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2018 Spring Break Schedule for Major Universities

February 22, 2018 The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has surveyed the major universities as well as the three local Florida county school districts for their “2018 Spring Break” dates. more »»

 
 
 

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2018 Spring Break Schedule for Major Universities

February 22, 2018 The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has surveyed the major universities as well as the three local Florida county school districts for their “2018 Spring Break” dates. more »»

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center seeks volunteers

February 21, 2018 Fascinated by the Florida’s flora and fauna? Interested in working in marine biology? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? The Ostego Bay Foundation Inc. more »»

FDOT to hold San Carlos Boulevard traffic study meeting

February 21, 2018 Area residents have been waiting for years to see the state come up with some new ideas for traffic mitigation on San Carlos Boulevard. more »»

Ostego Bay Foundation to host annual Tea by the Sea fundraiser

February 21, 2018 Amidst the picturesque sailboats, boat docks and pelicans, the Ostego Bay Foundation Annual Tea by the Sea and Fashion Show Fundraiser is set for Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m. Until 1 p.. more »»

TPI secures “playoff win”

February 21, 2018 Last week's LPA vote was a first step, but TPI Hospitality has two rounds before the Town Council before it will know if it's won, or lost. more »»

News from around the region

DOT advises motorists to be aware of double home games during Spring Training

February 21, 2018 Spring Training is back and Lee County’s Traffic Operations Center reminds motorists to be prepared for increased traffic near the stadiums at game time, especially when the Minnesota Twins and the... more »»

Two named Sunshine State Scholars

February 20, 2018 Two area students have been named among the state’s top 11th-graders in STEM education. more »»

Council reconsiders vinyl seawalls

February 20, 2018 The Cape Coral City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in a special meeting to reconsider the decision it made on vinyl seawalls during last week’s meeting by reverting back to the original... more »»

Name of man whose body was found in pond Sunday released

February 20, 2018 Cape Coral police have released the name of the man whose body was found in a pond near the Cape Coral Hospital Sunday. Ryan Rogowski, 27, worked for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. more »»

Remembering Tommy

February 20, 2018 To the business community, he was a genius. To friends, he was a prankster who could make you laugh at the drop of a hat. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

2018 Spring Break Schedule for Major Universities

February 22, 2018 The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has surveyed the major universities as well as the three local Florida county school districts for their “2018 Spring Break” dates. more »»

Art races

February 14, 2018 The energy in the room was palpable in the audience, but the four artists were quiet and honed in on the canvas before them. more »»

Speed strokes

January 24, 2018 Four artists. Four canvases. And two hours to create four combined works of art. The annual Fort Myers Beach Art Association Paint-Around is an art event like you've never seen. more »»

Woman's Club hosts opening weekend of Yesteryear Theater

January 24, 2018 Correction: In the print version of this story, it was misstated that Sal Perrotto asked to sing a solo during the performance. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Art Association hosts open house

January 10, 2018 Tucked away behind the Fort Myers Beach Fire District station and the Red Coconut RV Park is home to the beach's fine arts scen. more »»

Business

Times Square's new info booth open for business

February 14, 2018 It's been a journey for George Freeland to open his moveable visitors information center in Times Square. more »»

We're sorry, our print edition today is incomplete

January 31, 2018 Due to a press-related issue, four pages of today's Fort Myers Beach Observer/Bulletin are missing from our print edition. more »»

Kick back at MoJoe's Coffee Bar

January 10, 2018 The coffee shop at 1740 Estero has a new owner and a new look. Brian Lavey opened MoJoe's Coffee Bar in the late fall, serving up a full menu of coffee favorites, breakfast and lunch. more »»

Polar Bear Dip draws hundreds

January 10, 2018 Florida “polar” temperatures and a cloudy day didn't stop hundreds from making the plunge. more »»

Santini Farmers Market to return to south end

December 20, 2017 South-end islanders will once again be able buy fresh produce and other goods in Santini Marina Plaza. more »»

Obituaries

Robert P Pearson

February 22, 2018 Robert P. Pearson, age 95 of Ft. Myers, FL, passed on 2/18/2018.  Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements. more »»

Shirley Elain Gormley

February 19, 2018 Shirley Elain Gormley, age 71, of Fort Myers, FL, passed on February 2/15/2018. Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements. more »»

MaryLou Batty

February 15, 2018 MaryLou Batty, age 75 of Fort Myers, passed on February 14, 2018. Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are in charge of the arrangements. more »»

Kenneth Dixon Doty

February 15, 2018 Kenneth Dixon Doty, 92, passed away February 9, 2018 at his home in Ft. Myers Beach, FL.  The son of Lester and Laurie Doty, he grew up in Downers Grove, Illinoi. more »»

Robert Edward Hickey

February 14, 2018 Robert Edward Hickey, 71, of Ft. Myers died 2-13-18. Arrangements by www.Harvey-Engelhardt. more »»

Local Columns

Keep Lee County Beautiful Tip of the Week: Part 4

February 21, 2018 In our first three articles, we explored what microplastics are, where they come from, and how we are threatened by their entry into the food chain, and global efforts to address the issu. more »»

Part 3 — Microplastics: Threatened Waters, Threatened Food Chain

February 14, 2018 Third in a Series In the first two articles, we explored what microplastics are, where they come from, and how we are threatened by their entry into the food chain. more »»

Keep Lee County Beautiful Tip of the Week: Microplastics, Part 2

February 7, 2018 Keep Lee County Beautiful Tip of the Week Microplastics: Threatened Waters, Threatened Food Chain Second In a Series In our first article, we explored what microplastics are, where they come from,... more »»

01.31.18 Shoreline Spotlight

January 31, 2018 I got a call for an injured fish crow by the shrimp boats on San Carlos Island. It was December and noisy flocks of crows were having boisterous parties all over the area. more »»

Keep Lee County Beautiful Tip of the Week: Microplastics: Threatened Waters, Threatened Food Chain

January 31, 2018 First In a Series Lee County invites tourists to “discover pristine beaches, outdoor adventure, and a relaxed island paradise”. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Why are we spending millions of dollars on new storm drain systems?

February 21, 2018 Why are we spending millions of dollars on new storm drain systems? To the Editor: In December, I reached out to the Town of Fort Myers Beach for a request to have two storm drains on my street... more »»

TPI Resort will transform blighted properties

February 7, 2018 TPI Resort will transform blighted properties To the Editor: The proposed TPI Resort built on the blighted properties they purchased will transform the area from one in which derelict individuals... more »»

TPI is the pitcher, Town Council is the umpire

February 7, 2018 TPI is the pitcher, Town Council is the umpire To the Editor: There’s a well-known story about a veteran major league baseball umpire who was asked by a young interviewer: “Aren’t you concerned... more »»

TPI-FMB Development – The time is now!

February 7, 2018 TPI-FMB Development – The time is now! To the Editor: It is due time to rejuvenate our vital downtown are. more »»

Magic of Fort Myers Beach

February 7, 2018 Magic of Fort Myers Beach To the Editor: Without question, the proposed TPI-FMB resort project will enhance and will create even more of the fabulous magic surrounding the Town of Fort Myers Beac. 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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