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Springtime Farms combines plant nursery, petting zoo

When John and Sabreena Williams opened Springtime Farms Adventure Park at 10761 Aqua Vista Lane at the start of the year, they wanted to make it more than just a typical garden center.They wanted to make it fun for the kids, because, let's face it, shrub shopping might not be the most exciting ...

Unemployment rate drops in Lee County

Although unemployment rates are still high, Lee County has seen a positive reduction at 9.8 percent for the month of June.CareerSource Southwest Florida Communications Manager Janeth Castrejon said the positive reduction with unemployment rates began in May and continued into June."It's a great ...

Civic: Keep Paradise Isle in NFM

The Paradise Isle development project in North Fort Myers promises to be a game changer.And some residents are looking ahead to make sure the community gets full benefit of the billion-dollar waterfront plan by making sure it retains its North Fort Myers address.A petition on Change.org is ...

Santa Claus comes to town for breakfast

Christmas in July at the Shell Factory & Nature Park has always been a popular promotion. The best part of it is when Santa Claus makes an appearance, whether it be at the Christmas House or meeting with kids for breakfast.On Sunday, it was the latter as numerous families gathered at ...

Paradise Isles plans hearing continued

A long-awaited hearing for the propose Paradise Isles development in North Fort Myers has once again been continued.On June 5, Lee County staff requested a continuance for the potential game-changing project to the end of July so it can better prepare.Chief Hearing Examiner Donna Marie Collins ...

NFM Chamber continues local business assistance efforts

Just because the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce has its social events on hold doesn't mean it hasn't been helping the businesses they serve.The Chamber has been promoting open businesses, regardless of whether they are Chamber members, on its Facebook page, and it plans to get back to ...

Sports bar looks to regroup without full-on sports

Among the businesses most impacted by COVID-19 pandemic closures and restrictions are restaurants and bars where many workers need the money they make in tips to help pay the bills.Another industry is sports, where league play has screeched to a halt, with little idea as to when games will ...

Sea-Craft Waterfront Tiki opens in Marinatown

A new restaurant at Marinatown was hitting its stride when the coronavirus pandemic stopped things in their tracks.Now, with everything starting to reopen the Sea-Craft Waterfront Tiki is as well, opening up to 50 percent capacity on the inside while allowing for diners to enjoy the views of ...

CareerSource Southwest Florida reopens

CareerSource Southwest Florida reopened its career centers Monday and, by appointment, is again helping individuals search for jobs."Even though we have closed our career centers due to COVID-19, it is time to reopen them," Executive Director Joe Paterno said in a prepared statement. "We ...

Shell Factory begins reopening process

With businesses across the state now allowed to reopen, many are taking it slow.North Fort Myers' most famous attraction, the Shell Factory & Nature Park is among those back open for business, albeit at a slightly more pedestrian pace as it's used to.The Shell Factory opened two weeks ...