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Fort Myers Beach iguana knocked out from cold snap

January 18, 2018 Fort Myers Beach resident Scott Safford encountered a strange guest in his driveway Thursday morning. more »»


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Fort Myers Beach iguana knocked out from cold snap

January 18, 2018 Fort Myers Beach resident Scott Safford encountered a strange guest in his driveway Thursday morning. more »»

Ninth Annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale

January 17, 2018 The ninth annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale is back by popular demand. Set for Saturday, Jan. 20, the event that began as a small community gathering will open at 8 a.m. more »»

Council reviews 30 percent plans 

January 17, 2018 The Fort Myers Beach Town Council praised Tetra Tech Thursday for what some of the members deemed the clearest presentation on stormwater processes to date. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Fire District seeks community input

January 17, 2018 Fire Chief Matt Love is leading the Fort Myers Beach Fire District through a strategic planning process, and part of that plan includes soliciting the help of the community. more »»

Marine Resources Task Force talks public outreach

January 17, 2018 The Town of Fort Myers Beach successfully passed its plastic straw ban in November. “That makes us like environmental rockstars,” said Bill Veach, Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF) Chair. more »»

News from around the region

Groundbreaking for Southeast 47th Terrace

January 18, 2018 The city of Cape Coral’s goal of making Southeast 47th Terrace a destination for people looking to dine, drink, shop and have fun came a step closer Thursda. more »»

Cape seeks state funding for reservoir pipeline

January 18, 2018 Last year’s drought was a real eye opener for Cape Coral officials struggling to keep enough water in city canals to be able to fight fires and for residents to water their lawns. more »»

Driver fatally injured after crashing into school building identifed as a Fort Myers teen

January 18, 2018 A driver who was fatally injured after he crashed into a Fort Myers school late Wednesday afternoon has been identified as a Fort Myers teen. more »»

School District to consider half cent sales tax plan

January 18, 2018 The Lee County School District is expected to consider a sales tax initiative on Tuesday. more »»

Cape Coral Construction Industry Association’s annual exhibit starts this weekend

January 18, 2018 Every year, the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association highlights new homes at every price point, from starters to those in the seven-figure range. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Fort Myers Beach Art Association hosts open house

January 10, 2018 Tucked away behind the Fort Myers Beach Fire District station and the Red Coconut RV Park is home to the beach's fine arts scen. more »»

Getting their groove on

January 3, 2018 What do a foundry owner, a lumber wholesaler and a retired labor union employee have in common? Creative minds and musical skills. more »»

Yesteryear Theater sets the stage at Historic Women's Club

December 20, 2017 Are you ready to travel back in time? The Historic Women's Club at 175 Sterling Avenue is in the midst of a major renovation, converting the former school house into a 60s' style speakeasy. more »»

Santa on the Sand inaugural event hosted by FOLKS and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

December 6, 2017 Right here on Fort Myers Beach Santa has been spotted all around tow. more »»

22nd Annual Christmas Poker Run for Beach Kids set for Dec. 10

December 6, 2017 The Beach Baptist Church is revving up for its 22nd annual poker run and Bikes for Mike ride this Sunday. Sign up begins at 10 a.m. more »»


Kick back at MoJoe's Coffee Bar

January 10, 2018 The coffee shop at 1740 Estero has a new owner and a new look. Brian Lavey opened MoJoe's Coffee Bar in the late fall, serving up a full menu of coffee favorites, breakfast and lunch. more »»

Polar Bear Dip draws hundreds

January 10, 2018 Florida “polar” temperatures and a cloudy day didn't stop hundreds from making the plunge. more »»

Santini Farmers Market to return to south end

December 20, 2017 South-end islanders will once again be able buy fresh produce and other goods in Santini Marina Plaza. more »»

Lani Kai hosts breakfast for law enforcement appreciation

December 20, 2017 Lani Kai Island Resort owner Bob Conidaris and its staff hosted its annual breakfast for the Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies and volunteer staff Wednesday morning atop its Island View restaurant. more »»

Cereceda opens new shop in Santini Plaza

December 13, 2017 Council member and entrepreneur Anita Cereceda is now managing three stores. She opened up her newest, The Islander, Dec. 5. Why? Because her mother told her to. “Pier Peddler is my father's store. more »»


Albert Walter White

January 12, 2018 Albert Walter White, age 89, of Fort Myers passed away on January 11, 2018. Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are handling arrangements. more »»

Rita Ann Hollendar

January 12, 2018 Rita Ann Hollendar, 83, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on January 12, 2018. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Service. www.fullermetz. more »»

Ralph Edward Perrson

January 12, 2018 Ralph Edward Perrson, age 92, of Ft. Myers, passed away on 1/11/2018.  Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services will be handling the arrangements. more »»

Emily J Alessi

January 10, 2018 Emily J. Alessi, 100, of Fort Myers, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Friends, family invited to Burnell Caldwell’s “Kick the Bucket” party

January 10, 2018 A man sporting a silver mohawk will naturally attract attention. Add in a charming charisma and friendly personality, and that man becomes a well-known figure on the beach. more »»

Local Columns

January's Shoreline Spotlight

January 3, 2018 Moulay Bousselham is a small beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Fishermen and tourist, including seasonal European residents, drive the economy. more »»

01.18 Get Moving: New Year, New You?

January 3, 2018 How many of us have used the New Year as time to make New Year Resolutions only to find that a month later you have failed? Ever wonder why that happens? It's not because you lack will power or are... more »»

December's Shoreline Spotlight

December 6, 2017 I smelled it before I saw it, and I am not talking about an old college roommate. more »»

Keep Lee County Beautiful Tip of the Week: LED Lighting: A Bright Idea

November 15, 2017 As Lee County residents well know, one of our most famous snowbirds was Thomas Edison, who created a viable incandescent light bulb in the late 1800s (building on the work of others), which vastly... more »»

Keep Lee County Beautiful Tip of the Week: LED Lighting: Environmental Solutions are in the Bag!

November 8, 2017 Litter from plastic bags is a growing problem, especially as the population of our County increases. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Friends of the Mound House to host annual meeting

January 17, 2018 Friends of the Mound House to host annual meeting To the Editor: Come and join us to hear a program entitled “Historic Docents Tell All. more »»

Congressional 2017 Accomplishments

January 17, 2018 Congressional 2017 Accomplishments To the Editor: In his Guest Commentary in last weeks Observer, Congressman Francis Rooney touted his 2017 accomplishment. more »»

Conduct unbecoming

January 17, 2018 Conduct unbecoming To the Editor: How can we expect our military officers and Academy cadets to conduct themselves in an ethical  professional manner with the poor example of POTUS, who has... more »»

Thanks for supporting the Polar Bear Plunge

January 17, 2018 Thanks for supporting the Polar Bear Plunge To the Editor: The 13th Annual Fort Myers Beach Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2018 was a huge success. more »»

Thank you to the island

January 17, 2018 Thank you to the island To the Editor: Now that the hectic holidays are behind us, I want to take a moment with Dottie Pedone to extend a most grateful thank you to the best, kindest and most... more »»


NFIP authorization expires in September

June 14, 2017 The current authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30. Flood insurance rates have been rising since 2013 and will continue to increas. more »»

County Commissioner Larry Kiker — Big Carlos Pass dredging is important

December 13, 2016 Boating is an important part of our way of life and an economic driver for Lee County and all of Southwest Florida. Making sure that boaters can enjoy our local waterways safely is critical. more »»

General Election recommendations

October 21, 2016 Mail ballots have gone out and early voting for the Nov. 8 General Election begins Monday. more »»

Vote YES for 20/20

October 14, 2016 The first wave of mail ballots are out and there is an urgent local issue all voters will want to take note of as they choose among candidates and ballot initiative. more »»

Constitutional amendment recommendations

October 14, 2016 For voters in Florida, there’s a lot more on the Nov. 8 ballot than a plethora of races from the presidential on down. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society presents 52nd annual Summerset Regatta this weekend

October 5, 2017 There will be parties, happy-hour events, great prizes, and lots of boat — just as there has always been since the 1960s. more »»

Beerfoot 7's annual beach rugby tournament set for Saturday

August 2, 2017 Sun. Sweat. Grit. Fun. Fort Myers Beach will be overtaken with beach rugby players this Saturday for the 15th annual Beerfoot Beach 7's tournament. From 9 3 p.m. more »»

Paddle power

July 5, 2017 Two of the main goals of the Lee County Special Olympics SUP team are to have fun and to build confidence. And the team's six athletes are most definitely meeting those goals. more »»

07.05.2017 Island Opportunities

July 5, 2017 When season is over, it's time for the locals to get out and enjoy the island's food and entertainment scene. more »»

07.05.2017 Community Corner

July 5, 2017 Through Your Eyes: Jessica Rippel Fort Myers resident Jessica Rippel snapped a shot of a stunning sunset and the Mermaid Lounge. more »»

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