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Matanzas Pass Bridge could be widened

A state project could widen the Matanzas Pass Bridge in 2022 while adding a new traffic signal at the Main Street intersection before the bridge, along with a new traffic oval on the Estero Island side of the bridge on Fort Myers Beach. Lee County Department of Transportation Director Randy Cerchie provided the broad details of the state's plans at a meeting of the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council on Monday. Cerchie said Matanzas Pass Bridge would be widened to allow for two lanes of traffic heading onto the island and one lane for traffic to turn off the bridge, along with a bike path. Cerchie said he expects the Florida Department of Transportation to present more details at a public hearing in February or March. The construction is expected to begin in 2022, which will coincide with the expected construction of Margaritaville. Meanwhile, Cerchie said the replacement 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 ...


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 ...


Local Columns


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 ...