November 23, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point opens $7.1 million waterpark

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, opened its $7.1 million waterpark with slides and a lazy river on Nov. 18. More...

FWC OKS hogfish changes, other measures at meeting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved several conservation measures that are consistent with federal rules and set a new state management boundary for hogfish at its November meeting in St. Petersburg. More...

Hodges University named to Military Friendly Schools list

Hodges University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. In its eighth year, Military Friendly Schools is a comprehensive resource for veterans today. More...

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South helps survivors a world away

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South recently raised $1,236 from members to benefit ShelterBox, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disaster and humanitarian crises around the globe.  More...

Quality Life Center fundraiser brings in over $178,000

Quality Life Center’s 26th annual fundraising gala raised over $179,000 in donations and pledges to support at-risk youth in Lee County. More...

Postal Service set to deliver 750 million holiday packages

The U.S. Postal Service announced it is ready to deliver a lot of cheer — in the form of roughly 16 billion cards, letters and packages — this holiday season. More...

Wildcat Run golf club raises $13,500 for girls’ golf program

Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club in Estero raised $13,500 to benefit the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program at the first LPGA Girls Golf charity event. The sold-out scramble-style tournament paired Wildcat Run members with LPGA golf professionals.  More...

Platter sets the scene for a look to the past

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

When my parents added a bedroom to our house in Fort Myers after my brother was born, I remember that the room had navy blue drapes.  It also had a built-in shadowbox to fill the void that once had been a window.  More...

FWC collects evidence of female panther north of Caloosahatchee River

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Panther Team has collected strong evidence a female Florida panther has finally crossed the Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida.  Currently, the only known breeding population of panthe More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

It’s a most wonderful time of the year — for MOVIES

AH, THE HOLIDAY SEASON. RUDOLPH, Frosty, Hannukah candles and Oscar contenders filling movie theaters in what is always the best movie-going time of year. Here’s a look at what’s coming to theaters between now and the start of 2017. More...

‘White Christmas’ to deliver nostalgia, iconic music

If you want to hear some great music while indulging your need to get in a holiday mood, Broadway Palm has just the thing this season: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” Based on the 1954 movie of the same name, it contains the same More...

Having a party to sell something? I’ll be there, in my unicorn leggings

THE DIVA DIARIES

Managing my calendar these days has proven to be a challenge of epic proportions.  More...

Newcomers

SWFL INSIDER

A wickedly great taste of the Cape Apple pie, blueberry and strawberry rum, or as Wicked Dolphin Distillery calls it, “rumshine” (their inventive take on moonshine), is available in none other than Cape Coral. More...

DINE LIKE A PRO

Check out the restaurants where the chefs go

So you want to find a great place for a breakfast binge on biscuits and gravy. Or a sweet spot for lunch at the beach. Or perhaps you need the quintessential romantic dinner venue to woo that special someone. Where do you find a reliable source? More...

EXPERIENCE SWFL FIVE WAYS

Paddle through paradise More...

Champions of Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve recall fight of 50 years ago

The Estero Bay seen from kayaks or planes, the place where people fish and sail or merely revel in sunsets, was nearly ruined decades ago.  Instead, hard work, grassroots organizing and relentless dedication prevented the bay from becoming a mon More...

Free LeeTran downtown trolley expands, connects with NFM

The seasonal LeeTran River District Trolley service has an expanded presence this year. For the first time, the popular service will connect with North Fort Myers. The trolley is a free service with a route through historic downtown Fort Myers. More...

Sanibel ferries of the 1950s a highlight of museum Luminary event

During the 1950s, Christmas vacationers flocked to Sanibel Island with visions of sugar plums, warm beaches and sand dollars dancing in their heads. This year’s Luminary event at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, from 3:30 p.m. More...

Historic Babcock Ranch Preserve now in operation, open to public

Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County has become the largest state-owned working cattle ranch to be managed by a private cattle company while expanding public recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, horseback riding and ranch tours More...

Small Business Saturday expo set for Lee Civic Center Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday comes between Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and Cyber Monday, the Monday after the holiday weekend.  On Saturday, Nov. More...

Babcock Neighborhood School takes applications for 2017-2018

The Babcock Neighborhood School that will open next fall in the town of Babcock Ranch is accepting K-8 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. More...

Veterans invited to apply for entrepreneurship program

Southwest Florida veterans can apply now at www.veteransflorida.org for the second installment of the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program. The deadline is Dec. 14 for all veterans interested participating in the free program. More...

26th annual water conference topic is cooperation among agencies

The steering committee of the Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference has announced the lineup of speakers for this year’s conference, to be held at Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom, on Jan. 13.  More...

Butterflies represent a free spirit and inspire collectible jewelry

ANTIQUES

Colorful butterflies are admired and are the inspiration for expensive, valuable jewelry. But many people are annoyed or even afraid of “bugs,” and few would want a caterpillar pin or bracelet. More...

Business News

Essential oils a booming business

Southwest Floridians join billion-dollar oils enterprise, as sales of natural properties climb.

“Let’s be clear about one thing,” says Cape Coral resident Jim McAbee. “Aromatherapy and essential oils are not the same.” More...

Skyrocketing bond yields just the first reaction to Trump presidency

MONEY & INVESTING

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. For years, bond investors have been scrutinizing every Federal Reserve speech, announcement and disclosure to predict when the Central Bank would move on raising short-term rates. More...

2017 Nissan Titan Pro-4X: Diesel does it better

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Fifty thousand dollars for a truck?! More...

Real Estate News

Castle Harbour Homes joins builders at Babcock Ranch

Master developer Kitson & Partners announced that Fort Myers-based Castle Harbour Homes has joined the group of participating builders in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch.  More...

World’s Fair house comes on market in Palm Beach

The 1939 World’s Fair remains the stuff of legends. Billed as “Building the World of Tomorrow,” the fair ran through 1940 and drew 44 million people. More...

Allure’s prime waterfront location in the Historic

River District of Fort Myers delivers a spectacular experience on both sides of your door

The enviable address of ALLURE, the new, luxury 32-story condominium to be developed on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in the Historic Downtown Fort Myers River District, puts residents in the middle of all that is delightful about this newly- More...