Over a barrel: Bonita Beach Road widening complete, lanes opened
Published 05/13/2013 at 8:27 p.m.
The barriers are removed from along Bonita Beach Road as a road-widening project moves to its conclusion. Merchants along the stretch talk about enduring the construction.
Gov. Scott tells college students an important word to learn: 'forgive'
Updated 05/04/2013 at 6:56 p.m. 1 Comment
Ave Maria University hosted Gov. Rick Scott for its graduation exerecises on Saturday. See what Scott had to say, fresh off the completion of the 2013 legislative session.
Southwest Florida sea turtle nesting season off to crawling start
Published 04/29/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
Though nests sometimes are spotted in advance of the May 1 through Oct. 31 sea turtle nesting season in Florida, so far none of the threatened species’ nests have been reported in Lee and Collier counties.
A trail of 85 years: Celebration honors anniversary of Tamiami Trail opening
Published 04/27/2013 at 8:01 p.m.
Hundreds of people took a trip down memory lane Saturday to Everglades City’s 85th anniversary celebration of the completion of Tamiami Trail.
Balloons Over Paradise: Cheerful hot air balloons an uplifting end to downer week
Published 04/20/2013 at 4:22 p.m.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled, and, hopefully, this provides everyone some relief after all the bad news,” said Alves, as the balloons began taking flight, one after another.
Lee oncologist who built national business wins Lifetime Achievement award
Published 04/12/2013 at 6:18 p.m.
Dr. Daniel Dosoretz set out to provide cancer patients in Southwest Florida a level of care not available 32 years ago. He did just that and more, colleagues say. He earned the Heroes in Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award from the ...
Marco Island petting zoo feud continues
Published 04/10/2013 at 9 p.m.
It’s like telling someone you don’t want to work with them anymore, yet they refuse to leave the office.
Fate of petting zoo east of Naples returns to court next week
Published 04/02/2013 at 5:39 p.m.
A petting zoo east of Naples remains closed as a court dispute between two partners in the venture continues another week.
Partnership dispute closes Collier petting zoo, hearing set Tuesday on its future
Published 04/01/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Marco Island Police Officer Kevin Hennings wrestled alligators at his petting zoo east of Naples until a recent wrangle with his landlord shut down Hennings’ Gator Adventures.
With Easter early this year, Naples-area churches expect packed sanctuaries Sunday
Published 03/30/2013 at 7 a.m.
Naples-area churches are expected to fill to capacity this weekend as winter visitors continue flocking to church with Christians’ holiest week coming early this year.
Santorum to Naples audience: Obama, Bush not strong enough against Islam
Published 03/22/2013 at 9:47 p.m. 1 Comment
True to his reputation, Republican 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum didn’t shy away from controversy Friday night during a speech in Naples.
Manmade habitat island could be completed in Naples Bay this year
Published 03/18/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
A 3.3-acre manmade island soon may begin taking shape in Naples Bay.
First Baptist, Naples-area repair shops team up for car-care clinic for needy
Published 03/16/2013 at 7 a.m.
Some people go to church for a prayer, some for an oil change.
Tim Tebow tells Naples audience: 'I know what's guiding me' to next NFL stop
Published 03/10/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
Famed Florida Gator and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow broke another record Saturday night — drawing the largest audience in the 30-year history of the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort.
Whatever happened to? Estates shopping centers on hold as grocer sought
Published 03/09/2013 at 7 a.m.
The prospect of adding two new shopping centers in Golden Gate Estates is coming down to counting rooftops.
Marchers rally against Publix in Fort Myers
Published 03/03/2013 at 8:50 p.m.
Immokalee farmworkers marched through the streets of Fort Myers on Sunday, chanting for fair pay and human rights in the fields.
John R. Wood's real estate empire rooted in humble beginnings
Published 02/21/2013 at 5 a.m.
Some things don’t change. When John R. Wood, founder of the well-known Southwest Florida real estate firm, moved to Naples about 55 years ago, there were 2,500 people living in town.
Employers urge Collier students to explore STEM fields, expect change
Published 01/11/2013 at 5 a.m.
If youre interested in engineering and you can get your Ph.D, you pretty much write your own ticket, said Sabra Smith, a human resources director at Algenol Biofuels.
Collier, Lee school districts looking at increasing law enforcement presence
Published 01/08/2013 at 9:35 p.m.
Both districts have officers on duty at all schools, but they are not full-time at the elementary level a fact that has raised concerns among some local teachers since the Dec. 14 massacre.
All was calm, all was bright as shoppers hit Naples-area stores Saturday
Published 12/22/2012 at 7:30 p.m.
'Twas the Saturday before Christmas and all through the Naples area, the stores were full of people scurrying about in the holiday spirit.
Dow Chemical chief tells Naples audience we likely won't fall off fiscal cliff
Published 12/07/2012 at 6 p.m.
Dow Chemical Co.'s chief executive served a healthy dose of optimism about the nation's economic future during the Forum Club of Southwest Florida luncheon Friday.
Estates shopping center remains on track to open in 2013, developer says
Published 07/12/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
So far, it's been "no sale" for two proposed shopping centers in Golden Gate Estates.
FEMA, Collier release list of 10,000 properties removed from flood policy mandate
Published 06/16/2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Collier County and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials this week released the list of property addresses that as of May were listed in the FEMA flood maps as being in high-risk flood zones, but as of Friday no longer are ...
Hurricane season's arrival means time to check your property, flood insurance
Published 06/03/2012 at 7 a.m.
Hurricane season, which began Friday, is an important time to make sure you know what your insurance covers — and what it doesn't.
FEMA to make changes to flood maps, will remove 10,000 Collier properties from high-risk zone
Updated 06/01/2012 at 8:28 p.m.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency map amendments will remove about 10,000 properties in the unincorporated areas of Collier County, and about 20 properties in Naples, from the high-risk areas of flooding shown on new flood insurance rate maps.
Downtown Naples merchants sold on value Fifth Avenue business district is adding
Published 05/24/2012 at 7 p.m.
Downtown Naples merchants say they are recovering from the recession, accomplishing more by working together through a business taxing district.
Fifth Avenue business district holds annual meeting, aims to do more with less
Published 05/23/2012 at 7 p.m.
The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District board is scheduled to hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Inn on Fifth.
Gas- and electric-powered bicycles are getting attention; but safety should come first
Published 05/14/2012 at 2 a.m.
Electric-powered bicycles are becoming a rage in alternative transportation.
Are you covered? Collier's new flood zone maps take effect Wednesday
Published 05/13/2012 at 4 p.m.
Time is running out for Collier County property owners to find out what type of risk they have under the new flood zone maps affecting flood insurance. The 2012 Federal Emergency Management Flood Zone Maps go into effect Wednesday, May ...
In recovery? Retail outlets from Naples to Estero optimistic a rebound under way
Published 05/04/2012 at 7 p.m.
Special Report: From individual shop owners in downtown Naples to those at Coconut Point mall in Estero, merchants said this past year was their best in three years. Retailers throughout the region who were contacted by the Daily News for ...
In recovery? Downtown Naples merchants see sales spike again
Published 05/04/2012 at 6:45 p.m.
Special Report: Shop owners on Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South in downtown Naples reported increased traffic and sales this season after a slump that lasted as long as five years for some. Owners of new and long-existing businesses ...
Turtle nesting off to early start, good season expected in Collier, Lee
Published 04/30/2012 at 6:55 p.m.
While sea turtle nesting season begins Tuesday, Bonita Beach already hosted the first early nest of the year. Then, two more nests were discovered, one in Naples and one in the Hideaway Beach area of Marco Island, about a week ...
Kayak 101: 7th Annual Paradise Coast Paddlers Festival in Isles of Capri this weekend
Published 04/12/2012 at 1:43 p.m. 1 Comment
Meandering through tunnels of mangroves. Being upside down underwater while in a kayak and learning to roll back upright again – these are experiences visitors to the 7th Annual Paradise Coast Paddlers Festival in Isles of Capri can share this ...
Boaters urge Marco leaders to repeal anchoring law invalidated three years ago
Published 03/25/2012 at 4 p.m. 3 Comments
Boaters are hoping Marco Island leaders will finally cut ties to their anchoring ordinance that became unenforceable when a state law passed three years ago.
Deadlines approach for new Collier flood maps; residents 'need to check' them
Published 03/11/2012 at 5 p.m.
Officials are urging anyone who owns property to go to their government's website and enter their address into interactive tools to ensure the new Federal Emergency Management Flood Zone Maps don't mean they now need to insure their homes.
East Naples redevelopment district looks to refinance loan to stay afloat
Published 03/03/2012 at 8:15 p.m.
The Community Redevelopment Agency in East Naples continues to operate in the red, looking at an approximately $2 million shortfall this year. Collier commissioners decided Tuesday to halt discretionary spending in the CRA for 90 days while county Finance Director ...
Healing woman’s best friend
Published 02/29/2012 at 4:31 p.m.
A friend, a family member, a service dog — all in one 2-and-a-half-pound furry package — was nearly lost due to a common misdiagnosis of what appeared to be seizures to her owner. They weren’t true seizures, but that was ...
Public impressed at open house for Red Sox new Jetblue Park, but traffic a concern
Published 02/25/2012 at 6:20 p.m.
Poor traffic flow getting to the new Boston Red Sox spring training stadium south of Fort Myers was one strike visitors threw against the new site when a public open house was held Saturday. Overall, though, many people said they ...
Dispute over Chokoloskee road closing lingers on appeal, paving not done yet
Published 02/24/2012 at 7:46 p.m.
Operators of the historic Ted Smallwood Store and museum in Chokoloskee still hope a court battle will pave the way to restoring the street leading to their doors, but it hasn't happened yet.
Working out: Fitness misfits find their place at Naples gym
Published 02/21/2012 at 4 a.m.
A new gym teaches fitness training in a nightclub-style setting in Naples.
Advocacy group points to Estero death in call for harsher penalties for striking motorcycles
Published 11/09/2011 at 6:20 p.m.
Pointing to an Estero fatality, an advocacy group for motorcylists wants the Florida Legislature to change the law. ABATE of Florida wants stiffer penalties passed in the 2012 legislative session for anyone who kills or seriously injures someone in a ...
No-sweat workout? 20 minutes will do it, says Naples gym
Published 10/25/2011 at 4 a.m.
Concept 10 10 in Naples shows a quick, but not easy, way to fitness.
Marco council votes to decrease utility surcharge
Published 10/18/2011 at 7:15 p.m. 3 Comments
The utility surcharge placed on water and sewer bills was decreased from 6 percent to 4 percent in a unanimous, 5-0 vote. However, City Councilmen Joe Batte and Bill Trotter said that with an excess $5 million collected from the ...
Stay awhile: Naples looking to allow boaters to stay longer at City Dock
Published 10/17/2011 at 7:20 p.m.
City Council gave its go-ahead Monday for City Harbor Master Roger Jacobsen to work toward increasing the number of consecutive days people may live aboard their vessels while at the Naples City Dock. ---- The current limit is four days ...
Road open: Smallwood Store back in business after six months
Published 10/16/2011 at 3:50 p.m.
Tourists found the road less traveled Sunday on their way to the historic Ted Smallwood Store and Museum in Chokoloskee. It had been six months since anyone could enter the store.
Deadly delay? Friend questions what could have saved man who died after ambulance wait
Published 10/13/2011 at 11:32 p.m. 10 Comments
Paul Anderson, 80, died earlier this month after suffering a stroke inside his Marco Island home. But it was the 40-minute wait for an ambulance, after Rowe dropped Anderson off at a Marco Island Urgent Care, that has Rowe questioning ...
Occupy Wall Street-style protest coming to Naples on Saturday
Published 10/10/2011 at 8:06 p.m.
Participants have a wide variety of desires for government change, but one thing unites them all, said Karen Dwyer, 53 of North Naples. “I think that most people are really angry that our government’s politicians are being run by corporations ...
SWFL real estate experts expect modest economic boost from record low mortgage rates
Published 10/06/2011 at 7:40 p.m.
“This is kind of like spitting in the ocean,” said Bob Matheson of Matheson Financial, which has offices in Naples and Estero. The rates may encourage some potential home buyers to purchase, he said, but won’t be the answer to ...
Naples City Council OK plans to reconstruct Publix in Naples Plaza
Published 10/05/2011 at 11:45 a.m.
Naples City Council approved plans Wednesday morning to reconstruct the Publix in Naples Plaza across from Coastland Center mall.
PETA urges Naples City Council to reverse decision to allow alligator hugging in Tin City
Updated 09/28/2011 at 5:11 p.m.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is not embracing alligator hugs in Tin City.