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Southwest Florida
Senior Writer, The News-Press

Once an ashtray-dumping, obituary-writing clerk. Now News-Press journalist: curator of characters, conflict and curiosities. WGCU essayist. And proud Alvanian.

Our sweltering season deserves a celebration all its own — Recently, The News-Press staffers were asked to share some of our best warm-weather recipes with our Insiders. As I hunted up the written instructions for my favorite gazpacho (I've been making it so long, I do it purely by feel now), I was reminded of something I've long thought: We Floridians deserve our own summer holiday - kind of a reverse of the winter Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year season.

The Trouble with Mangoes ENCORE — The sweltering heat of sub-tropical summer has taken hold here in Southwest Florida. On the bright side though, it's the time of year when delicious

Plaintiffs in monkey farm suit won’t back down — One of three plaintiffs suing Hendry County over a proposed monkey farm said the county tried earlier this month to get them to back down by offering to pay their attorneys' fees if they'd drop the case, but they declined.

Representatives to HHS: Investigate Hendry monkey farm — Three US representatives from Florida asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate a Hendry County monkey farm already under scrutiny by the USDA and county officials.
Jun 29, 2015


Jun 26, 2015

RT @AmySWFL: What? It's been too long since you had a monkey story? OK here you go & more to… #SWFL http://t.c…

He spent his life helping; now horseman needs some himself — They're head-to-head in the Facebook photo, the man and the mare, lit by soft sunlight slanting through the barn window. "This is my savior, Peppy," the man wrote. "She lets me tell her about my pains and problems that go with chemo, and she never judges me, just loves me for who I am, 'cause I show her love.

Another Hendry monkey farm added to Sunshine Law suit

May 29, 2015

#MONKEYGATE SCANDAL UPDATE. The lawsuit against Hendry County, Florida has just been EXPANDED to include a SECOND...

Koreshan exhibit at FGCU showcases extraordinary settlement — I've had a thing for the Koreshans for decades. Like one of Konrad Lorenz's gosling, I imprinted on them when I was a newborn Southwest Floridian, and they and their hollowed-out utopia remain the quintessence of this region's captivatingly curious soul.
May 24, 2015

RT @CyrusTeed: Apparently, I have a freakishly large hand. Blasted @thenewspress! Good thing I don’t have a complex. @AmySWFL.

Hendry County sued, warned about its captive monkeys — Along with the title "Monkey Capitol of the U.S." have come questions and controversy for Hendry County. A second lawsuit filed this week is targeting county for alleged violations of the Sunshine Law for approving a primate sanctuary; a similar suit filed last year involving another monkey facility is pending as well.

Hendry County is primate real estate — A lone black vulture wheels through the silent July sky, circling citrus groves, wide fields and the curves of an oak-shaded creek.By next year, the vista will likely be much less pastoral. This 34-acre Hendry County site, bounded by Lee County to the west and Caloosahatchee tributary Bedman Creek to the north, is destined to become a fenced compound housing more than 3,000 primates.

Rooster’s Farm Fresh Market opens in Alva — The region's newest open-air market is about to spread its wings. With an appropriately rural name, Rooster's Farm Fresh Market in east Lee County will offer a variety of fresh produce, artisanal food and other country-produced goodies six miles east of I-75.
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Jul 27, 2015

So, I've got this going on with Ilene Safron​ - we've just started but it should be out around Feb.… - #SWFL

Jul 24, 2015

RT @dulaneycd: Anthony Thomas, Ward 2 candidate, banned from city hall since 2007 for disruptive and hostile behavior. @TheNewsPress

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