Naples was founded during the late 1880s by former Confederate general and Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and his partner, Louisville businessman Walter N. Haldeman, the publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Throughout the 1870s and '80s, magazine and newspaper stories telling of the area's mild climate and abundant fish and game likened it to the sunny Italian peninsula. The name Naples caught on when promoters described the bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy". Major development was anticipated after the railroad reached Naples on January 7, 1927 and the Tamiami Trail linking Naples to Miami was completed in 1928; but did not begin until after the Great Depression and World War II. During the war the Army Air Force built a small air field and used it for training purposes; it is now the Naples Municipal Airport.

Fill was required to repair damage from a 1945 hurricane. A local dredging company, Forrest Walker & Sons, created a lake north of 16th Ave S, between Gordon Drive and Gulf Shore Blvd. In 1949 Forrest Walker asked Mr. Rust to sell him the 296 acres from Jamaica Channel to today's 14th Ave. S. The Jamaica Channel was widened, one canal was dredged, and 14th Ave S was created by March 1950 and a new subdivision was named "Aqualane Shores"[11> at the opening party that same year. Additional channels were eventually added to the south of 14th Ave S and are named alphabetically for local water birds. The first channel south of 14th Ave S is Anhinga Channel, then Bittern Channel is south of 15th Ave S, Crane Channel is south of 16th Ave S, Duck Channel is south of 17th Ave S, and Egret Channel is north of 21st Ave S. From the channels there are Coves named: Flamingo, Gull, Heron, Ibis, as well as the original Aqua Cove. These Initial channels, canals, and coves were dredged and bulldozed from the mangrove swamps. Where shallow rock precluded digging, land was filled to create lots with navigable water.

Aqualane Shores Association was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on February 3, 1966. It served lot owners in the area roughly bounded by the Bay of Naples to the east, and Gordon Dr to the west, and the land between 14th Ave S and 21st Ave S, as well as Marina Drive, Forrest Lane and Southwinds Drive. Thirty years later, in 1996, a state mandated city master plan renamed the area to The Aqualane Shores Neighborhood and extended its boundary west to the Gulf of Mexico, east to the Bay of Naples, and the area from 14th Ave S and all the way south to Jamaica Channel. The numerous canals and waterfront homes add a distinctive feature to the south portion of Naples and provide access to the Gulf of Mexico for many homeowners.

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Artis - Naples

- Performing and visual arts - Hosts more than 300 concerts, performances, exhibitions and educational events each year - The Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus includes two performance halls, Frances Pew Hayes Hall and Myra J. Daniels Pavilion, The Baker Museum, the foremost fine arts museum in Southwest Florida, and the Toni Stabile Education building, home to our adult education programs.

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd
Naples, FL

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Palm Cottage

- The Naples Historical Society's Historic Palm Cottage (also known as the Henry Watterson Cottage or The Cement Cottage, The Parmer Home, or Hamilton House) is a historic home in Naples, Florida - The house is owned and operated as a museum by the Naples Historical Society. The house has been decorated to reflect the early 1900s, and include the adjacent Norris Gardens, which feature five distinct themed areas and both the garden and house are open for docent guided tours

137 12th Ave S
Naples, FL

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Third Street South

- Area is filled with beautiful artwork, sculptures and fountains - Fine restaurants, relaxing cafes, fun bistros and pubs are meccas of delicious choices in many different cuisines nestled near shops, while the markets and delicatessens provide delicious foods and superb wines to take with you.

3rd St S
Naples, FL

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Naples Players

- The Naples Players is a nationally recognized community theatre company - Founded January 19, 1953 - Performs in the Sugden Community Theatre

701 5th Ave S
Naples, FL

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Naples Botanical Gardens

- 170 acres of cultivated gardens and preservation land - Represents seven distinct natural habitats and ecosystems - Features over 1000 species - Special emphasis on the ecosystems between the 26th parallel north and the 26th parallel south

4820 Bayshore Dr
Naples, FL

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Naples Zoo

- Opened in September 1969 in what was once the gardens for botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling's collection of plants - Reopened in 1954 by Julius Fleischmann. Animals were added by Larry and Jane Tetzlaff in 1969, and the gardens were reopened as a zoo - The zoo has about 70 species, though not all of these are on display at any given time - The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is an institutional member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers

1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd
Naples, FL

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Coastland Center Mall

- Shopping mall - Opened in 1976 - Features Sears, Macy's, J.C. Penney, and Dillard's as its anchors. It hosts a food court and many other specialty stores.

1900 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL

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Tin City

- Historic, old Florida charm - Home to over thirty unique boutiques, two waterfront restaurants

1200 5th Ave S
Naples, FL

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Mercato

- Combines the best of city chic residential living with upscale shopping, dining and entertainment

9132 Strada Pl
Naples, FL

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The Village Shops on Venetian Bay

- Offer more than 45 waterfront shops and waterside restaurants

4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N
Naples, FL

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Waterside Shops

- Shopping and dining destination where the finest names in luxury retail and fashionable lifestyle stores - More than 60 shops and restaurants

5415 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL

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5th Avenue S

- Fifth Avenue South is an irresistible mix of glamour and laid-back ease - Historic and modern architecture blend together in eclectic sophistication - Pedestrian-friendly promenades - Long been referred to as Naples’ “main street.” - Upscale, world-class shopping - Aart galleries - Sidewalk bistros and restaurants

5th Ave S
Naples, FL

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Naples Pier

- The Naples Fishing Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Naples, Florida. - Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, the Naples Pier stands as a community landmark.

25 12th Ave S
Naples, FL

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Seminole Casino

- The casino offers table games, a poker room and over 1,000 slot machines. - There are 3 restaurants, plus a coffee shop. - Other amenities include an outdoor pool, regular live entertainment, a 24-hour fitness room and a business center.

506 S 1st St
Immokalee, FL

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

- Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a National Audubon Society sanctuary - The Corkscrew Cypress Rookery Association was formed in 1954 to protect the area. - The National Audubon Society accepted responsibility for management and started constructing the first boardwalk through the swamp in 1955.

425 Sanctuary Rd W
Naples, FL

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HB'S on the Gulf

- Located at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club - Naples’ only beachfront restauran - Great views - Fresh regional seafood and mouth-watering specials - Lunch and dinner daily - Dine indoors or alfresco.

851 Gulf Shore Blvd N
Naples, FL

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