Bonita-2014-01-16 E-Edition

BONITA Nature Place

Goober and the Dragonflies

Bonita Springs — While spending the afternoon out in the Gopher Tortoise preserve area of the Bonita Nature Place, I noticed a visitor taking pictures of these really large winged insects that fly over my head every day. They called them dragonflies. The visitor said that there are actually dragonflies and damselflies. I had to hear his explanation of how […]

Kathy Walters: Why I Am Running

Why I am running: Because we can develop more carefully without sprawl or damaging our environment. The DR/GR is a sensitive watershed in northeast Bonita that should be treated with extreme care. Developing it hastily could produce flooding and pollute our water supplies. Poor planning or over development can lower home values. Because my Information Technology contacts can help bring […]

Mike Gibson: Running to Earn your Vote

Dear Neighbor, On January 28, our community will elect its newest representative to the Bonita Springs City Council and I am running to earn your vote in this race. The residents of our city and especially in district 5 have many issues facing the future of Bonita Springs to consider in this election. As a successful downtown small businessman and […]

For Gibson in “The Heart of Bonita”

In a few short weeks we will be voting on our representative to the City Council in what I view as the heart of Bonita Springs. I urge you to join me in supporting Mike Gibson. Mike is far from a polished politician. In fact he is the opposite. Mike is a family man and a small businessman. He knows […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples January 19 Sunday Bonita Village Band — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a chair and enjoy live music from Bonita Village band. Where: Riverside Park. B. Cost: Free. Estero Concert Series — Music of Bach, Mozart, Damase and Villa Lobos — 4 p.m. Featuring Raymond Gniewek, Bella Gutshtein, Adam […]

Native American Artists Explore Their Local Roots in FGCU Exhibit

What happens when two art enthusiasts get together to talk about ways to explore the artistic vision of Native Americans with roots in the Everglades? For Florida Gulf Coast University’s Gallery Coordinator Anica Sturdivant and Naples based Seminole artist Jessica Osceola, the result is an exhibition called “Long, Long, River: Tradition and Expansion of Native Art,” which will run from […]

A Mardi Gras Celebration at Artis–Naples

No need to travel to New Orleans. Mardi Gras is coming here. The oldest continuing New Orleans Dixieland jazz band, Dukes of Dixieland, opens its 40th anniversary concert tour at Artis-Naples, a favorite venue for Manager John Shoup who looks forward to meeting again with friends. Swinging jazz interwoven with strands of pop, gospel and country music are on tap. […]

Looking For Romance

When Tina Wainscott gathers with her colleagues, an interesting afternoon might involve a forensics expert explaining how human bones were damaged, or how a knife wound was inflicted, or a paranormal investigative team recounting stories of houses they have investigated. Certainly this is not your typical group of professionals. They are writers. Romance writers. Tina Wainscott, aka Jamie Rush, author […]


A Sky-Dancing Performance By The Red-Shouldered Hawk

Walk outside any place in southwest Florida and you’re likely to hear the high-pitched careening call of a red-shouldered hawk – “Kee-yah”– repeated six or eight times in a row. The most common bird of prey gracing the skies here, these hawks prefer wetland habitats like the cypress swamps, marshes, rivers, and ponds so prevalent in our subtropical landscape. They […]

Commissioner Forbes For Mike Gibson

I am endorsing Mike Gibson, candidate for City Council District 5. Mike is a family man and has a son in the Air Force. Mike supports our veterans and military; is a hard working small businessman; an active member in the schools his children go to and active in his church. Mike tells it like it is, says what he […]


Ringing in the New Year!

As anticipated, the New Year brings about discussions pertaining to new resolutions and new ways of living. Unfortunately though, by the time we get around to putting those lists, thoughts and ideas into action, we are often encumbered by the many responsibilities that come with the start of a new year. Things such as meeting our new yearly insurance deductibles, […]

Tee Box Tips

No Regrets

I read a story about an older man who was in an elder care center who was reflecting on his years of golf. The story made so much sense to me and hit me hard because I often judge my day by how I performed or scored on the course. My own father who passed away several years ago was […]

Our Best Friends

Brains and Beauty in a White Fur Coat

As Donna Kitchton tells it, her love affair with Samoyeds began years ago when she acquired a Samoyed friend for Max, her Belgian Sheep Dog. The two dogs became inseparable. Her first Samoyed watched her put Max through his paces. On one particular training day, her Samoyed imitated the obedience moves of Max with natural ability. Since then Samoyeds found […]


The Last Leg Home

It was a fine day in late May 2008. Bud and Mary’s Marina in Islamorada was the last stop on the long ride from Beaufort, South Carolina to Fort Myers. It’s a terrific location only marred by an aggressive attendant whose hand was constantly out. It had been six eventful days aboard Rubicon and this, the final day on the […]


A Dream Meal in Paris

My dream meal takes place in Paris. Starting with a chilled Domaine de la Poultière, cuvée Emotion 2009, Vouvray demi-sec (off-dry) 2012 ($16.99) This tasty Vouvray has a brilliant white gold color with seductive aromas reminiscence of exotic fruit, intense and refreshing on the palate, only slightly sweet with a round, suave mouthfeel and vibrant minerality. It matches well with […]


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 […]

Hess Station Sign at Center of Zoning Dispute

Estero — A pole sign dating to the early 2000s beckoned customers to a Pik-n-Run gas station on Corkscrew Road near I-75. But now – in a sign of today’s times – its replacement by Hess, a new owner, has been found objectionable. The elevated sign does not comport with Estero development standards, which generally require monument signs mounted at […]

Development Shift for Student Housing Draws Opposition

Estero — Estero leaders acknowledge the mix of mostly gated communities and commercial development in the community needs something different. It might get it, but not exactly as desired. A pending zoning case could clear the way for 2,600 units of mostly multi-family housing north of and directly across the proposed Estero Parkway extension from Grandezza. The housing would be […]

Bonita’s Clawson Seeks Radel’s Congressional Seat

Bonita Springs –Last year, Bonita and Estero residents became acquainted with Curt Clawson as a prime mover behind a successful effort to establish a citizen task force to study crucial water issues in east Bonita’s DR/GR. His concern was with water resources as a key to the southwest Florida economic growth. Now the name Curtis Clawson is about to become […]

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Spotlight Visits Las Vegas

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Spotlight on the Allure of the Seas

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Spotlight Goes South

Bonita Takes First Steps on Landscape Improvement

Bonita Springs — Bonita Springs city council recently got its first briefing from landscape architect and contractor Chris Busk, who’s been hired to beautify city roadways. Busk has designed much of the roadway landscape in Naples. A long-time Bonita resident, he has been involved in historic preservation –including the 1880’s era Haldeman house he moved from from the Naples Pier […]

Slachta and Pastore Vie for District 3 Council Seat

Bonita Springs — Pete Pastore says that Bonita Springs City Councilman Steve Slachta is a really good guy. Just not a really good councilman, he says. Pastore, 83, is challenging incumbent Slachta for the District 3 seat Slachta’s occupied for the past four years. “I don’t like the way the city is being run,” Pastore said. “They’ve got the city […]

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Spotlight on the Royal Princess

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Spotlight at the Panama Canal

Pelican Annexation Debated While Consent Controversy Looms

With a vote on annexation only weeks away, certain residents of The Colony, Pelican Landing and The Tides are hearing a lot about the city of Bonita Springs and the proposed village of Estero. Meanwhile, a potential controversy looms concerning the adequacy of other annexation consents– those of landowners– required to be received by Bonita under Florida law. The Voter […]

Water Task Force Sets Course, Airs Differences

Bonita Springs — The Bonita Springs Water Strategy Task Force took its first few halting steps on January 13. The task force, charged with examining water issues in the city Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource area during a year-long moratorium on land use changes there, is headed by Paul Pass, appointed as chair by Mayor Ben Nelson. The committee itself selected Nicole […]

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Spotlight Cruises to Saint Lucia

Councilman Peter Simmons for Mike Gibson

When my family and I moved to Bonita Springs one of the first things I did was buy a new bicycle, and it was there that I met Mike Gibson. Over the years, Mike and I have gotten to know each other very well, and discovered that we share a lot of the same values. Mike is a fiscal conservative, […]

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Spotlight Visits New Hampshire

Martini Glass To Be Filled With Homes

Estero — Corks are popping in Estero. The Martini Glass will soon be full of homes, and the controversial Coconut Road Interchange is no more. The so-called Martini Glass is actually not quite 40 acres left vacant for a potential future I-75 interchange west of the interstate at Coconut Road in The Brooks. On aerial maps, the land resembles a […]

Liberty Youth Ranch Provides A Family For Children

Liberty Youth Ranch is Alan C. Dimmitt’s answer to providing a loving home and happy childhood for less fortunate children. Dimmitt, Liberty Youth Ranch’s founder and CEO/ President, is fulfilling a dream from childhood. Having been raised in a group home environment in Texas that guided him to a successful life and career, he wanted to help others in the […]

Bon Appetit Offers A Taste Of Provence In Estero

Business Beat

How long does it take to change your life entirely? About six months, according to Estero residents Jean- Jacques Chabert and his wife, chef France Maurice, who own the Bon Appetit French Bistro at the Miromar Outlets. Until three years ago, they lived near Montelimar, in Provence, France—a city widely known as the world capital of nougat. In their native […]

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Premier Motorcars Opens

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Bonita Chamber Hosts New Member Welcome

Monarch Remodelers & Builders Love A Challenge

Nine years ago when Bill Campos moved to Southwest Florida from Providence, Rhode Island, it wasn’t for the weather, ambiance, business potential or growth opportunities. His main incentive was a woman. He met his future wife, Naples resident Emily Ross, when she was a guest at one of his summer beach parties in Providence. They now own and manage Bonita […]

Councilwoman Simons Thanks Constituents, Supports Mike Gibson

Dear Residents of Bonita Springs, I want to thank the voters of our Bonita Springs City Council District Five for the honor of electing me almost eight years ago. Your new councilmember will be elected on Tuesday, January 28 and I hope the work we started together can continue. This is why I am asking you to vote for Mike […]