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Set sail

The twinned anxiety and excitement of their first solo sail was visible on the faces of the 11 campers as they readied their tiny Optimist prams.Four of them had attended the annual Fort Myers Beach Summer Sailing Camp last year, but for the rest, it was an all-new experience.On Wednesday, ...

Beach hosts Challenger British soccer camp

It was time for some football on Fort Myers Beach last week - but not the helmets-and-pigskin kind.The Fort Myers Beach Soccer Club hosted Challenger British Soccer Camp from June 12 -16. Coaches Josh Hooper of Cardiff, Wales, and Jamie Hill of Dublin, Ireland, led more than 20 campers in a ...

Big Carlos Pass dredging begins

The southern tip of Estero Island has a mysterious vessel floating offshore: a long rig with strange equipment.The West Coast Inland Navigational District began the dredging of Big Carlos Pass on Thursday.WCIND is removing approximately 60,000 square feet of sand from Big Carlos Pass to create ...

Do not disturb

Fort Myers Beach is home to one of the two largest shorebird nesting colonies in the entire state of Florida.Snowy plovers, Wilson's plovers, least terns and black skimmers are all threatened in Florida, but choose the island's Critical Wildlife Area, Little Estero Island, and Carlos Point ...

The ole ball game

The Fort Myers Beach Little League finished out its 2017 season with a few swings on its home field.The league's Majors team, the Storm, Minors teams, the Cubs and the Twins and Minors softball team, the Thunder, got to play their last games May 20."We had a good season and good kids," Little ...

What a Catch! Fishing log for 6/08/2016

Fun and productive dayThe Mazzola family (a combination of brothers and cousins) fished offshore 36 miles with me on a full-day trip Saturday, 5/28. Calm seas allowed us to get out to some good spots, and the guys caught three keeper red grouper on baitfish, consisting of a brace of 21-inch and ...

What a Catch! Fishing log for 5/25/2016

Fighting Mother NatureAfter another lull in trips, which happened to fall during a period of no rain and calm seas, my next trip out was on Tuesday, when rain hung over the gulf, and winds and seas picked up, causing some pretty rough conditions.But long-time customer, Jim Dean, along with his ...

What a Catch! Fishing log for 3/2/2016

Starting off in the windThursday morning was windy and it was tough anchoring on my target spots, but we managed to get out 22 miles and anchor-up for some snapper fishing.Marshall Swain, joined by friends, John, Paul and Jim, used live shrimp to catch a dozen nice mangrove snapper keepers to ...