Bone appetit: Bonita Springs to allow dogs at restaurants with outdoor tables
Published 04/17/2013 at 6:25 p.m.
The doggy bag concept took on a whole new meaning during Wednesday’s Bonita Springs City Council meeting. The council unanimously adopted an ordinance that will allow restaurants with outdoor seating to apply for permits that would let patrons bring their ...
Café of Life one step closer to permanent home in Bonita Springs
Published 10/18/2012 at 5 a.m.
Bonita Springs supports a soup kitchen's plan to build a park where it can feed the hungry.
Bonita council is game for slot machines at dog track, approves agreement
Published 10/03/2012 at 9:11 p.m.
The Bonita Springs City Council agreed Wednesday night to move ahead with a franchise agreement between the city and dog track, which would give the city a share of all slot machine profits if slots come to Bonita Springs
Slots referendum could mean windfall for Bonita Springs
Published 09/06/2012 at 5:40 a.m.
The city council on Wednesday directed City Manager Carl Schwing and City Attorney Audrey Vance to continue negotiations with the dog tracks owners on a development agreement that would go into effect if th
Scott visits Fort Myers for crime victim legislation signing
Published 06/08/2012 at 3:39 p.m.
We have to make sure that everyone in law enforcement has the tools to enforce our laws and help our victims, and thats what these bills do, Scott said before signing four bills. These are four pieces of
Rick Scott: Voter registration purge "not a partisan issue"
Published 06/08/2012 at 1:16 p.m.
"We want people to register to vote and we want people to vote, Scott said. But the law of this land is only individuals who are eligible should register to vote.
Competitor downs 33 hot dogs in 10 minutes to relish victory in Naples contest
Published 05/12/2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Adrian Morgan, a 195-pound 6-foot-tall resident of Louisiana, will make his second trip to the national hot dog eating finals, held in Coney Island on July 4. He won the Naples qualifier on Saturday.
Cargill CEO says food shortage fears unfounded
Published 04/13/2012 at 7:06 p.m.
Cargill Incorporateds top executive told a Naples audience Friday afternoon that fears about worldwide food shortages are unfounded, as long as governments and international organizations make wise decision
Has to be in someone’s backyard: St. Matthew’s House may move forward with plans for homeless shelter in Bonita
Published 04/11/2012 at 2:50 p.m. 1 Comment
The president and CEO of St. Matthew’s House says complaints from some Bonita Springs residents and a possible moratorium on processing permits for homeless shelters in the city does not necessarily affect the charity’s plans to establish a shelter off ...
Amusement park south of Fort Myers might open in summer, creating 70 jobs
Updated 03/31/2012 at 6:55 p.m.
A decade after plans were first announced, Zoomers Family Amusement Park south of Fort Myers is back on track to open as early as this summer.
Fort Myers businesses near City of Palms Park would welcome another team
Published 03/29/2012 at 3 p.m.
Erich Mann and Tammy Smith once distributed local maps and gave directions to baseball fans who parked in downtown Fort Myers. The fans would walk up Hendry Street to City of Palms Park for Boston Red Sox spring training games.
Walk a mile in their shoes
Published 03/22/2012 at 1:33 p.m.
Ed Daly had perfect vision when he entered a Miami hospital for back surgery in May 2009. During the procedure, plummeting blood pressure and a lack of oxygen destroyed Daley’s optic nerves, and he left the hospital legally blind. Adjusting ...
IberiaBank to acquire Florida Gulf Bank
Published 03/19/2012 at 7:08 p.m.
The transaction will make IberiaBank one of the larger lenders in Southwest Florida, with the sixth largest deposit market share in Lee County.
Gas creeps toward $4: Who's to blame?
Published 03/07/2012 at 2:39 p.m. 1 Comment
They are blaming everything for the increase, citing President Barack Obama, the lack of media pressure on the president, oil fields’ low supply and Wall Street speculators.
New body scanners might save time, alleviate worries
Published 02/17/2012 at 9:08 p.m.
Faster, safer, more private. Thats the motivation behind the installation of new body scanners at Southwest Florida International Airport, officials from the Transportation Security Administration said Frid
North Naples luxury golf community getting 'contemporary' makeover
Published 02/16/2012 at 8:42 p.m.
Developer Syd Kitson said this week that he is transforming the 450-plus-acre Tuscany Reserve on Livingston Road into Talis Park, a community that will reflect a more contemporary interpretation of the good
Bonita residents in Hunter's Ridge to get relief from I-75 noise
Published 01/20/2012 at 8:31 p.m.
The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization on Friday concurred with a Florida Department of Transportation plan to erect a 1,450-foot sound barrier along the highway. Yes, it is a done deal, said F
Glenn Beck provokes, inspires in Town Hall talk in Naples
Published 01/07/2012 at 10:30 p.m.
Although some may know him best for his dire political predictions, conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck told a Naples audience Saturday night that the time is ripe for citizens to reclaim a sense of empowerment.
Visitors 'amazed' at Shangri-La grand reopening
Published 12/21/2011 at 9:55 p.m.
The Shangri-La Hotel & Resort opened to the public for the first time in eight years Wednesday evening, allowing visitors to tour the grounds and lobby of the historic resort in downtown Bonita Springs.
LeeTran's bus fleet going hybrid
Updated 12/16/2011 at 10:48 p.m.
We are replacing a number of vehicles that have reached the end of their useful life, Haley said. We stressed in our grant application that we were replacing less efficient vehicles with newer technology,
Some say new low-to-ground Bonita Springs billboard is too 'in your face'
Published 12/09/2011 at 7:40 p.m.
The placement of a billboard in a roadside culvert is causing heads to turn at the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Imperial Parkway in Bonita Springs.
Miromar Outlets drops Sunday water ski shows
Published 12/02/2011 at 8:19 p.m.
At this point, yes I am still surprised, said Holly Schober, the organizations treasurer. We are a great water ski show team and now were looking for another lake to ski on.
Traveling Vietnam memorial replica visits Bonita Springs - PHOTOS
Published 12/01/2011 at 7:19 p.m.
“We have a beautiful little town and should honor our veterans,” said Bob Gillette, who helped bring the memorial to Bonita Springs. “This helps pull the town together.”
Flesher family will flip switch on Christmas light display Friday
Published 11/28/2011 at 8 p.m.
With a circuit that now includes five electrical meters, 7,000 feet of electrical wiring, hundreds of extension cords and more than 2 million lights, Flesher family members will jump-start Christmas season when they open their annual light display to the ...
PHOTOS: 56th Farm City Barbecue cooks up record crowd
Updated 11/23/2011 at 7:33 p.m.
“It’s an excuse to wear boots and jeans to work one day a year,” she joked. “Actually, I like to buy some vegetables because they’re delicious, but you also get to see folks you haven’t seen in maybe a year.”
12,714 flags at Cambier Park honor those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan - PHOTOS
Published 11/17/2011 at 3:08 p.m. 1 Comment
Volunteers helped plant 12,714 American flags - representing the number of soldiers from Southwest Florida who have deployed or are presently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan - in Cambier Park in downtown Naples.
Lee County set to improve Twins' spring training home
Published 11/14/2011 at 3:17 p.m.
With the Boston Red Sox' new $85 million JetBlue Park complex nearing completion, Lee County officials are turning their attention to improving the other county stadium housing Major League Baseball spring training.
After 43 years, Vietnam vet gets his Purple Heart
Published 11/11/2011 at 3 p.m.
When Army Pfc. Raymond Hendrickson was injured by North Vietnamese mortar fire on June 29, 1968, he decided he could wait for medical care.
Naples Bay Resort developers argue against bankruptcy
Published 10/31/2011 at 9:04 p.m.
Lawyers representing three partners in the development group, Basil Street Partners, argued in a Fort Myers federal courthouse that the four-star resort can continue to operate under the guidance of a court-
Living dead on arrival: Thousands of zombies flood downtown Fort Myers PHOTOS
Updated 10/16/2011 at 2:44 a.m.
Thousands of zombies flooded the streets of downtown Fort Myers on Saturday night to revel in a celebration of the living dead.
Lee County considers lawsuit against BP over oil spill
Published 10/14/2011 at 5:31 p.m.
Lee County will soon decide whether to hire a law firm to sue oil company BP for losses incurred due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Commissioner Frank Mann reported on Friday.
Lee County redistricting plan creates controversy; vote put on hold
Published 10/11/2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Several representatives from the Dunbar community and the Lee County NAACP attended the meeting to voice their concern that the plan ignores the Dunbar community’s needs.
Bonita firefighters honored for saving one of their own
Published 10/10/2011 at 9:10 p.m.
“It is probably one of the worst calls I’ve had and it is probably one of my best calls,” said Lt. Keith VanGelder, one of the Bonita Springs firefighter-paramedics who helped revive Calero. “Basically all the training kicks in,” he ...
Women Today Expo draws crowd Saturday at Germain Arena
Published 10/01/2011 at 3:17 p.m.
Hundreds of Southwest Florida women gathered at Germain Arena in Estero on Saturday morning for the final day of the first Women Today Expo.
Coupon guru delivers savings tips at Women's Expo
Published 09/30/2011 at 3:53 p.m.
Couponing guru Kasey Trenum, a stay-at-home mom who began couponing in earnest when the economy went south, led the 45-minute workshop
Cooking show adds "Relish" to women's expo at Germain
Published 09/29/2011 at 10:11 p.m.
Celebrity chef Jon Ashton's "Relish Cooking Show" mixed audience participation, humor, pop culture and practical cooking tips.
Bonita Springs Fire Commission approved final 2011-12 budget in lightning fast meeting
Published 09/20/2011 at 12:54 p.m.
Bonita Springs residents will pay more for fire protection next year, unless their homes have lessened in value. Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District Commissioners on Monday adopted a $26.3 million budget and set the millage rate at $2.23 ...
9/11 CEREMONY: Bonita Springs honors first responders in Patriot Day Service PHOTOS
Published 09/11/2011 at 2:19 p.m.
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was a day to remember the past, but it’s also a day to appreciate what Americans have.
Bonita Springs to save $3 million refinancing municipal bonds
Published 09/07/2011 at 10:11 p.m.
The Bonita Springs City Council is poised to purchase a loan at a low interest rate that would make the savings possible. A fixed low interest rate of 2.21 percent on the loan would save Bonita Springs an average of ...
Customers lose furniture, money when Bonita Springs store closes
Published 09/06/2011 at 1:46 p.m.
Ronny Scheiner was a happy customer of BC’s Furniture Consignment in Bonita Springs until one day in early June, when he drove past the store off U.S. 41 and noticed it was closed. Once he pulled into the parking lot ...
VIDEO: Lee commissioners write off $8.2M in uncollected ambulance fees
Published 03/30/2010 at 6:08 p.m.
One week after raising rates for residents who use the county’s ambulance and emergency air transport services, Lee commissioners on Tuesday agreed to write-off $8.2 million in uncollected EMS fees and debts.
Lee County raises rates on ambulance service
Published 03/23/2010 at 5:59 p.m.
An emergency trip to the hospital just got more costly for Lee County residents. Commissioners agreed Tuesday to raise fees on emergency medical services for the first time since 2005. A patient’s cost for ambulance and helicopter transport services will ...
‘He cast a big shadow’: Hundreds honor Janes during memorial
Published 03/22/2010 at 7:58 p.m.
“Humility” and “service” were the two most repeated words Monday afternoon as hundreds gathered to celebrate and pay honor to the life of Lee County Commissioner Bob Janes. Janes, 78, died March 10, one day after serving in his last ...
Lee County land purchase for Red Sox spring home should be final next month
Published 03/18/2010 at 7:04 p.m.
A Lee County property purchase for the planned Boston Red Sox spring training complex should be finalized April 15, Public Works Director Jim Lavender said Thursday.
Lee County spending, revenue decreased in 2009
Published 03/16/2010 at 6:47 p.m.
Lee County’s government cut spending by some $30 million but also saw revenues decrease by over $100 million in the fiscal year ending Sept. 31, according to a report.
Diversity of art displayed at Bonita Springs festival
Published 03/14/2010 at 5:37 p.m.
From fiber sculptures to hand-blown glass and an industrial-sized menagerie of kinetic metal animals, the array of art displayed at this year’s Bonita Springs National Art Festival was more diverse than ever.
Lee County employees getting pinched by budget moves
Updated 03/11/2010 at 5:45 p.m.
Lee County commissioners on Tuesday OK’d some budgetary belt-tightening, some at the expense of county employees. Board members passed one resolution that will require employees to use vacation days while county offices close to save money on Friday, April 2, ...
Naples landmark Pewter Mug to reopen under new ownership
Updated 03/08/2010 at 4:51 p.m.
The Pewter Mug, now known as Pewter Mug 41, could open as soon as the end of this month.
Israel Fest draws sunny crowd in Fort Myers
Published 03/07/2010 at 7:13 p.m.
The klezmer music was joyous and the line for kosher treats was long, but a strong dose of sunny spring helped draw a near record crowd to this year’s Israel Fest celebration in Fort Myers.
Lee County settles complaint challenging water district permit
Published 03/02/2010 at 7:05 p.m.
Lee County commissioners Tuesday decided to settle a complaint challenging a South Florida Water Management District permit for the developers of Babcock Ranch Community. The settlement calls for the completion of three integrated water studies that may help alleviate possible ...