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Reg Buxton, 2014 Naples Spirit of 45 Chair Announces Honorary Co-Chairs

Reg Buxton, 2014 Naples Spirit of 45 Chair Announces Honorary Co-Chairs | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it

Naples Spirit of '45's  mission is to 'Fight Cultural Amnesia' by connecting our latest generation to our Greatest Generation by supporting the teaching of history in grades 6 -12.

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With the 70th Anniversary of the ending of WWII approaching August 14, 2015, it is time for communities across Florida to plan their community's celebration.  To learn more, visit www.spiritof45.org or www.naplesspiritof45.org.

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Honored to fly: Military roots inspire Collier Citizen editor to document Honor Flight

Honored to fly: Military roots inspire Collier Citizen editor to document Honor Flight | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Serving the country is in my family's blood. From the day I was born, a stint in the military was almost inevitable. Not only is it considered the honorable thing to do, many in my family feel it's our duty.
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The 2nd Collier Honor Flight spreads its wings on April 26th carrying 50 WWII Veterans to see their memorial in Washington, DC.  This year, Collier Citizen editor, Jay Schlichter, will travel with the organizers, veterans and guardians.  Look out for his updates at www.naplesdailynews.com/honorflight.

 

There are 9 Honor Flight Hubs in Florida.  Check out a location near your area and help WWII, Korean and critically ill veterans see the memorial dedicated to their service to the United States.

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Old Naples Receives Florida Heritage Landmark: 1 of 800 in the State

Old Naples Receives Florida Heritage Landmark:  1 of 800 in the State | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
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For those few who still believe that Naples has no history, perhaps the new Florida Heritage Landmark Marker unveiled on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 may change their minds.  The new Florida Heritage Landmark Marker, the Naples Canal, received the prestigious distinction in recognition as the deepest Indian canoe canal ever found in Florida, built by local American Indian inhabitants of the Ten Thousand Islands or Calusa Indians.   This monumental prehistoric construction achievement over 2,000 years ago, became the third Florida Heritage Landmark within the City of Naples.  The Naples Pier and Naples Depot are the other two.  Collier County now hosts a total of eight Heritage Landmarks with five in the county, Big Cypress Swamp, Sunniland Oil Field, the 1936 Seminole Conference and the Old Laundry Building – Everglades Women’s Club.

 

The Naples Canal, known to locals as the ‘No Name Canal’ and ‘Ditch Bank’, was installed at the corner of 12th Avenue South and 8th Street South in Crayton Cove, (a.k.a Back Bay to Oldtimers,) thus becoming one of 800 Heritage Landmark markers around the state; yet holds the distinction of being the only marker to use maps to help readers visualize the canal’s scale and location. Michael Zimny, Florida State Historical Marker Program coordinator, stated that it is the states highest hope that other markers will follow the new format.

 

Michael Peppe, a part time Naples resident, but fulltime history devotee, was the wind beneath the wings of this collaborative four-year project, which included the City of Naples, Florida Department of State Bureau of Historic Preservation, myself and the plethora of research from many history and archaeological devotees.  Peppe, a Board Member of the Ohio National Road Association (ONRA), earned the 2012 Milestone Leadership and Preservation Award for his ‘dogged persistence and dedication to the implementation phase of ONRA’s Interpretive Signage Project’.  He certainly earned this distinction for the Naples Canal and I’ll add to that, he holds the distinction as one of the most authentic people one could ever have the pleasure of working with on a project that calls for purity of intention.

 

A hundred plus guests in attendance included Ron Jamro, Executive Director of the Collier County Museums, Jack Wert, Executive Director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau.   Two special guests made the historic moment even more memorable. Chris Kirkland Durfey, descendent of John and Madison Weeks, Naples first white settlers who came to Naples in 1886 and  Marlys Walker, whose family came to the area in1889 and later developed Aqua Lane Shores.  The Naples Canal marker, underwritten by Mike and Kathy Peppe, was dedicated to Dorothy S. Peppe, Mike’s Mother, who loved her daily walks from Aqua Lane Shore to Crayton Cove.

 

The Naples Canal will be added to the current 19 city and state historic markers on the City of Naples Bronze Marker Story free GIS MAP and APP (a.ka. Naples Heritage Trail), that I facilitated last year with the City’s Information Technology Department to enhance the enjoyment of the City’s history by our citizens and tourists.  It is also another way for me to continue my mission to make our local history more fun, available and more meaningful.

 

 

The Naples Canal Marker Script

The Naples Canal was a monumental prehistoric construction achievement. It was 4,150 feet long (0.8 miles) and bisected an area between the Gulf of Mexico and Naples Bay. The Naples Canal was dug perhaps as early as A.D. 200 by local American Indian inhabitants of the Ten Thousand Islands or by the neighboring Calusa Indians. The central section of the canal, dug through a sandhill with a relatively deep water table, is the deepest Indian canoe canal ever found in Florida. The Indians’ decision to dig down to access ground water demonstrates their understanding of the land and hydrology. They created a channel that was deep enough to penetrate the water table and able to consistently hold enough water for the traverse of dugout canoes. The canal shortened the distance between Gordon’s Pass and Doctor’s Pass by half, and was more efficient and safe for canoe paddlers and their possessions than open water travel. The canal’s construction would be a dramatic achievement even today. The Naples Canal was still clearly visible in the late 1800s, but by the 1960s it had been totally destroyed by land development, leaving no trace of this remarkable prehistoric engineering achievement.

 

Florida Historical Marker Program

The Florida Historical Marker Program, which began in 1961,  recognizes historic resources, persons and events that are significant in the areas of architecture, archaeology, Florida history and traditional culture by promoting the placing of historic markers and plaques at sites of historical and visual interest to visitors. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the state and to enhance the enjoyment of historic sites in Florida by its citizens and tourists.


Lois A. Bolin, Ph.D.

Old Naples Historian

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John Cox, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce: Taking Care of Business Listening Tour

John Cox, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce:  Taking Care of Business Listening Tour | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
By John Cox
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We can’t become enchanted with our historic economic models’ resurgence as the economy gets better. The tourists are back, retail sales are up, residential permitting is climbing, the medical sector is growing and agriculture is doing very well. We need and want all of that and more. 

 

Mr. Cox bring a stellar backgrouund to promote why Collier is the best place to live, play and bring your business.

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Hamilton Disston's 1886 Death Revisited. Did the man who saved Florida from bankruptcy in 1881, really commit suicide?

Hamilton Disston's 1886 Death Revisited.  Did the man who saved Florida from bankruptcy in 1881, really commit suicide? | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Did Hamilton Disston really kill himself?Roughly a century after the death of the Philadelphia entrepreneur credited with saving Florida from bankruptcy, historian Joe Knetsch is challenging...
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Knetsch, writing in a 1998 issue of The Sunland Tribune, the journal of the Tampa Historical Society, suggestst he official record -- the coroner's report -- cites natural causes, suggesting a heart attack. Business historian Alfred Chandler, a friend of Disston's, also writes in Land Titles and Fraud that Disston died of a heart attack. The Florida Times Union obituary reported, "Heart disease was the supposed cause of his death.

 

So why was it reported that is was suicide?  You'll have to read the story, book or between the lines - real jounralism - yellow journalism - whatever - revisiting Florida's history introduces us to one of our area's most unique legends.

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Lux and Strand Make Honor Flight History in Collier County

Lux and Strand Make Honor Flight History in Collier County | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
When the United States suddenly found itself a combatant against two imperial powers in World War II, the outlook was pretty grim.
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Little did veterans, Sean Lux and Dr. Debi Strand, know that when they launched the nation's newest Honor Flight hub in Collier County; they would also be making history.

 

Compressing 8 months of prep time into 6 weeks will make CCHF the first hub to make this leaf of faith in record time. 

 

Lux noted that setting a record was not the point - the point was to ensure that our local veterans got to see the memorial dedicated to them.  Dr Strand added, "We have lost so many of our local veteran who have been on a waiting lists for almost two years and we had to do what we could do to make this happen."

 

What happend was organizational poetery in motion highlighting a case study in the values benefit of a clear vision and mission underscored by the speed of trust.

 

Dr. Lois Bolin, organzational consultant and publicity chair for CCHF, observed as the process created a structure and foundation that could have never been created so quickly and elegantly if not for the vision,  leadership and trust in their founding board members.

 

Honorary Chair Wayne Smith, while know for his military expereicnes, has a deep and extensive executive resume in bringing good ideas to life with such company BF Goodrich.   He said, "The purity of their intention captured me as well as the people they surrounded themselves with.  Everyone was focused on the mission.  Everyone did their part.  Everyone celebrated each other contributions.  That's how I build my teams.  It's about trusting your people to get the results - people first.  That's why this county can look forward to good things coming from this dynamic duo."

 

For more information, visit www.colliercountyhonorflight.org.  For the up to the minute news, follow Lois Bolin on Twitter and FB.

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Naples, FL Ranks Among Cities with Cleanest Air Making Real Estate a Gold Mine for Retirees and Health Benefit Seekers | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Naples, FL Ranks Among Cities with Cleanest Air Making Real Estate a Gold Mine for Retirees and Health Benefit Seekers | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
The American Lung Association recently released 2013 rankings for the country’s cities with the cleanest air, and Naples-Marco Island FL was at the top of the list.
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One more reason to live in SWFL Paradise

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Can Dark Tourism Shed Light for the Future

Can Dark Tourism Shed Light for the Future | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
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As we approach the centenary of the First World War (1914-1918 - US Entered 1917), interest in, and social scientific research about the event has generally shifted from focusing on military and geopolitical issues to questions about how the material, social and symbolic legacy – of one of the key contributors of the political world map as we know it today – is to be remembered and heritagised.  This interest, which is not new, now has a new name, "dark tourism".

The subject of “dark tourism” provokes a challenging debate over the relationship between “heritage that hurts” and how contemporary society deals with death. New academic studies exploring the growth of “Dark Tourism” have just been published in a special issue of the International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research (Vol. 7 Issue 3). The authors explore the tourist experience at dark sites, how they are managed and marketed, and question the ethical issues of profit making at these often sensitive places of pilgrimage. In October, there is a conference dedicated to this study of meaning making at the PEACE CONFERENCE in Wageningen, The Netherlands at the Hotel and Congresscentre Hof van Wageningen.

Mark Twain, is one of America's most noted 'dark tourist’.  In 1869 he embarked on a tour of the Old World recounting her strange sites in, "Innocents Abroad".

Florida has her own brand of dark tourism and in 2015, the 70th Anniversary of WWII will offer an opportunity for heritage, commodification and tourism, all which are currently active within the numerous counties in Florida supported by a relatively unknown 72 page WWII Heritage Trail Guide Booklet.  Normandy, France will no doubt have her 'dark tourism push for June 2014.   There is much light to be shed on this era of American history and its greatest generation, who are greatly responsible for building SWFL after WWII.

From ground zero in New York and Katrina's destructive force in New Orleans to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and the Killing Fields in Cambodia, witnessing places where horrific deaths have occurred has for many become an integral part of experiencing a destination.  Added to this list  could be the Everglades in SWFL, where today we are still dealing with the paradoxical quandary of the building of the Tamiami Trail.  If Ernest Coe, Father of the Everglades National Park, had his way in 1928, what would our 'Paradise" look like today?

While the comparison of the Killing Fields of Cambodia and the killing of  'the rivers of grass', a way of life for Gladesmen in 'one of a kind' ecosystem in the Everglades may be far stretch, there is still much to learn from its cultural heritage so present day decisions can shed light on a brighter future.

 

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WWII Vets Knock Over Shutdown Barrier to Visit Memorial

WWII Vets Knock Over Shutdown Barrier to Visit Memorial | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside.
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God Bless our Greatest Genertion - here is why they were great then -- why they are great today!  If August 1`4, 1945 had turned out differently, this memorial would not have been built and their actions -- well - luckily we don't have to worry about that.  Pass it along.

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Emerging Market Tourist Spend Boosts U.S. Travel: Economy

Emerging Market Tourist Spend Boosts U.S. Travel: Economy | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Vivian Leite needed a new suitcase to tote $5,000 worth of goods from her one-week U.S. shopping trip back home to South America.
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American retailers are also benefiting from growing middle classes around the world.   The U.S. Travel Association projects domestic travel expenditures -- which include business travel -- will increases 3.6 percent this year, compared with a 4.4 percent improvement in 2012. Including a projected 5.8 percent gain in international expenditures, travel spending will grow 3.9 percent, they estimate.

 

Shop til you drop and welcome to Florida!

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Heritage Trail Museum Participates in Museum Day - September 28, 2013

Heritage Trail Museum Participates in Museum Day - September 28, 2013 | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it

The "always free" Heritge Trial Museum, designed by strategic consultant and Old Naples Historian, Lois A. Bolin, is located at 1010 6th Ave S, SWFL Cultural Heritge HQ. .Enjoy Free Admission to over 1,400 participating museums and cultural venues nationwide to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free.

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Search your community's musuem list.  In Naples, FL, visit the "always free" Heritge Trial Museum, designed by strategic consultant, Old Naples Historian, Lois A. Bolin.  It is located at 1010 6th Ave S, SWFL Cultural Heritge HQ, and promotes all of the museums in Collier and Lee Counties. 

 

Randy Smith, CEO Naples Transportation and Tours, notd he partnered with Dr. Bolin because of her passion to make local history more fun, more available and more meaningful. "Our area has a colorful past and I want my children and visitors to know what an extraordinary place our home is".

 

Smith, Board Member of the Collier County Lodging and Tourism Alliance,  went on to say that sicne tourism is one of three legs of Collier's economic stool, his company wants to do their part to make more people aware of the cultural (arts) and heritage that are available in our community.

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Search your community's musuem list.  In Naples, FL, visit the "always free" Heritge Trial Museum, designed by strategic consultant, Old Naples Historian, Lois A. Bolin.  It is located at 1010 6th Ave S, SWFL Cultural Heritge HQ, and promotes all of the museums in Collier and Lee Counties. 

 

Randy Smith, CEO Naples Transportation and Tours, notd he partnered with Dr. Bolin because of her passion to make local history more fun, more available and more meaningful. "Our area has a colorful past and I want my children and visitors to know what an extraordinary place our home is".

 

Smith, Board Member of the Collier County Lodging and Tourism Alliance,  went on to say that sicne tourism is one of three legs of Collier's economic stool, his company wants to do their part to make more people aware of the cultural (arts) and heritage that are available in our community.

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Museum Day - September 28, 2013

Museum Day - September 28, 2013 | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Enjoy Free Admission to over 1,400 participating museums and cultural venues nationwide to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free.
Lois A Bolin, Ph.D.'s insight:

Search your community's musuem list.  In Naples, FL, visit the "always free" Heritge Trial Museum, designed by strategic consultant, Old Naples Historian, Lois A. Bolin.  It is located at 1010 6th Ave S, SWFL Cultural Heritge HQ, and promotes all of the museums in Collier and Lee Counties. 

 

Randy Smith, CEO Naples Transportation and Tours, notd he partnered with Dr. Bolin because of her passion to make local history more fun, more available and more meaningful. "Our area has a colorful past and I want my children and visitors to know what an extraordinary place our home is".

 

Smith, Board Member of the Collier County Lodging and Tourism Alliance,  went on to say that sicne tourism is one of three legs of Collier's economic stool, his company wants to do their part to make more people aware of the cultural (arts) and heritage that are available in our community.

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Search your community's musuem list.  In Naples, FL, visit the "always free" Heritge Trial Museum, designed by strategic consultant, Old Naples Historian, Lois A. Bolin.  It is located at 1010 6th Ave S, SWFL Cultural Heritge HQ, and promotes all of the museums in Collier and Lee Counties. 

 

Randy Smith, CEO Naples Transportation and Tours, notd he partnered with Dr. Bolin because of her passion to make local history more fun, more available and more meaningful. "Our area has a colorful past and I want my children and visitors to know what an extraordinary place our home is".

 

Smith, Board Member of the Collier County Lodging and Tourism Alliance,  went on to say that sicne tourism is one of three legs of Collier's economic stool, his company wants to do their part to make more people aware of the cultural (arts) and heritage that are available in our community.

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United Nations essay contest angers Soviets — History.com This Day in History — 9/16/1950

United Nations essay contest angers Soviets — History.com This Day in History — 9/16/1950 | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
On this day, Soviet representatives condemn an essay writing contest sponsored by the United Nations. The incident, though small, indicated that the Cold War was as much a battle of words as a war of bombs and guns.
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Puntin's most recent veto regarding Syria stems from a long history of vetos.  63 years ago, United Nations student essay contest on Vetoes angers Soviets

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Group trying to map Florida's giant cypress trees

Group trying to map Florida's giant cypress trees | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
This was one big tree, a giant even among the giants of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - the massive bald cypress tree's lowest branch was as big as a mature live oak.
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The history in Naples Backyard is being studied through a 'tangled mass of living and dead vegetation' in the heart of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary by Mike Knight and Ralph Arwood.  "Corkscrew's cypress forest is 5,000 years old, but the oldest trees are 700 years old because a fire burned nearly all of South Florida 700 years ago."

 

We wish them good luck on this unique project sponsored by The Explorers Club's Florida Chapter.

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Naples, FL Resident reunites for first time in 44 years with Vietnam Brothers

Naples, FL Resident reunites for first time in 44 years with Vietnam Brothers | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
ONTARIO >> Four men wearing matching sky blue T-shirts embraced Thursday in Terminal 4 of L.A./Ontario International Airport. Tears streamed down their faces. This was the first time they had all been together since a fateful day in Vietn
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Local veteran supporter extraordinaire, Bob Bodemann, met Thursday, April 24th,  in Terminal 4 of L.A./Ontario International Airport. With tears streaming down their faces, these Vietnam "brothers"met for the first time since a fateful day in Vietnam 44 years ago.

 

Like so many others who have served in war, Bodemann wondered what happened to his friends so he began his quest. 

 

Read the full account in The Daily Bulletin or find Bodemann on FB to thank his for this effort and the reminder that we need to follow our heart and hunches and it's never too late  to connect with old friends

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Naples artist Muffy Clark Gill recreates historic peoples, natural beauty in vivid batik work

Naples artist Muffy Clark Gill recreates historic peoples, natural beauty in vivid batik work | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Muffy Clark Gill is one of the most industrious artists in Southwest Florida. And her list of exhbitions shows it: She's in three right now.
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Muffy Gill is one of Naples Heritage Heroes.  If you get a chance to see her labors of love, don't miss it.

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What Can we Learn from the Bad Personal Decisions by Trey Radel

What Can we Learn from the Bad Personal Decisions by Trey Radel | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Updated 5:44 p.m. | Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substan
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Trey Radel made a bad personal decision and disappointed alot of his supporter; but he is not alone in the bad decision making category.

 

Congress has a litany of stories of bad personal decisions.  President Clinton's story is known world wide. Barney Frank, Massachusetts House of Rep.,  had an affair with a male prostitute (1989).  Illinois Gus Savage was accused of fondling an unwilling Peace Corps volunteer during a March trip to Zaire.  Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, failed to report rental income of $75,000 over the years. First he blamed his wife for the oversight because he said she was supposed to be managing the property. Then he blamed the language barrier. “Every time I thought I was getting somewhere, they’d start speaking Spanish".


These and more on both sides of the isle have made bad personal decision. In Trey's role of serving SWFL, he has made some good decisions. How this will play out is yet to be seen.  He has an opportunity to get on the right path with a solid 12 Step Program. In the early 1990′s when a number of groups began lobbying to have politicians drug tested in order to hold public office. The practice of testing politicians was put into effect in some locations, but after Georgian candidate for Lieutenant Governor Walker Chandler was drug tested as part of his run for office, he launched an effort to have the practice discontinued. The Supreme Court eventually agreed with him in 1997 and the requirement was struck down. A federal appeals court ruled in May 2013 that Florida Governor Rick Scott cannot require all state employees to take random drug tests and told the state to identify which government workers it believes should undergo periodic testing. Scott said, "Many Floridians are required to take drug tests in their workplace and it is only right for state workers paid with taxpayer funds to be required to do the same".

"We will go forward in arguing this case in both the appellate and trial courts in order to ensure that taxpayer funds are safeguarded from misuse by ensuring our state workforce is drug free". I am not making excuse for Trey but I am giving it context from my perspective as An Adult Child of An  Alcoholic (ACOA).  I have watched my borhter and father and coutless others turn their lives around to lead productive lives. The business/political world is made up of functioning alcoholics - functioning until they reach the tipping point.  Trey just hit his.He has served SWFL well - his family is another matter.

 

Maybe it's time for Congress to bring drug testing for our elected officials back again.  Maybe its time politiicans are held to the same standards businesses are when "hiring" employees.  After all, Politicians are employees of the people.

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How To Get The Most Value Out Of Your Chamber Of Commerce

How To Get The Most Value Out Of Your Chamber Of Commerce | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it

Photo:  Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce CEO, John Cox (2nd from left), along with City of Naples Mayor John Sorey, Lois Bolin, Ph.D., founding member of 'World Famous Naples Stone Crab Festival', and Dennis Combs, pioneering family who was part of Naples commerical fishing industry (1920s).

 

Your local chamber of commerce can be an amazing resource for education, networking and customer acquisition, if you make the most of what is offered.

Lois A Bolin, Ph.D.'s insight:

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce got started in 1928 but has a lag time due to depression, WWI and WWII.  It began again in 1948 and has been helping Naples.Collier County since.  With the new CEO, John Cox, whose stellar backgound in economic development, our SWFL community has new potential and possibilities on the horizon. 

 

The bottom line is that joining our local chamber of commerce is valuable—provided you take the initiative to make it work for you. And that means taking an active role and participating whenever possible. At the end of the day, we need to ask for what we need by getting involved and providing suggestions.

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Renovations begin at historic Naples church

Renovations begin at historic Naples church | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
"In the past we've had to do piecework and put Band-Aids on it," Whitaker said. Some renovations were done in 1973 as well. But now, Whitaker said, "It's time to get it done."
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Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1954.

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Collier County Honor Flight

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NEWEST HONOR FLIGHT HUB IN COLLIER COUNTY FLORIDA IS POISED TO MAKE HISTORY

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Collier County Honor Flight’s mission is to transport Naples and Marco Island area Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. We were established on September 25th, 2013 to bring this program to the Collier County area. The inaugural flight is scheduled for November 9th, 2013.Support for these trips is provided by volunteers and is at no cost to the veterans. Top priority is given to our most senior heroes – survivors of WWII and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit their memorial. The program will also extend to our Korean War Veterans as space allows.  In the future, we will naurally transition to the Vietnam War and all other veterans who served, on a chronological basis.
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Stone Crab Festival | Tin City Naples, Bayfront Naples, Festivals, Stone Crab Season

Stone Crab Festival | Tin City Naples, Bayfront Naples, Festivals, Stone Crab Season | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it

4th ANNUAL NAPLES STONE CRAB FESTIVAL

Weekend-Long Event Benefits 1st Florida On Campus American Legion Post 397

Coming October 25-27, 2013

Naples Stone Crab Festival, taking place on the Old Naples Waterfront at Bayfront, Tin City, Port o Call, and the Heritage Trail Museum at the Naples Trolley Station, is the City of Naples newest tradition promoting Naples 1st economic center which began in the 1920s.

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Naples Stone Crab Festival, which promotes the history of the old Naples waterfront and its businesses, addes new events, and acollaboration, with Florida's 1st  American Legion Post on a University Campus.


The festival's parking is facilitated for the first time by Hodges University's American Legion Post 397.  The parking fee will be $5 and benefits their  program. Hodges University is now home to the national charter of American Legion Post 397, located on both the Naples and Fort Myers campuses.  It is the first American Legion Post to be located on a college campus in the State of Florida and only the second in the country. Hodges University has also been formally designated as a Veteran Friendly institution for 2014 by Victory Media, demonstrating the institution's continued commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students. Hodges University currently has nearly 300 veterans among its student body.

 

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Miami Design District’s transformation into a luxury shopping destination is underway - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com

Miami Design District’s transformation into a luxury shopping destination is underway - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Vivian Leite needed a new suitcase to tote $5,000 worth of goods from her one-week U.S. shopping trip back home to South America.
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With international tourism on the rise, bringing those who love history and shopping, the transformation is no surprise.

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Florida Chamber of Commerce - Survey Manager

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Florida Residents - time to weigh in on Education in Florida.  Your 2 cents are welcomed - no change will be returned!

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Naples Soap Company receives its 2nd Excellence in Industry Award - Naples Daily News

Naples Soap Company receives its 2nd Excellence in Industry Award - Naples Daily News | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Naples Soap Company receives its 2nd Excellence in Industry Award
Naples Daily News
“We could not have chosen a more revered location given the history and beauty of St.
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Patrick Smith is a 'Florida Icon'

Patrick Smith is a 'Florida Icon' | Florida's Backyard History | Scoop.it
Author, Merritt Island; age 85
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Author of "A Land Remembered" is now remembered.  To understnad life in Florida pre WWII, pick up a copy.  SWFL was not just Fl Final Frontier - it was one of America's last frontiers.

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