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SWFL banks’ different reactions to Silicon Valley Bank collapse

On Friday, March 10, Silicon Valley Bank of California failed. The next business day, March 13, as banks opened across Southwest Florida, one local bank got ahead of the grim headlines by reassuring customers its capital was intact and there were no worries. Another local bank ignored the chaos across the country publicly but privately […]

Collier County beaches continue recovery during peak tourism season

It’s spring break in Southwest Florida with tourists and seasonal visitors flocking to Collier County. Although Hurricane Ian ripped through the Gulf Coast six months ago, heavy traffic and long waits at restaurants demonstrate damage from the storm won’t deter those wanting to visit the Paradise Coast.   There is one part of the community that […]

Tim Aten Knows: Tractor Supply store coming to Golden Gate Estates

Q: Have you heard anything about a Tractor Supply being built on the corner of Golden Gate Boulevard and Wilson? — David Rotkvich, Golden Gate Estates  A: Tractor Supply Co. has proposed building a new store on vacant commercial property on the northwest corner of Wilson Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates.  […]

Varsity Crossing commercial plaza breaks ground in Lehigh Acres

Originally from Vietnam, Vu Pham moved to Fort Myers nearly 50 years ago, running a Taekwondo school in Lehigh Acres as a fifth-degree black belt for 25 years. After retiring five years ago, Pham opened Presotea’s first Florida location in October 2022.    Pham’s newest business venture is making its way back to the home of […]

Collier County beach berm project to begin by April 3

Collier County’s 2023 Emergency Berm Project is expected to begin the first week of April. The project, approved by county commissioners in January in response to major sand loss due to Hurricane Ian, will place 20-to-30-feet-wide, knee-high berms along the county’s coast.  Naples City Council discussed this week how the project will be carried out […]

Palmera on the River project receives 18-month extension in downtown Fort Myers

Palmera on the River, a planned 239-unit multifamily community, was approved for an 18-month extension by the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners.  The 2-acre vacant lot, 2543 First St., was undeveloped for several decades. Since the site is within walking distance of the downtown River District, it remains one of the city’s […]

Naples pumping brakes on redevelopment issues in city

In an effort to pump the brakes on accelerated growth and redevelopment in Naples, government leaders are addressing city regulations involving density and intensity issues and reassessing the site plan review process.  “I don’t think anyone would disagree that this community is changing,” said Naples City Manager Jay Boodheshwar. “The older structures — both single-family […]

Planned condo tower One opens sales center in downtown Fort Myers

A planned 21-story, 34-unit condominium tower called One will launch its sales center in April. Those interested in spending at least $1 million on their future residence can visit the soft launch, view a model of the tower and see renderings in downtown Fort Myers.   The One sales center is open most afternoons or by […]

Estero community organizer Don Eslick dies at 88

Don Eslick, a community organizer who was instrumental in incorporating Estero as its own government entity, died March 16 at the age of 88.   Eslick retired in 1999 to Estero from the Chicago area after a career in education as Illinois’ assistant superintendent of schools and in government as director of legislative research for the […]