Prep swimming: Haan's two event victories power Sharks to state finals
Updated 11/02/2012 at 7:57 p.m.
ESTERO — At regional swimming meets, some athletes advance to the state finals based on times, not placing. But the regional champions automatically qualify for next week's finals in Orlando.
Prep football: Gateway Charter shuts out Marco Island Academy
Published 10/26/2012 at 10:30 p.m.
After going 37 straight games without a victory, Gateway Charter now owns its first winning streak in four years.
State mandates partly to blame for teacher frustration, Lee superintendent says
Published 10/10/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
Lee County Superintendent Joseph Burke had a message for the state government on Tuesday: “Back off.” “One of the things we can do is we can tell the state of Florida to back off and stop giving us all these ...
Lee Schools awarded $17.6 million grant to pay teachers, principals
Updated 09/27/2012 at 9:18 p.m.
The Lee County School District has been awarded a $17.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for performance-based teacher and principal pay in high-needs schools.
Carville: Romney must win Florida but Obama could win without it
Published 09/18/2012 at 5:35 a.m.
Never one to shy away from bold statements or controversy, the Ragin' Cajun fired off plenty of criticism and advice for the Mitt Romney camp during his visit to Southwest Florida on Monday night.
Estero back on track as Southwest Florida 'boomtown'
Published 09/17/2012 at 7 a.m.
Estero community leaders and developers believe the local economy is on the mend, and construction there is booming.
Prep football: Alfaro boots Lely past Cape Coral
Updated 09/19/2012 at 1:57 p.m.
First-year Lely coach Stacey Stewart called it the biggest moment of his young kicker’s sporting life.
Estero leaders name Nick Batos to succeed Don Eslick as chairman
Published 09/14/2012 at 1:54 p.m.
For the first time since its founding, the Estero Council of Community Leaders will have a chairman other than Don Eslick.
Judge orders Naples military store owner, two workers to proceed to trial
Published 08/24/2012 at 5 a.m.
The case against a Naples military store owner and two employees will proceed to trial.
Citrus greening remains challenge for Florida orange growers, agriculture official says
Published 08/17/2012 at 5 a.m.
Citrus greening remains the most serious threat to Florida's orange groves, says a top federal agricultural official.
Florida citrus ads target youth through social media
Published 08/16/2012 at 5 a.m.
NORTH FORT MYERS – It was a year of conflicting returns for Florida citrus growers.
Where's the beef? In Florida, as cattle industry enjoying meaty profits
Published 06/22/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
As part of a family that has been in the cattle business for four generations, Pat and Karen Howell have experienced the booms and the struggles of raising beef cows in Southwest Florida.
Naples Plaza undergoing changes, with December opening planned
Published 06/19/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Construction at a Naples shopping plaza along U.S. 41 has left businesses there financially wrecked, some store owners say.
Citrus greening on minds of growers Thursday at annual state conference
Published 06/14/2012 at 4 p.m.
Florida's citrus growers and Gov. Rick Scott agree the industry's No. 1 challenge is fighting a disease called citrus greening that destroys crops.
Gov. Scott: 'Right to vote is sacred,' and should not be diluted by noncitizens
Published 06/13/2012 at 5:25 p.m.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he won't back down from the federal government in his effort to remove potentially ineligible voters from the state's rolls
Sometimes a (name) change is good, as My Shower Door discovers
Published 06/09/2012 at 6 a.m.
My Shower Door, a Southwest Florida-based company specializing in the fabrication and installation of glass shower enclosures, had always operated under the moniker Mr. Shower Door. But last October, Daubmann received a notice that the family business could no longer ...
Gourmet food supplier serves up specialty items for chefs throughout U.S.
Published 06/05/2012 at 6 a.m.
Sanibel Island executive chef John Wolff enjoys serving Hudson Valley foie gras presented over Grand Marnier and vanilla rum, finished with a sweet port wine reduction.
Seacrest Country Day School students learn entrepreneurship
Published 06/04/2012 at 6 a.m.
Dan Schmitt believes a revolution is coming.
Feeling buoyant: Boating industry finding its sea legs again after recession
Published 05/28/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
With the belief the economy is on its way back from the abyss, Wolcott Marine has returned to the business of selling boats.
Goodwill stores do well in good, bad times
Published 05/13/2012 at 10 a.m.
Everett Lucas strolled out of the Goodwill Industries boutique in Estero last week with a coffee pot, a few books, a pair of khakis and lamp shade.
Migrant program helps Immokalee students attend Michigan State University
Published 05/06/2012 at 10 a.m.
For four years, Ernscie Augustin missed holidays with her family. She missed 80-degree winter days in Southwest Florida. And she missed her hometown of Immokalee.
Naples builder walks the walk - and the dog - when it comes to personal service
Updated 04/29/2012 at 10:04 a.m.
Dana Lark said she's happy with construction work on her East Naples home.
Pumped up: Drivers happy to find lower gasoline prices
Published 04/23/2012 at 5:38 p.m.
Motorists awakened Monday to sticker shock at the pump — the good kind. Gas prices fell sharply over the weekend in Southwest Florida and, in some locations, the cost of regular unleaded fuel dropped to as low as $3.83 per ...
Southwest Florida car dealership capitalizes on marketing strategy, professor says
Published 04/22/2012 at 10 a.m.
His reach is inescapable. Even if you somehow avoided watching television or listening to the radio for months, odds are an advertising flier printed with the slogan "It's huge" has make its way into your mailbox.
Mild winter: Did it cause northerners to leave Collier, Lee earlier than planned?
Published 04/08/2012 at 5 p.m.
The migration of seasonal residents is under way, and there’s reason to believe the mild northern winter has enticed people to leave Southwest Florida earlier than planned this year. Some say that’s been the case, but others aren’t so sure.
Eagle Lakes Park in East Naples to get long-awaited community center
Published 04/03/2012 at 8 p.m.
Collier commissioners this past month approved construction of the community center at Eagle Lakes as part of the countywide parks and recreation master plan. But some maneuvering was needed to come up with the initial $2.1 million for the project.
Vision Airlines doesn't see Naples in plans, gas prices daunting to other carriers
Published 03/29/2012 at 7 p.m.
The Naples Airport Authority had expressed some interest in Vision Air, and looked into the possibility of having 30-seat commercial prop planes flying in and out of Naples, but an agreement couldn't be reached.
Mr. Coffee founder, 25-year Naples resident dies
Published 03/23/2012 at 6:55 p.m.
Samuel Glazer, a Naples resident for 25 years and co-founder of the Mr. Coffee drip coffeemaker, has died at age 89. “He was great, not for what he accomplished, but for who he was,” said Glazer’s wife, Jeanne.
Publix at Naples Plaza to be torn down soon, replaced as store hits The Big 5-0
Published 03/22/2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Built in 1962, the Publix at Naples Plaza will be demolished, likely in April, Naples city planner Adam Benigni said. Construction of a new 56,000-square-foot "hybrid" Publix will be completed nine to 10 months after the store is torn down.
Going Dutch: Euro treats as popular as hot dogs at Red Sox games
Published 03/18/2012 at 11 a.m.
It seems like an odd combination: America's pastime and Dutch delights. But these days at JetBlue Park, almost as many baseball fans are holding Stroopwafel's (caramel filled wafer cookies) as super nachos.
Hooters waitress gains national spotlight after firing as Estero cheerleading coach
Published 03/09/2012 at 7:10 p.m. 2 Comments
The media attention surrounding the November firing of Nicole Zivich reached national and international media outlets. The TV show "Inside Edition" and a British newspaper, The Daily Mail, reported on the firing of Zivich, a waitress at the Hooters in ...
Rebuilding finished at Immokalee Farmers' Market, six-plus years after Wilma
Published 03/02/2012 at 6:25 p.m.
The reconstruction of the Immokalee market is complete, final inspections are under way, and the newly fashioned market is expected to reopen at full capacity within 30 days.
Weather patterns point to dangerous brush fire season in Southwest Florida
Published 02/19/2012 at 1:57 p.m. 1 Comment
The region's drought index has spiked to an abnormally high level for this time of year due to the lack of rain and above-average temperatures. Meanwhile, the vegetation has had ample opportunity to grow, creating fuel for severe wildfires.
Bonita fire officials agree to audits in effort to provide ambulance service
Published 02/13/2012 at 10:09 p.m. 1 Comment
The request for the audit appears to be political tactic on the part of the county, said Bonita Springs Fire Commissioner Steve Lohan. They think if we have to spend more money, well go away. But the peo