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Boulevard staking signals pre-construction

December 17, 2014 The initial indication for the long-planned restoration of Fort Myers Beach's main road can be physically seen, now that Lee County officials have placed flags and markings on a mile portion of the... more »»


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Boulevard staking signals pre-construction

December 17, 2014 The initial indication for the long-planned restoration of Fort Myers Beach's main road can be physically seen, now that Lee County officials have placed flags and markings on a mile portion of the... more »»

Downtown ad hoc hears input from neighbor

December 17, 2014 In a continued effort to gain revenue opportunities linked to issues relative to the downtown zoning district, Town officials are looking at different avenues and tools and asking different... more »»

CLEAN & RESILIENT: Fish Tale Marina gains first SWF designation

December 17, 2014 Fish Tale Marina has picked up yet another distinction for marine and environmental practices. The south end island marina at 7225 Estero Blvd. more »»

Fort Myers Fitness event benefits Beach kids

December 17, 2014 Many children in the Fort Myers Beach area will be waking up Christmas morning with gifts they may not have received if it wasn't for the kindness of weight lifters, friends and a gym owner that ha... more »»

Service clubs give back big to Beach community

December 17, 2014 Three representatives from local non-profit service organizations spoke on their respective clubs at the Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Charley's Boat House Grill last... more »»

News from around the region

Stephenson named superintendent for Cape Coral Charter Schools

December 17, 2014 The city of Cape Coral’s Charter School Governing Board has selected Nelson Stephenson as the new superintendent. Stephenson replaces Dr. more »»

City Council addresses revival of bike patrols, employee reclassification, more

December 16, 2014 The close of Monday night's City Council meeting ushered in a four-week holiday hiatus for members of the board. They don't meet again until Jan. 12, 2015. more »»

Updated: Body of missing paddleboarder recovered

December 16, 2014 Updated: Emergency divers for the Lee County Sheriff's Office assisted Tuesday in the recovery of a missing paddle boarder, whose body was found off Sanibel. more »»

Honoring our fallen

December 16, 2014 By CHUCK BALLARO news@breezenewspapers. more »»

‘From Pioneers to Paradise’

December 16, 2014 Most residents have probably heard the story about the Rosen brothers and the Gulf American Land Corporation, but far fewer are likely as familiar with the homesteaders role in the city's history. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Rockin' with Tommy V

December 11, 2014 Local musician Tommy Van Oyen, well-known as Tommy V, has been into music his whole life, first picking up an instrument when he was just 5 years old. more »»

Riding for a Reason -

December 4, 2014 For the 18th straight year, a group of beach friends gets together to offer a cross-county poker run for a wonderful cause, raising Christmas funds and toys for island children in need. more »»

Annual Spirit of Christmas benefit takes place Tuesday

December 1, 2014 After diligent planning and preparation, the eighth annual Spirit of Christmas benefit, raising funds for the Spirit of Christmas Foundation, giving a Christmas to hundreds of local children and... more »»

Taking 10,000 Views home with you - CD Release party Saturday

November 26, 2014 You’ve seen them performing at The Whale, you’ve seen them performing at the Lani Kai, you’ve probably seen them performing at volunteer benefits and festivals around town, too. more »»

A benefit for Ben and Benny benefit Sunday at The Cottage

November 13, 2014 Helping to raise funds for a local man and his son, to have a very special and memorable Christmas, The Cottage is hosting a very special benefit for Ben Westerhouse this weekend Sunday, Nov. more »»


Beach realtor nominated as WGCU Maker

December 3, 2014 Beach realtor Cynthia Shafer has been nominated as a 2015 WGCU Maker for her contributions in the Voices For Kids and Bedz for Kidz programs. more »»

Local non-profit awarded $23k grant to provide water safety to autistic, special needs children

November 20, 2014 A local foundation dedicated to supporting the development and growth of non-profit businesses and to raising funds for selected Florida charities around the area – and the state – was just awarded... more »»

Surf Club changes hands in ownership

October 8, 2014 After a several-decade run, Surf Club owner and founder Bruce Cermak is passing the award-winning torch to new owners, who take over Friday. more »»

Revving up to be a great Monday: Parrot Key Cruise-In Car Shows Return

October 2, 2014 Attention, all motor-heads, car-lovers and engine enthusiasts: Get ready to feast your eyes on what’s known as pure eye candy, as the staff of Parrot Key, 2500 Main S. more »»

The SandBar hosts family benefit Saturday

September 18, 2014 Raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis while raising funds for a local employee’s family in need, the SandBar and Grill, 7205 Estero Blvd. more »»


April Lynn Johnson

December 11, 2014 April Lynn Johnson, 34, of North Fort Myers died December 6, 2014. www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Dale Lee Higdon

November 28, 2014 Dale Lee Higdon, 51, of Lehigh Acres died Nov. 24, 2014. www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Barbara “Bob Ann” Johnson

November 28, 2014 Barbara “Bob Ann” Johnson, 81, of Fort Myers died Nov. 25, 2014. www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Anthony Gerard Sawchuk

November 28, 2014 Anthony Gerard Sawchuk, 24, of Fort Myers died Nov. 24, 2014. www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Robert M. Sipe

November 20, 2014 Robert M. Sipe, 90, of Fort Myers died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Local Columns

We have heard it all before

December 17, 2014 Some comments heard by mechanics probably haven’t changed since Romans returned their chariots to blacksmiths... more »»

John Bennett is Beach Library Artist of the Month

December 17, 2014 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area. Afternoon Movie, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Apps for iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. more »»

Google this

December 10, 2014 There is a relatively new fad going around, (within the last 10 years, anyway) of googling for answers to almost every problem we encounter. more »»

Check out holidays decorations at the Beach Library

December 10, 2014 Weekly Activities Wednesday, Dec. 10, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Also on Wednesday, Quilting group meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, Memoir/Process of Writing, 10:30 a.. more »»

Beach Library releases visitation survey results

December 3, 2014 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register. Writing Class, Friday, Dec. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Find balance between treating mental illness, protecting rights

December 17, 2014 We have yet another shooting by an individual suffering from mental illness. more »»

FMB Polar Bears to make 10th annual jump

December 17, 2014 To the editor: The Fort Myers Beach Polar Bear Club will hold their 10th annual jump on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2015. This year the event is being held at theOutrigger Beach Resort (6200 Estero Blvd. more »»

Contributors listed for Spirit of the Holidays

December 17, 2014 To the editor: A big thank you to all of you for making this year’s Spirit of the Holidays a huge success. more »»

AMIkids director grateful for donations

December 17, 2014 To the editor: First, I would like to say an early happy holidays! The staff, board of directors, and students here at AMIkids Southwest Florida are extremely grateful for all the recent donation... more »»

FMB Little League opens registration

December 10, 2014 To the editor: Fort Myers Beach Little League is embarking on its 60th year on the beach. We want to thank our community for making this possible. more »»


Vote 'yes' on Amendment 2

October 22, 2014 In November, Florida voters will decide whether the state will join nearly two dozen others in legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes Amendment 2, a grassroots initiative - no pun... more »»

Smart school testing decision on opt-out proposal

September 10, 2014 Less than one week after voting to "opt out" of statewide testing requirements, the School Board of Lee County rescinded that vote with an eye toward a more measured approach. more »»

Get out and vote early

August 20, 2014 Eight days of early voting for the Primary Election began Saturday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23, at the 11 elections offices throughout Lee County. more »»

Schools are in session: Driver be aware

August 20, 2014 Public schools opened Monday across Lee County. An estimated 87,000 students, ranging from kindergarten through high school, have returned to the classroom as the new school year gets under wa. more »»

Lightning detection for Beach needs exploration

July 30, 2014 The 15th U.S. lightning death of 2014 was recorded here in Lee County Tuesday. Scott Wilcox, 41, was fatally injured. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

47th annual Summerset Regatta sails Saturday

October 4, 2012 Steve Romaine, avid local sailor, longtime member and past commodore of the CMCS sailing group, and a very lucky gentleman who recently returned from a European excursion and nine-day Mediterranean... more »»

CMCS gears up for 47th annual Summerset Regatta Oct. 5-7

September 27, 2012 Steve Romaine, avid local sailor, longtime member and past commodore of the CMCS sailing group, and a very lucky gentleman who recently returned from a European excursion and nine-day Meditarrean... more »»

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