Mine Denial Sparks Lawsuit

Estero — Phil Douglas, environmental director for the Estero Council of Community Leaders, said this month that a legal challenge to Lee County’s rejection of a mine south of Corkscrew Road could mean the end of the Lee County Comprehensive Plan. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

Grace Classical Academy To Open in September

Bonita Springs — Grace Classical Academy, a non-denominational Christian school grades kindergarten through eighth with a classical education curriculum that includes Latin and Ancient Greek instruction, opens in Bonita Springs September 2014. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

New Traffic Light Approved on US 41

Bonita Springs — A long lobbied for traffic light on U.S. 41 is going to become a reality. The traffic light will be at the intersection by the Riverview office complex, located just south of Bonita Bay on US 41. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Task Force Hears From Stormwater ‘Godfather’

Bonita Springs — The man called the Godfather of Stormwater Management – at least in his email address – says the state of Florida knows very well that its current rules for stormwater management don’t always achieve the desir More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Weir Work Means More Water in Estero River

Estero — Water doesn’t flow uphill, but a project slated for this summer will make it flow north instead of south. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Hertz Dream Cars’ Habitat Gets Thumbs-Up

Estero — The Estero Design Review Committee gave a big thumbs-up to Hertz’s plans for a 5,000 square foot leasing and sales office on the company’s 34.5-acre headquarters site May 21. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Mine Consultants Visit Water Task Force

Bonita Springs — The owners of the Bonita Grande mine see that 1,268-acre property as a potential housing development, a move that would require substantial changes to current zoning. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:40 PM

Bonita and Estero Now Figuring Fingers

The Bonita Springs city council continued taking steps toward annexation in the Pelican Landing area at its late May meeting. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:40 PM

THE FLYOVER STUDY

Council and Mayor Butt Heads

Bonita Springs — Members of the Bonita Springs city council questioned Mayor Ben Nelson and Councilman Steve McIntosh about the ongoing flyover study of Bonita Beach Road and US 41 on May 21, including whether they violated the city charter by not ad More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:40 PM

“Paulie” Is Still Alive

Fort Myers Beach — Fans of The Godfather will recall the famous lines, “Leave the gun. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

Bonita Trail Walks Into National Security Concerns

Bonita Springs — Bonita Springs officials will continue to pursue building Cullum’s Trail under Interstate 75. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

951 Off the Map, But On the Radar

Over 20 years ago Lee and Collier County agreed there were too few north-south roads in southwest Florida. What was needed, county commissioners on both sides of the line agreed, was another major road east of Interstate 75. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

More Bonita Backlash on Flyover Study

Bonita Springs — Councilman Peter Simmons became the latest to weigh in against the ongoing state study of the Bonita Beach Road/US 41 intersection, which includes consideration of an overpass, or flyover. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

Estero Planners Look to Beat the Clock on Comp Plan

Estero — The race is on to adopt finishing touches to the plan that will govern growth and development when the anticipated Village of Estero opens its doors next year. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:45 PM

With Coconut Hospital Blocked, Lee Memorial Shifts Plans

Estero — Lee Memorial Health System has abandoned its effort to build a hospital near the Estero/ Bonita Springs border. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:45 PM

City Plans to Develop Bamboo Property on Old 41

Bonita Springs—Some say timing is everything, and Mayor Ben Nelson says it’s perfect for the city to solicit proposals for Bamboo Village. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:45 PM

Estero Looking for the Next Hertz

Estero — If a group of Estero volunteers and commercial property owners have their way, Hertz will not be the last corporate heavyweight to call the area home. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 03:15 PM

Hyatt Opts into Bonita, More Hi-Rises on the Way

The City of Bonita Springs landed the big fish when The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point agreed to be annexed in, just in time to beat an April 1 legislative cutoff of the city’s forays into the future Village of Estero. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 03:14 PM

It’s Back: Overpass Hovers over US 41 at Beach Road Again

Bonita Springs — Bonita Springs City Council doesn’t want it, but the Flyover Study that includes consideration of an overpass at the U.S. 41/ Bonita Beach Road intersection is back. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 03:14 PM

ECCL Ramping Up for Estero Village Vote

Estero — Those folks who pushed for a referendum on incorporation for Estero are now pushing to get incorporation approved by the voters. More...

Posted 3/12/2014 01:44 PM

Bonita’s Latest Catch: Weeks Fish Camp

For more than 70 years the family of Draine and Mamie Weeks lived and worked in the little fishing hamlet they once called Coconut and which became known locally as Weeks Fish Camp. More...

Posted 3/12/2014 01:44 PM

Inside Clawson’s Three Point Shot

Bonita Springs — Recent meet and greets for Congressional District 19 hopeful Curt Clawson at Worthington Country Club and Bonita Bay’s Estero Park were filled with talk of Obamacare, defi- cits, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, immigration More...

Posted 2/26/2014 03:57 PM

Business Beat

Gatsby’s Welcomes Buckeye Fans and Pizza Lovers

Bonita Springs — At Gatsby’s Pizza 110 pieces of pepperoni, imported from Ohio and arranged in a rose design on the pizza is a trademark for owners Jackie and Greg Chapin, a tradition started by Greg in Gahanna, Ohio in 1976 whe More...

Posted 2/26/2014 03:57 PM

 

Giving Back

Changing Lives Through Therapeutic Riding

Naples — Davis Vertin, 17, walked slowly beside the young man and his horse. Vertin was responsible for the safety of both the rider and the horse. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Hope and Help for Those with Blood Cancers

Blood cancer, most commonly known as leukemia and lymphoma, is among our most mysterious and deadly diseases, with no known cause, no diagnostic techniques for early detection, no warning, and symptoms that often delay diagnosis until other more comm More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Angels Undercover Provide Clothing Necessities to Local Schoolchildren

Naples — In 2010, when Naples resident Jackie Bennett and her friends realized that three out of five Collier County school children lacked even the basic necessities of socks and undergarments, they decided to change that—one child at a time. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

Arts & Entertainment

Beth Sistrunk Chases Beauty with Art

Naples — Step into Beth Sistrunk’s fine art studio on Shirley Street in North Naples and be enveloped by beauty and serenity with art from a palette of soft colors and earth tones. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

CALENDAR

B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples July 4 Friday More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

Photo Exhibit Captures Florida’s Past and Present

Fort Myers — Southwest Florida has seen plenty of change in the last 20 years and even more since 1904. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Restaurants

RESTAURANT GUIDE

Anthony’s Trattoria More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

VINE YARD SPOTLIGHT

Wine Made With Passion

The one you like best. I used to believe that was the only answer when people ask: Which wine should I drink? That was before I knew the story of New Zealand winemaker Jules Taylor. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

Buffalo Chips More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Council Votes Against Flyover Study, Again

Bonita Springs--–The Bonita Springs City Council voted 5­2 on July 2 to ask that a study of the Bonita Beach Road and U.S. 41 intersection – a study that includes the possibility of a flyover ­ be halted. Again. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 09:41 AM

MPO Opts for Future Infill, Not Sprawl

Cape Coral — Lee County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization will plan transportation with an eye toward more infill development along existing transportation corridors, more transit and less reliance on the automobile. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

28 Days in Ghana

FGCU — When Naples resident Jami Mercer, a 27 year-old FGCU Environmental Sciences major, joins eleven other handpicked students on a monthlong trip to Ghana to study endangered nesting sea turtles, she knows it will be the learning experience of a l More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Pioneers Share Tales

Bonita Springs — At the recent Pioneer Reunion, held at the Lions Club off Pennsylvania Avenue, pioneers and their descendants shared stories of growing up in old Bonita. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

‘Dual Citizenship’ in Store for Some Pelican Landing Residents

Bonita Springs — Bonita Springs lobbyist Carole Green told Bonita city officials in June that State Rep. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Mayor on the Hot Seat — Council Hot

Bonita Springs — The controversy over a study of the US 41/Bonita Beach Road intersection has widened to include questions from Bonita city council members over whether Mayor Ben Nelson and Councilman Steve McIntosh have violated the council code of More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Consultant Making Book on New Library

Bonita Springs — By September Lee County officials will have a good idea what kind of library the people of Bonita Springs want. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Estero Plan Changes Clear First County Hurdle

Estero — After over three years of work by local committees the amendments to the Estero Community Plan won approval by the Lee County Local Planning Agency in late May. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Pioneers Share Tales

Bonita Springs — The Pioneer Reunion, held May 2nd this year at the Lions Club off Pennsylvania Avenue, has become an annual event for those pioneers and their descendants to share their stories of growing up in old Bonita, a town with a popula More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Saving the Everglades Wonder Gardens

Bonita Springs — The clock is ticking on Everglades Wonder Gardens, and operator John Brady doesn’t know when time will run out. Wonder Gardens has drawn visitors to Bonita Springs since 1936. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:40 PM

THE FLYOVER STUDY

FDOT Offers to Kill Study

In a decision involving the highest levels of Florida government, the state department of transportation has offered to cancel the ongoing intersection study that includes an overpass, or f lyover, at Bonita Beach Road and U.S. 41. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:40 PM

Land Clearing Follows Rules, But Hard Feelings Persist

Estero — A flap over land clearing done on a high-profile corner in Estero has local volunteers backing away from criticism of a developer. Sort of. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

Estero Incorporation Advances in Tallahassee

Estero — In late April, the Estero incorporation bill was passed by both houses of the Florida Legislature, and now awaits the signature of Governor Rick Scott to put the issue to voters in November. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

Water Task Force Pushes for DR/GR Consensus

Bonita Springs — Four months into the process, the Citizens Water Task Force continues to wade through literally dozens of scientific reports, looking to soak up thousands of pages of information. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

Clawson Numbers Add Up in Bonita Environs

Bonita Springs — Just over six months ago, Curtis Clawson made his political debut at a Bonita Springs City Council meeting dealing with environmentally zoned land east of town. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 02:13 PM

Bonita Pelican Annexations Must Wait, Says Rodrigues

Some Pelican Landing homeowners will vote on whether Estero should incorporate this fall – then become part of Bonita Springs. That unusual scenario is the result of a deal struck between State Rep. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:45 PM

BSU Tells Duo to Hush Up

Bonita Springs — Bonita Springs Utilities wants Jude Reichenthal and Ed Fitzgerald to hush up. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:45 PM

Environmentalists Wait as Lawsuit Snags Edison Farms

Estero — The possibilities of 2008 are not the realities of 2014 for the 4,000 acres of south Lee County known as Edison Farms. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:45 PM

SPOTLIGHT EDITORIAL

Curt Clawson for Congress

It did not take long for Curt Clawson to establish himself as a leader in the Republican primary for the District 19 congressional seat. More...

Posted 4/14/2014 09:31 AM

Charter Concerns Can Wait, Says Vote Estero

Estero — Some who pushed for Estero incorporation for years don’t like some key provisions of the proposed village charter. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 03:15 PM

Lawsuit Puts Question Mark on Edison Farms Future

Estero — First Lee County forbade mining. Then the new Boston Red Sox Spring Training stadium went somewhere else. Then Daniel Aronoff’s investors in his Edison Farms property foreclosed. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 03:14 PM

Rodrigues Spearheads Bills on Fracking, Hospital and Estero Incorporation

South Lee State Rep. Ray Rodrigues said he’s seeing a more partisan Tallahassee this year, hardly a surprise in an election year. More...

Posted 3/12/2014 01:44 PM

Mixed Signals on Traffic Lights Near Bonita Bay

Bonita Springs — With Hertz in the driver’s seat, is a traffic light on the way at the north entrance to Bonita Bay? It remains to be seen. More...

Posted 3/12/2014 01:44 PM

Estero Bay Agency to Continue Its Work

Members of the Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management say the agency’s work is not done. It took some persuading, but on February 20 the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council agreed. More...

Posted 2/26/2014 03:58 PM

Voters Say ‘No’ to Bonita Annexation

The voters in 486 acres of northern Pelican Landing, the Colony and the Tides told Bonita Springs officials ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ on February 25, as just over 55 percent of them rejected annexation into the city. More...

Posted 2/26/2014 03:57 PM

Impact Fee Debate Marks Debut of Lee Public Voice

A year ago Lee County Commissioners voted an 80 percent reduction in road impact fees –amounts paid by new development to fund infrastructure – for a period of two years. More...

Posted 2/26/2014 03:57 PM

Business & Real Estate

Keeping Cool

Bonita Springs — If it’s the hottest day of the year, that’s the day the air conditioner fails. The equipment is often a mystery to homeowners who depend on the expertise of the company they choose for repair, maintenance and sales. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Healthy Choices at For Goodness Sake

Bonita Springs — Megan Healey, deli manager at For Goodness Sake in the Sunshine Ace Hardware Plaza on Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs recommends shots in the morning — wheat grass shots — as a healthier energy booster than a cu More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

EDRC Balks at Sleek School Design

Estero — The Estero Design Review Committee saw the plans Discovery Day Academy has for a new school at its regular May meeting and sent the school back to the drawing board. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Commentary

Please Remember Our Needy Neighbors

For over three decades the non-profit Bonita Springs Assistance Office has been providing a “hand-up, not a hand out” to our neighbors in time of temporary need. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

FitzGerald: Let’s save money by relocating firehouses, not adding more

Bonita Springs Fire Commissioners recently disclosed that we will have eight or nine fire stations in our City in the not too distant future. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:42 PM

Paradise Lost

There are days that are really meant for Heaven. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 12:41 PM

Community

Estero Historical Society Hosts Annual Reading of The Declaration of Independence

Estero — In mid-June 1776, a five-man committee including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin was tasked with drafting a formal statement of the colonies’ intentions. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Cruises Asia

The Spotlight cruised to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong along with Spotlight readers and Pelican Sound residents Sheila and Bruce Barskey, Barbara and Bob Gamel, Patty and Greg More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

TEE BOX TIPS

The Short Game – Chipping

Improving the short game is the most effective way to lower one’s handicap. The four areas of the short game are: chipping, pitching, greenside bunker play and putting. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

Misc

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