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Spirit of Christmas another success

Despite not being able to hold their annual chicken dinner to fundraise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jim and Sharon Jamieson said they were able to raise about $20,000 from local businesses, areas foundations and an online auction to benefit their Spirit of Christmas Inc. foundation this ...

Open Winter Juried Show opens

Some star power buttressed the Fort Myers Beach Art Association's latest exhibit through the judging of the Open Winter Juried Show. The most competitive of the association's shows, this year's display was judged by Artis-Naple's Rangsook Yoon, who is director of curatorial affairs at The ...

Matanzas Inn and Matanzas on the Bay re-affirmed for expansion plans

Matanzas Inn co-owner Doug Speirn-Smith began plans for expanding the lodging establishment and the Matanzas on the Bay restaurant 20 years ago. While a portion of the restaurant expansion is completed, plans for 14 more rooms at the motel are still in the works and town staff has sought ...

Second dose of vaccine to be distributed next week

Those who received the COVID-19 vaccine through the Florida Department of Health at Lee County two weeks ago will begin receiving calls from the state's vendor Tidal Basin tomorrow for appointments next week to receive the second shot of the Moderna vaccine. Lee County Government made the ...

Trump impeached for second time

Exactly one week after the House floor was stormed by rioters who descended on the Capitol by fighting through Capitol Police, smashing windows and ransacking offices in a violent desecration that left five dead, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump today. The ...

Coronavirus cases spiking again

The Florida Department of Health reported that a 34-year-old Lee County woman died from complications of COVID-19 on Jan. 2, the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Lee County since a 30-year-old Lee County man died in July from the coronavirus. There have been 715 deaths attributed to ...

Town Council rejects Publix liquor store

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council voted 4-1 against a proposal by Publix to add a liquor store adjacent to its supermarket on Estero Boulevard. The supermarket needed permission of the council to sell liquor as the business is within 500 feet of a residence and requires a special exception ...

Shrimp Festival, Putt and Pub canceled

In separate announcements over the past week, two of the town's major seasonal events were canceled. The Fort Myers Beach Lion's Club Shrimp Festival and Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club Putt & Pub have both been nixed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In a Facebook post on Monday, ...

Mound House has its own book

Patrick McKeown was used to writing computer books and teaching at the business school at the University of Georgia before a boat tour at the Mound House led him to volunteer at the state historic site and ultimately write a newly-released historical book of the oldest home on Fort Myers ...