Bonita Bay Arborist Celebrates 5 Years

It takes many hands to ensure the grounds of Bonita Bay regularly greets residents with grandiose splendor and natural beauty – and this includes varying species of thousands of trees!

Did you know that Bonita Bay has a certified arborist on staff to keep the canopy of trees looking their stellar best?  Meet Santiago Roman!


Santiago has been working for the Bonita Bay Community Association for five years as of January 2018. He discovered this career calling by a combination of his love for the outdoors and a family landscape business. No doubt, it’s a collaboration of genetics and passion! Continue reading “Bonita Bay Arborist Celebrates 5 Years”


Bonita Bay Nesting Birds – an Audubon Focus

For a second straight year, Bonita Bay – an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Property recognized for its sustainable natural resource management and environmental stewardship, was recently visited by Audubon’s Regional Coordinator, Ann Paul, who was researching a famed nesting spot of local wading bird colonies – Bonita Bay’s own Hidden Harbor Lake and the islands therein.

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Great Blue Heron nest on Hidden Harbor Lake island.

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Hurricane Irma: Before & After

Hurricane Irma: Before & After

As a community that sustained a direct hit from a category 2 hurricane, with the eye-wall passing directly overhead, there were a variety of possible endings to apply at the conclusion of this storm. Thankfully, ours is one of luck and gratitude. Many who witnessed the ire of Irma first-hand determined we literally “dodged a bullet” based on initial forecast interpretations by local weather experts.

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What a Successful Trifecta Looks Like!

What a Successful Trifecta Looks Like!

horse racing

For horse-racing fans, you understand the importance and excitement of correctly naming a “trifecta” (essentially, three winners crossing the finish line in a particular order).

In the story that follows, you’ll discover an actionable, real-life example of a trifecta (although, in this specific case, the emphasis of the order isn’t the priority, but rather the focus lies within the three defined parties who cross the finish line).

Additionally, this “local trifecta”  is not found on a track filled with dirt, but rather in a community filled with encouragement. The three entities for whom “community” is synonymous with “kinship” and “cooperation” include Habitat For Humanity,  the award-winning landscape experts from O’Donnell Landscapes and the Bonita Bay Community Association.  Continue reading “What a Successful Trifecta Looks Like!”

Bonita Bay Community Blue Zones Recognized

Bonita Bay Community Blue Zones Recognized

Bonita Bay + Blue Zones

Community Association joins Blue Zones Project
to support longer, better lives

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Bonita Bay Community Association Blue Zones Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

NAPLES, Fla. – May 11, 2017 – Can your community make you healthy? It can if you live in Bonita Bay. The Bonita Bay Community Association recently became a Blue Zones Project® recognized organization, reflecting its commitment to making healthy choices easier.

Bonita Bay joins more than 60 area companies and groups engaged in Blue Zones Project—a community-by-community, well-being improvement initiative designed to support longer, better lives through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks. Principles are based on lifestyles in Blue Zones®, pockets of the world where people live longer with less chronic disease and higher quality of life.

To achieve Blue Zones Project recognition, Bonita Bay implemented a variety of best practices for longevity, such as adding bike racks at the Bonita Bay Community Center and in its three parks to encourage residents to be active. The Community Center cut back on offerings of sugar-laden beverages and hosted well-being events like chair yoga, tai chi, dance classes, and health seminars. In addition, Bonita Bay held plant-based cooking demonstrations,including Breakfasts You Want to Eat, Healthy Holiday Meals, Daily Tweaks for Longevity, and Raw Foods for Rookies. The community also has more than 12 miles of walking paths.

“When we began to explore the concept of Blue Zones Project, we quickly realized it’s a natural fit for our residents,” stated Jennifer Moening, assistant director of community activities. “.Bonita Bay is a thriving, active community, and Blue Zones Project gives us the tools and resources to take well-being to an even higher level.”

Brought to Southwest Florida by NCH Healthcare System, in collaboration with Healthways®, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a vital part of Southwest Florida’s well-being improvement initiative that encourages changes to the community that lead to healthier options. For more information about Blue Zones Project – Southwest Florida, visit

About Bonita Bay Community Association

Bonita Bay is a resident-controlled, master-planned community consisting of 2,400 acres that includes lakes and natural preserves, emphasizing excellence in environmental planning, wildlife habitat management, and resource conservation; consistently exceeding homeowners’ expectations since 1985. Community amenities include a private beach park, tennis, bocce, pickle ball, 12-miles of pathways and kayaking. The Bonita Bay Marina offers both wet and dry slips and hosts a casual, seasonal restaurant. The Bonita Bay Club offers exclusive memberships for golf, tennis, and a state-of the art fitness center and spa.

About Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 37 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 2.2 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a division of Healthways, a Sharecare company. For more information, visit


(Press release supplied by Healthways and Blue Zones.)

Bonita Bay Celebrates Centenarian

Bonita Bay Celebrates Centenarian


From Humble Beginnings

The year was 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States.

In the early 1900’s, the average life expectancy was 47 years and many of the modern conveniences we take for granted, like electricity and indoor plumbing were the exception, not the rule. Items like washing machines and gas stoves were not invented yet. Housework was considered hard labor, and the average US wage was just 22 cents an hour; even sliced bread wasn’t a concept until 1928!

On April 19, 1917, Vincent (Vinny) Hugh Petrolino was welcomed into the world in Astoria, Queens – one of the five boroughs of New York City. He was raised alongside a brother and a sister by an Italian father and Irish/Scottish mother.  Continue reading “Bonita Bay Celebrates Centenarian”