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Fort Myers Beach Council hears nuisance abatement board ordinance

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council on Monday held a first reading of a proposed ordinance which would create a nuisance abatement board empowered to potentially close businesses, as well as hand out punishments to residential property owners who run afoul of the proposed edicts. The measure ...

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits opens new store

At the busy gateway to Fort Myers Beach on Summerlin Boulevard next to Aldi and across the road from the Beach Kiwanis Thrift Shop is a new business making a large investment - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.In the same family's hands since opening in Florida during the Great Depression under ...

Summerlin Cafe delivers fresh menu

The Summerlin Cafe, at the location where the Sunflower Cafe formerly sat near Walmart at Summerlin Square Drive on Fort Myers Beach, has undergone a total renovation and is open for business.The eatery, run by brothers John and Nick Drivas, mixes all-American breakfast and lunch favorites with ...

DiamondHead Beach Resort rolls out renovations

The DiamondHead Beach Resort used the time when the town closed much of its hospitality industry following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, to do some sprucing up.That includes a renovated terrace overlooking its pool, an updated outdoor seating area near its Cabanas Beach Bar and Grille, new ...

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 ...