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Lee County blocks vacation rentals to residents from 10 states

May 21, 2020 Vacation rentals now restricts residents of 10 states By Nathan Mayberg Vacation rentals in Lee County can now be utilized by non-Florida residents but not those from Connecticut, Delaware,... more »»


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Lee County blocks vacation rentals to residents from 10 states

May 21, 2020 Vacation rentals now restricts residents of 10 states By Nathan Mayberg Vacation rentals in Lee County can now be utilized by non-Florida residents but not those from Connecticut, Delaware,... more »»

County's CARES ACT program takes effect Tuesday

May 20, 2020 Folks who need help paying the rent or a utility bill and who earn under $55,000 or whose small business has suffered due to the economic fallout from the state's response to the COVID-19 are all... more »»

Hotels back in business

May 20, 2020 Six weeks after being ordered by the town council to close their doors to the public, hotels on Fort Myers Beach are back open again following the council's lifting of restrictions to their... more »»

Fireworks approved with uncertain date

May 20, 2020 The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council's divide over the level of precautions that should be taken amid the COVID-19 pandemic continued to show during debate over whether to approve a $27,000 contract... more »»

County approves vacation rental law

May 20, 2020 The Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved a plan put forward by County Manager Roger Desjarlais Tuesday which will allow short-term vacation rentals to resume on Fort Myers Beach. more »»

News from around the region

Three arrested, two sought in connection to drug overdose death

May 23, 2020 Cape Coral police have arrested three people and are seeking two others in connection with the drug overdose death of a 19-year-old whose body was found along a Cape roadside last month. more »»

CCPD thanked with a parade, tokens of appreciation -- and Krispy Kremes!

May 22, 2020 The Cape Coral Police Department was greeted Friday morning with a “thank you” parade from Cape Coral High School students. more »»

Case numbers mean residents of 10 states can't currently book a vacation rental in Lee

May 22, 2020 Out-of-state vacationers can now book a short-term rental in Lee County, but not those from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York or... more »»

County operations adjust Memorial Day schedules

May 22, 2020 Most Lee County administrative operations will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. more »»

Coral Pointe Canal restoration work to begin May 26

May 22, 2020 The city of Cape Coral will begin restoration work along the Coral Pointe Canal on Tuesday, May 26. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

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 »»

Art Association Paint Around raises money for student scholarships

January 29, 2020 It’s been a month of showcasing for the Fort Myers Beach Art Association from its “Art Divine” show to its current “Not the Status Quo” winter show and most recently a “Paint Around” which raised... 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 »»

In search of aid

April 21, 2020 In Southwest Florida, perhaps no other industry makes its mark so directly on the culture and day-to-day life of its tourism business as the fishermen who supply the seafood to local restaurants. more »»

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 »»


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 »»

Dr Alexander Michael Pagnani

April 15, 2020 Dr. Alexander Michael Pagnani, 70, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

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 »»

Local Columns

Pet Pals

May 20, 2020 He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. 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 »»

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 »»

Letters to the Editor

Town government is anything but ‘lite’

April 29, 2020 To the editor: Seldom has the misdirection of anything-but-lite Fort Myers Beach town government been more obvious than in the two stories on page 6 of your April 22 edition. more »»

Those who pick up our trash deserve a thank you

April 29, 2020 To the editor: Everyone is doing such wonderful things during the COVID-19 crisis. But there is one group we are forgetting and that’s our trash collectors. more »»

Guest Commentary: Earth Day at 50: Science informing public policy is best hope

April 22, 2020 The current COVID-19 challenges facing the world bring home some crucial lessons and learnings for all of us here in Southwest Florida. more »»

Guest Commentary: Make every day (Digital) Earth Day: Protect manatees, their habitat

April 22, 2020 This April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a worldwide movement to support environmental protection, as well as the first Digital Earth Day, promoted by global organizer Earth Day Network. more »»

Guest Commentary: Marine viruses: Small size, large impact

April 22, 2020 Viruses have been top of mind lately — what they are, how they function, and the damage they cause. Because we're ocean people, we started to wonder about viruses in the ocean. more »»


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

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 »»

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 »»

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