Inaugural Event at SW Florida Performing Arts Center



Saturday night I had the special pleasure of attending the Inaugural Gala for the SW Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs. The $7 million dollar venture, creation of Brien Spina, opened with a dramatic splash.

World-renowned Michelin Star Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis, who after acquiring his license here only 3 days ago, prepared a tantalizing array of hors d’oeuvres and 6-course dinner for 600 people!

The first half of the three-hour show featured over a dozen world-renowned entertainers including: Jean Beauvoir, Super Scientist Mr. Glen, opera singer Natalia Salazar, the Black Diamond Burlesque with cabaret-style acts, a 5th generation circus star from Sarasota, as well as a number of talented young local stars.

Headlining the event was MJ The Legend, a Michael Jackson Tribute that has been a Las Vegas smash hit for 7 years and performed in Madison Square Garden before initiating their current world tour. The audience went wild over these amazing tribute artists!

It was a truly a phenomenal show which surely points to success for the new Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. For more information, go to:

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Kayaking in Naples, Florida



For anyone who loves the water, Naples is the ideal place for kayaking. Calm inland waterways and the Gulf of Mexico provide calm paddling, gorgeous nature scenery, and an abundance of wildlife. Commercial places offer rentals or you can launch your own kayak at the nearest public dock. One great place is AWE Watersports at 12345 Tamiami Trail N.

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Tennis Anyone?


Naples offers an abundance of tennis camps, clinics, coaching, tennis academies and other professional programs for adults and kids. There are USTA, city of Naples, as well as many tennis leagues in the city. A plethora of communities have courts and active tennis programs. Depending on your height of interest in the game, the options are varied. In future blogs I will address in greater detail the amenities offered in different developments. If you are a tennis enthusiast, contact me to discover which community would be the best fit for you:
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Naples, FL – The Golf Capital of the World!


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The World’s First Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary


The Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero area boasts almost 140 golf courses! Welcome to Paradise! With courses designed by some of the greatest names – Gordon Lewis, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Robert Cupp – the area attracts golf enthusiasts with a range of abilities. There are a variety of choices for golfers who locate here: equity golf communities, bundled golf neighborhoods, and of course, public courses. US News & World Report and USA Today have ranked Naples among the Top 10 Golf Destinations. View properties in golf communities: ParadiseCoastFlorida.

Artis-Naples, A Cultural Gem



Artis-Naples, formerly called the Naples Philharmonic, was affectionately known as “The Phil.” Founded in 1982 through the initial efforts and vision of Mayra J. Daniels, its phenomenal ongoing success is due to generous donations from patrons, as well as community volunteers. It continues to shine as the city’s foremost cultural gem. The Naples Philharmonic Symphony is nationally acclaimed and is currently fortunate to have as its conductor the internationally renowned Andrey Boreyko. Programs include the Masterworks, Pops, and Broadway Series that feature artists and performers who are recognized the world over.

In addition, Artis-Naples offers lifelong learning programs, as well as an extensive schedule for youth education. To view the schedule for more than 300 performances, concerts and events, view

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Kilwin’s Savory Treats on 5th Ave

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Kilwin’s on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida

Fifth Avenue is the center of “Old Naples” that is renowned for its top rated restaurants and fine shops. Reminiscent of Italy and other European countries, there are sidewalk cafes and dining al fresco. “Thursdays on 5th” is a traditional event that takes place the second Thursday of each month, featuring music and live entertainment. A favorite custom any day of the week or time of the day is to stop for a treat at Kilwins, located at 743 5th Ave. South. Enticing goodies include yummy chocolates, fudge, caramel candy, and candied apples. Of course, Kilwin’s ice cream also tops the charts!

As you are enjoying your Kilwin’s ice cream, stop by my office a few doors down at 787 and be sure to ask for Linda Loomis to chat about the Naples real estate market. Continue reading

Things to Do in Naples, Florida

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Naples, Florida – What a Lifestyle!

Naples, Florida offers a plethora of things to do! As they often say: “Everything from Gulf to Golf!” Our great weather provides opportunities galore for an active lifestyle: beach combing, golf, boating, fishing, kayaking, tennis, swimming, cycling, and so much more! In future blogs I will explore in detail these local activities. To determine which community best matches your active lifestyle, check ParadiseCoastFlorida.

Another Day In Paradise – Naples, Florida

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Naples is Consistently Ranked in Top 10 US Beaches

In Naples, one often hears the locals greet one another with, “Another day in Paradise!” Even those of us who are fortunate to have lived here for many years never cease to appreciate our glorious weather, rich culture, friendly people, pristine beaches, golf, boating, great restaurants, and so much more. Through this blog I hope to share snippets of what makes Naples, Florida so very special and why you might want to consider a home in Paradise. View properties at