August 23rd: Farmers’ Market on Third Street South
North Collier Regional Rampage 5K, 7:00am-12:00pm, 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples, FL 34109
August 6th-October 26th: 5th Anniversary Stonecrab Festival along the Gordon River, Downtown 5th Avenue, 1785 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102
September 13th: September’s Summer Jazz On The Gulf at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 6:30-9:30pm, Watkins Lawn, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, FL 34102
September 14th: Paradise Coast International Triathlon-Duathlon-10K Run, 7:00am-3:00pm, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples, FL 34112
Photo credit:Dan Taylor
Naples, Austin Head List Of Best Cities For Job Growth
Naples has leaped ahead of Austin and is #1 on the list for Best Cities For Job Growth. The projected annual job growth is 4.1%. This is fabulous news, considering in the early to mid 2000s, Naples and Florida’s economy took a nose dive. Home prices plummeted, foreclosures soared and unemployment peaked at 11.4% for the state.
“Florida has crawled back from the depths of the recession and the employment outlook is bright, particularly for the retirement enclaves in the southern part of the state. Leading the way is Naples, which is expected to have the fastest job growth rate among the 200 largest metro areas with an annual rate of 4.1% through 2016, according to Moody’s Analytics.”
Florida added retail jobs at an exponential rate of any state in 2013 and Naples was the top market in Florida. “Naples is also one of the wealthiest retirement areas in the U.S. and many retirees are sitting on big nest eggs that have skyrocketed with the strong equity markets over the past five years. These gains are fueling spending on construction and consumer goods in the area. The improved U.S. economy is also spurring more tourism, which is a major component of the south Florida market. Unemployment which peaked at 12.2% in Naples in January 2010 was just 5.4% last month.”
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August Home Checklist, To Do’s:
August is a transition for many. Vacations are wrapping up and School is starting back up again. Consider one of these To Do’s to make your transition easier.
1. Get prepped for dinners at home. Meals are beginning to shift from the grill to the stove (unless your in sunny Naples). Encourage family dinners around the dining table with fresh linens, bring in flowers or potted plants and consider storing silverware and cloth napkins on the table in a cute caddy.
2. Tidy the mudroom. Whether or not you have kids in the house, back-to-school time is a great opportunity to get a busy entryway under control. Clear the clutter, clean rugs, wipe down shelving and put back only the essentials.
3. Organize family photos. Organize those summer photos–so you can enjoy those snapshots!
4. Edit your wardrobe. Sort through and give away anything that isn’t working for you. Make a note of anything missing that needs replacing.
5. Boost closet organization. Does your closet need organization? Seek baskets for collecting dry cleaning or delicates or hooks for scarves or necklaces.
6. Conduct an energy audit of your house. Find places to increase energy efficiency and improve the health of your home (and save money) by conducting a home energy assessment, either on your own or with the help of a pro.
7. Deep clean your kitchen. Clear the drains, clean out the garbage and recycling bins, degrease the oven and clean out the fridge.
8. Refresh the pantry. Invest in a set of matching, airtight storage containers in a variety of sizes. It helps locating items easier and keeps food fresh.
9. Clean and replace caulk and grout. A proper seal around sinks, toilets, shower stalls and tubs, and between tiles, is essential to keep water from seeping into cracks and causing damage. Clean grout and caulk with a narrow scrub brush and inspect its condition. Replace caulk or grout as needed.
10. Put away summer gear. This only pertains to those not in Florida. Floridians are lucky enough to enjoy it year round.
Tips taken from Houzz.com, see the full article here.