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Lee County sees 14th death from coronavirus

April 6, 2020 A 62-year-old female was the latest Lee County person whose death was attributed to the coronavirus on Monday, the 14th person in Lee County to have died from COVID-19. more »»


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Lee County sees 14th death from coronavirus

April 6, 2020 A 62-year-old female was the latest Lee County person whose death was attributed to the coronavirus on Monday, the 14th person in Lee County to have died from COVID-19. more »»

Fire engulfs rental car lot at Southwest Florida International Airport

April 4, 2020 A mammoth fire that broke out Friday in a rental car overflow lot in a grassy area off Terminal Road at the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers burning or damaging thousands of... more »»

Fort Myers Beach Council approves exceptions to lodging ban

April 3, 2020 The Fort Myers Beach Council approved 13 exceptions to its 90-day ban on public commercial lodging at its last special meeting under the previous council on Frida. more »»

Lee County records 10th COVID-19 death

April 2, 2020 The Florida Department of Health confirmed a 10th death in Lee County on April 1. The individual was a 78-year-old male and Florida resident who had no recent history of travel. more »»

News from around the region

Lee Health: Monitor symptoms, seek care if they worsen

April 6, 2020 If you're feeling ill, see the doctor. That was the message to Lee County residents Monday afternoon during Lee Health's media call. President and CEO of Lee Health, Dr. more »»

COVID-19 cases rise by nearly 1,000 since Sunday evening

April 6, 2020 As of 11 a.m. Monday, there are 13,324 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 974 since FDOH's last update yesterday evening. more »»

Fire damage tally: 3,516 cars

April 5, 2020 The damage tally is in: 3,516 cars were destroyed or damaged in a fire that started Friday afternoon in an overflow parking lot at the Southwest Florida International Airpor. more »»

Florida COVID-19 cases surpass 12,000

April 5, 2020 As of 11 a.m. Sunday, there are 12,151 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 60. more »»

COVID-19 cases pass 11,000 mark

April 4, 2020 Editor's note: The Lee Health numbers have been updated to reflect Saturday morning stats. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there are 11,111 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Chicago concert rescheduled to May 13

March 16, 2020 The Chicago tribute concert featuring former Chicago singer Jeff Coffey and the Chicago cover band Back to Chicago scheduled for March 19 at Fish-Tale Marina on Fort Myers Beach has been postponed t... more »»

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 »»


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 »»

Business leaders raising funds for hospitality workers

March 18, 2020 With the beach season potentially facing a premature slowdown due a stock market in decline, along with national and local state of emergencies enacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, a group of... more »»

Branding plan moves forward for town

March 18, 2020 After months of buildup, the branding and marketing strategy options for Fort Myers Beach has arrived in the form of a dolphin, palm trees and a multi-colored logo of FMB and FMBeach. 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 »»

Richard John Lonski

February 5, 2020 Richard John Lonski, 65, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. more »»

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 »»

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

Guest Commentary: Cells, the fundamental unit of life

April 7, 2020 (Editor’s note: This is the second segment in a three-part series on viruses planned for publication. more »»

Guest Commentary: We’re all in this together

April 1, 2020 Hello everyone. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who are doing everything you can to keep our community safe and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. more »»

More wipes are needed

April 1, 2020 To the editor: So I go to Publix on the Beach for some necessities. I find a cart outside and look for the wipes to decontaminate the handle. more »»

Guest Commentary: A viral primer

April 1, 2020 In the very broadest of terms, there are three major categories of living things on our planet: true bacteria, ancient bacteria, and everything else. more »»

Guest Commentary: Being helpful when you are feeling helpless

April 1, 2020 With anxiety and uncertainty, the signs of these modern times, the loss of control over the future may leave people feeling helpless or hopeless and wondering what they can do. 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 »»

Tallahassee fog -- You can barely see the Sunshine

February 19, 2020 A bid to “save money” at the expense of government transparency is being proffered yet again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public. more »»

Much to be grateful for

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

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

Berrios sets tone in Twins home opener

February 26, 2020 With their sights on the World Series, the Minnesota Twins know their pitching will have to step up. more »»

Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox players, coaches and fans arrive in Southwest Florida

February 19, 2020 Some say nothing is free in life, but Fort Myers baseball fans can count themselves as lucky for not only do they have two Major League Baseball teams they can watch each spring, but free open house... more »»

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