March 1, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Lee VCB wins four international marketing awards

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau received several Adrian Awards presented by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International during its awards gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on Feb. 21.  More...

Columbus ship replicas Nina and Pinta coming to Fort Myers

The Nina and the Pinta — replicas of two of Christopher Columbus’ Atlantic crossing ships — will be in Fort Myers March 15-19 at Pinchers Restaurant, Ford Edison Marina, 2360 West 1st St.  More...

Babcock Ranch establishes state-of-the-art communications network

CenturyLink Inc. and Kitson & Partners announced they will provide one of the fastest residential internet speeds available in the U.S. to residents of the new, solar-powered town of Babcock Ranch, now under construction in Southwest Florida. More...

Apply now for Bonita chamber’s scholarship

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced that scholarship applications are now open for the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Ralph A. Richardson Fund. Students can apply for this scholarship until 5 p.m. More...

Air passenger traffic dips compared to a year ago

During January, 892,905 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to January 2016.  The traffic leader in January was Southwest with 193,959 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myer More...

Babcock Ranch celebrates Founder’s Festival March 11 and 12

Kitson & Partners is holding a Founder’s Festival on Saturday, March 11, from 10:30 a.m. More...

Jeep, Popeye’s pet, a rare collectible dating to the 1930s

What’s a “jeep”? To a car collector or soldier, it is a special kind of vehicle that can travel over all sorts of rough terrain. More...

Florida Boat Shows

Bonita Springs Boat Show – March 2-5 Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track, Bonita Springs  Dania Marine Flea Market – March 9-12 Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale Beach  Tampa Bay Boat Show – March 10-12 Tropicana Field, St. More...

So you want to be a charter captain

A Charter Captain or Boat License is required to carry paying customers (where a fee is paid directly or indirectly) for the purpose of taking, attempting to take, or possessing saltwater fish or organisms.  More...

Regal 29 OBX named Boating magazine’s Boat of the Year

The Regal 29 OBX outboard powered bowrider is Boating magazine’s 2016 Boat of the Year, besting more than 100 2016-model-year boats and four finalists for the prize. More...

Ten tips to get the right boat loan

How do you get the right boat loan for your new or previously owned dream boat? Here are 10 tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States just in time for the winter buying season. More...

Do I need boat insurance?

You’re probably not required by law to carry boat insurance, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need it.  More...

The Super Boat International 2017 SBI Offshore Racing Schedule

Cocoa Beach, FL – May 19-21  Mentor, OH – July 21-23  Michigan City, FN – Aug. 4-6  Clearwater, FL – Sept. 29-Oct. 1  Key West, FL – Nov. 5-12 ¦   More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

The Lavender Scare

Gay rights documentary to play at Fort Myers Film Festival

JOSH HOWARD THOUGHT HE KNEW HIS history, but was stunned when he read David Johnson’s book, “The Lavender Scare.” More...

Funk Fest 8 rocks into Punta Gorda

Bring on da noise! Bring on da funk! Bring on Punta Gorda’s favorite festival to get down and shake, rattle and roll. More...

When the waves and waves come for waves

THE DIVA DIARIES

They come in waves.  Northerners, that is.  More...

Numbers of panthers, manatees up, encouraging news for Florida

The number of Florida panthers in South Florida and manatees in state waters increased in recent counts, encouraging news for conservationists, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reports. The U.S. More...

Dr. Elaine Marieb donates $10 million to FGCU health professions

Renowned textbook author, educator and philanthropist Elaine Nicpon Marieb has pledged $10 million to Florida Gulf Coast University’s College of Health Professions and Social Work. More...

Gala to benefit children’s behavioral health care

Southwest Florida sees many galas, but how many feature face painting? More...

Developer buys major tract at University Highland in Estero

NM Development Group, a full-service real estate development and advisory firm based in Naples, has successfully managed the third of three phased closings with Pulte Home Corp. More...

‘Ding’ to host private dinner lecture with historian Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley, one of America’s most renowned contemporary historians, returns to Sanibel Island for a private dinner and lecture in his honor and in honor of the National Wildlife Refuge System’s anniversary on March 14 at the “ More...

United Way Report shows working families continue to struggle in Florida

During the United Way Capital Days, United Way of Florida released the findings of the updated United Way ALICE Report. More...

LeeSar expanding to better serve the community

LeeSar is set to begin vertical construction of one of the largest building projects to hit Lee County this year. More...

I’ll raise a glass to this beautiful bit of history

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

The 19th and early 20th centuries were the golden age of fraternal organizations in America. At one time, everyone knew someone who belonged to a spiritually based group like the Masons and the Eastern Star. More...

The water school

SW Florida’s team of boating and fishing experts

They have four sets of eyes. As professionals, they come with a combined 120 years of close observation and experience. More...

Life on the water

SW Florida offers many ways to enjoy water-based recreation

The boating lifestyle in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties is one for people who are passionate about varied water-based interests — fishing, diving, paddling, waterfront dining, nature photography and more. More...

Florida Boating regulations

Vessel registration ¦ All vessels, with the exception of non-motor-powered vessels less than 16 feet in length, non-motor-powered canoes, kayaks, racing shells or rowing sculls, regardless of length, must be registered through your local Tax Collect More...

A boater’s guide to food and drink on area waters

Whether it’s a cheeseburger in paradise at Cabbage Key, a grouper sandwich at Gramma Dot’s or Chef Todd’s meatloaf at Rumrunners, somehow it all tastes better if you’ve traveled there by boat. More...

Where to find a boat

This is the fun part — looking at different boats to find one that fits your needs and your budget. With the advent of the Internet, it’s much easier to research and narrow down some possibilities before you actually jump in your car. 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...

Business News

After-hour pet problems

Local clinics are handling an increasing number of sick and injured dogs and cats

It’s the middle of the night and your boxer can’t stop vomiting. Who you gonna call?  An after-hours vet. More...

McDonald’s hopes to maintain profits by discounting soft drinks

MONEY & INVESTING

My wife and I are pretty much in synch in most ways but we disagree on really stupid things. More...

Florida real estate markets remain hot

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and more new listings in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. More...

Real Estate News

Lee housing looked bright in January

This year started off with a lot of positives for the Lee County housing market. Closed sales, pending sales and sale price were all up in January. More...

Stock & Homes by Towne showcasing Babcock Ranch models during CDBIA Parade of Homes

Kitson & Partners announced that furnished models by Homes by Towne and Stock Development are being showcased in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch during the Charlotte-DeSoto BIA’s Parade of Homes March 4th through March 12th.&n More...

The Rainer by Holiday Builders wins eight CCCIA Builders Showcase Awards

Holiday Builders is proud to announce The Rainer wins eight Cape Coral Construction Industry (CCCIA) Builders Showcase Awards including Category 1 Best Overall. More...