Bonita Springs – St. Matthew’s House is “guaranteed” to sue the City of Bonita Springs if City Council adopts a proposed law regulating homeless shelters in its current form, said Vann Ellison, chief executive of St. Matthew’s, in an interview with the Spotlight. “There will be multiple parties involved,” said Ellison. “We expect that the (U.S.) [...]
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Bonita Springs – The windows of the Bonita Springs Woman’s Club look out on what may be the most wellknown picnic tables in Southwest Florida. Just across Childers Street, in Bonita’s Banyan Tree Park, the Café of Life serves early lunch to those less fortunate on five small park tables. Last year, the removal of the tables by City staff led to a major controversy. Hundreds of Café volunteers [...]
Need a Homeless Shelter? It’s common practice for real estate owners to develop commercial parcels on speculation, or “spec,” in the hope they can attract businesses. Bonita Commons on US 41 is a good example. It sat nearly empty for a while, but today it’s nearly fully occupied. Now, Bonita Springs has a singular distinction in the annals of economic development, a proposal to develop a homeless [...]
Bonita Springs —What if I told you that you could gain distance and improve accuracy without working out (although we could all benefit from a little exercise), and with less effort than you are putting into your swing now? Secrets to longer and straighter golf shots are primarily from two factors, solid contact and club head speed. Most golfers understand that you cannot get the maximum yardage from [...]
Young YMCA visitors try out the new Cybex treadmills. Most of the equipment is fitted with technology that includes TV monitors and iPod/iPhone integration.
By Peter Simmons I would like to thank the Southwest Spotlight newspaper for asking me to contribute to this month’s City Council Corner. Councilman Steve McIntosh provided the inaugural column last month, and I would like to commend him for a great article. I would also like to quote part of his article as a lead in to my article. “My opinion is that [...]
The reopening of the Bonita YMCA on May 26 was, as Hank Hochstetler said in his invocation, “the day many in Bonita have prayed for.” It was also a day that a stalwart group of Bonitians worked very hard for. Led by Dennis Church, the group includes Tom Schreck, Marjorie Rubacky, Don Thomson, Jack Brown, Paul McGrath and Hochstetler. They were members [...]
Bonita Springs — Harry Looknanan, Jr., Certified Business Analyst for the Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center, worked with over 100 small businesses in Bonita Springs alone as part of his five-county responsibilities this year. What does “worked with” mean? “The SBDC is a free and low cost service funded by the Small [...]
By Bill Barnes Chief Executive Officer Bonita Springs Estero Association of Realtors Bonita Springs — The April Bonita Springs Estero real estate market reports are showing two trends which are exciting and good news for buyers, sellers and real estate professionals in all areas. The sale of single family homes is now in the second [...]
Bonita Springs – “This is certainly not how I ever thought people would come to know my name,” said Jeanne Watson of BSafe Bonita, as she sat in a booth at Perkins restaurant on Beach Road. Sitting quietly next to Watson was her three year old, enjoying his bribe of French fries and watching an [...]