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Estero Bay signs puzzling

May 27, 2020 When the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council voted last month to approve a new ordinance limiting speeds throughout the town's waters, one body of water left out was much of Estero Bay – in the manatee... more »»

 
 
 

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Estero Bay signs puzzling

May 27, 2020 When the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council voted last month to approve a new ordinance limiting speeds throughout the town's waters, one body of water left out was much of Estero Bay – in the manatee... more »»

Lee County Utilities customers may notice change in water

May 27, 2020 Lee County Utilities will be temporarily converting its disinfectant process from chloramines to free chlorine residual from June 1 through June 21. more »»

Ostego Bay Marine Center’s nurse shark gets new pad

May 27, 2020 They call him “Sharky.” He is a nurse shark on a growth spurt at the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center. more »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

May 27, 2020 As you know we didn't have our annual garage sale so we posted this week on the neighborhood site some great items that were given to us. more »»

Virtual summer school to be available to all students K-8

May 27, 2020 Think your elementary- or middle school-aged child could use a little help to prepare for next year? The School District of Lee County has you covered. more »»

News from around the region

Hernandez named Cape's top choice for city manager post

May 29, 2020 Cape Coral City Council has selected its candidate of choice for the city's top administrative position. more »»

Estimated taxable property valuations mostly up countywide

May 29, 2020 With just a few exceptions, taxable property valuations are up throughout Lee County, according to preliminary estimates released by the Property Appraiser's Office Friday morning. more »»

'Summer BreakSpot' meal program begins June 1

May 29, 2020 The School District is transitioning from the Grab & Go meal service to the annual Summer BreakSpot program on Monday, June 1. more »»

Florida Department of Health now reporting antibody test results

May 29, 2020 The Florida Department of Health is now releasing COVID-19 antibody test results in addition to updates on positive and negative test results and death numbers. more »»

Mariner High teacher first APPLES Mentor of the Year honoree

May 29, 2020 A Mariner High School English language arts teacher has been named the School District of Lee County's inaugural 2020 APPLES Mentor of the Year. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

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 »»

Art Association Paint Around raises money for student scholarships

January 29, 2020 It’s been a month of showcasing for the Fort Myers Beach Art Association from its “Art Divine” show to its current “Not the Status Quo” winter show and most recently a “Paint Around” which raised... more »»

Business

Conidaris family making protective wear for their resort’s guests

May 20, 2020 At the Lani Kai Island Resort, the Conidaris family has recognized the need for health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. more »»

In search of aid

April 21, 2020 In Southwest Florida, perhaps no other industry makes its mark so directly on the culture and day-to-day life of its tourism business as the fishermen who supply the seafood to local restaurants. more »»

Matching ad grants aim to aid businesses

April 1, 2020 Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic and thrive beyond it. Ogden Newspapers In. more »»

Gift cards being distributed to laid off workers

April 1, 2020 With thousands of people estimated to have been pushed out of work from their jobs on Fort Myers Beach due to the combined government shutdown of the beaches, restaurants and hotels, a community... more »»

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar temporarily closed

March 21, 2020 The PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is closing temporarily. The shutdown by the venerable restaurant located next to the currently blocked-off Fort Myers Beach Pier was announced Saturday. more »»

Obituaries

Milton Charles (Chuck) Golden

May 13, 2020 Milton Charles (Chuck) Golden, 92, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on May 5, 2020. Chuck was born in Baltimore, MD on December 19, 1927, the son of Charles Golden and Mary Beatrice Blair. more »»

Dr Alexander Michael Pagnani

April 15, 2020 Dr. Alexander Michael Pagnani, 70, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

John E. "Jack" Moynihan

February 28, 2020 John E. "Jack" Moynihan, 80 of Englewood passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Village on the Isle in Venice. Jack was born October 5, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Edward A. more »»

George Thomas Downey

February 24, 2020 George Thomas Downey, 82, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away February 19, 2020. more »»

Fred B Towell

February 21, 2020 Fred B Towell, 92, of Ft Myers Beach died February 17, 2020.  He was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1927.  He served in the US Navy from 1945 to 194. more »»

Local Columns

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 »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

May 27, 2020 As you know we didn't have our annual garage sale so we posted this week on the neighborhood site some great items that were given to us. more »»

Pet Pals

May 20, 2020 He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. 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 »»

Fire and Life Safety Plan Examination and Permitting

August 7, 2019 Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas! This month we would like to highlight some excellent news from the Life Safety Division of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department... more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Every month should be mental health month

May 27, 2020 Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the United States. more »»

Guest Commentary: Back down the hill

May 27, 2020 At long last, we think we have passed the peak of COVID-19 cases in the United States; and are on the backside of the curve. more »»

Lesson learned

May 27, 2020 To the editor: In this and in future eras, students in our public schools need to pursue a course of study under Citizenship in which they are taught how to recognize and to how resist Political... more »»

Town government is anything but ‘lite’

April 29, 2020 To the editor: Seldom has the misdirection of anything-but-lite Fort Myers Beach town government been more obvious than in the two stories on page 6 of your April 22 edition. more »»

Those who pick up our trash deserve a thank you

April 29, 2020 To the editor: Everyone is doing such wonderful things during the COVID-19 crisis. But there is one group we are forgetting and that’s our trash collectors. 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

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 »»

Major League Baseball cancels spring training

March 12, 2020 Spring training games have been canceled and the Major League Baseball season will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus, according to a statement... more »»

Future bright for Rays, Twins

March 11, 2020 These are good times for fans of the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays. more »»

Red Sox, Twins youth key to spring training

March 4, 2020 If you are a Twins fan and see the team’s 22-year-old left-handed hitting phenom Luis Arraez crouching low over the plate with his bat held in a way that brings back memories of one of the greatest... more »»

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