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Lee County commissioners approve expansion of license plate readers

Lee County is expanding the ability of law enforcement to use license plate readers along local roadways.The Lee County Board of County Commissioners this week OK'd allowing the Cape Coral and Fort Myers police departments to use poles along county roads for the readers.The move follows a ...

Bar service curtailed, DeSantis visits Fort Myers

In a visit to Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said cases amongst young people were rising fast as the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) ordered an emergency shutdown of all on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars (not ...

Jim Knickle named to fire commission

The Fort Myers Beach Board of Fire Commissioners voted on Wednesday to name Jim Knickle to the seat left vacant by Bob Raymond.The board chose Knickle over candidates Keran Farrell and Bryan Raymond. Farrell and Raymond were the two original candidates for the seat when the board elected to ...

LPA approves five-year $18M capital plan

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Local Planning Agency (LPA) approved a five-year capital improvement plan presented to them this month with more than $18 million in projects as presented by town planner Jason Green. The projects range from those the town council has begun work on to those the ...

DiamondHead Beach Resort rolls out renovations

The DiamondHead Beach Resort used the time when the town closed much of its hospitality industry following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, to do some sprucing up.That includes a renovated terrace overlooking its pool, an updated outdoor seating area near its Cabanas Beach Bar and Grille, new ...

Beach Baptist helping workers with meal boxes

Hospitality workers who were hit hard by the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Fort Myers Beach, have a helping hand from Beach Baptist Church as the industry battles to regain its footing.The church has been providing boxes of food targeted for hospitality workers as ...

Annual children’s fishing tournament this Saturday

More than 100 children will be expected at this Saturday's annual fishing tournament on the public fishing pier and docks outside Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe and Tiki Bar.The tournament, which goes back decades to when it was a Fourth of July fishing contest, has been presented the past 28 ...

Fields for fire board, county commissioner, Sheriff finalized

Town of Fort Myers Beach voters will have three choices for one of three seats on the fire commission, as well as choices to choose from for Lee County Board of County Commissioners and Lee County Sheriff races following the end of the qualifying period June 19.The races for sheriff and county ...

Dune walkover applicants pull out of mediation

Before it could even begin, the FLUEDRA non-binding mediation process between the applicants of a dune walkover and Fort Myers Beach, is over after the applicants called it off.Ed Rood of Texas Hold Em LLC said on Monday that he and Kurt Kroemer of Squeeze Me Inn LLC put a stop to the FLUEDRA ...

DeSantis announces raises for teachers

Teachers returning to their jobs at public schools and charter schools will be met with pay increases that will boost the average minimum salary for Florida teachers from 26th in the nation to fifth in the nation, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.The minimum teacher's salary will be raised ...