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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 | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it

The magic of meaning comes from connections to something and local history adds meaning to our lives and businesses when we connect the present to our past. 

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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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A Library of Classics, Edited for the Teething Set

A Library of Classics, Edited for the Teething Set | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
Children’s publishers have found a market for board-book versions of “Moby-Dick,” “Sense and Sensibility” and other literary novels.
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People are realizing that it’s never too young to start putting things in front of babies that are a little more meaningful.  While the publishing industry is still scraping through the digital revolution, children’s books have remained relatively untouched.

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WATCH: Why I Think Nonprofits Should Act More Like Businesses

WATCH: Why I Think Nonprofits Should Act More Like Businesses | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
Could it be that everything we've been taught about charity, and about giving, and about change is backwards? Is it possible that in the name of an ethic we are actually prolonging the suffering of millions of adults and children the world over?
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I'd prefer to say:  think like for profit businesses and put that thinking into action while raising the  accountablity of its Board of Directors and real time open book transparency in financials.

 

Boy and Girls Club took a brave bold step to show us that maybe it's time for a new paradigm for charity.

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ScamXposer - Theresa Andrews

ScamXposer - Theresa Andrews | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
The Consumer Review Journal, by made up working mother Theresa Andrews and found at theconsumerreviewjournal.com, is one of many scams just like it using the fake news journal -reviews.
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Please tweet this forward to contacts.

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UCF Rocks with Nanoscience Technology Center

An Orlando startup company is using a technique developed by University of Central Florida researchers to produce commercial volumes of a material that could make everything from airplanes to bridges stronger and lighter.
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This is why education is important - among other reasons - economic development partnerships.  UCF licensed the nano technique to Garmor, which is gearing up to make graphene at the rate of a ton or more per year for sale to product manufacturers.   Tammie Neneck, Director of Grow FL at UCF could not be reached for comments. Out celebrating - no doubt.  Kudos to all who made this happen:  cheaper, stronger, lighter and in the end  - safer products.

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Naples Soap Company receives its 2nd Excellence in Industry Award

Naples Soap Company receives its 2nd Excellence in Industry Award | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
Naples Soap Company is awarded its 2nd Excellence in Industry Award fromThe Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.
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Intellectul capital, a commuity's key resource, was cultivated and rewarded with Industry of Excellence in Industry Award in Naples, FL.  An entrepreneurial case study of "see a need - fill it- sustain it with solid plan and acknowledging the role of its employees. The privately owned Naples Soap Company has an established fleet of 6 successful retail locations throughout Southwest Florida, continues to expand in Japan with 5 shops in Tokyo, and offers its products to a list of global clients via their wholesale operations.

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How to Avoid Every Entrepreneur's Worst Enemy | Entrepreneur.com - Innovation America

How to Avoid Every Entrepreneur's Worst Enemy | Entrepreneur.com - Innovation America | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
Being an entrepreneur is exciting and the possibilities are endless. One aspect of running a business that I get asked about a lot is burnout and how to avoid it....
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Long before I became known as an Old Naples Historian, I was known as the Coaches Coach and the Trainers Trainer.  A project to shift awareness on the value of local history connected me to more problems than I knew what to do with as well as energy because there was meaning in what I was doing - ast least for me.  When writers address "entrepreneurs", they lump together intrapreneurs, innovators and general overall work-a-holics into this same segement. 

 

The unifying theme of these individuals is that they are drivven by something and when we lose that connection, we lose a part of who we are.

 

So what is your worst enemy? 

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Welcome to the 72-Hour Work Week

Welcome to the 72-Hour Work Week | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
Employees don't actually mind the connectedness... unless it's due to organizational inefficiency.
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Professionals don’t necessarily mind being connected to work for more than eight hours a day. But they are upset when it happens because leaders don’t respect their time or their official work day is wasted, so they have to make up the time working from their laptops or smartphones at home.

 

 To avoid this problem, get frequent equipment and software upgrades to ease technological delays; clear decision-making guidelines will prevent bottlenecks in the chain of command;  effficient meetings will free up schedules so work can get done during work hours;  C-suite leadership emphasizes both the importance of not wasting time and the benefits of down time can go a long way toward changing the always-on culture.

 

The trend shows that we’ll never be truly disconnected from work again; but smart leaders and  organizations will make sure their employees appreciate that connectedness.

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Don’t forget the “thinking” part of strategy | Aspire-CS

Don’t forget the “thinking” part of strategy | Aspire-CS | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
  There are very few great things that come quickly in life and leadership. Great leadership requires strategy, and that must be cultivated with good
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"Thinking is the hardest work there is -- that's why so few people do it."

Henry Ford

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Arthrex on Forbes 400 list..Sulking Writer Dises SWFL

Welcome to the club, Reinhold Schmieding.
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How proud we are of this sefl-made man who has given so much to our community.  If Schmeiding was dissed in the article because he had to cancel an appointment with the writer for Forbes, I'll assume he had other things to do - like run his $2.5 B industry.  Say what you will, I'll take a "Sultan' over a sulker any day.  (Oh, I could not find the article - just the comments from the this release. If you do - pass along- thanks)

The self-made entrepreneur built Arthrex from scratch into a giant in the field of surgical devices, outwitting some of the better-funded giants of the medical-device industry. - See more at: http://www.businessobserverfl.com/section/detail/fridays-cup-arthrex-sultan-on-forbes-list/#sthash.qOSh7bl0.dpuf
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disses SWFL Entrepreneur -
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Finding Meaning in Adversity: Entrepreneur Turns Heartbreak Into Profit

Finding Meaning in Adversity: Entrepreneur Turns Heartbreak Into Profit | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
When Joshua Opperman's love life took a turn for the worst, he found a way to turn that heart-wrenching occasion into an opportunity.
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I believe it was Dale Carnegie, author of "How to Wins Friends and Influence People", who first said, 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade", and that is what Opperman did. 

 

So how does one actually do this? 

 

Perhaps he followed the wisdom of Napoleon Hill's research, which led to the masterful "Think and Grow Rich".  Both motivational Gurus published their books in 1936 and 1937 respectively, in a time where people needed something as they were going through the great depression and prohibition - Lord have mercy - did they need something to give them hope for the future.

 

Maybe Opperman stumbled upon Steven Covey's book published in 1989, the "7 Habits of Highly Successful People", by beginning with the end in mind.  Or he understood the thesis of Deepak Chopra 's mind-body connection.  Maybe he had been to a program by Tony Robbins, who synthesized the findings of the earlier gurus mentioned (and others) to become the king of frenetic rituals, (he was a trained hypnotist) which lead 21 people to 2nd and 3rd degree burns on their feet. (Not bad % for some 6000 people who attended.) Hopefuly Opperman did not get burned there -a  painful thought.

 

opportunityisnowhere

 

How do you see the group if letters above?  Perhaps this can explain how Opperman turned lemons into lemonade.  What say you?

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CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop: Sept. 26, 2013

Conservation lands increase the quality of life and enhance the tax base of the adjacent private lands.
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ew research by a Florida Gulf Coast University eminent scholar proves that natural and manmade wetlands have a potential to mitigate climate change that far outweighs the negative effects of a greenhouse gas they emit. Dr. William J. Mitsch, a prize-winning wetland scientist with an international reputation in ecological engineering and wetland ecology, conducted studies at wetlands around the world to measure carbon dioxide accumulated from the atmosphere and stored in the soil - a natural process known as carbon sequestration. Mitsch holds the Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at FGCU and is director of its Everglades Wetland Research Park in Naples. Mitsch joined FGCU in October after 27 years at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he was Distinguished Professor of Environment, Natural Resources and Ecological Engineering. The co-winner of the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize for lifetime achievements in the management and conservation of lakes and wetlands, he oversees research at the Everglades Wetland Research Park at the Naples Botanical Garden.

 William J. Mitsch, Ph.D., Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park, Florida Gulf Coast University  
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KEY WEST: Kiteboarding chef to open Key West’s first legal rum distillery - Florida Keys - MiamiHerald.com

KEY WEST: Kiteboarding chef to open Key West’s first legal rum distillery - Florida Keys - MiamiHerald.com | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
Once a hotbed of rum runners and bootleggers, Key West is getting its first legal rum distillery
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History's scallwag entrepreneurs during prohibition are redeemed.  During Prohibition, “Spanish Marie” Waite, Willie “Twisteye” Demeritt and others made boatloads of money smuggling rum the 105 miles from Havana to Key West and on to South Florida. Other entrepreneurs made their own contraband rum, trying to stay a step ahead of federal raids and local busts.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/13/v-fullstory/3622832/kiteboarding-chef-to-open-key.html#storylink=cpy
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Is the Internet killing innovation? | The Next Silicon Valley - Innovation America

Is the Internet killing innovation? | The Next Silicon Valley - Innovation America | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
To the current generation of Silcon Valley entrepreneurs the Internet is innovation itself, and the medium and platform from which all that is new and creative seems to spring eternal.
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Rob May is CEO and cofounder of Backupify beleives that the paper versions of the Wall Street Journal, and a dozen other periodicalsare essential because print is the best and fastest way to skim through and find some of the important, but non-blockbuster articles. When you read what everyone else reads, in the same ways that they read it, you will have the same ideas. In a world where we all consume the same information on line, could this be newspapers way of reviving itself?

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The 7 Sleep Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneur.com - Innovation America

The 7 Sleep Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneur.com - Innovation America | The Biz of Meaning | Scoop.it
We all know lack of sleep is harmful to our health -- sleep affects mood, increases risk of psychiatric disorders and depression, cardiovascular disease and lowers immune system health.
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With a 72 hour work week being the norn, how does today's worker get that sleep which is essential to good business?

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What The Heck Is Business Culture? - Forbes - Innovation America

Culture. That’s a word I’ve heard a lot over the past two days here in Rio de Janeiro at the US-Brazil Innovation Summit....
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What difference does culture mean for a company and its most sustainable competitive resourse, its people?  In a time where the average American professional spend 72 hours a week working (so much for technology giving us more time with family), can a company's culture add value or meaning to a worker's life? 

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