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Former Fort Myers Beach Mayor Robert (Bob) Raymond dies

Robert Raymond, former mayor of Fort Myers Beach and until this year a Fort Myers Beach Fire Commissioner, died on Sept. 9 after a yearlong battle from the effects of a stroke. He was 80. A native of New Hampshire, he worked for Gibson Greetings – one of the nation's largest greeting card ...

Lani Kai attorney addresses data on service calls

Attorney Ellyn Bogdanoff, hired by the Lani Kai Island Resort to deal with risk management issues and to address the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council's consideration of a nuisance abatement board ordinance, appeared in front of the council Thursday to address the list of calls for service at ...

Town of Fort Myers Beach Council keeping mask mandate

At Thursday's meeting of the town council, Town of Fort Myers Beach Councilmember Dan Allers tossed up a pitch asking whether the council wants to ease its pandemic mandate requiring masks to be worn by those who can't socially distance on the Beach. “I know it's an elephant in the room and ...

Manatee rescued on Fort Myers Beach dies

The manatee who was rescued last week on Fort Myers Beach by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) biologists and with the assistance of FWC officers and the Lee County Sheriff's Office, died Sunday morning while under the care of ZooTampa. The West Indian manatee, who was named ...

Bars to reopen Monday

Bars will be allowed to reopen throughout Florida beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday at 50% capacity following the lifting of an emergency order by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears, following a meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis and restaurateurs ...

The art must go on

Like many aspects of life, the Fort Myers Beach Art Association's plans were sidelined this past spring when the coronavirus pandemic hit. The association had to shutter its doors to the public and cancel its annual scholarship contest. Following some deep cleaning, interior work and painting, ...

Restaurants to DeSantis: Increase capacity

With the rate of new COVID-19 cases slowing down, restaurant operators in the region met with Gov. Ron DeSantis in Fort Myers on Thursday to ask him to loosen restrictions on them. At a roundtable held at Connors Steak & Seafood with restaurateurs including Jay Johnson of Bubba's ...

Lee County Sheriff’s Office opens outreach center

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno introduced the department's new community outreach center on Fort Myers Beach at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning. Marceno described the outreach center as a way to "engage the community." Marceno said the outreach center will build ...

Nuisance board proposal splits council

The idea of a nuisance abatement board, floated since a July shooting on the beach behind the Lani Kai Island Resort, did not receive a ringing endorsement from the Lee County Sheriff's Office at a meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Council on Thursday. The Sheriff's Office was invited to discuss ...