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DeSantis moves state into phase 3 of reopening, lifting indoor restrictions

Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that the state is lifting indoor capacity restrictions at restaurants, theme parks and most other businesses as part of the state's phase 3 reopening since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The order lifts restrictions on social distancing. The order takes ...

ROAR powerboat races canceled

The ROAR offshore powerboat races scheduled on Fort Myers Beach for October, have been canceled. Organizer Cyndee Hill said the races have been postponed until next year in October. Hill cited decreased business on the beach this year due to the closure of the beach earlier in the year (due ...

Tourism in Lee County dropped 64% from April to June

The number of of visitors to Lee County dropped 64% per lodging statistics in the tourism snapshot of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau's data for April to June this year, representing the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic. The county was hit particularly hard by travel bans ...

Remnants of Arches make a move

For more than 40 years, the former iconic Fort Myers Beach Arches have been without a home since they were demolished to make way for Matanzas Pass Bridge. Few may know that the remnants of the 104-feet wide Arches had been idly standing by off the island on property near the Beach Bowl ever ...

Divided town council approves nuisance abatement board

A coalition of three councilmembers elected this March pushed through an ordinance Monday creating a new layer of government on Fort Myers Beach – a nuisance abatement board. Councilmembers Dan Allers, Jim Atterholt and Bill Veach voted to create the board over the objections of Mayor Ray ...

Town council approves budget, tax rate to stay flat

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council approved a $23.86 million budget on Monday and set a millage rate of .9500 which will keep taxes flat, Fort Myers Beach Manager Roger Hernstadt said. Despite taking on $10 million in borrowing for capital projects such as Bay Oaks, Bayside Park and Times ...

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 ...

DeSantis introduces bill to crackdown on disorderly protesting

Responding to protests which have broke out in parts of Florida and across the nation in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota, Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled legislation today which would unleash a host of new felony charges and penalties against those ...

Fort Myers Beach Council approves nuisance abatement board ordinance

Town of Fort Myers Beach Council has approved an ordinance creating a nuisance abatement board by a vote of 3-2 with Councilmembers Jim Atterholt, Dan Allers and Bill Veach voting in favor. Mayor Ray Murphy and Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros voted against the ordinance.

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival marches online

Stocked with more than 100 films, the 14th annual Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival will be streamed online beginning Tuesday. Janeen Paulauskis, executive director of the festival, said there has been strong interest for the festival this year. “We're up a few films from last ...