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Tickets on sale for School House Rock concert featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum

January 16, 2019 A special Winter Concert Series, featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum, will be held this month at Fish-Tale Marina as a fundraiser for Fort Myers Beach Elementary School. more »»

 
 
 

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Tickets on sale for School House Rock concert featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum

January 16, 2019 A special Winter Concert Series, featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum, will be held this month at Fish-Tale Marina as a fundraiser for Fort Myers Beach Elementary School. more »»

Council elections: Gore bows out, Boback signs up

January 16, 2019 The qualifying period for the Fort Myers Beach Town Council elections in March will close this Friday, and one hat definitely won’t be in the ring agai. more »»

Cornhole Fur A Cause registration under way

January 16, 2019 Help support a local organization that provides assistance to those four legged companions in need by registering for a cornhole tournament. more »»

DeSantis, Rooney take action on water quality

January 16, 2019 Florida’s elected officials are already setting their sights on algae. Newly sworn-in Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Jan. more »»

Music community to remember one of its own

January 16, 2019 A Celebration of Life will be held for a local musician who touched every life he crossed, human and animal alike, this Saturday at Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral. more »»

News from around the region

North county 20/20 land buys approved

January 17, 2019 The latest batch of land parcels that Lee County has decided to pursue for its Conservation 20/20 program may be on the smaller side, but local experts say they're important pieces of the... more »»

Cape man killed in crash on Chiquita Boulevard

January 17, 2019 A late evening traffic crash Wednesday snarled traffic on Chiquita Boulevard, and resulted in the first Cape Coral traffic fatality of 2019. At 10:06 p.. more »»

Cape, county each approve road projects

January 17, 2019 Two road improvement projects, one in the city and another in North Fort Myers, are anticipated to make travel for motorists a little bit easier. more »»

CCCIA's Builders' Showcase of Homes starts today

January 17, 2019 When looking to buy a home in Cape Coral, finding the right design and layout of your home is paramount to a buyer’s future happiness. more »»

Inventors and Science Fairs this weekend

January 17, 2019 This weekend marks an annual fair that will bring 700 students together, competing for scholarships and awards in the largest pre-collegiate STEM competition in Southwest Florid. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Tickets on sale for School House Rock concert featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum

January 16, 2019 A special Winter Concert Series, featuring Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum, will be held this month at Fish-Tale Marina as a fundraiser for Fort Myers Beach Elementary School. more »»

Cornhole Fur A Cause registration under way

January 16, 2019 Help support a local organization that provides assistance to those four legged companions in need by registering for a cornhole tournament. more »»

Music community to remember one of its own

January 16, 2019 A Celebration of Life will be held for a local musician who touched every life he crossed, human and animal alike, this Saturday at Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral. more »»

Women’s Club birthday brings out big plans

January 16, 2019 The Women’s Club celebrated 55 years in their current location on Sterling Avenue last Friday, and they announced ambitious plans for the future. more »»

Bayside Estates Flea Market moves to this weekend

January 9, 2019 The annual Bayside Estates Flea Market has been pushed up a couple of weeks this year to this Friday and Saturday. more »»

Business

Coste new gem in Diamondhead crown

January 16, 2019 Food, beverage, experience. That's what the Diamondhead Resort is selling with their new restaurant, Coste. more »»

Florida Southwestern State College opens fifth location in Southwest Florida

January 16, 2019 On Monday morning, Florida Southwestern State College opened its fifth location in Southwest Florida. more »»

Local businesses give TPI feedback on co-living project

December 19, 2018 A growing housing trend could give workers on Fort Myers Beach an affordable rental option. more »»

County: trams to be stored at Seafarer’s during season

December 19, 2018 Lee County announced last week that it will not be storing its trams in the Park & Ride lot on Main Street, following pushback from some San Carlos Island residents. more »»

Children’s book donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital

December 19, 2018 A book telling the tale of a little red wagon was donated to the Golisano Children’s Hospital last week, which the Sanibel author hopes will calm the nerves of the youth admitted to the hospital,... more »»

Obituaries

Mark Munro

December 31, 2018 Mark Munro, 66, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on December 23, 2018. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Sandra Jones

December 18, 2018 Sandra Jones, 81, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on December 8, 2018. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Thomas S Sellers

November 27, 2018 Thomas S. Sellers, 78, of Fort Myers Beach died November 22, Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lee County Cremation Services. more »»

Nancy L Guthrie

November 14, 2018 Nancy L. Guthrie, 80, of Fort Myers Beach passed away 11/12/2018. Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling the arrangements. more »»

Dr Walter Andrew Welsh Sr

October 30, 2018 Dr. Walter Andrew Welsh, Sr., 74, of Macon passed away Sunday, October 28, 201. more »»

Local Columns

Happy Holidays Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas!

December 19, 2018 By MATT LOVE We conclude “The Fire Marshal’s Twelve Days of Christmas” with… On the ninth day of Christmas the Fire Marshal gave to me, nine coloring pencils to develop a home safety plan for my... more »»

The Fire Marshal’s 12 Days of Christmas Safety

December 12, 2018 Santa has arrived at Macy’s in New York City, signaling the official start of the holiday season. more »»

November’s Shoreline Spotlight: The beach is back

November 14, 2018 Now the beach has the appearance of a return to normality. The dolphins are back to frolicking, and large flocks of migrating sea and shore birds are coating the sand bar. more »»

What a Catch: Captain Dave’s fishing tips

October 10, 2018 Captain Dave’s Fishing Tip #1: To increase your chances of catching fish, try dropping a chum bag out in front of your boa. more »»

At the Library:

October 10, 2018 The week’s events - Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m., in Children’s area - Windows 10, Wed., 10:30 a.m. Pre-register. - Book Discussion, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Happy New Year!

January 16, 2019 2018 was a year of change, challenge, learning and accomplishments for the School District of Lee County. more »»

Disclaimer, please

January 16, 2019 To the editor: I am extremely annoyed with the “Beach Observer” newspaper. more »»

Set a good example and save some money for a rainy day

January 16, 2019 To the editor: We are hearing much about the federal government shutdown, and how some federal employees are not able to buy food since they didn’t get a paycheck. more »»

Guest Commentary: Safeguard your medical information

January 9, 2019 Medicare fraud is in the news again, and it serves as a reminder for everyone over the age of 65 to understand how to fight against fraud, waste, abuse, and dishonest practices. more »»

Guest Commentary: Protect the Military Mission Line from offshore drilling

January 2, 2019 As the 116th Congress begins, the Florida delegation should unite to stop offshore drilling off the Gulf coast of Florida and must push Congress to enact legislation to make the moratorium on... more »»

Editorials

Didn’t get a flu shot? Get one now.

January 9, 2019 Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one. This year, for much the same reason, we are repeating that advice. more »»

Weigh in on water quality policies

December 27, 2018 Saying they are tired of the Caloosahatchee and St. more »»

Our ailing system

November 29, 2018 We are strong free market proponents. Competition between and among private businesses is the bedrock of a sound demand-and-supply economy. We endorse that predicate. more »»

Have a happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018 For some of us, the whole “pumpkin spice” thing is as old as childhood. more »»

Optimism at the polls

November 14, 2018 Southwest Floridians are notably frugal when it comes to taxes. That’s not a bad thing. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Registration open for Reel Florida Fishing Camp Winter Session

December 12, 2018 For the first time, Reel Florida Fishing Camp, Inc. more »»

Perfect weather for Summerset Regatta

October 17, 2018 The wind was blowing and the sails were out for the 53rd Annual Summerset Regatta. More than 30 different sailboats participated in the events on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. more »»

What a Catch: Captain Dave’s fishing tips

October 10, 2018 Captain Dave’s Fishing Tip #1: To increase your chances of catching fish, try dropping a chum bag out in front of your boa. more »»

SW Florida Sailboat Racing Clinic to be held at Pink Shell

October 10, 2018 Offshore Sailing School will kick off its 55th anniversary with a special clinic at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina this December. more »»

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 »»

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