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NAPLES THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FLORIDA’S BEST PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND VISIT

2021 | NAPLESCHAMBER.ORG

On the Gulf

NAPLES, NATURALLY BEACHES, BOATING, ECO-ADVENTURES ON THE TOWN NEIGHBORHOODS, DINING, CULTURE, SHOPPING STAY & PLAY NAPLES IS A PLAYGROUND FOR ALL AGES

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The Cove at Paradise Coast Sports Complex is the newest social hot spot with great food, cold drinks and lots of family-friendly entertainment.

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Physicians Regional Medical Group is working to make it easier to access primary care. With seven locations, there’s an office near you, with enhanced infection control protocols in place for your safety. Even more convenient are telehealth visits – available with all our primary care providers – from the comfort of home. Walk-in care is available in Naples and Marco Island, and extended hours are available at our East Naples office. And, appointments can even be scheduled online. So, when you or your family need primary care, think Physicians Regional Medical Group.

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Table of Contents

Naples on the Gulf

Contents 14 LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT 16 WELCOME TO #NAPLESFLORIDA

30 AN IDEAL (COMPANY) CLIMATE

Global companies are drawn to Naples for a host of reasons that suit executives and rising talent.

36 ON THE WATER

What better way to experience Naples on the Gulf than on the water?

38 24 HOURS IN NAPLES

Pack your day the Naples way.

Departments

one of the nation’s largest, is the newest gem for sports enthusiasts.

52 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Features

Minding our health

54 COMMUNITY CATALYST The Greater Naples Chamber ensures economic diversity and expansion through potent collaborations.

The Leadership Collier Foundation inspires local professionals and students to become community leaders.

58 TEE TIME Florida’s golf capital invites your game.

62 A PLACE IN THE SUN

A tour of local neighborhoods

68 WHERE TO EAT

22 BEACH BOUND

74 WHERE THE CHILD THINGS ARE

Dip a toe or drop a line into local waters.

44 ARTS & CULTURE

Celebrating our cultural paradise

An insider’s dining guide

Who gets to have more fun in Naples—the adults or the kids?

76 ON THE TOWN

46 MEET THE NATIVES

78 WHERE TO SHOP

Get to know your “wild” neighbors.

Special Section:

GREATER NAPLES MAP

With points of interest

50 GAME ON!

The Paradise Coast Sports Complex,

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56 FIND YOUR PASSION

20 NAPLES BY THE NUMBERS Find out what the experts are saying.

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Michael Dalby is a well-known leader in the community focused on the area’s quality of life.

Unwinding in Naples A directory of shopping destinations

84 WHERE TO STAY

A directory of hotels and resorts

88 LANDMARKS

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The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

84 COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY DENNIS GOODMAN 8

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DENNIS GOODMAN

Board of Directors

2020-2021 Greater Naples Chamber Board of Directors Chairs GARRETT RICHTER, Chair First Florida Integrity Bank JULIE A. SCHMELZLE, Chair-Elect Bank of America BILL BARKER, Immediate Past Chair Naples Daily News

Vice Chairs DERRICK AYERS BUILD, LLC DAVID GORDLEY Collier County, IBERIABANK JASON HUNTER KORN, ESQ. Dentons Cohen and Grigsby CEE CEE MARINELLI Barron Collier Companies JEANNE L. SEEWALD Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP STEPHANIE SPELL Collier County Sheriff's Office AYSEGUL TIMUR Florida Gulf Coast University CHRIS VERNON Vernon Litigation Group

Honorary Directors RUSSELL A. BUDD PBS Contractors JEFFREY D. FRIDKIN Grant Fridkin Pearson, PA 10

CJ HUESTON Corporate Dimensions, Inc.

JOE CHAMBERS Vi at Bentley Village

CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ TECO Peoples Gas

EDWARD A. MORTON Wasmer Schroeder & Company

EILEEN CONNOLLY-KEESLER Community Foundation of Collier County

JAMES E. MCMANEMON Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples

KATHERINE "KATIE" SPROUL Barron Collier Companies DAVID WESTON Naples Lumber & Supply Company, Inc.

Ex-Officio CHARLES CHAPMAN City of Naples LEO OCHS Collier County Government KAMELA PATTON Collier County Public Schools KEVIN RAMBOSK Collier County Sheriff's Office KINGMAN SCHULDT Greater Naples Fire Rescue District

Directors LIBBY ANDERSON TalentForce Solutions MICHELLE BORDERS Naples Network Services SCOTT BURGESS David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health DAVE CATO Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

JOHN DEANGELIS DeAngelis Diamond TOM DONAHUE Hilton Naples | Shula's Steak House TIM DUPRE Conditioned Air MARVIN EASTON IBM ANNE FLEMING Waterside Shops BILL GASTON BUILD, LLC MARY BETH GEIER Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation KERRY GEROY Naples Global Advisors

PATRICK O'CONNOR Sotheby's International Realty DR. EMILY PTASZEK Healthcare Network TIMOTHY REITER Fifth Third Bank ADAM RYZENMAN Wells Fargo Bank N.A. HECTOR SANCHEZ Loos & Co. JOHN W. SCHMIEDING Arthrex, Inc. RANDY SMITH Naples Transportation and Tours BRIAN STOCK Stock Development

DUDLEY GOODLETTE Henderson Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA

VICKI TRACY Gulf Coast International Properties

PAUL HILTZ NCH Healthcare System

PATRICK UTTER Collier Enterprises

BUDDY HORNBECK III Gallagher Lutgert Insurance

LISA VAN DIEN London Bay Homes

ERROL HOWARD Seacoast Bank

PABLO VEINTIMILLA Centennial Bank

DAN LAVENDER Moorings Park

MICHAEL A. WYNN Sunshine Ace Hardware, Inc.

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Robert T. Edwards Senior PIM Portfolio Manager, President

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Publisher Kaleigh Grover EDITORIAL Editorial Director Daphne Nikolopoulos Editor Cathy Chestnut Creative Director Olga Gustine Senior Art Director Ashley Meyer Digital Imaging Specialist Leonor Alvarez Maza Web and Social Media Editor Abigail Duffy Contributing Writers Megan Graham, Anne Miller, Kala Parkinson, Seth Soffian Contributing Photographers & Illustrators Baber Photography, John Bateman, Stephen Beaudet, Caronchi Photography, Peter W. Cross, Mary Dominguez, Molly DuVall, Jono Fisher, Joshua Colt Fisher, Luke Franke, Dennis Goodman, Jeff Herron, Vandy Major, Charlie McDonald Photography, Naples/Marco Island/ Everglades CVB, Naples Zoo, Clifford Picket, Populus, Don Riddle Images, H. J. “Sonny” Saunders, John Scoular (Manta Films), Ivan Seligman, Nick Shirghio, Sports Force Parks Naples, Paul Strabbing Photography, Flavio Vallenari ADVERTISING Account Manager Elizabeth Goodman, 239-595-7269, egoodman@palmbeachmedia.com Advertising Services Coordinator Ashley Fleak PRODUCTION Production Manager Selene M. Ceballo Production Manager Brian Beach Digital Pre-Press Specialist George Davis Digital Production Coordinator Kassandre Kallen Advertising Design Coordinators Anaely J. Perez Vargas, Jeffrey Rey OPERATIONS Chief Operating Officer Todd Schmidt Process Integration Manager Sue Martel Digital Operations Manager Bill Fleak Circulation/Subscriptions Administrator Marjorie Leiva Distribution Manager Judy Heflin Accounting Specialist Lourdes Linares Accounts Receivable Specialist Ana Coronel Group Publisher Terry Duffy

Greater Naples Chamber 2390 Tamiami Trail N., #210, Naples, FL 34103 Phone: (239) 262-6376 | Phone: (239) 262-6376 Website: napleschamber.org

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Welcome to Naples

Welcome to Paradise Letter from the President

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elcome to the 2021 edition of Naples on the Gulf—the official visitor and relocation guide of the Greater Naples Chamber. The Naples area has vacation and lifestyle choices for the young

and the young-at-heart. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a returning guest, you’ll find that we’re a tropical paradise, and the Chamber is able to seamlessly connect you with the employers, venues, and people who can help turn your visit into a relocation! We are especially proud of our community and are excited to help you explore its vibrancy. From the natural beauty of the Everglades to our white-sand beaches, from our popular street fairs to our pickleball playgrounds, and our myriad of golf courses, shopping options, and cultural amenities, Naples has something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. Our area is also heralded for its energetic efforts in promoting a strong economic climate. Since the COVID-19 outbreak in spring 2020, the Chamber has taken a leadership role as a connector between government and local businesses on pandemic-related issues and resources. At the same time, it has remained visionary and active on important, long-term local matters such as education, career and technical training, leadership development, and water quality. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the Chamber remains committed to keeping Collier County performing strong through the crisis and positioned for better times ahead. Together, our businesses, community leaders, and partners are what make Naples a unique place to live, work, and visit. We welcome you with enthusiasm and open hearts! We hope our guide will help you realize the charm of our destination on Florida’s Paradise Coast and all the opportunities waiting just for you.

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Getting pumped @ The Factory at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex @SFPNaples

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Catching up with friends at Celebration Park @celebrationparknaples_official

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Anticipating the green flash @turtleclubnaples

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Spying on sandhill cranes at Caracara Prairie Preserve @conservation.collier

Zooming in @naplesbotanical

What’s your #NaplesFlorida Story? ADVENTURES ABOUND... SHARE YOURS

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LUKE FRANKE/AUDUBON

Exploring Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary @corkscrewswamp

Supporting student artists @ bayshoreartsdistrict_naples

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Treating my best friends on Third Street South @3rdstreetsouth

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Finding treasures at Art in the Park @naplesart

IVAN SELIGMAN

Soaring to new heights @opera_naples

Touring the Collier County Sheriff’s Office with Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Associate Leadership Collier @napleschamber @colliersheriff

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ART GALLERIES IN THE NAPLES AREA

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COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT’S GRADE FOR 2017-2019

64% $212 million CRIME RATE DROP FROM 2000-2019 (COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

THE AMOUNT THAT THE NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL HAS RAISED TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF 275,000 UNDERSERVED CHILDREN SINCE ITS INCEPTION 21 YEARS AGO

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INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN COLLIER COUNTY

LENGTH OF EVERGLADES WATERWAY KAYAK AND CANOE TRAILS (NATIONAL PARK SERVICE)

“BEST SMALL CITY IN AMERICA” FOR ITS NATURAL RESOURCES, PROSPERITY, AND PEOPLE IN 2020 (BESTCITIES.ORG)

2,305 SQUARE MILES, THE LARGEST COUNTY IN FLORIDA BY LAND

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The Naples area is home to 30 miles of white-sand shoreline, and each beach is its own unique slice of paradise. In the original 1888 brochure promoting Naples as a new resort destination, “surf bathing” in the warm waters along the gently sloping shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico was touted as a “healthful” year-round pursuit. (Gulf temperatures generally range from 68° Fahrenheit in early February to 88° in early August.)

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Naples Pier

Naples Pier

Tigertail Beach at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

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Tigertail Beach

Tigertail Beach is the jewel among the smooth, wide beaches along Marco Island’s western shore. On the island’s north end, the pristine beach can be accessed by five boardwalks though a mangrove forest. Across the tidal bay is Sand Dollar Island, a popular nesting area for a wide variety of birds. The beach is known for its abundance of shells, sand dollars, and as a bird migration superhighway. (Location: 430 Hernando Drive, Marco Island)

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Naples Pier

For 130 years, the Naples Pier has been the pulse of Naples Beach. This historic landmark is an ideal place to stroll, lounge, fish, boogie-board, and wade. The Pier hosts restrooms, showers, and the popular Cosmos, selling homemade specialty pizza, Italian subs, fresh salads, gelato, souvenirs, and fishing equipment. Metered parking is located nearby, with additional parking and access points along Gulf Shore Boulevard. (Location: West end of 12 Avenue South, Naples)

ALL PARKING SPACES REQUIRE A PAYMENT OR A VALID BEACH PARKING PERMIT. FULL-TIME RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY TAXPAYERS CAN PARK FREE WITH A CITY OR COUNTY BEACH PARKING PERMIT. (ANY DISABILITY PERMIT HOLDER MAY PARK AT ANY SPACE WITHOUT PAYMENT.) WITHOUT A PERMIT, BEACHGOERS SHOULD USE METERED PARKING SPACES OR PAY STATIONS (BOTH ACCEPT QUARTERS AND CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS). NAPLES ON THE GULF 2021

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Clam Pass

Lowdermilk Park

Lowdermilk Park

Lowdermilk Park is a great place for the whole family. Spend the day at this premier beachfront park with two playgrounds, picnic tables, sand volleyball courts, and two rentable gazebos. Convenient facilities include a concession stand, spacious restrooms and outdoor showers. There is ample onsite metered parking and on the street. (Location: 1301 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., at the corner Banyan Boulevard)

Clam Pass

The three-quarter-mile boardwalk through the mangroves at Clam Pass is a memorable, nature-filled jaunt. The thriving tidal ecosystem is home to various birds and other wildlife, and the mangrove roots provide important spawning grounds for fish and shellfish. Once you’ve made it through—on foot or on the courtesy tram—one of Naples’

most pristine and scenic beaches awaits. With a concession stand, restrooms, equipment rentals, and more, you won’t need to bring much. With nearly 200 parking spaces, you rarely have to search for a spot. (Location: Corner of Crayton Road and Seagate Drive)

Vanderbilt Beach Park

At this county park, beachgoers can drop off their gear at the circle before parking in the nearby garage. Vanderbilt offers beach wheelchairs and life jacket loans, as well restrooms and showers. Snacks and watersports rentals are available at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, and Vanderbilt Inn resorts. Fees: $8 per vehicle (Location: West end of Vanderbilt Beach Road)

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Secluded and relaxing, the park boasts of one of the most unspoiled beaches in the United States. Get your cameras ready, because natural wildlife abounds. Along the nature trails and open waters, expect to spot resident and migratory birds, tortoises, dolphins, and more. The park’s waters are perfect for fishing and shelling. Outside of the pass, calm surf and shallow water make this a popular sun-bathing spot. Fees: $6 per vehicle (Location: 11135 Gulfshore Drive, Naples)

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Vanderbilt Beach Park

Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Beach

One of the last undeveloped barrier islands in Southwest Florida, Barefoot Beach is regularly rated among the country’s best beaches. The 342acre preserve may just be the region’s most perfect pairing of natural beauty and great amenities. More than a mile of sugary sands made Barefoot Beach famous. But there’s much more to see and do. The park is home to gopher tortoises, sea turtle nesting grounds, natural sabal palm and gumbo-limbo groves, plus there is a mile-long nature trail and pavilions where you can gather with family and friends. Between the park and the Barefoot Beach access point, there are nearly 500 spaces. (Location: 505 Barefoot Beach Blvd., Naples)

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WHERE TO FISH LET YOUR IMAGINATION

BLOOM

FEW PLACES IN NORTH AMERICA OFFER SUCH A WIDE VARIETY OF FISHING OPTIONS AS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA—THE CHOICES ARE LIMITLESS, DEPENDING ON YOUR TARGET. HERE ARE A FEW PLACES TO PUT ON YOUR RADAR.

Kayak fishing near clam pass

Naples Pier

This prime beach and sightseeing spot attracts a variety of fish and fishing enthusiasts. The Pier is licensed, so no fishing license is necessary here. The snack shop also sells bait.

Lake Trafford

Head to Immokalee for bass, bluegill, crappie, and shellcracker fishing at the 1,500-acre freshwater lake. The headwaters of the historic Everglades watershed is home to a marina, pier, boat ramp, airboat excursions—and plentiful alligator and bird populations.

Tigertail Beach

Fish in the tidal pools or wade across the lagoon to drop your line at Sand Dollar Beach.

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Strike out from Everglades City on boat or kayak to explore the rich mangrove estuarine within this chain of islands. Hundreds of species of fish can be found here in salt, fresh, and brackish waters.

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Getting Started A license is required for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Exceptions are for people younger than 16; Florida residents older than 65 or disabled; fishing from a for-hire vessel or a licensed pier; or a Florida resident in the U.S. armed services. Nonresident freshwater or saltwater licenses are available for three days, seven days, or a year. Additional permits are needed for snook, lobster, and tarpon.

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Licenses, issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), are available at: • Collier County Tax Collector offices • Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission: MyFWC.com or (888) FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356) • Select bait and tackle shops • Retailers including Walmart and Sunshine Ace Hardware Download a guide at MyFWC.com that shows fish species, when each is in season, legal sizes, and catch-number limits.

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growing number of thriving global businesses with operations in Naples have discovered that it makes an ideal locale for successful executives as well as young professionals with growing families looking to put down roots. Chic workspaces, 30

diverse networking opportunities, and vast business expertise set against the backdrop of an enviable natural environment and vibrant culture are coupled with the traditionally alluring traits that make workplaces desirable: favorable salaries, benefits, and opportunities

for professional advancement. Meet a select sample of cutting-edge companies operating locally in food science, pharmaceuticals, flex workspaces, and the connectivity industry known as the “internet of things.�

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IT’S PERFECT,” SAYS FLEISCHER, 41, WHO IS EXPECTING HIS FIRST CHILD WITH HIS FIANCÉ, SHANNON. “ONE THING WE NOTICED IS THE FAMILY COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA. IT’S GOT EVERYTHING WE NEED.”

Ben Fleischer, Pyure Brands

A wealth of support

When New York native Ben Fleischer moved to Naples in 2008 to launch his organic stevia business Pyure Brands, he chose it, in part, because he believed that he wouldn’t have the distractions of a major metropolitan area. After a dozen years of extraordinary company success and professional growth, Fleischer recently discovered a personal benefit to his decision he hadn’t anticipated: It’s a great place to start a family. “It’s perfect,” says Fleischer, 41, who is expecting his first child with his fiancée, Shannon Taylor. “One thing we noticed is the family communities in the area. It’s got everything we need.” Pyure develops and distributes stevia—a sugar substitute which is sold in more than 20,000

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Above: Ben Fleischer tests new recipes with Shannon Taylor in the test kitchen. Below: An organic, sugar-free cookie batter incorporating Pyure Brands stevia

stores nationwide. It has about 20 employees at its headquarters in Naples working in all facets of operations and product development. Pyure employees and interns benefit from a flexible, creative, and collaboration-minded workplace, which is expanding to add a stateof-the art ingredient lab for several new food technologists to develop products incorporating Pyure stevia, such as baking mixes and liquid sweeteners. “We created this incredible space to be creative,” Fleischer says. “One thing we’ve been constantly working on is innovation. We’ve got incredible staff behind it. We are the No. 1 organic stevia brand on store shelves, but we need to keep pushing forward.” One thing Fleischer learned early on is that the wealth of successful businesspeople in the community are eager and willing to lend sage advice. “Everything seems to be a phone call away, if you really dig into it,” he says. NAPLES ON THE GULF 2021

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Lupin Research Park, India

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A great mix

A premier quality of lifeand proximity to his wife’s family recently lured New Jersey native Tom Merriam and his growing young family to Naples. What the Harvard Business School graduate and former McKinsey & Company consultant didn’t anticipate was remaining as greatly involved in major global business operations as he was before he left the fast-paced Northeast. As strategic initiatives director for Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Merriam is among two dozen executives at its corporate office location in Naples, including company CEO Vinita Gupta. Lupin, which opened its headquarters in Naples in 2014, is the 32

third-largest pharmaceutical company in the U.S. As ambitious professionals, Merriam and his wife had a plan. “We always told ourselves, ‘When we’re young, we’re going to put the pedal to the medal, but when it’s time to settle down and have kids, we’ll step back a little bit,’” says Merriam, 34, who moved with his wife to Naples in August 2019 to work at Lupin. Their first child was born months later. “Maybe I didn’t step back so much because I took a job as the right hand to the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company,” he says. Lupin, which employs about 25,000 people globally, has earned a reputation for cultivating long careers. That’s due in part to a professional culture that values employees and promotes a

sense of ownership, Merriam says. As the corporate hub, the Naples office skews toward more tenured executives, but it also features strong collaboration with young and rising professionals, Merriam says. “It’s a great place to learn because you’ve got this great mix,” he notes. Merriam and his wife hadn’t known much about Naples’ attributes prior to relocating, but the young couple soon discovered its golfing, shopping, culinary, and outdoor splendor. They also realized another major benefit Naples has over many large metropolitan regions: the cost of living. “My house here is roughly the same price as New Jersey, but I pay 40 percent of the property taxes and don’t pay any state income tax. That’s huge,” he says. “We love where we’re at, and we would love to stay here. The stars kind of aligned. I think that goes as well for our CEO and a lot of the other folks who are very important to the company.”

Prestigious address

The collaboration and mentorship that goes on between newbies and industry veterans often happen within a company’s own walls. Venture X, founded in Naples and now a global franchise, cultivates diverse business relationships between self-employed people who don’t show up at the same office every day and punch a timeclock. Venture X is a stylish, flexible, shared workspace launched in 2012 by Naples entrepreneur David Diamond and his son, Brett, where networking in a professional environment is part of the intrinsic appeal. “We attract a really diverse group of people,” says Amanda Custodio, community manager. “The collaboration that happens here organically is really rewarding to see.”

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Naples Venture X is expanding to an 18,000-square-foot space south of Pine Ridge Road. The flexible, shared workspace was launched in 2012 by Naples entrepeneur David Diamond and his son, Brett, who recently sold the company, now a global franchise.

One recent example of the type of cross-pollination that Venture X is meant to nurture: A member told Custodio of his need for a patent lawyer and she literally turned him around and introduced him to a patent lawyer who happened to be standing behind him. “They just needed an introduction,” she says. Venture X’s model appeals to a range of professionals in need of temporary or dedicated meeting or office space, and it is proving quite popular. It is ideal for gig workers and freelancers, self-employed professionals in a gamut of fields, semi-retired businesspeople working as consultants, and startup entrepreneurs. Naples Venture X is tripling its office space at its new 18,000-square-foot space south of Pine Ridge Road. Though the Diamonds sold the corporation and it is expanding nationally through franchises, they are still stakeholders in the brand they founded. The Naples address is a plus for all members, whether local, seasonal, or working remotely. “People know Naples,” says Kiana Stouder, head of membership growth at Naples Venture X. “If you want a prestigious Naples address, you can get a virtual office with us.” Naples is chockful of successful businesspeople and is reportedly home to the largest concentration of Forbes 500 executives, whether retired, serving on corporate boards, or still active. This aura, as well as in-person mentorship, inspires young professionals. “You’re constantly learning about how successful people have been in Naples,” says Natalie Earp, Naples Venture X community coordinator. Like Stouder, Earp is a recent graduate of FGCU. “You can get a good job here. You have all these opportunities to get right into your career. You’re going to have a great salary right out of college. So why wouldn’t you stay?”

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KORE Wireless specializes in the internet of things connectivity and management.

A Catalyst OrthoScience CSR Total Shoulder System component

Professional growth

Few industries gravitate toward younger generations more than technology. KORE Wireless, a global, 500-person company founded in 2003 and specializing in integrated connectivity, naturally skews a little young, including at its Naples location. Its local staff of about 50 includes software developers, network engineers, IT staff, and customer support, including for the on-board navigation system of a major auto manufacturer. “We’re in an industry that is fairly young and changing every single day,” says Steve Ridgeway, a human resources executive in Naples who is heavily involved in recruiting for the local office. “I’m always looking for someone who has a natural sense of curiosity, somebody who wants to be part of something that’s growing, expanding, and brand-new.” Ridgeway, a native Bostonian who was based in KORE’s Boston office until two years ago, was drawn to Naples, as many are, by the weather. He was equally enthused by a vibrant, company-wide culture of innovation and collaboration that is often at its best in Naples. That stems in part from amenities and activities designed to promote a strong worklife balance, from a gaming console and table tennis in the office to annual events and gatherings outside it. There are also professional initiatives, such as a new mentorship program and a high-potentials development program. “You can really build your career here,” Ridgeway says. “We want you to grow your career here.” 34

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Ten Growing Companies American Farms: A major grower of annual and perennial plants, the supplier for landscapers, resorts, theme parks, country clubs, nurseries and garden centers throughout Florida. (american-farms.com) Arthrex: A global medical device developer and pioneer in arthroscopy with more than 3,000 local employees at various locations. With more than $435 million in annual revenue, it’s listed as one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” (arthrex.com) Atomic Machine and EDM, Inc.: Offering precision machining to the defense, gun, medical, and aerospace industries for more than 30 years. (atomicmachine.com) Catalyst OrthoScience: Develops innovative medical solutions that make orthopedic surgery less invasive and more efficient for both surgeons and patients; creators of the Catalyst CSR Total Shoulder System. (catalystortho.com) Inyoni Organic Farm: A six-acre U.S.D.A.-certified organic farm that produces up to 50 different varieties of organically grown and harvested vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit.

(inyoniorganicfarm.store) Lenkbar: Invents, designs, and manufactures revolutionary surgical devices and implants which simplify surgery for physicians and improve patient outcomes. (lenkbar.com) Linga: An innovative global technology company providing the hospitality industry with an industry-leading, cloud-based restaurant operating system. (lingaros.com) Moorings Park: A premier provider of retirement living in Southwest Florida, featuring luxurious residences with access to upscale and casual dining, comprehensive physician services, state-of-the art fitness centers, and social activities on three campuses. (mooringspark.org) SummitOrthopedic Technologies: An industry leader in the manufacturing of medical devices. (summit.tech) The Coldest Water: Designers and sellers of items such as The Coldest Bottle, The Coldest Pillow, and The Coldest Ice Packs; named among “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies” for 2020 by Inc. magazine. (thecoldestwater.com)

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Quality of Life WHAT MAKES NAPLES A DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK?

As someone who was born and raised in Naples, I cannot think of a better place. Professionally, it is an ever-growing town which invests in quality infrastructure and thoughtful planning. The United Way of Collier and the Keys is fortunate to have the support of local companies and generous individuals to help us make the community better. I am also a parent, and Naples is a safe place to raise my son. Collier County Public Schools is a phenomenal system which helps every student reach his or her potential.” —Katie Schweikhardt, vice president of resource development, United Way of Collier and the Keys

Naples has grown a lot more diverse in the past few years. It’s no longer a snowbird town, but one where families are choosing to put their roots down. My husband and I have a toddler and are thrilled to see more families with young children in the area. We’re also seeing a more eclectic dining scene. In the seven years I have lived here, I’ve seen the area grow to be more diverse and more eclectic—a town where I look forward to raising my children, not just retire to.” —Jigsha Desai, director of the Florida Digital Optimization Team, Gannett/USA Today Network/Naples Daily News

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Coming from Detroit, Michigan, we rarely saw the sun much in the wintertime or enjoyed going to the beaches year-round. Moving to Naples was the best decision my husband, Daniel Melvin, and I could have made. Daniel is a professional singer and his music is so appreciated here. As a bank vice president, I have been able to meet many professional goals here. I love the arts, from Artis-Naples to the concerts at Cambier Park to the wonderful movie theaters and malls.” — Barbara Melvin, vice president community lender, First Florida Integrity Bank

“Having grown up here, the landscape is really compelling to me. I spent 40 years in New York and Los Angeles but moved back two years ago. There are a lot of opportunities to photograph the subject matter I’m interested in. That includes a good market for architectural photography because there is so much building here. Naples seems fairly insulated to the swings in the stock market and economy. It’s a beautiful city with magnificent landscaping and civil engineering. It’s a really desirable place to live.” — John Eder, owner and photographer, Marker 4 Photos

What I really appreciate about Naples is how individuals, organizations, and community leaders rally to support well-being. For four consecutive years, Gallup ranked our community with the highest well-being in the nation. When businesses, schools, homeowner’s associations, non-profits, faith-based organizations, grocery stores, and restaurants all work together to make healthy choices easier, we are optimizing the environment where we all live, work, learn, and play.” — Deb Logan, executive director, Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida

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n Southwest Florida, water is more than an unparalleled natural resource, it’s a way of life. Along Naples’ coastline, the vast sapphire backdrop offers a wealth of activities and indelible experiences. The waves give way to 30 miles of beaches that roll out a soft sand blanket for sunbathing or watching the sunset—a memorable enchantment visitors don’t want to miss. “The Naples lifestyle is certainly a laid-back one,” says Jack Wert, executive director and CEO of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It is certainly water-related.” The Gulf of Mexico, marshes and prairies, and rivers and lakes all provide a cool contrast to Naples’ 264 days of sunshine each year. The gulf’s waves beckon waders, swimmers, kayakers, and boaters. Backwaters bordered by mangroves teem with marine life—the perfect areas to fish and spot manatees, alligators, and a range of wading and migratory birds. The region has lured recreational fishermen since the late 1880s, when the news spread internationally that tarpon (known as the Silver

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King) were first landed in Southwest Florida with rod and reel. Popular seasonal fishing targets for recreational fishermen include snapper, snook, redfish, grouper, and largemouth bass. If sightseeing suits your pursuits, tool to nearby Keewaydin Island, a popular shelling spot, Marco Island, or through the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. From a hotel perch to public park, there are untold opportunities for celebrating a stunning sunset—and the landmark Naples Pier is undoubtedly one of the most popular. “Florida’s Paradise Coast really does describe what people expect to experience when they come here,” Wert says. “When we ask people what they think of when it comes to our destination, the word is paradise.” The Everglades, Wert says, is a gem that new and long-time residents should take the time to explore. “The Everglades are in our backyard,” he says. “Something that many new residents, and even residents that have been here for a number of years, have not experienced is the Everglades—

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A guided tour down the Turner River in Everglades National Park

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they have not taken that jaunt, and it’s not far.” He suggests exploring the backcountry by taking an airboat ride or journeying through Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, or Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve on a ranger-led or self-guided day trip. The local marine industry is also an important cog in the local economy that fuels jobs for outfitters and bait shop proprietors, fishing guides and boat captains, service and maintenance techs, commercial fishermen, and tour and marina operations. In addition to its copious aquatic resources, Collier County boasts the largest land mass of any Florida county, Wert says, which is a luxury that has provided residents more options in the COVID era. “We are able to let nature make us feel better about the situation we are in,” he says. On the water and on the land, “we’ve got an abundance of wide-open spaces. There are lots of places to social distance.”

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BAY WATER BOAT CLUB: Enjoy the luxury of a boating lifestyle as a member of this club, offering more than 60 boats from top manufacturers. Members pay an annual fee to hit the water without the responsibilities and costs of boat ownership. (bwboatclub.com) CAPTAIN MITCH’S AIRBOAT TOURS: Speed through the Big Cypress and Everglades backcountry on an exhilarating airboat ride through private swampland. (captainmitchs.com) DOLPHIN EXPLORER: Become acquainted with resident bottlenose dolphins on a 47-foot catamaran based on Marco Island which has led studies since 2006. Birthing season is September and October. (dolphin-study.com) FREEDOM BOAT CLUB: With this membership boat club, you can leave behind the hassles of boat ownership. Simply choose a boat that suits your party and cruise from any of several close-by marinas. (freedomboatclub.com) KEY WEST EXPRESS: Embark on a 3.5-hour ferry ride, complete with a full bar, to Key West, the ultimate destination for relaxation. (keywestexpress.net) NAPLES KAYAK COMPANY: Schedule to have a stand-up paddleboard, recreational or sea kayak, or surf ski delivered to you, or pick it up from a choice of locations. (napleskayakcompany.com) NAPLES PRINCESS: Treat yourself to a lunch or sunset buffet as you sail the waters of Naples Bay on the air-conditioned, luxury Naples Princess vessel. (naplesprincesscruises.com) PURE FLORIDA: Deep-sea fishing, sunset cruising, jet boating, eco-shelling, and jet skiing are on Pure Florida’s menu for fun and adventure. (purefl.com) SEE-MANATEES: Get up close and personal with gentle manatees, and a variety of other wildlife, on this 90-minute boat tour through the Faka Union Canal. (seemanatees.com) SWEET LIBERTY: Climb aboard the largest and longest-running sailing catamaran in Naples. Choose from shelling, sunset, and sightseeing voyages. (sweetliberty.com) NAPLES ON THE GULF 2021

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shelling. Time travel during a two-hour Naples Historical Society Walking Tour (napleshistoricalsociety. org) offered on select Wednesdays. The one-mile walk through the Naples Historic District includes a tour of the picket-fenced Palm Cottage and other important places, introducing the people who put Naples on the map, and delving into life in this sportsman’s paradise in the late 1800s.

Sunrise at the Naples Pier

If you happen to be on a limited visit and strapped for time, you can hit Naples’ highlights in a fun, jam-packed day. From sunrise to sunset, beach to bays, 24 hours in Naples will give you a taste of all the reasons to return for a longer stay. Words of advice: Get an early start.

Morning: Start Your Day the Naples Way

The scent of fresh-brewed coffee and housemade pastries welcomes you inside Tony’s Off Third (tonysoffthird.com) in Old Naples, an artisan bakery with a dizzying array of pretty confections. Order mixed-berry scones and people watch from the garden courtyard or, if it happens to be Satur38

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day, browse local produce, flowers, prepared foods, and dog treats at the Third Street Farmer’s Market (thirdstreetsouth.com) along garden-lined streets. Greet the day along the waterfront. The iconic Naples Pier, extending 1,100 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, is a peaceful way to usher in the day. Or venture to Naples City Dock (naplesgov.com), a working waterfront where an easterly orientation is ideal for sunrises that peer above the masts of sailboats, catamarans, fishing boats, and yachts bobbing in the calm Naples Bay water. Have your camera ready: Photo opportunities abound. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park (floridastateparks.org) is another ideal location for greeting the sunrise. Get there before other beachcombers for the best

Afternoon Adventures: Culture, Shopping, and Nature

For lunch, consider a Cuban sandwich at Rumba Cuban Café (rumbacubancafe.com), nationally recognized Brooks Burgers - Burgers & Dogs (brooksburgers.com), the flagship Tommy Bahama Restaurant (tommybahama.com/restaurants), or Brambles English Tearoom (bramblestearoomnaples.com). For an air-conditioned respite and immersion in art, check out The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples (artisnaples.org). Explore the masterpieces of world-class artists featured in changing exhibits, such as Dale Chihuly, René Magritte, and Auguste Rodin, and works in the museum’s permanent collection by Diego Rivera, Alexander Calder, Roy Li-

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climb a banyan tree, and explore ecosystems and international cultures. If you’ve been planning to pick up a gift for a friend back home or a few additions for your own wardrobe, you’re in luck. From top luxury brands to art to souvenirs, Naples is home to many distinct shopping destinations. Discover the stores, boutiques, and galleries along Third Street South (thirdstreetsouth.com) and Fifth Avenue South (fifthavenuesouth.com), on the Gordon River at Tin City Waterfront Shops (tincityofnaples.com), uptown at hotspot Mercato (mercatoshops.com), upscale Waterside Shops (watersideshops.com), or the elegantly Old World Village Shops on Venetian Bay (venetianvillage.com). Tucked beyond the view of businesses on Goodlette-Frank Road is the 140-acre Gordon River Greenway Park (gordonrivergreenway.org), Naples Zoo

chtenstein, and others. Traveling with the little ones? Meet the lions, tigers, and bears (oh, my) at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens (napleszoo.org), boat around islands chattering with monkeys, watch the daily alligator feeding, and enjoy an up-close-and-personal visit with reptiles and other animals during daily zookeeper-led discussions. At the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, or C’mon, (cmon.org), interactive exhibits inspire the kiddos to create, innovate,

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a pleasantly surprising urban oasis meandering through six native plant communities, mangroves, and along its namesake river. A 2.5-mile path offers overlooks and boardwalks and connects via a pedestrian bridge to the riverfront Baker Park. Both parks are pet-friendly—ideal venues for taking a Humane Society Naples (hsnaples.org) rescue dog on an adventurous outing. You just might leave Naples with more than memories. The greenway borders the Conservancy of Southwest Florida (conservancy.org) which offers kayak and canoe rentals, and 45-minute sightseeing ecotours aboard an electric boat. Maybe you just want to be a beach bum? Within the City of Naples, there are 10 miles of shellstrewn, white-sand beaches and five beach parks. Enjoy a full-on mangrove immersion while wandering the .75-mile boardwalk from Clam Pass Park to a welcoming beach. Continue walking to Rhode’s End at Naples Grande Beach Resort (naplesgrande. com), where the ambience, cuisine, and blue-andwhite palette of this beachfront dining destination is reminiscent of Greece’s Santorini. If you want to escape the city bustle, strike out for a long afternoon for a nearby side trek. Naples’ subtropical splendor transcends sand and surf and swaying palms. Large swaths of untamed wilderness preserving precious habitat for endangered and rare flora and fauna are surprisingly close by. Within the 13,000-acre Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (corkscrew.audubon.org), visitors are immersed in North America’s largest oldNAPLES ON THE GULF 2021

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growth bald cypress forest, home to the largest colony of endangered wood storks in the United States, and, if the timing’s right, a super ghost orchid in full bloom. Bike or hike along old logging trails in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (floridastateparks.org). Its 75,000 acres boast the world’s only forest where bald cypress trees grow alongside royal palms, more orchids and bromeliads than anywhere else in North America, the best spot to see Florida panthers, and the 2,500foot Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk wending through cypress-studded sloughs and wetlands. Make your introduction to Everglades National Park (nps.gov) at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center near Everglades City. The western fringes of the one-and-a-halfmillion-acre River of Grass are best experienced by water. Boat tours, kayak and canoe rentals, and guided excursions are provided by Everglades Florida Adventures.

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Check local sunset times and plan accordingly to enjoy painterly sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico from Naples to Marco Island. Even if you aren’t staying at a local resort, you can enjoy the property’s cuisine, signature cocktails, and ambience. Named third among the top 10 seafood restaurants in Naples by Money, Inc., Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar (baysideseafoodgrillandbar.com) offers

two prime sunset-viewing destinations overlooking Venetian Bay—the second-floor Grill for fine dining (try the crispy mahi mahi with a Thai twist) or The Upper Deck, on the third level. The Turtle Club (turtleclubnaples.com) stands out as one of the few beachfront restaurants where umbrellaed tables are staked in the sand for the ultimate sunset viewing. Its Famous Oysters Turtlefeller appetizer with apple-smoked bacon, Parmesan, and Pernod is a menu mainstay. Seafood is showcased through chowder, bisque, and ceviche,

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lobster frites, and market-fresh entrées. If your dinner reservations are late, head to Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton (ritzcarlton.com) on the beach and toast with Trouble in Paradise, a signature frozen rum drink with hints of banana liqueur and crème de coconut. Edgewater Beach Hotel (edgewaternaples.com) is known for a focus on health and wellness and the philosophy extends to its dining options. At Coast, you’ll find a mindful menu featuring a daily catch, the uber-healthy zucchini noodle stir fry with sea

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sonal tomatoes and veggies in basil-garlic broth, and the juice-forward tiki rum punch with freshpressed lime, orange and pineapple juices, angostura bitters, and a pinch of nutmeg. Plan a return visit to Naples City Dock for dinner and drinks at the Dock at Crayton Cove (dockcraytoncove.com), a 43-year old Naples walk-in only restaurant offering a Caribbean-influenced menu, open-air dockside dining, and a terrace overlooking Naples Bay. Start with the shrimp nacho appetizer and enjoy crowd favorites, including blackened

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grouper served with a blue crab cake and Key lime butter sauce or the pineapple Chilean sea bass. On Marco Island, browse specialty stores and admire the boats at Rose Marina before dinner at The Esplanade Shoppes (esplanadeshoppesatmarcoisland.com), a residential-commercial destination overlooking Smokehouse Bay. If you’re traveling with your furr-ever friend, family-owned Mango’s Dockside Bistro (mangosdocksidebistro.com) welcomes dogs on the patio. Orange juice, mango vodka and grenadine in the bistro’s signature Marco Sunset Martini echo the hues of the island sunset. For an outdoor sunset picnic on the curving ribbon of white sand at Tigertail Beach, stock up at Island Cheese Company (islandcheesecompany) with an assortment of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and wine. The Deck at 560, a 200-seat, open-air dining venue at Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa (hiltonmarcoisland.com) overlooks the gulf and focuses on locally sourced, sustainable seafood and organic herbs cultivated from a holistic chef’s garden. Sale e Pepe (sale-e-pepe.com) at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort (marcoresort.com) is revered for its curated wine menu—a Best of Award of Excellence winner from Wine Spectator for 15 consecutive years—and the authentic gourmet flavors of Naples, Italy. Dine alfresco on the breezy terrace or inside the upscale, Old World dining rooms replete with museum-quality, hand-painted frescoes. NAPLES ON THE GULF 2021

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Just three blocks from Gulf beaches. Complimentary beach package with beach shuttle, towels, chairs and bottled water. Convenient to golf courses, shopping, art galleries and all attractions. Each of the following services are provided to guests at no charge: Wi-Fi, garage parking, fitness center, 24-hour business kiosk and bicycles. Home to Shula’s Steak House, voted best steak house in Southwest Florida. Plus no resort fees. It all adds up to happiness poolside. Always get the lowest price only when you book direct at Naples.Hilton.com or call 1 800 HILTONS. Hilton is committed to providing guests with reassurance and peace of mind through our industryleading Hilton CleanStay with Lysol Program. Scan the QR code below to learn more. Guests and team members are practicing social distancing and group sizes are limited. Wellness checks, temperature readings, and face coverings are mandatory for all team members.

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Arts & Culture

Naples Philharmonic and Naples Ballet

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Celebrating Our Cultural Paradise

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COMMUNITY-WIDE COLLABORATIONS ARE FOCUSED ON THE AREA’S EXPANSIVE CULTURAL AMENITIES BY LAURA BURNS

As the Paradise Coast, Collier County holds something valuable and compelling: authentic community and cultural experiences not available elsewhere. It’s a true cultural paradise. With vibrant communities of individual performing and visual artists, studios, and galleries, rich culinary experiences, budding arts districts, and local agriculture, the area is ripe for enjoyment. Genuine cultural events and venues and soulsatisfying, homegrown culture combine the familiar and unexpected, creating opportunity for connection on several levels. The unique character of our diverse communities, people, artistry, history, and stories awaits the discovery of visitors and residents alike. Though the art scene was forced to pause and re44

invent itself following the onset of COVID-19, Collier County has shown leadership, collaboration, and unity in making the cultural fabric as strong as ever. In 2016, the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) announced the results of the “Arts & Economic Impact 5 Study” sponsored by Americans for the Arts, representing Collier County’s inaugural participation in the study. The study benchmarked the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and audiences. The results illustrated to the Collier County Board of Commissioners the strong, local economic value of arts and culture: an overall impact of more than $107 million annually. The study also noted that volunteerism is solid; in

the same year, 4,530 volunteers donated 221,278 hours to 44 nonprofit organizations. This study inspired county officials and arts leaders to research and craft the Arts & Culture Strategic Plan, approved by commissioners in 2020. This long-term collaborative project aims to elevate the county as an arts and cultural destination. The initiative is being undertaken by Collier County government and tourism leaders, residents, and the creative community, and coordinated and implemented by the UAC. In addition to highlighting the Naples area as an arts and cultural destination, its second overarching goal is to strengthen Collier’s arts and cultural demographics and geography. These two goals are interdependent. In Collier, arts and culture do not stand alone. They exist in relation to the region’s extraordinary natural environment and multidimensional cultural heritage. Collier artists and arts organizations are collaborating across sectors, providing a foundation for enhanced and strategic cultural immersions for residents and visitors. Parks are sponsoring art exhibits and resident artists, restaurants are

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offering “dinner with an artist” events and often exhibit local artwork, and hotels are actively seeking cultural experiences for guests. Communities that have organically solidified over time, such as the Naples Design District and Naples Art District, have become established arts districts working to promote their studios, showrooms,

and special events. The Artis-Naples campus has long been recognized as a crown jewel in Southwest Florida, while Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South draw visitors to galleries, outdoor art festivals, and concerts and performances at Cambier Park, Norris Center, and Sugden Community Theatre. East of Naples, the Bayshore Arts District has been on the rise in recent years, with plans to launch public murals and a community performance venue. After 15 years of working to raise a performing and visual arts center in the Bayshore community, the nonprofit Cultural And Performing Arts Center (CAPA) recently merged with UAC to facilitate the Arts & Culture Strategic Plan and concentrate on plans for spreading cultural arts in eastern Collier. Charlemagne, The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples

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An Umbrella for All Disciplines Established in 1981, the UAC is marking its 40th anniversary while celebrating its 2020 merger with CAPA and expanded community leadership role. Since becoming the county’s official state-designated local arts agency in 1984, the UAC has grown into an umbrella agency for arts and culture in all disciplines with a mission to “enrich lives and strengthen the community through the power of the arts.” It is supported by 450 individual and 60 organizational members. Organizational members include Artis-Naples, Naples Art, four Collier County Museums, The Naples Players, Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples Botanical Garden, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Island Center for the Arts, Opera Naples, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, alongside 14 venues and more than 35 independent galleries. These organizations serve an affluent audience of patrons and are visited by several hundred thousand people each year. In turn, several smaller cultural organizations have an outsized impact. For instance, Classic Chamber Concerts and the Music Foundation of Greater Naples offer high-quality programming to the public and raise thousands of dollars annually to support scholarships for local music students—proof, yet again, that community leaders value Collier’s cultural landscape. Laura Burns is the executive director of the United Arts Council of Collier County. Learn more: uaccollier.org.

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Natives Florida panther

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Florida Panther Scientific name: Puma concolor coryi Adult size: 7 to 8 feet from the nose to tail tip Weight: 100 to 160 pounds Lifespan: 12 to 15 years Habitat: Confined to Southwest Florida’s pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and mixed swamp forests Diet: Deer, wild hogs, raccoons, armadillos, snakes, and even alligators Status: Endangered, with an estimated 120 to 230 panthers in Florida Cool factor: Panthers are good swimmers, have a keen sense of smell, and a 130-degree field of vision.

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Osprey

Newcomers often wonder about the whimsical, pouch-billed birds perched on local fishing piers or large nests teetering atop utility poles. The Sunshine State is literally teeming with terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife. More than 130 native species of animals are threatened or endangered in Florida—and many make their home in Southwest Florida. Whether they’re outgoing or shy, get to know a few of your neighbors’ “cool factors.” 46

Osprey Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus Adult size: 2 feet with a 6-foot wingspan Weight: 3 to 4 pounds Lifespan: 30 years Habitat: Coastal marine habitats, lakes, rivers, and swamps Diet: Saltwater catfish, mullet, spotted trout, shad, crappie, and sunfish Status: Included in Florida’s Imperiled Species Management Plan Cool factor: Ospreys usually mate for life. Their large stickand-sod nests can be spotted in trees and on telephone poles, channel markers, and nesting platforms.

Scientific name: Caretta Adult size: 3 feet Weight: 250 to 300 pounds Lifespan: More than 50 years Habitat: Temperate and tropical regions of the ocean Diet: Fish, crustaceans, jellyfish, and occasionally seagrass and algae Status: Threatened Cool factor: Mature sea turtles return to the same beaches where they hatched to lay their own eggs.

American Alligator Scientific name: Alligator mississippienesis Adult size: More than 11 feet Weight: Up to nearly half a ton Lifespan: 50 years Habitat: Slow-moving freshwater rivers, swamps, marshes, and lakes Diet: Fish, snails, and other invertebrates, as well as birds, frogs, and mammals that come to the water’s edge Status: Threatened Cool factor: As an alligator’s teeth are worn down, they are replaced. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

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Scientific name: Pelecanus occidentalis Adult size: 4 feet, with a 7-foot wingspan Weight: 11 pounds Lifespan: 10 to 25 years Habitat: Estuaries and coastal marine habitats Diet: Small fish that form schools near the surface of the water Status: Included in Florida’s Imperiled Species Management Plan Cool factor: A foraging pelican dives headfirst from as high as 50 feet. Once a fish is captured, the pelican tips its head upward or to the side to drain the water from its bill pouch.

Scientific name: Gopherus polyphemus Adult size: Up to 15 inches Weight: 8 to 15 pounds Lifespan: 40 to 60 years Habitat: Well-drained, sandy soils found in habitats such as longleaf pine sandhills, oak hammocks, scrub, pine flatwoods, dry prairies, and coastal dunes Diet: Low-growing plants, such as wiregrass, broadleaf grasses, gopher apple, and legumes Status: Threatened Cool factor: They spend up to 80 percent of their time in burrows that average 15 feet long and more than 6 feet deep. These burrows offer shelter for more than 350 other species.

River Otter Scientific name: Lontra canadensis Adult size: 3 to 5 feet Weight: 11 to 31 pounds Lifespan: 10 years Habitat: Rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, and swamps Diet: Fish, crayfish, and turtles Status: Native Cool factor: Otters can swim 8 miles per hour and dive to depths of 36 feet. They are mostly nocturnal and live in waterside burrows.

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit environmental protection organization established 55 years ago. Learn about Southwest Florida’s ecosystems, plants, and wildlife, rent kayaks, visit the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, or take a boat tour. Renovation and expansion of the Dalton Discovery Center is expected to be complete in early 2021. Learn more at conservancy.org.

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Be a Good Neighbor We all play a part in making sure these natives remain happy and healthy. Whether you are a long-time resident or first-time visitor, here are some tips for being a good neighbor. * Leave nothing but footprints. A major cause of harm to wildlife is plastic pollution. Bottle caps, ribbons, balloons, and monofilament fishing line kill or maim birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals. (More than 700 pelicans die each year in Florida from entanglement in fishing gear.) Use less plastic and clean up litter. * Observe safe speeds on the roads and on the water to avoid collisions with wildlife. * Don’t feed wildlife. This poses a threat to humans, domestic animals, and the wildlife being fed. Feeding pelicans is prohibited by law. * Take nothing but pictures. Florida has strict laws that prohibit the capturing, harming, or harassment of Florida’s native species, including live shells, sea stars, urchins, and sand dollars. NAPLES ON THE GULF 2021

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Parks & Recreation The Factory fitness pavillion at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex

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THE PARADISE COAST SPORTS COMPLEX, ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE NATION, IS THE NEWEST GEM IN THE COUNTY’S EXTENSIVE OFFERINGS FOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS Paradise Coast Sports Complex

Sports and recreation are in high demand in Collier County for adults and youth alike—and the new $66 million Paradise Coast Sports Complex is a world-class facility designed to please locals and draw championship competition from near and far. The 180-acre complex in East Naples will be built out in four phases to create a lifestyle destination that will draw even the non-sporty types. It will ultimately feature: 19 fields; a wakeboarding lake; volleyball courts; baseball and softball diamonds; 5,000-seat stadium; and an amphitheater with an 18-foot-high projection screen elevated 30 feet in the air. Added to the fun are food trucks, a bar, fire pits, cornhole, trails, and a rock wall. 50

The first phase—five fields, a great lawn, concessions, and The Factory fitness pavilion—opened in July 2020. For its debut showcase, the complex welcomed hundreds of middle and high school FBU Top Gun football players to compete for regional and national recognition. The complex was planned to be enjoyed by local residents during the week and draw out-of-town sports teams and tournaments on weekends. “It’s one of the largest complexes in the United States. It’s absolutely stunning,” says Collier County Deputy Manager Nick Casalanguida, who scouted top sports facilities and researched amenities to incorporate the best into this state-of-the-art facility. Community leaders are also envisioning the Paradise Coast Sports Complex as more than just recreational turf. It will become a cultural facility

FBU Top Gun competition at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex

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that can host outdoor performances because the amphitheater and stadium were designed “with events like concerts in mind,” Casalanguida says. “It’s quite the park in the middle of the park.” The Paradise Coast Sport Complex has become an important component in promoting tourism and stimulating the economy by welcoming athletes and their families, fans, and sports spectators to major tournaments. During their stay for sports or concerts, visitors will spend dollars at local hotels, shops, restaurants, and other attractions, and perhaps decide to return for another family vacation. Casalanguida notes new recreational amenities have been sorely needed to alleviate the demand at the county’s facilities, which have juggled a utilization rate of more than 90 percent. Collier County’s population has increased 12.6 percent in the past decade, and young families and health-conscious adults and seniors are driving the demand for more amenities. “The demographics are a lot more active,” Casalanguida says, “and they’re looking to recreate.” Work has begun on another multimillion-dollar facility on 48 acres near the Collier County Fairgrounds: Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park. “It’s going to be another gorgeous regional park with lakes, trails, pools, and multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse,” he says. The Paradise Coast Sports Complex is managed by Sports Force Parks. For more information or to book an event: sportsforceparksnaples.com.

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With 90 golf courses, Collier County has long been known as the “Golf Capital of the World.” It boasts three annual professional golf tournaments and challenging professional holes set against panoramic scenery dotted with wildlife. But it might as well be known as the “Pickleball Capital of the World,” too. At public facilities and private clubhouses in gated communities, tennis facilities have been speedily renovated to incorporate pickleball play in response to its surge in popularity nationally and locally. East Naples Community Park—which has hosted the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships annually since its 2016 inception—is the hotspot. An ambitious renovation expanded its pickleball courts to 64, along with other upgrades. A second phase is adding a 3,500-seat stadium, 1,000 additional parking spots, a community center, and a welcome center. The championships typically draw an estimated 2,100 visitors annually each April. Find your athletic bliss at Collier County’s 69 neighborhood, community, regional parks (collierparks.com), which offer a wide range of recreational options, wellness programs and summer camps, and family-friendly amenities, such as playgrounds and picnic pavilions. These are some of the main draws: East Naples Community Park: In addition to pickleball, basketball, tennis, racquetball, softball, and soccer, and a .75-mile jogging trail Golden Gate Community Park: Youth softball and baseball, tennis, soccer/football, basketball, shuffleboard, bocce, fitness and nature trails, swimming pools North Collier Regional Park: Tournament soccer and softball, lacrosse, basketball,

RecPlex Fitness Complex, 2.5-mile walking trail, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Sugden Regional Park: Sailing, skiing, and swimming on the 60-acre lake, open play area and playground, amphitheater, pavilions Veterans Community Park: Softball and youth baseball, bocce, tennis, and racquetball, soccer, football, sand volleyball, covered rink, and Rover Run Dog Park Vineyards Community Park: Lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, basketball, racquetball, walking trail, children’s splash zone Wheels Skate/BMX Park: An annex of the Golden Gate Community Center, Wheels features a pro shop with skate clinics, band shell, skate park, National Bicycle Leaguesanctioned BMX track, and a game room (naplesbmx.com) Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

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Rendering of future great lawn, amphitheater, and projection screen at the sports complex

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Collier County earmarks taxes to purchase environmentally sensitive land through Conservation Collier—with 4,271 conserved acres at 20 locations to date. Twelve sites are open to the public for hiking, walking, and jogging. The five longest trails based on linear feet are:

Pepper Ranch Preserve

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Interaction with nature, a supportive social network, and healthful habits have long been advocated as the key components to physical, mental, and emotional well-being. With year-round sunshine, miles of nature trails, beaches, and mind-calming waterways, and plentiful opportunities for meaningful community engagement, Naples opens its arms to exceptional lifestyles. For four consecutive years, the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index named the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metropolitan statistical area No. 1 as the place where residents report a strong sense of well-being based on factors such as financial security, community connection, and overall health. A significant reason for this ranking is its participation in the global Blue Zones Project, a community-wide commitment to adopting lifestyle habits proven to stave off preventable chronic illnesses—regardless of socioeconomic background or age. As part of Blue Zones Southwest Florida, schools, grocery stores, communities, organizations, and businesses have embraced healthful principles and practices designed to encourage vibrant lifestyles, increased productivity, and lowered health-care costs. Southwest Florida is one of only 50 Blue Zones projects in the United States. Learn more: southwestflorida.bluezonesproject.com

Pepper Ranch Preserve: 72,000 ft. (6315 Pepper Road, Immokalee) Caracara Prairie Preserve: 14,800 ft. (2320 Corkscrew Road, Immokalee) Gordon River Greenway Preserve: 9,400 ft. (Two Access Points: 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road and 1596 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples) Red Root Preserve: 2,800 ft. (1330 Limpkin Road, Big Corkscrew Island) Alligator Flag Preserve: 2,100 ft. (7875 Immokalee Road, Naples) Find out what makes each property unique: colliercountyfl.gov

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Beach yoga at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Strike a pose…in the sand or on a paddleboard. Naples offers plenty of opportunities to take your yoga practice outside. In fact, many locals have come to believe that the downward dog is best set to the rhythm of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Morning and evening Donation Yoga Naples “Vinyasa Flow” classes at Lowdermilk Beach and the 18th Avenue South beach south of the Naples Pier are perfect for all levels. A portion of the $10 to $20 donation goes to a select nonprofit organization each month. (donationyoganaples.com) Hone your sun salutations during morning and evening Marco Island Yoga events on the island’s South Beach or during monthly full-moon sessions for $10 per session (call 201-214-1360). Embark on a sightseeing cruise to Keewaydin Island from Tin City for a one-hour practice on the beach with Pure Florida and Yoga House Naples. Follow it up with a swim or nature walk in search of shells. (purefl.com)

Inhale deeply. All-level yoga classes on the lawn at Naples Botanical Garden are accompanied by the lingering scent of fragrant flowers. (naplesgarden.org)

ON THE WATER Mangrove forests provide the backdrop for Thursday or Saturday morning sessions by Naples Kayak Company (napleskayakcompany.com) and Practice Yoga Naples (practiceyoganaples.com) on a stand-up paddleboard for the ultimate balance tester.

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CJ’s on the Bay, 740 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 105, Marco Island (239) 389-4511 Coast at Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1901 Gulfshore Blvd. N., Naples (239) 403-2156 Cosmos Ristorante and Pizzeria, 536 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (239) 262-8181 EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill, Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee (239) 821-3072 First Watch Granada Shops, 1000 Immokalee Road, Naples (239) 220-6312 Jason’s Deli, 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples (239) 985-7215 Juicelation, 4947 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (239) 398-0673 LuLu B’s Diner, 2374 Immokalee Road, Naples (239) 596-1965 Mel’s Diner, 3650 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (239) 643-9898 Old 41 Restaurant, 25091 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs (239) 948-4190 Organically Twisted, 13040 Livingston Road, Naples (239) 302-8669 Palladio Trattoria, 28340 Trails Edge Blvd., Bonita Springs (213) 309-7061   Riverwalk at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (239) 263-2734 Shula’s Steak House, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (239) 659-3107 Skillets: Five locations in Collier County (skilletsrestaurants.com) Sunburst Café, 2340 Pine Ridge Road, Naples (239) 263-3123  The Boathouse on Naples Bay, 990 Broad Ave. S., Naples (239) 643-2235    The Bowl, 1427 Pine Ridge Road, 103, Naples (239) 734-3867; and 1200 Central Ave., Naples (239) 209-6847 The Café at Bonita Beach, 821 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (239) 919-2696 The Local, 5323 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples (239) 596-3276 True Food Kitchen, 5375 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 15, Naples (239) 431-4580 Vanderbilt Country Club Restaurant, 8250 Danbury Blvd., Naples (239) 348-2662 Wynn’s Market, 141 Ninth St. N., Naples (239) 261-7157   NAPLES ON THE GULF 2021

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THE GREATER NAPLES CHAMBER ENSURES ECONOMIC DIVERSITY AND EXPANSION THROUGH A UNIQUE MIX OF POWERFUL COLLABORATIONS The Greater Naples Chamber is committed to making Collier County the best place to live, work, and play. This mission seems straightforward but it’s one that requires visionary strategy, direct lines of communication, and across-theboard collaborations. The Greater Naples Chamber is responsible for business retention, expansion, attraction, and talent development to expand economic opportunities for Collier County residentstoday and in the future. This complex recipe requires a mix of innovative ingredients to ensure that local businesses are thriving, and that outside companies have the resources they need to relocate here.

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Clockwise from top left: The Greater Naples Chamber honors Gov. Ron DeSantis with the 2019 Friend of Collier Business Award in Tallahassee; student Tristan Bashaw speaks at the 2020 Leadership Collier Foundation Celebration Luncheon; the Chamber’s Children’s Business Fair 2020

To accomplish these goals, the Greater Naples Chamber: ○ Worked closely with county officials to ensure the 2018 passage of a one-cent surtax to raise an estimated $490 million over seven years to fund a slate of needed projects, including road improvements, a new mental health and addiction treatment facility, and a workforce housing land trust. “All of these things improve the quality of life in Collier County,” says Greater Naples Chamber CEO/President Michael Dalby. ○ Is a partner with regional, state, and national business-support organizations, such as SCORE Naples, the Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU, and GrowFL, and collaborates with the Collier County Office of Business and Economic Development. ○ Spearheads community-wide initiatives. This has resulted in the Future Ready Collier program designed to propel kindergarten readiness and post–high school career readiness. A separate project assessed local career and technical training options, leading to plans for a future high-tech campus. Another partnership addressed workforce housing. “Being a connector between businesses and other groups, we

can collectively address issues in the community,” Dalby says. ○ Partners with organizations such as the Community Foundation of Collier County, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Champions For Learning, and Collier County Public Schools on community initiatives. ○ Works with Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College, and Hodges University on studies that analyze evolving demographics, economic indicators, and workforce projections. ○ Is the force behind a local work-based program so students can gain industry-specific experience in their chosen field of study while supporting local companies. ○ Provides leadership and professional development opportunities. ○ Is the voice for its 1,200-strong membership. “It all boils down to making sure we have a great place for people to live, work, and visit,” Dalby says. To launch, expand, or relocate your business, or learn about networking and businesses resources, contact the Greater Naples Chamber: (239) 2626376 or info@napleschamber.org.

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Whether you’re a young professional, high school student, or senior executive, the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) helps longtime ship Collier, and Youth Leadership Collier. and new residents understand the community Leadership Collier participants go behind the in ways they couldn’t anticipate. Participants scenes to learn about successes and challenges get an insider’s perspective of health care, law at a variety of places, from the operating room enforcement, the environment, education, local to the landfill, from a swamp to a school camgovernment, agriculture, and social services, and pus. Each year’s curriculum is modified to add a often walk away empowered with a deeper unvariety of experiences. “It’s truly impossible for derstanding and inspired to make a difference. anyone to understand everything that’s going on LCF is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Naples in their community,” says LCF Senior Director Chamber, founded in 1989 to educate local busiAmanda Beights. “There’s a difference between ness leaders about societal and economic chalreading about what’s going on in education in lenges facing the community. Since then, LCF our school system and hearing directly from our has expanded its umbrella to foster engagement superintendent or the university president. We in young professionals and high school students. have exclusive experiences and in-depth converThe foundation also connects thousands of stusations you wouldn’t have otherwise.” dents annually with real-time work and career The 40 selected applicants who participate experiences. in Leadership Collier each year often choose a About 100 participate each year in LCF’s three cause or issue to address as a class. Some topics Naples Children’s Business Fair programs:Leadership Collier, Associate Leaderthey’ve tackled: building affordable housing with 56

Clockwise from top left: A Leadership Collier graduate volunteers on a Habitat Collier home; a Leadership Collier class ends its government session with a bang at a local fire station; a Leadership Collier participant gets hands-on experience at a local hospital; and a Youth Leadership Collier participant explores health care as a local career.

Habitat Collier, volunteering as poll workers, and spearheading a project to provide underprivileged third graders with an educational outing to the beach. There are more than 2,100 LCF alumni who feel more connected and engaged in Collier County. The vast majority have gone on to serve on nonprofit boards and public advisory committees, and as elected officials or mentors to underserved youth. “There’s a light bulb that goes off for every individual,” says Beights. “Now they understand how their business is a link in the community and plug themselves into roles they’re passionate about.” v There are several local opportunities for professionals to network, learn, socialize, and make an impact while growing their leadership skills. Learn more: napleschamber.org/leadership.

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Golfing in Naples

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FLORIDA’S GOLF CAPITAL INVITES YOUR GAME

Did you know that Collier County has more than 90 public and private golf courses? Or that the Naples–Marco Island area has the most holes per capita nationwide? The area has attracted the most renowned golf course designers to create new courses and renovate long-established ones. It also is a favorite destination for national professional and amateur tournaments. This makes Naples the ideal place to perfect your game. Here are courses that are open to the public—a “tee-rific” place to start.

Arrowhead Golf Course

2205 Heritage Greens Drive, Naples Par/yardage: 72/6,832 Consistently voted “Best Public Golf Course” in regional polls, Arrowhead features 16 lakes, sculpted fairways, and contoured greens. Warm up on the grass practice range and putting green. 58

Eagle Lakes Golf Club

18100 Royal Tree Pkwy., Naples Par/yardage: 72/7,177 This course matches up against the lowest handicappers while providing casual players with a one-of-a-kind Everglades golf experience. Keep your eye out for abundant wildlife, including a pair of American bald eagles and other “birdies.”

Hibiscus Golf Club

5375 Hibiscus Drive, Naples Par/yardage: 72/6,476 Wide fairways, bunkered greens, and numerous lakes and streams make each hole a new challenge at this 18-hole course. It was originally created in 1969 but underwent a renovation, along with the clubhouse, in 2007. It recently underwent a major tee box renovation, as well as ongoing landscaping enhancement with 150 new trees and 400 shrubs.

Lely Resort (Flamingo Island) 8004 Lely Resort Blvd., Naples Par/yardage: 72/7,095 The oldest of three courses in Lely Resort—and one of two open to the public—Flamingo Island has been named a “Top 50 Resort Course” by Golf World magazine. Flamingo Island is the more challenging of the two public-play courses. The other is the welcoming Mustang course. Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples Par/yardage: 71/6,929 In 2016, Jack Nicklaus and John Sanford redesigned this historic, 1940s course at Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort with an on-site championship layout. This is where then-11year-old Nicklaus broke 40 on nine holes for the first time in his life during a family vacation in 1951.

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The championship golf course at the AAA Four Diamondrated Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club was redesigned in 2016 by Jack Nicklaus in collaboration with John Sanford. Featuring five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to more than 6,900 yards, it is open to the public.

Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort

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Panther Run Golf Club

6005 Anthem Pkwy., Ave Maria Par/yardage: 72/7,532 This semi-private course is worth the drive to Ave Maria. With ample former agricultural land to work with, designer Gordon Lewis made sure to include all the length anyone could need. He also had fun with the design, throwing in elements such as a classic “Redan” green—sloping away from the entrance.

2620 Tiburón Drive, Naples Par/yardage: Gold Course: 72/7,382; Black Course: 72/6,949 Both courses are part of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, which do accommodate outside play. The longer Gold Course is home to the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship and Greg Norman’s 24-player QBE Shootout PGA Tour event. The Black Course may be tougher, with more forced carries and tighter lines on firm, fast fairways.

TPC Treviso Bay

9800 Treviso Bay Blvd., Naples Par/yardage: 72/7,367 Part of the PGA Tour’s network of Tournament Players Club courses, Treviso Bay was built with the capacity to host professional golfers. A members’ course also open to outside play, Treviso Bay is lined with an Arthur Hills signature design element: endless humps, bumps, and nobs that frame the fairways and guard the green complexes.

Riviera Golf Club of Naples

48 Marseille Drive, Naples Par/yardage: 62/1,800 This executive-length course offers a mix of 11 par 3s, six par 4s, and a par 5 to ensure a player’s entire game is tested, and that every club in the bag is used. The course features Sunday Ultra-Dwarf greens, wide fairways, mature trees, bunkers, and back-9 ponds that attract wildlife.

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TPC Treviso Bay

Valencia Golf & Country Club

1725 Double Eagle Trail, Naples Par/yardage: 72/7,145 Renovated in 2018, Valencia is inviting, affordable, well-maintained, and as challenging as you want it to be. Ample practice grounds are another attraction at this daily-fee facility.

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There’s Never Been A Better Time

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CC Homes CC Homes offers 26 floor plans from 1,133 to 3,985 square feet. At Maple Ridge, every home includes granite or quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, wood cabinetry, and contemporary flooring and finishes. Brand New! The Club at Maple Ridge exclusive recreation center for residents. Visit the 9 new, designer-furnished model homes and begin designing your dream home. From the low $200s.

Del Webb Naples At Del Webb Naples, active adults find the home of their dreams and a lifestyle to match. Homes here range from 1,400 to over 3,600 square feet and feature 2 to 5-bedrooms. Come out today and explore the amenities at Del Webb and book a round of golf at Panther Run Golf Club. Model homes open daily. From the low $200s.

Pulte Homes Pulte Homes presents several single- and two- story floor plans in Avalon Park, conveniently located within walking distance to the Town Center. This national home builder’s floor plans are Life Tested® by real homeowners, giving you the very best and latest in modern home designs. Model homes open daily. From the mid $200s.

New this Year- Lennar National homebuilder Lennar introduces the National Golf & Country Club at Ave Maria. A variety of home sizes and styles from terraces to estate homes with an active golf club lifestyle ideal for Florida. Brand new model homes and 18-hole golf course open in 2021. From the high $100s.

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Neighborhoods in Naples

A Place in the

Sun

Old Naples

For many visitors to Naples, it’s often love at first sight. Palm trees, white-sand beaches, the dazzling Gulf of Mexico, and the promise of a tropical lifestyle weave their magic. Family vacations, business conferences, and winter getaways become homebuying missions. For a year-round or seasonal nest, real estate opportunities are seemingly endless: gated communities with amenities rivaling plush resorts; beachfront mansions and cottages; low- and high-rise towers; historic neighborhoods; and even a new city. Whether you are a first-time buyer, relocating from a bustling metropolis, or looking to upgrade because of an expanding family or income, there are a range of home styles to fit your needs and budget. The question is: where? Get to know some of the area’s established communities. Bayshore Neighborhood

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AQUALANE SHORES

BAREFOOT BEACH

A community of 350 single-family homes—the majority with water views—Aqualane Shores is nestled along Naples Bay with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. A long-established neighborhood, it has mature landscaping, tree-shaded streets, and proximity to shopping, dining, and entertainment on neighboring Third Street South.

With the 342-acre Barefoot Beach Preserve as its southern-most boundary, Barefoot Beach offers waterfront homes with views of Little Hickory Bay and the gulf. Many of its low-rise condos, villas, and three- and fourstory homes, ranging from Mediterranean to coastal contemporary, are on the shellcrushed beach.

AVE MARIA

BAYSHORE

This new town, established in 2005, sprawls across 5,000 acres centered around Ave Maria University, a Catholic institution founded by Domino’s Pizza tycoon Tom Monaghan. Ave Maria has single-and multifamily homes, a golf course, a downtown area with retail and restaurants, a water park, and recreational fields, with plans for a hospital and additional amenities.

Anchored by the Naples Botanical Garden, this 1,800-acre area south of U.S. 41, east of Naples is undergoing a revitalization centered on creating a walkable neighborhood arts district with cottages and condominiums as well as recreational and cultural facilities. Many new businesses are opening and new homes are going up.

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Barefoot Beach

MARCO ISLAND

Ave Maria

COQUINA SANDS

IMMOKALEE

Winding streets lined with mature ficus, banyan, and palm trees tell the story of Coquina Sands as the first community to develop beyond the borders of Old Naples. Encompassing the beachfront Lowdermilk Park, many of Coquina Sands’ original Old Florida-style, single-family homes and condominiums are being transformed, much like its neighbor, the historic Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

Settled in the 1870s by hunters, traders, and ranchers, Immokalee maintains its agrarian roots. Its farms yield the majority of America’s tomato crop and the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center is located here. The Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee draws national entertainment throughout the year.

EAST NAPLES The eastern corridor along U.S. 41 features a wide range of suburban neighborhoods and masterplanned communities including golf-centric TPC Treviso Bay and the sprawling, five-mile Lely Resort.

LAKE PARK Lake Park is made up of 450 homes, with an average construction date of 1970, on canopied streets with bike pathways. Small enclaves have their own distinct names; Lake Manor, Lake Forrest, and Lake Park unified as a homeowner’s association long ago. Proximity to schools, businesses, and five parks make this a familyfriendly neighborhood.

At 24 square miles, Marco is the largest barrier island of the Everglades’ mangrove-tangled Ten Thousand Islands. With 100 miles of waterways, the island attracts those who want a boat in the backyard and the convenience of shopping, restaurants, and on-island health care. Many of its singlefamily homes and condominiums are located on the gulf, canals, or bays.

MOORINGS North of downtown Naples along the gulf, the Moorings is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, mature landscaping, and mostly single-family homes on large lots. At 1,300 acres, it’s the city of Naples’ largest subdivision and is not gated, yet offers the amenities of a gated community, including a private country club and beach. Homes on Doctor’s Bay enjoy mile-long views to Village Shops on Venetian Bay and gulf access via Doctor’s Pass.

EVERGLADES CITY Far flung from any mall or high-rise, Everglades City is a slice of natural Florida brushing up against the Everglades and recognized as the “gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands.” The one-square-mile incorporated city with a population of 400 is an ideal outpost for those seeking rural, small-town-America charm, game fishing, and water pursuits.

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GOLDEN GATE ESTATES A rural area of about 41,000 rambling acres, Golden Gate Estates’ acre-plus properties provide breathing space between neighboring homes, the opportunity to own horses, and a serene setting within heavily wooded areas. It’s targeted as a major growth center as the population continues to swell.

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Neighborhoods in Naples

Park Shore

Old Naples

NAPLES PARK Once a working-class neighborhood, this onesquare-mile community has come into its own as a new wave of buyers discovers its proximity to the gulf, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including Mercato. Many of Naples Park’s original 1970s-era homes are being torn down to make way for pricier single-family homes.

NAPLES SQUARE/BAYFRONT

OLD NAPLES

Ambitious revitalization has brought an era of change to the area east of Old Naples bounded by U.S. 41 and the Gordon River. Mid-rise condominiums offer on-site amenities and locations easily walkable to Fifth Avenue South, Tin City, and the Naples Design District. On the east side of Goodlette-Frank Road are riverfront parks and conservation areas, the new single-family Mangrove Bay with boat slips, and the commercial-residential Bayfront.

Naples’ first neighborhood, Old Naples is highly desired for its proximity to downtown, the beach, and the Naples Pier. Its architecturally diverse homes include original 1900s cottages, mid-rise condominiums, and multimilliondollar mansions along the Gulf and Naples Bay.

PARK SHORE Featuring wide streets, beachside parks, lush green spaces, and plentiful gulf and bay views,

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Port Royal

Pelican Bay Country Club

Park Shore is sought out by young families, professionals, and retirees. With the picturesque Village Shops on Venetian Bay as a landmark, there is a range of choices: single-family homes, low- and mid-rise condos, and waterfront high-rise towers.

The Strand to smaller villas and condo units. Amenities for residents include a private beach club, 27 holes of golf, fitness, tennis, and onsite restaurants. Artis—Naples and Waterside Shops are close by.

PELICAN BAY

PINE RIDGE

This sprawling community of more than 2,100 acres stretches from the gulf to U.S. 41, offering at least 65 individual neighborhoods, high-rise condominiums, and a wide variety of housing options and prices—from the triple-gated

This rambling neighborhood of new and 1970s-era single-family homes along the east side of U.S. 41 north of Vanderbilt Beach Road encompasses more than what initially meets the eye. Within its boundaries are seven lakes and large estate lots ac-

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commodating spacious homes with stables, riding arenas, tennis courts, and guesthouses.

PORT ROYAL Naples’ most exclusive address is home to a who’s who of business magnates, philanthropists, and jetsetters. Located at the city’s southernmost point, Port Royal’s sprawling beachfront and bayside estates are hidden behind towering hedges and lush landscaping. The members-only Port Royal Clubs offers beach access, tennis, dining, and other amenities.

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Neighborhoods in Naples

ROYAL HARBOR Located on Naples Bay across from Port Royal, Royal Harbor is a boater’s paradise. All of its new and older homes enjoy waterfront lots along canals and the bay with gulf access.

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SEAGATE At the northern border of the City of Naples, abutting the Pelican Bay neighborhood, Seagate is a quiet community with 90 homes, many of them waterfront with gulf access. Residents enjoy a private, gulf-front beach and clubhouse. It is located off Seagate Drive between Naples Cay and Crayton Road.

VANDERBILT BEACH South of Barefoot Beach, this neighborhood offers a multitude of new and older single-family homes on canals, bays, and the beach, and a mix of gulffront, low- to high-rise condos, including the new, luxury Mystique. Vanderbilt Beach is an idyllic spot for boaters and nature lovers.

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What You Can Get for Your Money $150,000

$199,000

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,208-square-foot condo overlooking a pond in Naples Bath and Tennis Club, featuring a clubhouse, tennis, and jogging path

A 1925 cottage in Park Shore with two bedrooms, one bath, total 420 square feet, on a deep lot with mature landscaping

a quiet Golden Gate Estates neighborhood. Featuring a new roof and garage converted into an extra room

$160,000

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$300,000

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,181-square-foot attached villa in Bristol Square with updated kitchen, one-car garage, and community pool

A top-floor, onebedroom, one- bath updated unit with bay and river views in Old Naples, walkable to beaches, dining, and shops with an option to buy a River Pointe Marina slip

A first-floor, two-bedroom, twobathroom Terrace at Arbor Lakes condo in Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club with panoramic views of the golf course and other amenities. Renovated clubhouse with pickleball, tennis, bocce, fitness center, and more. Near downtown Naples and the beaches

$182,900 A two-master-suite, two-story, end unit townhome in Lely with two-story screened lanai, walk-in closets, extra half bathroom, new roof, and community clubhouse, swimming pool, and tennis, pickleball, and shuffleboard courts

$245,900 A two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,368, single-story villa with lake views, crown moldings, modern kitchen, and split floorplan in Reflection Lakes. Petfriendly community with clubhouse, heated pool, fitness center, and more, located nine miles from downtown Naples

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located in amenity-rich Saturnia Lakes with lakeview, open living room, and walk-in master suite closet

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A remodeled two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,350-square-foot second-floor condo with screened lanai in Moorings Park’s Navarro Club community featuring heated pool and grilling chickee hut; private beach membership available

A three-bedroom, two-bath 1,655-square-foot single-family home with heated pool and spa, updated kitchen, hurricane shutters, outdoor living area. Close to U.S. 41, Eagle Lakes Community Park, and 15 minutes from downtown Naples

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A three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,156-square-foot home built in 2006 in

A three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,765-square-foot single-family home

A two-bedroom, two-bath, 850-squarefoot Coquina Sands condo built in 1966

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$450,000 A two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,450-square-foot single-family home built in 2018 with a free-form pool, impact windows, large screen lanai, plantation shutters, and natural gas. Close to Vanderbilt Beach, Mercato, and Waterside Shops Source: Coldwell Banker Realty in Naples

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Eat in Naples

Flavors of Naples

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Naples is as widely respected for its gastronomical excellence as it is for its stunning shorelines. Here is a select list of local spots to get you started. For additional recommendations, reviews, and more, visit naplesillustrated.com or the Greater Naples Chamber business directory at napleschamber.org.

ASIAN COSMOS RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA 262-8181 536 Tamiami Trail N., Naples cosmospizzanaples.com

AZN AZIAN CUIZINE 593-8818 Mercato, 9118 Strada Place, Naples aznrestaurant.com NAMBA RAMEN & SUSHI 592-4992 8847 Tamiami Trail N., Naples nambanaples.com ZEN ASIAN BBQ 260-7037 10823 Tamiami Trail N., Naples eatatzen.com

BAKERIES AND SWEETS MENCHIE’S FROZEN YOGURT 572-8936 6355 Naples Blvd., Ste. 4-B, Naples menchies.com NORMAN LOVE CONFECTIONS 687-7215

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DYLAN’S DRAFT HOUSE 300-0192 1258 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples dylansdrafthouse.com Bleu Provence

3747 Tamiami Trail N., Naples normanloveconfections.com NOTHING BUNDT CAKES 294-2484 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Unit 9, Naples nothingbundtcakes.com TONY’S OFF THIRD 262-7999 1300 Third St. S., Naples tonysoffthird.com

VAMPIRE PENGUIN OF NAPLES Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Ste. 142, Naples (844) 844-SNOW vampirepenguinswfl.com

CASUAL BEACH BOX CAFÉ 631-6080 9020 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples

BAMBU TROPICAL BAR & GRILLE 649-5800 Bayfront Inn, 1221 Fifth Ave. S., Naples bayfrontinnnaples.com BOKAMPER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 431-7611 Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 8990 Fontana Del Sol Way, Naples bokampers.com

EJ’S BAYFRONT CAFE 353-4444 469 Bayfront Place, Naples ejsbayfrontcafe.com FIRST WATCH 304-0746 7163 Radio Road, Naples firstwatch.com JASON’S DELI 593-9499 2700 lmmokalee Road, Ste. 1, Naples jasonsdeli.com

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MEL’S DINER 643-9898 3650 Tamiami Trail N., Naples 455-4242 12035 Collier Blvd., Naples melsdiners.com

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NARRATIVE COFFEE ROASTERS 218-7316 Mercato, 9106 Strada Place, Ste. 4105, Naples narrativecoffeeroasters.com

THE LOCAL 596-3276 5323 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples thelocalnaples.com

RIVERWALK AT TIN CITY 263-2734 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples riverwalktincity.com SAM SNEAD’S TAVERN AT LELY RESORT 793-6623 8004 Lely Resort Blvd., Naples samsneadslely.com SUNBURST CAFÉ 263-3123 Pine Ridge Crossing Plaza, 2340 Pine Ridge Road, Naples sunburstnaples.com TEXAS ROADHOUSE 417-1111 6815 Collier Blvd., Naples texasroadhouse.com THE COUNTER CUSTOM BURGERS 566-0644 Mercato, 9110 Strada Place, Ste. 6130, Naples thecounter.com THE CRUST 244-8488 8004 Trail Blvd., Naples The Pavilion, 875 Vanderbilt Beach

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THE HANGOUT BY TWO GUYS 784-4177 2360 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

THREE60 MARKET AND WINE SHOP 732-7331 2891 Bayview Drive three60market.com TWO GUYS KITCHEN & CATERING 384-9072 1230 Airport-Pulling Road N, Naples twoguyskitchenandcatering.com YARD HOUSE 263-3773 4251 Tamiami Trail N., Naples yardhouse.com

CUBAN FERNANDEZ THE BULL CUBAN CAFE 653-9097 3375 Pine Ridge Road, Naples 254-9855 1201 Piper Blvd., Unit 10, Naples fernandezthebull.com RUMBA CUBAN CAFÉ 659-2996 1265 Airport-Pulling Road S., Naples rumbacubancafe.com SANDY’S CUBAN CAFE 331-8204 1383 Airport-Pulling Road, Naple

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AMERICAN/ EUROPEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN ALEXANDER’S RESTAURANT 262-4999 4077 Tamiami Trail N., Naples alexandersnaples.com BHA! BHA! PERSIAN BISTRO 594-5557 865 Fifth Ave. S., Naples bhabhabistro.com BLUE MARTINI 591-2583 Mercato, 9114 Strada Place, #12105, Naples naples.bluemartinilounge.com BRICKTOP’S 596-9112 Waterside Shops, 5555 Tamiami

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Trail N., Naples bricktops.com/naples BURNTWOOD TAVERN 631-8964 Mercato, 9110 Strada Place, Ste. 6135, Naples burntwoodtavern.com COOPER’S HAWK WINERY RESTAURANT 449-1700 11905 Tamiami Trail N., Naples chwinery.com

KC AMERICAN BISTRO 566-2371 885 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples kcamericanbistro.com KAREEM’S LEBANESE KITCHEN 4270 Tamiami Trail E, Naples 315-4167 kareemskitchen.com LAMORAGA INTERNATIONAL CUISINE & TAPAS 331-3669

3936 Tamiami Trail N., Naples lamoragarestaurant.com RIDGWAY BAR & GRILL 262-5500 1300 Third St. S., Naples ridgwaybarandgrill.com THE BEVY 228-4220 360 12th Ave S., Naples naplesbevy.com THE DOCK AT CRAYTON COVE

263-9940 845 12th Ave. S., Naples dockcraytoncove.com THE HAMPTON SOCIAL Mercato, 9114 Strada Place, #12110, Naples 202-2038 thehamptonsocial.com THE PEWTER MUG NORTH 596-6844 14700 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 14, Naples pewtermugnorth.com

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SEASONS 52 594-8852 8930 Tamiami Trail N., Naples seasons52.com TOMMY BAHAMA RESTAURANT 643-6889 1220 Third St. S., Naples tommybahama.com

FRENCH BLEU PROVENCE 261-8239 1234 Eighth St. S., Naples bleuprovencenaples.com CHEZ BOËT 643-6177 755 12th Ave. S., Naples chezboetnaples.com ESCARGOT 41 793-5000

4339 Tamiami Trail N., Naples escargot41.com THE FRENCH BRASSERIE RUSTIQUE 315-4019 365 Fifth Ave. S., Naples thefrenchnaples.com The Dock at Crayton Cove

GREEK MYKONOS KUZINA 325-8502 13510 Tamiami Trail N., Naples mykonoskuzina.com OLYMPIA RESTAURANT AND BAR 732-5400 2800 Davis Blvd., Naples olympiadining.com PELAGOS CAFE 263-2996 4951 Tamiami Trail N., Naples

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BARBATELLA 263-1955 | 1290 Third St. S., Naples barbatellanaples.com

21 SPICES BY CHEF ASIF 919-8830 4270 Tamiami Trail E., Ste. 21, Naples 21spicesdining.com

ALDOS ITALIAN TABLE & BAR 659-2536 4820 Davis Blvd., Naples Aldosnaples.com

BICE RISTORANTE 262-4044 300 Fifth Ave. S., Naples bice-naples.com

PASSAGE TO INDIA 513-0024 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Bonita Springs thetasteofbangladesh.com

AMORE 643-2201 Neapolitan Way, 4681 Ninth St. N., Naples amoreristorante.com

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE 593-5319 Waterside Shops, 5505 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. J1, Naples brioitalian.com

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Where Fresh Seafood Meets Gorgeous Waterfront Views Come enjoy Naples’ original waterfront restaurant! Our open-air dining room and outdoor terrace have been providing a fun and friendly atmosphere for 45 years. (239) 263-9940 • DockCraytonCove.com 845 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

CAMPIELLO RISTORANTE & BAR 435-1166 1177 Third St. S., Naples campiellonaples.com

K-RICO MEXICAN GRILL 316-7662 475 Bayfront Place, Naples kricomexicangrill.com

DEROMO’S GOURMET MARKET & RESTAURANT 325-3583 Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs deromos.com

ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR 500-8226 Mercato, 9123 Strada Place, #7135 A14, Naples roccostacos.com

MINO ITALIAN PIZZERIA NAPLES 302-5990 1100 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. 1, Naples minofl.com

TACOS & TEQUILA CANTINA 254-8226 8971 Tamiami Trail N., Naples 732-8226 4834 Davis Blvd., Naples tacosandtequilanaples.com

MIRAMARE RISTORANTE 430-6273 4236 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples miramarenaples.com

TURCO TACO 331-4527 410 Ninth St. N., Naples theturcotaco.com

OSTERIA TULIA/BAR TULIA 213-2073/228-7606 466 and 462 Fifth Ave. S., Naples osteriatulia.com, bartulia.com PARMESAN PETE’S ITALIAN KITCHEN 992-3663 7935 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples parmesanpetes.com VERGINA 659-7008 700 Fifth Ave. S., Naples verginarestaurant.com

MEXICAN FELIPE’S MEXICAN TAQUERIA 302-1444 4255 Tamiami Trail N., Naples felipestaqueria.com

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SEAFOOD THE BAY HOUSE 591-3837 799 Walkerbilt Road, Naples bayhousenaples.com BAYSIDE SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR 649-5552 4270 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples baysideseafoodgrillandbar.com THE BOATHOUSE 643-2235 990 Broad Ave. S., Naples naplesboathouse.com BONEFISH GRILL 417-1212 1500 Fifth Ave S., Naples bonefishgrill.com

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The Turtle Club

THE CLAW BAR 231-3912 221 Ninth St. S., Naples theclawbar.com

DORONA 529-2819 2110 Ninth St. N., Naples doronanaples.com

M WATERFRONT GRILLE 263-4421 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples mwaterfrontgrille.com

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 598-2424 8985 Tamiami Trail N., Naples flemingssteakhouse.com

REAL SEAFOOD COMPANY OF NAPLES 591-3523 Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 8960 Fontana Del Sol Way, Naples realseafoodconaples.com SEA SALT 434-7258 1186 Third St. S., Naples seasaltnaples.com THE TURTLE CLUB 592-6557 9225 Gulf Shore Drive N., Naples turtleclubnaples.com TRULUCK’S SEAFOOD, STEAK, AND CRABHOUSE 530-3131 698 Fourth Ave. S., Naples trulucks.com USS NEMO RESTAURANT 261-6366 3745 Tamiami Trail N., Naples ussnemorestaurant.com

STEAKHOUSES ANDRE’S STEAKHOUSE 263-5851 2800 Tamiami Trail N., Naples

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OCEAN PRIME 430-0404 699 5th Avenue South ocean-prime.com SHULA’S STEAKHOUSE 430-4999 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples shulasnaples.com THE CAPITAL GRILLE 254-0640 9005 Mercato Drive, Naples thecapitalgrille.com THE CONTINENTAL AMERICAN PROVISIONS & CRAFT BAR 659-0007 1205 Third St. S., Naples damicoscontinental.com THE GRILL AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, NAPLES 598-3300 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples ritzcarlton.com THE PEARL STEAK & SEAFOOD 591-5939 7935 Airport-Pulling Road N., Ste. 20, Naples thepearlnaples.com

ocean to Table Hidden in a tucked away island oasis in the heart of Naples, Hogfish Harry’s captures the essence of tropical dining through eclectic coastal delights and refined seafood creations. Naples Chef Chris Berube offers a lineup of fresh seafood, from shrimp and scallops, to lobster, crab and the house specialty—Hogfish. With a vibrant, casual ambiance and an island-inspired bar, Hogfish Harrys welcomes you to relax, enjoy and indulge in tropical-inspired cocktails and the day’s freshest catch.

LUNCH | HAPPY HOUR | DINNER Park Shore Resort | 600 Neapolitan Way | Naples, FL 239-776-7623 | HogfishHarrys.com OUTDOOR SEATING AVAILABLE

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Kid Approved

Naples Botanical Garden

WHO GETS TO HAVE MORE FUN IN NAPLES—THE ADULTS OR THE KIDS? SUN-N-FUN LAGOON AT NORTH COLLIER REGIONAL PARK Collier County’s only water park will be even more exciting when it reopens this summer following a major makeover. With more than one million gallons of water, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon includes waterslides, a lazy river, pools, and a splash playground. Turtle Cove, for ages 5 to 12, features fountains and a rope jungle gym. The waterpark is seasonal though North Collier Regional Park is a prime family location yearround. (15000 Livingston Road; napleswaterpark.com)

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN This world-class garden encompasses 170 acres of cultivated greenery and preservation land representing seven distinct natural habitats and ecosystems.

Marco Island Historical Museum

More Ways to Play C’mon Inventioneer Lab

The playful Smith Children’s Garden invites visitors of all ages into an interactive world of vibrant flowers, colorful butterlies, a journey from “tree to sea” on the Wild Florida Loop Trail, and refreshing fountains. (4820 Bayshore Drive; naplesgarden.org)

NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBBEAN GARDENS The Naples Zoo, established as a botanical garden in 1919, has evolved and blossomed into a lush, 43acre zoo with a focus on conservation and education. Spend the day feeding giraffes, meeting endangered leopards, embarking on a primate expedition cruise, and attending daily wildlife presentations. (1590 Goodlette-Frank Road; napleszoo.org)

Wooten’s

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES (C’MON) Young visitors can become a weather forecaster, The Key West Express farmer, artist, chef, and much more at the dozens of interactive exhibits at C’mon. The gift shop has a wide selection of books, puzzles, and games that foster learning. (15080 Livingston Road; cmon.org)

WOOTEN’S EVERGLADES AIRBOAT TOURS Tour the Everglades area on an airboat or swamp buggy, get up-close with alligators, and see panther, tigers, lions, and other wildlife. (wootenseverglades.com) 74

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Billie Swamp Safari: Swamp buggy and airboat rides explore 2,200 acres of untamed Everglades wilderness on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. (billiesswamp.com) Coral Cay Adventure Golf: Play two 18-hole mini-golf courses with cave and waterfall elements. (coralcaygolf.com) Naples Trolley Tours: Ride on a vintage trolley that provides narrated highlights of more than 100 points of interest. (naplestrolleytours.com) Marco Island Historical Museum: Indoor exhibits and outdoor murals trace the anicent inhabitation, settlement, and development of this island paradise. (theMIHS.org) Conservancy of Southwest Florida: Connect with nature through the expanded discovery center (to reopen in early 2021), boat tours, daily presentations, and trails. (conservancy.org) Rod & Gun Club: For a memorable lunch or dinner on the Barron River in Everglades City, dine at the former private club established in 1922 by Barron G. Collier. (rodandguneverglades.com)

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LOCALS SHARE THEIR TIPS FOR UNWINDING IN NAPLES 21 Spices by Chef Asif

“Naples has been our home for 30-plus years, where my husband and I have raised our family and thriving businesses. We find the greatest enjoyment from walks along the Gordon River Greenway and Baker Park, whether early morning or sunset. We enjoy everything about the walk, from the water to the vegetation to friendly faces along the way.” Julie A. Schmelzle, senior vice president, Bank of America 76

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“Sunset cruises on shows why chef Asif R. Syed beat Bobby Flay the Naples Princess are on the Food Network. Take another bite from beautiful, and Baker Park the seafood curry served in a coconut and you is a favorite of mine to know how he became a James Beard-featured take early-morning walks.” chef.” Dimitrios Settos, managing partner, B3 Ingrid Aielli, co-owner Marketing of Sea Salt, Dorona, and “I am 49 and single so I often lone wolf in Barbatella restaurants town. A perfect unwind for me might be to take “There are a few specific the Hemingway Water Shuttle (they leave from activities I like to do in NaRose Marina six days a week) to Keewaydin on ples to unwind. One is leta ‘Sunday funday.’ Spend the day at the beach ting steam out by working soaking up the sun and enjoy the burger, ice out at MMA Inferno under the guidance Booze boats at Keeywaydin of Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Crafton Wallace. I also enjoy fishing with Captain Mike Bailey. There is nothing better than enjoying the open sea and good company and bringing home your very own catch of the day. My wife always makes a delicious ceviche with the fresh fish. In town, I enjoy a dinner at 21 Spices by Chef Asif. A bite into the tandoori chicken clearly

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cream, and booze boats that anchor up on the island. The food boat, Just Beachy Burgers, was featured on the Food Network. After returning home to grab a shower and catnap, I might head to Third Street South and enjoy a beautiful evening on the Barbatella patio and watch the bustle of people walking by as I enjoy a glass of Prosecco and some of Naples’ best homemade pasta. Finally, you may find me looking for live music to wrap up the evening. Celebration Park is a great spot with a relaxed vibe to enjoy live music. Whether it is Matt Jollie or DJ Unek, its always makes for a great evening.” Vicki Baker, operations manager, Charlie McDonald Photography, and creator of the “Naples Hidden Gems” Facebook and Instagram sites “I enjoy going to Capriccio Ristorante Italiano & Lounge after work. It’s like Cheers with fun people at the bar, good food, delightful bartenders, and good conversation. It’s my after-work hangout.” Garrett Richter, president, First Florida Integrity Bank, and board chair, Greater Naples Chamber

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“The best start to a Saturday morning is Jamie Blaiweiss’s Hot HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class at Drip Hot Yoga. It’s the toughest workout in town, leaving you both exhausted and energized. Jamie’s mantra to make each move ‘with intention’ adjusts your mindset for life outside the studio, too. For the best drinks around Celebration Park town from morning ‘til night: Start the day in North Naples with coffee at Narrative or Kunjani. In the afternoon, I power up with a fresh smoothie at The Bowl (there is one on Pine Ridge and another downtown on Central Avenue). At night, it’s fun to meet friends at The French Brasserie Rustique on Fifth Avenue South for a fabulously refreshing frosé (frozen rosé).” Jennifer Trammell, managing director, NextGen Speaker Series, and director of marketing, Benson Blackburn

Traditional in approach and independently operated, craft breweries appeal to our entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Brewpubs offer an inspired selection of handcrafted beer and food, and a comfortable environment for connecting with neighbors, friends, and family. This sampling of Naples favorites may offer live music, a family-friendly and dog-friendly environment, outdoor seating, and tours or tastings. Check websites for details. Ankrolab Brewing Company: 3555 Bayshore Drive, Naples (ankrolab.com) Bone Hook Brewing Company: Details: 514 Immokalee Road, Naples (bonehookbrewing.com) Naples Beach Brewery 4120 Enterprise Ave., Naples (naplesbeachbrewery.com) Oil Well Craft Beer: 5334 Ave Maria Blvd., Unit 500, Ave Maria (oilwellcraftbeer.com) Riptide Brewing Company: 987 Third Ave. N., Naples (riptidebrewingcompany.com) South Cypress Brewing at Naples Brewhouse: 895 Wiggins Pass Road, Naples (239-631-6397) Naples Beach Brewery

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Shopping in Naples

Shopping

Paradise

The Village Shops on Venetian Bay

FROM THE BEACH TO THE BALLROOM, FIND WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE ANY OCCASION SPARKLE AT NAPLES’ WIDE SELECTION OF SHOPPING DESTINATIONS Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt

A Mediterranean-style setting provides a relaxing ambiance at Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, where visitors discover unique stores like Zazou, Pretty is Pink, Kathryn’s Collection, Pop Toy, and Paws Pet Boutique, plus upscale consignment shops True Fashionistas and Designer Divas. Grab a bite at Flaco’s or Havana Blue. If fresh honey, baked goods, and flowers are what you seek, the Shoppes host a year-round farmer’s market. (Vanderbilt Beach Road at Airport-Pulling Road, shopvanderbilt.com)

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Sartoria, a store specializing in luxurious bohemian-style clothing from Positano. More European women’s fashion can be found at Bio New Mercato York. This lifestyle center also holds East West Fine Art, Cariloha Bamboo eco-friendly home store, Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack, Paper Source, Tommy Bahama, and Zen Gallerie. Mercato has 13 places to eat and drink, and the state-of-the art Silverspot Cinema. (U.S. 41 north of Vanderbilt Beach Road, mercatoshops.com)

Waterside Shops

At the south end of Pelican Bay, Waterside Shops has 60 shops and restaurants—anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue—which draw affluent shoppers to Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Rolex, Bulgari, L’Occitane, and Johnny Was.

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Tin City

gourmet food and wine, and jewelry boasts award-winning dining at Campiello Ristorante & Bar, Sea Salt, Jane’s Café on Third, Ridgway Bar & Grill, and The Continental. (thirdstreetsouth.com)

Fifth Avenue South

Many other popular stores offer something for everyone in the family, including Anthropologie, Apple, J. Jills, Pottery Barn, Lilly Pulitzer, Michael Kors, and Tesla. (U.S. 41 at Seagate Drive, watersideshops.com)

Village Shops on Venetian Bay

More than 30 upscale shops are set in the old-world ambience of the Village Shops on Venetian Bay, a waterfront shopping destination. Meander through upscale shops A Horse of a Different Color, Wildflower, Teruzzi menswear, Sara Campbell, Dana Tyler, Casanova Venetian Glass & Art, and Sukie’s Wine Shop; you’ll also find names you know, including J. McLaughlin, Sperry, and Tommy Bahama. (Gulf Shore Boulevard North at Park Shore, venetianvillage.com)

Coastland Center Mall

Coastland Center, Naples’ only indoor shopping center, lets you beat the heat or rain while perusing goods at this longtime Tamiami Trail landmark that is home to Dillard’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Old Navy, and Victoria’s Secret. (1900 Tamiami Trail N., coastlandcenter.com)

Fifth Avenue South

two restaurants, and water-based adventures and boat rides. (Fifth Avenue South and Twelfth Street South, tincityofnaples.com)

Third Street South

Head to downtown’s Third Street South for fashions from the renowned luxury boutique for men and women, Marissa Collections. From surfer threads to classic looks, there are endless options, including Tickled Pink, Maus & Hoffman, The Beach House, and C. Orrico, a Lilly Pulitzer boutique. This sophisticated destination for art, antiques, home and garden decor,

Nearby Fifth Avenue South, Naples’ historic business district, encompasses almost 40 restaurants and cafés, as well as a dazzling collection of galleries, jewelry shops, and clothing boutiques. Here you’ll discover Alice Simone, Arabesque of Naples stationer, Giggle Moon children’s wear, English Traditions custom furnishings, Lovejoy Antiques, Regatta gifts, Port Royal Jewelers, and Bluemercury, a cosmetics and skin care retailer with an on-site spa. Hungry shoppers don’t need to leave the avenue to please their palates. The delectable dining choices include Sails, Brambles English Tearoom, The French Brasserie, Pazzo! Italian Café, BiCE Ristorante, and a whole lot more. ( fifthavenuesouth.com)

Waterside Shops

Tin City

Tin City—a kitschy, fun-filled destination for the whole family and for your Northern visitors—is a collection of colorful, tin-roofed Old Florida buildings on the Gordon River. A former oyster- and clam-processing plant, it offers more than 30 unique, locally owned shops,

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Coconut Point

Marco Island

Marco visitors and locals agree that Beach Daisy, on the south end of the island, is a favorite for women’s clothing and accessories, while Island Style—on the northern tip—is a go-to for resort wear and shoes. Lifestyle hub The Esplanade Shoppes holds C’est la Vie women’s boutique and Butterfly Beach. (esplanadeshoppesatmarcoisland.com)

ESTERO Coconut Point

Coconut Point is a picturesque outdoor mall featuring more than 140 stores including Dillard’s, Apple, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, J. Jill, Lily Pulitzer, Tommy Bahama, and Barnes & Noble, as well as restaurants surrounding several acres of lakes with a boardwalk. You’ll also discover little gems like Artanis Belgian Chocolatier, ACSWF Co-Op Art Gallery, and Naples Soap Com-

pany. Before a show at the 16-creen Hollywood Theaters, indulge at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, South Fork Grille, or Marlin Bar, or grab a bite at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. (Estero, Fashion Drive off U.S. 41, simon.com/mall/coconut-point)

Miromar Outlets

Miromar Outlets’ store directory is like music

to discount shoppers’ ears: Neiman’s Last Call, Columbia Sportswear, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. There are more than 140 designer and brand-name outlets for the home and everyone in the family. Sweets-lovers also make regular treks to patronize Norman Love Confections and Le Macaron French Pastries. (Estero, Corkscrew Road, miromaroutlets.com)

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Naples has accommodations to meet every traveler’s needs. Whether you have your heart set on a beachside bungalow, high-rise suite, all-inclusive resort, or a spot in the middle of all of the action, you will find it here, in price ranges that will fit your budget. Find out more at the Greater Naples Chamber accommodations directory at napleschamber.org. COVE INN AT NAPLES BAY

92 Rooms 1221 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102 (239) 649-5800 | (800) 382-7941 bayfrontinnnaples.com

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BEST WESTERN INN & SUITES 110 Rooms 2329 Ninth St. N., Naples, FL 34103 (239) 261-1148 | (800) 243-1148 bestwesternnaples.com

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT-NAPLES 102 Rooms 3250 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103 (239) 434-8700 | (800) 321-2211 marriott.com

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HAMPTON INN BY HILTONNAPLES I-75 91 Rooms 2630 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Naples, FL 34119 (239) 596-1299 | (800) 426-7866 hilton.com/en/Hampton

HAWTHORN SUITES OF NAPLES 82 Rooms 3557 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109 (239) 593-1300 hawthornnaples.com

560 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145 (239) 394-5000 hiltonmarcoisland.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES NAPLES DOWNTOWN FIFTH AVENUE 124 Rooms 1785 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102 (239) 261-3500 ihg.com/holidayinn

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99 Rooms 800 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34108 (239) 597-8777 | (800) 597-8770 innatpelicanbay.com

87 Rooms 699 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102 (239) 403-8777 | (888) 403-8778 innonfifth.com

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99 Rooms 4055 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103-3509 (239) 649-5500 | (800) 895-8858 innofnaples.com

664 Rooms 400 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145 (239) 394-2511 | (800)438-4373 jwmarriottmarcoisland.com

Marco Beach Ocean Resort and Spa

HOME 2 SUITES BY HILTON HILTON NAPLES 199 Rooms 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103 (239) 430-4900 hiltonnaples.com

HILTON MARCO ISLAND BEACH RESORT AND SPA 310 Rooms

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99 Rooms 3685 Kramer Dr, Naples, FL 3410 (239) 598-2222 hilton.com/en/hotels

HYATT HOUSE NAPLES/FIFTH AVENUE 83 Rooms 1345 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102 (239) 775-1000 hyatt.com

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LA QUINTA INN & SUITES EAST/I-75 103 Rooms 185 Bedzel Circle, Naples, FL 34104 (239) 352-8400 (800) 753-3757 wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta

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PARK SHORE RESORT NAPLES BEACH HOTEL & GOLF CLUB 319 Rooms 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, FL 34102 (239) 261-2222

60 Rooms 600 Neapolitan Way, Naples, FL 34103 (844) 783-5290 parkshorefl.com

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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens FROM BOTANICAL GARDEN TO ACCREDITED ZOO, THIS LANDMARK IS ROOTED IN A CENTURY OF COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION Photography courtesy of the Naples Zoo

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ew Florida roadside attractions can boast a century of providing families with generations of smiles,though the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens has staked that claim. Its birth as a landmark arrived after a hard freeze hit the small Central Florida town of Gotha in 1917. After his experimental exotics garden was devastated there, horticulturist and botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling bought a farm plot in Naples in 1919, where he established H. Nehrling’s Tropical Garden and Arboretum. By 1925, it boasted some 3,000 tropical plants. Nehrling collaborated with other naturalists and botanists, worked with the U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry, and met with inventor Thomas A. Edison. He’s credited with introducing more than 300 plants to the United States before he died in 1929. 88

His gardens would lie abandoned until 1952. By then, Ohioan Julius “Junkie” Fleischmann had discovered Naples and had set his sights on developing this “summerland in wintertime” into a sophisticated, cultured town. The Fleischmann Yeast heir bought the property and invested two years into removing debris, rebuilding the plantings, and digging lakes. When it opened in 1954 as Caribbean Gardens, guests were greeted by tropical birds. Its most colorful chapter began when expedition leaders and Ohio zoo operators Col. Lawrence and Nancy Jane Tetzlaff—known as Jungle Larry and Safari Jane—began seeking winter quarters for their rare animals. Jungle Larry had turned his lifelong passion for wildlife into an illustrious career. According to the zoo:

“Tetzlaff experienced all manners of animal workfrom doing stunt work for Johnny Weissmuller in the Tarzan films to milking venomous snakes to provide serum for the soldiers in the Pacific Islands.” When the adventurous couple began leasing the property in 1969, they thrilled visitors with educational and conservation documentaries and exhibits of primates, big cats, and other exotic animals amid the lush plants and mature trees. The Tetzlaffs have remained committed to expanding the zoo’s educational and conservation missions. It is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is an institutional member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. The youngest Tetzlaff son, Ted, is Naples Zoos’ director of conservation and serves on conservation and zoo boards. In 2004, local voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to save the 43-acre zoo property after it was eyed for sale and development, and Naples Zoo became a self-sustaining 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As a thank you to the community, the zoo offers Collier County residents free admission on select Saturdays and an annual Collier County Appreciation Day.

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