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Casablanca Cafe reopens at Lani Kai

As you enter the Casablanca Cafe in the lobby area of the Lani Kai Island Resort, Humphrey Bogart is sitting right there watching over the place.It's only fitting that Bogart's portrait greets visitors to the Starbucks-stocked establishment on Fort Myers Beach now that the cafe has reopened ...

State Court of Appeal hears Margaritaville challenge

With attorneys providing oral arguments via video feed to a three-judge panel of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Tuesday, the key issues raised against the Margaritaville project and a decision by a circuit court were debated.Attorney Ralf Brookes - representing Chris Patton, ...

Best Western Plus completing renovations

Best Western Plus Beach Resort managing partner Tim Malbon wasn't exactly jumping for joy when the town closed its beaches and hotels in March. Initially presented as a 90-day ban, Malbon and the management of the Estero Boulevard hotel situated on the northern end of the beach decided it was a ...

Conidaris family making protective wear for their resort’s guests

At the Lani Kai Island Resort, the Conidaris family has recognized the need for health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kathy Conidaris, wife of Lani Kai manager Ken Conidaris, has stepped up to address a need many guests may have during their stay by making masks.Conidaris first saw a ...

In search of aid

In Southwest Florida, perhaps no other industry makes its mark so directly on the culture and day-to-day life of its tourism business as the fishermen who supply the seafood to local restaurants. With most of the major restaurants that serve seafood to diners closed since last month (except for ...

Matching ad grants aim to aid businesses

Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic and thrive beyond it.Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of Breeze Newspapers, has established a $1 million nationwide fund to help local businesses get back to full strength ...

Gift cards being distributed to laid off workers

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 effort to rally around the #WeAreFMB initiative to raise funds for workers is showing ...

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar temporarily closed

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. The closing follows the order issued on Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis to restrict restaurants to ...

Business leaders raising funds for hospitality workers

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 local business leaders are uniting to help workers who could be facing hardships due to the closing ...

Branding plan moves forward for town

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.Sharon McCormick, director of business attraction and marketing for Redevelopment Management Associates, ...