March 2, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

BMW M4 convertible is all your dream cars rolled into one

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Choose one car to drive for the rest of your life. Chances are this is it. The BMW M4 convertible is a drop-top for the sunny days, a coupe for the wet ones, a luxury commuter and a 425 horsepower sports car. More...

Ad signs in good condition, with great graphics bring top dollar

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

In the 1980s, a series of restaurant chains started decorating with old advertising signs, figures, bottles and boxes to promote the idea of old-time menus and traditional food favorites. More...

Five things you should know about Southwest Florida Reading Festival

EXPLORE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

It’s time to gear up for the 17th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival in downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, March 19. For more information about the free festivities, see readfest.org. More...

Living large

Big-water communities cater to sailors, paddlers, boaters, skiers

Many Southwest Florida residents enjoy a waterfront lifestyle miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. More...

Boats charted course for Southwest Florida development

Their names evoke a long-ago America, a time before planes, helicopters and air-conditioned cars with stereos. There was the Anah C. and the Uneeda, the Dixie, Gladys and the Thomas A. Edison. More...

Take the plunge in Charlotte County’s water-themed eco-adventures

Environmental organizations in Charlotte County offer plenty of eco-adventures and the opportunity to make a splash while learning about the unique ecosystems along Lemon Bay and the back-bay waters between Englewood Beach and the mainland.  More...

Preparation critical for responsible boat owners

In the weeks after hurricanes or other major storms strike, orphaned boats can litter streets, block traffic and interfere with access by emergency vehicles, and sailboat masts snagged in overhead wires can delay the return of much-needed electrical More...

It’s all work, no play for some

Long before most of our morning commutes, some local residents have already put in nearly half a day’s work, pulling nets, pots and lines from the water to inspect the day’s catch. More...

VHF radio check makes boating safer

If you haven’t freed up time to fix the important things on your recreational boat, such as having a fully working VHF radio on board, do it. More...

What springtime boat buyers need to know

With the newest boat-buying season kicked off, springtime customers are on the prowl. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Cooking out of the box

Subscription meal plans the new way to save time, eat well

Have you found yourself falling back on the same five or six meals every week? Are you bored by what’s in your refrigerator and feeling uninspired when it comes time to cook?  More...

Music icon Justin Hayward reflects on a long run with the Moody Blues

Justin Hayward has a featured position in the Moody Blues, as its singer, guitarist and main songwriter. More...

You say tomato, and I say pass the wine, please

THE DIVA DIARIES

It must be that time of year because I start to get a little prickly as we approach the end of snowbird/tourist season.  Now, before any of my Midwestern neighbors start tapping out any angry emails, know that I truly appreciate our visitors fro More...

Power and money

In Florida so far, natural gas has become the most consequential cleaner energy source for the masses.  At FP&L the use of natural gas combined with steam-powered turbines has reduced polluting emissions by 90 percent in 15 years, including More...

Coming or going, the area code stays

Mud, the former program director and talent on Arrow 94.5 FM, still has a phone number with a Southwest Florida 239 area code, even though he moved away 10 years ago.  After spending 10 years at WNRQ in Nashville, the man known as Michael Gross More...

It’s a great time to hit the road for Florida collector events

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

Is this or is this not the best time to be in Florida?  The weather is perfect, the beaches are crowded and the collector events are plentiful.  Feel like travel? More...

Satisfy your sweet tooth without loading up on sugar

Once upon a time, sugar was mostly relegated to desserts. But now, excessive amounts can be found in our everyday foods and beverages, and it’s taking a toll, according to recently published studies. More...

Whatever floats your boat

SW Florida offers range of ways to enjoy water-based recreation

With a father in the U.S. Navy, Scott Qurollo lived someplace with water whenever the family relocated. More...

Test the waters

For practical or personal reasons, live-aboards wouldn’t have it any other way

“If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or another, cherish very nearly the same feelings toward the ocean with me.” — Ishmael, “Moby- Dick” More...

Hassle-free boating

Whatever the economic climate, boat clubs manage to boom

John Crowe and John Giglio run competing businesses that defied every stereotype coming off the assembly line of economic disasters during the Great Recession — their businesses did better, not worse, when times were hard. More...

Ten tips to make boating with children safe, fun

The Sea Tow Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to boating safety and education, offers the following list of 10 tips for boating with kids. More...

Don’t let scammers sink your boat transaction

It’s not uncommon for boat buyers and sellers to get ripped off, says the Boat Owners Association of The United States. More...

Online boating safety course offered for free

For boaters, the best things in life are free — the serenity of open water, a breeze filling a sail or a fishing hole that beckons. More...

Online course teaches boaters weather basics

For boaters, sailors or anglers, knowing the forecast and understanding the weather can mean the difference between smooth, sunny sailing or slogging through uncomfortably rough seas.  More...

Update your marine electronics for safety and fun on the water

Marine electronics are constantly becoming more functional and powerful, yet researching and buying the latest onboard equipment can be frustrating and expensive. More...

Business News

Retirement planning

New myRA plan tries to make things simple

Can you just imagine not having to work anymore? Your time, after a lifetime of labor, is finally yours. If you want to spend the morning kayaking, or barbecuing or shooting 36 holes at the golf course? Go ahead, it’s your time. More...

Investing in emerging markets has risk, but upside worth it

MONEY & INVESTING

Children are expensive, frustrating, time consuming, and carry almost every pathogen known to man, which they are happy to pass along to you.  But the joy of watching your kids grow into adulthood somehow makes it all worthwhile.  More...

Real Estate News

Five model homes capture Pelican Preserve lifestyle

Five model homes from the single family Villa, Grand Villa and Classic home collections – open for viewing in Pelican Preserve’s model home park – are transporting visitors to the active lifestyle offered by WCI Communities’ 5 More...

Minto announces three new large-scale communities solidifying long-term commitment to Florida while growing existing communities

Minto Communities announces plans for three new communities in Florida, expanding the company into new markets, and totaling 17,900 lots and 4.2 million square feet of commercial space. More...

Paseo offers special seasonal incentives: move-in ready home available

Paseo in South Fort Myers is renowned throughout Southwest Florida for its spectacular architecture and amazing lifestyle amenities. More...