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No state funds for Beach's 'south bridge'

June 24, 2015 State funds for a project development and environmental study for the bridge that connects Fort Myers Beach to Lovers Key have been put on hold. Gov. more »»

Funding approved for lighting study on Beach

June 24, 2015 The Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization officially approved an updated Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2015/16 through 2019/20 during an annual budget process at its... more »»

Times Square outdoor rent to receive hike

June 24, 2015 There will be an annual base rate increase regarding extended use of premises to businesses within the public right-of-way of Times Square beginning this upcoming fiscal year. more »»

BEACH BIZ: Mayor addresses island's main issues

June 24, 2015 With the Fort Myers Beach Town Council taking a July hiatus from meetings and workshops, Mayor Anita Cereceda would like to clear the air on certain issues that are impacting the island and its... more »»

News from around the region

Conservationists cry foul on Amendment 1 funding

June 26, 2015 Florida voters have been betrayed. At least that’s what former Lee County commissioner Ray Judah contends happened with passage of the state budget in the last week. more »»

Sheriff's Office traffic enforcement update for Monday

June 26, 2015 The Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit will target at least one of the following three locations for enforcement Monday, June 29: — Diplomat Parkway, North Fort Myers — State Road 82, Lehigh... more »»

City Council: Summer hiatus often no break

June 26, 2015 While City Council members officially are on their four-week summer hiatus, they are anything but vacationing from representing the city in the community and tending to their elected dutie. more »»

DEP decision to save city $42 million

June 26, 2015 Cape Coral just found out that it will not have to spend an estimated additional $42 million on future pumping stations serving the city’s irrigation system. more »»

Red White & Brew: Annual Cape celebration Saturday

June 26, 2015 Beer fanatics with a taste for domestics can sample over a dozen at Red, White & Brew. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

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 »»

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 »»

$pinach for Popeye benefit Saturday at The Shamrock

June 17, 2015 As soon as islanders got word of local humanitarian Mike “Popeye” Dearden’s medical emergency scare months ago, they’ve been busy planning and organizing a great benefit to help offset his piling... more »»

$pinach for Popeye benefit Saturday at The Shamrock

June 17, 2015 As soon as islanders got word of local humanitarian Mike “Popeye” Dearden’s medical emergency scare months ago, they’ve been busy planning and organizing a great benefit to help offset his piling... more »»

Sixth annual Popeyepalooza to help two causes

June 3, 2015 Popeyepalooza began as a simple gathering at Mike “Popeye” Dearden’s home one year. more »»

Business

Chalk Art Fun - Local gallery and gift shop offers artistic classes

March 26, 2015 The Salty Dog Gallery and Gifts shop toward the north end of the island has always been a fun place to visit, perusing the unique and interesting items available for purchas. more »»

Black Caesar benefit for Chazz Maupin Sunday at The Mermaid

February 24, 2015 Chazz Maupin, also known as Black Caesar, has been a well-known and well-loved resident of the Fort Myers Beach community for years. more »»

DeCarlo Rocks - Inaugural benefit takes place at Val’s Sunday

February 5, 2015 Hosted by the Michael DeCarlo Foundation, the inaugural DeCarlo Rocks all-day benefit concert is taking place at Valerie’s Lounge and Liquors, in the Indian Creek Shopping Plaza, 17264 San Carlos... more »»

Faithful Patriotism - Local legion offers Health Fair, military museum and more to local vets, members, community

January 8, 2015 Teaming up to help our local military veterans and active military personnel, the Estero Island Medical Care Center and American Legion Post 274 are hosting a Free Veterans Wellness Fair and blood... more »»

Valerie's Lounge hosts emergency BINGO fund-raiser Thursday

January 7, 2015 Valerie's Lounge, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., will be hosting an emergency fund-raiser during its Thursday BINGO session this week. more »»

Obituaries

Jock Ira Reese Sr.

June 5, 2015 Jock Ira Reese Sr., 63, of Fort Myers Beach, FL died on June 1, 2015. Arrangements by Affordable Cremations, A Dignified Alternative, North Fort Myers, FL. www.dignifiedcremations.com. more »»

Peter Pazzanese

May 13, 2015 Peter Pazzanese, 90, of Fort Myers Beach, FL died on May 10, 2015. Arrangements by Affordable Cremations, A Dignified Alternative, North Fort Myers, FL. www.dignifiedcremations.com. more »»

Norma Jean Carroll

May 7, 2015 Norma Jean Carroll, age 83, died on April 30, 2015.  She was a resident of Fort Myers Beach for over 30 years before returning to Fort Wayne, IN.  Funeral services provided by D.O. more »»

John Walter Zukaitis Jr,

April 29, 2015 John Walter Zukaitis Jr., 50, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on April 18, 2015. Arrangements by Affordable Cremations and Horizon Funeral Home, Fort Myers, FL. www.horizonfunerals. more »»

Judy Michie

April 24, 2015 Judy Michie was born December 12, 1938 in Kansas City to Stanley and Arleta Hamilton.  She attended Kansas State, majoring in Journalis. more »»

Local Columns

That dog won’t hunt

June 24, 2015 We live in a free society, with freedom of speech being one of our most cherished freedom. more »»

Join the Book Discussion Group at Beach Library

June 24, 2015 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area. Windows 8 on Friday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register. Wordstock, Tuesday, June 30, 1:30 p.m. more »»

Getting to the 'core' of the problem

June 24, 2015 Your core supports your body and provides the stability it needs to perform activities safely. more »»

Air is free

June 17, 2015 Many mechanic shops no longer do tire repairs. more »»

Beach Library to feature original stories on Friday

June 17, 2015 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m. Apps for iPad/iPhone, Thursday, June 18, 10:30 a.m., Pre-register. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Senator reports on Legislative Session

June 24, 2015 The Legislature finished the business of the 2015 Special Session by passing a fiscally responsible balanced budget Frida. more »»

Solar power/ where is it???

June 24, 2015 To the editor: Why can't I buy solar panels (electric photovoltaic) at Home Depot or Lowes just like I can buy 2X4s and shingles??? By now, I should in this country, especially in Florida — the... more »»

A special Thank You from the Finney Family

June 24, 2015 To the editor: To Jo's friends and the community! Who let their love light Shine!! Capt. more »»

House members reintroduce Mental Health Act

June 17, 2015 At age 27, my son's life and the lives of his family changed forever. He was literally transformed into a different person. His behavior became weird, psychotic and delusional. more »»

Fire victims thank supporters

June 17, 2015 To the editor: Carol and I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who volunteered and gave their time and energy to put on the benefit for us in our time of nee. more »»

Editorials

Finish the job

June 10, 2015 How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving. It’s a wry joke, usually guaranteed to bring a chuckle. But this time, few among the 4. more »»

Demand water quality

April 28, 2015 Voters have spoken. Amendment 1 —allowing funds to be added to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire lands, restore them and manage improvements— received 75 percent approval last November. more »»

On the mend

April 1, 2015 The U.S. Census Bureau issued a release Thursday announcing the fastest-growing "metros" in the country. Cape Coral-Fort Myers came in at No. more »»

Vote 'yes' on Amendment 2

October 22, 2014 In November, Florida voters will decide whether the state will join nearly two dozen others in legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes Amendment 2, a grassroots initiative - no pun... more »»

Smart school testing decision on opt-out proposal

September 10, 2014 Less than one week after voting to "opt out" of statewide testing requirements, the School Board of Lee County rescinded that vote with an eye toward a more measured approach. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

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 »»

National Champs -- Local team wins national tennis championship

April 1, 2015 A team of eight Southwest Florida men in the 65 & Over division recently returned from the USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Championships in Surprise, Ariz. more »»

Fillet & Release: Annual fishing tournament for Hope Hospice Saturday

September 18, 2014 The 10th annual Fillet and Release fishing tournament, raising funds for Hope Hospice, will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, with Matanzas Resort home base, at 414 Crescent St. more »»

Annual Summerset regatta seeks sponsorships

August 14, 2014 The 49th annual Summerset Regatta is setting sail Saturday and Sunday, Oct. more »»

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