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Boback wants apology from Sawicki

May 25, 2016 Does Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki owe an apology to Fort Myers Beach for her comments aimed at council member Tracey Gore at a May 16 workshop meeting? Sawicki has said no such thing will happen. more »»

 
 
 

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Boback wants apology from Sawicki

May 25, 2016 Does Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki owe an apology to Fort Myers Beach for her comments aimed at council member Tracey Gore at a May 16 workshop meeting? Sawicki has said no such thing will happen. more »»

Community spotlight: Dave Gray

May 25, 2016 Q: You are a British chap who found his way to Fort Myers Beach. Tell us about what brought you here. A: “Pelicans, pretty ladies and palm trees — but not necessarily in that order. more »»

Property owner with chair rentals told no on permit appeal

May 25, 2016 The first casualties of the town's new beach-chair vendor ordinance are a pair of neighboring operations at Avenue C and I Stree. more »»

A salute, or better yet a big hug, goes out to Huggy

May 24, 2016 Edward “Huggy” Ellyatt calls himself a flag nut. He owns a pair of 4-foot by 6-foot star-spangled banners that he'll roll out on holidays, one going over his balcony and one displayed on his porch. more »»

Town hasn't paid $3.2 million in vendor bills over past 6 months

May 20, 2016 The town of Fort Myers Beach has not paid the vendors working on its water rehabilitation project for nearly six months, creating an accounts payable scenario of $3.2 million. more »»

News from around the region

Honoring our nation's heroes -- Local program brings U.S. war veterans to D.C.

May 25, 2016 For most military veterans (especially those who are reaching that golden age), the thought of visiting our nation’s capitol to pay tribute is out of reach. more »»

Sawicki asked for, rejects, apology for comments made at Beach council meeting

May 24, 2016 Expressing embarrassment as a Cape Coral City Council member, Rana Erbrick said Mayor Marni Sawicki should extend an apology to the Fort Myers Beach City Council for her verbal exchange last week a... more »»

Goss announces congressional bid

May 23, 2016 Chauncey Goss, a Sanibel Island business man and council member, decided this past weekend he was gong to "jump in with both feet" when the Congressional District 19 Rep. more »»

UPDATED: Burglary suspect shot, wounded, by police after pointing gun

May 23, 2016 A burglary suspect recovering in the hospital after being shot by police has been identified as Tre' S. Estes-Stalnos, 15. more »»

Business, tourism celebrated at Chrysalis Awards

May 20, 2016 It is always an honor for businesses to be recognized for the work they do, and Friday, at the seventh-annual Chrysalis Awards at the Harborside Convention Center, Lee County’s best got such... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Honoring our nation's heroes -- Local program brings U.S. war veterans to D.C.

May 25, 2016 For most military veterans (especially those who are reaching that golden age), the thought of visiting our nation’s capitol to pay tribute is out of reach. more »»

Laser light shows return to local planetarium through May 28

May 19, 2016 With such a warm response in years past, the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave. more »»

Footprints in the Sand -- Natural, inaugural event celebrates Mother’s Day -- and Mother Nature -- Saturday

May 4, 2016 The Town of Fort Myers Beach and the local Marine Resource Task Force are proud to come together and announce their inaugural Mother’s Day Mother Earth Rhythm of the Island Festival, taking place... more »»

Feast on the Beach -- 21st annual Taste of the Beach returns to Bay Walk paradise Sunday

April 28, 2016 Prepare your taste buds: the 21st annual Taste of the Beach food festival, hosted by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, returns to Old San Carlos Boulevard Sunday, May 1, from 11... more »»

Lights, Camera -- 10th annual FMB Film Fest rolls through this weekend

April 21, 2016 The time has come to celebrate 10 years of independent filmmaking at the 2016 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, taking place April 20 to 24. more »»

Business

Community spotlight: Dave Gray

May 25, 2016 Q: You are a British chap who found his way to Fort Myers Beach. Tell us about what brought you here. A: “Pelicans, pretty ladies and palm trees — but not necessarily in that order. more »»

Property owner with chair rentals told no on permit appeal

May 25, 2016 The first casualties of the town's new beach-chair vendor ordinance are a pair of neighboring operations at Avenue C and I Stree. more »»

Town hasn't paid $3.2 million in vendor bills over past 6 months

May 20, 2016 The town of Fort Myers Beach has not paid the vendors working on its water rehabilitation project for nearly six months, creating an accounts payable scenario of $3.2 million. more »»

New focus group meets to discuss Times Square Resorts

May 20, 2016 Developer Tom Torgerson received his first dose of feedback Wednesday during a three-hour meeting with a small focus group he has assembled. more »»

Beach Records -- Local record shop has vast vinyl collection of new and old

May 19, 2016 Over recent years, what once was a “buried form of media” has resurfaced as a deep-rooted nostalgic time warp: vinyl records. more »»

Obituaries

Warren S. Babcock

May 16, 2016 Warren S. Babcock 89, of Ft. Myers Beach, FL died May 5, 2016.  He was born in Eustis, Florida on February 12, 1927 and was the son of Clifford C. and Dorothy Spencer Babcoc. more »»

Robert B. McLaughlin

May 16, 2016 Robert B. McLaughlin, known as Bob to his many friends, 89, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2016 at his residence. more »»

James David VanFossan

May 11, 2016 It is with a totally broken heart that I inform you all of the untimely death of my deeply loved husband and best friend James David VanFossan. Jim was born June 17, 1948 in Columbus Ohi. more »»

Jeane J. Oakley

May 4, 2016 Jeane J. Oakley, 96, of Ft. Myers, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Catherine Ann Thompson

May 3, 2016 Catherine Ann Thompson, 87, of Ft. Myers, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Local Columns

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of March 23

March 23, 2016 Zoe This little Jack Russell mix was surrendered after one family member got allergic. After four years with a family, this little girl ended up in a Kill Shelter, and of course was petrified. more »»

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 »»

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

What a Catch! Fishing log for 3/2/2016

March 1, 2016 Starting off in the wind Thursday morning was windy and it was tough anchoring on my target spots, but we managed to get out 22 miles and anchor-up for some snapper fishing. more »»

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 »»

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