DeSantis: Florida Legislature will ‘reevaluate’ state’s relationship with College Board following course controversy
Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down on his opposition to a proposed AP Black history course Monday, telling reporters during an appearance in Naples that the Florida Legislature would be reevaluating its relationship with the College Board.
Best travel options to vacation on Florida’s west coast after Hurricane Ian
Southwest Florida, home to famed vacation spots, bore the brunt of Hurricane Ian’s brutal wrath. The area is now in recovery mode. If you’re interested in supporting the local economy, here’s a look at the status of recovery, and your travel options in the coming months.sun-sentinel.com
Hurricane Ian has the potential to be the most costly hurricane in Florida history
Growing the Voices of Our FutureThe Westside Gazette Newspaper is honored to feature these editorial contributions made by local students. Hurricane Ian has the potential to be the most costly hurricane in Florida history, wreaking havoc on towns from the state’s western coast to interior cities like Orlando. The most severe wind and rain occurred in southern coastal communities such as Fort Myers and Naples, where several neighborhoods were completely destroyed. They don’t look the same as they used to. Buildings that were formerly community landmarks are no longer standing.” Many of the Ian-related deaths have been recorded in Lee County, which encompasses Fort Myers and Sanibel Island in southeastern Florida, where at least 42 people perished.thewestsidegazette.com
Rick Scott Panics When Asked About Trump’s Racist Truth Social Post
CNNSen. Rick Scott (R-FL) tried his best at justifying former President Donald Trump’s racist Truth Social post from Friday, in which the ex-commander in chief said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had a “DEATH WISH” and called his former transportation secretary Elaine Chao "Coco Chow.” The senator, flailing after being asked during a CNN appearance about the post, defended Trump's predilection for "nicknames."Trump Claims McConnell has ‘Death Wish’ in Stinging Attack“As you know, the prenews.yahoo.com
In Hurricane Ian’s wake, worried families crowdsource rescue efforts
Desperate to locate and rescue their loved ones, social media users are sharing phone numbers, addresses and photos of their family members and friends online for anyone who can check on them after Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Floridasun-sentinel.com
In Ian's wake, worried families crowdsource rescue efforts
Desperate to locate and rescue their loved ones, social media users are sharing phone numbers, addresses and photos of their family members and friends online for anyone who can check on them after Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida.
Gas station stores in Lee, Collier counties become havens amid Hurricane Ian’s havoc
Hurricane Ian’s aftermath in Lee and Collier counties means driving through inundated streets despite a gas shortage, shopping only with cash at the few stores open, staying away from damaged electric poles, and finding boats stuck in unlikely areas.
Florida man pleads guilty to $2.6M COVID-19 relief fraud
Daniel Joseph Tisone, 35, of Naples, pleaded guilty Monday in Fort Myers federal court to wire fraud, bank fraud, illegal monetary transaction and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, court documents show. He faces up to 60 years in federal prison at a hearing scheduled for Dec. 5.
Florida team hauls in 18-foot, 215-pound Burmese python
A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials said. The female python weighed in at 215 pounds (98 kilograms), was nearly 18 feet long (5 meters) and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said in a news release. The team used radio transmitters transplanted in male “scout" snakes to study python movements, breeding behaviors and habitat use, said Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the conservancy's program.news.yahoo.com
Russian, Ukrainian ballet stars to dance together in Naples
A Ukrainian ballerina who fled the war in her homeland and a Russian ballerina who quit the Bolshoi Ballet over the Russian invasion rehearsed on a stage in Naples for a sold-out benefit performance Monday night to raise funds for the Red Crosswashingtonpost.com
Russian, Ukrainian ballet stars to dance together in Naples
A Ukrainian ballerina who fled the war in her homeland and a Russian ballerina who quit the Bolshoi Ballet over the Russian invasion rehearsed on a stage in Naples for a sold-out benefit performance Monday night to raise funds for the Red Cross.
Florida man faces charges after allegedly grabbing kid from Walmart shopping cart
A Naples man is facing child abuse and false imprisonment charges, after Collier County Sheriff’s deputies say he approached a three-year-old child and removed the child from a shopping cart in a Walmart parking lot on Sunday.
Video: Zoo tiger shot while biting man's arm as he screams
Body camera footage released by authorities showed a man screaming in pain and pleading for help just before a sheriff's deputy shot a Malayan tiger that had grabbed the man's arm at a Florida zoo. The Collier County Sheriff's Office said the man was seriously injured Wednesday evening when he entered an unauthorized area near the tiger's enclosure at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. The man worked for a third-party cleaning service contracted to clean restrooms and the gift shop, the sheriff's office and the zoo said.news.yahoo.com
Hugo Maradona, younger brother of Diego, dies at 52
Hugo Maradona, the younger brother of Diego Maradona and a former soccer player, has died. Italian club Ascoli said he died Tuesday at his home in Monte di Procida, near Naples, of cardiac arrest. The younger Maradona was purchased by Napoli in 1987 on Diego’s urging and loaned to Ascoli.news.yahoo.com
Aventura’s Travel Soccer score as team finalists in West Pines Classic Soccer Tournament
Nine outstanding young soccer players, all under the age of 10, were recent finalists in the West Pines Classic Soccer Tournament, held in Naples, Florida, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. The program, powered by Bold Nation Sports, trains and develops top athletes on and off the field. Juan Mira, father of Nicolas Mira, said, “We are extremely proud of our under-10 City of Aventura Bold Nation’s team performance in the West Pines Tournament. Our soccer U-10 division kids showed the values that drive us in the City of Aventura at the West Pines Tournament . Go Bold Nation!”Head Coach Christian Blandon added, “Congratulations to our City of Aventura Travel Soccer team powered by Bold Nation Sports!communitynewspapers.com
Business tax cut makes Florida online sales tax OK, activist Grover Norquist says
Florida lawmakers are poised to add a large business tax cut to a bill that would require online retailers to collect more sales taxes from purchases, avoiding violating a pledge made by three dozen Republicans not to raise taxes, according to the anti-tax group that organized the pledge.sun-sentinel.com
Groups rush to get Florida farmworkers vaccinated
As the age of eligibility drops to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, nonprofits, organizations and officials are racing to vaccinate thousands of farmworkers who were denied priority access in Florida but now have to travel north to harvest crops in other regions.sun-sentinel.com