Photos by TARA E. McLAUGHLIN

  • Rudi’s European Cuisine, 10711 U.S. 41 N., North Naples, opened and closed in 2010.
  • Lee County took back recycling bins from Villages of Bonita condominiums with no plans yet to replace them after residents complained that their new bins were too big.
  • Don Beaton, left, and Hank Steil talk outside Steil's Villages of Bonita home. His one-car garage is too small for the new 64-gallon recycling bin delivered to Bonita Springs and South Fort Myers residents.
  • Lee County took back recycling bins from Villages of Bonita condominiums with no plans yet to replace them after residents complained that their new bins were too big.
  • Lee County took back recycling bins from Villages of Bonita condominiums with no plans yet to replace them after residents complained that their new bins were too big.
  • Lee County took back recycling bins from Villages of Bonita condominiums with no plans yet to replace them after residents complained that their new bins were too big.
  • A 1,000-pound, 14-foot manatee receives care along Naples beach at Gordon Pass on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • A 1,000-pound manatee remained stranded on Naples beach at Gordon Pass on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • Rescuers tend to a 1,000-pound manatee stranded on Naples beach at Gordon Pass on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • A manatee is hosed off on Naples beach at Gordon Pass on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • A stranded manatee on Naples beach at Gordon Pass receives special care Sept. 11, 2010.
  • Work crews cool off two manatees stranded on Naples beach at Gordon Pass on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • Workers try to cool down a manatee stranded on Naples beach at Gordon Pass on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • A Lee County Sheriff's Office helicopter made an emergency landing Monday evening in the middle of Bonita Beach Road near U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Schall.
  • A Lee County Sheriff's Office helicopter made an emergency landing Monday evening in the middle of Bonita Beach Road near U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Schall.
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After swiping a passenger's hands for traces of explosives, transportation security officer Debra Schlussler inserts the cotton disk into an Explosive Trace Detection machine. Thousands of passengers are selected at random and tested every day at Southwest Florida International Airport.
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Transportation security officer Debra Schlussler wipes Patricia Djordjevic's palms with a cotton disk that will pick up any traces of explosive materials. Thousands of passengers are selected at random and tested every day at Southwest Florida International Airport.
  • Gov. Charlie Crist outside the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce says a new law eliminating an unemployment tax increase will help create jobs.
  • Mr. G’s Italian Ristorante & Bar in North Naples on U.S. 41 N.
  • Little Italy.
  • Lead guitar and backup vocalist Donavon Christenson wowed the crowd with his skills Thursday May 7 playing with blues singer Lisa George. Local patrons Carol and Robert Brewer brought their friends from Maryland, Nancy and Dick Lohr, to check out the new location. 'We came with some trepidation,' Carol Brewer said. 'I liked the ambiance in the old place. But they brought ambiance with them.'  The Bayshore Coffee House, formerly called the Bayshore Coffee Co., moved into the Palm Tree Plaza at 2727 Bayshore Drive, one mile away from the previous location from which they'd been evicted weeks before. Tara McLaughlin/Staff
  • Local patron Carol Brewer brought her friends from Maryland, Nancy and Dick Lohr, to check out the new Bayshore Coffee House location Thursday May 7. 'We came with some trepidation,' Brewer said. 'I liked the ambiance in the old place. But they brought ambiance with them.' The Bayshore Coffee House, formerly called the Bayshore Coffee Co., moved into the Palm Tree Plaza at 2727 Bayshore Drive, one mile away from the previous location from which they'd been evicted weeks before. Tara McLaughlin/Staff
  • Customers sipped wine in the entertainment area of the new Bayshore Coffee House Thursday May 7 as singer Lisa George and her backup band filled the room with rich blues sounds. Bayshore features more than a dozen varieties of wines from all over the world.The Bayshore Coffee House, formerly called the Bayshore Coffee Co., moved into the Palm Tree Plaza at 2727 Bayshore Drive, one mile away from the previous location from which they'd been evicted weeks before. Tara McLaughlin/Staff
  • Lead guitar and backup vocalist Donavon Christenson wowed the crowd with his skills Thursday May 7 playing with blues singer Lisa George. Local patrons Carol and Robert Brewer brought their friends from Maryland, Nancy and Dick Lohr, to check out the new location. 'We came with some trepidation,' Carol Brewer said. 'I liked the ambiance in the old place. But they brought ambiance with them.'  The Bayshore Coffee House, formerly called the Bayshore Coffee Co., moved into the Palm Tree Plaza at 2727 Bayshore Drive, one mile away from the previous location from which they'd been evicted weeks before. Tara McLaughlin/Staff
  • David Hatchett, a contemporary artist himself, takes in the work of his friend Veron Ennis's painting and Jeffrey Scott Lewis's woven display at Wednesday's opening 'Abstract Impact.'
  • Six Degrees Exhibitions is blazing new territory in Naples as an art gallery that shows films, serves wine and offers live entertainment.
  • Rene and Larry Galvin bought their coach home at 11019 Carrara Ct. Unit 202 in the Cassia neighborhood of Vasari, a Taylor Morrison development off Livingston Road in Bonita Springs, in 2006 and discovered two years later that it had been built with defective drywall.
  • Rene and Larry Galvin's attorney sent inspectors to examine electrical systems for tell-tale signs of corrosive drywall.
  • Concerned about the health impacts of gases leaching from Chinese-manufactured drywall, Rene Galvin moved out of her dream home into a hotel.
  • The edges of Rene Galvin's mirrors, which have already been replaced once, turned black in inch-wide bands.
  • The fan pulls above Rene Galvin's four-poster bed have blackened, likely from gases emitted from drywall.
  • Investigators took wire samples from Larry and Rene Galvin's electrical outlets to test for signs of corrosion.
  • Sea Salt's lunch and dinner menus feature this salad of roasted red and gold beets with pecan crusted goat cheese and mache, also called lamb's lettuce, with a pomegranate vinaigrette for $11.
  • Sea Salt's customers can choose from casual or formal set tables indoors or al fresco dining with views of Third Street South in Naples.
  • Seasonal residents Barbara Robinson, Helen Wilson, Ron Robinson and Robert Wilson swapped stories and laughter while they perused Sea Salt's inch-thick menu Tuesday evening in Naples.
  • Chef Fabrizio Aielli was inspired to open Sea Salt after participating in the 2005 Naples Winter Wine Festival.
  • The Bayshore Coffee Company fills up during open-mic night, Wednesday. Some patrons say they are concerned the energy and intimacy that has drawn them in may be lost if the business relocates, but they will follow Bayshore to their new spot if the move comes through.
  • Sheila and Brian Hiscott, of England, have made Bayshore Coffee Company their home during their two-week vacation. They found the business on a morning walk and have come every day since. 'This has made (the vacation) for us,' Brian Hiscott said Thursday morning.

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