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Beach to have two lanes of traffic for extended Labor Day weekend

September 3, 2015 Fort Myers Beach is open for business all weekend long. more »»


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Beach to have two lanes of traffic for extended Labor Day weekend

September 3, 2015 Fort Myers Beach is open for business all weekend long. more »»

Officials seek information on robbery at Fifth Third Bank in Bonita Springs

September 2, 2015 *UPDATE #1* During the investigation, Brent Shaker, age 39, was developed as a suspect. Probable cause was established to arrest Shaker for Robbery with a Firearm for the Fifth Third Bank Robbery. more »»

County boulevard project to have less impact

September 2, 2015 A second wave of road work on the main artery of Fort Myers Beach can be expected after Labor Day weekend and continue through December 2016. more »»

Beach realtor captures FAR humanitarian award

September 2, 2015 Fort Myers Beach realtor Cynthia Shafer is all about helping children and proves it by devoting many hours and tireless effort during 20 years as a guardian ad litem representing abused, abandoned... more »»

HONOR OF DISTINCTION: Durretts capture top County hospitality award

September 2, 2015 Fish-Tale Marina owners Al and Kathy Durrett were not on Fort Myers Beach when they received a phone call from Officer George Schwing asking for assistance to find a Chicago family a place to stay... more »»

News from around the region

Manatee 'distress' reported; behavior likely related to mating

September 2, 2015 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received a report of a possible manatee in distress in the Norfolk Canal, between Cape Coral Parkway and Bikini Court at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. more »»

Ruane suspends efforts in District 1 county commission race

September 2, 2015 Sanibel mayor Kevin Ruane has suspended his campaign in the Lee County Commission race for District . more »»

Cape Coral man arrested on drug charges

September 2, 2015 A months-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Cape Coral man on drug charges after a search turned up heroin and drug equipment, officials said. more »»

Change of venue for Clawson's Cape Coral District meeting

September 2, 2015 Congressman Curt Clawson has changed the location of his Cape Coral District Meeting. Citing an overwhelming response, his office said he will move his Cape Coral District meeting from 5:30 p.. more »»

CCCIA Contractors Showcase set for Sept. 24

September 2, 2015 The public is invited to attend the first ever Cape Coral Construction Industry Association Contractors Showcase where they can learn about the capabilities and services available from an array of... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Locals stand united for clean water during Labor Day weekend bridge demonstration

September 3, 2015 A special Labor Day weekend gathering is planned for Sunday, Sept. more »»

Fling a Flounder for Fireworks -- PierSide Grill hosts inaugural fireworks fund-raiser

August 27, 2015 PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach is presenting “Fling a Flounder for Fireworks” Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. more »»

Ballroom Blitz -- Pirate Ball benefit kicks off annual Pirate Fest

August 27, 2015 The Guardian ad Litem Foundation – 20th Judicial Circuit and The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce invite all to join the invasion and attend the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Ball benefit for a night... more »»

Crafty Creations -- Matanzas hosts craft workshop Saturday

August 27, 2015 Looking to get crafty on the bay this weekend??Well, you’re in luck, as Matanzas on the Bay, 416 Crescent St., is hosting a special art event, a Bottlecap Snook Workshop, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a. more »»

Local music video shoot seeks participants

August 20, 2015 Timeline Studio, a full recording facility based out of Cape Coral, along with Def Media, are eager to host an open casting call for anyone interested in appearing in a music video for national... more »»


Val’s and The Mermaid lounges host a collection for those affected by TS Erika

September 3, 2015 Many have been overheard locally calling Tropical Storm Erika a “dud” and “waste of our time,” both in person and on social media sites, uploading photos of a single lawn chair blown over with the... more »»

Tropical tribute -- Parrot Key hosts month-long anniversary celebration

September 3, 2015 Celebrating 13 years of proudly serving patrons of Southwest Florida, the owners and staff of Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, 2500?Main S. more »»

Walmart hiring approximately 300 associates for new Fort Myers Beach store

August 6, 2015 Walmart will hire approximately 300 associates to work at the new Walmart slated to open this fall in Fort Myers Beach. A temporary hiring center has opened at 16120 San Carlos Blvd. more »»

Town reconfirms stance on fracking

August 5, 2015 The issue of fracking is such a sensitive issue on Fort Myers Beach that the town decided it needed to vote on it twice. more »»

Sailing school founder to be inducted into Hall

August 5, 2015 The National Sailing Hall of Fame recently announced that Offshore Sailing School founder Steve Colgate is among six sailors who make up its 2015 class of Hall of Fame inductees. more »»


Dorothy Geraldine Gipson

August 25, 2015 Dorothy Geraldine Gipson, 90, of Fort Myers, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Malcolm S Duncan

August 25, 2015 Malcolm S. Duncan, 74 of Fort Myers passed away on August 23, 2015. Please visit to leave a condolence. more »»

Joseph "Joe" Anthony Pfister

August 21, 2015 Joseph "Joe" Anthony Pfister, 67 of Fort Myers passed away on August 19, 2015. Please visit to leave a condolence. more »»

Robert Joseph McDevitt Sr

August 20, 2015 Robert Joseph McDevitt, Sr., 74, of Estero, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Daron Lynn Scherr

August 17, 2015 Daron Lynn Scherr, M.D., 46 was born on May 10, 1969 in Valley City, ND to Pius and Delphine (Klose) Scherr.  He was killed in a motorcycle accident near his home in Ft. Myers, FL on August 7, 20. more »»

Local Columns

Check out the display of seashell creations at Beach Library

September 2, 2015 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m. We are closed Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day. Upcoming Movie Watch for upcoming movie selections. more »»

Movies to resume at the Beach Library

August 26, 2015 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 10:30 a.m., in Children's area. Getting Started with eBooks, Monday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. more »»

Car jokes

August 19, 2015 The car repair business can be a pretty serious affair at times. Actually, most of the time. more »»

Story sharing session offered at Beach Library

August 19, 2015 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area. Naked Meadow, Monday, Aug. more »»

Kimberly Bell Hambor is Beach Library Artist of the Month

August 12, 2015 Weekly Activities Wednesday, Aug. 12, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, Facebook & Twitter, 10:30 a.m. Please pre-register. Friday, Aug. 14, Wordstock, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Au. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Charter review points seek public comment

September 2, 2015 The next steps in the town’s Charter Review process are coming up at a joint Council/Charter Review Commission work session on Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. and at the second public hearing at the Sept. more »»

Mental health system failing to save lives

September 2, 2015 James Holmes, who suffers from schizophrenia, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 mass shooting that left 12 dead and 70 injured at the movie theatre in Aurora, Colo. more »»

Celebrate freedom of speech

September 2, 2015 To the editor: Recently a series of incidents have occurred where through the written press, verbal expression or other actions, attempts have been made to demean or squash freedom of expression... more »»

U.S. behind the curve on Cuba

September 2, 2015 To the editor: Well, if you are waiting for Congress to lift the embargo or waiting to travel to Cuba, it seems you will have to wait. Congress will not lift the embargo fully. more »»

Naples Water Tri Challenge winners

September 2, 2015 To the editor: Congratulations to the Calusa Ghost Tours Tribe for sweeping the glory at the Tri Challenge. more »»


Vaccinate your pets

August 12, 2015 The Florida Department of Health Lee County has issued a rabies alert in the wake of a confirmed case of the disease in a cat in Lehigh Acres recentl. more »»

Rally with a cause

July 9, 2015 Despite a deeply disappointing legislative session, local environmentalists have not given up their quest for improved water qualit. more »»

Bill of goods

July 1, 2015 And so it begins. more »»

Finish the job

June 10, 2015 How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving. It’s a wry joke, usually guaranteed to bring a chuckle. But this time, few among the 4. more »»

Demand water quality

April 28, 2015 Voters have spoken. Amendment 1 —allowing funds to be added to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire lands, restore them and manage improvements— received 75 percent approval last November. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

Here, fishy fishy … Second annual SWFL Lionfish Derby June 26-28

June 17, 2015 Matanzas on the Bay of Fort Myers Beach is hosting FGCU Spearfishing’s second annual 2015 Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby to promote control of the invasive lionfish species. more »»

National Champs -- Local team wins national tennis championship

April 1, 2015 A team of eight Southwest Florida men in the 65 & Over division recently returned from the USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Championships in Surprise, Ariz. more »»

Fillet & Release: Annual fishing tournament for Hope Hospice Saturday

September 18, 2014 The 10th annual Fillet and Release fishing tournament, raising funds for Hope Hospice, will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, with Matanzas Resort home base, at 414 Crescent St. more »»

Annual Summerset regatta seeks sponsorships

August 14, 2014 The 49th annual Summerset Regatta is setting sail Saturday and Sunday, Oct. more »»

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