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fun-filled Fourth of July is planned this year. The day kicks off with the Rotary Run 5K at 7 a.m. and culminates
with a fireworks and laser display at Riverside Park. Turn to page 22 for a full list of events.
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8 Womans Club
Gives Club to Caf
The Bonita Springs Womans Club has donated its
building to Caf of Life.
11 Need a Homeless
St. Matts drops plans, developer doesnt.
11 Community Gardens
and Dog Park
Plans for the 17-acre Mayhood property.
11 Hundreds of Homes
The City is ready for development.
28 Ospreys are Nesting
How did that nest get there?
29 Softball Star
Lindsey Richardson is among the best
softball pitchers in the Nation.
12 Spotlight Interview
St. Matts CEO Van Ellison sat down with the Spotlight
and addressed St. Matts decision to change its Bonita
homeless shelter plans.
13 City Manager Carl Schwing
Out of the Frying Pan Schwing discusses his first
year as Bonitas City Manager and his first real job,
selling fat.
16 Reaching for the
New Horizon
New Horizons is an after school and summer academic
enrichment program.
18 Mayoral Candidates
Ask for Dollars
Joseph Cofield and Bill Simons are raising funds for
the Historical Society.
30 Fertilizer
Dos and donts during rainy season.
20 Peter A. OFlinn
St. Matthews, Act Three
20 City Council Corner
Councilman Steven Slachta reflects on the
meaning of the Fourth of July.
14 Bonita Business Beat
Chris Lingenfelter of Vacuum Depot has been selling
and servicing vacuums since he was 15.
15 Defining Ambiance in Bonita
Old 41 Redevelopment and Economic
Development Workshop set for July 24
Arts &
22 Events
Whats happening this month in Bonita.
25 Artist Spotlight:
Sculpting Life
Hannah Stimsons life changed forever when she took
her first pottery class.
26 The Other Ben
Mayor Nelson explores the purpose of patience.
27 Mind and Soul
How to live a life of freedom.
30 Bonitas Best Friends
Two poodles named Zena and Riley.
30 Meg-a-Mom
Poolside Peace of Mind
32 Bonita Nature Place
Goober visits the YMCA.
33 Why I Love Bonita
Chester Moore
33 Tee Box Tips
Shooting low with your shortest club
35 Restaurant Guide
News & Features
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By Peter R. OFlinn
Bonita Springs The win-
dows of the Bonita Springs
Womans Club look out on
what may be the most well-
known picnic tables in
Southwest Florida. Just across
Childers Street, in Bonitas
Banyan Tree Park, the Caf
of Life serves early lunch to
those less fortunate on five
small park tables. Last year,
the removal of the tables by
City staff led to a major con-
troversy. Hundreds of Caf
volunteers packed City
Council to protest, and the
tables were returned.
For several years Womans
Club members watched as
Caf volunteers served in
the heat, rain and winter
cold. And they had a front
row seat to the picnic table
Our members were very
upset, said Barbara Malloch,
president of the Womans
Club. They were up in arms
about those picnic tables
being taken away. Those peo-
ple had to sit on the ground
to eat. That was not right.
Meanwhile the Womans
Club had challenges. Active
membership dwindled to six
or seven in recent years, as
members aged and were no
longer able to attend regular
Early this year the ladies
met to ponder a tough, but
inevitable decision.
Its time, girls. We just
cant go on like this. We have
to consider folding, Malloch
remembers saying. They
saw the writing on the wall,
she said, and after six decades
of good works, Bonitas old-
est service club decided to
The ladies next decision
was what to do with their
air-conditioned building,
with a spacious central room
that easily accommodates a
dozen now empty tables.
The answer was obvious.
They could see it out the
window, across Childers
Street, in Banyan Street Park.
The Womans Club
donated the building to the
Caf of Life.
An Unexpected Gift
The Caf didnt expect
the gift. It has searched
throughout Bonita for its
own home, with considerable
frustration from time to
time, all to no avail.
I felt this was a miracle,
a gift from heaven, said
Marietta Bala, the Cafs
chair, reflecting on how she
felt when the news first came.
We have our highs and
lows, said Bala. But we
always hang in there. Some-
thing good happens like this,
and it gives us a high.
However, as often seems
the case with the Caf, good
news comes with an asterisk.
Its unclear whether the Caf
can serve food at the
Womans Club building. The
Citys Community Devel-
opment Office is researching
the issue.
Our objective is simple.
To address the needs of those
who are hungry, said the
Cafs Bruce Wheatley.
I dont think the City
has unanimity in what they
want to do. They have to
wrestle with that.
The lack of consensus
was on display at a recent
City Council meeting. Some
members indicated the
Womans Club might be used
as an alternative to the Cafs
planned Rosemary Park facil-
ity. Others indicated the use
was inconsistent with plans
for Old 41 redevelopment.
In any event the Caf will
use the Womans Club for
office space, and is develop-
ing guidelines to make it
available to other non-profit
That fits the Womans
Clubs goals. The terms of
their gift provide the prop-
erty must be used only by a
non-profit for 99 years.
A Bonita Springs
The Womans Club was
founded in 1949, with the
motto dedicated to the wel-
fare of the community. Club
scrap books document
relentless charitable efforts
of these women who, it is
recorded, established the club
to provide relief from the
ever present bore of cooking,
cleaning and washing.
Through the years, the
club provided college schol-
arships to local students, and
contributed to local organi-
zations. That practice held
to the end, when bank
accounts were closed and
final distributions made.
Bonita Assistance Office and
Estero High School schol-
arship fund each received
$2,000. The remaining
$1,227.26 was given to the
Humane Society of Lee
Club members spent
many hours raising funds,
yellowed newspaper clip-
pings show. They worked
spaghetti dinners, fashion
shows, flea markets, Christ-
mas raffles, bake sales, Easter
hat parades, card parties,
covered dish luncheons,
bazaars and hobby shows.
But the fundraising work-
horse was bingo. There was
a time we were so crowded
that the fire marshal made
us close the doors, said Mal-
loch. Relics of those days
remain in a cupboard, hun-
dreds of leather bound bingo
paddles with sliding translu-
cent windows to expose
called letters. People dont
use hand cards anymore,
said Malloch.
The whole idea was to
raise money for our charities,
and we did not have enough
girls to keep it going, she said.
The Womans Club
building is an historical struc-
ture and should be pre-
served, said Wheatley. The
Caf plans renovations to
the building faithful to the
old Florida architectural style
of downtown Bonita. A new
sign out front will say, Boni-
ta Springs Womans Club
and, in smaller letters, The
Home of the Caf of Life.
We realized how much
the Caf of Life needed help,
and their own place. Period,
said Malloch.
Later in the summer we
will have a little ceremony,
she said. We will get our
members together, and have
some cake, and take some
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Bonita Womans Club Gives Caf its
Own Place at the Table
Our members were
very upset. They
were up in arms at
those picnic tables
being taken away.
Barbara Malloch
I felt this was a
miracle, a gift from
Marietta Bala
Contributed | Special to the Spotlight
July 4, 1962 50 years ago this month, the Bonita Springs
Womans Club float celebrates freedom of speech and re-
ligion, and the right of assembly and petition.
Staff Photo |
The Bonita Spring Womans Club, on the corner of Childers St. and Felts Ave., the new
home of the Cafe of Life.

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Bonita Springs.
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BB&T Distributes Food
Bonita Springs BB&T employee Steve Smith
hands food to a mother and her child during a
food distribution day. Bonita Springs BB&T
sponsored a monthly food purchase from the
Harry Chapin Food Bank and packaged and
distributed the food to Bonita Springs residents
who needed it. The community outreach pro-
gram is part of the BB&T Lighthouse Project
which encourages employees to go out into
their communities and offer community service.
"The Bonita Springs Assistance Office typically
does this in the months of July, August and Sep-
tember, however we were able to add another
month," said Todd Kluener, Vice President
Contributed |
Ethics in
Maribel Slabaugh, left, of the
Bonita Assistance Office,
and Arleen Sheehan Hunter,
right, of the City of Bonita
Springs, received the Ethics
in Leadership Award last
month from Mark Generales
of the Rotary Club of Bonita
Contributed |
Contributed |
Bonita Springs
Lions Install New Board
The Bonita Springs Lions Club has a new board. The 2012-
1013 President, Albert Bud Mansolilli and the new Board of
Directors will begin to serve on July 1. Three term Bonita Club
President Robert Hilliard will move on to serve as the District
Governor for 58 Lions Clubs in District 35-I which covers clubs
from Orlando to Zephyrhills and all of Southwest Florida. Pic-
tured here, front Row, from left to right; Director Barbara
Barnes-Buchanan, Lion Tamer Pat Turecek, Director Pat Morris,
President Albert Bud Mansolilli, Immediate Past President
Robert Hilliard, Membership Director Betty Harkins, Director
Martha Simons, Asst. Treasurer Fred Harkins. Back Row, from
left to right; 2nd Vice President Ron Marlow, 1st Vice President
Al Greenwood, Treasurer Bill Morris, Tail Twister Steve Raynor,
Thrift Store Vice President Ernie Davey, Director John Elliff, Sec-
retary E. Franklin Whitey Ellis. Not shown: Assistant Secretary
Margie Gillette

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Need a Homeless
Its common practice for
real estate owners to develop
commercial parcels on spec-
ulation, or spec, in the hope
they can attract businesses.
Bonita Commons on US 41
is a good example. It sat
nearly empty for a while,
but today its nearly fully
Now, Bonita Springs has
a singular distinction in the
annals of economic devel-
opment, a proposal to
edevelop a homeless shelter,
apparently on spec.
When St. Matthews
House dropped its Bonita
plans, the Bernwood prop-
erty owner did not withdraw
the land development appli-
cation for a homeless shelter.
The application continues
to be processed by the Citys
Community Development
Office. The property owners
representative was not avail-
able for comment.
Keeping the application
active could have several
results. It could position the
property for sale if St.
Matthews or another home-
less shelter operator expressed
interest at some point.
(Wehave no plans at all
to proceed, said Vann Ellison
of St. Matthews House. See
related article).
An active application
could also spur an area organ-
ization, which has explored
an interest in the property,
to deliberate with due speed.
Lastly, as one city official
observed, It stops BeSafe
Bonita from having a parade.
Is the Bernwood land
development application
exempt from the Citys
recently adopted mora-
torium on homeless shelter
approvals? Thats the question
a Spotlight editorial asked
last month.
For weeks Bonitians had
been hearing that the Citys
homeless shelter moratorium
did not apply to the Bern-
wood application. That con-
clusion, though not clear-cut,
was repeated in the media
echo chamber and came to
be regarded as fact by the
projects detractors, not just
its supporters. The applica-
tion, it was said, had beat
the clock by filing an appli-
cation hours before the law
was approved.
The conclusion now is
being questioned. City Attor-
ney Audrey Vance, in a June
letter to newly hired outside
counsel Beverly Grady,
asked whether the standards
of a certain Florida court
case would apply to the
moratorium. The case stated
that, under certain circum-
stances, a new zoning law
would apply to an applica-
tion filed after the law was
proposed. The Bernwood
application was filed after
City Council proposed the
In a recent letter to the
Bernwood applicant, the
Citys Community Devel-
opment Office stated that
outside counsels views may
affect the processing of this
Community Gardens
and Dog Park in the
Works for Mayhood
The City owns the May-
hood property, a 17-acre
parcel located on the north
side of Terry Street where it
intersects with Matheson
Avenue. Mayhood was slated
to be part of a northern
road extension when the
City bought it early last
decade. Plans were scrapped
when Imperial Parkway was
Since then various uses
have been considered for
the property, and some have
suggested selling the land.
Mayhood is a park. Peri-
od. That decision has been
made by City Council, said
City Manager Carl Schwing.
It came down to dealing
with the storm water master
plan, he said. Federal and
state nutrient standards
require reduced nutrient lev-
els in the Imperial River and
its tributaries like Leitner
Creek, which flows through
Mayhood. To meet those
standards, the City will con-
struct a large dry detention
pond on thirty percent of
the Mayhood property, in
the northeast corner.
The Bonita Rotary Clubs
are developing plans to
sponsor a community gar-
den at the park, expected in
2013, said Schwing. Parks
Director Nicole Perino has
recommended, and Council
has tacitly approved, he
said, a fenced in dog park
near the street. The remain-
der of the property will be
used as an open public park.
Bonita Y Could Have
Told You So
Some around town and
others like the Collier Coun-
ty based former owners of
the Bonita YMCA building
used to say that the Bonita
Y would never attract
enough members. The
notion was that the building,
located just east of I-75 off
Terry, was way too far for
Bonitians to travel.
The newly opened Bonita
YMCA already has an
answer to all that Not
We wanted to get 300
families in 30 days, said
Mischa Kirby of the Bonita
Y. We did that in three
After just one month of
operation, almost 2,000
members have joined the
Bonita Y. There are 100 sum-
mer campers. Two certified
personal trainers have been
hired and group exercise
classes are offered in aqua
aerobics and zumba, and
seemingly everything in
The first Silver Sneakers
class, popular with seniors,
was held in late June.
City and Partners to
Aid Development
We are going to see hun-
dreds of new homes built in
the next three to five years,
said City Manager Carl
Schwing. The market is
coming around, and Bonita
is the place to be. Toll Broth-
ers is already building on
Imperial and we are seeing
interest on the part of resi-
dential builders who want
to come into the communi-
Schwing also believes the
empty commercial space in
town will be filled in three
to five years.
In a new initiative the
city will partner with Bonita
Fire, Bonita Springs Utilities
and South Florida Water
Management District to
streamline the development
permitting process.
Under the plan, which is
being finalized, permit appli-
cants will deliver plans to
the Citys Community Devel-
opment Office. It will act as
a clearinghouse for the other
permitting agencies. Com-
ments on applications will
be consolidated in one
We are going to turn
some heads with this, said
Schwing, who conveys a
can-do attitude. He calls
permit applicants our cus-
We will have perform-
ance standards for us and
our partners. We expect to
be held accountable.
For several months a task
force has met regularly to
develop the permitting
process. It includes Citys
Director of Development
Services Arleen Hunter,
Community Development
Director John Dulmer, Boni-
ta Fires Tim Fernandez,
Bonita Springs Utilities Mike
Liggins and Don Waters of
the Water Management Dis-
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By Peter R. OFlinn
East Naples In mid-June, www.swspotlight.combroke the
news, exclusively, that St. Matthews House had purchased
an East Naples property, a former DeVos car dealership, and
decided to change its plans to develop a homeless shelter in
the Bernwood section of Bonita Springs. Subsequently, Vann
Ellison, chief executive of St. Matthews House, told the
Spotlight its contract to purchase the Bernwood property
had lapsed, and the deal was off.
In an extensive interview at St. Matthews House on
Airport Road, Ellison addressed a broad range of Bonita
related issues. All sentences quoted below are statements
by Ellison.
Is St. Matthews through with Bernwood?
We are out of contract. We are not negotiating and
have no plans at all to proceed. We have resolved at this
point that we are not headed in that direction.
Could things change? Is it possible that something
would happen so that we could end up on that property?
Sure. But do I think we will? No.
I cannot conceive of a circumstance where we would
be at Bernwood. But I could not conceive of a circumstance
where a donor would have given us the DeVos property.
Could a miracle happen? Sure.
When did St. Matthews reach a determination
that the contract would not be extended?
Ellison indicated a time frame that implies the decision
was already made, or virtually certain, even as City
Council members raised their hands in a straw vote
opposing the proposed shelter at an early June City
Council meeting, and as Bonitas Deborah Maclean
sashayed to the Council microphone to deliver yet another
verbal broadside against Ellison.
Historical Perspective
Before BeSafe Bonita, there was BeFair Naples.
Ellison opened a folder containing old clippings and
letters from the BeFair Committee of Naples. Twenty
years ago, that group organized to oppose St. Matthews
House in Naples. One flyer, titled Little Annie cant go
out and play, features a blond haired girl reminiscent of
Lyndon Johnsons Daisy ad. Another depicts a magnet
attracting crime, panhandling and vagrancy to Naples.
Look at the articles, and the ad copy they ran, Ellison
said. All you have to do is change the word Glades to
Bonita Charter School and change BeFair to BeSafe
and its the exact same stuff.
Tea Party Values
People say they are Tea Party conservatives and they
believe in less government and letting the free markets
work. But, by the way, they say, We want to make sure
government doesnt allow St. Matthews House in our
neighborhood. So they are really not what they say they
are. There is a real irony in that.
Because I talk about my faith, the other side accuses me
of trying to use religion to force this down their throats. If I
say that we are motivated because God has called us to help
the less fortunate, they accuse me of attacking them by
using religion. I have never accused anybody on the other
side of not being a good Christian.
Personal Attacks
I have never been accused so often and viciously of
being destructive, when my intent is to help people. I
have been working to help broken people for 28 years.
My career choice has kept us at a lower income level
because of those I serve. I have had offers to make much
more as a hospital administrator, but this is my calling.
So to be accused of doing this for the money, and not
caring for people, is hurtful
and painful. I dont read the
blogs. It has just gotten too
I think its the nature of
what is going on in America
today. The political discourse
is so vitriolic and hateful that
you cant say or do anything
right on one side or the other.
Government regulation
and funding destroys efficiency
and almost always ensures
mediocrity. Every failed shelter
that the BeSafe crowd pointed
to was a government run facil-
The free market system
works best for non-profits. If
we achieve the best and high-
est standards, donors volun-
tarily give to us to help us.
Political Leadership
I am disappointed in political leaders who have never
taken a stand. They said, This is a spot you should look
at, this is what you should try, but in the long run we are
not going to support you there.
I knew the history in Bonita (at the Causeway Lumber
site) and that we would have opposition. But I always
had hope. I knew that once we were established and
doing our job, and doing it with respect and integrity,
the people of Bonita would have been proud to have us
Lessons Learned
We dont intend to have a public discussion about
future properties. As we look at future properties those
will be closely held examinations. We will never do so in
a public forum. Its just too painful. If I say, for example,
There is property across from Bonita Bay, all of a sudden
I will have a BeSafe Bonita Bay organizing to fight us,
when we are just looking at something.
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Spotlight Interview
Vann Ellison on St. Matthews
Bernwood Saga
Contributed | Special to the Spotlight
These ads were placed in local newspapers 20-years-ago by the BeFair Com-
mittee, a group organized to oppose St. Matthews House in Naples.

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By Peter R. OFlinn
Bonita Springs I could
not stand it. I would come
home every night smelling
of deep fryer fat, said Carl
Schwing recently marked
his first year on the job as
Bonitas City Manager, and
as he sat in his City Hall
corner office he recalled his
first real job, three decades
ago. It was the one that
caused him to jump into
the public sector.
I was selling shortenings
and oils, so I was selling
fat, he said. It was a prize
job in Proctor & Gambles
Industrial Foods Division,
and he beat out 100 other
applicants after graduating
from St. Louis University.
Schwing then traveled
through Missouri knock-
ing on the back doors of
His point of sale was the
kitchen, specifically the fryer.
Part of my job was to test
the fryers, he said. I would
take the temperature and a
sample of the fat, and with
my color chart I would
determine if the fat should
be changed.
After two years of con-
vincing restaurant owners
that his product, called Fry-
Max, was a good deal,
Schwing tired of sales, and
smelling of fryer fat.
I had a mortgage, a
working wife and bills to
pay, he said. I had to figure
out what the heck I was
going to do.
He found the answer in
a night school course that
perfectly matched his inter-
ests to a career idea, public
It was a fitting choice for
someone who always had
an interest in politics and
public service. In high
school, Schwing had driven
future Governor and Sena-
tor Kit Bond to campaign
stops around the state.
His reward? Chaperoned
by his mom, Schwing and
his friends got to go to the
Governors Ball. We were
all dressed up, said Schwing.
We were all cool. It was
Schwing quickly learned
his new calling was the right
one. While studying for his
Masters degree, he worked
as finance director in a small
St. Louis County town.
There he met his mentor.
Earl Clifford taught me
how to be a public admin-
istrator. He would call me
into his office and say, Here
is the scenario. Put this in
the back of your head. You
may need this some day.
After 15 years in Mis-
souri, Schwing moved to
Florida in the late 1990s.
Brenda and I talked, and
we said Wouldnt we like
to get to Florida before we
Schwing arrived in Boni-
ta Springs from Cape Coral
last year, replacing Gary
Price, who retired.
During his years on Cape
Coral, Schwing always heard
Bonita was a well-run city.
That expectation was met,
he said. Other things sur-
prised him.
I really did not know
the depth to which the staff
was really dedicated, which
I still am amazed at today,
he said. They work until
you tell them to go home.
They love the City.
The willingness of the
Citys many volunteers to
roll up their sleeves inspires
him. These people chose
to be here, he said. They
want it to be the best com-
munity it can be.
I feel great after a year,
said Schwing.
Obviously there has
been some turmoil in the
last couple of months that
the City for the most part
is unused to, and I think
that was unfortunate. But,
everybody goes through
those times.
Its been a busy year, not
just with the turmoil of St.
Schwing prepared a list
of accomplishments about
which, he is fast to say,
These are the entire staff s
accomplishments, not my
individual achievements.
They include refinancing
of the Citys long-term debt,
with a cost saving of
$3,000,000 in interest charges,
the completion of a storm
water master plan and the
renegotiation of outsourcing
contracts. Unfinished busi-
ness includes library expan-
sion, Old 41 revitalization,
Oak Creek dredging and
revising land use regulations.
We will continue to look at
transportation challenges,
he said.
Schwing soon will receive
his 30-year service award
from the International City
Management Association.
I feel that you have to
be wired a certain way to
be in the public sector, he
said. Sure, everyone has to
watch their budget.
But this is about more
than that. Its about service
to the people. I always felt
that if I could make a posi-
tive contribution to some-
bodys life by helping their
quality of life that would
make me feel good.
I didnt feel that way,
Schwing said, when I was
selling fat. Page 13
Carl Schwing, Out of the Frying Pan
Meghan Easterly |
Carl Schwing recently marked his first year on the job as Bonitas City Manager.
I really did not
know the depth to
which the staff was
really dedicated,
which I still am
amazed at today.
Carl Schwing

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By D.K. Christi
Bonita Springs Some-
times a talent surfaces early
in childhood. For one young-
ster, he enjoyed taking every-
thing apart and putting it
back together again since he
was about six years old, often
fixing whatever it was with
one exception.
I was very young and
disassembled my mothers
expensive tape recorder to
see how it worked said Chris
Lingenfelter. Lets just say I
had a few extra parts after I
re-assembled it, and a dis-
gruntled mother.
Lingenfelter, owner of
Vacuum Depot next to Publix
on Bonita Beach Road, is the
youngest in a family of six
born in Michigan.
I successfully took apart
and repaired my mothers
Kirby many times. When I
was 15, my brother pointed
out a help wanted sign in a
store looking for someone
to fix Kirbys. Hey, thats
you! he said.
Ever since then hes been
selling and servicing vacuums
and eventually owned his
own vacuum stores in Michi-
gan, the last one in Lake
Orion, Mich. two years ago.
There probably isnt a
vacuum made that I havent
either sold or repaired, Lin-
genfelter said.
Seeking a change from
the long cold and grey winters
of Michigan and better eco-
nomic conditions, he came
upon a Vacuum Depot for
Sale ad in a trade maga-
Within days, I was
packed, in Florida and
in business, Lingenfelter
said. June provided a hot
He likes boating, fishing,
the beach, the sunsets and
the many activities available
in Bonita Springs sunshine.
Business is brisk. Lingen-
felter specializes in U.S. made
vacuums, but carries quality
products from other coun-
tries as well. He explained
that familiar U.S. vacuum
names that sold in the U.S.
for almost a hundred years
are now made by Chinese
owned manufacturers in
You think you have a
U.S. quality made vacuum,
but its probably not.
As a vacuum specialist,
he knows that a familiar
brand does not always deliver
the expected machine.
With his years in the busi-
ness, he can advise customers
as to the quality of the vacu-
ums he sells. A quality vacu-
um is critical to a homes air
Im competitive with
department store and inter-
net prices on all brands of
vacuums, Lingenfelter said.
However, I offer expertise
not readily available in big
box stores because I know
vacuums inside and out. I
help customers determine
the vacuum that best suits
their needs.
He also carries higher
quality brands and commer-
cial vacuums not available
in big box stores and he serv-
ices everything that he sells.
Its often said that life is
circular. Lingenfelter and his
technician Sean Lane attest
to that. Sean worked with
Lingenfelter in Michigan in
the 80s until the early 90s.
For Sean, life took him on a
trip through love, travel and
a broken engagement that
included stops in South Car-
olina and Florida. When he
learned that Lingenfelter was
in Bonita Springs, he gave
him a call and the circle was
complete. Sean has been
working in the store for five
Plans for the future
include expansion and the
possibility of additional loca-
I service everything
all makes and models, Lin-
genfelter said. Well, maybe
not robots I call them a
dust buster with wheels; they
dont take the place of a vac-
uum cleaner with a powerful
motor and a filtering sys-
Hes a specialist who
can appreciate a quality
Page 14 July 2012
Bonita Business Beat
It Started with a Kirby
Meghan Easterly |
Chris Lingenfelter and Sean Lane at Vacuum Depot.


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By D.K.Christi
Bonita Springs Bonita
Springs is about a dozen
years old, a relatively young
city in the big scheme of
things. Like most new cities,
it attempts to define itself
for its citizens and its future.
Bonita Springs has had grow-
ing pains as its ambiance
development has been rather
fluid. Some concrete plans
are in the works, with a
major Old 41 Redevelop-
ment and Economic Devel-
opment Workshop set for
July 24 at 9 a.m. at City Hall
to look at the Old 41 corridor
regarding architectural stan-
dards, economic develop-
ment, incentives, marketing
and more.
John Dulmer, Director of
Community Development
for the City of Bonita Springs
pointed out, the vision for
Bonita Springs has gone from
a sleepy little fishing village
that grew tomatoes, to an
amazing retirement commu-
nity with a future that
includes a thriving economic
area with new, clean indus-
tries and businesses that
increase employment oppor-
tunities for its citizens.
The recent economic
downturn points out the wis-
dom of a diversified com-
munity in addition to an
ambiance that attracts retire-
ment and tourism. Bio-med-
ical companies in Bonita
Springs are examples of eco-
nomic development that con-
tribute to the new future.
Currently, commercial
buildings are governed by a
set of architectural standards
that require an application
to the City for review by the
City Architect, Sam Vincent.
The standards provide for
general safety, adherence to
codes, and overall consistency,
without a specific theme or
architectural direction.
Formerly blighted areas
of Bonita Springs have blos-
somed under targeted ren-
ovations that led to Riverside
Park, the Cottages and recre-
ational river activity on the
Old 41 Corridor. Old 41
commercial developments
from the north have main-
tained a similar architectural
theme by design and provide
an attractive entry to the
Bonita Springs has 20 spe-
cific historical buildings that
fall within the purview of
the citys Historical Preser-
vation Board. It uses guide-
lines established by the
Federal Department of the
Interior which are required
to receive tax incentives for
restoration. The intent of the
guidelines is to assist the
long-term preservation of a
propertys historic materials
and features and encompasses
the exterior and interior of
the buildings.
Recently, the former Dixie
Moon Caf submitted an
application to repaint the
exterior of the new Hot
Caboose Island Grille restau-
rant; an earth tone color chip
was approved by the Histor-
ical Preservation Board.
According to John Gucciardo,
Assistant City Manager and
liaison to the Historical
Preservation Board, any
request that meets the guide-
lines receives quick approval.
Eight of the designated
historical buildings will be
part of a planned self-guided
walking tour and will be
highlighted in a video, said
Some older cities have a
historical consistency that
lends direction to a particular
faade choice or architectural
direction. Bonita Springs has
a few historical buildings left,
but the majority of the build-
ings have had multiple archi-
tectural influences, said
Dulmer. Attempts for a
theme in the past included
the designation of Commu-
nity Redevelopment Areas
with specific guidelines and
standards. CRAs helped
improve blighted areas in
downtown Bonita and might
be a future consideration for
funding, he said.
Minimum standards are
in place to protect the
ambiance of Bonita Springs;
that ambiance needs further
definition. The workshop
scheduled for July 24 may
help set that direction. Page 15
Meghan Easterly |
The new Hot Caboose Island Grille restaurant was recently painted an earth tone color that was approved by the
Historical Preservation Board.
Defining Ambiance for Bonita Springs


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By D.K. Christi
Bonita Springs New Hori-
zons, a private, non-profit,
after school and summer
academic enrichment pro-
gram in Bonita Springs, was
named by its co-founder and
president, Bob Nichols.
Bob is a yacht captain
who often sailed to a new
horizon. We wanted to reach
at-risk children whose accus-
tomed environment lacked
enrichment and enhance
their academic skills to find
their own new horizon,
commented Ellen Nichols,
co-founder and program
director. Ellen and Bob
Nichols have committed their
careers to a program that
grew from 20 elementary
school children at Manna
Christian Center in 2002 to
over 200 children from ele-
mentary through high school
Ellen Nichols, a former
teacher at Pinewoods Ele-
mentary in Estero, saw aca-
demic gaps for at-risk
children grow wider as they
progressed from one grade
to the next.
Often, she said, they
rode the same bus to the
same neighborhoods. To
make a difference, help was
needed near their homes.
Nichols started Super Kids
club after school in 2002 with
20 children at Manna RV
Park, going door-to-door
inviting children. Manna
Christian Missions provided
the buildings. Free after
school tutoring and men-
toring caught on with the
youth, parents, volunteers
and donors. Nichols ran the
non-profit program full-time
by 2003 when it was officially
titled New Horizons of
Southwest Florida.
Over 150 children enjoy
summer intensive reading
and teen leadership day
camps, including meals, sup-
ported solely by donations.
School supplies are provided
in the fall. Bonita Springs
locations include Manna RV
Park and Rosemary Park.
Forty students meet in small
groups with volunteers. Near-
ly 200 volunteers assist with
after school tutoring; certified
teachers provide intensive
summer reading programs.
Ellen and Bob Nichols are
the only full-time New Hori-
zons staff members. Wendy
Kephart volunteers all year
and praises, the broadening
of my own horizons as I pro-
vide part of myself to children
needing mentoring and aca-
demic help; what we share
is beyond writing a check;
Ive recruited six volunteers
from my community.
Summer teacher Caitlin
Roberts says, the kids have
become my family. We have
a good time with interesting
activities and the students
are excited about their rapid
What sets New Horizons
apart from other after school
programs? Reading is the
focus. Computer assisted
learning includes pre-assess-
ments to provide reading
prescriptions. Progress is
Page 16 July 2012
Reaching for the New Horizon
Contributed | Special to The Spotlight
Students proudly show their new backpacks.
Contributed | Special to The Spotlight
Volunteers help students improve academic skills.
Contributed | Special to The Spotlight
Students work on letter skills at New Horizons.
Continued on page 32

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to Give Back
Harvest Time
This non-denominational
non-profit works with farm
workers and other low
income families in the Bonita
Springs area. Each Saturday
during season Harvest Time
Ministries delivers 150 bags
of groceries and toiletry items
to those in need. Each August,
they typically distribute hun-
dreds of backpacks and
school supplies to students
in need. They need volunteers
to help move boxes of canned
goods and pack bags of gro-
ceries on Saturday mornings.
They also need administra-
tive and office help, along
with monetary donations.
Information: www.harvest-
Gift of Life
Gift of Life International
provides support to individ-
ual Gift of Life programs
throughout the world, which
help save the lives of hun-
dreds of children. They facil-
itate free medical services
primarily to children suffer-
ing from heart defects and
similar illnesses. Gift of Life
is the collaboration of Rotary
Districts and clubs through-
out the world. The 66 Gift
of Life Programs and their
members have treated and
saved the lives of more than
12,000 children from 67
countries on 6 continents.
The Bonita Springs Rotary
Star Spangled 5K on July 4
will raise money for Gift of
Life this month. Information
Bonita Springs
Assistance Office
During the summer Boni-
ta Springs Assistance Office
has a large need for dona-
tions. There are more people
out of work, fewer residents
to donate and more children
home from school who are
not receiving school lunch.
The Assistance Office pro-
vides emergency relief for
Bonita Springs residents to
lessen the impact of financial
and personal crises. Volun-
teers are needed to lead food
drives around the area, to
do office work, to translate
and to help distribute food
in the food pantry. For infor-
mation email info@bonitaas- or call 992-3034.

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Spotlight Staff Report
Bonita Springs Survey, as
most Bonitians know, was
the areas name in the 1800s.
As local historian Byron Liles
explains it, the name just
faded away as real estate
developers favored the more
catchy Bonita Springs.
Every two years, the Boni-
ta Springs Historical Society
sponsors a Mayor of Survey
election as a fundraiser for
its projects, like the ongoing
restoration of the McSwain
house on Old 41.
The election is a political
parody worthy of Saturday
Night Live. Whether or not
you are a history buff, you
should catch this act.
The Mayor of Survey con-
test is the election of the
future. Its Citizens United,
on steroids. Under the rules,
the candidate who collects
the most money wins. No
need to bother voting. Before
and after a recent debate at
the Liles Hotel, candidates
Joe Cofield and Bill Simons
worked the crowd with
supersized money jars.
The candidates addressed
the assembled crowd from a
soap box (just to be sure, a
crate spray painted with the
word soap).
Cofield played a schmooz-
er politician, declaring each
and every crowd member to
be his dearest personal friend.
And he chose a decidedly
non-partisan issue. He will
make Bonita (i.e. Survey) the
cleanest city in the country
and the world, he said. As a
campaign tie-in, he presented
Historical Society President
Rhonda Lyles Lawhon with
a special gift, hand sanitizer.
Cofield took decisive
action to remove any doubt
on an important issue. Wear-
ing a broad smile, he removed
a paper from his back pocket
and held it aloft for all to
see. It was a birth certificate
for Joseph Bonita Cofield
from the City of Survey.
Candidate Simons wore
well the costume of Sur-
veyman, which looked
remarkably like Superman
garb. A campy Lois Lane,
who looked remarkably like
City Council member
Martha Simons, ably assisted.
As befits a superhero, Simons
was much more comfortable
striking Surveyman poses
than with the spoken word.
When his iPad balked, he
was like a politician without
a teleprompter.
The new Mayor of Survey
will ride in the 4th of July
parade, and represent the
Historical Society at events
during the next two years.
All votes (money) must
be turned in to the Bonita
Springs Historical Society by
July 2. To vote contact either
of the candidates, if you know
them, or the Historical Soci-
ety at 239-992-6997.
Page 18 July 2012
Mayoral Candidates
Ask for Dollars, Not Votes
Meghan Easterly |
Joseph Cofield, left, and Bill Simons are the two candidates for the Mayor of Survey
2012, a fundraiser benefiting the Bonita Springs Historical Society.
The Mayor of
Survey contest is the
election of the
the candidate who
collects the most
money wins.

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By Peter A. OFlinn
America, America, God
shed his grace on thee. And
crown thy good with broth-
erhood, from sea to shining
As Bonita Springs cele-
brates our nations inde-
pendence and the curtain
closes on Act Three of the
St. Matthews drama, as
Councilman Peter Simmons
described it, we could stand
an extra dose of brotherhood
around here.
In some quarters the rhet-
oric about St. Matthews
became much too heated.
Hurling insults at a group
aiding the less fortunate, and
at city leaders, does not befit
Bonita Springs, a city known
for its caring and compas-
In Bonita, thousands vol-
unteer at the Caf of Life,
Literacy Council, Assistance
Office, Lions Club, Center
for the Arts, Habitat, Rotary
Clubs, Veterans groups and
scores of other organizations
and churches. Millions of
dollars are raised every year
for charities.
Bonitians believe in doing
their fair share, and then
some, for those in need.
So why, in this city of
volunteers, was there very
limited support for the
homeless shelter?
Simply put, it was not
There are very small
numbers of homeless in
Bonita Springs, and there
are seasonal variations. Offi-
cials at local social service
agencies and law enforce-
ment know where the home-
less live, by which section of
train track off Old 41 and
grove of trees off Beach Road.
Federally mandated home-
less counts confirm their
observations. These small
numbers did not warrant
the homeless shelter pro-
posed, and most Bonitians
know it.
In the St. Matthews
debate, the rhetoric of some
Naples and Ft. Myers-based
shelter proponents regarding
the number of claimed
homeless in Bonita Springs
was disappointing. It
smacked of scoring publicity
points that made Bonita
seem mean spirited, rather
than thoughtful dialogue.
There were large numbers
of homeless school children
and homeless persons receiv-
ing medical care in Bonita
Springs, it was said.
But, when questioned,
education and health care
officials readily explained
that almost all these so-called
homeless individuals were
actually living with others,
including family and friends,
because they could not afford
their own place.
There is real poverty in
Bonita Springs, and a need
for affordable housing. The
answer is much more help
like that given by Bonita
Assistance Office and Caf
of Life, and more affordable
housing, like Habitat for
Humanity builds. The best
next stop for those who dont
have their own place, par-
ticularly children, is not a
homeless shelter.
Some would say a Bonita
Springs shelter should not
be strictly limited to local
needs. Thats a fair point,
but only if there is an actual
need for a large shelter in
Bonita Springs in the first
place. There isnt.
Peter A. OFlinn is the Pub-
lisher of the Southwest Spot-
light News Magazine. He can
be contacted at peter@swspot-
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Every Fourth of July we
gather with friends and fam-
ily to celebrate our great
nations independence. We
celebrate Americas birthday,
our Founding Fathers and
military personnel, both past
and present. We celebrate
our treasured immigrants,
bonding together to create
a diverse and exceptional
country. We celebrate equal-
ity, individualism and liberty.
We celebrate our lives and
unique ability to pursue our
dreams and happiness. Most
precious of all, we celebrate
All Americans are impor-
tant, but today I took a few
moments to ask service
members for their reflections.
Lets take a look:
LT Zackary Froelich,
US Army
The Fourth of July for
many means a barbeque, with
great food and fireworks. This
day marks our independence
from a tyrant country. Many
fought and died so we could
live in freedom. I am very
grateful to live in a nation
that fought for independence
and continues to fight when
that independence is threat-
ened. I am honored to be a
protector of this great nation,
along with my brothers and
sisters in arms. The Fourth to
me is a time for celebration,
but I will always remember
the sacrifice that was made
for the freedoms we have
LT Dan Zeller, US Army
I remember the great
patriots of 1776. I remember
that the country that exhibited
such a revolutionary spirit
and unique cause was my
own. These teachings surely
led me to a life in service to
the United States of America.
I feel the pride that each
Founding Father must have
experienced when they signed
the Declaration of Independ-
ence. The Fourth represents
a memorial to our national
beginnings and more impor-
tantly the preservation of our
way of life and government.
Lt Col Barbara Murphy,
The best thing about the
Fourth of July is the patriotism
and the red, white and blue
you see everywhere. It is a
day of celebration and also a
day to remember those mili-
tary men and women who
are serving overseas while we
enjoy our holiday in the safety
of our own great country!
TSGT Enrique Ortiz,
Independence Day is a
time to celebrate freedom and
the history of our country.
Our Founding Fathers envi-
sioned great success for the
USA. It has always amazed
me that two signers of the
Declaration of Independence,
who both went on to become
presidents of the US, died on
July 4th.John Adams and
Thomas Jefferson died only
hours apart on July 4, 1826.
And, although he did not sign
the original document, Pres-
ident Monroe also died on
July 4th in 1831. Only one
president, our 30th, Calvin
Coolidge, was born on July 4,
It is paramount that we
remember what Independ-
ence Day really means to
our country and its people.
Yes, it is certainly a day to be
celebrated with family and
friends, but we must remem-
ber the overall meaning
behind the day. Without our
nations independence, we
would not be the country
we are today. GOD BLESS
Steven Slachta is a Coun-
cilmember from District 3 in
Bonita Springs and served 23
years in the US Air Force.
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4th of July Events
Star Spangled 5K
Wed., July 4 7 a.m.
Rotary The 5K will benefit
Gift of Life. Where: Riverside
Park. Information:
org. Cost: $25 in advance,
$30 day of race.
9 a.m., Coordinated by Bonita
Springs Professional
Firefighters Local 3444.
Where: Old 41 in Historic
Bonita. Information: www. Cost: FREE.
Cupcake Wars
2 to 4 p.m., drop off. Judging
begins at 5 p.m.
The City of Bonita Springs
invites you to participate in
Cupcake Wars. Pre-registra-
tion is required. You will need
at least a dozen, some for the
judges and some to sell.
Where: Bonita Springs Com-
munity Hall, 27381 Old US
41. For more information,
email dmattrey@embarq-
Bed Race
4 p.m., Round Trip
Race from Bensons Grocery
to Pennsylvania Ave on
Old 41. Cost: FREE to watch.
Star Spangled Bonita
5 p.m., Party in the Park.
The event will feature Deb
& the Dynamics, childrens
activities such as a bounce
house, watermelon eating
competition and a water slide.
Where: Riverside Park. Infor-
org. Cost: FREE.
Dusk- Where:
Riverside Park. Cost: FREE.
Arts &
Sand, Surf, Summer
Fri., July 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Opening Reception, on dis-
play through July 27. Sailors,
beach lovers, and the warm
weather of summer have
inspired artists in Southwest
Florida for generations. Enjoy
rich scenes of our coast, after-
noons at the beach, relaxing
on the deck of a boat, the
coziness of a sidewalk caf,
or a sunlit glass of wine on a
veranda, artworks that evoke
reactions of Ive been there!
from admirers.Where: The
Center for the Arts of Bonita
Springs 26100 Old 41 Road.
Information: www.artcenter- or call 239-495-
8989. Cost: FREE.
Art Walk
Thur., July 26, 5 to 7 p.m.
Visit the artists studios,
view their art, demonstrations
and enjoy a live musical con-
cert, light refreshments and
visit the other merchants of
the Promenade. Where:
Promenade at Bonita Bay.
Cost: FREE
Southwest Florida
Federated Republican
Wed., July 11, 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m.
This month the meeting will
be held on the second
Wednesday of the month due
to the 4th of July holiday. A
brunch will be held along
with a meet your candidates
showcase with 30 or more
candidates in attendance.
Meetings will return to the
first Wednesday of every
month in August at 11:30
a.m. For information and
reservations call Anne Brown
239-254-9979. Where: Arbor
Trace Club House, Vander-
bilt Drive, Naples. Cost: $15
Democratic Club of
Bonita Springs &
South Lee County
Tues., July 17, 7 p.m.
Meets 3rd Tuesday of
each month. Where: Center
for the Arts of Bonita Springs,
26100 Old 41 Road. For more
information contact Larry
Byrnes at 239-634-6469.
Wed., July 11 & 25, 7 p.m.
The Bonita Springs chapter of
Toastmasters International
meets the second and
fourth Wednesdays of each
month. Toastmasters teaches
their members good com-
munication by helping with
public speaking and leader-
ship.Where: Bonita Springs
Fire House 27701 Bonita
Grande Drive. For informa-
tion call Scott Vail at 239-
Newcomers Club
Luncheon Meeting
Thur., July 19, Noon
Membership is open to
women who have been resid-
ing in Bonita Springs fulltime
or part-time for a period of
up to 5 years. An opportunity
to meet other women, devel-
op friendships and share
common interests. A variety
of other activities are organ-
ized by club members. For
more information visit
www.bonitaspringsnewcom- To attend lunch-
eon email bonitanewcomers@ or call Joan at
Womens Council of
July 13, 11:30 to 1p.m.
Julys Business Luncheon will
include a panel featuring
Christine Ross, President of
the Bonita Springs Chamber
of Commerce, Debi Monte-
nieri, President of the Estero
Chamber of Commerce and
Joe Harris, President of the
Bonita Estero Association of
Realtors. Where: Pelican
Sound. Cost: $20.
Come watch
the action live
and in person
Wed., July 18, 9 a.m.
Bonita Springs City Coun-
cil. Where: City Council
Chambers, 9101 Bonita Beach
All dates, times and prices
are subject to change.
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By Meghan Easterly
Bonita Springs Hannah
Stimson has been creating
art since she was a little girl.
When she was 11 she took
her first pottery class, and
her life was changed forev-
I began to explore the
other side of art, the 17-
year-old artist said.
As she moved from crafts
and cards to creating pottery
vessels on the wheel, she
began to fall deeper in love
with clay.
During that time I
wasnt really making any-
thing more than a bunch
of doggy bowls, but my par-
ents were really encouraging
and I stuck with it, Hannah
said. Now Im hard pressed
to keep any of my pieces
for myself, as various family
and friends claim them as
soon as I walk through the
Hannah began taking
clay classes at the Center
for the Arts of Bonita
Springs and during the past
six years has been intro-
duced to acrylics, oils, pas-
tels, watercolor, sculpture,
pottery, fused glass and
drawing. Through all of the
different classes, she still
says that clay is her favorite
I felt too disconnected
from my piece with a paint-
brush in front of me, so the
concept of my hands being
the paintbrush instead was
definitely something I want-
ed to know more about,
Hannah said. I love being
able to get my hands dirty
and really feel my artwork,
molding and forming it into
anything I can imagine.
Hannah keeps a very
busy schedule. Besides cre-
ating art she also teaches
summer camp at the Center
for the Arts and she is a
certified sailing instructor,
teaching sailing and marine
science during the summer.
She says art is a way to
It de-stresses me and
allows me to release my
emotions in a different way,
Hannah said. In the same
way that some people jour-
nal, I create.
As her skills have
advanced, she has gone from
taking classes with students
her own age to taking classes
with adults.
As I continued pursuing
art, I became more serious
about it, and found that I
could concentrate better in
adult classes, Hannah said.
It also constantly pushes
me to better myself, working
with men and women who
have been working in the
medium for 20 or more
For inspiration, Hannah
looks all around her, from
passing faces, to the stories
behind artwork and emo-
Every person is so
unique, and I love the chal-
lenge of trying to capture
that in my piece, Hannah
The young artist says that
she sees art always being a
part of her life. She loves
teaching students art, sailing
and marine science.
I would love to travel
overseas doing mission
work, teaching and sharing
these passions wherever I
go, Hannah said. Page 25
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Bonita Springs As I was
walking out of City Hall after
a particularly prickly Council
meeting a gentleman patted
me on the back and said
Mr. Mayor, you have the
patience of Job! It was a
nice compliment and I
thanked him, but it is not a
virtue that comes naturally
to me, nor one that I am
always able to access. But
the patience that I do
demonstrate is purposeful
and calculated, a result of a
great many life lessons, obser-
vations, successes and fail-
ures, quite often delivered
by what I like to refer to as
the Hand of God.
Now before you get all
worked up, let me explain.
What Im referring to are
simple little incidents when
it appears that a giant invis-
ible hand (possibly belong-
ing to a being with a
particularly wicked sense of
humor) has rather abruptly
interrupted something that
Im doing, simultaneously
delivering a lesson in humil-
ity. For example
More than a few decades
ago, I was a young, energetic,
demanding, impatient super-
intendent for a large con-
struction company. I wanted
things done, and done now.
If there was a problem, I
wanted it fixed, now! I was
a hard and tireless worker
that believed that anything
could be fixed by working
even harder and bulling
straight through to the con-
clusion. I was wrong. For-
tunately, when I needed it
most, I received guidance.
I was operating a large
crane that was perched on
top of a 40-foot tall pile of
dirt, right next to the water.
The crew of men, who were
working for me out over the
water on a barge, were
attempting (in vain) to align
the large pile driver that was
suspended by the crane onto
a piling. It was like trying to
thread a needle with a sledge-
hammer and extremely frus-
trating. After what seemed
like an eternity (two minutes)
my patience had, as usual,
vanished and I was furious.
The men were 60 feet out
into the water and since the
crane, pumps and other
machinery were screaming
louder than I was, I slammed
the brake pedals down,
locked the machine in posi-
tion and jumped out of the
crane on a dead run down
the steep slope towards the
About 10 feet down the
slope of clean fresh dirt, I
felt something grab my foot
and I was instantly airborne,
flying just like Superman
(without the super powers
or good looks) towards the
water. Flying along, about 2
feet above the ground, arms
outstretched in front of me,
I thought Ohthis isnt
going to end well! SPLASH!
Luckily, the water was deep
and since I had entered the
water in Superman position,
I was completely unharmed.
Once under water, I decided
to stay there for a while and
take stock of what just hap-
As I sat there on the bot-
tom of the bay, I wondered
if anybody saw me do that,
and if not, how was I going
to explain to the crew my
sudden and apparently mag-
ical appearance in the water?
This caused me to start
laughing and then drowning,
so I popped up to the surface.
When I did, the entire
crew was still staring intently
up at the piling, patiently
waiting for the crane oper-
ator (me) to lower the ham-
mer. Finally, the foreman
turned around to see what
the hold up was and saw me
there laughing while treading
water 60 feet away from the
now unoccupied crane. After
I told the crew what had
happened, we all had a good
laugh and as I made my way
back up the slope with a
relaxed, light heart, the solu-
tion to the construction
problem suddenly and clearly
came to me. I turned and
looked at the spot where I
had tripped. There was noth-
ing there but smooth, clean
Later on in my young
career, building bridges and
ship ports throughout Flori-
da, I began to learn more
about the art of knowing
when to wait, when to act
quickly, how to plan for mul-
tiple scenarios and how
reacting calmly would invari-
ably lead to better, quicker
solutions. A year or so later,
the owner of the company
came down to the job site
and found us removing huge
steel I-beams that were driv-
en deep into solid rock. A
large crane was hooked to
one of the beams and was
sitting motionless, placing
steady tremendous pressure
on the beam. My boss, being
even more impatient than I
had ever been, wanted it out
of the ground immediately
and insisted on having us
tug, jerk, pound and twist
on the beam, but to no avail.
As he stood there puffing
impatiently on his cigarette,
sipping on a warm can of
coke, I told him Let me
show you something.
We hooked the crane
back up, applied steady,
intense pressure on the beam
and then stood back away
from the machine and wait-
ed. Five minutes later as we
were leaning against my
truck talking about the next
job, the 40-foot steel beam
suddenly shot out of the
ground all the way to the
tip of the 100-foot crane
boom, then thunderously
crashed up and down like a
giant bungee jumper.
Although my emotions
do periodically get the best
of me, the practice of using
patience as an active force
has proven invaluable to me
over the years. Patience is
confidence in the power of
time. It encourages us to
measure twice and cut once,
to look before we leap, to
face adversity calmly, with a
light heart, because the cooler
head will almost certainly
prevail. It may be a concept
that is difficult to accept for
those who are anxious for
change, for instant gratifi-
cation, for continuous signs
of progress, but the truth is
that real progress often
remains hidden from us until
the goal is achieved and
sometimes you have to trip
and fall before a solution
presents itself.
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How to Live a Life of Freedom
Bonita Springs As we
celebrate our countrys Inde-
pendence during the month
of July, we should also take
time to prepare our minds
and hearts for independence
in our own lives. We can
begin by reflecting on the
words of our forefathers:
All men are created equal
and are endowed by their
creator with certain unalien-
able rights, that among these
are life, liberty and the pur-
suit of happiness.
How do we value our
own life? How great a price
do we put on our liberty?
And, how can we live each
day in the pursuit of happi-
Life is a true gift that
must be cherished. Likewise,
we should cherish the lives
of the people around us
not necessarily agreeing with
them at all times, but respect-
ing their right to their own
opinion and encouraging
their positive actions. If we
live our life in a wholesome
way, reaching out to others,
learning, growing and being
open to change, we will be
better able to cherish the
gift of our life and see it
increase in value and mean-
Liberty, or freedom,
comes in many different
forms. Freedom of expres-
sion and freedom of reli-
gion are ones we use daily;
sometimes without even
realizing their value! While
these freedoms are invalu-
able, they come with a great
deal of responsibility.
Although we are free to
use our speech, we need
to be mindful that we use
it to build, rather than tear
down. Rumors, gossip, and
innuendo can be extremely
damaging. Avoid it at all
costs! Freedom of religion
is also invaluable but
should not be forced upon
anyone. Choosing and
using your religion through
words and actions can
make a significant impact
in your life. Keep in mind
that religion isnt about the
building where you go to
pray. Rather, its about liv-
ing your faith in word and
Using your freedoms in
the way they were intended
when our forefathers wrote
the Declaration of Independ-
ence will ensure your hap-
piness. The ideas initially
expressed by Thomas Jef-
ferson, who happens to be
one of the greatest spiritual
leaders of our time, as well
as our other forefathers, were
given to us so that we could
live in community, without
infringing upon the rights
of others, leading us to hap-
Using our freedoms well
freedom to choose, free-
dom to express yourself, free-
dom to worship will help
you to live a valuable and
fruitful life!
Here are a few thoughts
to consider:
Life: Every day of our life
is a gift. How we make use of
that gift is entirely up to us
Liberty: Seeking truth in
your life will make you free.
Be sure to have people in
your life who can help you
seek the truth, such as:
friends, rabbis, ministers,
Pursuit of happiness: Serv-
ice to others and always
doing your best in your pro-
fessional and personal life
is a certain roadmap to hap-
Finally, with all of those
thoughts penned, it would
be remiss not to acknowl-
edge the service men and
women who provide our
country freedom. Without
them, without their efforts
and sacrifice, there would
be no freedom for anyone
in the United States. There-
fore, with grateful hearts
and a keen awareness, please
remember to be thankful
for all of those who have
served and those who now
serve our country! And, may
God Bless America!
Dr. Stan J. Strycharz is a
licensed, clinical psychologist
practicing in Bonita Springs.
He can be contacted at

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By D.K. Christi
Bonita Springs Did you
look up into the trees as
you heard the distinctive
osprey call and see this bird
of prey high in its nest, on
a man-made platform? Did
you wonder about that plat-
form? In coastal Florida, the
osprey is both a year round
resident and a migratory
bird, protected by the Fed-
eral Migratory Bird Treaty
Act and state protected by
Chapter 68A of the Florida
Administrative Code. Both
active and inactive osprey
nests are protected; active
nests require Federal permits
for removal.
Ospreys prefer tall struc-
tures on which to build their
nests, usually in the tops of
tall trees. In parts of coastal
Florida and the offshore
islands, nests may be in low
mangroves or even on the
ground. As the number of
suitable tall nest trees dwin-
dles with the rise in com-
mercial and residential
development, these birds
have adapted to changing
society and regularly nest
on utility poles, light towers
at ball fields and radio towers.
Many Florida electrical com-
panies have programs to
accommodate osprey. Tampa
Electric has moved over 40
nests in the last five years to
protect both the wires and
the osprey.
Lovers Key has approxi-
mately eighteen natural
osprey nests and two plat-
Ospreys prefer dead, Aus-
tralian Pines with a wide open
view, according to Catherine
Moses, Park Manager.
Margaret Winn, Friends
of Barefoot Beach Preserve
President, tells the Barefoot
Beach story.
Three friends, Dr. Leon
Eisenbud, DDS, his wife,
Naida Eisenbud and Barbara
Hickman walked in the early
days of the community on
Barefoot Beach Boulevard
and noticed an osprey trying
to build a nest on one of the
homes only to have it
removed by workmen the
next day. The compassionate
trio solicited an FPL pole
and arranged for a platform
to be erected on the pole at
the intersection of Barefoot
Boulevard and what would
become Bayfront Drive.
Barbara Hickman is the
person behind the osprey
poles that became the catalyst
for the Friends of Barefoot
Beach Preserve that is still
very active today. One Bare-
foot Beach osprey nest is in
the top of a dead tree on the
nature trail. All local Osprey
Hotels are full.
Building nests is a col-
laborative labor of love
between a male and female.
They select a tall, often dead
tree of most any type that
has a clear view and fly off
together to gather the dried
seaweeds, sticks and other
stronger materials to make
a large nest, often four feet
in diameter and equally as
deep, lined with soft seaweed
and soft grasses. Shortly after
construction is complete,
both males and females incu-
bate the eggs. The next year,
the males will return to the
very same nest to make
repairs, often find the same
mate and start over again.
Fortunately for those who
wish to remove empty osprey
nests, the osprey is not par-
ticular about the tree just
the height, location and
familiar nest materials. They
are more likely to move into
the new location if their
familiar nest is moved to a
slightly higher and nearby
Occupied nests require a
formal application for
removal. Regulations require
at least 15 feet of height and
a structure as sturdy as or
better than the original that
includes original nesting
material if possible. Ospreys
are determined to return to
their original nests. If the
same nest cannot be moved,
a cross hatch of sticks to
begin the nest are construct-
ed on top of the platform.
Ospreys are quite common
in many parts of Florida
recently the counts have not
been as accurate but there
were as many as 1,500-2,000
pairs 20 years ago.
The osprey is slightly
smaller than an eagle but
glides equally as gracefully
across the sky, often in search
of food; sometimes it just
seems to be soaring for its
own enjoyment. Migratory
ospreys usually fly in flocks
of eight to 10. They are
friendly birds, seldom in
quarrels with others and
share bits of their nest mate-
rial with other species. They
dont fight over their prey,
leaving it if challenged. Fish
are their main food. They
dont nudge their young
from the nest like eagles, but
continue to feed them long
after the fledgling can feed
itself. The next time you see
an osprey nest on a platform
instead of a tree, you have
the rest of the story.
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Ospreys prefer to build their nests in the tops of tall trees.
Meghan Easterly |
This osprey pole on the way to Barefoot Beach has an
occupied nest.

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By George White
Bonita Springs When
she was only 4, she remem-
bers kicking around a soccer
ball, already developing an
interest in sports. When she
was 10, she remembers pitch-
ing for the first time, devel-
oping the throwing motion.
And now that shes 21,
she has a memory that she
knows will last a lifetime.
Cheered along every step of
the way by her dad, Pelican
Landing tennis pro Dave
Richardson, she got to pitch
in the College World Series.
Last month Lindsey Richard-
son and her University of
South Florida teammates
went all the way to the final
eight. And Lindsey didnt
allow an earned run in two
games. Although USF lost
both, bowing 5-1 to power-
house Oklahoma and losing
1-0 when LSU scored with-
out a hit, Richardson and
her teammates have the com-
fort of knowing that, of the
320 universities that compete
in major-college softball, they
were among the eight best
in the nation.
It hardly seemed possible
when the 21-year-old was
just a slip of a kid hanging
around her big brother.
Dresses and dolls just werent
her thing.
Lindsey ended up getting
the nickname Me Too,
because she always wanted
to play, father Dave said
with a chuckle. (Brother)
Taylor played soccer, so Lind-
sey wanted to play soccer.
Taylor played Little League,
so Lindsey had to play, too.
Everything Taylor did, Lind-
sey wanted to do.
So she was sports-mind-
ed from the get-go. She just
gravitated to sports, and
always wanted to play.
But Lindsey confesses that
being a tomboy wasnt that
unusual in the Southwest
Florida neighborhood where
she grew up. No one kidded
her for preferring a baseball
cap to mascara and makeup.
You know, all my friends
were just like me, she said.
All my really close friends
played soccer with me, they
played softball with me. Wed
spend weekends together just
playing different sports. We
were identical in that way.
That certainly doesnt
seem unusual, considering
her dads lifelong affection
for tennis. Lindsey tried ten-
nis, too, but just didnt find
it too exciting. Dave says
Lindsey has the athletic skills
to be an outstanding tennis
player, but she much prefers
team sports. And that is per-
fectly OK with him. This
trait makes him an ideal
father, says Lindsey.
He never would make
us do something we didnt
want to do, Lindsey says.
You know, we werent really
that big on tennis, which
you would think I would be
since hes a tennis pro. We
tried it a few times but I just
didnt really take to it.
But, you know, he didnt
care. He was one of our
coaches in soccer, and then
softball. And my brother and
I ended up loving sports,
which I think was a bonus
for him because he really
loved sports, too.
And of course, Dave was
overjoyed with Lindseys suc-
cess, which continued in a
steady progression as she got
older. And as he sat in the
stands in Oklahoma City for
the College World Series last
month and watched Lindsey
and her teammates play, he
remembered vividly her
beginnings as a pitcher.
It was probably when
she went to the (age) 11-
12s that she was a pitcher
and a catcher, he said. And,
she didnt know which one
she really preferred.
But she really started to
develop as a pitcher, natural
spins and all that goes with
learning to throw. She ended
up with a coach on one of
her first travel teams who
pulled her aside and said,
Youre a pitcher or a catcher,
not both. She said, Im a
pitcher. And right then she
started concentrating on
pitcher after that.
And she is thrilled she
has had the chance to play
sports, all sports. She is
thrilled she had the oppor-
tunity to play softball at Fort
Myers High, for a group of
all-stars known as the Tampa
Mustangs, and finally for
Lindsey will be a senior
at USF next year, and she
knows that her time as an
athlete is rapidly drawing to
a close. Opportunities to
play softball as a professional
are remote, and softball is
no longer played in the
Olympics. But regardless of
the lack of opportunities to
play outside of college, she
will always look back fondly
on her youth and the role
that sports has played in her
I just think that when
you play sports, and you
stick with it all the way up
through college, youll make
the closest friends that youll
ever have in your life, she
Youre with them for
hours and hours every day,
so you develop a really close
connection with them. They
become really close friends.
And they become just like
your family.
You learn to follow the
rules, learn to take direction.
I just think you take some-
thing with you for the rest
of your life, wherever you
go, whatever you do. Page 29
Local Softball Pitcher Among Best in the Nation
Contributed |
Lindsey Richardson pitches for the University of South
Florida in a game against Villanova University.
Lindsey Richardson

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Bonita Springs Water.
We flock to it, especially
here in Southwest Florida
where we have beautiful
beaches and ready access
to swimming pools at our
homes and in our commu-
nities. But for those with
small children, water can
be frightening.
When we bought our
house, with a pool, the first
thing we did was to install
an industrial pool fence
with out-of-reach latches
to keep our then 2-year-
old daughter out.
We kept her wrapped up
in lifejackets and water
wings whenever we were
near water. And after watch-
ing that episode of Oprah
on dry drowning, we
watched her with eagle eyes
anytime she got water into
her mouth.
But, with our work
schedules and summer trav-
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el schedule, we had only
done the most basic swim
lessons when she was a
This spring we decided
to give the swim lessons at
the Bonita Community
Pool a try. My husband and
daughter set out for the
Community Pool not
knowing what to expect.
We had just been in t-ball
and it wasnt going well.
She wouldnt ride her bike.
You see how this is going.
When they returned
home, my husband said
to me, you have
to see this.
We went
out to the pool
and our daugh-
ter went under
water and swam all
the way across the
pool. I was in shock.
All of this time I
had been fearful of
her falling into the
pool, instantly sinking when
her water wings were
removed and had played
a million scenarios in my
mind that all involved
the dangers of the pool.
So now, I was amazed.
Each week we went to
lessons, and each week she
excelled. When June came,
we began going four times
each week. After each lesson
our daughter came home
and practiced her new skills
ranging from diving for
objects to the backstroke.
Is it strange that Im amazed
at a 4-year-old doing the
Peace of Mind
I love going to the Com-
munity Pool and watching
her interact with her teach-
ers, first Bill Wood and then
Jesse Felger. As I watch the
different classes, all of the
instructors are so talented
and the kids adore them.
They laugh and joke, while
teaching the fundamentals
of swimming and building
skills that prepare them for
a life-long love of the water.
I know they have made a
huge impact on her, not
only because of her swim-
ming skills, but because she
is talking about becoming a
swimming teacher when she
grows up. Shes never seemed
interested in jobs that
grownups do
before this.
The class is
so good, that
the first time I
went to pay the
bill, I thought
there had been a
mistake. The 8-
session class was
only $35. It
wasnt a
mi s t a k e .
That is the
cost. So we regis-
ter for each ses-
sion and begin
our days at
the pool. The
sessions run all summer with
two more sessions in July.
Its fun to watch the mix of
kids, ranging from infant
and up, and to see how their
skills grow with each ses-
Meg-a-mom is the secret iden-
tity of Meghan Easterly, a
writer, photographer, editor
and all around supermom
living in Bonita Springs.
By D.K. Christi
Bonita Springs Barbara
Garzelloni of Bonita Springs
was talking with a friend
about birds with no thought
of dogs at all. Her friend
had large pit bulls; but floun-
dering around their legs,
fighting for a scrap of food
too big for a puppy, was a
tiny little black puppy that
had been dropped off by
someone who did not want
her. She was pretty much
fending for herself and not
very well.
I just spontaneously
picked her up and told my
friend I was taking her
home, said Garzelloni.
Zena was a little mal-
nourished at first from being
fed adult food; Garzelloni
had to figure out the needs
of a puppy on the run. She
was totally unprepared; but
she knew puppy food was
on the list. She did not even
know the breed. She just
understood the 7-week old
puppy was in trouble and
her responsibility. Today,
Zena, the warrior dog is a
charcoal miniature poodle
who weighs all of three
pounds and warns the
garbage man with ferocious
barks that are harmless; she
is all love. She practically
house broke herself and
proved to be just the right
first dog companion for
Garzelloni decided Zena
needed a friend. She didnt
consult Zena, so there were
some hurdles to overcome
at first. Zena accompanied
Garzelloni on the ride to
Melbourne, Fla. to visit the
chosen new friend, a rescue
dog at Coastal Poodle Rescue.
Garzelloni surfed the web
looking for more informa-
tion about poodles and
found the site. Coastal Poodle
Rescue is adamant that the
abused and abandoned poo-
dles they rescue find loving
homes, not just any home.
The dogs must be adopted
in Florida because home vis-
its are required. Zena and
Garzelloni passed the visit
test in Melbourne and the
home visit in Bonita Springs.
Coastal Poodle Rescue inter-
viewed references, the dog
groomer, the vet and neigh-
bors. One neighbor said, I
want to be her dog! All the
rescue poodles listed on the
Internet had cute names and
little stories. Riley was Ado-
nis, perhaps, in fun, because
he is a little out of proportion
for a miniature poodle, a
little gangly.
Riley was abandoned by
a family whose home was
foreclosed. He immediately
became Garzellonis constant
companion, her Velcro dog.
He had a few eating issues
for which she brought in a
dog trainer from Canine
Command who helped fix
the situation. Today, Riley
waits patiently for food
instead of putting up a wail
or scratching at the cup-
boards. Sometimes, though,
he puts on a show if hes
tired of waiting, running
across the floor on his hind
legs, carrying a ball that he
throws in the air and catches
Though they had initial
jealousy issues, Riley and
Zena have become best
friends and best companions
to Garzelloni who is currently
cutting working hours in
anticipation of retirement
and more time with her pre-
cious companions.
I love the dogs so
much; Ill never again be
without a dog in my life,
and it will always be a res-
cue dog, Garzelloni said.
They just love you the
way you are.
Bonitas Best Friends
Zena and Riley
Twice the Love
By Meghan Easterly
Bonita Springs With Florida sum-
mer, typically comes rain. That is the
reason that from June 1 to Sept. 30,
fertilizers with nitrogen and phosphorus
are prohibited.
Our city ordinance (and every
other city in SWFL and Lee County)
does not allow use of phosphorus and
nitrogen from June to September
because it ends up washing away and
causing nutrient pollution, said Bonita
Springs Councilwoman Martha Simons.
We are now mandated to clean up
our waters for nutrient pollution which
has been linked to red tide outbreaks
and red algae blooms. Taxpayers would
benefit thru prevention rather than
having to pay for expensive storm
water solutions.
When Bonita Springs was developed,
storm water runoff wasnt a consider-
ation. Stormwater control and its affect
on water quality wasnt a concern until
the 1970s.
Some may view the advent of such
requirements as burdensome, but they
are important to maintain the quality
of life Bonitians expect and enjoy,
Simons said. In order to address the
high costs of cleaning up our waters,
more than 60 cities in Florida have
preferred to enact ordinances that hope
to prevent pollution in the first place
but it will take everyone from the res-
ident to the professional landscaper to
do their part to Fertilize Wise.
Simons has been defending municipal
fertilizer ordinances before the state leg-
islature for the past five years. This work
played a large part in her winning the
Home Rule Hero Award in June. Home
Rule Hero Award recipients are elected,
or non-elected, officials who consistently
reach out to members of the Legislature
to help give a local perspective to an
issue. In this case, the issue was municipal
fertilizer ordinances.
Simons agrees with lawn experts
and researchers from the University
of Florida that fertilizer is not necessary
to have a green lawn in the summer.
Iron can be used to correct soil
deficiencies and is considered a viable
organic alternative to heavy synthetic
nitrogen, Simons said. Rain has a
lot of nitrogen so this type of fertilizer
is not needed during this period. Our
soil in SWFL has adequate phosphorus
to get thru the rainy season.
When rainy season is over, The Uni-
versity of Florida IFAS Yards and Neigh-
borhoods recommends slow release
Fertilize Wise During the
Rainy Season
Dos and Do Nots
What Not to Do
Dont Use Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fertilizer
Between June 1 and September 30.
What To Do:
Choose slow-release products between
October and May
Keep fertilizer off hard surfaces.
If you spill fertilizer on the lawn, collect what-
ever you can.
Never fertilize within 10 feet of any waterbody.
Dont fertilize before a heavy rain.
Know your water source.
Apply fertilizer only when grass is actively
Use a broadcast spreader with a deflector
Avoid using weed and feed products.
Apply an iron source instead of a nitrogen
fertilizer [during the summer].
*Source: Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook, 2009
More information about Fertilize Wise and City Ordinance No. 08-23 is
available at
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best friends.

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measured. Students show an
average of 35 percent gains
with some students at a 65
percent gain. Each level of
students helps those that are
younger. They also participate
in meaningful charity activ-
ities that help the needy. Stu-
dents who may initially feel
less than because of their
diminished skills soon learn
they are important at New
Horizons. Bicycles outside
and smiling children engaged
in reading inside attest to
the magic.
Bob Nichols experience
in the Marine Industry and
his charity work in the
Caribbean, using his 68-
foot schooner, Star of the
Sea, to reach Bahamian out
islands and Haiti provide
another new horizon for
the teen club students to
learn seamanship. They sail
aboard Star of the Sea in
small groups locally. This
summer food and clothing
were delivered to an orphan-
age in the Bahamas and to
another in Haiti, the first
time an older New Horizons
teen was a crewmember
for a sail beyond local
waters. Teens enjoy addi-
tional field trips to expand
their horizons.
New Horizons students
demonstrate their leadership
skills in front of large groups
through choirs and public
speaking. Academic perform-
ance has earned six Take
Stock in Children Scholar-
ships this year. Four students
graduated from Estero High
School with college plans.
Goals are set early. Over
40,000 hours of tutoring and
mentoring are provided by
the community throughout
the year.
Only God could bring
together so many incredible
people from Board members
and staff, to volunteers and
generous supporters to make
this program available for
the most vulnerable members
of our community, Nichols
said. New Horizons is truly
a community joining togeth-
er to meet a critical need
within minutes of our own
Financial transparency
includes oversight by the
Board and the Evangelical
Council for Financial
Accountability. Filings with
the IRS are available by
request. Donors include indi-
viduals, churches, local busi-
nesses such as Sunshine Ace
Hardware, Ackerman Insur-
ance Solutions and more,
foundations, and business
partners listed at the web
site where multiple venues
for donor support are avail-
able. The reward to donors
is best expressed by Maria
Guerrero, 16 years old and a
junior at Estero High School
next year.
Helping us graduate
from high school and get
into college reaps obvious
benefits to our community
and our country, Guerrero
said. I as a Super Teen can
honestly say that we come
to the programs day after
day because we want help.
We want to succeed in
school and in life. We dont
want to get into drugs and
gangs like so many of the
people we have grown up
around our whole lives. Un-
like them, we want to make
the right choices, and New
Horizons is providing the
opportunity and guidance
to make that a reality for
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We want to succeed in school and in life.
We dont want to get into drugs and gangs
like so many of the people we have grown
up around our whole lives.
Maria Guerrero
Bonita Springs They say
that cats are extremely curi-
ous creatures. Well, I have
to admit that this gopher
tortoise is also. Usually I am
content to stay on the Bonita
Nature Place grounds, but
after nearly a year of no
activity down the street, I
just had to take a walk and
see what all the commotion
was about.
I heard along the nature
trail, which is our version
of hearing along the grape
vine, that there had been
all sorts of activity going on
at the Bonita Springs YMCA.
Landscapers, pool techni-
cians, painters, cleaners and
lots of friendly people have
been very busy sprucing the
place up.
The very day that I decid-
ed to take a stroll over to
see, was actually the grand
re-opening day. What a
party! After the ribbon cut-
ting ceremony there were
so many cheers and clap-
ping. I had the feeling that
I was witnessing something
really special. There was just
so much going on. I could
hear so many happy children
and the sounds of splashing
coming from the pool, I just
had to go take a look.
Through the fence, I could
see all of the families enjoy-
ing the pool. I admit, it
looked like so much fun,
but you know, gopher tor-
toises dont swim. People
think that because we are
turtles, we must know how
to swim. That just isnt so.
I am glad that the Y is
open again. That means that
the children participating in
the summer camps will be
coming to the Bonita Nature
Place again. I was excited
when they came before and
watched as they truly expe-
rienced nature. They were
giddy with delight at watch-
ing the butterflies, they were
able to observe the honey-
bees in the hive, they created
craft projects and they really
took a good look at where I
live. They took a hike
through the woods and I
could hear them asking lots
of questions. These children
will be our future and it is
very important that they
understand how critical it
is to support conservation
of wildlife habitats
The Friends of the Bonita
Nature Place created a mis-
sion statement that exem-
plifies what it stands for.
The Bonita Nature Place will
provide a local place for
learning experiences, volun-
teerism, and outdoor family
activities that strengthen the
environmental stewardship
commitment within the
com- munity while fostering
an awareness of old South-
west Florida in its unique,
natural setting. I couldnt
have said it any better. The
folks from the YMCA under-
stand the need for our chil-
dren to reconnect with the
outdoors and all that it has
to offer. I cant wait for them
to visit. I sure am happy to
hear the joyful sounds com-
ing from down the street
Goober is a gopher
tortoise living at the Bonita
Nature Place.
Nature Place

I heard along the
nature trail
that there had been
all sorts of activity
going on.
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Bonita Springs The dif-
ference between winning
and losing is based on how
well you can use the shortest
club in your bag, your put-
ter. Frankly, the better you
putt the better you play.
Golfers hear pretty often
that putting is responsible
for over 40 percent of your
total score. This is a fact
worth repeating since it will
have such an impact on
your round. I will refer to
the PGA Tour players for
reference on the importance
of putting.
If you can, recall the
recent U.S. Open and the
crucial missed putts that
moved some of the top
players farther and farther
down the scoreboard. But
for those players that
seemed to make all the
important putts did you
notice the popularity of
oversize or jumbo putter
grips? Out of the top 10
players in contention, you
would have counted about
6 to 8 very large putter
grips. The grips you noticed
were the Super Stroke grip
and a few Super Stroke Belly
putter grips (not a plug for
the grips just a fact), and
are one of the most popular
oversized grips on the mar-
ket. In addition to the over-
sized grips, there were 2 to
4 belly or long putters.
Tour players are not uti-
lizing these types of grips
or putters as the latest fad
or gimmick, but simply
because it eliminates most
of the wrist motion and
hand manipulation during
the putting stroke. This is
what I consider one of the
easiest ways to alleviate
human error in your put-
ting stroke and score. The
Super Stroke grip (or any
larger grip model) has a
very different feel from a
conventional putter grip,
but provides a more con-
sistent putting stroke every
time. For some golfers the
feel of the larger grip is not
initially very comfortable,
but this means the grip is
probably doing its job by
preventing you from break-
ing your wrists during the
We utilize the Science &
Motion PuttLab aka SAM
for putter fittings and les-
sons. This is the most
advanced ultrasound put-
ting system, used to meas-
ure over 35 parameters of
your putting stroke, as well
as the overall pattern and
consistency score. I have
found from custom putter
fittings that over 80 percent
of players improve their
stroke with a midsize or
larger putter grip. A belly
putter is another significant
way to improve accuracy
and lower your score. Sim-
ilar to a larger putter grip,
the anchored grip from a
belly putter minimizes wrist
motion, and if any remains,
it will be very subtle. Larger
putter grips and belly put-
ters also help to relax the
hands and forearms.
Professional golfers
worldwide have a very
relaxed grip, upper body
and smooth tempo, perfect
for sinking putts. If you
opt to try a larger grip, be
sure to check the swing
weight or balance of your
putter prior to removing
the old grip, and then
recheck once the new one
is installed. A larger grip
will alter the total weight,
obviously since you are
adding more mass to the
putter. It will also change
the feel of the putter head
or its technical term, the
swing weight. Its crucial
that you dont allow the
swing weight to get any
lighter since the lighter the
club head, the easier it
becomes to manipulate the
putter. As a result of adding
weight to the top end of
the putter you will have to
compensate by adding
weight to the bottom.
I would recommend that
a professional club fitter
complete the alterations to
ensure that the putters
manufactured balance and
swing weight are not affect-
ed by the larger grip. Trust
me, trying a larger putter
grip will be a painless way
to drop your score, and
since they cost on average
$20-$30, its probably one
of the cheapest ways to win
your next round.
Josh Musselman is a PGA
professional, 2008 Horton
Smith Award recipient, 2006-
2012 Worlds Top 100 Club
Fitter recipient and can be
reached via email at Page 33
Shoot Your Lowest Round
with Your Shortest Club
Bonita Springs Two years
ago, I moved to Bonita
Springs to spend the winters
with my daughter and her
husband. It was a little dif-
ferent after my 73 years in
the Midwest, but I was happy
for the warm weather. Even
my dog, Bob, seemed a little
more at rest in the warm
Florida sun.
Even though I was born
deaf, it has been a very warm-
ing community for me to
make friends in my two short
years here. I met many people
at the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Center, DHHC. On
the weekends, when my
daughter has friends over
my friends usually outnum-
ber hers and are a lot more
I enjoy the dog track, and
on the way out, Trackside
Doughnuts. This year I have
been home a lot with an ill-
ness, but I can usually talk
my daughter into stopping
and picking me up some
doughnuts on her way home.
When I need to get out
of the house, we go to Marias
or Tony Saccos.
Bonita Springs is a small
town with a big heart. My
daughter and her husband
have owned businesses here
for over 20 years, as have
their friends. All of her chil-
dren were raised here playing
Little League and other
sports. Now her grandchil-
dren are being raised here,
playing in the same Little
League and enjoying the
playgrounds and the Com-
munity Pool.
I enjoy watching them in
our pool as they learn to swim.
Its a good, safe place to raise
a family and to retire.
Why I Love Bonita
Chester Moore

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Enjoy our 40% discount
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Entire Check Everyday
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Across from Riverside Park one block east of Old 41
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Salads ~ Flatbreads ~ Gator Gumbo
Beer & Wine ~ Homemade Desserts
Best Coffee in Town!
Breakfast available all day
and Brunch all day on Sunday!
Open Wednesday - Sunday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Shoppes at Pelican Landing
24600 Tamiami Trail S#204
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 498-6808
For menu & wine list visit us at
Celebrating 12 years in Bonita Springs
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Open Mon. - Sat. 5 - 10pm
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Buffalo Chips
Al, Chip and JC Greenwoods Old 41 original for 30
years strong. Its where locals go. 1st place winner,
Florida State chicken wing and chili cook-offs. Full
menu including burgers, fish and steak and spuds.
Boars Head premium deli sandwiches. Featuring Bonitas
Hall of Fame. If it looks good, well find a place for it
on the walls or ceiling, says Al. Lunch and dinner daily.
26620 Old 41 Rd. 239-947-1000. www.buffalochip-
The Fish House
A Bonita bayside bistro. Come by car or boat. Fresh
seafood in a relaxing environment, dining inside or out,
with a pet-friendly outside patio. Specialties include
blackened tuna bites, hot blue crab and shrimp dip,
oyster baskets, grouper tacos and lobster tacos. Alternative
choices, including heart healthy items. A key-lime pie
that melts-in-your-mouth. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10
p.m. 4685 Bonita Beach Rd. 239-495-5770. www.the-
A taste of the old country right on Bonita Beach
Road, from the Kilkenny crab dip and Mulligans Irish
stew to Granny McCarthys bailey cheesecake. Home of
the belly-buster burger. salads, sandwiches and full meal
menu. Traditional flat breads. 20 beers on tap. Open
daily 11:30 a.m. to close. Open Sunday for breakfast at
7:30 a.m. 9070 Bonita Beach Rd. 239-949-2111.
Hot Caboose Island Grille
Featuring foods from the Caribbean and American
South. For lunch, try the Island Paradise grilled jerk
chicken with homemade southwest dressing, avocado
and red onions wrapped in a garlic-crusted naan. Enjoy
indoors or outside patio. Open Mon-Fri 10am to midnight;
Sat & Sun 7am to midnight. 27755 Old 41 Road at the
corner of Dean Street. 239-676-7997.
La Fontanella Ristorante
Owner Moe has over 35 years in the business, and
the experience shows. He and his staff assure customers
the finest dining experience. Serving gourmet Italian
cuisine, specializing in pasta, veal, chicken, seafood
and steak. If you cant cut the veal with a fork, the
meal is free. Specials daily. Open Mon. thru Sat., 5
p.m. to 10 p.m. 24600 S. Tamiami Trail at the Shoppes
at Pelican Landing. 239-498-6808. www.lafontanel-
Lake House Bar and Grill
An open air caf with one of Bonitas finest water
views. A hot spot for lunch and dinner, popular among
both locals and tourists. Featuring the Bonita Burger,
veggie rollup, tuna salad and sandwiches and more
sandwiches. Plus tacos, fish and chicken dinners. Open
daily 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., happy hour 11:30 a.m.
to 6:30 p.m. Located next to the Trianon Hotel. 3401 Bay
Commons Dr. 239-948-4400.
Molinos Ristorante
Classic Italian in a beautiful indoor room and an al
fresco patio setting, featuring pasta, meat and fish
dinners. Family owned since 2003. Try the Vitello alla
Saltimboca or one of the many other specialties of the
house. Full bar and wine cellar. Summer hours, serving
dinner only. Smoking section available. Open daily 5
p.m. to 9 pm. 26841 South Bay Dr. at the Bonita Bay
Promenade. 239-992-7025.
Old 41 Restaurant
A sure bet since the day it opened in Bernwood.
Specialties include eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles,
homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, Angus burgers,
chili, Taylor pork roll, sausage gravy, creamed chipped
beef, home cooked roast beef and turkey and real
Philly cheese steaks. Open daily 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Corner
of Old 41 and Bernwood Parkway. 239-948-4123.
Pinos Pizzeria
Joe and Linda Russo, are the owners and operators
of Pinos where, Its all about the taste. They offer the
kind of Brooklyn family owned and operated business
you dont often find these days. Their big portions, low
prices - and friendly attitude will have you coming back
for more... and more and still more! Open Mon. thru
Fri. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat. & Sun 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pelican Landing Publix Plaza, 24600 S. Tamiami Trail.
Ristorante Enrico
Owner Enrico Costagliola was born in his mothers
restaurant in Torregaveta, Italy, south of Naples. I still
cook like my mother, with only the freshest ingredients.
Fresh pasta, seafood and Italian specialties. Antipasto
salad, penne, lasagna, lobster ravioli, linguini with white
clam sauce, zuppa di pesce, veal, chicken and shrimp. 18
pizza and calzone creations. Lunch and dinner specials.
Open daily Mon-Sat 10am to 10 pm; Sun 11am to 10pm;
26831 S. Tamiami Trail near Publix across from Bonita
Bay. 239-949-2204.
Royal Scoop
Lifes shorteat dessert first! The oldest homemade
ice cream store in Bonita. 35 ice cream flavors, 12 low-
fat and sugar-free choices. Their scoopologists make the
thickest shakes, biggest sundaes and best cones. Delicious
lunches featuring Boars Head meats and cheeses and
fantastic family recipes for chicken, egg and tuna salad.
Kids menu. Open Mon. thru Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
Sunday open at Noon. 15- 8th Street, eight blocks south
of Bonita Beach Rd. off Vanderbilt Dr. 239-992-2000.
The Stage
Come for the food, and stay for the dancing. Full
menu, including Maryland crab cakes, sweet and sour
tenders, egg rolls, vegetable salad, grilled salmon salad,
prime rib, filet mignon, salmon, roasted chicken, signature
meatloaf, full bar with 10 beers on tap. Live music, with
tributes from Led Zeppelin to Jimmy Buffett, from Elvis
to Rod Stewart. Open 4 p.m. to close Wednesday thru
Saturday.9144 Bonita Beach Rd. in Sunshine Plaza,
behind Fitzgeralds Pub. 239-405-8566. www.thestage-
The Survey Caf
Lori Nelsons tribute to old Florida, oozing with
southern charm and updated with an organic sensibility.
Fresh ingredients, wraps, salads, panini, flatbreads and
the house specialtyGrandpas Gator gumbo. Try the
Chokoloskee Chicken sandwich. Shade grown coffee from
Grounds for Change. Dine inside or out. Summer hours,
open Wednesday thru Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10530
Wilson Ave. off Old 41. 239-992-2233. www.

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Four years in the same location
26831 Tamiami Trail S.
off West Terry Street
(239) 949-2204
Mon-Sat 10-10, Sun 11-10

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Capital Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8100 Health Center Boulevard
Finemark Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10010 Coconut Road
Florida Gulf Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23250 Via Villagio
Bonita Community Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3501 Health Center Boulevard
Joint Replacement Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3501 Healthpark Boulevard
Downing-Frye Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27180 Bay Landing Drive
Gulf Coast Coin & Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25987 S Tamiami Trail
Rapallo Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8551 Via Rapallo Drive
Hampton Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27900 Crown Lake Boulevard
Holiday Inn Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27891 Crown Lake Boulevard
Homewood Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8901 Highland Woods Boulevard
Habitat for Humanity ReStore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27821 S. Tamiami Trail
Bonita Springs Chamber & Visitors Center . . . . . . . .25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive
Agostinos Fine Furnishings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24971 S Tamiami Trail
Coldwell Banker Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8200 Health Center Boulevard, Ste. 101
Extra Space Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8420 Murano Del Lago Drive
Exit Platinum Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26381 S Tamiami Trail
John R. Wood Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26269 S Tamiami Trail
Keller Williams Elite Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24851 S Tamiami Trail
The Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26831 Tamiami Trail
Living Well Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10020 Coconut Road
Kitchens by Ambiance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8871 Brighton Lane
Royal Shell Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26811 S Tamiami Trail
Hurricane Grill & Wings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8017 Plaza Del Lago Drive, Ste. 107
IHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27240 Bay Landing Drive
Lansdowne Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24851 S Tamiami Trail
Perkins Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27941 Crown Lake Boulevard
Bank United . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3300 Bonita Beach Road, Ste. 115
Amore Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24600 S Tamiami Trail
Frame It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24600 S Tamiami Trail, Ste. 216
Bonita Estero Dental Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24940 S Tamiami Trail, Ste. 202
Bonita Bubbles Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24296 S Tamiami Trail
Tuffy Auto Service Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27790 S Tamiami Trail
Bay Presbyterian Chruch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26911 South Bay Dr
Trianon Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3401 Bay Commons Drive
The Promenade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26841 South Bay Drive
Prudential Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24880 S Tamiami Trail
Pinos Pizzeria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24600 S Tamiami Trail
CNL Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9160 Bonita Beach Road SE
Animal Wellness Center of Bonita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10347 Bonita Beach Road SE
SWFL Veterinary Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28400 Old US 41 Road
Walgreens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11494 Bonita Beach Road
City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9101 Bonita Beach Road SE
Lee County Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE
Dollys Produce Patch & Eatery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9930 Bonita Beach Road SE
Johnny Malloys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10347 Bonita Beach Rd SE
Skillets Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9174 Bonita Beach Road SE
Florida Community Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3360 Bonita Beach Road
Bay Water Boat Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5124 Bonita Beach Road
Walgreens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28100 S Tamiami Trl
Nu U Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4450 Bonita Beach Road
Acodi Realty Welcome Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3570 Bonita Beach Road
Docs Beach House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27908 Hickory Boulevard
The Fish House Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4685 Bonita Beach Road
Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 8th Street
Sneaky Petes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3465 Bonita Beach Road
NGX Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3725 Bonita Beach Road, Unit 5
Citrus Park Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25501 Trost Boulevard
Southern Pines Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26300 Southern Pines Drive
Bonita Grande Fire Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27701 Bonita Grande Drive
Estero Executive Center, 2nd Floor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10600 Chevrolet Way
FGCU Business School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10501 FGCU Boulevard
Lee County Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10520 Reynolds Street
B.E.A.R./Lee County Tax Collector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25300 Bernwood Drive
Lions Club Thrift Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10346 Pennsylvania Avenue
Lions Club Clubhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10346 Pennsylvania Avenue
Center for the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26100 Old US 41 Road
Literacy Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26820 Old US 41 Road
Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26876 Pine Avenue
Old 41 Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25091 Bernwood Drive
Liles Hotel - Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27300 Old US 41 Road
Recreation Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26740 Pine Avenue
First Community Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28235 S. Tamiami Tr.
Buffalo Chips Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26620 Old US 41 Road
Trackside Donuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2800 Old US 41 Road
Stans Super Subs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26880 Old US 41 Road
The Survey Caf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10530 Wilson Street
Your Garden Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27746 Felts Avenue
Corner Produce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26752 Old US 41 Road
Bonita Springs Assistance Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25300 Bernwood Drive
Pewter Mug Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12300 Tamiami Trail N.

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