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May 29, 2016 Longtime Fort Myers Beach restauranteur Alfredo Russo died early this morning, according to business associate Joe Orlandini. Russo was 60. more »»

 
 
 

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Russo, a longtime local restauranteur, dies at 60

May 29, 2016 Longtime Fort Myers Beach restauranteur Alfredo Russo died early this morning, according to business associate Joe Orlandini. Russo was 60. more »»

Mayor calls emergency meeting to discuss town finances and town manager

May 29, 2016 Is Don Stilwell on the hot seat? On Friday, Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dennis Boback scheduled an emergency meeting of the Town Council for this coming Friday morning to discuss two agenda items: the... more »»

Cab holding bank robbers pulled over on Sky Bridge

May 29, 2016 Seven police vehicles pulled over a taxi Saturday morning as it approached Fort Myers Beach with three bank robbers on board, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Offic. more »»

Lee County property values continue to rise

May 29, 2016 For the fourth year in a row, property values in Lee County continue to increase, according to the preliminary estimated Taxable Values for 2016 released Friday, and that increase is 6. more »»

A simple wish makes for a special day

May 28, 2016 What Parker McPeak requested was something all of us here take for granted — he wanted to see the gulf and he wanted to build a sand castle. more »»

News from around the region

Property valuations up throughout Lee County

May 27, 2016 By JIM LINETTE jlinette@breezenewaspapers. more »»

Save Our Summer - Feed the Cape:

May 27, 2016 Every year it seems, more Cape Coral residents do more to help those who are in the greatest need. more »»

Underground electric? Utility info session set

May 27, 2016 Residents in one northwest Cape neighborhood will have an opportunity to offer their opinion regarding the undergrounding of electric and communications services at the same time water and sewer... more »»

Police chief to retire

May 27, 2016 When Cape Coral Police Chief Bart Connelly walks out the door of his office for the final time on May 31, he leaves behind 28 years of service to the community and a mound of achievements the city... more »»

Many events planned in Cape, Fort Myers to observe Memorial Day

May 27, 2016 Several events are planned in Cape Coral and Fort Myers in observance of Memorial Day. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Honoring our nation's heroes -- Local program brings U.S. war veterans to D.C.

May 25, 2016 For most military veterans (especially those who are reaching that golden age), the thought of visiting our nation’s capitol to pay tribute is out of reach. more »»

Laser light shows return to local planetarium through May 28

May 19, 2016 With such a warm response in years past, the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave. more »»

Footprints in the Sand -- Natural, inaugural event celebrates Mother’s Day -- and Mother Nature -- Saturday

May 4, 2016 The Town of Fort Myers Beach and the local Marine Resource Task Force are proud to come together and announce their inaugural Mother’s Day Mother Earth Rhythm of the Island Festival, taking place... more »»

Feast on the Beach -- 21st annual Taste of the Beach returns to Bay Walk paradise Sunday

April 28, 2016 Prepare your taste buds: the 21st annual Taste of the Beach food festival, hosted by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, returns to Old San Carlos Boulevard Sunday, May 1, from 11... more »»

Lights, Camera -- 10th annual FMB Film Fest rolls through this weekend

April 21, 2016 The time has come to celebrate 10 years of independent filmmaking at the 2016 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, taking place April 20 to 24. more »»

Business

Russo, a longtime local restauranteur, dies at 60

May 29, 2016 Longtime Fort Myers Beach restauranteur Alfredo Russo died early this morning, according to business associate Joe Orlandini. Russo was 60. more »»

Lee County property values continue to rise

May 29, 2016 For the fourth year in a row, property values in Lee County continue to increase, according to the preliminary estimated Taxable Values for 2016 released Friday, and that increase is 6. more »»

Matanzas hosts third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ benefit for Operation Open Arms Saturday

May 25, 2016 For the third year in a row, in honor of Memorial Day, Fort Myers Beach, is eager to host the Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ benefit. The event will be held Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. more »»

Community spotlight: Dave Gray

May 25, 2016 Q: You are a British chap who found his way to Fort Myers Beach. Tell us about what brought you here. A: “Pelicans, pretty ladies and palm trees — but not necessarily in that order. more »»

Property owner with chair rentals told no on permit appeal

May 25, 2016 The first casualties of the town's new beach-chair vendor ordinance are a pair of neighboring operations at Avenue C and I Stree. more »»

Obituaries

Warren S. Babcock

May 16, 2016 Warren S. Babcock 89, of Ft. Myers Beach, FL died May 5, 2016.  He was born in Eustis, Florida on February 12, 1927 and was the son of Clifford C. and Dorothy Spencer Babcoc. more »»

Robert B. McLaughlin

May 16, 2016 Robert B. McLaughlin, known as Bob to his many friends, 89, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2016 at his residence. more »»

James David VanFossan

May 11, 2016 It is with a totally broken heart that I inform you all of the untimely death of my deeply loved husband and best friend James David VanFossan. Jim was born June 17, 1948 in Columbus Ohi. more »»

Jeane J. Oakley

May 4, 2016 Jeane J. Oakley, 96, of Ft. Myers, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Catherine Ann Thompson

May 3, 2016 Catherine Ann Thompson, 87, of Ft. Myers, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Local Columns

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

May 25, 2016 Fighting Mother Nature After 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... more »»

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of March 23

March 23, 2016 Zoe This little Jack Russell mix was surrendered after one family member got allergic. After four years with a family, this little girl ended up in a Kill Shelter, and of course was petrified. more »»

Rodent residents in your ride

November 5, 2015 Rodents. They make cute pets for the kids. They run through mazes or spin cages and eat and evacuate everywhere they go. That’s OK in their cages. more »»

The paradox of plastics

October 28, 2015 Back in the 1950s, an intelligent man who was an accomplished professional welder of exotic metals, assuming the role of mentor, gave me the following advice: “Get into plastic. more »»

Volunteers still needed for Beach Library Book Sale

October 28, 2015 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Quilting Group meets on Wednesday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. in Community Room B., $2 setup fee. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Good support for solar energy

November 18, 2015 Good support for solar energy To the editor: What a pleasure to see the large turnout for the San-Cap Solar Connect informational meeting sponsored by the Ding Darling Wildlife Society last week. more »»

Transparency needed about water quality!

November 18, 2015 Transparency needed about water quality! To the editor: In the midst of the 60 day protest on top of the Matanzas Bridge, community members against the Lake O discharges stood side by side with clea... more »»

Signs needed

November 18, 2015 To the editor: I understand that the construction on Estero Boulevard is a much-needed improvement,   however, yesterday I had two appointments and had to leave the island … it was a nightmare. more »»

My French brothers, my beloved world

November 18, 2015 To the editor: We are not immune to the ideologies of man. yet it still comes like a raging storm from calm seas when it happens in places where everything can be wonderful everyda. more »»

Crony capitalism

November 18, 2015 Crony capitalism To the editor: Don’t tell me that the Lee County Commission wants to create new middle class employment here. more »»

Editorials

Fly high and free forever, Ozzie

October 7, 2015 We were among those shocked to hear this week that Ozzie, the patriarch of a popular eagle pair whose nesting habits have been followed worldwide, had succumbed to injuries suffered just weeks... more »»

Preserving paradise

September 9, 2015 Lee County has an abundance of preservation and conservation properties. more »»

Vaccinate your pets

August 12, 2015 The Florida Department of Health Lee County has issued a rabies alert in the wake of a confirmed case of the disease in a cat in Lehigh Acres recentl. more »»

Rally with a cause

July 9, 2015 Despite a deeply disappointing legislative session, local environmentalists have not given up their quest for improved water qualit. more »»

Bill of goods

July 1, 2015 And so it begins. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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

May 25, 2016 Fighting Mother Nature After 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... more »»

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

March 1, 2016 Starting off in the wind Thursday 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. more »»

Sailing the Tradition -- 50th annual Summerset Regatta sets sail this weekend

October 7, 2015 “Sailing the Tradition” for the last half century, the golden 50th annual Summerset Regatta, hosted by the Caloosa Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) sailing club, sets sail this weekend along the... more »»

Grouper Grapple fishing tourney

August 5, 2015 Officials have announced that the third annual Grouper Grapple Offshore Fishing Tournament will take place at Fish Tale Marina on Aug. 14-15. more »»

Here, fishy fishy … Second annual SWFL Lionfish Derby June 26-28

June 17, 2015 Matanzas on the Bay of Fort Myers Beach is hosting FGCU Spearfishing’s second annual 2015 Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby to promote control of the invasive lionfish species. more »»

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