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

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

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 12:45 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 12:45 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 08:41 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 11:43 AM

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 11:43 AM

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 11:42 AM

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 11:42 AM

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 11:42 AM

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 11:41 AM

 

Giving Back

Holiday On The House

Bonita Springs — Campbell Gault, owner of Fitzgerald’s Pub, enjoys giving something back. So he sent out an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner, on the house. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Eyeball Soiree Envisions Unique Fun Raiser

Bonita Springs — This is an eyecatching name for a unique evening. Festivities at the Eyeball Soiree will include a VIP party in the gallery at historic Wonder Gardens. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Band of Brothers

For more than 25 years, Los Hermanos have been helping residents of Bonita Springs.

Bonita Springs — Like most of the homes in the Rosemary Park neighborhood, the little yellow house with orange trim on Noble Lane is neatly kept, unassuming and compact yet comfortable. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Arts & Entertainment

Magical Beginning For New Opera Company

Bonita Springs — The Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, with its gingerbread house and evil witch who gets what’s coming to her, came to life in the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck at the Center for Performing Arts on More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

CALENDAR

B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples December 20 Saturday More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Susie Robbins: A Master Designer For Quilters

Bonita Springs — “It’s not often you get to play all day long and call it work,” says Susie Robbins, sitting in her Bonita Springs home. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 12:37 PM

Restaurants

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 11/26/2014 12:37 PM

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Posted 11/13/2014 03:03 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

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

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

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

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 12:45 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 12:45 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 11:43 AM

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 11:42 AM

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 11:42 AM

‘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 11:42 AM

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 11:42 AM

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 11:42 AM

Business & Real Estate

Trattoria Abruzzo, Authentic Italian At The Pavilion

Naples — “I was born to cook Italian food,” said Ettore Laccetti. “I’m Italian. As a child, I watched my mother and grandmother make pasta for a small trattoria. I wanted to do the same.” More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Gradual Climb In Home Prices

Residential real estate in the Bonita Springs Estero area is moving upward in price and listings are selling faster according to the market data provided by the Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

The Green Cone, a Family’s Dream Come True

Bonita Springs — It’s kind of like a film script. But, in reality, a simple night out at the movies has turned into a dream come true for a local family. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Commentary

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

How Your Neighbors Voted In South Lee and North Naples

Bonita Springs — 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 03:02 AM

McCourt And Murphy Score Bonita Fire Victories

Bonita Springs — Two longtime Bonita Springs Fire Commissioners, Ed FitzGerald and Evans Conforti, were defeated in their bids for reelection. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 03:02 AM

Community

You're in the Spotlight

Newcomers Club Event Benefits Wounded Warriors

The Estero Newcomers Club held a Wine Tasting and Auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Lee County Deployed Military Families Support Group. This year $6,800 was raised. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

Santa’s Coming To Town

“Santa’s coming! Santa’s coming!” Rudolf shouted through the bullhorn from his golf cart. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM

DISCOVER LOVERS KEY

Behind the Scenes at Lovers Key State Park

Ever wonder what is down the road beyond the “Restricted Area” sign? Or who clears trails and keeps the tropical foliage under control? More...

Posted 12/17/2014 01:35 PM
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