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Arches restoration group rejects county location offer; says 40-foot site won't work

September 13, 2019 The Fort Myers Beach arches restoration project has been dealt what proponents say is a significant setback by Lee County. more »»

 
 
 

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Arches restoration group rejects county location offer; says 40-foot site won't work

September 13, 2019 The Fort Myers Beach arches restoration project has been dealt what proponents say is a significant setback by Lee County. more »»

Court rules in favor of Margaritaville developer, Town of Fort Myers Beach

September 11, 2019 The 20th Circuit Court has ruled in favor of TPI Hospitality and the town of Fort Myers Beach, lifting the last existing hurdle for the Margaritaville Resort development projec. 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 »»

FMB Town Council give nod to tax rate, budget

September 11, 2019 The Fort Myers Town Council approved a property tax rate of .95 mills Monday night, as well as agreed to go forward with the current proposed budget numbers. more »»

Planning looks to change MUD language

September 11, 2019 The town's Joint Local Planning Agency meeting last Thursday covered a lot of ground, especially with the Minimum Use Determination, of MUD, ordinanc. more »»

News from around the region

Lehigh teens sentenced to 40 years in prison for taxi driver murder

September 13, 2019 Two Lehigh Acres teens have received lengthy prison terms for the shooting death of a taxi drive. more »»

Marriott to break ground for Cape Coral hotel

September 12, 2019 A new hotel by Marriott is set to break ground in Cape Coral next wee. more »»

Judge ‘quashes’ annexation ordinance

September 12, 2019 A challenge contesting the city of Cape Coral's annexation of six city-owned lots on Matlacha has been upheld by the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Circuit Court Judge Keith R. more »»

Public input sessions set for neighborhood parks

September 12, 2019 Want your new local park to have the features you desire? The City of Cape Coral will hold three meetings to gather public input for the design of seven new neighborhood parks that are featured in... more »»

The Little Mermaid: Cultural Park Theater opens Broadway season with Disney classic

September 12, 2019 Wish you could be part of their world? Starting this weekend, you can. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

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 »»

Parrot Key to host Caribbean Nights Dinner Shows

July 3, 2019 You’ll feel like you’re in an island paradise as you’re greeted with a flower lei and surrounded by tiki torches at Parrot Key’s new Caribbean Nights Dinner shows, which be held on Wednesday nigh. more »»

The F.E.M. Collective to have first Summer Series show on Fort Myers Beach

June 26, 2019 The F.E.M. Collective believes that women deserve to be heard. They seek to amplify women’s voices in the music industry. F.E.M. stands for female empowering musicians. The F.E. more »»

Dogs and drinks and drag: Doggie Pride Fest to benefit canine rescue

June 26, 2019 End Pride month by celebrating with your beloved furry friend, for a cause. Doggie Pride Fest will be held at the Edison Country Club on the back patio on Sunday, June 30. more »»

Business

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 »»

Stacie Krupa Gallery offers fine art — and a warm welcome

September 4, 2019 Art and Fort Myers Beach are the perfect pair. Stacie Krupa has been creating and dealing in fine art nationally for the better part of 30 years. more »»

John R. Wood Properties opens Beach office

August 28, 2019 John R. Wood Properties, one of the leading local real estate brokerage in Southwest Florida, has officially opened an office on Fort Myers Beach. The office, at 7205 Estero Blvd. more »»

Business Briefs

August 28, 2019 John R. Wood, Island Palm Region, announces its Fort Myers Beach Top Producers for the Month of July. more »»

Nauti Parrot holds All White Masquerade fundraiser

August 28, 2019 The Nauti Parrot hosted its first All White Masquerade last weekend and the charity fundraiser dazzled. more »»

Obituaries

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 »»

Therese Ann Frost

August 15, 2019 Therese Ann Frost, 89, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Thomas Dzon

August 13, 2019 DZON, Thomas passed away August 9, 2019. Age 79. Beloved husband of Nancy (Easterle). Father of Mary Dzon and the late Bradley Dzo. 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: Upping the ante to protect Southwest Florida

September 11, 2019 Last year’s toxic algae crisis has been rightly crowned a historic turning point for our region. more »»

Another view on minimum wage

September 11, 2019 To the editor: In its Aug. 28, 2019 edition, the Observer noted in a front page article that an increase in minimum wage by 2027 to $15 per hour is being contemplated. more »»

Guest Commentary: Honored to help those who help us at the Law and Order Ball

September 11, 2019 Strengthening the relationship between police and the public is necessary to ensure safe communities. It’s also important for the strength of our country. more »»

Guest Commentary: Bedz for Kidz helps area children feel at home

September 4, 2019 When children are abused, abandoned or neglected, someone needs to step forward and provide compassionate, unwavering care in loco parentis. more »»

Many thanks to those who continue to support Conservation 20/20

September 4, 2019 To the editor: Our county’s land conservation program, known as 20/20, received a referendum vote of support of 84% of all county voters last year, clearly demonstrating the citizens’ concern for... more »»

Editorials

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 »»

Success at last?

May 1, 2019 The facts as presented apparently —?and finally — spoke for themselves this year: According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption... more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

There’s still time to register for the 2019 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Fort Myers at Lakes Park

September 4, 2019 The community has the opportunity to run for a cause next month at Lakes Regional Park. The 5K run supports the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which was created by his family. more »»

‘Football and You: A Primer for your high schools’

August 7, 2019 This is the first year Lee County has held a meet-and-greet for the upcoming football teams in the districts and it could not have been a bigger succes. more »»

Annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon still taking registrations

July 24, 2019 Spaces are still available in the Galloway Captiva Triathlon for the adult and youth activities. more »»

5th Annual Grouper Slam to help fund new LARC program

July 10, 2019 Registrations are still being accepted for a weekend fishing tournament to benefit a good cause. more »»

Registration now open for 6th annual Beach Chamber Bowling Bash

July 3, 2019 Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce members have an opportunity to try their hand at bowling during the 6th annual Beach Chamber Bowling Bash later this month, and they’re hoping to attract more... more »»

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Mahjong club shows some tiles The Purple Dragon Mahjong Club that plays at the Island Plaza Shopping Center, 15675-1 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, is having the following events open to the public. more »


 
 
 
 
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