Collier airports get $8 million in improvement grants from FAA
Published 09/17/2013 at 7:55 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the Collier County Airport Authority has been awarded two grants for a total of about $8 million to rehabilitate the Immokalee and Marco Island airports.
Worth the Wait: 50 Southwest Florida WWII vets take Honor Flight to D.C. memorials
Published 09/07/2013 at 5:05 p.m. 1 Comment
Dominic Gumina was among 50 Southwest Florida World War II vets selected for a whirlwind one-day trip to D.C. sponsored by the Southwest Florida Honor Flight. Find out what they saw in the nation's capital.
The Fresh Market to open this fall in East Naples, expected to hire 90
Published 08/04/2013 at 1 p.m.
The Fresh Market needs about 90 employees to staff its newest store, which is opening this fall in the old Winn-Dixie space at the Shops at Eagle Creek, said Drewry Sackett, a spokeswoman for the company.
Dorian remnants expected to bring rain this week
Published 07/30/2013 at 6:17 p.m.
Dorian isn't a tropical storm anymore but it still will bring rain.
Unhappy Estates residents drill Texas company about oil-gas drilling plan
Published 05/30/2013 at 10:34 p.m. 1 Comment
Golden Gate Estates residents shared their concerns about potential oil spills contaminating their well water, environmental risks and potential property values decreasing with representatives from Hughes Co. and agencies.
Price check: Southwest Florida shoppers see modest food price increases
Published 05/13/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
Food prices are continuing to increase in Southwest Florida and an analyst looks ahead at whether that trend will continue.
Hedge funds, investors grabbing up real estate in some parts of Florida
Published 05/11/2013 at 7:15 a.m.
Hedge fund operators are targeting homes to acquire in some parts of Florida, but not everyone sees that as a trend in Collier County. Experts offer their opinions on hedge fund acquisitions and how they affect the market.
Parents at work can keep eye on children at new Bonita Springs preschool
Published 05/06/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
When parents drop off their children at a new Bonita Springs preschool, they won’t be far away from checking up on how the little ones are doing.
Bill Nelson urges leaders to make voices heard about sequestration
Published 05/01/2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson made two stops in Southwest Florida on Wednesday, discussing the effect higher education has on the continued growth of the area’s economy.
Salazar Machine & Steel in Immokalee to show off expansion at open house
Published 05/01/2013 at 6 a.m.
Salazar Machine & Steel plans to host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Collier County Airport Authority Manufacturing Facility, 190 Airpark Blvd., Immokalee Regional Airport. A ribbon-cutting is ...
Experts see bank-owned homes returning to market in Southwest Florida
Published 04/29/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Real estate experts say banks aren’t holding on to foreclosed homes like they used to in Florida. One measure for the trend is real estate owned properties — or REOs — hitting the market after a lender acquired them, such ...
Region's citrus groves survive season despite greening-induced fruit dropping
Published 04/22/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Although citrus greening is attacking orange groves throughout the state, Southwest Florida’s oranges are still juicy for orange juice.
Wonder Gardens closing as Bonita Springs moves on Old 41 revitalization
Published 04/21/2013 at 6:25 a.m.
Everglades Wonder Gardens is closing today. The historic Shangri-La Hotel and Resort in downtown Bonita Springs still isn’t open.
Holy e-smokes! Some businesses allow vaping cigarettes in workplace
Published 04/14/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
With the growing trend of electronic cigarettes, a few Southwest Florida businesses are allowing vaping in the workplace. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, vaporize a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking though some ...
Students learn worldly ag skills at Southwest Florida farm
Published 04/06/2013 at 7 a.m.
A couple of seeds in Southwest Florida are spreading a long way to developing countries across the world.
New boat motor rules, higher camping fees proposed for Everglades National Park
Published 04/01/2013 at 5:20 a.m.
Forrest Taylor opposes restrictions that federal officials are considering for sport fishermen in Everglades National Park, including outlawing the use of boat motors in some areas where they’re now allowed.
FGCU merchandise sales increasing at Southwest Florida retailers
Published 03/28/2013 at 5:39 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University cap sales are turning heads at Lids in Coastland Center mall in Naples.
Crabbers trapped in slow harvest season as prices rise in Southwest Florida
Published 03/25/2013 at 5 a.m.
Demand for stone crabs remains high despite the prices driven up by the poor harvest so far. Restaurants are paying as much for the stone crab they buy as the restaurants sold the claws for last year.
Collier farm tour gives glimpse of operations from nurseries to packinghouses
Published 03/22/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Loran Hershberger is interested in getting some helpful farming tips from the agricultural pros.
More types of plants, trees getting targeted in Collier by whitefly, croton scale
Published 03/20/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
A couple of bugs are causing a buzz in Southwest Florida. From the region’s gumbo limbo trees to coconut and sabal palms, no tree is safe from the rugose spiraling whitefly.
Consumers feeling effects of higher food prices in Southwest Florida
Published 03/18/2013 at 5:35 a.m.
Maria Hernandez’s refrigerator isn’t as full of food as before.
Ave Maria honors, celebrates service of outgoing pope
Published 02/28/2013 at 5 a.m.
A day before Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to step down in six centuries, hundreds of people gathered to pray for Benedict XVI in Ave Maria.
U.S. 41 widening in Estero eating into business of restaurant, some others
Published 02/25/2013 at 5:10 a.m.
As the state’s U.S. 41 widening project in Estero continues, Teresa Lerma is struggling to stay open for business. Construction on U.S. 41 from Corkscrew Road to San Carlos Boulevard in Estero has jeopardized business at Resturante La Frontera, on ...
Lee farm tour takes visitors on trip to goat farm and hydroponic operation
Published 02/22/2013 at 6 a.m.
From traditional produce farms and hydroponic system farms to goat farms, 50 Southwest Florida residents went on an all-day excursion Wednesday to four North Fort Myers farms during a Lee County farm tour hosted by the University of Florida’s Institute ...
Bonita Springs council to look at limiting mobile food vendors in city
Published 02/19/2013 at 5:20 a.m. 2 Comments
Proposed regulations for mobile food vendors in Bonita Springs could drive Rick Price out of business. Bonita Springs staff is slated to ask City Council on Wednesday to adopt a proposed amendment, which includes mobile food vendors, to the city's ...
Collier, south Lee food prices hold mostly steady during past month
Published 02/18/2013 at 5:20 a.m.
With some food prices rising, Deborah Rusinko is buying meat when she sees it on sale.
Chase bank program helps Collier wounded soldier own first home mortgage-free
Published 02/14/2013 at 5 a.m.
U.S. Army Sgt. Gary Boggs was all smiles as he entered the first house he's ever owned.
Naples Beach Hotel completes renovation of ballroom
Published 02/11/2013 at 7 a.m.
The first major renovation of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club's beachfront ballroom is completed.
Planning commission backs replacing King Richard's with car dealership
Published 02/08/2013 at 5:20 a.m.
A new car dealership at the present site of an amusement center in North Naples continues to move forward.
Bonita council set to approve incentives to lure small businesses
Published 02/05/2013 at 5 a.m.
From technology and life science to ecotourism and attractions, Bonita Springs is proposing a program to attract new, small businesses to the community.
State's, region's growers say study predicting $5 per pound tomatoes is flawed
Published 02/04/2013 at 5:20 a.m.
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas predicted that in a recent study. The Nogales, Ariz.-based importers group warned of the "tomato cliff" if the U.S. Department of Commerce terminates a fresh tomato import trade agreement with Mexico at the ...
Imagine Solutions conference returns at the Phil after one-year absence in 2012
Published 02/03/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
A world-class ideas conference is coming back to Southwest Florida.
National doors opening for Naples family's door-attached storage cabinet invention
Published 02/02/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
Tim Tassin never imagined that his family's invention of a portable storage cabinet for any door of any room would become such a success.
Decade-old Lee citrus canker case now in judge's hands to decide if it ends
Published 02/01/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
It isn't known yet if the state will have to pay more money to Lee County homeowners who lost their citrus trees during the state's failed canker-fighting campaign nearly a decade ago.
Rebound in real estate market sends more to get realty license in Collier, Lee
Published 01/28/2013 at 5:35 a.m.
With an improved real estate market and economic confidence coming back, more Southwest Florida residents are getting their real estate licenses.
Charities of the Wine Festival: Deciding which nonprofits get grants is tough call
Published 01/25/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Selecting which children's charities will be aided by the Naples Winter Wine Festival isn't an easy mission. The foundation raises millions annually through a Saturday afternoon auction that includes exotic trips, rare wines, custom jewels and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The 2013 ...
Southwest Florida growers leery of cost of FDA's new food safety rules
Published 01/22/2013 at 5 a.m.
Southwest Florida growers aren't too pleased with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed new food safety rules.
Southwest Florida survey: Food prices held steady during past month
Published 01/19/2013 at 8 a.m.
Food prices that consumers feared would rise because of severe weather damage to crops this past summer started creeping up last month across Southwest Florida. A month later, prices remain about the same as they were in mid-December for many ...
Planning board to further hear plan to replace King Richard's with car dealership
Published 01/18/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
Neighbors' concerns have slowed down efforts to build a new car dealership on the present site of an amusement center in North Naples.
North Naples engineer, Fort Myers nonprofit team up on building Haiti village
Published 01/12/2013 at 6 p.m.
As early as high school, Norman Trebilcock wanted to become an engineer and design buildings in Haiti. So when asked by John Boldt, a national field representative of the organization Engineering Ministries International, to help with the devastating earthquake that ...
Chase bank opening another branch in North Naples this fall
Published 01/10/2013 at 5 a.m.
Another Chase bank branch is slated to open in North Naples this fall.
Rewarding experience: More Collier, Lee merchants offer customer discount cards
Published 01/07/2013 at 7:30 a.m.
From pharmacies and restaurants to hardware stores and pet stores, more and more Southwest Florida businesses are offering free membership reward cards. Some have offered them for more than a decade, while others like Joe's Diner are newer to the ...
Traffic signal under consideration as North Naples shopping center fills up
Published 01/02/2013 at 5:40 a.m.
Many drivers who navigate the roads in northern Collier County are in favor of adding a traffic light on U.S. 41 at the entrance to a major shopping center just south of Immokalee Road.
Collier, Lee banking industry rebounding, only one closure in 2012
Published 01/01/2013 at 6:45 a.m.
In four years, state and federal regulators have shut down nine troubled banks in Lee and Collier counties. But most of those failures happened in 2009 and 2010. There were none in 2011, while in 2012 regulators shuttered one — ...
U-pick-em: Bonita Springs, Ave Maria add to u-pick options in region
Published 12/31/2012 at 5:40 a.m.
Mason Adams knew what he was looking for when he headed into the fields to pick bright, red strawberries with his grandfather at Farmer Mike's U-Pick in Bonita Springs.
Wait one last minute, Collier-Lee shoppers said as they scurried about Monday
Published 12/24/2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Many Southwest Florida shoppers were hustling at the last minute Monday to finish marking off their holiday gift list.
Increase projected in holiday travel in Collier, Lee, throughout Florida
Published 12/23/2012 at 7 p.m.
Southwest Florida hotels and resorts are quickly filling up for the holidays, boosting the local economy and offering an additional sign that a strong tourist season is under way.
Collier, Lee retailers sensing big dollars will roll in on holiday shopping weekend
Published 12/22/2012 at 7:10 a.m.
Southwest Florida retailers are expecting a wave of customers this weekend as shoppers hustle to finish marking off their holiday gift list.
Anonymous donor pays off 38 layaway accounts at Naples Toys R Us
Published 12/18/2012 at 7 p.m.
In the Christmas spirit, some people in Naples and across the nation are paying it forward this holiday season.
Bonita Springs joining governments offering incentives to businesses
Published 12/18/2012 at 5:40 a.m.
Southwest Florida strives to promote commerce, with Bonita Springs becoming the latest to get involved in proposing a program to attract new businesses.