Mostly every karaoke singer and patron at bars in Bonita Springs knew who Lynn Earl Brown was.
He was the man who poured his heart and soul into every song he sang on the karaoke stage, where he performed everything from "Takin' Care of Business" to "Dream On."
In honor of Brown's life, his friends, one by one, jumped onstage and sang some of Brown's favorites on Sunday at Sneaky Pete's, where the 71-year-old, known as the 'karaoke king', would perform every Monday and Tuesday.
A local manufacturer has a hit on its hands.
Pickle Pro LLC, headquartered in East Naples, has seen a growing demand for its product (and it has nothing to do with pickles).
The company manufactures paddles for pickleball, the fun game with a strange name that has found a home in Collier County after the community hosted last spring's successful U.S. Open Pickleball Championships.
Erick Carter and Stephanie Lucarelli won their election to the Collier School Board on Tuesday, fighting back their opponents who sought to create a more conservative board majority.
Lucarelli received 33,129 votes, or 59 percent, in her race for the District 2 board seat against Louise Penta, who received 22,693 votes, or 41 percent.
"I'm overwhelmed. It's over. We did it," Lucarelli said as she celebrated at a victory party with Carter at The Rusty Bucket, a bar in North Naples. "I'm so appreciative and so thankful for all the support I've had. I plan on being out there in the community with the parents, with the teachers. I'm so invested."
Even more than a decade later, Susan Evans still remembers standing in the middle of a scrub pine and swampland wilderness in southeastern Lee County, trying to picture where the state’s newest public university would go.
“There was literally not a single thing developed between Alico Road and Corkscrew Road,” said Evans, Florida Gulf Coast University’s vice president and chief of staff. “The men would literally walk ahead of us with machetes, and they would cut paths so that we could walk on the campus site. And there were wild cows roaming, lots of palmetto bushes, probably more than a few alligators.
Hurricane Hermine roared into the Big Bend on Thursday night, packing the potential of 80 mph winds with higher gusts, a massive storm surge, tornadoes and torrential rainfall for some of the lowest-lying areas of the Panhandle.
Hermine blew winds of up to 80 mph as it moved over the Gulf Coast at 14 mph between Apalachicola Bay and Steinhatchee. The winds snapped tree limbs around Leon County and a storm surge of up to 9 feet that threatened to flood homes up to a half-mile inland in some areas.