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Short supply, high demand for real estate

Within a day or two of being listed for sale, properties are being swept up on Fort Myers Beach by those eager to join in a real estate frenzy sweeping the nation, local real estate professionals say. Chris Loffreno of Loffreno Real Estate said the amount of housing stock available is as thin ...

Fast Trax opens, transforming from Zoomers

Every beach town can use an amusement park. For more than a year, Fort Myers Beach was without one. Zoomers, off island on Summerlin Road near the exit into town from Fort Myers, was long the familiar place where the rides were visible from the road. Pat Ciniello, who bought the property ...

Police seeking information on Fourth of July crash

The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help in obtaining information on a truck possibly involved in a hit and run early in the morning on the Fourth of July in Fort Myers Beach. The crash which occurred off island on San Carlos Boulevard east of Pine Road, was between a sedan and ...

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 ...

M-CORES highway toll project quietly shelved

Proposed new highways stretching hundreds of miles, including some of which would potentially extend through the heart of the endangered panther's habitat between Polk County and Collier County, has hit a dead end. The controversial M-CORES (Multi-use corridors of regional economic ...

‘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, ...