2022-03-16 E-Edition

Collier Museum offers temporary exhibit on ‘Pickleball Passion’

Pickleball is a fast game, both on the court and where its surging popularity, locally and worldwide, is concerned. The blend of tennis, ping-pong and badminton is considered America’s fastest-growing sport, with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association reporting a total of 4.8 million active players in the U.S. in the past two years, a 39.3% growth in two years. […]

Naples Pathways Coalition to create a system of safe, bikeable, walkable communities

Southwest Florida cyclists and walkers are eagerly awaiting construction of the Paradise Coast Trail system, with 70 miles of pathways where motorized vehicles are off-limits. The Naples Pathways Coalition has partnered with Rails to Trails Conservancy to create the network of pathways eventually linking Bonita Springs, Naples, Immokalee and Ave Maria. “The plan is to connect existing pathways so walkers […]

Dredging to improve navigation in Collier County inlets

Collier County Coastal Zone Management has begun an approximately $2 million dredging project at Wiggins Pass and Doctors Pass to improve navigation into the inlets. Wiggins Pass was started January 26. Doctors Pass dredging is scheduled to begin the week of March 14. “Most of the projects we do here at Coastal Zone are funded by that tourist development tax […]

A Table Apart offers globally influenced menu

A Table Apart in Bonita Springs is known for its unique global fusion cuisine. It offers Asian, Pacific, Hawaiian, and American regional influences, prepared with Le Cordon Bleu flair. “I like cooking Asian ingredients with traditional French techniques,” said chef and owner Jarrod Davis. “My ideal dinner is to take Asian village food and create something refined that looks delicate […]

Tennis TIPS: Russian invasion impacts family and tennis world

Growing up in Appalachia, pre-internet days, we did not have access to the world that tennis has to offer. Today, my family has a very worldwide reach in tennis. My wife, brother, and brother-in law are all tennis pros. My wife is a tennis director in Naples, my brother is a tennis professional in Australia, and my brother-in-law is a […]


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TeeBox TIPS: Slices caused by the most common error in golf

Golf is certainly not an easy game. I’ve been playing and teaching for half a century and still keep learning and losing balls. It is, however, the greatest game ever invented. With that in mind please consider the following ideas. There are several ways to get a golf ball to fly consistently towards the target and they all involve clubface […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Making unique guitars and playing music again

Tyler MacDonald of Naples makes fine art guitars and recently told Spotlight all those things “that got me here.” “Here” is using exotic woods to create unique acoustic guitars which won best in show among the work of 600 artists at the St. James Art Festival in Kentucky. “My collectors are very supportive and passionate about it. They see what […]


Get it in the Spotlight: calendar@swspotlight.com B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers FMB/Fort Myers Beach N/Naples March 17: THURSDAY St. Paddy’s Day Block Party [4 p.m.] Get ready to (sham)rock all day long at Mercato. Experience a pitcher-perfect St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in the street between Bar Tulia & Dunkin’s Diamonds. Enjoy performances from Irish dancers, bagpipers and live music […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: Late-arriving cattle egret now as common as similar natives

The von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida admits native animal species, but will not tend to invasive species, many of which are rapidly displacing our native fauna. Among recent patients brought to the hospital was a cattle egret, Bubulcus ibis, which is a very common sight along our roads. As the name implies, they generally are […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Lab mix is a helper at work and a canine best friend at home

Lucas Harper had just accepted a new job with Paw and Order as a dog trainer when he looked on Facebook for a companion dog to share the new opportunity. Ayra, a pitbull Lab mix with a lovely coffee and cream color, had a story that touched him. A medical student in Orlando had unexpectedly received from her boyfriend a […]

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 […]