Labor pains: Marco Island not reporting its work force breakdown, feds not reacting
Published 09/03/2011 at 4:59 p.m. 13 Comments
If you want to know the racial breakdown of employees working for the city of Marco Island, don’t ask either the city or the federal agency that’s supposed to monitor it. Marco Island, which employed 225 as of June 19, ...
'Tis the tax-holiday season: Retailers hope school shoppers spark sales
Published 08/10/2011 at 5:46 p.m.
The back-to-school sales tax holiday starts at midnight on Friday morning and runs through Sunday. Consumers will be exempt from a 6 percent state sales tax and a local sales tax on clothes under $75 and school supplies under $15.
Gold prices on the rise, but local investors advise caution
Published 08/08/2011 at 8:48 p.m.
“I wouldn’t take a lot of money out of the bank and buy gold,” said Terry Rand, president of Rand Financial Advisors LLC in Naples. “All those things are bubbles that are likely to burst eventually and could go down ...
As of Monday, Florida jobless must file for unemployment online - POLL
Published 07/31/2011 at 12:11 p.m.
Now the jobless must find a computer to file for unemployment compensation. Starting Monday, Floridians are required to file new claims and continued claims over the Internet.
Handel's opening first Florida ice cream shop in Bonita Springs
Published 07/27/2011 at 5:28 p.m.
A northeast Ohio legend will soon look to scoop up Southwest Florida ice cream customers. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt plans to open in Bonita Springs in September at 3440 Renaissance Blvd., off U.S. 41. It will be Handel’s ...
Region's water supplies not prone to tainting like Portland's was by one man's action
Published 07/23/2011 at 3 p.m. 2 Comments
Accidents can happen, as the people of Portland, Ore., know all too well. But overall, Southwest Florida utilities officials are confident in the security of the local drinking water supply.
Employment experts: A jobless status hurts chances of landing a job
Published 07/22/2011 at 8:24 p.m.
Not having a job is tough enough. But employment recruiters are saying being jobless makes finding another one even tougher.
Business Monday: Chase in race to capture Southwest Florida banking market
Published 07/17/2011 at 10 a.m.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. wants to become a bank player in Southwest Florida. It’s adding six branches in Collier and Lee counties this year, with plans for another two.
Homeowners learn how to fight foreclosure process during workshop
Published 07/14/2011 at 11:29 p.m.
Many people are unaware of their rights and are afraid to fight, Hicks said. Without a fight, the home is headed for foreclosure and may be auctioned off. It is important to obtain legal counsel and pursue all options, Hicks ...
Foreclosure workshop is Thursday in Naples
Published 07/12/2011 at 4:05 p.m.
A foreclosure workshop is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Naples. The workshop at Springhill Suites 3798 White Lake Blvd., will teach residents ways to remain in their home, modify their loans or plan an exit strategy.
91-year-old Naples woman with no computer battles Comcast over Internet bills
Published 07/11/2011 at 10:20 p.m.
“I did not, I never did buy a modem. I frankly don’t even know what it is,” Lucille Freshman said. “I don’t have a computer; I’ve never had a computer.”
Business Monday: Naples jerky store owner looking to beef up outlets
Published 07/10/2011 at 10 a.m.
Anyone with a hankering for alligator, ostrich, elk, antelope or kangaroo meat is in luck. Those are just some of the exotic jerky available at the Beef Jerky Outlet in Naples, 2400 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 104.
Seacrest Country Day School sues over water-damaged units
Published 07/09/2011 at 4:10 p.m. 1 Comment
Seacrest Country Day School is suing its manufacturer, distributor and general contractor, claiming each refused to repair or replace water damaged modular units free of charge.
New Xfinity a challenge to some Comcast customers
Published 07/06/2011 at 3:48 p.m.
Southwest Florida Comcast customers confused about the company’s switch to Xfinity probably aren’t alone.
Chair, CEO of Estero chamber loses battle with lung cancer
Published 07/05/2011 at 10:16 p.m.
Meg Judge, chairman of the board and CEO of the Estero Chamber of Commerce died Sunday, after a long fight with lung cancer.
Showing their Independence: Southwest Florida residents take patriotic pride to a whole new level
Published 07/01/2011 at 3:46 p.m. 3 Comments
Some people salute the American flag at every chance. Others proudly sing along to the national anthem when they attend a sporting event. But a few go much further when showing their patriotism and the love of their country. The ...
Locals send care packages to troops to say 'Thank You'
Published 07/01/2011 at 12:57 p.m.
Diapers, feminine pads, flea collars and gummy bears are some of the top requests by male and female soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Southwest Florida planning council in disarray after no-confidence vote in director
Published 06/30/2011 at 11:14 p.m.
On Thursday, 19 out of 24 participating regional planning council members gave Ken Heatherington a “vote of no confidence.”
Talk to us: Do you have a horrible boss story?
Published 06/30/2011 at 6:06 p.m.
Do you have a horrible boss story? Post your stories here or email them to Johanna Somers at email@example.com.
Versatile QR code puts old barcodes to shame
Published 06/28/2011 at 10:33 a.m.
Creative businesses and smartphone users are bringing the barcode back. Instead of a one-dimensional barcode that can be found on a can of beans at the grocery store, companies are using two-dimensional barcodes called Quick Response Codes or Microsoft Tags.
QR codes make smartphones information retrievers
Published 06/27/2011 at 12:52 p.m.
The next time you shop for a house you may be doing it with the click of a smart-phone camera. Have you seen the black-and-white checkerboard squares on real estate signs and billboards? John McGowan, owner of Simply Your Technology, ...
BUSINESS MONDAY: Naples Flowers relocates after half century at same site
Published 06/26/2011 at 11:25 a.m.
A Naples floral shop has replanted in a new location after 53 years. Naples Flowers Inc., 979 First Ave. N., recently uprooted from its site since 1958 at U.S. 41 and Fifth Avenue North after a rent disagreement.
We want to know: How do you show your patriotism?
Published 06/22/2011 at 7:10 p.m.
We want to know how you show your patriotism. Do you fly the largest American flag possible? Work or volunteer at an organization to support America and Americans? Serve in the military or hold a public service position?
Local Jefferson Award winner attends national ceremony in Washington D.C.
Published 06/21/2011 at 10:40 p.m.
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service — co-founded by Jacquiline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard — recognizes people who give back to their community and is considered the “Nobel Prize” for public service.
Median price of Naples homes up 6 percent
Published 06/17/2011 at 6:53 p.m.
Single-family homes are selling locally and their median price is rising.
Direct flights from Naples to Miami begin July 4 on Exec Air planes
Updated 06/17/2011 at 9:23 a.m.
Flying from Naples to Miami starts Independence Day. Exec Air Inc. of Naples will fly travelers once a day, four days out of the week, from Naples Municipal Airport to Miami International Airport on a one-pilot, three-passenger plane.
No Perkins restaurants in Collier, Lee will close after company files for bankruptcy
Published 06/14/2011 at 1:32 p.m.
No Perkins restaurants in Collier and Lee counties will close because of the company’s financial problems.
Chamber of Commerce endorses Arthrex expansion plans
Published 06/13/2011 at 4:02 p.m.
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce rallied around the expansion of Arthrex on Monday. Arthrex, medical product producer and trainer, is headquartered in Collier County and fits the county’s culture and immediate need for growth.
POLL: More people receiving food stamps in Southwest Florida
Updated 06/13/2011 at 8:56 a.m.
Hilliard Farms turkey meat, Jif peanut butter, Smucker’s jelly, Nature’s Own sliced bread and a gallon of milk were what James Munholand, 25, of Collier County, bought with his third week on food stamps.
BUSINESS MONDAY: Naples company working to prevent fire deaths - PHOTOS
Updated 06/13/2011 at 8:52 a.m.
There is more to fire than flames. Smoke inhalation causes 75 percent of all fire deaths and a Naples company is working to reduce that number.
Improved MLS system to benefit local Realtors
Published 06/09/2011 at 3:07 p.m.
Last week they got access to a new and improved internal Multiple Listing Service, which allows Realtors to share property information with one another. Realtors can use this service on Mac computers or iPads, whereas previously they had to use ...
Selling Naples: Tourism council reveals strategy to attract visitors to Collier
Published 06/08/2011 at 8:09 p.m.
Have you heard of Naples? Naples where? That is what Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller asked the Tourism Development Council during a Wednesday morning meeting. People think of Italy, she said, and that’s a problem.
CenturyLink offers another option for TV, phone, Internet users
Published 06/03/2011 at 3:09 p.m.
Southwest Florida television and Internet users have another choice. CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., says it has signed up “thousands” of customers and is making cable inroads in Southwest Florida since it began offering its new ...