An Up to the Minute Snippet, by Linda Harden

Hi, everyone – Happy day after Valentine’s Day….and what a gorgeous day it is here in paradise.
I have lots of late-breaking news so let’s get right to it:
I am SAD to report that the Papyrus store in Waterside Shops will be closing.  I am not sure of the final day, but everything in the store is 40-60% off.  What a shame — I love that store.
The long empty Ruby Tuesday at the Marketplace at Pelican Bay will be transformed into a Pinchers restaurant….hopefully to be completed by this fall.
A LOT of folks are in panic mode about the prospect of Stock Development building two towers in front of DaRuMa restaurant and on the plot of land between Vanderbilt Beach Road and Gulfshore Boulevard.  A Naples resident has taken some action to fight this project.  He has formed a not-for-profit 501 (c)(4) corporation and called it SAVE VANDERBILT BEACH, INC. to force Stock to scale back their project which is called OneNaples.  The link to the web site is www.savevanderbiltbeach.com for more information on this effort and to find out how to contribute, should you have an interest.  The man’s name is Buzz Victor and i would be happy to forward anyone his phone number should anyone want to discuss what he is doing in depth.
TONIGHT on “48 Hours” — CBS at 10:00 pm, the show will cover the most recently concluded Theresa Sievers murder case…which took place in Bonita Springs.  In case you missed it, Theresa’s husband, Mark, was found guilty and sentenced to death for his participation in this horrible murder case.  As I think I have mentioned in the past, Bob and I knew Theresa — Bob had her on his show several times to spotlight her involvement in the charitable organization, “Our Mother’s Home.”
Grocery store news — Publix has purchased the Lucky’s Market in East Naples and will turn it into the first of their “organic” markets.  The parent company of Winn Dixie has purchased the Lucky’s site along Wiggins Pass.
Finally, Bob and I returned one week ago today from the most FABULOUS cruise with great friends.  This was our 5th Jazz Cruise and each one is better than the last.  Our stops were Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico and Key West — but it did not matter since we never got off the ship….the music was that terrific.  From Arturo Sandoval to Steve Tyrell to Christian McBride to Wycliffe Gordon and 98 more — such incredible artists made the 7 days fly by.  We are already booked for our 6th cruise next January and looking forward to it already.  If you have an interest, the web site is www.thejazzcruise.com and next year the ship, the Celebrity Infinity, will have undergone an $84 million refurbishment.  Cannot wait.
That’s it for now, folks  Enjoy this beautiful weather!  Until next time –
Cheers –
Linda

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