June 3, 2015 RSS feed / Top News

Prepare an all-hazards supply kit

Having a basic survival kit ready to sustain yourself and your family after an emergency is an essential part of preparation.  Think first about basic survival needs: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. More...

Storm action timeline

Early summer  ¦ Develop your storm plan.  ¦ Stock your hurricane supply kit.  ¦ Create a checklist of items you will want to take with you if you have to leave. More...

Agencies and organizations offer emergency help

Hindsight is always a dishonest voice for the present. Storms on the west coast have been few since Hurricane Wilma during the 2005 season — the last major hurricane to affect the Fort Myers area. More...

Roof repair tips

While waiting for licensed contractors, there are temporary remedies for leaks. Before climbing onto the roof, know this: It is easy to slip, particularly on wet tile, and there is danger from tree branches, power lines and ladders.  More...

Caregivers need to have a special plan in place

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association encourages families and caregivers of persons living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia to make a plan for hurricane season.  More...

Portable generator safety tips

¦ Follow the instructions that come with your generator.  ¦ Never run generators indoors, including garages and sheds.  ¦ Locate the unit outdoors and far from doors, windows and vents.   More...

The costliest storms in U.S. history

Name (State) Year Category Damage 1 Katrina (Fl, La, Ms) 2005 3 $108,000,000,000 2 Sandy (N.J., N.Y.) 2012 1 $ 50,000,000,000 3 Ike (Tx, La) 2008 2 $ 29,520,000,000 More...

Storm debris cleanup

Hurricanes can leave Southwest Florida with millions of tons of debris, including normal household garbage, household chemical waste, appliances, construction/demolition and yard debris. More...

Storm gadgets chill off hot air, frustration

Hurricanes can create hot air in other places than inside the home. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

‘The Underpants’

Laboratory Theater stages wild and crazy Steve Martin adaptation

”Never underestimate the power of a glimpse of lingerie.”  — Theo in “The Underpants”   Life changes drastically for Louise after she accidentally drops her bloomers in public.  More...

Arts for ACT to feature Winter White Party theme

The Arts for ACT “Winter White Party” will be held in the downtown Fort Myers’ River District at the Harborside Event Center from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. More...

Here’s to tequila and the summer of getting back into a size 12

THE DIVA DIARIES

As I wait oh, so patiently for “curvy” to be “in,” the great weight loss of summer 2015 continues.  More...

Barbara’s Friends, fighting for children with cancer for 20 years

After experiencing the anguish of losing their youngest child Barbara to cancer, Fort Myers retirees Frank and Betty Haskell hoped to raise about $100,000 in her name. More...

Meteorologists predict below-average 2015 Atlantic hurricane season

Colorado State University researchers are predicting a well below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin in 2015, citing the likely development of a moderate to strong El Niño event as well as anomalous cooling of the tropical and sub-tropic More...

Trust live, local radar to keep you safe this hurricane season

Every year around this time you see news articles and commercials about the upcoming hurricane season. Sometimes it seems like a bit much, doesn’t it? But it’s not rocket science and it’s really nothing new. More...

Storm-surge threat

Coastal waters can rise anywhere from 4 to 25 feet during a storm — a phenomenon called storm surge. The map below illustrates a worst-case flooding scenario. More...

Local shelter issues, transportation

Public shelter space  A substantial shelter space deficit exists throughout Southwest Florida. If you have a safe place to go, plan to use that location instead of a public shelter. If you have no safe place to go, shelters will be open. More...

Make sure your storm plan includes family pets

When formulating a hurricane plan, make sure it includes all members of the family, including pets.  After so many animals were abandoned following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Hurricane Charley in Southwest Florida, disaster preparednes More...

Important Information for manufactured and mobile-home residents

Safety is the most important part of storm preparedness. More...

Preparing your boat for a hurricane

The key to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe weather is planning, preparation and timely action. The following precautions and checklists are meant as guidelines only.  More...

Recovery after the storm

After major storms, lives can change drastically and disasters affect everyone to some extent. Relief supplies and other aid will be arriving as quickly as possible, but it may take several days. Try to remain calm, patient and understanding. More...

Business News

Paving it forward

FOR HOMEBUYERS, FOR BUSINESS INVEStors and commercial property owners and for people merely trying to get to or from the beach, the story of Southwest Florida could be told almost entirely in the language of roads.  More...

Higher interest rates might be right around the corner

MONEY & INVESTING

I am thinking of starting a new company and would like your feedback on my business plan if you have a minute. I will ask customers to give me $100 today. In exchange, I will sign a contact promising to pay them $99 a year from now. More...

Bailey’s Marketplace expands on Sanibel Island

After more than 115 years of serving residents and visitors on Sanibel Island, Bailey’s General Store expanded its presence with the addition of a new location. More...

Real Estate News

What $2 million will buy in SWFL

10100 Bump Court, Port Charlotte   On a quiet cul-de-sac in South Gulf Cove is a structure known as “The Castle,” and it’s no secret why. More...

House Hunting:

13516 Tripoli Court, Estero

Enjoy a stunning lake-and-preserve view from the privacy of your lanai in this gorgeous Tivoli model in the Preserve at Corkscrew.  More...