As we reported last night, Rep. Trey Radel, who represents the 19th Congressional District in the Fort Myers-Naples area and calls himself the "Hip Hop Conservative," was arrested on October 29 for "unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally" possessing "a quantity of cocaine." Now, new information ha ... More >>
It's not even November yet, and a record number of manatees has died this year. The total of 769 is more than has perished in any year since record keeping began, according to the Save the Manatee Club. More than 100 of them were babies. Almost 300 of them died after a toixoc red tide near Fort My ... More >>
Tomorrow, Rep. Patrick Murphy a 30-year-old Democrat from Jupiter; and Congressman Trey Radel, a Republican from Fort Myers, are scheduled to hold a public briefing to members of Congress regarding the massive pollution that's flowing from Lake Okeechobee through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee riv ... More >>
Florida is currently experiencing an environmental hell. Our rivers and estuaries -- basically, the coast's nurseries for baby sea life -- are being devastated. Blob-like, the deterioration of South Florida's waterways creeps forth inexorably from the chemical dump formerly known as Lake Okeechobe ... More >>
We can probably all agree that pill mill doctors -- physicians accused of acting like Pez dispensers for high-powered pain meds -- should be legally accountable for their actions. But if a doctor's patient ODs, should the doctor head to death row? This week local prosecutors filed paperwork indicat ... More >>
A kid got sucked into a drainpipe in Fort Myers during a storm. One moment, he was splashing and playing in a water-filled ditch; the next, he was sucked into the netherworld. Like some damned Neil Gaiman novel. Amazingly, the boy -- who survived the ordeal -- was underwater for at least a minute, ... More >>
If you were ever inclined to be a part of a world-historical event involving thousands of naked people, well hell, this is your week. July 7 through the July 14 happens to be Nude Recreation Week, that yearly stretch of the calendar where we celebrate all things dropsical and low-hanging. This tim ... More >>
The Dan A. Hughes Company, an independent oil and gas exploration company headquartered in Beeville, Texas, apparently owns the mineral rights to an onshore oil reserve known as the Sunniland Trend, which stretches from Ft. Myers to Miami. And they fully intend on fracking the crap out of it. Accor ... More >>
The west coast of Florida is a popular destination spot for out-of-town tourists and South Floridians alike. Just follow US 80 west and you'll hit Fort Myers, a city that has a revitalized downtown, access to beautiful Gulf beaches, the Boston Red Sox spring training facility nearby, and now it's ho ... More >>
Naples resident Lloyd Tomer had himself quite the trip to the mail box. He walked out of his Twin Eagle's Community home to go check his mail, and upon returning from collecting his bills and coupons for half-off car washes, he was confronted by a live four-foot gator sitting between the mail box a ... More >>
Apparently carnival workers didn't have a bad enough reputation, so Gregory Matthew Bruni decided to add yet another story to the stereotype and 'attack' a Fort Myers couple's home using only his bodily fluids and craziness as a weapon. The naked 21-year-old reportedly climbed on top of Tony and La ... More >>
Welcome to this week's post of the Broward-Palm Beach edition of Mug-Shot Friday, a longstanding franchise focusing on the week's most eye-catching mug shots from South Florida's tat heads, tough guys, and femmes fatale. Check out Miami New Times' Riptide blog for the Miami-Dade edition.
Popular real-estate website Trulia.com has been tracking you, international real estate buyers. And now it's telling everybody.While a study released earlier this week found that searches for U.S. homes from other countries has dropped 10 percent on the website since 2011, there was other informatio ... More >>
On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times editorial board members explained to readers why they thought Republican Dave Weldon was a better choice than Rep. Connie Mack to face Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the fall. They were not kind:Rep. Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers has the famous name, the endorsements, t ... More >>
Niagara Falls is one of the most recognizable natural wonders in North America, 165 feet tall in places and as majestic as a bald eagle flying in slow motion with a golden scepter in its talons.So it was good news when Allegiant Air announced last month that it would be flying routes from Fort Laude ... More >>
It was raining all weekend, the second half of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show was canceled, and the falling wet stuff isn't going away anytime soon. Rain in Florida isn't anything new, but weather reports indicate thunderstorms hitting the area every day for the next week. Womp.Weather.com puts next S ... More >>
A bizarre showdown is unfolding in Tallahassee this week. Advocates for parents -- including the Florida PTA and Parents Across America -- are lobbying vehemently against a bill that's supposed to "empower them."The proposed legislation would let parents vote to turn a failing public school ... More >>
Father's Day isn't until June, but a strong candidate for father of the year has emerged in 20-year-old Lineten Belizaire, whom police arrested early Sunday in connection with last week's triple homicide in Lauderdale Lakes.Police say Belizaire shot and killed 21-year-old Octavia Barnett, 25-year ... More >>
This vintage number looks Picasso inspired. The holidays are here. It's time to impress your friends with your thoughtful taste in gifts. To show your foodie friends how much you "get them," here are some of my favorite food finds in the world of cooking, grilling, and being a culinary nerd.
Jammin'.Leopard leggings and neon tights. Candy-striped socks. Booty shorts and cat ears. Sparkly skull decals and paisley bandannas. Scuffed-up helmets and nappy body padding. Pouting lips swollen with plastic mouth guards. Suitcase upon suitcase filled with gummy, rubber wheels. A group of abou ... More >>
Stefan KamphSharing food in Centennial Park.On Saturday afternoon, Haylee Becker, a 19-year-old volunteer with Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs who does most of the talking to the media about the local group, sat in a vegan ice cream shop on the other side of the Everglades and talked about confron ... More >>
notallthere.netIf you have an organized drawer of sock puppets, you should probably sign up for a dating website.We have no idea how they compiled this "information," but the dating website Chemistry.com claims people from West Palm Beach have the second-most-organized sock drawers in the country ... More >>
A rundown of what's news in South Florida:A day after Scott Rothstein was sentenced to 50 years in prison, the speculation begins about which of his associates will be charged next. Two prime candidates: his law partners Russ Adler and Stuart Rosenfeldt. [Sun-Sentinel]Loan modification programs m ... More >>
Your daily glance at the headlines in South Florida:The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office closed a 25-year-old cold case yesterday with the help of DNA evidence that linked a Fort Myers man to the 1984 murder of Vickie Lynne Long in Jupiter. The suspect, Todd Clayton Campbell, was 22 and lived on the s ... More >>
FlickrFido flying first classAt Pet Airways, man's best friend flies first class -- even the ones who are homeless. The exclusive airline played a central role in the "Pup My Ride" rescue mission over the Thanksgiving holiday, transporting more than 50 dogs from parts of the country inundated wit ... More >>
Photo by C.StilesCityPlace South Tower was taken over in a "friendly foreclosure."The hits keep coming for Miami real estate giant The Related Group. First, the lenders on its extravagant, 420-unit CityPlace South Tower condo in downtown West Palm Beach took control of the project in a "friendly ... More >>
flickr user: greencolanderSure is hot ...In an unabashed marketing ploy, the makers of Old Spice deodorant have ranked the Top 20 All-Time Sweatiest Cities. Phoenix, AZ took the top spot; Miami came in at number 7; and West Palm Beach placed at number 8. Old Spice number-crunchers say that "Ph ... More >>
For those that don't already know, Plies' highly anticipated second album of the year, Da Realist, is available in stores today. It's not common for artists, especially rappers, to release multiple albums in one year, but Plies, who was born and raised in Fort Myers, seems determined to prove someth ... More >>
Fledgling Guardian Angels get the call from gang-riddled Lake Worth
Muddy drama and insults for pay go down well with beer
How the local teams stack up after half a season on the diamond
The Southwest Florida Folk and Blues Fest
"Boca Museum Artist Guild Juried Competition and Exhibition" and "49th Annual All Florida Competition and Exhibition"
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Behold the swamp buggy races, South Florida's oddest racing tradition, where the engines roar, the muck flies, and the vehicles sometimes sink
A huge, hairy beast that walks upright and craves lima beans is stalking South Florida's marshland.
Does the Fort Lauderdale beach area want to be a "world-class tourist destination" or a decent place to live?