June 4, 2008 RSS feed / Top News

Energy, the environment keys to Florida's future

Energy efficiency is certainly on the minds of most Southwest Florida residents especially as gasoline prices begin to break the $4 mark. More...

Astronaut to speak at Calusa Nature Center

Fans of space, the stars and the moon will want to attend the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium's Spring Fling 2008 on Saturday, June 14 at Verandah's River House, featuring Astronaut Story Musgrave. More...

Leave wild animals alone, urges Florida Wildlife Commission

This time of year, wildlife is on the move. Critters, such as alligators, may be looking for new bodies of water or mates; snakes may be searching for prey; bears may be foraging. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

looking back at our season ... ... and it looked pretty good

W hen season ends each year, local arts venues typically take a look back and assess how things went. What were the highlights? What didn't do as well as expected? What were the best-attended shows? More...

Indie film debuts in downtown Fort Myers

'Barely a Chance' shot in Southwest Florida

"Barely a Chance," an independent movie filmed and produced in Southwest Florida by filmmaker Eric Raddatz will premiere at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Friday, June 6. More...

The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

By Kate Clifford Larson (Basic Books, $26.00)

Mary Surratt earned her place in American history books on the afternoon of July 7, 1865, when less than three months after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, she became the first woman executed by the United States government. More...

Proprietors form alliance to pep up downtown

At a Fort Myers City Council meeting last month, the room was packed with bar and nightclub owners who testified for more than an hour that city leaders hurt their businesses by banning 18 to 21 year olds from bars in the downtown River District - More...

Business à la Francaise: Rotary sends local professionals to Brittany

Before April, Alissa Downing had never tasted foie gras. Now, after having spent four weeks in Brittany, France the 28 year-old professional photographer is a connoisseur of the goose liver delicacy. More...

Organization provides help during emergencies

Despite a very limited budget, "No Person Left Behind" is still reaching out to the disabled during disasters. The program is operating on a $1,000 grant and various community donations. More...

Share the road; bikes have the right to be there

You may not like what you're about to read, especially for those of you who cringe or get angry every time you drive by a bicyclist in the road. But please read on as I make my case. More...

Business News

Bottled water business: economy slows sales, hurricane season picks them up again

C onstruction workers are probably as thirsty as they've ever been in Southwest Florida. But in the wake of recent slowdowns in the building industry and higher unemployment rates, there are not as many whistles to wet. More...

Cape economic development office wins marketing awards

The Cape Coral Economic Development Office has won top honors in marketing for its new interactive Web site and its new business attraction advertisement. More...

Real Estate News

When only Tuscan will do; this home has it all

Classic design and 21st Century convenience in Mediterra

Southwest Florida architecture often appears to be a mishmash of Spanish and other Mediterranean influences. Sometimes it's an akward blend of design features from Spain or Italy or France or America. Rarely is it a purebred. More...

Robb & Stucky hosts design seminars this month

Refresh your home's décor with tips from the professional interior design team at Robb & Stucky Interiors. More...

Government settles suit with National Association of Realtors

Justice Department says agreement will result in more choices, better services and lower fees for consumers

The Department of Justice reached a proposed settlement with the National Association of Realtors last week that requires NAR to allow Internetbased residential real estate brokers to compete with traditional brokers. More...