- Transportation news
During August 2011, 420,105 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to August 2010. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 3.3 percent from the same period last year.
The Lee County Port Authority has won several awards recently: from Airports Council InternationalNorth America in the 2011 Excellence in Marketing and Communications Contest, second place in the brochure category for its Southwest Florida International Airport Fly Me to the Moon art exhibit brochure; from the Florida Airports Council, the General Aviation Airport Environmental Excellence Award for Page Field's Pollution Prevention Program; from the Florida Public Relations Association at the 2011 Golden Image Awards, an Award of Distinction in the Public Relations ProgramsInternal category for its United Way Campaign 2011.
- Attractions news
Renovations on the Fort Myers Beach Pier are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-December 2011. The $864,000 project is replacing pilings, rails, and beams along the 560-foot pier, improvements made possible by Lee County Tourist Development Council bed tax.