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Manatee rescued on Matanzas Pass

A manatee which was the victim of a boat strike, was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) biologists on Saturday at Matanzas Pass on Fort Myers Beach and transported to Zoo Tampa. FWC officers as well as deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the ...

Fort Myers Beach advisory committees have openings

The Town of Fort Myers Beach has a number of openings on its advisory committees. The town council appoints members to the advisory committees for two-year terms. The council will be making a new round of appointments in October. The deadline for applying to the town council for the volunteer ...

Union president: Junked Postal Service sorting machines have slowed mail

At Lee County's central processing and distribution center for the U.S. Postal Service in Fort Myers, a strange thing happened that has played out all across the country: five working feeders for machines used to sort the mail by zip code, were discarded and trashed into a dumpster. The ...

Mayor: Nuisance abatement board not a done deal

Will a proposed nuisance abatement board bring further divide to a town just getting over the division created over the legal tussle over Margaritaville? “That's entirely possible,” Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy said. Former Town of Fort Myers Beach Mayor Tracey Gore said the proposed ...

How to tell good toads from the bad, invasive ones

If you have been living in Southwest Florida, you have likely been made aware of the invasive cane toads, known for secreting a milky toxin which has been known to be deadly to dogs and most species which try to bite them. But how do you tell the good toads from the bad? The answer is their ...

New coronavirus cases slow to lowest numbers since June

The downward pattern of new coronavirus cases being reported to the Florida Department of Health stayed its course this past week. With 623,471 total cases reported Monday representing 20,642 new cases over the previous seven days for a 3.4% increase, the percentage increase is the lowest ...

County tax rates to remain flat despite major spending projects

The county's property tax rates will remain unchanged, according to a budget plan presented to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners this past week by Peter Winton, Lee County Chief Financial Officer and Assistant County Manager. The budget, which will undergo a public hearing this ...

Fire consumes boat docked at Salty Sam’s Marina

A fire occurred Saturday afternoon on a boat docked at Salty Sam's Marina off of Main Street on Fort Myers Beach. The boat was occupied by a worker who was living on the boat. There were no injuries. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire, which consumed the boat. As of 8:30 p.m., ...

Munch at the Box Plus says goodbye to Fort Myers Beach

For more than 30 years, Lisa Johnson fed folks living on and visiting Fort Myers Beach at The Munch Box Plus. Johnson's parents Fran and Ralph purchased the diner at its former location at Santini Plaza in the mid-1980's. Since 1989, the family operated the eatery where waitresses served eggs, ...

Judge finds Corcoran’s order to open schools unconstitutional

A Leon County Circuit Court judge has issued a temporary injunction against the emergency order issued by Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran in July which required schools to form reopening plans by Aug. 31 or risk losing funding. Judge Charles Dodson, of the Second ...