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Car Show & Cookout to be held Nov. 16

November 14, 2019 Stop by the Church of the Ascension for a day of cars, live music and a cookout, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, to celebrate veterans and raise money for Disabled American Veterans. more »»


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Car Show & Cookout to be held Nov. 16

November 14, 2019 Stop by the Church of the Ascension for a day of cars, live music and a cookout, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, to celebrate veterans and raise money for Disabled American Veterans. more »»

Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library to put on giant book sale this weekend

November 13, 2019 By NATHAN MAYBERG The next giant garage book sale to benefit the Fort Myers Beach Public Library will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17, at the library garag. more »»

Beach resident, veteran continues family tradition

November 13, 2019 If you are a friend of Captain John Wesley Gray, you will hear the words “Semper Fi.” It is the Latin phrase for “always faithful” and it is the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps. more »»

DeSantis rolls out water quality website

November 13, 2019 With the state of the water a paramount issue in Florida, Go. more »»

Town council to consider support of Arches vote

November 13, 2019 After a vote by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to fund the Arches project on Fort Myers Beach was postponed, the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council could take up discussion on the... more »»

News from around the region

First degree murder charges filed in two Cape homicides

November 19, 2019 A Fort Myers man is facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of two Cape Coral women, one found dead in her home, the other in a field in the north Cape in October days after her family... more »»

Council gives city manager pay bump effective May 2020

November 19, 2019 Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag, who will retire at the end of November 2020, will receive a 15.6 percent bump in his base salary for the last six months of his time with the city. more »»

Cape residents continue to complain about trash collection

November 19, 2019 Shortly after starting her term three years ago, Cape Coral Councilmember Jennifer Nelson took a ride on a garbage truck to find out what problems, if any, the city's solid waste collection provider... more »»

Fandom Fest set for Dec. 7

November 19, 2019 The Lee County Library System will host Fandom Fest, a free celebration of fandoms and geek culture for teens and young adults, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. more »»

Christmas Carol Sing set for Dec. 17

November 19, 2019 Gaither Homecoming Soloist and Grammy Award winner Larry Ford will make a special guest appearance at the 29th Annual Christmas Carol Sing sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Time Square performers share tales

October 23, 2019 You've seen them on Times Square on the beach and in other outside venues — barkers, performers, magicians, and other well-meaning artists out there doing what they love and providing you... more »»

Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery announces Fall Members Art Show

October 9, 2019 The Fall Members Show starts off the new season at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery. The show takes place Oct. 17 through Nov. more »»

Festival hops to Fort Myers Beach

September 25, 2019 The sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest finishes up in downtown Fort Myers today and then hops to Fort Myers Beach this weekend. more »»

Singer, songwriter to again play Island Hopper fest

September 18, 2019 The Island Hopper Songwriters Fest is Lee County’s largest scale music festival and it’s coming to its sixth year. more »»

Songwriter festival set to start Sept. 20

September 11, 2019 It's the sixth year for the Island Hopper Music Fest, a southwest Florida centric singer-songwriter extravaganza. Going from Sep. more »»


Farmers markets integral part of life for local merchants

November 13, 2019 The Santini Farmers Market and Beach Baptist Farmers Market are not just sideshows for vendors looking to unload some goods to help pay the bills. more »»

New parking app in the works for Fort Myers Beach

November 13, 2019 Parking in Fort Myers Beach can be tricky, particularly during the busy tourism season but also during the off-season. more »»

Taste of Freedom Gala brings awareness to human trafficking

November 7, 2019 The theme of the night was “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” as the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking held a gala to bring awareness to a dark subject at the Fort Myers... more »»

Ostego Bay Foundation celebrates 28 years

October 30, 2019 The Ostego Bay Foundation was founded in 1990-1991 as a non-profit for the purpose of wanting to build a Marine Science Center. more »»

Wave of Vitality offers healthy shakes and teas

October 23, 2019 Filiz McNamara purchased Wave of Vitality early this summer because she wanted to help members of the community understand their health and have some tastier, healthier alternatives. more »»


Judi S Clarke

November 13, 2019 A Fort Myers Beach Realtor and resident Judi S Clarke passed away November 6th 2019. Born in Roanoke, Virginia April 27th 1945 she moved to Florida in the 1990ás following the sun. more »»

John Sheppard

November 4, 2019 John Sheppard, 64, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on October 23, 2019. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Marylin Simpson

October 7, 2019 Marylin Simpson, 64, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on September 29, 2019. more »»

Kathleen Nagorski

September 16, 2019 Kathleen Nagorski, 69, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away September 13, 2019. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Services. more »»

Thomas Chandler

September 10, 2019 Thomas Chandler, 59, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on September 2, 2019. more »»

Local Columns

Fire and Life Safety Plan Examination and Permitting

August 7, 2019 Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas! This month we would like to highlight some excellent news from the Life Safety Division of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department... more »»

Guest Commentary: Polarization and judgement needs to stop, everywhere

August 7, 2019 Friends, It is with deep and humble gratitude that I thank you for your encouragement & support for the appointment to the Lee County Board of County Commission. more »»

Shoreline Spotlight: The difference between butterflies and moths

June 12, 2019 My wife found some caterpillars devouring her Necklace Pod plant. She took some photos and went online and identified it as a Genista Broom Moth caterpillar. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Emergency Medical Services

June 12, 2019 Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas. more »»

Shoreline Spotlight: The Worst Invasive Plants

March 6, 2019 In honor of Invasive Awareness Week (Feb. 25-March 1), let's talk about the worst offenders in our backyards. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Forever grateful

November 13, 2019 To the editor: I am currently visiting Fort Myers Beach for the first time, and wanted to share with the community an extraordinarily nice experience I just had with the local fire departmen. more »»

When will they start legislating?

November 13, 2019 To the editor: Led by Pelosi, Schumer and the four misguided and disruptive lady new-comers to the House of Representatives, the Democrats have totally abdicated their responsibility. more »»

Guest Commentary: What has the Blue-Green Algae Task Force delivered?

November 7, 2019 In January, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued executive order 19-1. more »»

Guest Commentary: Let’s shop with purpose at Dress for Success SW Florida’s ‘Shop for Success’

November 7, 2019 Financial independence is a critical part of feeling empowered and in control of our own lives. more »»


Veterans need more than a ‘thank you for your service’

November 13, 2019 Lee County marked Veterans Day this year with a parade along Cape Coral Parkway, a luncheon at the Military Museum & Library, and a nighttime run over the Midpoint Bridge. more »»

In the wake of Rooney’s announcement: Interesting times ahead

October 30, 2019 Congressman Francis Rooney surprised a lot of people last week when he announced that he will retire at the end of his second term, thus opening the District 19 House seat for a new rep to be electe... more »»

Hold course on water quality commitments

September 25, 2019 Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida. more »»

Hurricane relief: Give, but give wisely

September 11, 2019 As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian made its sixth landfall, in Nova Scotia this weekend, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property... more »»

D-Day: In memory, in gratitude

June 12, 2019 More than 5,300 ships. More than 11,000 aircraft. More than 160,000 troops. And more courage than the world had ever seen. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Hobie world championships set to sail on Captiva

October 30, 2019 The South Seas Island Resort is gearing up to host the 22nd annual Hobie 16 Worlds — the first time in 35 years Hobie has held its world championship in America — and spectators are invited to come... more »»

Roar produces big winners -and a big win

October 16, 2019 The APBA World Offshore Championship series — where more than 50 teams from across the globe tested their might in five cities — culminated on the Beach this past weekend, garnering kudos from... more »»

Brother-sister team always ready to roar

October 16, 2019 Daisy and Sam Coleman are probably the most interesting siblings from Wales you could meet. more »»

Powerboat races bring fun and business to the Beach

October 9, 2019 Offshore racing returning to Fort Myers beach means inshore dollars being spent at local businesses, establishments, restaurants and hotels, providing an economic boost to the region during a... more »»

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