Sondergeld Property in Naples, Florida
In January 1993, there was a huge celebration in Naples as Don and Mary
We now live at our condo at Naples Bath and Tennis Club (NBTC) in Naples, FL in January thru April plus mid October to mid December Here are some Florida Condo pictures.
There is a two mile circular drive, called Bald Eagle Drive in our community. There are both houses and condos on this circle. The 423 condos represent 83 % of the 512 total units in our community. The side street spur roads, are all named after birds. About 23% of the units have a Bald Eagle Drive address (119 units: 33 houses plus 86 condos).
Our condo association is named after a shorebird, the Oyster Catcher, which uses its red bill to pry open oysters.
Once upon a time, long long ago, Mary was one of the many stars in a "campy" Musical at Naples Bath & Tennis Club. Here is a picture in one of the skits where Mary was the lead comedian. Is that Eagle Rock in the background?
TENNIS IN NAPLES, FLORIDA
There are many tennis opportunities in
Tennis in Naples,
The World Tennis Center is centrally located in Naples and has condominiums, villas and single family homes ranging in price from approximately $90,000.00 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath condo to large villas and single family homes ranging from 150,000.00 to 300,000.00. Surrounding communities such as Grey Oaks, Kensington and Banyon Woods include homes in the 500,000.00 to one million-dollar ranges.
There's several other tennis communities that are structured in different ways. Sterling Oaks, Naples Bath and Tennis, Longshore Lakes and Carlton Lakes are all facilities that include tennis lessons, programs and an on-site professional - all at a very reasonable cost. Home prices run from the low 100,000's to 500,000+.
Tennis Club (WTC)
Bath & Tennis Club (NCTC)
The YMCA holds the largest amateur tournament in Southwest Florida (The North Naples Clay Court Championships) with as many as 700 entries. Divisions from 3.0 to 5.0 to Open professionals play singles, mens, womens and mixed doubles.
The Naples City Tournament is held yearly at Cambier Park. Although it not as large as the North Naples Clay Court Championships, it is very well run and includes age divisions for seniors.
The Florida Section of the USTA is one of the largest and best in the country.
There are many tennis leagues in the Naples area, and making tennis connections is easy. For the avid tennis player, young or old, Naples is the place to be.
Pickelball has been added to many of the public tennis courts in Naples..
SOME HISTORY OF NAPLES, FLORIDA Click to open history file
For some web page history on Naples FL, see http://www.naples-florida.com/arthur-stewart.htm " Naples On The Gulf" has access by water to the Gulf via various "passes". Also http://naplesdowntown.com/history.htm Also www.naples-florida.com/squatters.htm There is additional background at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naples,_Florida
In the late 1860's a few hearty pioneers, Roger Gordon and Joe Wiggins ventured by boat to Naples. This was before the Civil War. They set aside their nomadic ways and built camps to serve the needs of travelers and settlers. Gordon River, Gordon Pass, Gordon Drive, and Wiggins Pass bear their names. By 1874 Roger Gordon, had established a fish camp on the Gordon River near the Gulf of Mexico. The area became known as Gordon's Pass. Rob Storter was an early fishing guide.
Naples Pier In 1887, a group of wealthy Kentuckians, led by Walter N. Haldeman, worked to make access to Naples more convenient. In 1888 they built a pier 600 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. It was rebuilt after the hurricanes of 1910. 1926, 1944, and 1960. It lost its importance for transportation with the arrival of train service in 1927 and the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928.
The Naples Post Office opened April 8, 1888 at the foot of the Naples Pier.
The first hotel in Naples in 1889 was the Naples Hotel, two blocks east of the Fishing Pier. In 1890 Haldeman bought the property and the hotel, which was referred to as the "Haldeman Clubhouse". Haldeman built a cottage (now called Palm Cottage*, on Pier Street for his good friend Henry "Marse" Waterson the editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. In 1902, Halderman died and the house was sold to Mr and Mrs Walter Parmer, also of Louisville. They made significant changes including indoor plumbing and installation of electricity when power arrived in Naples in 1926. Walter died in 1932 and in 1938 his wife sold the house to racetrack owner George Hendrie and Mr Gillis of Hamilton, Ontario. As Hendrie already owned a house across the street it was used as a rental property and named the Hamilton Ontario House. In 1944 Laurence and Alexandria Brown lost their Naples home to a hurricane and bought the cottage in 1945. In was now the Brown House and they entertained glamorous Hollywood guests including Gary Cooper, Robert Montgomery, and Heddy Lamar. Mrs Brown died in 1978 and the Collier County Historical Society purchased the property for $100K and spent another $300K in 1996 in restoring it to its former glory.*Also known as the Henry Waterson Cottage or The Cement Cottage, The Parmer Home or Hamilton House. See www.explorenaples.com/brochure.phtml?memberno=1218# and www.napleshistoricalsociety.org/palm-cottage.htm
In 1946 George M Hendrie's estate, the Pines, once considered the showplace of Naples, was converted to a 20 room annex to the Naples Hotel. The main building was torn down in 1964 and the northern wing demolished in 1978. The Naples Hotel had been rebuilt 1.5 miles north of the pier as the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. http://www.naplesbeachhotel.com/hotel/history
John Hachmeister was an important and colorful figure in Naples. John, the wealthy manager of nine racing associations, came to Naples with friends each winter as early as 1912. They used Andrew Weeks as a fishing guide. In 1928 John's friend Walter O Parmer won a golf trophy called the "Cottager's Handicap Cup". The silver trophy was presented by another friend William J Pulling who owned a fruit business on what is now Airport-Pulling Road. See http://naples.floridaweekly.com/news/2009-07-02/top_news/009.html
Wiggins Pass and Delnor-Wiggins State Park. In the late 1800s Joe Wiggins, ran an apiary and trading post where he traded goods with Seminole Indians and settlers. Decades later, Collier County acquired the land through the philanthropic generosity of Lester J. and Dellora A. Norris, hence the name 'Delnor.' In 1970, the state of Florida purchased the land from Collier County for a state park on a barrier island, which opened in 1981. See www.floridastateparks.org/park/Delnor-Wiggins
In 1919 Dr Henry Nehrling, a botanist, acquired the property for his home and eventually 300 species of tropical plants. He died in 1929. After years of disrepair, Julius "Junkie" Fleishmann bought the property in 1951. It was opened in 1954 as Caribbean Gardens with tropical birds and plants. By the early 1960's it included the famous "Duck Vaudeville" performers, starring Arturo, the piano playing duck. The group toured Europe in 1962 and Arturo was filmed while playing his "wacky quacky rhapsody" on the Champs Elyees in Paris. Fleishmann died in 1968. http://www.naples.net/history/naples/roasted.htm AND http://www.thirdstreetsouth.com/Birth-Place-Naples.html AND http://naples.floridaweekly.com/news/2008-12-18/undercover_historian/008.html AND http://cincinnaticum.blogspot.com/2012/03/and-now-suddenly-he-has-come-into.html AND http://books.google.com/books?id=er88eh9jA0wC&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&dq=junkie+fleischmann&source =bl&ots=Lbi4LlHoLU&sig=wgnIOM6nR0CUd_Z295nY60P_UIE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fYcnUev0D5OY8gTj74BQ&ved =0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=junkie%20fleischmann&f=false
In 1969 Lawrence and Nancy Jane Tetzlaff known as "Jungle Larry and Safari Jane" operated the garden which was also a zoo called Jungle Larry's. Larry died in 1984 but the Tetzlaff family continued managing the operation until 2005 when they formed a 501C3 organization which leases the land now owned by Collier County. One son, Tim Tetzlaff, is part of the Zoo's management. See http://www.caribbeangardens.com/give/index.html
Read about the 2012 compromise solution to a new access road to the Zoo, which currently comprises 45 acres.
In May 1923 the Florida Legislature created Collier County. Its namesake, Baron Gift Collier, started the Collier County News on July 25, 1923. On February 24, 1968 the Collier County Daily News announced it was moving from Crayton Cove to Central Avenue. It did so in 1969 and changed its name to the Naples Daily News.
Cambier Park was named after William Cambier, a town engineer instrumental in development of the City of Naples in 1926. This lovely park is located right in the heart of downtown Naples, just South of the prestigious 5th Avenue South. Read about other landmarks at http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/nov/14/namesakes-naples-area-landmarks/
On January 7, 1927 Seaboard Airline Railway's Orange Blossom steamed into the not-quite finished Naples Depot. It stopped service 15 years later in 1942. In December 1952 the Atlantic Coast line launched its new air conditioned Pullman service to Naples with The Champion. The last passenger train pulled out of Naples Depot on April 21, 1971 although freight service continued until 1980.
Baron Collier built the Tamiami Trail, (a road from Tampa to Miami) which opened in 1928, improved transportation to Naples. See http://www.colliermuseums.com/history/tale_trail.php
In 1938 John Glen Sample began buying swampland south of Naples. His "dredge and fill" operation resulted in a luxury waterfront community called Port Royal. The first three sections were completed by 1952. The most expensive properties on the Gulf are in Port Royal. see the most expensive on 3/08/2015. Also read about the $80 million dollar home at www.nbc-2.com/story/27347418/inside-the-priciest-private-listing-ever-in-swfl#.VPw0hPnF_l8
Ed Frank came to Naples from California. He helped found a bank, owned a garage in Naples, built the first Swamp Buggy and began the first Swamp Buggy Races in Naples in 1943. See http://www.naplesdowntown.com/history.htm and http://www.swampbuggy.com/galleryDetail.html?gallery=1 Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swamp_buggy An editorial claimed swamp buggies were "as important to Florida as the cow pony is to the west, in that they are the only practical means of transportation once off the main road". During the second annual Swamp Buggy Day, held on October 28, 1950 there was a baking contest in Cambier Park. A special award was given to Mrs. Harry Chesser for her Leaping Lena Swamp Buggy Cake. Goodlette-Frank Road was named after Ed Frank and Richard "Dick" Goodlette, who was a county commissioner in the 1950s and 1960s.
On December 6, 1947 President Harry S Truman flew into the Naples airport and was driven to Everglades City where he formally dedicated Everglades National Park. He visited our favorite haunt, the historic Rod and Gun Club, as have other presidents Hoover, F D Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Nixon. http://www.evergladesrodandgun.com/everglades-city-lodging-and-hotel/Our-History.html and www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/travel/florida/the-other-florida-lives-at-the-everglades-rod--gun-club/2139724
In 1948, Benjamin "Benny" Wistar IV began developing the Back Bay "Dock" area and named the area Crayton Cove in honor of "Ed" Crayton. See http://www.craytoncove.com/history.htm Ed Crayton was involved with land development in Naples from 1912 until he died in 1938. See http://www.paradisecoast.com/cms/a/naples_history.php
In the1950s John Pulling, one of Naples most prolific land investors, took county leaders up in a plane to get them to extend Pine Ridge Road east past Goodelette and then north. The northern stretch is now named Airport-Pulling Road. n the 1970s John Pulling bought Temple Citrus Groves, a retail store and fruit shipping operation along Airport-Pulling Road north of Pine Ridge Road. The building houses a gallery for Pulling's collection of photographs of life in Naples in the first half of the 20th century. He died in April 2005 at age 89. Read his obit.
In 1952, Distant Drums, starring Gary Cooper was filmed in Naples. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distant_Drums
In 1953 Pat Combs sold the Trail Tavern and, with her husband Bob, opened the Fish House Dining Room. The "Fish House" was sold in 1971 and its name changed to Kelley's Fish House. It was one of the favorite restaurants of Mary's father, Dr. Charles E Towne. Read about Hawaiian born Mama Kelly.
The first scheduled airline service to Naples Airport began in 1957. The airport was built during World War II as a training base for the Army Air Corps.
The Naples Post Office was located in various buildings until the current one on Goodlette Frank Road was opened on May 1, 1957.
In 1957 Milton Link began a real estate development called the Moorings. It has access to the Gulf of Mexico through Doctors Pass. See http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/sep/20/perspective-doctors-pass/
In 1959 Julius "Junkie" Fleishmann donated his 15 room beach front estate that was cut into five sections, moved to a five acre site, reassembled and used as a nature preserve. That property is now part of the 35 acre Naples Zoo property. A 16 acres (3 parcels) that abuts the Naples Zoo is now the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. http://www.conservancy.org/
In the early 1960's the "Four Corners" where the "Trail" makes a 90 degree turn at Fifth Avenue had a sign stating "Not a building stands at the intersection that was there five years ago." Reid's Sinclair Gas Station was at the NW Corner and the Lamplighter Cafeteria (built by Julius Fleishmann) was north of it. The new Naples Federal Building was on the NE corner, with Baroni's Restaurant and its landmark circular bar just north of it. Naples Liquors was on the SW corner. To see a picture of Lamplighter Cafeteria and many many other historical pictures of Naples, go to http://www.naplesnews.com/photos/galleries/looking-back-historic-photos-naples-florida-2010/126893/
The new facilities at Lowdermilk Park were dedicated on July 4, 1961. The park was named after Fred Lowdermilk who served as Naples City Manager from 1949 to 1961. See http://www.naples.net/history/naples/fred.htm
In February 1,1962 Publix opened a store on the north Trail in the Moorings.
On September 30, 1962 the new Collier County Government Center was dedicated with its four buildings housing the courthouse, jail, county offices and health department.
In 1963, the Cove Inn was rebuilt and opened as a motel and marina in 1964. The venture failed so it was converted to a "condominium hotel" and became one of the first successful condominium hotels in Florida.
In 1964 Raymond L. Lutgert purchased a 760 acre parcel of land in Naples. The result was Park Shore and Venetian Bay. Access to the Gulf is through Doctors Pass. http://www.parkshore.com/about.asp
In 1966 R H "Dick" Goodlette, a county commissioner, opened a real estate office on north Tamiami Trail with partner E Virgil Marcum.
In 1966 concerned citizens formed the Collier County Conservancy and stopped the construction of a road through Rookery Bay and created the Rookery Bay Sanctuary.
On November 26, 1966 a new $20 million addition to the Naples Community Hospital was dedicated.
Margaret and Herb Sugden, philanthropists, moved to Naples in 1974. Margaret was 93 when she died in 2007. See http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2007/oct/02/services_are_today_philanthropist_margaret_sugden/
In 1976 Kenny Schryver and his partners converted the tin sheds of an old fish house on the Gordon River into the Old Marine Marketplace and the Tin City Restaurant. The restaurant was sold to another Ken, Ken Beattie in 1977 and the name changed to Kenny's Tin City. http://www.tin-city.com/history/
In 1977 The Dock started a fun annual event called the Great Dock Canoe Race. See http://www.greatdockcanoerace.com/history.asp
September 1978 marked the beginning of the development of a 2104 acre parcel, called Pelican Bay. Clam Pass Pelican Bay and Seagate, a boating neighborhood that accesses the Gulf through Clam Pass, have a history of feuding over the extent of dredging at the pass. See http://www.colliergov.net/Index.aspx?page=458 and http://www.floridarambler.com/florida-best-beaches/clam-pass-park-clam-pass-beach-naples/
Myra Janco Daniels is the super woman responsible for the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts # opening its doors in 1989 and the abutting Naples Museum of Art in 2000 ## . Here are a few articles about this terrific gal. http://adage.com/article/rance-crain/ad-exec-philanthropist-myra-janco-daniels/233073/ and http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304447804576413980978840482.html and http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/magazine/myra-janco-daniels-naples-philharmonic-center-cultural-complex/5349 Read about a current exhibit. Read also about Elaine Newton and her Book Reviews.
# Now called "Artis-Naples" ## Now called the "Baker Museum".
Gordon river Greenway a two mile collection of paved pathways, bridges and elevated boardwalks featuring kayak launch stations and scenic overlooks—will stretch from Golden Gate Parkway south into downtown Naples, ultimately ending at Central Avenue. At its terminus will be the Gordon River Park *—a spectacular 15.2-acre expanse that may be completer by 2019 at an approximate cost of $15 million. Soon, hikers, bikers, joggers will experience a section of Naples that has been in private hands since long before the area’s growth spurt.
* A fund raising gala to rename the park received a $5 million bid from Jay and Patty Baker local philanthopists, and the park will now be called Baker Park.
Read an article about this development .
ROWING ASSOCIATION OF NAPLES (RAN) ON GORDON RIVER (http://www.naplesrowing.com/)
The Rowing Association of Naples is a diverse group of individuals who have come together to promote and enjoy the beauty, challenge, health benefits and camaraderie of rowing. It owns a fleet of boats available for members at all levels of experience. Below, in right hand picture is Alexei Sondergeld in March 2014.
GORDON RIVER MAP:
PAUL ARSENAULT: NAPLES PAINTER
MUSIC IN NAPLES
The Philharmonic is great: http://artisnaples.org/naples-philharmonic Naples has a Concert Band www.naplesconcertband.org However there is good jazz in Naples. Read about Jazz and also read about Jebry and Fred's Bar. Jebry is a terrific vocalist. Don's 93 year old bridge partner, Bob Levering is one of her biggest fans. Marc Gerber (below), a former partner of Don's skiing buddy Stan Joseph, plays a mean trumpet.
About one week before Christmas, attend Tuba Christmas in front of the Sugden Theater on Fifth Avenue in Naples. You will learn that: you can fix a broken tuba with a tuba glue, half a tuba is a oneba, and the mark of a successful tuba player is a supportive wife who has two jobs!
Don Sondergeld started playing the baritone in his High School Band in the sixth grade. In high school he was the youngest non working member in the Old Dutch Beer Band and in the AFL-CIO Band. He also played trombone in a dance band with brother Ralph on the trumpet at wedding receptions. He played a baritone solo and gave the valedictory address at his high school graduation. That was the end of his musical career! His son Eric inheirited Don's baritone and bought a euphonium. Eric is a better musician than Don and plays in the Farmington Valley Band. See http://farmingtonvalleyband.com/about/history.cfm
NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN
Be sure to visit the Naples Botanical Garden. www.naplesgarden.org
NAPLES BEACH HOMES Read an article about the book by Robert and Carole Leher.
AUDUBON'S CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY (Northeast of Naples, FL off Immokolee Road)
At one time, the sanctuary's bald cypress
forest supported an estimated 100,000 Wood Storks.
Maps of the FT Myers and Naples Areas
Sightseeing Ideas from Naples Click here. Take a ride on Naples Water Taxi: The Blue Pelican
NORTH OF NAPLES
Bonita Springs (abuts Naples to the north) Everglades Wonder Gardens The 3.5 acre botanical jungle was created by Bill and Lester Piper in 1936 to rehabilitate injured animals. It is of historical interest, but a bit tired. www.evergladeswondergardens.com Read about the park. See slide show. Imperial River Go canoeing. 239-533-7444 See www.kayakroutes.com/imperial_river.html and www.floridarambler.com/florida-canoeing-kayaking-paddling/imperial-river-kayak-trail-bonita-springs/ and www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0u92HNxJz8 At River Park, 239-992-2556, walk a boardwalk. See www.lifeinbonitasprings.com/blog/river-park-at-imperial-river-bonita-springs-florida/ Read about Ghost Tours.
Mound Key Archaelogical State Park (in Estero) It is a man made island, accessible only by boat. Believed to have been the capital of the Calusa. 239-992-0311 www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound_Key_Archaeological_State_Park and www.floridastateparks.org/park/mound-key
Ft Myers: Be sure to visit the Edison Home and the Ford Home: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_and_Ford_Winter_Estates and www.edisonfordwinterestates.org Near Ft Myers is Sanibel Island which contains the "J N Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge". See www.fws.gov/refuge/jn_ding_darling/
Okeechobee Waterway The name Okeechobee comes from the Hitchiti words oki (water) and chubi (big). It is the 7th largest freshwater lake in the US. The waterway is 154 miles long and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean near Stuart, Florida to the Gulf of Mexico at Fort Myers. It is the only true cross Florida canal and river system that joins the east coast of Florida to the west coast. The eastern reach of the waterway starts at Stuart in the St. Lucie River, passes through the St Lucie lock and dam, and enters Lake Okeechobee through a lock at Port Mayaca. From Port Mayaca you cross the 451,000 acre lake. The waterway continues west on the Caloosahatchee River to Fort Myers. Read about this at www.offshoreblue.com/cruising/okeechobee.php Lake Okeechobee is higher than the ocean. There are five locks on the Okeechobee Waterway to raise boats from sea level to the level of the lake. From Stuart east to the lake, the locks are: the St Lucie Lock and the Port Mayaca Lock. From the lake west to the Gulf, they are the Moore Haven Lock, the Ortona Lock, and the W. P. Franklin Lock. See www.offshoreblue.com/cruising/okeechobee-locks.php
Read about the St Lucie River and the St Lucie Canal at www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xrepository/sfwmd_repository_pdf/stlucie.pdf and the Caloosahatchee River and the Caloosahatchee Canal at www.protectingourwater.org/watersheds/map/caloosahatchee/ "Hatchee" means "river". Listen to the song Roll on Caloosahatchee at www.reverbnation.com/mikejurgensen/song/5131260-roll-on-caloosahatchee?fb_og_action=reverbnation_fb:unknown&fb_og_object=reverbnation_fb:song&utm_campaign=a_public_songs&utm_con
Sarasota: Be sure to visit the Ringling Art Museum: www.ringling.org and the Ringling Home: www.ringling.org/ca-dzan . If time, try to visit the Ringling Circus Museum: www.ringling.org/circus-museum There is also much more to learn about the Ringlings in the Burton Genealogy. When in Sarasota visit Selby Gardens: http://selby.org/the-gardens/ The Myakka River State Park, 9 miles east of I-75 near Sarasota is worth visiting. Take a boat ride on Lake Myakka. See www.floridastateparks.org/park/Myakka-River
MARCO ISLAND (Just south of Naples)
Read about the history at www.paradisecoast.com/articles/marco_island_history and at www.marcoisland.org/history.htm and at www.marco-island-florida.com/history.htm and at www.marcosun.com/marco_history.htm and about the Key Marco Cat at www.keymarcocat.com/history.html
GOODLAND (a village in the SE corner of Marco Island www.goodland.com)
Annual Mullet Festival is held every January. The three-day festival attracts nearly 5,000 people to Goodland. Fried and smoked mullet are featured and in addition to the Buzzard Lope Queen event there is also a Buzzard Lope Princess day when girls from ages 6 to 16 compete for the title, a trophy and cash prizes. See www.goodland.com/buzzard.htm
Stan's Idle Hour Bar. See www.goodland.com/stan.htm and www.stansidlehour.net and www.stansidlehour.net/Photo_Gallery.html and www.stansidlehour.net/TheBuzzardLope.html and www.stansidlehour.net/Entertainment.html Stan Gober Memorial Bridge: On January 29, 2015, at the northern end of the County Road 92 bridge, a crowd assembled to rechristen the span, formerly called the Goodland Bridge over the Marco River, as the Stan Gober Memorial Bridge after Stan, the larger-than-life founder and owner of Stan's Idle Hour in Goodland.. See slide show at Stan's on February 15, 2015. Consider visiting Stan’s Idle Hour at 1pm on Sundays.
Buzzard Lope Dance was similar to the more modern Eagle Rock Dance and was very popular in the South. The Lope most likely is related to the older West African Buzzard dance. Sunbury Georgia was the first discovery of this dance but may not have originated there. The Buzzard Lope used outstretched arms like a bird and consisted of a shuffle step and a little buzzard like hop. The dance is said to be similar to the West African Buzzard Dance. The original form was representing a Turkey Buzzard circling, then getting ready to eat a dead Mule (some report a Cow or Carrion in general). Many people in the sidelines watching the dance would do a 'Patting', or make a rhythm by slapping their thighs, while someone would sing the cues. The Eagle Rock replaced the Buzzard Lope in popularity as the buzzard lope was considered too risque as well as to the connection of Plantation life by city folk. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqpaw4qJjcI and www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dGamWaYcLg
EAST & SOUTH OF NAPLES & MARCO
Read about Everglades City at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everglades_City,_Florida
Read about Baron Collier at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barron_Collier
Read about Baron Collier's Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City.
Read about the Tamiami Trail.
Read about Copeland, a suburb of Everglades City.
Read about Chokoloskee Island, Ted Smallwood, & the killing of Mister Watson at www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chokoloskee,_Florida
Read about 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge ... 35,000 acres.
Read about Fakahatchee Strand and go to www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fakahatchee-Strand and www.florida-everglades.com/mapfaka.htm ...74,000 acres. Plants found in the park include royal palm, bald cypress, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids.
Visit the Big Cypress National Preserve Forty years ago, on October 11, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the bill establishing the 729,000 acre area as the first national preserve in the National Park System east and south of Naples. The Welcome Center is on Route 41, about 17 miles east of Route 29 that goes to Everglades City. We drive to Turner River Road in the Big Cypress, about 5 miles east of Route 29, at least once a month to view birds and alligators. See a detailed map of the Big Cypress Preserve.
Visit the Dry Tortugas a small group of islands, located at the end of the Florida Keys, United States, about 67 miles west of Key West. Spanish explorer Ponce de León gave the Dry Tortugas their name on his first visit in 1513. The name is the second oldest surviving European place-name in the US, after the name Florida. They were given the name Las Tortugas (The Turtles) due to 170 sea turtles taken on the islands and shoals by de León's men. Soon afterward, the word "Dry" was added to the name, to indicate to mariners the islands' lack of springs. See http://www.drytortugas.com/ and http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm
SEASONS IN NAPLES
Latitude and Longitude
Latitude is an angle between a point on the earth's surface and a point on the equator, as measured from the center of the earth along points on the same meridian. The latitude at any point on the equator is 0 degrees and the latitude at the north pole is 90 degrees N. You can see that Rutland is north of Naples. As Rutland is at 43 degrees N latitude, it is about half way between the equator and the north pole. San Francisco's latitude is "roughly" half way between that of Naples and Rutland.
Longitude is based on "meridians". There are 360 degrees as measured from the "prime meridian" thru Greenwich, England which is also called the "Greenwich meridian". You can see that Naples is west of Rutland. Rutland is about 73/360 or 20% of the way west around the world from Greenwich. San Francisco is about one third of the way west from Greenwich.
Go to http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/ There we find water in the Indian Ocean at the antipodal coordinates of these three cities. Enter +43.6 latitude and -72.97 longitude for Rutland. Then note that entering the antipodal coordinates of -43.6 and 107.03 we find water off the SW coast of Australia. Similarly, for Naples, at 26.0 and -81.78, enter -26.0 and 98.22 for antipodal coordinates and we find water off the SW coast of Australia. For San Francisco at 37.67 and -122.42, has antipodal coordinates at -37.67 and 57.58 and we find water between the SW coast of Australia and the southern tip of Africa.
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