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Naples, Florida Canoe Race Marks End Of Season

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

At season end local residents of Naples, Florida share mixed emotions. General euphoria as our area shrinks from over 300,000 souls to less than 80,000, restaurants are now walk in affairs and the traffic returns to normal levels. We do miss the pizzaz of the in-season night life, the economic boost of tourism and the eye-popping people watching but by now, generally, we are ready for the break.
Although Stan’s on Goodland (one of our favorite haunts) celebrates the end of weekly tourist visits every Sunday afternoon, the main event for us locals in the annual canoe race celebrating the end of season. The morning of the race finds boats assembling in Naples Bay hugging the east side of the channel. Land lubbers flock to the Dock Restaurant (race sponsor and originator) for a prime seat – some say 8AM arrivals to watch the 1:45 PM main event. A boat parade, a VIP race, an amateur heat, and the practically professional finale put fitness and fun to the test on the Naples Bay course.

Our perch was the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club veranda overlooking the north end of the course. We sat down to a nice lunch and watched the on-water contest blaze by us. Sure, if you are an average in-shape person you can get out there and compete, but the winners are of the real stuff. Practiced, in shape, good gear and a real focus on the event.

The Naples News ( reported on the event and provided some interesting facts. Over 5,000 people (a lot for our town) will gather apres-race on the south end of our barrier island Keewaydin for some tropical revelry. If you have any doubt of the ferocity of our celebrations this event according to the news produces the most revenue in terms of mis-behaving ticketing – more than spring break, memorial day, labor day and the fourth of July. This event stirs up we locals something fierce.
End of season. things will grow quieter now. Real estate continues with international tourism growing in the summer events and a recovering market attracting many off-season shoppers.
But, there should be a little more free time. Ah end of season. Now let’s see where is my sun block and tarpon rig?


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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.
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