Cape Coral and Southwest Florida Feature Stories

Ocean's Reach Resort Ushers in Green Lodging on Sanibel Island

Ocean's Reach Condominium Resort on Sanibel Island

Ocean's Reach Condominiums is a vacation resort tucked away on secluded stretch of gulf front coastline on Sanibel Island.  For over three decades, visitors to Ocean's Reach have been admiring the Gulf of Mexico from their oceanfront balconies, wading in a swimming pool with a view unrivaled on Sanibel Island, and walking the fabled "nineteen steps" it takes to reach the shell-strewn beach.  And now, thanks to the eco-conscious and diligent staff of Ocean's Reach Resort, they can do it all with a clear environmental conscience.  Ocean's Reach is the first property to attain Green Lodging designation on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

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Tarpon Lodge, Pineland, Florida - Looking Back In Time on Pine Island

Tarpon Lodge - Pineland - Pine Island

Pine Island lies just west of Cape Coral.  In addition to the excellent fishing, talented artists, and ancient archaeological sites...there are also several utterly unique "Old Florida" experiences not to be missed.  Chief among these is the Tarpon Lodge Sportsman Inn, Restaurant, and Bar located on the northwest coast of Pine Island in Pineland.

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Cape Coral Utility Expansion - The Hook Up - UEP Part 3

Cape Coral Utility Expansion UEP

This is the third installment in our Cape Coral Utility Expansion series.  Part One is HerePart Two is Here .

Day One

It's midmorning and I'm on the computer when I begin to hear the all-too-familiar growl of excavating equipment breaking ground in my front yard.

It's my day off from work.  Fresh out of bed, hair mussed, wearing boxer shorts and a white plans to take a shower and prepare for the day are dashed with the first ground tremors.  R.L. Wilson Plumbing is hooking my house up to the city water and sewer lines.  I knew they'd be coming soon, but no one told me it would be today.

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Reflections on Spring Training

Reflections on Red Sox Spring Training at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers

Now that Red Sox Spring Training has wrapped up over at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, I've had some time to reflect on the games I attended.

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The Quality Hotel Nautilus - Being There

Quality Hotel Nautilus - Cape Coral

My relocation to Cape Coral started, I assume, the same way most others have...with a stay at the Quality Hotel Nautilus.

I remember driving into Cape Coral for the first time.  The toll booth.  The bridge.  The glistening waters of the Caloosahatchee River speckled with recreational boaters.  I remember the tingly feeling I got at the high point of the Cape Coral Bridge, looking over a place which would soon become my new home.  Canals and tropical palm trees.  Boats in backyards.  Cement houses.  Lots of dark green and blue.  It was just as I pictured it would be and so different from the places I'd known until then.

I passed the Freemason monument and water fountain at the entrance to the city, and everything felt like it was clicking into place.  "Keep your eyes open for the Quality Hotel," I told my wife.  "It should be right around here somewhere."  And there it was.  Just as generic a hotel as I'd ever stayed in on any of my road trips.  Cheap.  Clean.  Efficient.  Easy to find.  And located right where I needed it to be.

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