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Lovers Key State Park construction ramps up as park fully opened

July 9, 2020 After being shut down in March during the COVID-19 pandemic and undergoing a partial reopening in May, all aspects of Lover's Key State Park are now opened and accessible. more »»

 
 
 

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Lovers Key State Park construction ramps up as park fully opened

July 9, 2020 After being shut down in March during the COVID-19 pandemic and undergoing a partial reopening in May, all aspects of Lover's Key State Park are now opened and accessible. more »»

DeSantis extends moratorium on evictions, foreclosures

July 9, 2020 eSantis extends eviction, foreclosure moratorium Governor also signs bill increasing fines for environmental fines By Nathan Mayberg As Florida continues to try and recover from the economic,... more »»

New lawsuit filed against Fort Myers Beach over Margaritaville

July 9, 2020 Ralf Brookes, attorney for Christine Patton, announced that a new lawsuit has been filed in circuit court today against the Town of Fort Myers Beach over the constitutionality of its town code... more »»

Mound House Museum closed

July 9, 2020 The Mound House Museum and restrooms have been closed until further notice. Kayak tours and beach walks will be offered on select days. more »»

Florida Court of Appeal denies appeal over Margaritaville

July 8, 2020 The Second District Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of the Town of Fort Myers Beach in an appeal by Chris Patton over a 2019 circuit court ruling over TPI's Margaritaville projec. more »»

News from around the region

Plan to address bed capacity launched

July 9, 2020 Lee Health has a plan to combat crowded hospitals and an increase of COVID-19 positive patients as numbers continue to increase locally and throughout the state, officials said Thursday. more »»

New mask ordinance in the works for Cape Coral

July 9, 2020 A Cape Coral council member plans to propose a new mask ordinance that would provide incentives to business that require face coverings through the pandemic. more »»

Lee County School District preps for a novel academic year

July 9, 2020 With Lee County Schools tentatively set to reopen Aug. more »»

The four reopening strategies for Lee Schools

July 9, 2020 The four reopening models presented during Wednesday’s Lee County School District board meeting are: * Face-to-Face: students return to school for face-to-face instruction five days a week with... more »»

Mangrove restoration to begin

July 9, 2020 Mangroves that were damaged one year ago due to botched maintenance work project by the city of Cape Coral will be replaced next weekend, weather permitting. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Sand artist John Boyd will be making Arches in the sand this week

June 3, 2020 The Arches may not have returned to Fort Myers Beach, but the sand is still here for sand artist John Boyd to use his magical rake to work on recreating visions of the arches. more »»

Local art teacher drew from FMBAA student scholarship show

February 19, 2020 When Alison Rice entered her photograph of a scene at Naples Beach featuring a pelican and the pier at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association student scholarship show, little did she know her first... more »»

Music legend Charlie McCoy lifts Lover’s Key

February 12, 2020 Charlie McCoy is in the Country Music Hall of Fame in large part for his harmonica but as his performance at Lover's Key State Park Feb. 6 showed, his voice and guitar are not exactly second-fiddle. more »»

Community Foundation ends first decade with trip back to Woodstock

February 6, 2020 With the group Jo List and Friends playing 1960s songs from groups like The Doors, dozens of Community Foundation members and supporters clad in tie-dye shirts celebrated the nonprofit organization'... more »»

Charlie McCoy brings lifetime of playing with the best to Lovers Key

January 29, 2020 The term “real McCoy” wasn't coined after country musician Charlie McCoy (though it's the name of one of his albums) but few artists can pull out the type of resume the guitarist and harmonica playe... more »»

Business

DiamondHead Beach Resort rolls out renovations

June 25, 2020 The DiamondHead Beach Resort used the time when the town closed much of its hospitality industry following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, to do some sprucing up. more »»

Casablanca Cafe reopens at Lani Kai

June 18, 2020 As you enter the Casablanca Cafe in the lobby area of the Lani Kai Island Resort, Humphrey Bogart is sitting right there watching over the place. more »»

State Court of Appeal hears Margaritaville challenge

June 10, 2020 With attorneys providing oral arguments via video feed to a three-judge panel of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Tuesday, the key issues raised against the Margaritaville project and ... more »»

Best Western Plus completing renovations

June 3, 2020 Best Western Plus Beach Resort managing partner Tim Malbon wasn't exactly jumping for joy when the town closed its beaches and hotels in March. more »»

Conidaris family making protective wear for their resort’s guests

May 20, 2020 At the Lani Kai Island Resort, the Conidaris family has recognized the need for health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. more »»

Obituaries

Michael Brian Kuhlman

June 25, 2020 Michael Brian Kuhlman, 58, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away June 23, 2020.  Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Services. www.fullermetz. more »»

Ann "Annie" Swartz

June 11, 2020 Ann "Annie" Swartz, 71, of Fort Myers Beach FL passed away Monday, June 1, 2020 at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs. Annie was born on April 11, 1949 in Beloit WI. to Carl and Jean Swart. more »»

Sonya Treu Young

June 5, 2020 Sonya Treu Young, 34, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away May 16, 2020. Arrangements entrusted to Lee County Cremation Services-Fort Myers. more »»

Lorraine Semmer

June 2, 2020 Lorraine Bobbie Semmer peacefully passed away of cancer Tuesday, May 26th at HealthPark Hospital with her family by her side. She was 70 years young. Lorraine was the daughter of the late William H. more »»

Milton Charles (Chuck) Golden

May 13, 2020 Milton Charles (Chuck) Golden, 92, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on May 5, 2020. Chuck was born in Baltimore, MD on December 19, 1927, the son of Charles Golden and Mary Beatrice Blair. more »»

Local Columns

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

June 23, 2020 Captain Dave's Fishing Tip #1: Catching crevalle jacks is always fun. Pound for pound, they are one of the toughest fighters. Their strength has earned them the title of, “bulldogs of the ba. more »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

June 23, 2020 Helping shelter dogs is the most rewarding! They were all puppies who for one reason or another didn’t get to the right home or lost their parent. more »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

June 15, 2020 Saving sweet Pixie!! Over the last few weeks you are probably wondering what happened to some of the dogs and cats we had in the paper. more »»

PET PALS: Find A Home Give A Home Pet Rescue

June 3, 2020 “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin Helping others, Helping Oreo... more »»

What a Catch!: Captain Dave's Fishing Tips

June 3, 2020 Fishing Tip #1: When circle-hook regulations first took effect, there was some resistance from anglers who were used to fishing with "J" hooks. At first, I was also skeptica. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Eden Oak: Conservation 20/20 nomination update

June 24, 2020 In the midst of the request by the owner to change the zoning to build 55 units in the mangroves near the Shell Point Retirement Community, the Eden Oak property was also nominated earlier this year... more »»

Stop the dune/lagoon walkover

June 24, 2020 To the editor: Please join me in opposing the building of walkover in the south end of the island by the Texas Hold'Em and Squeeze me Inn LLC's. more »»

Unknowing killers?

June 24, 2020 To the editor: Ordinarily, people would never think of hurting, no less potentially killing other people. more »»

Guest Commentary: Social isolation, loneliness and COVID-19

June 3, 2020 As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are required to be less social in order to avoid infecting themselves and others with the virus. more »»

Guest Commentary: Safer together

June 3, 2020 As leaders of Lee and Collier County, we want to express our since thanks for all you have done to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. We know this has not been easy. more »»

Editorials

Collateral damage from county’s reopening

April 29, 2020 As officials at the state and local level look toward a soft reopening of some public places, health officials are warning of a new normal. more »»

Our newsroom commitment to you: Facts, not fear, information, not speculation

April 15, 2020 The past few weeks have been tough ones for Southwest Floridians. We’ve seen government operations pare down to the bare bones essentials, with offices closed and meetings and services moved online. more »»

Words to live by: Safer At Home

April 7, 2020 A “limited movement” mandate is now in effect throughout Florida. Gov. more »»

SWFL Stronger Together

April 1, 2020 State, county and local officials continue to stress the need for all of us to stay home to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-1. more »»

Facts, not fear: Monitoring coronavirus disease

March 4, 2020 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued some advice regarding the new coronavirus disease formally dubbed COVID-19: Share the Facts, Stop Fear. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Annual children’s fishing tournament this Saturday

June 24, 2020 More than 100 children will be expected at this Saturday's annual fishing tournament on the public fishing pier and docks outside Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe and Tiki Bar. more »»

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

June 23, 2020 Captain Dave's Fishing Tip #1: Catching crevalle jacks is always fun. Pound for pound, they are one of the toughest fighters. Their strength has earned them the title of, “bulldogs of the ba. more »»

What a Catch!: Captain Dave's Fishing Tips

June 3, 2020 Fishing Tip #1: When circle-hook regulations first took effect, there was some resistance from anglers who were used to fishing with "J" hooks. At first, I was also skeptica. more »»

Capt. Dave Hanson shares tales of fishing adventures

May 27, 2020 On Saturday morning, March 16, I fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with James Partyka and his friend, Stuart. more »»

Captain Dave’s Fishing Tips

May 20, 2020 Fishing Tip #1: Fish in heavily fished areas tend to be leery because they have been spooked too often. Fishing pressure can compromise your success in a big way. more »»

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