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Fluctuating blue, brown water on Fort Myers Beach the norm for coming months

October 18, 2017 There are freshwater catfish near Sanibel and the Causeway. more »»


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Fluctuating blue, brown water on Fort Myers Beach the norm for coming months

October 18, 2017 There are freshwater catfish near Sanibel and the Causeway. more »»

Lee Voter Freedom group wants open primaries

October 18, 2017 There's a new activist group in town. In Lee County, county commission races are partisan. Closed party primaries are held in August and general elections in November. more »»

Apartments, Aldi break ground on Summerlin

October 18, 2017 The corner of Summerlin Road and Pine Ridge Road will soon be home to the next apartment and commercial center near Fort Myers Beach. Dirt has been moving on the approximately 20-acre site. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Chamber recognizes veterans

October 18, 2017 Charley's Boat House Grill was filled with red, white and blue during the Fort Myers Beach Chamber’s October luncheon. more »»

Fighting fires with education

October 18, 2017 Fire fighter Rob Ponte strapped on his 80 pounds of gear for the first-grade class and spoke through the face mask to the first grade class. more »»

News from around the region

City staff asks to bring franchise proposal to LCEC elected board

October 20, 2017 In response to a "final offer" franchise agreement submitted by the city's electric utility provider, Cape Coral's administrative staff will request authorization Monday to bring a counter proposal... more »»

Cape non-profits honored at ENPYs

October 20, 2017 Nearly 200 of the area’s charitable heavyweights gathered at the Crowne Plaza Bell Tower Wednesday for the inaugural Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly Awards. more »»

Chicago Beef Guy reopens in Cape Coral

October 20, 2017 Chicago Beef Guy was at full capacity for the lunch rush as doors reopened at its new location on Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral Wednesday. more »»

Oktoberfest kicks off today

October 19, 2017 Every year, Oktoberfest is nothing less than a six-day party, a celebration of German heritage from the music to the beer. more »»

City to host candidate Q&As

October 19, 2017 Next Thursday and Friday, Cape Coral voters will get perhaps their last opportunity to hear the candidates for mayor and four city council seats give their views on the issues when City Hall plays... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

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 »»

Stouts and Scoops - Local charity hosts beer float social benefit Saturday

August 16, 2017 With such a hot summer on our plates this season, it’s time to cool off with some refreshing treats. more »»

Finding a Match -- Annual Kenny C. blood and bone marrow drive Saturday

July 21, 2017 The annual Kenny Conidaris Blood and Bone Marrow Drive will be taking place at the Lani Kai Island Resort, 1400 Estero Blvd., Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. more »»


House of the Rising Sun becomes Shark Bar and Grill

October 11, 2017 Fort Myers Beach's art bar has a new name and new owners, but it's keeping the same good vibes. more »»

Ostego Bay Foundation Inc. resumes waterfront tours

October 11, 2017 Shrimp to Fort Myers Beach is like Alaska King Crab to Alaska. more »»

Salty Sam's Waterfront Adventures Job Fair Oct. 10 and 12

October 5, 2017 Salty Sam's Waterfront Adventures is announcing that we will have 2 Job Fairs for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. We are looking for talented people to join our family of businesses. more »»

Chepé opens in Key Estero Shops

October 5, 2017 Try to eat just one empanada. Bet you can’t. Sergio and Judith Alin have opened the newest sandwich shop on Fort Myers Beach, Chepé Sandwich Bar, last week. more »»

New farmers market comes to Fort Myers Beach

October 5, 2017 With now nine locations under their management, you could say farmers markets are Betsey Ventura and Jane Baer’s “thing. more »»


Dr. Austin A Aardema Sr

October 20, 2017 Dr. Austin A. Aardema Sr., MD, 80, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away on 10/19/2017.  Arrangements by www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Michael F. Cuscaden

October 17, 2017 Michael F. Cuscaden, 83, of Ft. Myers passed away on 10/12/2017.  Arrangements by Harvey-Engelhardt.  Condolences may be sent to wecare@harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Anthony Varcalli

October 17, 2017 Anthony Varcalli, 78 of Fort Myers, FL passed away on October 16, 2017. Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery, Cape Coral. Visit www.coralridgefuneralhome. more »»

George Schuknecht

October 16, 2017 George Schuknecht, 96, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on October 6, 2017. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Service. www.fullermetz. more »»

Victoria Bartleson Ervin

October 16, 2017 Victoria Bartleson Ervin, 28, of Fort Myers, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Local Columns

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 »»

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of March 22

March 22, 2017 A clean bill of health! Daphne is healthy again! After a short bout of ringworm from being abandoned on the street, she is now fully recovered and can join a happy puppy family. more »»

Letters to the Editor

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 »»

Growing government

September 27, 2017 Growing government To the Editor: When entering Fort Myers Beach Town Hall, note the newspaper article from March 1995 posted on the wall in the public nook. more »»


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 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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