February 2014

Found 10 blog entries for February 2014.

A Naples boy set a new record last Saturday when his painting was sold for $200,000 at the Wine & Food Fest – the highest ever in the history of the festival. The owner of the painter is Jay Aponte, a 9-year old boy who has leukemia.

Jay Aponte was diagnosed 2 years ago. Together with other kids who have acute illnesses like cancer, the event raised money through biddings on the child artists’ paintings. All the money are donated back to the Golisano Children’s Hospital were the kids get various medical services and help.

Jay was guided by Ellen Sheppard, an award-winning artist on his masterpiece. Using watercolors and colored pencils, Jay painted Lightning McQueen, a famous car-character from the movie “Cars” by Pixar.

The 9-year old said that

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Dive into the warms waters of the Gulf of Mexico, just relax at pristine beaches, or play golf at verdant fairways. These are just a few of the fun activities what many travelers are looking for a vacay destination. Many jetsetters travel miles just to experience a tropical paradise setting. Now, many do not have to pay for such an expensive trip. Just within US, the tropical paradise Marco Island awaits you.

Marco Island has been hailed as the number one island vacation spot all over US and it also ranks as #4 top island all over the world. Marco Island has been named as “the jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands”. The best beaches are on the island. Powdery smooth white sand can be seen for miles with emerald inviting surf gently lapping at the

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Exciting news in Naples! The debut of a famous Spanish restaurant chain on American soil will be in the Park Shore area. Construction for the Spain-based restaurant, Lamoraga, has already started and is expected to hire about 25 to 35 people for the restaurant.

The franchise owners discovered the restaurant when they visited Spain and absolutely loved the foods and the whole concept. Aside from Naples, the franchise owners are also planning to open branches in other locations all over Florida.

Charles Shumway, general manager of the project, said that the menus that will be offered in the Naples branch will be somehow similar to the original concept but with a slight variation.

The menu will be a combination of traditional delicacies of Spain,

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Tourism is clearly booming in Florida. Naples Governor Rick Scott announced that tourism to the sunshine state had increased by 3.5% in 2013.

More tourism means more jobs, stated the governor, who made the announcement at the Universal Orlando Resort. The resort is planning to add a Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley and widening the CityWalk entertainment complex. Bill Davis, the president of Universal Orlando Resort expressed his excitement at being able to contribute to the economy of the state.

The record high numbers are due to the 11.5 million global and 3.7 million Canadian tourists who thronged the state in 2013. Accommodation revenues increased by 8.2% compared to 2012.

In particular, Collier County had a 6.1% increase in

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1832 GALLEON DRThe Port Royal mansion of Cypress Cos. Chairman and cofounder, James McCready, is probably the costliest on the Naples housing market. Pegged at a whopping $49 million, luxury brokers claim that the house is worth the listing. Purchased by McCready and his wife Gail in 1999 for $8.6 million, the house was constructed in 2002 by the Williams Group, and took two years to build even with one hundred construction workers laboring on it.

Today, the home is valued at $26,968,335. The listing broker mentions the reason for the sale is due to McCready planning to economize his finances. McCready plans to move in to a lower cost property in the same neighborhood, instead. The 14,678-square-foot property boasts its own private harbor, a golf course, and a lake -

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HeartLove in the Air

Local DJ “Big Mama” will be walking around fifty couples through a ceremony of commitment at 7:30PM Frida (Valentine’s Day). The event is open to all couples and will take place at Ter-Tini’s, a local bar on Crystal Drive. Registration for the event is mandatory to participate.

The event is a spinoff of famous singer Mackelmore’s  stunt at the Grammy Awards, where he conducted a mass wedding.

 Set Sail Through History

The Snug Harbor Marina will have a piece of world history docked at it this weekend beginning the 13th and lasting through Monday, the 17th. The ship is a replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s ship, the Nao Victoria. The Nao Victoria was the only ship of five to successfully circumnavigate the globe.

The ship will be

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5th  Avenue in Naples, Florida.Being one of the best attractions in Naples, Fifth Avenue South is now considered as the top ranking destination for shoppers and foodies. Based on TripAdvisor® reviews, Fifth Avenue South has garnered millions of reviews and raves on how it offers only the best. Based on one of the reviews from TripAdvisor®, Fifth Avenue South has a lot of upgrades and well-planned establishments and businesses thus enhancing the experience of shoppers and visitors.  

Shopping in Fifth Avenue South provides you with endless array of great clothes, shoes, bags, knickknacks, accessories, and more. Dining experience in this wonderful place is something that you would truly come back for more. Cafes, restaurants, sweet shops, ice cream shops, and more are all waiting to

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Woman on cellphone.If you received a call on your mobile phone from an unknown caller then suddenly hangs up after 1 or 2 rings, make sure to think twice before returning the call, especially if the number is unfamiliar to you.

The reason; a new scam has been reported by many consumers lately. According to the BBB or Better Business Bureau, the new scam called “The One Ring Scam” starts with a phone call from an unknown user who then hangs up after one or two rings. Most cellphone users would return the missed call thinking that it is important, however, when they call back, they only hear music and some advertising.

What the caller did not know is that they are already billed for the international call and had been connected to a third party, caller-paid service.

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Squad car from the Collier County Sheriff's OfficeThe Collier County Sheriff Department is proud to announce that crime rates have dropped in the area.

Kevin Rambosk, Collier County’s sheriff, mentioned that the rates have hit an all-time low since the 80’s, in spite of the surge in population in the area. There is also a huge difference in the number of crime rates from Collier County to neighboring areas, making the numbers all the more impressive. Robberies and burglaries account for the greatest decrease in occurrence, though homicides have doubled in the past year. The sheriff has assured the townsfolk that none of these homicides were random acts of violence, but more of associated from a prevention standpoint.

Aside from announcing the good news of falling crime rates, the Sheriff also

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Real Estate TechnologyGone are the days when real estate agents have to post signs, newsletters, and give out brochures to sell homes. Change came when the internet made it possible to view houses without even going to the sight. Videos were made of houses or properties that are being sold on the market and can be viewed by interested buyers. Actually, buyers used the web as an online shopping tool due to its convenience and it showed that 2% of the population is doing it in 1995. Then it rose to 74 percent in 2004 and shoot up to 92% in 2013. Still, another positive change is happening.

Smartphones are now playing a great role in boosting sales of homes and properties in Naples. Many are joining in this current trend. Others might see this as blind buying. Of course, in

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