What is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day?

. Daniel Wagner, Naples/ Boston “Love” More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Weathering The Storms of Life

A few years ago, a few members of Estero’s Summit Church began meeting to encourage one another in an effort of effecting emotional, behavioral and spiritual change in their lives. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Estero Election Spotlight: District 1, 4 and 6 Candidates

In this issue, Spotlight shines on Estero Village Council candidates in districts 1, 4 and 6. At press time, districts 1 and 6 each had one candidate running unopposed. In the next issue, we’ll introduce you to candidates in districts 5 and 7. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 05:42 PM

The Gift of Life

For one local Southwest Floridian, one kidney is more than enough.

Tracey Bey-Mohammed’s mentor in the Navy clearly changed her life. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 05:41 PM

Estero Historical Society and Estero Chamber of Commerce Sponsor Essay Contest

The Estero Historical Society and the Estero Chamber of Commerce are coming together to sponsor an Essay Contest for Middle School and High School students living in Estero. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:58 AM

Making a Difference in Ethiopia

Estero — Twenty-six year old Estero raised Carly Gallo describes herself as a, “Humanitarian at heart and an architect by trade.” Since graduating from Florida International University in 2010 she’s followed her strategic plan More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:57 AM

A Brand New Ballgame at Hammond Stadium

Hammond Stadium, in its park-like setting surrounded by open space on Six Mile Cypress, has always been a particularly relaxing place to enjoy Minnesota Twins baseball. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:57 AM

Three More Candidates For Village Council Seats

Estero — Three more candidates declared their candidacy for the upcoming Village of Estero council elections. That makes ten, with several weeks to go before the mid January filing deadline. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

New Horizons Student Wins National Essay Contest

Bonita Springs — Rosalva Cruz Hernandez’s essay on the U. S. Constitution was recently selected as “best” from among approximately 100 entries received from middle school students nationwide. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

League of Women Voters, Making Democracy Work

Their names are etched in history: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Carrie Chapman Catt. They were among the early pioneers in the movement for women’s suffrage. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

An Estero ER: A Brief History of Time

Some kind of emergency care at Coconut Point has long been debated, well before Lee Memorial Health System’s proposal to build a medical village on the 30 acres it owns on Coconut Road. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 12:37 PM

Lee Memorial Plans Major Healthcare Complex On Coconut Road

Estero — Forget baby steps; Estero has been taking leaps. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 12:37 PM

Finally Floating

After several years, Bay Water Boat Club gets its new dock.

A year and a half ago, the Botana family felt like they might never see their dock completed. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 12:37 PM

In Estero’s New Era, Candidates Arise and Decisions Await

Estero — After nearly 100 years of being a part of unincorporated Lee County, Estero is now a city again. Or, more accurately, an incorporated village. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 03:02 AM

Tech-savvy Student Interns Leap To The Rescue

Naples — The Library Electronic Assistance Program, LEAP, at the Collier County Public Library is approved for another year based on its recent success providing patrons with electronic device assistance. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 12:11 PM

Veterans Day Tribute

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 is Veterans Day. Veterans Day has always been a special day for our US service men and women. In 1954 Congress approved Veterans Day, November 11, as a day to honor veterans (both living and deceased) from all wars. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 12:10 PM

Gourmet Cooking For The Busy Executive With Executive Chef Brian Roland

Naples — The zucchini noodle continued to lengthen as Brian Roland proved any vegetable can become spaghetti. Roland, Executive Chef and owner of Crave Culinaire, a Naples chef concierge and event company, specializes in gourmet experiences. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 01:14 PM

McCourt And Conforti Face Off In Bonita Fire Election

Bonita Springs — Four years ago, some candidates vying for seats on the Bonita Springs fire board were engulfed in one of the ugliest campaigns in the city’s history. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 01:14 PM

Going Native at Estero Community Park

Estero – A visitor standing atop the hill at Estero Community Park can now command a splendid view of nearly one hundred new native trees and shrubs planted during a volunteer event in August, the result of community collaboration at its best. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:19 PM

“Super Ghost” Takes Center Stage at Corkscrew This Summer

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary — The “Super Ghost” of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary broke all ghost orchid records July 5 with 15 open blooms from 20 buds, a unique local celebrity. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:18 PM

Abandoned

Fort Myers — A stone’s throw from Fort Myers Beach, under an intensely hot August sun in the back bay, the barnacle encrusted S.S. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:18 PM

Old 41 Revitalization: Storm Drains, Roadwork, Bamboo and More

The City of Bonita Springs is about to embark on big downtown construction projects on and around Old 41. The tab is about $15 million. Storm Water and Road Work More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:18 PM

Clawson Doubledares Obama

Newly minted Rep. Curt Clawson and President Obama may not agree much on policy, but they do share a love of hoops. “Mr. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 12:45 PM

Equestrian Kati Dagge Wins National Championship

Bonita Springs – Olympic dreams are on the horizon for Kati Dagge, 22, of Bonita Springs since she returned from Gladstone, New Jersey with the 2014 National Young Adult Bretina Cup Championship. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 12:45 PM

 

Giving Back

Seeking a Cure, With Kindness

Bonita Springs — “Being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is like being struck by lightning when you’re not even in the rain,” says Bonita Springs resident Madeline Kennedy. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Quilts and Comfort for Wounded Warriors

Estero — Estero snow-bird Patrecia (Pat) Ross is no relation to Betsy Ross, but she and her group of “soldier quilt ladies” are just as dedicated to supporting America’s warriors. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Why Locals Volunteer

Southwest Florida volunteers make wishes come true on a daily basis. And for them, volunteering brings a joy they never imagined. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 05:41 PM

Arts & Entertainment

Realism With A Twist

Bonita Springs — As the Imperial River works its way east, rising and falling with the tide, its Oak Creek tributary meanders under moss-draped oaks, surrounding on three sides the Old Florida-style home and studio of artist Julie Carlson. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Sinatra Songs Set to Dance by Miami City Ballet

Naples — Ole Blue Eyes sang, “I Won’t Dance” but the Miami City Ballet is doing just that. On February 3, it will perform Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs.” More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

CALENDAR

B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples February 3 Tuesday More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Restaurants

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Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

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Posted 1/14/2015 05:42 PM

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Posted 12/31/2014 09:58 AM

Misc

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Posted 5/14/2013 05:01 PM

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Posted 5/14/2013 04:57 PM

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Posted 5/14/2013 04:52 PM

Estero Election Spotlight

District 5 Candidates

When the deadline to qualify for the election of Estero Village Council passed January 16, three candidates had earned a spot on the ballot under District 5. All three are residents of Stoneybrook. Jim Boesch More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Penance for Popularity in Village Elections

In a twist worthy of O. Henry, it appears that some long time Estero leaders will be denied the chance to compete for the fouryear terms on the new Village Council. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Neon Deion Leads Parade of NFL Stars from Dunbar

The troubles of Dunbar, the hardscrabble collection of Fort Myers neighborhoods, are often fodder for mayhem portrayed on the local evening news. Dunbar suffers from illegal drugs, criminal activity and opportunity deficits. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Want a Ride? Grab a Cable at Fort Myers Park

North Fort Myers — You will get wet on this ride. In fact, that’s exactly the idea of cable parks, which started with some brainstorming among German engineers. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Rep. Clawson Sets Environmental Goals

Key Largo — Members of the Everglades Coalition recently heard loud and clear what many in Bonita Springs have known for some time. Rep. Curt Clawson is passionately committed to the conservation of Florida’s environment. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 05:41 PM

Humphries’ Doll Collection Gifted to Historical Society

Bonita Springs — Ann Humphries was a collector. She collected and made dolls and teddy bears and designed patterns for their outfits, embroidered, did needlepoint, created dioramas. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 05:41 PM

Estero Election Spotlight: District 2 and 3 Candidates

Estero — As Estero celebrates a new year and its rebirth as a village, candidates who want to govern this new municipality are gearing up for an election in March. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:58 AM

Wounded But Still Warriors

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team returns to its roots with a game in Bonita Springs.

Sports were the furthest thing from Joshua Wege’s mind. As he lay in his bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he thought about everything he’d lost. He was 19, not even old enough to drink but already a double amputee. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:57 AM

Spotlight Person of the Year, Don Eslick

It’s hardly hyperbole to say that Don Eslick has crammed a lifetime of achievement into fifteen years of “retirement.” And it’s Southwest Florida’s good fortune that he has done it here. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 09:57 AM

Possible Catch-22 In Estero Village Elections

Estero — In the upcoming Estero village elections, several candidates for council seats may be facing a very peculiar “Catch-22.” More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

FDOT Looks To Transform Florida Roadways

Michael Donlan is glad he was wearing a helmet. As usual, he started one Sunday in November on a bike ride along with his wife, Francesca, and two other couples from their neighborhood. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Happehatchee Surrounded By Acres Up For Sale

Estero — Down a palmetto-lined path beneath a dense canopy of foliage from old oaks and palms, the Happehatchee Center is scenically set amidst five alluring acres bordering both sides of the Estero River. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Flea Bargain

At Bonita Institution Deals are a Dime a Dozen

Bonita Springs — There’s very little you can’t find at Flamingo Island Flea Market. The hot pink building, which sits just west of I-75 on Bonita Beach Road, has 600 vendor spaces. By December every single one of them will be full. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 12:37 PM

How Your Estero Neighbors Voted

Estero — Let’s say you are enjoying a meal at one of our local restaurants. Take a quick look to your left, then to your right. Odds are about half the people you see voted for medical marijuana, about half not. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 05:14 PM

Hertz Global Headquarters

The final steel beam was lifted into place at the recent topping out of Hertz Global Headquarters off Williams Road in Estero. The headquarters building is intended to house at least 700 employees upon completion in 2015. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 12:11 PM

Going Organic At Bonita Community Garden

Bonita Springs — A dozen eager gardeners watched, listened and started their own seeds, as Evie Williams provided instruction in community gardening at the Bonita Springs YMCA recently. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 12:10 PM

Bonita Fire Election Pits FitzGerald vs. Murphy

Bonita Springs — Ed FitzGerald, a former deputy chief for the New York City Fire Department and a commissioner for Bonita Springs Fire District for the past 10 years, thought this would be his last term. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 12:10 PM

It’s Only Natural

For One Local Doctor, Health Starts In His Backyard.

It’s fairly normal for new patients at Dr. Anthony Williamitis’ Bonita practice to ask, “Is that medical marijuana you’re selling?” It’s not. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 01:14 PM

Esteroans See Village on the Horizon

Estero — A little more than a decade ago, Estero was having an identity crisis — it didn’t know if it wanted to be a city or something else. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:19 PM

Planning a Real Town Center

Estero — The first phase of Estero’s rapid growth brought a string of beautiful gated communities and world class shopping. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:19 PM

District Task Force to Consider New Bonita Springs High School

In late July, Lee County School District staff presented the school board with data suggesting the district would have insufficient seats for high school students in the South Zone beginning school year 2017-18. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:18 PM

MPO Halts Beach Road Flyover Study

Cape Coral — At a late August meeting, the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) took action, by a 10-4 vote, which will result in termination of the $1 million consultant’s contract for the study of the Bonita Bea More...

Posted 8/27/2014 06:18 PM

Estero Community Leaders Play Coy

Estero — The Estero Citizens Candidate Review Committee, a kind of political cousin of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (the Review Committee is comprised of a broader group), has come out with its endorsements for upcoming Lee County commissi More...

Posted 7/30/2014 12:46 PM

Road Changes to Improve Safety for Beach-Goers

Bonita Springs — Lee County Department of Transportation recently made changes to the pavement markings to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Hickory Boulevard and Forester Drive, which is at the s out he r nmo s t acces More...

Posted 7/30/2014 12:45 PM

Local Airman Serving on Navy’s Newest Ship, America

Bonita Springs resident, Airman Joshua Holladay, is proud to be an American. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 12:45 PM

Business & Real Estate

Cookies and More for Your Canine and Cat

Estero — The sweet aroma of fresh baked cookies wafts through the air. Surprisingly, those fresh baked cookies and treats are for pets, not the two-legged visitors. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Median Sale Prices Continue Move Upward

Median sale prices for single family homes and townhouses and condos in the Bonita Springs/Estero market continue to move upward according to the December numbers released by the Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors (BEAR). More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

BEAR’s New President, Judi Gietzen, Sets Goals for 2015

According to Judi Gietzen, the newly installed President of the Bonita Estero Association of Realtors, BEAR, “The real estate industry is the fiber of America, creating opportunities for many careers…Most importantly, it creates home own More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Commentary

We need a Bonita High School…but Where?

Considering all the issues that really ought to be front and center at City Hall, the latest push by a handful in government for large scale building on environmentally sensitive land out east – the now famous DR/GR – has consumed a dispr More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Good Stewardship of Bonita Springs Growth

Some have suggested that the City of Bonita Springs sponsor a cityinitiated effort to change the zoning in its far northeast corner, in what is called the “DR/GR.” Now, more than ever, that’s not a prudent use of city resources and taxpayer funds. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 05:41 PM

The Really Big Project in Estero

In the near future the doors will open on an architecturally prominent building near Coconut Mall. It promises to burnish the reputation of our area, and bring many good paying jobs. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:34 PM

Community

Florida Tales

Easy Pickings Back in the Day

We would all like to go back in time and catch a glimpse of how life used to be. It was a hard life no doubt, but it was simple compared to today. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:30 PM

VINE YARD SPOTLIGHT

Isn’t All Wine Vegan?

A “Southwest Spotlight” reader recently asked if there are vegan wines. To be honest, I didn’t really believe they existed. I am familiar with bio-dynamic, organic and sustainably farmed wines, but vegan? More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

Our Best Friends

Second-hand Leah Spreads First-rate Love

Leah was just grateful for love. The rescue center found her roaming the streets. She had no history, this little mixed breed dog of 20 pounds that resembled a poodle and a terrier and was a golden, creamy color, similar to retrievers. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM
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