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Community Foundation ends first decade with trip back to Woodstock

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's 10th year with a Woodstock-themed fundraising event at the Diamondhead Beach Resort Jan. ...

St. Raphael’s ringing in new year with iron bell

If you live around Williams Street you may have heard the sound of a bell Sunday mornings over the past month. It is the sound made from a 50-pound cast iron bell that is more than 100 years old and which was donated by the Heyd family to St. Raphael's Episcopal Church.The bell is rung each ...

Boats, seafood, market mix at Lovers Key

To really feel like you found something new at the boat show and seafood festival benefitting the Friends of Lovers Key and Bonita Springs Rotary Club, you had to visit Rudi Weber's waffle and ice cream stand at the event field of Lovers Key State Park.Among the highlights were shaved ice ...

Art Association Paint Around raises money for student scholarships

It's been a month of showcasing for the Fort Myers Beach Art Association from its "Art Divine" show to its current "Not the Status Quo" winter show and most recently a "Paint Around" which raised funds for student scholarships at its gallery.The "Paint Around" featured four of the association's ...

Charlie McCoy brings lifetime of playing with the best to Lovers Key

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 player has put together.He has recorded with musical giants from Elvis Presley to Roy Orbison, Bob ...

Fort Myers Beach, home of the seahorse?

The branding project for the Town of Fort Myers Beach is starting to near the finish line.The town's marketing consultants met with members of the public Jan. 15 to get more input and while no overarching consensus emerged as to what the marketing strategy will be, there was one bold suggestion ...

Community puts putters to good use

For some on Fort Myers Beach, giving back to the community is a type of civic duty. The Fort Myers Woman's Club's Putt and Pub Crawl furthered those duties on Saturday with the 10th annual Putt & Pub Crawl.Restaurants throughout the downtown area sponsored putting holes as they were ...

Their field of dreams

It's January in Florida and that means spring training is just around the corner. For a group of about three dozen men and women at the baseball field of the Bay Oaks Recreation center campus it is just another Thursday morning and that means it's time for softball.The Fort Myers Beach ...

Sand artist drawings out of this world

If you have been hitting the beach the past few weeks you may noticed what may be considered elaborate crop circles or perhaps you thought they were treasure maps or signs from outer space. Fear not. Those rake marks are from the artist John Boyd who has been working on local beaches ...