March 27, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

February traffic up at airport

During the month of February, nearly 846,000 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 0.5 percent compared to February 2007. More...

Eden Florida offers camp for autistic children

Eden Florida will offer a summer youth experience that combines recreation and learning for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages three and up at Eden's newly renovated Eimerman Family Education Center, 2801 County Barn Road, in Naples. More...

First, Hendry streets closed in downtown

Workers have closed First Street from Jackson Street to Hendry Street and Hendry Street from First Street to just south of Bay Street for the next phase of the Downtown Utility and Streetscape Improvements Project. More...

Hospital, Twins raise $112,000 for cancer care

The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announced the final totals from their Feb. 21 Minnesota Twins Celebrity Golf Classic. More...

Hodges University to host humanitarian award

Hodges University, a private four-year institution of higher learning offering 23 undergraduate and seven graduate degree programs of study, will honor local philanthropists Jerry and Arlene Nichols at the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year award lunche More...

Lee Memorial offering wellness programs for children

Health group also looking for corporate sponsors

Childhood obesity and diabetes have experienced a sharp increase since the 1980s. The State of Florida has unfortunately been one of the most significantly impacted by these statistics. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

LIZA PLAYS THE MANN HALL

She was named after a Gershwin song. Her mother was a famous singer and actress, her father a well-respected movie director. She appeared in her first film at 14 months old at the end of "In the Good Old Summertime." More...

Life in a cubical farm: Josuha Ferris

Let's face it, working in an office can be very strange. You're given a desk, maybe a cubicle too, or, if you're lucky, an actual office. You have to stay tethered to your desk for eight to 10 hours a day, sometimes longer. More...

Pink Floyd

Oh By the Way

Long time Fort Myers hipster turned New York City hipster Todd Brooks once told me that Pink Floyd is the most successful cult band ever. Whenever I listen to Pink Floyd, I think about how Brooks hit that nail on the head. More...

Drink up, Florida

State wineries rack up 64 medals in international competition

On the Saturday morning before Easter, Fred and Wendy Weaver arrived at Eden Winery, just off State Road 80 before it reaches Alva. The Ohio residents said they turned off the road because the weather was dreary and they saw the sign. More...

Watch the kids around the swimming pool

Drowning is the leading cause of death for young children

Carri Roncaglione was busy tidying up the house and only turned away for few a moments, but those moments will haunt her forever. More...

Gulf Coast Humane Society opens affordable vet clinic

The long-awaited opening of the new Gulf Coast Humane Society affordable veterinary clinic is just around the corner. More...

National autism conference set at FGCU

Registration is now open for parents, educators and physicians interested in attending a national conference on autism, "The Road to Best Practice in Autism," to be held on Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m. More...

Agencies join to combat wildfires: Drought conditions make area vulnerable

Representatives from several area emergency response organizations have formed a coalition with the goal of informing local residents of the dangers associated with wildfires and our current drought conditions. More...

NOAA assessment shows increasing U.S. coastal development

More than half of new development along Southeast coast

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration survey of land use along U.S. coasts shows that 53 percent of the new development between 1996 and 2001 occurred along the Southeastern U.S. coast between Texas and North Carolina. More...

Museum opens summer camp registration

The Imaginarium and the Southwest Florida Museum of History announced their Summer Camps 2008 registration is now open for rising Pre-K-8th graders with exciting summer camps that feature weekly themes at both museums! From June 16 through Aug. More...

Florida launches $17 million anti-tobacco campaign

Aimed at teens, parents

The Department of Health has launched a $17 million statewide social marketing and public relations anti-tobacco campaign - the largest in a decade. More...

Business News

Interop growing at the speed of text messaging

"They have a whole language of their own," Jim Dwyer, Chairman of Fort Myers-based Interop Technologies, said of youth and their widespread enthusiasm for text messaging. More...

Book names local jewelry artist one of world's best

Mark Loren featured in international publication

Lee County Jewelry Designer Mark Loren has been featured in the recently published "Gemstones Masters: Major Works by Leading Artists" by Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co. as one of 39 of the world's top jewelry artists. More...

California Closets starts new marketing campaign

California Closet Company, Inc., the pioneer in spatial design solutions, announced the introduction of its new Lago collection - an assortment of premium finishes inspired by the picturesque landscapes and architecture of Italy's Lake Como. More...

Real Estate News

Buyers snapping up Coral Lakes' homes

Liquidation prices net 87 sales in less than a week

Buyers flocked to Coral Lakes in Cape Coral in droves this past week to purchase new homes for prices as low as $86,900. More...

SWF builders post strong sales, traffic

Developers credit marketing promotions

If the first two months of 2008 indicate a trend, news from several developers, builders and industry insiders offers encouraging signs of momentum in Southwest Florida's new homes market. More...

Condo sales strong, homes sales remain flat in Lee

The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc, doing business as CORE, reports that existing single family home sales for February 2008 are even with last year, with 445 units sold in both February 2008 and February 2007. More...