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Lee Health urges vaccinations amid uptick in hospitalizations

Like clockwork, the Florida Department of Health has been reporting a nearly consistent weekly increase in COVID-19 cases of 2% for Lee County and the state for the past month. At Lee Health, though, a downward trend in hospitalizations since a vaccine became available earlier this year, has ...

Lee County identifies water line break in Fort Myers Beach

Lee County Utilities identified a drinking water line break on Fort Myers Beach, Lee County Government confirmed on Friday. Lee County Government spokesperson Timothy Engstrom said Lee County Utilities "has been working with the Fort Myers Beach staff to isolate and relocated it to avoid ...

Saving the lives of ospreys

For years, residents of Third Street on Fort Myers Beach have enjoyed the sight of ospreys nesting in their neighborhood. The last two were not as joyful. In each of the past two years, the babies that hatched fell out of their nest onto the concrete and died. Funerals were held. Prayers ...

Fort Myers Beach retiree’s view from the Capitol

Ed Lombard spent his career in Washington D.C. writing the appropriations bills that the legislative branch relied on, in a role that led him to meeting presidents and interacting with some of the most powerful members of Congress over four decades. As the nonpartisan staff director of the ...

Moss Marina considered for mooring field services

With the Harbor House at the Inn not appearing to be the preferred option of the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council to service the town's mooring field, and Bayside Park proving to be an unpopular option, the town is in discussions with Moss Marina about potentially placing a facility with ...

Arches aim for Bowditch Point Park

Following discussions Tuesday between Lee County staff and Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches, a consensus was reached to target Bowditch Point Park for a single arch to commemorate the arches which stood as the gateway to Fort Myers Beach for more than 50 years, Restore Fort Myers Beach President ...

Following CDC recommendation, DeSantis pauses J&J vaccine

In a press conference today at the Piney Point Reservoir in Palmetto, DeSantis said the state would pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are respecting that decision. We are going ...

Sen. Rodriguez talks state legislature business

State Senator Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero), in his first term representing Fort Myers Beach and most of Lee County following the completion of his tenure in the State House of Representatives due to term limits, has been highly active during a busy legislative session. Sitting on nine ...

County pursuing arches replica

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners acted this week to direct county staff to pursue an agreement with the Town of Fort Myers Beach on erecting a smaller-scale replica of the Arches. Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli (R-Bonita Springs), whose district includes Fort Myers Beach, ...

Vaccine to be administered at Church of the Ascension

The Church of the Ascension Parish Hall will be the next site available on Fort Myers Beach for those seeking to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy announced that the church will hold a free clinic through the Florida Department of Health on Thursday, April 15 from ...