July 15, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Mating manatees: It's the season when sea cows are looking for love

This is the time of year that manatees gather in groups as males try to mate with females. Oftentimes, as the female tries to evade her male suitors, large groupings of the marine mammals will end up in shallow waters along beaches More...

Fruits, veggies and more served up at Taste of Lee

Incredible edibles, including locally made cheese, honey, edible flowers, herbs, citrus, fruits and vegetables, top the menu at the Taste of Lee. The event will be held at the First Baptist Church of Fort Myers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Handbag Happy Hour event set for Oct. 30

The seventh annual live and silent auction of coveted designer, celebrity and one-of-a-kind handbags benefiting Island Coast AIDS Network Inc. will take place on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs. More...

Benefit aids PACE Center For Girls

Love that dress you wore to the last charity event but don't want to be seen in it at the next event? Then donate it to the PACE Center for Girls Lee County's "Love That Dress" charity fundraiser set for Tuesday, Sept. More...

Cape Coral drivers again best in Florida

Fifth annual Allstate 'America's Best Drivers Report' reveals cities with safest drivers

Allstate Insurance Company has released its fifth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report." The report ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers according to Allst More...

Florida Eye Health offers new injectable treatment for wrinkles

Dr. Nadia Kazim, an eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon at the Aesthetic & Cosmetic Laser Center at Florida Eye Health, recently became one of the first doctors in the area to inject Dysport, an injectable treatment for wrinkles. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Sorry, kids ... IT'S NOT FAIRY DUST

'Peter Pan' at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre employs a pretty complicated flying system for the boy who won't grow up

W HAT MAKES PETER PAN fly? Thinking lovely, wonderful thoughts. A healthy sprinkling of fairy dust. And at least $10,000 worth of specialized equipment and training. More...

Art League of Bonita Springs announces upcoming events

The Art League of Bonita Springs hosts an exhibition reception and campus-wide open house, plus a traveling exhibition, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 17. More...

BEACH READING

'The Devil's Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age' By Gary M. Pomerantz (Crown, $26)

One evening in 1929, Myrtle and Jack Bennett began an evening of bridge in their Kansas City home with another couple. What happened next would make headlines throughout the country. More...

Florida Weekly writers, designers win top honors

Newspaper earns 11 Florida Press Association awards

Florida Weekly took home 11 awards Saturday at the Florida Press Association's 2008 Better Weekly Newspaper Awards ceremony in Palm Beach. More...

Rare ghost orchid in bloom at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

A rare ghost orchid growing on an ancient bald cypress tree at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples is in bloom for the third consecutive summer, this time with 10 buds that will likely produce blooms visible from the Audubon sanctuary's More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Norwegian goldsmith perfected artistic enameling

Art-nouveau designs are very unlike the slick modern designs favored by today's craftsmen. The style was international, but its most extreme examples were European. More...

Lee County Tax Collector opens Pine Ridge Road office

The Lee County Tax Collector opened its South Fort Myers office at 15680 Pine Ridge Road on July 13. The old office at 17105 San Carlos Blvd. has closed. The new 10,500-square-foot building will accommodate seating for 80 to 100 customers. More...

Lee VCB to launch booking engine on consumer Web site

As part of a broader initiative to proactively foster product development and offer value-oriented vacation experiences, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau will launch a booking engine on its consumer Web site later this year. More...

Speaker to present message: Stay Alive… Just Drive

Jay Anderson, a traffic safety professional and executive director of Stay Alive.... Just Drive, is coming to the Lee Memorial Hospital Auditorium on Aug. 15 to give an overview of the program, followed by a meet and greet session. More...

Barn Buddy Program gives pets a second chance at life

In a cage at Lee County Domestic Animal Services sits a small black tiger cat. He was trapped by a neighborhood resident as an apparently un-owned nuisance animal and brought to the shelter. More...

Business News

It takes more than price cuts to attract recession shoppers

Resourceful retailers adding to the shopping experience

It's been a tough few years for the U.S. retail industry. More...

Lowest interest rate ever for SBA loans

Recent stimulus changes bolster program for real estate, equipment loans

The 20-year fixed interest rate on U.S. Small Business Administration "504" loans for commercial real estate fell this week to 5.24 percent — the lowest in history. More...

Real Estate News

Home sales continue to rise in Lee County

Bank-owned, short sales account for 72 percent of sales

The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc. reported that its members sold 1,586 homes in June, a 121 percent increase from June of last year. More...

Bringing homes up to speed in a tech-savvy world

Bill and Caryn Schuman requested one thing for their residence in Bay Colony off Vanderbilt Beach Road. More...

Core-Logic data says foreclosure rate up in Lee County

Foreclosure rates in Cape Coral-Fort Myers have increased for the month of May over the same period last year, according to First American CoreLogic, the leading collector of national, state and local data on home prices, foreclosure and delinquenc More...