Controlled burn in Picayune State Forest could bring smoke to East Naples
Published 12/13/2013 at 11:31 a.m.
Expect smoke in East Naples today as wildland firefighters with the Florida Forest Service’s Caloosahatchee District conduct a 1,000-acre controlled burn in the Picayune Strand State Forest.
Four survive Everglades City airplane crash
Updated 10/27/2013 at 8:44 p.m.
Four people were hospitalized Sunday afternoon after their small plane crashed into the water while approaching the Everglades City airport.
Sheriff’s Office investigating two shootings in East Naples
Published 08/09/2013 at 3:56 p.m. 1 Comment
Two men were hospitalized this afternoon after separate shootings in East Naples.
Chief Don Hunter released from hospital, expected to return to work Monday
Published 08/01/2013 at 5:19 p.m. 8 Comments
Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter, who was hospitalized in late July with a shoulder injury, expects to return to work by Monday.
2 days of rain lessening likelihood of major fires
Published 05/02/2013 at 5:23 p.m.
It will take a couple of days for the gloom to clear up, but local fire officials are cheering the rain in Collier County.
Grand Central Station property sold to Conn. investment firm
Published 03/15/2013 at 8:17 p.m.
"I think it's going to be a design that we're all going to be excited about," said Naples Mayor John Sorey.
Some local leaders say sequester cuts a ‘disaster,’ others say affects would be minimal
Updated 02/24/2013 at 9:38 p.m.
The White House released lists for each state on Sunday of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday. The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on ...
A bird? A plane? A meteor? Callers report bright lights in Southwest Florida sky
Published 02/18/2013 at 12:34 p.m.
Just before 7 p.m., the Collier County Sheriff's Office received reports from two callers near the 67 mile marker of Alligator Alley who said they saw a bright light in the sky, according to a dispatcher.
Offbeat crimes of 2012: From wedding crashers to tough talkin' Twitter bashers
Published 12/30/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Crime is not usually a laughing matter. But from time to time it is. The following are some highlights of Southwest Floridas offbeat crimes of 2012.
Couple accused in Collier property management scheme arrested in Puerto Rico
Updated 12/14/2012 at 5:57 p.m.
A husband and wife accused of stealing more than $300,000 while working as Pelican Bay property managers were arrested this week while disembarking from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico, federal authorities announced Wednesday.
Garrett Richter named Fla. Senate president pro-tempore
Updated 11/14/2012 at 7:25 p.m.
Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin, plucked the Naples state senator to serve on his leadership team. Richter, whose appointment was announced Wednesday, will serve as president pro tempore, and will effectively be Gaetz’s top lieutenant.
Property appraiser candidate, treasurer for opponent agree to dismiss dueling lawsuits
Updated 08/11/2012 at 7:56 p.m.
Stephens admitted to the pay increases in court documents, but denied that Lillys statement that he was paid off was true, that he filed his suit to chill Lillys election bid, or that Skinner had a role
Death of 55-year-old woman ruled a homicide
Updated 07/25/2012 at 8:44 a.m.
A 55-year-old woman was killed in in San Carlos Park. The Lee County Sheriff's Office has ruled the death of Debra Striano a homicide.
Emails from online newsletter editor cause confusion, not affiliated with the Daily News
Published 01/25/2012 at 9 p.m.
The publisher of a new online newsletter is causing some confusion after he sent emails supportive of a Bonita Springs mayoral candidate from email addresses that led some to believe they were affiliated with the Daily News.
Gas leak temporarily closes portion of Fifth Avenue South
Updated 01/11/2012 at 10:50 p.m.
“Anytime you have a natural gas leak or any kind of gas leak and your humidity is dropping, you have the potential for a flash fire or an explosion,” Naples Fire Chief Steve McInerny said.
Offbeat crimes of 2011: From flashers to gate crashers
Published 12/29/2011 at 1 p.m.
There may be no such thing as the perfect crime, but here are some highlights of Southwest Florida's offbeat crimes of 2011.
Forgotten slain officer gets headstone, deserved recognition
Updated 11/04/2011 at 3:18 p.m. 1 Comment
For nearly 57 years, Carl Strickland rested under a barren patch of grass next to a shade tree.
Report: Connie Mack to run for U.S. Senate seat
Updated 10/27/2011 at 9:40 a.m. 5 Comments
Mack is back. Florida Congressman Connie Mack plans to enter the Republican race for U.S. Senate, adding a big name to a contest that has lacked drama for months.
Teen killed in Bonita rollover remembered as ‘good hearted kid,’ mom’s best friend
Published 09/01/2011 at 10:28 p.m.
“He was a great son,” an emotional Andrew Walker said when reached on the phone Thursday. “I will miss him, but he will be with me always in my heart. Me and his mother. “He was such a big part ...
Bonita man ejected in Saturday rollover dies from injuries
Updated 09/01/2011 at 10:39 p.m.
Andrew Walker II, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition after the wreck on Bonita Beach Road. When reached on the phone Sunday, Walker’s father, also Andrew Walker, said his son was in a medically-induced coma with a ...
Bonita men in weekend rollover crash remain in critical condition
Updated 08/28/2011 at 4:50 p.m.
“He’s got a fractured skull,” Andrew Walker said of his son. “He’s got a lacerated spleen, broken foot, bruised heart, and he crushed a vertebrate in his spine so bad he’ll never walk again unless a miracle happens.”
Plan to build St. Matthews House shelter at old Bonita lumberyard site off the table
Published 08/17/2011 at 10:51 p.m.
“Our organization, financially we’re in good shape,” Vann Ellison said. “I can’t really disclose the details of a private transaction or any other factors, but it became clear to us that economically this would not be a transaction that would ...
Burning the midnight oil: Legislative session concludes at 3:30 a.m., budget passed
Updated 05/07/2011 at 5:24 a.m.
It was a last-minute Senate vote against a deregulation bill – its passage was part of an overall agreement between the two chambers – that started the tit-for-tat battle, pushing the session into the early morning hours on Saturday.
Property insurance reform dodges last-minute amendments to pass Senate
Published 05/05/2011 at 10:04 p.m.
Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, maneuvered his signature bill through a minefield of more than 20 amendments he said would essentially kill it.
Drug testing for welfare benefits closer to law in Florida
Published 05/05/2011 at 12:43 p.m.
A bill that would require Floridians applying for welfare benefits to first pass – and pay for – a drug test is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.
Massive property insurance reform passes Florida House
Published 05/04/2011 at 7:43 p.m.
Massive property insurance reform legislation designed to address industry cost drivers and improve the health of the state’s insurance market, was passed by the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon.
Fla. House passes bill changing fault rules in liability cases
Published 05/04/2011 at 1:33 p.m.
The Florida House passed a bill Wednesday morning that would require juries in product liability cases to consider the fault of everyone who contributed to an auto accident, not just the manufacturer.
Widman Act, named after fallen Fort Myers officer, to become law
Updated 05/04/2011 at 2:58 p.m.
The third time was the charm for the Andrew Widman Act.
Lawmakers rescue Fla. students needing federal aid
Published 05/03/2011 at 8:44 p.m.
A memorial that provides the federal government a list of 31 private Florida colleges and universities eligible for federal student aid passed the Florida House on Tuesday.
Fla. Senate passes unemployment overhaul bill
Published 05/03/2011 at 8:40 p.m.
The Florida Senate passed an unemployment overhaul bill on Tuesday that would reduce the number of weeks recipients could receive state benefits. Fla. Senate passes unemployment bill reducing weeks of compensation
In wake of Osama killing, president gains rare praise from political foes
Published 05/02/2011 at 9:32 p.m.
Florida political experts said on Monday that bin Laden’s death would serve as a coup for Obama, but that any upward impact on Obama’s poll numbers could be short-lived with pressing domestic issues looming large in Americans’ minds.
House narrowly passes bill banning red-light cameras from Florida roads
Published 05/02/2011 at 5:27 p.m.
A bill to ban red-light cameras from Florida roads narrowly passed the House on a 59 to 57 vote, the closest floor vote in the House this year.
Lee leaders defeat mining regulations in House bill
Updated 04/29/2011 at 9:22 p.m.
Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann traveled to the Florida Capitol this week to do a little mining. The goal of the former state legislator’s trip — extract language from a massive environmental regulation bill that would have transferred regulatory oversight ...
Senate passes bill on greyhound racing
Published 04/29/2011 at 6:19 p.m.
Legislation that would end a state mandate coupling greyhound racing and card room gambling is one step closer to becoming law.
Florida Senate unanimously passes Officer Andrew Widman Act to keep felons behind bars if probation violated
Updated 04/29/2011 at 2:25 p.m.
The “Officer Andrew Widman Act,” legislation that would make it easier to keep convicted felons behind bars if they violate their probation, passed through the Florida Senate on a unanimous vote Friday morning.
Senate approves insurance overhaul, end to sinkhole coverage requirements
Updated 04/28/2011 at 9:24 p.m.
In an attempt to protect Floridians from an economic disaster in the wake of a major hurricane, the Florida Senate passed a massive overhaul of the state’s property insurance laws on Thursday.
Passage of abortion bills not expected to change local procedures
Published 04/27/2011 at 4:56 p.m.
From requiring ultrasounds before any abortion to creating stricter limits on third-trimester abortions, the state’s role in regulating reproductive rights and protecting unborn life has taken center stage in the Capitol this week. But despite all the hoopla, the abortion-related ...
POLL: Applying for welfare? You may have to take a drug test
Published 04/26/2011 at 11:16 p.m. 1 Comment
Floridians applying for welfare benefits would be required to take, and pay for, a drug test if a bill passed by the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday night is signed into law.
Six abortion bill votes expected in state House on Wednesday
Published 04/26/2011 at 7:59 p.m.
Abortion will likely be the hot topic of the day in the Florida House on Wednesday, as six controversial abortion-related bills are scheduled for a vote.
POLL: Florida card rooms could operate without dog racing, legislation proposes
Updated 04/26/2011 at 11:21 p.m.
Legislation that would allow Florida card rooms to operate without the requirement that they also offer greyhound racing passed through the Florida House on Tuesday
Florida House votes to drastically cut back state oversight of local land use plans
Published 04/21/2011 at 3:37 p.m.
Promising to cut red tape and encourage economic growth across Florida, House Republicans voted Thursday to drastically cut back state oversight of local land use plans.
POLLS Year after the spill, state lawmakers not passing bills to protect Gulf
Published 04/18/2011 at 6:20 p.m.
Only a few bills addressing the BP oil spill were even introduced this session. Of those, only one has been voted on in either chamber, and it would only affect the eight Panhandle counties hardest hit by the spill. Southwest ...
Naples Vice Mayor John Sorey mets with Gov. Scott on variety of topics
Published 04/15/2011 at 6:42 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE -- Naples Vice Mayor John Sorey made an appearance at the state Capitol on Friday morning for a brief, but wide-ranging meeting with Gov. Rick Scott.
Democrats criticize Scott for failing to join lawsuit in BP oil spill
Published 04/13/2011 at 6:13 p.m. 1 Comment
Democrats criticize Gov. Rick Scott for failing to join suit against Transocean in BP oil spill
Civil War: Florida’s role in war between states long understated in history PHOTOS
Updated 04/10/2011 at 11:38 a.m.
For decades, historians say, Florida’s role in the Civil War was underestimated. Tuesday (April 12) marks the 150th anniversary, or Sesquicentennial, of the opening shots of the Civil War, fired by Confederate soldiers on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. In ...
Fla. House passes bill to deregulate 19 industries
Updated 04/07/2011 at 4:15 p.m.
But Vernay is no fan of a deregulation bill passed by the Florida House on Thursday, which would end state oversight of 19 industries, including intrastate movers. House Bill 5005 was passed on a 77 to 38 vote, largely along ...
Budgets, pensions, deregulation on tap at state Capitol today
Published 04/07/2011 at 11:11 a.m.
The Florida Legislature is in for a long day today, as both the House and Senate are slated to debate, and likely vote on, their respective budgets.
Naples police chief to help lead pill mill task force
Updated 04/06/2011 at 11:45 p.m.
Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler has been tapped as a co-chair of a regional drug task force designed to combat pill mills and the increasing problem of prescription drug trafficking in Florida.
One year after approving them, Florida legislators rethink red-light cameras
Published 03/29/2011 at 9:52 p.m.
A bill that would effectively ban all red-light running cameras in Florida – reversing a law passed just last year – cleared its first hurdle Tuesday afternoon.
Florida House votes to ban automatic payroll deductions of union dues
Updated 03/25/2011 at 2:35 p.m.
Union leaders representing government workers may need to start looking for new ways to collect payment from their members after the Florida House voted 73-40 on Friday to ban automatic payroll deductions of union dues for all government workers.