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Traffic update: waterline repairs on Summerlin to continue through the night

February 16, 2017 Crews remain on site along McGregor Boulevard in the vicinity of the Sanibel Causeway. The outside westbound lane will remain closed into tonight. All lanes are expected to be open by Friday mornin. more »»

 
 
 

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Traffic update: waterline repairs on Summerlin to continue through the night

February 16, 2017 Crews remain on site along McGregor Boulevard in the vicinity of the Sanibel Causeway. The outside westbound lane will remain closed into tonight. All lanes are expected to be open by Friday mornin. more »»

Motorists may experience delays headed to Sanibel Island

February 16, 2017 An off-island water main break on Summerlin Road to impact Sanibel bound traffic headed towards the island. Lee County Utilities is responding to a water main break that occurred early this mornin. more »»

'Bird' Westall will be missed

February 15, 2017 Former Mayor Mark "Bird" Westall, who passed away last week, left a legacy - one that encouraged individuals to live in harmony with wildlife. more »»

34th annual Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair to take place Saturday and Sunday

February 15, 2017 The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser is set to take place this weekend at the Sanibel Community Hous. more »»

Sanibel Island history showcased on Adventures in Paradise Trolley Tour

February 15, 2017 Sanibel Island has been appealing to visitors for generations. The island, at 12 miles long, offers unparalleled serene beauty and abundant nature thanks to visionary pioneers in conservation. more »»

News from around the region

Matlacha annexation ‘facilitation’ begins

February 17, 2017 Once representatives from the city of Cape Coral and Matlacha got their emotions out in regards to the annexation of city-owned land on the island, things started to go more smoothly Thursday. more »»

Gulf Coast Village: $31 million expansion nears opening

February 17, 2017 Palmview, the newly constructed 128-unit assisted living and memory support expansion at Gulf Coast Village, is accepting reservations now for seniors wanting to move in when the building opens in... more »»

See you at the Fair! Countdown begins to Lee County tradition

February 17, 2017 Since 1924, the Lee County Fair has made millions of great memories for people of all ages, from the time it was at Terry Park to today on the vast grounds of the Lee Civic Center. more »»

Incumbent files for re-election

February 17, 2017 The first among four Cape Coral City Council incumbents has filed the paperwork to run for re-election. Rick Williams submitted his initial financial paperwork to run again in District 6 last Frida. more »»

Cape animal rescue sets Bow Wow Bash fundraiser

February 17, 2017 As Cape Coral awaits the completion of its first-ever large-scale animal shelter, a smaller rescue operation has been flying under the radar in the city for a couple of years. more »»

Arts & Entertainment

34th annual Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair to take place Saturday and Sunday

February 15, 2017 The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser is set to take place this weekend at the Sanibel Community Hous. more »»

Comedian Kerry Pollock to perform at Sundial

February 15, 2017 Nationally touring comedians will make a stop at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa twice a week through April to bring another form of entertainment to the island. more »»

Author Dave Watts to have book signing at MacIntosh

February 15, 2017 At the young age of 21, David Watts began his career as a patrolman in New Jersey, not knowing what kind of adventures and challenges would lie ahead, including becoming a published author. more »»

‘Give A Hoot’ for ‘Ding’

February 1, 2017 Only a few tickets are left for J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s annual “Go Wild For Ding” fundraiser. more »»

Famous chef announces last year of cooking classes at the Jacaranda

February 1, 2017 Last week, renowned chef Loretta Paganini announced that this would be the last year she holds her annual cooking classes at the Jacaranda. But, she isn’t stopping entirely just yet. more »»

Business

Bleu Rendez-Vous offers ‘Stew-thirty’

February 15, 2017 For those on the go, Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro began offering four of its stews at half the price this month. more »»

Island Homes explores the benefits of ICF

February 13, 2017 Jonathan Tongyai, president of Island Homes, is taking a different approach to building energy efficient houses on the island. more »»

The Gavin family’s roots run deep

February 13, 2017 Irving Gavin’s family has quite a rich history on Sanibel. more »»

MacIntosh Books to host Tim Dorsey book signing

February 1, 2017 An author who has perfected his craft of sharing satires about life in Florida through real locations and history, released his 20th book, “Clownfish Blues. more »»

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in need of volunteers

January 18, 2017 The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, which is slated to open in Fort Myers this spring, is looking for volunteers to fill various roles. more »»

Obituaries

Dr Jorge O Galante

February 15, 2017 Dr. Jorge O. Galante, a pioneer orthopedic surgeon, inventor, and professor who revolutionized the science of joint replacement, died on February 9 in his home on Sanibel Island, Florida. He was . more »»

Michael David Calinski

February 3, 2017 Michael David Calinski, 63, a resident of Cape Coral, FL passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Cape Coral. He was born February 23, 1953 in Tacoma, WA to John and Olga Calinski, now deceased. more »»

Dr Riffat "Riff" Farid Morgan MD

February 3, 2017 Dr. Riffat "Riff" Farid Morgan MD, age 83 died Tuesday, January 31st 2017 The funeral will be held at Memorial Gardens in Fort Myers, Florida on Thursday February 9, 2017 at 11:00am. more »»

Clarence "Larry" Wehner

February 3, 2017 Clarence "Larry" Wehner passed away peacefully January 26th, 2017 surrounded by family in Ft. Myers, Florida. more »»

Francis (Frank) Xavier Sadera

January 24, 2017 Francis (Frank) Xavier Sadera, 78, passed peacefully on January 19, 2017 in his home with Brenda, his wife of 30 years, at his side. Born March 27, 1938 in Flushing, New York to Charles Sadera, Jr. more »»

Local Columns

Poetic License: Do not be my Valentine

February 15, 2017 Please, do not be my Valentine — Not if you need another’s rhyme Perfumed upon a Hallmark card, Not if you need a diamond heart Or gift-wrapped box of chocolate And proof of purchase from your mate. more »»

Theater Notes: Lanford Wilson’s ‘Burn This’

February 15, 2017 Live theater is one of the legacies I am leaving for our children and grandkids. I believe in live theater. I don’t give socks, underwear or jewelry for birthday. more »»

In the Garden: Cycad: the ancient plant

February 15, 2017 Cycadophyta, “cycads”, are an ancient group of tropical and subtropical plants dating back more than 200 million years ago, from the time of the dinosaur ag. more »»

On the Water: It’s a prime time for catching sheepshead

February 15, 2017 It’s a prime time for catching sheepshead As expected for this time of year with changing weather conditions, fishing reports varied. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair Feb. 18 - 19

February 15, 2017 Arts & Crafts Fairs abound this time of the year in Southwest Florida, but many of them are not on par with the upcoming juried Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair on Feb. more »»

Letters to the Editor

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February 15, 2017 To the editor: Why aren’t the most powerful and widely viewed Southwest Florida news outlets covering the politics that are preventing the most effective solutions south of Lake Okeechobee from bein... more »»

Deep well is no solution

February 15, 2017 To the editor:  Your Feb. 3 article says that our state now favors pumping excess storm water down to an aquifer 3,000 feet below sea level. more »»

New enforcement concern?

February 15, 2017 To the editor: It seems a strange coincidence that as the Jason Maughan campaign begins displaying political signs in yards and at supporting businesses, we receive an email from the city to enforce... more »»

So what’s the alternative?

February 15, 2017 To the editor: Congressman Rooney is wrong about health care issues, offering cliches instead of solutions. more »»

Shrimp Festival parade and queen pageant March 11

February 15, 2017 To the editor: The 59th annual Fort Myers Beach Lion’s Club Shrimp Festival Parade and Pageant will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12! This is the biggest event of the year for Fort Myers... more »»

Local Sports & Recreation

On the Water: It’s a prime time for catching sheepshead

February 15, 2017 It’s a prime time for catching sheepshead As expected for this time of year with changing weather conditions, fishing reports varied. more »»

Yoga with a view

February 1, 2017 Shake up your normal yoga routine with Sanibel Dance, Pilates and Yoga’s standup paddle board yoga class. Mark Sheme, the studio’s SUP yoga instructor, began practicing yoga three years ago. more »»

On the Water: Stone cold front stalls fishing in the area

January 18, 2017 Fishing was good ahead of the cold front that brought strong winds heading into the weekend, especially offshore fishing. more »»

On the Water: More warm days of fishing coming

January 4, 2017 Santa Claus brought us blue skies and warm weather for much of the holiday week, perfect for fishing and spending time on the water. more »»

Free Fly Fishing Expo offered for community

December 28, 2016 By MEGHAN McCOY mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com An expo geared around fly fishing will be held in Fort Myers full of demonstrations and lessons to show the community what the sport has to offer. more »»

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