History of the Beach Bulletin
The Beach Bulletin has been documenting important doings on Fort Myers Beach since its debut in 1951. After more than half a century, it is the Beach's premiere entertainment newspaper, offering readers detailed news of the entertainment scene in Fort Myers Beach and other parts of Lee County.
Early on, it was a small publication. It was composed the old-fashioned way — on a typewriter. Today, as part of the Breeze Newspapers Beach division, its staffers use computers and pagination software to design each issue, which is printed at our new print site center near Southwest Florida International Airport.
The Bulletin today fills a niche ignored by others — it answers the questions, "What can we do that's entertaining tonight." '"Where can I eat a fish dinner and then listen to some music for the night?' The Observer tells readers what's out there to see and do.
It also is the primary source of information for tourists vacationing at the Beach as well as for area "day trippers" who want to enjoy the beaches and some of the best seafood to be found in Lee County.
The Bulletin looks forward to continued growth with the Beach communities we serve.
History of the Fort Myers Beach Observer
Nearly four decades old, it was known as the Mad Shopper. Now, this newspaper is known as the Fort Myers Beach Observer and is the dominant publication of record in the community.
Founded in 1968, the Mad Shopper was Fort Myers Beach's community paper, with an ever-growing circulation as the island became more popular during the '70s as both a tourist destination and residential community in what was one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Issues covered by the newspaper in the early days — as now — hinged on development.
Today's Observer has come a long way from the cut-and-paste days with writing, photography, composition and printing done on state-of-the-art computers. But the Observer remains true to its roots, documenting life on the Beach and being involved in the community, as it always has been.
In 1996 voters chose to incorporate the town of Fort Myers Beach, and the Observer now concentrates on extensive coverage of town issues, including beach restoration and redevelopment. Readers look to the publication for the latest local news, whether the issue is roadway congestion, where to park all of the island visitors cars, or how to upgrade roads.
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