July 14, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

Corkscrew’s ‘Super Ghost’ explodes with multiple blooms

A rare ghost orchid has exploded with 14 buds, marking its second bloom this year and its fourth consecutive year on an ancient bald cypress tree at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples. The orchid should be in flower through July. More...

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New Play Preview Party will give audiences a look at Theatre Conspiracy finalists

T Every year, Bill Taylor receives hundreds of plays in the mail —submissions from playwrights hoping to win Theatre Conspiracy’s New Play Contest. Every year, Mr. More...

Alliance announces theme for Art Royale 2010

Now in its seventh year, the Alliance for the Arts signature fundraiser, Art Royale, returns with a theme inspired by the natural word and all of its beauty, mystery and power. Art Royale 2010 – IT’S ALL ELEMENTAL is scheduled for Nov. More...

‘Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business’

By Gary Rivlin (Harper Business, $26.99)

It’s no secret that many hardworking Americans are deep in debt, and some are just a paycheck or two from being homeless and on the street. Many dig themselves into a financial hole without even realizing it. More...

Legislators go grumbling back to Tallahassee

Governor calls special session on oil drilling

Some local lawmakers are complaining about having to head back to Tallahassee   More...

Unforgotten Haiti: Local team reports desperation

Members of a local medical mission who took their third mission trip to Haiti can’t shake the experience.   More...

Business News

Truckers get their groove back

ewilliams@floridaweekly.com Cruising along endless miles of interstate, Armando Perez is home some weeks and gone others. He recently hauled flowers to Washington State and returned to Naples with crates of apples. More...

Economic developers launch viral effort to encourage business growth

The Fort Myers Regional Partnership launched a new website, www. BringThem2Lee.com, as an interactive communications tool and companion element to the “Together We Mean Business” campaign.   More...

BUILDING BRIEFS

Home building permits up in June   During June, contractors pulled permits to build 46 single-family houses collectively valued at $9.7 million in unincorporated Lee County. More...

Real Estate News

New townhome building under construction at Paseo

Stock Construction has begun construction on a new building of townhomes at Paseo. The new lakefront building has five units overlooking the community’s largest lake. It is the fourth townhome building currently under construction. More...

Oil fears and flood insurance hurt June sales

In June, 1,341 existing single family homes were sold by members of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach. More...

Florida Realtors kicks off military phone card program

To honor our troops, Florida Realtors is donating money for phone calling cards that the USO will distribute to U.S. active duty troops. The USO has set up a dedicated webpage for credit card donations.   More...