November 24, 2016 RSS feed / Top News

GIVING BRIEFS

PetSmart offers toy adoption program for holidays   More...

Historic Babcock Ranch Preserve now in operation, open to public

Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County has become the largest stateowned working cattle ranch to be managed by a private cattle company while expanding public recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, horseback riding and ranch tours. More...

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Business News

Essential oils a booming business

Southwest Floridians join billion-dollar oils enterprise, as sales of natural properties climb.

“Let’s be clear about one thing,” says Cape Coral resident Jim McAbee. “Aromatherapy and essential oils are not the same.” More...

Skyrocketing bond yields just the first reaction to Trump presidency

MONEY & INVESTING

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. For years, bond investors have been scrutinizing every Federal Reserve speech, announcement and disclosure to predict when the Central Bank would move on raising short-term rates. More...

Veterans invited to apply for entrepreneurship program

Southwest Florida veterans can apply now at www.veteransflorida.org for the second installment of the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program. The deadline is Dec. 14 for all veterans interested participating in the free program. More...

Newcomers

SWFL INSIDER

A wickedly great taste of the Cape Apple pie, blueberry and strawberry rum, or as Wicked Dolphin Distillery calls it, “rumshine” (their inventive take on moonshine), is available in none other than Cape Coral. More...

DINE LIKE A PRO

Check out the restaurants where the chefs go

So you want to find a great place for a breakfast binge on biscuits and gravy. Or a sweet spot for lunch at the beach. Or perhaps you need the quintessential romantic dinner venue to woo that special someone. Where do you find a reliable source? More...

EXPERIENCE SWFL FIVE WAYS

Paddle through paradise More...

Founders’ Day Week celebrates Punta Gorda’s history and spirit

The land surrounding Charlotte Harbor was inherited by its current residents. But it was forged by a few hardy souls, some of whom came to seek their fortune, others who sought to escape the cold climes of the North. More...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Drug Free meeting reviews surveys   There will be a Drug Free Charlotte County December coalition meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the School Board meeting room, 1445 Education Way, Port Charlotte. More...

Babcock Neighborhood School takes applications for 2017-2018

The Babcock Neighborhood School that will open next fall in the town of Babcock Ranch is accepting K-8 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

2800 Don Quixote Drive, Punta Gorda

Custom-designed and professionally decorated, this waterfront property has three bedrooms plus a den/study with 2 ½ baths, and features spectacular waterfront views from almost every room. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

It’s a most wonderful time of the year — for MOVIES

AH, THE HOLIDAY SEASON. RUDOLPH, Frosty, Hannukah candles and Oscar contenders filling movie theaters in what is always the best movie-going time of year. Here’s a look at what’s coming to theaters between now and the start of 2017. More...

‘White Christmas’ to deliver nostalgia, iconic music

If you want to hear some great music while indulging your need to get in a holiday mood, Broadway Palm has just the thing this season: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.”  Based on the 1954 movie of the same name, it contains th More...

It is the season — more holiday shows await

Marco Island“A Christmas Cactus”Nov. 30-Dec. 18Marco Players(239) 642-7270themarcoplayers.com LaBelle“Humbug”Dec. 8-18Firehouse CommunityTheatre(863) 675-3066firehousecommunitytheatre.com More...