“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

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

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

 

Giving Back

Delivered with Love

Bonita Springs — In August, residents of Worthington delivered multiple cartons of donated school supplies, approximately 13,800 items, to delighted teachers at Bonita Springs Elementary School and new school principal Susan Caputo. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

270 Pairs of Shoes, Countless Smiles

Naples — A new pair shoes for the first day of school still makes children smile, especially if it’s their first pair of new shoes. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

Green Thumbs in the Community

Interfaith Charities of South Lee County (ICSLC) has been serving area residents for more than twenty years. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

Arts & Entertainment

Inspired By Her Florida Surroundings

Naples — Tropical foliage, botanicals and wading birds with feathers appearing soft and touchable fill the walls of Barbara Groenteman’s Fine Art Gallery & Studio in North Naples. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

CALENDAR

B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples September 3 Wednesday & 4 Thursday More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

SummerJazz on the Gulf

Naples — Southwest Florida Jazz fans aren’t afraid of a little stormy weather when it comes to a free, live jazz concert. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

Restaurants

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

VINE YARD SPOTLIGHT

World Cup Riesling

Germany’s World Cup victory got me to thinking about Rheingau, the country’s famed wine making district perched on a plateau above the Bishop Johannisberg monastery. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

RESTAURANT GUIDE

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Posted 7/30/2014 01:46 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

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

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

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

Business & Real Estate

Bonita Springs Gaining Momentum, Momentum Brewhouse

Bonita Springs — Transplants from Chicago where they were manufacturing engineers, Brian and Katherine Hahn, have turned a home brew hobby they both enjoy into their own business, Momentum Brewhouse. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:18 PM

Custom Cabinetry for Any Size Project

Bonita Springs — Bright sun pours through the windows reflecting off the subtle differences in wood veneers, counter top materials and cabinet designs as Danny Kedra greets visitors with his warm smile and handshake. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

Faster Sales in a Sellers’ Market

The June market data provided by the Bonita Estero Association of Realtors provides the latest picture of single family home, townhouse and condo activity. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

Commentary

Why Florida Voters Should Vote “YES” On Amendment #1

On November 4th Florida registered voters will have an opportunity to support one of the most important environmental initiatives in the past 30 years. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:18 PM

Imagine

Imagine Bonita Beach Road as a beautiful and distinctive gateway to the beach, a signature street defining Bonita Springs. Imagine tree-shaded pathways welcoming bikes and pedestrians, not just a funnel for cars. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:18 PM

Fund BSU Water Expansion with Impact Fees

Bonita Springs Utilities (BSU) is planning to expand its Reverse Osmosis (RO) water plant by 2020 at a cost of $30 million. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 01:45 PM

Community

Estero Knitters and Sewers Brighten Lives of Others

Estero — Every Monday morning, the Fountain Lakes Community Room hums with the sounds of sewing machines, laughter, friendly conversation and the soft clicking of knitting needles as the Fountain Lakes Knitters and Sewers create comfort. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

Estero Historical Society Sets Fall Calendar

Estero — The Estero Historical Society has been buzzing with activities this summer. Our popular Mango Chutney has been completed and is ready for purchase at The Cottage at Estero Community Park. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

You're in the Spotlight

Spotlight Stops in Munich

Barbara Toth and the Spotlight at a stopover in Munich, Germany. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 07:19 PM

Misc

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