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County agrees to buy parcel on Mound Key for 20/20 conservation

September 18, 2019 The Lee County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to purchase a 9.57-acre parcel on Mound Key for the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program. more »»

 
 
 

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County agrees to buy parcel on Mound Key for 20/20 conservation

September 18, 2019 The Lee County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to purchase a 9.57-acre parcel on Mound Key for the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program. more »»

Annual Chamber Tapa Hop gets on the road Thursday

September 18, 2019 The yearly Tapa Hop, sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is happening again this Thursday from 3:30 to 10 p.m. more »»

Singer, songwriter to again play Island Hopper fest

September 18, 2019 The Island Hopper Songwriters Fest is Lee County’s largest scale music festival and it’s coming to its sixth year. more »»

Homeowners get look at preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps

September 18, 2019 Some Lee County residents could be facing a large jump in  flood insurance rates. more »»

News from around the region

Lee County system suffers cyberattack

September 20, 2019 Lee County's website and online operations were down Friday after a cyberattack. more »»

Health Department to offer free HIV/STD screening at VIVA Fort Myers Saturday

September 20, 2019 The Florida Department of Health in Lee County, in partnership, with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, will participate in the first VIVA Fort Myers in celebration of National Latinx AIDS Awareness... more »»

Public invited to ‘Deaf Life: Get to Know It’ event

September 19, 2019 Lee County’s first-ever “Deaf Life: Get to Know It” event is set for Saturday. Owner of Old Soul Brewing, Mike Schmidt, and the Sally J. more »»

City takes input on ‘neighborhood’ parks

September 19, 2019 Turnout at the city of Cape Coral’s public input meetings on the design of its new neighborhood parks was mixed this wee. more »»

Cape to discuss modified noise ordinance

September 19, 2019 A re-modified noise ordinance will come back to Cape Coral City Council for discussion Monday. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Singer, songwriter to again play Island Hopper fest

September 18, 2019 The Island Hopper Songwriters Fest is Lee County’s largest scale music festival and it’s coming to its sixth year. more »»

Songwriter festival set to start Sept. 20

September 11, 2019 It's the sixth year for the Island Hopper Music Fest, a southwest Florida centric singer-songwriter extravaganza. Going from Sep. more »»

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 »»

Business

Annual Chamber Tapa Hop gets on the road Thursday

September 18, 2019 The yearly Tapa Hop, sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is happening again this Thursday from 3:30 to 10 p.m. more »»

Island Pancake House has a new owner

September 4, 2019 Breakfast on the beach might be a rare commodity in most parts of the country, but the Island Pancake House has a new owner and he wants to show visitors and locals alike what he can do. more »»

Stacie Krupa Gallery offers fine art — and a warm welcome

September 4, 2019 Art and Fort Myers Beach are the perfect pair. Stacie Krupa has been creating and dealing in fine art nationally for the better part of 30 years. more »»

John R. Wood Properties opens Beach office

August 28, 2019 John R. Wood Properties, one of the leading local real estate brokerage in Southwest Florida, has officially opened an office on Fort Myers Beach. The office, at 7205 Estero Blvd. more »»

Business Briefs

August 28, 2019 John R. Wood, Island Palm Region, announces its Fort Myers Beach Top Producers for the Month of July. more »»

Obituaries

Kathleen Nagorski

September 16, 2019 Kathleen Nagorski, 69, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away September 13, 2019. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Services. more »»

Thomas Chandler

September 10, 2019 Thomas Chandler, 59, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on September 2, 2019. more »»

Robin Lynn Barnes

September 4, 2019 Robin Lynn Barnes, 51, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Marion Paige Manning

August 29, 2019 Marion Paige Manning, 76, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. 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 »»

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

Guest Commentary: A major step forward for environmental protection

September 18, 2019 On Wednesday, the House of Representatives took a big step forward in protecting Florida’s coastal environment and its econom. more »»

Guest Commentary: Why we choose to Walk Like MADD

September 18, 2019 For two years, the firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz has been a presenting sponsor for Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Walk Like MADD 5k walk and run that raises money to ensure no... more »»

County offer would not Restore the Fort Myers Beach Arches

September 18, 2019 To the editor: What do you do when you are being fought by local Government on replacing a historic structure that should have never been destroyed? Our non-profit group Restore Fort Myers Beach... more »»

Guest Commentary: Upping the ante to protect Southwest Florida

September 11, 2019 Last year’s toxic algae crisis has been rightly crowned a historic turning point for our region. more »»

Another view on minimum wage

September 11, 2019 To the editor: In its Aug. 28, 2019 edition, the Observer noted in a front page article that an increase in minimum wage by 2027 to $15 per hour is being contemplated. more »»

Editorials

Hurricane relief: Give, but give wisely

September 11, 2019 As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian made its sixth landfall, in Nova Scotia this weekend, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property... 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 »»

Local Sports & Recreation

There’s still time to register for the 2019 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Fort Myers at Lakes Park

September 4, 2019 The community has the opportunity to run for a cause next month at Lakes Regional Park. The 5K run supports the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which was created by his family. more »»

‘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 »»

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