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Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy announces lawsuit dropped over Margaritaville

August 5, 2020 Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy announced Wednesday that the latest lawsuit over Margaritaville has been dropped after his meeting with the parties. more »»

 
 
 

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Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy announces lawsuit dropped over Margaritaville

August 5, 2020 Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy announced Wednesday that the latest lawsuit over Margaritaville has been dropped after his meeting with the parties. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Council moves toward nuisance abatement board

August 5, 2020 Responding to a group of business owners and residents upset by a fatal shooting on the beach behind the Lani Kai Island Resort last month, the majority of the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council voice... more »»

Three seats up for school board

August 5, 2020 Three seats up for school board There are primaries for each of the three Lee County School Board seats up for grabs but voters countywide may only cast a ballot in one of the non- partisan races. more »»

Sheriff's Office to open outreach center on Fort Myers Beach

August 3, 2020 The site of a former realty office on property owned by TPI on Estero Boulevard across from Crescent Beach Park is being turned into a community outreach center for the Lee County Sheriff's Office. more »»

LCSO: Several persons of interest in Lani Kai shooting

August 3, 2020 There are several people of interest to the Lee County Sheriff's Office regarding the July 15 fatal shooting on Fort Myers Beach behind the Lani Kai Island Resort. Lee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. more »»

News from around the region

Health leaders ask for mandatory masks in Lee

July 28, 2020 Members of the Lee Health Facility Medical Executive Committee has sent a letter to Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Brian Hamman, requesting a countywide mask mandate “in public place... more »»

Cape Council talks taxes

July 28, 2020 Cape Coral City Council made significant changes to the city's mowing program Monday, changing the number of mows on each empty lot and so raising the annual assessment. more »»

Cape cancels anniversary celebration

July 28, 2020 After moving the traditional July 4th celebration to Labor Day weekend in recognition of the city of Cape Coral's 50th anniversary, officials on Monday cancelled the event, citing the coronavirus... more »»

COVID cases near 442,000 mark

July 28, 2020 As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 441,977 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,230 since FDOH's last update Monday morning. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Sand artist John Boyd will be making Arches in the sand this week

June 3, 2020 The Arches may not have returned to Fort Myers Beach, but the sand is still here for sand artist John Boyd to use his magical rake to work on recreating visions of the arches. more »»

Local art teacher drew from FMBAA student scholarship show

February 19, 2020 When Alison Rice entered her photograph of a scene at Naples Beach featuring a pelican and the pier at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association student scholarship show, little did she know her first... more »»

Music legend Charlie McCoy lifts Lover’s Key

February 12, 2020 Charlie McCoy is in the Country Music Hall of Fame in large part for his harmonica but as his performance at Lover's Key State Park Feb. 6 showed, his voice and guitar are not exactly second-fiddle. more »»

Community Foundation ends first decade with trip back to Woodstock

February 6, 2020 With the group Jo List and Friends playing 1960s songs from groups like The Doors, dozens of Community Foundation members and supporters clad in tie-dye shirts celebrated the nonprofit organization'... more »»

Charlie McCoy brings lifetime of playing with the best to Lovers Key

January 29, 2020 The term “real McCoy” wasn't coined after country musician Charlie McCoy (though it's the name of one of his albums) but few artists can pull out the type of resume the guitarist and harmonica playe... more »»

Business

Summerlin Cafe delivers fresh menu

July 29, 2020 The Summerlin Cafe, at the location where the Sunflower Cafe formerly sat near Walmart at Summerlin Square Drive on Fort Myers Beach, has undergone a total renovation and is open for business. more »»

DiamondHead Beach Resort rolls out renovations

June 25, 2020 The DiamondHead Beach Resort used the time when the town closed much of its hospitality industry following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, to do some sprucing up. more »»

Casablanca Cafe reopens at Lani Kai

June 18, 2020 As you enter the Casablanca Cafe in the lobby area of the Lani Kai Island Resort, Humphrey Bogart is sitting right there watching over the place. more »»

State Court of Appeal hears Margaritaville challenge

June 10, 2020 With attorneys providing oral arguments via video feed to a three-judge panel of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Tuesday, the key issues raised against the Margaritaville project and ... more »»

Best Western Plus completing renovations

June 3, 2020 Best Western Plus Beach Resort managing partner Tim Malbon wasn't exactly jumping for joy when the town closed its beaches and hotels in March. more »»

Obituaries

Ronald Bert Woolery

July 23, 2020 Ronald Bert Woolery, 77, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Joseph Ross Interbartolo

July 20, 2020 Interbartolo, Joseph Ross age 81 formerly of East Boston, MA, Ft. Myers, and Cape Coral, FL. passed away on Sunday, July 12, 202. more »»

Michael Brian Kuhlman

June 25, 2020 Michael Brian Kuhlman, 58, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away June 23, 2020.  Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Services. www.fullermetz. more »»

Ann "Annie" Swartz

June 11, 2020 Ann "Annie" Swartz, 71, of Fort Myers Beach FL passed away Monday, June 1, 2020 at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs. Annie was born on April 11, 1949 in Beloit WI. to Carl and Jean Swart. more »»

Sonya Treu Young

June 5, 2020 Sonya Treu Young, 34, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away May 16, 2020. Arrangements entrusted to Lee County Cremation Services-Fort Myers. more »»

Local Columns

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

June 23, 2020 Captain Dave's Fishing Tip #1: Catching crevalle jacks is always fun. Pound for pound, they are one of the toughest fighters. Their strength has earned them the title of, “bulldogs of the ba. more »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

June 23, 2020 Helping shelter dogs is the most rewarding! They were all puppies who for one reason or another didn’t get to the right home or lost their parent. more »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

June 15, 2020 Saving sweet Pixie!! Over the last few weeks you are probably wondering what happened to some of the dogs and cats we had in the paper. more »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

June 3, 2020 “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin Helping others, Helping Oreo... more »»

What a Catch!: Captain Dave's Fishing Tips

June 3, 2020 Fishing Tip #1: When circle-hook regulations first took effect, there was some resistance from anglers who were used to fishing with "J" hooks. At first, I was also skeptica. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Eden Oak: Conservation 20/20 nomination update

June 24, 2020 In the midst of the request by the owner to change the zoning to build 55 units in the mangroves near the Shell Point Retirement Community, the Eden Oak property was also nominated earlier this year... more »»

Stop the dune/lagoon walkover

June 24, 2020 To the editor: Please join me in opposing the building of walkover in the south end of the island by the Texas Hold'Em and Squeeze me Inn LLC's. more »»

Unknowing killers?

June 24, 2020 To the editor: Ordinarily, people would never think of hurting, no less potentially killing other people. more »»

Guest Commentary: Social isolation, loneliness and COVID-19

June 3, 2020 As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are required to be less social in order to avoid infecting themselves and others with the virus. more »»

Guest Commentary: Safer together

June 3, 2020 As leaders of Lee and Collier County, we want to express our since thanks for all you have done to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. We know this has not been easy. more »»

Editorials

Collateral damage from county’s reopening

April 29, 2020 As officials at the state and local level look toward a soft reopening of some public places, health officials are warning of a new normal. more »»

Our newsroom commitment to you: Facts, not fear, information, not speculation

April 15, 2020 The past few weeks have been tough ones for Southwest Floridians. We’ve seen government operations pare down to the bare bones essentials, with offices closed and meetings and services moved online. more »»

Words to live by: Safer At Home

April 7, 2020 A “limited movement” mandate is now in effect throughout Florida. Gov. more »»

SWFL Stronger Together

April 1, 2020 State, county and local officials continue to stress the need for all of us to stay home to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-1. more »»

Facts, not fear: Monitoring coronavirus disease

March 4, 2020 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued some advice regarding the new coronavirus disease formally dubbed COVID-19: Share the Facts, Stop Fear. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Annual children’s fishing tournament this Saturday

June 24, 2020 More than 100 children will be expected at this Saturday's annual fishing tournament on the public fishing pier and docks outside Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe and Tiki Bar. more »»

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

June 23, 2020 Captain Dave's Fishing Tip #1: Catching crevalle jacks is always fun. Pound for pound, they are one of the toughest fighters. Their strength has earned them the title of, “bulldogs of the ba. more »»

What a Catch!: Captain Dave's Fishing Tips

June 3, 2020 Fishing Tip #1: When circle-hook regulations first took effect, there was some resistance from anglers who were used to fishing with "J" hooks. At first, I was also skeptica. more »»

Capt. Dave Hanson shares tales of fishing adventures

May 27, 2020 On Saturday morning, March 16, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with James Partyka and his friend, Stuart. more »»

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

May 20, 2020 Fishing Tip #1: Fish in heavily fished areas tend to be leery because they have been spooked too often. Fishing pressure can compromise your success in a big way. more »»

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