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 11:34 AM

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 12:45 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 12:44 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 12:44 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 01:29 PM

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

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

 

Giving Back

Our Mother’s Home

Fort Myers — “Where children are cherished and futures are fostered,” is more than a catch phrase for Our Mother’s Home. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Highland Woods Golf and Country Club Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Patients

Bonita Springs — Suellen Maxwell is a 15-year survivor of breast cancer. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 12:44 PM

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

Arts & Entertainment

Why Not Do A Blues Festival?

The ninth annual Bonita Blues Festival continues to grow since Kevin and Jennifer Barry and Mike and Terry Pfeffer came home to Riverside Park from the Pine Island Blues Festival and wondered, “why not?” More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Florida’s Contemporary Artistic Scene At The Baker Museum

Naples — Contemporary Florida artists, those living and working in Florida’s artistic scene, are featured by Artis– Naples, The Baker Museum, during the fifth annual Florida Contemporary exhibit. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Showtime

Artis–Naples Mar. 5 – Mar. 7Masterworks Mar. 8Paul Anka Mar. 9Whose Line is itAnyway? More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Restaurants

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Posted 2/11/2015 12:45 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

A Table Apart More...

Posted 1/28/2015 01:29 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 1/14/2015 05:42 PM

Misc

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Posted 5/14/2013 04:52 PM

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 11:34 AM

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 11:34 AM

Estero Candidates Profiles

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

Posted 2/25/2015 09:59 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 12:44 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 12:44 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 01:30 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 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

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

Business & Real Estate

Good Gets Better at Sweet Caroline’s

North Naples — For many years, Sweet Caroline’s has been a popular destination in North Naples. Brenda and Scott Mueller bought the restaurant and bakery near NCH, just off Immokalee Road last June. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Frozen Custard Treats at Cookies

Estero — A few years back Brian Cagney and Karen Sutton left their busy careers up north to retire to southwest Florida. “But we were too young to be old and too old to be young,” said Sutton. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Ensuring An Easier Move For Seniors

North Naples — To Ken and Linda Gutshall, Best Moving and Storage is more than the name of their business. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Commentary

It’s Your Turn on March 3

It’s hardly exaggeration to say that March 3 is one of the most important days in Estero history. Voters in the area, now incorporated as Florida’s newest village, will go to the polls to pick their first village council. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Planning for Estero Future

The Estero Community Planning Panel is to be commended for inviting two of the developers interested in helping fulfill Estero’s ‘Village Center’ vision to present their tentative plans to the panel and the interested public Monday More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

“Mr. Brady, the Community Thanks You.”

At a late February city council meeting, John Brady, the current director of the Everglades Wonder Gardens, discussed a proposed plan to preserve the almost eightyyear old attraction on Old 41. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

Community

RESTAURANT GUIDE

A Table Apart More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT

The Bordeaux region is divided into a Left Bank, which includes the Médoc and Graves areas, and a Right Bank area. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM

TEE BOX TIPS

Trouble Shots: Playing from Fairway Bunkers

The key to shooting lower scores is to manage your game so you don’t throw away shots. Therefore, when you hit the ball in trouble the first rule is to always get the ball out and back in-play. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:34 AM
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