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Expanding community policing splits council

When it comes to a potentially expanded community policing program, several Town of Fort Myers Beach councilmembers are concerned that town taxpayers are already paying Lee County taxes for services and are now being asked for more if they want a community policing program. While the town is ...

DeSantis sending police to Mexican border

Governor Ron DeSantis has committed state and local law enforcement officers to be sent to Texas and Arizona to respond to requests from governors in Arizona and Texas to deal with illegal immigration. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is one of nine sheriff's departments in the state ...

Town in federal lawsuit with street preacher

The Town of Fort Myers Beach has won the first round of a federal lawsuit by Adam Lacroix, a so-called “street preacher” who sued the town in federal court over violations he was issued in December by town code enforcement for carrying portable signs. The case is currently being appealed ...

County commissioners approve all-electronic tolling

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to make all-electronic tolling permanent on its Cape Coral, Midpoint and Sanibel Causeway bridges. The plan will re-instate a $3 administrative fee for motorists who do not have transponders. The fee was suspended last year during the ...

Big cash to reel in autism

There will be big dough on the line this Saturday at Salty Sam's Marina with a top prize of $4,000 to the team that catches the longest fish at the Reeling for Autism fishing tournament. The tournament benefits Family Initiative, the Cape Coral-based organization which supports applied behavior ...

Sheriff’s Office issues warning on summer rental scams

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is reminding folks considering renting out a fancy spot on the beach to be wary of scams, particularly those asking for wire transfers. The Federal Trade Commission has been inundated with complaints about summer rental scams, according to a press release ...

DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in schools

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill requiring that public school principals require teachers in first-period classrooms in all grades to set aside at least 1 minute but not more than two minutes for a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day. The bill states that “a teacher ...

Lieutenant Governor visits Fort Myers Beach

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille on Fort Myers Beach was the setting for the birthday of Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez Thursday during a speech to the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, where she talked up the economic and environmental policies of Gov. Ron DeSantis. Nunez addressed how the ...

Town Council recognizes Dan Hughes

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council paid tribute to former mayor Dan Hughes on Monday, issuing a proclamation recognizing his service to the town. “Dan was called upon early in this town's formation,” Mayor Ray Murphy said. Hughes, a former mayor with a background in law and ...

Town Council raises preliminary millage rate

With a number of projects on its plate including potentially adding community policing, new lighting downtown and renovations at Bay Oaks and Times Square, the council voted to preliminarily raise its millage rate from .95 to .99 by a vote of 4-1. Councilmember Jim Atterholt voted against the ...