The Howard Family

In 1991, Charlie Edwards had lunch with Gov. Lawton Chiles to get support for a bill that would establish the state’s tenth university in southwest Florida.

Both native Floridians, the two had crossed paths a few times over the years, so they talked about snook fishing and turkey hunting. As the governor’s assistant told them it was time to wrap it up, the conversation finally turned officially to higher education.

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After nearly a decade at the helm of Florida Gulf Coast University, president Dr. Wilson Bradshaw is stepping down at the end of June.

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A brood of salt marsh mosquitoes borne from high tides along Southwest Florida’s coastal mangroves descended on Collier County this week, unleashing a “horrendous” torrent of insects that experts say is the worst they’ve seen in a decade.

Kevin Lollar

  Saturday is "Lionfish Awareness and Removal Day" in Florida. Lionfish are an invasive species off Florida's coasts. People in southwest Florida are studying the fish's impact and others are helping to keep the invasive species' population under control. 

Rachel Iacovone

More than 70 students, professors and members of the community hosted Soar Above Hate at Florida Gulf Coast University Thursday, beginning on the Library Lawn.

The university has faced hate speech incidents throughout the school year, including two drawings on white boards depicting the lynching of black people, the keying of a student’s car with a gay slur and white supremacy flyers recently displayed around campus.