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Our Darling ‘Ding’ - Cartoonist’s Contributions Highlighted in Documentary

Jan 02, 2016 ● By Cory Batelaan

Darling is Back: The Restoration of Lake Darling, a documentary film about the ongoing influence of Jay Norwood Darling, returns to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

Having a Ball - Subtracting from the bucket list of sporting adventures in Southwest Florida

Jan 02, 2016 ● By Cory Batelaan

The explosion of niche activities like bubble soccer and pickleball may get you shimmying into an air suit to bounce off one another.

Sanibold - Small island’s national rise credited to Mayor Kevin Ruane

Jan 02, 2016 ● By Cory Batelaan

Sanibel is packing a big punch in statewide issues. Lee County’s most remote town is amending its foreign policy.

Berry Good - Plant City’s Strawberry Festival has celebrated spring harvest since 1930

Jan 02, 2016 ● By Cory Batelaan

A new queen, live concerts, a midway, and vendors selling strawberry-related goodies. It's the town’s bread and butter.

Islanders on the Move - Where Mother Earth is the playing field

Jan 02, 2016 ● By Cory Batelaan

Those who live, work, visit and recreate on our gulf coast islands embody these positive and healthy styles of “travel”. Come along for the ride—by whatever means you prefer to move.

Florida Troupers - Sarasota dance company challenges world’s finest ballet productions

Jan 02, 2016 ● By Cory Batelaan

It’s on par, if not better, than what they’re doing in New York, San Francisco or Chicago. Sarasota Ballet challenges audiences with its wide-ranging repertoire and this season features several company premieres.

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Returns to Southwest Florida

Sep 29, 2015 ● By Cory Batelaan

The faces behind popular music are in Southwest Florida in mid-September.The second annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is a different kind of sanctuary, with performers moving between venues and the streets filled with fans.

From Computer to Canvas - Plein air artist sets technology aside to capture the nature of the islands

Sep 29, 2015 ● By Cory Batelaan

Artist Allen Brockbank discusses the method which requires him to finish his paintings in one sitting.

Chiseled Features - Sculptures Complement Traditional Décor in Southwest Florida homes and gardens

Sep 29, 2015 ● By Cory Batelaan

Matthew Placzek and Suzanne Vertel get their bronze on and discuss what it takes to create their outdoor sculptures.

Best in Show - How award-winning wines really receive top recognition

Sep 29, 2015 ● By Cory Batelaan

Get the inside scoop from Barbara Ensrud and Jessica Altieri, two of the nation’s most sought-after wine judges. They shared their thoughts on evaluating wines at the historic Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina.

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