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TOM HANSON

Title: Managing Sports Editor
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Recent Work

  • Fuelish thinking: What goes up doesn’t necessarily come down Published 11/07/2007 at 10:55 p.m.

    Frank DeCicco once owned a gas station. Now he depends on the precious fuel for his new business, Prestige Transportation. The 60-year-old Naples resident still doesn’t understand it. He understands the need. He doesn’t understand the fluctuation in price. With ...

  • Holbrook withdrawal took all by surprise Updated 08/26/2007 at 1:54 p.m.

    Karen Holbrook, Wilson Bradshaw or Greg Weisenstein. One of those names will hold a prominent spot in the history of Florida Gulf Coast University.

  • Tom Hanson: Taxing time for Sopranos and Tallahassee ‘family’ Updated 06/10/2007 at 9:39 a.m.

    So who or what will get whacked? Everyone is dying to know. Will HBO’s Tony Soprano fall in tonight’s series finale? Will property taxes get the ax in next week’s special session of the Florida Legislature? It’s the only two ...

  • Tom Hanson: The fine line between a rant and a discourse Updated 05/13/2007 at 4:26 p.m.

    Tom Hanson's Sunday column

  • Water restrictions aside, TPC at Treviso Bay turning green Published 04/29/2007 at 5:41 p.m.

    Chris Gray’s voice screeched at a higher octave than normal. The project manager at the TPC at Treviso Bay couldn’t contain his excitement about a new development.

  • Tiger Woods in position for fifth Masters title Updated 04/08/2007 at 12:06 p.m.

    Tiger Woods is one shot behind Australian Stuart Appleby heading into the final round of the 71st Masters. Woods bogeyed the final two holes on Saturday for an even-par 72. Yet, he positioned himself for a run at his fifth ...

  • ACE on the move to new home Published 02/18/2007 at 12:30 a.m.

    Organizers of The ACE Group Classic didn’t send out change of address cards. That doesn’t mean this week’s Champions Tour event will be without its usual flock of fans. Tournament officials are expecting record crowds to come and see golf’s ...

  • Tom Hanson: Exploring the reasons behind the shake, rattle and boom Updated 01/12/2007 at 7:42 a.m.

    Southwest Florida was left shaking Wednesday morning. The ground certainly rumbled below my feet. Sitting in the Naples Daily News newsroom, I thought our Tyrannosaurus Rex printing press had started up.

  • Baggage system breakdown at SWFIA causes delays, heavy lifting Updated 01/01/2007 at 6:55 p.m.

    Large piles of luggage being carted through Southwest Florida International Airport isn't a good sign. Yes, the $30 million baggage system is on the fritz again. A major upgrade can't be completed soon enough. As holiday travelers scurried home Monday, ...

  • Building of Treviso about to make the turn Published 12/31/2006 at midnight

    This is the 10th installment in a series about the TPC at Treviso Bay. At the end of every month, staff writer Tom Hanson brings you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a golf course. The TPC ...

  • Tom Hanson: Hurricane Wilma leaves mark on Chokoloskee Published 10/22/2006 at 12:16 a.m.

    There’s an empty spot, where a home once sat, on the eastern tip of Chokoloskee. There’s a similar spot in Chris Ammerman’s heart. A pile of rocks mark the breathtaking view of Chokoloskee Bay. The tears rolling down Ammerman’s cheeks ...

  • Tom Hanson: Remembering my Gran and our special trips Down-home Published 07/30/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    I became an experienced traveler as a young boy. On any given Friday during my prekindergarten years my Gran, Pauline Morris, would stop by our home and tell me to get in the car. “We’re taking a trip,” she would ...

  • Treviso Bay course begins to take shape Published 07/30/2006 at 12:16 a.m.

    There isn't any grass. There aren't any bunkers. There aren't even any cups or flagsticks. Yet, the TPC at Treviso Bay is starting to look like a golf course. For the first few months after breaking ground, the property in ...

  • Tom Hanson: Ferreira turns down television part for council role Published 07/28/2006 at 12:21 a.m.

    Richard Ferreira made several sacrifices to become a Bonita Springs city councilman. He gave up his free time. He gave up his summers in Rhode Island. He gave up his acting career. Have you caught the preview to this week’s ...

  • Tom Hanson: What's so historic about old houses in Bonita? Published 07/26/2006 at 12:19 a.m.

    The sign coming into the city reads: Welcome to The Historic Bonita Springs. What’s so historic? If there was a historical tour of Bonita Springs, there would be one guarantee. It would be short. Bonita Springs just doesn’t have much ...

  • Tom Hanson: A terror on the road, the error of his sentence Published 07/23/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    Kristien Rodriguez giggled with his lawyer. Flanked by his mother, he didn’t seem to have a care in the world. He didn’t seem upset that four of his friends were dead. The 19-year-old sat in the dark corner of Courtroom ...

  • Tom Hanson: It's the bottom of ninth for Bonita in its attempt to lure baseball team Published 07/21/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Put on your rally cap. It doesn’t matter from which team. The Cleveland Indians. The Baltimore Orioles. The Cincinnati Reds (yes, this is a strong rumor). Or my favorite, the Just-bring-spring-training-to-Bonita-Springs cap. Turn the hat inside out and wear it ...

  • Tom Hanson: Sometimes you have to wonder who is watching over the children Published 07/19/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Raising children certainly has changed over the years. But who has changed more: the kids, the parents or the outside agencies that are supposed to protect children? You be the judge.

  • Tom Hanson: Redevelopment goes on but debates abound Published 07/09/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Maybe it’s appropriate that in a place like Bonita Springs where it can rain one minute and the sun shines the next, it had to get ugly. Currently, the future is bright. Redevelopment, the Jack Antaramian $40 million mixed-use project, ...

  • Tom Hanson: Ferreira proved his courage in reversing his vote on development Published 07/07/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    It’s a small man who refuses to acknowledge a change. Richard Ferreira remembers his father, Anthony, telling him this phrase as a young boy. Ferreira made his father proud Wednesday night. He made Bonita Springs proud. He proved that he’s ...

  • Tom Hanson: Soldier remains firm supporter of Iraq war Published 07/05/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    Since returning from his second and final tour of duty in Iraq, Greg Kurbatoff is enjoying life's simple pleasures. Going to the grocery store. Walking down the beach. And sitting in traffic. Say what?

  • Tom Hanson: What now for Bonita's downtown? Published 07/02/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    What will Bonita Springs do with the Imperial Landing property? The options are endless after the City Council nixed the Antaramian Group’s plush mixed-use project. It’s a beautiful piece of real estate: 5.3 acres off Old 41 Road, split by ...

  • Tom Hanson: Bonita Springs has lost more than a chance to revitalize downtown Published 06/30/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    The tombstone on Imperial Landing, i.e., Bonita Springs downtown redevelopment, should read: Born out of need, with the hope for re-energizing the community. Buried by a lack of vision and a few self-serving City Council members. Play “Taps.” Fade to ...

  • Tom Hanson: Redevelopment is coming to downtown Bonita, no matter what Published 06/28/2006 at 12:11 a.m.

    There is one certainty about redevelopment in downtown Bonita Springs: Tonight, both the proponents and opponents of the $40 million project will pack City Hall. Come early and bring your pajamas. The workshop discussing the Imperial Landing deal may be ...

  • Tom Hanson: Candidate young at 22 but educated in politics Published 06/25/2006 at 12:18 a.m.

    Don’t be fooled by Jason Yost’s boyish looks or his age. The 22-year-old is as serious as a C-SPAN Senate debate. This happens to be one his favorite shows, too, which is quite telling. So Yost’s run at the District ...

  • Arthur Hills visits newest baby Published 06/25/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    For Arthur Hills, the world-renowned golf course designer, the TPC at Treviso Bay in East Naples is his newest baby. Like any newborn, Treviso Bay needs nurturing. It needs attention. It needs developing. It will go through its awkward stages. ...

  • Tom Hanson: Consultant for city mum in other role for NAACP Published 06/24/2006 at 12:01 a.m.

    Willie Green is normally proud of the NAACP. He calls it "the largest, the most powerful, the baddest, the toughest, the oldest civil rights organization in the world." Green, a past local president of the group, says the NAACP he ...

  • Tom Hanson: Heat championship win finally gave me something to cheer about Published 06/23/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    I did something this week I haven’t been able to do in some time. I cheered. I actually got off the couch, pumped my fists in the air and got excited. It happened early Wednesday morning as Dwyane Wade threw ...

  • Tom Hanson: Black and white issue surfaces in angry confrontation at City Hall Published 06/21/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    The scene last week on the steps of Fort Myers City Hall set the world back 50 years. A group of black community leaders came to review public records. They left feeling as if they had to ride in the ...

  • Tom Hanson: When bailing out your son means leaving him in jail Published 06/18/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    David Piper’s love for his son Dane is stronger than the jail bars that keep them apart. Dane Piper sits in a Lee County correctional facility. The 20-year-old faces six felony counts on charges involving stolen vehicles. Once one of ...

  • Tom Hanson: Like Naples, Bonita will need one good leader Published 06/16/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    The future of redevelopment in Bonita Springs needs a Fred Coyle. The revitalization effort in the dilapidated downtown area doesn’t actually need Coyle, himself, who is now a Collier County commissioner.

  • Tom Hanson: Not even hurricanes are immune from the betting craze Published 06/14/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    John Church has never shied away from a bet. The 75-year-old has been a regular at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs since 1958. Excuse the pun, but Church visits religiously -- rain or shine. “I’ve never been ...

  • Tom Hanson: Crime in Bonita? Take a ride with a deputy Published 06/11/2006 at 12:19 a.m.

    Nikki Sherren sat on a bench late Friday night on the corner of Crockett Street and Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. She had a newly lit Marlboro red in one hand and fountain soda from the nearby Circle K ...

  • Weber irked by school's decision Published 06/10/2006 at 12:27 a.m.

    Every year since 1998, John Weber has led the Immokalee Indians football team to the playoffs. This coming season, Weber can plan an unwanted vacation for the first week of December. Immokalee has no chance at the postseason if it ...

  • Immokalee coach ‘extremely disappointed’ in decision Published 06/09/2006 at 2:58 p.m.

    Every year since 1998, John Weber has led the Immokalee Indians football team to the playoffs. This coming season, Weber can plan an unwanted vacation for the first week of December.

  • Two more athletes at Immokalee are over-age Published 06/09/2006 at 12:30 a.m.

    Blandel Jean sounded prophetic. The 30-year-old -- one of three over-age men discovered participating on Immokalee High athletic teams -- didn’t want to be singled out. “I’m not the only one,” Jean said Thursday. “There are others who shouldn’t be ...

  • Tom Hanson: An experiment in speed on the local raceway known as The Alley Published 06/09/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    I’ve taken a few trips to Miami recently. My goal each time: to drive the speed limit and see just how many vehicles were speeding. So I set the cruise control at 72 on my Mercury Marquis and set off. ...

  • Two more athletes at Immokalee are over-age Published 06/09/2006 at 12:19 a.m.

    Blandel Jean sounded prophetic. The 30-year-old -- one of three over-age men discovered participating on Immokalee High athletic teams -- didn’t want to be singled out. “I’m not the only one,” Jean said Thursday. “There are others who shouldn’t be ...

  • Records: Fifth Immokalee athlete over-age Updated 06/08/2006 at 8:05 p.m.

    A fifth Immokalee High athlete has been found to be over-age.

  • Tom Hanson: Gays and lesbians have as much right to marry as anyone Published 06/07/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Thirteen years ago, I had my first gay experience. For the record -- because you can’t tell by the picture -- I’m a heterosexual male. Confused? That’s what I say about the critics of gay marriage.

  • Immokalee principal says he'll be back Published 06/06/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Manny Touron missed the final day of school last Friday at Immokalee High. He has never missed the final day of school in his 35 years as an educator. He has been battling the flu for the past week. Speculation ...

  • Immokalee principal says he'll be back Published 06/06/2006 at midnight

    Manny Touron missed the final day of school last Friday at Immokalee High. He has never missed the final day of school in his 35 years as an educator. He has been battling the flu for the past week. Speculation ...

  • Tom Hanson: Needy fed, but some should not be at Cafe Published 06/04/2006 at 12:12 a.m.

    The Cafe of Life has honorable intentions. Each weekday it serves countless hot meals to less fortunate people under the banyan tree outside Bonita Springs Community Hall. But is the Cafe of Life feeding the truly needy? Or is it ...

  • Tom Hanson: No longer can advance preparation ease the anxiety of hurricane season Published 06/02/2006 at 12:19 a.m.

    Batteries? Check. Flashlights? Check. Bottled water? Check. Sanity? Right now in check, but we’re only one day into hurricane season. As I headed to the neighborhood Home Depot on Thursday to get a few extra items during the tax-free period ...

  • Tom Hanson: There's a down side for students who participate in spelling bee Published 05/31/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    The Scripps National Spelling Bee has gone prime time and, in my opinion, a bit too far. The May ratings period might be over but the ABC Network is hoping to cash in on the innocence of children. Can you ...

  • Uncovering dirt at Treviso Bay Published 05/28/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    In golf, there’s good and bad shots. But there’s also good and bad soil. And the difference in dirt is an important element in building a top-notch golf course. The TPC at Treviso Bay is literally taking shape.

  • Tom Hanson: Golf course conversion to condos will steal good times from Bandits Published 05/28/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    They’re known as the Bandits. They’re a group of men who have religiously played golf at Bonita Springs Golf & Country Club the past 20 years. The group, which can grow to 28 in season, all live near the course ...

  • Tom Hanson: Senior speaks his mind at graduation and draws ire of administrators Published 05/26/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Graduation speeches in general are not memorable. They’re typically cliché-crammed, sappy sentiments that can be downright boring. But don’t ever call Kyle Stublen boring. Brash and brave might be a better description. So much so, it nearly cost him his ...

  • Immokalee's 2004 football title at risk Published 05/24/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    A Florida High School Athletic Association investigation into adults attending Immokalee High School has revealed more potential athletic infractions. The penalties could result in Immokalee being stripped of its 2004 state football title. But the Indians are not alone.

  • Tom Hanson: Either beef up fines for watering lawns illegally or forget it Published 05/24/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Sometimes the penalty doesn’t match the infraction. Take the fines for illegal watering in Lee County. You can abide by the county rules and water your lawn twice a week or you can face a warning and a then $25 ...

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