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Welcome to Florida Weekly’s Best special section In this, our Best special section which we call The Flamingos, we highlight Flamingos the wackiest and the most wondrous, the sublime and the ridiculous — the things that add up to make South Florida among the most interesting places to survive and thrive. Many “best of” publications are filled solely with content […]

COVER ARTIST

Doug MacGregor has been an illustrator and cartoonist for over 45 years working for newspapers and print publications across the United States. A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Doug graduated from Syracuse University and holds a BFA in Illustration. Doug has lived in Southwest Florida since 1988 and enjoys the humor and unique opportunities living in paradise provides. Doug currently works […]

ONLY IN PARADISE

Our area has its share of characters, achievers, do-gooders, movers and shakers — and scores of institutions, places and nonprofits — to keep our staff supplied with stories all year round.

BEST PLACE TO FIND THE REAL SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

If you’re idea of real Florida is hibiscus and coconut palms, you’ve been misled (hibiscus is thought to have originated in Asia, and coconut palms come from the South Pacific, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences). Welcome to Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, off Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda. Here, visitors can hike 6 […]

BEST GO-TO PERSON FOR TIPS ABOUT THE OUTDOORS

Capt. Dennis Kirk

While Florida Weekly doesn’t like to toot its own horn, we’re also compelled to give credit where it’s due. When it comes to picking the brain of someone who has knowledge of, experience at and insight into enjoying the natural world of Southwest Florida, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified than Florida Weekly’s own Capt. Dennis Kirk. He […]

BEST-KEPT SECRET PLACES TO DECOMPRESS

What, we should tell YOU?

You did notice the word “secret” in the headline for this one, right? So, this one you’re going to have to discover for yourself. The longer you live here, the more spots you’ll find that you don’t want to tell anyone else about (or only a select few) so that they don’t get crowded. It might be that place to […]

BEST BELOVED LOCAL FIGURE WE LOST (MALE)

Dan Mearns

Just about everybody who knew Dan Mearns liked him. He was a kind, happy, teddy bear of a guy with an “Awww, shucks” Kentucky drawl, quick wit and friendly demeanor. The 73-year-old spent 20 years doing editorial work in the racehorse field before moving to Southwest Florida, where he worked at the Charlotte Sun as copy desk chief and editor […]

BEST BELOVED LOCAL FIGURE WE LOST (FEMALE)

Juli Jones Riley

Michael Riley is a ubiquitous figure around these parts, being the community liaison for Charlotte County Public Schools and a founder of the band The BoogieMen, which is known for its charitable performances as well as for its regular gigs at places like Harpoon Harry’s in Fishermen’s Village. But his favorite role was undoubtedly being the loving, doting husband of […]

BEST NATURAL WONDER TO SEE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Sunsets

The View. No, not the talk show. We mean the one that stirs your heart and calms your soul. Just look out over the water at sunset — it doesn’t matter if it’s from the Port Charlotte Beach Complex … the Harborwalk in Punta Gorda … or, if you’re lucky enough to own waterfront property, your own backyard. Watch as […]

BEST WARNING TO WATCH FOR NATURE’S SPEED BUMPS

Wildlife on the road can kill you

Two cautionary — and tragic — tales emerged in the news over the past year. Both serve as a reminder that, hey, this is Florida, where unexpected encounters with wildlife can have fatal consequences. In one incident this past March, a man in Hillsborough County had his vehicle overturn into a ditch — the result of slamming into an 11-foot […]


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