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A Southwest Florida matchmaker brings her skills to Gulf Coast Live this Valentine’s Day, with tips for all ages when it comes to the region's dating scene.

Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., Mimi Lee with MyTopMatchmaker.com explains how she matches singles from Naples to Sarasota, and offers tips for navigating the dating scene in Southwest Florida.

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The "River of Grass Greenway," a proposed 75-mile bike trail along US-41 that would link Naples to Miami, faces a critical vote in Collier County today. The project has been in the works for years

The Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization began a meeting at 9 a.m. to discuss whether or not to withdraw support for the project, first given approval in 2008. The majority of the proposed corridor crosses public lands, including national and state parks, preserves, and wildlife refuges but needs county support to pursue state funding for the project.  The Miami-Dade Department of Parks and Recreation recently released a Feasibility Study and Master Plan for the project.

Photo: Julie Glenn, WGCU

A Naples wine expert recently earned one of the highest honors in the world of wine when he became a certified level three sommelier.

Mladen Stoev, of Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples, passed the third-level examination of the Court of Master Sommeliers in late October. He traveled to St. Louis, taking the exam alongside 66 other hopeful wine connoisseurs from around the world, including five from the Naples area. He was one of only 15 who passed the exam.

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People in Naples are living some of the longest lives in the nation, according to a national review of metro areas by 24/7 Wallstreet. Those living in the Naples-Marco Island-Immokalee area live, on average, into their 88th year.

But quality of life is just as important as longevity, which is why Blue Zones of Southwest Florida (operated by NCH Healthcare) is working to improve well-being across the region, to have the area join the world's "Blue Zone" communities.

Matthew F. Smith, WGCU

With just 15 days until Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kicked off a three-day tour of Florida cities Sunday with a rally in Naples. 

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