February 15, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Should you spot a Florida panther, the FWC wants to know

With cooler temperatures throughout the Sunshine State, more people are likely to head to the woods to enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. More...

Memorial brick installation ceremony Saturday in Bonita Springs park

The city of Bonita Springs will hold a Memorial Brick installation ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Riverside Park. These bricks will become part of the Veterans Memorial Walkway that surrounds Riverside Park at 10450 Reynolds St.  More...

Finding romance in Punta Cana

Excellence el Carmen offers total adult-only luxury

If a romantic getaway is calling your name this Valentines month, the new Excellence el Carmen, luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana has a suite with your name on it. The newest adults-only property in the Dominican Republic opened Sept. More...

Increased security measures set for Sox Spring Training

All fans entering JetBlue Park at Fenway South for the 2017 Spring Training season will be screened using new metal detectors at all ballpark gates, the Red Sox announced.  More...

Community prayer vigil set for Feb. 23 at school

The Dunbar Neighborhood Watch and Mayor’s Task Force is hosting a community prayer vigil on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Dunbar Community School, 1857 High Street in Fort Myers.  The event starts at 6 p.m. More...

Metro-MacGregor Kiwanis raise nearly $27K for global project

The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club reached its pledge goal of $26,250 to The Eliminate Project. More...

Nominations open for Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida

The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida awards. More...

1930s English cabinets compete with ’50s furniture among collectors

ANTIQUES

Fifties furniture is very popular with vintage collectors today, but some earlier Art Deco designs from the 1930s are not in demand. Look at old movies on television to study some of the stranger pieces. More...

With new blood, Sox looking to October

The 2017 season may be as easy as 1-2-3 for the Boston Red Sox. More...

Red Sox spring security chief marks 25 years on the job

Steve Blessing has been around Boston Red Sox spring training about as long as two of the team’s best players - right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts – have been alive.  More...

Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex, spring home of the Minnesota Twins

Twins FAQ  ¦ Where can fans get tickets or rent a suite? Phone: (800) 33Twins; online: m.mlb.com/ twins/tickets/spring; in person: at the ticket office window, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Rays look for 2008 magic

The Tampa Bay Rays often look up at the rest of baseball.  They finished last in the American League East in 2016.  They finished last in attendance in the majors last year, averaging only 15,878 fans per home game at Tropicana Field in St. More...

15 years later this couple a fixture at the park

Working Minnesota Twins spring training game at CenturyLink Sports Complex is not merely a job for Dick and Linda Mellon.  The Bonita Springs residents have been fixtures at the ballpark for more than 15 years. Mrs. More...

Team broadcasters have seen it all

Joe Castiglione and Dick Bremer have likely seen more Major League Baseball games and been in more big-league stadiums than any fan alive.  More...

Sloppy, Mule, Firpo, Rube or Pinky: Baseball names are iconic

Long before Mookie Betts patrolled right field for the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park, other teams at other Florida spring training parks at other times boasted players with improbable names.  More...

This spring training with be first without legendary Ortiz

A quick glance at statistics tells even casual baseball fans that former Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz is an all-time great slugger.  His 541 career homers ranks 17th alltime, ahead of legends such as Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx and Ernie Banks a More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

Get your feet ready:

BeauSoleil is a comin’ into town

It’s music that makes you want to move. Somehow, even though you’re listening with your ears, Cajun music affects your feet. Your entire body wants to respond. sway to the music, twirl on the dance floor. More...

Hit song helps TobyMac explore richer levels of emotion

TobyMac says one thought he had in mind as he went in to make his latest studio album, “This Is Not A Test,” was to create “soul” music. More...

Not hitting those New Year’s fitness goals? Relax and yoga on

THE DIVA DIARIES

Well, we’re more than halfway through February and it appears that everyone around me is handily making impressive strides with their New Year’s resolutions — especially when it comes to fitness. More...

The night will come alive during 79th Festival of Light Parade

For the 79th year, the main event of the Edison Festival of Light, the Grand Parade of Light, will set downtown Fort Myers ablaze with sparkling floats, marching bands, fireworks and all kinds of pageantry. More...

Downtown Fort Myers hotel developers reveal initial plans

Mainsail Lodging and Development unveiled preliminary plans for the new downtown convention hotel at a city council workshop Feb. 6 at city hall. More...

Lee bar association launches campaign for acts of kindness

Let’s all be kind, says the Lee County Bar Association.  The association timed the introduction of its new grassroots initiative, #KindLee, to lead up to the Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb. 17. More...

Wellfit Girls program expands to Fort Myers, with partners

Wellfit Girls, a five-month leadership, fitness and empowerment program for teen girls, has expanded to Fort Myers in partnership with United Way of Lee County, Fort Myers High School and PACE Lee County.  The mission of Wellfit Girls is to insp More...

Shipley center fundraiser features CNN’s Sanjay Gupta

Shipley Cardiothoracic Surgeons present an opportunity to support clinical education at Lee Health’s Shipley Cardiothoracic Center at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. More...

Bonita Zonta Club seeks nominees for Woman of Year

The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs is accepting nominations for its 2017 Woman of the Year Award, which will be presented at the club’s annual fundraising luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. More...

Lifelong educator chosen as another Ooh La La Legacy Lady

Ellen Nichols, the founder of New Horizons of Southwest Florida and Super Kids Club, is the second Ooh La La Legacy Lady for the 2017 season. More...

With friends like these, who needs, uh, enemas?

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

King Louis XIV may have been known as the Sun King.  But the French monarch had a penchant for putting things where the sun doesn’t shine.  In other words, he liked his enemas.  His court at Versailles set the standards for fashi More...

Getting ready for the boys of summer

Long before the gates open or the crack of the bat and roar of the crowd fills Florida’s spring training ballparks, men and women are at work. More...

JetBlue Park, spring home of the Red Sox

Red Sox FAQ   More...

New blood gives Twins hope

The 2016 Minnesota Twins dug themselves such an impossibly deep hole early in the season they needed Sherpa guides to climb out of it and the Hubble Space Telescope to see first place. More...

Gerry Adams: A Twins spring icon since 1991

Although Gerry Adams now resides in Memphis, she returns to Fort Myers every year around this time to work Minnesota Twins spring training games at CenturyLink Sports Complex.  When it opened in 1991, it was known as the Lee County Sports Comple More...

Charlotte Sports Park, spring home of the Tampa Bay Rays

Rays FAQ  ¦ Where can fans get tickets or rent a suite? Fans can buy tickets at m.mlb.com/rays/tickets/ spring#component-209141180, through Ticketmaster, over the phone at (888) FAN-RAYS or at the box office at the stadium. More...

Grapefruit League promotions

Wacky promotions aren’t typically a part of spring training the way they are during minor-league seasons but big-league teams do schedule extra events during Grapefruit League play. BOSTON RED SOX ¦ Feb. More...

Rays broadcaster has been with the team since day 1

Dewayne Staats knows where his heart rests.  “My heart is a baseball heart,” he once said.  It still applies. More...

Baseball fans don’t understand people who don’t get baseball

Why doesn’t everyone appreciate its magic and majesty, mythology and history, power and grace, drama and timelessness?  Such is the case, though. It’s fruitless explaining baseball to non-fans.  More...

Business News

Gauging tourism

Study shows exceptional revenue from visitors to Florida in 2015, but counties are wary about a slow-down.

When Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism promoter, hired an Oxford Economics company called Tourism Economics to detail the effect of tourists on the Florida economy last year, Donald Trump had not yet taken office as the 45th president More...

Whole Foods was a half-step behind industry changes, and it hurt

MONEY & INVESTING

People are resistant to change. To most, change makes us feel uncomfortable and scared. I think it probably has to do with our instincts learned long ago when man was constantly in a life-or-death struggle with nature.  More...

The E in the new Mercedes E-Class might stand for electronics

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Mercedes is making 2017 a signpost to bring technology to its coddled masses. The new E-Class is a mainstream car that wants to do all of the thinking for you. So the real question is, can you still enjoy driving it?  More...

Real Estate News

Lovely to look at (and live in)

Jenny Provost of K2 Design brings a Marco condo beautifully up to date

Location. Location. Location.  More...

Find your new home this February in Ave Maria

Make plans to visit Ave Maria this month for fun in the winter sun and tour 21 decorated model homes of all size and designs from builders CC Homes, Del Webb and Pulte Homes. More...

Stock featuring 5 models during Parade of Homes at Naples Reserve

Stock Signature Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, is presenting five furnished models during the Collier Building Industry Association’s 2017 Single-Site Parade of Homes this Friday through Sunday and F More...