March 11, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

United Way reaches goal

United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades was recently scheduled to conclude the 2008-2009 Campaign; however, the campaign was more than $90,000 short. More...

This week on WGCU-TV

. Sweet Soul: Stax/Volt Revue - Live in Norway 1967 - Thursday, March 12, at 9:30 p.m. This premiere special captures venerated soul icons, including Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Booker T. and the MG's, in concert, in their prime. More...

Cape Coral's Sun Splash opens for season March 21

Splash into spring at Sun Splash Family Waterpark when the Cape Coral attraction opens its gates for the 2009 season on Saturday, March 21 at 10 a.m. More...

Belleek, a perfect teapot for Saint Patrick's Day

Belleek china is one of the bestknown products of Ireland. Visitors and collectors have carried Belleek teapots and vases home from Ireland since the 1850s. Irish Belleek is easy to identify. More...

Shroud of Turin photographer to speak at Shell Point

The final presentation in the Shell Point Retirement Community 2009 Inaugural Speaker Series will feature Barrie Schwortz, known as the Shroud of Turin Photographer, on Thursday March 19. The program will begin at 7 p.m. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

a triple shot of Joe

... playwright Joe DiPietro has 3 shows in 1 season

The city of Fort Myers hasn't declared a Joe DiPietro Day, nor are they giving him a key to the city, but Joe DiPietro doesn't mind. He has something better: he just hit the theatrical trifecta. More...

Downtown walking tours reveal history, Renaissance and more

Following two years of intensive restoration efforts, a stroll or drive through downtown has become a pleasure. Buildings have re-emerged revealing their historic identities. More...

Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman

By Kass Fleisher (Dalkey Archive Press, $13.95)

Biting, witty and occasionally even venomous, professor and author Kass Fleisher's memoir "Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman" chronicles not just the author's own tumultuous education within and outside of university lecture halls, More...

Habitat for Humanity at full speed

Lee group reaches national milestone with 1,000th home

The housing crisis has not slowed at least one home builder and financier: Habitat for Humanity of Lee County. More...

Report: Environment gives Florida big economic boost

The tremendous financial benefits Florida receives from its natural habitats and protected conservation lands are documented and compiled in a new report released by The Nature Conservancy. More...

Low rainfall numbers spell drought in Southwest Fla.

With February's end, the 2008-2009 South Florida dry season became the third driest on record dating back to 1932. More...

Hotel Indigo opens in downtown Fort Myers

Hotel Indigo, located in the heart of the Fort Myers historic River District, greeted its first guests on March 6. Developed and managed by Development Opportunity Corp. More...

Food Pantry supplies running low

Donations needed to keep up with growing demand

With an unemployment rate that has jumped to 10 percent in recent months, and foreclosure rates the highest in the nation, Lee County is on the front lines of feeding the "new hungry." The new hungry are folks who have never had to ask for help be More...

Derby Casino Night benefits Canterbury School students

Canterbury School's Derby Casino Night will be held at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa on Saturday, April 4. Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorships are available. More...

FGCU Collegiate High School taking applications for fall classes

The Florida Gulf Coast University Collegiate High School is now accepting applications for its fall 2009 class. The Collegiate High School is a unique early admissions program limited to approximately 35 students from Southwest Florida. More...

Business News

Fort Myers Rotary South turns 40

It was an inauspicious beginning 40 years ago for a group of new Rotarians in South Fort Myers. Their first official meeting was held in the ladies locker room of the old Fort Myers Country Club. More...

Sarasota insurance and securities agent arrested for fraud

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Office of Financial Regulation Bureau of Financial Investigations announced the arrest of Scott Leon Johnson, 56, of Sarasota, on charges related to defrauding three elderly clients out of investmen More...

Ted Todd Insurance acquires local agency

The Ted Todd Insurance Agency, headquartered at Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers, has purchased the Brian Culbertson Insurance Agency. More...

Real Estate News

New models homes open at Verandah in Fort Myers

The Hamlin, a three-bedroom, two-bath single-family villa model, is now open in Verandah's Citrus Creek neighborhood. The model overlooks a lake and preserve and offers a study and a great room floor plan. More...

Fort Myers Chamber hosts real estate showcase this weekend

Local real estate brokers, developers and builders will come together at Harborside Event Center Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with their properties on display for one-stop shopping. More...

Real estate school holding career night

Larson Educational Services will hold a Real Estate Career Night on Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. More...