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Archive for August 2009

Brooks residents buy out clubs

After two long months of negotiations, the boards of Shadow Wood Country Club and the Commons Club in the Brooks finalized a deal to purchase both clubs for $8.3 million. Included in the purchase was a waiver of responsibility for refunding club membership deposits. Both the Bonita Bay Group and their lenders have agreed to…

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Florida k-12 schools offer degrees online

The first group of Florida students will be able to get their diplomas through taking online classes starting this fall. There will be virtual schools for each grade from kindergarten through 12th grade. These online classes help students move through at their own pace, with the help of a “learning coach.” The parents of a…

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Sales in July up 67 percent

The Naples Area Board of Realtors announced last Friday that overall home sales increased by 67 percent in July compared to the previous year. In addition to the increase in sales, there has been a 12 percent decrease in the inventory of homes. The supply of housing available dropped to an 18.7 month supply from…

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Hurricane Bill

The first hurricane of the 2009 season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean off of the coast of Africa. Hurricane Bill was last reported on August 17th at 6:00am as having sustained winds of 75mph and moving northwest at 22mph. Make sure you are ready this hurricane season by having bottled water on hand, first…

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Blue Martini

Blue Martini recently launched its Grand Opening at the Mercato in Naples on July 30th. Blue Martini is the nation’s premier martini lounge and is the first of its kind to open in Southwest Florida. Blue Martini offers over 40 different kinds of martinis, as well as 3 different atmospheres for your enjoyment. There is…

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Sea Turtles

During the summer, beachfront hotels and condos are required to shield or turn off lights that shine on the beach. A Florida state law was enacted in order to protect baby sea turtles emerging from their nests. The baby sea turtles are born with the natural instinct to head for bright light in order to…

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