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Coast Guard Aux offers safe boating class

July 23, 2015 When something goes wrong at home, we all know how to call 911. more »»

Kiker reacts to County BP Oil settlement

July 22, 2015 There is now financial closure on the Lee County level to a Gulf oil spill that occurred more than five years ago off the coast of Louisiana and resulted in the worst maritime environmental disaste... more »»

Town closes on Hall property

July 22, 2015 It's official. The property at 2523 Estero Blvd. is now under the ownership of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and the taxpayers of the island. more »»

ACADEMIC WINNERS: Beach Kids Foundation announces scholarship winners

July 22, 2015 The Beach Kids Foundation announced the winners of its inaugural College Scholarship Program recently. more »»

Town environmentalist accepts Rookery job

July 22, 2015 Keith Laakkonen is working his final day for the Town of Fort Myers Beach at Town Hall today. more »»

News from around the region

Friends, family pay final tribute to teen

July 24, 2015 Hundreds of balloons were released into the sky. Further and further into the distance they went until they disappeared in the eastern sky on Sunday. more »»

Cape officials say city suffered no BP revenue losses

July 24, 2015 The city of Cape Coral did not file a claim because staff apparently concluded the city did not suffer economic losses from the BP oil spill in 2010. more »»

UPDATED: Fort Myers Beach boulevard waterlines project delayed by rain

July 24, 2015 Update: Waterline construction on Estero Boulevard has been delayed due to weather. Construction activities scheduled to begin Monday on Estero Boulevard have been cancelled due to inclement weather. more »»

Question of the Week: Why are you running for office?

July 24, 2015 City Council candidate question of the week Each week through the primary, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related questio. more »»

Cape eyes removal of Chiquita boat lock

July 24, 2015 A permit to remove the Chiquita boat lock, a resolution to continue the city’s exploration of taking over electric utility operations and the setting of a maximum property tax rate are among the... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

The Torrents of Papas -- Two local gentlemen to compete during Hemingway Days

July 8, 2015 Two local island gentlemen are eager to make it down to Key West within the next couple of weeks. more »»

Brit Floyd -- ‘World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show’ returns to SWFL

June 17, 2015 Highly regarded as “The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show,” Brit Floyd is back touring around our neck of the woods, as part of its “Space & Time World Tour 2015,” performing at the Barbara B. 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 »»

$pinach for Popeye benefit Saturday at The Shamrock

June 17, 2015 As soon as islanders got word of local humanitarian Mike “Popeye” Dearden’s medical emergency scare months ago, they’ve been busy planning and organizing a great benefit to help offset his piling... more »»

Sixth annual Popeyepalooza to help two causes

June 3, 2015 Popeyepalooza began as a simple gathering at Mike “Popeye” Dearden’s home one year. more »»


Chalk Art Fun - Local gallery and gift shop offers artistic classes

March 26, 2015 The Salty Dog Gallery and Gifts shop toward the north end of the island has always been a fun place to visit, perusing the unique and interesting items available for purchas. more »»

Black Caesar benefit for Chazz Maupin Sunday at The Mermaid

February 24, 2015 Chazz Maupin, also known as Black Caesar, has been a well-known and well-loved resident of the Fort Myers Beach community for years. more »»

DeCarlo Rocks - Inaugural benefit takes place at Val’s Sunday

February 5, 2015 Hosted by the Michael DeCarlo Foundation, the inaugural DeCarlo Rocks all-day benefit concert is taking place at Valerie’s Lounge and Liquors, in the Indian Creek Shopping Plaza, 17264 San Carlos... more »»

Faithful Patriotism - Local legion offers Health Fair, military museum and more to local vets, members, community

January 8, 2015 Teaming up to help our local military veterans and active military personnel, the Estero Island Medical Care Center and American Legion Post 274 are hosting a Free Veterans Wellness Fair and blood... more »»

Valerie's Lounge hosts emergency BINGO fund-raiser Thursday

January 7, 2015 Valerie's Lounge, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., will be hosting an emergency fund-raiser during its Thursday BINGO session this week. more »»


Jock Ira Reese Sr.

June 5, 2015 Jock Ira Reese Sr., 63, of Fort Myers Beach, FL died on June 1, 2015. Arrangements by Affordable Cremations, A Dignified Alternative, North Fort Myers, FL. more »»

Peter Pazzanese

May 13, 2015 Peter Pazzanese, 90, of Fort Myers Beach, FL died on May 10, 2015. Arrangements by Affordable Cremations, A Dignified Alternative, North Fort Myers, FL. more »»

Norma Jean Carroll

May 7, 2015 Norma Jean Carroll, age 83, died on April 30, 2015.  She was a resident of Fort Myers Beach for over 30 years before returning to Fort Wayne, IN.  Funeral services provided by D.O. more »»

John Walter Zukaitis Jr,

April 29, 2015 John Walter Zukaitis Jr., 50, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on April 18, 2015. Arrangements by Affordable Cremations and Horizon Funeral Home, Fort Myers, FL. www.horizonfunerals. more »»

Judy Michie

April 24, 2015 Judy Michie was born December 12, 1938 in Kansas City to Stanley and Arleta Hamilton.  She attended Kansas State, majoring in Journalis. more »»

Local Columns

Vacation drive readiness

July 22, 2015 There is a procedure performed by most car repair shops that goes by various names, such as: Trip Check, Safety Inspection, Mechanical Inspection, Roadworthy Inspection and so forth. more »»

Check out audio books at the Beach Library

July 22, 2015 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. Apps for iPad/iPhone, Thursday, July 23, 10:30 a.m., Pre-register. more »»

The best laid schemes of mice and men

July 15, 2015 Military commanders like to say that the best battle plans go out the window at the first shot. more »»

Beach Library seeks volunteers for bookstore and landscaping

July 15, 2015 This Week's Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. in Kid's Place Going Further with your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Pre-register. more »»

What is a brake job?

July 8, 2015 After calling around for estimates on his brakes and getting wildly differing prices, a reader wants to know: "What is a "brake job" and what should it cost, anyway?" Glad you asked. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Before you cry foul on taxes, look deeper

July 22, 2015 I’m one of those guys who believes in getting good value for what I pay. I apply that principle to choosing restaurants, cars, clothing and all of life’s other amenities. more »»

Seafood Harvesters give view on snapper act

July 22, 2015 Seafood Harvesters of America Executive Director Brett Veerhusen issued the following statement recently in response to introduction of the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act. more »»

Beach resident honors terrorist victims

July 22, 2015 To the editor: This weekend, I changed my FaceBook profile photo back to my training camp portrait. An unadorned Marine, proud and ready to serv. more »»

Testing tots not the best way to assess skill levels

July 22, 2015 To the editor: Recently there has been a lot of controversy about standardize testing for children. more »»

Hydro-electric power for clean water

July 22, 2015 To the editor: I have a proposal. Hydro-electric power from Lake Okeechobee. Everyone wants clean water. Everyone wants clean air. 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 »»

On the mend

April 1, 2015 The U.S. Census Bureau issued a release Thursday announcing the fastest-growing "metros" in the country. Cape Coral-Fort Myers came in at No. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

Suncoast Gun Show hits SWFL this weekend

February 8, 2013 The Suncoast Gun Show is returning to Southwest Florida this weekend, Feb. 9 and 10, at the Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. This is one of Florida's largest gun shows. more »»

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