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Counterfeit $100 used at high-end Naples restaurant

Naples police were called to a high-end Naples restaurant Monday afternoon after the manager noticed his staff had unknowingly accepted a counterfeit $100 bill. According to the Naples Police Department, an officer went to Campiello, located at 1177 3rd St. S., around 3:30 p.m. in reference to a counterfeit bill. The manager said that, possibly during the Sunday morning shift when Campiello was extremely busy, an unknown person passed a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for services rendered. The manager was not made aware of this until he was notified by the evening manager, after business hours when the money was being totaled for the bank deposits.
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Car plows through Vanderbilt Beach entrance

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A driver plowed through the entrance of Vanderbilt Beach Monday morning. According to Collier County Parks and Recreation, the incident happened early Monday morning. The unidentified driver drove over the beach’s flag pole, a bench bench and boardwalk. The out of control driver caused...
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Popular Southwest Florida Tex-Mex restaurant opens fourth location

Tacos & Tequila Cantina has opened its fourth Southwest Florida location, this one in The Pointe at Founders Square in Naples. The first Tacos & Tequila Cantina opened in 2013 on Davis Boulevard in South Naples. A second location, at Pavilion in Naples, came in 2016, and then one in Estero followed that near the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University, in 2018. Kelly Musico, who started Aldo’s Italian Table & Bar with her husband, Aldo, founded Tacos & Tequila Cantina.

Kona Ice Brings a One-of-a-Kind Experience to Residents in Fort Myers and Naples Florida

Mobile Franchise Expands in Florida, Giving Back to Community Schools and Organizations. May 24, 2022 // // FORT MYERS, Fla. - Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is expanding Fort Myers and Naples. Introducing its distinctive blend of entertainment, gourmet frozen treats and FUN-draising, the Kona Ice experience is unlike any other in the area. Serving up good vibes in a cool ride, Kona Ice is now cruisin’ through Fort Myers and Naples.

BBQ with Seoul: Five Korean barbecue restaurants in Fort Myers, Naples

At these five barbecue restaurants in Naples and Fort Myers, you'll find ribs and brisket, and also banchan and ssamjang. Let's BBQ, Korean style. I've never understood the "it's Memorial Day, we must barbecue" mindset. It's a very Northern/Midwestern approach to the holiday. One that doesn't make sense in our...

Florida Hospital Systems Attempt to Attract, Retain Employees By Paying Off Student Loans and Paying for College Tuition

Hospital systems in Florida are attempting to get creative to meet the increasingly difficult challenge of attracting and retaining a health care workforce. The Increasing Difficulty of Staffing Health Care Workers: Like many industries, health care has been facing increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining employees in the aftermath of the pandemic. The effort of working during a pandemic contributed to some health care workers leaving their jobs or deciding to retire. At the same time, an aging population in the United States requires more, not less, access to health care.

St. Patrick’s Day 2020 events in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples

NOTE: Many local events are being canceled or postponed this week due to the coronavirus. Check their website or social media page before going. Or consult our list of canceled events HERE. The green beer will flow this St. Patrick’s Day in Southwest Florida. But there’s more happening than just...

Transcript: Sen. Rick Scott on "Face the Nation," May 22, 2022

The following is a transcript of an interview with GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida that aired Sunday, May 22, 2022, on "Face the Nation." MARGARET BRENNAN: We turn now to Florida Senator Rick Scott. He's the Republican tasked with winning the Senate majority for the GOP in this year's midterm elections. And he joins us from Naples, Florida. Good morning to you, Senator.

Cane toad traps could help you protect your pets from poisonous toads

Poisonous cane toads are back in many neighborhoods as we get into the rainy season. Dog owners need to be alert because the invasive toads can kill their pets. There is a cane toad trap that you can use to help protect your pets and get rid of invasive toads. It’s a simple, touchless system that never stops, and it’s made specifically to tackle cane toads. Most importantly it helps people get rid of them in a humane way.

3 To Know: Storm drain repairs on Marco, Bonita Naples Rotary and more

1. Florida joins feds to target illegal caller ID spoofing and robocalls. Sick of spam calls? So are state leaders. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody last week announced a new investigative partnership against illegal caller ID spoofing and robocalls with the Federal Communications Commission. The partnership, Moody explained, will allow...
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Small plane goes down near St. Pete Clearwater Airport

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A small plane was down Monday afternoon near St. Pete Clearwater International Airport. There were no injuries in the incident at Ulmerton Road and Stony Brook Drive. It happened at about 2:45 p.m. A twin engine Cessna with only the pilot on board was landing and...

Big Hickory Island landowner looks to restrict waterway access

Big Hickory Island’s landowner owner is causing controversy over access to waterways around the popular island. The Bonita Springs island’s new landowner posted signs in the mangroves that say “Private property,” but he may have overstepped. There could be a “liquid loophole” in Florida law that...