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Encyclopedia > Bonita Springs, Florida
City of Bonita Springs
Bonita Beach
Official seal of City of Bonita Springs
Seal
Nickname: Gateway to the Gulf
Coordinates: 26°20′N, 81°47′W
Country United States
State Florida
County Lee
Established 31 December 1999
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Jay Arend
Area
 - City  41.0 sq mi (106.2 km²)
 - Water  5.7 sq mi (14.8 km²)
Population (2005)
 - City 37,992
 - Density 1,057.3/sq mi (408.2/km²)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website: http://www.cityofbonitasprings.org

Bonita Springs is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 32,797 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 37,992. [1] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...

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Geography and climate

Bonita Springs is located at 26°20′59″N, 81°47′27″W (26.349654, -81.790937).GR1


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 106.2 km² (41.0 mi²). 91.4 km² (35.3 mi²) of it is land and 14.8 km² (5.7 mi²) of it (13.95%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The city is located on both Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The area referred to as Bonita Beach is located on a road-accessible barrier island (Little Hickory Island) that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay. The Imperial River flows through the downtown district of the city and empties into Estero Bay. Estero Bay, Florida, is an estuary located on the west coast of the state southeast of Fort Myers Beach. ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... In geography, a bar is a linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water. ...


The city is the northernmost city on the west coast of Florida that has a tropical climate, having a mean January temperature of 65° F.[1] (Fort Myers Beach directly to the north has a January mean of 64° F which gives it a subtropical climate. Naples beach in Florida lined with coconut trees is an example of a tropical climate. ... Subtropical (or semitropical) areas are those adjacent to the tropics, usually roughly defined as the ranges 23. ...


Points of interest

  • Bonita Beach Park - a 2.5-acre beachfront park that features a boardwalk and swimming area. Sand dunes and coastal vegetation surround a gazebo and 8 picnic shelters. (Website)
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve Park - is 342 acres of natural land and one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast. It is located on the border of Collier and Lee Counties and accessible by Bonita Beach Road. (Web Site).
  • Little Hickory Island Beach Park
  • There are also 10 beach accesses with public parking located up and down Bonita Beach.
  • The northern border of Bonita Springs is shared with Lover's Key State Park, a 1,616 acre park made up of four barrier islands. The park features nature trails for hiking and bicycling, a canoe launch, kayak and canoe rentals, acres of unspoiled mangroves and miles of pristine beaches. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian Manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits and bald eagles.
  • The Everglades Wonder Gardens features a large collection of Florida wildlife including exotic birds, panthers, alligators, flamingos and bears. The facility, originally opened in 1936 as both a wildlife exhibition and a refuge for injured animals, also boasts a botanical garden and a natural history museum.
  • The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located in Bonita Springs.

This article is about the sand formations, for other meanings see Dune (disambiguation) Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... Collier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a National Audubon Society sanctuary located in southwest Florida, north of Naples, Florida and east of Bonita Springs. ... Binomial name Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich. ... Headquarter of National Audubon Society in New York. ... Above and below water view at the edge of the mangal Mangroves are woody trees or shrubs that grow in mangrove habitats or mangal (Hogarth, 1999). ... Binomial name Trichechus manatus Linnaeus, 1758 A group of three West Indian manatees. ... Binomial name Tursiops truncatus Montagu, 1821 Bottlenose Dolphin range (in blue) The Bottlenose Dolphin is the most common and well-known dolphin, recent molecular studies showing it is in fact two species, Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), and Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (). It inhabits warm and temperate seas worldwide and... Binomial name Platalea ajaja (Linnaeus, 1758) Synonyms Ajaja ajaja The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja, sometimes separated in the monotypic genus Ajaja) is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. ... Binomial name Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766) Bald Eagle range Subspecies (Linnaeus, 1766) Southern Bald Eagle Audubon, 1827) Northern Bald Eagle or Washingtons Eagle Synonyms Falco leucocephalus Linnaeus, 1766 The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), also known in the United States as the American Eagle, is a bird of prey found... Inside the United States Botanic Garden Inside the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden (Brazil), 1890 Botanical gardens (in Latin, hortus botanicus) grow a wide variety of plants primarily categorized and documented for scientific purposes, but also for the enjoyment and education of visitors, a consideration that has become essential to...

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 32,797 people, 14,807 households, and 10,276 families residing in the city. The population density was 358.8/km² (929.4/mi²). There were 23,329 housing units at an average density of 255.2/km² (661.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.51% White, 0.36% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 7.87% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.12% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 14,807 households out of which 14.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.54. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...

Sunset over the bay in Bonita Beach
Sunset over the bay in Bonita Beach

In the city the population was spread out with 13.9% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 31.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ...


The median income for a household in the city was $46,603, and the median income for a family was $53,436. Males had a median income of $31,227 versus $25,358 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,958. About 3.5% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

Bonita Springs is served by the Lee County School District. (Web Site) The School District of Lee County manages public education in Lee County, Florida. ...


Colleges and universities

Florida Gulf Coast University is a public, four-year college located in Fort Myers, Florida. ... Fort Myers is a city located in Lee County, Florida. ... College in Fort Myers, Florida. ...

Transportation

Airports

Southwest Florida International Airport (IATA: RSW, ICAO: KRSW) is an airport located in South Fort Myers, Florida. ... South Fort Myers is an unincorporated area of Lee County, Florida. ... Naples Municipal Airport (IATA: APF; ICAO: KAPF) is an airport located in Naples, Florida. ...

Major highways

Interstate 75 (abbreviated I-75) is an interstate highway in the midwest and southeastern United States. ... U.S. Highway 41 is a north-south United States Highway that runs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Miami, Florida. ... Alligators are a common sight along the scenic Tamiami Trail from Miami to Naples. ...

Mass transportation

Fixed-route bus and trolley service is provided by the Lee County Transit Department, operated as LeeTran (Web Site). A Volvo articulated bus in contract service for Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, operated by Virginia Overland Transportation, an urban-suburban bus line, in 2003 A transit bus (also known as a commuter bus) in the United States is usually operated by an urban-suburban bus line, a governmental... A Tourist trolley, also called a road trolley, is a bus (usually diesel fueled) made to resemble an old-style streetcar. ...


Media

Newspapers

Bonita Springs is served by two English-language newspapers, the Fort Myers News-Press and the Naples Daily News (Web Site) (circulation 56,981) publishes a "Bonita Daily News" edition (Web Site). The Daily News is owned by the Ohio-based E. W. Scripps Company. The Fort Myers News-Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper located in Fort Myers, Florida serving primarily Lee County, as well as parts of Charlotte and Collier Counties. ... Scripps Center, the corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


Radio

Arbitron Standard Radio Market: Ft Myers-Naples-Marco Island. (Web Site) Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ... Fort Myers is a city located in Lee County, Florida. ... Naples is a city located in Collier County, Florida. ... Marco Island is a city and island located in Collier County, Florida. ...


With an Arbitron-assigned 744,800 listening area population, the metropolitan area of which Bonita Springs is one part ranks 64/297 for the fall of 2005.


The metropolitan area is home to 32 radio stations. Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ...

Bonita Beach, as seen from the Gulf of Mexico.
Bonita Beach, as seen from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Television

Nielsen Media Research Designated Market Area (DMA): Ft. Myers-Naples. (Web Site) Nielsen Media Research (NMR) is a U.S. firm, headquartered in New York City, and operating primarily from Oldsmar, FL, which measures media audiences, including television, radio and newspapers. ... Fort Myers is a city located in Lee County, Florida. ... Naples is a city located in Collier County, Florida. ...


2005-2006 U.S. rank: 66/210 Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized...

WBBH is the NBC television affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... WNFM is the cable only UPN television affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... WFTX is the FOX television affiliate for the Southwest Florida television market. ... For the animal, see Fox. ... WGCU Public Media is the public broadcasting division of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... For the two radio stations in Fort Myers, see WINK-AM and WINK-FM WINK-TV is the CBS television affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... WTVK-TV CW 6 is the CW network affiliate for the Naples - Fort Myers, Florida television market. ... The WB Television Network, casually referred to as The WB, or sometimes as The Frog (referring to the networks former mascot, the animated character Michigan J. Frog), is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... WZVN is the ABC television affiliate based in Naples, Florida. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...

Sister city

  • Gruenstadt, Germany

This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other; see Twin cities for the different concept of physically neighbouring cities. ... Grünstadt is a town and a municipality in the district of Bad Dürkheim, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. ...

Weather

Hurricane Wilma made landfall south of Bonita Springs on Monday, October 24, 2005. Lowest pressure 882 mbar (hPa; 26. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hurricane Charley made landfall just north on Friday, August 13, 2004. Lowest pressure 941 mbar (hPa) Damage $16 billion (2004 USD) $16. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

References

  1. ^ Mean Temperatures of Florida Cities


Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Cities and communities of Lee County, Florida
County seat Fort Myers Location of Lee County
Incorporated places Bonita Springs | Cape Coral | Fort Myers | Fort Myers Beach | Sanibel
Census designated places Alva | Bokeelia | Buckingham | Burnt Store Marina | Captiva | Charleston Park | Cypress Lake | East Dunbar | Estero | Fort Myers Shores | Gateway | Harlem Heights | Iona | Lehigh Acres | Lochmoor Waterway Estates | Matlacha | Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores | McGregor | North Fort Myers | Olga | Page Park | Palmona Park | Pine Island Center | Pine Manor | Pineland | Punta Rassa | San Carlos Park | St. James City | Suncoast Estates | Three Oaks | Tice | Villas | Whiskey Creek
Adjacent Counties Charlotte | Glades | Hendry | Collier


Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with unincorporated. ... Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Fort Myers is the county seatGR6 and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. ... Image File history File links Lee_County_Florida. ... An incorporated place, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, is a type of governmental unit incorporated under state law as a city, town (except the New England states, New York, and Wisconsin), borough (except in Alaska and New York), or village and having legally prescribed limits, powers, and... Motto: Nickname: Founded 1965 Incorporated 1970 County Lee County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Area  - Total  - Water 298. ... Fort Myers is the county seatGR6 and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. ... Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida. ... Official seal of the city of Sanibel Sanibel is a city located in Lee County, Florida. ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Alva is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Bokeelia is an unincorporated town located on Pine Island in Lee County, Florida. ... Buckingham is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Burnt Store Marina is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Captiva is an unincorporated town located on Captiva Island in Lee County, Florida. ... Charleston Park is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Cypress Lake is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... East Dunbar is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Estero is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida, United States. ... Fort Myers Shores is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Gateway is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Harlem Heights is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Iona is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Lehigh Acres is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Lochmoor Waterway Estates is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Matlacha is a census-designated place and town located in Lee County, Florida. ... Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... McGregor is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... North Fort Myers is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lee County, Florida, United States. ... Olga is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Page Park is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Palmona Park is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Pine Island Center is an unincorporated town located on Pine Island in Lee County, Florida. ... Pine Manor is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Pineland is aan unincorporated town located on Pine Island in Lee County, Florida. ... Punta Rassa is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... San Carlos Park is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... St. ... Suncoast Estates is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Three Oaks is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Tice is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Villas is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... Whiskey Creek is a census-designated place located in Lee County, Florida. ... United States of America, showing states, divided into counties. ... Charlotte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Glades County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Hendry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Collier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ...


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Bonita Springs, Florida at AllExperts (906 words)
Bonita Springs is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States.
The area referred to as Bonita Beach is located on a road-accessible barrier island (Little Hickory Island) that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay.
Bonita Springs is served by the Lee County School District.
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