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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, ...

As of right now, Taste of the Beach is a go

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce expects to hold the 25th Annual Taste of the Beach on Sunday, May 3. The popular food festival held on Fort Myers Beach will include over 20 restaurants, promotional vendors, a beer garden and live music across two stages. The event will run from 11 ...

Fish-Tale Marina has new owner

Over the last 35 years, Al Durrett grew the Fish-Tale Marina from a 12-person operation with 30 docks to a company with more than 100 employees and 100 wet slips for boats.Now, it's time for Durrett to enjoy the fruits of his labor, having sold the property on the south end of Fort Myers Beach ...

Lani Kai Island Resort in spring break mode

With a special permit in place from the town council for its stage, the Lani Kai Island Resort is in full spring break mode with the Cincinnati firemen variety show leading the way daily through March 19 (excluding March 11 and March 16), the resort announced.The Cincinnati firemen and EMTs ...

Board of Fire Commissioners has vacant seat

The Fort Myers Beach Board of Fire Commissioners has an open seat to fill following the resignation of Bob Raymond.Raymond has been recovering from a stroke, Board of Commissioners Chair Larry Wood said.Rather than wait until November for an election to fill the seat, Wood said the commission ...

Lighting consultant terminated after presentation to town council

One day after he spoke to the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council as part of efforts to find a lighting solution on Estero Boulevard, Miami-based consultant William Pino was told his services were no longer needed.In a letter sent to Pino on March 6, Fort Myers Beach Manager Roger Hernstadt said ...