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Demolition for Margaritaville could begin next month

Properties from the Pierview Hotel to Helmerich Plaza on Estero Boulevard could begin being razed as soon as August, according to a statement put out by Margaritaville Fort Myers Beach. Town of Fort Myers Beach Manager Roger Hernstadt said on Monday that most of the permits issued by the town ...

Florida’s commerce secretary visits

Fort Myers Beach received a high-level visit from the cabinet of Gov. Ron DeSantis this past week when Florida Department of Commerce Secretary Jamal Sowell stopped by the offices of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Sowell, who was making his first visit to Fort Myers Beach, sat down ...

‘We got very lucky’

Count Tuesday as a victory for Fort Myers Beach in its tally with environmental forces and otherwise after it escaped any major damage reported from Tropical Storm Elsa. After a day of rain, Tropical Storm Elsa picked up the pace on Fort Myers Beach late Tuesday afternoon with heavier ...

Lee County declares state of emergency

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais announced a state of emergency has been declared in Lee County due to increasing wind gusts and rain from Tropical Storm Elsa. Desjarlais said wind gusts could vary throughout the night. According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts are expected to ...

Tropical Storm Elsa passing through Tuesday

The effects of Tropical Storm Elsa are expected to be felt in Lee County by a steady diet of rain and wind gusts of up to 50 mph and 60 mph late Tuesday morning in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. Rain of between 2-4 inches is expected in most areas of Lee County, ...

Helmerich Plaza closes, taking away 100 parking spaces

. Those heading into downtown Fort Myers Beach for the Fourth of July weekend and Sunday's fireworks who haven't seen the closures for the Margaritaville demolition and construction work might be in for a surprise when seeking out parking. Helmerich Plaza, which was home to approximately 100 ...

Hurricane Elsa expected to make landfall late Monday, early Tuesday

The National Weather Service is expecting Hurricane Elsa to hit the Gulf Coast late Monday evening or early Tuesday, according to current weather projections. The category 1 hurricane is currently making its way through the Caribbean Sea and is expected to maintain its course toward Florida as ...

Former Mayor Dan Hughes dies

Former Town of Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dan Hughes, who was instrumental in the formation and incorporation of the town in 1995, died Thursday at his home on Fort Myers Beach at the age of 91. Town of Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy announced the news. “It is with an extremely heavy heart ...

Fourth of July Fireworks at Fort Myers Beach Pier

Independence Day celebration Fourth of July fireworks Sunday at Fort Myers Beach Pier, children's fishing tournament Saturday By NATHAN MAYBERG On Fort Myers Beach, the familiar sight of lights in the sky on Independence Day will be seen from in and around the Times Square and Lynn Hall ...

Healthy season for loggerheads

While Turtle Time is not on pace to see the record number of endangered sea turtle nests on Fort Myers Beach documented last year, this season is still shaping up to be a healthy one, said Turtle Time founder Eve Haverfield. With 57 nests through June 24 and still two and a half months left ...