Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs

America’s best beaches: Four in Florida make annual list but not #1 — again

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, May 22, 2015 – Four of Florida’s best beaches seem to have bridesmaid syndrome – they’re close, but never in the top spot. Every Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Beach, Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, dominates the Internet with his annual list of the 10 best beaches in the United States. For 2015, the No.1 beach is in Hawaii, as it often is. (The winner: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu.) On the top 10 […]

Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief aboard a JetBlue plane at FLL

Third Annual Autism in Flight Program Takes Off at FLL

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, May 21, 2015 – “The sky is the limit,” proclaimed Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief as she boarded a JetBlue Airways mock flight today with fifty children who participated in the Third Annual Autism in Flight Program at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. The Autism in Flight Program began in 2013 after Commissioner Sharief was contacted by a family in her district with an autistic child and learned of the potential challenges they faced when using airports. […]

Photo by Heather Duggan

Divorce: Dead-End Or Detour?

By Heather Dugan,, relationship guru, May 21, 2015 – More men and women are finding themselves in alternate lives they didn’t really plan for. And they’re discovering that…maybe, they didn’t pack so well. Even the most amicable divorce—and few marital disconnects end in a happy handshake—can strand the unprepared on the other side of forty feeling like a roadside ex-con palming the stub of a one-way bus ticket. As painful as a public display of private dysfunction may be, for […]

by · May 21, 2015 · Dating, Featured, Lifestyle, Relationship
What Music Therapists Do and Who Can Benefit?

What Music Therapists Do and Who Can Benefit?

By Dr. Michelle Hintz, Psychologist, for, May 18, 2015 – Did you know that most music therapists are trained psychotherapists who use music as the medium for therapy? Although music therapy is a well-established intervention treatment, similar to occupational or physical therapy, it can be hard to visualize exactly what it entails. The American Music Therapy Association, Inc. defines the practice as “using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and/or social functioning.” Used intentionally, music can facilitate healing […]

Florida Folk Festival: May 22 – 24, 2015, way up on the Suwannee

Florida Folk Festival: May 22 – 24, 2015, way up on the Suwannee

By Bonnie Gross & Bob Rountree,, Special to, May 17, 2015 – WHITE SPRINGS — The Florida Folk Festival began with the music: It was 1953, and Pete Seeger and the Weavers had had a big hit recently with  Leadbelly’s “Goodnight, Irene.” Folk music was exploding with acoustic guitar, coffee houses, banjos, beatniks and sing-alongs. Sixty-some years later, the Florida Folk Festival is still held every Memorial Day weekend, and you’re sure to hear plenty of folk music.  But […]

Crews push their 16-foot-long Hobie Cat sailboats into the Atlantic Ocean off Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 16, 2015,  (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

First Sanctioned Key West-to-Cuba Sailing Race in 50 Years Begins (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, May 16, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Five teams of American Hobie Cat sailboat racers departed Key West’s South Beach at Saturday morning on a Key West-to-Havana race, believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between the two cities in more than 50 years. The Havana Challenge features 16-foot Hobie Cat catamarans, most skippered by Florida Keys-based sailors, navigating more than 90 miles across the Florida Straits to Cuba. “Key West is unique in […]

Palm Beach’s old Kennedy family property, sold for $35 million (Daily Mail photo)

Palm Beach’s Kennedy Winter White House Sold!

By Jose Lambiet,, Special to, May 16, 2015 – PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach property once owned by the family of President John F. Kennedy was quietly sold this week for $35 million, several real estate sources tell Gossip Extra. The cash transaction has not appeared on public records yet. And seller John Castle, the abrasive well-known investment fund guru, isn’t talking. But the real estate world has been abuzz with the news that Castle and his wife Marianne […]

2015 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for one of Florida’s natural thrills

2015 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for one of Florida’s natural thrills

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, May 16, 2015 – I live in urban Fort Lauderdale and thus I am always amazed and thrilled that some 3,000 huge sea turtles still lumber onto Broward County beaches at night to lay eggs. It seems so primordial. And yet, every summer our beach is decorated with neon-colored tape and signs to show where these  ancient creatures have buried their eggs. Florida beaches are the No. 1 place for sea turtle nests in North America […]

Sugar mill at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park in Flagler County. (Photos: Bonnie Gross)

Bulow Plantation Ruins: 5 minutes off I-95 for romantic ruins, picnic & walk

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, May 15, 2015 – Flagler County in northeastern Florida is full of great places to hike, kayak and discover. You could spend a week there and not run out of spots to explore. But if you’re driving on I-95 and you just want a short break from the tedium, it also offers the perfect stop: Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. On a road trip north, I was looking for a good stop a […]

St. George’s Island

Make a surf-fishing safari your next beach adventure

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, May 14, 2015 – The beauty of surf fishing is that it is accessible to everyone, and it’s a fun beach activity for the whole family to enjoy. Or go it alone. Think about the solitude offered by surf fishing on a quiet beach. All your cares fade away while casting into a gentle, rolling wave on a sunny morning. Bring along whatever fishing tackle you have on hand, which is likely to be a medium spinning outfit.  Add […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

by · May 10, 2015 · Lifestyle

What’s in a name: Noah and Emma Top Social Security’s 2014 List of Most Popular Baby Names

By, May 8, 2015 – Emma and Noah are America’s most popular baby names for 2014.  Emma returns to the top spot she held in 2008 and hangs out in first place with Noah.  There are a few new names in the top 10 this year—James (a former #1 from the ‘40s and ‘50s) on the blue side and Charlotte on the pink side, her first time ever in the top 10.  Makes you wonder if the Duke & Duchess […]