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Naples Area Information

Area Information

Naples Arts and Culture

Yes Naples is a small town, but due to it’s strong economy and tourist base, the Arts here are a primary part of the culture
Naples has also been named the best Small Art Town in America with a population under 30,000 in The Fourth Edition of a book entitled, The 100 Best Art Towns in America by John Villani. Villani’s book is available at bookstores.

Music

The Bach Ensemble
Classic Chamber Concerts
The Gulf Coast Big Band,
The Naples Concert Band,
Naples Conservatory
of Music & Arts
Naples Music Club
The Naples Opera Society
The Naples Orchestra & Chorus
The Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus
The Steinway Society of Southwest Florida
Museums and Culture

The Children's Museum of Naples,
The City of Naples Cultural Program
Edison College - Collier Campus
The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida
International College is a private, nonprofit, co-educational institution
The Irish American Club
The Italian Cultural Society
The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts
The Marco Island Historical
Museum of the Everglades
The Naples Botanical
Naples Woman's Club
The Philharmonic Center for the Arts
The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University
Theater/dance

Marco Island Players
Marco Island Film Festival
The Sugden Community Theatre, home of the Naples Players,
Art Galleries/ Visual Arts

Over 30
For addresses and specifics go to http://www.uaccollier.com/index.html

Classic Chamber Concerts
P.O. Box 10393
Naples, FL 34101
Phone: (239) 434-8505
See Also:
Museums & Theatre
Frank Smith/ Naples Guitarist
4888 Davis Blvd. #163
Naples, FL 34104
Phone: (239) 821-1081
Naples Concert Band
PO Box 31
Naples, FL 34106
Phone: (239) 263-9521
Naples Music Club
PO Box 2666
Naples, FL 34106
Phone: (239) 775-6867
Naples Orchestra and Chorus
PO Box 9542
Naples, FL 34101
Phone: (239) 775-8460
Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus
P.O Box 111431
Naples, FL 34108
Phone: (239) 352-6366
Steinway Piano Gallery of Naples
28751 South Tamiami Trail
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Phone: (239) 498-9884

The von Liebig Art Center
585 Park St
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 262-6517
The Weatherburn Gallery
452 Bayfront Place
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 263-8008
General Members
A.C Moore
2415 Tarpon Bay Blvd.
Naples, FL 34119
Phone: (239) 513-1248
Jonathan Green Art Collection, LLC
470 Bayfront Place
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 261-9994
Pierre Bittar Gallery
505 Fifth Avenue South. Unit E
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 434-8198
Sheldon Fine Art
460 5th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 649-6255
The Great Frame Up
1410 Pine Ridge Rd # 12
Naples, FL 34108
Phone: (239) 262-4723

In conclusion, the arts community in Naples is strong and will even grow stronger. So if you're a misician, actor, photographer, writer or artist, Naples likes the arts. If you like the idea of a small community with lots of outdoor opportunities, Naples and Collier county could be the place.

 

Cost of Living


The cost of living index is based on the composite price of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, clothing and entertainment.

Cost of living indexes will generally be higher in areas that offer access to beaches, culture, arts and recreation. In addition areas, that offer a wider variety of services such as health and education will run higher due to higher wages, and increased quality of living.

Cost of living indexing explanation
A figure of 100 points is used as an average both for the USA and Florida. For example:
Boise Idaho is ranked at a 99
Boston Mass is rated at 240
San Francisco at 217
Statewide, Florida cities come in from a low of 90 and up.
One way to compare Florida areas to salary requirements

For example-If you were relocating from Portland Oregon (whose rate 1s 94.0) to Orlando, and you currently make $50,000 per year, the formula is as follows
Take the destination index, in this case Orlando-94.0 and divide by Portland’s index-120, then multiply by a salary of $50,000. This will give you a figure of $39,166 which would be required to make in Orlando to have the same quality of life.
See comparable Florida statewide
* Re cost of living--in some areas Real Estate has went up dramatically however costs that factor in such as food, transportation, rents etc have not increased at the same rate-so in some areas, even though housing is expensive, the overall rating may still be low
2007 stats per Sperlings best Places http://www.bestplaces.net/

Boca Raton-154.74
Bradenton-114
Cape Coral-Ft Myers-108.0
Ft Lauderdale-132.0
Fort Walton-Destin-120
Jacksonville metro-94.0
Big Pine Key fl-132.46
Key Largo-146.0
Key West-168.0
Marathon fl-162.06
Miami metro-138.0
Melbourne-92.72
Naples Fl-250.59
Orlando metro-94.0
Palm Bay-84.56
Palm Coast-Flagler-125.01
Panama City-86.35
Pensacola metro-82.0
Sarasota-108.75
Tampa 94.60
St Pete-Clearwater-91.58
Vero-Beach Indian River-122.87
West Palm Beach metro-112.05
(Population Weighted-State Average=100
See national comparisons
Cost of living (100 = nationwide average)

* New York, NY -164.50
* Long Beach, CA -135.71
* Palo Alto, CA -234.42
* Boston, MA -127.60
* Malibu, CA -492.80
* San Francisco, -187.23
* Greenwich, CT 215
* Chicago, IL -126.45
* Dallas Tx -92,94
* Atlanta Ga -112.21
For more information about cost of living go to either
Sperlings best Places http://www.bestplaces.net/
or Accra's site at http://www.coli.org

Naples and Collier county come in at a Cost of Living (250.59) However compared to other areas nationally Naples and Collier County is a great place to live, work and play.

One advantage to the strong areas economy are the benefits in services for residents and tourists alike. In addition to that the strong economy means good paying job possibilities.

Housing.

A minimum two bedroom single family homes in Naples
As of August 2005, the median sold price is $500,800.
Condos on a canal start at $650,000
Beach front condos, from $850,000 to 3 million
Inland homes from $500,000 up
Inland condos start at $400,00
Utilities.

For Utility charges water and sewer go to
http://www.co.collier.fl.us/pud/serv/wqr/waterquality.htm
For electric
Florida Power & Light Co. - 239 262-1322
Lee County Electric Co-op - 239 394-5164
(Serves Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City
Gas.
TECO/Peoples Gas - 239 476-9660
Natural Gas Companies:
Energy Services of Pensacola
Telephone Companies:
Sprint
KMC Telecom
In conclusion, with the recreational and job opportunities Naples and Collier County offers a great lifestyle and financial benefits, due to the areas strong economy and financial base.

Health

Naples and Collier county demand good healthcare facilities. That is another benefit of having a strong financial tax base. Although Naples is a town of just over 20,000 people consider all the options below.
Healthcare Facilities:

Hospitals, 4
Assisted living, 21
Adult Day care, 1
Health Care clinics, 14
Skilled Nursing facility, 10
For more information (other facilities and their address) see http://facilitylocator.floridahealthstat.com/

Collier County is serious about their Health. See the health department Web site http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdcollier/services/services.html
Hospitals

Naples Community Hospital
350 Seventh Street North, Naples
436-5000

North Collier Hospital
11190 Health Park Blvd., Naples
597-1417

Marco Island Healthcare Center
40 Heathwood Drive South, Marco
394-8234

NCH Naples Campus
350 Seventh St. North,
Naples, FL 34102
239 436-5000
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=156

NCH North Collier Campus
11190 Healthpark Boulevard
Naples, FL 34110
239 513-7000
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=308

North Collier Expansion
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=471

Regional Heart Institute
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=170

Regional Orthopedic Institute
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=176

The Birth Place
11190 Healthpark Blvd
Naples, FL 34110
239 513-7000
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=164

Regional Emergency Center
350 Seventh St. North,
Naples, FL 34102
239 436-5000
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=169

Kidsville Pediatric Center
11190 Health Park Blvd.
Naples, FL 34110
239 513-7000 / 1-888-543-7845
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=165

Marco Healthcare Center
40 Heathwood Drive
Marco Island, Florida 34145
239 394-8234
http://www.nchmd.org/body.cfm?id=140

Columbia Regional Heart Inst
950 N Collier Blvd # 304
Marco Island, FL 34145
941-389-1940
Due to the facilities here, there are good job opportunities in the health sector.

In conclusion, you also have the option of using Miami (107 miles) and Ft Myers (34 miles) facilities. Both of these areas are within easy driving distance.

Schools

The Naples and Collier county areas offer a first class educational system to all its residents.

The district operates under the umbrella of a five-year strategic plan, the District Educational Improvement Plan, designed to improve the quality of education and academic achievement.

High School Career Academies are schools within a school. The Career Academies expose high school students to various career paths such as Engineering, Biomedical Technology, and Information Technology.

More than 13,000 clasroom and lab computers are available to students for instruction, research and Internet access.

More than 44% of the district's 2,500 teachers hold advanced degrees.

The district has 27 National Board Certified Teachers who have earned the highest of honors by achieving the standard of excelence.

According to Family PC Magazine, Gulf Coast High School earned the 20th rank among the country's Top 100 wired schools.

The Florida Department of Education has named more than 30 schools of the district "Five Star Schools" for exemplary community involvement.

Collier County is proud to have more than 1,100 active business partners and 4,500 volunteers that donated 200,000 hours to help our schools and students.
Naples area school information
Type and Number

Elementary 36
Middle 19
High Schools 15
Vocational/Technical 2
Adult School 1
Pre-K Center 4
Private/Parochial 19
Over 70 preschool and childcare centers http://www.floridasmart.com/local/counties/collier/education_private.htm
Universities

International College
Florida Gulf Coast University
Barry University
Walden University

Junior/Community Colleges:
Edison Community College

Vocational/Technical Schools:
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology

Other Schools:
New Horizons Computer Learning Center

Adult education
Virginia College at Pensacola - 0.6 miles S - 19 W Garden St, Pensacola, 32502 - 850 436-8444

Escambia County School District: Career Education Specialist - 1.7 miles N - 30 E Texar Dr, Pensacola, 32503 - 850 469-5309

Escambia County School District: Child Care Programs - 1.7 miles N - 30 E Texar Dr, Pensacola, 32503 - 850 469-5357

Collier County Public Schools
(a complete list of schools is available at the district's Web site)
Administration: 254-4000
Pupil Services: 254-4260
Internet: www.collier.k12.fl.us
In addition, you have the option of the Ft Myers higher learning facilities (only 34 miles away.

Weather

Naples sub-tropical climate offers year-round sports and recreational opportunities. Winter, spring and fall are filled with lots of sunshine.

The hottest month is July, with an average high of 91° F and an average low of 74° F. In January the average high temperature is 75° F and the average low is 54° F.
Normal annual precipitation is 52 plus inches, with the largest monthly totals accumulating from July through September.
The yearly average for sunny days is 264.
Naples Temperature Annual high average

Month Air
January 75
February 76
March 79
April 83
May 87
June 90
July 91
August 91
September 90
October 87
November 82
December 77
Water temperatures go from 66 in January to 87 in July and August
Other Naples Weather Indicators (based on Ft Myers-34 miles away) ---Annual

Average Wind Speed 8.4
Clear Days 96
Partly Cloudy Days 168
Cloudy Days 99
Avg. Relative Humidity 72.5. To see stats by the month, go to
http://www.climate-zone.com/climate/united-states/florida/fort-myers/
General Information:

Weather is what brings a lot of people to Southwest Florida - particularly during the dry, mild winter.

It's also what drives a lot of people away - particularly during the hot, rainy, sweaty, sticky summer.
Welcome to the subtropics, an area just outside the tropics, which lie between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. GENERAL WEATHER SAFETY
Lightning

• When lightning flashes, count the number of seconds before thunder is heard. Divide the number by five. The answer is the approximate distance in miles from the lightning.
• Never seek refuge from a storm under a tree
• Make sure you are not the highest object around you
• Avoid open fields, open water, beaches
• If you are on the road, stay in your car
Heat

• Avoid heavy exertion during the hottest part of the day - noon to 3 p.m.
• Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Remember, alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration n Wear a hat and sunscreen
Our subtropical weather is marked by two distinct seasons - the rainy season, part of which is hurricane season, and the dry season, part of which is windsurfing season.

During rainy season, May 15 to Oct. 15, Southwest Florida receives 42 of its annual 53 inches of rain.
Rainy season temperatures average highs in the high 80s and low 90s and lows in the 70s.
A typical rainy-season day in Southwest Florida starts with a hot, humid morning, followed by a hotter afternoon, clouds moving in from the east, and sometimes violent thunderstorms.
The frequency of summer thunderstorms has made Southwest Florida the lightning capital of the world, so it's a good idea to seek shelter as the clouds roll in.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30

Emergency managers suggest that residents educate themselves about hurricanes and be prepared, just in case.
In contrast to Southwest Florida's rainy season, dry season is, well, dry.
Eleven inches of rain spread over six months doesn't exactly put us in the same arid league with the Sahara, but the countryside can get pretty parched.
In one of those curious hydrological coincidences, the dry season also happens to be tourist season, so we have all those extra people using up the available water that isn't replenished because it's the dry season.
So water levels in aquifers can drop, and the South Florida Water Management District can impose water-use restrictions.
All this dryness can lead to serious wildfires, and residents are urged to clear vegetation around their homes.
People should never throw cigarette butts from car windows - that practice is bad for the environment at any time - but during dry season, it can easily and quickly spark a major fire.
Dry season temperatures average highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.
But things can get chilly around here.
The big factors are cold fronts that occasionally blast through Southwest Florida, bringing nasty cold rain and leaving behind unsubtropical, cold air.
You can usually tell when a cold front is coming without even looking at a weather map.
Southwest Florida's prevailing winter winds are light and easterly, but a couple of days before a front hits, winds pick up and clock around to the south - the winds are warm and the days sunny.
This is when area windsurfers load up their gear and head to their favorite sailing sites.
As the front approaches, winds shift to the Southwest, then west - winds still warm, days still sunny.
Eventually, the front appears on the horizon like a long, gray wall; when it hits, the wind jerks abruptly around to the north, and the air behind the front feels as if somebody up north left the door open on a giant freezer.
Fortunately, cold temperatures following a front usually don't last long.
Within a few days, skies clear, temperatures warm, and once again, Southwest Florida shows off the weather that attracts all those winter visitors.
Then, within a few weeks, the overall dry, mild dry season gives way to the rainy, sweaty rainy season that drives them all away.
The above article was written by By KEVIN LOLLAR, klollar@news-press.com Published by news-press.com on November 3, 2003. In conjunction with friends of the everglades. http://www.everglades.org/

Hurricane Information

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is buy a home that was built after Andrew-August 92 that was built to stricter building codes. Have window protection and a backup generator and make sure your insurance is up to date. If they ask you to leave, do it!

Realize-If you live in an older home that was not built up to the stricter building codes (After Hurricane Andrew-August 1992) or you live in a mobile home you stand the best chance of having major structural damage.

Living on the beach in a mobile home is asking for it. Although, you may never have a problem, you’re still definitely taking your chances. Barrier islands and open-water beaches are the most prone to damage.

Having lived in California, I prefer the threat of a hurricane however as opposed to an earthquake. At least you have a warning.

For current information about hurricanes go to http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
For 2005 climate info by areas go to http://www.coaps.fsu.edu/climate_center/LCD/2005LCD.html
For current weather forecasts by cities go to http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/fl/fl.html
The official Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. The period of greatest hurricane frequency in Southwest Florida is the three-month period from August to October, when 90 percent of all hurricanes passing within 100 nautical miles of Fort Myers (the center point of reference) have historically occurred. September is the worst single-month period for hurricanes in the region. Source: Public Safety, Lee County Government (this should also apply to the Naples area)

 

 

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