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aerialIslandDreams Sailing in Naples Bay and on the Gulf of Mexico – what fun! - May 15, 2014

Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of sailing with my husband, friends Martine, Alain, Valeria and Alex on “Island Dreams”, a 33 ft yacht captained by Captain Doug.  We took the sunset cruise and enjoyed the scenery of Port Royal and Royal Harbor multimillion dollar homes, sailed though the Gordon Pass accompanied by two […]


National Youth Football Championship Games set for Naples 2014 & 2015 - May 8, 2014

  Naples will host a pair of youth football national championships the next two years, representing a win for Collier’s sports marketing. Football University will have its 2014 and 2015 national championship games in Naples, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Collier County sports marketing officials and the area Convention Visitors Bureau. The announcement […]


http://www.dreamstime.com/-image18366272 The Village on Venetian Bay (Naples, FL) – Celebrate Mom! - May 6, 2014

Celebrate Mom! The Village on Venetian Bay (Naples, FL) Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00am The Village on Venetian Bay has joined with Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida to bring you a family yoga class*, mother and daughter photos, live entertainment and a chance to build a tulip in honor of breast cancer awareness. Enjoy […]


Sunset19Pier Real Estate – Good News….. It is now time to buy. - January 17, 2012

  After years of negative media coverage on the real estate market, and particularly the Florida real estate market, I’m excited to share with you two recent articles that finally sing to a different tune. First, in USA Today, Jami Dimon (the CEO of JP Morgan who heads the USA’s largest bank with $2.2 trillion […]


Vanderbilt Beach Property of the day – Vanderbilt Beach – Vanderbilt Gulfside #502 $739,900 - December 27, 2011

Stunning Gulf of Mexico views. Located within the gates of Gulfside, on an exclusive eight acre site, a truly spectacular beachfront property. Enjoy a spacious 2 bedroom floor plan plus an open den/breakfast room off of the kitchen, with a large and spacious lanai complete with storm shutter protection. Offering wonderful amenities including a large […]


Venetian Village – Let it Snow and Chanukah Celebration on Dec. 20th - December 16, 2011
373 Harvard Lane Glen Eagle – JUST 4 MILES to Olde Naples – Full Golf Membership, pool -$339,000 – new to market - December 1, 2011

Full golf membership comes with this private and spacious pool home. Welcoming French door entry draws you into this open plan home. Look out to a covered lanai, pool with waterfall features and the 13th fairway beyond. Oversized private lot. Large master bedroom, guest bedroom, den, living room and dining room with vaulted ceilings, eat […]


Regal Point Regal Point – 55 luxury condos now offered as rentals in Naples - November 30, 2011

Once upon at time it was The Grand Inn, then a Ramada and now Regal Point. M.K. Developers originally hoped to sell the condos, but after a brief marketing effort they realized that 2008 was not the right time in the local real estate market. Located between US 41 and Goodlette-Frank Rd, near the CVS […]


Collier county map Flood Maps for Collier County approved by FEMA – what does this mean for you? - November 29, 2011

  The new federal flood maps will become official on May 16,2012 for Collier County. It is expected that approximately 30,000 more county property owners will need federal flood insurance – available only from the federal government.  If you have a mortgage on your home and you fall into the revised areas, you will need flood […]


Riverstone comes to north Naples Naples Newest Community – Riverstone 850 new homes - November 29, 2011

G.L. Homes will add another community to Naples. Riverstone is under construction on the north side of Immokalee Road. Big plans for an impressive entrance, club house and 850 new homes. Seven models are under construction, with another one on the way that’s undergone a few design changes and will be the largest — at […]


Collier County emblem 2012 Budget – Holding the line on Property Tax for 3rd consecutive year - November 11, 2011

Collier Co adopted budget 2012  The Collier County Manager is Lee Ochs, Jr who can be reached at 239-252-8973 with any questions.


Treviso Bay Treviso Bay – the only TPC golf course in Southwest Florida, taken over by Lennar Corp. - November 11, 2011

   Treviso Bay, the troubled  housing development sold quietly at a foreclosure auction Wednesday, 11/9/11.  Lennar Corp.  was the only bidder after one of its affiliates was assigned the mortgage notes in May.   The bid was $100 from Lennar’s representatives, but the price the builder paid for the mortgage isn’t made public.  The community has the only […]


lacrosse player Fun things to do in Naples – Paradise Shootout this weekend. - November 8, 2011
Boaters Wanted – December 8th at 6:30 pm - November 4, 2011

  The Village on Venetian Bay Boat Parade is on Thursday, December 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. This annual tradition creates a light show on the Venetian Bay waters as a procession of decked-out boats makes its way down the Venetian Bay! The decorated boats will be judged for first, second and third place prizes, […]


Farm City BBQ  Collier County, Naples Florida Farm City Charitable BBQ – Nov 23rd – help raise $$ for Collier County 4H Foundation, Youth Leadership & Junior Deputy League of Collier County - October 31, 2011

  Thanksgiving traditions has become the Farm City BBQ. It is a great time to come have lunch with 1,000+ of your closest friends and celebrate the part that we each play in building Collier County into the best place to live, work and play. $20 will get you a great steak dinner, Immokalee Salad […]


New Naples Restaurant: Seasons 52 Fresh Grill - October 19, 2011

  Seasons 52 recently opened next to Mercato in North Naples. www.seasons52.com Information: (239) 594-8852 Prices: Lunch starters $4.35 – $7.65, entrees $8.35 – $19.25; dinner starters $4.35 – $12, entrees $12 – $26. Read a Naples Daily News article


1st annual Naples Bay Blues Bash – Support Foster Children of SW FL - September 15, 2011

Come and enjoy a great evening of all-night blues, all in a good cause. This is the 1st Naples Bay Blues Bash, and there will be fabulous music from various artists all evening. From 6pm to 8pm come and listen to the blues vocalist/guitarist Todd Hart. Then, from 8pm to 10pm nationally acclaimed blues recording […]


Naples International Film Society – September choice is in - September 7, 2011

The September Film SocietySelection is…  NAMES OF LOVE *New York Times Critic’s Pick *Winner of two Cesar Awards (the French Oscars) for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping […]


NAPLES REAL ESTATE SHOWS STABILITY IN AN UNCERTAIN ECONOMY - August 16, 2011

Report Shows Inventory Decreased 19 PercentNAPLES, Fla.-August 12, 2011- Key indicators such as pending sales, inventory and the median closed price show signs of real estate stability during challenging economic times, according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco […]


Women living in Collier County have the longest life expectancy in the United States - June 29, 2011

Straight Talk with Dr. Allen Weiss: Collier County women have longest life expectancy in nation. Where you live matters. And if you are fortunate enough to live in Collier County, chances are you’re in a lot better shape than most people. According to a new study from researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for […]


Single Family Home Median Closed Price Jumps 6% * Overall Inventory Declines 14 % - June 23, 2011

NAPLES, Fla.-June 17 2011- Momentum is picking up and summer is emerging as a season of strong sales according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). The overall available inventory decreased to 7,705 properties in May 2011 down […]


RSW is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic - June 16, 2011

During April, 907,686 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 11.6 percent compared to April 2010. This is the second largest monthly passenger count for April in the airport’s history. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 6.1 percent from the same period last year. The traffic leader in April was AirTran with 176,184 […]


Naples restaurants noted for outdoor dining - June 9, 2011

Just in time for the summer travel season, OpenTable, Inc. a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, announced the 50 winners of its Diners’ Choice Awards for Best Outdoor Dining   in the United States.  The list of winners is derived from more […]


Memorial Day… In remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service - May 27, 2011

In remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.  We thank you.


We Own The Waterfront - May 20, 2011

Thought You’d be Interested Premier | Sotheby’s leads 2011 first quarter in New Listings, Properties under contract and Closed Sales. Call with any questions, I am happy to help, Sandra


Memorial Day at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Memorial Day – Reduced Cost - May 11, 2011

Celebrate the Memorial Day with the family at one of Collier County’s fun locations Date: May 30, 2011 The reduced cost to get into the Memorial Day Celebration is $8 for 48” & over and $4.50 for less than 48”. Children three and under enter. Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, 15000 […]


The kids will be out of school soon – Beach Sticker reminder - May 11, 2011

A gentle reminder: Beach stickers as of Fall 2009 are “window stickers” that should be placed inside your front view window on the driver’s side near dashboard. Stickers may not be moved from one vehicle to another. The sticker must remain with the vehicle with which it was registered. Residents pay for beach permits in their […]


A Glass Floor, And So Much More……. - February 2, 2011

Take the tour9714 Niblick Lane – Estates of Bay Colony, Naples Offered at $4,295,000, furnished. This luxurious home embraces the quintessential Florida lifestyle of indoor- outdoor living. A Great Room with double pocket doors open to terraces and gardens, a private chip and putting green, Koi ponds and a 120′ lagoon style pool. Renowned architect […]


Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls …oh my! At Mercato 12/4/2010 - December 3, 2010
Naples, FL Annual Boat Parade..meet a Pirate! - November 29, 2010

Annual Boat ParadeDate: Thursday, December 9 Time: 6pm to 9pm Join the twinkling procession of boats makes its way down Venetian Bay. Enjoy live entertainment and a pirate! Bring an unwrapped gift and spread holiday cheer—all toys donated will benefit The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee’s Gift Shop.Call 239.403.2204 for more information.


2011 Naples Winter Wine Festival - November 19, 2010

2011 Naples Winter Wine Festival: January 28-30 The tenth anniversary celebration of the Naples Winter Wine Festival raised more than $8 million for at-risk and underprivileged children totaling $82.5 million for the last ten years. NWWF brings many of the world’s finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala […]


PENDING SALES UP, INVENTORY DOWN - November 19, 2010

NAPLES, Fla.-November 19, 2010 Real estate activity in the Naples area is trending upward according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). There is a resurgence in the marketplace. Overall pending sales for the 12 months ending October […]


Naples International Film Festival opens with 900 in attendance - November 5, 2010

With about 900 in attendance, the second Naples International Film Festival seems to have carried over last year’s buzz. The festival’s theme this year of celebrating the arts.


Collier County Healthies Place to live in Florida - November 5, 2010

Collier County ranks the healthiest place to live in Florida Naples, FL- Collier County residents picking a good place to live. The county is ranked as the healthiest county in the state according to a new survey. Over 100 community leaders met at NCH Healthcare System on Thursday in Naples for a conference. Representatives from […]


Fun things to do in Naples this weekend ..10/30/2010 - October 30, 2010

SATURDAY & SUNDAY…. ■ City Fest: Farmers Market 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Third Street South Shopping District parking lot behind Tommy Bahamas, (239) 649-6707■ Farmers Market Pumpkin Festival – North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette-Frank Road N. – Contests and activities for the whole family as well as a pumpkin patch, fresh […]


Real Estate Conversations.. - September 4, 2010

Fla. population grows again Florida grew by more than 125,000 residents in every year from 1950 to 2008. After declining for the first time since the end of World War II, Florida’s population grew once again last year, a hopeful yet tentative sign that the worst of the recession may have passed, according to the […]


Community Working Together… - August 30, 2010

Community Blood Center – Blood Drive: Giving blood magically transforms lives…It saves them. The Lutgert Companies will be holding a blood drive on Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 8:00am to 10:00am at the Venetian Village and we invite you all to participate. The blood center typically experiences a shortage in the Fall and what’s collected […]


Pending U.S. home sales rose more than expected in July to the highest level in more than 2 years - September 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — Pending U.S. home sales rose more than expected in July to the highest level in more than two years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of a tax credit that expires this fall.The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday its seasonally adjusted index of sales contracts signed in July for previously occupied […]


Pending Homes Sales Rise to a 2 Year High in July! - September 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — Pending U.S. home sales rose more than expected in July to the highest level in more than two years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of a tax credit that expires this fall.The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday its seasonally adjusted index of sales contracts signed in July for previously occupied […]


Naples Philharmonic unveils 2009/10 season! - August 1, 2009

The Philharmonic is ready for another great season! Check out http://www.thephil.org/ for complete information on who is coming to town this season. What a great line up!


SUMMER CONTINUES TO BE STRONG - July 18, 2009

Report Shows 15-Month Inventory Trend Line Continuing To Decrease NAPLES, Fla.-July 17, 2009- Naples area market activity continued to improve in June, closing out the second quarter of 2009 with encouraging signs for a good summer of housing sales, according to a report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR), which tracks home […]


Jazz It Up in Naples this weekend! - July 16, 2009

Looking for something to do this weekend? The biggest the current Summer Jazz concert series that continues Saturday at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Also, there are ongoing kayak tours, dances, ‘Disney’s Julan Jr.’ including a buffet lunch in Fort Myers. The dates are for Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 2009, and beyond.Here’s the list:* […]


Thoroughly Modern Millie comes to town! - June 26, 2009

Thoroughly Modern Mille opens at the Sugden on Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL today!At a preview last night I was delighted and thrilled to see a really great show.Colorful costumes and lots of them! Toe tapping coreography that makes you want to dance in the aisles! “Campy” and well performed antics from a team who […]


A Tree Grows in Naples…. well, kinda…..! - June 16, 2009

Last week I hope that I witnessed one of those “history in the making moments! At Mercato in Naples, just behind the new Whole Foods, while sharing some ice cream, my family watched a little miracle…in three parts! Day One…. first part of an amazing banyan tree was delivered.Day Two ….second part of this amazing […]


Kids Can Help Kids - June 12, 2009

No Cost help for Haiti. Fifth grader, Daniel Meeks, spearheaded a campaign with friends and teachers from The Village School to gather over 110 lbs of lightly used end of year school supplies to be sent to The Mission of Hope Orphanage in Haiti. The kids also sent their art work to show the kids […]


Jammin on Fifth - June 8, 2009

A Night on the town…… The Young Divas and five other groups will be performing free from 7-10pm Thursday, June 11th up and down the sidewalks of Fifth Ave South. Good for the whole family – come join the fun!


Local 11-year-old gets hole in one! - June 2, 2009

NAPLES — Jack Fumagalli, 11, got a hole in one Tuesday while playing golf with at Moorings Country Club. He used a a three wood on the sixth hole. It is a 142 yard hole, but the pin was back, so Jack and family think it was more like 152 yards. Way to go, Jack!


Oil bill allows drilling 3 miles from Florida shores - May 10, 2009

Florida law currently restricts oil exploration and drilling 10 miles into the Gulf. A new proposal that was recently passed by a house panel will allow drilling in Florida waters up to 3 miles of the shoreline if approved by the governor and Cabinet. The state of Florida could gain $31 billion in tax revenue […]