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Little Girl goes wandering and touches hearts

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Little Girl is a rescue dog who recently was rescued a second time. The first time, she found the arms of Sayles Johnston, 88, a recent widower in North Dakota. His poodle had died and he was quite alone. He adopted a little waif who was so hungry she couldn’t bark. He called her “Little Girl” and the name stuck. […]

Painting with pops of color

Artist Spotlight

Kaata Mrachek paints with a large trowel on panel. Her Everglades Series captures places that are familiar but not typical. “I want you to see the composition but I want it abstracted so the whole story isn’t told,” she said. With a palette of muted tones, she layers the acrylic paint then follows with a layer of glazed tint, doing […]

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‘Portrait of a Bride’ luncheon fundraiser a success for P.E.O.

P.E.O. Chapter IH sponsored a luncheon last month titled “Portrait of a Bride: An Evolving Silhouette” at The Nest in Pelican Landing. 240 women attended the event, which exclusively featured Leigh Ann Brown’s collection of antique, vintage and contemporary wedding gowns. Brown, of Lakeland, discussed the social, political and economic changes and opportunities presented to women of each era, and […]


Artis–Naples Apr. 2 & 4 Sypert Salon Apr. 8 Jay Leno Apr. 9 Matthew Morrison with Naples Philharmonic Apr. 12 – 16 “Cabaret” Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Mar. 29 – Apr. 2 “Jersey Boys” Apr. 5 “The Price is Right” Live! Broadway Palm Feb. 16 – Apr. 1 “Anything Goes” Mar. 9 – Apr. 29 “Things My Mother […]

Top 10 things to do at Lovers Key

Lovers Key State Park is teeming with things to do. Pay the entrance fee and obtain a trail guide at the ranger station, then proceed to parking lot No. 1, a good place to: 1. Walk to the beach. From the tram stop it is a 300-yard walk across two bridges with great views. You are likely see birds here […]

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Everglades Wonder Gardens hosts successful second Enchanted Evening

The Everglades Wonder Gardens held its second annual fundraiser, “Enchanted – An Evening of Wonder,” in February. The gala is the largest of the year at the Wonder Gardens, drawing 250 people. Attendees enjoyed animal exhibits, food and beverages, and various auction items. Funds raised benefit the nonprofit’s capital campaign, essential to the preservation, restoration and new construction at the […]

A day for the tortoises

Did you know that gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 Florida counties? They are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida’s public parks and forests. These gray or brown tortoises use shovel-like forearms to carve out burrows averaging several yards deep and 5 yards long. Their burrows give shelter to hundreds of other […]

Corkscrew a sanctuary for threatened kestrel

Standing along Corkscrew’s boardwalk, I watched as a small falcon dove rapidly towards the top of a wax myrtle, pulling out of the dive at the last moment. Its sharply pointed wings then pumped rapidly as it flew to a nearby snag, grasping prey in its small but powerful talons. The American kestrel (Falco sparverius) is the smallest of North […]


B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples March 31 Friday – 2 Sunday Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nautical exhibitors and boat dealers return to Lovers Key this year, selling arts and crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment. Food for sale by Fitzgerald’s, Royal Scoop ice cream and […]

A chat with an Uber driver

I recently took an Uber from a business meeting in Plano, Texas, to DFW Airport. I asked the driver if he minded if I sat up front, and he was agreeable. So I took this opportunity to interview him about many things we may not know about Uber from the driver’s perspective. Uber processes the ride transaction and receives the […]

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Spotlight visits Blarney Castle

Karen and Charlie Benson took the Spotlight to Ireland to visit the famous Blarney Castle. The castle is a partial ruin, with some rooms and battlements still accessible to visitors. It is best known for the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquence when kissed. The Spotlight enjoys international travel and is eager to learn. […]

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Bonita Springs Utilities completes construction of new corporate office

Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc. opened its new corporate office last month, celebrating with a ribbon cutting. The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated the event. The 19,000-square-foot, two-story building houses its administration, finance, engineering, and IT departments. BSU is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility founded by local citizens in 1971, servicing Bonita Springs, Estero, and unincorporated south Lee […]

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. For more […]


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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Hope Chest keeps on trucking with new donation vehicle

Last month, donors Sandra Moriarty and Tom Duncan, with support from Wallace International Trucks, provided Hope Chest Resale Stores in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers with a delivery truck. The nonprofit is now able to offer pickup services for oversize items, just in time for spring cleaning-inspired donations. Hope Chest stores feature designer-brand clothing, high-quality furniture, specialty home goods, and […]

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Spotlight tours Jordan

Elliott Sirota and his daughter, Carey Meyer, took the Spotlight along on a father-daughter trip to Petra, Jordan. A historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan, Petra is famous for its rock architecture and water system. It has also been called the Rose City due to the color of the stone it was built with. The Spotlight has a love […]

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Spotlight celebrates St. Paddy’s Day

Lori and Toni Murabito took the Spotlight to Savannah, Ga., for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The celebration draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city’s historic downtown each year, dousing everything in a sea of green. The Spotlight enjoys holidays and tradition, and is happy to celebrate with you. Please take the Spotlight on your next journey. Send […]

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The Outdoor Kitchen Place expands showroom

The Outdoor Kitchen Place held a ribbon cutting last month to celebrate the opening of its new showroom. The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated the event. The 1,800 square-foot addition sits just outside the original store and was built to showcase the experience of outdoor living for customers. Owner Anthony Zanette says, “We wanted to show our clients […]

Use upper body, not feet, as ball reference point

There are several schools of thought about how to best reference ball position. My preference is to use your upper body as a reference point, particularly the center of your chest or the placket of your shirt. I think this is the best method because the width of your shoulders obviously is not going to change, but the width of […]

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Gov. Scott talks jobs in Bonita

Gov. Rick Scott recently visited Herc Rentals Inc. at the Riverview office park on U.S. 41. The event marked an increase in workforce at Herc’s Bonita offices. Herc is one of the nation’s largest equipment rental companies. Formerly a subsidiary of Hertz, it is now an independent, publicly traded company. Pictured are Bonita Council members Peter O’Flinn, Mike Gibson, Greg […]

With food additives, more is probably not better

Food additives are any substances added to food for a specific purpose to preserve flavor or enhance its taste and appearance. There are also indirect food additives that become part of the food in trace amounts due to its packaging, storage or other handling. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the primary legal responsibility for determining the safe use […]

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Bonita Springs High School groundbreaking

The Lee County School District recently celebrated the groundbreaking for the Bonita Springs High School. The new school, built to hold about 1,600 students, will be located off Imperial Parkway, just north of Shangri-La Road. Opening is anticipated in the fall of 2018. Among those celebrating the occasion were Bonita Council member Steven Slachta and Mayor Peter Simmons, Estero Mayor […]

Qi Gong’s four principles said to unlock the unconscious self

When Eddie Rose was 19 years old in 1977, he was already a black belt in martial arts. He was young, strong, wired, and in the best shape of his life. Then, he met the man who would teach him Qi Gong (pronounced CHEEKung), the 5,000-year-old Chinese health and spiritual practice that integrates physical postures, breathing and meditation. At first, […]

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Spotlight sets sail in the Virgin Islands

Bird and Rick Bull and their daughter, Mrs. Jeffrey Spicoli, took the Spotlight sailing through the Virgin Islands. The crew visited St. John, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tortola, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Virgin Gorda, and Norman Island. The Spotlight loves sailing and has strong sea legs. Please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

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Spotlight visits the National Zoo

William McGurk and his family took the Spotlight to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution and does not charge for admission. It is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. The Spotlight loves animals and enjoys learning about nature. Please take the Spotlight on your next trip. Send photos to […]


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Meals are a mix of many cultures at Roy’s

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The unique cuisines of Hawaii and Asia can be experienced in Bonita Springs. Aloha hour from 4 to 7 p.m. at Roy’s restaurant at the Promenade offers bar bites such as tempura-crusted ahi roll, truffle bacon mac and cheese, shrimp tempura, Szechuan spiced pork ribs smoked and glazed with Roy’s original Mongolian sauce and more. The full bar includes Hawaiian […]

The Find: Mermaids and all things coastal

Ashleigh Poirier’s business, KNA Coastal Design, is like a refreshing sea breeze. Customers gravitate to her colorful section of The Find Consignment, in Naples, where she leases space to sell her original designs. “It’s been almost nine months and it’s been fantastic,” she said. “This was just a hobby but I had to do something with everything I painted. My […]

Water quality, Obamacare repeal are top priorities


There are dozens of important issues being addressed in Congress right now. Our important water quality challenges are my top priority, while nationally, repeal and replacement of Obamacare is the dominant focus throughout Congress. Our Southwest Florida waterways and estuaries are the driving force behind our economy and why most of us have chosen to live here. My top priority […]

Send up a cheer as our new high school is started

City Update

On March 14 I attended the long anticipated groundbreaking celebration of the Bonita Springs High School. Among other things we learned that our mascot name would be the Bull Sharks and our team colors would be blue and green. Our students will walk through new hallways in a modern facility towards innovative opportunities. They will have the chance to participate […]

Local business makes one visor match everything

Estero resident and golfer Lori Taylor is owner/creator of Visor Versa, the visor with interchangeable bands. She designs and produces bands to coordinate with outfits for golf, tennis, the beach and special events. The business is thriving because women enjoy versatile clothing accessories, Taylor explained. Her success is also due to the booming industry of golf merchandise. “I wanted cute […]

Local agencies stand together against Southwest Florida fires

It takes more than a village to rein in a fire. That’s no secret in Southwest Florida, where it’s fire season all year long, according to Samantha Quinn, spokeswoman for the Florida Forest Service Caloosahatchee Division, covering Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. That truth hit home more than ever last month, when officials agreed that the cooperative effort from city […]

Pickleball championships shaping up to be a hit

The Minto US Open Pickleball Championships will be bigger and better in its second year of operation, organizers say. Set for April 21-29, the event attracts top-echelon players nationally and internationally to compete for $35,000 in prize money on East Naples Community Park’s 46 pickleball courts. Last year’s debut tournament drew 866 participants from 39 states and seven countries. More […]