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Registration under way for annual International Coastal Cleanup

August 21, 2019 Registration is now open for the annual International Coastal Cleanup with numerous sites around Lee Count. more »»


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Registration under way for annual International Coastal Cleanup

August 21, 2019 Registration is now open for the annual International Coastal Cleanup with numerous sites around Lee Count. more »»

Council mulls variety of budget subjects

August 21, 2019 Fort Myers Beach Town Council had its preliminary reading and staff report on the town budget for the upcoming fiscal year Thursday. more »»

Veterans join teams for annual Grouper Grapple

August 21, 2019 The popular 7th Annual Grouper Grapple was held over the weekend, with much fanfar. more »»

After-school program at Bay Oaks sees much success

August 21, 2019 Bay Oaks Recreation Center’s after-school program has been successful. They get anywhere from 25-35 children in attendance during school and closer to 40 during the summer. more »»

Some students turning to online education

August 21, 2019 Online school is definitely something new, even in an age where home school might be becoming old hat. more »»

News from around the region

Cape Council to consider tax roll assessments

August 22, 2019 Cape Coral City Council has plowed through much of the budget propsed for next year, but there is another part of it they will address during Monday’s regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. more »»

Officials say Leadership Academies prepare freshmen

August 22, 2019 Freshmen students within the school district are becoming better acclimated with the culture of high school through a program taught by JROTC instructors, district officials say. more »»

City and kayak club to end lease arrangement

August 22, 2019 It appears the South Florida Canoe & Kayak Club is going to have to look for new waters. more »»

Coastal Cleanup: Registration under way for annual event

August 22, 2019 Registration is now open for the annual International Coastal Cleanup with numerous sites around Lee County. This year the International Coastal Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. more »»

Cape Coral Charter Schools make changes for new school year

August 22, 2019 With a new school year underway, the City of Cape Coral Charter School Authority continues to delve into new ways to engage its students and help them reach their highest potential. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Three musicians talk about their craft

August 14, 2019 Music is one of those ethereal things that everyone loves in some form or fashion. It evokes emotion, memories, and dream. more »»

Parrot Key to host Caribbean Nights Dinner Shows

July 3, 2019 You’ll feel like you’re in an island paradise as you’re greeted with a flower lei and surrounded by tiki torches at Parrot Key’s new Caribbean Nights Dinner shows, which be held on Wednesday nigh. more »»

The F.E.M. Collective to have first Summer Series show on Fort Myers Beach

June 26, 2019 The F.E.M. Collective believes that women deserve to be heard. They seek to amplify women’s voices in the music industry. F.E.M. stands for female empowering musicians. The F.E. more »»

Dogs and drinks and drag: Doggie Pride Fest to benefit canine rescue

June 26, 2019 End Pride month by celebrating with your beloved furry friend, for a cause. Doggie Pride Fest will be held at the Edison Country Club on the back patio on Sunday, June 30. more »»

Internet sensations shoot music video on Fort Myers Beach

June 26, 2019 The Moy Boys shot their most recent music video “Nautical” aboard Salty Sam’s Pirate Ship on Fort Myers Beach and in Ocala. more »»


Tropical Jewelry launches custom FMB offerings

August 14, 2019 Tropical Jewelry is owned by Jasmina and Arthur Pirganoski and they are proposing a new item of choice for Fort Myers Beach and its tourists. more »»

Two island businesswomen share their stories of success

August 7, 2019 Fort Myers Beach has lots of businesses and just as many varieties. And in keeping with a national trend, more women are doing very well, showing both a lot of giving back and entrepreneurship. more »»

Mango-Rita’s: New owners, new outlook

August 7, 2019 The new owners of Mango-Rita's have a bold outlook for how they want to grow the business and bring in new blood to the Beach. more »»

Restaurants turn up the sizzle for summer

July 31, 2019 For locals and summer season visitors alike, there is no better time to enjoy the Beach's many restaurants and eateries. more »»

Kava Culture Kava Bar to host wellness fair to promote mental, physical wellbeing

July 17, 2019 Kava Culture’s wellness fair’s primary focus is on promoting mental and physical wellbeing, as well as fostering a sense of community. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday at 6 p.m. more »»


Therese Ann Frost

August 15, 2019 Therese Ann Frost, 89, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Thomas Dzon

August 13, 2019 DZON, Thomas passed away August 9, 2019. Age 79. Beloved husband of Nancy (Easterle). Father of Mary Dzon and the late Bradley Dzo. more »»

Henry James "Jim" Noworyta

July 8, 2019 Henry James "Jim" Noworyta, 73, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Jeffrey Lance Obert

June 11, 2019 Jeffrey Lance Obert, 63, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on May 31, 2019. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Robert Anthony Ranalli Jr

June 6, 2019 Bobby passed away on May 26, 2019 after a courageous fight with cancer. Bobby was born in Canton, Ohio on January 8, 1954. He was the son of Bob Sr. and Vivian Sue. He graduated from St. more »»

Local Columns

Fire and Life Safety Plan Examination and Permitting

August 7, 2019 Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas! This month we would like to highlight some excellent news from the Life Safety Division of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department... more »»

Guest Commentary: Polarization and judgement needs to stop, everywhere

August 7, 2019 Friends, It is with deep and humble gratitude that I thank you for your encouragement & support for the appointment to the Lee County Board of County Commission. more »»

Shoreline Spotlight: The difference between butterflies and moths

June 12, 2019 My wife found some caterpillars devouring her Necklace Pod plant. She took some photos and went online and identified it as a Genista Broom Moth caterpillar. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Emergency Medical Services

June 12, 2019 Hello Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and surrounding areas. more »»

Shoreline Spotlight: The Worst Invasive Plants

March 6, 2019 In honor of Invasive Awareness Week (Feb. 25-March 1), let's talk about the worst offenders in our backyards. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Appointment process cost Lee County a statesman in the making

August 21, 2019 To the editor: This letter is for Christin Collins, who wrote a guest opinion that appeared in your paper. Thank you for sharing! It is important for all to understand how the political process works. more »»

That’s how politics works

August 21, 2019 To the editor: I am writing in regards to an article published in The Observer week of August 14. Basically Ms. more »»

Are we becoming a country of hate?

August 21, 2019 To the editor: Another two murderous rampages! The more it happens, the more it happens. Usually the murderer is mentally unstable emotionally or psychotically. The action is triggered by hate. more »»

Want to stop hateful rhetoric? Start with yourself

August 21, 2019 To the editor: Here we go again with the contributor to the opinion column, I won’t mention his name, talking about the other party promoting hateful rhetoric. more »»

Support legislation of compassion

August 21, 2019 To the editor: State Senator, Lauren Book(District 32), has filed a bill calling for a Constitutional Amendment that would prohibit the Florida House of Representatives and Senate from voting on any... more »»


D-Day: In memory, in gratitude

June 12, 2019 More than 5,300 ships. More than 11,000 aircraft. More than 160,000 troops. And more courage than the world had ever seen. more »»

Go green: Don’t fertilize this summer

June 5, 2019 It is time for Southwest Floridians who have been demanding action to improve water quality in our canals, river and gulf to step up and take part. Literally. more »»

Yes, here in paradise

May 8, 2019 Sunshine. Beautiful beaches. A booming economy. And yet, hunger. more »»

Success at last?

May 1, 2019 The facts as presented apparently —?and finally — spoke for themselves this year: According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption... more »»

Communities come together

April 10, 2019 Fort Myers Beach’s sister city Cape Coral has its controversies. Cape Coral has its share of divisiveness. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

‘Football and You: A Primer for your high schools’

August 7, 2019 This is the first year Lee County has held a meet-and-greet for the upcoming football teams in the districts and it could not have been a bigger succes. more »»

Annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon still taking registrations

July 24, 2019 Spaces are still available in the Galloway Captiva Triathlon for the adult and youth activities. more »»

5th Annual Grouper Slam to help fund new LARC program

July 10, 2019 Registrations are still being accepted for a weekend fishing tournament to benefit a good cause. more »»

Registration now open for 6th annual Beach Chamber Bowling Bash

July 3, 2019 Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce members have an opportunity to try their hand at bowling during the 6th annual Beach Chamber Bowling Bash later this month, and they’re hoping to attract more... more »»

Lani Kai invites beachgoers to celebrate the Fourth of July for four days

July 3, 2019 The Lani Kai, which features multiple bars and restaurants, is having a four-day party this Independence Day. more »»

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