The happiest, healthiest city in the US is…

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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

Cape Coral-Fort Myers tops job growth list

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Naples metro area projected 11th for 2016 naplesnews.com | by Laura Layden Cape Coral-Fort Myers is No. 1. Out of all metros in the country, it took first place for anticipated job gains in 2016 in the latest study by IHS Global Insight, a Colorado- based research firm. The metro … Continue reading

Fly to Key West from Marco Island Beginning in February

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naplesnews.com by Laura Layden | January 16, 2016 Raven Air Island Hoppers is spreading its wings. Under new ownership, the business will soon start offering scheduled flights between Marco Island and Key West. The service is expected to take off on Feb. 15. From the Marco Island Executive Airport, where … Continue reading

Designing Downtown | Naples Square

Naples Square new construction homes in Naples. Florida

naplesnews.com by Jospeh Cranney | January 16, 2016 The small stretch of Third Avenue South that recently opened as the first phase of a major downtown development project looks, as City Councilman Sam Saad put it, like “the ideal” street design. The avenue has sidewalks, bike lanes, two traffic circles … Continue reading

10,000-home town planned east of Estates

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naplesnews.com by Laura Leyden | January 16, 2016 The Rural Lands West community would be in central Collier County just east of Golden Gate Estates at Oil Well Road. Minto Communities has taken the first big step in its plans to build a massive new community in central Collier County. The Canadian … 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

Collier County tourism numbers take big leap in September

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Visitors are staying longer and spending more. By Laura Layden Tourism in Collier County shined brighter in September. Visitor numbers rose by nearly 10 percent over the year, growing from 85,700 to 94,000, according to a monthly report by Tampa- based Research Data Services Inc., a county consultant. Meanwhile, visitor … 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