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One body recovered, search continues for missing family

June 23, 2016 The Coast Guard recovered a body Wednesday and continues to search the waters off Sanibel for a family reported missing after they left Sarasota in a sailboat Sunday but failed to arrive in Fort... more »»

 
 
 

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One body recovered, search continues for missing family

June 23, 2016 The Coast Guard recovered a body Wednesday and continues to search the waters off Sanibel for a family reported missing after they left Sarasota in a sailboat Sunday but failed to arrive in Fort... more »»

Coast Guard continues search for sailboat with father and 3 teenagers missing; debris field located

June 23, 2016 The Coast Guard continues the search for a sailboat with a father and his three teenage children after finding a debris field Wednesda. more »»

Area boaters asked to be on the lookout for missing family

June 22, 2016 The Coast Guard station on Fort Myers Beach Maritime Emergency Response Team is among the entities searching for a family that failed to arrive in Fort Myers after their sailboat was caught in heavy... more »»

Council hears water rate study

June 22, 2016 The town council could end up raising water rates significantly over the next few years if they heed the words of consultants who put together a study that endorses such a plan. more »»

American Sandsculpting Championship accepting vendor applications

June 22, 2016 Calling all vendors! The 30th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship is getting closer and is now in the process of filling vendor spot. more »»

News from around the region

LCEC rate challenge: Cape puts complaint on hold

June 24, 2016 The city of Cape Coral has asked the Public Service Commission to put its complaint against LCEC on hold. more »»

Red White & Brew: Annual trolley event kicks off July 4 festivities

June 24, 2016 Beer fanatics with a taste for domestics can sample over a dozen at Red, White & Bre. more »»

Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair set for Saturday

June 24, 2016 Locally grown tropical fruits and vegetables will take center stage this weekend. The annual Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. more »»

E8 responding well to antibiotics, continues to improve

June 24, 2016 E8, the juvenile American bald eagle undergoing treatment at CROW?on Sanibel, continues to recover from an infection in the broken bone of the right le. more »»

Hometown favorite gives command performance

June 24, 2016 A clapping ovation could be heard emanating from Ford’s Garage outdoor seating area during the June Fort Myers Music Walk, as “House of the Rising Sun” is being played across the street. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Brit Floyd -- Int’l Pink Floyd cover band returns to SWFL Thursday

June 21, 2016 Following its hugely successful 150-concert date tour around the globe in 2015, Brit Floyd, known as “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show,” has returned to North America to continue its amazing... more »»

Harley-Davidson event brings BBQ, brews and bourbon

June 9, 2016 Foodies and craft brew fans alike are in for a treat this month, as Six Bends Harley-Davidson hosts Bourbon, Brews and BBQ Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on The Plaza. more »»

Meat Matters -- Jack’s Farm to Fork hosts sustainability benefit BBQ Sunday

June 9, 2016 Raising funds and awareness for the importance of a sustainable food system, Jack’s Farm to Fork, within the Pink Shell Beach Resort, 275 Estero Blv. more »»

Community spotlight: Mark Chang and Bethanne Crowley

June 1, 2016 Q: The two of you have been performing on Fort Myers Beach since 1998. Tell us the locations of some of your early gigs around here. more »»

Honoring our nation's heroes -- Local program brings U.S. war veterans to D.C.

May 25, 2016 For most military veterans (especially those who are reaching that golden age), the thought of visiting our nation’s capitol to pay tribute is out of reach. more »»

Business

American Sandsculpting Championship accepting vendor applications

June 22, 2016 Calling all vendors! The 30th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship is getting closer and is now in the process of filling vendor spot. more »»

Participants needed for Fort Myers Beach 4th of July Parade

June 22, 2016 Organizers are saying this could be the best Fourth of July Parade ever, but more participants are needed and there is still time to sign up. more »»

Staying Straw-sitive -- Lani Kai switches to more environment-friendly straws

June 9, 2016 After much controversy over the amount of litter – primarily drinking straws – found along the stretch of beach behind a local resort after the recent Memorial Day holiday weekend, the staff of the... more »»

Council discusses Mooring Field, farmers market

June 8, 2016 The Fort Myers Beach Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field has never been a money maker, nor has it ever been intended to be. more »»

Time to give our local burgermeister a good grilling

June 8, 2016 Q: Tell us about how and why your business landed on Fort Myers Beach. A: “I made a trip three years ago from Germany to find a location here in Florida. more »»

Obituaries

James Norman Flynn

June 22, 2016 James Norman Flynn, 92, of Ft. Myers, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Kay Francis Sutton

June 17, 2016 Kay Francis Sutton, 70 of Fort Myers passed away on June 16, 2016. Visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence. Cremation entrusted to HARVEY-ENGELHARDT FUNERAL HOME. more »»

Alfredo Russo

June 3, 2016 Alfredo Russo, 60, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away on Sunday, May 29.  He was born in Torchiati, Italy to Francesco and Ana Maria Russo. more »»

Warren S. Babcock

May 16, 2016 Warren S. Babcock 89, of Ft. Myers Beach, FL died May 5, 2016.  He was born in Eustis, Florida on February 12, 1927 and was the son of Clifford C. and Dorothy Spencer Babcoc. more »»

Robert B. McLaughlin

May 16, 2016 Robert B. McLaughlin, known as Bob to his many friends, 89, of Fort Myers Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2016 at his residence. more »»

Local Columns

What a Catch! Fishing log for 5/25/2016

May 25, 2016 Fighting Mother Nature After another lull in trips, which happened to fall during a period of no rain and calm seas, my next trip out was on Tuesday, when rain hung over the gulf, and winds and seas... more »»

Pet Pals rescue column: Week of March 23

March 23, 2016 Zoe This little Jack Russell mix was surrendered after one family member got allergic. After four years with a family, this little girl ended up in a Kill Shelter, and of course was petrified. more »»

Rodent residents in your ride

November 5, 2015 Rodents. They make cute pets for the kids. They run through mazes or spin cages and eat and evacuate everywhere they go. That’s OK in their cages. more »»

The paradox of plastics

October 28, 2015 Back in the 1950s, an intelligent man who was an accomplished professional welder of exotic metals, assuming the role of mentor, gave me the following advice: “Get into plastic. more »»

Volunteers still needed for Beach Library Book Sale

October 28, 2015 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Quilting Group meets on Wednesday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. in Community Room B., $2 setup fee. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Beware of the cry for more state land buying

June 22, 2016 “Buy the land, send the water south” has become a common rallying cry for Florida activists looking to return the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. more »»

An Open Letter to the  Mayor and Council Members of Fort Myers Beach...

June 22, 2016 To the editor: There was a time I believed a perfect vacation at the beach could only be found on an island in the middle of the ocean. more »»

A Fresh Prospective for Lee County Commissioner

June 22, 2016 To the editor: The 2016 Election holds a promise of a new fresh prospective when it comes to electing a Lee County Commissioner for District 5. more »»

Stop the flow from Lake O

June 22, 2016 To the editor: Recently Lee County Blueway put on a paddling race on Fort Myers Beach. This year it attracted international competitors. more »»

Is the solution to max out the town's credit cards?

June 15, 2016 To the editor: We’ve just returned from three weeks in Europe and I began reading The Observer. I thought the Stormwater Fee fiasco was a problem and expressed my opinion before I left. more »»

Editorials

A time to give pause

June 22, 2016 We label them “victims.” We reduce them to statistics. And far too many of us are quick to use them as fodder to foster a political agenda of choice. more »»

Be prepared this hurricane season

June 8, 2016 Forecasters are predicting an “average” hurricane season this year but we offer one salient reminder: It only takes one storm — and not a particularly bad one — to wreak havoc and impact our lives. more »»

Fly high and free forever, Ozzie

October 7, 2015 We were among those shocked to hear this week that Ozzie, the patriarch of a popular eagle pair whose nesting habits have been followed worldwide, had succumbed to injuries suffered just weeks... more »»

Preserving paradise

September 9, 2015 Lee County has an abundance of preservation and conservation properties. more »»

Vaccinate your pets

August 12, 2015 The Florida Department of Health Lee County has issued a rabies alert in the wake of a confirmed case of the disease in a cat in Lehigh Acres recentl. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

What a Catch! Fishing log for 6/08/2016

June 9, 2016 Fun and productive day The Mazzola family (a combination of brothers and cousins) fished offshore 36 miles with me on a full-day trip Saturday, 5/28. more »»

What a Catch! Fishing log for 5/25/2016

May 25, 2016 Fighting Mother Nature After another lull in trips, which happened to fall during a period of no rain and calm seas, my next trip out was on Tuesday, when rain hung over the gulf, and winds and seas... more »»

What a Catch! Fishing log for 3/2/2016

March 1, 2016 Starting off in the wind Thursday morning was windy and it was tough anchoring on my target spots, but we managed to get out 22 miles and anchor-up for some snapper fishing. more »»

Sailing the Tradition -- 50th annual Summerset Regatta sets sail this weekend

October 7, 2015 “Sailing the Tradition” for the last half century, the golden 50th annual Summerset Regatta, hosted by the Caloosa Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) sailing club, sets sail this weekend along the... more »»

Grouper Grapple fishing tourney

August 5, 2015 Officials have announced that the third annual Grouper Grapple Offshore Fishing Tournament will take place at Fish Tale Marina on Aug. 14-15. more »»

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