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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel receive Florida’s Top Tourism Marketing Awards

December 5, 2019 The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) earned eight Flagler Awards, including four prestigious first-place Henry awards, Tuesday (Nov. more »»


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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel receive Florida’s Top Tourism Marketing Awards

December 5, 2019 The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) earned eight Flagler Awards, including four prestigious first-place Henry awards, Tuesday (Nov. more »»

Wreaths Across America to the Beach

December 4, 2019 Operation: Tribute at Sea will be honoring those who were lost or buried at sea when the nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America escorts wreaths to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Dec. 14. more »»

Sand sculptors drop jaws at championship

December 4, 2019 Armed with just sand, water, glue and tools to detail, sharpen and smooth out their displays, sculptors from around the world fascinated thousands of onlookers at the 33rd American Sand Sculpting... more »»

2021: Estero Boulevard Odyssey

December 4, 2019 If you are tired of being caught in traffic as a massive overhauling of Estero Boulevard drags on, do not expect an imminent reprieve. more »»

Town council approves Bay Oaks strategic plan

December 4, 2019 Fort Myers Beach Town Council approved the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Strategic Plan at its last meeting Nov. 18. more »»

News from around the region

Cape Coral Outdoor Expo and Boat Show under way

December 6, 2019 The 4th annual Cape Coral Outdoor Expo and Boat Show is in full swing at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, where a boat-enthusiasts dream awaits amongs a myriad of brands, vendors, vessels, outdoor... more »»

Annexation opponents ask Cape Council to postpone hearing

December 6, 2019 A Matlacha resident instrumental in the challenge of Cape Coral's efforts to annex six lots the city owns at the entrance of the island last go around is asking the city to postpone Monday's... more »»

Cape to reconsider Matlacha parcels annexation

December 5, 2019 The first city mention of the Matlacha lots on which the D&D Bait and Tackle Shop is located took place when John Sullivan was mayor and the controversy wasn’t about the property being incorporated... more »»

Back on the table: Cape to consider new noise ordinance

December 5, 2019 The city of Cape Coral’s long -- and much -- discussed noise ordinance will come back to City Council Monday. more »»

CenturyLink Holiday Festival of Lights set for Saturday

December 5, 2019 A beloved tradition in Cape Coral, the CenturyLink Holiday Festival of Lights, will once again return to Cape Coral Parkway for another year of bringing Christmas festivities to Southwest Florida. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Christmas Market returns to the Mound House

November 27, 2019 After being placed on the National Register for Historic Places this year, the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach has “seen an incredible surge of visitors,” Friends of the Mound House Vice President... more »»

Friends of the Arts delivers seafood, water quality education

November 20, 2019 For those attending “Southwest Florida Sustains,” a fundraiser for the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts Nov. more »»

Tickets available for Calusa Culture Night

November 20, 2019 The Calusa Waterkeeper is host a culture night next week to bring the community together to celebrate the culture of water. Calusa Culture Night will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. more »»

Time Square performers share tales

October 23, 2019 You've seen them on Times Square on the beach and in other outside venues — barkers, performers, magicians, and other well-meaning artists out there doing what they love and providing you... more »»

Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery announces Fall Members Art Show

October 9, 2019 The Fall Members Show starts off the new season at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery. The show takes place Oct. 17 through Nov. more »»


LaMotta’s brings New York pizza to you

December 4, 2019 There is a shirt for sale at LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria on San Carlos Boulevard imploring you not to go to New York for pizza, to head to LaMotta’s. more »»

The stuff that dreams are made of

December 4, 2019 Near the end of “The Maltese Falcon,” Humphrey Bogart’s character is asked by Ward Bond about the falcon. “The stuff that dreams are made of,” Bogart replies. more »»

Finding the right brand for Fort Myers Beach

November 27, 2019 One of the operative words in business today revolves around the term “branding. more »»

Fresh Catch Bistro knows how to keep customers happy

November 27, 2019 For the last three years, Fresh Catch Bistro has been cleaning up at the Fort Myers Beach Observer readers poll awards. more »»

33rd Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship announces winners from Master Solo Division Competition

November 27, 2019 The 33rd Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship presented by the Seminole Casino Hotel has announced the winners from the opening weekend solo division competition The winners from the Master... more »»


Cleo V Jarvis

November 25, 2019 Cleo V. Jarvis, 90, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on November 23, 2019.  Arrangements entrusted to Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Service.   www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Judi S Clarke

November 13, 2019 A Fort Myers Beach Realtor and resident Judi S Clarke passed away November 6th 2019. Born in Roanoke, Virginia April 27th 1945 she moved to Florida in the 1990ás following the sun. more »»

John Sheppard

November 4, 2019 John Sheppard, 64, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away on October 23, 2019. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Marylin Simpson

October 7, 2019 Marylin Simpson, 64, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on September 29, 2019. more »»

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 »»

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: What you need to know about Florida red tide

December 4, 2019 The ecological disaster that the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge experienced in 2018 was caused primarily by red tide. more »»

Guest Commentary: Small Business Saturday is our opportunity to support local companies, local people

November 27, 2019 By Casey Crowther Black Friday and Cyber Monday grab all of the attention, but there is another holiday in between that deserves equal in. more »»

Supporters of the arches, please hang in there

November 27, 2019 To the editor: Living as far away as I do here in Denver, I have to operate on different map and satellite mapping services. more »»

An Open Letter to the Fort Myers Beach Community

November 20, 2019 To the editor: It has been an honor to serve this wonderful community for the past 12 years on both advisory committees and as a Councilmember. more »»

Do nothing, nothing changes!

November 20, 2019 To the editor: As an American citizen, I have a “right” to redress my government with grievances, local or otherwise. more »»


Much to be grateful for

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

Public records solar eclipse

November 20, 2019 If you’re looking to check the employment history or educational background of your child’s teacher and think a public records request might shed some light, you might want to strap on some... more »»

Veterans need more than a ‘thank you for your service’

November 13, 2019 Lee County marked Veterans Day this year with a parade along Cape Coral Parkway, a luncheon at the Military Museum & Library, and a nighttime run over the Midpoint Bridge. more »»

In the wake of Rooney’s announcement: Interesting times ahead

October 30, 2019 Congressman Francis Rooney surprised a lot of people last week when he announced that he will retire at the end of his second term, thus opening the District 19 House seat for a new rep to be electe... more »»

Hold course on water quality commitments

September 25, 2019 Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Hobie world championships set to sail on Captiva

October 30, 2019 The South Seas Island Resort is gearing up to host the 22nd annual Hobie 16 Worlds — the first time in 35 years Hobie has held its world championship in America — and spectators are invited to come... more »»

Roar produces big winners -and a big win

October 16, 2019 The APBA World Offshore Championship series — where more than 50 teams from across the globe tested their might in five cities — culminated on the Beach this past weekend, garnering kudos from... more »»

Brother-sister team always ready to roar

October 16, 2019 Daisy and Sam Coleman are probably the most interesting siblings from Wales you could meet. more »»

Powerboat races bring fun and business to the Beach

October 9, 2019 Offshore racing returning to Fort Myers beach means inshore dollars being spent at local businesses, establishments, restaurants and hotels, providing an economic boost to the region during a... more »»

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