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State law prohibits the prohibition of plastic bags, Styrofoam

November 15, 2017 Fort Myers Beach has made one victory in the battle against microplastic pollution, but a next step might have to get a little more creative. more »»

 
 
 

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State law prohibits the prohibition of plastic bags, Styrofoam

November 15, 2017 Fort Myers Beach has made one victory in the battle against microplastic pollution, but a next step might have to get a little more creative. more »»

Fort Myers Beach Council agrees: stick to the code

November 15, 2017 A new ordinance on short term rental is out and an accord on council is in. During the Nov. 9 planning meeting, the five agreed they wanted to enforce the current rules on short term rentals. more »»

Town council tells Tetra Tech to drill down on stormwater

November 15, 2017 If the town doesn’t want to increase the stormwater utility fee, it won’t be able to accomplish a street-by-street stormwater syste. more »»

Fresh on Fort Myers Beach

November 15, 2017 Visitors and residents near Old San Carlos have a new venue to pick up produce and homemade goods. more »»

Strokes in the sand

November 15, 2017 Some painters sit, some painters stand. Some use water colors and others use acrylics, but all plein air painters fare the elements to make their works of art. more »»

News from around the region

Incoming Council ready to get to work

November 16, 2017 On Monday night, Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki will hand the gavel over to Joe Coviello, who along with three new members and one returning member will be sworn in to serve on the Cape Coral City... more »»

Looking ahead: Sawicki wants to recoup legal fees

November 16, 2017 Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki has put the city — and another outgoing member of City Council — on notice: She plans to seek attorney fees and costs should the ethics complaint filed against her las... more »»

New Council asked to revisit city charter school issues

November 16, 2017 Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki, who will leave office Monday, has left the incoming Council some words of advice regarding the city’s charter school system. more »»

Chamber honors first responders

November 16, 2017 The Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral usually hold its after-hours events as a way for business members to network, have a few drinks and enjoy themselves. more »»

‘Relay for Quay’ to benefit teacher who lost home

November 16, 2017 A weekend 5K race will raise funds for a Cape Coral teacher who lost her home in a fire. The Relay for Quay will kick off on Saturday at 8 a.m. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Strokes in the sand

November 15, 2017 Some painters sit, some painters stand. Some use water colors and others use acrylics, but all plein air painters fare the elements to make their works of art. more »»

Contest opens for 60th annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival design

October 11, 2017 The Fort Myers Bach Lions Club has opened a community contest for the official design of the “60th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival. more »»

Music festival starts Sept. 22

September 12, 2017 It’s that time again. Dust off your toe-tapping flip flops for the upcoming 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. more »»

Paint, Pour, Play - Knotty Bean hosts Art Party on Fort Myers Beach Aug. 23

August 16, 2017 The Knotty Bean Coffee Bar, 2801 Estero Blvd., has been hosting many special and artistic evenings since first opening earlier this summer. more »»

Stouts and Scoops - Local charity hosts beer float social benefit Saturday

August 16, 2017 With such a hot summer on our plates this season, it’s time to cool off with some refreshing treats. more »»

Business

Fresh on Fort Myers Beach

November 15, 2017 Visitors and residents near Old San Carlos have a new venue to pick up produce and homemade goods. more »»

Spaghetti with the stars

November 8, 2017 The restaurant at 1821 Estero Blvd.has switched hands, but it's keeping the Mediterranean theme. Mangia Mangia, Fort Myers Beach's newest Italian eatery, opened Oct. 30. more »»

Disney-style transportation could make its way to Fort Myers Beach

November 7, 2017 LeeTran is considering a pilot program to transport people in the commercial district of Fort Myers Beach. more »»

New name, new look for former Gulfshore Grill

November 1, 2017 Have you been missing popular island hang-out, the Gulfshore Grill? Well, shucks — or shall we say, Shuckers? The former eatery has a new name and a whole new look. more »»

Tapa Hop rescheduled Nov. 14

October 25, 2017 If you're not on the trolley...you'll wish you were. This event got blown away by Hurricane Irma, but it's rescheduled. more »»

Obituaries

Davidson Louis

November 15, 2017 Davidson Louis, 19, of Fort Myers, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

George R Bard Sr

November 14, 2017 George R. Bard, Sr. 82, of Ft. Myers died 11-12-17. Arrangements by www.harvey-engelhardt. more »»

Katheryn “Kathy” Karen Butcher

November 13, 2017 Katheryn “Kathy” Karen Butcher, 76, of Ft. Myers, FL and Ann Arbor, MI. Died on 11/12/2017. Arrangements are being made through Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Services. more »»

Robert Monte

November 10, 2017 Robert Monte, 77, of Fort Myers died 11/09/2017 at Health Park Care and Rehab. Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements. more »»

Tresolina Helen O'Donnell

November 9, 2017 Tresolina Helen O'Donnell, 75, of Fort Myers, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Local Columns

Eliminate E-waste!

November 1, 2017 We Americans love our gadgets, and find life difficult without them. That being said, their production and disposal are a growing harm to the environment and our health. more »»

10.04.17 Shoreline Spotlight

October 5, 2017 Hurricanes are a part of life in Florida. Longtime residents talk about them like they were a string of poor romantic choices. “That Donna was a mean one, took my trailer and my dog. more »»

Editor's Note

September 27, 2017 Editor's Note: I'm a Missouri girl. We don't have hurricanes where I come from. So as the days crept closer, I had no idea what to expect from Irma. more »»

08.09.17 Shoreline Spotlight

August 9, 2017 Summer is the season of rain, hurricanes, nesting shorebirds, nesting Sea Turtles and, of course, the tiny and colorful Coquina. more »»

07.12.2017 Shoreline Spotlight

July 12, 2017 To me, it felt like opening a fizzy drink accompanied by the sounds of ahhh. It could have come when you walked out onto a relatively empty beach or just turning onto Estero Boulevard with eas. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Kneeling in protest is about civil rights, not disrespecting the military

November 1, 2017 Kneeling in protest is about civil rights, not disrespecting the military To the Editor: That's it! I can no longer sit quietly by and let these diatribes against our first amendment continue... more »»

Guest Commentary: Lee County seals the deal for purchase

October 5, 2017 Edison Farms : Something extraordinary happened last week! Lee County BoCC is soon to be the proud owner of Conservation 20/20 property Edison Farms. more »»

The politicizing of everything is doing more harm than good

October 5, 2017 To the editor: The flag and the Star Spangled Banner seem to be in jeopardy after 200 plus years. There has been little if any controversy regarding the flag in that time. more »»

Thanks to Castaway's

September 27, 2017 Thanks to Castaway's To the Editor: A pleasant observation after Irma. Tuesday, Sept. 12, I like so many others on the beach and in all of Florida had no power. more »»

Thanks Tracey and Henry

September 27, 2017 Thanks Tracey and Henry To the Editor: I would like the people of Fort Myers Beach to know that we have a very caring and thoughtful couple on this islan. more »»

Editorials

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 a.m.to 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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Portrait and figure art course 11-18

An Open Session for all Portrait and Figure Artists will held this and every Saturday, from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Robb and Stucky, 13170 S. Cleveland Avd., Fort Myers, sponsored by the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida, Inc. more »


 
 
 
 
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