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Remnants of Arches make a move

For more than 40 years, the former iconic Fort Myers Beach Arches have been without a home since they were demolished to make way for Matanzas Pass Bridge. Few may know that the remnants of the 104-feet wide Arches had been idly standing by off the island on property near the Beach Bowl ever since. They had been on property owned by the contractor who demolished them. This past weekend, a group of Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches volunteers helped transport the surviving 17 stones to Buckingham while the group continues to search for a spot on the Beach where they can be returned. “It ...

Slight shift in coronavirus cases in Lee County

For more than 40 years, the former iconic Fort Myers Beach Arches have been without a home since they were demolished to make way for Matanzas Pass Bridge. Few may know that the remnants of the ...

News from around the region

Slight shift in coronavirus cases in Lee County

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lee County climbed to 20,025 on Monday from 19,176 a week earlier, an increase of approximately 4%. That represents an increase from last week's change of 1.8% while statewide statistics maintained the same pace they have been on for the past month. On ...

Obituaries

Olive A Abbott

Olive A. Abbott, 83, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away September 15, 2020. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Eden Oak: Conservation 20/20 nomination update

In the midst of the request by the owner to change the zoning to build 55 units in the mangroves near the Shell Point Retirement Community, the Eden Oak property was also nominated earlier this year to Lee County's Conservation 20/20 land acquisition program.It's the second time this property ...

Business

Bars to reopen Monday

Bars will be allowed to reopen throughout Florida beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday at 50% capacity following the lifting of an emergency order by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears, following a meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis and restaurateurs ...

Local Columns

Editorials

Collateral damage from county’s reopening

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."While we work together to determine the next steps, one thing we know is that reopening will not be a return to life as we knew it before COVID-19," Lee ...