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Lee County approves study to replace Big Carlos Pass Bridge

September 28, 2016 During its Sept. 20 meeting, Lee County Commissioners approved a not-to-exceed $2.3 million development and environment study for the Big Carlos Pass Bridg. more »»

 
 
 

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Lee County approves study to replace Big Carlos Pass Bridge

September 28, 2016 During its Sept. 20 meeting, Lee County Commissioners approved a not-to-exceed $2.3 million development and environment study for the Big Carlos Pass Bridg. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Fire District donates equipment to department in need

September 28, 2016 Thanks to a donation from the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District, a small department in Ohio will have equipment it desperately needed. more »»

Town Council increases mooring rates

September 28, 2016 A night on the municipal mooring will cost a little more this year. more »»

Nervous Nellies application for Pirate Fest amended

September 28, 2016 In a 4-1 vote, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council voted to amend an application, which may have unforeseen consequences. more »»

Swimming for the gold

September 28, 2016 The 2020 Summer Olympics haven't even announced a location yet, but its hopeful athletes are already in trainin. more »»

News from around the region

Valerie’s House to hold gala fund raiser

September 27, 2016 Valerie’s House, a Southwest Florida nonprofit devoted to providing support to grieving children,will hold an inaugural fund raising event on Oct. 13 entitled “Under the Stars at Shangri-La. more »»

Alliance for the Arts posts new season schedule

September 27, 2016 Alliance for the Arts, a nonprofit community arts and cultural center in the heart of Fort Myers, has launched its 2016/2017 season with a new look an easier-to-navigate website: www.ArtInLee.org. more »»

City disputes 'dangerous' water reports

September 23, 2016 The City of Cape Coral is disputing reports claiming the city’s drinking water contains high levels of a cancer-causing contaminant. more »»

SWFL Loves Our Vets kicks off campaign

September 22, 2016 The goal is to build a home for a veteran in need and with this group of givers and public and private partners, there is a great chance it will succeed. more »»

Slate’s now offering a side dish of jazz with your entree

September 22, 2016 Slate’s in Cape Coral has served some of the finest side dishes to accompany its many popular entrees for the last three years, but recently, owners Nancy and Allan Cotter have upped the ante. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Alliance for the Arts hosts bluegrass series starting Sunday

September 8, 2016 Bluegrass returns to the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts Sunday, Sept., 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. more »»

Lovers Key Beach Bash benefit Saturday

September 8, 2016 Hosted by the Salt Warriors, a very special benefit will be held at Lovers Key State Park, Saturday, Sept. 10, featuring the non-profit group’s mascot, Kaikoa. more »»

Helping Hands -- volunteers needed for upcoming FMB events

September 8, 2016 As representatives for the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce encourage, “please volunteer for the 11th annual Pirate Festival and the 30th annual American Sandsculpting Championship coming up!”... more »»

For the Love of John -- Beach Pub hosts recovery benefit for local blues musician Saturday

September 8, 2016 Local blues music phenomenon John Allender was recently involved in a bad accident, hit by a car on U.S. Hwy 41, and needs the help of the community, as he has a long path to recovery. more »»

Third annual Island Hopper Fest to feature 70+ national acts

September 1, 2016 The third annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest along The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel recently announced its line-up of talent. Performers include breakout Broadcast Music, Inc. more »»

Business

Fish Tale Sales & Services earns recognition from Grady-White Boats

September 21, 2016 Fish Tale Sales & Services earned a golden anchor from an international company. Grady-White Boats named Sales & Service its the top-ranked dealer in the world for customer satisfaction on Sept. more »»

B&B Automotive rolls into former DeHayes shop

September 21, 2016 Live, breathe, and eat vehicles: that's the life of B&B Automotive owners, Ben Beckmann and Patrick Breen. more »»

Hammerhead Gym hosts healthy happy hour

September 20, 2016 A free event can help answer health questions for local residents. Dr. more »»

For the Love of John -- Beach Pub hosts recovery benefit for local blues musician Saturday

September 8, 2016 Local blues music phenomenon John Allender was recently involved in a bad accident, hit by a car on U.S. Hwy 41, and needs the help of the community, as he has a long path to recovery. more »»

Mound House hosts Chamber event

August 24, 2016 Members of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to explore the Mound House last week. During a special “after hours” networking event, held Thursday, Aug. more »»

Obituaries

William L Maruchi

September 26, 2016 William L. Maruchi, 95, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on September 22, 2016. Arrangements entrusted to Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Service. www.harvey-engelhardt.com. more »»

Parsottambhai Vallabhbhai Patel

September 26, 2016 Parsottambhai Vallabhbhai Patel, 75 of Fort Myers passed away on September 22, 2016. Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence to his family. more »»

David Earl Cooper

September 16, 2016 David Earl Cooper, 77 of Ft. Myers passed away on September 14, 2016. Visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence. more »»

Banks M Horsley

September 16, 2016 Banks M. Horsley, 74 of Ft. Myers passed away on September 12, 2016. Visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence. more »»

Donna Jean Elmeer

September 16, 2016 Donna Jean Elmeer, 73 of Ft. Myers passed away on September 13, 2016. Visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence. more »»

Local Columns

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of Sept. 7

September 8, 2016 Forever Love with Pancho Pancho is a just a pup. He acts like one and has a lot of energy – and weighs only 11 pounds. more »»

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of Aug. 31

September 1, 2016 Bambi needs a new foster Bambi is losing his foster parents next week. Please help find him a home. He is such a sweet boy, with one of the most interesting personalities. more »»

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of Aug. 24

August 25, 2016 This is chihuahua adoption week at FAHGAH! Along with American Staffordshires, chihuahuas are the most euthanized breed in Florida. When we started the Rescue, one of our friends rescued many of them. more »»

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of Aug. 17

August 17, 2016 Not a way to end his life This poor boy is scheduled to go to the Shelter if not rescued by the end of the month. We got a text from a lady who had to move and could not keep Spanky. more »»

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of Aug. 3

August 3, 2016 Champ’s sad story We got an email from the Shelter about this beautiful lovable dog, Champ, a 4-year-old neutered black Lab. He’s done well and has not shown any aggression towards people nor dogs. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Stormwater costs too high

September 28, 2016 Stormwater costs too high To the Editor: The storm water drainage system for Fort Myers Beach is an extravagant expenditure beyond the needs of the island, and not compatible to the community. more »»

Town Council meetings an embarrassment

September 14, 2016 Town Council meetings an embarrassment To the Editor: The August 22st Fort Myers Beach Town Council Work Session and Town Council meeting were an embarrassment to the town residents. more »»

Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches

September 13, 2016 Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches To the Editor: “We request your reconsideration for the Fort Myers Beach Arches over the road. more »»

No protest to raising millage

August 31, 2016 No protest to raising millage To the Editor: Fort Myers Beach: Having attended the Fort Myers Beach work shop and Town Council meeting of Aug. more »»

Don't raise taxes

August 31, 2016 Don't raise taxes To the Editor: I am not in favor of tax increase just to balance the budget, which brings me to my biggest pet peeve. more »»

Editorials

Primary election recommendations: Vote Goss, Mann in upcoming Republican primaries

August 12, 2016 Mail ballots have gone out and early voting for the Aug. 30 Primary Election begins Aug. 20. more »»

A time to give pause

June 22, 2016 We label them “victims.” We reduce them to statistics. And far too many of us are quick to use them as fodder to foster a political agenda of choice. more »»

Be prepared this hurricane season

June 8, 2016 Forecasters are predicting an “average” hurricane season this year but we offer one salient reminder: It only takes one storm — and not a particularly bad one — to wreak havoc and impact our lives. 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 »»

Local Sports & Recreation

What a Catch! Fishing log for 6/08/2016

June 9, 2016 Fun and productive day The Mazzola family (a combination of brothers and cousins) fished offshore 36 miles with me on a full-day trip Saturday, 5/28. more »»

What a Catch! Fishing log for 5/25/2016

May 25, 2016 Fighting Mother Nature After another lull in trips, which happened to fall during a period of no rain and calm seas, my next trip out was on Tuesday, when rain hung over the gulf, and winds and seas... more »»

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 »»

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