Tourism in Collier County breaks records in 2019

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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

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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

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

Naples ranks as No. 1 beach town to live in

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The results are in. Naples is the No. 1 beach town to live in. That’s according to a study by WalletHub, a personal-finance website. To determine the most livable beachside communities for 2019, WalletHub compared 192 cities across 62 key metrics for “livability.” The study was divided into two categories, … Continue reading

Naples City Council unanimously approves luxury movie theater at Coastland Center

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The Naples City Council unanimously approved a proposal Wednesday to replace the shuttered Sears department store and automotive center with a new state-of-the-art luxury movie theater. “This is a beautiful project and obviously we are all thrilled and looking forward to it being very successful,” Councilwoman Ellen Seigel said. In … Continue reading

Naples ranked No. 1 place to retire in the country

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Naples has been named the best place to retire in the nation. The city is one of 10 that Livability.com has named as “Best Places to Retire in 2018.” Data scientists with Livability.com examined nearly 2,300 cities across the country and factored in more than 20 data points, including safety, affordability, … Continue reading

Celebrate Independence Day in Southwest Florida

Celebrate Independence Day in SOuthwest Florida with fireworks

Naples Naples Fourth of July Parade 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 4, on Fifth Avenue S., Naples. Naples Fourth of July Fireworks 9 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Naples Pier, 12th Avenue South, Naples. Hyatt House Independence Day Cookout to Benefit Veterans 6 to 10 p.m. … Continue reading

Christmas and Hannukah Events and Entertainment

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“Miracle on 34th Street”: Through December 23 – various times Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Avenue South, Naples Musical version performed by The Naples Players. $45 | $10 students and educators 239-263-7990 | naplesplayers.org “Elf” Jr: 2pm and/or 4pm December 2-11. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Avenue South, Naples KidzAct … Continue reading

American Sandsculpting Championships

American Sandsculpting Championships

November  18 – 27, 2016 American Sandsculpting Championships Don’t miss the fun on Fort Myers Beach. Sculptors come from around the world to create spectacular sand masterpieces. Live music, great food, sculpting demonstrations and classes, and lots of activities for kids. Click here for more information.