April 3, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

PEEPLES SPEAKS

Charlotte Harbor in 1879

In 1879, George Barbour, a writer for the Chicago Times, made a tour of Florida. He traveled the state from one end to the other and points in between. More...

UF: Florida consumer confidence returns to post-recession high

Consumer confidence among Floridians rose three points in March to 81, tying a post-recession high last reached in May and June of last year, according to a new University of Florida survey.  More...

Doors of CCF’s new permanent home open

The Charlotte Community Foundation celebrated its new facility with a noontime open house event Thursday, March 27. More...

RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Semper Fi fundraiser set for April 10   More...

Charlotte County raises $108,000 to fight heart disease

More than 1,000 participants attended the annual Charlotte County Heart Walk on Feb. 8, an event benefitting the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. More...

Tidewell Hospice accepts $8,000 gift from Powder Puff Charity Golf Classic

The Powder Puff Charity Golf Classic committee recently presented a check for $8,064 to Tidewell Hospice Chief Philanthropy Officer Denise Pope. More...

Dub Box: Classic VW camper styling in your rear-view mirror

Dub Box USA is a new twist on the tailgate camper, family camper, food cart or event cart. More...

The redesigned BMW X5 stays true to its roots

In 1999, BMW’s first X5 was called a sports activity vehicle instead of a sport utility vehicle. More...

Special Sections

Business News

Tanning under fire

JULIA KENTY WANTED TO PROVIDE A HEALTHY alternative to sun tanning and tanning beds. She wanted to help people nourish their skin, hydrate their skin, not damage their skin. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Patrick Lange helps his clients buy and sell businesses

Patrick Lange provides a singular sort of service in Charlotte County.  He is a Realtor with Century 21 Aztec & Associates, 4456 Tamiami Trail, Charlotte Harbor (www.century21aztec.com). More...

MONEY & INVESTING

HSA tax savings strategies may help you save before April 15

In an ideal world, everyone has perfectly planned their tax positions before the year has closed. For example, taxpayers would have employed tax-minimizing strategies for 2013 during 2013. More...

Born into a digital age, Florida Weekly embraces new formats

When Florida Weekly appeared in 2007, mobile computing had practically just begun. That same year, Apple’s transformative iPhone appeared, and it would be another three years before the company also popularized tablet computers. More...

Looking to buy or renovate — here’s some advice from the experts

Florida Weekly asked each of the following experts to offer some advice about buying or renovating a home. Here’s what they said.  Parker Borelli, Naples:   More...

Super Boat Grand Prix debuts in Charlotte

The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix powerboat race comes to Southwest Florida Friday through Sunday, April 11-13.  More...

Edison State College hosts public job fair in Fort Myers April 15

Career Services at Edison State College will host a job fair from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. The fair will be held in building U, room 102, at Edison’s Fort Myers Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. More...

GIVING

Charlotte Community Foundation competes and earns grants in a tough world

The Charlotte Community Foundation was the only philanthropy in the world to compete and win a Procter and Gamble Alumni Foundation grant two years in a row. More...

Seahorse Dream Project raises more than $380,000 for children’s hospital

The Seahorse Dream Project has raised more than $380,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida during its year-long campaign.  More than 240 guests, plus a herd of 40 seahorse statues, attended the gala, which was held at t More...

Mosaic donates $12,000 to Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Mosaic Company, through its Home Runs for Food program with the Tampa Bay Rays, donated $12,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank to help feed hungry families in Charlotte County. More...

Guided kayak tours on tap

The following guided kayak tours are scheduled for Charlotte County and the vicinity.  Peace River and Hunter Creek Estuary  Bird Rookery tour  2-5 p.m. Monday, April 7  More...

Two players in Chevy lineup take position in center field

It’s a rite of spring even if the Michigan weather is only beginning to cooperate.  More...

Power is man of the hour at St. Pete Grand Prix race

Will Power made a statement in the Verizon IndyCar Series opening race that will resound throughout the season.  More...

Real Estate News

What $360,000 will buy in SWFL

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Two new Grand Villa models planned for Sarasota National

WCI Communities is planning two additional model homes at Sarasota National, its newest community in Vencie.  The Grand Cayman and Key Largo, both Grand Villa homes, are among several new floor plans WCI recently introduced in the 2,400-acre Sa More...

Arts & Entertainment News

VETERANS, NUNS and a NOTORIOUS GANGSTER

The 16th annual Sarasota Film Festival opens April 4

THE 16TH ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM Festival brings more than 250 independent films, documentaries and shorts to the city to our north April 4-13. More...

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra: from surviving to thriving

The bottom line is this: Good music costs money. It costs money to make, and money to sustain.  The cliché of the starving musician may be a common one, but that’s no way to run a symphony orchestra.  More...

TIP JAR TROUBADOURS

Bruce Neumann and Tiki D

Three years ago, Tiki D decided she had to find a way out of the Minnesota winters.  “Bruce would call, and he’d say it was 80 degrees and sunny, and I was … .”  Ms. More...