2021-11-11

2021-11-11 E-Edition

SWFL INSIDER

TOP SPOTS FOR SHELLING, MUDDING, ART GAZING AND MORE


Best shelling spots Southwest Florida is an international shelling mecca, a sub-tropical paradise for many of the more than 100,000 species of shells that can be found on the globe. Shelling hotspots include the Ten Thousand Islands, Captiva, and South Beach and Tigertail Beach on Marco Island. But the centerpiece of any Southwest Florida shelling excursion has to be Sanibel. […]

FOCUS ON SWFL

CULTURAL VENUES

CHARLOTTE COUNTY Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center Concerts, dancing, symphonies 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda 941-833-5444 www.charlotteharborecc.com The Cultural Center of Charlotte County Theater, music, community events 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte 941-625-4175 www.theculturalcenter.com Englewood Art Center A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, the Englewood center focuses on education, exhibitions and events that serve as a […]

LOCAL FLAVOR

THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO DINE OUTDOORS IN SWFL


Dining al fresco has always been de rigueur in these parts, but it’s even more fashionable since COVID became a worldwide concern. Happily for those of us who live in the subtropics, it’s a fine time to dine outdoors, and there are plenty of places offering us the opportunity to do so. While there are a lot of choices, here […]

SWFL GARDENS

OUTDOOR OASES


Naples Botanical Garden Naples Botanical Garden sits at 26.1085 degrees north latitude. This is noteworthy because it is devoted to flora that grows between the 26th latitude north and south. One doesn’t have to travel to Brazil or the Caribbean islands or Southeast Asia to sample what grows in all those places. Those parts of the natural world thrive right […]

SIGNATURE EVENTS

LEE COUNTY The Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival Jan. 21-22 The 19th annual festival celebrates the heritage, history, culture and traditions of the Celtic lands through music and dance. Centennial Park, Fort Myerswww.celticheritageproductions.com The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Jan. 21-22 The signature event of SWFL Children’s Charities consists of Friday evening dinners in private homes and a Saturday grand tasting […]

SWFL BY BICYCLE

SAVE THE GAS, EXPLORE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ON TWO WHEELS


Back in the early 1980s, Southwest Florida was about as bike unfriendly as an area could get. Bike lanes, paved shoulders and shared sidepaths weren’t what traffic engineers cared about — they just needed traffic lanes to keep up with the double digit rate of population growth, so that’s what they built. But things have changed. Today, Southwest Florida boasts […]

BUILT IN SWFL

Southwest Florida’s living options will suit any budget and style. All you have to do is take your pick. MEDIAN HOME PRICES: AUGUST 2021 Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA $360,000 Year-over-year change: 21.1 percent Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island MSA $620,000 Year-over-year change: 28.4 percent Punta Gorda MSA $320,00 Year-over-year change: 23.6 percent — Source: Florida Realtors

SWFL TOP EMPLOYERS

SOURCE: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE NOTE: * DATA AS RECENT AS 2018 Q3; ** DATA AS RECENT AS 2017. 1. Lee Health** 13,5952. Lee County School District 12,9363. Lee County Local Government* 9,0384. Publix Super Market 8,7285. NCH Healthcare System** 7,0176. Walmart 6,5167. Collier County School District 5,6048. Collier County Local Government* 5,1199. Florida Gulf Coast University 3,43010. Bayfront […]