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Waterfront improvements eyed for tourism dollars

February 10, 2016 Since when it is tricky to spend free money? The Fort Myers Beach town staff may be finding that the case as it prepares its application to Lee County’s Tourism Development Council (TDC) in the next... more »»

 
 
 

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Waterfront improvements eyed for tourism dollars

February 10, 2016 Since when it is tricky to spend free money? The Fort Myers Beach town staff may be finding that the case as it prepares its application to Lee County’s Tourism Development Council (TDC) in the next... more »»

Q&A: The mayor talks Grand Resorts, the charter referendum, and more

February 9, 2016 The job of mayor of Fort Myers Beach is one of great demand, and Anita Cereceda is no stranger to that life. The Observer caught up with her this week for an exclusive Q&. more »»

Inspections at all advertised rentals now the law

February 9, 2016 A fatal fire that came in the form of an inferno at a rental property last spring triggered an aggressive effort to keep closer tabs on the safety of such structures. On Feb. more »»

Mermaid owner plans to salvage bar by moving it down the street

February 5, 2016 Joe Orlandini sold the property that's home to the Mermaid Lounge to Grand Resorts developer Tom Torgerson for $4. more »»

March 15 charter referendum is set

February 3, 2016 The following is a summation of the 21 charter-referendum questions on the March 15 ballot. more »»

News from around the region

Sparking debate

February 10, 2016 news@breezenewspapers.com Firefighters do not have an easy job. They run into burning buildings to put out fires and rescue the people who are trapped inside. more »»

16th annual Fine Craft Expo set for Saturday

February 10, 2016 The 16th annual Fine Craft Expo is taking registrations for about a dozen different workshops. Hosted by the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, the event will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p. more »»

Former Cape gallery co-founder accused of selling forged artwork

February 10, 2016 The co-founder of a former, Cape Coral art gallery has been accused of selling forged artwork. more »»

Boy injured in crash recovering at Tampa General Hospital

February 10, 2016 An 11-year-old boy was improving at the hospital on Tuesday following a recent traffic accident. Noah Gordon,of 3607 S.E. 21st Ave. more »»

Motorcyclist hurt in January accident released from Lee Memorial

February 10, 2016 A motorcyclist has been released from the hospital after he and a Cape Coral driver collided. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Trinkets & Treasures -- Annual community wide flea market attracts the bargain-shopping masses this weekend

February 4, 2016 The Bayside Socialites and Men’s Clubs are proud to announce that their annual two-day Bayside Estates Flea Market is just days away, taking place Friday and Saturday, Feb. more »»

Treasure Hunt -- Annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale hits the road Saturday morning

January 14, 2016 Bargain-shoppers have been organizing their shopping strategies, and now it’s time to hit the road – literally –as the seventh annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale takes over San Carlos Island... more »»

Casino Night -- Inaugural benefit a royal, gala affair Saturday night

January 7, 2016 The Michael DeCarlo Foundation is proud to host its inagurual Royal Casino Night Gala, raising funds for the Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Athletic League and the CCMI Lee County Soup Kitchen, taking... more »»

Let the countdown begin! Celebrating New Year's Eve on Fort Myers Beach

December 30, 2015 By MELISSA SCHNEIDER mschneider@breezenewspapers.com Looking to ring in the new year in style among fellow islanders? As you know, New Year’s Eve day (Thursday, De. more »»

Riding a High Tide into the new year

December 29, 2015 High Tide is Fort Myers Beach’s house band. When you play front and center every Friday night for five years in the heart of Times Square, that’s undisputed. more »»

Business

Mermaid owner plans to salvage bar by moving it down the street

February 5, 2016 Joe Orlandini sold the property that's home to the Mermaid Lounge to Grand Resorts developer Tom Torgerson for $4. more »»

Stormwater fee set at $19.98-per-month average

February 3, 2016 Unless you live on Bay Beach Lane, starting March 1 your monthly water bill will include a stormwater utility fee. more »»

Designer's pants a good fit for FMB gals

February 3, 2016 Dick and Jan Wood have been talking up their Lisette L Montreal woman's pants for years, passing along a claim that their unique fit eliminates an inch off the waste line. more »»

Happy sailing, January

February 3, 2016 January 2016 is in the books, but as forgettable as it was it won't soon be forgotten. It started with 83 degrees New Year's Day on Fort Myers Beach, but by its end the month had endured a record 14. more »»

Looking to get even, FPL begins to dock dollars from town

January 28, 2016 Florida Power & Light (FPL) has now begun to pull money from its monthly payments to Fort Myers Beach in an attempt to recoup the approximate $450,000 it inadvertently gave the town between 2012 and... more »»

Obituaries

Arnold James Vander Spoel

February 8, 2016 Arnold James Vander Spoel, 81, of Ft. Myers Beach died 2-5-16. Arrangements by www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Angelo Albert Albanese Jr

January 28, 2016 Angelo Albert Albanese, Jr., 64, of Ft. Myers, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Ralph L. Schannen

January 25, 2016 Ralph L. Schannen, 92, of Estero, FL and Indianapolis, IN, passed away on January 21, 2016. Arrangements entrusted to Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Service. www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Lawrence C. Thompson, M.D.

January 20, 2016 Lawrence C. Thompson, M.D., 96, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on January 18, 2016. Arrangements entrusted to Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Service. www.harvey-engelhardt.com. more »»

Lorraine Dorothy Acheson

January 20, 2016 Lorraine Dorothy Acheson, 85, of Fort Myers passed away on January 11, 2016. Services are on January 23, 2016 St. Cecilia Catholic Church. more »»

Local Columns

Rodent residents in your ride

November 5, 2015 Rodents. They make cute pets for the kids. They run through mazes or spin cages and eat and evacuate everywhere they go. That’s OK in their cages. more »»

The paradox of plastics

October 28, 2015 Back in the 1950s, an intelligent man who was an accomplished professional welder of exotic metals, assuming the role of mentor, gave me the following advice: “Get into plastic. more »»

Volunteers still needed for Beach Library Book Sale

October 28, 2015 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Quilting Group meets on Wednesday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. in Community Room B., $2 setup fee. more »»

Help needed for the next Beach Library Book Sale

October 21, 2015 Weekly Activities Wednesday, Oct. 21, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Apps for iPad/iPhone, 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Pre-register. Friday, Oct. 23, Wordstock, 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oc. more »»

Whose car is it, anyway?

October 14, 2015 One would think that one would know whose car one was working on, wouldn’t one? Well, sometimes one does, and sometimes one does not. It can make for interesting, if not confusing conversations. M. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Good support for solar energy

November 18, 2015 Good support for solar energy To the editor: What a pleasure to see the large turnout for the San-Cap Solar Connect informational meeting sponsored by the Ding Darling Wildlife Society last week. more »»

Transparency needed about water quality!

November 18, 2015 Transparency needed about water quality! To the editor: In the midst of the 60 day protest on top of the Matanzas Bridge, community members against the Lake O discharges stood side by side with clea... more »»

Signs needed

November 18, 2015 To the editor: I understand that the construction on Estero Boulevard is a much-needed improvement,   however, yesterday I had two appointments and had to leave the island … it was a nightmare. more »»

My French brothers, my beloved world

November 18, 2015 To the editor: We are not immune to the ideologies of man. yet it still comes like a raging storm from calm seas when it happens in places where everything can be wonderful everyda. more »»

Crony capitalism

November 18, 2015 Crony capitalism To the editor: Don’t tell me that the Lee County Commission wants to create new middle class employment here. more »»

Editorials

Fly high and free forever, Ozzie

October 7, 2015 We were among those shocked to hear this week that Ozzie, the patriarch of a popular eagle pair whose nesting habits have been followed worldwide, had succumbed to injuries suffered just weeks... more »»

Preserving paradise

September 9, 2015 Lee County has an abundance of preservation and conservation properties. more »»

Vaccinate your pets

August 12, 2015 The Florida Department of Health Lee County has issued a rabies alert in the wake of a confirmed case of the disease in a cat in Lehigh Acres recentl. more »»

Rally with a cause

July 9, 2015 Despite a deeply disappointing legislative session, local environmentalists have not given up their quest for improved water qualit. more »»

Bill of goods

July 1, 2015 And so it begins. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Sailing the Tradition -- 50th annual Summerset Regatta sets sail this weekend

October 7, 2015 “Sailing the Tradition” for the last half century, the golden 50th annual Summerset Regatta, hosted by the Caloosa Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) sailing club, sets sail this weekend along the... more »»

Grouper Grapple fishing tourney

August 5, 2015 Officials have announced that the third annual Grouper Grapple Offshore Fishing Tournament will take place at Fish Tale Marina on Aug. 14-15. more »»

Here, fishy fishy … Second annual SWFL Lionfish Derby June 26-28

June 17, 2015 Matanzas on the Bay of Fort Myers Beach is hosting FGCU Spearfishing’s second annual 2015 Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby to promote control of the invasive lionfish species. more »»

National Champs -- Local team wins national tennis championship

April 1, 2015 A team of eight Southwest Florida men in the 65 & Over division recently returned from the USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Championships in Surprise, Ariz. more »»

Fillet & Release: Annual fishing tournament for Hope Hospice Saturday

September 18, 2014 The 10th annual Fillet and Release fishing tournament, raising funds for Hope Hospice, will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, with Matanzas Resort home base, at 414 Crescent St. more »»

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