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Sea oats: Nature’s storm insurance

If you’ve visited Lovers Key or seen pictures of any Gulf or East coast beach then you’ve probably seen the magnificence of sea oats. Sea oats (Uniola paniculata) are hardy, tough and incredibly efficient at not only creating sand dunes, but also protecting all the habitats, animals, plants, houses and people on their landward side. These incredible plants are a […]

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Spotlight attends Trump rally

Leslie Durling took the Spotlight to the Trump rally at Germain Arena in Estero. Please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Satisfying relationships are good for your health

In life, we all deal with relationships: whether with a mother, father, sibling, friend, partner or child. We all at times struggle with our relationships and find it difficult to manage them effectively. It’s worthwhile work, though, because relationships definitely affect your health. Losing the ties with a loved one can be very painful and have a detrimental impact on […]

3rd annual Bonita festival offers editing tips to filmmakers

A frightening clap of thunder breaks through the silence. Only a black movie screen is visible to the audience. Anticipation builds for the next moment. At a recent workshop for filmmakers, that was one example Antonio Correia presented as a potential opening frame for those planning to enter the 3rd Annual Bonita Springs Short Film Festival. The deadline for submissions […]

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Hyatt celebrates 15th anniversary

Surrounded by resort guests, Hyatt associates, community leaders and the Estero High School Marching Band, the general manager of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort, Brian Kramer, cut a commemorative orange ribbon last month, marking the 15th anniversary of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort. The celebration included a cake shaped like the resort, champagne, a speech by Kramer, and […]

Club Meetings

If your club meets regularly and would like to be included on this page, please email the info to club@swspotlight.com B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples Alligator Amblers Chapter of Florida Trail Association Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month. Where: Bass Pro Shop, 10040 Gulf Center Drive (upstairs conference room). FM. Visit their […]

Stunning aquatic invader is at home in Learning Lab

When giving talks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, docents often discuss the problems Florida faces from “exotics,” or invasive species. The Cuban brown anole, for example, has taken over prime habitat once used by our native green anole. Burmese pythons now live in the Everglades, preying on marsh rabbits, an important food source for local, resident […]

Buddy lives up to his name

Buddy used to love retrieving tennis balls. The tennis ball, however, became the wrong target for his game when he began a career as a therapy dog. If the person Buddy visits uses a walker, it may have tennis balls on the ends – so Buddy needed to change his fetch habit. Changing gears was no problem for this intelligent […]

Her toolbox includes brush, wax and a blowtorch

Artist Spotlight

Deborah Martin likes to draw, which is not unusual for an artist with a master of fine arts degree in painting. She also enjoys working with molten wax in a process called encaustic. In addition, she works with a blowtorch. And with that combination she produces works of uncommon beauty. On a recent visit to her studio she explained her […]

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Cote achieves ASE Certified Master Technician status

Chris Cote is celebrating his two-year anniversary with Lexpert Automotive. He recently achieved the status of ASE Certified Master Technician, the second highest certification possible. He was born and raised in Charlton, Mass., and moved to Florida in 2007 after working for Herb Chambers Toyota for seven years. He worked another eight years in Naples for the Germaine Toyota dealership. […]

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Spotlight visits Colombia

The Friendship Force Club and Luvvy Kovacik took the Spotlight to the Universidad de La Sabana in Bogota, Colombia. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Go McGuire Realty Team Celebrates Grand Opening

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Go McGuire Realty Team at RE/MAX Distinction last month. Go McGuire Realty Team is a new business serving the residents of Bonita Springs, Estero and North Naples. “Get used to awesome!” is the motto of the husband and wife real estate team, Patrick and Suzanne McGuire.

Fire may be scary, but it’s necessary too

There is one word that no one wants to hear being yelled and that’s “fire!” No matter where you live or who you are that is a scary word. Florida is known as the lightning capital and lightning can be blamed for starting plenty of forest fires. In the Everglades – and really all over Southwest Florida – a summer […]

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Spotlight visits Cozumel

Sharon and Mike Blades took the Spotlight to Cozumel, Mexico. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Versatility is the magic of Japanese sake

My annual trip to Japan to visit family and friends this year gave me a chance to ride the bullet trains crisscrossing the country to tour some of its finest sake breweries. From Tokyo, I plotted a course to take in historic sights, eat Japanese cuisine and taste the best sake, better known in Japan as nihon-shu. After eating and […]


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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Fitzgerald’s serves first responders

Fitzgerald’s Restaurant on Bonita Beach Road thanked our first responders for their service last month with a free lunch for all who serve.

Church dedicates a wing to all types of addiction recovery

Even in this high-tech age, some information spreads quickly in the simplest of ways. Since January, when the Rev. Wayne Neller was retained from interim to lead pastor at Community Congregational Church in Naples, small recovery groups that had been meeting there became fruitful and multiplied. Although Neller estimates that only about 10 percent of those who participate in the […]

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Spotlight visits Australia

Sharon and Keith Bing took the Spotlight to Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia for three months. Sharon and Keith are avid pickleball players from Pelican Landing. Time was spent with family and friends and on the beautiful beaches of Oz. They spent many days introducing and teaching pickleball to new players down under. The Spotlight loves […]

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Spotlight cruises to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Gale and Jim Mix cruised with the Spotlight to Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun, where they visited the northernmost point in Europe, North Cape, Norway. They enjoyed a 15-day cruise with Viking on a newly christened ship. Here they are seen viewing the Saltstraumen Maelstrom, the world’s strongest tidal current.

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Spotlight cruises Alaska

Four Bonita Springs residents, Colin and Ellen Gordon and Judy and Jim Sheppard, recently cruised with the Spotlight and Royal Caribbean. They embarked from Seward, Alaska and visited Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan. The Spotlight travels without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Spotlight visits Berlin

Hernando and Elsa Hernandez took the Spotlight on a cruise to Northern Europe. Here they are in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. They also visited other historical cities including Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

U.S. wetland delegation offers expertise in China

A short gondola ride up Cangshan Mountain took me from a bright hot late June day in China’s Yunnan Province to a surreal cloud forest. The Cangshan-Erhai National Nature Reserve was marked as much by waves of mist as by the fragrant expanses of flowering rhododendrons a few weeks past their peak. This was the first of many stops to […]

Errand Family is on hand for those little tasks

Business Beat

For all those little home tasks that are just a little too difficult, or for which there is just not enough time, help is just a phone call away. Mark and Lindsay Willard expanded beyond their Merry Maids business to incorporate a new idea, Errand Family – a new business that reaches out to the community in a different way. […]

Fresh ingredients from the Mediterranean inspire 21 Spices chef

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Filling a niche for modern Indian cuisine in Naples, 21 Spices by Chef Asif opened last December in Sugden Park Plaza, off U.S. 41 East. Its owner and executive chef, Asif Syed, was born and raised near Hyderabad, India. He began cooking with flair at a young age. “I was skilled at painting, drawing and sketching, and my creativity went […]

Young professionals will have a ball at the Knickerbocker Estate

The social calendar is peppered with prestigious events that take place in Lee and Collier counties, raising money to combat health problems, help underserved children and families and other worthy causes. “But there really were no galas for young people,” said Peter Cuderman, an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, a local business owner and a member of the […]

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Spotlight visits Alaska

Moshe Braver took the Spotlight to the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier in Kennecott, Alaska. Note the different spellings of the name of the glacier and the name of the town. While it may seem strange, the different spellings are correct. This is located at the entrance to Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the world’s largest national park […]

Testing donations for Zika no problem for Lee and Collier blood banks

Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation that all donations of whole blood and blood components be tested for the Zika virus has not posed major problems for local blood banks. In fact, the practice has proven to be beneficial, said Sheila Phillips, administrative director of Naples Community Hospital’s Community Blood Center, which is located at NCH’s downtown campus […]

Prepare yourself to dine out sensibly

Dining out is a part of life, but may present a challenge to nutritional health. There are strategies to enjoy healthy eating, adhere to your diet plan and still enjoy the nice meal out with friends or family. Try to avoid all-you-can-eat buffets or restaurants with enormous portions. Check the menu online beforehand to decide what you want to eat […]


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Timing is the master key to a good golf game

They say that timing is everything. It’s certainly true when you’re telling a joke or professing your love for the first time. It is also the most important element of a golf swing. Have you heard anyone say, “I’d rather have good timing than a beautiful swing”? The following should help you with your golf swing timing. Golf swing timing […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples October 3 Monday Films for Film Lovers — “3 Iron,” 7 p.m. Watch the best foreign and independent films in the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, furnished with a large movie screen and comfortable chairs. Where: 10150 Bonita Beach Road, B. Cost: $10 per person. Visit […]

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Spotlight visits Sweden

Jim and Annie Renfro from Bonita Springs took the Spotlight to Sweden. Jim has an annual one-person art exhibition at Taxinge Castle close to Stockholm. Visitors come from all over the world. This time Kae Moore from Fort Myers came with his Swedish family. Next year’s show will open July 24 and run for three weeks. The Spotlight loves art […]


Artis–Naples October 8 Magic Carpet Family Concert Oct. 8 Peter Frampton Raw Oct. 15 Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx Oct. 20 & 21 Naples Philharmonic Masterworks Opener Oct. 22 The Good Bad Kids Oct. 25 Naples Philharmonic Baroque Chamber Oct. 27 Naples International Film Festival 2016 Oct. 29 Naples Philharmonic Halloween Concert Oct. 30 Wang Chamber Music Barbara […]