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Cathy Chestnut

Cathy Chestnut has been a professional writer and editor for 25 years. She enjoys exploring the people and places that make Southwest Florida uniquely sublime. She lives in her hometown of Fort Myers with her husband and their two sons, taking every opportunity to explore the region’s environment, garden, and play with their dog, Spot.

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Stephen Hayford

Local design professionals offer simple ways to give your home new lift. Read more

Homes

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Logan Newell

Amanda Sterk helps parents, counselors and high school seniors unravel the academic maze to career and college readiness. Read more

People

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Brian Tietz

Step inside the home of John Stefani and Sharon McAllister, executive director of ArtFest Fort Myers, curated with art from here and around world. Read more

Homes

If you are still pondering that just-right surprise on your holiday shopping list, we have some suggestions for that special someone, from over-the-top to sweetly simple. It’s never too late to turn a holiday wish list into a “bliss list.” Read more

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As the executive director of Hope Clubhouse, but James' has launched new, innovative programs and raise the profile of the nonprofit. Read more

People

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Chris Tilley

Wilbert and Peggy Hamstra place as much attention to the outdoor details of their Vista Point Estate as the beautiful interior Read more

Homes

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Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura have created a community while feeding the local economy through popular farmers markets. Read more

People

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Srijita Chattopadhyay

Quail West residents David and Connie Derry create their ultimate retirement home. Read more

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Marco Island novelist empowers teens to find their inner uniqueness. Read more

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Behind the silver screen, Brian Lee is content being a household voice. Read more

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Carolann Sanita shares her international stage experience with local audiences, performing arts groups and budding Southwest Florida talent. Read more

People

Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden raises up female brass players. Read more

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Bill Taylor reflects on 25 years of expanding cultural boundaries for regional audiences. Read more

People

Naples Art Association teacher Madeline Sugerman launched a Southwest Florida chapter of International Encaustic Artists to promote this timeless art form. Read more

People

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Jade Dellinger is bringing a renewed relevancy and retrospective understanding of Rauschenberg’s place in the local and global community. Read more

People

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Dorothy Edwards

Paul and Eileen Arsenault’s century-old oasis in the heart of Old Naples has served as a comfortable, artistic retreat Read more

Homes

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Olivia Vanni

The 5-year-old terrier mix dons fanciful outfits and collars, topped with a wiry curl of locks on the top of her black-and-white head. Read more

Living

‘Tis the season for exploring Southwest Florida gems — on our time Read more

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Henk and Jackie Morelisse focus on rainforest sustainability, eco-adventures and custom teak furnishings. Read more

Living

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Katie Klann

Four years ago, Paula Savarese and Dawn Ward created Dogs Love Kale company with help of their three dogs. Read more

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