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Lake O Meeting to be held in Southwest Florida

September 11, 2019 Southwest Florida residents will have a chance to have their voices heard and listen in on a meeting that will discuss Lake Okeechobee releases. On Monday, Sept. more »»

 
 
 

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Lake O Meeting to be held in Southwest Florida

September 11, 2019 Southwest Florida residents will have a chance to have their voices heard and listen in on a meeting that will discuss Lake Okeechobee releases. On Monday, Sept. more »»

Billy’s Rentals marks 20 years of serving the islands

September 11, 2019 Billy and Salli Kirkland are celebrating two decades of business on the islands this year. On Aug. more »»

Sanibel Fire and Rescue District gives nod to tentative budget

September 11, 2019 The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District held its first budget hearing last week and the board of commissioners unanimously supported the documen. more »»

Millennial Brewing Company’s 3rd annual Oktoberfest opens Thursday

September 11, 2019 This weekend in downtown Fort Myers, for a four-day Oktoberfest celebration will be held at Millennial Brewing Company featuring eight new authentic German beers. more »»

Sanibel resident celebrates 100th birthday with celebration at Rec Center

September 11, 2019 A Sanibel resident of 38 years, and frequent visitor of the Sanibel Recreation Center, was surprised with a party after his workout Friday afternoon to help celebrate his 100th birthday. more »»

News from around the region

Cape Coral man sentenced to eight years for possession of child pornography

September 16, 2019 A Cape Coral man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison following a guilty plea to possession of child pornograph. more »»

Lehigh teens sentenced to 40 years in prison for taxi driver murder

September 13, 2019 Two Lehigh Acres teens have received lengthy prison terms for the shooting death of a taxi drive. more »»

Marriott to break ground for Cape Coral hotel

September 12, 2019 A new hotel by Marriott is set to break ground in Cape Coral next wee. more »»

Judge ‘quashes’ annexation ordinance

September 12, 2019 A challenge contesting the city of Cape Coral's annexation of six city-owned lots on Matlacha has been upheld by the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Circuit Court Judge Keith R. more »»

Public input sessions set for neighborhood parks

September 12, 2019 Want your new local park to have the features you desire? The City of Cape Coral will hold three meetings to gather public input for the design of seven new neighborhood parks that are featured in... more »»

Arts & Entertainment

Island Hopper start off on Captiva on Sept. 20-22

September 11, 2019 It's the sixth year for the Island Hopper Music Fest, a southwest Florida centric singer-songwriter extravaganza. Going from Sept. 20 to Sept. more »»

Birding, biking tours and paddleboarding new to ‘Ding’ Darling Day

September 4, 2019 As the 75th anniversary celebration at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel kicks in, staff has planned a “Ding” Darling Day for Oct. more »»

International master designer returns for floral workshop

September 4, 2019 For the second year in a row, Floral Artistry of Sanibel will host a floral design workshop by Dutch Master Florist Mark Frank. more »»

Mastersingers to open new season with 'Music in Transition'

September 4, 2019 The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers will open its 19th season on Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. with a performance in the U. Tobe Recital Hall at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myer. more »»

Love That Dress! raises $150,000 for Pace Center for Girls

September 4, 2019 More than 400 fashionistas and community supporters recently came together for the 11th annual Love That Dress! event on Aug. more »»

Business

Billy’s Rentals marks 20 years of serving the islands

September 11, 2019 Billy and Salli Kirkland are celebrating two decades of business on the islands this year. On Aug. more »»

Bailey's employee among top winners at VCB E Awards

September 4, 2019 The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau held its 19th annual Elaine McLaughlin Outstanding Hospitality Service Awards on Aug. more »»

Fort Myers chamber to host annual Business Summit

September 4, 2019 The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce recently announced the lineup for its 2019 Business Summit set for Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sanibel Harbour Marriot Resort & Sp. more »»

TBE staff recognized at Lee County’s VCB E-Awards

September 4, 2019 Tarpon Bay Explorers’ superior customer service was recently recognized and reflected by having 12 employees nominated for Lee County’s Visitors and Convention Bureau’s E-Awards. more »»

School district partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank

September 4, 2019 The School District of Lee County recently announces a new partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to make sure extra food does not go to waste. The pilot program made its first donation on Au. more »»

Obituaries

Julia Lee (Ashcraft) Armstrong

August 26, 2019 Julia Lee (Ashcraft) Armstrong, age 93, died on August 24, 2019 at the Kobacker House, after a brief illness. Julia was born in Mt. more »»

Robert Chuback

August 26, 2019 Robert Chuback, 91, of Sanibel, passed away on August 17, 2019. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers. more »»

Ray R Dalbec

August 6, 2019 In his 70 years, Ray was a devoted husband to his wife Sandra, selfless father to his daughter Kristen Careau and son Matthew Dalbec and their respective spouses, Andrew and Jill, loving Pepere to... more »»

K K Bigelow

July 29, 2019 K K Bigelow, 97, of Sanibel, Florida passed away July 26, 2019.  Arrangements entrusted to Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services. more »»

ELIZABETH TAYLOR KINDT

July 26, 2019 ELIZABETH TAYLOR KINDT, 78, of Fort Myers, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019. She was born May 18, 1941 in Bethlehem, PA to Robert and Miriam (Reed) Taylor. more »»

Local Columns

Shell Shocked: The ugly alligator

September 11, 2019 Once upon a time in the far off land of Sanibel lived a tribe of alligators. They were one of two tribes existing in Sanibel at the time. The other species were human beings. more »»

In the Garden: Southern show stopper

September 11, 2019 Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is an intoxicatingly fragrant vine that causes me to take deep breaths to draw in the scent I associate with the heat of summer and lazy days on the... more »»

Poetic License: Denial

September 11, 2019 (From Sanibel Joe’s Songbook) It was not in another country Nor in another time. There was no music playing And we did not dance or din. more »»

Recipe of the Week: Veal Saltimbocca

September 11, 2019 A dish so good that it will literally “Jump into your mouth. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Despite hurricane prep, Mayor Kevin Ruane makes meeting

September 11, 2019 Wasn’t sure we were going to have a speaker this past Friday morning at Rotar. more »»

Letters to the Editor

Guest Commentary: Upping the ante to protect Southwest Florida

September 11, 2019 Last year’s toxic algae crisis has been rightly crowned a historic turning point for our region. more »»

Restrict only some micro-mobility devices

August 27, 2019 To the editor: I have been a full-time resident on Sanibel for 15 years and like most residents have enjoyed the many attractions of our great city island. more »»

Possible solution to empty storefronts

August 27, 2019 To the editor: Increasingly Sanibel has a problem with a lot of empty storefronts all over the island. more »»

More than mental illness needs addressing

August 20, 2019 To the editor: I agree that mental illness is a huge factor in the gun violence in our country, but on the other hand you have to have a mental problem to want to kill or cause bodily harm to anothe... more »»

Our Faustian bargain

August 6, 2019 To the editor: If there is one unforgettable lesson all of us took away from the horrific red tide event on Sanibel last summer and fall it is that paradise is vulnerable. more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: September begins a change of seasons

September 11, 2019 As we roll into September, the end of summer is in sight as we gradually break away from hot muggy days and transition to the cooler days of autumn. more »»

Safe at Sea: Mayday! Fire on board!

September 11, 2019 Early one evening during the 1974 Bayview Mackinac Sailboat Race, 40 miles from the nearest land, our cook was preparing the evening meal when the alcohol stove fuel spilled out across the cooking... more »»

Birding, biking tours and paddleboarding new to ‘Ding’ Darling Day

September 4, 2019 As the 75th anniversary celebration at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel kicks in, staff has planned a “Ding” Darling Day for Oct. more »»

Sundial to host annual USTA sanctioned tournament

September 4, 2019 Sundial Beach Resort & Spa will be home to the 2019 USTA Southwest Florida Clay Court Championships, open to USTA members ages 18 and over, on Sept. 27-29. more »»

Club to host full moon paddle

September 4, 2019 The Ocean Tribe Paddling Club hosts excursions for paddling enthusiasts to enjoy a group paddle, share tips and ideas, and meet new friends to paddle with. The next one will be held on Sep. more »»

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