When are Southwest Florida Beaches Re-opening?

Fort Myers Beach

Some Florida beaches are still closed but some are reopening with social distancing restrictions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Collier County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to reopen the county’s beaches, including parking lots and restrooms starting at sunrise Thursday. In Lee County, commissioners voted Tuesday to reopen county beaches … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Oven Roasted Herb Crusted Fish and Potatoes

fish and potatoes

Butterflied whole Branzino or trout are delicious prepared this way. Or use filets of your favorite white fish. Preheat oven to 375. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes cut into 1″ chunks (or use fingerling, or new red or gold potatoes) 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

Tourism in Collier County breaks records in 2019

palm trees

From the Naples Daily News Collier County saw record tourism last year. The county had more than 1.9 million visitors in 2019 — an increase of 5.8% over the year — and the highest number on record. With more visitors came more room bookings and more spending. Spending increased 8.1% … Continue reading

‘Irrational generosity’: Naples Winter Wine Festival raises more than $20 million

Wine bottles in a row

To call the 20th Naples Winter Wine Festival at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples a celebration would not quite capture the fundraiser’s atmosphere. And with an unofficial fundraising total exceeding $20 million, the outpouring of cheer makes sense. As one of the festival’s founders and trustees Valerie Gargiulo said, … Continue reading

Want to Live to 100? Living in One of These 8 U.S. Cities Will Help!

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Hope to blow out 100 birthday candles? “I would argue that the biggest impact on how long you live is where you live,” says National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, who has studied the world’s longest-living people in “longevity hotspots” he calls Blue Zones. Among them: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and … Continue reading

This Florida City Was Named the Happiest and Healthiest in America 2016, 2017, 2018

By Marisa Spyker March 20, 2018 costalliving.com We may be a little biased, but we’ve long believed that the happiest places in America are by the sea. And according to the results from a new Gallup-Sharecare poll, we’re absolutely right. Researchers recently polled more than 337,000 adults in cities across … Continue reading

The 2010s: A look back at the biggest stories in Collier, Lee counties

Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Florida

Ryan Mills and Melanie Payne, Naples Daily News | Published 7:00 a.m. ET Dec. 31, 2019 There wasn’t a lot to celebrate in Southwest Florida when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2010. The region was still reeling from The Great Recession. Southwest Florida’s economy – built on real … Continue reading

Southwest Florida’s rapid growth and development to continue in 2020

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Fort Myers News-Press | Published 6:11 a.m. ET Dec. 27, 2019 | Updated 10:18 a.m. ET Dec. 27, 2019 Southwest Florida’s expansive growth continued to boom in 2019, and the new year won’t be any different. With thousands of people moving to Lee and Collier County every year, development has … Continue reading

Southwest Florida still home to four of the world’s richest billionaires

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Laura Layden, Naples Daily News Oct. 3, 2019 Four Southwest Florida residents are among the 400 richest Americans. The Forbes 400 — described as the Definitive Ranking of the Wealthiest Americans — includes familiar names in the region. The richest guy in Southwest Florida? That hasn’t changed: Shahid Khan, 69, … Continue reading