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Fire totals home on South Street

A quick-burning fire tore through a house on South Street in Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday afternoon, taking away the home of five people and at least two dogs. The two-story multi-family unit near Main Street on San Carlos Island was consumed by flames and heavy smoke as part of a blaze that ...

Lee Health reports 298 patients with COVID-19

As Florida reported the largest number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day on July 30, Lee Health saw the largest number of new admissions for the coronavirus since the height of the pandemic last year. Lee Health reported 298 patients isolated in its hospital with COVID-19 on Monday, an ...

National Night Out at Hammond Stadium Tuesday

National Night Out will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers with a night of free hot dogs, games, aviation and police demonstrations as part of an event announced by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature ...

Lightning strike on Sanibel results in one death

A man recently hospitalized after he was struck by lightning on a beach on Sanibel has died. Brent Jerome and his wife, Kristen, were both hit by lightning on July 24 at about 4:52 p.m. on the beach behind the Sanibel Beach Club, at 626 Nerita St. The Downtown Church located in Columbia, South ...

The Doghouse in the penthouse

For The Doghouse on Fort Myers Beach, where Cuban sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and Mahi tacos are served quickly on the busy pedestrian section of Estero Boulevard downtown, its reputation just received an international boost. TripAdvisor just named The Doghouse the ninth-best "Quick ...

Lee Health coronavirus patients soaring

The number of coronavirus patients at Lee Health has doubled over the past 10 days, rising from 111 patients last week Monday, to 210 patients Wednesday afternoon. Lee Health hadn't reported 200 or more coronavirus patients since January and coincided with an announcement from the Centers for ...

Post office closes at Santini Plaza

Gifts by the Sea, the gift shop and U.S. Post Office branch at Santini Plaza on Fort Myers Beach, closed Wednesday. Owner Lorrie Wolf, speaking Wednesday while recovering from a back procedure, said the COVID-19 pandemic was the reason. Wolf said she injured her back working six days a week ...

Ruane blasts Lake Okeechobee plan

Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Kevin Ruane sat across from Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the Jacksonville district of the Army Corps Of Engineers Monday in the Lee County Administration Building conference room in Fort Myers and denounced the plan Kelly brought forward to ...