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Vivre Couture

Fashion takes center stage at the seventh annual “Art Walks the Runway” next week at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. The event includes three days of music, dance performances, a contortionist, and of course, visually stunning runway shows featuring couture from both international and local designers. The event runs March 8-10 and will feature hot new designs from Vivre Couture, Marmar Halim, Diana Couture and Usama Ishtay. Local boutiques and designers will also be featured including Forema, Saratoga Sundress, Hollie’s Boutique and local artist Frankie Colt’s new line, Cobra Empire. We’ll get an inside look at the upcoming event with host and producer Melissa Tschari DeHaven. / Unsplash

The holidays loom large on the not-so-distant horizon, and that means people will be assembling grocery lists for the weeks ahead.

There are extremes in the holiday entertaining world: there’s the Martha Stewart-esque perfection with all things from scratch, and then, there’s the person just hoping not to poison anyone with whatever lands on the table.

Either way, we all begin with hopes that our feast will at least comfort our guests, even if it doesn’t dazzle, and that’s why we’re talking today with Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s Restaurant in Fort Myers. He’s been in the restaurant industry here in Southwest Florida for some time, and he’s the chef who somehow manages to meld the dazzling with the comforting in his dishes, something few are able to achieve.

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A group of Lee County residents met in downtown Fort Myers Tuesday night to stage a mock oil rig spill to draw attention to the risks of fracking and promote the proposed bipartisan legislation that would ban the practice in Florida.

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Hurricane Irma passed through Southwest Florida more than four days ago, yet the majority of the region is still without power — and growing tired of meals made up of canned tuna and PB&Js. But, there are a few food establishments that opened right after the storm, including one local stop that doesn't actually serve food on its own.

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Calling Florida's criminal justice system "broken," and pointing to high rates of re-incarceration and growing costs to keep inmates in prison, the Florida ACLU and Lee County NAACP  are sponsoring a public forum Thursday night in Fort Myers to discuss reform.