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4th of July fireworks, parades and more things to do in Fort Myers, Naples

Attendees watch from their cars during an Independence Day drive-in firework and laser light show at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
Attendees watch from their cars during an Independence Day drive-in firework and laser light show at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

How do you want to celebrate Independence Day? That depends on what you’re in the mood for this Fourth of July weekend in Southwest Florida.

You run a 5K. Or watch a parade. Or dance around at a country concert. Or even try to win a hot-dog-eating contest.

Then, of course, there are the fireworks.

Lots and lots of fireworks.

Click here to see our guide to all the biggest Independence Day events happening in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and the rest of Southwest Florida.

Trail camera victory shows a close up view of a wild Florida panther

A Florida panther tripped a motion sensor camera set up by News-Press photographer Andrew West in the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed in early May of 2022. There are between 120-230 adult panthers roaming the wild according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A Florida panther tripped a motion sensor camera set up by News-Press photographer Andrew West in the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed in early May of 2022. There are between 120-230 adult panthers roaming the wild according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"The miles on foot and by car were racking up. While always fruitful, the outcome often was not the one I desired," writes photojournalist Andrew West.

"On recent hikes to my remote sensor camera set up at Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. I would mutter: Is it set up correctly? Are the batteries dead? Did a bear knock it over? Did rain destroy the cables? Did the flashes go off correctly? Did a Florida panther or a bear stroll by?"

Click here to see the critters he saw. 

Best BBQ in Florida: Here's 12 restaurants, food trucks from Palm Beach to Pensacola

An order of brisket with fried okra and hush puppies from Big Nick's BBQ in south Fort Myers.
An order of brisket with fried okra and hush puppies from Big Nick's BBQ in south Fort Myers.

Summer is here and the time is right for some grilling. It's a favorite outdoor activity but occasionally you want to enjoy barbecue that someone else grills.

There's something about Floridians and barbecue. Maybe it's because the term "barbecue" — the English word from the Spanish "barbacoa" — has origins from the language of the Taíno people in the Caribbean and the Timucua of Florida, who called it "barabicu."

Click here to see some of our favorites. 

Caught! Record-breaking 18-foot Burmese python pulled from Collier County wilderness

Conservancy biologists caught the biggest Burmese python ever found in Florida’s Everglades: an almost 18-foot-long, 215-pound female loaded with 122 eggs.

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Popular Blind Pass Beach Park in Sanibel deemed dangerously eroded and closed indefinitely

Eroded sand is seen in Blind Pass between Sanibel and Captiva on Thursday June 16, 2022. The parking area and beach area of the Sanibel side is closed due to erosion. Part of the pass has filled in as well.
Eroded sand is seen in Blind Pass between Sanibel and Captiva on Thursday June 16, 2022. The parking area and beach area of the Sanibel side is closed due to erosion. Part of the pass has filled in as well.

Blind Pass Beach Park on Sanibel is closed, after sudden erosion over the past month made it unsafe, Sanibel officials decided.

If or when the shoreline park, which is popular with anglers and beachgoers, will reopen is unclear, said the city’s director of natural resources, Holly Milbrandt. Barrier islands are ever-changing, she says, and Blind Pass between Sanibel and Captiva is a case in point.

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🔒 Shaggy-legged gallinipper, other mosquitoes feeding heavy on the wing across Florida

Mosquito season is underway in Southwest Florida. Images from an afternoon with members of Lee County Mosquito Control as they work to locate  and eradicate them.
Mosquito season is underway in Southwest Florida. Images from an afternoon with members of Lee County Mosquito Control as they work to locate and eradicate them.

Add Off to the grocery list and get out the Thermacell: mosquitoes are on the prowl.

High tides in May brought saltwater varieties to some coastal areas, and the system that became Tropical Storm Alex left the landscape soggy and flooded.

So the freshwater mosquitoes that typically emerge in early July are already here.

"We had all that rain come in last week and we're having lots of calls come in," said Ed Foley with the Lee County Mosquito Control District. "Just in the last couple of days we've had over 300 calls. We can't keep up."

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🔒 New Fort Myers restaurants: At Hot Pot & BBQ, a sea of joy will eat you up — JLB review

Meats, seafood and an array of vegetables can be cooked in either brothy hot pots or on the Korean-style grill at Hot Pot & BBQ in Fort Myers.
Meats, seafood and an array of vegetables can be cooked in either brothy hot pots or on the Korean-style grill at Hot Pot & BBQ in Fort Myers.

All throughout the new Hot Pot & BBQ in Fort Myers, laminated signs warn of the two-hour dining limit. They're posted in the entryway and by the host's station and along the buffet lines where you stock up on raw meats, seafood and spicy sauces — lest, at any point, you forget.

Walking in early on a recent Saturday night, two hours felt manageable. It was my first time at this new concept, which sits amid the dozens of other eateries in the restaurant-dense plazas along Dani Drive in Fort Myers.

Click here to read the full review. 

Fort Myers, Naples celebrate Stars and Stripes with flags of stone, rags

A flag stitched by Polish prisoners in 1945 at the Nordhausen Concentration Camp during World War II displays, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in The John Ebling Veteran Art Gallery at American Legion Post No. 38 in Fort Myers, Fla.
A flag stitched by Polish prisoners in 1945 at the Nordhausen Concentration Camp during World War II displays, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in The John Ebling Veteran Art Gallery at American Legion Post No. 38 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Flag Day, June 14, honors the official flag of the United States of America. It celebrates the sacrifice made by its veterans, the freedom cherished by its citizens, the unity created in a nation of unique peoples.

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🔒 Proud history up in smoke as Southwest Florida citrus growers cut their losses

Daharam Ragoonanan, a contractor with South Florida Citrus Services burns citrus trees on an Alva property on Tuesday, June, 7, 2022. The trees have citrus greening. The disease is greatly affecting  Florida and Southwest Florida citrus growers.
Daharam Ragoonanan, a contractor with South Florida Citrus Services burns citrus trees on an Alva property on Tuesday, June, 7, 2022. The trees have citrus greening. The disease is greatly affecting Florida and Southwest Florida citrus growers.

Catastrophe didn’t take Alva citrus grower Frank Green by surprise.

The end of the story, which started in the 1890s, was foreshadowed years ago.

But a slow-motion disaster is still a disaster. Maybe it’s even worse, because it unfolds without the protective mechanism of shock. Instead born-to-the-land farmers like Green watch, year after year, as fruit fouls, prices drop and the end looms.

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🔒'Everything is expensive': Workers getting priced out as rents soar in hot real estate market

Lifelong Naples resident Tommas, Murray, 56, relaxes in the duplex he rents with his brother Todd in Naples on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. They say the duplex has been sold and that they have to be out by July 31. Tommas is on disability and Todd has a full time job at a local market. They say they canÕt afford another place to live because the rents are too high and the ones they can afford donÕt take pets. Tommas has a cat. They are afraid that they may become homeless.
Lifelong Naples resident Tommas, Murray, 56, relaxes in the duplex he rents with his brother Todd in Naples on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. They say the duplex has been sold and that they have to be out by July 31. Tommas is on disability and Todd has a full time job at a local market. They say they canÕt afford another place to live because the rents are too high and the ones they can afford donÕt take pets. Tommas has a cat. They are afraid that they may become homeless.

An affordable housing crisis continues to clobber low- and middle-income residents and families across the region, as they face inflation at every turn — from the grocery aisle to the gas pump.

Rents have skyrocketed. In some cases, they've more than doubled in a year.

In April, the Sunshine State accounted for eight of the nation's Top 10 markets with the biggest rent increases over the year, based on a monthly index by Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Alabama.

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🔒Threatened burrowing owls number in the thousands in Cape Coral. Now they are being counted, protected

Juvenile burrowing owls find shade in the sign signifying their den. Every year volunteers fan out to check on Cape Coral's burrowing owl population to see how the critters are faring. Manned with binoculars and clip boards, volunteers drive around neighborhoods to count the tiny owls for the census. The census has been done for a few years now and is part of a large study. The hope is more homeowners will build dens in their front yards and find a way to live with the burrowing owls.
Juvenile burrowing owls find shade in the sign signifying their den. Every year volunteers fan out to check on Cape Coral's burrowing owl population to see how the critters are faring. Manned with binoculars and clip boards, volunteers drive around neighborhoods to count the tiny owls for the census. The census has been done for a few years now and is part of a large study. The hope is more homeowners will build dens in their front yards and find a way to live with the burrowing owls.

A cooperative effort between the city and the nonprofit Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, which advocates for the tiny raptors, this year’s count was delayed a day by a soaking tropical storm.

Slicing the city into sections, teams start their rounds early, because the birds are most active (and most visible) in the morning, before temperatures rise.

It seems fitting that so urban a bird is counted from inside cars, with a driver creeping past nest sites while the scribe marks the observations in pencil on stapled-together forms that will later be totaled and compared to previous years.

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Club Blu defendant Kierra Russ gets life in prison; defense set to file appeal Tuesday

Kierra Russ, the first defendant on trial in the Club Blu mass shooting, will serve life in prison for her role in the 2016 killings.

A jury found the 24-year-old Lehigh Acres woman guilty on May 3 of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Lee Circuit Judge Nicholas Thompson sentenced her to 25 years each on the murder charges and 15 years on the conspiracy charge, to run concurrently, and given 545 days credit for time already served.

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🔒 Sanibel restaurants: At Tutti Pazzi, new owners give Matzaluna a not-so-crazy new look

Prosciutto-wrapped shrimp in red-pepper coulis from Tutti Pazzi Italian Kitchen on Sanibel
Prosciutto-wrapped shrimp in red-pepper coulis from Tutti Pazzi Italian Kitchen on Sanibel

Tutti Pazzi opened on Sanibel in January, taking over the longtime Matzaluna space on Periwinkle Way. It's the creation of owners Leanna and Pasquale Russo, who partnered with Debra and Jeramie Campana, owners of Sanibel's Paper Fig Kitchen and partners in 400 Rabbits, to give this classic Italian joint a much-needed refresh.

The words "tutti pazzi" are Italian for "all crazy." Walking into Tutti Pazzi, though, the space is anything but.

You could make a meal of Tutti Pazzi's appetizers and have a grand time. The restaurant fills its gnocchi with gooey cheese and fries them into savory puffs, like doughnut holes but better. For the "gamberi nel prosciutto," wisps of the cured ham hug curls of shrimp, the salty brine of it all balanced by the sweet brightness of a red-pepper coulis.

Hungry for more? Click here to read the full story. 

See photos from 2022 high school, college graduation ceremonies in Collier, Lee counties in Florida

Daniel Romero yells during the Lehigh Senior High School graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.
Daniel Romero yells during the Lehigh Senior High School graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.

Congratulations to this year's high school and college graduates. 

The visual staff of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press will be capturing moments from commencement ceremonies in Collier and Lee counties.

Lee County's high school graduations will take place the weekend of May 21. Collier County's high school graduations will take place the weekend of May 27.

Click here to see all the galleries.

Legendary North Fort Myers football coach Ron Hoover dies at age 88

North Fort Myers High School hosted a memorial service to celebrate the life of football coach Ron Hoover on Friday, May 13, 2022. Former coaches, students and family members spoke in remembrance of Coach Hoover who passed away April 21, 2022.

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A shotgun blast destroyed her teeth. Now a Cape Coral dentist is helping her smile again.

Tiffany Nemec has lived with pain, PTSD and depression since she was shot in the face and abdomen by her abuser 14 years ago. She is hopeful that her upcoming dental reconstructive surgery will help restore her smile and relive some of her pain. She has had trouble eating in the last year because her teeth that were damaged in the shooting have gotten so painful. She needs to raise $3,000 to cover the anesthesia bill.
Tiffany Nemec has lived with pain, PTSD and depression since she was shot in the face and abdomen by her abuser 14 years ago. She is hopeful that her upcoming dental reconstructive surgery will help restore her smile and relive some of her pain. She has had trouble eating in the last year because her teeth that were damaged in the shooting have gotten so painful. She needs to raise $3,000 to cover the anesthesia bill.

Tiffany Nemec was 20 years old when her husband shot her in the face and destroyed her teeth.

But now, at age 34, Nemec has something to be happy about.

She’s getting back her smile.

A Cape Coral dentist has agreed to remove what’s left of her teeth — mostly broken-off tooth roots left below the gum line. And he’ll replace them with brand-new dental implants.

All for free, except for the cost of the anesthesiologist.

GoFundMe: Surgery for gunshot survivor Tiffany Nemec

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Island Coast, Seacrest, Canterbury, Bonita Springs, ECS are Wednesday's regional winners

A combination of power hitting, opportunism, and a four-hit complete game led Island Coast to a 10-0, 5-inning win over Bonita Springs in the Region 4A-4 quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Check out the rest of the Fort Myers baseball scores and major plays in the link below.

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🔒 Bonita Springs restaurants: At The Bohemian, rhapsody and sticker shock — JLB review

The Bohemian's bar program focuses on low ABV beverages.
The Bohemian's bar program focuses on low ABV beverages.

How much value can be added to something?

The Bohemian is a snapshot of 2022 Southwest Florida. It is buzzy and pricey, and also warm, also inviting.

The highlights were many: chicken skin fried to crackling then dusted in togarashi and finished with charred shishito peppers for the "chicken chicharrones"; beautifully tender mushrooms wrapped with sprouts and nuts in juicy wisps of jicama; grilled plums paired with a gooey boule of burrata in a sweetly musty saba reduction.

Yum.

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What you should know about sea turtle nesting season

About 90% of sea turtle nesting in the USA occurs on Florida beaches, from May 1 to Oct. 31. Some of the largest threats to turtle survival come from human activity.

“The best thing you can do is leave the beach as natural as you can,” said Melissa Macksey, senior biologist at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.

Each year, thousands of sea turtle mothers swim ashore on Florida's coasts, digging into the sand with their flippers, rotating their bodies to lay about 100 of their eggs, then returning to the sea. After incubating for about 60 days, the eggs hatch, and the tiny turtles dash toward the water.

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How early is too early to start preparing for hurricane season in Florida?

Hurricane season is fast approaching.
Hurricane season is fast approaching.

Hurricane season begins, officially, on June 1.

Unofficially, we know that storms don't always wait for the date. Ana, which formed May 22 last year, marked the seventh year in a row that the Atlantic hurricane season started before the official start of the season.

The 2021 hurricane season was the third most active on record and top hurricane forecasters said we can expect another above-normal season again in 2022. The National Hurricane Center begins issuing regular tropical weather outlooks on May 15.

So even if the calendar has time to spare, you might want to start your hurricane prep a little early. Or at least prepare to prepare.

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A mother's love: Florida woman made two Siberian odysseys to bring children to Naples

C.C. LeBlanc, 82, made up her mind she wanted to share her life with children, and one of the rare places you could adopt them was Siberia. She wrote a book about the experience, and she was 65 when the adoption was granted.
C.C. LeBlanc, 82, made up her mind she wanted to share her life with children, and one of the rare places you could adopt them was Siberia. She wrote a book about the experience, and she was 65 when the adoption was granted.

Marie Cecile "C.C." LeBlanc had determined, at age 63, to adopt two children from Russia, to share what had been a successful life for her in a nurturing childhood for them.

LeBlanc, now 82, recently reflected on her singular journey to becoming a mom as Mother's Day approached this year, May 8. Ironically, it's 17 years to the day when C.C. and her new family finally arrived in Moscow from Krasnoyarsk to prepare for the flight to their home in Naples.

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Rainy season reminder: Florida motorists can use hazard lights in severe weather

Some drivers decide to attempt going through flood waters on the east end of High Street Thursday morning regardless of warnings by Jackson Police cruisers with flashing lights. Thunderstorms are expected to continue throughout the morning with rain tappering off this evening. Thursday, May 9, 2019
Some drivers decide to attempt going through flood waters on the east end of High Street Thursday morning regardless of warnings by Jackson Police cruisers with flashing lights. Thunderstorms are expected to continue throughout the morning with rain tappering off this evening. Thursday, May 9, 2019

The rain, the rain — it just won't go away.

After weeks and months without a significant amount of rainfall, many areas in Southwest Florida have been drenched from a series of severe afternoon rainstorms that returned late last week.

More than two inches of rain have been recorded at Page Field in Fort Myers and the Naples Airport since May 1.

It appears the 2022 rainy season is officially underway, and that could lead to an important question motorists might be asking: "Can I use my hazard lights while driving during a rainstorm?"

The answer is yes, but only in certain conditions.

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Initial SWFL study finds water, air pollutants could cause grave brain disease

Manuel Aparicio IV, a board member of the Calusa Waterkeeper non-profit organization, demonstrates a portable air filter he helped develop to check the air for algal toxins during an interview at the W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area Thursday, July 1, 2021.
Manuel Aparicio IV, a board member of the Calusa Waterkeeper non-profit organization, demonstrates a portable air filter he helped develop to check the air for algal toxins during an interview at the W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area Thursday, July 1, 2021.

The good news: A first-of-its-kind field study of Southwest Florida air and water didn’t find widespread cyanobacteria toxins – mostly.

The bad news: It did find several neurotoxins as well as three forms of BMAA, a neurotoxin linked to grave brain diseases.

Two of the forms were in every one of 945 analyses done over five months between last July and November by Calusa Waterkeeper volunteers and analyzed at Wyoming’s Brain Chemistry Labs.

Researchers call the neurotoxins’ presence ubiquitous and concerning.

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Alligator sightings in Florida are on the rise during mating season

An alligator hangs out in the waters at Bird Rookery Swamp in Collier County on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
An alligator hangs out in the waters at Bird Rookery Swamp in Collier County on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Alligator sightings are on the rise in Florida.

They have been seen in neighborhoods, on golf courses, and near local lakes and ponds.

So why are we having more close-up encounters with these reptiles? It's alligator mating season.

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🔒Advocates push for fixes as critically important seagrass continues to vanish

John Cassani, the Calusa Waterkeeper documents a sea grass growing site in the Caloosahatchee River on Friday, March 11, 2022.
John Cassani, the Calusa Waterkeeper documents a sea grass growing site in the Caloosahatchee River on Friday, March 11, 2022.

When legislation that would have let developers destroy seagrass in exchange for mitigation credits died with Florida’s 2022 session last month, many environmental advocates were relieved.

The critically important plants still need much more help than they’re getting, they say, and a $3 million restoration project in the Caloosahatchee, where most of its seagrass has been wiped out by poor water quality in the last 20 years, is instructive.

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🔒Another big HOA fraud case in SW Florida: Scammers allegedly pilfer $500,000 from The Landings

The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.
The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

A residential development in Fort Myers lost half a million dollars in the second alleged fraud scheme to surface among Southwest Florida community associations this year.

The Landings theft has unfolded at the same time that 35 other Lee and Collier county homeowners associations have filed a civil suit against their former property manager, American Property Management Services. The associations are accusing the company of using its access to their accounts to embezzle more than $8 million. APMS has denied any wrongdoing. The Landings is not involved in that civil case.

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Southwest Florida International Airport sets single-month passenger record in March

The Lee County Port Authority held an open house to celebrate the Phase 1 Construction Completion of its new Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The tower will now be handed over to the FAA so the equipment can be installed.
The Lee County Port Authority held an open house to celebrate the Phase 1 Construction Completion of its new Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The tower will now be handed over to the FAA so the equipment can be installed.

More people traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport during the month of March than who live in San Diego.

A record 1,514,046 passengers arrived and departed, making March 2022 the busiest month for number of passengers in the 39-year history of the Fort Myers airport.

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Track and Field: Ida Baker boys and North Fort Myers girls win Class 3A-District 11 titles

As Ida Baker’s Jacob Fritz turned the final corner of the 4x400 relay, he knew what he had to do to bring his team back.

Trailing North Fort Myers’ Isaiah Rodney, Fritz turned it up a notch down the final 100 meters and secured the first-place finish for the Bulldogs in the final event of the meet, adding the exclamation point to the team's dominating Class 3A-District 11 championship win.

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🔒 Do you love your partner seven billboards' worth? This Florida man does

A shot of the billboard Mitchell Gilbert took out next to Shangri-La Springs on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.
A shot of the billboard Mitchell Gilbert took out next to Shangri-La Springs on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.

If you walk down Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs before May 1, there's no missing it.

"Hey Denise Gilbert, after 25 years of marriage, you still do it for me!!" the billboard proclaims, a kissy-face emoji blushing on the left side of the sign. "Love, Mitchell," it's signed.

But who are Denise and Mitchell Gilbert?

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Jet Suit takes flight at Edison Awards

Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot with Gravity Industries, gave a live flight demo of his Jet Suit.  On April 22, 2022, a presentation was put on as part of the Experiential Learning Day at the Caloosa Sound Amphitheater. There was a demonstration of the world’s first patented Jet Suit, followed by a Shark Tank type of show featuring pro athletes. Students from a couple of different high schools were invited. This was part of the The annual Edison Awards, celebrating and showcasing innovative achievements from around the globe.
Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot with Gravity Industries, gave a live flight demo of his Jet Suit. On April 22, 2022, a presentation was put on as part of the Experiential Learning Day at the Caloosa Sound Amphitheater. There was a demonstration of the world’s first patented Jet Suit, followed by a Shark Tank type of show featuring pro athletes. Students from a couple of different high schools were invited. This was part of the The annual Edison Awards, celebrating and showcasing innovative achievements from around the globe.

The Edison Awards was a gathering of some of Earth's top senior business and government executives, academics and inventors at Caloosa Sound Convention Center in Fort Myers.

At the Edison Awards, Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot with Gravity Industries, gave a live flight demo of his Jet Suit as part of the annual awards.

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Casey Bishop of ‘American Idol’ collaborates with Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada

The cover photo for Casey Bishop's new single, "Bad Dream"
The cover photo for Casey Bishop's new single, "Bad Dream"

It’s Casey Bishop’s first single since “American Idol,” and the Estero teen could barely contain her excitement.

“I am feeling amazing,” Bishop said Friday, April 22, the day she released her new single “Bad Dream.” “Today just felt like a holiday. I’m so excited.

“I’ve just had, like, butterflies the entire day. I literally got no sleep last night.”

“Bad Dream” gives her fans a chance to hear what she’s been working on since leaving “Idol” in May 2021. She made it to fourth place on the TV singing competition.

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'Going to be special': Fort Myers High celebrates Edison Stadium field renovation project

Band members, cheerleaders, ROTC members and athletes from Fort Myers High School gather at the groundbreaking for the new turf field and rubber track at Fort Myers High School on Friday, April 22, 2022.
Band members, cheerleaders, ROTC members and athletes from Fort Myers High School gather at the groundbreaking for the new turf field and rubber track at Fort Myers High School on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Fort Myers High School held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the announcement of plans to replace Edison Stadium's grass field with synthetic turf and upgrade the track to a rubberized surface on Friday. The renovation will commence at the end of the 2022 football season in December and take about three months to complete.

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