Celebrities Find Their Own Paradise in Naples, Marco Island, Fla.

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By JoNell Modys

Naples, Fla. – Many well-known personalities from the worlds of broadcast media, film, music, books and politics have homes in the Naples and Marco Island, Fla. areas, the region known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. 

The area has long attracted stars to its white-sand shores. Celebrities spotted around town in recent years include Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, country singer Keith Urban. The pair strolled Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South and dined at two top restaurants during their stay: Sea Salt and Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House.

Celebrity chefs have come to town, too. Acclaimed chef Art Smith has opened 1500 South by Art Smith at Naples Bay Resort & Marina. Smith is known for being a contestant on Top Chef Masters and a repeat judge on Top Chef, an Oprah show regular (and Winfrey's personal chef for a decade) and a New York Times best-selling author. His Naples restaurant features Southern cuisine with an Italian twist, alongside postcard-perfect marina views. 

When you visit the Naples area, be on the lookout for famous faces – you never know who you’ll be sharing paradise with. Read on to see a list of celebrities who call the Naples area home.

Broadcast Media & Film


Judge Judy Sheindlin

The famous television judge and her husband Jerry own a home on Pelican Bay. She's been spotted at the nearby Waterside Shops.

Sean Hannity

The syndicated radio talk show host and host of Hannity on the FOX News Channel owns a penthouse in the Moraya Bay Beach Tower.

Brett Baier

The host of Special Report with Bret Baier on FOX News Channel, one of the top cable news programs, owns a vacation condo in Naples. Both his parents and in-laws live in Naples.

Jane Seymour

The star of Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman, Live and Let Die and many other television shows and films makes appearances in Naples typically related to displays of her artwork. 

Mary Carillo

The television personality, sports journalist and former professional tennis player splits her time between Naples and New York CIty's Greenwich Village. 

Neal Boortz

When not in Atlanta, the now-retired nationally syndicated talk radio host Neal Boortz resides in the Naples area a few months out of the year. He and his wife, Donna, own a condo penthouse in North Naples and a home on a canal in Marco Island.

K.C. Schulberg

Film producer and screenwriter K.C. Schulberg lives in Naples.

Music


Alex Lifeson

The lead guitarist for Rush owns a condo in Pelican Bay.

Bob Seger

Rock musician Bob Seger owns a condo in Naples. 

Donna Summer

Disco queen Summer was living in a condo at Tiburon in north Naples when she passed away in 2012.

Sports Figures


Fuzzy Zoeller

The retired two-time major championship winner PGA Tour golfer Fuzzy Zoeller has been a part-time Naples resident since the early 70’s. 

Larry Bird

The NBA great has owned a waterfront home on Neapolitan Way for many years. It is currently up for sale.

Mike Ditka

The retired NFL coach is a long-time Naples part-time resident.

Dave Wannstedt

The former head coach of the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears owns a home in Port Royal in Naples.

Charlie Babb

The former Miami Dolphins safety started with the team in the 1972 Perfect Season. He has a home in Naples. 

Asa Parseghian

The former Notre Dame football coach is a part-time Marco Island resident. 

Earl Morrall

The former Miami Dolphins quarterback, who started nine games during the 1972 Perfect Season, retired to Naples.  He passed away in April 2014. 

Gene Sarazen

The PGA Tour golf legend lived in Marco Island for 34 years until his death in 1999. 

Authors


Robin Cook

The famous novelist divides his time between his homes in Naples and New Hampshire.

Janet Evanovich

The novelist best-known for her Stephanie Plum series spends part of the year at her home in Naples. 

Ben Bova

Science fiction author Bova is a long-time Naples resident. 

Robert Ludlum

The famous writer lived in a high-rise condominium in the Park Shore area of Naples up until his death in 2001. 

Politics


Charles Colson

The Nixon-era Watergate felon and prison reformer retired in Naples up until his death in 2012.

About Florida’s Paradise Coast

Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast — Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades — has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all. Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 43 destinations (39 domestic and 4 international) on 17 air carriers.

For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit www.ParadiseCoast.com. Follow the destination on Twitter @ParadiseCoast and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheParadiseCoast.

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