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'Whale' deck plans may need tweaking

October 1, 2014 Development plans for an outdoor dining deck at a restaurant in the downtown zoning district on Estero Island have been recently submitted, and a reviewal process is now underwa. more »»

FMB Library Board sets budget/ looks to future

October 1, 2014 The Fort Myers Beach Library Board of Directors set its budget for fiscal year 2014-15, then discussed its annual plan including updates on the budgeted “Total Solar” energy system project during... more »»

BEACH GUARD: Town scientist nets environmental award

October 1, 2014 Town of Fort Myers Beach Environmental Sciences Coordinator Keith Laakkonen picked up his second major award in four years last week when he was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Florida Shore ... more »»

Water quality views presented at Beach Library

October 1, 2014 Author Nick Penniman spoke about “The battle to preserve the natural beauty and resources of Southwest Florida” at the Fort Myers Beach Library on Thursday afternoo. more »»

Pizza-eating champ collects prizes for effort

October 1, 2014 Cape Coral resident Michael Hester captured the inaugural Matanzas on the Bay Pizza-Eating Contest Saturday. more »»

News from around the region

Seventh annual Cops & Joggers 5K and Family Fest set for Oct. 11

October 1, 2014 The seventh annual Cops & Joggers 5K race is right around the corner and applications are now being accepted. more »»

Microbreweries for South Cape gain initial nod

October 1, 2014 Establishing microbreweries in the South Cape district cleared its first hurdle Monday night when City Council members showed support for the idea hatched several months ago through the CRA Board o... more »»

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam soars into Season 3

October 1, 2014 The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam is back! The area’s most beloved pair of bald eagles, Harriet and Ozzie, have returned to their nest and live streaming begins today, the first official day of... more »»

City fencing, barrier regulations amended

October 1, 2014 City Council approved an ordinance Monday night amending the city's regulations on fences, shrubbery, walls, materials used, setbacks of fences and prohibiting fences on unimproved property. more »»

Sammy Arriaga joins Corey Smith at the Dixie Roadhouse Thursday

October 1, 2014 Dubbed by The Miami Herald as "The next artist to emerge on the country music scene from Miami since The Mavericks," Cuban Country artist Sammy Arriaga is following his release of his debut single... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Freedom & Family concert, car show and military event this weekend at JetBlue Park

September 25, 2014 Whether it's classic rock, country or blues, Freedom & Family Weekend at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers Sept. more »»

Local blues band competes in int’l blues challenge

September 25, 2014 Stop by Ter-Tini’s, South Fort Myers Sunday, Sept. more »»

Rockin', Hoppin', Flip-Floppin' - Island Hopper taps FMB’s small-town charm

September 25, 2014 For a brief time, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva will be transformed into a different kind of sanctuary. The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest rolls into town Oct. 3 to 5 (Sept. more »»

Devouring Dockside Delights - Inaugural pizza-eating contest at Matanzas Upper Deck Saturday

September 25, 2014 By MELISSA SCHNEIDER mschneider@breezenewspapers. 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 »»

Business

The SandBar hosts family benefit Saturday

September 18, 2014 Raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis while raising funds for a local employee’s family in need, the SandBar and Grill, 7205 Estero Blvd. more »»

Mobile Relief - Local mammogram bus offers services on Fort Myers Beach for those with or without insurance

August 27, 2014 It’s imperative women from the ages of 40 and up get a mammogram every one to two years, or earlier if breast cancer has been detected within their families. more »»

It's a Cell Phone Stockpile! Labor Day cell phone collection extravaganza at the Mermaid Lounge

August 27, 2014 After kicking off a campaign eight weeks ago to collect old, outdated cell phones for the national Cell Phones for Soldiers charity, The Mermaid Lounge and Valerie’s Lounge bartender Maria Mapstone... more »»

Former Beach businessman opens 4th 'Beef' franchise

August 27, 2014 Peter Ennis, former owner of Beach-based restaurants Backwater's and Taco Caliente back in the 1990s, has become quite the business enterprising individual in Southwest Florida. more »»

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 »»

Obituaries

Raymond “CJ” Clayton Hayre, Jr.

September 25, 2014 Raymond “CJ” Clayton Hayre Jr., 24, of Cape Coral and a lifetime resident of Lee County, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Cape Coral. He was born Dec. 23, 1989, in Fort Myer. more »»

Memorial service for Michael DeCarlo arranged for Monday morning; charter bus offered

September 25, 2014 The island lost a true earth-bound angel a few weeks ago. Michael DeCarlo, 59, of Fort Myers Beach, passed away Sept. 1. more »»

Carolann Capuano

August 27, 2014 Carolann Capuano was born on Dec. 20, 1982 in Hershey, Pa. to her parents Mark and Cynthia (Smith) Capuano. She passed away on August 7, 2014 in Cape Coral, Fla. more »»

Jeremy “Jerry” Blok

August 27, 2014 Jeremy “Jerry” Blok died Aug. 13, 2014 at his residence in Lehigh Acres, Florida. He was born Sept. 27, 1935 in Poland and came to the United States in 1951. He retired from the U.S. more »»

Henry A. Shirley

August 14, 2014 Army veteran, avid fisherman, loving husband Henry Albert Shirley, 72, a lifelong Lee County resident, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Fort Myers. more »»

Local Columns

Cafe to reopen on Monday at Beach Library

October 1, 2014 Weekly Activities Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Cafe' reopens, Monday, Oct. 6 e-mail & Internet for Beginners, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register. more »»

Environmental issues discussed at Beach Library

September 24, 2014 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area. Conserving Nature--the issues, Thursday, Sept. 25, 1:30 p. more »»

Fuel pumps: Rolling the dice

September 17, 2014 So here he was, driving over a high bridge in the Florida Keys, admiring the view of the turquoise water below, when his engine died. more »»

Check out the special bike rack at the Beach Library

September 17, 2014 The Week's Events Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Children's area. Afternoon Movie, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Windows 8, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. more »»

Towing a trailer

September 10, 2014 Back from a lengthy hiatus to the Florida Keys, I have breaking news for everyone. There is a trap waiting for unsuspecting travelers on the Alligator Alley section of I-75. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Stop the Sugar Hill Sector Plan

October 1, 2014 ------ This is a letter that was sent to Gov. more »»

Sugar industry housing ploy?

October 1, 2014 To the editor: Many of you may not know of how the sugar industry plans to build housing all along the south of Lake Okeechobee. more »»

Vote 'no' on marijuana referendum

October 1, 2014 To the editor: Quite obviously the medical marijuana drive has little to do with medical use and more to do with recreational use. more »»

Kids Can Cook director thanks all involved

October 1, 2014 To the editor: Recently the "Kids Can Cook" TV Show was back on Fort Myers Beach where we love to be, for the taping of our Down Home Labor Day Barbecue Show. more »»

Helping families in Mental Health crisis act

September 24, 2014 At age 27, my son's life and the lives of his family changed forever. He was transformed into a different person. His behavior became weird, psychotic and delusional. more »»

Editorials

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 »»

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 »»

Local Sports & Recreation

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 »»

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 »»

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