Brent Batten, Naples Daily News

Brent Batten

Naples Daily News

Naples, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Brent:

Brent Batten: Florida colleges make the grade, in more ways than one

In the age of digital media, the surest way to attract eyeballs and generate clicks is to put out a list. → Read More

Brent Batten: Someone should warn immigrants about U.S.'s low standing as a place to live

Yahoo Finance last week ran a story under the headline, “Healthcare, living costs, and security makes U.S. one of world's worst places to live.” → Read More

Brent Batten: On gas and gas cans: What works and what doesn't

A new generation of gas cans are more complicated to use than the machines they’re supposed to fuel. → Read More

Preparing for Hurricane Dorian: Hurricanes are hard to predict. Human nature isn't.

Do some media hype tropical weather just to attract readers and viewers? Maybe. But they err on the side of caution when it comes to warning readers. → Read More

Brent Batten: Don't think of it as seaweed, think of it as a culinary windfall

Why scare tourists off with talk of slimy, smelly oceangoing debris washed up on the beach when we could lure them in with the promise of fresh salad? → Read More

Brent Batten: It's growing season for Southwest Florida budget makers

Getting a handle on a large government budget takes effort. → Read More

Brent Batten: Woodstock in Naples 50 years later would draw a (older) crowd

It’s no surprise there’s great interest and nostalgia here over the anniversary. → Read More

Brent Batten: Airport's ranking shows it is a failure — at being an entertainment destination

Most people want to spend as little time as possible in the airport. → Read More

Brent Batten: The good old days of talking about fiscal restraint

Serious talk about balancing the budget is a distant memory now, made more distant by last week’s passage in the U.S. House of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. → Read More

Brent Batten: City wants to bridge gap between two parks at city-county line

Naples Mayor Bill Barnett wants the city and county to collaborate to connect the two amenities with a pedestrian bridge over Golden Gate Parkway. → Read More

Brent Batten: Front-page news from 50 years ago makes the rounds again, and again

Even today, half a century later, it still resonates. We still think about it often, this mission that seemed impossible way back when. → Read More

Brent Batten: Naples veteran was immersed, literally, in the early stages of the Apollo program

Bent was part of a team that jumped into the water to help astronauts from returning space capsules. → Read More

Brent Batten: Giant alligators aside, hurricanes are serious business

The film offers a glimpse of what it might be like being out and about in the middle of a big storm. → Read More

Brent Batten: Is East Naples going South? Not if Fiala can help it

South Naples is an affectation sometimes used by Realtors and others to describe what has historically been known as East Naples. → Read More

Brent Batten: Golden Gate golf club set to become county property, but will it stay the course?

A golf course is not specifically named in the staff’s list of potential uses but the term “active sports facilities” is listed. → Read More

Brent Batten: Immokalee Road, Collier getting new lights with or without an overpass

“You’ve got an overpass that may never be built. Let’s go ahead and put a traffic light in,” Saunders said. → Read More

Brent Batten: Here we go again as presidential politics come to Florida

Far from curiosity seekers wanting to catch a glimpse of a TV celebrity, they were ready to shake up Washington and Trump was the one promising the do it. → Read More

Brent Batten: When it comes to dad jokes, Florida just doesn't get it

Florida is nearly dead last, ahead of only New York in its lack of interest in dad jokes. → Read More

Brent Batten: Overpass planned at Collier and Immokalee, but it's well down the road

According to preliminary drawings accompanying the agenda item, the flyover would begin on the west at the entrance to Pebblebrooke Lakes. → Read More

Brent Batten: Theme parks offer more for more, but how about trying less for less?

Park operators justify the increases by saying they’ve added or are about to add new attractions. → Read More