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New bill could extend National Flood Insurance Program five more years

November 22, 2017 The National Flood Insurance Program could be thrown a lifeline. The NFIP was set to expire Sept. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Lions celebrate 65 years

November 22, 2017 The desire for community service is what makes someone a Lion. The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club is celebrating its 65th year and shared that celebration with the Everglades Lions Saturday nigh. more »»

Annual Ostego Bay Foundation fish fry fundraiser set for Dec. 1

November 22, 2017 Freshly fried fish and a slew of items to win: it's time for the annual Ostego Bay Foundation Old Fashioned Fish Fry and silent auction. The foundation will host its annual fundraiser Friday, Dec. more »»

Nov. 25 is Small Business Saturday

November 22, 2017 Black Friday is the deals-crazy shopping day after Thanksgiving. But Small Business Saturday celebrates mom-and-pop, locally owned shops — many of which call Fort Myers Beach home. 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 »»

News from around the region

Holiday traffic expected to be heavy

November 21, 2017 Approximately 50.9 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over last year's estimated figure. more »»

Guest Opinion: Where is the legislative accountability for their votes?

November 21, 2017 What many believe to be the most egregious legislation ever passed by the Florida Legislature disguised as an “education bill,” House Bill 7069 is set to begin wreaking havoc on Florida’s Public... more »»

Cosden ousted; Schools get new Council liaison

November 21, 2017 Cape Coral’s newly reconfigured City Council made its board and committee appointments Monday, ousting its liaison to Cape Coral Charter Schools. more »»

Egg watch ’17: Eagle pair begins new brood

November 21, 2017 Once again, North Fort Myers’ most famous couple is expecting. more »»

‘Holiday 4 Heroes’ gift box program under way

November 21, 2017 A local business is making it easy to help support America’s heroes during the holidays. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

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 »»

Strokes in the sand

November 15, 2017 Some painters sit, some painters stand. Some use water colors and others use acrylics, but all plein air painters fare the elements to make their works of art. more »»

Contest opens for 60th annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival design

October 11, 2017 The Fort Myers Bach Lions Club has opened a community contest for the official design of the “60th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival. more »»

Music festival starts Sept. 22

September 12, 2017 It’s that time again. Dust off your toe-tapping flip flops for the upcoming 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. more »»

Paint, Pour, Play - Knotty Bean hosts Art Party on Fort Myers Beach Aug. 23

August 16, 2017 The Knotty Bean Coffee Bar, 2801 Estero Blvd., has been hosting many special and artistic evenings since first opening earlier this summer. more »»

Business

Nov. 25 is Small Business Saturday

November 22, 2017 Black Friday is the deals-crazy shopping day after Thanksgiving. But Small Business Saturday celebrates mom-and-pop, locally owned shops — many of which call Fort Myers Beach home. more »»

Fresh on Fort Myers Beach

November 15, 2017 Visitors and residents near Old San Carlos have a new venue to pick up produce and homemade goods. more »»

Spaghetti with the stars

November 8, 2017 The restaurant at 1821 Estero Blvd.has switched hands, but it's keeping the Mediterranean theme. Mangia Mangia, Fort Myers Beach's newest Italian eatery, opened Oct. 30. more »»

Disney-style transportation could make its way to Fort Myers Beach

November 7, 2017 LeeTran is considering a pilot program to transport people in the commercial district of Fort Myers Beach. more »»

New name, new look for former Gulfshore Grill

November 1, 2017 Have you been missing popular island hang-out, the Gulfshore Grill? Well, shucks — or shall we say, Shuckers? The former eatery has a new name and a whole new look. more »»

Obituaries

Arthur Smith

November 21, 2017 Arthur Smith, 97, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away on 11/19/2017. Arrangements are being accorded with Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services. more »»

Nora Juanita Rogers

November 21, 2017 Nora Juanita Rogers, 94, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away on 11/18/2017. Harvey-Engelhardt are handling the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to wecare@harvey-engelhardt. more »»

George Myers

November 21, 2017 George Myers, 98, of Ft. Myers passed away on 11/17/2017 at his residence. Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are handling arrangements. more »»

Davidson Louis

November 15, 2017 Davidson Louis, 19, of Fort Myers, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

George R Bard Sr

November 14, 2017 George R. Bard, Sr. 82, of Ft. Myers died 11-12-17. Arrangements by www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Local Columns

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 »»

07.12.2017 Shoreline Spotlight

July 12, 2017 To me, it felt like opening a fizzy drink accompanied by the sounds of ahhh. It could have come when you walked out onto a relatively empty beach or just turning onto Estero Boulevard with eas. more »»

Letters to the Editor

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 »»

Thanks Tracey and Henry

September 27, 2017 Thanks Tracey and Henry To the Editor: I would like the people of Fort Myers Beach to know that we have a very caring and thoughtful couple on this islan. 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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