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Opening weekend Sandsculpting winners announced

November 23, 2015 The 29th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship, presented by the Seminole Casino Hotel, has announced the winners from the opening weekend solo division competition The winners from the... more »»


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Opening weekend Sandsculpting winners announced

November 23, 2015 The 29th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship, presented by the Seminole Casino Hotel, has announced the winners from the opening weekend solo division competition The winners from the... more »»

Town Council discusses beach furniture plan

November 18, 2015 A proposed ordinance that would set standards for furniture rentals would also have to strike a balance between resorts and those who live in condos, while dealing with those who may not have the... more »»

Residents angered over torn-down dock

November 18, 2015 Angry residents packed the council chambers at Town Hall on Monday night to express their dismay over the Coconut Drive area dock being condemned, then removed within a three-week period without ... more »»

Pancake Breakfast to benefit Beach Elementary Saturday

November 5, 2015 Fish Tale Marina will host its third annual Pancake Breakfast at the Fish-Tale Marina Ship’s Store this Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. more »»

Monofilament Madness set for Saturday

November 5, 2015 Monofilament Madness, a cleanup effort of monofilament line and other debris in area mangroves, will again kick off from host sites Fish-Tale Marina and Mound House this Saturday, Nov. 7. more »»

News from around the region

Veterans Family Christmas Dinner Dec. 5

November 27, 2015 Chris Cheney of Southern Premier Homes and Kevin Cloutier of Southern Premier Realty invite all military veterans with kids for an early Christmas meal Saturday, Dec. more »»

CCPD collects over 5,000 pounds of food in 'Hoilday Heroes' drive

November 27, 2015 The 2015 Cape Coral Police Department "Holiday Heroes" Food Drive Collected over 5,000 pounds of canned food to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, almost doubling donations ove... more »»

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

November 27, 2015 The Lee County School District has announced the finalists for its annual Teacher of the Year award. more »»

Gendron Funeral Home holding Toy & Food Drive

November 27, 2015 Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services in Lee County is holding a Toy & Food Drive now through Dec. 18. more »»

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus

November 27, 2015 Come join Caleb's Crusade from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Dec. 5, in Cape Coral at the Elks Lodge, 4631 S.E. 10th Place, for Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Spirit of Christmas -- Ninth annual benefit at the Legion open to all Tuesday, Dec. 1

November 24, 2015 Just as every year past for the last eight years, coordinators of the now-ninth annual Spirit of Christmas benefit have been hard at work for the last several months to ensure this fund-raiser is th... more »»

Annual Spirit of Christmas holiday benefit scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1

November 12, 2015 After diligent planning and preparation, the ninth annual Spirit of Christmas benefit, raising funds for the Spirit of Christmas Foundation, giving a Christmas to hundreds of local children and... more »»

Beach Pub’s annual toy fund-raiser and memorial bike run Sunday

November 12, 2015 Keeping up with tradition, the folks of the Beach Pub, 1668 I S. more »»

Back Bay Bash -- Inaugural all-day family festival to benefit the PADLS program and other local non-profits

November 12, 2015 An all-day family friendly music festival will be kicking off Saturday, Nov. 14, at Bootlegger’s Waterfront BB. more »»

Rock n’ Roll legends perform at Bootleggers BBQ Sunday

November 5, 2015 Most have heard of the band Boston. more »»


Giving Thanks -- Enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday on Fort Myers Beach

November 23, 2015 As we near Thanksgiving, we think of all we are thankful for. more »»

The Key Lime Conch Shack -- Island family opens new tropical eatery adventure

November 19, 2015 Proud to offer a fresh selection of local seafood served up quick at an affordable price, the LaValle family, owners of the very successful Yo Taco eatery, presents the Key Lime Conch Shack, at 1240... more »»

Best Western Plus recognized with distinguished award

November 5, 2015 The Best Western Plus Beach Resort in Fort Myers Beach was recognized with the brand’s highest honor, the M.K. more »»

New Walmart store set to open off-island

November 5, 2015 One of the largest retail stores in the world is inching closer to opening in the once abandoned Summerlin Square property off of San Carlos Boulevar. more »»

Information set for upcoming elections

October 21, 2015 There will be two seats open for the Fort Myers Beach Town Council in March 2016. Information related to candidacy qualification and reporting dates is now available on the Town website at www. more »»


Mulford Charles Curry

November 25, 2015 Mulford Charles Curry, 93, of Ft. Myers, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Linda Kay Levy

November 25, 2015 Linda Kay Levy, 67, of Ft. Myers, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Laura May Pugh

November 23, 2015 Laura May Pugh, 72, of Ft. Myers, passed away Friday, November 20, 2015. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Dorothy Helen Whitehouse

November 16, 2015 Dorothy Helen Whitehouse, 85 of Fort Myers passed away on November 15, 2015 in Bonita Springs, FL. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services. more »»

Daniel Galgano

November 11, 2015 Daniel Galgano, 95 of Fort Myers passed away on November 9, 2015. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services. Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt. 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 »»


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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