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Limited number of vaccine appointments to become available Wednesday

The Florida Department of Health-Lee (FDOH) and Lee County government announced today that there is enough vaccine supply to schedule about 1,800 additional appointments Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14 and 15, at the site near Southwest Florida International Airport for seniors and frontline ...

Coronavirus cases spiking again

The Florida Department of Health reported that a 34-year-old Lee County woman died from complications of COVID-19 on Jan. 2, the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Lee County since a 30-year-old Lee County man died in July from the coronavirus. There have been 715 deaths attributed to ...

Town Council rejects Publix liquor store

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council voted 4-1 against a proposal by Publix to add a liquor store adjacent to its supermarket on Estero Boulevard. The supermarket needed permission of the council to sell liquor as the business is within 500 feet of a residence and requires a special exception ...

Shrimp Festival, Putt and Pub canceled

In separate announcements over the past week, two of the town's major seasonal events were canceled. The Fort Myers Beach Lion's Club Shrimp Festival and Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club Putt & Pub have both been nixed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In a Facebook post on Monday, ...

Mound House has its own book

Patrick McKeown was used to writing computer books and teaching at the business school at the University of Georgia before a boat tour at the Mound House led him to volunteer at the state historic site and ultimately write a newly-released historical book of the oldest home on Fort Myers ...

Local pols react to Capitol riots

Local pols react to Capitol riots Scenes of scores of pro-Trump demonstrators fighting past police lines through barricades and over fencing to storm the U.S. Capitol during the certification of a presidential election by Congress in a deadly riot this week, brought out differing reactions ...

Lee Health says switchboard overwhelmed by vaccination calls

Lee Health’s switchboard has been overwhelmed with people calling to make appointments for vaccination. We are asking the community to discontinue calls to Lee Physician Group for vaccination appointments so that people who need to reach our hospitals may do so. Our limited supply of ...

Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation cleans the beach

The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation took to the beaches on New Year's Day for its annual clean-up. Members walked the beach and gathered discarded items ranging in size from cigarette butts and soda can tabs to a pop-up tent. The next event for the foundation will be a virtual fashion ...

Biden’s election certified after deadly riots on U.S. Capitol

The certification of the Electoral College of the presidential election was disrupted in Congress as the U.S. Capitol was stormed by a mob of Pro-Trump demonstrators Wednesday afternoon in what President-elect Joe Biden called an "insurrection." The chaos resulted in one woman being fatally ...

Liszak named humanitarian of the year

Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce President and Sea Gypsy Inn owner Jacki Liszak was named humanitarian of the year based on the nominations of readers and businesses in the Fort Myers Beach Observer's Best of the Beach section. In her fifth year since taking over the chamber in 2016, ...