A ‘direct’ hit: Growth of Fort Myers airport mirrors SW Florida’s own boom

jet plane over palm trees

By Maryann Batlle As of this month, travelers can fly year-round from Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in about three hours on a direct commercial flight. Beach hoppers probably are rejoicing. Local business leaders definitely are. That’s because the entire region will soar … Continue reading

Happy New Year in South Florida

Celebrate 2014 and bring in the New Year in the Naples area with fireworks, music, theater, and delicious food. December 31, 2014 New Year’s Cruise | 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Naples Pier, 1200 5th Ave South, Naples. Music and Fireworks | 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Fleischmann Courtyard, Third … Continue reading

Naples Art in the Park

Celebrating 57 years, Naples’ oldest art fair, Art in the Park features Naples Art Association members showcasing a variety of original paintings, photographs, unique décor, wearables, collectibles and gifts. On Park Street just to the west of The von Liebig Art Center, this juried art fair is held the first … Continue reading

Marco Island Seafood Festival

Looking for something fun to do this week? The 2014 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival will begin at 11:00 AM, on Friday, March 28th. The internationally acclaimed, “Satisfaction-a Rolling Stones Experience” will perform opening night! Mick himself would be satisfied with the Friday line-up! The island’s own Jim Long kicks … Continue reading

Collier tourism shows ‘unbelievable’ growth, researcher says

By LAURA LAYDEN | Monday, October 28, 2013 |NAPLES Collier County’s tourism industry continues to shine. The county has seen more than 1.25 million visitors this year, who have pumped more than $1.2 billion into the local economy. From January to September, visitation grew 4.6 percent over the year, with spending … Continue reading

Collier, Lee population growth among top three in state, new study shows

By JUNE FLETCHER | Sunday, September 8, 2013 NAPLES — Southwest Florida is undergoing another growth spurt. A new study released in the past week by Local Market Monitor shows that the population of the Naples-Marco Island metropolitan statistical area rose 11 percent during the past 12 months, second only to … Continue reading

Groundwork: Isles of Collier Preserve taking shape on east side of Naples Bay

By KELLY FARRELL | Monday, September 9, 2013 EAST NAPLES — A huge new East Naples development with an Old Florida twist soon will offer boat tours through the community to prospective home buyers. Canadian-based Minto Communities has groundwork underway in the 2,400-acre residential community, Isles of Collier Preserve, off U.S. … Continue reading

10 Counties Where People Live Longest

Affluence and access to great recreational opportunities are the common factors in areas where people routinely live into their 80s. By Bill Briggs, SwitchYard Media Collier County, Fla Unemployment: 6.0%. Median Home Value: $317,200 Median Household Income: $56,876 Life expectancy: 84.62 females Amid the tropical environs of Florida’s gulf coast, … Continue reading