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Margaritaville challenge continues to Court of Appeal

October 14, 2019 A Fort Myers Beach resident is taking her challenge of the Margaritaville Fort Myers Beach Resort to Second District Court of Appeal. more »»

 
 
 

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Margaritaville challenge continues to Court of Appeal

October 14, 2019 A Fort Myers Beach resident is taking her challenge of the Margaritaville Fort Myers Beach Resort to Second District Court of Appeal. 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 »»

TPI Hospitality projects move forward

October 9, 2019 Two projects of TPI Hospitality, one on Fort Myers Beach, and the other off the island, are making strides in a positive manner. more »»

Public hearing set for traffic light installation at Margaritaville

October 9, 2019 Monday’s Fort Myers Beach Town Council meeting had a lot of little projects to go over - the primary concern with the stoplight being installed with the Margaritaville construction. more »»

Chocolattes finds home on San Carlos Boulevard

October 9, 2019 Some may remember Chocolattes Coffee & Roasting in many of the hospitals in the area. more »»

News from around the region

CCPD: Body identified as Ruiz

October 12, 2019 Friday afternoon, the Cape Coral Police Department reported that it had positively identified the body found Thursday in the northwest section of the Cape as Diane Ruiz. more »»

CCPD: Person of interest in Ruiz, Melton investigations remains in custody

October 12, 2019 The Cape Coral Police Department has identified the person of interest in the Diane Ruiz case, as well as death investigation of Kristine Ann Melton, 35, who was found dead at her home on Oc. more »»

Update: LCSO reports kidnapping did not occur

October 12, 2019 In continuing the investigation of a reported kidnapping earlier this week, Lee County Sheriff's Office detectives discovered the reported kidnapping did not occur as it was originally reported by... more »»

CCPD: Body identified, person of interest remains in custody

October 11, 2019 The Cape Coral Police Department has positively identified the body found Thursday in the Northwest section of the Cape as Diane Ruiz. more »»

Tensions rise at Yacht Club workshop

October 11, 2019 The first two nights of the Cape Coral community parks workshop at the Cape Coral Yacht Club were rather mild affairs, with people in the half-filled building nicely asking for things such as... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

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 »»

Festival hops to Fort Myers Beach

September 25, 2019 The sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest finishes up in downtown Fort Myers today and then hops to Fort Myers Beach this weekend. more »»

Singer, songwriter to again play Island Hopper fest

September 18, 2019 The Island Hopper Songwriters Fest is Lee County’s largest scale music festival and it’s coming to its sixth year. more »»

Songwriter festival set to start Sept. 20

September 11, 2019 It's the sixth year for the Island Hopper Music Fest, a southwest Florida centric singer-songwriter extravaganza. Going from Sep. more »»

Three musicians talk about their craft

August 14, 2019 Music is one of those ethereal things that everyone loves in some form or fashion. It evokes emotion, memories, and dream. more »»

Business

Chocolattes finds home on San Carlos Boulevard

October 9, 2019 Some may remember Chocolattes Coffee & Roasting in many of the hospitals in the area. more »»

Pink Shell Resort to install more artificial reefs

October 2, 2019 The Pink Shell Resort made a pledge to put in more of Ocean Habitats artificial reefs on their pier. more »»

Eckenrode is new Breeze publisher

September 25, 2019 Ray Eckenrode has assumed the role of publisher for the Breeze Newspapers, which includes the Fort Myers Beach Observer. more »»

Annual Chamber Tapa Hop gets on the road Thursday

September 18, 2019 The yearly Tapa Hop, sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is happening again this Thursday from 3:30 to 10 p.m. more »»

Island Pancake House has a new owner

September 4, 2019 Breakfast on the beach might be a rare commodity in most parts of the country, but the Island Pancake House has a new owner and he wants to show visitors and locals alike what he can do. more »»

Obituaries

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 »»

Thomas Chandler

September 10, 2019 Thomas Chandler, 59, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on September 2, 2019. more »»

Robin Lynn Barnes

September 4, 2019 Robin Lynn Barnes, 51, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Marion Paige Manning

August 29, 2019 Marion Paige Manning, 76, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. 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

Digital info employee a great idea, but we can’t afford more employees

October 9, 2019 To the editor: The story last week on raising the town millage rate included an interesting disagreement at the end of the article (Town sets millage rate at .9500, FMB Observer 9/25). more »»

Compromise may be in the works for restore the arches project

October 2, 2019 To the editor: Compromise may have just been reached between Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches, Inc. and Lee County Manage. more »»

Guest Commentary: Impact of Florida Forever on refuge

October 2, 2019 Putting land into conservation helps in the battle to improve the quality of Florida’s waterbodies in multiple way. more »»

Got lizards?

September 25, 2019 To the editor: Your Marine Resource Task Force is trying to get a grip on our island's lizards. There are a few types of invasive lizards on our island, along with some natives. more »»

Guest Commentary: A major step forward for environmental protection

September 18, 2019 On Wednesday, the House of Representatives took a big step forward in protecting Florida’s coastal environment and its econom. more »»

Editorials

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 »»

Hurricane relief: Give, but give wisely

September 11, 2019 As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian made its sixth landfall, in Nova Scotia this weekend, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property... more »»

D-Day: In memory, in gratitude

June 12, 2019 More than 5,300 ships. More than 11,000 aircraft. More than 160,000 troops. And more courage than the world had ever seen. more »»

Go green: Don’t fertilize this summer

June 5, 2019 It is time for Southwest Floridians who have been demanding action to improve water quality in our canals, river and gulf to step up and take part. Literally. more »»

Yes, here in paradise

May 8, 2019 Sunshine. Beautiful beaches. A booming economy. And yet, hunger. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

Plenty of activities surrounding the powerboat races

October 2, 2019 Roar Offshore gives spectators all the action they can handle on the water, but onshore Fort Myers Beach, attendees will be treated to a myriad of race-related events to enjoy across nearly a week o... more »»

CMCS Summerset Regatta races set for this weekend

October 2, 2019 The CMCS Summerset Regatta is a sailboat enthusiast’s dream come true and it’s coming back to Fort Myers Beach again for its 54th yea. more »»

Offshore races hit the Gulf next weekend

October 2, 2019 Have a need for speed and a love for the water? Next weekend, the American Powerboat Association Roar Offshore event returns to Fort Myers Beach after over a decade, where the inaugural APBA six-rac... more »»

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