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New Town Council gets to work

March 19, 2019 The Fort Myers Beach Town Council began a new era on Monday during its regular meeting at Town Hall by swearing in two new members of the council and saying goodbye to those leaving. more »»

 
 
 

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New Town Council gets to work

March 19, 2019 The Fort Myers Beach Town Council began a new era on Monday during its regular meeting at Town Hall by swearing in two new members of the council and saying goodbye to those leaving. more »»

Tickets on sale for St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Dance

March 13, 2019 Looking for some St. Patrick’s Day fun? There’s a Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance this Saturday —?and it will help support two great area organizations working for a common cause. more »»

USF researchers creating 3D model of lost arches

March 13, 2019 There's a modern archeological site on San Carlos Island. Hidden away in a suburb behind Beach Bowl, a collection of hundred-year-old rocks have been laid out in an empty lo. more »»

Hosafros, Murphy, ready to get to work

March 13, 2019 Rexann Hosafros and Ray Murphy will return to Fort Myers Beach Town Council after winning the majority of votes for seats one and two last week. Both have previously served on council in notable ways. more »»

Locals fear county changes to San Carlos Island Plan could push development

March 13, 2019 The San Carlos Island Community Plan is getting an update, but residents have concerns about the changes being propose. more »»

News from around the region

Chiquita Lock info session turns contentious

March 19, 2019 What was intended to be an information session outlining the harms some say will come with the removal of the Chiquita Lock turned into a sometimes contentious debate Monday night as those who... more »»

City of Cape Coral UEP road closures, week of March 18

March 15, 2019 This weekly report, provided by the city of Cape Coral, is prepared to inform the public about upcoming road work in the City of Cape Coral North 2 Utilities Expansion Project (UEP). more »»

Water main break impacts customers in area of Northwest Cape

March 15, 2019   Update: The city of Cape Coral announced that water service has been restored to the are. more »»

$63 million for ’Glades restoration ‘not enough’

March 14, 2019 State and local leaders are grateful — but underwhelmed — with President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget request for Everglades restoration. Trump’s request, made Wednesday, was for nearly $63. more »»

Development plans in for Savona Pkwy. multi-family

March 14, 2019 Plans for a proposed multi-family development project on Savona Parkway are going through the final stages with some nearby property owners wondering about community input. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

The famous Shrimp Festival returns for its 61st year

March 6, 2019 Parades, princesses, and shrimp galore. This weekend, the Lion’s Club will host the 61st Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival, and the beach will be bustling with celebration. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Art Association Announces Spring Show Winners

February 20, 2019 On Sunday, the Fort Myers Beach Art Association crowned the winners of their spring juried show, “Under the Sun. more »»

Tickets available for Tony Sands performance

January 24, 2019 Tony Sands, who performs Frank Sinatra “Through the Years,” will be making a stop on Fort Myers Beach next month for a fundraiser at St. Rafael’s Episcopal Churc. more »»

Tickets on sale for School House Rock concert featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum

January 16, 2019 A special Winter Concert Series, featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum, will be held this month at Fish-Tale Marina as a fundraiser for Fort Myers Beach Elementary School. more »»

Cornhole Fur A Cause registration under way

January 16, 2019 Help support a local organization that provides assistance to those four legged companions in need by registering for a cornhole tournament. more »»

Business

Library reopens cafe after a year with no coffee

March 13, 2019 There's another reason to head to the Fort Myers Beach Public Library, and this one is edible. The Library Cafe reopened this month under the management of beach local Kevin Korant. more »»

Female executives share keys to success at 2019 SWFL Women’s Business Summit

March 6, 2019 Florida ranks first in the growth of women-owned businesses in the last decade, and women are especially dominating the non-profit sector in Southwest Florida. more »»

Local woman builds tattoo studio in paradise

February 27, 2019 On a Friday afternoon, the buzz of tattoo guns hum away in a tiny shop hidden in the corner of Seagrape Plaza. more »»

By water or by land: Salty Sam’s Marina is a boater’s playground

February 20, 2019 Picture this. It’s a beautiful day in Matanzas Pass, your boat is swaying softly on the water, and all your friends are smiling in the sun. But there’s one thing wrong. more »»

Planners propose hotel to replace Topp’s building

January 30, 2019 A proposal to redevelop the old Topp's building on Estero Boulevard was met with apprehension in council chambers last week. more »»

Obituaries

Lois W Douglas

March 11, 2019 Lois W. Douglas, 87, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away March 9, 2019.  Arrangements under the direction of Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services. more »»

Howard Rigsby

February 5, 2019 Howard Rigsby, 88, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on January 28, 2019. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Billie Lou Lacy

February 1, 2019 On January 9th, 2019, Morton Salt lost its biggest customer. more »»

Dr Leroy C Hommerding

January 25, 2019 The Fort Myers Beach Library family is mourning the loss of their beloved director, Dr. Leroy Hommerding. Dr. more »»

Mark Munro

December 31, 2018 Mark Munro, 66, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on December 23, 2018. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Local Columns

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 »»

Guest Column: Under cover: Why RVs should never be stored in the Florida sun

February 27, 2019 There’s a reason Florida is called the Sunshine State — we have more of it than nearly every other state. Sunshine improves our moods and energy, and brings us some much-needed Vitamin D. more »»

A Message From The Churches of Fort Myers Beach

January 30, 2019 The Pastors and churches of the Ministerial Association of Fort Myers Beach would like to offer the following statement to our members, our town leaders and all citizens: We take pride in our... more »»

Happy Holidays Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas!

December 19, 2018 By MATT LOVE We conclude “The Fire Marshal’s Twelve Days of Christmas” with… On the ninth day of Christmas the Fire Marshal gave to me, nine coloring pencils to develop a home safety plan for my... more »»

The Fire Marshal’s 12 Days of Christmas Safety

December 12, 2018 Santa has arrived at Macy’s in New York City, signaling the official start of the holiday season. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Lake Okeechobee is huge ecological, water quality issue

March 13, 2019 Florida has a problem with Lake Okeechobee. It is a huge ecological and water quality issue for our state — and we must deal with it now. more »»

No prize

March 13, 2019 To the editor: Despite the headlines of a local newspaper the day following Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress on our President and the cartoon on the same day, not much was said about our... more »»

Diversity…what does it mean?

March 13, 2019 To the editor: Diversity. We hear this quite often in our world today and few of us give it any thought. It sounds like a good thing. more »»

Build the wall

March 13, 2019 To the editor: It has become obvious that being elected to public office is not the forerunner to having brain-power. more »»

Many thanks

March 12, 2019 I was both thrilled and humbled last Tuesday to be elected to our Fort Myers Beach Town Council and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! The voters on the Beach sent a loud and clear messag... more »»

Editorials

Sexual trafficking: ‘Hidden in plain sight’

March 6, 2019 The U.S. map on the Polaris website is chilling: colored spots marking the sex trade spread across the country with a proliferation of large blood-red blotches highlighting trafficking hotspots. more »»

Fake threat...real consequences: Yes, they mean it

February 13, 2019 Fed up with the continued waste of money and manpower, lost classroom time and the emotional impact on students, teachers and school personnel, Lee County law enforcement agencies and the school... more »»

Sea change on the water-quality front?

February 6, 2019 Those who predicted post-election politics-as-usual on the water quality front have been largely silent since Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn into office last month. more »»

Conservation 20/20 remains focused

January 30, 2019 Taxpayers who support Lee County’s 20/20 Conservation program — and that, literally, is most of us— may see another 660 acres or so of environmentally fragile land added to the nearly 30,000... more »»

Didn’t get a flu shot? Get one now.

January 9, 2019 Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one. This year, for much the same reason, we are repeating that advice. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Registration open for Reel Florida Fishing Camp Winter Session

December 12, 2018 For the first time, Reel Florida Fishing Camp, Inc. more »»

Perfect weather for Summerset Regatta

October 17, 2018 The wind was blowing and the sails were out for the 53rd Annual Summerset Regatta. More than 30 different sailboats participated in the events on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. more »»

What a Catch: Captain Dave’s fishing tips

October 10, 2018 Captain Dave’s Fishing Tip #1: To increase your chances of catching fish, try dropping a chum bag out in front of your boa. more »»

SW Florida Sailboat Racing Clinic to be held at Pink Shell

October 10, 2018 Offshore Sailing School will kick off its 55th anniversary with a special clinic at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina this December. more »»

Rugby tournament set for Aug. 4 at Junkanoo

July 25, 2018 Back by popular demand, the 16th Annual Beerfoot Beach 7’s Rugby Tournament is almost here. This year, Florida’s favorite beach rugby tournament is on Saturday, Aug. more »»

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