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March 2015

Found 8 blog entries for March 2015.

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A future pathway stretching across the Everglades from Naples to Miami has been proposed, and will be known as the River of Grass Greenway.  The Everglades are sometimes referred to as the “river of grass, ” hence the name.  The 76-mile pathway would run parallel to the Tamiami Trail (US 41), and would be a hard-surfaced 12 to 14 foot wide recreation corridor separated from the highway.  The pathway will be open to non-motorized recreational activities, such as bicycling, walking, running, bird watching, fishing, and photography.  

The project has been proposed for the total enjoyment of the greater Everglades natural area.  The Everglades spans 1.5 million acres and provides an important habitat for endangered species, like the manatee, crocodile and

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It’s the best kept secret in Naples: The oldest private golf club in Naples for almost 60 years, The Hole In The Wall Golf Club has a small membership limited to golfers who like the simple game of golf without all the frills and amenities offered by other golf courses in the area.  For golfers “who enjoy each other’s company,” it’s just a golf club.  There are no tee times; it’s quick play; and members are allowed to walk this course any time.  While there is no swimming pool, tennis or Spa, The Hole In The Wall Golf Club does have a new Clubhouse, bar and dining room.  The course enjoys a rich history, and 50 acres of wetland preserves are dedicated to conservation and home to South Florida wildlife in addition to 10 acres of lakes.

Membership is by

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A new 48-acre gated community, Livingston Lakes, developed by WCI Communities---a premier builder of upscale residential homes---is now selling new coach, carriage and garden homes in Naples with lake views.  The community is enriched with outstanding luxury amenities.  Livingston Lakes enjoys two large peaceful lakes and nature preserves in a tranquil setting.  It’s located just a few minutes from beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, fabulous shopping, fine dining, cultural attractions and some of the finest golf courses in Florida.  Several gorgeous beaches are a short drive away.

Livingston Lakes is all about quality construction, affordable value, top amenities and a central location.  The great location is close to beaches, restaurants and the

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The popular Mercato shopping center in North Naples will see 33 brand new luxury single-family homes and 19 upscale villas called "The Residences at Mercato” with initial deliveries this summer.  Prices start at $1.2 million.  Naples-based builder Lutgert Companies has been very successful with sales of its Strada at Mercato condos so is going forward constructing 52 new homes.  Set in a prime location just minutes from the spectacular world-class Naples beaches, this mixed-use Main Street-style shopping center includes retail on the ground floor, and residential units over retail to set up a perfect luxury living lifestyle.  The new residences of Mercato will blend modern elegance with the convenience of a neighborhood and beautiful beaches, and easy

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Embrace Irish charm in Naples this St. Patrick’s Day.  There are several places to go for a fun time, authentic Irish ale and smiles all around.  One of the most celebrated spots is Paddy Murphy’s Irish Pub on Fifth Avenue South.  The interior is festooned with handcrafted mahogany wood and bar rails imported straight from Ireland.  Paddy’s has drink specials all day, and many claim it’s the best place to drink and be merry on Fifth Avenue!  Open from 10:00 AM-2:00 AM daily, Paddy’s serves lunch and dinner.  Entrees include soups, salads, burgers, sautéed shrimp and hand-tossed pizza.

O’Donaghue’s Bar & Grill has established themselves as the place to go locally for true Irish food and atmosphere.  The menu highlights favorite traditional Irish dishes

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turtle nest on naples beach

Sea turtle nesting season on Naples beaches is beginning with the advent of spring this month.  From March through October, thousands of sea turtles will arrive from the Gulf of Mexico onto the beaches of Southwest Florida (Atlantic and Gulf beaches) to lay their eggs.  Sea turtles will crawl onto the beach at night and dig a large hole in the sand to lay dozens of eggs, usually 2-3 nests per season.  Eggs begin to hatch after approximately 60 days.  Within the city and county beaches, hundreds of nests are laid each year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requests people not to get too close or disturb the animals with shining flashlights on or taking flash photos of nesting sea turtles.  This will help save threatened and endangered

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A second new luxury waterfront 11-story tower presenting 32 stunning condos offering magnificent views of the yacht harbor, the Gulf of Mexico and Wiggins Bay is now selling at the gated Aqua II at the exclusive Pelican Isle Yacht Club in North Naples off Vanderbilt Drive.  Construction on Aqua II is set to begin this summer.  Twelve of the residences have already been sold.  The marina-front condo development is the second tower of the Aqua complex.  Aqua residents have luxury amenities at their fingertips with a wide array of luxury, personal services and recreational amenities.  In the heart of Naples, Aqua residents can enjoy pristine Gulf beaches, world-class shopping, dozens of golf courses, world-class fishing, a performing arts center, art

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Naples Square---a new condo community offering the perfect mix of charm and sophistication being developed by Ronto Group located at the corner of tony Fifth Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road in downtown Naples---has started construction and the 73 residences of the Phase I building remain on schedule for completion by fall of 2015.  The surrounding neighborhood offers direct access to downtown Naples’ most popular destinations: sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, upscale restaurants, stylish boutiques, art galleries and several theaters.  Over 70 championship golf courses are nearby, as well as the Naples Dog Park, marinas, the Naples Zoo, Naples Botanical Gardens, two airports, and scenic paved nature trails for walkers, runners and cyclists.

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