Cyber Monday sales click with Southwest Florida merchants
Published 11/27/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
A Southwest Florida posh pet store made Cyber Monday sales a weekend event.
Merchants: Collier, south Lee shoppers kept greenbacks flowing on Black Friday
Published 11/23/2012 at 8:30 p.m.
Black Friday remained a bright spot for Southwest Florida merchants although it will be a few days before they know how much they rang up in sales.
Earliest holiday shopping season in five years starts tonight
Published 11/22/2012 at 8 a.m.
With many stores and malls opening tonight — some Coastland stores open at midnight and the rest at 6 a.m. Friday — shoppers can get a head start whittling off the pounds by joining the crowds of early shoppers.
Area's tourism industry expecting its fill of Thanksgiving visitors
Published 11/21/2012 at 5:20 a.m.
Southwest Florida hotels and resorts are filling up like people gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Precinct analysis shows Bonita residents solidly behind slot machine proposal
Published 11/12/2012 at 7 a.m.
Bonita Springs voters supported allowing slot machines at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track at a greater rate than the rest of Lee County voters, a precinct analysis shows.
Price check: Food prices hold steady in Southwest Florida
Published 11/09/2012 at 5:20 a.m.
Karen Dunlap didn't stay away from buying meat products because of higher prices during a recent visit to Sweetbay Supermarket along Immokalee Road.
Rental car companies shift to overdrive as tourist season nears
Published 11/07/2012 at 5 a.m.
Southwest Florida rental car businesses soon will start gearing up for the start of season by bringing thousands of additional vehicles.
Lowe's backs out of plans for Bonita Springs store, selling its property
Published 11/06/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Lowe's no longer has plans to open a store in Bonita Springs. The North Carolina-based Lowe's listed its property, at the northeast corner of Bonita Beach Road and Old 41 Road, for sale.
Election 2012: Voters to decide whether to add slot machines at dog track
Published 11/02/2012 at 5 a.m.
A Nov. 6 referendum will let Lee County voters decide whether to allow slot machines at the Bonita Springs-based Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track.
Toast, Skillets breakfast joints popping up in Southwest Florida
Published 11/02/2012 at 5 a.m.
Toast of Naples opened its third location Thursday at 24600 U.S. 41 S. at the Shoppes at Pelican Landing plaza, adjacent to Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs. The 2,500-square-feet eatery is in the former Shrimp Shack.
J.A. Hall of Fame: Health-care leader Richard Akin named 2012 laureate
Published 10/31/2012 at 7:20 a.m.
Richard Akin has a passion for making sure children receive quality medical care. For his work in the medical community, Akin is one of two business leaders honored Tuesday night as a Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida 2012 Business Hall ...
Daily News/Scripps poll: Floridians split on whether to allow casino gambling
Published 10/25/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
With the presidential election nearing and a referendum slated on whether to allow slot machines in Bonita Springs, a statewide poll finds that 45 percent of Floridans support the creation of Vegas-style casinos in the state.
Venice diocese removes once-popular priest in Bonita Springs from priesthood
Published 10/24/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
A once-popular priest at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Bonita Springs has been removed from the priesthood.
Naples airport terminal missing more than just commercial airlines
Published 10/22/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Commercial airline service isn't all that's missing at Naples Municipal Airport.The commercial terminal at the airport has had vacant spots for business for five years. And it could remain that way until the Naples airport lures more commercial carriers.
Workers in U.S. wire billions of dollars to Latin American countries
Published 10/21/2012 at 5:40 p.m.
The U.S. leads the world as the biggest source country for remittances. Millions of Latin Americans working in the U.S. send home money to help their families with necessities.
North Naples residents weigh in on proposed Hyundai dealership at King Richard's site
Published 10/18/2012 at 5 a.m.
"You don't belong near Walden Oaks, period," Anna Multari, who has lived at Walden Oaks for 15 years, said during the meeting Tuesday.
Naples chamber program helping small businesses expand, learn
Published 10/15/2012 at 6 a.m.
Everything Aimee Schlehr learned at a Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce program prepared her to expand the Naples Art Association's educational offerings.
Sheriff's Office, NABOR join forces to crack down on rental scams
Published 10/13/2012 at 6:15 p.m.
In the wake of recent arrests of people charged with illegally renting and leasing foreclosed homes, the Collier County Sheriff's Office and Naples Area Board of Realtors are partnering to raise community awareness about rental scams so nobody becomes a ...
Price check: Collier, Lee food prices overall hold steady during past month
Published 10/12/2012 at 8 a.m.
Food prices that consumers feared would rise because of severe weather damage to crops in the farm belt so far remain about the same in Southwest Florida.
Daily News advertising team sweeps top state awards
Published 10/10/2012 at 8 a.m.
The Naples Daily News' advertising and creative department swept 21 awards at the 2012 Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives annual conference.
Ritz Camera store in Naples, rest of U.S. closing
Published 10/09/2012 at 5 a.m.
After 20 years of developing pictures, Ritz Camera & Image in Naples will soon shutter its doors.
Southwest Florida could benefit from $9 million research grant for citrus greening
Published 10/06/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Southwest Florida agricultural officials could take part in researching the most serious threat to Florida's orange groves.
Letter signed by 41 community leaders calls on Rambosk to end 287(g) in Collier
Published 10/01/2012 at 8 p.m.
A coalition of Collier County leaders delivered a letter to Sheriff Kevin Rambosk on Monday, urging him to end the 287(g) program.
King Richard's amusement center may be rezoned for car dealership
Published 10/01/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
King Richard's Family Fun Park may change the type of cars it features, from go-carts to Hyundais. Owners of the land that's now home to King Richard's amusement center on Airport-Pulling Road have applied to Collier County government to change ...
Immokalee casino looks for partnerships
Published 09/27/2012 at 6 a.m.
The Seminole Casino Immokalee wants to partner with other local tourism businesses to expand the local economy.
Fall has arrived, so Naples restaurants that closed for summer prepare to reopen
Published 09/24/2012 at 5:40 a.m.
The arrival of fall on Saturday — at least on the calendar if not on the thermometer — means the summer break that some Southwest Florida restaurant operators take is about to end.
Florida's jobless rate unchanged in August, Collier and Lee rates decline
Updated 09/21/2012 at 7:03 p.m.
Florida's August jobless rate remained unchanged from July, standing at 8.8 percent as the economy's jerky recovery continues, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday.
iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans locally, worldwide
Updated 09/21/2012 at 7:01 p.m.
Hundreds waited in line Friday morning to be one of the first to own the new iPhone 5.
Mercato work-space business opens Oct. 1
Published 09/19/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Entrepreneurs, freelancers, small business owners and like-minded professionals in Southwest Florida now have an option when meeting with clients.
Lowest inventory since 2005 drives up home prices in Naples market, NABOR reports
Updated 09/14/2012 at 6:35 p.m.
Dwindling inventory in the Naples real estate market has driven up home prices, the Naples Area Board of Realtors announced Friday.
State looks to increase freight business; Southwest Florida wants piece of the action
Published 09/10/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Whether the shipment is going by air, land, sea or rail, it may get easier to move freight in Southwest Florida. Although Southwest Florida International Airport doesn't carry much freight today, compared to the Miami airport, Victoria Moreland, spokeswoman for ...
Drought damage to crops starting to show up in higher food prices locally
Published 09/03/2012 at 7 a.m. 10 Comments
Rosemary LaRose stayed away from buying meat because of the higher prices she saw during a recent visit to Oakes Farms Market in East Naples.
Survey says: Most workers would change careers if given the chance at a do-over
Published 09/02/2012 at 7 a.m.
In a joint "Job Happiness Survey" from Parade magazine and Yahoo! Finance that asked everything from job satisfaction to retirement, nearly 60 percent of more than 26,000 Americans said they would choose a different career.
Naples media company's complaint triggers FCC review of Discovery Channel
Published 08/29/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
A complaint from a local Christian media company has triggered a Federal Communications Commission investigation.
Isaac's legacy? Helping to increase hurricane shutter business, gas prices
Published 08/28/2012 at 5 a.m.
Apart from wind and rain, Tropical Storm Isaac boosted Southwest Florida’s hurricane shutter businesses, helped spike gasoline prices and possibly contributed to gas price gouging.
Florida's unemployment rate increased to 8.8 percent in July; Collier rises sharply
Updated 08/17/2012 at 6:09 p.m.
Florida's unemployment numbers seem to be falling into the category of politics makes strange bedfellows. Collier County’s unemployment rate jumped by nearly a full percentage point in July while the state’s increased to 8.8 percent, prompting the Republican Florida governor’s ...
Bonita Springs council gives fellow board member six months to improve behavior
Published 08/16/2012 at 5 a.m.
A Bonita Springs councilwoman has until early next year to change her behavior, a majority of fellow council members agreed Wednesday.
Doggett defeats Bigelow in GOP primary for Lee County Clerk of Courts
Published 08/14/2012 at 9:45 p.m.
A longtime Lee County clerk's office worker is closer to becoming the boss.
Rising musical star to sing national anthem Friday at Dolphins-Bucs game
Published 08/08/2012 at 5 a.m.
Sarah Hardwig will belt out the national anthem at Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Dolphins-Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason NFL game.
Study shows airport body scanners safe, and some passengers seem to agree
Published 08/06/2012 at 5:45 a.m.
The Transportation Security Administration and a recent study assure passengers that full-body scanners used for security screening at the nation's airports are safe.
Children's museum's first executive director leaving
Published 07/31/2012 at 4 p.m.
The Golisano Children's Museum of Naples founding executive director, Joe Cox announced Tuesday that he is leaving Naples to seek another career challenge.
Licensed to carry: Movie theaters among Florida places where guns are allowed
Published 07/29/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
In Florida, where state records show there are about 1 million residents licensed to have a concealed weapon, there's no ban on taking guns into movie theaters. But states' laws vary: it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon into ...
Bonita Springs will review ways to revitalize Old 41 Road corridor
Published 07/25/2012 at 5 a.m.
Plans to revitalize downtown Bonita Springs are in the works.
Bonita Springs gives property owner time to show shelter moratorium doesn't apply
Published 07/19/2012 at 5 a.m.
Bonita Springs officials will put a development order application to build a shelter in Bonita Springs on hold, for now. Until the property owner responds.
Farmers markets: Inspections infrequent at Lee, Collier markets
Published 07/15/2012 at 8 a.m. 1 Comment
Bins stacked with fresh fruits and vegetables draw shoppers at the handful of farmers markets and flea markets in Southwest Florida.But the fresh fruits and vegetables sold there aren't inspected by local health departments, nor by the state.
Hurricane 2012: Emergency managers tap new apps, social media for 2012 hurricane season
Published 07/15/2012 at 12:01 a.m.
If you live in Lee County and need to evacuate because of a hurricane, there’s an app for that. Lee County Emergency Management is offering LeeEvac, a mobile device app that’s free for both Apple- and Android-based phones and devices, ...
Southwest Florida businesses find benefit of offering Wi-Fi
Published 07/12/2012 at 5 a.m.
Fifth Avenue Coffee Co. in downtown Naples is one of many local businesses offering free Wi-Fi.
Build-A-Bear, Aggro Surf leaving Coastland Center later this month
Published 07/06/2012 at 6 a.m.
Two retailers at Coastland Center mall in Naples are leaving this month.
Bonita Springs chamber launches new job placement service
Published 07/02/2012 at 7 a.m.
Employers can post job openings and view resumes of job-seekers on the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce website. Job-seekers can post their resumes and view available jobs on the website as well.
Debby downer: Collier, Lee beaches erode in spots from choppy Gulf waves
Published 06/26/2012 at 7:50 p.m.
Officials in both Collier and Lee counties said Tuesday the weekend's stormy conditions took a toll on the area's beaches. Officials said, however, it's too early to tell whether the storm damage will have a lasting effect on the area's ...