February 23, 2017 RSS feed / Top News

Journalists Pitts, Payne, Cifatte headline public panel at FSW

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Leonard Pitts Jr. will highlight a “Journalism as Activism” panel discussion at 2 p.m. More...

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Festival caters to kids More...

PGA Tour notables, former champs return to ‘The Fort’ for Yuengling Open

Professional and amateur golfers will compete in the Yuengling Open at the Fort Myers Country Club on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5.  The Yuengling Open is the longest running golf event in the region. More...

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Business News

Focus on FAFSA

Changing students’ lives with free money for college

Maria Aguilar was 10 years old when men in a green Mustang pointed a gun at her father on the streets of Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. “I almost lost him,” she recalled. More...

Is uptick in FHA mortgage delinquencies an omen for downturn?

MONEY & INVESTING

Everyone knows that real estate prices are cyclical. You have a few years of rocketing prices and then a crash. Then prices take off again and a crash. This same pattern has held true for decades. More...

How to protect your identity during tax season

If you’re a taxpayer, you’re a potential target, according to Charlotte State Bank & Trust President Craig DeYoung. He urges taxpayers to be aware and to be cautious of their vulnerability to identity thieves this time of year. More...

PARADE OF HOMES: Builders show off their best in renewed event

Last year was a milestone for area builders. After a seven-year absence, the Charlotte County Parade of Homes made a successful return. So successful, in fact, that it’s back this year. More...

AAA names Florida second in five-diamond ratings

AAA’s undercover inspectors were at it again, making surprise visits to hotels and restaurants throughout North America. They rated everything from service to cleanliness and beyond. More...

Southwest Florida Community Foundation grants more than $550,000 to local nonprofits

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has awarded $557,036.00 to both established and new programs that are designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for Southwest Floridians.  More...

Why millennials are attracted to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach

The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast has been recognized by various publications as an ideal place to retire. Money magazine and U.S. More...

Real Estate News

House hunting:

98 Sabal Drive, Punta Gorda

Located in prestigious Punta Gorda Isles, this gorgeous Michigan Homes Briarhill model boasts a long water view, dock and 10,000-pound lift. A straight shot to Charlotte Harbor and you’re there in less than 5 minutes. More...

Public invited to enjoy progress at Babcock Ranch during Founder’s Festival & Sun Run March 11th and 12th

Kitson & Partners invites the public to enjoy the progress at Babcock Ranch during a Founder’s Festival on Saturday, March 11th from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 12th from noon to 6:00 p.m. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Punta Gorda’s annual love affair with wine and jazz returns

If you want to be sure to get tickets for the 2018 Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce President John Wright suggests you order them the day of this year’s festival, Saturday, Feb. 25. More...

Our critic’s Oscar prediction? ‘La La Land’ will soar

There’s no #Oscarssowhite controversy at this year’s Academy Awards, but there is plenty to talk about. Will “La La Land” walk away with a record number of Oscars? More...

Garage sale Civil War relics fuel third installment in mystery series

FLORIDA WRITERS

¦ “Garage Sale Riddle” by Suzi Weinert. BluewaterPress LLC. 325 pages. Trade paperback, $21.95. More...