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Angels to the rescue

In a time of great challenge, the Estero Island Garden Club and Fort Myers Beach Library have recognized the need out in the greater Lee County community this holiday season. That's why Estero Island Garden Club President Paula Smith said her group has partnered with the library for the ...

Man found dead in water in Pink Shell Resort Marina

A 45-year-old man accidentally drowned in the water in the Pink Shell Resort Marina on Fort Myers Beach Saturday afternoon, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Lee County Sheriff's Office Lt. Anita Iriarte said the person is believed to have fallen off his boat and drowned. The ...

Mermaid Fest this weekend

Mermaid Fest, a collaboration of artists, wellness groups and local nonprofits will take place this weekend at Event Field on Estero Blvd in Lover's Key. The event will run from Friday through Sunday. There will be a mermaid contest at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Glass blowers, potters, jewelers, ...

Voters approve minimum wage hike

Florida voters approved an increase in the minimum wage, as part of four state constitutional amendments passed out of six on Tuesday. The minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour on Sept. 30, 2021. The minimum wage would increase by $1 per hour each year after that until reaching $15 per ...

Coast Guard warns of gale force winds

The U.S. Coast Guard has has set port condition Whiskey for the ports of Fort Myers, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee due to the expectation of gale force winds of 25 mph and up to 40 mph from Tropical Storm Eta. The Coast Guard issued the announcement Thursday, with the strong winds ...

Calusa Waterkeeper to hold online benefit Nov. 14

It's been 30 years since the Estero Bay tributaries were designated as Oustanding Florida Waters. That hasn't made the work any easier for protecting the quality of the water in the region. The Calusa Waterkeeper, in its 25th year fighting for the protection of the Estero Bay tributaries, will ...

Marceno takes Sheriff’s race

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno will continue to serve, after coming out victorious in Tuesday’s General Election. Marceno, a Republican, earned 67.02 percent of the vote (248,495 votes) in the four-way race with Democratic opponent Robert Neeld. Neald earned 27.73 percent of the vote ...

Rodrigues wins State Senate seat

State Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero) has won the Florida Senate District 27 seat which covers most of Lee County, including Fort Myers Beach. Rodrigues garnered 174,260 votes — 60.55 percent of the total ballots cast in Lee County. Rachel Brown (D-San Carlos Park) earned 113,533 votes or ...

Botana elected to State House

Adam Botana (R-Bonita Springs) swept to victory in the race for Florida House District 76. Botana won 67,884 votes — 65.51 percent of the total ballots cast in Lee County. He defeated Anselm Weber (D-Fort Myers), who received 35,740 votes for 34.49 percent of the ballots cast. "I thank ...