May 26, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

BOCA GRANDE

An almost-secret getaway off the Charlotte County coast

No one winds up on Boca Grande by accident. It takes effort to find your way to the lone bridge that connects this lush and low-key outpost to the rest of the world. More...

DOWNTOWN PUNTA GORDA

A plucky city that’s reinvented itself

Before Hurricane Charley made a direct hit on Punta Gorda, it was a sleepy village with small-town charm, brick streets, and an oldfashioned downtown. More...

SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT

Renewing its focus on family and nature

Forget Disney.   More...

PINE ISLAND

A state of mind as well as a place to visit

Although there’s water everywhere, there are no white sand beaches to be found on Pine Island. There aren’t any traffic lights, movie theaters, chain hotels, waterfront high rises or bigbox stores either. More...

MARCO ISLAND

A blend of old and upscale

Marco Island has that mixed personality Southwest Florida is known for: Upscale resorts and fine dining or old-school Florida, where sand, surf and Sundays at Stan’s, a noapologies dive bar on Goodland, are the big draws. More...

Confessions of a greyhound lover

I was 33 years old and married when I was seized by desire so strong I couldn’t stop myself from falling in love.   That’s when I touched my first greyhound. More...

Three experts receive panther protection awards

Three Florida panther experts recently received a conservation award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their work in managing the endangered species. More...

Postal service food drive breaks records

The results are in from the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive and once again Lee County residents met the challenge with record-level donations.   More...

CCMI’s Everyday Marketplace opens

Ushers bold model for eliminating local hunger

In the summer of 2009, Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. began creating a sustainable customer choicecentered model for long-term hunger elimination. More...

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

. Cajun Classic   The 12th annual Cajun Classic golf tournament will be held on Saturday, May 29, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at The Forest Country Club, 6100 Club Blvd., Fort Myers. The format will be a four-man scramble. More...

Taste of the elements benefits Ronald McDonald charities

“Embracing the Elements” is the theme for Chefs for Scholarships, a casual evening of sipping champagne cocktails and savoring specially prepared tapas from stations representing earth, wind, fire and water. More...

Local students embark on path toward scholarships

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools hosts a luncheon on Friday, May 28 ,from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., to celebrate the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program’s New Scholars. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

Couchsurfing: Dispatches from a four-month journey through South America

C OUCHSURFING CAN TAKE YOU PLACES. THE PHOTOS on these pages is the proof. Couchsurfing. More...

Harper: blending goodwill with a didgeridoo or two…

“Southwest Florida reminds me of Australia,” Harper drawls in his intoxicating Australian accent.   The professional musician leads the band, Midwest Kind, in equally intoxicating sounds and rhythms not often heard in these parts. More...

BEACH READING

‘A River in the Sky’ By Elizabeth Peters (William Morrow, $25.99)

In her newest novel, “A River in the Sky,” the prolific Elizabeth Peters returns for a 19th time to the world of Amelia Peabody Emerson, one of her most endearing heroines. More...

CYPRESS LODGE AT BABCOCK RANCH

A taste of natural Florida

There are some among us — and we won’t name names — who simply have lost the ability to relax. More...

OLDE SANIBEL

Hidden getaways provide respite from technology

You already know all the best reasons to hang out on Sanibel Island: the seashells, the beautiful beaches, the fishing, the wildlife, the grouper sandwich at the Lazy Flamingo. More...

THE INN ON FIFTH

Charming hotel offers nearby getaway

Sometimes the shortest drive can provide the greatest escape. This may well be the case with a weekend stay at The Inn on Fifth, an elegant boutique hotel on downtown Naples’ tony Fifth Avenue.   More...

FORT MYERS BEACH

Local color and affordable accommodations abound

Savvy vacationers have done the math. More...

ARCADIA

Old Florida town replete with charm, antiques

From Interstate 75, Arcadia appears as one of those can’t-get-from-here towns. Exits for the DeSoto County city, about 25 miles east of Punta Gorda, begin appearing north of Sarasota and continue into Collier County. More...

RIALTO HARBOR MARINA

A place where time stands still

We’re betting that Alva’s Rialto Harbor Marina will take the prize as this year’s least-known staycation destination. More...

Greyhounds need home as track halts racing for summer

Come Tuesday, greyhound racing goes on hiatus at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track for the first time in almost 15 years.   More...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Milliner’s head a rare collectable

Hats are not as popular today as they were years ago, so there are fewer hat shops and fewer people making special hats fitted to a particular buyer. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, milliners were found in every city and town. More...

Tales of taking the bus or train can earn a free TV

The Florida Public Transportation Association’s “Tell Your Story” contest runs through the end of the month but scores of stories have been rolling in from every corner of the state. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, MAY 27, 9 P.M. The Civil War War is All Hell (1865)/ The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) - Parts 8 & 9   More...

Lovers Key hosts wildlife and nature tours

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Lovers Key State Park will present weekly programs on park history and wildlife throughout the month of June. More...

Sheriff Scott selected to be commencement speaker

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has been selected by a group of his peers to join FBI Director Robert Mueller in addressing the 241st graduating class of the FBI National Academy later this year. More...

The eastern gray squirrel: A rodent, but a cute one at that

Everyone has a squirrel story to tell. It often goes like this: “Each time I buy a “squirrel-proof” bird feeder a squirrel finds a way to get in anyway.” Yes, these clever animals are both cute and mischievous. More...

Superstar brunch fights breast cancer

Breast Cancer Care hosts a “Superstar Brunch” Sunday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cypress Lake Country Club, 6767 Winkler Road, Fort Myers. The event includes a silent auction, Chinese auction, and 50/50 raffle. More...

Business News

Drive-by marketing: The business of billboards

Listen up. No more than seven bold words. A single picture worth a thousand more.   And answers: Who, how fast and how many drive past? What’s their median income? Where do they live and shop?   One other thing. More...

Inaugural Chrysalis Awards honors locals for community contributions

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

The trend is your friend… until it isn’t

There have been some well-established trends that have benefited investors and businesses over the past 30 years. These key factors made investing and business simpler in yesteryears. More...

Real Estate News

Homes sales and median price strengthen in April

Home sales continued to be solid during April, extending the peak selling season, as buyers took advantage of the federal tax credit that ended on April 30. More...

Building industry honors its own with Pinnacle Awards

The Lee Building Industry Association held its 20th annual Pinnacle & Remodelers Awards ceremony recently at the Paseo Village Center in Fort Myers.  More...

Delinquencies, foreclosure starts increase in latest MBA national survey

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 10.06 percent of all loans outstanding as of the end of the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 59 basis points from the More...