cheese, gouda and beef. I mention the meat last intentionally, as it barely made an impression. The thick, spongy bread (usually good ciabatta has more chew to it) overwhelmed the scant amount of thinly sliced beef tucked into it. The construction of the sandwich was just all out of proportion. I ordered waffle fries on the side, upgrading from the Brass Tap fries, and they were a crispy departure from the usual planks of potato. They are available in rosemary herb, garlic Parmesan and blackened. The rosemary version was sprinkled with pulverized rosemary and glazed with a sweet, viscous substance we couldnt quite identify. The only dessert offered was a chocolate lava cake, which adds to the impression that maybe the food isnt quite the point at The Brass Tap. Enjoy the beer selections, by all means, and eat some snacks with tasty dips to help absorb the alcohol. For beer lovers, that might be enough. Email food and restaurant news to firstname.lastname@example.org. drew STERWALDcuisine@floridaweekly.com The Brass Tap>> Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday >> Reservations: No >> Credit cards: Accepted >> Price range: Appetizers and small plates, $3.99-$13.99; entrees, $5.99-$12.99 >> Beverages: Full bar >> Specialties of the house: Beer and bar food >> Volume: Low >> Parking: Mall lot >> Website: brasstapbeerbar.com/CoconutPointRatings: Food: Service: Atmosphere: Coconut Point, 23111 Fashion Drive, Estero; 992-3500 Superb Noteworthy Good Fair Poor DREW STERWALD / FLORIDA WEEKLYAn app combo at Brass Tap includes tempura shrimp, Southwestern chicken egg rolls and pork potstickers. The cowboy burger is topped with bacon and smoked gouda and pepper jack cheese.
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Faviola Vargas grew up in Naples, went to Golden Gate High School and, along with many of her peers, made plans to go to college in Florida. She considered becoming a criminal investigator until her education came to an abrupt end after high school. Ms. Vargas was brought to the United States when she was 8 years old by her parents, who migrated here illegally from Mexico. Because they are undocumented, so is she meaning she would be forced to pay out-of-state tuition for college, a crushingly high cost. The Florida legislature, with the support of Gov. Rick Scott, this month voted to change that. The new rule, expected to go into effect July 1, will potentially open the door to thousands of students who had largely been shut out of the state college system. It requires that Florida colleges and universities charge in-state tuition for undocumented students who meet certainLawmakers open path to college for undocumented studentsBY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ oridaweekly.com BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@ oridaweekly.com COMMENTARY A2 OPINION A4 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A10 ANTIQUES A13 HEALTHY LIVING A28-29 PETS A30 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 SOCIETY C20-21 CUISINE C23 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 SEE STUDENTS, A18 SPADA-thonSociety shots around town. C20-21 Where are they now? Revisiting artists youve seen in previous issues of Florida Weekly. C1 Bobs BarricadesAdventures in the barrier business. B1 Ms. HeitmanGet to know a Fort Myers pioneer. A17 A S S S S S y y y y y y Vo Vo Vo Vo Vo Vo V V l l. l. l V V V II II I, E 2014 y. y. y. y. y. y com com com com com com com m m VARGAS Tanned, rested and ready to head back to TallahasseeCOURTESY PHOTO Former Gov. Charlie Crist is running to be Floridas governor again. CRISTS RETURN PROFILES IN WEEKS TO COME LOOK FOR MORE IN-DEPTH CANDIDATETHE 44TH GOVERNOR OF THE SUNSHINE State looks like a man who just escaped from a picture of himself. But Charlie Crist is as real and crisp as a new bill, a suntanned flash of good-natured ambition in a white dress shirt with yellow-striped tie over dark trousers, reaching to shake hands. His hair is still silver, his teeth are still white, his tan is still deep and his smile engaging and seemingly amused as he stands near the bar of The Francis in in downtown Sarasota suggests that hes having a really good time.SEE CRIST, A8 MsHeitman www.FloridaWeekly.com Profile Reporting ROGER WILLIAMS A2 OPINION A4 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A12 ANTIQUES A26 HEALTHY LIVING A38 PETS A42 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 SOCIETY C32-37 CUISINE C39 Vol. FREE www.FloridaWeekly.com INSIDEWEEK OF MARCH 19-25, 2014 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Happy Birthday, BerneCelebrating 100 and other society shots. C32-37 The power of musicFM Film Fest kicks off with a medical breakthrough. C1 Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store.Dont call them grease monkeysSmall mechanics make a big impact. B1 ReproductionBirds do it, horseshoe crabs do it. A16 The jets return to the 34th annual Florida International Air Show March 29-30. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will bring the roar, the speed and the action to the Southwest Florida skies this March. Its enough excitement to make fans break that old bomber jacket out of the closet again. Air show fans will be delighted to know that the jet teams are not the only special guests returning this year. The schedule is packed full of flight teams, aerobatic performers, top gun pilots, parachute artists and one very talented hang glider. Its the best of the best when it comes to pilots and performers at this years show. Recently named one of the Ten Best Air Shows in the World by USA Today, the Florida International Air Show is set to return with a salute to veterans, the theme of this years show. We want to honor theFlorida International Air Show features Thunderbirds returnBY BRANDY CHURCHSpecial to Florida Weekly SEE AIR SHOW, A11 Removedhome living in bureaucracyfromA spike in children entering Floridas child welfare system has led to a need for more foster families and better servicesBY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ oridaweekly.com BY THE SECOND HALF OF LAST YEAR, CHILDREN IN South Florida were entering the state dependency system by leaps and bounds, one official said. Removed from intensely troubled homes and taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families, they were spread out through that bureaucracy, filling foster SEE FOSTER, A8 200 0 400 600 80020122013Child removals in SWFL 200920102011 DCF Child Welfare Services Trend Report COURTESY IMAGEThe Thunderbirds will return to Punta Gorda. Beat Reporting Community ROGER WILLIAMS A2 OPINION A4 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A15 ANTIQUES A18 HEALTHY LIVING A34 PETS A34 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATE B10 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 SOCIETY C28-29 CUISINE C31 Vol. FREE www.FloridaWeekly.com INSIDEWEEK OF JAN. 29-FEB. 4, 2014 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Celebrating with ClydeFamed photographer marks preserves anniversary. A28 Imagine PeaceSociety shots around town. C28-29 ArtFestPretty, quirky, moving art to fill the River District streets. C1 Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store.The IT crowdThe rising demand for techsavvy workers. B1 Artis Henderson survived the unthinkable. Two decades after she nearly died in a plane crash that killed her father, her husband died in a helicopter crash in Iraq. She wept, she mourned, and she began to heal. Ms. Henderson, Florida Weeklys Sandy Days, Salty Nights dating columnist, tells the story of that love and the heartbreak that followed, in her memoir, Unremarried Widow. She had dreamed of becoming a writer, and saw herself traveling the globe to tell its stories. Instead, she fell in love. I always think I write love stories, and HENDRY COUNTY, THE POOREST OF FLORIDAS 67 counties by some standards, could find its fortunes transformed before the end of this decade but only if county officials and private investors working in tandem can convince the Federal Aviation Administration to go along with the deal theyre pushing. Is it too good to be true? Here, Florida Weekly describes the proposed deal, one that could turn a sleepy county-owned airport surrounded by sugar cane northwest of Clewiston into a privately owned international cargo hub, with a brand new 12,000-foot runway costing as much as $400 million, new water and sewer infrastructure, an Writing memoir inevitable for columnist PETER ARATARI / FLORIDA WEEKLYArtis Henderson at a book signing in Florida.BY SCOTT SIMMONSssimmons@ oridaweekly.com SEE COLUMNIST, A12 SEE AIRGLADES, A8 HE HE HE HE ND ND ND ND RY RY RY RY C C C C OU OU OU OU NT NT NT NT Y, Y, Y, Y, , T T T T HE HE HE HE P P P P OO OO OO OO RE RE RE RE ST ST ST ST T O O O O F F F F F F F F F FL FL FL L FL FL FL FL FL L F FL OR OR OR OR OR O O ID ID ID D A A A A S S S S A A A A A n n n e e e w w w w i i i i n n n n t t t t e e r r r r n n n n a a a a t t t t i i i i o o o o n n n n a a a a l l l l A A A A A n n n n n e e e e e e w w w w w i i i i i n n n n t t t t e e e e r r r r n n n n a a a a t t t t i i i i o o o o n n n n a a a a l l l l a a a a a a a a a a i i i i i r r r r p p p p p o o o o r r r r t t t t i i i i n n n n C C C C l l l l e e e e w w w w i i i i s s s s t t t t o o o o o n n n n c c c c c c c c c c o o o o o o o u u u u u u u l l l l l d d d d b b b b b b e e e e c c c c c o o o o m m m m m m e e e e e e F F F F l l l l l l o o o o o o r r r r r i i i i i d d d d d d a a a a a s s s s s s n n n n n n n n n e e e e x x x x t t t t b b b b i i i i g g g g a a a a i i i i r r r r f f f f r r r r e e e e i i i i g g g g g g h h h h t t t t h h h h h h h h h u u u u b b b b BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@ oridaweekly.com The proposed Airglades airport in Clewiston could put Southwest Florida on the map as a worldwide shipping destination.FLORIDA WEEKLY ILLUSTRATION WITH COURTESY AERIAL PHOTOS Renderings for the proposed international freight hub.A9 >>inside: Breaking News Reporting 5 0 25 0 25 0 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5 5 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 175 175 175 5 5 5 5 5 5 12 5 125 5 5 5 5 22 22 5 5 5 5 5 5 Vol. FREE INSIDEWEEK OF OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 4, 2014 Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store. COMMENTARY A2 OPINION A4 ANTIQUES A11 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A15 HEALTHY LIVING A32-33 PETS A34 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-9 SOCIETY C24-29 CUISINE C31 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Notable architectureArt Nouveau to Art Deco. C1 Soda fountain memoriesNostalgia fuels demand for over-the-counter collectibles. A11 www.FloridaWeekly.com Killer appReal estate software designed to simplify sales. B1 A walk through our shrinking citrus country BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ oridaweekly.com STANDING ON THE CORNER, BIBLE IN HIS HAND, JEREmiah Sterling was a man possessed by the Lord. In worn, ill-fitting blue pants and workshirt, puffy patches of curly hair on his head, he paced, screaming and hollering indecipherably as if in tongues, his body and arms jerking about puppetlike, his small round face screwed up with fury. The streets were almost empty in downtown Arcadia that Thursday morning, Oct. 16. Straw men tied to lampposts for Halloween added to its ghostly dimension. A few people stared at the scene and walked the other way. After a few minutes, Mr. Sterling walked across the street SEE CITRUS, A8 SEE RUSSIA, A18 Stop by the Roy Hobbs World Series in Lee County this week, catch a game played by the RusStar Baseball team, and its clear something is different about these guys. Oh, they wear the same sorts of uniforms as the other teams. They throw and hit and field and run just like other teams. Well, better than some and not as well as others. But mosey over by their dugout and its clear they arent from around here. That accent isnt Alabama or Brooklyn or Boston. Not by thousands of miles. And those arent oldtime baseball names such as Lefty, Mickey and Bubba. These guys have names such as Igor, Mikhail, Dmitry and a couple of Vladmirs. Also thrown in for good measure are a Ricardo, Steve and Bill. RusStar is what its name suggests From Russia, with gloves 20022003 20062007 20102011 20002001 20042005 20082009 20122013 2 2 2 19992000 20 2 2 0 20032004 20 2 2 0 20072008 2 2 2 20112012 2 2 2 2 20012002 2 2 2 20052006 2 20092010 20132014SOURCE: USDA, NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE% of our nations oranges come from Florida % of Floridas 515,000 acres of citrus have been transplanted in the last four years Florida citrus growersFLORIDA CITRUS BY THE NUMBERS 75 15 8,000 BOXES OF ORANGES PRODUCED IN FLORIDA BY CROP YEAR P P Y Y Y E E E E Y AR R A P P P P Y YE YE Y E E E YE E AR R AR A R AR AR AR R R R R E E E E E E E P P Y Y Y E E Y E E E AR AR R P (*IN MILLIONS)BY GLENN MILLERFlorida Weekly Correspondent Yuri Zhirov and Alexander Nizov play in Fort Myers this week. Face-GateWhy do we care about Renee Zellwegers new look? C5 Non-Deadline News Reporting INSIDE Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store. COMMENTARYA2 OPINION A4 ANTIQUES A11 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A13 HEALTHY LIVINGA28-29 PETS A30 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATEB9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 SOCIETY C27-28 CUISINEC31 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Yappy Hour Society shots around town. C27-28 Young AdultTeen literature goes mainstream. C1 Hotel bookingsIndustry sees rise in occupancies. B1 Florida Weeklys ad designers and creative team took home 14 excellence awards for advertising design last week at the annual statewide meeting of the Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives hosted by the Miami Herald. Judges singled out Florida Weekly for six Gold awards in display advertising, real estate, marketing material, dining and entertainment and Best Cover Design, along with three Silver awards, four Bronze and the prestigious Grand Prize for newspapers with circulation below 50,000. Winning all of these awards and the grand prize in our division exemplifies the dedication and hard work of our designers, said Florida Weekly Creative Director Jim Dickerson. Week after week our team strives to give readers and clients the best possible product in the market. We dont do it to win awards but its especially gratifying to be recognized by your peers.Florida Weeklys award-winning design team includes Chris Andruskiewicz, Eric Raddatz, Hannah Arnonne, Linda Iskra and Natalie Zellers. The contest was open to all daily and weekly newspapers in Florida.Florida Weekly is locally owned and publishes six newspapers on Floridas east and west coasts with a combined readership of more than 200,000. A seventh newspaper opens in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach market in November. Florida Weekly creative team earns 14 excellence awards WRONGOOGETTING ITExploring the value of our errors BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@oridaweekly.com And what if youre wrong? What if one day, the sun didnt rise in the East and the birds didnt fly South in winter and for once in your life your compass was off? Huh? Oliver Stone, Wall StreetI have not failed. Ive just found 10,000 ways that wont work. Thomas Alva Edison WHERE DO MISTAKES COME FROM? DO THEY SPRING from the worst versions of ourselves? From the corrupt and greedy perversions and false hopes that led us to invest in the overpriced real estate that sparked a housing meltdown places like Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres were cited by the national press as ground zero and led to a global financial crisis? Or is error an essentialSEE WRONG, A8 Andy Warhols understanding of mistakes helped usher in a cultural shift Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan testified how wrong he was Thomas Edisons greatest successes were built on his failuresPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLY; PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK AND WIKIMEDIA COMMONS D S C 1 2014 V I SI T O R S GUI D E T O LEE, C O LL I ER A N D C H A R LO T T E C O U N T I E S destination SOU THWEST FLORI D A I N S IDE: D I N I N G OU TDO ORS CULTURE. EVEN TS G OLF. Air bagAntique turns up the heat. A11 Feature Reporting Newspaper COMMENTARY A2 OPINION A4 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A14 ANTIQUES A18 HEALTHY LIVING A38 PETS A42 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 SOCIETY C30-33 CUISINE C35 Vol. FREE www.FloridaWeekly.com INSIDEWEEK OF APRIL 9-15, 2014 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 BBQ, Bands & BrewAnd other society shots around town. C30-33 Feel it!Heartsong actors groove to flamenco. C1 Hooch owlAntiques for drinkers. A18 Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store.Open Water FestivalMiromar to host competitive swimmers. A36 Michael Curt DREIKORN CLAWSON Paige KREEGEL Lizbeth BENACQUISTO Lee Memorial Health System has moved on to Plan B in its efforts to build a facility in Estero. Plan A was an 80-bed hospital that was dismissed by state regulators after NCH in Naples opposed the move. What is Plan B? Think of it like a hospital, but without beds, Jim Nathan, the Lee Memorial president, wrote in a message he recently sent to the Estero and Bonita Springs Communities. The message doesnt go into details for the site just south of Coconut Point mall, the same location where Lee Memorial hoped to build a hospital with beds. Those details will be worked out in the future. Mr. Nathan termed the new project as an exciting, new ambulatory care model that brings a critical mass of services and physician specialties into one destination health-care center. The health systems plan to build an $81 million hospital in southern Lee County hit a roadblock recently when a state judge ruled against the idea. To build a new hospital the health system needed approval from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The new facility, however, does not need that approval, according to Lee Memorial spokeswoman Mary Briggs. In an email to Florida Weekly, Ms. Briggs explained that the ambulatory care model that Mr. Nathan mentioned will be unlike anything locally. No timetable or details have been announced for the project. We are not yet ready to announce the specific services that will be available but can tell you that they will be comprehensive across the continuum of care, Ms. Briggs wrote in her email. This is like a super mall of health care services. We are calling it a hospital, but without beds. Dr. Allen Weiss, president and CEO of Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System, has argued that a new facility in southern Lee County is notCircumventing ruling, Lee Memorial still plans to build hospital in EsteroHE RACE FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 19 is a messy thing. In stark contrast to the polished countenances gracing the cover of our newspaper this week, the race itself is a bloody brawl played out on our TVs and radios, on postcards and public forums. In poll after poll, the vast majority of Americans affirm their disdain for mudslinging in T the Race 19 forSEE RACE, A8 BY GLENN MILLERFlorida Weekly Correspondent NATHAN SEE HOSPITAL, A12 Beat Reporting Elections TRASHtalking INSIDE PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 New hospitalPromise Healthcare beg ins construction in Fort Myers. A28 War HorseA mechanical equine with heart. C1 On The WaterYour guide to living, dining and playing on the coast. INSERT Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store.Hard to hireWorkers dogged by their criminal and financial pasts. B1 After a years planning and a trip of 1,884 miles, I lay sick and wretched on the side of snow-capped Volcano Cotopaxi, just 3,600 feet from my goal. At 15,744 feet on the side of the mountain near Quito, Ecuador, altitude sickness had overcome me. Head pounding, stomach churning, I lay in the dark, frigid refuge house. Too weak to sit up, I listened as my fellow climbers set out to face bone-chilling 80 mph winds in an effort to make it to the summit. Although he could have chosen to go with the group, my husband, Andy Bravo (, Accounting), stayed by my side, tending to me over eight hours that seemed like days. When I was able to think about something beyond my miserable condition, I realized that this experience and its unexpected turn in circumstance starkly resembled the journey that people with Professor learns that mountains come in many formsBY MARI DE WEESSpecial to Florida Weekly SEE JOURNEY, A16 RE A C H I N G L E E COU N TYS MO S T SO PHI STI C ATED REA DE RS W el com e to boating para dise 6 Boaters guide t o dini ng o n t he w ater 14 Life is but a floating dream 16 Inside:MARC H 20 1 4LIV ING, DINING & PL AY ING O N THE COAST DINI N G&P L AY INGON T H ECOA ST VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLY BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ oridaweekly.com THERE ARE NO MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHwest Florida, unless you count mountains of trash: landfills that rise up to 13 stories above the ground. Here, an intimate and complete history of who we are is buried every day. The endless stream of refuse reflects birthday parties and dream homes; graduation dinners and heart surgeries; tech gadgets and teddy bears; grade school math problems and porcelain thrones. An occasional diamond ring ends up here by mistake. An increasing amount, too, is being turned into commodities instead of buried. Environmental concerns and efforts to streamline the recycling process have dramatically slowed the growth of landfills, lest SEE TRASH, A8 LEE, COLLIER AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES PRODUCE MILLIONS OF TONS OF TRASH EVERY YEAR. SOLID WASTE FACILITIES KNOW JUST WHAT TO DO WITH IT Lindsay Sampson, director, Lee County Solid Waste Division COURTESY PHOTOCotopaxi looms large in this view from the city of Latacunga, Ecuador. ROGER WILLIAMS A2 OPINION A4 ANTIQUES A13 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A14 HEALTHY LIVING A38 PETS A42 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 SOCIETY C32-36 CUISINE C39 Beat Reporting Environmental/ Health/ Science Florida STORY BY ATHENA PONUSHISaponushis@floridaweekly.comHonduras GuatemalaEl SalvadorNicaraguaCosta Rica PanamaBelizeNo one knows how many, perhaps thousands of children seek to reunite with their families in the Sunshine StateChildren are crossing deserts, crossing rivers, running from gangs, running from drugs, running to the arms of their mothers.SEE IMMIGRANTS, A10 Silhouette: Oscar, 14, left Honduras to live with his mom in West Palm Beach.Photo: Belinda, 4, left Guatemala to live with her family in Golden Gate City. hildrenarecros sing d eserts cross Bound PHOTOS BY ADAM BARON AND VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF JULY 3-9, 2014 OPINION A4 PETS A6 HEALTHY LIVING A14 ANTIQUES A18 BUSINESS A20 REAL ESTATE A25 ARTS A29 SANDY DAYS A30 EVENTS A34-36 PUZZLES A38 SOCIETY A22-23, 40-42 DINING A43 Networking/SocietySee who was out and about in Palm Beach County. A22-24, 40-42 Much ado Shakespeare by the Sea aims for laughs with comedy. A29 Independence Day Your guide to Fourth of July events. A29 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Steak master Meet Jamie Steinbrecher, chef at Okeechobee Steakhouse. A43 BY MARY JANE FINEmj ne@ oridaweekly.comOh, itd be easy to use all the Elvis clichs about Al Maeyens recent stroke, to say he was All Shook Up or in Trouble or that it was almost Too Much, or that his wife, Dee, couldve been in Heartbreak Hotel if not for her husbands Good Luck Charm. Easy, yes. Too easy. Because a stroke is serious business. Deadly serious. He was paralyzed, unable to speak, deteriorating rapidly, recalls Dr. Ali R. Malek, who treated Mr. Maeyens at St. Marys Medical Center. He had a blockage in his basal artery, the main artery that feeds the brain.St. Marys stroke center keeps Elvis tribute singer in the groove SEE ELVIS, A15 INSIDE Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store.COURTESY PHOTOAll Maeyens likes to sing the less-known Elvis songs when performing as Elvis and The Memphis Beat. Best Reporting Hardship Issues Vol. FREE INSIDEWEEK OF JUNE 18-24, 2014 Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes and Android App Store. As the rainy season approaches in Southwest Florida, its only a matter of time before mosquitoes follow. Will the bloodsuckers bring another dengue fever outbreak like the one last summer that sickened 21 people with fever and joint pain in Martin County? Only time will tell, but two Florida Gulf Coast University researchers have patented a potential treatment for the illness and are leading the charge toward a vaccine against the mosquito-borne virus that infects hundreds of millions of people around the world each year. Professors Sharon Isern and Scott Michael, virologists who teach in the Department of Biological Sciences, discovered a way to inhibit the virus from infecting new cells by attaching a small protein, or peptide, to the pathogen. The peptide can be easily incorporated in The true southern watermelon is a boon apart and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of the worlds luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. Mark Twain, Puddnhead WilsonR. TWAIN, IT TURNS OUT, IS AMONG a legion of Americans who have unabashedly declared their devotion to the watermelon. The humble watermelon without the water, its an ordinary melon is a Superman of the fruit world (some argue adamantly that its a vegetable). Loaded with vitamins A and C and fiber, its even nice enough to offer a rind to hold ontoResearchers patent potential treatment for dengue fever, work on vaccineBY DREW STERWALDSpecial to Florida Weekly BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@ oridaweekly.com COMMENTARY A2 OPINION A4 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A12 ANTIQUES A15 HEALTHY LIVING A32-33 PETS A34 BUSINESS B1 REAL ESTATE B9 ARTS C1 EVENTS C6-7 SOCIETY C21-24 CUISINE C27 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 SEE DENGUE, A19 Rotary awardsAnd more society shots around town. C21-24 Big bad mommaThe woman behind Gypsy. C1 Finding workUnemployment outlook keeps improving. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D7 The American higher education system is still the jewel of the world WHO AM I?NAME: Jeff Allbritten TITLE & COMPANY: President, Florida SouthWestern State College YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 12 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 12 EDUCATION: Doctor of Arts degree in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University, master of science degree in mathematics from Murray State University and bachelor of science degree, also from Murray State. HOMETOWN: Abeerden, Md.Dr. Jeffery S. Allbritten, President, Florida SouthWestern State CollegeHow did you first get into business? I started off like a lot of people, not knowing what I wanted to do. I actually just started watching and emulating my own professors at the university and I thought Id love to do that. It was 1988 and I had a masters degree at the time. I was applying to large universities and without a doctorate it was a very closed field. I was very lucky to land the position at Middle Tennessee State (University) where I finished my doctorate while I was teaching chemistry. I ended up staying for 11 years at that institution and then I moved into administration.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? People are chasing these very expensive (private higher education) programs. There have been national surveys that have looked at the return on the investment of private higher education, and its like one percent over your career. So if you were going to invest hundreds of thousand of dollars in something with a possible ROI of one percent, would you do it? You have to be the judge of that. The cost of higher education is this great public debate. (But) the cost of higher education has actually gone down. Whats gone up is the price of education. States have been offloading their (financial) responsibility onto the backs of students. Theyve backed away from their support of higher education.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? When youre in the depth of a recession, were in the height of our enrollment and its difficult to manage. And so what did we learn from that? Lets make sure were able to overcome say 10, 15 percent enrollment contractions and expansions and not jump off the building and say the skys falling when it occurs. You see it coming, you know its out there, its going to happen.Whats your vision for the future of your business? Its funny weve survived hundreds and hundreds of years of change and we continue to grow. In the early 1970s, I remember television was going to put us out of business. It was all going to be tapes and television, no need for buildings, we can shut these places down. Guess what, it didnt happen. In the s it was the Internet. That didnt happen. Theres always some new wave pop thing that comes in. They have a shelf life. Not to say those things arent incorporated into what we do. I see the vision for us is what other ways we can be more relevant to the students who need us, and to the industry and business economy.What new products or services will you introduce next year? We just created a multiple tier of offerings within our bachelors degree that lets people focus either on personnel or four different areas. Were not going to offer stuff there are no jobs for because were smart enough to realize there is no future in doing things just because we think its nice. Its all about data, so we do a lot of needs analysis in the community, whats needed today and whats needed two, five, 10 years out.What are some of the challenges you face this year? I think we have to do a better job of communicating our vision of who we are both to the general public, thats always true, but more important to our legislative leaders. Without FSW this community would be a very different looking place. We have to communicate the importance of what we do and the impact of our size, around 22,000, 23,000 students. Thats large, thats a lot of people. And 1,400 employees. We are a major employer; we graduate more students every year than all the other schools combined. I think the challenges are going to be how do we continue to exist when people believe that the cost of higher education is through the roof and they dont understand whats happening. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? We created our Center for International Education July 1 of last year and were going to increase its functions this year. The American higher education system is still the jewel of the world, its what everybody seeks. And how do we take a better role in that? Were positioned well geographically. How do we attract students here, how do we increase our impact abroad? How do we become a force in international education, both bringing students to FSW and sending our students to have an experience abroad, have our faculty work in situations abroad? How to receive grants and funding to do research with these other international organizations? How do you expect the local economy to grow? Our only hope for being a viable unit is to think regionally, is to stop being Fort Myers vs. Naples. The two largest players are those towns, agreed, but individually even Fort Myers is too small standing on its own to take on the likes of the Fort Lauderdales, the Tampas, the Orlandos. But together as a unit SWF can stand on its own. I just hope weve learned how quickly a service-driven economy suffers when you have a downturn. Business cycles always repeat themselves. Happy days are here again for a while. So how do we get smart and learn to kind of buffer ourselves? We need to identify ourselves as an area whos thinking beyond where we came from, which is a tourist destination. Nothing wrong with that but you better be more than that if you plan to survive economically.What do you look for when recruiting new talent? People smarter than I am. I can find people with degrees, with high credentials and all of that. The real hard piece is finding people who have what I call fire in the belly. Its sort of the right chemistry they mix with us, they share our vision. Integrity has to be No. 1Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? I remember the first day I ever sat in the presidents chair July 1, 2011, I was like, Oh my, this is mine. The lessons are no matter what level youre at, you have a certain sphere of influence and the minute you start believing your own press and start believing youre smarter than everybody else, you should check that and realize that youve probably got a problem. There are times when Ill push the envelope, like on things with international education and research. But while were pushing the envelope, at the same time I dont want to get so far out on the limb that it breaks. What do you enjoy most about the job?I love graduation day. A lot of my staff think Im crazy but its why we do this. It is the fundamental reason were here. I have a ball at graduation and Im the poor sap who has to shake 900 hands. But its wonderful because being able to look at their faces, and when theyre all sitting down there and theyre excited and their families are with them. To me, its like a rock concert. The energy is high. They know that their future is brighter now, theyve accomplished something. That is my favorite day. What would people be surprised to know about you?Someone asked me one time of all the things you learned in school, what really helps you day to day in your job. My fall back on it always is, two years of high school theatre. Because I learned how to communicate, work an audience that sounds cynical but to really know how to handle yourself in large groups, and I think that is a skill that has helped me.
We are looking at new ways to reach and teach our students WHO AM I?FULL NAME: Dr. David Borofsky TITLE AND COMPANY: President, Hodges University YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: Since December 2014 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Since December 2014 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Higher Education EDUCATION: Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University, Masters Degree in Education and Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Springfield CollegeDr. David Borofsky, President, Hodges UniversityHow did you first get into business?I was a senior in college, and the Registrar of my alma mater asked me to work for him as his graduate assistant after I earned my bachelors degree. I accepted and earned my masters degree while working for him and learning how to be a Registrar and college administrator. That started my education career.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Prospective students are now spending more time researching options before making the decision about where they are going to college. They are doing much more comparison shopping, especially when it comes to the private universities. The negative public relations that the for-profit colleges have received has made potential students ask a lot more questions about their intended choice. For us at Hodges University, that is a good trend, because we are focused on the adult student and have been for 25 years. We have been answering these questions well for that long!What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?You cannot rest on your laurels because change happens and it happens rapidly. You need to pay attention to the trends in your business and understand how they affect you.Whats your vision for the future of your business?I am confident about Hodges University and where our place is in the educational market in Southwest Florida. We have so much to offer the students who are our leaders of the future. We are looking at new ways to reach and teach our students as well as new programs. We are focused on fantastic customer service to help our students overcome any barriers that stand in their way of obtaining an education. And, our faculty and staff are truly concerned about student success!What new products or services will you introduce next year?We are expanding our UPower program to include graduate programs. UPower is a program that allows a student, for a specific price, to take as many courses as they can successfully complete within a six-month timeframe. It is Hodges Universitys version of competency based learning. UPower is for specific programs only, but the addition of graduate degrees will make a big difference for our potential students. We have begun the Identity Fraud Institute, which will educate consumers to better understand how to protect themselves from identity theft. We will use the institute as a forum for legislative advocacy. Identity theft is on the rise. No one is immune from becoming a victim. Florida has the highest reported number of identity theft complaints nationwide. The best defense against identity theft is knowledge. The Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University is the Southwest Florida communitys partner in the fight against identity theftWhat are some of the challenges you face this year?Enrollment, budget, and local educational competition are all ongoing challenges that we face. We continue to look at our program mix and how we are reaching out to the community.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?Online education will continue to grow in the education world, especially as competition increases and the need for physical buildings diminishes. Credit for life experiences is an area where we are getting a lot of questions, especially because we have so many adult students. Our military veteran population will continue to grow, and we expect that to be ongoing for the foreseeable future.How do you expect the local economy to grow?Based on what I hear from the economic development groups in both Lee County and Naples, I expect the economy here to continue to grow through the attraction of new businesses to the area. I know there are teams of people who are marketing this region in very positive ways, with many excellent results. I expect that will continue.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Besides the obvious concerning the expertise the person brings to the position, I look for interpersonal skills. I believe I can help teach someone the skills they may need to do a great job, if they dont have the depth I am looking for, but teaching someone how to treat people is a lot more difficult. People skills are so important to the success of any organization, and it is critical that our employees demonstrate that they care about each other and the people they are serving.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?People are the heart of every organization. You can have the best product, the best educational program, the best whatever, but its the people who will make your organization what it is. You have to take care of all your people to have a successful organization.What do you enjoy the most about the job?The variety of the daily routine, getting to know so many diverse people, and being able to make a difference in peoples lives. I have watched over the years as the life of a college president has changed from being so deeply involved in the academic side of the university to being so deeply involved in the political and community side of the university. The balance between the work a university president does internally and externally has changed dramatically. It is almost as much about meeting people, fundraising, building partnerships, and community outreach as it is the teaching and learning that goes on inside the classroom. While it is a different job today than it was even 10 years ago, it is still the most exhilarating job in the world and one that brings a great deal of satisfaction!What would people be surprised to know about you?The guidance counselor in my high school told me not to go to college. I graduated in the top 25 percent of my class while my two older brothers both graduated in the top 10 of all students in their classes. He told me I should stay home and work in my parents retail business that I did not need college. Fortunately I did not listen to him. It is a lesson for us all that you can achieve your goals and dreams with desire, persistence, and a strong work ethic. D8 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY 1990-2015 Founded in Naples in 1990, Naples Fort Myers 844-HODGESU hodges.edu DEGREES
WHO AM I?NAME: Louis Joseph Bruno IV TITLE: President and CEO YEARS WITH COMPANY: 2.5 years, creation YEARS IN LEE COUNTY: 10 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Residential and commercial Air Conditioning Service, Sales and Maintenance EDUCATION: Fort Myers High School 2006 HOMETOWN: Naples FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D9 I enjoy building something and competing. Competing fiercely is a blastLouis Bruno, Bruno Air ConditioningHow did you first get into business?Worked as a technician out of high school, learned the tools to deliver top notch customer service. Once I reached expert customer service level, I started Bruno Air Conditioning.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?When I got into business, the competition was extremely complacent with how they operated. It had been the same for about 10 years. As we challenged the industry to focus on customer experience, the industry shifted dramatically toward a customer service focus.Whats your vision for the future of your business?Focus on streamlining the operations. Our company sees about 150 to 200 customers per day and we have an extreme focus on eliminating non-value-adding actions.What new products or services will you introduce next year?We have developed our own air conditioning unit customized specifically for southwest Florida. It is the Louis Bruno Signature Series. It is completely plastic, growth resistant, rust resistant, comes with a 10-year parts and labor warranty. We are continually making improvements to this system, further customizing it for our area.What are some of the challenges you face this year?About a year ago, I realized we needed to stop hiring positions and start hiring people. People who are flexible. People who can act like water and take shape of whatever position we needed them in with an extreme focus on the customer and taking away obstacles that interfere with an extremely positive customer experience. As we continue to grow, we are constantly recruiting top talent.What trends do you see impacting your industry the next two to four years?Technology is continually improving our industry. I think technology will take our industry by storm.How do you expect the local economy to grow?As technology improves worldwide, we will become the HUB for ALL business. We live in paradise, so as technology advances, the way business and businesses communicate, businesses will want to be in paradise in the sunshine versus being in the harsh climatic conditions around the world. We will see an extreme trend in businesses moving their operations here.What do you look for in recruiting?We look for people who can be extremely flexible and entrepreneurial. Our internal challenge to our co-workers is that we do not want to do our job the same way each day. Constant improvement. If we arent changing, we arent growing, and if we arent growing, we are falling.Whats the most important business lesson you learned?Hire the best people for the company rather than the position. Dont rest on your laurels; work like there is a 23-year-old kid trying to take it from you.What do you enjoy the most about the job?I enjoy building something and competing. Competing fiercely is a blast. We want to be the best, and its OK if our competition challenges us. We want to transform the industry.What would people be surprised to know about you?I secretly love my wifes cats. Dont tell her, though. Background & Drug Tested Uniformed, IDd w/Protective Booties Courteous Manufacturer-Trained FREE ESTIMATES FREE ESTIMATES $250 OFF(Expires 9/30/15) FINANCING A V AILABLE FINANCING A V AILABLE*Must present coupon at beginning of service. *Not valid with other oers. CALL ABOUT OUR MONTHLY MAINTENAINCE SPECIALS IN REBATES AVAILABLE UP TO$3,660(Expires 9/30/15)*Must present coupon at beginning of service. *Not valid with other oers. SERVICE CALL FEE OR FREE W/REPAIR$25.00(Expires 9/30/15)*Must present coupon at beginning of service. *Not valid with other oers.ANY NEW A/C SYSTEM: INCLUDES SURGE PROTECTION, 2 YEARS LABOR &STERILIZATION SYSTEM NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. MUST PRESENT AD AT THE BEGINNING OF APPOINTMENT. NOT COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS.
D10 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY 1250 PINE RIDGE ROAD, SUITE 101B, NAPLES, FLORIDA 34108239.919.7009 truglomedspa.com Don't just shine... glo 5 5 TruGlo founded by two of Naples, Florida renowned medical specialists, Internist Dr. Diane Brzezinski and Plastic Surgeon Paul Gardner focused on delivering to clients a comprehensive service fo cusing on internal and external well-being and health.Our services can transform your skin and body to bring to light your TruGlo.Call TruGl0 MedSpa at 239.919.7009Clients can now choose from a wide range of services including internal medicine, minimally and noninvasive procedures for skin rejuvenation and body contouring, as well as weight loss programs, spa treatments and advanced technological cosmetic services. TruGlo MedSpa not only uses the latest in medical technology, but also o ers a warm and comfortable ambiance. From the moment you walk in you will note TruGlo MedSpas eye for detail which continues throughout your treatment. Your services will be delivered by our warm, caring and results driven sta .There is nothing more rewarding than the satisfaction of our patients and guests WHO AM I?NAME: Dr. Diane Brzezinski, D.O., F.A.C.O.I, Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS and Mindy DiPietro, Spa Director TITLE AND COMPANY: TruGlo Medspa YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: We are in our first year as TruGlo MedspaDr. Diane Brzezinski, D.O., F.A.C.O.I, Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS and Mindy DiPietro, Spa DirectorTruGlo MedspaHow did you first get into business? Drs. Brzezinski and Gardner have had a professional relationship since 2006. When the subject of developing a medical spa came up, neither could imagine a better partner than the other. Their mutual respect, work ethic, status as top doctors and willingness to chase the dream together was a perfect fit! Shortly after an initial brainstorming session, the medical building at 1250 Pine Ridge Road became available and was purchased. Things started to move fast. The first floor was remodeled to include a new practice that expands both of their current practices as well as the new TruGlo Medspa. A top-notch team of dedicated professionals was assembled, and within eight months, the building project was completed and our grand opening was held on March 25, 2015. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? Its never too early to plan ahead and save for the future. Focus on the long term and your core values. For us, that means continuing to provide the highest level of care and customer service and making sure our patients and guests always know they are the reason we exist. Whats your vision for the future of your business? To provide the most comprehensive array of cosmetic and wellness solutions in Naples and Southwest Florida. What new products or services will you introduce next year? We will continue to focus on the latest technology in skin rejuvenation, body contouring and cosmetic enhancement procedures. Wellness services, weight management solutions and nutrition will play an increased role in the coming year.What are some of the challenges you face this year? We are preparing for exponential growth. Marketing and advertising new and existing services will be a top priority along with finding the most talented, professional, warm and caring team members.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? We see continued increased demand in both preventative and restorative cosmetic procedures. How do you expect the local economy to grow? We expect to see growth in the medical industry in Southwest Florida, particularly in the area of medical tourism as Naples becomes a haven for top medical talent. We look forward to welcoming national companies to the area who bring quality jobs and have high economic and low environmental impact on our communities. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Our search continues for those rare individuals who have a combination of passion for the industry as well as compassion and who have a strong desire to enrich the lives of our guests and patients. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? Follow your passions and realize that there will be bumps along the road. Decisions will not always lead to the e xpected o utcome, but can teach us important lessons and point us in the right direction for continued success. What do you enjoy most about the job? There is nothing more rewarding than the satisfaction of our patients and guests. What would people be surprised to know about you?We are sports fans! Some of our favorite teams are the Detroit Lions, Tigers, The University of Michigan, The Florida Gators and The Florida State Seminoles.
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D11 WHO AM I?Full Name: David Call Title & Company: South Florida Regional President, Fifth Third Bank Years with the Company: 13 Years in Southwest Florida: 7 Nature of Business: Banking Education: Bachelors Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and his masters degree in finance from the University of Charleston. Also is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking Hometown: Huntington, West VirginiaDavid Call, South Florida Regional President, Fifth Third BankWhat are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? There are several tech trends that are shaping the way customers conduct financial transactions. For instance, do-it-yourself banking will offer self-service centers or kiosks to conduct transactions. Talking to financial experts by teleconference will become more familiar with customers as the technology develops into being more main stream. Going paperless continues to trend upwards as companies upgrade their systems to streamline daily transactions. More mobile types of accounts where the customer will have several mobile payment and account options to conduct business will be more common. Lastly, the future of the branch wont be a one-size fits all. Branches wont disappear completely, as customers still like that one-onone face time with a banker. As for Fifth Third, we continue to focus on enhancing digital services for our customers. Retail branches remain a vital part of our strategy for customer convenience and deepening of customer relationships. Our customers find great value in having a Trusted Advisor at their local Financial Center. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? The most important one is to never lose perspective of your risks. What I mean by this is to always understand how your business is operating on a daily basis. Look for trends that could have a positive or negative impact. For instance, if one month your performance is not what you planned, keep an eye on it and understand what the driving force behind the change is. Realize the way business is conducted is ever evolving, especially with tech trends influencing the future consumer. What new products or services will you introduce next year? Fifth Third is always looking for better ways to serve and improve the lives of our customers. To enhance the lives of our business customers, we recently launched a comprehensive innovative cash management solution that automates the cash handling process from the time you collect the cash payment to the time the money is processed and credited into your account. Fifth Third Currency Processing Solutions helps reduce the risk of fraud and theft, optimizes your cash handling process and provides realtime provisional credit even while the cash is still in the safe. It really enhances our customers day-to-day transactions. Our fraud alert program is always being enhanced. Fifth Third Identity Alert SM. offers unique benefits such as text message alerts, neighborhood reports, Social Security monitoring for adults and children and more. And later this year, several digital delivery enhancements to our mobile and website channels will be released to improve the customer experience. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? The technology trends around digital payments. As digital transactions continue to increase in the retail business, not just banking, and consumers become more digitally savvy, the demand to conduct business this way will be a necessity in order to stay competitive. What do you look for when recruiting new talent? We are committed to hiring team members who demonstrate our Core Values. It is part of our interview process that we know all employees, regardless of the position; need to demonstrate integrity, teamwork and collaboration, respect and inclusion and accountability to each other. We also desire team members who share the same desire as our promise to serve. Finally, we are committed to developing our talent. When we recruit it is often about the position that a candidate is qualified for today, but what is their desire to grow. Some of our strongest leaders started as a CSR or entry level employee. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? Its the employees who are our most valuable asset. Without them, we wouldnt be able to thrive in a competitive market. Also, embracing change and being flexible. As we have seen since the Great Recession, the way we conduct business has evolved and will continue to do so. What do you enjoy most about the job? In the past 13 years I have been with the bank, its the people, both customers and employees, that I enjoy most. Being able to have the opportunity to work with an amazing and talented group of employees who continue to serve our customers by doing what is right for them. Keeping the customer at the center of everything we do. For the customer, its meeting people in the community who bank with us and compliment us on their customer experience with the bank. It brings me gratitude and reconfirms our promise to serve. Business is ever evolving with tech trends influencing the future consumer $1 donation to SU2C for every original public post with the hashtag #howifight on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine from 7/27/15-10/17/15, up to $100,000 total. Only one hashtag per username, per Monitored Social Media Site, per day will be counted. Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. 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D12 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY WHO AM I?NAME: Kelly E. Capolino TITLE AND COMPANY: Realtor, Downing Frye Realty, Inc. YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 19 years YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 19 years NATURE OF BUSINESS: Real estate EDUCATION: Pace University, NYCKelly E. Capolino, Realtor, Downing Frye Realty, Inc.How did you first get into business?Well, in the 1980s, my father, Robert Capolino, and my grandfather, Sisto Capolino, encouraged me to start my business. I was a woman and minority contractor. They said youre smart and aggressive so get yourself qualified as a contractor. Thats what I did and years later it led me to renovating the Ann Taylor Shops at Waterside in Naples and I moved here in 1996. I have a Florida real estate and general contractors licenses. Choosing real estate over contracting meant I didnt have to manage men and materials!What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Well, its been interesting. Most feel Naples is a cash market, however with the low interest rates many money managers advise their clients to finance their property in order to keep their cash in high performing accounts.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?That is a great question. I learned to be a better steward. When an asset, such as real estate is not performing it is time to sell that asset sooner than later.Whats your vision for the future of your business?Real estate professionals will not be replaced by the Internet. The need for the personalized service and handholding customers will remain. Youre not going to buy a home on Amazon and wait for it to be delivered by a drone. In Naples we are not a cookiecutter community and people still need us.What new products or services will you introduce next year?Actually, old-fashioned, one-onone service never goes out of style. We find that the Internet is necessary and electronic communication is necessary. But that one-on-one touch is very important in the real estate market and we are making an effort to communicate verbally and in person on a regular basis and not only via electronics. We all need that personal, handholding touch.What are some of the challenges you face this year?The biggest is the election of the next president. Also, interest rates are low. When will they rise? And flood insurance rates and federal subsidized programs vs private insurers. That will always be something that might affect the future sales close to the Gulf of Mexico. There may be a day that those rates are so exorbitant it may not be affordable to live near the Gulf.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?I think the impact of the moving of retirees to the state of Florida and Southwest Florida will continue. And as they expand our economy and jobs our number of first-time homebuyers will continue to rise.How do you expect the Southwest Florida economy to grow?I see two things. One is the moving of retirees with big nest eggs coming to Southwest Florida to take advantage of our no income tax state. The other is the growth of tourism. Unless you were born here, every resident in Florida was a visitor at one point or another. Tourism is growing. The first six months of this year the tourism economic impact was $1.2 billion in Collier County alone. And the number of visitors is up 4 percent in the first six months of the year.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?For me, I look for passion and I look for them to pay it forward. And I always mentor and teach business sense and life lessons. New talent needs to be open to new suggestions. Our employees and affiliates are required to help non-profits with a smile on their face and not as an obligation. We are happy and blessed to be able to live in Southwest Florida and we need to show it.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?The most important thing is to stay true to your gut feeling and business plan. And dont let others try to guide you to reinvent the wheel. As you stay true to your gut feeling and your business plan be prepared it just takes time. Everything good takes time.What do you enjoy the most about the job?I love this question. I love working with my clients. Whether my client is a CEO of a major corporation or a first time homebuyer, they deserve the same work ethic and my energy. I personally would never sell or buy a property I didnt believe in and I will not do unethical business.What would people be surprised to know about you?I owned and operated a union-contracting firm in New York City. It was called Kelly & SJ Capolino Construction. We had 140 plus employees and bid competitively on contracts. For example, we worked on the World Trade Center doing interior work after the 1994 bombing. The company was based in Brooklyn, New York. Another thing people might be surprised to know about me is that I ran the Paris Marathon in 2000. What I learned from 26.2 miles? You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Old-fashioned, one-on-one service never goes out of style KELLY in NAPLES.COMNO DETAILS HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED.180 9th Street South, Naples, Florida 34102 PELICAN BAY WOODSSingle-family 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home. Full remodel, super size half-acre lot, walk to ArtisNaples and Waterside Shops. 6,418 SF Total Living AreaFor More Information or to Arrange a Showing
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D13 I study the market to understand everyones product, pricing, sales and values WHO AM I?NAME: Dante DiSabato TITLE AND COMPANY: Broker Associate Encore Realty, LLC YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 6 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 6 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Real Estate EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Miami of Ohio Dante DiSabato Broker Associate, Encore Realty, LLCHow did you first get into business?I have been in the business all my life, growing up closely with my father ,who has been in the development business his entire life. I remember driving around job sites, sales offices and going through homes when I was 5. Its my hobby, passion and career. It is something that I will always love doing because of the relationships that I can build around it. People ask me what I do for fun and I say, Go look at real estate! What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Naples is a very sought-after market. There are more and more people gravitating toward Naples and Southwest Florida due to its privacy, climate, community and resort feel. I see more and more cash buyers overall and the pricing is trending upwards over the last couple of years due to land cost/ building materials and the lack of good inventory. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?This is the period when I actually obtained my real estate license, in the beginning of 2009. I took it as a learning experience on How to Sell. No one was buying, especially using a Realtor who just got their license. I sold my first home at the end of 2009 and did not earn a commission, but it was and still is the biggest win of my career. Now, with the market the way it is, I am learning to be smart with investments, sales and making sure my clients are protected long term. Whats your vision for the future of your business?I would like to grow the brokerage into a small specialty agency with five to 10 agents. I also want to continue to develop and grow our firm Encore Development, LLC here in Naples and or Columbus, Ohio, where I am originally from. What new products or services will you introduce next year?Working closely with Encore Development, we will have five, possibly six new homes coming on the market in Olde Naples, Port Royal and The Moorings. What are some of the challenges you face this year?There are a lot of part-time agents and a lot of product promised but not built yet. So it confuses buyers. What makes me different? I have positioned myself with more than $50 million of inventory in Olde Naples, Port Royal and The Moorings. I hope to garner more clients along the way. I study the market every day and make sure to understand everyones product, pricing, sales and values so I can better assist my clients. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?The 2016 U.S. election year, the stock market, the global market, currency exchange and interest rates all affect the real estate industry. Naples is a second, third, fourth home resort town and some purchases are totally discretionary. If the stock market goes down or interest rates increase, this affects peoples thinking, i.e., we can hold off on that vacation home. It isnt a necessity, like their primary residence is. If the market stays strong and grows, who knows what will happen? They better keep building! How do you expect the local economy to grow?Forbes and Bloomberg just came out with articles on how Naples is the number one city in the country for economic growth, so I think that says something right there. I have seen a steady increase in purchasers and people want warm weather! I also find that new businesses such as Hertz are entering Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and Marco, which brings executives and family to the areas. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Someone who wants to work and be their own boss. Someone who can learn on the fly and go after it. My brokerage is just me its small, and we have a hard time competing getting leads with the larger firms. However, with me, my clients arent just clients, they become a friend. I am available for them 24/7 as their concierge broker. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Thats a hard one. I have learned many business lessons since I was a kid, but probably the most important is no deal or commission is ever too big to force me to compromise my integrity and reputation. Plan my work and work my plan. I always think long term. It isnt a sprint, its a marathon. What do you enjoy most about the job? I like creating a deal. Nothing is too hard or too easy, its always about trying to figure it out and putting two people together to make it work. I like win-win situations and its rewarding to know that my clients are happy in the end. What would people be surprised to know about you?I used to be an UFC MMA corner man for a UFC Hall of Famer. 2240 Venetian Court Naples, FL 34109 Encore-Realty.com Dante DiSabatoBroker AssociateDante@Encore-Realty.com 239.537.5351 Live Luxury with Naples True Concierge Broker.
I see a reemergence of the independent pharmacy model WHO AM I?FULL NAME: John Raymond Dobbs TITLE & COMPANY: Pharmacist and Owner, PharmiCare, a neighborhood pharmacy YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: we have been open for 18 months! YEARS IN LEE COUNTY: over 10 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Independent Community Pharmacy EDUCATION: Doctor of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Boston, 2003. HOMETOWN: Syracuse, New YorkJohn Raymond Dobbs, Pharmacist and Owner, PharmiCare, a neighborhood pharmacyHow did you first get into business?My first successful business venture was in real estate, buying a residential property, renovating it, and renting the property to vacationers on a weekly basis. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? Industry trends for pharmacy in general focus on (1) consolidation; the consolidation of pharmacies and healthcare entities buying each other; and (2) niche markets within pharmacies that focus on expanded, nontraditional health services. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Education is the key. I saw my investments lose over half its value literally overnight. I saw friends and family members lose their jobs and struggle to keep their homes. But other than my investments, my daily life, career, and salary did not change. Having an education with a career in healthcare is critical to my continued personal success and I think choosing the right career path is integral to anyone who wants to have a stable, well paying job that can support themselves and their family without being dependent on dips in the economy. At the end of the day, dont expect anyone to take care of you. You have the ultimate responsibility of taking care of yourself. Whats your vision for the future of your business?To continue to expand our compounding and natural medicine services while introducing other niche businesses that support each other and our companys goal of helping patients live their best. I also foresee my company opening pharmacies in the Estero and Bonita Springs or Naples market in 2016. My vision is to make our pharmacies the destination for healthy living in Southwest Florida. What new products or services will you introduce next year? The Doc Now: PharmiCare has partnered with two local physicians, Dr. Matthew Everett and Dr. Bob Rahmanian, to bring healthcare access into the pharmacy. The Doc Now is a medical practice owned by Everett and Rahmanian that exists to meet the needs of so many Floridians, both permanent and seasonal, who cannot get timely care by their own primary care physicians. The Doc Now will use technology to allow for care of patients using TeleMed Kiosks, Smart Phones or tablets, communicating with them over a video service. The Doc Now will care for permanent residents or Snow Birds who cannot find a primary provider to deal with their acute or chronic illnesses. Look for The Doc Now to be launching at PharmiCare in the 4th Quarter of 2015. For more information on The Doc Now, visit http://www.thedocnow.com. Heal: PharmiCare will introduce a new business to Lee County, named Heal. Heal is a collaboration between PharmiCare and a small group of physicians, Dr. Matthew Everett, Dr. Bob Rahmanian, and John Salo, Physician Assistant. Our services will primarily focus on hydration therapy. Hydration Therapy delivers fluids, vitamins, specialized nutrients and medications directly into your body to provide relief for many conditions associated with dehydration. In addition to hydration therapy, Heal will offer platelet-rich plasma therapies, chelation, botox, and other customized regimens for specific conditions. Look for Heal to launch in the 4th quarter of 2015. For more information, visit our website for updates at http:// www.healiv.com. Sterile Compounding Pharmacy: In addition to Heal, PharmiCare will also be constructing a sterile pharmacy lab. Our expansion will give Southwest Florida better access to sterile products and services and further expand our ability to offer any type of compounding services to the community. What are some of the challenges you face this year?One of the largest challenges is getting the community to recognize the PharmiCare name as a full service pharmacy that specializes in compounding and natural medicine. Making your brand a common name that is embedded in the community is a huge challenge. It is something I think about every day. I will probably never be satisfied until we are able to illustrate to the community how amazingly different we are and how much we can help people live their best. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?I see a reemergence of the independent pharmacy model. I see patients getting tired of using the convenience of the local chain pharmacy. With a plethora of pharmacists in the job market, more and more younger pharmacists are willing to take the risk to prove their independent pharmacy model is better then the chains, and typically they are right. The only thing convenient about chain drug stores is that they are on every street corner, but their service is not really convenient at all. For example, CVS is the largest chain drug store in America, but according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, they have the worst customer service in their industry. CVS is purchasing Target Pharmacy, who, according to the same article, has the best customer service in their industry. How is that going to work for the current Target patient? And Target pharmacy employee? I believe all of this will create more opportunities for independent pharmacies to capture the patients who dont want to be bought and at the same time expand services that the independent pharmacy offers patients. How do you expect the local economy to grow?With Fort Myers, I see the continued expansion of key entities shaping our economy, such as Florida Gulf Coast University and Lee Memorial Health System. In Bonita Springs and Estero, I see that area continuing to grow rapidly over the next five years, making it the destination within Southwest Florida. Overall, I expect solid growth and development. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?I look for basic principles. If you dont have a lot of experience then that is not necessarily a bad thing if you have the right attitude and personality. I have learned that it is much easier to teach an employee a skill versus teach them a new personality or attitude. Its hard to change the way people think. I want thinkers, I want people who create ideas that change the way we practice pharmacy and deal with life. At the end of the day, you have to contribute more then your skill set, you have to give me your soul.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? To always go with your gut, your first instinct.What do you enjoy the most about the job? The ability to plan and create whatever I want. Starting a project, watching it launch and then stepping back and realizing that its just the beginning. What else can we conquer? What would people be surprised to know about you?Well, with what I know, people either love me or hate me. My personality has no middle ground. I am not overly religious or overly political; however, I have a very strong core set of beliefs about life, liberty and our pursuit of happiness. I am a very passionate and emotional person. I wear my feelings on my sleeve. I dont pretend. When you question my beliefs, I dont back down. I see very simple answers to help myself and help others change their lives. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D15 Our Mission: To change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as provide hous ing for the homeless and food for the needy.2001 Airport Road South, Naples, FL 34112 | 239-774-0500 | stmatthewshouse.org THRIFT STORES, CAF M25, SMH CATERING AND PORT LABELLE REGIONAL RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTER Contact Us For a Tour! People in recovery can be great employees WHO AM I?NAME: Vann R. Ellison TITLE AND COMPANY: St. Matthews House, Inc. YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 11 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 22 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Not-for-profit social services EDUCATION: Southeastern UniversityVann R. Ellison, St. Matthews House, Inc.How did you first get into business? While studying to be a minister, I worked in a psychiatric hospital. It was during that time that I developed an interest in business as a means to transform lives and communities.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? The improved employment environment has made it possible for people to find jobs and move out of poverty. With a greater demand for qualified workers throughout the economy, readiness and skills training are essential.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? A solid, diverse foundation is essential. Having a variety of revenue-generating businesses and a broad base of donor support sustained St. Matthews House during the season when the poor needed us the most.Whats your vision for the future of your business? We plan to continue to develop enterprises that support and advance our mission. Each business we develop must also improve our ministry. We have training programs built into each of our social enterprises. Our thrift stores incorporate a management training program, SMH Catering gives our residents a chance to learn Life Skills and Knife Skills, Caf M25 utilizes Starbucks training, and the Port Labelle Inn Regional Retreat and Conference Center provides hospitality training. We believe that these programs will continue to provide able and responsible employees for our businesses for years to come. What new products or services will you introduce next year? Our sixth thrift store, the first in Fort Myers, and second Caf M25 has just officially opened. At the same time, the Port Labelle Inn is preparing to host a wide range of conferences, from family recovery retreats to business meetings. We are starting a family program to support loved ones who have an addicted family member. We also plan to open an intensive outpatient counseling program as part of our wonderfully successful Justins Place Recovery Services.What are some of the challenges you face this year? Communicating the message of St. Matthews House to the community and our donors is always our biggest challenge. We are engaged in so many diverse activities it is a challenge to get the message out to people who want to help.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? There is a broad push to develop more regulations and government supported programs. We believe that local people can address the needs of their community far better than Tallahassee or Washington. As the federal budget tightens, organizations like St. Matthews House that take no government funds are going to be essential to transforming the lives of the poor.How do you expect the local economy to grow? Construction on the residential and commercial side seems to be expanding. There are more businesses wanting to escape heavy taxes and regulations, they will move to Florida. Population growth will continue to create opportunities for expanded healthcare and service oriented businesses.What do you look for when recruiting new talent? Many of our employees are graduates of our programs. There are many wonderful people who need a second chance and provide an amazing level of commitment to the work we do. People in recovery can be great employees.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? Do the right thing and dont expect everyone to like you. In our business, people are fearful of what a person in one of our programs may do to society. It is the right thing to care for the poor and broken. What do you enjoy the most about the job? Spending time with the people we serve. Several times a week I have the opportunity to teach a class or share a meal with the women or men that we serve. I am always blessed to experience the miracle of transformation every day.
D16 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY I love the positive impact we have on peoples lives WHO AM I?NAME: Patrick M. Flaharty, M.D. TITLE AND COMPANY: Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 15 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 22 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Cosmetic surgery and Medical Spa: medical EDUCATION: BA, Kalamazoo College; MD, University of MichiganPatrick M. Flaharty M.D., Azul Cosmetic SurgeryHow did you first get into business?Around 15 years ago I was working for a large group practice and had an opportunity to split off to start my own practice. Although I had no real practical experience in running my own business, it proved to be a very good move for me and my family. Fifteen years later Im still a work in progress with respect to running my own business but Ive come to love the autonomy and control that running your own business provides. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Cosmetic surgery is undergoing a technological revolution as we speak. New products and procedures are allowing us to do more and more nonsurgically than ever before. We can use non-invasive technologies to permanently eliminate fat, tighten skin, and eliminate age spots and wrinkles. There has also been huge growth in injectable treatments (neurotoxins and fillers) which can reduce lines and creases, fill in dark circles and hollows, lift cheeks and eyebrows, and plump lips all with little or no downtime. Advances in surgical techniques have made facelifts, browlifts, and eyelids surgery safer, faster and with less downtime. Cosmetic surgery has finally come of age.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?We learned two very important lessons from the Great Recession. One is that it helps to have a diversified offering of products and procedures. During tough economic times fewer people could afford the larger surgical procedures, but more people were interested in the less-expensive procedures like skin care, injectable fillers and office based laser treatments. Secondly, we learned to stay true to your cause and reinvest in your business. If you can use the lean times to improve your core business, you will emerge much stronger as the economy recovers.Whats your vision for the future of your business?Our mission remains to provide the best aesthetic services in a warm, caring and friendly environment. With offices in Naples, Bonita and Fort Myers, we will continue to grow by providing cutting edge solutions to all aesthetic challenges. Through continued staff training, utilization of latest technologies and procedures, and maintaining a client-centered approach where the patients needs and concerns always come first, we are very optimistic about the future.What new products or services will you introduce next year?We have a very close relationship with Trilogy Laboratories, a new skin care company in Fort Myers. They produce a custom, proprietary line of skin care products for Azul and are constantly bringing forward innovative active ingredients and products to enhance our skin care line. We also anticipate adding new non-surgical technology for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. Last we are looking at additional technologies for non-surgical fat reduction.What are some of the challenges you face this year?There are always challenges that come with growth. We prefer slow and steady growth where we can continue to provide the highest quality of care and maintain operational efficiencies while we expand. It is also a challenge to find topnotch personnel to fill the new positions with expansion, but we wont compromise on hiring the best of the best.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?Technology will continue to be a driving force in cosmetic surgery. New products and procedures will continue to grow the number of treatment options available to patients looking for cosmetic solutions. The trend toward more non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures will continue, as people will demand better results with less downtime. How do you expect the local economy to grow?The long-term trend is very favorable. Our beautiful tropical weather, incredible beaches, abundant opportunities for golfers and boaters and the rapid growth of FGCU all serve to attract more people to Southwest Florida to study, work, and play. Continued growth should trickle down to all aspects of our economy.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Training and experience are extremely important but the most important factor is personality. A positive, winning personality is essential for success. Warm and friendly people who work well with others and exhibit a can-do attitude can transform a workplace into a fun, dynamic environment where positive energy is ubiquitous. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?It is always important to be in control of your own destiny. If you choose to be in a partnership, choose very carefully. Partnerships are easy when the going is good but can be very difficult when times are tough. What do you enjoy most about the job?I love the positive impact we have on peoples lives through the magic of cosmetic rejuvenation. When you can make someone look 10 or 20 years younger through a single procedure you can absolutely transform their life to a better place almost instantaneously. Seeing the positive impact that can have on someones self esteem, work life and social life is a thrill.What would people be surprised to know about you?People might be surprised to know that I played intercollegiate football and completed an Iron Man Competition (swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles). Ive always loved physical exercise, which is what attracted me to surgery. In my free time I still run, bike and swim and compete in local triathlons. Fort Myers | Bonita Springs (239) 415-7576 | www.azulbeauty.com B eautifu l Making Southwest Florida for 20 years! F ( Call for an appointment today!
Nothing beats a great smile and attitude to go along with it WHO AM I?NAME: Jenny Foegen TITLE AND COMPANY: President, Naples Princess YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 16 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 10 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Cruise Attraction EDUCATION: BA in Marketing with minors in Business and Communications from Winona State UniversityJenny Foegen, President, Naples PrincessHow did you first get into business? I was the first waitress hired at the restaurant owned and operated by the corporate company that built our boats up in Wisconsin. I moved into managing the restaurant and then worked with the corporate sales team before being invited to move to Florida. Upon graduating college I moved down here to work with the teams in Naples and Marco Island. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? Wedding budgets are back up and we are seeing a lot of destination weddings. Groups of 40 to 60 on up are traveling from around the U.S. to make it a couple day event. Rehearsal dinners are turning into Welcome Parties where all guests are invited; same thing for next day brunches. We are also seeing more corporate and wedding groups opt for heavy hors doeuvres or station-type menus rather than the typical sitdown dinner. This makes it more interactive for guests and companies to mingle.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? Stay loyal to your brand and image. When you come out of the recession, which does happen, you want customers to remember you the same as you were when you were at the height. You can offer discounts and do attractive offers to get people in the door, but dont undervalue your product or the quality of service you provide. Lessons learned were finding creative ways to work with smaller budgets and price points to still be able to attract families and groups.Whats your vision for the future of your business? We are growing and slowly expanding as we see best fit. We will be adding more cruises and options for guests. The cruise, group and wedding markets are also strong. There is a lot of building happening in Downtown Naples, which will only continue to bring guests to our area. The marina is also forecasting a strong upcoming year with jet-ski and boat rentals being especially high in the summer months as guests cant wait to get out on the water. Fishing is also a big trend, not only for tourists but locals as well.What new products or services will you introduce next year? Stay tuned As for the marina, we have the newest fleet of boats and jet skis and will continue to maintain and keep the highest quality of equipment. What are some of the challenges you face this year? Our biggest challenge is always the weather. Although we are 80 percent enclosed and climate-controlled, its just letting guests know that when its raining you can still enjoy the beautiful waterways of Naples with us. Fingers crossed the Gulf stays calm.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? International travelers are up and coming more consistently year-round. We need to make sure we can effectively target and communicate with these guests. Food trends are always evolving and changing, whether with dietary restrictions or just new dining experiences. On entertainment cruises, people want unique experiences. so whether its doing a wine tasting, a dinner show, themed entertainment, etc., we want to make sure we always follow trends and continue to provide unique experiences for guests. How do you expect the local economy to grow? That is anyones guess, and I trust the experts on this one. But one can hope we just continue to slowly increase and maintain a strong economy for everyone to be successful. What do you look for when recruiting new talent? A smiling face! We work with customers all day long and nothing is better than being greeted with a smile. Most of the rest of the stuff can be taught, but nothing beats a great smile and attitude to go along with it. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? You can constantly learn from the people around you, no matter what position they are in. Everyone has ideas and skill sets and I have found that if you take the time to include other people and ask for questions and opinions, you can learn a lot. When you get information from all sides of the business, it helps create not only a better environment but better experience for all.What do you enjoy most about the job? Besides being on the water, I really enjoy interacting with all the different people and groups that we work with. Every event is unique, so helping to create peoples dream wedding, the most memorable special occasion or just to help a family enjoy a day on the water is very rewarding.What would people be surprised to know about you? That I was an all-conference polevaulter in college. 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D18 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY Patients should choose a provider based on quality and trust WHO AM I?NAME: Dr. Rich & Dr. Lacy Gilbert TITLE AND COMPANY: Owners and CEOs of Pelican Landing Dental YEARS WITH COMPANY AND SWF: Five years. Dr. Lacy was born and raised in Bonita Springs. NATURE OF BUSINESS: Dentistry EDUCATION: Dental degrees from University of Florida College of DentistryDr. Rich & Dr. Lacy Gilbert, Owners and CEOs of Pelican Landing DentalHow did you first get into business? We both have family members in the profession so dentistry was always a consideration. However, we each finalized our decision to attend dental school while in college at the University of Florida. In 2010, we purchased an existing dental practice, now known as Pelican Landing Dental. We were drawn to the practice due to its high quality of care and beautiful facility and it allowed Dr. Lacy Gilbert to move back to her hometown of Bonita Springs.What are some recent trends in your industry?The demise of dental insurance and in-network providers. Insurance companies have continually reduced reimbursements, forcing private practices to drop insurance plans. That leaves only highvolume Dental Chains in-network. As patients continue to be disappointed with insurance reimbursements as well as the quality of treatment from Dental Chains, were seeing more and more patients either drop their dental insurance or see an out-of-network provider. Many patients dont realize they usually have the same total dollar benefit out-of-network as in-network. Patients should choose a provider based on quality and trust, not by whos listed on an insurance website particularly when their benefit is the same!What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Being a healthcare provider does not excuse one from being a responsible small business owner. Rather, practicing in a well-run business is truly appreciated by our patients, and has definitely fueled our practice growth.What new products and services do you have coming next year?While well continue to excel in aspects of general dentistry including dental implants and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, 2016 will bring Botox and dermal fillers to our patients. Being dentists who are highly trained in facial esthetics as well as giving injections, Botox is a natural fit!What are some challenges you face this year?Our daughter, Grace, was born this July! Balancing parenting while being highly dedicated professionals is quite a challenge, but well worth it! What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?Technological advancements: Our practice is dedicated to the very best quality dentistry in the most comfortable manner possible, and having the latest technology lets us do just that. Currently, we utilize a CT scan to produce 3-D X-rays for precise placement of dental implants. The next step will be digital impressions, or scanning teeth, instead of patients holding an impression tray in their mouths for several minutes.How to you expect the local economy to grow?We see the biggest growth in our areas transition to a year-round economy from a highly seasonal one. With considerable business growth in the area, such as Hertz, as well as the increasing number of Baby Boomers retiring to Southwest Florida, we wont be seasonal for long!What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Attitude, work ethic and responsibility. We look for happy people who enjoy helping others and take pride in a job well done. What is the most important business lesson youve learned?There is no substitute for quality in all aspects of our practice! From dental cleanings to complex full-mouth reconstructions, and even how the telephone is answered everything matters!What do you enjoy most about practicing?The people! First and foremost, we like people. When you exceed someones expectations and have a pleasant conversation in the process, practicing dentistry becomes really fun! What would people be surprised to know about you?We both love boating and diving. Weve been going to the Keys for an annual fishing and lobstering trip for quite some time and look forward to continuing the tradition for years to come. Come Experience the Friendliest Dentists in Town. pelicanlandingdental.com 23451 Walden Center Drive, Ste 100 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 Drs. Rich & Lacy Gilbert What Our Patients Are Saying About Us... Call Today! 239.948.2111 $100 OFF
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D19 Im always looking for the eye of the tiger WHO AM I?FULL NAME: Robert E. Grace TITLE AND COMPANY: President and founder, Grace Advisory Group YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 45 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 14 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Retirement income planning and wealth transfer EDUCATION: JD, CLU, ChFC, CFEd, RFC, Master Elite IRA AdvisorRobert E. Grace JD, CLU, ChFC, CFEd, RFC, President and Founder, Grace Advisory GroupHow did you first get into business?In 1969, I was recruited by and worked for Manual Life Insurance Company in Cleveland. I was the leading rookie agent the first two years then transferred to Columbus, Ohio, as a branch manager. A year and a half later, I was transferred to Cincinnati to take over a larger branch, which we took from 48th in the country to eighth in less than two years.What do you enjoy the most about the job? I enjoy educating people about the alternatives that are available in the financial services world. We act as financial architects, making our clients aware of all alternatives and helping them choose the ones that most effectively accomplish their stated goals. Counseling the clients through that process, which in retirement is completely different than in the accumulation phase, is a gratifying and challenging process. When we accomplish our goals, we send people home not with products, but with peace of mind.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? What works today will not work tomorrow; so an ongoing search for innovative processes, new strategies, techniques and determining which products and services are the best fit for our clients, which many times is based on their life stage, is essential. Planning for growth during a clients working years is different from planning for preservation and de-cumulation in retirement. A concept that most financial advisors are not familiar with is providing guaranteed lifetime income at a level that exceeds the inflationary growth in our economy. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? Our specialized way of planning for retirement has allowed us to help many retirees through the Great Recession with consistent income. Our clients were able to sleep easy during this turbulent time, knowing that they had lifetime retirement income. The good news is that it is not too late to prepare for the next great recession. The most differentiating feature of our firm is that we all share our ideas. We open the file of each and every client once a week via telecommunication with all of our financial advisors. We put more than 200 years of financial education to bear on providing the most effective recommendations for our clients. Our tax department is headed up by a CPA who is also a Certified Financial Planner. We have seven offices throughout Florida with over 15 highly recognized financial designations that are combined cumulatively to provide the best input to recommendations and solutions for our clients financial needs.Whats your vision for the future of your business? Each day, 10,000 baby boomers are retiring, have been for the last seven years and will continue to do so at this pace for the next 18 years. In our industry, there are fewer people being trained to be effective financial advisors and insurance agents. So the outlook is tremendous for those people who want to educate themselves and become proficient at providing top level financial advice in all areas of the financial world, including insurance, securities, annuities, life insurance and estate planning. Those fields are best served by people who have received the designations through extensive training and have the skill, talent and education to provide advice in order to accomplish the clients financial goals whether they be income, asset preservation or legacy transfer.What are some challenges you face this year? We are not dealing with the hottest trends or latest fads. We stick with our disciplined approach and leverage our experience and knowledge to maintain our long-term track record of success. We focus on consistency more than on unbelievable short-term returns. Sometimes, that gets overlooked when the economy is doing well, but we shine bright when the economy is volatile. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? With persistently low interest rates and volatile markets, finding a consistent source of income for retirement has become increasingly difficult. The traditional assets for retirement are no longer providing enough income, forcing some to take on more risk or invest in new assets that are out of their comfort zone. The longer this economy continues, the greater the chance for ill side effects. Unfortunately, most people only focus on one thing: the stated rate of return. There is a lot more to be considered when planning for retirement. Finding reliable and consistent income sources is very important. Retirement is a fundamental shift from wealth accumulation to protection, preservation and reliable income. When properly planned, your hard work can be turned into the retirement of your dreams. This is why Grace Advisory Group takes a team approach. Each member has a specialty in Tax, Finance or Legal Planning. How do you expect the local economy to grow? Southwest Florida is poised to be one of the most prominent retirement heavens in the world. The sheer beauty of our beaches matched with the perfect weather make our area the promised land of retirement. These new residents will push the value of our economy higher. What do you look for when recruiting new talent? The most important thing is to find what I call fire in the belly or the eye of the tiger. Any intelligent person can learn virtually any business if they have the propensity and desire to do so. However, passion and a desire to succeed is not trainable. The financial services business is a unique segment of industry and requires people with a propensity for numbers, a passion for helping other people and a desire to put the clients needs before their own. Continuing education, which is evidenced by credentials, is an absolute essential for success in this business. Many people go into a career and feel that is the end of their learning. In the financial services business and other professional fields, continued improvement, education and learning are a necessity. What would people be surprised to know about you? When I was 6, I took my dads handkerchiefs, went up and down the street and tried to sell them. So, I have been an entrepreneur from a very early stage. I went through undergraduate and law school all at night and it took me from start to end over 22 years. I have over six recognized designations in the financial services industry and I read about 15 to 20 books a year that continually offer additional skill sets. I have passion for the business and building the firm. Grace Advisory Group is a true one-stop shop for people who want the most out of retirement.
D20 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY Flooring 6401 AIRPORT ROAD NAPLES, FL 34019 MON FRI 9-5:30PM SAT 9-5PM AREA RUGS CABINETS TILE & HADINGERFLOORING.COM It is very important that we provide the best customer service in the market WHO AM I?NAME: Tom Hadinger and Susan Hadinger TITLE AND COMPANY: Hadinger Flooring and Area Rug Gallery NATURE OF BUSINESS: Flooring, Area Rugs and Kitchen CabinetsTom Hadinger, owner; and Susan Hadinger, Hadinger Flooring and Area Rug GalleryHow did you first get into business? Tom: I accidentally got into the flooring business when I owned two jewelry stores and I needed carpet for the stores.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? Wood is getting stronger every year. Also, the tile that looks like wood is gaining in popularity. Tone on tone transitional area rugs continue to gain in popularity with blue remaining as the dominant color trend.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? We learned that advertising throughout that difficult time was a great choice and helped us to weather it.Whats your vision for the future of your business? The vision for Hadinger Flooring and Area Rug Gallery is to keep growing. What new products or services will you introduce next year? We are adding kitchen cabinets to our product offerings.What are some of the challenges you face this year? The biggest challenge is having enough salespeople to keep up with the growing demand of the market.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? More people are choosing hard surfaces and area rugs to complete the look of their home.How do you expect the local economy to grow? Since the past couple of years have seen very harsh winters up north, we feel that the Naples area will continue to see growth as people migrate away from the cold weather.What do you look for when recruiting new talent? We look for experience and a great attitude. Great attitudes lead to great customer service! It is very important that we provide the best customer service in the market. It leads to lifelong relationships with our customers.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? Tom: In all of my years of being in business, I have learned that it is important to listen to the employees.What do you enjoy most about the job? Tom: My favorite part of my job is working with the employees here at Hadinger Flooring. We have a group of top-rate professionals who are some of most knowledgeable people in the industry.What would people be surprised to know about you? Tom: I love to eat at The Waffle House!
How did you first get into business?During my first year of medical school, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was told she needed a mastectomy and would likely need chemotherapy afterwards. This was devastating news to the whole family. She was unable to process this until she met with the plastic surgeon who offered her immediate breast reconstruction. The thought that she could be whole again, even after the mastectomy, gave her the strength to move forward. From that point on, I knew I wanted to be a plastic surgeon.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?The trend in plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine is toward noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures that have improved a great deal over the past 20 years. The results of some treatments rival that of some cosmetic surgeries, with much less down time and no need for general anesthesia. Procedures like CoolSculpting, which visibly reduces fat bulges without surgery, and Ulthera, which uses deeply focused ultrasound for noninvasive brow, face, and neck lifting, are gaining in popularity. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?I learned how to run a more efficient business, while not sacrificing quality of care to patients. By not only performing cosmetic surgery, but also offering less-expensive Botox and facial fillers, I was able to still provide treatments that patients could afford and wanted.Whats your vision for the future of your business? We have been growing significantly over the past several years. We have outgrown our office and are in the process of renovating a much larger free-standing building that will allow plenty of room for growth.What new products or services will you introduce?This year will offer Cellfina, a newly FDA cleared treatment to effectively treat cellulite; and Infini, focused radiofrequency micro-needling for facial rejuvenation and acne scarring. With the opening of our newly expanded office, we will have a full medical day spa offering laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, laser resurfacing, photo facials, massage, permanent make up, eyelash extensions, spray tanning, and expanded aesthetician services.What are some of the challenges you face this year?We will be moving into a newly renovated, much larger space by December of 2015. With this expansion, we will have to manage a larger staff, while still striving to give all of our patients the personalized, excellent care we have provided for the past 13 years. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?With the advent of Obamacare, many non-trained and unqualified medical providers have dabbled in cosmetic medicine and surgery due to the cash payment system. This may lead to increased complications for patients who seek cut-rate procedures at substandard facilities by unqualified or poorly trained providers. We will end up having to treat complications from some of these botched procedures.How do you expect the local economy to grow? The Southwest Florida economy has always led the nation. The natural beauty of this region, plus the wonderful weather and great people, will continue to drive growth in the area.What do you look for when recruiting new talent? When we are looking for new talent for our office, we value people who are team players. They must be very organized and need to demonstrate they can provide excellent customer service, with a warm personality, to our patients.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?When you provide the very best care and best surgical outc omes you possibly can, the patients will come without having to do much external marketing or advertising.What do you enjoy most about the job?I really enjoy how cutting edge plastic surgery has become. There are always new and improved ways of treating our patients with innovative technologies or procedures. Being able to operate in one day on the face, breast and body of a patient allows for so much variety that coming to work each day is exciting and a true joy. Plus, the gratitude of happy patients who are so appreciative of achieving their aesthetic goals is very rewarding.What would people be surprised to know about you?During medical school, I went to Tanzania for two months to learn about tropical infectious diseases. After the externship ended, I spent two weeks on safari in the Serengeti Plain and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D21 I really enjoy how cutting edge plastic surgery has become WHO AM I?NAME: Kent V. Hasen, MD TITLE AND COMPANY: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa of Naples YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 13 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 13 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Cosmetic Plastic Surgery EDUCATION: Cornell University Medical College New York, New York | September 1991 May 1995 M.D., 1995 Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana | August 1986 May 1991 B.S. (Biology) Highest Distinction, 1991 B.A. (Italian & Chemistry) Highest Distinction, 1991 Universit di Bologna Bologna, Italy | August 1989 July 1990 Post Doctoral Training: Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship Baker, Stuzin, Baker Plastic Surgery Associates; Miami, Florida | July 2002 October 2002 Chief Resident, Plastic Surgery Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center; Chicago, Illinois | June 2001 June 2002 Resident in Plastic Surgery Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center; Chicago, Illinois | June 1999 June 2001 Resident in General Surgery Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center Chicago, Illinois | June 1996 June 1998 Internship in General Surger Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center; Chicago, Illinois | June 1995 June 1996Kent V. Hasen, MD, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa of Naples Fully Accredited Private Operating Suite 3699 Airport Pulling Rd N, Naples, FL 34105 Surgical and Non-Surgical Procedures
D22 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY WHO AM I?NAME: Clark Hill TITLE AND COMPANY: General Manager, Hilton Naples YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 33 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 28 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Hospitality EDUCATION: Business Administration and Industrial Relations, University of AlabamaClark Hill, General Manager, Hilton NaplesHow did you first get into business? A group of local investors developed a Hilton Hotel in my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, which opened about the time I finished college. I joined the team as a manager in training and quickly realized that the hotel business is fascinating, challenging, and rewarding. I knew then that my business career would be in the Hospitality Industry.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? The traditional top-down organizational structure is being replaced by a culture where employees are truly engaged. We offer team members the ability to balance work and life. Free yoga classes are provided and healthy living coaching sessions are offered. We invest in our employees education, support their goals, and provide learning opportunities. The use of technology in communications has also changed. For example, before selecting a hotel, 60 percent of all consumers consult online customer review sites, such as TripAdvisor. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Hotels.com provide instantaneous market area rate comparisons, and hotels compete to attract guests on the Internet and with social media. Today, 85 percent of all hotel bookings are completed on internet sites!What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?The Great Recession caught many by surprise, but some did see the warning signs. Those business operators who regularly monitored key economic indicators and tracked their own business trends saw it coming and were prepared for the recessions challenges and opportunities. The lesson learned was to develop a tracking model that works for your business and have the discipline to review and update it regularly.Whats your vision for the future of your business?There has never been a more exciting time to be in the hospitality business than now. The next generation of travelers, with their quest for adventure and desire for new experiences, their need to be part of a greater purpose, and their willingness to share honestly and openly via social media, will keep the industry energized for years to come. I cant imagine that there is a destination anywhere that will appeal more to the millennial generation than ours. We offer abundant opportunities for cultural experiences in the arts, the Everglades provides unlimited adventure and learning possibilities, our beaches are pristine and ranked among the best in the world, we value diversity and support our community. Indeed, our unique, diverse destination will be a favorite for the next generation of travelers!What new products or services will you introduce next year?Efficient, relevant technology will continue to evolve within the industry. For example, Hilton Hotels recently introduced direct-to-room technology for smart phones. With this application, guests can make a reservation, select their preferred room, download the room key, and pay for all charges and check out without ever stopping at the hotel front desk. Hotels are beginning to provide downloadable smart phone applications that contain relevant information and enable communication via text message with the hotel staff. What are some of the challenges you face this year?Our hotel renovation has been challenging, but the quality of the finished product is well worth the effort.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? At Hilton Worldwide, it is the internal culture and corporate responsibility that will continue to drive the growth and success of the business. Ninety years ago with one hotel, Conrad Hiltons vision was to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality. Today, the vision is embraced by Hilton team members at more than 4,300 hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties in 94 countries and territories throughout the world.How do you expect the local economy to grow? The economy of Southwest Florida will continue to strengthen for the next several years. The Tourism Industry is stronger than ever before and the Construction and Housing Industries are continuing to rebound. Forbes Magazine ranked Naples No. 1 for future job growth in the U.S. Naples has projected annual job growth of 4.6 percent through 2017, according to Moodys Analytics. The median household income was listed on Forbes as $54,366 and unemployment rate as 5.2 percent. The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerces efforts to retain and grow existing businesses and to attract new businesses through the Opportunity Naples initiative is gaining traction and will be the catalyst for economic diversification and high wage job growth in the future.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?As the demand for talented people grows with the strengthening economy, your first priority is to keep your team together. We put a lot of effort into learning about the needs and goals of our employees and try to find creative ways to accommodate them. We dont have standard operating procedures that apply in this area because each employee is unique. I believe in promoting from within and find it exhilarating to work with team members who want to grow in the business. In fact, 100 percent of our executive management team was promoted from within. When a team member expresses the desire to grow and feels ready for more responsibility that presents a wonderful opportunity for everyone. We will work one-on-one helping the employee transition to the next level, we provide training opportunities and pay tuition for classes. Building and keeping motivated, productive, and satisfied team members results from our desire for each individual to be successful and happy in life. We look for creative ways to remove obstacles and facilitate our employees needs in reaching their goals. If someone wishes to be home with their children and is in a job that allows them to work from home, what a wonderful winwin that is! Schedules are flexible for team members who are in school or have other interests that require attendance during set times. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Your team is everything. The people you choose to represent your organization are the face of the business and every member of the team plays a critically important role. What do you enjoy most about the job?I love to use the experience Ive gained after many years in the hospitality business to help other people grow in their careers. I get a lot of satisfaction watching the achievements of the people I have worked with over the years.What would people be surprised to know about you?I think people may be surprised to learn that I have worked for the same company for 33 years. The next generation of travelers will keep the industry energized for years PREPARE TO MEET SUCCESS5111 Tamiami Trail North I Naples, Florida 34103 I 239.430.4900 I naples.hilton.com Easily accessible, the Hilton Naples and Shulas Naples offers a perfect blend of location and full-service event space to create the ultimate meeting experience.Board Meetings | Staff Retreats | Sales Summits | Training | Gala s & Banquets | Fundraisers | Networking Events | Press Conferences Product Launch Parties | Political Rallies & Dinners | Off-Site Catering | Alumni Gatherings | Weddings & Receptions | Symposiu ms & Trade Shows Director of Marketing & Salesjdjerome@cooperhotels.com 239.659.3176 Corporate Sales & Catering Managercstrong@cooperhotels.com 239.659.3122 CONTACT YOUR MEETING SUCCESS TEAM TODAY!
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D23 Back Row: Anna Liu, Ken Thomas, Bob Schoonmaker and Ann Howard Banzet. Front Row: Bill Hallal, Kathy Houck and Thomas Abood.WE BELIEVE PERSONAL ATTENTION IS BEST GIVEN IN PERSON.When you work with the Huntington Private Client Group, we meet with you face-to-face. Using our Listen, Plan, Advise approach, we work with you to create a clear plan that ts your needs, giving you meaningful advice about the options available for meeting your objectives. As your goals change over time, we help you review your plan to make any necessary revisions. And we keep you involved every step of the way. Learn more by visiting huntington.com/pcg or calling your local Naples team at 800-231-5598. HUNTINGTON PRIVATE CLIENT GROUPThe Huntington Private Client Group is a team of professionals that includes Private Bankers and Personal Trust Administrators and Portfolio Managers from The Huntington National Bank and licensed investment representatives of The Huntington Investment Company, who work together to deliver a full range of wealth and nancial services. Member FDIC. Huntington and Listen, Plan, Advise are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. HuntingtonWelcome is a service mark of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. Relationships with clients have been and will always be the key to success WHO AM I?NAME: Kathleen (Kathy) Houck TITLE AND COMPANY: Senior Vice President & Region Manager, Private Client Group, The Huntington Bank YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 15 (40 years in the industry) YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 11 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Banking & Wealth ManagementKathleen Houck, Senior Vice President & Region Manager, Private Client Group, The Huntington National BankHow did you first get into business? I became a teller to help pay my way through school. I eventually found that Banking, Economics and Finance were much more fascinating than my anticipated major. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?One trend that we are seeing is that our customers are increasingly looking at ways to help their children and grandchildren to pay for an education or to buy a house. We are delighted to help them in this regard. The important thing to remember is that trends come and go. But the relationship will always be the bedrock of Huntingtons program. Relationships with clients have been and will always be the key to success. That means knowing the clients goals and being an integral part of the financial planning to reach those goalsWhat lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Our founder, P.W. Huntington, is famously quoted as saying: In Prosperity Be Prudent; In Adversity Be Patient. This is the philosophy Huntington has followed for its nearly 150 year history. The quote has proven true for my 40-year career in the industry and it was true for the last recession as well. Whats your vision for the future of your business?We believe Naples and Southwest Florida Gulf Coast are growing, vibrant and economically healthy areas. That is why Huntington has established an office here. We look to our business to grow along with the area because we have brought some of our best team members here to help customers make the right decisions to grow and protect their wealth. What new products or services will you introduce next year?Our programs are specific to each client with services customized to meet their individual needs. Our flexibility and fair approach to each request is the cornerstone of our success.What are some of the challenges you face this year?We know our clients are looking at the economy globally, the real estate and job markets locally and the elections nationally. These factors will all be reflected in the areas consumer and business plans. Our challenge will be to stay nimble and responsive in the face of world, national and local events. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?The direction energy costs, health costs and interest rates take will all impact the area. We do see the Blue Zone initiative for health of the community as a wonderful response to the health care issues facing so many consumers. How do you expect the local economy to grow?Each day it seems that the building cranes are outnumbering the sand cranes! The diverse mix of corporate headquarters, growth in jobs and housing starts are sure to bring in additional year-round talent to keep the area vibrant. These events will continue to balance our seasonal and vacation economies. This is the kind of diversity Florida needs to continue to stabilize and cushion the local economy.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Huntington has a long history of service excellence. That is because we look for talent that is service oriented and high energy with great communication skills. We want to hire colleagues who can listen to customers, determine what they need and help them to meet those needs.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?That your values and integrity must be aligned with what you do, how you do it and who you do it for.What do you enjoy the most about the job?Helping families and generations of families realize their goals. This includes not just our customers, but our stockholders and our employees.What would people be surprised to know about you?There are not many surprises. I feel very blessed in life and strive every day to discover the joy in everything I do.
D24 AUGUST 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY Proudly representing quality products with exceptional service. 829 Airport Road North Naples, FL 34104 239.643.2292naplesboatmart.com Not only are we seeing growth, but growth at times of year when its needed WHO AM I?NAME: Chris Judd TITLE AND COMPANY: Sales Professional Naples Boat Mart YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 4 years YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 30 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Boat Sales FAMILY: Wife Sherri and two beautiful children (Ava 4 and Chris 2)Chris Judd, Sales Professional, Naples Boat MartHow did you first get into business?In the early 1990s, I took a job as an electronics salesperson with a nationwide marine retail establishment, which took me through several locations up and down the Eastern seaboard, eventually settling back into Southwest Florida after a few years of traveling. I loved the fact that it solidified my interest in this industry, but couldnt have been happier to return to Southwest Florida. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? When I started in this industry 23 years ago, the volume of interest in boating in Southwest Florida was wrapped around fishing of some sort. However, the recent years have seen a dramatic turn of interest with more focus on family boating or day boating. The time that many are spending on the water today is more focused on enjoying day-time destinations, beaches, restaurants, sunsets, etc. steering us away from the hard core fishing models of the past. Though we still see a notable interest in the large boat segment, the designs today are much more accommodating to friends and family. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? Respect and appreciate the volume of success you have today and show that in every interaction with your customers. Recent years have proven that even Southwest Florida is not immune to recession and the bubble that we were protected by for so many years popped just like any other region around the U.S. Whats your vision for the future of your business? For years, weve relied on the seasoned boaters in our region to provide the volume of sales and revenue in our industry. That still rings true today, but the volume of growth that I anticipate over the upcoming seasons involves the next generation of boaters. I see many young families, or first-time boaters, coming to the dealership today, which is great to see and helps support the fact that the future of boating in Southwest Florida is strong and has a great chance of growing exponentially. What are some of the challenges you face this year? With the last two seasons being one of the largest periods of growth Ive seen in my 23 years in this industry, the possible challenge we could face this season will be keeping up with the demand. Properly inventorying product and maintaining accurate and on-time deliveries can be a challenge with this volume of business, but were very fortunate to have a well-educated and committed staff which immediately relieves my concern. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?In the recreational categories, certain trends can have a profound effect on whether buyers are comfortable with letting go of any discretionary income. Fortunately, I dont foresee any notable negative trends in the immediate future to affect the recent growth pattern in our industry. However, I do see several positive indicators that lead me to expect a healthy and stable local level of marine business like continued growth in our local population, a steady and improving economy and a healthy housing market. How do you expect the local economy to grow? One recent and notable pattern of growth for Southwest Florida has been a continued increase in the number of year-round residents. Historically, the high volume of seasonal residents in Collier County kept the traditional season of activity somewhere between October and May, as most head to northern destinations for the summer months. However, the continued growth in the year-round populace has provided more steady activity during the off season where the volume of business would have been a bit less. In short, not only are we seeing growth in overall revenue here in Southwest Florida, but growth at times of the year when its needed. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? Courtesy of some structured management and sales training (and years of experience), a lesson that has provided more business and referrals for me over the years is thisBe just as much of a representative of your customer as you are of your company. In short, dont be just a salesperson. Take their interests and concerns to heart and be as much of a resource throughout the process, helping them make the right decision and not just force-feeding them a product. Ultimately, youll maintain the respect of your customer and that relationship will pay off in more ways than one. What do you enjoy most about the job? The customer interaction. Boating is a recreation and, unlike some other purchases, the process of making that decision should be fun as well. I do my best to make the process not only streamlined and educating, but enjoyable. It only makes sense that, since Im selling fun, all of the processes that accompany that decision should be as well. What would people be surprised to know about you? Well, I guess Ill let the cat out of the bag. Customers wonder why Im not very opinionated when I discuss their choice of color when it comes down to their final decision on their boat. Why? Im color-blind. Its something that Ive laughed about for years and have been laughed AT on a few occasions. Surprisingly, many of the men on my mothers side of the family are afflicted with this same, comical to me, condition. I dont know if this is a noteworthy surprise, but its all I have Im a pretty transparent guy!
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D25 Honesty, integrity, consistency and quality are key to a successful business WHO AM I?NAME: Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi TITLE AND COMPANY: Owner and Founder at Purely You Spa the premier certified organic spa in Naples, FL. YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 6 years YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 34 years NATURE OF BUSINESS: Organic result oriented spa services including facials, advanced skin care, massage therapy, body treatments, waxing, airbrush tanning, natural manicures, natural pedicures, and yoga. EDUCATION: Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University Licensed: Skin Care Specialist Licensed: Body Wrapper Certifications: Anti-aging LED Light Therapy, Acne LED Light Therapy, Rosacea LED Light Therapy, Intense Pulse Light Therapy, Powerdermabrasion, Microdermabrasion Theory and Technique, Eminence Organic Skin Care~ Level 1, Level 2, and results driven organic skincare, Egyptian Reflexology~ Level 1 and Level 2; Indian Head Treatment, Dermaplaning, Manual Facial Lymph Drainage, Natural and Organic Wax, cellulite slimming body treatments, and organic body scrub and wraps. Trained: Massage Therapy and licensed by 2016 Trained: Nail Services and licensed by 2016Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi, Owner and Founder, Purely You SpaHow did you first get into your business?My interest in organic living is largely the result of being treated for a noncancerous desmoid tumor, also known as fibromatosis, in my leg at 21 years of age. The chemotherapy left me feeling depleted and dealing with severe skin issues. The development of acne is what prompted my interest in skincare and resulted in pursuing skincare education and becoming a Skincare Specialist. I cleared my skin with my skincare knowledge and an organic lifestyle. I then started helping others achieve results with their skin and I loved doing this; that was where it all started!What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?I am noticing that people are becoming more educated about the benefits of reducing stress and visiting a spa is no longer considered a luxury. There is a correlation between the people who live longer healthier lives and people who regularly engage in stress-reduction activities. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Its OK to take a risk if you are passionate about what you do and have a plan of action. As an entrepreneur with a huge desire to make a difference in the world, it was the perfect time for me to take a risk, unlike others thought. Many people during this time were trying to convince me not to open my business during this financial crisis, but in turn I felt it was my responsibility. I had overcome many obstacles in my life which provided me the knowledge and experience to help others, and I felt the urgency to share especially during the stressful time of the Great Recession.Whats your vision for the future of your business?Purely You Spa will be helping more people achieve their skin care goals, reduce their pain, reduce their stress, and increase their quality of life through many unique programs and spa services. We forecast 95 percent growth in our annual membership program requiring us to have multiple locations within the next five years.What new products or services will you introduce next year?We will be adding additional technology, equipment, and new organic products that will continue our trend of exceeding our guests and members expectations. Furthermore, we are going paperless to be more efficient and eco-friendly. What are some challenges that you face this year?Our biggest challenge is when consumers try to compare our services with similar named services at other places. All of our skincare services use the highest grade of organic ingredients that are eco-certified which have more stringent certification regulations than the USDA. Besides every spa service being customized and unique, 97 percent of our experts have over seven years of experience which cant be compared with our competition. Additionally, our location is a challenge as you are not able to see our location clearly from 41. However, this is also a benefit as this provides a serene environment for our guests and spa members.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?Consumers are becoming more educated about wellness and are embracing a more holistic approach. I believe there will be a steady increase in individuals making spa services a regular priority because of the health benefits.How do you expect the local economy to grow?Southwest Florida is a beautiful place to live and vacation. It is considered a destination. Cold winters up north stimulate tourism and its easy to fall in love with Southwest Florida. In addition, large companies are moving here, adding more opportunities which creates a huge economic benefit.What do you look for when recruiting new talent? More than seven years of experience is preferred. Also important is enthusiasm, expertise, a positive attitude, coachable, honesty, reliability, and determination to go above and beyond for others on a daily basis.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? Relationships are more important than contacts. Quality is more important than quantity. Honesty, integrity, consistency and quality are key to a successful business. Achieving excellence every day is the only way to do business.What do you enjoy most about the job?I enjoy leading an organization of experts and together we are paving the way for how spas do business by putting people first and individuals needs as a priority. Helping others with result oriented skincare and achieving a healthy balance within their life is so rewarding to me. I also enjoy public speaking throughout the community on many different topics to inspire others to take action in their life and achieve their desired goals.What would people be surprised to know about you?Naples native and Spanish was my first language and I have NO accent. I also hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University. I absolutely love to learn and am constantly learning. I also hold leadership roles in several organizations within Collier County and enjoy giving back. Within the last five years, I have donated spa services to over 100 local charities to make a difference in our community.
Even as we grow in sales volume, we still make improvements every day WHO AM I?FULL NAME: Steven Lush TITLE & COMPANY: President, Robb & Stucky YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 4 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 4 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Furniture Retail & Interior Design EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Business. University of Vermont HOMETOWN: Galeton, PASteven Lush, President, Robb & StuckyHow did you first get into business? I was born into the business. My great-grandfather opened a furniture store in Pennsylvania in 1893, and I was the fourth generation to work in the business. During summer breaks I worked in the warehouse and on the delivery truck. After college I started on the sales floor, and eventually moved into store management. Over the years Ive probably worked in every possible position in the furniture industry.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? From a style standpoint, weve seen a move toward more transitional and contemporary designs. Neutral colors, organic materials, and simpler forms are dominant. From a supply standpoint, weve seen an increase in demand for domestically made products, particularly in the high-end segment. Labor rates overseas have increased, and certain American manufacturers have invested capital to make their plants more efficient; the result is a smaller difference in pricing between foreign and domestic goods. And our American manufacturing partners can do certain things that no one else can like offer custom designs and finishes. That enables our clients to get the perfect item that completes their dcor. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? Business was absolutely booming during the peak of the housing bubble, and many of us expected that the unprecedented growth would last forever. I believe most businesses are more conservative now. We watch expenses very carefully and run a very efficient operation. Even though we are growing rapidly, we are managing our balance sheet very carefully so the growth is sustainable. Whats your vision for the future of your business? Well keep expanding into other markets in Florida that fit our business model: Affluent, second-home and retirement communities. And we strive every day to improve every aspect of our business to provide the ultimate buying experience for our clients. What new products or services will you introduce next year? We will be opening new stores in Coral Gables and Boca. In addition, well be searching for additional locations on Floridas east coast. What are some of the challenges you face this year? Were experiencing rapid growth, both from sales in existing stores as well as new locations, and if not managed properly it can stress an organization and create issues. We are fortunate to have extremely talented and dedicated people at Robb & Stucky, and theyre meeting this challenge head-on. Even as we grow in sales volume, we still make improvements every day in our business. Our clients have always given us extremely high ratings for their experience, and it keeps getting better and better as we grow. Thats the one thing were most proud of.How do you expect the local economy to grow? One of the primary drivers for our business is new-home construction, and we are seeing the beginning stages of what we feel will be a strong growth period of at least three to four years. The difference between this market and the one from the mid-2000s is this growth seems much more sustainable. Slower growth perhaps than the last boom, but certainly more sustainable. What do you look for when recruiting new talent? First is passion and enthusiasm. We love bright, positive, talented and energetic people that enjoy helping to make their clients homes beautiful. Regardless of the position were recruiting for, if the candidate has a passion for their job and for the client, they will be a good fit with our organization. What do you enjoy most about the job? Without a doubt the most satisfying part of the job is seeing the end result of what we do. I love seeing a beautiful and comfortable home and hearing how much our clients love everything. D26 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY FORT MYERS SHOWROOM:13170 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33907 Phone: (239) 415-2800NAPLES SHOWROOM:355 9th Street South, Naples, FL 34102 Phone: (239) 732-2400 Store Hours: Mon Sat: 10am 6pm, Sun: Noon 5pm ROBBSTUCKY.COM NAPLES FORT MYERS SARASOTA CORAL GABLES Opening Late 2015! BOCA RATON Opening 2016! out, live music.t Myers restaurant: its Blue Pointe close to d always excellent. We live in gs, so Angelinas is a favorite. a great wine list. ce of advice you wish youd ed years ago? your pasow it. If at you do, cessful. all, py. or eat okrthe s and nt options s. And Kayaking or Boating Boating Hybrid or Sport Car: Sports Car Mac or PC: PC Pandora or Spotify: Pandora Facebook or Twi ter :Facebook iPhone or Android: IPhon Digital o Print: Digita Except on th beach pri is much better.
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D27 Bayfront, Naples239-300-4880Coconut Point, Estero 239-498-4880OFFICES IN BAYFRONT, NAPLES & COCONUT POINT, ESTEROWatch. @McQuaidCoLike. @McQuaidCo Tweet. @McQuaidCo Businesses in our area need to focus now on year-round marketing WHO AM I?FULL NAME: Tiffany McQuaid TITLE AND COMPANY: President, McQuaid & Company Real Estate Services and McQuaid Marketing & Promotions YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: Two YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 13 years full-time NATURE OF BUSINESS: Real Estate Brokerage; Marketing & Event Planning EDUCATION: Youngstown State UniversityTiffany McQuaid, President McQuaid & Company Real Estate Services and McQuaid Marketing & PromotionsHow did you first get into business? Although I went to college in Ohio for broadcasting, I somehow got sidetracked doing marketing for a large shopping center developer. I soon found that marketing was a natural gift and I followed that path instead. Over the years, my career path evolved, but the marketing and event planning diversified immensely. When I moved to Naples full-time 13 years ago (after several years of shorter-term visits), I decided to obtain my real estate license as that industry had always fascinated me. So I started in the trenches as an agent (although I knew from day one that I would own a firm some day) and began farming the community where I live, Quail Creek Estates. Using my marketing background, I took great pride in creating standout materials to help owners remember me and create top-of-mind awareness. I have been blessed to have a community that believed in me and they have been on this ride every step of the way. I always say, It all started with a Dream and a Quail! What are some recent trends you have seen in your industry?I am answering these questions while at a real-estate conference in California, so my finger is really on the pulse at this moment. Clearly, the Internet plays a huge role in our industry and the battle for information-sharing websites is ongoing and can present confusion to the consumer. This is a time that the need for Realtor support and knowledge of the marketplace becomes critical. The accuracy and timeliness of the information is at question, and that information can be correctly provided by a Realtor in your area with direct access. The other trend that is interesting is the increase in developers factoring in walkability and creating areas where home meets lifestyle, all within walking distance. As people try to make healthier life choices, ease of access and ease of use are becoming a big part in decision making. How do you expect the local economy to grow?All current statistics show tremendous growth for our area. We are so blessed to be here! However, I truly believe that the year-round population will continue to grow substantially. Businesses in our area, I believe, need to rethink the seasonal marketing and focus now on year-round marketing. We are building a solid year-round residency, its time to re-evaluate the season focus and see it as a bonus gift, but no longer just the core revenue stream of our businesses. I also see Estero as a key connection point for the growth between Lee and Collier. This is why I opened an office at Coconut Point. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?First and foremost, we seek a positive attitude and a glass-half-full mentality. The desire to be a team player is also critical. We have a lot going on in our office and strive to incorporate fun and positivity in our environment. McQuaid & Company is definitely a NO NEGATIVITY ZONE! What do you enjoy most about the job?Creating a Happy Home from all aspects. I want my agents to be happy in our office and feel that they are part of our family. Our motto is, this is not a company where you come to work, this is a company you come to be a part of! We share that same philosophy with our clients, and go the extra mile whether selling or buying, and truly care about them like they are part of our McFamily! What would people be surprised to know about you?Since I was a little girl, I was always creating businesses and dreaming up, in my head, ideas and concepts. While my friends were playing kickball, I was drawing out my business plans with colorful markers. My Mom always called it an over-active imagination. However, my imagination has helped me visualize and now start building the business of my dreams with McQuaid & Company. Truly my childhood dream come true! What is the most important business lesson you have learned?I have been blessed with an incredible mentor, Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank fame, and believe you always need to have an experienced sounding board to help motivate you. I have a quote on my wall that Barb said: A good organization is like a box of crayons, you need a variety of colors, but all the crayons must fit in the box. My company is full of color, but somehow we all just fit!
D28 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY Founded in 1998 with six children, our Catholic School provides the opportunity for students to strengthen their personal relationship with God. Each child is given special attention in small class settings by our devoted teachers. Our curriculum is full of rich academics, languages, athletics, and ne arts. And, our wonderful Multipurpose Complex will be ready this Fall!For information and to register, please call Susan OMalley at 239-594-9888. 16100 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34110 | royalpalmacademy.com ROYAL PALM ACADEMYExcellent Private Catholic Education for Grades PK through 8 Gene Nara, Head of School, Royal Palm AcademyHow did you first get into business?I graduated from Uniontown Senior High School in Pennsylv ania and attended Findlay College in Ohio. I had to work and take classes and unfortunately could not enroll on a full time basis. My wife, Maggie, also worked and helped me to complete my studies in 1962. I began teaching and coaching at Upper Sandusky, Ohio, that same year. So, my educational career began in August of 1962. I have been a resident of Naples since 1977 when my wife and I moved from Ohio with our eight children. I was an administrator, coach, and teacher with Collier County Public Schools from 1977 until retiring in 2004. After my Maggie suffered a stroke, I was her caregiver for seven years until she passed away in 2013. Shortly after, I decided to get back into my beloved field of education and accepted the Head of School position at Royal Palm Academy.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?This year marked my 54th opening of a school as a teacher, educational consultant, or administrator. Trends have come and gone. In the 1960s, we were affected by Sputnik. Heavy doses of course work and money provided for Math and Science courses. Then, as we got to the 1980s, we were dealing with reading, writing, and basic math. Then came testing. All students needed to pass tests to prove they learned to read and write. Along with that came the technology age. Everyone needed a computer. Now we have iPads,iPods, surface boards, laptops, bring your own device, etc. Educational practices have been a political football ever since the beginning of schools. But at Royal Palm Academy we try to educate the whole child. I feel we do a great job with the academics, but we do a greater job teaching them about Jesus under the Catholic umbrella. Our students are taught how to make a living but, more importantly, we teach them how to live. What did you learn from the Great Recession?I am not an investor but I do know the ramifications of the stock and investment problems. We should always be concerned about the business of America. Our economy affects us. If it is struggling, with the recession causing it, we are all in financial situations that are troublesome. So, what did any of us learn? Maybe not to take too many chances with the market.Whats your vision for the future of your business?We need a new school. We need to have our classes in a building designed for educational purposes and also for conservation of energy. At this time, our classes are held in modulars, but our teachers do a tremendous job of teaching and providing an excellent learning environment. Our educational surroundings would be so much greater in one school building rather than eight. What new products or services will you introduce in the next year?We try every year to concentrate in an area of our educational offerings to improve situations within our curriculum. Last year it was our approach and teaching in regard to spirituality. This year we are concentrating on writing. Next year it could be math or science. In the educational field we do not issue new products, we improve the old ones.What are some of the challenges you face this year?Our challenge at RPA, as in many private schools, is maintaining enrollment and recruiting new students. Tuition costs have a big effect on bringing new students to our school. Technology will continue to be a major trend in our field as well as making our school a safe environment for learning.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?The rise of Charter Schools in the nation has impacted the enrollment of private schools all over America. However, research shows that private institutions have the highest graduation rate, private institution students are more likely to be admitted into prestigious colleges, and private institution students learn how to care about the hungry side of town.How do you expect the local economy to grow?Since coming to Naples, I have never seen us in bad shape as far as the economy goes. The season in Southwest Florida always fills the hotels, and there are still long lines at the restaurants. We will always have our heads above water.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Both in hiring faculty and recruiting new students, we look for those who truly live The Royal Palm Academy Mission: To provide an education of rich academics with Catholic content while teaching the mind, educating the heart, and forming the character of tomorrows leaders. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?People are the most important thing to care about all over the world. Our institutions, business or otherwise, should be designed to help people live a better life. Millions in our population go to bed hungry every night. We want our students to care about themselves and all people, especially those in need. We will visit the poor and try to help them through various community service projects, fundraising activities, food drives, etc. We need to help that situation immediately.What do you enjoy most about the job? My life has centered on making a difference in the lives of our young people. This is the most important aspect in my job, and I get the most satisfaction in the smiles of our students getting out of cars coming to school each morning.What would people be surprised to know about you?That I am really a nice guy and I can sing like Sinatra! Our institutions should be designed to help people live a better life WHO AM I?Full Name: Gene Nara Title & Company: Head of School at Royal Palm Academy Years with the Company: 1 1/2 years Years in Southwest Florida: 38 years Nature of Business: Education Education: Findlay College
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D29 WHO AM I?FULL NAME: James R. Nathan TITLE AND COMPANY: President and Chief Executive Officer, Lee Memorial Health System YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 38 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 40 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Health Care EDUCATION: Xavier University, Master of Health Care Administration James R. Nathan, President and Chief Executive Of cer, Lee Memorial Health SystemHow did you first get into business?My dad was a professional patient with major medical challenges, including tuberculosis (TB). He was quarantined in a TB hospital while I was in first and second grade. My visits with him involved climbing a pine tree to look in his room. My first volunteer job was in second grade I would tell childrens stories on a short wave radio system that went to the TB cure cottages. In third grade, I started fundraising for the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association. I have never regretted being part of a profession that focuses on helping others.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Health care is very expensive in the U.S. because of what I refer to as fendfor-self medicine where highly skilled, hard-working, dedicated health care professionals often work independently and focus on specific clinical needs of patients. The result is fragmented care; not a team approach to helping patients and their families. At the same time, our American sedentary lifestyle and high sugar diet is leading to many long-term, expensive health challenges. Fortunately, organizations and groups of people are coming together to improve the overall health of various communities. In Lee County, we have an impressive eight-year history of community collaboration for health improvement through Healthy Lee. Collier County is now pursuing a similar effort through Blue Zones. Also, we are seeing where teamwork is resulting in dramatic improvement in cardiac, stroke, diabetic, rehabilitative care and more. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Good people working together with a common mission can find ways to weather the storm. We worked hard to avoid major layoffs and to find opportunities for improved efficiencies and clinical outcomes. Whats your vision for the future of your business?Our focus has shifted from repair-center medicine to more coordinated care. Hospitals are becoming intensive care facilities with more health services provided in outpatient centers, convenient care facilities and retail locations, as well as, more care provided in homes. To be successful, we must help coordinate the care continuum, while partnering with health and human service organizations to assure improved outcomes across so many different settings. We are already seeing opportunities for improved care coordination thanks to electronic health records, telemedicine and other emerging technologies.What new products or services will you introduce next year?Lee Memorial Health System has several programs under way that will help us transform the delivery of health care in our community. We recently announced the creation of the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center Innovation, Education, Research, which will advance the care and treatment of heart and lung disease. We expanded outpatient and physician services with the opening of the Outpatient Center at Surfside in Cape Coral. We are in the planning stages of additional outpatient programs in south Lee County, as well as major expansion of our Regional Cancer Center. These centers will not only provide additional to access care, they also will offer advanced coordination of care Next year, in conjunction with Nicklaus Childrens Hospital, we are opening a new pediatric urgent care center and expanded childrens clinic services in Collier County. Additionally, construction will continue on Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, which will open in 2017.What are some of the challenges you face this year?A significant challenge we faced this year was seasonal capacity due to unprecedented demand for inpatient care. We have multiple short-term plans to gain additional beds over the next two years. We also are in the evaluation stage that, if approved by the Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors, will result in the addition of more than 275 beds at Gulf Coast Medical Center by 2020. In the meantime, our team of dedicated professionals continues to provide high quality care every day and night despite this challenge. Another challenge is the change in reimbursement for health services, which makes a significant difference for our community. In Lee County, roughly half of our patients are on Medicare, 20% are on Medicaid, 20% have commercial insurance and the remaining patients are mostly uninsured. Since we are highly dependent on government funding and are experiencing annul reductions in Medicare and Medicaid, we must creatively find more cost efficiencies to accommodate these constant reductions. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?More and more services will be provided outside of the hospital. Care will be coordinated so the transitions from home, doctors office, hospital, outpatient facilities, home health and more will improve. Technology will help us link the multiple service areas. How do you expect the local economy to grow?No matter how hard we work at diversifying our economy, we will continue to be a service economy supporting a growing and aging senior population. We should embrace aging and find ways to make Southwest Florida a laboratory for aging with leading edge services and technology. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Integrity, compassion, dedication, flexibility, collaborative spirit, sense of purpose, and individuals who have learned from adversity.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?No one can know everything. Learn how to identify trustworthy, caring people and support them.What do you enjoy most about the job?Lee Memorial Health Systems vital role of service to others is very important to me. I see my role as an enabler so that brilliant, talented, caring people can have the right culture, resources, technology and facilities to collaboratively serve others and improve the health of our community.What would people be surprised to know about you?I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico; was overweight as a child and went through a prolonged period of severe shyness in early adolescence. Our focus has shifted from repair-center medicine to more coordinated care Caring People, Caring for Southwest Florida Nationally recognized for healthcare excellence 1-800-936-5321
WHO AM I?NAME: Pam Neitzel TITLE AND COMPANY: Owner and Clinical Director, Naples Laser and MedSpa YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: Opened February 2014 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Two, but I have been visiting for many years. NATURE OF BUSINESS: Medical Spa EDUCATION: R.N. and Educator in Injectable Techniques D30 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY Pam Neitzel, Owner and Clinical Director, Naples Laser and MedSpaHow did you first get into business?Fifteen years ago, when I began to see signs of damage in my skin, it affected how I felt. Since then, I have been in the esthetic industry and I am a national trainer in injectables and patient techniques. I founded Southwest Laser and MedSpa in Illinois before Naples Laser and MedSpa. Additionally, I am founding member of the American Med Spa Association. On Sept. 16, I will be speaking about how to successfully operate a medspa at the Florida Spa Associations fall event. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?More people are leaning toward preventative procedures as opposed to surgery. Younger clientele is coming in to see us because they understand the importance of being preventative. Men are finding that they can benefit from many services like Botox, laser hair removal and hair restoration, just to name a few. We also find that people are opting towards a more natural look. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?People still want to look and feel good, no matter what. It makes a difference in their quality of life.Whats your vision for the future of your business?Our second location will be opening in Bonita Springs soon. It is an exciting time for us. We will be offering even more services than we already offer in our Naples location. We love to stay on the cutting edge of treatments and services. For example, my former medspa in Illinois is the top Allergan provider in the Midwest and our Southwest Florida location is No. 10 in the country. What new products or services will you introduce next year?Kybella is something we are very excited about. It can be used if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of a double chin. What are some of the challenges you face this year?Finishing the build-out in our second location will be one of our bigger achievements for 2015-2016. There is always so much going on in the MedSpa industry, but my staff and I have our finger on the pulse of it all.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?More products are being developed everyday injectables, lasers and more. As a provider, it is very important that we only provide the very best to our clients.How do you expect the local economy to grow?I see major growth for small businesses in Southwest Florida. Coming from Illinois, there is a large difference in the rate of growth that Southwest Florida is seeing it is moving at a much faster pace in Florida. In Southwest Florida, we see more people moving here everyday to live a comfortable and active life and they want to look and feel good while they are doing it. The demand for our services is increasing, which is why we felt a south Lee County location was necessary. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?The number one asset we look for in a candidate is dedication to excellent client service. We look for more than just a degree or a certificate. We look for talent that has what we call an eye for the job, almost like an artists eye. It is also very important that candidates want to learn more and continue to receive education. We have a very dedicated, hands-on general manager, Natasha Smith, who joined us from Southwest Laser and MedSpa in Illinois to help execute our vision in our Naples location. With her leadership our staff provides a first-rate experience for clients.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?I stay on my toes for new ideas and dedicate myself to knowing exactly what is being offered in this industry. I stay on the cutting edge by listening to my clients for what their needs and wants are and then finding ways to deliver this. My passion is delivering the best results and it continues to be a great adventure! What do you enjoy most about the job?Everything! I was a cardiac nurse for 15 years and I loved it, but I found my true calling and biggest talent was in the artistry of the face. What would people be surprised to know about you?While I continue to live and work for Southwest Laser and MedSpa in Illinois, I also own Naples Laser and MedSpa as well as train all staff and work as a national trainer on injectables. I have two beautiful teenage girls who have straight As and are extremely busy with music. I am a wife to a busy detective, I stay involved with homemaking and planning neighborhood events for my community and somehow I still have moments of boredom! People still want to look and feel good, no matter what Delegating/Treating/ Supervising M.D.: Dr. Alexander RodiCall 239.228.7491 for appointments! NEW Location!Now with Two Locations! Naples 898 5th Avenue South, Suite 204 | in Bonita Springs. Call for an Appointment! and Many More. Esthetics Botox/Fillers 5 5 RELAXED. REFRESHED. RESTORED. Call for MONTHLY SPECIALS on Services NaplesMedSpa.com YOULL LOVE THE WAY YOU LOOK AND FEEL. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments Kybella Laser Hair Removal
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D31 The unique beauty of natural stone can never truly be replicated WHO AM I?FULL NAME: Omer Ozer TITLE & COMPANY: CEO, Stone-Mart Marble & Travertine Group LLC YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 15 years YEARS IN LEE COUNTY: 2 years NATURE OF BUSINESS: Importer And Distributor Of Natural Stone Tiles And Pavers EDUCATION: Bachelors Degree in Business AdministrationOmer Ozer, CEO Stone-Mart Marble & Travertine GroupHow did you first get into business?My brother and I decided in 2003 to extend the family business and open a retail location for travertine in the United States.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Natural living. Homeowners across the nation are much more aware of what the top designers and architects have known for years: that travertine and marble supersede trends in the marketplace. The unique natural beauty of natural stone can never truly be replicated with manmade products and in turn has increased the demand for our product lines exponentially. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Perseverance is key to success.Whats your vision for the future of your business?Short term, the completion of two additional locations in Naples and Sarasota by 2016. Achieving our long term success will be predicated on continuing our commitment to our valued clientele and employees who share our passion for natural stone. What new products or services will you introduce next year?New stone collections, additional sizing options, and new innovative applications. Expanding our product line options in our exclusive travertine and marble selections. What are some of the challenges you face this year?Our sales model begins from an educational platform approach. The natural stone marketplace is inherently different from manufactured flooring and hardscape options. Unfortunately the vast variables in quality are often times not disclosed to the end user by many suppliers and entice solely on price point. At Stone-Mart we focus on providing the consumer with the educational tools to make an informed decision as well as maintaining a multifaceted inspection process that exceeds industry standards. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? We will continue to see increased efforts from companies manufacturing manmade products attempting to emulate travertine and marble. Try as they will, but in the end the unique beauty and diverse depth of the color tones formed over millions of years can never be replicated. How do you expect the local economy to grow?The outlook for Floridas potential economic growth is tremendous. We take great pride in contributing to this growth through tax revenue and most importantly creating employment opportunities throughout Florida. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?Desire and effort are the characteristics we look for most in our employees. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Price = Value. What do you enjoy most about the job?Creating an opportunity for our employees in the U.S. and Turkey to provide for their families while sharing in our passion for natural stone is by far my greatest blessing.What would people be surprised to know about you?I am colorblind. Flooring Pavers Hardscape Travertine Marble FACTORY DIRECT PRICING! PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE 4 MILLION SQ.FT. OF INVENTORY EXTENSIVE PRODUCT LINE FREE SAMPLES! Y 239.275.033310760 METRO PARKWAY FORT MYERS, FL 33966www.Stone-Mart.com Natural Importer and Distributor of Premium Quality Natural Stone The future is all NOW OPEN!
D32 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY It is a great market for buyers and sellers to upsize and downsize inJoe Pavich, Jr., Broker-Associate, Realty WorldHow did you first get into business? I was in management with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and loved my career. At that time, my dad was in the real estate business and wanted me to join him. I had no intentions of a career change, but in 2001 I made the change to real estate. In 2007 I obtained my brokers license and the rest was history. In 2013 and 2014 I had the highest sales in the nation for Realty World.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? There is a lot of new construction east of Tamiami Trail between Fort Myers to Naples. There is some new construction west of U.S. 41, but mostly renovations. Property values are increasing and it is a great market for all clients who want to upsize or downsize. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?I dont know if I would use the word lesson. However, I worked harder and came up with creative marketing ideas to help people buy and sell homes. The market changed. Therefore, I changed my marketing strategy and came up with ways to get the sale. When the real estate market was down, people relied on my professional knowledge to advise them properly. I always wanted to help people make the right decision. Whats your vision for the future of your business?My vision is to always keep my clients completely satisfied. I am also expanding my business plan to market myself more and gain more referral business. What new products or services will you introduce next year?I feel I have my real estate marketing down to a science and will continue to experiment with different ideas as they become available. I love showing a client something that nobody else is doing. I always stay ahead of the curve. What are some of the challenges you face this year?I am not facing any challenges. I absolutely love what I do. I sell something my clients will always love weather, lifestyle and location. I look forward to going to work and couldnt have chosen a better career. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?I see the real estate market continuing to grow for the next several years. What do you look for when recruiting new talent?I look for integrity, honesty, focus, drive, ability to multi-task, ability to take constructive criticism, extremely hard work and always putting the client first. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Always think about the clients best interest. Never over-promise and always over-deliver. What do you enjoy the most about the job?The relationships with people. The will to be the best. What is your typical day like?I start almost every day at 5 a.m. at the gym. I have three young kids ages 3, 5 and 9 months. After the gym, I come home, get them ready, start my day and I dont stop. During my free time, which is very minimal, I golf and fish. HONESTY, INTEGRITY, KNOWLEDGE LISTING EXPERT AND BUYERS AGENT239-910-0304 www.JoePavichJr.ComRealty World Florida | 21301 S Tamiami Trail #340 | Estero, FL JOE PAVICH, JR.
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D33 Back Row: Anna Liu, Ken Thomas, Bob Schoonmaker and Ann Howard Banzet. Front Row: Bill Hallal, Kathy Houck and Thomas Abood.WE BELIEVE PERSONAL ATTENTION IS BEST GIVEN IN PERSON.When you work with the Huntington Private Client Group, we meet with you face-to-face. Using our Listen, Plan, Advise approach, we work with you to create a clear plan that ts your needs, giving you meaningful advice about the options available for meeting your objectives. As your goals change over time, we help you review your plan to make any necessary revisions. And we keep you involved every step of the way. Learn more by visiting huntington.com/pcg or calling your local Naples team at 800-231-5598. HUNTINGTON PRIVATE CLIENT GROUPThe Huntington Private Client Group is a team of professionals that includes Private Bankers and Personal Trust Administrators and Portfolio Managers from The Huntington National Bank and licensed investment representatives of The Huntington Investment Company, who work together to deliver a full range of wealth and nancial services. Member FDIC. Huntington and Listen, Plan, Advise are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. HuntingtonWelcome is a service mark of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. It is critical for investors to be realistic about risk tolerance and objectives WHO AM I?NAME: Bob Schoonmaker TITLE AND COMPANY: Senior Vice President & Trust Region Manager, Private Client Group, The Huntington Bank YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 4 (29 years in the industry) YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 5 (1 year this time and 4 years previously) NATURE OF BUSINESS: Investment Management and Trust EDUCATION: University of Michigan, MBA and University of Toledo, BBA Bob Schoonmaker, Senior Vice President & Trust Region Manager, Private Client Group, The Huntington National Bank How did you first get into business?I delivered newspapers, served ice cream, provided janitorial services and drove a truck before I figured out that Id rather wear a tie to work. Then in 1986, I became a part-time teller and made my home in financial services.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Many Investment Management providers are moving clients from customized portfolios to models that are convenient for the company. Those models may not be in the best interest of the customer.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? Investing is a lifetime process. It is critical for investors to be realistic about their risk tolerance and investment objectives with a team of advisors they trust.Whats your vision for the future of your business? We envision crafting investment plans that are unique to each customer. Our vision is to deliver highly personalized and dynamic Investment Management and Trust services to customers in Southwest Florida who value the strong reputation and rich history of Huntington Bank.What new products or services will you introduce next year? Huntington is committed to customized core and complement portfolios delivered by local portfolio managers who are supported by national expertise. We dont have a onesize fits all product approach. All of our Investment Management solutions can be individualized to meet the specific needs of each customer.What are some of the challenges you face this year?Huntington Private Client Group in Naples is the bestkept secret in town. Our biggest challenge and opportunity is connecting with Huntington customers who have had a great relationship with the Bank in our Midwest footprint as they transition to sunny Southwest Florida.How do you expect the local economy to grow?Southwest Florida is experiencing better than average population growth, strong employment, rising home prices and residential and commercial construction growth. We see the trend continuing and look forward to being part of it.What do you look for when recruiting new talent? We look for candidates who have the expertise and passion needed to help our customers protect and grow their portfolios.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? If you Do the Right Thing for your customers, you will be doing the right thing for your business.What do you enjoy most about the job? I enjoy developing relationships with clients, learning what is important to them and bringing all of Huntingtons capabilities to the table.What would people be surprised to know about you? I am an avid Crossfit athlete. When I am not wearing a suit and tie I am likely to be found either participating in or coaching Crossfit.
D34 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY Its very rewarding to know I have the ability to help people own a home WHO AM I?NAME: John Schrenkel TITLE AND COMPANY: CEO/President, American Eagle Mortgage, Co., LLC YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 16 YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Fulltime, 11 years NATURE OF BUSINESS: Mortgage banking EDUCATION: Lorain Community College, Elyria, OhioJohn Schrenkel, CEO/President, American Eagle Mortgage, Co., LLCHow did you first get into business?Well, right out of college, I got right into finance. I worked in credit collection. When we were buying our first house I was inspired by our mortgage banker, a man named Mark Lundy. He was in personal credit. I saw he was very successful and the work he did was worthwhile. That inspired me to get into this business.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Well, the biggest issue has been concerned with the financial meltdown. The market has trended towards regulations issue. On the other side has been re-financing.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Well, weve been doing the right thing. My company steered clear of the sub-prime and low-income loans. We never did those kinds of loans and kept our noses clean, staying away from NINA loans. NINA means no income, no asset loans.Whats your vision for the future of your business?The outlook is very good. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Were now in six states where we do business Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, West Virginia and Florida.What new products or services will you introduce next year?As we speak, were also expanding into Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Were presently working on expanding into those states. As far as products, were mortgage bankers. Were involved in the whole gamut of mortgage banking. Were continuing to organically grow and expanding organically.What are some of the challenges you face this year?The biggest challenge is the new regulatory changes in the way of closings of mortgages taking place. They take effect in October. Thats been the biggest challenge, staying ahead of the regulatory environment in general, keeping up and keeping everybody on our staff trained.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?Its inevitable that the interest rates are going to be raised. They cant stay where they are. Thats inevitable.How do you expect the local economy to grow?Well, its fantastic now. The housing market is the real catalyst and the economy revolves around it. Our market is very, very solid. Were growing it at a sustainable pace. The outlook for the next four years is very good.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?We look for people who share our beliefs and background. Our people know how to do mortgages. Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Well, to be really be prepared for the downturn. In 2008, we found ourselves a little bit short of capital. We learned that lesson, to make sure we grow our net worth and dont allow ourselves to again find ourselves short of capital.What do you enjoy most about the job?Well, the most rewarding part of the job is being able to help a person find a home. Its very rewarding to know I have the ability to help people own a home. And for me to watch our business grow is extremely rewarding.What would people be surprised to know about you?Im really transparent. I think it may be that Im Ohio-born and raised. I dont know if there is anything surprising about me. Ive always been driven. I always put work ahead of school. Ive had the vision to do what I do. Make the American Dream a Reality and Buy the House Youve Always Wanted!FORT MYERSPORTO FINO CIRCLE 239.434.0300WWW.AEMC.CC NMLS ID 167191 OH: MBMB.850023.000 FL: MLB0700103 KY: MC24222 IN: 15191 WITH USDA GUARANTEED RURAL HOUSING PROGRAM IT CAN BE A REALITY! Why is USDA such a great choice for financing? USDA offers: 100% Financing No Minimum Borrower Contribution Gift Funds Allowed To Pay For Borrowers Closing Costs And Prepaids No Down Payment Required Seller Concessions Allowed Be a US Citizen, US Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien Low to Moderate Income FamiliesNAPLESMERCATO 239.434.0300 TRADE CENTER WAY 239.596.0500
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D35 Keeping our eye on the future without forgetting the past is critical WHO AM I?NAME: Mark Smith TITLE AND COMPANY: President, Harwick Homes YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 22 years YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 27 years NATURE OF BUSINESS: Custom Home Building and Remodeling EDUCATION: University of Bridgeport, Connecticut for Computer EngineeringMark Smith, President, Harwick HomesHow did you first get into business? Originally, I was a framing contractor, but decided after a few years in business I needed a change. Rick Harwick called and wanted to negotiate our next project, whereby I told him I was closing up shop. He then offered me a job as his first field superintendent; that was December of 1992. I came on full time in January 1993, and the rest is history.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry? Cleaner, simpler designs. More contemporary, less clutter ed but still nicely done.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession? It will always come to an end. We just happened to endure a far worse one than most in the past 30 to 50 years. Whats your vision for the future of your business? Very optimistic with the diversification we made pre-meltdown. The market is changing, or as the saying goes, the cheese is moving. We are in a position to move with it in a positive way and look at the future with open eyes.What new products or services will you introduce next year? Hoping to provide more in-house labor and through diversification be able to offer our clients a better experience.What are some of the challenges you face this year? Keeping our eye on the future without forgetting the past is critical. We need to maintain or keep sustainable growth and not grow just for the sake of increased revenue.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?I am looking for smaller, more efficient homes to take ahold here. I hope it does. Locally, I am concerned with where we are going. We need to maintain reasonable growth without destroying what makes our area as beautiful as it is, that being open spaces, etc. Not having new land can stifle or slow our ability to grow or even stay level with previous years.How do you expect the local economy to grow? It needs to grow through something other than tourism; with a favorable tax system over other states I believe we are ripe to relocate businesses here, such as Hertz. I think as was announced or noted in a recent newspaper story, we are becoming a bit more of a yearround destination. I am positive about our future.What do you look for when recruiting new talent? Real-life experiences, attitude, manners and how someone carries himself or herself outweigh education.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned? Always maintain a healthy reserve and stick to the basics that got you to where you are.What do you enjoy the most about the job?Meeting with people and brainstorming about their dreams.What would people be surprised to know about you?I am an immigrant and became a citizen of this country in 1976.
D36 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY Bayshore Memory Care Brings e Best to Naples. Oering extraordinary Alzheimers and dementia care is very important to us at Bayshore Memory Care. Were dedicated to making your loved one feel at home and cared for by providing daily enrichment for the mind, body, and spirit. And because this can be an overwhelming journey, weve compiled a complimentary Dementia Caregiver Tool Kit to help you. Were glad to be in Naples. And we welcome you!To receive a tool kit of your own, stop in or call (239) 777-9877. BAYSHOREMEMORYCARE.COM 1260 Creekside Boulevard East | Naples, FL 34109 (239) 777-9877 | EMAIL: Info@BayshoreMemoryCare.com ALF license # pendingNP/executive/8-15 Caring. Sharing. Understanding. A person-centered care philosophy and, most importantly, practice WHO AM I?NAMES: Christine Varner and Rebecca Weitzel TITLES AND COMPANY: Christine is Executive Director, Rebecca is Director of Community Relations for Bayshore Memory Care YEARS IN INDUSTRY: Christine has 15 years, Rebecca 8 in industryChristine Varner and Rebecca Weitzel, Bayshore Memory CareHow did your first get into business?Chris: I first got into the business during my journey with my fathers dementia disease process. Rebecca: I have been involved with the senior community for many years and have a strong connection to our elders. I was raised by my grandmother until I was 6 years old and had a soulful bond with her throughout her life.What are recent trends youve seen in your industry?People are waiting too long to place their loved one into a memory care community. By waiting and keeping them at home, often the resident is deprived of being able to form friendships and enjoy social occasions because their disease has robbed them of these abilities. More memory care communities are sprouting up as a result to need as baby boomers age and the diseases that result in dementia are becoming better known. Unfortunately, many of these new facilities are not taking the extra step of actually learning, training and providing an environment that is optimal for someone living with memory impairment. Simply locking a few doors and providing a secure environment does not make for a memory care community.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?We learned that planning for the future and looking with eyes focused on possible care needs and expenses associated with those needs cannot begin soon enough. Investigate all opportunities for long-term care, have conversations with your family and area professionals who can guide you along a journey resulting in preparedness no matter what the future holds. Additionally, we need more advocacy with in our local governments to bring an awareness to Capitol Hill about the much-needed Medicare reform and preparing the impending dementia epidemic that is right around the bend.Whats your vision for the future of your business? A progressive movement away from an institutional model of care toward a person-centered care philosophy and, most importantly, practice. We will begin seeing more dementia friendly towns and cities popping up and the assisted living communities of today will become much more home-like and will be based very little on the traditional medical model. Bayshore will be opening Fall 2015 and next year we will be introducing the model referred to above, person-centered care. Our team recognizes the importance of structure and routine for someone living with dementia. The opportunity to provide and have residents and families alike experience a flexible structure of care that focuses on who our resident used to be, who they are today and recognizing and celebrating the contribution they still have to share will be present within Bayshore and we believe the bar will begin to be raised by this model, industry-wide.What are some of the challenges you face this year?Ensuring that we have the absolute perfect care team in place and creating the culture vitally important to the folks we have been entrusted to care for, and making all who enter our community feel at home.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?More market players will begin opening facilities due to a continued climb in need for memory specific care delivery. We feel that the older, more dated communities will have to make drastic changes in both methods and aesthetics or they will perish. Within four years, we feel like Naples will be saturated with memory care facilities and that choice and selection will once again be in favor of the family shopping for the care their loved one needs.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?A servant-minded attitude. Some people are called for dementia care work, others are not. We will staff with care partners who serve first with their hearts above all else.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Rebecca: Ive learned to listen, listen closer and then listen more. Most families that I have the privilege to work with are often in crisis and are traveling a path that is difficult and frightening. They are not looking for me to provide them a solution to their situation there isnt one. But, I have learned that if I can be a resource, offer a supporting shoulder, help with providing education and connecting people with whom they may find comfort and ideas for challenges, then I can solve their needs by listening, sharing, understanding and not fixing.What do you enjoy most about the job? Chris: Having my door always open to my families. Being able to take this journey with them enables me to share the experiences, trials and triumphs my family and I faced with my father who passed from dementia several years ago. I am available to cry, laugh, share and understand what they are experiencing. In this way, we all proceed together, growing along the way.Rebecca: Seeing families heal and their loved ones thrive in our community. Taking the stress off of a long-time spouse and observing them become a couple again, on equal footing, enjoying each other with out the daunting tasks of care weighing them down, their companionship returns to what it was in days past.What would people be surprised to know about you?Rebecca: I have sung on stage with Kenny Rogers!
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com SEPTEMBER 2015 D37 RETIREMENT, YOUR UPGRADE IS HERE. [\Welcome to a home that blurs the line between retirement and resort. At Vi at Bentley Village, we surround you with a breathtaking environment and unparalleled amenities. We also offer an on-site care center, should the need arise. Join us, and start making these next years the best of your life.850 Retreat Drive, Naples, FL 34110 239.597.1121 iiving.comFAC #88099 Assisted Living Facility #5598 Skilled Nursing Facility #1050095 CC-Naples, Inc., d/b/a Vi at Bentley Village, is the sole entity responsible for the performance of the continuing care contracts at Vi at Bentley Village. WHO AM I?NAME: Ann Walsh TITLE AND COMPANY: Executive Director, Vi at Bentley Village YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: Five years YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Five years NATURE OF BUSINESS: Continuing Care Retirement Community EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State UniversityAnn Walsh, Executive Director, Vi at Bentley VillageIt is vital to build relationships with customers, employees and associates How did you first get into business?I have always had a passion for senior citizens. This passion is what drove me to seek out my first opportunity in the senior living industry at a young age. While attending college in Pennsylvania, I interned at a 600-bed, county-run nursing facility. This internship opened my eyes to the needs of our senior population and the challenges of caring for them. It also inspired me to pursue a career that would support the betterment of the lives of older adults. What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?There is heightened attention to the individual needs of our senior population. Person-centered care emphasizes the delivery of care based on the needs of each individual resident. We work with residents to customize their apartments, and tailor their dining, fitness, and social activity selections. In addition, there is an increased focus on technology. We utilize hightech solutions to provide enhanced patient care, structured medical record-keeping, and streamlined sales processes. What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?The recession taught me how much our industry relies on the housing industry to survive and thrive. The real estate market drives our business, so when housing sales are slow our sales are sluggish. The downturn in the economy also taught me the importance of fiscal conservatism. Senior living communities cannot afford to take on too much debt, as it is a risk to their financial stability. At Bentley Village, we are a debt-free community, operating on a break-even budget. We scrutinize all expenses and work hard to exceed sales expectations. Whats your vision for the future of your business?With a variety of new products and a wide range of price-points, the future is bright for the senior living industry. The baby boomers present a unique challenge, as many of them do not have the accumulated wealth of their parents and grandparents; therefore they will enter retirement with unpaid mortgages and debt. I believe the aging population will continue to seek the comfort and security that is offered in continuing care retirement communities. What new products or services will you introduce next year?We are in the midst of a $70 million redevelopment project, so we plan to open our two new resort-style clubhouses and our new independent living apartment building. The apartments will be adjacent to the East Clubhouse, allowing for enhanced resident convenience. The revitalization will also give our residents upgraded services, including a full-scale movie theater and a state-of-the-art fitness center.What are some of the challenges you face this year?While the reconstruction project is exciting, it also presents a challenge to resident satisfaction. Construction can be disruptive, but we try to keep our residents happy by communicating our plans with them on a regular basis. Also, we face the challenge of finding sufficient qualified staff. With the numerous senior housing options being built locally, the recruitment of top talent has become competitive. What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years? The baby boomers are highly educated and dedicated to personal wellbeing; therefore I anticipate a renewed focus on overall resident health and wellness. Bentley Village is committed to the promotion of healthy living through good nutrition, proper exercise, and adequate socialization. I also expect to see more attention to the rise of dementia cases. Senior living communities that offer memory support will need to ensure ample qualified staff to care for these patients. How do you expect the local economy to grow?An increase in non-seasonal employment opportunities is key to the growth of our economy. I believe that Florida Gulf Coast University, Hertz, and Southwest Florida International Airport are just a few of the organizations that will lead the way in this economic exp ansion. FGCU will be pivotal in attracting new talent to Southwest Florida through its academic programs, while large companies such as Hertz will be crucial in providing the jobs that are necessary to retain graduates. Leaders from Collier and Lee counties must work together to achieve meaningful and successful economic development.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?The senior living industry is fulfilling, but demanding. Bentley Village fosters a culture of caring, so we look for employees who exhibit a sense of compassion toward all people especially senior citizens. We strive to provide exceptional customer service, so we try to find employees with previous experience in the health care and hospitality fields.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Every business transaction is about the relationship. It is vital to build and maintain authentic relationships with customers, employees, and professional associates. It takes hard work to preserve these relationships, but it is critical to obtain a better understanding of people and their motivations. What do you enjoy the most about the job?The residents! It is rewarding to help them live fulfilling lives and it is a privilege to work in their homes. It gives me a sense of purpose to help bring them happiness in a worry-free lifestyle. I also enjoy watching the staff members grow and develop. We invest in their future and see their accomplishments which they often thought were unachievable. What would people be surprised to know about you?Through travel for work, I have gone to all 50 states. I have visited senior living communities all across the country.
D38 SEPTEMBER 2015 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY We work to create jobs, provide transportation alternatives and stimulate growth WHO AM I?NAME: Robert Wilson TITLE AND COMPANY: Vice president and general manager, Enterprise Holdings YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: 25 YEARS IN LEE COUNTY: 12 NATURE OF BUSINESS: Car and truck rental, car sales EDUCATION: Duke University. B.A. Economics 1990Robert Wilson, Vice President, Enterprise HoldingsHow did you first get into business?After college I moved to Newport Beach, California, where I learned about the Enterprise Management Training Program. I researched the position and company, and I decided it was the right opportunity for me.What are some recent trends youve seen in your industry?Consider that we actually trademarked the term Virtual Car in 1997. So, from our perspective, technology may be changing how transportation is arranged, but the services provided have remained largely the same. In fact, weve been delivering transportation alternatives right where people live and work since 1957. Our unique grassroots network includes more 6,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport offices all located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population and more than 1 million vehicles in operation from coast to coast. That means were uniquely positioned to meet transportation needs in communities of all sizes.What lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?Like everyone else, we had to tighten our belts and learn to do more with less. Only a year before, we had made a major strategic acquisition the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. During this period of changes and challenges, we never sacrificed our focus on customer service or lost sight of our founding values.Whats your vision for the future of your business?Last year, Enterprise Holdings worked hard to complete its international expansion in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Going forward, the company is focused on expansion in the Middle East, Africa and AsiaPacific. In addition, we have made a number of strategic acquisitions, including Burnt Tree in the U.K. and AllCar Rent-a-Car and Carpingo in Brooklyn, which allow us to continue expanding our business geographically and technologically.What new products or services will you introduce next year?Listening to customers and employees is a key tenet of our business. New technology solutions, global expansion and enhanced loyalty program benefits are just a few of our customers and employees latest recommendations. Earlier this year, the National brand enhanced its mobile app capabilities, and we continue to expand our Exotic Car Collection.What are some of the challenges you face this year?As a family-owned business, we have a commitment to manage our company sustainably and balance the interests of our customers, our employees and the parts of the world we touch with our business. As a result, we work to create jobs, provide transportation alternatives and stimulate growth through our business and philanthropic efforts in Southwest Florida. Another issue facing the car rental industry is excise taxes. Earlier this year, the per-use tax for car-sharing customers in Florida was cut in half. We supported this tax cut and will continue opposing all discriminatory excise taxes that target car-rental and car-sharing customers in Florida and elsewhere.What trends do you see impacting your industry in the next two to four years?We are not a tech company, but we invest enormously in technology to deliver what our customers ask for. As a privately held company, we approach new opportunities conservatively, always placing a higher value on the long-term impact rather than on a potential short-term gain.How do you expect the local economy to grow?We expect very strong growth, as Southwest Florida has become a top U.S. destination and place to live. I think the improved U.S. economy, coupled with the attractive climate in Southwest Florida, may have served as a tipping point for people of all ages to relocate here.What do you look for when recruiting new talent?We hire smart, motivated men and women into our Management Training Program, which teaches them how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service. Enterprise Holdings promotes almost entirely from within, and these employees serve as the pipeline for future company leadership.Whats the most important business lesson youve learned?Company founder and World War II Navy Veteran Jack Taylor says, Take care of your customers and your employees first, and the profits will follow.What do you enjoy the most about the job?The people! I am so fortunate to work with so many great men and women. They make coming to work every day so much fun. Its also incredibly rewarding to assist my employees in reaching their goals.What would people be surprised to know about you?I grew up in a multi-racial family, which gave me a unique perspective and has helped me mentor many men and women both at Enterprise and throughout the community. I feel fortunate to work for a company that invests so many resources into creating a diverse workplace. Whether you need a car, truck or van, Enterprise is the perfect choice. 1 800 rent-a-car enterprise.com Wh Pick-up subject to geographic and other restrictions. 2015 Enterprise Rent-A-Car G00131 8/15
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T FEA AT T URED TINGS! LIS #Y CENTUR TE O A AT STMAKING COMESEARC 900 HOM LIST C21SUN #1Y 21 IN THE F FLORIDA G DREAMS E TRUE!CH OVER OME & LOT TINGS! .COM T T. NBEL UR SHOWING! CALL 866-657-2300 TO SCHEDULE YOU Naples Condo. Spectacular Golf Course/Lake Views3/2. Private keyed entry to building, elevator & 2 private screened lanais. Secure storage area inside building.$200,0001-866-657-2300 800NA028638. NAPLES Pine Island Ridge3 bedroom 2 bath home on a double lot, shed and small back building, open back porch, updated kitchen.$199,0001-866-657-2300 800PI037872. BOKEELIA 3 Bed/2 Bath on 5 Acres w/Private LakeBuilt in 2006, updated in 2014. This manufactured home is a true gem on 5 beautifully manicured acres. Horses permitted.$189,9001-866-657-2300 800CH212793. PUNTA GORDA Beautifully Wooded 2.5 AcresWind down the long driveway surrounded by woods with total privacy. 2 story home fully secluded and west of Wilson Blvd.$180,0001-866-657-2300 800NA036787. NAPLES Water View of the Yacht Basin Harbour & River!Enjoy a view from your 2nd floor lanai overlooking the yacht basin 1 minute direct to the river!$179,9001-866-657-2300 800CC027952. NORTH FORT MYERS Kelly Greens Lakeview Corner CondoSecond floor over sized end condo in the end building with great view of lakes and golf course in Kelly Greens Golf.$179,9001-866-657-2300 800FM031863. FORT MYERS Rare 2nd Floor 2+Den, 2 Full BathRare 2nd floor 2+den, 2 full bath, 1,196 SqFt, end unit condo in Bella Terra, Estero. Unit features upgraded tiles.$179,9001-866-657-2300 800BS057015. ESTERO Pristine North Port Estates Pool Home3/2/2 with beautiful landscaping, great room, cathedral ceilings, hurricane shutters. Scenic & peaceful!$179,9001-866-657-2300 800BS017957. NORTH PORT Spacious Salt Water Pool Home 3 Bed/2 BathSpacious pool home is waiting for its new owners. Has formal living room & dining room, kitchen overlooking family room.$179,5001-866-657-2300 800LE045562. LEHIGH ACRES Updated 4/2 Pool Home on Oversized LotThis pool home is upgraded on a huge landscaped.$179,0001-866-657-2300 800FM043684. FORT MYERS Casual & Comfortableis the feeling you receive as you enter this roomy 3 bed~2 bath~2 car garage Whiskey Creek Villa.$169,9001-866-657-2300 800FM033769. FORT MYERS Minutes to Venice Beach & Golf Course3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage, split plan home w/large living and dining room. Spacious lanai.$169,0001-866-657-2300 800CH209790. VENICE Second Floor Golf Course Condo in Kelly GreensTurnkey condo with upgraded appliances in a Championship golf community 3.5 miles from Fort Myers Beach.$167,5001-866-657-2300 800FM016096. FORT MYERS Gorgeous Community PoolExcellent community area, 2/2/2 In Port Charlotte the Heritage Oak Park.$166,9001-866-657-2300 800CH053782. PORT CHARLOTTE Beautiful 3/2 Pool Home3/2 pool home in Lakewood Terrace on quiet cal-de-sac & with view of Lake Camille, adjoining lot for sale by same owner.$159,9001-866-657-2300 800LE044827. LEHIGH ACRES Very Nice 3 Bed/2 Bath/2 Car Garage in NW Cape3/2/2 in NW Cape. Open floorplan, covered lanai. Room to build pool. Western exposure on lanai.$159,0001-866-657-2300 800CC046265. CAPE CORAL Lehigh Country Club Estate HomeGreat home in nice neighborhood 2 bed/2 bath pool home, large lanai.$144,9001-866-657-2300 800FM043114. LEHIGH ACRES Great Listing in the West End of Lehigh AcresLovely 3/2/2 w/screened lanai. All appliances. incl. washer & dryer. Oversized lot on corner. Great neighborhood. Call today!$139,9001-866-657-2300 800LE045970. LEHIGH ACRES 2/2 Close to Cape Coral Bridge & BeachesBuilt in 2005-hurricane windows. Great location College & Southpointe Move in ready condition$139,9001-866-657-2300 800FM322317. FORT MYERS Furnished 1st Floor Unit in Van Loon CommonsFurnished, large and spacious 1st floor unit in Van Loon Commons. Large living room, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen.$139,5001-866-657-2300 800CC011111. CAPE CORAL 2 Bed/2 Bath in Berkshire Village FurnishedView of clubhouse and pool area from your lanai. Minutes to downtown Naples and all the amenities Naples has to offer.$133,0001-866-657-2300 800NA045549. NAPLES Gorgeous Park Home with Club MembershipAffordable, great location! One of the largest lots in the park. 2 bedroom w/Florida Room and its own air system. WOW!$132,0001-866-657-2300 800NA038911. BONITA SPRINGS
www.C21SUNBELT.com Southwest FloridaSignature Collection A SELECTION OF EXEMPLARY HOMES. Call 866.657.2300 A NAME YOU CAN TRUST TO SELL YOUR HOMEBARBARA M. WATT FOUNDED CENTURY 21 SUNBELT REALTY IN 1984BARBARA M. WATTWWW.C21SUNBELT.COM Riverfront 2/2 CondoLovely riverfront condo.$127,0001-866-657-2300 800FM044528. FORT MYERS Moore Haven Home on 1/2 AcreWell maintained home in Moore Haven w/many extras. Ready to move in. Near shopping, motorhome carport, green house.$125,9001-866-657-2300 800LE025946. MOORE HAVEN Single Family Homein 1/2 acre fenced lot !!!$119,9001-866-657-2300 800FM057527. LEHIGH ACRES Waterfront 3 Bedroom Condo in BellasolWaterfront condo located close to clubhouse and pool. Great rental property or second home. Low HOA fees.$119,0001-866-657-2300 800FM030281. FORT MYERS Triplex Fully RentedTriplex fully rented. Concrete block with stucco siding and tiled roof. Separate meters for each unit$119,0001-866-657-2300 800BS057962. FORT MYERS Oversized Corner LotAcross the street from the river. Cottage on oversized corner lot across the street from Caloosahatche, great potential.$99,9001-866-657-2300 800BS055604. FORT MYERS Spacious Fort Myers CondoLocation, location, location! 1 bedroom condo in South Ft. Myers. Amenities galore! Act fast, this will not last!$79,9001-866-657-2300 800CC032873. FORT MYERS Port LaBelle 2/22 bedroom, 2 bath w/large Florida room on oversized corner lot in Port Labelle. Home needs rehab/updating.$45,0001-866-657-2300 800LE053441. LABELLE Luxurious EstateBreathtaking 4 bedroom 6 bath gulf access custom built estate home with 7000 sq. ft.. Schedule your private showing today!$1,549,5001-866-657-2300 800CC032693. CAPE CORAL New Construction 3+Den in RenaissanceEnjoy your new home overlooking the 5th green. For the person with discriminating tastebuds. Cook in or outdoors.$1,377,0001-866-657-2300 800FM039470. FORT MYERS Direct Access Home on Preserve-Additional LotEnjoy paradise in this amazing home! It has 155 feet on the water offering spectacular views! 3,000sqft dream come true!$895,0001-866-657-2300 800CC006815. CAPE CORAL Direct Sailboat Access Across From Cape HarbourBetter then new construction. This home is located in the most desirable neighborhood of Cape Coral. 3/2/2 Pool home.$849,0001-866-657-2300 800CC025565. CAPE CORAL Secluded Location, Deep Water Access2500 Sq Ft. Upscale everything and Key West charm. Pool, dock/lift & waterfront lot across the street.$749,0001-866-657-2300 800CC025152. ST. JAMES CITY Stunning 7 Bed/4 Bath-Direct Sailboat AccessThis amazing 3,500 sq. home features two master suites with two master bathrooms. This house has it all.$724,9001-866-657-2300 800CC034353. CAPE CORAL Your Opportunity To Own Your Tropical ParadiseThis immaculate 2 bedroom 2.5 bath home comes with a 7500 Lb. boat lift and is a dream home for every fisherman.$699,9951-866-657-2300 800BS044296. FORT MYERS BEACH Calling All FishermenThis home sits on a huge double with open water views. Some of the best fishing and boating in the world.$550,0001-866-657-2300 800PI026899. MATLACHA Beautifully Maintained 4 Bed in Wildcat Run!This home offers a bright and open floor plan and is situated on an oversized estate lot overlooking the 6th green.$550,0001-866-657-2300 800BS027245. ESTERO Enjoy the Relaxed Atmosphere of Bonita SpringsPristine 3/2, 18 month old home in Bonita Lakes natural gas community with extensive options. A must see!$548,9951-866-657-2300 800BS019246. BONITA SPRINGS Sanibel Condo on the Beach!!Bright and airy condo with a view of the Gulf of Mexico! 2 bed/2 bath, fully furnished. Call for your showing today.$539,9001-866-657-2300 800FM024738. SANIBEL Fully Furnished Gulf Access HomeEnjoy gorgeous views on wide canal & short boat ride to river. 3/2 home w/screened lanai, heated pool, & more! A must see!$539,0001-866-657-2300 800CC043817. CAPE CORAL