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Andre Mar house fire under investigation

April 23, 2015 A house fire on Andre Mar Drive that began past midnight on Thursday, April 23 is under investigation as Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District officials are looking into what started the blaze... more »»

 
 
 

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Andre Mar house fire under investigation

April 23, 2015 A house fire on Andre Mar Drive that began past midnight on Thursday, April 23 is under investigation as Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District officials are looking into what started the blaze... more »»

Fire Board adds two/back to full strength

April 22, 2015 Quorum qualifications should be easier for the Fort Myers Beach Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners now that two residents have been added to its five-man board. more »»

First charter review hearing set for May 18

April 22, 2015 A periodic review of the “mini constitution” of the Town of Fort Myers Beach has passed the committee level and initial workshop phase and is bound for two future public hearings. more »»

Council approves new terms for legal services

April 22, 2015 Gray Robinson Attorney Derek Rooney will remain as legal counsel for the Town of Fort Myers Beach now that Beach Council members have approved new terms that were presented to them Monday evening. more »»

CLEAR DEADLINE: Water quality comes down to decision

April 22, 2015 You've seen the television commercials. You've heard the pleas. Buy the Land. Save out drinking water. more »»

News from around the region

LeeTran announces seasonal schedule changes

April 24, 2015 Four bus routes will return to their off-season schedules on April 30, affecting service on Fort Myers Beach, in Bonita Springs, downtown Fort Myers and service to Southwest Florida International... more »»

Lee County Clerk of the Court issues warming about 'missed jury duty' scam

April 24, 2015 Clerk of Court Linda Doggett would like all Lee County residents to be aware of a recent spike in “Missed Jury Duty” scams. This newest round of scams comes in the form of telephone call. more »»

Deadline approaching for land purchase

April 24, 2015 You’ve seen the television commercials. You've heard the pleas. Buy the Land. Save out drinking water. May 1 —just seven days away from today — looms as a deadline for water quality. more »»

Charter schools rally: Fun fest for families set for Saturday

April 24, 2015 Cape Coral’s charter schools have partnered up to host a fundraiser this weekend. The second annual Charter Authority Rally will be held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. more »»

Wawa fans welcome new store

April 24, 2015 Cars parked along the side of Old Pondella Road and around the corner. Inside, hundreds of people were crammed as they waited for their signature hoagies and other items. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Chalk Art Fun - Local gallery and gift shop offers artistic classes

March 26, 2015 The Salty Dog Gallery and Gifts shop toward the north end of the island has always been a fun place to visit, perusing the unique and interesting items available for purchas. more »»

Black Caesar benefit for Chazz Maupin Sunday at The Mermaid

February 24, 2015 Chazz Maupin, also known as Black Caesar, has been a well-known and well-loved resident of the Fort Myers Beach community for years. more »»

Bargain Hunt - Annual Bayside Estates Flea Market takes over the clubhouse Friday and Saturday

February 5, 2015 The Bayside Socialites and Men’s Clubs are proud to announce that their annual two-day Bayside Estates Flea Market is just days away, taking place Friday and Saturday, Feb. more »»

DeCarlo Rocks - Inaugural benefit takes place at Val’s Sunday

February 5, 2015 Hosted by the Michael DeCarlo Foundation, the inaugural DeCarlo Rocks all-day benefit concert is taking place at Valerie’s Lounge and Liquors, in the Indian Creek Shopping Plaza, 17264 San Carlos... more »»

Local musician releases full-length album Island gigs kick off Tuesday

January 28, 2015 It was an item that sat on his bucket list for some time, and he was determined this was the year he was finally going to carry it through. more »»

Business

Chalk Art Fun - Local gallery and gift shop offers artistic classes

March 26, 2015 The Salty Dog Gallery and Gifts shop toward the north end of the island has always been a fun place to visit, perusing the unique and interesting items available for purchas. more »»

Black Caesar benefit for Chazz Maupin Sunday at The Mermaid

February 24, 2015 Chazz Maupin, also known as Black Caesar, has been a well-known and well-loved resident of the Fort Myers Beach community for years. more »»

DeCarlo Rocks - Inaugural benefit takes place at Val’s Sunday

February 5, 2015 Hosted by the Michael DeCarlo Foundation, the inaugural DeCarlo Rocks all-day benefit concert is taking place at Valerie’s Lounge and Liquors, in the Indian Creek Shopping Plaza, 17264 San Carlos... more »»

Faithful Patriotism - Local legion offers Health Fair, military museum and more to local vets, members, community

January 8, 2015 Teaming up to help our local military veterans and active military personnel, the Estero Island Medical Care Center and American Legion Post 274 are hosting a Free Veterans Wellness Fair and blood... more »»

Valerie's Lounge hosts emergency BINGO fund-raiser Thursday

January 7, 2015 Valerie's Lounge, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., will be hosting an emergency fund-raiser during its Thursday BINGO session this week. more »»

Obituaries

Judy Michie

April 24, 2015 Judy Michie was born December 12, 1938 in Kansas City to Stanley and Arleta Hamilton.  She attended Kansas State, majoring in Journalis. more »»

Marjorie Henry

April 16, 2015 Marjorie Henry, 86 of Fort Myers Beach passed away on 02/08/2015. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lee County Cremation Services. more »»

Geraldine Paprocki

April 16, 2015 Geraldine Paprocki, 47 of Fort Myers Beach passed away on 01/25/15. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lee County Cremation Services. more »»

George C. Schiller

April 16, 2015 George C. Schiller, 67 of North Fort Myers passed away on 01/23/2015. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lee County Cremation Services. more »»

Dorothy Murtaugh

April 16, 2015 Dorothy Murtaugh 84, of Fort Myers, passed away on 02/02/2015. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lee County Cremation Services. more »»

Local Columns

Specializing and keeping score

April 22, 2015 There is a philosophy that encourages us to stick to our strength. more »»

Beach Library to hold a Poetry Stage Friday

April 22, 2015 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon Movie, April 22, 1:30 p.m. i/Pad/iPhone, Thursday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register. more »»

Time to go home

April 15, 2015 It’s that time again. The time when our “snow bird” guests leave their Florida nests and fly north. Charles Dickens said it best, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. more »»

Book sale this Saturday morning at Beach Library

April 15, 2015 Activities This Week Tuesday, April 14, 10 a.m. Book Discussion Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. Drawing. Pre-register. Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m. more »»

Storing a car for the summer in South Florida

April 8, 2015 If you store a vehicle in south Florida while you spend your summers up north, you have probably had some problems when you got back. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Chamber 'noise group' recommendations

April 22, 2015 The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce invited volunteers from the business who provide musical entertainment and from the residents to meet, discuss and propose agreements to recommend to the... more »»

Charter captain refutes red snapper commentary

April 22, 2015 The “scheme” discussed in the commentary by Mr. more »»

Golf course owner describes 'The False Narrative'

April 22, 2015 To the editor: This is a rebuttal to a letter to the editor posted on April 8, 2015 by Mr. Bill Morris, a Bay Beach resident. I wish to thank Mr. more »»

Resident gives different view of EBIA meetings

April 22, 2015 To the editor: Mr. Morris has been rather prolific in presenting his views in many area publications; I’m assuming to influence readers to move to his personal position. After reading Mr. more »»

Another view of EBIA meeting

April 22, 2015 To the editor: In response to a letter in the April 15th Beach Observer by Bill Morris, I have to seriously question if I was at the same meeting that Mr. Morris is discussing. more »»

Editorials

On the mend

April 1, 2015 The U.S. Census Bureau issued a release Thursday announcing the fastest-growing "metros" in the country. Cape Coral-Fort Myers came in at No. more »»

Vote 'yes' on Amendment 2

October 22, 2014 In November, Florida voters will decide whether the state will join nearly two dozen others in legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes Amendment 2, a grassroots initiative - no pun... more »»

Smart school testing decision on opt-out proposal

September 10, 2014 Less than one week after voting to "opt out" of statewide testing requirements, the School Board of Lee County rescinded that vote with an eye toward a more measured approach. more »»

Get out and vote early

August 20, 2014 Eight days of early voting for the Primary Election began Saturday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23, at the 11 elections offices throughout Lee County. more »»

Schools are in session: Driver be aware

August 20, 2014 Public schools opened Monday across Lee County. An estimated 87,000 students, ranging from kindergarten through high school, have returned to the classroom as the new school year gets under wa. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

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 »»

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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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