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Retail Dreams and Leaps of Faith


Lee Ann Adams knows retail. She managed stores for Chico’s, and spent 15 years with Fresh Produce Sportswear working in a variety of roles from store manager to overseeing the Caribbean accounts and district manager. Then, she turned 50, and took a leap of faith. She opened her own store, Beach Daisy, in June 2011. The women’s island style boutique features many “made in the USA” labels, and her tag line is “effortless lifestyle clothing.” Some of her lines include Spirit football jerseys, Michael Stars, Sympli the Best, Tribal, Jude Connally, Slimsations, Johnny Was, XCVI, Jams World, Magdelana, Eileen Fisher, ... Read More »

Learn about Sanibel History!


Author Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation at the 100th Birthday Celebration of Rutland House at the Sanibel Historical Village on Friday, March 22nd, at 10:30 AM. Repko has encapsulated Sanibel’s history in two books, “A Brief History of Sanibel Island” for adults and “The Story of Sanibel Island” for younger readers. Her lecture will give a brief overview of the island’s past and show old photos. She will be available after the talk for a book-signing. Repko has published other books about the history of the area including those about Everglades City, the Fakahatchee Strand, the life of ... Read More »

Pirates commandeer the Marco Museum


By Natalie Strom Ahoy mateys! Arrrr ye ready for a day of plundering and pillaging at the Marco Island Historical Museum? On January 26, the museum will host its first ever Pirate Day in honor of the pirates of Florida’s coasts. It’s true; pirates played an integral role in Florida’s history. Just ask James and Sarah Kaserman, authors of “Florida Pirates: From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys and Beyond;” they will be the special guests of the day. In an effort to give the museum branches their own identities, “all of the Collier County Museums have an ... Read More »

Randy Wayne White’s GONE

It’s that time again! Randy Wayne White has a new book coming out titled GONE (Putnam, On Sale: September 4), the first in a new series with a female protagonist. After nearly 20 bestselling Doc Ford novels, Randy Wayne White has become one of the most popular thriller-writers in the nation whose audience and reputation only continue to grow. Now in GONE, White introduces readers to Hannah Smith, a strong, formidable woman, the descendant of generations of resourceful Florida women (with a touch of the wild side). While White has always created layered female supporting characters, Hannah is a perfect complement to Doc Ford. Set in ... Read More »


By Natalie Strom Ron Lord is a familiar face on Marco’s beaches. He’s also a familiar face on the beaches of Naples, Bonita Springs and Sanibel. However, it’s probably not his face that you’ve noticed, but rather the large metal detector he carries, searching for lost treasure. Ron has been combing the beaches of Southwest Florida for 35 years. “I moved to Naples when Marco Island was just a swamp,” Ron explains. “When I got here, you still had to take the ferry to get onto the island.” The then-fishing guide was sent to Vietnam and upon return was ... Read More »

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Tops $1.73 Billion in Sales and 18% Annual Growth in 2011

Judy Green, President and CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, announced today that the luxury real estate brokerage achieved sales of more than $1.7 billion through the end of 2011, an 18 percent increase from the same period in 2010, solidifying its position as Naples’ and Southwest Florida’s leading luxury real estate firm. With the largest market share of properties sold for more than $1 million ? more than its next two competitors combined ? Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest luxury real estate brokerage in Southwest Florida. According to the most recent Real Trends 500, the leading source of analysis ... Read More »


Tara O’Neill  A different sort of beast was roaming in full display at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Tuesday, November 15. Rare and wonderful Florida Artists were out in numbers for the opening reception of the Rookery Bay Annual Painting Exhibition sponsored by the United Arts Council of Collier County and the Friends of Rookery Bay. (While the Florida Artist is not on the endangered list, it is often considered a threatened species, especially in these times of economic uncertainty.) Since 2004, the UAC (which I have told you to join about a million times) has teamed with ... Read More »