Lee commissioners look to modify incentive agreement with Source Interlink
Published 05/13/2013 at 8:59 p.m.
A taxpayer-funded incentive agreement between Lee County and Bonita-based Source Interlink Companies, Inc., might be modified again to give the company more time to reach its job creation goals.
Commissioner: Hertz planning for sales, retail lot near future Estero headquarters
Published 05/10/2013 at 5:16 p.m.
Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass said Hertz wants to lease and sell cars from its headquarters, too. Is this a deal-breaker?
Estero businesses, residents excited for Hertz relocation
Published 05/09/2013 at 4:54 a.m.
Hertz's move to Estero will place hundreds of Hertz employees and their families closer to Estero businesses owners who have been waiting for the local economy to stabilize.
Lee commissioners award $4M to unknown Fortune 500 company
Updated 04/30/2013 at 9:13 p.m.
As part of the agreement, the company - known as "Project A" in government documents - would commit to employ 700 people at an average wage of $102,000, and it would agree to build and equip a 300,000-square-foot corporate headquarters ...
Lee County awards $4M to Fortune 500 company
Published 04/30/2013 at 11:17 a.m.
Lee County commissioners this morning unanimously approved a $4 million incentive award agreement between the county and an unnamed Fortune 500 company that is considering relocating its corporate headquarters to Lee.
Lee County could award $4M to mystery company to move to SW Fla.
Updated 04/28/2013 at 8:12 p.m.
An unnamed Fortune 500 company might relocate its corporate headquarters to Lee County, and some hope taxpayer-funded grant money will help close the deal.
FHP: No criminal charges against Oakes Farms driver accused of striking, killing bicyclist
Published 04/22/2013 at 5:40 p.m.
There is not enough evidence to say that Jon Price, 59, of North Naples, was at fault for the crash that killed Robin Wallace, 48. But the 18-wheeler he was driving for Oakes Farms, 2205 Davis Blvd., did run her ...
Lazaro Arbos' American Idol run inspires others who stutter
Published 04/12/2013 at 6:36 p.m.
Lazaro Arbos isn’t going to be the next “American Idol,” but he did accomplish a dream: he inspired. The Naples-area resident, who was voted off the show on Thursday night, is being lauded by stuttering community for his bravery.
'American Idol' judges continue to be critical of Naples' Lazaro Arbos; What will voters say?
Updated 04/10/2013 at 10:37 p.m. 1 Comment
Long-time judge Randy Jackson seems to think it could be the end for Arbos, the lone man left in the Top 6. "It's a girls' race right now," Jackson said.
Naples’ Lazaro Arbos defies critics, will continue on ‘American Idol’
Published 04/04/2013 at 9:35 p.m.
“They love me for me,” Lazaro Arbos said last week. Viewers voted the Collier County singer into this week’s “American Idol” Top 3.
Nicki Minaj: ‘Idol’ performance by Naples’ Lazaro Arbos ‘crack juice’
Published 04/03/2013 at 10:14 p.m.
“My baby,” she said. “I was liking it. I was loving it. It was crack juice,” singer-judge Nicki Minaj said.
Naples’ Lazaro Arbos survives — barely — to sing again on American Idol
Published 03/28/2013 at 10:11 p.m.
“One thing that I’ve learned: When you come into show business, not everyone is going to love you. Not everyone is going to love every song that you sing. But you can’t let that get to you,” Arbos said.
American Idol judges: Naples’ Lazaro Arbos’ performance ‘exponentially better’
Published 03/27/2013 at 9:33 p.m.
“I don’t know if you’ve completely redeemed yourself, but this is far better than last week,” Judge Randy Jackson said. The show was Motor City-themed, and eight remaining contestants sang songs that came straight from Detroit.
Fans loyal to Naples’ Lazaro Arbos on ‘American Idol’ despite scathing reviews
Published 03/21/2013 at 9:48 p.m.
Seacrest asked Arbos what he thought of the judges’ comments. “They were right for the most part,” he said. “But the lesson that I got from the night is that I have to do the songs that I love.”
Where’s the love? Naples' Lazaro Arbos receives stinging reviews on ‘American Idol’
Updated 03/21/2013 at 8:40 p.m.
Judge Randy Jackson was blunt. “This was your worst performance ever,” Jackson said. “I’m staring to wonder: Where did all the vocals go?”
Fans reward Collier contestant with fourth highest vote total on 'American Idol'
Published 03/14/2013 at 10:07 p.m.
"American Idol" judges may not have thought Lazaro Arbos shined Wednesday night, but enough viewers thought he did. Arbos' fans flexed their voting muscles and ensured that he would remain in the competition for
Family recounts crash involving FHP trooper on I-75 that killed unborn child
Updated 03/14/2013 at 4:24 p.m.
The crash knocked out Crystal McClure's teeth, punctured her lungs, fractured her hip socket, crushed her pelvis, ankles and lower extremities, said an attorney representing the family.The crash knocked out Crystal McClure's teeth, punctured her lungs, fractured her hip socket, ...
Judges not jazzed by local 'Idol' contestant's performance
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:17 p.m.
Collier County resident Lazaro Arbos tried to shine during his "American Idol" live performance Wednesday night, but the judges were underwhelmed.
Local 'Idol' contestant already a star in eyes of friends, family
Published 03/06/2013 at 11:10 p.m.
Lazaro Arbos, 21, a 2009 Gulf Coast High School graduate, is competing for a spot in the Top 10 singers on "American Idol."
Collier resident Lazaro Arbos ready to perform live tonight on 'American Idol'
Published 03/06/2013 at 5:23 a.m.
Collier resident Lazaro Arbos is one of 10 male contestants who will compete tonight for a chance to become an “Idol” finalist.
Despite mixed reviews, Collier singer advances to Top 20 on 'American Idol'
Published 02/28/2013 at 10:42 p.m.
Collier County resident Lazaro Arbos will continue singing his way to a possible "American Idol" crown.
Singing from Heaven: Hundreds pay final respects to Mindy McCready
Updated 02/26/2013 at 3:27 p.m.
“No matter what, she will always be our little girl who sang in her car seat with a hairbrush for a microphone,” Gayle Inge, the late singer’s mother, said during McCready’s funeral in Fort Myers.
Rising Star: Gulf Coast grad makes American Idol Top 40
Published 02/14/2013 at 10:09 p.m.
Lazaro Arbos fans were left wondering for days if their favorite singer would continue on the show when judges revealed a twist last week that left the male singers in American Idol limbo.
Hello to Hollywood: Local singer enjoying fame on American Idol
Published 02/06/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
The 21-year-old, who said he didn't have many friends in high school, has gone from 90 followers on Twitter to more than 13,000 after appearing on the show.
Bedtime Bundles has moved from childrens' needs to firsthand help for migrant families
Published 02/03/2013 at 4:02 a.m.
Bedtime Bundles is a sweet name for a serious mission: getting the basics for comfort and health to children in Southwest Florida, wherever they are.
Longtime Scripps editor tells Naples group that print journalism will survive
Published 01/25/2013 at 6 p.m.
Print journalism will survive, veteran journalist Peter Copeland assured a Naples audience Friday.
Bradshaw: University Village can assist in meeting growing FGCU's needs
Updated 01/18/2013 at 9:27 a.m.
Developers are still fleshing out the concept for the 100-acre University Village, FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw said, but they seem to be interested in the amenities and housing university faculty and staff may want.
City officials give support to reopening Bonita Springs Golf &Country Club
Updated 07/23/2011 at 4:52 p.m.
The community momentum to reopen the Bonita Springs Golf and Country Club impressed city council members enough that they moved Wednesday to create a resolution in honor of local organizers and volunteers.
Bonita Springs’ Allen “Gator” Christ Jr. is one of a kind
Updated 07/20/2011 at 9:57 a.m.
Sitting on a green plastic lawn chair outside of his apartment and sipping his favorite beer — “because it’s the cheapest” — a man called “Gator” watches as people came and went from the parking lot behind Buffalo Chips.
Bonita Springs’ B3 reopens with new look and skate contest
Updated 07/20/2011 at 11:36 a.m.
The sky over B3 Skate Park was inky, but there was no lightning, a sign that the skateboarders were free to keep riding.
Class of 2011: South Fort Myers High's Wolfpack ready to tackle the next step
Published 06/08/2011 at 12:25 p.m.
Holding a bouquet of pink flowers in his hands, Delric McNeal stood outside the doors of Germain Area on Saturday afternoon. The commencement ceremony drew many people who, like Delric McNeal, were there to watch a loved one transition from ...
Class of 2011: Estero students ready for post-graduation opportunities
Published 06/08/2011 at 12:20 p.m.
The vastness of the universe led astrophysicist Carl Sagan to say, “Somewhere, something incredible is yet to be known.” Kristin Jones, one of Estero High School’s two commencement speakers, shared that quote with her classmates during her speech to illustrate ...
Lee Schools breakfast perfect bridge for new superintendent
Updated 06/04/2011 at 11:17 a.m.
The theme for this year’s event, which was chosen about two months ago, was “A Bridge to the Future,” and the coincidence between it and reality was kismet, according to Marshall Bower, executive director for the Foundation. “Stars aligned and ...
Going ‘home’: Local Indian families gather to instill their own customs, incorporate those of their new land
Published 05/16/2011 at 1:35 p.m.
Mamta Trivedi has tried to maintain a sense of kinship between herself and others of her native culture ever since she moved to Naples. Her efforts to maintain ties with her homeland led to the creation of the annual Naples ...
Alan Korest named 2011 Naples Daily News Outstanding Citizen
Published 05/06/2011 at 9:37 p.m.
Alan Korest is a fearless globetrotter, a generous philanthropist, and a tireless advocate for social issues. Because of his dedication to empowering others through public service and his quiet, passionate leadership, Korest was named the 2011 Naples Daily News Outstanding ...
Pomp and Circumstance: About 100 graduate from Edison State College
Published 05/04/2011 at 10:04 p.m.
Edison State College conferred about 100 diplomas at the ceremony, which was held Wednesday night in the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.
FGCU Nest Fest: Alternative rock bands land at Germain Arena
Updated 04/09/2011 at 12:34 p.m.
Nest Fest, an annual concert held by Florida Gulf Coast University, is delivering four energetic alternative acts to its Southwest Florida audience. Taking Back Sunday, 3OH!3, the Maine and Jack’s Mannequin will all be rocking out on the Germain Arena ...
Jeb Bush quiets presidential run talk but says country needs fixing
Published 02/25/2011 at 9:27 p.m. 11 Comments
Bush, who was the featured speaker at the inaugural Marco Town Hall Speaker Series event held at the Marco Island Marriot, addressed federal policies and agenda in his 45-minute speech, but later dispelled rumors of a presidential run in two ...
VIDEO: Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum tests presidential waters in Naples
Updated 02/18/2011 at 11:59 p.m.
Former United States Senator Rick Santorum admitted he is traveling to early primary states, such as Florida, to gauge if he and his message are a “credible alternative to Barack Obama.”
PHOTOS: FGCU holds vigil for student killed in car crash
Updated 01/30/2011 at 10:56 p.m.
On Sunday evenings, members of FGCU’s Greek sororities and fraternities gather in separate rooms across the campus to host their respective chapter meetings.
Going, going, gone? Is this the end of Everglades Wonder Gardens
Published 12/25/2010 at 11:21 a.m.
Once just a carnival-esque slice of its surrounding swamp, Everglades Wonder Gardens now sits between urban sprawl and commercial ventures on Old 41 Road between Naples and Bonita Springs. It’s not unusual to hear the sounds of cars zooming on ...
Some locals hopeful as they await Senate vote on young immigrants bill
Published 12/13/2010 at 7:04 p.m.
The bill, which would give illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children a chance at legal status if they go to college or join the military, appears doomed in the Senate.
Skates, scabs and sisterhood keep Fort Myers Derby Girls slinging around rink
Published 09/23/2010 at 1:34 p.m.
On a Wednesday night, children and adults ride on their skates at a local rink, as the DJ plays the latest pop music. When the last song ends, the lights come on. “We’ve got a derby practice coming up,” the ...
Almost home: Walking since April 23, Naples man comes home, on his way to the Keys
Published 09/20/2010 at 6:04 p.m.
A little before 8 a.m. Monday morning, Phil Woods walked over the Edison Bridge into downtown Fort Myers. The view, he said, was “so pretty.” Phil Woods, 72, of Naples, came to that view on a North-to-South walk that began ...
Local singer Nathan Brooks launches new CD at Ritz-Carlton
Published 09/09/2010 at 3:37 p.m.
The singer-songwriter writes music from and for the heart.
On "Dream in Truth" Nathan Brooks brings rock ’n’ roll to soothe your soul
Published 09/07/2010 at 11:01 p.m.
When defining his sound, local songwriter and musician Nathan Brooks mixes existing genres to fit his creative credo: “soul rock.” His music is simple, but deliberately so. Brooks’ vocals, melodies and messages merge to create a legato blend of warm ...
PHOTOS Trio of 'Rocky Horror' fanactics create successful Calusa Nature Center fundraiser
Updated 08/12/2010 at 6:08 p.m.
To raise funds for the nonprofit organization’s animals, the Calusa Nature Center’s planetarium occasionally switches from projecting the night sky to projecting “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the racy adult musical starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, on its white ...
PHOTOS: Fresh off Warped Tour, Sheffield Crew plays in Naples
Published 08/05/2010 at 11:49 a.m.
Members of Sheffield Crew, a Marco Island-based reggae fusion band, consider themselves a tight-knit group of “little monsters.” At night, they come out to play. On stage, they feed off the crowd’s energy.
- Southwest Florida's Got Talent finds its first five finalists Published 08/02/2010 at 5:15 p.m.
POLL: Dreaming the dream: Immigrant higher-ed students hope to obtain legal status
Updated 07/29/2010 at 8:44 p.m.
When Argentina native Erika Grispino tells people she’s an “American,” she has to add an asterisk at the end of her sentence because of her immigration status. “It feels like I don’t belong here and I don’t belong (in Argentina) ...