Naples Winter Wine Festival again tops

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By Harriet Howard Heithaus The Naples Winter Wine Festival is getting bigger — even though it’s already the biggest. On the heels of once again being rated the No. 1 charity wine auction in the U.S. by Wine Spectator magazine, the festival is announcing its chairs for the 2017 festival, … Continue reading

The happiest, healthiest city in the US is…

white "sugar sand" beach at Naples, Florida

It has a Fifth Avenue, lots of shopping and a hot real estate market, but the country’s healthiest and happiest city is nowhere near the Big Apple. Naples, Florida, and the nearby communities of Marco Island and Immokalee top the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Rankings list released … Continue reading

Naples – National Champion in Wellness

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  By Liz Freeman | NaplesNews.com The greater Naples area has earned the top spot for “well-being” from among nearly 200 American cities, according to a survey by Gallup-Healthways. The telephone-based survey of more than 350,000 adults nationwide asked how they were doing in their daily lives and how optimistic … Continue reading

The Early Bird Gets the Beach House

Naples Pier, Naples, Florida | photo by David Critzer

From realtor.com by Yuqing Pan | January 11, 2016 To figure out which of these towns were drawing would-be buyers, we aggregated page view data on realtor.com® in December 2015 to pinpoint where people are actually checking out houses online. With the homes in Hawaii and Southern California busting most … Continue reading

Beach Bound: These Sandy States Are Topping Americans “Must Live” List

RISMEDIA, Saturday, December 19, 2015— For the first time since 2001, Florida, our nation’s 27th state, is back on top as Americans’ most desired habitation destination. When asked where – excluding their current state – they would most like to live, The Sunshine State is at the top of the list. Sunshine … Continue reading

Southwest Florida Film Festivals

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Cine-cities: Southwest Florida film festivals – 5th film fest in Bonita Springs in February By Harriet Howard Heithaus | harriet.heithaus@naplesnews.com; 239-213-6091 | naplesdailynews.com October 20, 2015 Pass the popcorn, Southwest Florida. You now have five film festivals vying for your munch time. The Center for the Arts Bonita Springs is the latest … Continue reading

Jobless rates continue to fall in SW Florida

Young business people are working in the meeting room.

By Laura Layden | Naples Daily News Jobless rates continue to fall across Southwest Florida, as employers scramble to fill both year-round and seasonal jobs. Last month, the Naples area saw its unemployment rate drop to 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in July and 7 percent a year ago, … Continue reading