Councilman Peter Simmons and Family Decide Not to Seek Another Term

On January 31, 2012 I was honored to be overwhelmingly elected to represent the citizens of Bonita Springs (District 4) on the City Council. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Ferreira to Seek District 1 Seat

Meet The Candidate

I am announcing my intention to be a candidate for election to the office of City Councilman, City of Bonita Springs, District 1. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Enhancing Public Participation in Estero

We have often been told by our fellow elected officials to expect that the public is going to be either absent at our meetings or protesting as an angry mob. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:17 PM

2016 Bonita City Council Elections

Bonita Springs City Council elections are scheduled for early 2016. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:16 PM

Fred Partin Looks Down The Decades At BSU

Longtime Bonita Springs Utilities executive director Fred Partin is wrapping up a career of more than three decades with the utility, which serves Bonita and large portions of Estero. By most any standard, he has seen change – and plenty of it. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:16 PM

Renowned Physician Says Plant Based Diet Can Prevent Heart Disease

The larger-than-life angiograms told the story. The patient’s cardiovascular disease was reversed. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 08:49 AM

Catchin’ Crabs And Then Some

Fishing Fleet Continues To Thrive Alongside The Yachts

Naples — There are a lot of luxury yachts, party cruisers and speedboats moored in the docks around Tin City. But if you look closely, you can see a few trusty and true fishing boats passing in and out of Naples Bay. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 08:49 AM

A Cabinet For The Old Kitchen Water Pump

Recently, the Estero Historical Society received a donation of an antique water pump which was donated by the late Harry Boyle and his wife, Joyce. Dr. Kenneth Wisen set out to make a cabinet for it. Here is his description of the cabinet. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 12:34 PM

All The Right Steps

Irish Dance Is Alive in Southwest Florida Thanks To Tir Na Nog Academy of Irish Dance

Few things are quite as adorable as a troop of tiny girls dancing a perfect reel jig. But behind that row of bouncing curls and flouncing skirts are hours of practice and a patient motherdaughter duo of teachers. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 12:34 PM

Estero Candidates Profiles

District 1, 4 and 6 Candidates: More...

Posted 2/25/2015 10:59 AM

Dog Days in Winter at Bonita Springs Bark-N-Play Park

Excitement rippled through the crisp, damp air as the dark clouds broke and the rain stopped for the Saturday morning opening of the new Bark-N-Play dog park in Bonita Springs on East Terry. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:44 PM

I Like Mine Poached

When Brandy Lostracco and Ken Vandereecken, owners of the popular, Toast of Naples and Toast of Bonita Springs restaurants, received a ceaseand desist order from Toast of Chicago in November, they were shocked. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:44 PM

A Simple Question, Not So Simple Answer

Where do you live? It’s a simple question with a not-sosimple answer for some residents of the village of Estero. Some of them live within the 33967 ZIP code and their post office designation is Fort Myers. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 02:30 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 02:29 PM

What is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day?

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

Posted 1/28/2015 02:29 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 02:29 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 06:42 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 06:41 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 10:58 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 10:57 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 10:57 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 02:35 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 02:35 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 02:35 PM

 

Giving Back

A New Scoreboard For The Tennis Team

Bonita Springs — Sometimes tennis is just not enough. Maggie Otero read about YMCA READS and like the Pied Piper, she led members from her tennis team to Bonita Springs Elementary School. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Building Bridges In The Community

On March 9th, students at Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts presented a big thank you. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:16 PM

Avow Hospice Offers Comfort, Care and Understanding

While other people go to parties to meet friends, 93 year-old George Merritt visits hospitals to make friends. Like many others bringing comfort and peace to individuals nearing the end of life, Merritt is a volunteer with Avow Hospice in Naples. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 08:49 AM

Arts & Entertainment

More Than A Messy Purse At The Sugden

Naples — Laughter echoed through the full house at the intimate Tobye Studio at Sugden Community Theatre in downtown Naples for the April 1 opening of “Love, Loss & What I Wore,” a play by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

Kevin Sharpe, A Musical Life

The audience at the April 25th Bonita Springs Center for the Arts piano concert featuring the internationally renowned pianist and educator Dr. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

Showtime

Artis–Naples Apr. 14 – Apr. 18 The Music of Elton John and More Apr. 18 Magic Carpet —Strings More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Restaurants

RESTAURANT GUIDE

A Table Apart More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT

Heartcrafted In The Napa Valley

Founded in 2006, Ca’ Momi Napa Valley is the heart’s offering of three Italians: Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:17 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

A Table Apart More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:17 PM

Misc

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Posted 5/14/2013 05:52 PM

America’s Winter Market Garden, Right Next Door

Agriculture is big business here. The heart of that business is just a short drive, but a world away, from the beaches of Naples and Bonita Springs. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Non-stop Flights To San Juan Start May 3rd

Additional Destinations On The Radar

Ricardo Rolon has been living in Southwest Florida for 11 years and flying at least once a year to San Juan, Puerto Rico. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Peter O’Flinn, Sr. Announces City Council Run

Meet The Candidate

I am today declaring my intention to run for Bonita Springs City Council in District 4. The district includes Bonita Bay, Cedar Creek, Highland Woods and the area east of Old 41 in the general vicinity of the Bonita Golf and Country Club property. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Preserving The Old Stories

At the Estero Historical Society, we take pride in our town’s history. As we grow and continue to discover the pioneering families, we are committed to preserving the history of Estero. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:17 PM

All Miked Up

Bill Banfield has a megaphone, and he’s using it for good.

Every now and then, when a new client walks into investment advisor Bill Banfield’s office, they stop and say, “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” It’s not that they know Banfield personally. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:16 PM

Fred Forbes Announces Run for District 6 Council Seat

I am excited to announce my intention to run for Bonita Springs City Council, District 6, where Bill Lonkart, the incumbent, is term limited. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:16 PM

Steers, Hogs and Midway Rides At County Fairs This Season

The first time Caleb Snell, 11, took care of a hog for a year and then sold it at the Collier County Fair Livestock Auction “he was a little upset, a little teary,” said his mom, Angela Snell, the leader of the Bonita Springs County Line 4-H club. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 08:49 AM

Headed To Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Now Looking For Community Support

Naples — Noah Evans, 11th grader and member of the Gulf Coast High School Band, remembers the moment last Spring when he heard the news. “It was the most thrilling feeling I’ve ever experienced. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 08:49 AM

Estero Village Councilmembers Take First Steps

Estero — “My first two words of wisdom to the new council members would be ‘Don’t panic,’” said Jim Boesch, newly elected village council member representing District 5. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 08:49 AM

She Sells Sea Shells Down by the Seashore

Sanibel Shell Festival Caters to Collectors and the Curious

It’s not just a children’s nursery rhyme. For shell collectors, it’s shell heaven. Young and old will be selling shells, competing for prizes on shell art and teaching visitors all about live shells or mollusks. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 12:34 PM

With Big-box Retailer on Horizon, Neighbors Adjust

Estero — According to neighbors, any surprises brought about by the long-discussed Estero Walmart under construction at U.S. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 12:34 PM

Estero Election Spotlight

District 7 Candidates

Jim Wilson and Walter Zalisko, profiled below, will vie for the Estero Village Council seat representing the easternmost district, number 7. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:45 PM

Wind in Their Sails

Kiteboarders Find Big Thrills On Southwest Florida’s Beaches

Naples — On a blustery and cold (for Florida) day, the Naples Beach entryways are mostly deserted. A few tourists shuffle glumly by, determined to enjoy their beach getaway despite the unrelenting winds. There’s not a local in sight. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:44 PM

Emergency on the Links

Southwest Florida boasts one of the largest concentrations of golf courses in the country, and on any given day, thousands of local golfers enjoy their favorite sport and pastime. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:44 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 02:29 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 02:29 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 02:29 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 06:41 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 06:41 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 10:58 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 10:57 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 10:57 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 02:35 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 02:35 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 02:35 PM

Business & Real Estate

A Growing Market For Mermaid Tails And Sparkle Sunscreen

The Promenade at Bonita Bay, well-known for shops featuring upscale home accessories, art, and clothing for men and women, is now serving the fashion needs of the younger generation— from the cradle through middle school. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Going Local At The Local

Business Beat

Naples — It’s often said there is a lot to a name. That certainly is the case with one area restaurant. The Local, a Naples eatery on Pine Ridge Road just west of Airport Pulling, specializes in locally sourced ingredients. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

MyxnScents, an Idea That Makes Sense

Naples — For all the fortunes that have been made with fragrances, consumer choices are invariably standardized. That’s true from Chanel No. 5 to Cacharel, from L’Oreal to Old Spice. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 12:16 PM

Commentary

Estero Village’s Bounty of Participation

Editorial

After nearly a month of trudging through the mundane, on April 10 the Estero Village council arrived at the sublime. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Consider The Michigan Left Turn

The traffic technique known to many as the “Michigan Left” is thought to have been developed by the chief engineer at General Motors who designed the US freeway system under President Eisenhower. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Wonder Gardens An Important Anchor For Downtown

Letter to the Editor

I just wanted to thank the City of Bonita Springs for supporting a loan to the Everglades Wonder Gardens. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:03 PM

Community

Tarpon Bay Restaurant’s Jazz Brunch Hits All The Right Notes

Lingering over coffee and pastries during a Sunday brunch is truly one of life’s great joys. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

Collier Seminole State Park

Driving east on US 41 is favorite pastime for me just because of the visual quietness of it all. It is not unlike me to load up the Dill, the fearless Min Pin, to see where the road will take us. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

The Unexamined Golf Game

Socrates said “An unexamined life isn’t worth living” and with a touch of wisdom let’s apply it to your golf game. An unexamined golf game isn’t worth playing. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

You're in the Spotlight

You're in the Spotlight

Southwest Florida Social Bridge Group Supports Wounded Warriors Project

Ninety-six ladies from Bonita Bay, Copperleaf, Lighthouse Bay, Pelican Landing, Spring Run, Shadow Wood and Worthington enjoy a friendly Bridge game and lunch. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Balloons Over Paradise

Harry and Leslie Durling took the Spotlight to the Balloons Over Paradise Festival in Immokalee. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Visits San Juan

Jian Noel took the Spotlight on vacation to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Here they are near the entrance of Castillo San Felipe Del Morro, San Juan National Historic Site. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 01:04 PM
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