Marco boy getting motorcycle escort to final resting place
Updated 01/17/2014 at 6:08 p.m. 12 Comments
An 8-year-old Marco Island boy lost his battle with a lifelong illness this month. A fleet of motorcyles will escort him from his funeral to the cemetary as part of his dying wish.
Naples beach renourishment project ends 14,000 truckloads later
Updated 12/10/2013 at 2:01 p.m.
"I think we've proved that truck haul is not disruptive," Naples Mayor John Sorey said.
Lightning kills man on Golden Gate Estates construction site
Published 06/26/2013 at 9:24 p.m.
Lightning killed a construction worker in Golden Gate Estates on Wednesday afternoon, the Collier County Sheriff's Office reported.
Out of this world: Naples travel agency offers trips to space
Published 05/10/2013 at 4:36 a.m.
A Naples travel agency is sending tourists on an out-of-this-world trip with a hefty price tag.
Naples board approves delay in Grey Oaks completion
Updated 05/08/2013 at 5:35 p.m.
Problems with the economy postponed construction of the thousands of residential units, hundreds of hotel rooms and dozens of golf course holes.
Naples, firefighters headed to court over unfair labor practices
Published 05/03/2013 at 6:38 p.m.
The city of Naples and the firefighters union are headed to court weeks after contract negotiations between the parties ended.
Naples Council looks at parking options downtown
Published 05/01/2013 at 6:09 p.m.
“We are at the beginning of what is going to be a very long and difficult discussion about parking,” Councilman Sam Saad said. Council approved a 2-year lease agreement with the new owners of the vacant Grand Central Station property ...
Residents angry over Whippoorwill Lane extension
Updated 04/30/2013 at 9:22 p.m.
Attendees spoke over each other, booed and waved signs against the road project, which they said would increase traffic and crime for the Marbella Lakes neighborhood. County staff tried to quiet the crowd as a few people drifted out of ...
Life after limb: Local amputees learn to thrive with missing arms, legs
Published 04/28/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States, according to the Amputee Coalition of America. Lee Norton is one of three Naples-area residents the Daily News has been following, documenting how they live their ...
Boston bombings raise awareness of amputee groups
Published 04/28/2013 at 5:14 a.m.
Phones have been ringing off their hooks at the Virginia-based Amputee Coalition of America the past three weeks after at least 13 people lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Annual Brotherhood Ride to hit the road again to honor fallen officers, firefighters
Published 04/26/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
This year marks the first time the Brotherhood Ride will honor men who once helped with the annual event. Thirty people are expected to make the 750-mile journey from Brooksville, Fla. — north of Tampa — to Decaturville, Tenn.
Magistrate to rule on Collier schools impasse over teacher pay
Published 04/25/2013 at 7:25 p.m.
School could be out for summer before a special magistrate issues his ruling on a months long impasse between the Collier County school district and its teachers union over teacher pay and after-school conferences.
Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere retiring
Updated 04/18/2013 at 7:27 p.m. 12 Comments
Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere announced his resignation today, effective in September.
Naples OKs cell tower in Port Royal
Published 04/17/2013 at 6:20 p.m.
Naples has agreed to move forward with the leasing of public property in Port Royal to install a taller AT&T cellphone tower and increase coverage in the area.
Former 'American Idol' star Lazaro drops in at Naples City Hall
Updated 04/17/2013 at 9:48 p.m.
Former "American Idol" contestant Lazaro Arbos arrived home Tuesday night after months of competition. Among his first stops was a Naples City Council meeting Wednesday afternoon where he received a key to the city and a declaration naming the day ...
Southwest Florida runners report on the scene from Boston
Updated 04/15/2013 at 8:44 p.m.
Naples resident Alison Bradford was in the medical tent getting treated for leg cramps when the bombs exploded at Monday’s Boston Marathon: “All I could think of was 9/11,” she said.
Resident card helps Naples businesses thrive during summer lull
Published 04/11/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
More than 200 city businesses offer discounts to members of the Resident Club Card (RCC) program. Of the 200, 42 belong to the Business Improvement District.
FAA delaying funding cuts for air traffic control towers
Updated 04/05/2013 at 7:06 p.m.
A recent barrage of litigation against the Federal Aviation Administration convinced officials this week to delay closing of air traffic control towers at 149 of the nation’s smallest airports.
Moorings Park considers purchase of 22 acres north of Naples zoo
Published 04/01/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
Annexed into the city in 2009, the land has sat vacant since developers backed out of a deal to build a retirement community there the same year. "It makes sense for Moorings Park," said Adam Benigni, senior planner for Naples.
LIVE BLOG: Lee County Commission to consider Bonita ambulance service
Published 03/26/2013 at 9:03 a.m.
Lee County commissioners are expected to decide whether to allow the city of Bonita Springs to operate its own ambulance service. They meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in commission chambers in the Old Lee County Courthouse.
Postal workers protest reduction in delivery days
Published 03/24/2013 at 7:17 p.m.
Naples letter carriers turned their seasonal six-day work week into seven when they showed up for a protest Sunday outside the city’s main post office on Goodlette Frank Road.
Naples, Page Field on list of air traffic towers losing federal funding
Updated 03/22/2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Three Southwest Florida airports and 12 more across the state will lose federal funding for air traffic control towers as part of sequestration cuts announced today by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Land ownership complicates approval of Lighthouse Point community
Published 03/21/2013 at 5:45 a.m.
The developers, Signature Communities Inc., need to first acquire a 6.7-acre parcel of land at the northern part of the site. That tract was originally owned by the McCauley-Pulling family trust, which gifted it to the city years ago to ...
City comes out on top in contract negotiations with Naples firefighters
Published 03/20/2013 at 5:25 a.m.
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept staff's recommendations on two provisions in the contract after the city rejected a recommendation by a special magistrate in January.
Local pubs, liquor stores see green on St. Patty's Day
Published 03/15/2013 at 5 a.m.
St. Patrick's Day is the single highest sales day for Irish pubs in Naples and one of the busiest drinking holidays for area liquor stores. IBISWorld, a market research company, estimates that the $28.2 billion United States breweries industry will ...
Naples officials on the lookout for on-street drinking during St. Patty's parade
Published 03/15/2013 at 5 a.m.
"I understand everyone wants to have a good time, and I'm not saying everyone is falling down on the street," Councilwoman Dee Sulick said at a meeting last year, "but we have an ordinance and expect it to be followed."
Lee County cuts impact fees by 80 percent
Updated 03/12/2013 at 8:14 p.m.
“We’re talking about taxes and how we make a fast-growing area have a quality of life,” Commissioner Frank Mann said. “Growth requires infrastructure improvements. ... Somebody has to pay for the roads and the schools, the parks, everything that is ...
Park place: Naples asking Fifth Ave. South employees to move
Published 03/08/2013 at 5:05 p.m.
The city is asking employees of Fifth Avenue South businesses to stop parking along the street so paying customers can have the spaces.
Lee commissioners toy with impact fee cut, seem to nix all-out moratorium
Published 03/04/2013 at 7:42 p.m.
A reduction in fees could encourage builders to choose Lee County, Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass said. "We need to create a business-friendly government," he said. "We have to compete in a regional market."
Centenarian's secret: Naples man turns 105, works out daily
Published 03/01/2013 at 5:55 p.m.
Francis Smith arrived at the gym, holding his wife’s hand and gripping a cane.
More Fifth Ave. businesses expanding with improving economy
Published 02/28/2013 at 5:10 a.m.
An improving economy and a thriving downtown have allowed a handful of Fifth Avenue South business owners to expand in recent years. Some reinvented themselvesas new competitors moved to the street.
Records: Three competing to turn Naples' Grand Central property into mixed-use complex
Published 02/24/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
A public records request for emails from city officials shows that at least three developers are interested in the 19-acre downtown property.
Florida fire marshal hears Naples' concerns over code changes
Published 02/22/2013 at 6:57 p.m.
Dozens of fire marshals and fire chiefs from Daytona and Miami to Fort Myers and Naples converged at Naples City Hall to discuss the 2010 codes dictating how much water needs to be available to fight fires.
3 Southwest Florida airports could lose funding, face closure under sequestration
Updated 02/22/2013 at 9:33 p.m.
The Naples Municipal Airport is among 100 U.S. airports and three in Southwest Florida facing closure of their air traffic control towers should the federal government continue with sequestration in the coming weeks.
NAPLES CITY COUNCIL BLOG: Discussions about fireboat, hiring firefighters and downtown parking regulations
Published 02/20/2013 at 8:19 a.m.
Naples City Council will meet today at 8:30 a.m. in council chambers downtown.
4 areas need improvement, First Amendment chief says
Published 02/19/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Naples Scrabble club's veteran couple mind their p's and q's; and x's and y's, too
Published 02/18/2013 at 4 p.m.
Naples residents Gerry and Pearl Sugarman once had an argument — "Only once," Pearl interjects sarcastically — over a board game and an eight-letter word.
Local chocolate shops, florists keep guys 'out of the dog house' on Valentine's Day
Published 02/13/2013 at 5:20 a.m.
On Valentines Day, many local stores are typically swarmed by frantic men who arent just looking for the freshest flowers and sweets they likely forgot the holiday all together.
Snow storm delays also affect lives of Southwest Floridians
Published 02/11/2013 at 5 a.m.
Waiting in a Southwest Florida International Airport parking lot Sunday with the windows down and books in hand, it was difficult for Lynn and Bob Bird of Bonita Springs to imagine cold weather up north.
Still Rockin': Naples council gives OK for more concerts at waterfront property
Updated 02/06/2013 at 6:51 p.m.
Despite an objection from the Bayfront condo association, the city council gave approval to three more concerts at the waterfront property.
LIVE UPDATES: Naples Council to decide fate of Rockin' the Bay concert series
Published 02/06/2013 at 5 a.m.
Its really good to see life in Naples like that, resident Joey Alioto said of the concerts. Alioto, 56, watches the concerts from his fifth-floor balcony, which overlooks the temporary stage.
Bayfront residents want plug pulled on Rockin' on the Bay concerts
Updated 02/01/2013 at 9:56 p.m.
Residents of Bayfront have taken a stand against a weekly Saturday night concert series flooding the waterfront property with more than 2,000 attendees.
Group explores bike path from Naples to Miami through the Everglades
Published 02/01/2013 at 5 a.m.
The four-lane highway connecting Naples to Miami is a straight shot for drivers zipping from coast to coast.
Naples officials push for changes to water flow requirements in state fire code
Published 01/29/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
After a meeting with state officials in Daytona Beach last week, Naples Fire Chief Steve McInerny said hes hopeful a change could happen that would benefit the city, which could otherwise face costly infrastructure upgrades.
Naples Council: Exceptions to city code not always consistent, but fair
Published 01/28/2013 at 5:10 a.m.
Votes like that can be frustrating for Naples business owners, who sometimes see exceptions to the citys code approved for competing businesses but not theirs. Council members say council does not operate perfectly, but it operates fairly.
Developer gets preliminary approval for Bayfront art gallery
Published 01/25/2013 at 6 p.m.
Kevin Stoneburner received preliminary approval for his 4,778-square-foot gallery at the citys Design Review Board meeting on Wednesday.
Bayfront concert series to continue
Updated 01/16/2013 at 9 p.m.
Applause greeted Naples City Council's decision today to let a Bayfront plaza concert series continue, pending staff review of parking plans and crowd control among other concerns.
City of Naples postpones public records changes after First Amendment Foundation complaint
Published 01/16/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
The city of Naples could be in violation of Florida Sunshine Laws if officials press ahead with changes to public records policies. Floridas First Amendment Foundation warned Naples officials in a letter Monday
Will it spur economy? City of Naples considers height limits, hotel density rules
Published 01/15/2013 at 5:20 a.m.
Removing the city's limits on building height and hotel densities could change the character of Naples, residents and council members said at a Monday workshop. But those changes could also spur downtown development, Mayor John Sorey said.
Naples officials, firefighters continue contract negotiations after magistrate ruling
Published 01/11/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
A collective bargaining agreement between the two parties expired in September 2011. The parties declared impasse in January 2012. The special hearing during which the magistrate heard arguments from both sides took place in August 2012.