Success through exercise

by Paula Allia PT, DHSc, MTC, OCS

There has been a significant increase in fitness participants over the past few years. There are also so many options out there. So how does one choose what is best for them? First, many people join a fitness regime to look good. Secondly, specific fitness may be recommended for people participating in certain sports…more commonly known as sport specific fitness. Finally and certainly not last exercising for the health of the body is pertinent to one’s longevity.

The reason why people exercise is many times dependent upon the age of the individual. The younger person sets their goals on looks; many older adults try striving to maintain their youth with the hopes that exercise does not age but preserve their looks. It seems that all ages want to tone some to look good and when they look good they generally feel good about themselves. Males more than females want to bulk up their muscles. This muscular building lays down muscle fibers in parallel with those who have a bigger cross sectional area then being stronger. Overall, women want to tone by just the right amount while men want to build bigger muscles to their own personal preference. Interestingly, those who reach their personal goals have a renewed confidence in themselves.

Sport specific fitness is always a good idea but there is more to it than one thinks. For example, if a person desires to play a better game of golf, both joint mobility and proper flexibility is key for that sport. If turning in golf the neck, back, hips, knees, and shoulders must have soft tissue flexibility surrounding each joint and then needs proper joint mechanics with the proper mobility and stability of each of the joints to properly execute. Then it is the coordination of these parts working synchronously and timed perfectly to get the right motion for great execution. When young and with proper training, the right techniques can be conquered by the athlete if the program is designed for that sport. One needs proper timing and recruitment of muscles in addition to joint mobility and stability; then success is seen in the developing game.

Unfortunately, by middle age, minor strains and improper techniques have worn and joint parts become vulnerable to injury. So now what? Where does one go from here? Many problems go unrecognized until the threshold of pain is reached. They try and muscle a swing instead of letting the club (or racquet) do the work that actually causes more wear and tear on the body. It is not uncommon that a golfer develops hip, knee, shoulder or back issues. The key is to stop, regroup and try to figure out how to keep participating in an activity without slowly breaking your body down further. Where can an adjustment be made in order to continue to play without causing further damage? Success  is when all joints can coordinate properly with the current joint situations. Having a body assessment that includes joint and muscular flexibility is ideal then execution of the specific activity can be reviewed and adaptations can be made specifically for you! The health of the body is essential and it is never too late to take responsibility and do the right things to help yourself ! We seem to all be our own self -destruction in some form or another.

The body is an amazing machine and when given the chance it always tries to maintain a status of homeostasis. When we abuse it in some way, sedentary lifestyle, over exercise, drinking, smoking, eating horribly the body makes adaptations and unfortunately the effects on our body do not become apparent until we have pain, feel bad, or have blood or other test abnormalities, the body has to try and heal itself in a less efficient state. Why not start today and take control of yourself in order to age more gracefully? The length of your life is best when each day is quality. Think about that and do yourself a favor and make a change that will help you live with more quality. You realize later in life that the overall health of the body is far more important that just looks. Why not have it all!   To your Health!

Complete Streets are GOOD NEWS

Beth Brainard
Executive Director of NPC

The bad news is that Florida leads the country in bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities. The good news is that the Florida Department of Transportation revised its guidelines to ensure that complete streets design becomes the norm. A complete street is one that is designed to safely and efficiently accommodate all its users, not just cars. When bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and people of all ages and physical ability are taken into consideration, as well as motorized vehicles, a street is designed differently.

On a complete street cars move at a reasonable speed, bicyclists have space to ride, people can walk to places via continuous sidewalks, and it is easy to cross the street. Safety is built into the design. According to Smart Growth America, elements of a complete street can include: sidewalks, bike lane or wide paved shoulders, special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible bus stops, ample safe cross walks, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, benches, and other features that allow for safe, comfortable travel.

There is no “one size fits all” design – each is unique. A complete street in rural Collier County will look very different than one in the City of Naples, because they are designed within the context of the community. For example out in the county along a high-speed roadway, a complete street might include a multiuse pathway set off the road to separate bicyclists and pedestrians from fast moving vehicles. In an urban area, there might be bike lanes, parking and sidewalks along the street. What the two designs will have in common is that they are configured to be accessible, safe, and efficient for their particular users.

Making complete streets happen requires a paradigm shift for Florida’s transportation agencies that for decades have been directed to design roadways with only cars in mind. Former FDOT District 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway, lead Florida transportation planning into the 21st Century, and now we hope that his successor, L.K. Nandam, will continue the good work. The City of Naples adopted a complete streets policy and is working diligently to incorporate those planning principles into roadway redesigns. The Central Avenue Improvement Project was the first, and the City

Redevelopment Agency is leading improvements on 3rd Avenue South Naples is fortunate that City Council and staff have adopted a thoughtful approach to complete streets planning throughout the city.

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 or contact Beth

directly at

WILLIAM BOYAJIAN the original Renaissance Man

Well known in Naples as a third generation jeweler, a master of fine art and design and owner of Port Royal Jewelers. William is also known to be passionate about what he does and yes, we could say an all-round perfectionist. His father Leo was the first person to offer fine jewelry and jewelry /goldsmith repair and custom design to Naples, which was formerly called Landmark Gems. The family business was and is important to William, especially to honor the wishes of his family in continuing Jewelers Art in Design. His goal was to bring his father’s initial investment to a higher art form along with the technical sophistication to Naples. Goal achieved and job well done, but there’s more.

World travel is life enriching and energizing for William and his interests vary from the tranquility of the British Isles to the nonstop action of Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and mainland China. His beloved father sparked the “travel bug” and it continues until this day. Ireland with its natural beauty in particular is just “home” and Abu Dhabi since it was a destination for he and his father at an early age. William’s interests are varied with a focus on healthy living. Relaxation for some of us might be a comfortable chair and a book, but his choices are scuba diving, physical training, kayaking, hiking/camping and even woodworking. If there is any spare time away from work, he enjoys helping the Conservancy and belongs to the

Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
William’s relationship with both parents, Leo now deceased and his mother Sunday, was a very special bond, and gave him a solid foundation for life. His mother emphasized that “wisdom is honoring your true wealth and to willingly touch the world with your time, talent and treasure.” His father was a role model and a true inspiration on how life should be lived. “Being appreciative every day for God’s gift of love in his life through prayer, showing obedience to the truth.” William believes that in life that “the most important thing is to follow the spirit consciousness that was given to all of us by God and to use our imaginations to devise solutions for a better world for everyone.”
As if William wasn’t well rounded enough, he is now studying for the Ministry and will pursue a Masters of Theology. This man is unstoppable, creative in the arts, master of fine jewelry, gemologist, action hero, and interested in others in a deep and profound way.
You know his beautiful work and his philanthropic heart, now get to know HIM! Quite a man, thank you William for your contribution to Naples.


A medieval theory and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of base metals into gold…

by Ron McGinty
Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to summit Mount Everest was in Naples in November. He spoke to the first graduating class and our Founding Visionary Donors of the No Barriers Learning Afar of SWFL program.

This program is for children preparing to age out of foster care. Each of their personal stories would make you cry, but now hopefully they understand life with a better frame of reference. They are doing better because of their resilient self respect and their new found confidence in trusting others. The program is not a vacation, but a personal encounter to stretch their comfort zones. The program encompasses five months of local training before leaving on an excursion to see a world larger than themselves. The number of eleven young women sounds small to the vast number of children in the system, but it represents the majority of the ones getting closer to ageing out of foster care at eighteen. The number ageing out dwindles due to permanency placements and unfortunately from the Department of Juvenile Justice incarcerations. If you would like to experience a motivating ten minute documentary of their involvement it is on YouTube at:

The elements of the No Barriers core curriculum is prepared from the following topics. Each has a significance to help a child sort through their place in the world outside their circle of comfort and experiences.

Thrillingly, the 2017 program will before boys. The program was expanded to children who are “At Risk” including ones permanently placed in a home. Permanency does not fix the scars because they run deep. The current No Barriers program will accept children in the eighth grade because next year they start high school. The range will be thirteen to eighteen. This offers a larger population for applications.

An exciting aspect of 2017 is the Collier County School System is collaborating to help. We have selected two excellent men counselors with principal level experience, fostered children and have adopted children.

This was a gift from heaven to bring this depth of teaching experience and understanding to lead this population of children. They are currently in the selection process for the students, all from Collier was founded by Erik Weihenmayer. This local program is purely a grass roots effort with no fundraising event. For more information of how you can keep the vision growing, email me at

Ron McGinty, Guardian ad-Litem

Your Health & Urban Mobility

by Allen Weiss, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR
President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System
Where you live matters. Your zip code is more important than your genetic code in predicting your health and life expectancy.

Your built environment has a tremendous influence on how well you live. A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article with the catchy title “This Bike Lane Can Save Your Life” states, “If you lay down enough bike lanes, something magical happens: Nonriders begin to benefit from cleaner air when the network of bike lanes get complete enough that people start riding bikes to work instead of driving.”

Bike lanes like those recently added to the beautiful, downtown Naples Central Avenue complete-street encourage both bike riders and walkers to get out of their cars and use their own mobility to enjoy a safe and vibrant community. An interesting cityscape stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gordon River is another gem that enhances the walking paths from Third Street South to Fifth Avenue to the Gordon River Bridge to the Greenways Path and beyond.

Many larger cities are embracing biking lanes, including London which is building twelve “cycle superhighways” with extra-wide lanes dedicated to bicycles. New York, hilly San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Delhi and even Moscow are also expanding bike lanes.

Urban planners, health care economists, and others interested in assessing health benefits use a metric called a quality adjusted life year(QALY) which measures the cost benefit of adding one extra valuable year to a person’s life.

A medical example is kidney dialysis which costs about $100,000 per QALY. A recent environmental example can be found in New York City which spent about $8 million in 2015on bike lane expansion, equating to $1,800 per QALY according to a Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health paper entitled, “The Cost-Effectiveness of Bike Lanes in New York City.”

Urban Mobility is at a tipping point where many large, already congested cities are becoming even more uncomfortable and unhealthier. Less congested geographical regions are being built and older regions are being modified, both locales encourage natural movement by their citizens.

Quality of life matters to your physical and mental health while contributing to a longer life expectancy.

Although today’s prediction that the1.2 billion global car fleet could double by 2030, others believe that four major technology trends will change the way we transport ourselves:•


Who likes being stuck in traffic when alternate, non-congested routes are available that will get you to your destination faster? A few “apps” including Waze ( which share traffic conditions, accidents, and speed traps are fed by vehicles just like yours to provide up-to-the-minute intelligence about current road conditions. This sharing is a perfect example of crowd sourcing.


Hybrids, a combination of battery and gas powered engines, and full electric vehicles are expected to increase from about 2.3 million vehicles in 2014 to 11.5 million in 2022, representing an 11 percent increase globally. Shorter driving distances in urban areas with battery recharging stations or battery exchange facilities will encourage the conversion to electric, which is more environmentally friendly and less expensive, reducing the global dependence on oil with all the attached geo-political implications.


Most cars sit idle 90 percent of the time. By sharing cars the average yearly miles traveled by each auto would increase from an estimated11,700 to 20,400. Car manufacturers whose success has been measured in the past by the number of units sold will be rewarded in the future for mileage travelled and years serviceable by their vehicles.


“The future is now” is the classic General Electric slogan popularized in the World of Tomorrow at Disney World in Orlando when many of us were growing up. Imagine safely working on your email or text messaging while your car was driving on its own to your destination.

Obviously, texting while driving is not safe, because the accident rate currently is similar to driving drunk. Cars are dangerous but necessary. Consider the fact that driverless cars have about 10 percent of the accident rate of conventional drivers. Removing 90 percent of car accidents would be a tremendous avoidance of injury, death, and misery along with a huge cost savings in car insurance and collision repair.

More synergy will occur when the above four trends are combined with the largest taxi fleet in the world, namely Uber. Carnegie Mellon University is exploring with Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center the possibility of having an autonomous fleet of vehicles callable from your personal handheld device to subsequently deliver you to your destination.

Easier commuting to work, reduced parking garage capacities, less general-street parking, and so many other unforeseen good changes are coming which would be health advantageous. Think about linear parks and walking paths replacing street parking which would become obsolete. Also consider the societal savings on the cost of a parking space, estimated to be worth $10,000 to $20,000 per space.

Bike sharing has also become popular in many cities. For a modest fee one can pick up a bike and peddle to another location, leave the bike parked in a secure location, go about one’s business and then pickup another bike to return home. At a recent national meeting of the thirty Blue Zones Project cities in Fort Worth, Texas, Mayor Betsy Price traveled to and from a nearly evening event by rental bike. Cities which are bike and walking friendly are already seeing quality adjusted life years added with drops in health care insurance premiums—overall the making of happier and healthier citizens as measured by the Gallops-Healthways Well Being Index. (

Sixty percent of Americans desire to live in an environment where they can walk to amenities. Consider the number of gated communities in Southwest Florida where the residents generally avoid leaving their neighborhoods. Dining in the clubhouse, receiving groceries by delivery, partaking in recreation, and socializing with neighbors can all be enjoyed without leaving the confines of the gated community. Multi-unit condominiums as opposed to single family homes with large yards encourage walkability as density increases.

Antiquated regulatory challenges and the general resistance to change can slow progress, postponing the tipping point, which in the case of overcrowded cities is gridlock, excessive automobile dependence, and worsening health. Urban planning, solving some of the technical challenges, and a general desire to help everyone live a longer, happier, and healthier life will make a huge difference for the better as we all embrace moving naturally.

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As the area’s leading arts organization, you know that the Naples Art Association (NAA) recognizes – and promotes – the importance of arts education for all. That includes all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. And, while we have discussed how being creative has been proven to extend your life and the quality of it, this month is all about the children.
In recent years, we have all watched as school curricula in the United States has shifted heavily toward common core subjects including reading and math. But, where does that leave the arts? Some may view arts education as an extravagance, but years of research show that it is simply not true. Early childhood arts education is closely linked to almost everything that we as a country say that we desire for our children and request from our schools: academic success; social and emotional development; community engagement; and opportunity for all. Arts education is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.
And, while many children in our area are fortunate to come from affluent families who engage them in the arts with museum visits, art courses, acting lessons, and more from a young age – there are even more children in our area who aren’t exposed to the arts at all. In fact, in the past 20 years, children under the age of 18 years living in poverty has increased by 138 percent in Collier County, compared to an overall of 44 percent in the State of Florida, and over 60 percent of school-aged children in Collier County are on free or reduced lunches. The NAA helps bridge that gap that has left children behind. “At the Naples Art Association, we have seen first-hand that arts education enables children from a financially-challenged background to have a more level playing field with children who have had those enrichment experiences. And, it’s only with the support of our donors that we are able to provide this vital service for the children of our community,” said Aimee Schlehr, executive director and CEO of the Naples Art Association.
One such avenue that leads to that bridge is the NAA’s ARTScool. ARTScool is an exciting program that immerses local children – ages five to 14-years-old – in the arts throughout the summer months. Courses are intertwined with math, science, language, history, technology, art, and design from accredited art instructors. ARTScool students design and construct buildings; create kaleidoscopes; and build robots; and much, much more. With two class times daily – one in the morning from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and one in the afternoon from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – this is the
perfect opportunity for a child to dip his or her toes in the art pool…or even dive right in! “So, how can I help?” (We are picturing you saying this aloud as you read). We have issued a challenge to all NAA supporters, donors, and volunteers. We want to raise the funds to provide tuition for 200 economically-disadvantaged students to attend ARTScool this summer. While that is a lofty goal, through the generosity of our donors, we are already halfway there with 100 spots funded. We invite you to visit and pledge to sponsor one child for a half day of ARTScool classes for a week for $125 or one child for a full day of ARTScool classes for a week for $250. You may also contact Elle Young, development manager, at or 239.262.6517, ext. 107 to pledge your support.
Registration for ARTScool begins on March 1 and more information is available by visiting

Rookery Bay programs, tours and events

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and offers a two-story visitor center, art gallery, gift shop and nature trail with viewing platform.

Themed naturalist programs offered daily on topics such as manatees, sharks, sea turtles, marine life touch tank and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 – 12, and free for kids under six and Friends of Rookery Bay members. Located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard. Learn more, or register for events, at

Guided Boat and Kayak Tours

Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. Tours provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. Tours include free admission to the Environmental Learning Center on day of trip and proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc. Kayak and boat tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays from November through April.

March 4, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Birds of the Beach

Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification. The classroom session will be followed by a trip to Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida, where we will see many of the birds discussed. Cost is $40.

March 6 – 10 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Basic Acrylic Painting

Join renown Lee Hammond, Rookery Bay Reserve’s Artist in Residence, for an art program and explore the magic of drawing and painting. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Learn more about her amazing talent here. Create beautiful paintings in acrylic with Lee Hammond. Based on her painting books by North Light, she will show you how to achieve beautiful skin tones, hair and clothing. Cost is $395.

March 11, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Birding Basics

Enjoy this fun and informative class designed to help you identify birds around you. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. It also covers the effective use of binoculars and field guides. During the second part of the class you will learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park where you can enjoy practicing new skills. Cost is $40.

March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop

Get the best pictures possible and truly understand your digital camera’s features. You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Cost is $55.

March 18, 6 – 10:30 p.m.

Batfish Bash for the Bay 2017

The Batfish Bash for the Bay is the signature annual fundraiser for the Friends of Rookery Bay. Proceeds from the live and silent auctions directly support the research, stewardship, and education efforts undertaken by the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Cost is $195.

March 20 – 24, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Landscape Painting in Acrylic

Join renown Lee Hammond, Rookery Bay Reserve’s Artist in Residence, for an art program this summer and explore the magic of drawing and painting. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Learn more about her amazing talent here. Create beautiful landscape paintings in acrylic with Lee Hammond. Based on her painting books by North Light, she will show you how to achieve beautiful skin tones, hair and clothing. Cost is $395.

March 21, 12 – 1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Dr. Jose Maria Eirin-Lopez , The Epigenetics Revolution

Marine organisms need to respond very rapidly to sharp environmental changes. While the ability to cope with stress depends largely on the information stored in their genes, the modulation of such information in response to environmental signals is governed by epigenetic regulatory mechanisms. Epigenetics is an exciting and relatively new discipline studying of the inheritance of modifications in the function of genes. The present talk aims to introduce audiences to a) the Epigenetics phenomenon, b) its relevance to study how marine organisms adapt to environmental changes and c) its potential application in pollution biomonitoring and conservation in the ocean. Lecture is $15, or $10 for Friends of Rookery Bay members, includes lunch.

March 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

World Water Day BOGO

In celebration of the World Water Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Naples Zoo a $25 Million Roar

In November of 2016, Naples Zoo publicly announced plans to roar into the future with the launch of a $25 Million Capital Campaign and $5 Million Endowment Drive. As the only nationally accredited zoo serving Southwest Florida, the Zoo recognizes that it must expand its offerings, continue local wildlife conservation efforts and increase its capacity as the region’s population grows.


Naples Zoo’s current entrance and gift shop was built in the 1970’s when Zoo attendance was less than 100,000 visitors annually. Attendance has grown to nearly 400,000 and the building simply can’t handle the volume of visitors that the Zoo is now attracting. Long lines greet visitors many days of the year, particularly during the Zoo’s busiest season. Most importantly, the 1970’s structure does not in any way reflect the beauty and expansiveness of the Zoo and botanical garden experience inside.

The Southwest Florida community is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent population estimates. In response to this growth and anticipated future growth, Naples Zoo has been hard at work developing a forward-thinking master plan designed to meet the needs of our Southwest Florida community and visitors to our area for generations to come.

With the ever-increasing pace of modern society, it is becoming more difficult to find opportunities for quality family time. Naples Zoo is a place in the community where families can share moments of togetherness and enjoy time with each other while learning and being inspired by animals and nature.

The story of Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens began in 1919 when botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling acquired the Naples site for his plant collection. In 1952, Julius Fleischmann acquired the property and began the two-year restoration of Nehrling’s garden, complete with an array of tropical birds and transformed it into Caribbean Gardens. In 1969, the Fleischman family invited the Tetzlaff family to relocate their collection of rare animals and open Jungle Larry’s, the predecessor of today’s Naples Zoo. In 2001, Naples Zoo achieved its first national accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the organization that sets the highest standards for zoos and aquariums. AZA accreditation is renewed every five years and has since been achieved in 2006, 2011, and 2016. In 2004, the Fleischmann family was interested in selling the land occupied by Naples Zoo. Collier County residents overwhelmingly voted for an ad valorem tax increase to generate the funds needed for the land purchase. With the Zoo lands saved, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Naples Zoo, Inc., was formed to manage, lead and grow the Zoo under the terms of a 30-year lease with Collier County.
In appreciation for Collier County residents’ foresight and generosity, Naples Zoo hosts free days on the first Saturday of each month and offers residents half-priced annual family memberships. These opportunities allow Naples Zoo to give back nearly $1 million annually to Collier County residents, a welcome benefit especially for low-income families who might not otherwise be able to afford the Zoo. Naples Zoo has grown substantially since that important vote in 2004, nearly doubling attendance. Today, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is stronger than it has ever been financially, programmatically and operationally.
In 2014, Naples Zoo launched a silent Phase One of the Roaring Into Our Future $25 Million Capital Campaign and $5 Million Endowment Drive. During Phase One, the Zoo raised over $12 million, attaining half of the total campaign funds needed. Many projects have already been completed in Phase One, including; a new parking lot and entryway and new exhibits for a Florida panther, pythons, red-ruffed lemurs, and clouded leopards. This Phase also completed significant technology upgrades in the Safari Canyon Theatre and facility enhancements to Alligator Bay and Lake Victoria. The final part of Phase One is the Glass Animal Hospital which is set to break ground in May of 2017.
Fundraising for Phase Two is well under way and new projects include three buildings encompassing an education center, an administration center and a welcome center that will transform the guest entrance experience. It also includes new animal exhibits and further enhances to Alligator Bay. The centerpiece of the new entrance will be a new Zoo education center with multiple classrooms, allowing the Zoo to increase its capacity to meet the valuable education mission. The classroom space has been designed with retractable walls to allow for large audience presentations and to accommodate the Zoo’s Conservation Lecture Series.
Today, the Zoo attracts more than 390,000 guests annually and is an educational resource to additional 33,200 children annually: Collier County Schools Distance Learning ZooCon Programs (18,000), ZooMobile Outreach (1,500), Camp WILD (200), Preschool Programs (500), and self-guided student Field Trips (13,000). Naples Zoo has formal partnerships with Collier County Public Schools and Lee County Public Schools that help support their educational goals. The Zoo’s commitment to education is further demonstrated by its collaboration with the Florida Department of Education to develop programs that meet Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Current grade-specific programming has been designed for students from pre-K through elementary students, offering a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in biology, animal behavior, ecology, and species and habitat conservation.
Naples Zoo is ranked among the top zoos in the country contributing to field conservation as a percentage of total budget. Since 2011, Naples Zoo has contributed over $1 million dollars to conservation programs to help animals in the wild. With a firm belief that what is best for people and wildlife is the same in the long run, Naples Zoo strives to support conservation efforts that reflect this mutual benefit. To maximize use of limited funds, Naples Zoo places priority on supporting proven conservation efforts within existing long-term programs locally, nationally and
Naples Zoo is a historic Collier County Landmark in the heart of Naples and is dedicated to increasing the appreciation and conservation of wildlife and seeking ways to better serve and help educate our Southwest Florida community. Roaring Into Our Future, Naples Zoo’s $25 Million Capital Campaign has three goals:
  1. To ensure the very best care possible for Naples Zoo’s growing animal collection through a new animal hospital on-site.
  2. To inspire stewards of all ages to ensure a positive future for wildlife and wild places through a new education center and expanded education program portfolio.
  3. To improve and enrich member and guest experiences through a new entrance, new exhibits and a historic museum experience.
The time has come to support Naples Zoo and its future. This is the first major capital campaign that Naples Zoo has ever launched since becoming a non-profit organization. To date, the Zoo has operated with limited capital resources, achieving its many recent successes with relatively modest
funding and ample creativity. This is an organization that has proven itself worthy of significant investment. Naples Zoo has worked diligently to
develop exceptional conservation and education initiatives, operate in a position of fiscal strength and attract a highly talented professional staff. Now it is time to enhance the Zoo’s facility so that its physical plant is on par with its excellent programming.

Conservation. Education. Quality family experiences.

These are the focal points of Naples Zoo’s work, driving the daily activities of Zoo staff and volunteers, and shaping the organization’s strategic goals. The funding and completion of Naples Zoo’s Master Plan will offer unsurpassed opportunities to make a difference in each of these areas, benefiting the community and the planet. Naples Zoo can remain vibrant and relevant far into the future, but it cannot do so without the broad support of the entire community. Please join Naples Zoo as they work to create the best Zoo for Southwest Florida. Call 239.262.5409 ext. 147 or visit www.napleszoo. org/capitalcampaign today for information on how you can support Naples Zoo’s plan to Roar into Our Future!
Far from the simple menageries of the past, today’s nationally accredited zoos are centers of learning and natural crossroads for biologists, educators, environmental scientists, and researchers – as well as for students, conservationists, and all animal lovers. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is an award-winning, private 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving wildlife and families here and around the world. More information at

Life in the Facet Lane

Diana Jarrett GG RMV

Homage to the Individual

More than any other time in history, precious gemstone adornment has come to signify the uniqueness of the individual wearer. Time was when jewelry collectors were happy to get any colorful stone they could afford.
But the ease of travel now has opened up the world for serious jewelry collectors. One does not have to “know someone” in far-flung corners of the earth to gain access to some pretty extraordinary gemstones. In another generation if you said the word precious stones—it meant ruby, sapphire or emerald. Now a gorgeous treasure trove of exotic stones that imaginative designers are discovering brings nuance to personal adornment not seen before. The modern jewelry collector wants her pieces to reflect not only her personal style but to complement her individuality— making a statement about her without ever saying a word.


Internationally lauded jewelry artist Lisi Fracchia understands the power of the individual and how jewels accentuate a stylish woman’s unique aura. The confident tastemaker of today, she knows, is fearless in trying new stones that appeal to her—whether or not these beauties are easily recognized. One such breathtaking but very uncommon gemstone is sphalerite. You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of it. But this is exactly the type of rarity that Lisi is drawn to. Sphalerite is more dispersive than a diamond—the sparkle is endless. The warm golden colors in Spanish sphalerite are vibrant, full of life and are a natural fit for the Naples woman with their sunny vibe.

“As if in a dream, your eye catches the brilliant tones of the sphalerite. . . no wonder it is a gem you fall in love with,” says Lisi Fracchia. Take a fresh look at sphalerite. It might just call your name!