Not sunk yet: Swim center proposal at City of Palms gets new life
Published 04/12/2011 at 5:59 p.m.
The National Swimming Center Corp. will have 30 more days to prove to Lee County Commissioners that their pool complex is the best replacement for the former Boston Red Sox spring training stadium.
Defense: Mental limitations taint alleged killer's confession
Published 03/23/2011 at 6:44 p.m. 1 Comment
Attorneys for murder suspect Chad Moreland argued his confession in the killing of 20-year-old San Carlos Park clerk Gerald Rabon should be thrown out in advance of trial.
Justice Dept. investigating Lee County about housing discrimination
Published 03/15/2011 at 5:19 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Lee County’s zoning practices to determine if the county has a habit of discrimination against farm worker housing.
Lee County continues to court unnamed natural pharmaceutical company
Published 03/15/2011 at 10:33 a.m.
Lee County Commissioners on Tuesday morning agreed to go forward with negotiations with an unnamed natural pharmaceutical company interested in locating its headquarters in Lee County.
Septic regulation could come to Lee County
Published 03/14/2011 at 7:18 p.m.
Lee County may develop a plan to regulate septic systems if the Florida Legislature does not implement state-wide regulations.
Sheriff's report details deputy's shooting of pit bull that attacked him
Published 03/10/2011 at 7:09 p.m.
Sgt. David McKelvey shot the pit bull, Shane, once in the shoulder when it attacked him as he was serving a court summons at a Golden Gate Estates home. The dog later had to be euthanized.
Local entrepreneur hopes to launch next big thing on StartupBus
Published 03/08/2011 at 6:43 p.m.
Lu Doan is hitting the road in search of risk and opportunity in the company of 24 strangers. The 34-year-old Naples man is part of an experiment in entrepreneurship called StartupBus, in which six buses, including Doan’s out of Miami, ...
Naples foundation kicks off three-year campaign against childhood hunger
Published 03/08/2011 at 6:22 p.m.
A few more bellies may be filled this week as a new hunger initiative kicks off in Collier County. The Naples Children & Education Foundation raised nearly $657,000 during January’s Naples Winter Wine Festival auction in lot for childhood hunger, ...
Lee County Sheriff's Office to apply for federal grant to cover using DNA to solve cold cases
Published 03/08/2011 at 12:17 p.m.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office has the go-ahead to apply for a federal grant that will, if awarded, provide money for using DNA to solve cold cases.
Bi-county connection coming: Lee agrees to link up bus system with Collier's
Published 03/01/2011 at 10:15 a.m.
The Lee County Commission agreed 3-2 to reconfigure its bus service and extend it to Immokalee Road in Collier County as soon as October.
Identity theft: Reports soar in Collier, Lee as new technology aids thieves POLLS
Published 02/26/2011 at 6 p.m. 1 Comment
Technology continues to make life easier — for thieves. Reports of identity theft in Collier and Lee counties have soared, according to Federal Trade Commission data provided to Scripps Howard News Service and the Daily News.
5-year-old girl recovering after falling into bonfire
Published 02/23/2011 at 2:02 p.m.
The 5-year-old Golden Gate Estates girl suffered third-degree burns on her right hand and second-degree burns on her leg and thigh Sunday after she tripped and fell into a family bonfire.
3 Lee code enforcement officers resign after caught talking on clock
Published 02/18/2011 at 11:44 a.m.
Three Lee County code enforcement officers caught talking on the clock last week by a TV news crew resigned effective Thursday, a county official said.
Lee County finalizes $5 million grant for VR Laboratories
Published 02/15/2011 at 6:20 p.m.
A company expecting to infuse some $50 million into Lee County’s economy, will get a cash infusion of its own. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed 4-1 to the terms of a $5 million grant for VR Laboratories, a new biotech venture ...
Chatty Lee code enforcers suspended, may face additional sanctions
Published 02/14/2011 at 5:12 p.m.
Three Lee County code enforcement officers caught talking on the clock Thursday by a TV news crew were suspended without pay while the county investigates.
Sugden Park exposure: 2 more seniors arrested in sex sting
Updated 02/11/2011 at 5:40 a.m.
Two more senior citizens were picked up in a Sugden Park sex sting Wednesday night, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Lee commissioners approve Hickory Boulevard widening project on Bonita Beach
Published 02/08/2011 at 6:59 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners at Tuesday’s board meeting agreed 5-0 to pave new four-foot shoulders on both sides of the road that leads from Bonita Springs to Fort Myers Beach.
With $50 million deficit, Lee County looks to trim budget in human services and other departments
Published 02/07/2011 at 5:27 p.m.
With the beginning of the budget process still months away, human services director Ann Arnall wasn't surprised the board gave no specific directions. Still, she is moving forward with the expectation that an order to reduce funding will be in ...
Environmental surcharge on bills at Big Al's catch some by surprise
Published 01/26/2011 at 5:21 p.m.
But to retrofit its three locations, North Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, the restaurant chain was looking at its own surprising bill of about $1 million. Having a fairly steady clientele, the store surveyed about 100 customers to see ...
Lee considering $5M deal for 14 acres to expand Minnesota Twins spring training complex
Published 01/19/2011 at 9:34 p.m.
Lee County will consider a $5 million land deal to buy more than 14 acres near Hammond Stadium where the Minnesota Twins train.
Sheriff helicopter pilots cleared to work after laser incident caused eye injuries
Published 01/18/2011 at 4:52 p.m.
Two Collier County Sheriff’s Office pilots who were grounded after a laser light was pointed into their helicopter were cleared for full duty as of Jan. 5, according to spokeswoman Kristi Lester.
Collier Clerk slammed with calls after 50,000 erroneous child support bills mailed to Florida residents
Published 01/14/2011 at 7:29 p.m.
Some 50,000 erroneous child support billing coupons were mailed to Florida residents, including those who had old or closed cases.
Recent hiring forecasts offer hope for economic turnaround in Southwest Florida
Published 01/06/2011 at 7:20 p.m.
A Manpower survey of employers in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area showed that 18 percent of employers planned to hire in the first quarter.
Lee County commissioner relieved to be cleared of ethics complaint
Published 01/04/2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann was the subject of a secret, 20 month-long state ethics investigation, according to documents recently made public, and no violations were found.
Naples council approves taxing district for Fifth Avenue South businesses
Updated 12/16/2010 at 8:59 a.m.
The district -- dubbed the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District -- will essentially allow Fifth Avenue South businesses to tax themselves through a special assessment.
Lee County reduces fees to spur business growth
Published 12/07/2010 at 2:25 p.m.
Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida, a successful medical practice looking to expand, has been stifled for almost two years. Its two surgeons have more patients than they can handle, but the most likely option for growth involved paying about $200,000 ...
Lee County commissioners could give doctors a break on impact fees
Published 12/06/2010 at 7:02 p.m.
Commissioners will decide on a plan Tuesday that could give doctors a break on fees charged when building a new building or moving into an existing office space.
Lee taxi drivers may soon face background checks
Published 12/06/2010 at 5:57 p.m.
The county’s ordinance stands out as lax compared with neighboring counties and cities, said Libby Walker, public resources director, Monday at the Lee County commission’s monthly planning meeting.
Miromar Outlets looking for amendment to Lee County's LED light code
Published 11/30/2010 at 7:33 p.m.
Miromar Outlet’s plan to use LED signs in its parking lot shone a light on confusion in Lee County’s development standards.
Bonita Springs may create panel to help economy
Updated 11/30/2010 at 7:16 p.m.
A new committee developed to prop up the Bonita Springs economy is on tap for today’s City Council meeting. In September, City Council and the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce embarked on a path to form an economic development ...
Lee County starts unveiling plans, improvements for Fort Myers Beach park
Published 11/29/2010 at 5:35 p.m.
A new Lee County park on Fort Myers Beach could see its first improvements before the end of the year, according to the town’s Mayor Larry Kiker.
PHOTOS: Black Friday draws big crowds in Collier, South Lee
Published 11/26/2010 at 1:20 p.m.
Just after midnight, Nghia Doan stepped up to the blue tape stretched in a line across the sidewalk. He was more than four hours early, just the way the 23-year-old had planned it.
Bonita Springs residents lose $10 beach pass; $60 option will be available
Updated 11/23/2010 at 11:23 p.m.
Bonita Springs residents will not keep their $10 beach parking pass but a compromise with Lee County will allow them to use a $60 county pass at 25 Bonita Beach parking spots.
County agrees to start Bonita Beach Road widening in 2011 -- ahead of schedule
Published 11/09/2010 at 5:33 p.m.
After about two years of back and forth, Lee County Commissioners agreed on Tuesday to Bonita Springs’ request to widen another mile of Bonita Beach Road ahead of schedule.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Lee County agrees to study Bonita beach parking sticker issue
Updated 11/09/2010 at 5:21 p.m.
Lee County commissioners agreed on Tuesday to study its agreement with the city that allows Bonita residents to buy annual passes for $10 instead of feeding a meter at $2 an hour.
Arrest made in golf cart hit-and-run at ACE Group Classic
Updated 11/03/2010 at 8:42 p.m.
Michael Mckenzie Joyner, 53, has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run vehicle crash that left three people injured at the Quarry in Golden Gate on Feb. 14.
Hall, Bigelow win re-election in Lee County Commission race
Published 11/02/2010 at 7:34 p.m.
All the familiar faces appear poised to sweep the Lee County commission election, if early voting results posted at about 7:30 p.m. are any indication.
Lee commissioners consider reducing impact fees
Updated 11/01/2010 at 6:47 p.m.
Lee County is moving forward with plans to reduce some fees used to pay for roads, commissioners agreed at Monday's Management and Planning meeting.
VIDEO/POLL: Lee County changes concealed weapons law, guns allowed at parks, Little League
Published 10/26/2010 at 5:13 p.m.
Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously passed an amendment to an ordinance, parks and recreation ordinance 06-26, that lifted the ban on concealed weapons after a lawsuit against the county pointed out the county’s inconsistency with state law.
Commissioners lift ban on concealed weapons at Lee County Parks
Published 10/26/2010 at 2:23 p.m.
Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously passed an amendment to an ordinance that lifted the ban on concealed weapons after a lawsuit against the county pointed out the county's inconsistency with state law.
Trash talk: Collier may burn some of its garbage in Lee incinerator
Updated 10/26/2010 at 6:51 p.m.
Collier County will consider burning some of its trash in Lee County's incinerator.
POLL: Property owners by Collier landfill question why their land offer was rejected
Published 10/25/2010 at 6:03 p.m.
Marian Gerace and Wallace Lewis own 300 vacant acres next to the landfill and they had been in “unofficial” talks for years for county government to buy the land to expand the landfill, Gerace said. County commissioners are to decide ...
Spooked: Florida shelters suspend adoption of black cats
Published 10/18/2010 at 11:47 a.m. 1 Comment
Some Florida animal shelters aren’t allowing for black cat adoptions until after Halloween - fearing for the cats’ safety. Suspicion may reign in the time of spooks and goblins but in Lee and Collier counties, shelters take a more practical ...
More than 300 attend forum for crash course on ballot amendments
Updated 10/12/2010 at 10:31 p.m.
Voters will be asked six questions: increasing class sizes, changing how developments are made, redrawing congressional districts, restructuring campaign finance rules and increasing tax credits for military personnel.
PHOTOS Collier proposes nearly doubling height of landfill to 20-story mound
Published 10/11/2010 at 6:45 p.m. 1 Comment
The Collier County Landfill may grow nearly twice as tall if county officials move forward with a state permitting process. The proposal is the subject of a meeting Tuesday evening at the Golden Gate Community Center on Golden Gate Parkway.
VIDEO: Signs that ban concealed firearms illegal, Lee County attorney says
Published 09/28/2010 at 12:21 p.m.
Signs that prohibit concealed firearms in county parks violate state law, according to a lawsuit filed against Lee County.
Collier commissioners approve budget that should lower taxes for most homeowners
Updated 09/23/2010 at 8:02 p.m. 1 Comment
Collier County Commissioners approved a $315 million general fund budget keeping tax rates the same as this year and losing about $25 million in revenue, or 12.9 percent.
New York Mets coming to Fort Myers City of Palms Park for fall league
Published 09/21/2010 at 10:15 a.m.
The New York Mets' fall instructional league will practice in Fort Myers City of Palms Park in September and October.
PHOTOS: Both stranded manatees return to Gulf at Gordon Pass in Naples
Updated 09/13/2010 at 4:15 p.m.
A 1,000-pound manatee that was stranded on Naples beach at Gordon Pass this morning has returned to the Gulf, authorities say.
Lee County cuts $11M from budget; still evaluating other options to trim
Published 09/07/2010 at 5:53 p.m.
Nearly $11 million in cuts across several departments has brought Lee County into a better position as it stares down a deficit before its first budget hearing Wednesday.