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B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples Restaurants November 15 Friday & 16 Saturday Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures — Fri. 7 pm; Sat. 2 pm & 7 pm Presented by the CFABS Youth Players. A delightful new version of Kenneth Grahame’s popular The Wind in the Willows. Where: Center for the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd., B. […]

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John Brady, Photographer

Bonita Springs – In a digital age, why would a photographer opt for film? John Brady, landscape photographer, believes in using the right tool for the right job and his choice is an eight by ten inch wooden view camera with some lenses that are 24 to 30 years old. All of Florida is ripe for his camera’s eye from […]

Enjoying the Discovery at Science & Art Exhibit

“That was so cool!” This exclamation from a young scientist-in-training summed up his reaction to the “Zoom into Water” demonstration at the Science & Art exhibition now on display at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (CFABS). His reaction was echoed by Sebastian, 5, and Karalena, 3, from South Fort Myers, whose father, Cesar, explained the scientific principles […]


Positive Leadership

As I write this column, many people are arguing politics, looking for fast solutions and quickly losing patience in government. In such a tumultuous time for our government, I stumbled across a powerful saying from John F. Kennedy: “Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the […]

BONITA Nature Place

Goober and Spanish Moss

Bonita Springs — One of the most interesting plants our visitors from the north find here at the Bonita Nature Place is Spanish Moss. I learned about it one day as a visitor explained its specific plant name is Usneoides, which means “resembling Usnea” or bearded Lichen, but in fact it is not related to either mosses or lichens. Spanish […]

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Tee Box Tips

Embrace Your Short Game

I love this quote and use it in all my short game clinics. Here’s a putting tip that should help with your short game. Practice four-foot long putts and decide which of these three methods gives you the best results. Everyone has a method that fits them best. Try each method for a least three series of 10 putts. 1. […]


Coast Guard AuxiliaryRestaurants Is Here To Serve

Located in our backyard is a key portion of the safety net for our local boating community. I refer specifically to the local flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Headquartered at the Wiggins Pass – Vanderbilt Beach Cocohatchee Park Marina, our local unit is headed by Flotilla Commander Jim Mayer, Vice Flotilla Commander Rich Laughlin and Staff Flotilla […]

Our Best Friends

Tiny Too Thinks Big

Tiny was the beloved Chihuahua pet in Donna Page’s heart for nearly 14 years. Small enough to hold in two hands, Tiny was her constant companion. The lifespan of dogs often ends close friendships before owners are ready to say good-bye. This was certainly the case with Tiny. Donna believed no pet would fill the gap. Driving in the country […]

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Italy’s Campania Wines Match Region’s Cuisine

The Italians know great food. Who would argue with that? They also know fabulous wine, and have been pairing the two for centuries. We could argue over which comes first, the wine or the food, or we could just accept and enjoy. I’ll take the latter approach to four wines we sampled last week from one of my favorite wine […]


A Table Apart Chef Jeff Acol’s profound love for the ocean is rooted in his early childhood years growing up in Hawaii and helps explain his commitment to serving sustainable seafood and seasonal ingredients. This talented chef offers a limited but diverse menu. Dishes offer global fair with Asian and French influence. 4295 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-221-8540. www.atableapart.com […]

Estero’s Champion Tree

Estero – On a quiet stretch of Broadway Avenue East, at the intersection with Sandy Lane in Estero, stands a State Champion, Ficus Mysorensis, otherwise known as the Mysore Fig. Believed to be planted in 1896 by a friend of Thomas Alva Edison, with the hope of being helpful with the invention of rubber, the tree has grown to 95 […]

Diversification Key for Estero’s Development Future

Estero – Re-thinking. Repositioning. Re-assessing. Those were the themes repeated Nov. 6 as the owners of the more than 900 acres of vacant Estero land along U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road met with consultants and community leaders to talk about their future. The community’s huge shopping venues aren’t going away, consultants Seth Harry and Richard Hunt said, but the future […]

Be Careful What You Say

Bonita Springs — Enter at your own risk, risk of falling in love, that is. The white Cockatoo at Bonita Bird Paradise might land on a shoulder and cuddle up or simply raise a foot in greeting. Visitors may hold tame birds and sit in the cozy lounge area. Vibrant colors are eye candy as birds compete for attention or […]

Development Plan Brings Flood of Concern to City Hall

Bonita Springs — The Bonita Springs City Council will impose a moratorium on comprehensive plan amendments in the Density Reduction Groundwater Resource ( DR / G R ) area on the city’s northeast edge. Counci l members also agreed to create a task force to study DR/GR water issues and consider recommendations for changes. Each of the seven Council members […]

Bonita Faces New Hurdle for Pelican Landing Annexation

The Pelican Landing annexation vote is still headed to a February mailin ballot. Almost for sure. A legal hurdle that’s a prerequisite for the referendum has yet to be cleared. Under Florida law if 70 percent of an area up for annexation is owned by those not registered to vote– as is the case here – the city must first […]

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With Ambulance Reform Pending, Lee EMS Rents a Room

Bonita Springs — There may yet be a deal to end the stalemate between Lee County EMS and the Bonita Springs Fire District – one in which both departments would work together to bring enhanced ambulance transport service to Bonita Springs. But, in the meantime… Renting a Room Response times have climbed since County ambulances moved out of Bonita fire […]

A Wood Stork and a Glass of Water

Ask a child where water comes from and the answer is, “the faucet.” Water that’s often taken for granted drives Southwest Florida tourism. Abundant water recreation and the environmental beauty of Gulf beaches attract residents and visitors from around the globe. Sanctuaries, trails and preserves with abundant plants and wildlife associated with marshes and beaches complete the picture of paradise. […]

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The BrewStory Story

Estero — BrewStory, an Estero-based home brew supply store, held its soft opening in November. The BrewStory motto— “Every Drink Holds a Story”— is much more than a motto to beer expert and owner Don Story, who declared proudly: “Beer is the reason we’re civilized.” Case in point: The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, well north of its […]

Reservoirs Are Not the Answer

After reading the recent Spotlight interview with Congressman Trey Radel concerning the environment and bipartisan problem solving, it is important to note the inconsistencies between Congressman Radel’s statements and action. Well known as an extreme right hard liner in his capacity as a former radio talk show host, Congresssman Radel uses his media skills to spin a perception of a […]

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Our Readers Want to Know

Is that a farm on Corkscrew Road? Estero – It’s getting easier to buy fresh local fruits and vegetables. This November, a new farm stand and u-pick, surrounded by acres of cultivated rows, is opening on the corner of Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point. It’s simply called The Farm. This is a three family business. Longtime friends, Dustin Blank, […]

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A Pink Runway Show

Making Wishes Come True

This year Make-A-Wish Southern Florida is celebrating its 30th year of granting special wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Serving the 13 southernmost counties in Florida, including the Keys, and the Virgin Islands, the organization grants some 500 wishes a year—one every 16 hours. Of these, the Bonita Springs chapter—covering Collier, Lee, Glades and Hendry Counties—typically grants 60-80 wishes […]

Zonta Names Lori Nelson Woman of the Year

Bonita Springs — Lori Nelson of Bonita Springs received a surprise call in Georgia while on a ten-day vacation. The members of Bonita Springs Zonta selected her for Zonta Woman of the Year 2013-2014. “The Zonta Woman of the Year award came as a total surprise. I know all of the past recipients and it is an honor to join […]

Opportunities to Give Back

Taste of Bonita Saturday, Nov. 16 & Sunday, Nov. 17 A pre-taste celebration Saturday with chili, gumbo and BBQ cookoff 11 am to 3 pm followed by a free kick off concert at 5 pm to 9 pm featuring The Caribbean Chillers. Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, over 20 area restaurants will serve up food. Live music featuring […]

Miracles Come in Small Packages

When Steve Agius tells Rotary Clubs about the Rotary Gift of Life program, he shares his daughter’s college application essay about the most significant experience in her 18 years of life that began: “When I was 4 years old, my father taught me what it was like to help someone by bringing a little girl into our home from Korea. […]

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Newcomers Visit the Wonder Gardens

Trust the Citizens on DR/GR Issues

The City Council Meeting of November 6th should serve as a wake up call for citizens of Bonita Springs. The development interests came out of the woodwork. Citizens who spoke out at the meeting were ridiculed and called cowards because they do not want to see our town become another Fort Lauderdale. If we don’t embrace development, we are not […]