Naples Winter Wine Festival January 27

From a Trip with Judge Judy aboard her Personal Jet to a Stay on Richard Branson’s Private Island in Australia, Newly Unveiled Auction Lots for Naples Winter Wine Festival Are Truly One-of-a-Kind

Wine Festival logo captureA guided trek with chimpanzees off the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania; a yacht trip to Havana, Cuba to experience first-hand a nation on the brink of rapid change; and a trip to Los Angeles with Judge Judy onboard her private jet “The Queen Bee” are just a few of the newly unveiled items up for grabs at the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. “These auction lots really drive home the stature that the Festival has achieved,” said Valerie Boyd, co-chair of the 2017 Festival. “This fabulous auction lineup is the tool that allows us to both make a fundamental impact on the lives of local children in need, and to show our guests that experiences they thought were unattainable are within their grasp.”

Winning bidders will have one-of-a-kind experiences around the world. As part of a luxurious Italian getaway, lucky winners will savor a romantic dinner in Florence on a private terrace right on the Ponte Vecchio overlooking the Arno River. Others an enjoy a VIP experience at Napa Valley’s BottleRock 2017 complete with celebrity meet and greets. If Golden Globe® winners are more to their liking, they can spend the evening with Kevin Bacon first at a private cocktail party in a residence on New York City’s Upper East Side, followed by dinner at The Modern.

naples-winter-wine-festival-out-door-shot-of-mountains-lin-dec-2016Other auction lots stand out for their extraordinary uniqueness. For example, along with a private visit to the home of Krug Champagne in Reims, France, winners will open and taste “Krug Collection 1966,” one of the last of these bottles in the Krug cellar. This precious bottle will be presented in a specially designed oak case and signed by Olivier Krug and cellar master, Eric Lebel. Bidders can also stake their claim on a sweeping adventure through America’s national parks, with an itinerary crafted in honor of the National Park Services’ 100th Anniversary. Winners will traverse Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and beyond, via private jet, helicopter, open-bow boat and premium SUV transportation


naples-wine-festival-festival-diner-table-lin-dec-16• A performance that so many have been lining up for. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, with dozens of sold-out shows across the nation and hit Showtime specials, will perform an intimate show for 50 in a private venue of the winner’s choosing anywhere in the US.
• A week on Sir Richard Branson’s private Australian island with exclusive use of all accommodations, activities and facilities such as a sunset cruise on the island’s aircraft carrier barge and a gourmet picnic on the secluded Northshore beaches.
• A wine tour through Napa Valley, Argentina and Uruguay, including experiences such as a private blending session with the winemaker and enologist for Alejandro Bulgheroni Estates, dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Francis Mallmann, and a round of golf at Alejandro’s private golf course, designed by 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters winner Angel Cabrera.

VIP access to the “Project Runway” Season Finale in New York City and a meet-and-greet with Heidi Klum, plus tickets to the Michael Kors and Zac Posen fashion shows. Lunch at the Union Club and wine dinners at Charlie Bird and Fowler & Wells, Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio’s new restaurant, will top it all off.
• Jet privately to a skiing adventure. First, travel to the world’s only private ski and golf community, the Yellowstone Club. Winners will even hit the slopes
with extreme skier Scot Schmidt. Then it’s on to Deer Valley for a stay in suites at the St. Regis and more legendary skiing.

• A night in a luxury suite at Madison Square Garden for 20 people, with the opportunity to choose from a variety of high-profile events and shows such as Billy Joel, Ariana Grande, the New York Knicks, or The Westminster Dog Show, with more to be announced in the coming months.

naples-winter-wine-festival-ski-chalet-lin-dec-16• Travel to New York, Germany, and Switzerland on an amazing adventure. Tickets to Broadway sensation, Hamilton; a stay at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps; and exclusive Chopard Jewelry events in Geneva are part of this whirlwind trip. Every dollar raised under the auction tent will go toward the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose annual grants have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. The Festival has contributed to this cause with more than $146 million raised since its inception. Ticket packages to the Naples Winter Wine Festival, limited to 580 guests, start at $10,000 per couple. A $25,000 package is also available that includes reserved seating for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the tent.

To inquire about tickets to the Festival, please contact Barrett Farmer at or 239.514.2239.

David Lawrence Center to host “Magical Musical Tour”

dlc_mmtNaples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce the 2017 annual fundraising gala “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades,” will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Beach Resort (280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd) in the main ballroom.

The exciting new event theme “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades” was inspired by the Center’s nearly 50-year history. This signature event promises a memorable evening of dining, dancing and fundraising in celebration of the Center’s five decades of serving the mental health and addiction treatment needs of our community.

The event is sure to be an evening of fun with a world famous, fabulous band and live entertainment inspired by the 1960’s to today. Whether you like swing, Motown, rock or disco there will be something for everyone. The fun won’t stop with the music and entertainment as guests are encouraged to dress in decade-inspired cocktail attire.

David Lawrence Center’s annual gala, a premier, award-winning event in Naples, is a critical component of the Center’s efforts to provide world-class, comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services right here in our community. Last year alone, more than 9,000 children and adults benefited from more than 220,000 treatment services and demand is growing as the community continues to grow. Proceeds from the gala will help the Center continue to deliver help and hope to thousands of children in need and enhance early intervention strategies.

Gala Co-Chairs include Jill and Michael Basden, Jackie Cronacher, Sheila Johnson, Sue Lennane, Linda Richards Malone, Vickie Nolen, Caroline Ridgway, Wynnell Schrenk, Robin and Pat Stranahan, Christine Williamson and George Zundell.

Co-chair Robin Stranahan who has served as a co-chair and gala committee member for more than 10 years, stated, “There are hundreds of charitable organizations in our community that help make Naples a better place to live. However, with its ever-increasing population, the critical needs of thousands of adults and children are rising at a staggering rate. Mental illness and addiction are two serious problems we must address by coming together to help those who cannot help themselves and providing them the best possible services.” She adds, “We are very fortunate to have David Lawrence Center in Naples providing top quality professional care that is available to everyone, but they need our financial support to continue their mission and the gala is a great avenue to help raise that support.”

Event sponsors include Arthrex, Brown and Brown/ Florida Blue, Cummings and Lockwood, LLC., Galliford-Mulard Foundation, Moe and Dot Kent, Susan K. Lennane Family Fund, Naples Illustrated, Naples Trust Company, Norman Love Confections, Kathryn K. Rieger/Kohn-Joseloff Foundation, George and Wynnell Schrenk, Stephen and Mary Smith, Laura Strain, Pat and Robin Stranahan, Kermit and Jenny Sutton, The Amaza Foundation Trust, Jay and Toshiko Tompkins and Truly Nolen of America.

Tickets to the event are $550 per person or $1,500 per patron (includes an invitation to the Patron Party at an Old Naples beachfront home on an evening prior to the gala). There are also a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (239) 304-3505.

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Center is a national leader in providing world-class mental health and substance abuse solutions for children, adolescents and adults. The Center’s innovative, integrated treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, David Lawrence Center creates life-changing wellness for more than 9,000 people through over 220,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500 or visit




The true tale of the wartime escape that saved Curious George

curious-george-book-coverHave you ever wondered about the story behind the story of that curious little monkey named George? Did you know that he was a World War II refugee and came to the United States with a different name? The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida invites you to learn about George’s creators, H.A. and Margret Rey, from Louise Borden, the author of The Journey That Saved Curious George.

Come and discover how the Reys traveled through five countries over five months, arriving in the United States in the fall of 1940. The first Curious George book was published in 1941 and the adventures of this curious monkey have lasted for 75 years.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM 
The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road • Naples, FL 34108
$150 per person • Sponsorship’s Available


Tim Morrison, Development Specialist; 239-263-9200
Luncheon proceeds benefit the Education programs of  The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida


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Every year the holidays roll in like a freight train – parties, family gatherings, holiday hustle and bustle. But after the holiday reverie, family-friendly activities are truly evergreen because they can protect your kids from drugs year round.

Think family, friends and time together. Eating dinner together as a family is one of the best and simplest ways to keep youth from engaging in risky behaviors, like drugs. Stay involved: talk, they do hear you. Youth listen to what parents say; dinner time or driving back and forth to activities (remember, they’re a captive audience!) are great times to launch the conversation. Finally, get your kids involved in sports, extracurricular activities, youth groups.

Involved youth are also less likely to engage in risky behaviors. Recent surveys show Collier County youth have more opportunities than ever to be involved in school-based activities. In fact, Collier County youth are more likely to be involved in school sports, band and clubs than their peers statewide, according to the 2016 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.

Joining the CORE Society clubs at middle and high schools, sponsored by Drug Free Collier, are just one place for youth to engage in safe activities. The youth-based groups focus on fun, safe activities and events throughout the school year. In the fall, CORE youth participated in a host of fall festivals and events. In October, capping off Red Ribbon Week – a week of drug free events – youth were treated to a familyfriendly gathering at Germain Arena to watch the Florida Everblades.

Ikaika “Ike” Alama-Francis, Drug Free Collier’s Community Ambassador, is sharing his great message about the value of being involved and making good choices. Ike has been visiting schools and youth-serving agencies. The retired NFL player is also working closely with CORE youth to increase membership. His appearances have become a popular attraction, welcomed by youth and adults.

Getting involved and staying involved are some of the most important building blocks for keeping youth safe, healthy and drug free. In the science of prevention they’re called protective factors – they literally protect kids from risk factors surrounding them: availability and access to drugs and a culture that seems to say “everyone is doing it.”

In fact, 80.1 percent of Collier County youth say they don’t drink. Similarly, the majority of youth say they are tobacco-free and don’t use marijuana.

So think evergreen. The more you make a habit of dinners together, talking with your kids early and often and spending time together as a family, the more skills you give kids to stay drug free.

Drug Free Collier also has tools to help your family. Information and resources top the list:

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: a traveling exhibit set up as a teen’s room to educate parents and adults about potential hidden dangers – is that stuffed animal hiding drugs?
  • CORE Clubs: in partnership with the Collier County Public Schools we’re working hard to get one in every middle and high school. Don’t have one? Give us a call at 239.302.6717. • Speakers, such as Ike, whose messages about staying safe and making good choices engage his audences.
  • notMYkid: Drug Test kits to check if youth are using drugs or even as a prevention tool making it easier for them to tell their peers, “Sorry, I can’t – my parents drug-test me.”
  • Your Life Matters cards: pocket-sized cards listing treatment services and family support groups.

We’ve been around since 2005 uniting the community to protect children from substance abuse. That’s a job that is year-round. You might say it’s evergreen. For more information about Drug Free Collier, contact us at 239.302.6717.


by Paula Allia PT, DHSc, MTC, OCS

by Paula Allia PT, DHSc, MTC, OCS

Time is fast approaching and we are already amidst the holiday season. If you haven’t done so already, it is time to reflect back through the year and to see what you could have done better. It has been a very busy year at Fitness Together in downtown Naples. Each year I reflect back upon patients and clients and try to think about what could have been done differently to affect the outcome. After all, we do all hands on physical therapy and one-on-one training. I personally listen to my patients and what their needs are and try and address them each and every session. The most pertinent parts of a physical therapist’s job is to recognize signs and symptoms but to also find the cause in order to avoid reoccurrences.

Clients that come into FT per request get assessed for movement impairments. This entails various movements, biomechanical and neuromuscular assessments. Once these systems are assessed results are reviewed and correlated with any current physical issues. Some findings will correlate directly. These areas are inspected especially if a person has symptoms and a specific program is designed…BUT…why not address impairments even if they are not symptomatic?

Clients that have been treated say that they wish that they would have come in sooner to be evaluated. This is a common remark; the thought is that they could have addressed these issues. Actually, people should come in for an assessment even if they are not symptomatic because movement system impairments can be present far before the threshold of pain is reached. These imbalances can be corrected and major orthopedic dysfunctions can be avoided all together. If there are some mild symptoms it is definitely best to be proactive in order to enhance the body to heal itself with the right education and exercises for a specific problem. Early findings is the missing link to the quality of the rest of an active lifestyle.

People have imbalances in their body that go unaddressed. Unfortunately many areas that may be imbalanced can only be found by a trained eye. Unidentified wear and tear over the years may progress to the threshold limit and thus dysfunctions become painful and symptomatic and may result in an altered life.

We all have a combination of mobility, stability and flexibility. Joints are designed as a structural framework for muscular and ligamentous attachments. There are many types of joints in the body and depending upon the architecture a joint motion is different. Ligaments help to check that motion and add to the joint’s stability but if that ligament is stretched hypermobility occurs. Increasing joint mobility is not always a good thing and this excessive motion may lead to an unstable joint.

Flexibility and extensibility in tissue is usually considered to be a good thing if within a normal limits. If either too much or little, joint structures may be at risk for injury due to decreasing the proper biomechanical structural support needed for normal kinesiology and functional movement.

Stability of a joint is pertinent to good functional use during movement. If, for example, a joint is hypermobile, local musculature has to compensate in order to perform activities. Many times the muscles work overtime to stabilize a joint and this is done in the neuromuscular system. The muscles may develop hypertrophy or tension from their excess contribution in attempts of stabilizing.

Muscles that are overworked are sometimes mistaken for tight muscles. Thus, a person stretches out that muscle. It seems to alleviate the tight feeling but it then tightens again; In actuality, some of these muscles may be long and weak because they are called upon to fire when they are actually stretched. Then muscles may need to be strengthened in a shorter range and the proper angles are key.

A vicious cycle commences and goes unrecognized until some muscles are indeed overworked while others are reflexively inhibited and weakened. The trained eye can observe these movement impairments. The improper pattern needs to be halted and a plan of execution can get the joints and muscles firing properly in order to correct abnormal patterns. The longer these movement patterns are altered the more chance of developing pain.

In summary, do not wait to have your body checked for proper movement patterns in the joints and surrounding musculature. Finding impairments early is extremely helpful and correction will put you back on track to using your joints and muscles in an optimal way. The answer is not always stretching. Proper strength, length tension in combination with proper rolls, slides, and glides for your joints may allow you a better quality of life with active participation in all life has to offer.

Give the gift of fitness to yourself and learn what we can do for you. Maintaining your body in an optimal way is the best present you can give yourself. Merry Fitness to you and your body!

Fitness Together
335 14th Ave South
Naples, FL 34102

Gender Equality – Doctors Corner

by Allen Weiss, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System

by Allen Weiss, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR
President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System

by Allen Weiss, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR
President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System

America has more women (162 million) than men (157 million) according to the 2014 census. How can we best harness the talent, intelligence, skill, competence, and compassion of that larger group?

Gender inequality is being actively discussed in many ways. A famous bias was recently recounted in a Harvard Business Review article by Gardiner Morse concerning the lack of female musicians in prestigious orchestras in the 1970s. At that time there were fewer than 10 percent women. By having the auditioning musicians behind a curtain (thus hiding their gender), the number of women rose to 40 percent. And the quality of the orchestras improved as nearly twice as many people competed fairly for places.

We can’t always have such simple and elegant solutions but we should try to at least recognize our innate prejudices. Much also has been written about the hiring process. Can we blind applications as to age, sex, and ethnicity to create better and fairer comparisons? For instance, current software easily allows for redacting information which might give clues and inadvertently feed into innate prejudice.

Unfortunately you just can’t outlaw bias, according to two professors of sociology, Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev—one from Harvard and the other from Tel Aviv University, respectively. Even the names of these two professors and universities brings to mind different images and pre-formed attitudes.

Different words also can be encouraging or discouraging to either gender. “Nurturing, supportive, understanding and compassionate,” are all friendly to females but less so to males. Conversely, “competitive, assertive, forceful, and dynamic” all seem to imply masculinity.

Similarly, rewarding people based on self-evaluations can disadvantage those folks who are modest. More often than not, women are more modest than men in self-evaluations, thus less likely to be recognized for promotion.

To strive for true gender equality, let’s consider five general guidelines on how to interact with others at a personal or professional level.

  1. Collaboration is best in many ways because the sum is usually greater than the parts. The expression, “No one is as smart as all of us,” comes to mind. When we harness our energies we get a better result. “Women are more likely than men to say they make people feel important, included, and energized,” according to a classic Harvard Business Review paper entitled “Ways Women Lead.” Obviously, men can and should also be encouraged to collaborate. However, sometimes the hunter/protector instinct (which was beneficial in the caveman era) overcomes a rational approach to combine assets and abilities.
  2. Competing is what the ancient Roman gladiators, modern sports fans, and current politicians enjoy. Clearly there is a place for competition, which in general creates a better product or service for consumers. However, excessive or vicious competition can cause negativity and destruction. Sadly, recent political campaigns at all levels have left those elected so polarized that working back to collaboration has become difficult and sometimes impossible.
  3. Compromising is coming to some midpoint which is only partially satisfying to those involved. When collaboration is out of reach, then compromising can represent the next best alternative. Usually compromise leads to short-term peace but not a long-term solution. An example is the collective experience of five decades of women’s rights organizing giving individual girls or women schooling, jobs, loans, access to political office, or legal redress. These actions may empower women individually, but do not necessarily translate into a better deal for other women. Deeper and more inclusive change in the status of women can only be achieved by demand-driven approaches—by mobilizing women and building their collective power to act together for their vision of a more just society. Even when women’s rights organizations and movements catalyze transformative change, these gains must be defended, protected, and sustained. Today, women’s rights victories that were won decades ago are under fresh threat of reversal as backlash against the advances made by women are being witnessed around the world, from the most developed to the most impoverished countries and societies
  4. Accommodating occurs when one side gives up and the other side gets their way. Again, not always a satisfying experience and accommodation may be fraught with later backlash and animosity. Societal pressure plays a big role here. According to statistics by the Center for Disease Control, suicide is four times higher among men than it is women. “Suicide needs to be addressed as a health and gender inequality—an avoidable difference in health and length of life that … affects men more because of the way society expects them to behave,” according to a report by Samaritans, a U.K.-based suicide-prevention organization. Bringing men into the conversation on gender equality takes a step toward breaking down expectations of both genders. As UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson said in a recent speech, “It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals.”
  5. Avoiding is the last common mechanism of interacting or not interacting with others. Going around a concern or problem usually just delays and subsequently magnifies the difficulties of getting to a real solution. Consider the SATs, which are administered to approximately 1.3 million high school students annually. They have had a known gender bias in favor of males in the past, but this bias was not corrected until a few years ago. Research indicates that males are more likely to take risks on the test and guess when they do not know the answer, whereas females tend to answer the question only if they are sure they are correct. Unwillingness to make educated guesses on this exam can have a significant negative impact on scores. What can we do as a society to move to a more just culture for all? Interestingly, fathers of daughters are the best advocates for everyone having a fair chance to thrive in education, the workplace, and society in general. Title IX came about in a large measure by dads who wanted the same opportunities for their daughters as was available for their sons. Statistics show that a father’s caring presence can make all the difference in raising a daughter who strives to reach her potential. How to Father a Successful Daughter, a book by Nicky Marone, gives men high-quality parenting skills that will promote self-esteem and confidence in their daughters. In a culture where everyone thrives, we harness everyone’s potential. That’s a driving force behind gender equality and encourages everyone to lead a longer, happier, and healthier life.


by Laurel Meny

In Naples, where hundreds of new residents and visitors arrive daily, the Naples Art Association (NAA) is proud to serve as the heart of the community. It is naples-art-ass-group-photo-lin-dec-16a place where people can gather, meet new friends, enjoy art at no cost, and ultimately feel an attachment to this wonderful community we call home.

And, we’re not just saying that because we are the Naples Art Association. We have the data to back it up. As a matter of fact, the Community initiative Knight Soul of the Community (SOTC) – a three-year study conducted by Gallup of the 26 communities across the country to determine the factors that attach residents to their communities – surveyed some 43,000 people in 43 cities and found that “social offerings, openness and welcome-ness,” and, significantly, the “aesthetics of a place – its art, parks, and green spaces,” ranked higher than education, safety, and the local economy as a “driver of attachment.” Viewing public art was the second most popular activity, ranking above hiking and biking. These findings are significant and confirm the importance of the Naples Art Association in our community.

For some, it is a place to grab friends – and a glass of wine – to let off steam after work and be creative. We have three-hour workshops designed with these people in mind. For others, it is a place to feel included. We work with a wide variety of local non-profit organizations whose missions are to provide social and emotional support programs for the underprivileged, underserved members of our community. One example is a partnership with Lighthouse of Collier, where classes are held specifically for the organization’s vision impaired students. In one particular class, eight students learned all about clay – including how to feel edges with their fingers, placement of patterns using touch, and adding glaze color by very descriptive language. Some of the students’ final projects included a serving tray, a serving bowl, a sculpted building shaped into a wind chime, and more. According to the instructor Donna Torrance, “I learned so much from these students. They were wonderful listeners. They were very artistic. They had wonderful senses of humor. And, some were even quite mischievous. It was an honor to be their teacher.”

And still for others, it is a place to display their talents. With over 16 exhibits featuring everything from established to up-and-coming amateur artists to
nationally-known artists and three nationally-ranked outdoor art shows, the NAA is the place to put your work in front of local – and national – art collectors. We work closely with the artists to determine where their work might fit and how we can help promote it. And, with a stunning space that overlooks beautiful Cambier Park and is located in the heart of our vibrant downtown community, we can’t keep it all to ourselves. Hundreds of people, organizations, clubs, and businesses rent space within the Naples Art Association each year. It is the perfect spot for a meeting, corporate event, or wedding.

We’re booking holiday parties now! And, while you are in the holiday mood, don’t forget the Naples Art Association during this season of giving. Support small business by buying local art from the gift shop. The NAA’s famous Sugar Plum Shop is open throughout the season and features an unparalleled array of handcrafted ornaments, paintings, sculptures, accessories, decorations, and much more. Stop in to find a unique gift for each person on your list.
For more information about the Naples Art Association and its many programs, please visit


beth-brainardby Beth Brainard
Executive Director of NPC

If you want to ignite a cocktail party conversation, bring up bicyclists.

Everyone has an opinion, but there is a lot of confusion about what is legal and what is not for Florida bicyclists.

Test you knowledge of the laws with this quiz


Answer True or False.

  1. Florida leads the nation in bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities.
  2. It is illegal for bicycles to ride on the street.
  3.  It is illegal for bicycles to ride on the sidewalk.
  4. Bicyclists are supposed to ride against traffic.
  5. Bicyclists have the right of way over pedestrians.
  6. Motorists must give a minimum of 3 feet of space when passing a cyclist.
  7. When bicycles are ridden on the street they are subject to the same laws as motor vehicles.
  8. It is illegal for bicyclists to ride more than two abreast.
  9. It is illegal for bicyclists to wear headphones or earplugs while riding.
  10. Bicyclists must give an audible signal before overtaking and passing pedestrians.
  11. Texting while driving is punishable as a serious, primary traffic offense.

See how well you did.

  1. True. Florida is #1 in the nation in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities and crashes for a number of reasons, among them: lack of connectivity of sidewalks, lack of multi-use pathways, overabundance of high speed roadways designed with only cars in mind, and lenient penalties for motorists who injure bicyclists.
  2. False. In Florida it is legal for bicycles to ride on the street. When they do, they must obey the same traffic laws as motorized vehicles.
  3. False. In Florida it is legal for bicycles to ride on the sidewalk, except where there are specific ordinances prohibiting it. In Naples, bicycles are not permitted to be ridden on the sidewalks on Fifth Avenue S and 3rd Street S. When bicyclists ride on the sidewalks they are subject to the same laws as pedestrians.
  4. False. It is illegal for bicyclists to ride against traffic. This may seem counterintuitive, and it probably contradicts what your mother taught you, but statistics proved that riding against traffic is the #1 cause of traffic fatalities for bicyclists.
  5. False. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians on all crossways. However, this does not hold true when the pedestrian breaks the law and crosses in the middle of a block or crosses when the crosswalk signal is red.
  6. True. It is the law that motorists must give a minimum of three feet of space when passing a cyclist. The fuzzy part of this law is whether the motorists is allowed to cross a double yellow line to pass the cyclist. There is pending legislation in the Florida House to clearly make it legal. In the meantime, if motorists think of bicycles as slow moving vehicles and treat them accordingly, the streets will be safer.
  7. True. Bicycles on the street are subject to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. That means they are legally bound to obey traffic signals, stop at Stop signs, etc. This is an ongoing problem with large groups of sports cyclists who don’t want to stop for any reason and with vacationers who think they are in La-La Land. Naples Pathways Coalition is working on educating both groups.
  8. True. It is illegal for bicyclists to ride three or more abreast on a roadway. Again, this is an ongoing problem that can only be rectified when bicyclists either educate themselves or agree to respect the laws.
  9. True. It is illegal for bicyclists to wear headphones or earplugs while riding. This is also true for motorists. The simple reason is that you cannot hear or respond to what’s happening around you with Bob Marley wailing in your ear.
  10. True. Bicyclists are required by law to warn pedestrians before they overtake and pass them. They must give an audible signal, like ringing a bell or saying “Passing on your left.” Pedestrians wearing headsets or ear plugs who do not hear the bicyclist receive no sympathy. If you are not paying attention to your surroundings, you proceed at your own risk.
  11. False. Currently in Florida texting while driving is not legally a primary offense, which means that the police cannot stop a driver just for texting. It also means that the punishment is lenient for a texting driver who causes a crash, even though the incidences of both crashes and fatalities are mounting. Naples Pathways Coalition has made it a priority to promote legislation that will make texting while driving a primary offense.

My suggestion is that you take this quiz to the next cocktail party. Note to readers: You can find the Complete Florida Statues pertaining to bicyclists on the Naples Pathways Coalition website at

Beth Brainard is the Executive Director of Naples Pathways Coalition (NPC), a non-profit organization that works to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities in Collier County. For more information or to join, visit the NPC web site at www. or contact Beth directly at bethbrainard@