Southwest Florida sees increase in international visitors

Lee and Collier counties have gone global. Although in tourism that’s somewhat expected, the degree to which international travelers are spending time in Southwest Florida is definitely increasing, say tourism chiefs of both counties. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

New fire stations could mean faster response times

BONITA SPRINGS — Less than six minutes 85 percent of the time. More...

Posted 7/1/2015 01:06 PM

An Interview With Della Alvarez Smith

Back in 1976, a young man named Jeff McCullers belonged to the “Estero Go-Getters 4-H Club.” At an early age, Jeff knew the importance of writing down the stories he heard from those around him and preserving them. More...

Posted 5/27/2015 11:40 AM

Mission Five of the Collier County Honor Flight

Several months ago I applied to become a guardian for Collier County Honor Flight. If you are not familiar, honor flight is a program which honors America’s veterans for their sacrifices by transporting them to Washington, D.C. More...

Posted 5/27/2015 11:39 AM

The Evolution of the Food Pyramid

Healthy Choices

As our understanding of nutrition has evolved, so has the traditional food pyramid. The first U.S. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 02:13 PM

Interim Village Manager Finds It’s A Bit Lonely At The Top

Estero — The Fire Rescue staff saved him from despair with the phone system and the copy machine, but the trash and the potted plants are another story. For his first few weeks in office, Interim Village Manager Peter G. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 02:13 PM

Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15th is Peace Officers Memorial Day. It was created by Congress on October 1, 1961 and signed into law one year later by President Kennedy. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 02:13 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

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

 

Giving Back

Freezing cancer out cold at Skate For Hope

The cool indoor temperatures of a skating rink offer the perfect spot to weather a sweaty, Southwest Florida summer day. But getting relief from the heat is hardly the only reason you should head to Skate For Hope at Germain Arena. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

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

Arts & Entertainment

Showtime

Broadway Palm July 9 – August 15 “Footloose” July 30, 31 and August 1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14 “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” August 27 – September 26 More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:30 PM

Local artist Peter Garon captures emotions on canvas

Artist Spotlight

Feelings provide the inspiration for Peter Garon’s art. “I don’t paint scenes,” said Garon. “I paint moods.” More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:30 PM

CALENDAR

B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples August 5 Wednesday More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

Restaurants

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 7/29/2015 12:31 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

A Table Apart More...

Posted 7/1/2015 01:07 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

A Table Apart More...

Posted 5/27/2015 11:40 AM

Misc

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Thank you for visiting swspotlight.com. The Spotlight is Southwest Florida’s premiere news magazine serving the communities of North Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero. More...

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Posted 5/14/2013 05:52 PM

Professional Kiteboarder Brandon Bowe

Neighbor Spotlight

Naples — In seventh grade, Brandon Bowe’s science teacher asked his class to “bring in three things that explain you.” Bowe brought a brochure about kiteboarding. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

Fantasy camp draft

At these baseball games, everybody wins. Minnesota Twins Baseball Fantasy Camp is a home run for the team, former players, Lee County, and—most of all—the campers. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

Edith Trebell: The story of an Estero pioneer and her beloved mango chutney

As our annual production of mango chutney begins, we reflect on the memories of an early resident: Edith Trebell. Edith was an early pioneer in Southwest Florida, who was successful in propagating many exotic fruits. More...

Posted 7/1/2015 01:07 PM

Future Bonita Springs high school looking for a site

As the Lee County School District mulls over the selection of a site for a new high school in South Lee County to relieve overcrowding and plan for enrollment growth, a few things are fairly certain: • It will be in Bonita Springs, not Estero. More...

Posted 7/1/2015 01:06 PM

Lucky to Be Alive

Every day since joining the Army in June, 1943, Belleville, New Jersey native Pfc. Nicholas Scarola, has been grateful to be alive. More...

Posted 5/27/2015 11:39 AM

Sommer Family Comforted By A Community Of Kin

Two days after Estero High School Coach Jeff Sommer died, his son, Adam, took his final test at the Fort Myers Fire Academy. It’s what his father would have wanted him to do, he said. He passed the test. More...

Posted 5/27/2015 11:39 AM

America’s Winter Market Garden, Right Next Door

(Part 2)

Recently, the University of Florida’s Collier County Extension organized a tour of Immokalee agricultural businesses. The last issue of the Spotlight described the visit to American Farms, which grows 28 million ornamental plants each year. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 02:13 PM

The Imperial River Stars in Second Annual Bonita Springs Film Festival

The possibilities are endless when filmmakers, professionals and amateurs, create their films for the Second Annual Bonita Springs Film Festival scheduled for November 5, 2015. Dramas. Comedies. Who dunnits. Pirate adventures. Romance. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 02:13 PM

Taking The Long Way

When Don Huprich lines up at the start line for this year’s Boston Marathon, he’ll have the support of his entire community behind him. 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

Business & Real Estate

Fernandez the Bull Cuban Cafe to open a new restaurant

Business Beat

NAPLES — “The Story of Ferdinand,” a children’s book first published in 1936, chronicles a bull that would rather smell the flowers than fight. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

Revving with rewards

Business Beat

Bonita Springs — In the best-selling, “Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” author Robert Pirsig suggests, “It is better to travel, than arrive.” Jeff Earl and Shelly Denis would typically agree, yet both say thei More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

Bonita Bay’s new lifestyle center raises the bar

Real Estate Watch

The recent opening of the Lifestyle Center at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs has added an amenity that’s sure to set a high bar in Southwest Florida. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 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

Go organic for low-sulfite wine

VINEYARD SPOTLIGHT

No one likes hives, cramps or red, blotchy skin. But that’s what can happen when some people drink wine that use sulfites as a preservative. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:31 PM

Navigating labels

HEALTHY CHOICES

The FDA has proposed changes to food labels to reflect current thinking about nutrition and to highlight information that is helpful to individuals with chronic health issues. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:31 PM

How To Take – And Enjoy – The Road Less Traveled

“Life is difficult” begins M. Scott Peck’s book “ The Road Less Traveled.” Truer words could not be spoken. Life, indeed, is difficult. However, that difficulty is what also brings great joy, love and happiness. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:30 PM

You're in the Spotlight

You're in the Spotlight

Miromar Outlets Celebrates Ribbon Cuttings

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cuttings last month at Miromar Outlets for Christopher & Banks and The Limited Outlet. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Holiday Motorsports Celebrates Grand Opening

Holiday Motorsports celebrated its grand opening on Bonita Beach Road with the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce earlier this summer. Holiday Motorsports opened in North Naples in 2012. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Visits Lake Louise

Leslie and Harry Durling took the Spotlight on a tour of the Canadian Rockies. Here they are at Lake Louise at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The Spotlight loves to travel and is always TSA pre-checked. More...

Posted 7/29/2015 12:29 PM
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