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.
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.
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).
This past Wednesday evening, Riverwalk Park was transformed from a place of recreation into a merry extension of the North Pole; with a southwest Florida twist (no snow!). It was a vision of holiday wonderment for all to enjoy.
Attendance was overwhelming (it is estimated over 800+ residents, families and guests joined the festive occasion). If you have not attended this event over the past 32 years, we strongly suggest you mark the date on your calendar next year as a “not to miss” event.
For those who “mixed and a’ mingled,” thank you for your exuberant involvement. For those who were absent, here is a peek at some of the heartwarming highlights:
You may have heard about Blue Zones? (Remember, not long ago we posted about Tavira getting Blue Zones recognized – the first high rise in Southwest Florida? Read about it HERE.)
What are Blue Zones?
Blue Zones are geographically defined areas where people live measurably longer and more healthy lives (based on studies, the five highlighted cities shown in the photo above are considered “Longevity Hot-Spots” when researching lifestyle, diet, social interaction and attitude.)