Renew Financial donates $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity

Renew Financial recently donated $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. The donation, presented by Renew Financial Founder Cisco DeVries and Regional Director of Government Affairs Natalie Schneider, will support Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Recovery Program, the longterm solution to address damage caused by natural di­sasters in Lee and Hendry Counties. From left, Renew Financial founder Cisco […]

Tee Box TIPS: Check firmness of sand with your feet

One reason why greenside bunker shots can be so challenging is the different consistency and firmness of the sand. With summer rains we find ourselves playing from firm sand more often. The first thing to notice when you look at the sand is the color. Is it light or dark? A darker color indicates firmer sand. When you enter the […]

FineMark National Bank and Trust in Estero becomes Blue Zones Project Approved worksite

FineMark National Bank and Trust in Estero recently was recognized as a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite. FineMark implemented well-be­ing initiatives to achieve this designation, including hosting potluck and walking moais, and groups of staff got together on a regular basis to en­courage healthy eating and natural movement. FineMark also encouraged micro-breaks for the staff to stretch or move each […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples September 4 TUESDAY It’s Abstract! [5:30 to 8:30 p.m.] Brenda Belfield will share techniques and hints with participants on how to create their visions on canvas. Paint, brushes, canvas, aprons, wine, and food are provided. Registration is recommended. Where: Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road. Cost: $55 per person. For more information […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Ted Bertz’s paintings: Strong, powerful and a bit whimsical

They say every painting has a story. Artist Ted Bertz has many, and he recently shared the bittersweet backstory of the black Rolls Royce. The recent loss of his daughter changed his outlook on everything, he said, and it prompted his internal fire to go in another direction in his life and in his art. “I was so uptight. I […]


Artis-Naples September 6 to 8, & 10 to 12 Naples Philharmonic Chamber Music September 8 Naples Philharmonic Magic Carpet September 13 The Freecoasters September 22 So Much Drama – Gulfshore Playhouse September 30 FGCU Wind Orchestra Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall September 15 Legends of Wrestling Broadway Palm August 30 – September 29 Let’s Go to The Movies September […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Bear is a ‘chick magnet’

When the two teenage boys who own Bear – a reddish, 65-pound goldendoodle – take him walking, girls are attracted to the loveable dog with a disposition that wins hearts wherever he goes. According to the boys’ watchful dad, Bear is a “chick magnet.” Mike Ingalls had dogs before, but his wife and sons did not. His eldest son really […]

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: This species is threatened, which threatens others

When we talk about a keystone species – a species in an ecosystem that many other animals and plants depend on – we often think of predators. When top predators, such as wolves, are removed from an ecosystem, it greatly impacts the ecosystem. In the case of wolves, the deer population gets out of control and plants are overgrazed. The […]


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 at 6:30 p.m.- except for July and August. Where: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N. U.S. 41. For more informa­tion and to see a list current activities visit amblers.floridatrail.org./N Amateur Radio Association of SWFL Meet with local HAMS […]

Spotlight goes to the ballgame

The Spotlight joined readers from the Preserve at Corkscrew on several outings this year. They took the Spotlight bowling at HeadPinz, to an Ev­erblades game at Germain Arena and a sunset cruise with Captain Ed’s Charters. Here they are with Spotlight at Hammond Stadium.

Medical & Health DIRECTORY

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Surgeons team up for Captains for Clean Water

Facial plastic surgeons Dr. Stephen Prendiville and Dr. James L. Newlon teamed up with Assuage Luxury Spa to raise money to support Captains For Clean Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for and pro­tecting South Florida’s water resourc­es. Each physician donated 10 percent of his income from injectables and fill­er sales to the non-profit for the month of August. […]

Spotlight visits Russia

Robin Brechbuhler Buta took the Spotlight to St Petersburg, Russia. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adven­ture. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Architects present scholarships

The American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest Chapter recently presented scholarships totaling $6,000 to six local students at Miromar Design Center in Estero. The scholarships are funded through local mem­ber donations and dues. “We have a very vibrant and thriving building and architecture industry in Southwest Florida and we want to help our local students and let them know that […]

Restaurant GUIDE

A Table Apart With global experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our chefs are excit­ed to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and exceptional staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us. We refuse to com­promise on quality in our restaurant. That’s why we source our fresh ingre­dients from local farmers. Our beliefs […]

Spotlight visits Tennessee

Susan Berg, a member of the Pilot Club of Naples, took the Spotlight to the Pilot International Convention this summer at the Gaylord Resort in Nashville, Tenn. She stopped by the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg to share Spotlight with Jack Daniel himself. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos […]

Bonita Bay Club’s Culinary Boot Camp challenges future chefs

A new generation of local up-and-coming chefs gained valuable hands-on experience in the kitchen this summer at Bonita Bay Club’s Culinary Boot Camp. Under the guidance of Bonita Bay Club’s Director of Culinary Operations, Chef Richard Brumm, Culinary Boot Camp is in its third year of partnership with Estero High School’s Culinary Program and its chef instructor, Jeremy Jasper. Estero […]

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: His and hers winemaking in New Zealand

I always spend my summer holiday in Japan – my second home and where I lived for more than half of my life – revisiting my youth and checking out wine shops in and around Tokyo. I peruse stores from big to tiny looking for small producers with inter­esting labels, reviews from prestigious critics with rating and awards. This time […]

2018-09-01 E-Edition

PANIRA Healthcare Clinic named Collier County Business of the Month

The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected PANIRA Healthcare Clinic, Inc. as the Business of the Month for July. Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for […]

Spotlight visits Bulgaria

Jewel and Joe Faerber took the Spotlight on a river cruise to Eastern Europe. Here they are in Ruse, Bulgaria. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Environmental company takes algae problem from the top

It’s hard to imagine that anyone has missed news of Southwest Florida’s recent water crisis. The combination of red tide in the Gulf and blue-green algal bloom on the Caloosahatchee River and area canals has scientists theorizing, envi­ronmentalists wringing their hands, politicians posturing and tourism businesses and residents trying not to panic. At least one geologist working in the area […]

Spotlight visits the Eiffel Tower

The Spotlight celebrated special birthdays with its readers this year in Paris on Bastille Day. From left, Arlette Dannenhauer, with daughter Danette Watson, and granddaughters Taylor Goins and Ellie Watson. While in Europe, Dannenhauer took her daughter and granddaughters on a day trip to Belgium, where she was born and lived until she was 12 years old. The Spotlight loves […]

Summer Institute gives students an education on the coast

Katie Pruyn capped her summer vacation by indulging in some learning before the new school year’s start. She gained that knowledge by taking part in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Summer Institute for Marine Science. SIMS is a weeklong program providing interested students in grades eight through 10 with an immersive experience in Collier County’s coastal environment. Instruction is […]

Spotlight visits Myanmar

Susan and Ken Schwinn took the Spotlight to the reclining Buddha on a hilltop in Tigyaing, Myanmar. The Spotlight joined the Schwinns on a southbound river cruise on the Irrawaddy River. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

Counties seek new ports, new sources of income for recyclables

Until recently, China processed about half of the world’s unwanted plastic and paper products. But through a series of measures over the past three years, including tightening its standards for what it considers contaminated, the country drastically reduced the amount of recyclables it buys. And on May 1, China stopped buying most recyclables from other countries, including the United States. […]

Laughter is the Best Medicine event raises $122,317

A crowd of 350 people jammed the Broadway Palm for Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Night and plunked down cash, checks and credit cards to support SalusCare, the region’s largest provider of behavioral healthcare. A total of $122,317 was raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and a silent auction organized by #KindLee, a project of the Lee County Bar […]

Business leaders: It’s time to be the squeaky wheel

Southwest Florida business leaders and professionals, we want to hear your thoughts on what the business community needs to grow and thrive. Come share your opinions at the Community Conversations event at the Bonita Chamber. Input from these sessions will determine which proj­ects your Chamber leaders focus on to help your business grow. If you were the CEO of the […]

Spotlight goes on an Arctic expedition

Donna Overly and Gene Collins recently took the Spotlight along on their Arctic expedition to Svalbard, Norway. Located well above the Arctic Circle, this group of islands provided exciting wildlife experiences. The Spotlight loves to travel, so please take the Spotlight on your next adven­ture. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.

First owners move in at Genova

The first building at Genova on Via Coconut Point Road in Estero has been completed and owners are moving in. It’s the first building to open in the new Estero Village Center. When completed, this new gated, resort-lifestyle community will feature 205 luxury condos in six Mediterranean, four-story courtyard atrium buildings overlooking a lake. Genova is the latest community by […]

Straight from New York Bagels opens second location

Eleven years after founding Straight from New York Bagels in Naples, New York natives Kurt and Doris Sexton celebrated the grand opening of the new Bonita Springs shop in July and cut the ribbon with the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce. Straight from New York Bagels features kettle- boiled bagels, pastries and deli sandwiches. Straight from New York Bagels is […]

Flightdocs celebrates grand opening of new technology center

Flightdocs, the leading provider of cloud-based aircraft maintenance track­ing, compliance and inventory management services, celebrated the grand opening of its new technology center in Bonita Springs during a Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting and reception. Flight­docs has approximately doubled in employee size to 65 since 2009 and is expected to triple in revenue over the next two years. […]

Shaw joins Children’s Museum

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples has wel­comed John Shaw as the new exhibits manager. He comes to Naples from the Center of Science & Industry in Columbus, Ohio, where he held the position of Direc­tor of Experience Production. In that role he led project management and development of new permanent and temporary exhibits, events, renovations, and visitor- facing infrastructure […]

Vance named municipal attorney of the year

Audrey Vance, city attorney for the city of Bonita Springs, was named Municipal Attorney of the Year as she received the Paul S. Buchman Award at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association’s 2018 seminar. Named in honor of Paul Buchman, who served Plant City as its city attorney for 42 years, the award recognizes Small­wood’s significant contributions to the practice of […]

Sander celebrates 50 years with Conditioned Air

William “Shorty” Sander, a field supervisor with Conditioned Air, is celebrating his 50th anniversary with the firm. When Sander start­ed his career in the service department on July 24, 1968, he was one of only a dozen employees. Today, Conditioned Air is the area’s largest air- conditioning contracting and service firm with nearly 350 employees throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota […]

Golisano Children’s Hospital named most beautiful hospital in United States

Lee Health recently announced that So­liant, a leading spe­cialty health care staffing provider and part of the Adecco Group, has named Golisano Children’s Hospital of South­west Florida as So­liant’s Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S. for 2018. Golisano Children’s Hospital was selected as the 2018 winner after more than 250,000 votes were cast na­tionally. The hospital treats more than 25,000 […]

Healthy CHOICES: Kombucha: The secret is in the SCOBY

A new beverage has been popping up everywhere. Whether it’s on tap at natural food stores or bottled and on the shelves at our local groceries, kombucha has arrived. It actually isn’t new, having its origins in northeast China around 220 B.C., first being utilized for its healing benefits. Ancient Chinese culture revered it as a miracle health elixir. Today, […]