Fly to Key West from Marco Island Beginning in February

jet plane over palm trees 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 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

photo: "Everglades National Park Florida Panther" by National Park Service Photo by Rodney Cammauf - U.S. National Park Service, Everglades National Park. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - 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 by Yuqing Pan | January 11, 2016 To figure out which of these towns were drawing would-be buyers, we aggregated page view data on® 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

Florida tourism

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

film scene chalkboard

Cine-cities: Southwest Florida film festivals – 5th film fest in Bonita Springs in February By Harriet Howard Heithaus |; 239-213-6091 | 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

Marco Island Marriott reopens after face-lift

Marriott Marco Island view of sundeck and Gulf of Mexico. photo:

By Adelie Pojzman-Pontay For three months, the Marco Island Marriott was hidden from the public while it received a facelift. On Saturday, the hotel that has stood as an island landmark for decades will open again to the public. More than 50 years ago, Herb Savage helped bring the landmark … Continue reading

Naples is best city for job growth

Naples, Florida marina, hotel and restaurants

Forbes named Naples, Florida the best city for future job growth. By Alexi C. Cardona Naples ranks high on a lot of “best” and “top” lists — best food city, best small city, best town for the holidays, top city for firefighters, top al fresco dining, top in the nation … Continue reading