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You don’t have to go far to find a perfect gift for someone you love

December 14, 2017 Are you looking for something special that’s not so Ho Ho Hum to put under your Christmas tree? Look no further than all the savvy local businesses adorning Fort Myers Beach. more »»

 
 
 

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You don’t have to go far to find a perfect gift for someone you love

December 14, 2017 Are you looking for something special that’s not so Ho Ho Hum to put under your Christmas tree? Look no further than all the savvy local businesses adorning Fort Myers Beach. more »»

Fish-Tale restaurant hosts Spirit of the Holidays

December 13, 2017 One of the island's newest restaurants' halls were decked out for the Spirit of the Holiday. more »»

Estero Island Taxpayers Association talks bathroom business

December 13, 2017 On a daily basis, Scott Safford has to tell people on the street that no, The Sea Gypsy Inn doesn't have a public restroom. “It's a serious problem,” Safford, the co-owner of the hotel, said. more »»

Cereceda opens new shop in Santini Plaza

December 13, 2017 Council member and entrepreneur Anita Cereceda is now managing three stores. She opened up her newest, The Islander, Dec. 5. Why? Because her mother told her to. “Pier Peddler is my father's store. more »»

Lee County to update community plans

December 12, 2017 Lee County is home to six municipalities. But it's also home to many unique, individual communities in unincorporated land. more »»

News from around the region

National Wreaths Across America Day: Those missing, buried at sea, to be remembered

December 14, 2017 A ceremony on Saturday will honor military personnel who have been lost or buried at sea. more »»

No. 1 ‘boomtown’: Cape Coral tops national growth list

December 14, 2017 The city of Cape Coral is the No. 1 “Boomtown” in the U.S., according to an annual study done by SmartAsse. more »»

Leagues of Cities: Cape to benefit from investment

December 14, 2017 Cape Coral residents are going to get bang for their buck as the city of Cape Coral continues its efforts to become more involved in state and national issues of import to municipalities, city... more »»

Homeless Coalition: Candlelight remembrance set for Dec. 21

December 14, 2017 A tribute to Lee County's homeless who passed away this year will take place in Fort Myers. more »»

Holiday Boat-A-Long: Annual celebration at Four Freedoms on Saturday

December 14, 2017 Boats adorned with holiday lights and festive decorations will take to the water on Saturday as Cape Coral marks the season with its annual celebration. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Santa on the Sand inaugural event hosted by FOLKS and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

December 6, 2017 Right here on Fort Myers Beach Santa has been spotted all around tow. more »»

22nd Annual Christmas Poker Run for Beach Kids set for Dec. 10

December 6, 2017 The Beach Baptist Church is revving up for its 22nd annual poker run and Bikes for Mike ride this Sunday. Sign up begins at 10 a.m. more »»

Songwriters at Sunset acoustic concerts return to Lover Key

December 4, 2017 Like multiple encores by your favorite band that only leave you wanting more, the Fort Myers Beach Songwriters at Sunset free acoustic concert is back by popular demand. more »»

Temporary treasures

November 28, 2017 Bruce Phillips is a full-time sand sculptor, but that doesn't mean he gets to play in the sand on the beach all day. more »»

Watch A Christmas Carol Dec.1, 2

November 22, 2017 Live theater is a rare event on Fort Myers Beach. Over the years, various hardworking people have pulled together a show, and each one has been a gem of community theatre. more »»

Business

Cereceda opens new shop in Santini Plaza

December 13, 2017 Council member and entrepreneur Anita Cereceda is now managing three stores. She opened up her newest, The Islander, Dec. 5. Why? Because her mother told her to. “Pier Peddler is my father's store. more »»

Al Durrett opens new Fish-Tale restaurant

December 6, 2017 Local neighbors and curious islanders have been peeking behind Santini Marina Plaza for months in anticipation. more »»

Salty Sam's opens shrimp-centric restaurant

December 6, 2017 A former shrimp packing house is getting a little taste of its original purpose. Salty Sam's Marina opened The Original Shrimp Dock restaurant in November. more »»

New restaurants approved for Old San Carlos

November 29, 2017 Old San Carlos will soon be getting some new menus in the restaurant scen. more »»

Bed tax numbers remain strong for 2017 fiscal year

November 29, 2017 Despite the water quality crisis of spring 2016, this year's tourism tax revenues are holding steady. more »»

Obituaries

Sally Hager

December 11, 2017 Sally Hager, 80, of Ft. Myers passed away on 12/08/2017.  Condolences may be sent to www.Harvey-Engelhardt.com. more »»

Janice Anderson

December 11, 2017 Janice Anderson, 91, of Ft. Myers passed away on 12/09/2017.  Condolences may be sent to Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home. more »»

Frederick Wells

December 8, 2017 Frederick Wells, 93 of Fort Myers, FL passed away at 1:50 AM on December 8, 2017. Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are in charge of the arrangements. more »»

Alice Amaty

December 7, 2017 Alice Amaty of Fort Myers, Florida passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 following some recent health challenges.  She was 91 years old. more »»

Judith Mae Miller

December 7, 2017 Judith Mae Miller, 78, of Fort Myers, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Local Columns

December's Shoreline Spotlight

December 6, 2017 I smelled it before I saw it, and I am not talking about an old college roommate. more »»

Eliminate E-waste!

November 1, 2017 We Americans love our gadgets, and find life difficult without them. That being said, their production and disposal are a growing harm to the environment and our health. more »»

10.04.17 Shoreline Spotlight

October 5, 2017 Hurricanes are a part of life in Florida. Longtime residents talk about them like they were a string of poor romantic choices. “That Donna was a mean one, took my trailer and my dog. more »»

Editor's Note

September 27, 2017 Editor's Note: I'm a Missouri girl. We don't have hurricanes where I come from. So as the days crept closer, I had no idea what to expect from Irma. more »»

08.09.17 Shoreline Spotlight

August 9, 2017 Summer is the season of rain, hurricanes, nesting shorebirds, nesting Sea Turtles and, of course, the tiny and colorful Coquina. more »»

Letters to the Editor

How to know if tax reform helps you

November 29, 2017 How to know if tax reform helps you To the Editor: The Big Slash – Corporations drop from a rate of 35 percent to 20 percent. more »»

Kneeling in protest is about civil rights, not disrespecting the military

November 1, 2017 Kneeling in protest is about civil rights, not disrespecting the military To the Editor: That's it! I can no longer sit quietly by and let these diatribes against our first amendment continue... more »»

Guest Commentary: Lee County seals the deal for purchase

October 5, 2017 Edison Farms : Something extraordinary happened last week! Lee County BoCC is soon to be the proud owner of Conservation 20/20 property Edison Farms. more »»

The politicizing of everything is doing more harm than good

October 5, 2017 To the editor: The flag and the Star Spangled Banner seem to be in jeopardy after 200 plus years. There has been little if any controversy regarding the flag in that time. more »»

Thanks to Castaway's

September 27, 2017 Thanks to Castaway's To the Editor: A pleasant observation after Irma. Tuesday, Sept. 12, I like so many others on the beach and in all of Florida had no power. more »»

Editorials

NFIP authorization expires in September

June 14, 2017 The current authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30. Flood insurance rates have been rising since 2013 and will continue to increas. more »»

County Commissioner Larry Kiker — Big Carlos Pass dredging is important

December 13, 2016 Boating is an important part of our way of life and an economic driver for Lee County and all of Southwest Florida. Making sure that boaters can enjoy our local waterways safely is critical. more »»

General Election recommendations

October 21, 2016 Mail ballots have gone out and early voting for the Nov. 8 General Election begins Monday. more »»

Vote YES for 20/20

October 14, 2016 The first wave of mail ballots are out and there is an urgent local issue all voters will want to take note of as they choose among candidates and ballot initiative. more »»

Constitutional amendment recommendations

October 14, 2016 For voters in Florida, there’s a lot more on the Nov. 8 ballot than a plethora of races from the presidential on down. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society presents 52nd annual Summerset Regatta this weekend

October 5, 2017 There will be parties, happy-hour events, great prizes, and lots of boat — just as there has always been since the 1960s. more »»

Beerfoot 7's annual beach rugby tournament set for Saturday

August 2, 2017 Sun. Sweat. Grit. Fun. Fort Myers Beach will be overtaken with beach rugby players this Saturday for the 15th annual Beerfoot Beach 7's tournament. From 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. more »»

Paddle power

July 5, 2017 Two of the main goals of the Lee County Special Olympics SUP team are to have fun and to build confidence. And the team's six athletes are most definitely meeting those goals. more »»

07.05.2017 Island Opportunities

July 5, 2017 When season is over, it's time for the locals to get out and enjoy the island's food and entertainment scene. more »»

07.05.2017 Community Corner

July 5, 2017 Through Your Eyes: Jessica Rippel Fort Myers resident Jessica Rippel snapped a shot of a stunning sunset and the Mermaid Lounge. more »»

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