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 01:10 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 02:14 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 02:14 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 07:19 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 07:18 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 07:18 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 07:18 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 01:46 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 01:45 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 01:45 PM

Archers Are On Target

Bonita Springs — Youngsters, ages eight to 14, in the Bonita Springs YMCA Youth Archery program recently demonstrated their newly acquired skills. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 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

Small Town Politics But No Town—Yet

Estero — Most of the Estero Council of Community Leaders members believe it’s too early to talk about who will or will not run for a seat on a new village council. Most, but not all. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 12:43 PM

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

 

Giving Back

Serving Goodwill By The Cupful

For Café Of Life, A Permanent Location Is A Dream Realized

By 9:45 a.m., there’s already a line forming at Café of Life’s new location in Bonita Springs’ Leitner Neighborhood Park. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:10 PM

Lions Plan Greatest Thing Since Night Baseball At Dog Track

Bonita Springs — “This year it will be the greatest thing since night baseball,” said John Elliff. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 02:14 PM

Pin Up for Pink

Bonita Springs — Pink will be the prevailing theme on Sunday, October 26th along with swing, music that is, with dancing and prizes, all to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 02:14 PM

Arts & Entertainment

Showtime

Artis–Naples Nov. 9Wang Chamber Music Nov. 7 & 8Masterworks More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

Passing the Baton at the Bonita Springs Concert Band

Bonita Springs — When the Bonita Springs Concert Band entertains, the appreciative and enthusiastic crowds usually stay to the end. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Visits Bali

The Spotlight traveled with Nancy and Bill Drum to Bali, Indonesia. The lady in the center, Ma Elka, does the daily Balinese offerings to the gods at Villa Selat where they stayed. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

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VINE YARD SPOTLIGHT

Drinking the Stars

The classic example of a sparkling wine is Champagne, produced exclusively in the Champagne region of France. Prosecco, another sparkling favorite, is produced in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 10/1/2014 02:14 PM

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 01:11 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 01:10 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 01:10 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 02:14 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 07:19 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 07:19 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 07:18 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 07:18 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 01:45 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 01:45 PM

Sand Replenishment Near Gulf Inlets a Recurring Job

Visitors these days to the north end of Little Hickory Island –the home of Bonita Beach, can get a close up look at an interesting engineering project, as long as they stay behind the yellow tape. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

The Check is Not in the Mail

At the most recent meeting of the Estero Council of Community Leaders financial director Bob Lienesch said he was sending an invoice for payment by the city of Bonita Springs. It could be a long wait. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

Armed Home Invasion Has Neighbors on Edge

Tips from the Sheriff’s Office to help prevent becoming a victim.

Early this year, the Naples area experienced a series of armed home invasions. Now, unfortunately, it seems like Bonita and Estero are also subject to this type of crime that has been rare in the area. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

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

Business & Real Estate

Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom

Ken and Sue Taylor were juggling their choices. She was leaning towards the Moroccan Discovery and his top candidate was Discovering Eastern Europe. “Morocco sounds more exotic,” she said. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

Customers Buy With Their Eyes at Trackside Donuts & Café

Bonita Springs — A warm donut from Trackside Donuts and Café at six a.m. starts the day with a smile. “We were here to get the yummy, delicious, melt in your mouth donuts,” said Rorie Adams on her way out with her husband, Robert. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

Million Dollar Winner at Benson’s Grocery Makes it A Lucky Place

Bonita Springs — The talk about town is that Benson’s Grocery is a “lucky place.” It had a $1 million Power Ball winner in August. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:10 PM

Commentary

Bonita Needs a New Sign Code

Bonita Springs’ Community Development office and the city’s volunteer Local Planning Agency have delivered a yeoman effort in an ongoing attempt to update the city’s law on new commercial signage. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

Sand Trucks to Take Right Turn

In a time when standard operating procedure calls for politicians to get dug in on positions, it’s encouraging to see a government bureaucracy mend its ways. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 02:14 PM

Seeing Through the Smoke Screen

Constitutional Amendment 2 will confront us when we step into our Florida ballot boxes this fall. It proposes legalization of “medical marijuana”. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 02:14 PM

Community

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Visits Puerto Rico, Again

Spotlight recently visited the El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico with Phil Otero, Jim Wurster and Frank Valva. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Returns to San Juan

Randy and Darla Highley hosted the Spotlight at the Caribe Hilton near Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Visits Brazil
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Posted 10/29/2014 01:11 PM

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