Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Forecast: High Fire Danger Tuesday

We’re in store for slightly cooler, breezy and less humid conditions with a mix of sun and clouds.

Unfortunately, our nicest weather this time of year is often accompanied with the threat of brush fires.

The combination of the dry air and a brisk north wind in the wake of Monday’s front will create a high fire danger across most of Southwest Florida.

Click here to watch Meteorologist Jason Dunning’s forecast!

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Florida January jobless rate down

With service-related jobs topping employment gains, Florida’s unemployment rate dipped slightly as 2023 began.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Monday released a report showing the January jobless rate at 2.6%, down from a revised rate of 2.7% in December and down from 3.5% in January 2022.

An estimated 286,000 Floridians qualified as out of work in January from a workforce of 10.855 million.

Retired deputy offers security with a smile at Fort Myers Beach resort

It’s not uncommon for a visitor to pass by Chester Thomas and ask for a selfie. Or for a child to ask him for a hug. That’s what happens when you’ve become as well-known on Fort Myers Beach as the Pink Shell Resort’s security supervisor.

“They call me the mayor of Fort Myers Beach,” Chester said with a laugh.

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Celebrity Startender Series at Dorona benefits Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

Dorona, a modern Italian Steakhouse and part of the Aielli Restaurant Group in Naples, hosted another edition of its Celebrity Startender Series benefiting Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples.

Participants enjoyed an evening of fun, networking and philanthropy, enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres while interacting with local celebrity Startenders.

Renowned cellist Thomas Mesa to perform with the Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony has announced Thomas Mesa, a 2023 Sphinx Medal of Excellence winner, will perform the second Masterworks concert of the season on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.

Mesa, a renowned Cuban-American cellist, will perform as Maestro Radu Paponiu leads Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor and other works by Edward Elgar and Jessie Montgomery, who is also a two-time laureate of the annual Sphinx Competition and past Medal of Excellence winner.

Today in History

  • 1951 - U.N. forces recapture Seoul for the second time during the Korean War.

  • 1947 - The United States signs a 99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines.

  • 1934 - Eugene Cernan, American astronaut, the last man on the moon.

  • 1923 - President Warren G. Harding becomes the first U.S. President to file an income tax report

  • 1900 - United States currency goes on the gold standard.

  • 1743 - First American town meeting is held at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.