House hunting

Capri and Ravello at Creekside Preserve

Creekside Preserve, a new community by D.R. Horton featuring 168 carriage homes, is now open for sales. Nestled between Estero Bay Nature Preserve and historic Mullock Creek in South Lee County, Creekside Preserve will have models ready to view this summer. These spacious carriage homes start in the high-$100,000s and offer open floor plans, fine finishes and large windows to […]

A very special lunch date

During a recent trip to New York, my friend Julia made a bold suggestion. “Let’s have lunch at the Four Seasons,” she said. A mutual friend had hinted that the hotel’s restaurant might soon be closing, and the iconic institution would vanish like “Cats” on Broadway and affordable rent. “We should go,” Julia said, “before it disappears.” Never mind that […]

No drama, just fun when SoapFest returns to Marco

Kristen Alderson can’t wait to swap the rigors of her day job as a soap opera actress for a fun and fulfilling weekend on Marco Island. Ms. Alderson, who portrays Kiki Jerome (once thought to be the longlost heiress to the Quartermaine fortune) on “General Hospital,” will be joined by nine other daytime melodrama stars at the 15th annual Southwest […]



AS SEASON STUTTERS TO A CLOSE, MY thoughts turn to bestowing The Nancies, my somewhat serious, somewhat tongue-in-cheek annual awards. It’s my off-kilter look at the past few months in the arts, with one-of-a-kind awards. Here are The Nancies for 2014. ¦ Too Hip for the Room Award To: Ocasciocasa Studio Gallery Jeff and Dale Ocascio opened their downtown Fort […]

Cypress Bend at Shadow Wood Preserve taking shape

Cypress Bend, WCI Communities’ neighborhood of luxury single-family homes at Shadow Wood Preserve in Estero, will offer four homes, scheduled to be completed in August, as move-in-ready with extras such as hardwood floors, crown molding, oversized ceramic tile, saltwater pools and spas and three-car garages. Offering 2,731 to 3,259 square feet of living space, the homes start from $751,651 and […]

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce New Member Welcome Reception

Urban Land Institute to host Legislative Wrap-Up

ULI Southwest Florida’s third annual Florida Legislative Wrap-Up will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at The Club at Grandezza. The wrap-up breakfast will include a summary of bills passed this session affecting the region’s comprehensive planning process, real estate-based insurance, funding for infrastructure and other issues related to Southwest Florida’s business climate. Confirmed speakers include Reps. Matt […]

Horizon Council is accepting nominations for awards

To salute excellence in Southwest Florida’s business community, the Horizon Council is seeking nominations for the annual Industry Appreciation Awards. These awards honor Lee County businesses in the categories of general business, manufacturing, technology and tourism. Businesses are invited to nominate their own company or another for-profit company in Lee County by Friday, May 30. More information on eligibility and […]

Love — and a lot more — returns in the new Cricket Creek romance


This latest addition to Naples resident LuAnn McLane’s popular Cricket Creek series is filled with romance, misunderstandings, fear of failure, small town warmth and the continued post-recession economic resurgence of this (for the most part) friendly Kentucky river town. Young Gabby Goodwin, a social outcast in her high school days because she came from the wrong part of town, has […]

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Bonita Lakes