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Island Hopper Songwriter Fest this weekend

The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest makes its way to Fort Myers Beach this weekend with musical performers set to appear at multiple venues on the island. More than two dozen musicians are expected in town as part of an annual festival produced in part by the Lee County Visitor & ...

Board approves contract for new fire chief

Ron Martin will officially become chief on Thursday, Sept. 23 after the Fort Myers Beach Board of Fire Commissioners approved a contract with Martin, who has been serving as the department's executive assistant fire chief of support services. The contract approved by the board calls for a ...

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival wraps up

Films about the supernatural, love, family strife, the apocalypse and the afterlife were among the many subjects explored at this past week's Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival. More than 130 films were shown all week at the Beach Theater on Estero Boulevard, the bulk of which were ...

Fleming, Paulauskis named citizens of distinction

The Fort Myers Beach Council named residents Jan Fleming and Janeen Paulauskis as the recipients of the town's 2021 Citizen of Distinction Award. Mayor Ray Murphy cited a letter from former Mayor Anita Cereceda in recommending the two for the award. Cereceda gave credit to Fleming and ...

Price of parking to go up

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council will tests the laws of supply and demand beginning Jan. 1 when it institutes an increase at its town-owned parking spaces from $3 an hour to $5 an hour. The measure, approved along with the town's budget Thursday, will effect only town-owned spaces such ...

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival opens

The 15th annual Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival opened Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony assisted by actor Zack Gottsagen of "The Peanut Butter Falcon." The ceremony was held before the showing of the short film "At Last," which stars Gottsagen and George Lopez. The short ...

Ron Martin named as next fire chief

The Fort Myers Beach Board of Fire Commissioners has promoted Executive Assistant Fire Chief of Support Services Ron Martin to the position of fire chief pending approval of a new contract. If he accepts the board's contract, Martin will replace Chief Matthew Love, who has accepted the fire ...

Parking rate increase mulled

Town of Fort Myers Beach Councilmember Bill Veach proposed raising the rates at the town's parking lots from $3 an hour to $5 an hour at the council's most recent meeting. Three of the five councilmembers expressed general support for the concept though Councilmember Jim Atterholt expressed ...

Lee County Schools reinstate opt-out to mask mandate

The School District of Lee County has reinstated an opt-opt to its mask mandate, effective Tuesday. Citing a 1st District Court of Appeal stay issued Friday, "which means the Florida Department of Education can continue to enforce its interpretation of the parental opt out until this matter ...

Film festival kicks off this week

Sure, there have been plenty of movies about the end of the world, but not many made in Iceland. Known for its otherworldly landscape, from waterfalls to Ice Age remnants of glaciers, volcanoes and geysers, along with its Viking past, Iceland is the setting for the new independent feature ...