Michael Braun Naples Daily News Published 2:13 PM EDT Mar 19, 2019 Fort Myers has landed on a list of the best places to live near the beach in the country, according to a report by U.S. News & World Report, eclipsed by only two other Florida locations and spots in Hawaii, California and South Carolina. The national magazine reported Fort Myers was No. 6, while Melbourne was No. 1 and Sarasota was No. 3, with the most access to the ocean, sand and sunshine as well as being a great place to live. Rounding out the top five were San Diego (No. 2), Honolulu (No. 4) and Charleston, South Carolina (No. 5). "The 20 Best Places to Live Near the Beach in the U.S." were culled from the magazine's overall "Best Places to Live list," which includes factors such as affordability, job market, morning commute and access to quality health care. More: Fort Myers Beach ranks as a top beach in TripAdvisor's 2018 awards More: Fort Myers weather ranked in … [Read more...] about Best places to live near the beach: Fort Myers ranks sixth
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Charles Runnells Naples Daily News Published 1:55 PM EST Mar 4, 2019 Irish bands. Corned beef and cabbage. Parades. Irish dancers. Bagpipes. And gallons and gallons of green beer. That’s how Southwest Florida celebrates St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here are our picks for fun events happening Friday through Sunday, March 15-17. This isn’t a complete list, though. Many other local bars and venues are planning green beer, live bands and other St. Patrick’s Day events. Check the websites and Facebook pages for your favorite local haunts. Naples Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The annual parade starts at the intersection of Third Street South and 10th Avenue South. Then it travels north on Third Street South, east on Fifth Avenue South and south on Eighth Street South to Naples City Hall. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. Downtown Naples. naplesparade.com Paddy O’ Party: This weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day party features special beer releases, food … [Read more...] about St. Patrick’s Day 2019 events in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda
Charles Runnells The News-Press Published 4:29 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 It’s almost 2019. How you count down is up to you. Many New Year's Eve parties and events are happening in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and elsewhere in Southwest Florida, including fireworks, ball drops, a pirate cruise, a trampoline party and more. Here are our top picks for ringing in the New Year. These are just the biggest events, though. Check your favorite bar, restaurant or other venue to see what they have planned, too. NAPLES New Year's Eve Fireworks: Celebrate the new year with fireworks in the Naples Pier area. 7:30-8 p.m. Free. The Naples Pier at the west end of 12th Avenue South, Naples. 213-7120 Comedian Tom Cotter: The “America’s Got Talent” finalist performs stand-up at this New Year’s Eve party that includes a three-course meal, party favors and a Champagne toast. 9 p.m. to past midnight. $110-$130. Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve 2018 events in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers
Charles Runnells Fort Myers News-Press Published 4:33 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 It’s almost 2019. How you count down is up to you. Many New Year's Eve parties and events are happening in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and elsewhere in Southwest Florida, including fireworks, ball drops, a pirate cruise, a trampoline party and more. Here are our top picks for ringing in the New Year. These are just the biggest events, though. Check your favorite bar, restaurant or other venue to see what they have planned, too. CAPE CORAL New Year's Eve at Cape Harbour: The annual event features midnight fireworks, live music with Soapy Tuna at Fathoms Restaurant & Bar, food and drinks (but no ball drop this year). 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. Fathoms will be offering a four-course surf-and-turf meal and a Champagne toast with dessert from Norman Love Confections. Admission to the New Year’s Eve event is free. The dinner costs $80, and reservations are required. The … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve 2018 events in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, etc.
Thaddeus Mast [email protected]; 239-263-4764 Published 9:00 p.m. UTC May 26, 2018 Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Naples Daily News stories on Graduates of Distinction, who are selected by staff at the high school. Four hundred and thirty cadets looked to Antonio Orama for leadership and guidance last year. The South Fort Myers student was the school’s JROTC brigade commander. The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a program meant to prepare students for a military lifestyle and career as they graduate to college and beyond. And Orama was ready. More: 2018 Graduates of Distinction When a board of his instructors and peers selected a new commander last year, Orama was the clear choice, said retired Lt. Col. James Spurrier, the program’s leader. “(Orama) fits the ‘whole person’ concept,’ ” Spurrier said. “He does well academically. He does community service. He’s truly … [Read more...] about JROTC leader Antonio Orama at South Fort Myers headed for Naval Academy