Photos by JEFF LYTLE

  • This is what the issue is about with public access to the beach in front  of the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, at Vanderbilt Beach. Florida and Collier County Sheriff's Office officials say meetings are planned to discuss beachgoers' concerns that Ritz beach chairs positioned so close to the tide line discourage the public from feeling welcome.
  • Demolition started this morning on landmark buildings at Naples' Four Corners -- where U.S. 41 South meets U.S. 41 East. The main structure, a former cafeteria, most recently was the Rock-A-By baby accessories shop. To the east are buildings that used to host men's and women's clothing stores. The western part of the property is perhaps the most famous -- the empty lot that used to feature a Gulf gas station on the northeast quadrant of the Four Corners. Workers at the site today referred questions about the future of the site to the owner, Neapolitan Enterprises, where an office worker this morning said the official authorized to talk to the press was not available. In the past few years the city of Naples has discussed making the property a park in conjunction with a Four Corners makeover as part of an eastward extension of Fifth Avenue South.
  • Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology in East Naples, now under expansion, outgrew its traditional 'vocational-technical' name a long time ago. Jeff Lytle/Staff
  • Gas has reached as low as 2.89 in East Naples with a car wash at Tropiclean Gas and Auto Spa. Gas at the auto spa is a good deal even without a wash, and there is a 5-cent discount for paying in cash.
  •  Where a boardwalk stop known as Lettuce Lake once flourished as a haven for gators, Alligator Flag plants survive the dry times, Carlson says, and become an important food source for black bears.
  • Visitors with powerful cameras can get up close and personal with what Carlson says is the largest ghost orchid recorded in Southwest Florida on one of Corkscrew Swamp’s giant Bald Cypress trees. Other visitors with small cameras can peer into a ranger’s telescope and come away with a view like this.
  • Most observers see an oddly dry scene. Carlson sees this: “Dry organic soils oxidize and release nutrients to surrounding vegetation.’’
  • With the boy in an informational marker seeming to look on, Corkscrew visitors are reminded that wetlands can naturally dry up.  In Southwest Florida this can happen on an annual basis.  Corkscrew Manager Ed Carlson looks at the positive: Exposed soils are necessary for cypress tree seedling germination.
  • Regular gasoline has reached nearly $3.98 a gallon at the Shell Gas Station on East U.S. 41
  • The price of gas at the BP station at Raintree Lane and U.S. 41 East was a traffic-stopper Wednesday morning in East Naples.
  • Some of the staff and volunteers at Neighborhood Health Clinic; many more are on the job during office hours. They can use your extra dollars and volunteer hours.
  • Classic family furniture and art is at home today, 50 years later, with Fred and Bonnie Yarrington in Naples.
  • Thousands of motorists and passengers daily see the nearly blank back of the Staver Field scoreboard at Naples High School. Two mascot heads are all that remain from a DeVoe auto dealership sign that city of Naples zoning rules have deemed too large. The city zoning office says DeVoe peeled off the plastic lettering and has petitoned for a variance for a sign that replaces some of the car ads with a schedule of games. Works for me.
  • Thousands of motorists and passengers daily see the nearly blank back of the Staver Field scoreboard at Naples High School. Two mascot heads are all that remain from a DeVoe auto dealership sign that city of Naples zoning rules have deemed too large. The city zoning office says DeVoe peeled off the plastic lettering and has petitoned for a variance for a sign that replaces some of the car ads with a schedule of games. Works for me.
  • Thousands of motorists and passengers daily see the nearly blank back of the Staver Field scoreboard at Naples High School. Two mascot heads are all that remain from a DeVoe auto dealership sign that city of Naples zoning rules have deemed too large. The city zoning office says DeVoe peeled off the plastic lettering and has petitoned for a variance for a sign that replaces some of the car ads with a schedule of games. Works for me.
  • Not an easy direction to follow on a golf course. This is at Quail Run Golf Club off Pine Ridge Road in North Naples.
  • Eastbound Golden Gate Parkway encounter this helpful sign before they make a choice to take the overpass or Airport-Pulling Road north or south — or make a U-turn. Got that? Pity the poor soul from out of town encountering this maze — at night.
  • Information is gathered at 71 intersections such as Goodlette-Frank Road and Ohio Drive, at Hole in the Wall Country Club. The traffic sensor is on the left side of the horizontal arm; the camera is attached to the master pole under the street light, at right. Now that you know what to look for, you can spot and identify this equipment all over town.
  • Terri Meyer can monitor seven traffic spots at a time on her personal computer.
  • This is Traffic Central, where technicians can monitor traffic and adjust lights for most of Collier County. Inidividual intersections are shown on the wall and desktop screen of Terri Meyer, with a master map in the center of it all.
  • Seven-story condos would replace old, two-story rentals on the Gordon River.
  • Buildings with two residential floors over parking would replace other rental units such as these on 10th Street in Naples.
  • Someone used electrical tape to editorialize on Burning Tree Drive progress at Country Club of Naples.
  • Campaign signs for a defeated judicial candidate, Frank Mann Jr., remain up on Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, two months after the election.
  • Will this Third Street South landmark be the next to go?
  • The pictures tell the story; the signs do not. Imagine four of those tow-away signs before you get to the parking lot, and you get an unwelcome feeling at Seagate in Naples.
  • Will beach renourishment make a difference? See for yourself as Collier County's shoreline project headed south a few blocks north of Naples Pier last weekend. Soon, if not already, the beach in the foreground will be as wide as the beach a block away, laden with equipment to unload the piped-in sand and spread it.
  • <strong>Dumpster debate</strong> — This aptly identified 'Dumpster' at the Naples Bay Club condos was turned into a work of art.
  • Broad Avenue South, looking west across Gulfshore Boulevard as it looks today.
  • Carica Road, looking east, at the Orange Blossom Drive/ Goodlette-Frank Road intersection.

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