Paradise Coast in the News

Murder and Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands
Gear Patrol, May 10 2017, by John O’Connor
“Are you ready to rock?” This was Captain Bill Blanton, my fishing guide in the Ten Thousand Islands, a 2,000-square-mile mangrove estuary in southwest Florida that’s the Gulf-side doorstep to Everglades National Park. Read the story here:


8 Great Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities
McCool Travel, May 04, 2017, by Charles McCool
Travel consumers can choose from a dizzying array of lodging options for upcoming trips. Even within the luxury lodging category, choices seem unlimited. To distinguish themselves from competitors, luxury hotels offer free amenities. Wi-fi really should be free. Same with breakfast or at least tea and coffee. Am I right? Oh, and beach resorts providing beach chairs and umbrellas should also be standard. Read the story here:


Authentic Florida: Adventure in Everglades, Paradise Coast
Florida Today, April 30, by Robin Draper
From the Big Cypress to Everglades City to Naples, follow the adventures of Authentic Florida’s Robin Draper as she uncovers the best avenues for adventure in Florida’s Paradise Coast. Read the story here:


The Pickleball Boost
The News-Press, April 27, 2017, by JoNell Modys
The meteoric rise of the sport of pickleball is nothing short of amazing, and Collier County has established itself now as the Pickleball Capital of the World. Read the story here:


Checklist: Naples, Florida
Paste, April 11, 2017, by Hilary Sheinbaum
The term “South Florida” usually inspires thoughts of raging nightclubs, thong bikinis, blaring music, tacky tourists and art deco—in short: you’re thinking of the East Coast. Read: Fort Lauderdale. Miami. South Beach. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s another South Florida—the West Coast: namely, Naples, which most of us don’t consider while booking a flight for some fun in the sun. There are boats, bars and, of course, beaches there … but these have white sand.Read the story here:


Old-Florida Revisited - Nothing Is Old About It!
The Chattanoogan, April 4, 2017, by Diane Siskin
There have been hundreds of writers and journalists who have undertaken journeys to find old or “nostalgic Florida”, only to realize that glimpses into bygone eras are few in the Sunshine state.I too wondered if any places I visited as a child on family vacations remained the same as they did many decades ago. Read the story here:


First catch: Naples vacation memories that last a lifetime
The News Press, March 25, 2017, by JoNell Modys
Chinese visitor's experience fishing for the first time in his life  in Naples; and other "firsts" that can be experienced in the destination that create lasting lifestime memories.Read the story here:


Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida
McCool Travel, March 20, 2017, by Charles McCool
Charles McCool, known as the Travel Influencer : Travel Happiness Advocate and rated at the #2 Travel Expert/Influencer on Klout, provides a round of up some of the top relaxed luxury resorts in Florida he has recently visited, including The Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples. Read the story here:


Top Value Cities For An Epic Group Getaway
tripadvisor, March 16, 2017, by Natalie Rohrer
Traveling with an entourage this spring? Here’s a pro-tip: TripAdvisor Rentals can take the pain out of planning a group trip and save you money in the process. Sure, you could reserve a set of hotel rooms and hope for the best, but we can give you a few good reasons why booking a rental means more bang for your buck. Read the story here


Farm To Table, Fresh Caught Crab & Chef Art Smith, The Naples Restaurant Scene
30 Day Adventures, March 15, 2017, by Marc Smith
There is something for every foodie palette in Naples Florida. If you love cheap eats, buckets of crab and shrimp and happy hour drink specials there are places for you. If you love a menu that is seasonal, locally sourced and the Chef knows the name of every farmer he works with, they have some of those as well. What about celebrity chefs? Yes, they even have a restaurant headlined by Oprah’s first Chef, Art Smith. So you see the Naples restaurant scene has something for everyone, including a very hungry me!Read the story here:


Who Wants To Feed A Giraffe? Exploring The Naples Zoo At Caribbean Gardens
30 Day Adventures, March 14, 2017, by Marc Smith
It is a zoo in here! Of course, I am saying this from inside the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida. Fifty-two acres of exotic plants and animals just a short drive from the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast. What began in 1919 as a tropical garden by Dr Henry Nehrling was enhanced in 1969 by the famed Tetzlaff’s with the addition of their exotic animals and the opening of the Naples Zoo. Today, it is a great way to spend a day exploring and adventuring. If you time it right you may just get to feed a Giraffe.Read the story here:


Spring Travel
Columbia Living Magazine, March 14,2017, by Katie McElveen
Hop on the big bird, or jump in your car. We've got great options to clear away the winter doldrums and welcome spring in a beautiful new town. Memories are made of this.Read the story here:


Four Different Worlds In One Garden At The Naples Botanical Garden
30 Day Adventures, March 13, 2017, by Marc Smith
Ever since my visit to Butchart Gardens in the late 90’s I have fallen in love with botanical gardens. If a city I visit has one, chances are I’ve visited it and Naples Florida is no exception. I love the beauty and the tranquillity I feel when I spend time in gardens, especially if they are large and allow me to lose myself in my wanderings. A sunny morning in Naples is the perfect time to visit the Naples Botanical Garden in my opinion. The light is fantastic, only the early bird garden lovers are out and you can stay as long as you’d like.Read the story here:


Travel Guide, Naples, Florida
Style Cusp, March 13, 2017, by Marissa Meade
Kendall and I spent 4 days in Naples, Florida and it was such a dream. To say we loved it is an understatement! Naples is absolutely gorgeous, with every corner covered in a stunning bougainvillea or a sprawling, impeccably designed home. The beach was beautiful and restaurant life vast, making it the perfect spot to getaway or vacation with your family. Naples was actually just named the healthiest and happiest city in the US for the second straight year in a row. I guess it’s time to move…
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Sip and Savor Some Vacation Flavor in Southwest Florida
The News Press, March 12,2017, by JoNell Modys
One of the top activities enjoyed by adults during real vacations, staycations and even week nights out with friends is drinking alcoholic beverages. For some people, a sure fire way to bring on that vacation vibe is a fruity frozen concoction. While binge drinking large quantities of alcohol is undoubtedly unhealthy and even dangerous, there is mounting evidence that moderate drinking in the company of friends and loved ones is a key indicator of longevity.
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For the 2nd Year in a Row, the Healthiest, Happiest City in the U.S. is...Naples
Today.com (NBC), March 7, 2017, by A. Pawlowski
For the second year in a row, Naples, Florida, and the nearby communities of Immokalee and Marco Island take the No. 1 spot in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings, released on Tuesday. The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose.Read the story here:


Hilton Naples Hotel Offers Corporate Luxury With Resort Amenities
30 Day Adventures , March 6, 2017 by Marc Smith
Paradise. That is the last stop on my seven cities, three-week tour of Florida. Paradise Coast to more exact. The cities of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades are my final destination in this epic sunshine state road trip. From start to finish I will have driven over 1400 miles, but I may have left the best for last. The best sunsets, the best beaches and the best hotel room of my entire trip.  Read the story here:


Naples Instagram Round-Up
Styled Snapshots, March 3, 2017
TGIF, everyone! I thought I would end the week with a fun little instagram round-up featuring some of my outfits from our Naples trip. You all have bee so sweet with your comments about some of these pieces I figured it would be easy to put everything in one place for you guys. I also had a few sizing questions so I will do my best to answer them next to whichever piece they apply to.Read the story here:


International Hot Rod Association Promoter Profile: Ralph Hester, Immokalee Regional Raceway
Racer, March 1, 2017, by Steven Cole Smith
Find out the story of how Ralph Hester and his son created one of the nicest, most family-friendly tracks in the country that recently hosted the IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship.
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What to Cook This Weekend
New York Times Cooking, February 24, 2017, by Sam Sifton
Sam Sifton writes about taking a break from his duties at the Miami Food & Wine Festival. “I won't be cooking this weekend... I'm bound west for Everglades City tomorrow, for snook in the backcountry and a bowl of conch chowder at Triad Seafood afterward.” Read the story here:


JW Marriott Opens its Doors in Marco Island, Florida
AFAR, February 17, 2017, by Charu Suri
Over the New Year, along with a commemorative and festive celebration, the Marco Island property on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico changed into the emperor’s new clothes, from a “Marriott” to a “JW Marriott” which prides itself on casual luxury.Read the story here:


Gauging Tourism
Florida Weekly, February 16, 2017, by Roger Williams
A look at tourism in Florida with a focus on South Florida regions. Read the story here:


Walking Your Family to Fitness in Naples: 6 Trails Your Family Will Love
Neapolitan Family
Walking is the perfect exercise and when you walk together as a family, the benefits multiply. Try these Naples-area options for some great family togetherness time. Read the story here:


What To Do In Naples, Florida & Marco Island
AAA Northeast, February 6, 2017, by Jill Fergus
At this time of the year, who wouldn’t want to shed their puffy coats and head to Naples, Florida to soak up some sunshine along the Gulf of Mexico? I did just that on a recent visit to south Florida’s Paradise Coast, a scenic region comprised of Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades.Read the story here:


Getting Healed: Florida Rx for the Frozen Soul
MrScottEddy.com, February 3, 2017,  by Scott Eddy
Winter is everyone’s least favorite season for a reason, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be all bad. In fact, traveling in the wintertime is one of the best ways to check out new locations and to find secret spots to sunbathe at when the weather turns nasty. However, I’ve been treated to beautiful weather here in Florida, and FloridaRx has taken care to show me the best of my home state by including a deluxe package. As a result, I was lucky enough to see my state at its most brilliant—and to get some much-needed sun. Read the story here:


3 Reasons You Should Travel To Naples, Florida
Forbes, January 31, 2017, by DeMarco Williams
How famous is Art Smith? Well, former first lady Michelle Obama calls him when she needs a personal chef for an extended weekend. That’s how famous. If Smith makes a move of any substance, the culinary world tends to take notice. So, when the two-time James Beard Award winner opened 1500 South in Naples, Florida, in March 2016, the dining industry turned its collective head in the Gulf of Mexico’s direction.Read the story here:


How to take advantage of living in the tourist destination of Southwest Florida
News Press, January 29, 2017, by JoNell Modys
Living in an area that is a popular destination with both short term visitors here for quick getaways and seasonal residents staying up to six months has many distinct advantages for local residents. Read the story here:


Kane Rum Bar At JW Marriott Island Beach Resort Marco Island
Sweet Leisure , January 23, 2017, by Susan Katzman
Yep. It’s true. I love rum. So imagine my delight discovering a rum bar at the newly refurbished and rebranded JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Read the story here:


Visitors’ Paradise
Business Observer, January 20,2017, by Traci McMillan
Tourism in Collier County has also undergone a major shift — especially because it didn’t have a formal tourism promotion agency until 15 years ago. There was some promotion from the individual hotels, but it was almost 100% a leisure destination, according to Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We had a high season (mid-December to the Easter holiday) and then virtually no season,” he says. Read the story here:


Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants
Atlanta Journal Constitution , January 18, 2017, by Tracey Teo
Celebrity chef Art Smith opened his newest restaurant, 1500 South, less than one year ago at Naples Bay Resort, but it’s already gained a reputation as one of the city’s top fine dining spots. Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and a two-time James Beard nominee, combines the best of the South with the best of Italy, so the menu features everything from stone crab lemon fettuccine to chicken and waffles.Read the story here:


The Best Places to Experience Florida’s Wildlife
Conde Nast Traveler, January 17, 2017, by Paul Rubio
Experience Florida’s most underrated attribute – its nature – with these fun (and educational) day trips. This slideshow features the kayak and boat expeditions from Everglades Area Tours to view birds, dolphins and island life in the Wilderness Waterway section of Everglades National Park, and biking past alligators at the park’s Shark Valley entrance. Read the story here:


Florida: Naples Botanical Garden and The Local
Albany Times Union, January 12, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
Robert and I had a wonderful time celebrating his birthday in Naples and Marco Island. Great travel experiences must eventually come to an end, but we were so sorry when it was finally time to check out of our beautiful accommodations at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Read the story here:


Organizers eager for NDN Half Marathon's return Sunday; storm canceled race last year
Naples Daily News, January 11, 2017, by Adam Fisher
Perry Silverman, known around town as the architect of the Naples Daily News Half Marathon, has become a bit of an amateur meteorologist as this year’s race approaches. Read the story here:


The Next Great Florida Vacations
Conde Nast Traveler, January 10, 2017, by Paul Rubio
Sleepy Naples is waking up to big changes, as major hotel renovations and burgeoning dining and cocktail scenes are drawing in a younger demographic. Newly opened spots include steakhouse The Continental with a 30-seat craft cocktail bar specializing in classic, Prohibition-era cocktails and live music nightly.  Read the story here:


Naples and Marco Island, FL: Farmers’ Market, Dolphin Excursion and the Marriott
Albany Times Union, Januaray 7, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
After a nice breakfast at Naples’ Edgewater Beach Hotel, my husband Robert and I made the 10 minute or so drive back to Third Street for the city’s popular Farmers’ Market.  As mentioned before, Naples is a very, very affluent city so on the way we traveled by one beautifully decorated luxury home after another. Read the story here:


10 Things You're Missing On Florida's Paradise Coast
Southern Living, January 3,2017, by Abigail Wilt
A trip down to warm, sunny Florida can be about much more than theme parks. Three closely knit communities on the coast – Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City – provide tons of unique family fun that you won't find anywhere else. Read the story here:


Fun and Sun in Naples, Florida
Albany Times Union, January 3, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
After a great start to our Naples, Florida vacation at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, we woke up the next morning to see that the waters from the Gulf of Mexico had ebbed to reveal a series of sand bars.
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Romantic Paradise at the Edgewater Beach Hotel
Albany Times Union, January 2, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
My husband Robert’s birthday was last month, and I wanted to take him on a short vacation to celebrate this special occasion. Read the story here:


On Holiday in Naples
Unnamedproject, December 2016, Ken Panton
Between the magnificent natural wonder that is the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, we recently discovered the quietly elegant, highly cultured seaside town of Naples. The area’s natural beauty begins at its shores, which are graced with wide, natural white sandy beaches, often considered to be among the nation’s finest. Read the story here:


The Hidden Gems of Paradise Coast
The Daily Meal, December 22, 2016, by Laura Pucillo
Florida is known as a retirement safe haven and a winter getaway for us snowbirds up north. But what about its food scene? Read the story here:


Cities With the Longest Life Expectancy in Every State
Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2016, by Steven Peters
To highlight how life expectancy trends vary across the United States, 24/7 Wall St. listed the city in every state with the longest life expectancy at birth. Looking at all U.S. metro areas, life expectancy is highest in Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida, where life expectancy at birth is 83.5 years. In contrast, residents in Gadsden, Alabama have a life expectancy more than 10 years shorter. Read the story here:


America’s 10 Best Beach Towns for Christmas
Coastal Living, December 2016, by Tracey Minkin
We all know Santa comes by boat, so it’s only fitting that we all get to the beach as quickly as possible for the holidays. Here, our travel editor’s favorite beach towns that do it up right for Christmas, from old-fashioned style to all-out light extravaganzas. Read the story here:


8 Great Scenic Drives in South Florida
McCool Travel, by Charles McCool
Travel expert Charles McCool includes Tamiami Trail in his pick of 8 Great Scenic Drives in South Florida. He highlights attractions on the section between Miami and Naples including the Shark Valley entrance to Everglades National Park, Loop Road and the smallest post office in the U.S. in Ochopee.
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South Florida Instagrammers We Love
Naples Illustrated, November 11, 2016 by Rebbecca Rehm
Naples Illustrated, a leading area lifestyle magazine, is big fans of Instagram and its ability to share ideas and experiences through beautiful photos, especially when those photos are focused on our beautiful communities. Here are four of the magazine's favorite South Florida Instagrammers to follow, including @ParadiseCoast! Read the story here:


Best view of Sunday’s supermoon? Try an eco tour
The News Press, November 9, 2016 by JoNell Modys
Kayak and boating eco tours are great bets for watching the rise of supermoons and all full moons. Read the story here:


How to eat your way through Florida's Coastal Paradise
Saveur, November 8,2016, by Saveur Editors
Sugar-fine white sand beaches along the sparkling Gulf of Mexico? Check. Shopping and charming pedestrian thoroughfares? Double check. A bumping restaurant and bar scene that hits every pleasure point, from down-home barbecue to high-end Persian? Triple check; over and out: Naples and Marco Island, Florida, have it all.
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Florida’s Paradise Coast lives up to its name
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, November 6, 2016 by Tracey Teo
“Reel down! Pull up! Reel down! Pull up!” That’s the mantra Capt. Jason Gilbert shouted as I struggled to reel in whatever was on the other end of my fishing line. It was putting up a heck of a fight, and I used every ounce of muscle to get the contrary leviathan on the boat. Maybe I had a bull shark.Read the story here:


25 Best Florida State Parks
Dream Vacation Magazine, November 4, 2016, by Vacationidea Staff
The Florida State Park system is an excellent steward of the state’s natural resources, and houses some of its most beautiful sites. Whether you are looking for excellent beaches where you can swim, sunbathe, or snorkel, to see wildlife and spot birds, to hike, bicycle, snorkel, scuba dive, go horseback riding, or camp, there is a state park for you, beautifully groomed, intelligently maintained, and with picnic areas, concessions, shade, and rangers to answer your questions or address your concerns.Read the story here:


Florida’s left coast serves up some of the best experiences the state has to offer.
AAA Home & Away, November 2016, by William J. Purpura
Seasoned travelers implore those who hope to follow in their footsteps to take the long, dark, lonely roads, as more often than not these serve as the pathways to worlds of enlightenment. Read the story here:


Surprising Outdoor Gems of Naples and Marco Island, Florida
Visittheusa.com, November 2016, by Joel Welin
Just 30 minutes away from the 607,000-hectare Everglades National Park and its vast birding, boating and wildlife-watching opportunities, The Paradise Coast truly is heaven for nature lovers. Read the story here:


Top 20 Small Cities In Florida
101usa.com, October 2016
Long a favorite among the moneyed set, Naples maintains an upscale, small town perspective to life. The population of the town now exceeds 20,000 and boasts of several distinctions. According to Wikipedia, Naples has the 2nd highest concentration of millionaires per capita of any American city and the 6th highest per capital income in the country. Read the stroy here:


Annual Florida Panther fest comes to Naples Zoo
The News Press, October 29,2016, by JoNell Modys
Uno, the Florida panther that was injured and blinded by a shotgun blast and is now a resident at Naples Zoo, is an important ambassador for this endangered species. He will be the star of the show during the annual Florida Panther Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, which has moved to Naples Zoo in his honor. Read the story here:


Magazine readers pick Naples as a 'favorite big city'
Naples Daily News, October 21,2016, by June Fletcher
Take that, Seattle, San Diego and Washington, D.C. Those are just three of the cities that Naples beat out in Conde Nast Traveler’s “favorite big cities in the U.S.” list in its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey.
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Time To Flock To Florida
Travel Press, October 20, 2016
Visit Florida along with more than a dozen of its partners were in Toronto earlier this week to update the Canadian travel trade on all that’s going on in the Sunshine State this winter. Read the story here:


Retirees find Classic Charm in Naples, FL
Where to Retire, October 3, 2016
Naples a “thriving city with and enticing social and cultural calendar” well suited for retirees. Read the story here:


Where To Travel in October
Forbes Travel Guide, September 30, 2016, by Jaydine Sayer
Fall inevitably conjures up back-to-school nostalgia, and if you’re missing that air of excitement this time of year, consider traveling to one of these five spots hosting educationally minded events in spectacular settings. But just as the case was when you were in school, it’s not all about classes and workshops this month. We’ve managed to fill our calendar with music, outdoor activities and lots of good food, too. Read the story here:


The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway on Florida's Paradise Coast
The Rebel Chick, September 14, 2016, by Jennifer Quillen 
When you live in a state with over 1,000 miles of coastline there’s a ton of options for a weekend beach getaway. But not all Florida beaches are created equal. East coast beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. They are good for sunrises and surfing. West coast beaches are protected by the Gulf of Mexico. These are the beaches that epic sunsets are made of and with less waves, seem much calmer. Read the story here:


25 food and drink festivals to taste this fall
USA Today, September 9, 2016, by Ashley Day
Fall has more flavors in store than pumpkin spice. Travelers and locals alike can indulge in California lobster, St. Louis barbecue, Las Vegas fine dining and Florida stone crab at these flavorful festivals in September and October. Read the story here:


Travel Leisure Readers award Naples #3 Favorite Beach Town in America
Visit Florida, September 8, 2016
Travel Leisure, one of the world’s leading travel publications, lists Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America”  and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. Read the story here:


The 9 Best Beaches in Florida
Oyster.com, August 31, 2016 by Lilly LeClair
Summer may be winding down in the Northern Hemisphere, but if you are anything like most of us at Oyster.com -- that is to say, complete and total beach fanatics -- you may find yourself already fantasizing about a winter escape. Read the story here:


Naples a Favorite Beach Town
North Palm Beach Life, August 31, 2016
Travel Leisure  Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America”  and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. Read the story here:


15 food and drink festivals to taste this fall
USA Today, August 30,2016, by Ashley Day
Fall has more flavors in store than pumpkin spice. Travelers and locals alike can indulge in California lobster, St. Louis barbecue, Las Vegas fine dining and Florida stone crab at these flavorful festivals in September and October.
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Collier tourism: Keep calm and carry mosquito repellent
Fort Myers News Press, August 29, 2016, by JoNell Modys
The Zika virus has been in the headlines a lot since locally transmitted cases were discovered in two small neighborhoods in Miami and Miami Beach at the beginning of the month. Read the story here:



The best beachcombing beaches around the USA
USA Today, August 26,2016, by Terry Ward
For the ultimate beachcombing booty, head to these six beaches spanning from Washington to Rhode Island for rare finds underneath the sand. Read the story here:


The best bars on Fifth Avenue South in Naples
The News-Press, August 20, 2016, by Sharon Kenney
Naples’ most famous commercial street is known for its great collection of restaurants, but some of Naples’ best bars are also located here. Read the story here:


Collier tourism: Keep calm and carry mosquito repellant
The News-Press, August 25, 2016, by JoNell Modys
The Zika virus has been in the headlines a lot since locally transmitted cases were discovered in two small neighborhoods in Miami and Miami Beach at the beginning of the month. Read the story here:


The best small towns to visit across America
Curbed, August 15,2016, by Megan Barber
From New York to Los Angeles, urban life can take a toll. Whether you’re battling traffic, the subway, or you’ve just have had enough of that sweaty urban smell (you know the one), it might be time for a change. If the dog days of summer have you yearning for a getaway, look no further than the small towns within just a few hours of America’s biggest cities. Read the story here:


Resorts entice beach lovers to the coast
Coastal Life, August 14,2016, by JoNell Modys
Summers are more popular than ever in Naples and Marco Island. Continued promotion by the convention and visitors bureau of the great destination values available this time of the year is a given and has worked to great effect, especially the past few summers with summer hotel occupancies remaining as high as 80 percent. Read the story here:


7 Florida towns Miamians need to visit right now
Curbed Miami, August 12,2016, by Josh Baumgard
Miami can be a relaxing and beautiful place and a vacation destination for many but for residents it may be too busy and fast to provide an adequate staycation, especially with all of those standout South Florida drivers gracefully sharing the road... Read the story here:


8 of the cheapest fall flight deals on Southwest
Fox News Travel, August 12, 2016, by Lyn Mettler
Prime summer vacation season is almost over-- but that doesn’t mean travel should come to a halt. There are plenty of fantastic airfare deals starting right now for fall travel with carriers like Southwest slashing fares for popular destinations. Read the story here:


New life for Lake Trafford
Coastal Life, August 7,2016, by Eric DeVaux
Dubbed “the little lake that could” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lake Trafford is on the national fishing map, thanks to a recent article in a popular anglers magazine chronicling its near death and rebirth as a healthy bass habitat. Read the story here:


Hotels, attractions lure visitors with PokemonGo! meet-ups, events
Coastal Life, July 27,2016, by JoNell Modys
The Pokemon Go! phenomenon is global, and if you think it’s just a passing fad, think again. Read the story here:


Collier tourism team goes into action: No toxic algae-bloom here
Coastal Life, July 13,2016, by JoNell Modys
All South Florida beach destinations, including ours, were cast under a cloud of uncertainty by the headline that screamed across the country through top national media outlets and internationally via BBC News a few weeks ago. Read the story here:


The Most Beautiful Places in All 50 States
Town & Country, July 12, 2016, by Heather Finn
Photo/caption slideshow features one location photo to represent the most beautiful spot in each state. Naples Pier represents the State of Florida.Read the story here:


Redefine a Tropical Vacation at JW Marriott Marco Island
Honest Cooking, July 11,2016, by Alyssa Holder
Debuting in January 2017, the J.W Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort will elevate the expectations for wanderlusts seeking beauty beyond their imagination, with views surpassing Instagram “worthiness” and food embodying the flavors of the Paradise Coast, Florida. Read the story here:


Everglades National Park Video: Here the whisper of the Everglades
USA Today Travel, July 8, 2016, by NPS
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Mangrove Madness
BDOutdoors.com, July 7, 2016, by Capt. Ali Hussainy
Read Capt. Ali’s report on his recent adventures fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and coastal estuaries around Marco Island during the Mangrove Madness outdoor media event. Read the story here:


Everglades National Park 360 Degrees Video
USA Today, July 1, 2016, featuring conservationist Franklin Adams
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Naples, Florida, Has The Glam And Sophistication Of Beverly Hills
Culinary Travel, Featured, Florida, Luxury Travel, USA, June 30,2016, by Parm Parmar
I had a whirlwind 24 hour trip to beautiful Naples Florida, one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S.; with the second highest proportion of millionaires per capita in America. Many ‘captains of industry’ have vacation homes in Naples. Read the story here:


Adventure and luxury both await visitors to Naples, Florida.
Lake Norman Magazine, June 28,2016, by Katie Coleman
Florida’s paradise coast strikes a balance for many visitors. Bordered on the east by the Everglades and on the west by the Gulf of Mexico (complete with white-sand beaches and oceanfront manses), Naples is situated in a pristine location to explore the best of Florida. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, Miami is only 90 minutes away. Read the story here:


Claw Your Way to the Paradise Coast
Honest Cooking, June 20,2016, by Alyssa Holder
The natural environment in and around the Paradise Coast creates the picturesque tropical dream worthy image equivalent to what you will find outside the United States. A Caribbean- esque destination yet you do not need a passport to go there. Read the story here:


Last-Minute Weekend Getaway Ideas for Father's Day
U.S. News & World Report, June 16,2016, by Sheryl Nance-Nash
Don't kid yourself – dad doesn't want another tie or tool for Father's Day. This year, why not try to be more creative?
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10 Top Underrated Golf Courses
U.S. News & World Report, June 11, 2016, by Sery Kim
With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to pick up an original and thoughtful gift. But if you're stumped on what to present dad this year, fear not: We've got a great gift idea. Read the story here:


The Rise of Bourbon: Hotels Are Jumping in Full Barrel
U.S. News & World Report, June 8, 2016, by Lyn Mettler
Bourbon sales are on the upswing across the U.S. with revenue from whiskey sales up 7.8 percent from 2014 to 2015 and showing significant growth over the last decade, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. 
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7 Spots to Visit with Kids this summer
The Magazine – Insure My Trip, June 6,2016 by Lyn Mettler
With school days behind us and the long days of summer in front of us, it’s the perfect time to travel. School schedules and track meets are long gone yet the kiddos need something to keep them occupied. Read the story here:


The Quiet Corner of the Sunshine State
SmartMeetings.com, June 2016, by Steve Winston
Florida, the nations third most-populous state, gets a lost of publicity for its bright lights, big citys and renowned attractions. Read the story here:


Sunshine State: Forget about pizza & pasta, Naples on the Florida coast will get you in a Sunshine state
Scottish Sun, May 30, 2015, by Heather Lowrie
Explore Florida’s Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades with Heather Lowrie as she discovers top hotel accommodations, blinding white sand beaches, top dining and beautiful nature. Read the story here:


Spring savings on Florida vacations - 2016
Toronto Sun, May 13,2016, By Nicole Feenstra
Planning a last minute spring fling in Florida? There are a number of hotels in the Sunshine State offering savings and getaway packages for a sunny getaway before summer officially arrives. Read the story here:


The 10 Best Beaches in Florida
Barefoot Beach Preserve County park ranked at #4
Coastal Living, May 1, 2016, by Tracey Minkin
Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park is a white-sand strand on one of Florida's last undeveloped barrier islands on the state's southwest coast. Read the story here:


Naples has been named #27 in Travel Leisure’s round-up of “America’s Favorite Towns."
Travel Leisure, May 2016, By Katrina Brown Hunt
This southwest Florida town struck readers as pretty serene: it ranked for being quiet, safe and relaxing. Read the story here:


Florida travel calendar for May
Orlando Sentinel, April 28,2016, by Adrienne Cutway
Check out festivals and events in May across the state. Read the story here:


TripAdvisor again ranks Marco Island in its Top 10 Islands – United States 
Tripadvisor.com, April 2016
White beaches, a sparkling sea, a strawberry daiquiri in hand—what more do you need in a vacation? 
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Page Six columnist Cindy Adams writes about her visit to ‘pure and pristine’ Naples
Naples columnist responds to Cindy Adams snarky Naples write up.
Naples Daily News, April 25, 2016, by Batten
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My lavish time in the quiet Naples, Florida
New York Post, April 24,2016, By Cindy Adams
Naples. Not la città in Italy’s boot. I’m talking west coast of Florida’s high-stepping kick in the assets colony.
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Sun in fun goes on
Florida Weekly, April 20,2016, By Roger Williams
Like everything else these days, “season,” as Floridians have long called the manna from (not heaven) the North or Europe that rolls in to create robust local economies each year, came and went swiftly. Read the story here:


Rebirth of Lake Trafford
Florida Game & Fish Magazine, April 2016, By Jimmy Jacobs
Bassmaster Elite Series professional angler Bobby Lane of Lakeland stood on the casting deck of his Phoenix bass boat preplexed and looking down at the water of Lake Trafford. Read the story here:


America's annual seafood festivals and cook-offs
USA Today Travel, April 15,2016, By Susan B Barnes
From shrimp to oysters, lobster to crawfish, Maine to Alaska and Florida to California, we Americans love our seafood, which is quite evident in the number of festivals celebrating the stuff throughout the country each year Read the story here:


Exploring Florida’s Everglades – Navigating the wild, wonderful (and a little bit weird) national park that’s made out of water
Coastal Living, April 1, 2016, by Jonathan Miles
Just a few hours into my exploration of the Everglades, and already my sense of time seems to be warping. Read the story here:



Woman Who Came Face-to-Face with a Panther
Inside Edition, Aril 1,2016
The woman who recorded a video of a panther whizzing right by her called the encounter “amazing.” See the video here:


The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa just may be Florida’s best kept secret.
Travelscope Magazine, Spring 2016, By Barbara Beckley
Spring is a time for growth and new beginnings. While this year the Travelscope eMagazine celebrates more than 30 years of delivering the best of travel.Read the story here:


Five hotels on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast drop thier rates for Canadians
National Post, March 23,2016, By Rochelle Lash
The captivating vacation town of Naples, on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast, is popping with accessible dollar deals for Canadians. Read the story here:


Five Timely, Sun-Filled Spring Trips Near Miami
TravelandLeisure.com, March 2016, By Tom Austin
In spring, when high season rates begin to ebb and reservations are easier to come by, it’s an ideal—and relatively affordable—time to hit the open road in Florida. Read the story here:


Hyatt House set to debut in Naples
Travelweekly.com, March 09,2016, by Robert Silk
Hyatt House Naples/Fifth Avenue is set to open March 15. Read the story here:


A Naples snapshot: Spring awakening
WorkingMother.com, March, 2016, By Elizabeth Amore
On a recent, weekend trip to the Bellasera Hotel, I got to experience its exotic, tropical charm. Bellasera’s lush vegetation and implicit luxury echo the intimacy of a private island. Read the story here:


New in Florida 2016
VisitFloridablog.com, March 2016, by Staff Reports
The new Hyatt House Naples/Fifth Avenue along the picturesque Gordon River section of Naples Bay opened on March 15, 2016. Naples architect Matt Kragh designed the 183 residentially inspired rooms and suites with an Old Florida feel with modern touches, featuring an off-white exterior plus parapets and cornices. Read the story here:


Fla., Miss. destinations perfect for a grown-up spring break
Boston Herald, Thursday, March 03, 2016, by Moira McCarthy
Remember when spring break meant heading to the wildest beach town you could find, cramming in a room with a dozen or more college friends and reveling in craziness? Ah, those were the days. Read the sotry here:


The happiest, healthiest city in the US is...
Today.com, February 23,2016, by A. Pawlowski
It has a Fifth Avenue, lots of shopping and a hot real estate market, but the country's healthiest and happiest city is nowhere near the Big Apple. Read the story here:


On Holiday In Naples
Unnamedproject.com, 2016
Between the magnificent natural wonder that is the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, we recently discovered the quietly elegant, highly cultured seaside town of Naples. Read the story here:


Last minute Valentine's Day vacation ideas
WishTv.com, February 09,2016, by Staff Reports
There are many people still looking for a gift for Valentine’s Day. Travel expert, Lyn Mettler, has getaway ideas to take a short, weekend vacation for the holiday. Read the story here:


Getting to beaches on Florida's Gulf Coast from N.J. just got easier
NJ.com, February 04, 2016, by Jeff Goldman
For the first time in nine years it will be possible to take a commercial flight from Newark to Naples, Fla. 
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26 Best Things to Do in Naples, Florida
VacationIdea.com, February 04, 2016, by Vacationidea Staff
Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, this sophisticated, cultured city is a popular tourist destination. Read the story here:


10 warm and wild destinations for families this winter
FoxNews.com, February 04, 2016, by Lyn Mettler
It’s February, and we’re fed up with winter. Whether your kids are nuts for animals or just love the great outdoors, here are some great adventure-filled escapes for your family to get warm again.Read the story here:


Charity Wine Auctions Are More Than Parties
NyTimes.com, January 29,2016, by Paul Sullivan
DENISE COBB, a former CNN anchor, and her husband, Brian, a media executive, have had some great chefs in their kitchen over the years. Thomas Keller, the owner of the French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York, has cooked there three times. Eric Ripert, the chef at Le Bernardin in New York, has been there, too. Read the story here:


Romantic getaway ideas for Valentine's Day
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 27,2016, by Amy Bertrand
What could be more romantic than to surprise your sweetheart with a weekend getaway? We found a few deals both near and far to help you with your Valentine's Day planning. Read the story here:


9 Beach Destinations to Visit This Winter
HuffingtonPost.com, January 15, 2016, by Sery Kim
With winter just around the corner, many of us are already itching to escape the cool air and retreat to a warm-weather locale with powdery sands and swaying palms. Read the story here:


Everglades National Park – A Look Inside Big Cypress
Active Planet Travels, January 9,2016, by Ronald Robbins
One of best solo trips to be made while visiting the Paradise Coast of Florida is inside the Big Cypress Preserve of Everglades National Park. Read the story here:


The Best Beaches in America, Ranked
PureWow.com, January 8, 2016, by Staff Writter
You’ve got your sun, sand and surf--a universal marker of serenity, right? Well, not so fast, bathing beauty--some beaches are intrinsically better than others. Here we rank the top 14 for you. Read the story here:


Miami’s Five Best Winter Getaway
TravelandLeisure.com, January 5, 2016, by Tom Austin
Naples is identified as one of the five best winter getaways from Miami.Read the story here:


12 Affordable Flight & Hotel Deals to Get You The Hell Out of Boston
Thrillist / Boston, by Meaghan Agnew
Hey, remember last winter? (Obviously.) When you procrastinated on booking a vay-k, and then the snows came snowin’ down and buried us all in inertia and despair? Read the story here:


America's Best Cities, States for Hotels in 2016
TravelPulse.com, December 27, 2015, by Patrick Clarke
The site recently released the results of its 2016 index, revealing the best U.S. cities and states for hotels next year. 
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Best Date Night Restaurants in Naples
AXS.com, Dec. 15, 2015, by Kareem Gantt
Naples is one of America’s fanciest cities. Everything here in this picture-perfect town in Southwest Florida speaks of elegance. Read the story here:


America's Best Ranked Cities to Stay in 2016
HuffingtonPost.com, Dec 3rd, 2015
Reviews give us the best restaurant recommendations, lead us to the best buys - even the best neighborhoods to live - and when you're checking into a hotel, they're also the best way to make sure you're getting exactly what you want to book. Read the story here:


Naples Wins Best U.S. Destination for Luxury Travelers, Here's What to Experience While There
JustLuxe.com, Dec. 3rd, 2015, By Janice Nieder
USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice poll recently voted Naples, Florida the nation’s top “Best Destination for Luxury Travelers,” leaving high-roller contenders such as Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, Maui, and Aspen in the dust.
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Forget El Niño, Chef Vincenzo Betulia is the Real Reason Florida's Restaurant Scene is Heating Up
JustLuxe.com, November 24th, 2015, By Janice Nieder
This was a very good year for Chef Vincenzo Betulia, who scored a double whammy when he was honored with two 2015 Naples Illustrated Dining Awards: one for Best Restaurant and the other for Best New Chef. Read the story here:


Chickee Magnet: Everglades Wilderness Waterway
Tampa Bay Times, Wednesday October 21, 2015, By Terry Tomalin
When the Seminoles wanted a place to hide, they'd head to the Everglades. The Wilderness Waterway, 99 twisted miles of country most Floridians would consider wasteland, runs from Everglades City to Flamingo on the state's southern tip. 
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22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations
VacationIdea.com, September 28, 2015, By VacationIdea Staff
From beautiful sandy beaches to scenic mountains, America's small towns offer families a diverse choice of things to see and do. Whether you like children's museums, botanical gardens, shopping, wilderness trails or water parks with slides, our list includes choices for every taste. Read the story here:  


Exploring Florida's Paradise Coast
GoodLife Magazine, September, 2015, By Laurie Wallace-Lynch
Ah, just another day in Paradise. Start your day walking on a seemingly endless white sand beach, head to the upscale shops and restaurants on 5th Avenue South, and then get set for an afternoon adventure on an airboat ride in the Everglades. Read the story here:


Resort and Cruise News
The New York Times, September, 8th, 2015, By Elaine Glusac
In the post-Labor Day travel lull, a number of resorts in South Florida are offering deals on rooms, sometimes by cutting prices, other times by including extra freebies. Read the story here:


Fall foodie festivals offer affordable vacation fun
Stars and Stripes, September 3, 2015, By Myscha Theriault
Now that the weather's getting a bit cooler and shoulder season hotel rates have started to kick in, it's a great time to start thinking about planning an autumn getaway. Add in this fall's drop in airline ticket prices, and the savings opportunities become even more appealing. So, how could you possibly add to the value of such a vacation? You have only to research the food festivals at your chosen destination. Read the story here:


10 Great Places to Go After a Divorce
TheRichest.com, August 30th, 2015, By Sheryl Nance-Nash
A divorce will rock your world; send you crashing into the abyss so deep you feel you can’t find your way out. If there ever was a time to baby yourself, it’s now. Doing so seems fitting, afterall, you’re starting over. Read the story here:


Hotel and Resort News: Fresh Produce in Florida; Champagne in London
NYTimes.com, August 25, 2015, By Shivani Vora
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida has an innovative new source for its vegetables: The resort recently purchased a 45-foot-long repurposed shipping container that has the capacity to grow an acre of produce. Read the story here:


The Delicious, Invasive Species You'll Be Eating Next
Bloomberg Businessweek, August 19, 2015, By Maridel Reyes
Served at Sea Salt in Naples, Fla., these resemble baby-back ribs but are more tender. They come from Amazon Fish Co., which employs locals to catch the 200-pound beasts throughout Brazil. Read the story here:


What to do in Naples, Marco Island in Summer
Miami Herald, August 14, 2015, By Marjie Lambert
Naples is an easy getaway from Miami — smaller, low-key and a lot more seasonal with its high percentage of winter residents. Some museums, restaurants and other attractions close every year for a month or two about now; some other places schedule construction and big repair jobs because this is when business is slowest. Read the story here:


Fall Savings: 23 Affordable Dream Destinations For Autumn Vacation Rentals
Tripadvisor Vacation Deals Blog, August 01,2015
An urban chic oasis known for high-end shopping and sophisticated dining, Naples comes in as the number one most affordable US getaway for the fall. Read the story here:


The Best Small Cities In America
Huffingtonpost.com, July 31, 2015, By Debbie Strong
Here are the small American charmers, as voted on by Condé Nast Traveler readers. All have populations of under 100,000, and often as much to offer as cities ten times their size. Read the story here:


In Naples, Fla., Bostonians will fit right in
The Boston Glove, July 18, 2015, By Rich Fahey
There are plenty of reasons for Bostonians to visit the Naples area. There’s the weather, the golf, the beaches, and, in spring, the chance to visit the training camp of the Boston Red Sox in nearby Fort Myers. Read the story here:


10 Most Popular U.S. Islands for Summer Vacations
Yahoo Travel, July 7, 2015, By Jenny Adams
Islands really move us to explore, party, reflect, and revive, whether you’re an artistic, wistful soul or a pessimist who finds optimism in a great slice of coastline … despite the inevitable sand in your sheets. Read the story here:


11 Of America's Best Small Towns, Perfect For A Long Weekend Trip
The Huffington Post, July 02, 2015, By Suzy Stutner
Whether you've got an extra vacation day to spare or not, summer is ALWAYS a good excuse for a long weekend trip. Life moves a little slower, food tastes a little sweeter and everything is just a bit simpler than in the place you left behind. Read the story here:


10Best Island Escapes You Can Drive To
USA Today 10Best.com, June 26, 2015, By Travis Marshall
Florida's Marco Island sits along the Gulf Coast between Naples and the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands as they stretch into the Everglades. Here you can find perfect white-sand beaches along with some of the best beachfront dining and shopping in the state. Read the story here:


Great day trips for Father's Day
FoxNews.com, June 18th, 2015, By Sarah Sekula
Surprise dad with a fun excursion this Father’s Day. Paddle your way through the Everglades, learn the ancient art of throw-net fishing or go on a shark-tagging expedition. Chances are, he’ll appreciate your surprise trip way more than a necktie.  Read the story here:


Road trip USA: 50 states, 50 must-see stops
ExperienceUSAToday.com, June 8,2015, By Sarah Sekula
Pack up the car. Crank up the radio. And make your way through unknown territory. Getting behind the wheel for an extended road trip is always an adventure, but these carefully chosen pit stops along the way will add a little extra oomph to your next road trip. Read the story here:


Lean About Dolphins With the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project
Travelagewest.com, June 07,2015, By Erin Gifford
It’s hard to find a child who doesn’t love dolphins, and there are plenty of programs that allow kids of all ages to get up close to the animals. On Marco Island in Florida, however, budding scientists can actually help researchers catalog dolphins as part of 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project. Read the story here:


18 Great Places to Go Camping
Budgettravel.com, June 4th, 2015
When it comes to getting up close and personal with nature, Budget Travel editors know the spots where you'll find elbow room, nightly lodging for under $30, and North America's most beautiful flora and fauna. Read the story here:


America's 40 Best Seafood Shacks
TheDailyMeal.com, June 2,2015, By Nikkitha Bakshami
The folks at City Seafood, located in a tiny fishing village, pride themselves on catching all of their seafood and stone crabs from their own fishing and crabbing boats. Read the story here:


Florida Smashes All-Time Record Quarter for Tourism
Visitfloridablog.org, May 15th, 2015, By Will Seccombe
I am pleased to share that today Governor Rick Scott announced during a press conference at the Naples Zoo that Florida has set another record in tourism numbers by welcoming the highest amount of visitors of any quarter in the state’s history.  Read the story here:


10 recently Renovated Destination Spas in the United States
Fodors.com, May 11, 2015, By Zachary Laks
Set on the calm shores of Outer Clam Bay, right off the Gulf of Mexico, Naples Grande Beach Resort reemerged this past February from an $18 million renovation. Read the sotry here:


20 Insanely Gorgeous Locations for a Beach Wedding
Divinecaroline.com, May 7th, 2015, By Samantha Shelton
Surf, sand and swapping vows. If those four words describe your perfect way to walk down the aisle, then step right this way to your ideal beach wedding. Read the story here:


Five Great Cities For A Great Burger
Travelpulse.com, May 6, 2015, By Tom Bastek
May is officially National Burger Month, as if a food item of such vast popularity around the world needed more recognition. One of those classic, go-to foods in the U.S., we as a country consume over 50 billion burgers a year. Read the story here:


22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations
Vacationidea.com, April 30th, 2015
From beautiful sandy beaches to scenic mountains, America's small towns offer families a diverse choice of things to see and do. Read the story here


Drop anchor in Florida's Naples, Marco Island, Everglades region
Bostonhearld.com, April 23, 2015, By Moira McCarthy
Imagine a place where nature, shopping, great dining and fun activities are within minutes of each other. Read the story here:


Discover Vacation Serenity in Naples and Marco Island, Florida: Sand, Surf, Sun, Nature Galore & More
Comunitytable.com, April 21, 2015, By Laura Manske
Glistening on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, Paradise Coast harbors the charmingly elegant city of Naples as well as the resort community of Marco Island, both showcasing luxuriously long, white sand beaches. Read the story here:


TripAdvisor names Travelers' Choice islands of the world
USAToday.com, April 21,2015, By Nancy Trejos
This year's list includes more than 100 islands worldwide from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K. and the USA. Read the story here:


Relax on the Refund
Americanspa.com, April 15,2015, By Jennifer Nied
Today marks the dreaded tax deadline, or for some an exciting opportunity to plan a fun spa splurge with refunds.
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2015 Tax Day Freebies, Promotions, Deals and Specials
Forbes.com, April 14, 2015, By Kelly Phillips Erb
Tax Day is just around the corner. Nobody likes writing a big check to Uncle Sam but there is some good news: Tax Day also means free stuff, promotions, deals and specials. Read the story here:


Dream Destinations: 5 of the Most Relaxing Spa Treatments from Around the World
Brazenwoman.com, April 13,2015
It’s National Stress Awareness Month so it makes sense that we’re looking for ways to keep ourselves sane.
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America's Best Food Cities
Condé Nast Traveler, April 13,2015, By CNT Editors
Though Miami may grab the bulk of the accolades when it comes to Florida's hottest food cities, there's a food revolution happening in the Sunshine State's southwestern quadrant, with Naples at the helm. Read the story here:


Where to Spend Your Tax Return: Tax Day Deals
Shermanstravel.com, April 9th, 2015, By Kristine Hansen
Looking to catch some sun? Head to one of this hotel group’s three hotels in Florida between April 15 and July 31 to shave 15 percent off room rates. Read the story here:


Paradise Coast Festival Season in Florida
Theluxuryspot.com, April 7th, 2015, By Bryce Gruber
It’s festival season on the Paradise Coast of Florida. It’ll be warm. You can wear shorts non-stop. Read the story here:


Florida’s 5 sexiest, secluded off-shore islands.
New York Post, March 23,2015, By Beth Landman
At the tail end of a punishing winter, an island’s sun and seclusion provide the perfect relief. Read the story here:


Quick and easy travel getaways to ease winter’s chill.
Todayshow.com, March 07,2015, By Jaime Freedman
Jaime Freedman, Senior Editor at Travelzoo, joins TODAY to talk about some of the best deals on hotels that can help melt away those winter blues. View the story here:


5 picks from the emerging restaurant scene in Naples, Florida.
Johnnyjet.com, March 06,2015, By Caitlin Martin
You won’t believe the emerging culinary scene in Naples. There are new restaurants and bars opening everywhere, all led by young, energetic chefs, elevating the Naples dining experience. Read the story here:


Ritz-Carltons, A Direct Flight From Boston, Offer Late-Winter Escapes.
Boston.com, March 05,2015, By Paul E. Kandarian
You can play a round at the 36-hole, Greg Norman-designed Tiburon, or check out the nearby Naples Zoo.
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Naples, Florida with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Beach Vacation.
Mommy Poppins.com, March 1, 1015, By Allison Tabaldi
We recently visited Naples and have to add it to our list of favorite Gulf Coast towns. Naples, Florida offers families miles of sun-drenched Gulf beaches dusted with powdery white sand and gentle surf. Read the story here:


Prepare yourself: These zoo babies are dangerously cute.
USA Today Travel, February 25, 2015, by Carri Wilbanks
Even during the winter, new life is springing forth, especially at zoos. These new zoo babies are too cute to miss.
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Gourmet Getaways: Three Places to Eat in Naples, Florida. 
offMetro.com, February 11, 2015, By Allison Tibaldi
Join writer Allison Tibaldi on her culinary tour of top places to dine in Naples.Read the story here:


Florida's most famous foodstuff, the orange is enjoyed any which way by all kinds of people.
USA Today Travel, February 9, 2015, By Eric Grossman
Florida's most famous foodstuff, the orange is enjoyed any which way by all kinds of people. A handful of envelope-pushing restaurants and bars are putting their own unique spin on the ingredient with innovative approaches.
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Experience a blend of continental flavor, from African wildlife to Balinese paradise, in Southwest Florida.
The Tennessean, February 8, 2015, By Renuka Christoph
After having explored Tampa, head to Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa. Travelers will glory in the seaside luxury of the resort, which sits on three miles of Southwest Florida beach. Ready the story here:


Bring Your Appetite to Naples, Florida
Daves Travel Corner, February 4, 2015, By Allison Tibaldi
If you think the Florida restaurant scene is all early bird specials and buffets that cater to the denture set, meet Naples. Ready the story here:


Top Ten Gulf Coast Activities In Naples And Everglades City, Florida
Family Travel Forum, February 2, 2015, By Allison Hyman-Tibaldi
Our top ten activities in Naples and Everglades City represent the yin and yang of family vacations, so why not embrace variety and enjoy a taste of both cities on Florida's Gulf Coast. Read the story here:


Cozy up to exotic birds at Florida sanctuary
Boston Globe, January 31, 20105, By Nancy Heiser
At Bird Gardens of Naples, the nonprofit organization she owns and runs with her husband, Griffith, small lovebirds and cockatiels, large macaws and cockatoos coexist in generous flight spaces among lush foliage on the couple’s five-acre property. Read the story here:


Naples is #2 Best City to Stay for 2015 on Trivago.com’s list ranking cities for quality hotels
Trivago.com, January, 2015
You don’t have to sacrifice quality in order to pay less for a hotel, and to make sure that you’re staying in the best rooms available while still paying the ideal price. Read the story here:


Do I Dare Eat Asian Shrimp from Costco?
Oakpark.com, January 27th, 2015, By David Hammond
In early January, I spent a few days in Naples, Florida, a beautiful town of extremely wealthy people with excellent skin tone. My first stop was at The Local, a superb restaurant run by owner-chef Jeff Mitchell, a straight-ahead dude who seems totally committed to sourcing his ingredients locally…and in Naples. Read the story here:


Award-winning chef, and Boston's own, Barbara Lynch returns to the Naples Winter Wine Festival this year.
Boston.com, January, 2015, By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent
Lynch said in a release, it's about the cause: Since it's inception in 2001, the festival has raised more than $123 million for its founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Read the story here:


Naples, FL Named a Best Gulf Coast Beach by FlipKey
Flipkey, January, 2015
FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of Leading travel site TripAdvisor has announced Naples, Fla. as a Top Gulf Coast Beach Destination. This designation is based on industry research and traveler feedback.. Read the story here:


How to Plan a Multi-day Camping/fishing Adventure in the Everglades.
Sport Fishing, January 20, 2015, By Adrian E. Gray
Since my first trip to the Everglades two decades ago, I’ve been enamored with the fishery and its splendid tranquility. However, trailering a skiff 140 miles back and forth from Miami to the park in a single day not only makes me anxious, but it also severely limits my fishing time. Read the story here:


25 Best Warm Winter Family Vacations to Escape the Polar Vortex
Mommy Poppins, January 16,2015, By: Allison Tibaldi
We were warned. From the Farmer’s Almanac to Al Roker, weather forecasters across the nation predicted a ruthless winter. It only took a few days of frigid air to get me dreaming of warmer climes. The ingredients for a toasty vacation are only a plane ride away. Read the story here:


Best Family Beach Hotels
Travel Leisure, January, 2015
Ten minutes’ north of downtown, this oceanfront boutique resort delivers access to one of Naples’s few secluded beaches. Read the story here: 


A Wildlife Beach Getaway
The Tennessee Tribune, January 14, 2015, By Renuka Christoph
Experience a blend of continental flavor from African wildlife to Balinese paradise in Southwest Florida.
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Fly-Fishing The Everglades
Rhapsody, January 2015, By Jacob Baynham
Alligators and panthers, eagle rays and fish: South Florida and the Everglades offer a bestiary of darting, prowling, leaping and swimming creatrues. To take it all in, you'll want a guide, a good rod and a soft bed in Naples when the day is done.
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Collier County Artificial reef project a game changer
News-Press.com, January 7, 2015, By JoNell Modys
With the advent of Collier County’s extensive new artificial reef system on the immediate horizon, I can’t get the tune of the chorus to Donovan’s pop-folk classic “Atlantis” out of my head. Read the story here:


10 Toasty Golf Destinations for Winter
USA Today 10Best, January 2, 2015, By Kristopher Neild
When the mercury level drops, golfers trapped in the northern hemisphere need places to snowbird. These 10 locales offer great golf courses that can be be played under the comfort of nice, warm sunshine any time of year. Grab your foursome and book your trip today. Read the story here:


The Everglades: Take a walk on the wild side
USA Today Travel, November 24,2014, by Amber Nolan
As the only subtropical preserve on the North American continent, much of Florida's Everglades National Park consists of wetlands and a maze of mangroves. Read the story here:


America’s Best Towns for the Holidays
Travel Leisure, November 2014
This Florida town lacks snowman-building material—it ranked highly in the survey for warm weather and beach getaways. Read the story here:


Where to see 'snow' in Florida for the holidays.
Orlando Sentinel, November 18,2014, by Adrienne Cutway
In Florida, dreaming of a white Christmas is little more than wishful thinking. Read the story here:


Christmas Island Style: Rudolph the red-nose dolphin?
Marco Eagle, November 17, 2014
The pick is in. Santa’s sleigh pulled by dolphins – one with a red nose – was chosen for the 2015 Christmas Island Style ornament. Read the story here.


10Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll
USA Today Travel, November 12,2014, by Lena N. Katz
The main artery of Old Naples Historic District is an Instagrammer's dream, thanks to the colorful flowerbeds, hedges and tropical trees that line the sidewalk.  Read the story here.


The 10 Most Popular U.S. Beaches — Where Everyone Wants to Be Right Now
Yahoo! Travel, August 25, 2014, by Kelly O'Mara
In south Florida on the Gulf Coast side, Naples is a wealthy beach enclave, with one of the highest proportions of millionaires per capita in the country.  Read the story here.


Red Rooster Restaurant wins best breakfast on Marco Island review from Ft. Lauderdale Local Reviews blog
FTL Today, August 3, 2014, by Mark
Red Rooster is by far the Best Breakfast restaurant in Marco Island. Read the story here.


Naples, Austin Head List Of Best Cities For Job Growth
Forbes.com, July 23, 2014, by Kurt Badenhausen
Florida has crawled back from the depths of the recession and the  employment outlook is bright, particularly for the retirement enclaves in the southern part of the state. Read the story here.


Everglades National Park Voted Number 7 Best National Park
USA Today and 10Best Reader's Choice, July, 2014
Florida's Everglades National Park protects what Harry Truman once called "an irreplaceable primitive area".
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Map your way around Marco Island for cool places to beat the summer heat
Naples Daily News; July 10, 2014; by Sheila Mesulam
Fun places on the water to find ice cream, salads, cocktails and more.Read the story here.


Summer Fun Girls Getaway in Naples, Florida
GirlsGetaway.com, July 6, 2014, by Kay Dougherty
Kay's review of a summer fun getaway for the girls will make you want to book YOUR reservations!
Read the story here.


A Century-Old Landmark of the Everglades Confronts the Possible End of the Road
New York Times, July 6, 2014, by Lizette Alvarez
The historic Ted Smallwood Store, now a museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, faces an uncertain future in the legal battle over the surrounding property owners’  wish to remove the only road leading to the museum.Read the story here.


VISIT FLORIDA and Dr. Beach announce 4 beaches make list
VisitFlorida.org, Sunshine Matters Blog, 6/24/14, by Pam Forrester
Blog about the national satellite media tour to announce this year’s Top Ten USA Beaches, including our very own Barefoot Beach and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Read the story here.


Fine dining in Naples, Florida: Originality, Luxury and Excellence
10Best.com, June 24, 2014, by Chelle Koster Walton
In 2014, Conde Nast Traveler magazine listed Naples at number 17 on its Top Cities for Foodies readers' choice awards. That was a first, but a well deserved honor for a small town stuffed with talented chefs and to-die-for-restaurants. This 10Best list includes the creme de la creme, from inimitable Italian cuisine in a town with uncountable Italian restaurants to creative global fare. Read the story here. 


Profiles in Paradise: Introducing the Paradise Coast to the world
Naples Florida Weekly, May 22, 2014, by Bob Harden
Naples Internet radio host Bob Harden profiles JoNell Modys and the work she does to promote Florida’s Paradise Coast Read the story here.


Top Five Hidden Beaches for Families in Florida
By,Trekaroo.com, June 19, 2014 
Planning a Florida beach vacation means looking for that perfect beach destination full of sugar sand beaches, sunshine, beautiful sunrises, and spectacular sunsets. Read the story here.


Verizon customers will now be able to text 911 in Naples, Marco Island, Everglades.
Jessica Lipscomb, Naplesnews.com, June 16, 2014
Last week, two teens covertly texted their grandfather for help during a home invasion robbery near Immokalee. With new technology. Read the story here.


Dr. Beach Names 4 Florida Beaches to His Top 10 List
Lauren Tjaden,Visitflorida.com, June 13,2017
Barefoot Beach in North Naples should be ranked as the best beach in the country—not number two. Read the story here.


Naples area is world-class golf spot, says USA TODAY award
Laura Ruane, lruane@news-press.com 5:40 p.m. EDT April 24, 2014
USA TODAY has named the Naples area one of the best golf destinations in the world.. Read the story here.


De-stress on Florida’s Paradise Coast during National Stress Awareness Month
Tammilee Tips, April 13, 2014 By Tammilee
One of our favorite places to explore in Florida’s Paradise Coast! We visit Everglades National Park every chance we get. There is nothing quite like bird watching in the Everglades. Read the full story here.


Marco Island a top destination for your health
Marco Island Sun Times, March 31, 2014, By Dr. Carlos Portu
Marco Island may be one of the top destinations in the country to live a long healthy life.
Read the full story here.


Downtown Surprises in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida
 on March 11, 2014
Don’t limit yourself to the beach when you visit southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. There are plenty of cosmopolitan pleasures just a few blocks away.
Read the full story here. 


Historic Naples Pier One of 25 Beautiful Piers, Promenades, & Boardwalks
USA Today, March 2014
The historic Naples Pier made the list of 25 beautiful piers, promenades, and boardwalks from around the country in a USAToday.com article. The Pier is featured in slide no. 6
Read the story here.


Orlando, with an adventure on the side: Walk on the Wild Side
USA Today, March 08, 2014 By Sarah Sekula
The Ten Thousand Islands portion of Everglades National Park is profiled as one of several side trips worth taking from Orlando. Read the story here.


Naples Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Fundraising Event Success
FloridaSportsman.com 3/11/14
The recent Bonefish & Tarpon Trust annual Naples fundraising event at Foxfire County Club was attended by over 150 recreational fishing enthusiasts and featured a keynote presentation by former Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill. Read the story here.


Florida’s Paradise Coast will find countless ways to warm couple’s hearts this Valentine’s Day
Spa Travel Gal, Feb. 10, 2014 by Ava Roxanne Stritt
From toasting the sunset on a champagne cruise to dining at one of the area’s charming restaurants, Florida’s Paradise Coast will find countless ways to warm couple’s hearts this Valentine’s Day. Read the story here.


Secrets of Florida Everglades revealed during annual festival
The News-Press,Feb. 6, 2014, by JoNell Modys
Collier County Tourism column about the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City. 
Read the story here.


Southwest Florida best Northerners warm to ads
The News-Press,Jan. 31, 2014, by Laura Ruane
Ad campaigns by Collier and Lee County tourism bureaus use our warm weather to attract frozen Northerners in winter months. Read the story here.


Aptly named Mereday's Fine Dining delivers exceptional food, service
Naples Florida Weekly, September 12-18, 2013,by Karen Feldman
Chef Charles Mereday's new restaurant at Naples Bay Resort has been drawing well-deserved rave reviews.
Read more here. 


Dolphin Explorer combines fun adventure travel with marine science education
International Travel Examiner.com,September 14, 2013, by Jill Zima Borski. 
Read the story and see a slide show here. 


LPGA-Underdog Lewis Now Atop LPGA - CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla.
USA Today,November 15, 2012, by Steve DiMeglio
Naples, Fla. There is no quit in Stacy Lewis.  There wasn't when she wore a back brace 18 hours a day for seven years after being diagnosed with scoliosis as a kid. 
Read the full story here.


Marco Island fishing guru Don Robb dispenses wisdom along with tackle
Marco Island Eagle, August 9, 2011 by Lance Shearer
When fishermen or women come into Sunshine Ace Hardware on San Marco Rd., they're looking for more than just merchandise. They're looking for tips, for the magic lure, the right combination of tackle and bait, any bit of information that will give them the edge in reeling in that elusive catch.
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9 Most Relaxing Beaches
U.S. News & World Report/U.S. News Travel, June 2011
There are beaches with amusement park rides, casinos, pick-up volleyball games and even airport landing strips in the background -- but are there any more spots to just go for a little peace and quiet? Our analysis finds there is: You just have to know where to look and when to travel. Let this list guide you to the most relaxing beaches in the United States and the Caribbean. (Naples, Florida is ranked #5).
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Marco Island's Tigertail Beach Draws Serious Wildlife Photographers
Marco Island Eagle, July 26, 2011 by Lance Shearer
Tigertail Beach's lagoon draws serious wildlife photographers from across the state of Florida with its abundance of bird life. Click to read the full story.


Where the Wild Things Are - A Coast to Coast Guide to Endangered Species
The New York Times, May 13, 2011 by Bryn Nelson
An overview of where to see endangered species across the country. The Big Cypress National Preserve is mentioned as the primary habitat of the Florida panther, and Everglades National Park is mentioned for the Florida manatee, American crocodile, the wood stork and more. Click to read the full story.


The Coast is Clear
Ft. Myers Nature Examiner, www.Examiner.com, July 19, 2010 by Renee Wilson
A report on Southwest Florida beach conditions and favorite activities.
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Marco Island: River Wading
Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2010 by Douglas Belkinon
What to do, where to eat and where to stay on Marco Island, Fla.
Click to read the full story.


Marcophiles: Wall Street Journal's home run on Marco
Marco Eagle, July 19, 2010 by Don Farmer and Chris Curle
Marco Eagle columnists dish on the details in recent Wall Street Journal profile of a Marco Island vacation.
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Gulf of Mexico: Come on in, the water's fine
The Travel Educators Blog, June 15, by Bijan Bayne
Click to read the full story about writer Bijan Bayne's recent eyewitness look at four Gulf Coast destinations, including the Paradise Coast.


Where America's Money is Moving: Collier County #1 spot where wealthy Americans moved in 2008
Forbes.com, June 15, 2010,by Jon Bruner
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Collier gets increase in tourism during April, convention business rises, too.
Naples Daily News, May 24, 2010 by Laura Layden
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Naples hotel keeps guests coming back for more
Naples Daily News, May 23, 2010, by Laura Layden
The Doubletree Guest Suites Naples Wins the "Connie" Award as top Doubletree in the workd, for the sixth time.
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Tourism awards: Naples area hospitality industry workers recognized for outstanding service
Naples Daily News, May 14, 2010, by Laura Archazki-Pacter
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Collier beaches remain oil free, tourism officials to promote in ads
Naples Daily News, May 13, 2010, by Laura Layden - Studio 55 Video story by Carrie Wise.
Click to read the full story and watch a video report.


The South's Most Secret Beaches
Southern Living, April 2010, by Annette Thompson
Click to read the full story including a feature on Keewaydin Island, located between Naples and Marco Island.


36 Hours in Naples, Florida
New York Times, March 28, 2010, by Ted Loos
Click to read the full story.


Naples, Florida: A Quick Trip to the Mediterranean - without a Transatlantic Flight
The Fussy Diner blog, February 1, 2010 by The Fussy Diner
Click to read the full story.


Der Duft der S'mpfe (The smell of the marshes)
Die Zeit December 23, 2009 by Elsemarie Maletzke
Click to read the full story about ghost orchids at Fakahatchee Strand (in German).


Affordable getaways on Florida's Paradise Coast Story details summer savings, top local dining and shopping.
www.ajc.com, August 4, 2009 by Clara Bosonetto Maerz
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The folks at Fred's Diner work hard to be customers' best friend Story on dog friendly dining.
Naples Florida Weekly, June 11-17, 2009 by Karen Feldman
Click to read the full story on dog friendly dining at Fred's Diner.


Committment and Conviction Main Ingredients at Food & Thought
Naples Florida Weekly June 4, 2009 by Karen Feldman
Organic farmer and entrepreneur Frank Oakes doesn't simply talk the talk. He's devoted himself and his livelihood to making a difference in the lives of everyone who enters his market and cafe, Food and Thought, which he describes as "militantly organic." And that's the pure essence of the place. Read the full story.


Animals 24/7: A zookeeper who's wild about her calling.
Naples Florida Weekly May 14, 2009 by Roger Williams
With a day off and the snake pit behind her - along with the public exhibitions and private ministrations she provides for the big cats (Bengal tigers, African lions, leopards, Western cougars) and the little cats (the old ocelot in particular, her favorite) - zookeeper Cindy Hall is chasing hay for her horses.
Read the full story about Naples Zoo zookeeper Cindy Hall, known for her appearance on Survivor Guatelmala.


Florida Weekly Cuisine
Locals don't have to check into The Ritz in order to check out the new sushi bar...and more area dining tidbits from April 30-May 6 edition.


A Natural Paradise
Kevin Rollason of the Winnipeg Free Press provides an excellent overview of the Paradise Coast including a kayak eco tour in the Everglades, visits to the beaches and area attractions, hotel stays in Naples and on Marco Island, and lots more.
Click to read the full story from March 21, 2009 and to watch the Paradise Coast travel video.


Rare orchid found in Fakahatchee not seen in Florida since 1980
The Naples Daily News, March 17, 2009 By Eric Staats
It was about lunch time, and the three men had been traipsing through the swamp at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park for a couple of hours. Little did they know they were about to step into the botanical history books with the rediscovery of a lost orchid species...
Read the story here


I Got Crabs in Everglades City
Miami New Times, Jan 5 2009 by Gail Shepherd
Miami New Times blogger Gail Shepherd raves about a recent trip to Everglades City, where she feasted on stone crabs and more...
Read the story here


Best places for a long life
CNNMoney.com, September 22 2008
Residents of these 25 counties enjoy some of the highest life expectancies in the U.S....Collier County, which includes the City of Naples on the Gulf Coast, is the picture of Florida Leisure.
Read the story here


On the Hunt for the Elusive Ghost Orchid 
St. Petersburg Times, March 3 2008 by By the Associated Press
The visitors are barely out of their cars before the chorus starts: "I just want to see a ghost orchid!" The ghost orchid is among the world's rarest flowers, the star of the popular book The Orchid Thief and the movie Adaptation and is the biggest lure to the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in southwest Florida.
Read the story here


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