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Chamber hosts United Nations-themed Tapa Hop

September 19, 2018 It’s time to hop aboard a trolley and carouse around Fort Myers Beach. The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Tapa Hop, Thursday, Sept. 20. more »»

 
 
 

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Chamber hosts United Nations-themed Tapa Hop

September 19, 2018 It’s time to hop aboard a trolley and carouse around Fort Myers Beach. The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Tapa Hop, Thursday, Sept. 20. more »»

Safe seafood: Properly sourced products are fine to consume

September 19, 2018 Red tide, blue-green algae, fish kills in the thousands. What’s happening in Southwest Florida waters has taken a toll on the region’s tourism, economy and ecosystem. more »»

11th annual SWFL Peace Day set for Sept. 23

September 19, 2018 The 11th annual SWFL Peace Day (formerly Peace Day in the Park), a grassroots community event, is set for Sunday, Sept 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. more »»

Red tide brings red ink: Losses in the millions

September 19, 2018 The trickle-down effect of the blue-green algae and red tide events has moved through Southwest Florida businesses just as water releases have moved down the Caloosahatchee. more »»

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center to hold open house for National Estuary Week

September 19, 2018 Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, National Estuaries Week (NEW) is a nationwide celebration of our bays and estuaries and the many benefits they provide to us al. more »»

News from around the region

AAA invites 8th graders to enter travel contest

September 19, 2018 Florida eighth graders still have time to enter AAA’s “Discovery Crew” travel contest. The final day for submissions is Friday, Sept. 2. more »»

Cape, Fort Myers reach irrigation water pact

September 19, 2018 Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson called it a milestone. Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello said it was a win/win for both cities that will only improve relations. more »»

Still in limbo

September 19, 2018 Last Wednesday, Lee County Mosquito Control District commissioners decided to postpone their vote on whether to purchase Woodstock airstrip on Pine Island. more »»

City Council tackles zoning, land use issues

September 19, 2018 The Cape Coral City Council on Monday had several land use ordinances to consider during its regular meeting at City Hall, including one that looks to adding much needed commercial and affordable... more »»

Island Coast High Life Skills students start a garden

September 19, 2018 Thanks to a grant presented by the Elks Lodge last week, almost a dozen Life Skills students at Island Coast High School will have the opportunity to grow vegetables and herbs this year. more »»

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Chamber hosts United Nations-themed Tapa Hop

September 19, 2018 It’s time to hop aboard a trolley and carouse around Fort Myers Beach. The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Tapa Hop, Thursday, Sept. 20. more »»

11th annual SWFL Peace Day set for Sept. 23

September 19, 2018 The 11th annual SWFL Peace Day (formerly Peace Day in the Park), a grassroots community event, is set for Sunday, Sept 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. more »»

Tickets still available for Tapa Hop

September 19, 2018 Tickets are still available for the 13th annual Tapa Hop, an event that showcases seven Fort Myers Beach restaurants by trolley transportation. more »»

Sean Paul makes exclusive appearance

September 19, 2018 It's a beautiful, sunny day on the shores of Gulf waters. Outside of his balcony, looking over Fort Myers Beach, he's plotting. Planning the next move is always important, but even more so for hi. more »»

Rap-Reggae legend to make special appearance at Lani Kai Thursday

September 12, 2018 The Lani Kai Island Resort will be turning up the temperature this Thursday, Sept. more »»

Business

Chamber hosts United Nations-themed Tapa Hop

September 19, 2018 It’s time to hop aboard a trolley and carouse around Fort Myers Beach. The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Tapa Hop, Thursday, Sept. 20. more »»

Ground finally broken for Gulf Star Marina on Fort Myers Beach

September 12, 2018 Ground was broken on Gulf Star Marina at 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, a boat storage facility on Fort Myers Beach welcomed by area boaters. more »»

Hearing on Bay Harbour concludes

September 12, 2018 It took three days spread out over more than a month, but the hearing examiner finally hit the gavel on the proposed Bay Harbour development Monday. more »»

Chamber launches “Tip the Bill” challenge

August 21, 2018 In an effort to help the bartenders and waitstaff at local establishments, the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is launching a community challenge to #tipthebill. more »»

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill turns cocktail into a fundraiser

August 8, 2018 While the community reeled from the devastating images of the marine life washing up on shore, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill had an idea. They decided to do something. more »»

Obituaries

Lyle H Dumers

September 18, 2018 Lyle H. Dumers, 86, of fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on September 16, 2018. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Service. www.fullermetz. more »»

Julia Murac

September 12, 2018 Julia Murac, 79, of Fort Myers Beach, FL, passed away September 11, 2018.  Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements. more »»

Chester Irwin Cumberland

September 5, 2018 Chester Irwin Cumberland, 84, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on August 31, 2018. Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation Services, Cape Coral. Please visit www. more »»

Ellen L. Pritchard

August 23, 2018 It is with great sadness that the family of long time Lee County resident, Ellen L. Pritchard (affectionately known as "Mom-Mom") announces her passing peacefully at home on August 17t. more »»

Lawrence W. Shafer

August 22, 2018 Lawrence W. Shafer, beloved father and grandfather, passed away in Hope Hospice Care on August 20, 2018 at 94 years old. He was born November 22, 1923 in Miami, Florida, son of Ross and Bess Shafer. more »»

Local Columns

At the Library: Look to the library for books and activities

September 12, 2018 The week’s events: - Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m.. Preschool Story Hour in Children’s area. - Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Gems and Their Stories - Monday, Sept, 17, 1:30 p.m. Hummels in 2018. more »»

September’s Shoreline Spotlight

September 12, 2018 Red, brown and neon green – not exactly the colors one has in mind when dreaming of coastal Florida. more »»

From the Fire Chief

September 5, 2018 Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas! Recently we have found that most of our community is aware of the core services provided by the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department in... more »»

August's Shoreline Spotlight

August 1, 2018 Go Native! Replanting Florida Friendly Estero Boulevard and side streets are almost halfway done with much-needed drainage and safety improvement. more »»

July's Shoreline Spotlight

July 11, 2018 It got the point where the confinement was unbearable. She had to break out. She worked at her constraints, struggling to free herself. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Sea-level rise must be taken seriously

September 19, 2018 We, a United States Representative and a scientist from our regional state university, have come together to acknowledge that sea-level rise is an urgent problem for our community, but one that we... more »»

Enough is enough

September 19, 2018 To the editor: The law of the land… easy enough to follow since it’s in print in our Town’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code, written when Fort Myers Beach voted to incorporate after the... more »»

Let smaller voices be heard

September 19, 2018 To the editor: I am a veteran. I took an oath to protect America and each person’s individual rights even if that meant the loss of my own life. more »»

Put the community first; please withdraw lawsuit

September 19, 2018 To the editor: I sent a personalized version of this plea directly to Ms. more »»

Beach residents thrown under the bus

September 19, 2018 To the editor: As a resident of Primo Drive, I agree with Chris Patton. I have voiced my opinion at the meetings and written letters to the newspapers. I feel we were thrown under the bus. more »»

Editorials

Fort Myers Beach is changing — and not just because of TPI-FMB

April 25, 2018 In an emotionally-charged roll-call, the Town Council voted to send the TPI-FMB project to its second hearing, supporting the project with its negotiated change. more »»

NFIP authorization expires in September

June 14, 2017 The current authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30. Flood insurance rates have been rising since 2013 and will continue to increas. more »»

County Commissioner Larry Kiker — Big Carlos Pass dredging is important

December 13, 2016 Boating is an important part of our way of life and an economic driver for Lee County and all of Southwest Florida. Making sure that boaters can enjoy our local waterways safely is critical. more »»

General Election recommendations

October 21, 2016 Mail ballots have gone out and early voting for the Nov. 8 General Election begins Monday. more »»

Vote YES for 20/20

October 14, 2016 The first wave of mail ballots are out and there is an urgent local issue all voters will want to take note of as they choose among candidates and ballot initiative. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Rugby tournament set for Aug. 4 at Junkanoo

July 25, 2018 Back by popular demand, the 16th Annual Beerfoot Beach 7’s Rugby Tournament is almost here. This year, Florida’s favorite beach rugby tournament is on Saturday, Aug. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce to hold golf tourney June 8

June 6, 2018 Grab your favorite driver "fore" the Swing into Summer Golf Tournament, to be presented by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Chart a "course" for Bonita Springs Friday, June 8, from 8 a.. more »»

Bay Oaks to host bicycle safety event

May 16, 2018 In celebration of National Bike Month — and the popularity of bike riding on Fort Myers Beach — the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus staff will host a safety event Saturday, May 26. more »»

Chamber tees up big fun with annual ‘Mini’ Masters Golf Tournament April 19

April 11, 2018 The Masters in Augusta, Georgia might be over, but the golfing fun on Fort Myers Beach is just about ready to tee up. more »»

Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society presents 52nd annual Summerset Regatta this weekend

October 5, 2017 There will be parties, happy-hour events, great prizes, and lots of boat — just as there has always been since the 1960s. more »»

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