TAKE FIVE: “I’ve Had People Fly in From Japan to Fish With Me!”

Captain Ben Chancey might very well qualify as Southwest Florida’s fishing ambassador to the world — that is, if you’ve ever heard of him. Owner of Chew On This Charters of Cape Coral since 2002, Ben Chancey is a former high school teacher who admits to entering his profession for the free time it would…


PERSONALITIES: Who Doesn’t Love Some Leoma?

Leoma Lovegrove is one of Southwest Florida’s most beloved and popular artists — no doubt because everything she touches reflects her passion, personality and love of life. Just as every picture tells a story, so every wanna-be artist has a story. But as life and legend tell us, most of those who pursue art as…


COMMUNITY: Feeding People, Nourishing Lives.

Under the leadership of the revitalized Community Cooperative, thousands of caring people today are working together to help improve and even save lives across Lee County.  As the sun rises across the horizon this morning, most of us will awake to lives that are, more or less, comfortable and familiar in both setting and situation….


ARTIST & RESIDENCE: Where Life Imitated Art, and Art Imitated Life.

He was an international art star the status of Andy Warhol. But a fateful trip to Captiva Island more than 50 years ago led him to escape the spotlight of New York City for the butterflies and turtles of Captiva — changing his life, and the life of our islands, forever. For those of you who’ve driven it,…


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: For Everyone Who’s (Mostly) a Kid at Heart

Karen Bartlett’s “Mostly Kids’ Guides” to Southwest Florida Are Fun Learning, Delightfully Disguised as Fun Reading for the Whole Family. More than 20 years ago, writer and photographer Karen Bartlett found herself relocated to Naples with two young children in tow. At the time, there were far fewer educational, entertaining and just plain fun things…


COMMUNITY: The (not-so-secret) Marketing Secret of Sanibel and Captiva

It’s another typical chamber of commerce day in Southwest Florida: cloudless blue skies, brilliant sunshine and an altogether delightful 80 degrees. Except that on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, there’s a chamber of commerce that’s far from typical. It goes by the official moniker of Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce and — going…


DESTINATION: Day Tripping to Trippy Matlacha

There’s a saying that goes: the journey is the reward. And while that may be true, a trip to Matlacha proves that the arrival can be exceedingly rewarding, too. Quite likely the most mispronounced locale in Lee County, Matlacha is a sliver of an island that literally and figuratively bridges the mainland of Cape Coral…


TAKE FIVE: The Go-To Resource for Going Somewhere New

Newt Barrett is a world traveler, a publisher, an author and a smart marketer who understands that relocating to a new city can often be an intimidating task — certainly when you’re unfamiliar with your next stop on life’s journey. And this Southwest Florida resident is making the most of his insight. Originally from Ohio,…


RUM RUNNERS: Meet The Little Rum That Could

As you approach the small teal building that stands out among an otherwise undeveloped stretch of Southwest Third Place in Cape Coral, there’s nothing to suggest that this once-upon-a-time auto service center today houses one of the most highly awarded rum brands (craft or corporate) in the world. And yet, it does. Inspired by a…


COMMUNITY: The Selling of Southwest Florida.

Each year, visitors from all over the world descend upon Lee County in search of precious treasure that goes by the name “the dream vacation.” Here’s how the masterminds at The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel find them — and why it’s so important these visitors don’t leave disappointed. It’s another beautiful day in…

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