May 27, 2010 RSS feed / Top News

BOCA GRANDE

An almost-secret getaway off the Charlotte County coast

No one winds up on Boca Grande by accident. It takes effort to find your way to the lone bridge that connects this lush and low-key outpost to the rest of the world. More...

DOWNTOWN PUNTA GORDA

A plucky city that’s reinvented itself

Before Hurricane Charley made a direct hit on Punta Gorda, it was a sleepy village with small-town charm, brick streets, and an oldfashioned downtown. More...

SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT

Renewing its focus on family and nature

Forget Disney.   More...

PINE ISLAND

A state of mind as well as a place to visit

Although there’s water everywhere, there are no white sand beaches to be found on Pine Island. There aren’t any traffic lights, movie theaters, chain hotels, waterfront high rises or bigbox stores either. More...

MARCO ISLAND

A blend of old and upscale

Marco Island has that mixed personality Southwest Florida is known for: Upscale resorts and fine dining or old-school Florida, where sand, surf and Sundays at Stan’s, a noapologies dive bar on Goodland, are the big draws. More...

Confessions of a greyhound lover

I was 33 years old and married when I was seized by desire so strong I couldn’t stop myself from falling in love.   That’s when I touched my first greyhound. More...

Wine dinner fit for royalty to close Diana exhibition

“Dine Like Royalty,” an elegant wine dinner at the Hilton Naples in the company of Princess Diana’s personal chef, her hairdresser and the owner of several gowns on display at The von Liebig Art Center, will close the “Prince More...

Rotonda’s summer sweepstakes announced

Rotonda Golf and Country Club has announced its summer sweepstakes event. The more players play, the greater the chance of winning a sweepstakes prize of $1,000. Rotonda will be awarding $6,000 during the course of the event.   More...

Peace River Sail and Power Squadron event offered

The Peace River Sail & Power Squadron will host two upcoming events.   More...

Fawcett announces winners of the Frist Award

Fawcett Memorial Hospital honored some of its brightest stars with its Frist Humanitarian Award. Created in 1971 in honor of Dr. Thomas F. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Drive-by marketing: The business of billboards

Listen up. No more than seven bold words. A single picture worth a thousand more. And answers: Who, how fast and how many drive past? What’s their median income? Where do they live and shop? One other thing. More...

Make it your business to be business prepared

SHOP TALK

Well kids, it’s that time of the year again. Hurricane guides have been printed and distributed, seminars, expos and meetings are being held, and we all understand completely that whole “cone of uncertainty” thing. More...

The trend is your friend… until it isn’t

MONEY & INVESTING

There have been some well-established trends that have benefited investors and businesses over the past 30 years. These key factors made investing and business simpler in yesteryears. More...

CYPRESS LODGE AT BABCOCK RANCH

A taste of natural Florida

There are some among us — and we won’t name names — who simply have lost the ability to relax. More...

OLDE SANIBEL

Hidden getaways provide respite from technology

You already know all the best reasons to hang out on Sanibel Island: the seashells, the beautiful beaches, the fishing, the wildlife, the grouper sandwich at the Lazy Flamingo. More...

THE INN ON FIFTH

Charming hotel offers nearby getaway

Sometimes the shortest drive can provide the greatest escape. This may well be the case with a weekend stay at The Inn on Fifth, an elegant boutique hotel on downtown Naples’ tony Fifth Avenue.   More...

FORT MYERS BEACH

Local color and affordable accommodations abound

Savvy vacationers have done the math. More...

ARCADIA

Old Florida town replete with charm, antiques

From Interstate 75, Arcadia appears as one of those can’t-get-from-here towns. Exits for the DeSoto County city, about 25 miles east of Punta Gorda, begin appearing north of Sarasota and continue into Collier County. More...

RIALTO HARBOR MARINA

A place where time stands still

We’re betting that Alva’s Rialto Harbor Marina will take the prize as this year’s least-known staycation destination. More...

Greyhounds need home as track halts racing for summer

Come Tuesday, greyhound racing goes on hiatus at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track for the first time in almost 15 years.   More...

Publix debuts new diabetes program

..............................................................................Publix Pharmacies has launched the first phase of a new diabetes management system. More...

Town Center to host hurricane expo

Port Charlotte Town Center will present a forum for local businesses and organizations to showcase products and services related to hurricane preparedness and disaster relief recovery. More...

Abu-Elhawa earns chorale’s annual scholarship

The Charlotte Chorale has selected Jordan Abu-Elhawa, a senior at Charlotte High School, as its 2010 music   scholarship recipient. Following auditions, Chorale President Dolores Smith announced Mr. More...

Transportation planning meeting set

The Charlotte County-Punta Gorda Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking Charlotte citizens to become involved in improving and prioritizing transportation planning over the next 25 years. More...

NEWS BRIEFS

Port Charlotte student receives scholarship   Thomas Crews of Port Charlotte High School has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Captain Don Cerbone Memorial Scholarship Award. More...

Real Estate News

Commercial center plagued by vacancies

Outlook not all doom for current tenants, however

Commercial tenants next to longtime vacancies may not see the units filled anytime soon, especially if the spaces have been empty for a year or more. And some have.   More...

Arts & Entertainment News

South America

Couchsurfing: Dispatches from a four-month journey through ...

C OUCHSURFING CAN TAKE YOU PLACES. THE PHOTOS on these pages is the proof. Couchsurfing. More...

Florida Weekly launches round two of fiction challenge

The first round of our fiction challenge drew about a dozen submissions from readers who riffed on a vintage photograph to create tales of redemption and renewal among other themes. More...

Milliner’s head a rare collectable

Hats are not as popular today as they were years ago, so there are fewer hat shops and fewer people making special hats fitted to a particular buyer. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, milliners were found in every city and town. More...