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Lovers Key boat show, market and seafood festival set for this weekend

January 22, 2020 Friends of Lovers Key President Richard Donnelly is hoping the weather cooperates to make the organization’s fifth annual boat show, market and seafood festival at Lovers Key State Park this weekend... more »»

 
 
 

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Lovers Key boat show, market and seafood festival set for this weekend

January 22, 2020 Friends of Lovers Key President Richard Donnelly is hoping the weather cooperates to make the organization’s fifth annual boat show, market and seafood festival at Lovers Key State Park this weekend... more »»

Lee County led state in manatee deaths in 2019

January 22, 2020 Lee County led Florida in an unfortunate statistic in 2019 by a large margin: manatee deaths. more »»

Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon set for Friday

January 22, 2020 A radiothon that focuses on helping and taking care of children will be held in Cape Coral this year to benefit the Barbara's Friends -- Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund. more »»

Public restrooms split council

January 22, 2020 Adding more restrooms on Fort Myers Beach makes sense to a majority of the town council but figuring out where they should go is another story. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery announces social – ‘Paint Around’ fundraiser for student scholarships

January 22, 2020 The Fort Myers Beach Art Association will host a “Paint Around” Social at 5 p.m. Thursday, Ja. more »»

News from around the region

Man arrested after using truck to ram another vehicle

January 24, 2020 Cape Coral police have reported that a man was arrested early Friday morning after pursuing three women out of a bar, then ramming the vehicle they had gotten into several times, causing the driver... more »»

LCEC marks milestone: An electrifying 80 years

January 23, 2020 The development of Cape Coral’s electrical grid began with a handshake. In 1957, Lee County Electric Cooperative Manager Homer T.Welch and Cape Coral developer Leonard Rosen made a promise. more »»

Improvements to Matlacha site proposed

January 23, 2020 When the Cape Coral City Council last month rejected a second annexation attempt of six acres the municipality owns in Matlacha, the big question on everyone’s mind was “What’s next?” On Monday,... more »»

Mussels to host Festival of Beers

January 23, 2020 Wish you could try Southwest Florida’s breweries’ best creations at one venue? This weekend, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels will host the 15th annual Ballpark Festival of Beers, bringing two of... more »»

Registration open for Strides in Education 5K

January 23, 2020 The community is invited to support the next generation of learners by participating in the annual Take Stock in Children’s Strides in Education 5K to be held next month. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery announces social – ‘Paint Around’ fundraiser for student scholarships

January 22, 2020 The Fort Myers Beach Art Association will host a “Paint Around” Social at 5 p.m. Thursday, Ja. more »»

The return of the Chairman of the Board

January 15, 2020 Tony Sands has taken on one of the toughest assignments in show business. His job is to be Frank Sinatra and for the past 25 years he has been doing his best to deliver Ol' Blue Eyes to audiences. more »»

Art Association draws full house

January 15, 2020 The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Open House lived up to expectations Jan. 9 with a large crowd of visitors interested in viewing and learning about ar. more »»

Songs set the mood at Lovers Key sunset

January 8, 2020 It was the perfect setting for a sunset. more »»

Art Association open house promises to be divine

January 8, 2020 The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Open House Jan. more »»

Business

Grandview development gains approval for guest suites, eyes construction

January 15, 2020 With the final approval of the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council this week, the Grandview at Bay Beach high-rise condominium development is ready to take off. more »»

SOB’s doesn’t shy away from flavor

January 15, 2020 When Smokin' Oyster Brewery chef Reid Freeman captured the Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club's competitive chili cook-off contest for the second year in a row in December, you had to take notice. more »»

Matanzas on the Bay stays on the mark

January 1, 2020 Owning a business for 35 years is a rare feat. To make it in the restaurant business that long is particularly toug. more »»

Jungle Golf provides escape in the wild

December 11, 2019 Since 1978, Jungle Golf has been providing waterfalls, elephants, zebras and giraffes as a backdrop for families to play miniature golf. more »»

Obituaries

Jane Elizabeth Cole Luchi

January 13, 2020 Jane Elizabeth Cole Luchi, loving wife of Charles (Chuck) Luchi, lost her brave battle with cancer on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers. more »»

Florence "Flo" Wozny

January 10, 2020 Florence "Flo" Wozny went to be with the Lord on December 18th, 2019. Survived by loving sons Mike Racinski (Sandy) and Ken Racinski (Christine). more »»

Walter Emerson Widmer

January 7, 2020 Walter Emerson Widmer, 78, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away December 26, 2019. more »»

SSgt Gerald "Jerry" Kmieciak

December 30, 2019 SSgt Gerald "Jerry" Kmieciak, 74, died on November 12, 2019. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Jerry was born on October 2nd, 1945 and raised in the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan. more »»

Donald L Center

December 26, 2019 Donald L. Center, 94, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on December 25, 2019. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Service.  www.fullermetz. more »»

Local Columns

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 »»

Guest Commentary: Polarization and judgement needs to stop, everywhere

August 7, 2019 Friends, It is with deep and humble gratitude that I thank you for your encouragement & support for the appointment to the Lee County Board of County Commission. more »»

Shoreline Spotlight: The difference between butterflies and moths

June 12, 2019 My wife found some caterpillars devouring her Necklace Pod plant. She took some photos and went online and identified it as a Genista Broom Moth caterpillar. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Emergency Medical Services

June 12, 2019 Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas. more »»

Shoreline Spotlight: The Worst Invasive Plants

March 6, 2019 In honor of Invasive Awareness Week (Feb. 25-March 1), let's talk about the worst offenders in our backyards. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Traffic and parking on Fort Myers Beach

January 22, 2020 To the editor: According the a report in the Beach Observer on Jan 8, our Town Council discussed the seemingly incurable problem of traffic back-ups on Fort Myers Beach. more »»

Jim Atterholt is well-qualified to serve

January 22, 2020 To the editor: I love Fort Myers Beach and try to spend as much time as I can here at my condo at Sandarac. more »»

Media should report the news and stop misinformation and bullying

January 15, 2020 To the editor: I've enjoyed reading the news and articles about current and upcoming events. more »»

The answers should be obvious

January 15, 2020 To the editor: In a recent edition of the Observer, Jan. 8, a guest commentary by Anita Cereceda, and an article by Nathan Mayberg, were read with interest and amusement. The fun part in Mr. more »»

Guest Commentary: What can we expect from the Red Tide Task Force?

January 15, 2020 Florida red tide is one of the major ecological threats facing Florida. Because of the seriousness of the threat, in mid-2019 Go. more »»

Editorials

Much to be grateful for

November 27, 2019 For some of us, the whole “pumpkin spice” thing is as old as childhood. more »»

Public records solar eclipse

November 20, 2019 If you’re looking to check the employment history or educational background of your child’s teacher and think a public records request might shed some light, you might want to strap on some... more »»

Veterans need more than a ‘thank you for your service’

November 13, 2019 Lee County marked Veterans Day this year with a parade along Cape Coral Parkway, a luncheon at the Military Museum & Library, and a nighttime run over the Midpoint Bridge. more »»

In the wake of Rooney’s announcement: Interesting times ahead

October 30, 2019 Congressman Francis Rooney surprised a lot of people last week when he announced that he will retire at the end of his second term, thus opening the District 19 House seat for a new rep to be electe... more »»

Hold course on water quality commitments

September 25, 2019 Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Their field of dreams

January 22, 2020 It’s January in Florida and that means spring training is just around the corner. more »»

Twins to hold youth clinics across Lee County

January 15, 2020 Little Leaguers around Lee County will get the chance to participate in youth clinics put on by the Minnesota Twins in the coming months.  Beginning Jan. more »»

Hibiscus Hybrid Plant Sale to be held at Salvation Army Jan. 18

January 15, 2020 The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will hold its Hibiscus Hybrid Plant Sale from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Salvation Army in Fort Myers. more »»

Registration open for Strides in Education 5K

January 15, 2020 The community is invited to support the next generation of learners by participating in the annual Take Stock in Children’s Strides in Education 5K to be held next month. more »»

Fort Myers Miracle renamed Mighty Mussels

December 11, 2019 Fans attending Florida State League baseball games at Hammond Stadium next year can expect to see the same great talent, but with a new look. more »»

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