Lee commissioners move forward with swim center replacing City of Palms Park
Published 06/21/2011 at 6:27 p.m.
John Albion pulled out a piece of bubblegum to show Lee County commissioners how much it will cost to transform City of Palms Park baseball stadium into an aquatics center.
Lee commissioners vote to continue discussions regarding City of Palms Park conversion to aquatic center
Published 06/21/2011 at 3:02 p.m.
The board of commissioners voted Tuesday to continue negotiations with the Austin, Texas-based National Swimming Center Corporation with the administrative agenda item passing 4-1. Commissioner Brian Bigelow dissented.
Lee commissioners to decide on proposal to convert City of Palms Park into aquatic center
Published 06/20/2011 at 9:53 p.m.
Tuesday, the fate of the park could be decided when county commissioners meet and discuss a final proposal by the Austin, Texas-based National Swimming Center Corporation to turn the old ball park into a modern aquatic arena — an $18.2 ...
Power restored, mop-up ongoing after severe thunderstorm hits Naples area
Updated 06/16/2011 at 2:01 p.m.
After a severe thunderstorm barreled through Southwest Florida Wednesday night leaving many in the dark, nearly all customers who were without power had their electricity restored.
Gov. Rick Scott talks jobs, immigration reform during visit
Published 06/15/2011 at 12:03 p.m. 5 Comments
In a duo of Southwest Florida stops Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott addressed representatives from what he called Florida’s two most recognizable industries: tourism and citrus.
Bonita Beach renourishment project hiring causes heated debate on local preferences
Published 06/07/2011 at 5:32 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners drew a line in the sand when it came to a beach renourishment project. A discussion about The Bonita Beach Renourishment Project, an interlocal project shared by Lee County and the City of Bonita Springs, became contentious ...
Far from broken: Four-year-old Itzel Chavez overcomes cancer and amputation
Published 06/05/2011 at 9:48 p.m.
After she was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer in 2007, the family of Itzel Chavez, now 4, faced an impossible choice: Subject the child to another found of chemotherapy, straining her young body and pushing it to its limits, ...
Pursuit of excellence: Hodges University graduates over 600 students
Published 06/05/2011 at 7:22 p.m.
Hundreds of graduates swarmed Germain Arena on Sunday, black caps and gowns bobbing about as the classic “Pomp and Circumstance” began to play. Cheering erupted from the audience as the Hodges University class of 2011 took its seats knowing its ...
Lee County property values fall more than 5 percent
Updated 06/01/2011 at 5:38 p.m.
Lee County’s preliminary property values are out, and while the decline continues, it’s less dramatic in years past.
Lee Sheriff Mike Scott proposes cutting more than $6.3M from 2011-'12 budget
Updated 05/31/2011 at 9:01 p.m.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has delivered to county commissioners his proposed 2011-’12 budget, which cuts more than $6.3 million from the previous year’s budget, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
PHOTOS: Rosies were riveted with hard work during World War II
Published 05/29/2011 at 2:18 p.m.
When Helmi McHardy graduated high school in 1943, she felt compelled to find a job where she could make a difference.
Making the grade: Three Collier, two Lee schools rate as high performers
Published 05/26/2011 at 5:06 p.m.
Three Collier County high schools and two Lee County high school made the Washington Post’s list of the top 1,900 public high schools in the country.
Lee County amendment will allow beer at Red Sox spring training games
Published 05/24/2011 at 12:11 p.m.
When the Red Sox return to Fort Myers in 2012, baseball fans will now be able to purchase a cold beer along with their peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
VIDEO: Details emerge in January strip club shooting that left two dead
Published 05/20/2011 at 8:50 p.m.
When Fort Myers Police arrived at Lookers, a Fort Myers strip club, they found Carlos Deleon-Ortiz, 29, of Lehigh Acres, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest. Inside, Juan Miguel Sanchez-Perdomo, 20, also of Lehigh Acres, was sprawled out ...
Despite Sheriff's investigation, parents claim student sexually abused by teacher
Published 05/19/2011 at 6:11 p.m. 3 Comments
When the parents of a 9-year-old North Naples girl told The Village School of Naples that their daughter had been sexually abused in January, they believed the school would take action against the teacher. Instead, their daughter was dismissed from ...
Financial firestorm: Edison Farms faces foreclosure, files $300 million lawsuit
Published 05/18/2011 at 6:53 p.m.
For six years, the 4,000-acre land east of Interstate 75, sandwiched between Bonita Beach and Corkscrew roads, has been at the center of multiple disputes.
One year later, no answers in disappearance of Golden Gate mother
Published 05/16/2011 at 8:35 p.m.
A year ago Tuesday, Marie Delly left her job at an East Naples Walmart, not to be seen again. To her family, who reported her missing two days later, it seems as though Delly — who would now be 35 ...
Southwest Florida brush fires creating smoke, not threatening homes
Published 05/14/2011 at 8:52 p.m.
From the massive fire at Big Cypress National Preserve to a fire of just over 25 acres near Golden Gate Estates, fire crews from Collier County and beyond have worked to keep the fires contained.
Vineyards Elementary students hold march to bring awareness to bullying
Published 05/13/2011 at 6:04 p.m.
Samantha, along with hundreds of her Vineyards Elementary schoolmates, took to the soccer field Friday at Vineyards Community Park for a March Against Bullying. During the event, teachers and students paraded around the field, all the while dancing and singing, ...
BUSINESS MONDAY: Health No. 1 goal of this North Naples wellness cafe PHOTOS
Published 05/08/2011 at 10 a.m.
Trim Wellness Cafe isn’t a cafe by traditional standards. Customers are not greeted by a waiter when they walk inside, and they won’t find a menu to order food or drinks. Instead, a unique menu of intravenous and injection vitamin ...
PHOTOS: Ave Maria graduates first class of students who attended four years
Updated 05/07/2011 at 5:28 p.m.
Four years ago, Chicago native Sean Patrick Lee wasn't sure he wanted to attend Ave Maria University. As we walked across the stage Saturday to receive his diploma, he knew Ave Maria was the choice.
New Red Sox stadium in the ballpark of completion by project deadline
Published 05/06/2011 at 7:59 p.m.
Barring any major weather developments, builder Manhattan Kraft estimates the new spring training home of the Boston Red Sox will be on its way to completion by Jan. 12, 2012, and that it will be ready for the Red Sox ...
20/20 vision: Purchase of environmental parcels in Lee open for discussion
Published 05/03/2011 at 1:18 p.m.
The future of Edison Farms is still uncertain after Lee County Commissioners vetted through the purchase of 24 parcels of land Tuesday at the Board of Commissioners meeting.
Golden Gate Estates brush fire 80 percent contained
Published 04/30/2011 at 6:26 p.m. 1 Comment
The fire, which has burned 2,824 acres in Golden Gate Estates, is now 80 percent contained, Hill said, adding that rainfall from Friday night slightly helped.
Lee commissioners keeping eye on mining, growth management bills proposed by state
Updated 04/26/2011 at 2:51 p.m.
Lee County commissioners are keeping a close eye on Tallahassee this week as two proposed bills make their way through the Legislature.
Lee County to pay $200,000 to family of man declared dead but lived for 4 days
Published 04/26/2011 at 11:53 a.m.
Lee County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay $200,000 in a pre-litigation settlement to the family of Leroy Tarver, who died Feb. 3.
PHOTOS Earth Day tune-up at Conservancy draws hundreds in Naples
Updated 04/16/2011 at 9:58 p.m.
With Earth Day less than a week away, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida held its annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, celebrating the region’s natural beauty.
Lee County deputies looking for missing Estero woman
Published 04/16/2011 at 12:22 p.m.
Mary Ann Zarb, 64, has been missing since Monday, April 11.
Lee School Board chooses 5 superintendent candidates to interview in May
Updated 04/15/2011 at 4:03 p.m.
After a long and, at times, heated debate, the Lee County School Board has chosen five candidates to bring in for interview in May. Collier superintendent Dennis Thompson, however, was not a name brought up during discussions.
Naples baseball standout's accused assailant arrested on lesser charge
Updated 04/14/2011 at 1:53 p.m.
Hashman, who suffered a broken jaw, a fractured skull and brain swelling from the attack, had hoped for more serious charges.
Home of Jewish couple tagged by swastika
Published 04/12/2011 at 6:58 p.m. 2 Comments
A large, black swastika -- with the spray paint still fresh -- stirred Gilberg’s emotions.
Police searching for missing Naples man
Updated 03/27/2011 at 1:01 a.m.
Naples Police are searching for a person who went missing Friday in Naples.
Foreign exchange: Bonita Springs firefighters train alongside Israeli counterparts
Published 03/22/2011 at 5:07 p.m.
In an effort to bring two cultures together, Lee County firefighters and four Israeli firefighters experienced live fire training on Tuesday, giving the visiting firefighters a chance to experience American firefighting and share their knowledge of fighting fires. Foreign exchange: ...
North Naples home suffers smoke damage cause by aquarium fire
Published 02/14/2011 at 5:28 p.m.
A home in North Naples sustained severe smoke damage after the motor of an aquarium caught on fire late Monday afternoon.
PHOTOS: Goodland's 27th Annual Mullet Festival
Published 01/31/2011 at 10:29 a.m.
Hundreds of people flocked out to Stan's Idle Hour in Goodland for the 27th Annual Mullet Festival on Sunday. With plenty of beer, live music and food, attendees came from as far as Chicago to drink, dance and vote on ...
PHOTOS: Homeless East Naples woman lands a job
Published 01/14/2011 at 7:59 a.m. 1 Comment
In her cramped 10-by-10-foot room, Sandy Duvernay pulls out a clean black shirt and printed pants. With the lights turned off and only a little window light peeking through, Duvernay places the clothes neatly on her bed, coupling the outfit ...
Search for Adji: New fliers created to bring new leads in case of missing 8-year-old
Updated 01/11/2011 at 5:28 p.m.
On Tuesday morning, Collier County Sheriff’s detectives, along with agents from the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement went door-to-door in Farm Workers Village and the Immokalee community, handing out several hundred updated fliers about Adji’s 2009 disappearance.
PHOTOS: Reindeer Runners battle cold, rain for race
Published 12/20/2010 at 9:56 a.m.
Neither rain nor cold could stop the children participating in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s Reindeer Dash Saturday morning.
Taekwondo United - 3 pillars of success: home, school, after-school
Published 12/13/2010 at 1:49 p.m.
It’s a Thursday afternoon, and the yells of tiny voices shouting “kiai” can be heard loud and clear throughout Taekwondo United.
PHOTOS: Joy of Giving helps 400 families have a Christmas
Published 12/13/2010 at 12:32 p.m.
When the Joy of Giving started 22 years ago, founder Nikki Davis had hopes of giving one family a Christmas they couldn’t afford. This year, Christmas joy was given to 1,150 needy children throughout Collier County. With the support of ...
Published 12/10/2010 at 11:45 a.m.
Sugar-frosted creativity could be seen at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion on Sunday, as children came out to the restaurant to decorate gingerbread houses with friends and family.
Saluting our veterans: Christmas Island Style honors servicemen and women at annual tribute
Published 12/09/2010 at 3:07 p.m. 4 Comments
The Christmas Island Style’s Salute to Veterans was held Tuesday at Marco Charter Middle School in honor of those who served in years past and those currently serving. With retired Lt. Col. Bill Howey of the United States Marine Corp ...
PHOTOS: Wine, cheese and cupcakes draw Islanders to season-opener party
Published 11/11/2010 at 5:01 p.m.
Season’s greetings! The galleries at the Shops of Olde Marco celebrated their second grand opening with a season-opening gala on Wednesday. Amantea Gallery and In the Light Gallery, along with Chef’s Express and the soon-to-open Simply Cupcakes, came together for ...
PHOTOS: Flapjack fundraiser benefits Fire Rescue Foundation
Published 11/08/2010 at 3:29 p.m. 7 Comments
Flapjacks were flyin’ and hotcakes were hoppin’ Sunday morning at the Marco Island Fire Department. More than 500 pancakes were served during the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s old-fashioned pancake breakfast, the third pancake breakfast held to raise money to ...
- Estero Fine Art Fair returns to Miromar Outlets Published 11/05/2010 at 3:47 p.m.
PHOTOS: Chamber’s speed networking builds relationships — and fast
Published 11/05/2010 at 2:22 p.m.
When Marco Island Realtor Starr Mier entered the conference room at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort, Mier thought she was in for an afternoon of social networking.
PHOTOS: Downpour doesn’t dampen musical performance at CJ’s
Published 11/05/2010 at 2:20 p.m.
Sunshine poured out over CJ’s on the Bay late Thursday evening after a heavy rainstorm pounded Marco Island. The temperatures dropped and the music picked up as people came to the Esplanade, drying off after the quick downpour. With Jim ...
PHOTOS: Boy Scouts host recruitment party and carnival at Marco Lutheran Church
Published 11/02/2010 at 12:33 p.m.
Look out Marco Island, there’s a new troop in town. Boy Scout Troop 2010, new to the Island as of September, has big plans for their group of 10 scouts. Looking for an outreach opportunity, members of Marco Lutheran Church ...
PHOTOS: Gypsies invade Esplande’s Art Walk
Published 10/28/2010 at 1:19 p.m.
With eleven artists, hundreds of pieces of art and three galleries, the Last Wednesday Art Walk at the Esplanade on Marco Island saw a large turnout on Wednesday evening. “Gypsies in Paradise,” was the theme of the October art walk.
PHOTOS Jammin’ to the jazz: Erin’s Isle hosts Christmas Island Style fundraiser
Published 10/25/2010 at 3:55 p.m.
Marco residents and Christmas Island Style fans came out on Sunday to Erin’s Isle for a Jazz Jam Session to raise money for the annual Marco Island tradition. A variety of hors d’ouevres and jazz and blues music were served ...