Naples Tidbits #3

This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival was yet again a fabulous success raising $14 million to help underprivileged children in Collier County. The auction drew a lot of attention with some amazing items. Included in the auction was a 2009 Bentley Brooklands Coupe which went for $450,000, a $1 million bid got you a walk-on role on Desperate Housewives, another bid went for a 19-day trip to the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Nearly two dozen charities will receive grants thanks to a portion of the proceeds from the festival.

Michael Flarley’s Lord of the Dance will be at The Phil on March 1st to 3rd and Smokey Robinson will take you back in time at The Phil on March 3rd.

Up at the Barbara B. Mann, Johnny Mathis will be in town on March 9th, followed by The Temptations & The Four Tops on the 17th.

Take a flying leap day. February 29, 2008

Good day to take a leap….


We made it! Another celebration of Leap Year! But why you ask. Well…

It was the ancient Eqyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn’t always match up. That’s because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun–365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact. Therefore, as the hours accumulated over the centuries, an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more or less official.

The Romans first designated February 29th as leap day.

Born on this day…

Born 1976 – Ja Rule, rapper
Born 1972 – Anthonio Sabato Jr., model & actor
Born 1916 – Dinah Shore, singer
Born 1904 – Jimmy Dorsey, bandleader.
Born 1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian opera composer

Or you can remember it this way…

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
Til leap year gives her one day more.

Hope today brings you good luck.


Mediterra Estate home for sale. $2,500,000.

On the north side of Naples is a wonderful community of Mediterra. This Naples MLS listing #208000345 has 4,299 sq ft under air with a total of 6,125 sq ft. and includes 4 bedrooms plus a den and a 3 car garage. If you love the furnishings, this property is available turnkey for $2,795,000.


London Bay award winning model home with Italian countryside stone exterior. Professionally furnished and decorated by Romanza with Landscaping by Disini. Beautiful lake views and outdoor living at its finest. Four bedrooms, four and one half baths, plus den, with circular stairs and two story vestibule, great room floor plan features a dining room with fireplace, magnificent kitchen with large island, Subzero and Wolf appliances, side entry 3 car garages. A covered lanai as nice as most great rooms, outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, pool and spa.

For more information, call Ruth Bethem toll-free at 877-777-7545 or email her directly at


Naples Tidbits #2

Forbes Magazine recently ranked Naples-Marco Island area as one of America’s 10 fastest growing small metropolitan areas. They said that the influx of wealthy new residents has helped stabilize the local economy. Personal income for area residents is expected to grow by 7.2% on average until 2012, the highest in the nation.

The final 5.2 mile stretch of Imperial Parkway in Bonita Springs recently opened for traffic. You can now go from Radio Road in Naples all the way to Alico Road in Lee County. This opens up a third north-south route and another easy way to get to the airport without getting bogged down on I-75.

Collier County Sheriff Lt. Scott Green, who is serving in Afghanistan, inspired the new program “Calling Home”. It helps the soldiers overseas to call home without a huge financial obligation. To help a soldier call home, donate an internatiional calling card by mailing it to Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Public Affairs Bureau, 3301 Tamiami Trail East, Building J, Naples, Florida 34112, Attention: CCSO’s Calling Home Program.

Seven SW Florida golf course communities are listed in Travel & Leisure Golf magazines latest issue of “Top 100 Golf Course Communities”. They include Bonita Bay Club, Bay Colony, Fiddler’s Creek, Grey Oaks, Mediterra, Tuscany Reserve and Twin Eagles.


Bad Real Estate Photo of the Day #3

Didn’t Don Imus get thrown off the air for such talk. I can’t believe a Realtor put this photo on the MLS. Maybe they were trying to show off the carpeting and the soft lighting? Who knows.


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