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Fort Myers Beach Council bars new boaters at mooring field

April 9, 2020 The newly-installed Town of Fort Myers Beach Council acted to stop any new boat hookups to the Matanzas Pass Mooring Field near Matanzas Inn while instructing Town Manager Roger Hernstadt to allow... more »»

 
 
 

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Fort Myers Beach Council bars new boaters at mooring field

April 9, 2020 The newly-installed Town of Fort Myers Beach Council acted to stop any new boat hookups to the Matanzas Pass Mooring Field near Matanzas Inn while instructing Town Manager Roger Hernstadt to allow... more »»

New council elects Murphy as mayor

April 8, 2020 In its first act, the new Fort Myers Beach Council elevated Vice Mayor Ray Murphy to mayor of Fort Myers Beach. more »»

Beach Baptist Church getting the food out

April 8, 2020 While the coronavirus pandemic and the related government actions have led to a near shutdown of the hospitality industry on Fort Myers Beach, the work and mission of the Beach Baptist Church has no... more »»

School District’s distance learning going well

April 8, 2020 The School District of Lee County reports that teachers were able to reach nearly 90 percent of their students overall during the first week of distance learning, a number officials say is a big... more »»

Food, mask donations helping Lee Health

April 8, 2020 Amidst the unsettling situation the country and community currently faces, there are people making a difference for those on the front lines. more »»

News from around the region

Holiday pickup for Grab & Go meals is Thursday

April 8, 2020 The School District of Lee County is remains committed to offering Grab & Go meals while schools are closed but there are some holiday changes: Distribution sites will be closed on Friday, April... more »»

Lee Health grateful for outpouring of community support

April 8, 2020 Amidst the unsettling situation the country and community currently faces, there are people making a difference for those on the front lines. more »»

FDOH update: 15,456 cases of the new coronavirus

April 8, 2020 As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 15,456 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 709 since FDOH's last update yesterday evening. more »»

'Virtual Brain Bus Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia' program Thursday

April 8, 2020 The Alzheimer's Association Brain Bus program has gone virtual. On Thursday, April, 9, from 10-11 a.m. more »»

Second hospital, COVID-19, Cape projects among town hall topics

April 8, 2020 District 7 Cape Coral Councilmember Jessica Cosden held a Facebook Town Hall last night where residents could ask questions in a public forum while practicing social distancing behind their screen. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Chicago concert rescheduled to May 13

March 16, 2020 The Chicago tribute concert featuring former Chicago singer Jeff Coffey and the Chicago cover band Back to Chicago scheduled for March 19 at Fish-Tale Marina on Fort Myers Beach has been postponed t... 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

Matching ad grants aim to aid businesses

April 1, 2020 Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic and thrive beyond it. Ogden Newspapers In. more »»

Gift cards being distributed to laid off workers

April 1, 2020 With thousands of people estimated to have been pushed out of work from their jobs on Fort Myers Beach due to the combined government shutdown of the beaches, restaurants and hotels, a community... more »»

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar temporarily closed

March 21, 2020 The PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is closing temporarily. The shutdown by the venerable restaurant located next to the currently blocked-off Fort Myers Beach Pier was announced Saturday. more »»

Business leaders raising funds for hospitality workers

March 18, 2020 With the beach season potentially facing a premature slowdown due a stock market in decline, along with national and local state of emergencies enacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, a group of... more »»

Branding plan moves forward for town

March 18, 2020 After months of buildup, the branding and marketing strategy options for Fort Myers Beach has arrived in the form of a dolphin, palm trees and a multi-colored logo of FMB and FMBeach. more »»

Obituaries

John E. "Jack" Moynihan

February 28, 2020 John E. "Jack" Moynihan, 80 of Englewood passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Village on the Isle in Venice. Jack was born October 5, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Edward A. more »»

George Thomas Downey

February 24, 2020 George Thomas Downey, 82, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away February 19, 2020. more »»

Fred B Towell

February 21, 2020 Fred B Towell, 92, of Ft Myers Beach died February 17, 2020.  He was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1927.  He served in the US Navy from 1945 to 194. more »»

Richard John Lonski

February 5, 2020 Richard John Lonski, 65, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Jane Elizabeth Cole Luchi

January 13, 2020 Jane Elizabeth Cole Luchi, loving wife of Charles (Chuck) Luchi, lost her brave battle with cancer on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers. 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: Cells, the fundamental unit of life

April 7, 2020 (Editor’s note: This is the second segment in a three-part series on viruses planned for publication. more »»

Guest Commentary: We’re all in this together

April 1, 2020 Hello everyone. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who are doing everything you can to keep our community safe and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. more »»

More wipes are needed

April 1, 2020 To the editor: So I go to Publix on the Beach for some necessities. I find a cart outside and look for the wipes to decontaminate the handle. more »»

Guest Commentary: A viral primer

April 1, 2020 In the very broadest of terms, there are three major categories of living things on our planet: true bacteria, ancient bacteria, and everything else. more »»

Guest Commentary: Being helpful when you are feeling helpless

April 1, 2020 With anxiety and uncertainty, the signs of these modern times, the loss of control over the future may leave people feeling helpless or hopeless and wondering what they can do. more »»

Editorials

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 »»

Tallahassee fog -- You can barely see the Sunshine

February 19, 2020 A bid to “save money” at the expense of government transparency is being proffered yet again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public. more »»

Much to be grateful for

November 27, 2019 For some of us, the whole “pumpkin spice” thing is as old as childhood. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Major League Baseball cancels spring training

March 12, 2020 Spring training games have been canceled and the Major League Baseball season will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus, according to a statement... more »»

Future bright for Rays, Twins

March 11, 2020 These are good times for fans of the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays. more »»

Red Sox, Twins youth key to spring training

March 4, 2020 If you are a Twins fan and see the team’s 22-year-old left-handed hitting phenom Luis Arraez crouching low over the plate with his bat held in a way that brings back memories of one of the greatest... more »»

Berrios sets tone in Twins home opener

February 26, 2020 With their sights on the World Series, the Minnesota Twins know their pitching will have to step up. more »»

Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox players, coaches and fans arrive in Southwest Florida

February 19, 2020 Some say nothing is free in life, but Fort Myers baseball fans can count themselves as lucky for not only do they have two Major League Baseball teams they can watch each spring, but free open house... more »»

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