Exclusive: Theater creator James Duffy’s tainted past - millions in unpaid bills, here, 26 states
Published 08/21/2011 at 6 a.m.
When a Bonita Springs movie theater closed after seven weeks, the Daily News began investigating James Duffy, the man behind the closing curtains. A six-month Daily News investigation of Duffy’s enterprise showed he has been sued at least 69 times ...
At the wire: Dog racing lives as bill to deregulate dies on final night of session
Published 05/10/2011 at 8:58 p.m.
A piece of state legislation that would have hastened the decline of greyhound racing in Florida died in the waning hours of the Florida legislative session Saturday.
71-year-old woman dies in Naples Park house fire
Updated 05/04/2011 at 8:54 a.m.
A Naples Park woman died in her home after it was gutted by flames Tuesday afternoon, according to North Naples Fire Rescue District Deputy Chief Sal D’Angelo.
Gov. Rick Scott tours 2,300-acre Golden Gate Estates brush fire
Published 04/28/2011 at 4:56 p.m.
Scott viewed the scorched earth from a Collier County Sheriff's Office helicopter and visited with fire officials for an update during a brief visit.
Brush fires causing havoc
Updated 04/27/2011 at 9:44 p.m.
Several fires are causing home evacuations, road closures, bus route changes and smoke throughout Golden Gate Estates.
3 separate Golden Gate Estates brush fires scorches 500 acres
Updated 04/26/2011 at 5:58 p.m.
Noriel Lopez, 65, was potting plants on the 29-acre Golden Gate Estates farm where he lives when he saw the smoke. It was coming from one of three lightning-initiated brush fires that flared up Tuesday afternoon in rural Collier County.
Daily News photographer Kahn named a Pulitzer finalist for series on downturn
Updated 04/18/2011 at 7:12 p.m.
Naples Daily News photojournalist Greg Kahn was named one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography Monday.
Collier schools superintendent not among committee's picks for top job in Lee
Published 04/14/2011 at 10:11 p.m.
Collier County superintendent Dennis Thompson was not among those a search committee recommended to the Lee County School Board, which meets Friday to take up the committee's recommendations.
Rudy Giuliani: Many people have forgotten about 9/11 tragedy
Published 04/12/2011 at 10:08 p.m. 1 Comment
Hundreds of small tissue packages greeted those who sat to hear former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speak Tuesday evening at the Ritz Carlton Naples.
Lori Brown identified as woman who died in Thursday's East Naples duplex fire
Published 03/22/2011 at 8:23 p.m.
Lori Brown, who celebrated her 52nd birthday earlier this month, was positively identified Tuesday by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as the woman who passed away in the 11:30 p.m. fire at the corner of Gordon Street and Collee Court.
Sheriff's Office investigating East Naples duplex fire
Updated 03/18/2011 at 1:27 a.m.
Neighbors said they are still trying to learn the fate of a woman who lived in one of the apartments at 3197 Gordon Street.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: 100 meet at library to protest government cuts
Published 03/15/2011 at 8:13 p.m. 2 Comments
A few passersby gave thumbs down. One man in a large pickup honked his horn and flipped up his middle finger. Another man swerved his family-filled Honda, as if to hit a protester that had stepped out into the street ...
iPad 2 frenzy: Shoppers crowd store to get hands on new Apple tablet
Updated 03/11/2011 at 6:09 p.m.
More than 100 people had lined up Friday afternoon for the launch of the iPad2 outside the Apple store at the Coconut Point mall in Estero.
Adult filmmakers Girls Gone Wild met by code enforcement on beach
Published 03/09/2011 at 6:36 p.m.
Adult filmmakers Girls Gone Wild came to Fort Myers Beach briefly Wednesday afternoon and left soon after following a discussion with the town's code enforcement staff.
Awake the State brings budget protests to downtown Naples
Published 03/08/2011 at 8:49 p.m.
Budget cut protests came Tuesday afternoon. Marching along Fifth Avenue South in Naples, about 150 retirees, teachers, firefighters, students and children held up signs with such phrases as “Cut Corporatocracy” and chanted “stop Scott,” protesting the budget proposal of Gov. ...
Troopers seeking passengers who fled after fatal crash in south Lee
Updated 03/07/2011 at 9:49 a.m.
Troopers are searching for three people who fled on foot after a fatal crash this weekend near the intersection of Winged Foot Drive and Three Oaks Parkway in south Lee County.
Bonita library task force wants county to improve services or get out of the way
Published 03/01/2011 at 8:03 p.m.
The final recommendations of the city’s library task force suggest the city negotiate with the county to have the library expanded from 12,000 square feet to about 35,000 square feet. If negotiations with the county are not successful, the task ...
Two Marco Island employees accuse Councilman Wayne Waldack of sexual harassment
Published 01/07/2011 at 6 a.m. 65 Comments
The City Manager sent a letter to the two employees, telling them to contact him if it should happen again, and that Waldack had been spoken with concerning the matter.
In memory of the homeless: 150 gather at St. Matt’s House for candlelight vigil
Published 12/21/2010 at 9:35 p.m.
The memorial held every year in Collier County since 1990 is sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, and is also recognized in 200 other locations across the country, Ellison said.
Naples business owner won't be homeless after receiving BP claim
Published 12/18/2010 at 9:10 p.m.
A 23-year-old Naples business will remain open due to a reversal of a BP Gulf Coast Claims Facility decision to deny the owner’s claim.
1,400 needy families receive gifts from Toys for Tots
Published 12/18/2010 at 6:43 p.m.
The Collier County Toys For Tots Campaign distributed toys to nearly 1,400 needy families Saturday beginning at 7 a.m.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Hundreds spent the night in line for Toys for Tots giveaway
Published 12/17/2010 at 6:15 p.m.
A dozen people were lined up 24 hours in advance. That number grew to hundreds standing outside Friday evening, 12 hours before the Toys for Tots program was slated to hand out its first toys at 7 a.m. Saturday in ...
Jackson Lab forum at Ave Maria more of a debate
Updated 12/15/2010 at 9:06 p.m.
The first forum in Ave Maria on the proposed Jackson Lab research facility in eastern Collier County nearly devolved into a debate.
Sink to your death: Agencies do little to ensure motorists escape sinking cars POLLS
Published 12/11/2010 at noon
Spurred by a recent 911 call of a motorist who drowned in a canal near Marco Island and expert studies, the Daily News examined what public safety agencies are doing to ensure motorists can escape sinking vehicle accidents. Read our ...
PHOTOS/VIDEO: Motive a mystery: Teen accused of shooting parents
Published 12/09/2010 at 10:39 p.m.
A 14-year-old was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his parents at their Golden Gate Estates home on Thursday.
Emergency shelters busy as homeless seek warmth
Published 12/07/2010 at 10:06 p.m.
The emergency shelter set up in the dining area of Saint Matthew’s at the corner of Glades Boulevard and Airport-Pulling Road in East Naples gave warmth to 15 people Monday night and looked to serve an amount closer to its ...
Bonita Springs City Manager Gary Price set to retire in June
Updated 12/01/2010 at 10:11 p.m.
The Bonita Springs City Manager has informed the mayor his intentions to retire next summer.
Home without gas: Residents wait for service to be restored
Published 11/15/2010 at 8:33 p.m.
When they’re not boiling water in their microwave, some of the Teco Peoples Gas residential customers are boiling with frustration as they wait for crews to restore the natural gas service they lost after the Nov. 11 gas main rupture ...
Naples woman who died when car crashed into pond lost husband last month
Published 11/03/2010 at 9:38 p.m.
A Naples woman who lost her husband of 40 years last month was the victim of a tragic accident Tuesday night inside the Fiddler’s Creek development near Marco Island.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Frantic search for woman who drove into pond ends with tragic discovery
Updated 11/03/2010 at 5:45 a.m.
The frantic search for a woman who called 911 as her car was filling with water in a retention pond at the Fiddler's Creek development near Marco Island ended Tuesday with the discovery of her death. Mary J. Catania, 58, ...
Naples a dead zone? Verizon says interference causing problems with the network
Published 10/29/2010 at 8:15 p.m.
A “small pocket” of Naples area Verizon Wireless customers have been experiencing issues with their service this past week due to interference coming from outside the company’s network, Verizon officials said Friday.
POLL: Balance the federal budget? Your chance to speak out on Tuesday’s ballot
Published 10/28/2010 at 12:40 p.m.
On election day, one ballot question will give Florida voters a chance to voice their opinion on the $1.3 trillion federal budget deficit the Congressional Budget Office estimates for fiscal 2010. The ballot question reads: “In order to stop the ...
Lee School Board candidates differ on what top issue is
Updated 10/26/2010 at 7:35 p.m.
Candidates for the Lee County School Board’s District 1 seat see the top issue in their campaigns differently. Voters countywide can cast a ballot and the winner will be the board’s representative for District 1, an area comprised mostly of ...
Grandézza Country Club sells for $7 million
Updated 10/21/2010 at 7:55 p.m.
Naples-based Stock Development sold the Grandézza Country Club in Estero to Dick, Brian and Ben Klaas for $7 million.
Lee teachers get 1 percent raise, 1 percent bonus in new contract
Published 10/19/2010 at 9:17 p.m.
The Lee County School Board approved a new contract Tuesday evening that will give district teachers an average 1 percent raise for the next year and a 1 percent bonus by the end of January.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Fifth house fire in Golden Gate Estates called suspicious by officials
Updated 10/14/2010 at 9:24 p.m.
Another suspicious fire in Golden Gate Estates caused minor damage to a home Thursday. It's the fifth suspected arson fire within a 1.5 mile area near Golden Gate Parkway and Collier Boulevard.
Local education leaders discuss longer school years, other topics at FGCU forum
Published 10/13/2010 at 10:01 p.m.
Current superintendents from Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties and two education association leaders got talking about the future of education Wednesday evening during a forum held in the Florida Gulf Coast University Student Union Ballroom.
VIDEO: Proposal to increase Collier's landfill height by 75 feet draws a crowd of 7
Published 10/12/2010 at 9:37 p.m.
The proposal could allow the landfill to go from about 100 feet today to about 175 feet in 2058, according to a county estimate.
Planned Edison health sciences building named after NCH’s Allen Weiss and wife Marla
Published 09/28/2010 at 9:24 p.m.
The Weisses donated $1 million toward the construction of the building, a secret withheld until Tuesday evening before the College’s Board of Trustees approved the name.
UPDATED: East Naples teen charged in shooting death of mother
Updated 09/25/2010 at 2:22 p.m.
Jonathan Rowels has been charged with manslaughter and surrendered at the Collier County Jail at 5 p.m. Friday. A Sheriff’s Office investigation determined he was responsible for the Aug. 22 shooting death of his mother Kelly Ann Rowels, 39, inside ...
VIDEO: Lee County approves $2B budget with same tax rate since 2008
Published 09/23/2010 at 9:52 p.m.
Citizens concerned with a Lee County proposal to reduce its LeeTran bus lines scored a victory Thursday evening as the County Commission approved a $2 billion fiscal 2011 budget.
Haitian presidential candidate visits Naples to garner support for redevelopment
Published 09/22/2010 at 8:42 p.m.
Deep, stress-relieving breaths came from Wilson Jeudy before a brief Wednesday afternoon speech to the Naples Rotary Club. As one of 19 candidates for the Haitian presidency, Jeudy has plenty to be worried about.
‘Spending Revolt’ bus stops in Naples to raise awareness about government spending
Published 09/21/2010 at 9:11 p.m. 1 Comment
About a dozen area residents signed a bus touring the U.S. to raise awareness of federal government spending after it made a stop Tuesday evening at Veteran’s Community Park in North Naples.
Lee Superintendent James Browder finalist for job in Las Vegas
Updated 09/16/2010 at 10:04 p.m.
Lee County School District Superintendent James Browder is one of three finalists for a job as superintendent of a Nevada school district that includes Las Vegas.
Naples taps reserves to help lower taxes for most homeowners
Published 09/15/2010 at 9:35 p.m.
Naples City Council approved the city’s $114 million budget and corresponding tax rate Wednesday evening, ensuring that most city property owners will see a decrease on their property tax bills next year.
Lee School Board approves budget with tax rate increases, $44M in cuts
Published 09/14/2010 at 10:26 p.m.
The Lee County School Board completed its third year of budget cuts when it approved a fiscal 2011 budget of $1.4 billion Tuesday evening.
Lee commissioners give initial approval to budget despite objections
Published 09/08/2010 at 10:09 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners gave their first nod to a tentative fiscal 2011 budget Wednesday evening, continuing the multi-year process of catching up with a $70 million deficit.
Collier man convicted in 1996 DUI manslaughter case charged with another DUI
Published 09/01/2010 at 10:16 p.m.
A Golden Gate Estates man released from prison in 2004 after an eight-year DUI manslaughter sentence was arrested by Collier County deputies Tuesday on a DUI charge.
Neighbor's dog kills Chihuahua in front of owner in Golden Gate Estates
Published 08/31/2010 at 9:52 p.m.
Elliot Cortes said his 2-year-old Chihuahua Chloe was chased from his backyard and killed by a pit bull or bull dog.
Naples cuts positions, $700,000 from budget to keep tax rate steady
Published 08/28/2010 at 5:14 p.m.
City Council ordered staff to slice an extra $690,960 from the $115 million budget proposal Aug. 16 when they agreed to maintain last year’s tax rate. With property values down, council’s decision meant more budget cuts would be necessary, but ...