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What’s Old Is New Again

Bonita Springs — Bonitians are in for a treat. Plans are underway to restore the historic Mc- Swain House, located on Old 41 Road in downtown Bonita Springs. The house is a 2011 gift from the Humphries estate. Once restoration is complete it will be open to the public as a gallery and public gathering place. “We will hold our […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples December 14 Saturday Strolling Seminar on The Lives of Fungi at CREW — 9 am to noon An outdoor adult environmental education learning experience led by distinguished scientists takes you on a stroll through CREW. Where: visit website for location and to register as space is limited www.crewtrust. eventbrite.com Call […]

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Just for Kids

Figures That Ask Questions

Twenty larger than life sculptures in terra cotta, bronze and iron are on display at The Baker Museum, Artis-Naples through February 16 and represent the human figure in poses that inspire questions. Are they female? Are they male? What era do they represent? What is the purpose of their stark appearance and simple, draped clothing? What do the facial expressions […]

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Goober and The Bonita Trail

Once again, my curiosity got the best of me. After all, I have lived here for years so when something different happens, I notice. There has been a lot of construction noise coming from the south side of the Bonita Nature Place property. So, I took a walk to go see. It took me the better part of a day […]


A Weekend to Celebrate

One early Saturday in September, in celebration of both our birthdays, my wife and I set off in our 19-footer with overnight gear and beach items. We cruised the Miserable Mile, so named for its narrow corridor of depth, past Picnic Island and St. James City headed to local haunts north. That familiar earthy humid smell still hung in the […]

Bonita Bay Marina Now in Residents’ Hands

Among the many special communities in Bonita Springs, Bonita Bay stands out as one of the most unique. Its story begins in the mid-1980s, when David Shakarian first envisioned a place where people and nature would live in harmony. The roughly 3,200 residences within Bonita Bay include high-rise condominiums, villas, carriage homes and stately singlefamily homes, many overlooking the Gulf […]

A Labor of Love

Dog ownership may be a labor of love, especially when taking a chance on a rescue dog with an uncertain past. Margee, a large female black lab entered the lives of Pamela Morton- Jones and Barbara J. Siebert four years ago through the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. They wanted a small, yellow lab at the time. Morton-Jones and Siebert […]

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Florida’s Black Bears

On a beautiful fall day in southwest Florida a group of nature-lovers gathers around a bear trap and a stuffed bear cub to learn about black bear ecology and management. Kathleen Smith, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission biologist, enlists someone in the group to enter the trap to demonstrate how it works and then explains how it is used to […]


The Present of Presence

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the end of 2013 is fast upon us. It is at this time of the year that we often sit back, in disbelief, at how quickly the time has flown. For me, it seems like I was just writing about New Year’s Resolutions and here we are, once again, preparing to toast the year away. […]

Re: Trey Radel Editorial

(Dec. 1-15, 2013) I think your words were thoughtful, spot on and very appropriate. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and saw first hand with friends and family what an insidious addiction these drugs can and will induce. I truly hope Mr. Radel will find the strength and courage to fight the demons that must haunt him in […]

Putting Is the Easy Part, Right?

When you think about it, almost every golf match comes down to a four-foot putt . Making a four-foot putt looks like child’s play from a non-golfer’s perspective, heck, small children and my grandmother can do that. But, put a little pressure and anxiety into the equation, and the simple back-andforth movement of a putter gets much trickier. My brother, […]


España-influenced Dishes and Matching Wines

On a tour of Spanish wineries earlier this year, the Baigorri winery, one of the newest and most modern in the Rioja, stood out. Located at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria Mountains, the ultra-modern building at first sight appears to be a single glass box with a roofline reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. Once inside the winery, however, […]


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 […]

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Rotary Supports YMCA Pool Repairs

Estero Referendum Approved, What’s Next?

Estero — The referendum for incorporation of Estero got unanimous approval from Lee County’s Legislative Delegation at its recent local hearing. With 10,238 signed petitions and resolutions from 20 homeowner associations and 13 neighborhood associations representing more than 14,000, and on the heels of town hall meetings that saw almost unanimous support among hundreds of attendees, the vote by the […]

Two Good Turns for Estero

Estero — Getting around in Estero will get a little easier in the coming months thanks to two Lee County intersection projects. Williams Road Dirt will start flying as soon as mid-December at the intersection of West Williams Road and U.S. 41. A new right turn lane off Williams on to southbound 41 is expected to ease back-ups on Williams. […]

One Child at a Time

Imagine a garage stacked with over 300 pairs of shoes. That’s Dusti Beaubien’s garage. Nineteen volunteer “elves” recently tagged them for boys and girls and special needs children in the Collier and Lee County school systems. Beaubien was a member of the West Bay Service League in Estero several years ago when she attended a “shoe party” for an organization […]

A Village Milestone

A milestone in the history of the future Village of Estero was marked at the recent Lee County Legislative Delegation meeting at Edison State College. The delegation endorsed a local law that, pending approval in Tallahassee, will allow Esteroans a vote to create the Village next fall. The six legislators acted swiftly. Rep. Matt Caldwell, the delegation chair, paused only […]

Welcome to Estero

New friends are just around the corner at Estero Newcomers Club, a social organization that welcomes new Estero residents. Warm Florida winters are a powerful draw as people leave family and friends behind to start new lives in southwest Florida. Sometimes the change brings on initial feelings of isolation and loneliness once the excitement of continuous sunshine and Gulf breezes […]

Artists In Discord Over Bonita Mural

Bonita Springs — A proposed City-sponsored mural for downtown Bonita Springs has become the subject of discord between two artists in what was intended to be a collaborative effort, now gone awry. Alex Nunez and Eduardo Valladares are accomplished artists, with strong experience in murals. Nunez is known for his “Ventanas de mi tierra” (Windows of My Land) paintings of […]

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Spotlight Visits Machu Picchu

Flyover May Land On Beach Road And US 41

Bonita Springs — The state is taking a look into the future of Bonita Springs, and it may include a flyover at Bonita Beach Road and US 41. The busy intersection is one of a handful across the county where the Metropolitan Planning Organization, a road-planning body comprised of county commissioners and representatives of the five municipalities, sees raised interchanges […]

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Make Way for Ducklings

No Treat for Dutch Bank in Bonita Moratorium

Bonita Springs — The moratorium in the Bonita Springs Density Reduction/ Groundwater Resource – DR/GR – will include all parts of the 5,100-acre area, including the Bonita Grande mine. Mine representatives had asked the City Council to exempt them from the moratorium by allowing their comprehensive plan amendment application for a large housing project to be processed as the new […]

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Bonita Springs Newcomers Club, 2014 Board Members

Lee Delegation Approves Estero Referendum, Hears Medicaid Debate

Fort Myers – Lee County’s six-member Legislative Delegation held its annual local hearing in early December. The delegation set the referendum on Estero incorporation, a forgone conclusion. If, as expected, it is approved by the full legislature, the vote to create the Village of Estero will take place November 4, 2014. Any Bonita Springs annexations along Estero’s southern border must […]

Breakthrough on Bonita Ambulance Talks

Bonita Springs — For those anxious for Bonita Fire and Lee County EMS to join forces and provide enhanced ambulance transport in Bonita Springs, four years of frustration vanished in about forty minutes on an early December afternoon. At a joint meeting held at the Bonita Grande Firehouse, top County and Fire District officials roughed out key elements of a […]

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Bayside CDD Stays Neutral on Bonita Pelican Annexation

Bonita Springs officials went to the Bayside Improvement Community Development District on December 9 asking for help with the annexation of Pelican Landing into the city. They went away empty-handed. Mayor Ben Nelson said the city wanted the quasi-governmental CDD board to give an annexation consent. State law requires consent from the owners of 50 percent of the property in […]

Re: “Hertz HQ: Modern Trumps Mediterranean on Williams Road”

(Dec. 1-15, 2013) Did your mother ever tell you if you don’t like something stop looking at it? I don’t know how I’m going to do this. I only have one exit from my community, Williams Road and US 41. When I saw the proposed design for Hertz I chuckled and thought “have they not met with the Estero Community […]

The Cafe’s Gift of Service, And A Park Comes With It

“Service” is the mantra of the Café of Life. Over the last ten years its 600 volunteers from Bonita and Estero communities and churches have served over 200,000 meals to those less fortunate. Now, the Café has broken ground on a community park in the rear of the Rosemary Park area, an area filled with children and many of its […]

Captain Shawn Ramsey at Helm of Community Policing

Bonita Springs — Captain Shawn Ramsey brings 23 years of law enforcement experience to his recent assignment as supervisor of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Delta District and the City of Bonita Springs Community Policing Unit. He also brings an understanding that the most effective law enforcement involves a strong partnership between the police and the community. He explained: “Community […]

Turning Terror Into Secure and Safe Tomorrows

After enduring 20 years of abuse not only from her husband but also from her father, Jenny found The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples. A business owner and entrepreneur while married, Jenny found self-sufficiency through services at The Shelter and in the Transitional Living program. Grants and part-time employment with future prospects helped her pursue a doctorate […]

Money Matters to BSAO Clients

When the housing market crashed, Michael Sanders and his construction company went down with it. “I was clogged up with bills that I could have avoided but the classes were very helpful. I’m learning how to be on a budget. It’s already been helpful,” said Sanders. Sanders found help with his bills at the Bonita Springs Assistance Office and is […]

Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies – A Taste of Florida

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One taste and Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies remain in memory, a very delicious memory. Kim Casciero currently co-ops a kitchen but is in the process of building out her own wholesale production facility on Bonita Beach Road. Her new business that started with Be Happy Cakes is now narrowly focused on one item, cookies. Owner and creator of Kristi’s Key […]

Grant Spurs Improvements By Buffalo Chips

Bonita Springs — Buffalo Chips Restaurant and Ranch House Motel has welcomed guests and diners for thirty-three years. They come from every strata of society, dining together in a casual atmosphere with one thing in common, the enjoyment of great food at reasonable prices. In the early days, Bonita Springs was a sleepy little fishing village. “Times have changed,” said […]

A Design Feast

Walking into the Classic Floors & Countertops showroom in Bernwood provides a feast for the eyes. Many of the mosaics on wall displays sparkle like jewels. Every nook and cranny has tiles, woods and more. Remodeling projects start with an idea. Phil Young and staff are qualified to make it into a reality. Classic Floors & Countertops opened in 2005, […]

Giving Bonita East Flooding A Hard Look

When Collier County saw the need for storm water control and treatment in the Gordon River basin early in the 2000s, they did what one would expect of any prudent government. They studied the issue, formulated plans and found project funding from the water management district and others. The result was a splendid, award winning, project. Abandoned citrus groves were […]

Re: Trey Radel Editorial

(Dec. 1-15, 2013) I read with interest, the editorial that suggested Trey Radel should continue in his job. It discussed drug incidences of other politicians prior to holding office. Somehow I do not consider activities of a person’s youth on the same level with adult transgressions while in office. Trey Radel, voted for the bill to require food stamp recipients […]