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Durretts capture top County hospitality award

August 27, 2015 Fish-Tale Marina owners Al and Kathy Durrett humbly accepted the prestigious Honor of Distinction award during the 2015 Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards at Hyatt Regency... more »»


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Durretts capture top County hospitality award

August 27, 2015 Fish-Tale Marina owners Al and Kathy Durrett humbly accepted the prestigious Honor of Distinction award during the 2015 Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards at Hyatt Regency... more »»

Boulevard improvements project to maintain two traffic lanes

August 26, 2015 Officials involved with the Lee County Estero Boulevard Improvements Project confirmed the dates for Segment 1 work from Crescent Street to Lovers Lane during a pre-construction meeting at Chapel b... more »»

Mayor sees planning session as eyeopener

August 26, 2015 Visioning 10 years in the future was the main focus of officials from the Town of Fort Myers Beach during a Strategic Planning and Goal Setting workshop at Town Hall last week. more »»

Beach Fire status quo after chief placed on leave

August 26, 2015 With last week's decision to place Fort Myers Beach Fire Chief Darren White on administrative leave in the colloquial rear view mirror, the direction of the Beach Fire Control District... more »»

News from around the region

Lee schools will be open Monday

August 30, 2015 Lee County Schools will be open on Monday. more »»

Tropical storm weakens, but kills at least 20 Caribbean

August 29, 2015 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika was losing its punch, apparently dissipating even as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday. more »»

9:30 a.m. Saturday: Erika dissipates

August 29, 2015 Surface observations from Cuba, satellite imagery, and reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Erika has degenerated into a trough of low pressure, with the remnant... more »»

Erika, 8 a.m.

August 29, 2015 NOAA; Erika, probable path at 8 a.m. Saturday. more »»

Cape resort manager named Best Tourism Boss

August 28, 2015 Eric Ashton is a hands-on boss, the type of man who rolls up his sleeves to lend a hand in all dutie. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Fling a Flounder for Fireworks -- PierSide Grill hosts inaugural fireworks fund-raiser

August 27, 2015 PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach is presenting “Fling a Flounder for Fireworks” Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. more »»

Ballroom Blitz -- Pirate Ball benefit kicks off annual Pirate Fest

August 27, 2015 The Guardian ad Litem Foundation – 20th Judicial Circuit and The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce invite all to join the invasion and attend the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Ball benefit for a night... more »»

Crafty Creations -- Matanzas hosts craft workshop Saturday

August 27, 2015 Looking to get crafty on the bay this weekend??Well, you’re in luck, as Matanzas on the Bay, 416 Crescent St., is hosting a special art event, a Bottlecap Snook Workshop, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a. more »»

Local music video shoot seeks participants

August 20, 2015 Timeline Studio, a full recording facility based out of Cape Coral, along with Def Media, are eager to host an open casting call for anyone interested in appearing in a music video for national... more »»

Brit Floyd - Int’l Pink Floyd cover band returns with another spectacular show

July 29, 2015 Known as “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show,” Brit Floyd returned to Southwest Florida during its Space and Time World Tour last week at the Barbara . more »»


Walmart hiring approximately 300 associates for new Fort Myers Beach store

August 6, 2015 Walmart will hire approximately 300 associates to work at the new Walmart slated to open this fall in Fort Myers Beach. A temporary hiring center has opened at 16120 San Carlos Blvd. more »»

Town reconfirms stance on fracking

August 5, 2015 The issue of fracking is such a sensitive issue on Fort Myers Beach that the town decided it needed to vote on it twice. more »»

Sailing school founder to be inducted into Hall

August 5, 2015 The National Sailing Hall of Fame recently announced that Offshore Sailing School founder Steve Colgate is among six sailors who make up its 2015 class of Hall of Fame inductees. more »»

Beach Pierside renovations complete

July 29, 2015 After much effort and hard work, Beach Pierside Grill and the Famous Blowfish Bar, right along the pier of Fort Myers Beach, has completed renovations. more »»

Local Vet’s Club brings Christmas in July to Children’s Hospital

July 29, 2015 Celebrating their first Christmas in July Toy Drive for the children of Southwest Florida, the folks of the Veteran’s Club of America Post #1 (lovingly known as the Li’L Club) are excited to get the... more »»


Dorothy Geraldine Gipson

August 25, 2015 Dorothy Geraldine Gipson, 90, of Fort Myers, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Malcolm S Duncan

August 25, 2015 Malcolm S. Duncan, 74 of Fort Myers passed away on August 23, 2015. Please visit to leave a condolence. more »»

Joseph "Joe" Anthony Pfister

August 21, 2015 Joseph "Joe" Anthony Pfister, 67 of Fort Myers passed away on August 19, 2015. Please visit to leave a condolence. more »»

Robert Joseph McDevitt Sr

August 20, 2015 Robert Joseph McDevitt, Sr., 74, of Estero, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care. more »»

Daron Lynn Scherr

August 17, 2015 Daron Lynn Scherr, M.D., 46 was born on May 10, 1969 in Valley City, ND to Pius and Delphine (Klose) Scherr.  He was killed in a motorcycle accident near his home in Ft. Myers, FL on August 7, 20. more »»

Local Columns

Movies to resume at the Beach Library

August 26, 2015 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 10:30 a.m., in Children's area. Getting Started with eBooks, Monday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. more »»

Car jokes

August 19, 2015 The car repair business can be a pretty serious affair at times. Actually, most of the time. more »»

Story sharing session offered at Beach Library

August 19, 2015 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area. Naked Meadow, Monday, Aug. more »»

Kimberly Bell Hambor is Beach Library Artist of the Month

August 12, 2015 Weekly Activities Wednesday, Aug. 12, Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, Facebook & Twitter, 10:30 a.m. Please pre-register. Friday, Aug. 14, Wordstock, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Au. more »»

Finding car parts

July 29, 2015 Sometimes people get hot under the collar when a seemingly simple car repair takes a long time to get done. Sometimes the problem is a lack of skill, and sometimes it’s a lack of parts. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Taxes, elevated pools, development, oil funds

August 26, 2015 Chuck Bodenhafer's guest commentary last week was on point, and I want to add some historical perspective to his comments. more »»

Back to School Slow Down!

August 26, 2015 To the editor: As many District residents and visitors have noticed a new school year has begu. more »»

The Progressive Illusion

August 26, 2015 To the editor: Michael Bartley's recent letter, Progressiveness vs not, is a typical liberal revision of history before the fact. more »»

Hypocrisy places goodness in doubt

August 26, 2015 To the editor: Armies of people march and say "Black Lives Matter." And other groups are even more forceful when they opine "All Lives matter. more »»

Comparing Hillary to Nixon

August 26, 2015 To the editor: Just this title alone will make a number of people on both sides upset and furious. 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 »»

Rally with a cause

July 9, 2015 Despite a deeply disappointing legislative session, local environmentalists have not given up their quest for improved water qualit. more »»

Bill of goods

July 1, 2015 And so it begins. more »»

Finish the job

June 10, 2015 How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving. It’s a wry joke, usually guaranteed to bring a chuckle. But this time, few among the 4. more »»

Demand water quality

April 28, 2015 Voters have spoken. Amendment 1 —allowing funds to be added to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire lands, restore them and manage improvements— received 75 percent approval last November. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

Here, fishy fishy … Second annual SWFL Lionfish Derby June 26-28

June 17, 2015 Matanzas on the Bay of Fort Myers Beach is hosting FGCU Spearfishing’s second annual 2015 Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby to promote control of the invasive lionfish species. more »»

National Champs -- Local team wins national tennis championship

April 1, 2015 A team of eight Southwest Florida men in the 65 & Over division recently returned from the USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Championships in Surprise, Ariz. more »»

Fillet & Release: Annual fishing tournament for Hope Hospice Saturday

September 18, 2014 The 10th annual Fillet and Release fishing tournament, raising funds for Hope Hospice, will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, with Matanzas Resort home base, at 414 Crescent St. more »»

Annual Summerset regatta seeks sponsorships

August 14, 2014 The 49th annual Summerset Regatta is setting sail Saturday and Sunday, Oct. more »»

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