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Lightning fatality/injuries unsettles Beach

July 30, 2014 A lightning strike that left one person dead and two injured —one critically— has brought danger of summer storms home to Fort Myers Beach residents and workers. more »»

 
 
 

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Lightning fatality/injuries unsettles Beach

July 30, 2014 A lightning strike that left one person dead and two injured —one critically— has brought danger of summer storms home to Fort Myers Beach residents and workers. more »»

Library Board sets TRIM rate

July 30, 2014 For the second consecutive year, taxes levied by the Fort Myers Beach Public Library will be lowered now that its board of directors have agreed on initial budget numbers that cannot go any higher. more »»

HATCHING TIME: Be on alert during critical part of sea turtle season

July 30, 2014 Two weeks ago today, the first baby sea turtles of the 2014 season left their nest on Fort Myers Beach and successfully made their way to the Gulf to swim for their lives using the Gulf Stream in... more »»

B.O.S.S. member passes at 103 years old

July 30, 2014 Bay Oaks Social Senior member Vinnie Mulinaro hung on to life like he was the life of the party … and many times he was. Mulinaro, a B.O.S.S. member since age 94, passed away at the age of 103. more »»

Clean water activists to rally Sunday

July 30, 2014 What is being termed “the biggest of all rallies for clean water in Florida to date” will happen on the east coast of Florida, roughly three hours away from Fort Myers Beach. more »»

News from around the region

Lots of races line up for August primary

July 30, 2014 With the special election wrapped up, another round of campaigning is heating up. In less than four weeks, voters will head to the polls for the primary that leads to the big general election on Nov. more »»

Four vie for District 77 House seat

July 30, 2014 State Rep. Dane Eagle will have ample company in the Aug. 26 primary as he and three others will battle for the Republican nomination in the 77th House District. more »»

Council discusses domestic partnership registry

July 30, 2014 Even before a formal presentation was delivered Monday night, a dozen people paraded before City Council favoring the establishment of a domestic partnership registry in Cape Cora. more »»

City working with residents concerned with UEP project noise, dirt

July 30, 2014 At the July 21 City Council meeting, City Manager John Szerlag offered at least a temporary solution to residents along Southwest 17th Avenue seeking relief from excess noise, dirt and air quality... more »»

Big Latch On event Friday at Cape Hospital

July 30, 2014 Breastfeeding mothers are invited to join the Big Latch On event this week at Cape Coral Hospital. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Fun in the Sun - Keeping cool in the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool

July 28, 2014 There’s no doubt about it: It has been one hot, humid, sticky-icky summer! Temperatures have stayed right around the mid-90s (felt like higher), and the humidity has been right up around there, too. more »»

Riding for a Reason - County-wide poker run Sunday raising funds for local twin toddlers fighting a rare form of cancer

June 25, 2014 Raising funds for not one – but two – local twin toddler sisters battling cancer, a poker run for Samantha and Ashley will be held Sunday, June 29, riding all over Lee County for a cause. more »»

Popeyepalooza V - Annual BBQ benefit hits the Beach Pub and and surf Sunday

June 18, 2014 Once again raising funds for the Fort Myers Beach Soccer Club, “Popeyepalooza V” is rolling out the red carpet and hitting the sand and surf of the Beach Pub, 1668 I S. more »»

Bikes, Beer and Bill benefit poker run from Parrot Key Saturday

June 12, 2014 There will be a charity poker run and block party in downtown Fort Myers Saturday, June 14 to support Fort Myers Fire Department Engineer Bill Damewood. more »»

The Oysters Fantastic Band - Island rock band reunites for one-night-only show at The Whale June 23

June 11, 2014 Many often say, “You know, if I can just go back in time, those would be the days,” or “Remember that awesome group that used to play on Fort Myers Beach so long ago? Man, I?miss them. more »»

Business

Cell Phones for Soldiers - Island lounges hosting cell phone drive for local and national military charities

July 10, 2014 What all started as some simple summer cleaning over the weekend turned into a month-long drive and collection for both local and national foundations that help our U.. more »»

Newest Pollo Tropical restaurant opens in South Fort Myers with Beach Party Friday, July 11

July 1, 2014 The sixth Southwest Florida location for Pollo Tropical will be the center of focus on Friday, July 11 – when the community celebrates with an all-day Beach Party at 12611 South Cleveland Avenue. more »»

'Best of the Beach' winners feted at luncheon

June 24, 2014 Scores of Fort Myers Beach businesses were honored Tuesday at the Lani Kai Island resort as part of the Best of the Beach contest sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Observer and Beach Bulletin. more »»

Jet-Setting: Local duo turns traveling and entertaining into a true entrepreneurial endeavor

May 12, 2014 Naming Fort Myers Beach their first home on U.S. soil since marrying in 2004, U.K.-born Ursula and Richard Cooper are quite the coupl. more »»

Cirque du Cabana's: Grand re-opening celebration at Cabana’s Beach Bar Saturday eve

April 3, 2014 The past year has certainly been a busy one for the team at Cabana’s Beach Bar and Grille on Fort Myers Beach, a part of the luxurious DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa, 2000 Estero Blv. more »»

Obituaries

Alice Louise Shepard Plaatje

July 2, 2014 Alice Louise Shepard Plaatje, 70, died Saturday, May 10th in Miami, Florida of a brain aneurysm. more »»

Kathryn Ascher Mackes obit

May 21, 2014 Kathryn Ascher (“Kathi”) Mackes was born on Feb. 23, 1939 in Freeport, Illinois, the elder child of John -S. and Marguerite L. Ascher. more »»

Bill Gillhespy

April 24, 2014 Bill Gillhespy, 68, of Fort Myers Beach passed away from cancer in his residence April 13, 201. more »»

Vera Jean Ranegar

April 24, 2014 In loving memory of our dear mother, Vera Jean Ranegar, called home to the Lord on Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Hope Hospice of Bonita Springs. She was born March 9, 1931, in Washington, Pa. more »»

Teri Lyn Krammer

January 8, 2014 Teri was born to Gary and Gail Lambert Sept. 3, 1964 in West Covina, Cali. more »»

Local Columns

Register to vote Monday at Beach Library

July 30, 2014 This Week's Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Kid's Place Summer Reading Program, Friday, Aug. 1, 10 to 11 a.m. Pre-register. Register to Vote, Monday, Au. more »»

What are the chances

July 30, 2014 Sometimes people want to know the odds of something happening, like winning the lottery. more »»

Avoiding hurricane car damage

July 23, 2014 If you will be here this summer with your car, you might want to know what you can do to protect the car in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane. more »»

Check out a movie this afternoon at Beach Library

July 23, 2014 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon Movie on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Apps for iPad/iPhone on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register. more »»

Perils and pitfalls of providing parts

July 16, 2014 The lady was adamant. She wanted to know what we would charge to replace her front axle, which she planned to buy for $65 from the local discount auto supply store. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Join the clean water rally caravan to Stuart on Sunday

July 30, 2014 To the editor: West coast Floridians are needed for a large rally in Stuart, Florida. Join us for the second annual Save Our River Clean Water Rally at Phipps Park this Sunday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. more »»

Paddlers be warned

July 30, 2014 To the editor: Florida has more people struck by lightning each year than any other state of the union. More people are killed by lightning in Florida than any other state. more »»

Environmentalist seeks water quality mandate

July 23, 2014 As Lee County works to comply with the Clean Water Act, it is important to understand the value of improving water quality in our rivers and coastal estuaries for drinking, fishing, swimming and ou... more »»

Threat to cooperative stewardship

July 23, 2014 To the editor: The town has chosen to selectively charge an annual fee on an owner's right to maintain their private property by hiring a licensed beach raking service. more »»

'Elevated pool' mediation

July 23, 2014 To the editor: Is it finally over? Mediation of a lawsuit requires no admission of wrong doing. However, payment from one party to another is an admission of greater fault. more »»

Editorials

Lightning detection for Beach needs exploration

July 30, 2014 The 15th U.S. lightning death of 2014 was recorded here in Lee County Tuesday. Scott Wilcox, 41, was fatally injured. more »»

Be prepared for stormy weather

June 11, 2014 Forecasters are predicting a “below average” hurricane season this year but local officials offer one salient reminder: It only takes one storm — and not a particularly bad one — to wreak havoc an... more »»

VA wait-time debacle a national disgrace

June 3, 2014 On Memorial Day, we, as a nation, again paused to remember the men and women that the holiday intended to honor — the members of our armed forces who died in service to their country. more »»

Give the gift of life

May 7, 2014 The Easter holiday traditionally marks the end of "season" in Southwest Florida. more »»

Key primary

April 16, 2014 Registered Republicans in much of Lee and Collier counties have a decision ahead. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

Suncoast Gun Show hits SWFL this weekend

February 8, 2013 The Suncoast Gun Show is returning to Southwest Florida this weekend, Feb. 9 and 10, at the Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. This is one of Florida's largest gun shows. more »»

47th annual Summerset Regatta sails Saturday

October 4, 2012 Steve Romaine, avid local sailor, longtime member and past commodore of the CMCS sailing group, and a very lucky gentleman who recently returned from a European excursion and nine-day Mediterranean... more »»

CMCS gears up for 47th annual Summerset Regatta Oct. 5-7

September 27, 2012 Steve Romaine, avid local sailor, longtime member and past commodore of the CMCS sailing group, and a very lucky gentleman who recently returned from a European excursion and nine-day Meditarrean... more »»

Golfers invited to the ninth annual Shell Point Open Nov. 9

September 20, 2012 Fort Myers, Fl (Sept. 20, 2012) --- Golfers are invited to participate in the 9th annual Shell Point Open Charity Golf Tournament Friday, Nov. 9, at the Shell Point Golf Club in Fort Myers. more »»

Heart to Heart: Golf tournament Saturday for local family

August 22, 2012 To help raise funds for a local man who's recently gone through an extensive operation, a very special Heart to Heart Open Golf Tournament and two-man-scramble will take place Saturday at The... more »»

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